Inspiration and Ideas for August Cottage Holidays

august cottage holiday ideasPerhaps you always head for the same familiar destination each August or like variety and never return to the same place twice. There's always much to see during August and because the weather is usually pleasant we want to make the most of the summer sunshine.  August is the ideal time for booking a holiday cottage.


Holiday cottages with August availability


August Holidays in the Countryside

For many, holidays are a chance to relax and unwind and take it easy for a while.  Escapes to the country are a popular option for those who want to take it easy and experience a taste of simple rural life for a while.  Whether it's the appeal of listening to birdsong or gazing over fields and farmlands when the sun sets, there is plenty to recommend a rural retreat break or country cottage holiday in the summer month of August.

Find Rural Retreats to Rent this August



Breaks by the Coast in the month of August

Do you love to breathe in sea air on a summer holiday?  If so, you're in good company.  Coastal cottage breaks are a popular option for the feel good factor they offer.  Whether you're dreaming of booking a cottage where you can enjoy gazing out to sea or just want to hideaway in a seaside town this summer, it's not all rural retreats on Country Cottages Online, we feature a great selection of coastal retreats too.

Coastal Cottages to rent this August


Alternatively, search for cottages with a few bookable dates in August regionally and read about the kind of holiday you can expect to find in each of these areas:


Or to search by date available for holiday cottages for August, take a look at:

  •  last minute cottages search for August dates and you will get details of late availability cottages for August.

If you have plenty time to plan for your August break and are planning well ahead, you will have lots of choice when it comes to self catering holiday cottages for August, use the Search Assistant to find a self catering holiday cottage matching your criteria and make up a shortlist of the best holiday cottages.

Cottages and pine lodges with August availability


Highland Games with tossing the caber and various manly shows of strength plus highland dancing take place in many Scottish towns. Floors Castle massed pipe band championship in Kelso, in the Scottish borders, is an awe inspiring sight to behold. It takes place at the end of August and over 200 pipe bands participate and compete. There are several other activities for the whole family. Find holiday cottages in the Borders if this day out appeals to you.


Types of Holidays that may appeal for August Breaks

We all appreciate that the countries of the British Isles have many beautiful places to visit, so, whether you like traditional seaside resorts, quiet mountain retreats, cycling through forests, or visiting places with historic interest, the following links may just introduce you to a different type of holiday and a new experience.

If you have a young family, you may wish to consider a cottage complex with the added facilities of indoor swimming pools, play areas and cycle paths, or there are also cottages near places of interest for children like Woburn Safari Park, Alton Towers and so on.

Anyone interested in local festivals and customs will find a wealth to choose from during the summer months. Take a look at our Events during August page via the Feature Pages link at the top left of the page or click here for more holiday cottages available in August.


1 bedroom house for 2 people in Essex - available during August

cottage available during AugustThis one bedroom self-catering holiday home is in a quiet street in the pleasant and friendly riverside town of South Woodham Ferrers in mid Essex.

South Woodham Ferrers is 11 miles away from Chelmsford, 30 minutes from Southend and within travelling distance of London and Cambridge for a day trip.

The house features an open-plan lounge cum kitchen, utility room and a ground floor toilet. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom. A neat gravel garden is outside.

The house is called The Herons because of the herons seen flying overhead to the river.

The South Woodham town centre is within easy walking distance where there is a good selection of Indian, Chinese and other restaurants, a 24 hour Asda superstore, a small range of shops and various leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, gyms, tennis courts, badminton courts, snooker hall, park with skateboard ramps, and library. The house is available for flexible lets from a few days to several weeks.


cottages sugust school holidaysThere is a selection of excellent visitor attractions in the area including the largest antiques centre in Essex, an open farm and country park, sailing, a butterfly farm and playpark, RHS Hyde Hall gardens, and the Essex coast - Southend-on-Sea is only half an hour's drive away. Southend has a centennial Carnival this year during August with floats, competitions, a spectacular firework display and many other events.

During August, Chelmsford (11 miles away) hosts the annual V Festival and an outdoor Musical Spectacular with a firework finale. Bring picnic and own wine.

Click on photo of this self-catering 2 bedroom house for more information.



Self-catering in the north of England


Cottage available during AugustThe Coach House in Warwickshire is a secluded 2 bedroom barn conversion to rent for self-catering holidays and short breaks - nature lovers can spend a blissful week in the countryside.

It has birds and wildlife in abundance which regularly visit the garden.

Click on the cottage photograph to view interior images and find out more about facilities at this country cottage and go and enjoy the wildlife.



Charming country cottage in the Cotswolds - some availability for August

Honeysuckle Cottage in the Cotswolds

Picture-perfect 2 bedroom Cotswolds cottage, set down a quiet country lane, around mid-way between Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold.  Charming inside and out, this could be the perfect base from which to discover some of the best of the English Cotswolds this summer.

Please take a look at details and price range by clicking on the image.



Woodend House, cottage and bothy - for versatile family self-catering accommodation

self-catering in the Lake District, family holidays, dogs welcome, available EasterLocated in a remote location high up on Birker Fell, in between Eskdale and Ulpha in the Lake District, the House and Cottage can be opened up to form one large house offering spacious and comfortable self catering accommodation for up to twelve people. - perfect for families with grandparents in tow.

Many rooms have exposed beams, most have views towards Scafell Pike and all are furnished with care and and thought.



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Cottages in the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire


cottage in the forest of deanDetached and set on the hillside in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, the Grade II cottage is a wonderful retreat surrounded by mature gardens on various levels from which to absorb the glorious views which are far reaching and take in the River Severn. 

Harmony Cottage sleeps 9 and offers much warmth, charm and character with inglenook fireplaces, beams and flagstone floors at different levels. This property has central hearing and is ideal for family get togethers because it has a dining hall plus three separate sitting rooms affording much space.

Click on the photograph of the cottage for details of self-catering in the Forest of Dean.



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Cottages in Scotland

Holiday cottages and apartments in Grampian

Available during August.  .   There are castles and whisky distilleries to visit, Highland Games to watch, traditional festivals, beaches, golf, and parks to enjoy.  The new Archeolink Centre near Insch is a brilliant place to take the family, especially if your family has Scottish roots.  Take a look at the cottages in Grampian to see what's on offer.


Wonderful setting for summer holidays - in Scotland

self-catering chalets and lodges for the Easter holidays in ScotlandThese chalets offer four star standards of self catering comfort, in beautiful, mature and extensive grounds of oak and beech beside a peaceful Scottish loch and with the opportunity of golf. 

The chalets are private and well spread out, and all take advantage of differing elevated positions to enjoy the magnificent views over the loch. There are a variety of sizes, each sleeping 2-8 people. Do click on the image to explore this superb location with its wonderful views. If you are looking for peace, seclusion and privacy, then you will find it here.

Scotland is the capital of golf. Play on your doorstep and at several courses within a short distance.

Click on image of lodges for more details and photographs.


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Holiday cottages in Ireland for August

The house overlooks the beach on the Dingle Peninsula Kerry Ireland Conservatory has lovely views out over the sea and beach in this self-catering house in Kerry Ireland Spacious house on Kerry Coast in Ireland with adaptable Conference Room

The beach, Kerry, Ireland

Conservatory views of sea Lios Dana - self-catering

Lios Dana Lodge - a large self-catering country house near the sea sleeps up to 18, is ideal for families, parties, groups, re-unions, corporate events, school or college summer camps or university field trips. The Lodge comprises a day area downstairs with large activity room (600 sq. ft.), sun lounge, conservatories, dining room, large kitchen, all with full services, and upstairs 8 bedrooms 2 with en-suite bathrooms and 6 twin bedrooms all with sinks and fitted carpets throughout. To keep you warm there is central heating and a peat burning stove.

Click on the photographs of this large spacious house in south west Ireland, perfect for family get-togethers to find out more.


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Events during August

If you would like to check what's on during the month of August and book a cottage near some interesting events, then do take a look at our events pages.

For example, Open Gardens - in aid of the British Red Cross, Easter - Autumn, 2006 Gloucestershire Gardens open in aid of the British Red Cross - individual gardens as well as clusters of gardens, +44 (0) 1453 762288

If you're looking for a cottage during August, please contact owners directly for details, or try our Search Assistant to find a self catering holiday cottage matching your criteria (number of people, preferred location, special requirements, e.g. pet-friendly) .


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