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There’s never a bad time to book a holiday cottage in Britain, but May is a particularly good time. Why? Well, there’s the prospect of two bank holiday weekends to look forward to, neatly bookending the month. Schedule a long weekend away for the early May bank holiday, or take time off and enjoy a week’s break over the Spring bank holiday – do both, if you want to.
To help you decide where to stay, we’ve rounded up a selection of cottages that stand out on account of their idyllic location, luxuries, quirkiness or just all-round awesomeness. There are cosy cottages that will sleep two and spacious abodes that will accommodate the whole family (plus assorted friends and hangers on). This May, you certainly won’t be short of options.
Colourful cottages for holidays in May
May holiday cottages in Surrey
England's wealthiest county? Uh huh. Home to the chalk hills of the North Downs? Yup. With its attractive countryside and gurgling rivers, Surrey's leafy towns are as good as any for a sunny May break. Lynchets is a quaint thatched cottage that's set just outside of London, and – for the keen walkers among you – sits close to the Pilgrim’s Way. It’s full of character and full of room, with space to sleep 12. Need somewhere a little smaller? The Old Cottage at Dicks Hill Farmhouse should do the trick. Dating back to the 16th century, its timber frames and inglenook fireplace are the embodiment of the words 'rustic charm'.
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May holiday cottages in Northamptonshire
If you’re looking for a May holiday in a pretty part of the country, Northamptonshire should do nicely. It's home to plenty of leafy towns, but has no cities to speak of – so escaping the daily grind's pretty much the order of the day. Primed for relaxation, Millstone Cottage is set in a converted watermill on the outskirts of Ringstead. A beautifully weathered building, it's traditional on the outside, modern on the inside, with a shared balcony and gardens to complete its one-of-a-kind charm. Bringing a few friends? Brampton Grange is a stunning 18th-century manor that sleeps 21 – spread out all you like.
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May holiday cottages in North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire is full of cottages, but not just any cottages; their history is as enchanting as that of the market towns they sit in. And clinging to the area's hills and dales, they'll provide the perfect spot for a chilled-out May getaway. Fountains Abbey Cottage is a 300-year-old building, where – because pets are welcome – Fido can stretch out on the floor of the country kitchen. Equipped with a traditional stove and grand farmhouse table, stone fireplace and wood burner for the evenings, it should prove pretty cosy. Take a stroll outside and at the end of the line you’ll find Fountains Abbey – it dates back to the 12th century.
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May holiday cottages in Perthshire
North to Perthshire, and Oak Cottage. Ok, so it's technically a log cabin, but why worry over semantics when there are far more pressing concerns – to jump straight into the hot tub on your arrival or take a walk around Loch Tay? Cosy and compact, with space to sleep four, this modern cottage sits in spectacular surroundings, and delivers luxury in spades. More of a rough-and-ready type? Head out on a fishing trip, but don't sacrifice comfort for your penchant for outdoor pursuits: check out Inchtuthill Coach House instead. Recently converted to a meticulously high standard, it sits close to the bubbling River Tay.
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May holiday cottages in County Kilkenny
Kilkenny, in southeast Ireland, is the perfect setting for a quiet holiday away from the people, traffic and urban sprawl endemic to everyday life. But don't think you're in for a stone cabin just because you’re in the middle of nowhere. Book a weekend in Mount Coggill and the odds are your standard of living will actually leap several notches. Fancy a small library, wet room with two showers and four bedrooms? We thought so. This exquisite holiday-cottage-cum-country-house has an open-plan living area too, complete with huge windows that flood the room with light. Just the trick if those April showers trickle into May.
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With indoor swimming pool and 5 seater Hot Tub Cinema/Games room,and every conceivable extra WiFi and direct Internet connection, Flat Screen TV in all bedrooms, The Cottage is sheer luxury even if the great British weather does not hold.
Mill Grange is a beautifully presented detached converted watermill, fully refurbished and tastefully furnished to provide a high standard of accommodation throughout. A former working watermill, the property is set at the head of Old Mill Creek a...
A lovely stone cottage located in one of the most unspoilt villages in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Cotswolds. The cottage was refurbished in 2012 and has a completely new bathroom and kitchen. The sitting room has a beautiful log ...
Recently refurbished 4 storey eclectically furnished Victorian house with sea views from every floor. Large bedrooms, and a games room being fitted in basement.
Harwich is an historic town with Napoleonic fort, Victorian cinema pubs and restauran...
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This Duplex Apartment conversion covers the ground and first floor of what was the church hall and therefore has the feeling of a house rather than an apartment. Accessed through the side court yard entrance Ideally positioned with...