Holiday cottages for 2014

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert


Holiday cottages for 2014For families, couples and friends who are holidaying together, a cottage provides autonomous living without shedding home comforts. Many people find holiday packages to be too restrictive, with full or half board packages removing the sense of freedom that is inherent to being on holiday. Put simply, you will learn far more about the local area by fending for yourself - shopping, cooking, exploring - than you would from being holed up in a resort or hotel.

Of course, there’s more to staying in a holiday cottage than the opportunity to get creative in the kitchen; you’ll want to choose a cosy abode that’s warm and inviting. If your ideal holiday cottage should possess any of the following attributes: historic; charming; picturesque; quaint; the odds are you’ll find the perfect retreat at HomeAway.co.uk. Take a browse through the thousands of cottages that are available and choose the one you love best. It’s that simple. 


 

Cottage holiday ideas for 2014


   

Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds Holiday cottages in the Cotswolds

If you favour traditionalism over ruthless modernity, the Cotswolds should be top of your wish list. Described as being the heart of England - “Where time has stood still for 300 years” - the Cotswolds is steeped in history. The limestone villages, red-roofed cottages and weathered bungalows attest to the spirit of a bygone age. Life moves slowly here, with dawdling tractors, flocks of sheep, sleepy villages and cheerful markets. Also be sure to make time to visit Cheltenham, where excellent shopping and vibrant festivals contrast with the bucolic green pastures.

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Holiday cottages in Scotland 2014 Holiday cottages in Scotland

With its breathtaking scenery and diverse terrain, Scotland’s vast wilderness is best appreciated from the comfort of a rural cottage. Face to face with its vast spaces and desolate beauty, you’ll be able to appreciate the splendour of the Scottish countryside: the tranquility, the wildlife and the undulating landscape of glens, lochs and dense forests. Perthshire, with its tall trees and steep gorges, is beautiful, but then so is much of the Scottish Highlands. On the west coast, the Isle of Skye promises tranquility and world-class cuisine at Portree.

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Holiday cottages in France 2014 Holiday cottages in France

Typically blessed with warmer weather than the British Isles, France combines rural bliss with excellent food and wine. The French lifestyle is all about socialising, with dinner being a leisurely affair interspersed with animated chatter and the odd glass of Chablis. Book a rural cottage in France and explore the surrounding countryside before stocking up on victuals in readiness for preparing a sumptuous dinner. Normandy and Brittany abound in traditional French cottages, while, further south, Aquitaine’s terraced villas and cottages promise sunshine and al fresco dining.

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Holiday cottages in Spain 2014 Holiday cottages in Spain

The plains in Spain are largely free of people, with vast swathes of wide open spaces begging to be explored. Check in to a coastal cottage and experience Spanish life at its best: long walks, golf, swimming and cycling are all par for the course, with sunshine almost guaranteed. Book a quiet spot on the Costa Brava or Costa Blanca where you can chill out and become better acquainted with Spain’s legendary cuisine; tapas made with chorizo and squid; paella filled with fresh prawns, paprika and garlic.

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Holiday cottages in Ireland 2014 Holiday cottages in Ireland

Check into a coastal holiday cottage in County Sligo with spectacular views across Killalla Bay. With an open hearth, flagstone floor and rustic kitchen, you’ll experience traditional Irish rural living - with a few modern comforts thrown in of course. Alternatively, choose to spend your holiday in a converted stone croft on the shores of Lough Mask. Wherever you roam in Ireland, you’ll be party to some astonishing sights including the Cliffs of Moher - some of Europe’s highest - and Ring of Kerry in Killarney.

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UK Cottages for Rent in 2014

Luxury Penthouse Apartment Near Pine Walk With Roof Terrace With Sea Views

This Stylishly Decorated Apartment Is Only 150m From One Of The Loveliest Bays In The Med. Apartment Olivia is a luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouse apartment close to the lovely Pine Walk area of Puerto Pollensa and the famous Hotel Illa D'or...

Great For Families. Child-friendly garden. A 5 Minute Walk To Shops And Restaurants

Twitterings is a stunning beach house at West Wittering with direct access to the beach via a private seating area on the sea wall. Designed by a Grand Designs architect, it was built in 2013 to a high specification. To take full advantage of the ...

Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Walk To The Port & 2 Mins Walk To The Town Centre

Purchased brand new in 2012. This gorgeous penthouse apartment is less than 3 years old. Located within walking distance of the Javea town centre and Javea port, this apartment is the ideal property for your holiday. The property includes three la...

Peaceful To Rest, Fun To Enjoy! In The Heart Of The Sailor Area!

Charming apartments from 2 to 16 guests. This building comes with 4 apartments equipped with 4 single beds each one. It has a double bedroom, lounge-dining room with couchette, kitchenette and bathroom with shower. Suitable for groups of friends ...

Less Than 5 Minute Walk To The Harbour And Beach

Perched overlooking the water's edge, a seaward facing balcony providing the most magnificent uninterrupted views of the coastline and ocean at Ilfracombe, on Devon's North coast. Oceans Side is a chic and superbly positioned upper ground floor ap...
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