Update on Rules on Cottage Holidays due to Coronavirus Pandemic, updated 16 May 2021


When can I book and take a cottage holiday in the UK?

Following lockdowns due to the covid pandemic, the UK government have announced a roadmap out of lockdown.  See details of rules and restrictions in the government's roadmap out of lockdown below.  Booking terms vary from property to property.   As always, it is strongly recommended that you take out appropriate holiday insurance.


Key Dates for Summer 2021 Cottage Holidays

  • Cottage holidays are now permitted with your household or support bubble in England, Wales or Scotland, for residents of England, Wales or Scotland.   It is expected that it will be permitted for those in the common travel area to be able to travel to Northern Ireland from 24 May without the need to self-isolate for 10 days, but this is not a firm date yet.


When are Cottage Holidays permitted in England, Wales and Scotland?

  • In England, from 17 May: 2 households will be permitted to meet indoors (or rule of 6) and domestic overnight stays (with the aforementioned constraints).  You may want to read the UK government's roadmap out of lockdown
  • In Wales:  It is now within the rules for two households to holiday together in a cottage as an extended household, provided that 10 days have elapsed since either household was part of another extended household.  Within limited circumstances a third household can join the extended household, read the current travel rules here.
  • In Scotland: From 17 May, in most areas of Scotland (except Glasgow city and Moray) up to 6 people from 3 different households are allowed to stay together in a holiday cottage.


When can you take a Cottage Break in Northern Ireland?

For those living in Northern Ireland it is now possible to book a self-catering break for a holiday within Northern Ireland with your household or support bubble.


Remember to check booking terms and conditions prior to booking.  It is also strongly advisable to take out appropriate holiday insurance.