Holiday Inspiration and Ideas

Choosing your next holiday destination and finding the perfect cottage can be a challenge. With our holiday inspiration section, we aim to make things easy for you with a number of good ideas and options for you to choose from so that planning your next break is stress-free. Whether you are dreaming of a romantic break, a family holiday or a country holiday, we have something for you.


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Looking for an Active Break? Hikers on holiday

Do you love to keep active on holiday?  Whether you enjoy cycling, fishing, golf, walking or another outdoor pursuit, the best choice for you if you love to keep active, could be to book an activity holiday.

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Want to Book an Award Winning Holiday?Award winning holidays

Do you want to stay in trusted award winning accommodation?  Award winning doesn’t always mean luxury, it can also relate to eco-friendly accommodation and excellent customer service.  Common across all though is the concept of high standards and the best at whatever type of accommodation is being assessed.

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Dreaming of a Break in a Cabin or a Lodge? Log cabin in the countryside

For that wonderful holiday feeling, cabins and holiday lodges can be one of the very best choices.  There’s something so comforting about log cabins nestled next to a forest where you can breathe in the scent of pine, and wake up on holiday to the sounds of nature.  Also truly appealing are lakeside lodges and cabins where you can gaze out over still waters and watch the sun go down, or may be do a spot of fishing. 

If your budget is tight, a cheaper option which offers similar opportunities to cabins, to get back to nature are holiday pods. 

Cabin, Pod and Lodge Holidays


Coastal Holidays Seaside holidays

Holidaying by the seaside is a popular choice for Brits.  Whether it’s to breathe in fresh sea air, feel the sand between your toes, paddle in the waves or wake up to the sight and smells of the sea, taking a break by the coast can give you a real boost.  Although Country Cottages Online mainly specialises in rural holiday homes, we also feature a great range of waterside rentals and coastal holidays for holidaymakers who prefer the seaside.

Coastal Holidays



Want to Love it Up on a Couple's Holiday? Romantic couple by lake

When it comes to loved up breaks away in the UK, there are a variety of options, from honeymoon cottages for post-wedding getaways, to general romantic break options like sleeps 2 cottages with a woodburner.  What type of romantic break would ignite your passion?  Let us inspire you with our array of romantic holiday ideas on Country Cottages Online.

Romantic and Couple's Holidays



Looking to Escape to the Country? Norfolk countryside

Do you love to spend time in the countryside in your spare time and on holiday? If so, take a look at our countryside holiday inspiration guide. Reconnecting with nature can be good for the soul and experiencing the sights and sounds of the countryside can help you to feel rejuvenated and relaxed.  Whether you want to escape to a farm-stay, explore one of the UK’s National Parks, discover an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, book a rural retreat or wake up to countryside views on holiday, the UK is blessed with plentiful unspoilt meadows, fields and farmlands.

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Destination Guides Cornwall, England

The UK is home to a variety of beautiful destinations and each country that makes up the UK has its own unique character and appeal.  Whichever part of the UK you want to discover on a self-catering holiday, let our area guides help guide you on some of the best places to discover on your next break away.

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Thinking of a Family Break? Family glamping break

Planning a break with your family?  Whether you have young kids, teenagers or toddlers and want to book a break with your brood or a getaway with the grandparents, let us inspire you with our range of child-friendly and families welcome accommodation.

Family-Friendly Holidays



Glamping breakWant to Try Glamping?

Do you want to try something a little different on your next self-catering break?  May be camping isn’t really your thing and you’re not up for setting up your own tent, but how about glamping where camping is made easy and glamorous even?  Why not try camping the easy way with a break in a bell tent or a yurt and get back to nature on holiday?

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Group Holidays and Special Celebrations Group holidays

When it comes to getaways with friends and family you’ll need to book group accommodation.  Country Cottages Online features a great selection of sizeable holiday rentals for groups, from large country houses to mansions, big barns and large lodges and can guide you to some of the best places to stay.  Looking for accommodation for a group like a hen party, a stag party, a birthday or anniversary party?  We have a range of options for those too.  We can even help if you’re planning a wedding reception!

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Holidays with Entertainment Cottage with entertainment

Do you like to have fun and stay entertained when on holiday?  Whether for a family break or a getaway with friends, having fun times and staying entertained can help to make a cottage holiday all the more special and enjoyable.  There are lots of options nowadays, including holiday homes with cinema rooms, cottages with games rooms and even holiday rentals with disco rooms where you can party and enjoy good times.

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Looking for a Leisure Break? Sauna break

Love to keep fit and healthy on holiday and want to rent a holiday home with leisure facilities for relaxation and exercise on holiday?  If so, take a look at our leisure breaks, where you can holiday with wonderful onsite leisure facilities such as pools, hot tubs, saunas and more, ideal for active and healthy holidays.

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Dreaming of a Luxury Cottage Holiday?

Do you love the finer things in life and want to experience them on holiday?  From 5 star rated accommodation to gold award winning holiday homes, and wow factor cottages Country Cottages Online can help for when only the very best will do.

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Need a Pooch-Friendly Place to Stay? Dog-friendly stays

When it comes to UK self-catering breaks, holidays with pets are one of the most popular choices.  And with good reason, as who wants to holiday without their beloved pooch?  Dogs and pets hold a very special place in the hearts of most Brits and most people can’t bear to be without them.  Discover why our pet-friendly holidays are some of the best for pet lovers in the UK.

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Quirky and Unusual Retreats Holiday treehouse

Are you looking to escape to a quirky unusual retreat for a holiday to remember.  From holiday treehouses to former lighthouses, converted watermills and windmills, quirky and unusual holiday homes are popular and inspiring.  

Unusual and Quirky Cottages





Seasonal Holidays 

Summer sunshine

Looking to get away at a certain time of year?  From summer breaks in June, July and August, to easter breaks and winter holidays, discover our range of inspirational options for seasonal holidays at various times of year.

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Looking for a Special Interest Holiday? Bird watching

Do you have a special interest that is important to you on a cottage break?  May be you enjoy bird watching or wildlife watching?  Or perhaps you want to enjoy yoga or meditation on a break, or are looking for a naturist holiday?  Whatever type of special interest holiday that appeals to you, we have a range of options to appeal to various interest groups.


Special Offers & Deals

Who doesn’t love a bargain when it comes to self-catering holidays?  From last minute offers to special deals, find a great deal on your next break away.

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Whatever type of self-catering holiday you are thinking of taking, whether an activity holiday, an award winning break, a log cabin holiday, a coastal holiday, a romantic break, a country holiday, a family holiday, a glamping break, a group getaway, a luxury break, a pet-friendly holiday, a seasonal holiday or special interest break, we hope we’ve inspired you with our range of options.  Don’t forget, options include award winning accommodation, leisure breaks, and entertainment breaks too, for those looking for those added extras.  

For more ideas and inspiration, take a look at our 2019 holiday inspiration ideasBest of the British Countryside

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