The 5 Best Places in the UK for a Cottage Break

The UK is a beautiful country and one of the best ways to enjoy its delights is by renting a quaint old cottage and using that as a base to explore the cities and countryside nearby. Below are 5 perfect places for a cottage break, with lots to see and do and also loads to cool and quirky places to stay…


Cornwall’s treats are well known throughout the UK. If you have to indulge, then Padstow’s delicious attractions are well known. Losing weight here is impossible, but you can supplement your indulgence by taking well-earned hikes or bike rides across the district’s coastal strip. Here, you will discover quite coves, stunning cliff views, and undulating hill sites that will definitely get you fired up. A trip here would not be complete without a tour of the National Maritime Museum, or a daredevil canoe ride on River Tamar. Your cottage holiday will be well catered for here by the large variety of spacious and accommodating cottage options available throughout the year.

The Cotswolds

Cottage breaks do not get better than a dash to the Cotswolds, at any time throughout the year and whether you are on a family escape or a romantic break. In the summer, the area bursts with life as a plethora of outdoor fun activities come to the fore. The tasteful village settings and idyllic rural life make the perfect backdrop for some exciting sight seeing, with walks, bike rides, and even horse riding available. As for sights, Bourton House Garden offers a scenic touch, while the Tewkesbury Heritage Center will give you a taste of the historic heritage of the area. Go to a festival, enjoy a farmer’s market, and in 2015, look out for the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester.


A cottage trip to Yorkshire will relax and entertain you. Steeped in natural beauty combined with rustic rural charm, Yorkshire is a place for true city escape. The cottage scene here is very satisfying, featuring a mix of old style cottages of different sizes. From here, you have the opportunity to head out to the Yorkshire Dales, a unique natural scenery featuring mysterious caves, forests and limestone scenes. You also can head out to the Aysgarth falls and visit glacial tarns, for a more active outdoor experience.

West Coast of Scotland

Scotland is teeming with exciting cottage break spots for you and your family to enjoy. In particular, the West Coast offers long and stunning coastlines, beautiful beaches, and enjoyable inland scenery too. Take up a cottage at Arran, and indulge in the areas gastronomy. Renown for its beer, cheese, and delicious ice cream, this area is a beautiful spot to start roaming the West Coast. Here, you can also indulge golfing, hiking, and cycling, for those who love the outdoors. There is also the Isle of Skye, Stranraer, Oban and Ayshire, which offer tasteful cottage retreats. Littered throughout the West Coast, find enjoyable cottage retreats for your choosing.


Dorset’s charm is set in its ability to draw you in with its outdoor scenery. Perfect for the action tourist, a cottage holiday here is a true treat. Cottages here are plenty, but be wise and book early in advance for good rates and confirmed availability. From attractive sites such as the Durdle Door rock formation, to the exciting beach activities available, and quintessential farmer’s market shopping experience, Dorset has so much to offer.

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