August bank holiday cottages in the UK

Luxury holiday cottages for the bank holiday weekend

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

Northern IrelandEvery summer, the bank holiday weekend falls in the last week of August. For many, it presents the last opportunity to get away and enjoy the summer before the leaves start to crisp and fall, and the mercury slinks south. Spending the bank holiday weekend away may not be compulsory, but it’s highly recommended.

You can lounge around the house on any weekend; the bank holiday is all about discovery. Discovering new places, meeting new people and possibly rekindling romance. Whatever your reasons for getting away, make sure you do something this August bank holiday. We’ve rounded up a selection of luxury cottages that are perfect for enjoying a long weekend together.


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August bank holiday cottages in Northern Ireland August bank holiday cottages in Northern Ireland

There are numerous reasons to visit Northern Ireland, but instead of reciting the usual spiel about beautiful countryside, friendly people and good food (all of which are true), here’s a different reason: to visit the locations where pivotal scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed. Discover the fictional world of Westeros nestling amidst Northern Ireland’s quiet coves and forests. Looking for a place to stay? Monaghans’ Cottage, overlooking the County Cavan countryside, is equipped with a solid-fuel stove, open-plan living area, wet room and space for six. It’s the ideal base for exploring Northern Ireland’s hills, valleys and beaches.

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August bank holiday cottages in Orkney August bank holiday cottages in Orkney

Head to the northernmost part of mainland Britain and when you get there, keep going. It may take a ferry ride to reach the Orkney Islands, but the journey alone makes it all worth while. Seabirds soar and the sea roars as the islands come into view and you pass the statuesque landmark known as the Old Man of Hoy. The clean beaches, shipwrecks and Stone Age settlements are reason enough to visit Orkney; check into this cosy cottage on the mainland, and you'll enjoy 2.5 acres of land, from which to soak up the scenic views across the low hills. The prehistoric village of Skara Brae and the sheltered sandy bays close by are waiting to be explored.

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August bank holiday cottages in Cornwall August bank holiday cottages in Cornwall

The bank holiday weekend is all about soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the last days of summer. There’s nowhere better suited to that goal than the southwest of England, where the locals see more than their fair share of sun. Cornwall’s natural beauty needs little introduction; its clean sandy beaches and azure waters are legendary. Bring a bunch of mates – as many as you can muster – and spend the weekend in Atlantic Lodge, a sumptuous 12-bedroom holiday home that promises spectacular views of Land’s End and the Scilly Isles. It’s spacious, it’s comfy and it’s full of little luxuries.

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August bank holiday cottages in Stratford-upon-Avon August bank holiday cottages in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is destined to be forever known as the birthplace of Shakespeare, and let’s face it, it’s a pretty good claim to fame. The historic market town promises 800 years of history, boating, winding side streets and open parklands that flank the river. Ten miles south of the town lies Shipston-on-stour (triple-barrelled names are de rigueur in this part of the world). Here you’ll find Hill House, a sprawling Cotswolds country house that sleeps 16. A raised private terrace, sweeping driveway, tennis court and private pool make this luxury cottage just a little bit special.

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August bank holiday cottages in Shropshire August bank holiday cottages in Shropshire

Shropshire: hard to say in a hurry; even harder to leave in a hurry. Straddling the border between England and Wales, Shropshire’s sleepy towns date back to Roman times. Ludlow and Shrewsbury are well worth a visit, the latter notable for being the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Spend the bank holiday weekend in The Gatehouse, a renowned historic building furnished with fine tapestries and period features. Prince Rupert, the nephew of Charles I, stayed here during the Civil War. How do you like that history?

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UK Holiday Cottages

Cottage Mill Race: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

A chic retreat with fabulous views and beautifully-presented accommodation ideal for families and couples, Mill Race is just a few minute's drive or a two mile stroll across fields to the beach. Inside, the newly-renovated accommodation is light,...

Half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands...

Yew Tree Cottage, just half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands, South Devon is a most attractive period stone holiday cottage, tucked away in a quiet corner of this charming old village, in the shadow of the local church and close to the G...

An ideal spot for two...

Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope extending down to the tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orch...

Holiday home along the river Pol...

Nestled in the heart of the historic fishing village of Polperro along the river Pol and amongst the array of pubs, cafes and restaurants is Watersmeet, a comfortable, homely and well-equipped holiday home perfect for families with the benefi...

Nestled in the heart of the village...

Threshing Cottage Garden Apartment, nestling in the heart of East Prawle village only a short walk to the stunning coastline is a well presented, great value holiday cottage, perfect for couples.  The cosy and very private apartment is l...

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