Holiday cottages for January 2014

New Year is as good an excuse as any for a getaway

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


Cottage theme1There’s something undeniably enchanting about spending your holiday in a cottage. In part, it may be the traditional nature of such a property; or indeed the tranquillity that seems to go hand-in-hand with it. And that’s to say nothing of the beautiful surroundings you can expect. Although often deemed a quintessentially British venture, in the bitter cold of January it might not be the worst idea to expand your horizons and jet off to sunnier climes. Thankfully, the pleasures associated with a cottage are not exclusive to our shores, with plenty to be found across the world.

A quick glance at the HomeAway portfolio will yield thousands of results for cottages to rent in January – but where are you jetting off to? If you’re struggling to pick a destination, have a quick glance at our guide to some of locations we'd personally recommend.


 

January holiday cottages: top five destinations


   

January cottages in the United Kingdom January cottages in the United Kingdom

The spiritual home of the good old-fashioned cottage holiday is the UK; from county to coastline, there’s many a destination to enjoy a long weekend. You could venture north to the rugged mountainous terrain of the Scottish Highlands, or if it’s more your style, the rustic charm of the Cotswolds in southern England. The natural beauty of the Lake District is an eternally popular choice owing largely to the scenery, in particular our properties in Windermere.

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January cottages in France January cottages in France

Another country that is often associated with the sort of quaint charm that sits harmoniously with the image of a cottage; and one that sees, for the most part, more agreeable weather than its British neighbours. With HomeAway, you can find almost 8,000 cottages in France, from Normandy to the mighty Pyrenees, by way of the luscious French Riviera. If the purpose of your trip is to soak up some sun, the latter is a fine choice, with celebrity playgrounds Nice and Cannes in the vicinity.

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January cottages in Spain January cottages in Spain

Just across the border lies this old familiar hot spot, but if you avert your attentions away from the usual resorts, towards somewhere a tad more peaceful, you can find your perfect cottage experience. Despite their party reputation, the beautiful Balearic Islands are an infinitely quieter destination in the off season; and the same can be said for the mesmerising span of the Costa Del Sol. Our range of properties in the Tarragona province are perfect if you wish to intersperse your solitude with a day or two in nearby Barcelona.

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January cottages in Italy January cottages in Italy

In terms of the most cultured cottage holiday experience, the Italians must surely be near the top of the tree. Base yourself in Tuscany, for example, and you can easily immerse yourself in the Renaissance beauty and artistic merits of Florence, or the historic architecture of Pisa. For raw countryside allure, it’s tough to see beyond Umbria, where you can relax for a week or two amidst a backdrop of vineyards and olive groves. 

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January cottages in the Caribbean January cottages in the Caribbean

When you think of the Caribbean, the image is more calypso than cottage; but HomeAway has over 700 of them scattered across these divine islands. A Caribbean getaway is custom-made for banishing the January blues in style; take a short stroll from under your thatched haven to the glorious beaches of Martinique, or the luxurious golden sands of Guadeloupe. For slightly less conventional, but equally stunning, cottages, our range of properties in Puerto Rico are well worth investigating.

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Cottages for rent with availability in January

Lake-side lodge, ideal for all ages to enjoy lazy or active holidays in a unique, peaceful location.

The lodge is a perfect base from which to enjoy the activities available within the Water Park and for exploring the delights of the numerous nearby picturesque buttermilk-coloured stone Cotswold villages - Bourton-on-the Water (with perfume facto...

1km From Historic Lindos,dominated By Its 2400 Yr Old Acropolis, With Quality Restaurants And Bars

Designed for indoor / outdoor living the ground floor living area opens onto an outdoor dining area covered with a pergola with steps leading down into the 10 x 5 m pool. There is a huge pool area with 12 wooden sun loungers and a large outdoor so...

Peaceful Location, Perfect For Family Holidays

The set of three "Apartamentos das Redes" are uniquely situated beside the beach in the pedestrian zone and have courtyard parking for six cars. The pretty high-walled garden offer generous private sunbathing areas around the pool with many colour...

Tranquil cottage by lovely stream: rural setting 3 miles from Bath

Holly Cottage is a 4-star quality rated 1860s renovated cottage for 4+. Its setting is quite exceptional, at the edge of a quiet Somerset village only 3 miles from Bath, yet so rural; overlooking a medieval packhorse bridge & ford, with the murmur...

Villa in Playa de Muro 20 meters away from the sea

Located in the picturesque Playa de Muro area of Port Alcudia, this beautiful two storey villa is surrounded by mature, well maintained gardens and has direct access to a 7km long sandy beach and the blue waters of the Bay of Alcudia. This pro...
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