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Award winning self-catering accommodation

Looking for award winning holiday accommodation?  Whether you're searching for a country cottage, a log cabin or even a large country house, Country Cottages Online feature a great selection of high quality holiday rentals and can help you find some of the best holiday homes around.

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Choose the Best Award-Winning Holiday Cottage for you

When it comes to finding award winning holiday accommodation to best suit you, there are a few key choices available.

Gold Award Winners

For those looking for excellent levels of customer service on holiday in England, renting a gold award winning holiday home could be the perfect choice.  Awarded by Quality in Tourism for Visit England in recognition of exceptional standards of customer service, comfort and cleanliness, gold award winning cottages can be found dotted throughout England.  

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Green Award Winning Holiday Homes

Or if you're someone who cares avidly about the environment then you may be searching for a green award winning holiday home, with green eco-credentials, where you can holiday safe in the knowledge that you're doing your bit for the environment with your choice of holiday.

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Award Winning Accommodation in the UK

Whether you are looking for a gold award winning cottage for the very best in customer service or a green award winner with green eco-credentials we trust that you will enjoy browsing through the excellent choice of award winning self-catering available here.

If you want more information on the main rating schemes in the UK and Ireland for self-catering properties including gold awards see our ratings guide.  For information, when it comes to the main tourist board' schemes, it is only Visit England that has a Gold award scheme to recognise excellent standards of customer service.  Visit Scotland and Failte Ireland have no such schemes.  Visit Wales also does not operate a Gold scheme, but instead there is a Visit Wales National Tourism Award scheme where cottages can be nominated as 'best places to stay'.

There are a variety of different award schemes in the UK though including regional excellence awards and tourism awards.and such schemes are not limited to those run by the official tourist boards.


Award winning cottages in the Lincolnshire Wolds - 4 and 5 star

At Poachers Hideaway there are 6 luxury cottages, all located in a traditional Lincolnshire farmyard setting.  Such is the standard of the accommodation here that these cottages won the award of Best Self Catering Holiday of the Year in the East Midlands area in 2005. 

holiday cottages Lincolnshire WoldsEach cottage is unique but each accommodates from 2- 6.  The cottages benefit from use of a jacuzzi and sauna on site.  For complete pampering, massages can also be arranged.  There are facilities to use the internet if you require.

Enjoy fishing in the trout, carp and coarse lakes, which is reserved for residents only. 

Dog kennels can be used by prior arrangement.  

For large groups, conference facilities can be arranged for up to 25 to 30 people, ideal for family celebrations, meetings and corporate events

Click on the photo to find out more about these superb country cottages in the Lincolnshire Wolds.


Bruern 5 star award winning cottages in the Cotswolds/Oxfordshire

Bruern Holiday Cottages in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. 

5 Star rated cottages - top of its class. Range of luxury cottages sleeping from 2 people to 10,  heated outdoor swimming pool etc. Photos below.

Shipton  - a Bungalow Newmarket Drawing Room, Level II accessibility Cope Drawing Room - Bungalow

Please click on a cottage photograph for more details and to explore these award winning cottages in Oxfordshire.

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Award winning cottages in north Wales

award winning cottages north walesWinners of the Wales Tourist Board Self-Catering Award 2005, these luxurious 4 and 5 star award winning holiday homes are on a small friendly family run cottage complex near Pwllheli, north Wales. The facilities available are excellent and varied.  They include an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, sauna, Games room, Gym, Tennis Court and a children's play area with swings, climbing frame, slide and trampoline.

There are a number of pigs, goats, lambs, cats, dog, hens and cows that children enjoy meeting.

Within 2 miles of the cottages you can find a Blue Flag Marina and beaches so bring your bucket and spade! Please click on photograph for details.



Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire - several awards

Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire have been recognised by the following awards:

  • "Best Visitor Accommodation 2002 - Leicestershire" ,
  • "Self-Catering Holiday of the Year 2002 Gold Award - Heart of England Tourist Board"
  • finalist in the "Excellence in England" 2003
  • finalist in the "East Midlands Tourism Outstanding Quality" 2004

award winning cottagesSet amidst the wheatfields of N.W. Leicestershire these six beautifully-converted single-story barns are cosy and peaceful.

Luxuriously furnished and equipped, and featuring a wealth of oak beams. En-suite facilities throughout. All-inclusive prices - no hidden extras! Lots to do locally for all ages.

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Luxury eco barn conversion, owners have won Devon Wildlife Trust Gold Award

Luxurious stone barn to sleep 10-12The Stone Barn is a luxurious stone barn conversion with eco friendly credentials.  This self catering barn has its own private enclosed garden and has a fantastic location, in the heart of Beer Mill Nature Trails.

This luxurious barn sleeps a maximum of 12 in 5 comfortable bedrooms.  In terms of the bedrooms there are 3 kingsize bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms. Two of the kingsize bedrooms benefit from ensuite shower rooms.  Enjoy sleeping on quality pocket sprung mattresses and  feeling the soft, organic bedlinen. 

The 'green' credentials of this property include:

  • Eco friendly underfloor heating
  • Solar panels providing hot water (with back up system)
  • Rainwater gathering system for toilet flushing and laundry
  • Recycled building materials
  • Specialist provision for wildlife, as a result, the owners have won a number of  Gold Awards from the Devon Wildlife Trust for their work in helping Devon's wildlife
  • Recycling and composting facilities.


A small collection of luxury 5 star cottages in Suffolk - Constable Country

award winning cottagesThese 9 cottages are located in 22 acres of beautiful Constable Country  and won the Regional Award for Excellence in 2003 and 2006.

Cottages to sleep from 2 to 8.

There is a mix of self catering accommodation available.  There are 6 conversions of Tudor barns and stables, ideal for history lovers.  There is also a ground floor apartment and two luxurious cottages sleeping 6 and 8, all in en-suite bedrooms. The facilities at these high quality cottages include a heated indoor pool, sauna and tennis court. Private hot tubs are available at some properties.


Secluded cottage in the Isle of Wight - won Conservation Award for 2006

This comfortable cottage has a beautiful location.  It is situated within the grounds of a country house which total 60 acres.  What's more, it is within a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty near Arreton on the Isle of Wight.  Also of note, this cottage won the Isle of Wight Conservation Award for 2006.

Isle of Wight Cottage , a supremely comfortable cottage in a beautiful rural locationThe cottage benefits from a number of attractive features. 

Click on the photographs for details of this accommodation on the Isle of Wight.



Award winning farm with self-catering cottage in Somerset - sleeps 6


self-catering also B&B in SomersetThis 3 bedroom cottage is located in an idyllic setting in Somerset, and is within the grounds of an award winning organic farm.  Additional accommodation is available on a  B&B basis if required. The cottage has quality décor and furnishings throughout.

If you love nature and enjoy walks then you will be pleased to hear that there are walks from very near the cottage to a farm trail and on to the pretty moorland. Peacocks can often be seen and visit the guests.

Parking is available.  For complete relaxation pampering such as reflexology and aromatherapy massages can be arranged upon request.

Dogs are welcome by arrangement. Click on photograph for details.



Award winning country cottages near Preston in the north of England


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Fabulous interiors - fresh spring water supply

Barnacre Cottages have impressive credentials - they are gold award winning, 5 star, self-catering cottages in Lancashire, north west England.

These cottages strive to be the best and offer high quality self catering.  The cottages vary in size.  Some sleep 2 and the largest sleeps 12.

Not only do these cottages offer 5 star luxury accommodation, they also enjoy a prime position with lovely views towards the coast and the Lake District.  Also, being located within the forest of Bowland, they are within an area of outstanding natural beauty.  The grounds are 10 acres in total and there are woodland walks nearby and you may even spot deer.

If you enjoy keeping fit then do make use of their all weather tennis court.  Fishing and golfing is also possible nearby.

Click on the cottage photograph to read more about these attractive 5 star country cottages in the Forest of Bowland. Take note, if you enjoy the finer things in life, these cottages even have their very own supply of spring water.



Award winning country cottages in Shropshire in the heart of England


"Heart of England self-catering cottage of the year 2006, National Excellence in Tourism Runner up, 2007"

award winning cottages with swimming poolThis large country house offers accommodation for large groups and large families and has won a number of accolades including a 5 star award.  There is a farmhouse that sleeps 10 and a coach house that sleeps 4.  Together, these can be booked to sleep 14.

There are fantastic leisure facilities including a swimming pool and spa, hot tub and sauna.  There are also facilities for children such as a trampoline, outdoor playground, games room and even a football field.

Click on the photograph to find out more about this high quality self catering accommodation.



Award winning country cottage in the Lake District, Cumbria, sleeps up to 6


cottage in CumbriaThis self catering lodge in 2008 won the accolade of Cumbria Tourism 'Self Catering Holiday of the year'. The Lodge is an attractive three bedroom 3 bathroom cottage that has achieved a 5 star rating.

The cottage provides high quality accommodation and mixes modern with traditional.  There is underfloor heating throughout and a log stove in the lounge.

The cottage benefits from a pleasant location in open parkland near the pretty village of Hayton near Carlisle.  The cottage is also just 15 miles from Gretna Green.

Parking is available for up to 4 cars.  There is also a bbq and garden furniture.

Click on the photo for more images and details of what to do in the Lake District.



Cossington Park near Glastonbury in Somerset - an award winning self-catering accommodation - sleeps up to 13


award winning house near GlastonburyCossington Park offers quality accommodation, as recognised in its award winning status.  This large country house is excellent for large groups of up to 13 people and is good for large group bookings and special celebrations.  The house has been owned by the same family for a number of years who take pride in providing quality self catering accommodation.  The house benefits from beautifully kept gardens and is secluded yet near to a village.  The location of Cossington Park is good for visiting Exmoor, the Quantock hills, the Somerset Levels, Cheddar, Glastonbury, Wells and the Somerset coast.



The awards won include:

Click on the photograph of Cossington Park to read a full description of this award winning house and contact owners for booking.

Whatever type of award-winning holiday accommodation you're searching for, we hope you find the best holiday home rental for you on Country Cottages Online.