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 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

Peaceful location, 5 minute walk to the beach, bars and restaurants.

Two bedroomed, two bathrooms, villa with private pool and garage. Air conditioning. The house has a large rear garden and patio area. These are no houses to the rear of the villa. It has a south facing sun terrace and roof garden with sea views. S...

Peaceful, Residential Location Less Than 1 Minute Walk To The Beach

Private detached family beach villa south facing, 20 metres from the beach in Elviria, one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol. Private garden including pool, childrens playhouse/swing, table tennis, large pergola area with seating, co...


Very quiet residential area, contemporary style villa with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Pool. Splendid sea view


Residential area near SYLVABELLE GIGARO, Large new villa comprising 4 with 2 bathrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Large kitchen. Very tastefully decorated. POOL. Large terraces. Nearest beach.


NEAR VILLAGE, new villa with stunning View overlooking the Gulf of Saint Tropez, the Maures Massif and the Alps bass. 200 m² of living space with all the comforts. Great benefits. Large outdoor car shelter. 5x10m pool, patio, beautiful garden. The...
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