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

Park Lodge Windermere Bowness Lake District National Park UK

Park Lodge Apartment (sleeps up to 8 adults): Entrance hall leading to stairs up to a double bedroom with 5ft. bed with separate adjoining cloakroom. Stairs leading up to: First Floor: Kitchen/breakfast room, reception room and separate dining-r...

New luxury 4 bedroom, 4 bath house in prestigious area Shanklin, Isle of Wight

This is a luxury new 4 bedroom 3 en suite house aimed at the 5 star market. The retreat has much class, with the usual modern amenities. Positioned in the prestigious area of Victoria Avenue within a few minutes walk to 'old Village' with its muc...

Stunning beachfront apartment in Weymouth with uninterrupted sea views

Watersedge is a recently built second floor 3-bedroom apartment in the Greenhill area of Weymouth. It has incredible uninterrupted sea views from the master bedroom, living area and second bedroom, and is situated on the beachfront. The apartmen...

Close to beach, town & estuary. Off road parking. Free Wi-Fi. Sleeps 2

A warm welcome awaits you at 'Sunnydeck' with the personal touches you get from a family owned holiday home. This high quality ground floor apartment has a central location, a couple of minutes walk to the town & 10 minutes easy walk to beach & es...

Percy Cottage, Within the Heart Of Shanklin , Isle of Wight

Percy Cottage is located in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. It is within a short walk of restaurants, cafes and bars and only a 6 minute walk to Shanklin seafront and sandy beach. The cottage sleeps 4 in total (1 double bedroom with a queen sized...

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