UK holiday cottages for July

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for JulyWith Scottish kids breaking from school in June, and children elsewhere finishing up around 23 July, this is when summer holidays really start to hot up. But while many will be jetting off to sunny Spain or the south of France, there’s plenty here at home to keep you – and your little ones – happy. We’ve got beaches, historic sites, National Parks and village life. Holiday cottage in the UK anyone? Yes please.

Cornwall to Carmarthenshire, Dartmoor to Dumfries, there are so many places to explore on your doorstep. Slowly melting ice-cream in seaside towns with Victorian piers; picnics on hilly summits in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands; al fresco dining in quintessentially English rose gardens – it doesn’t get better than this. So forget France and say “meh” to Spain – the United Kingdom’s pretty cottages are where it’s at.

 

July holiday cottages in Britain’s best locations


   

July holiday cottages in the Norfolk Coast July holiday cottages in the Norfolk Coast

The magnificent Norfolk Coast. It’s got windsurfing and waterskiing, cycling and hiking – but any old travel site could tell you that. Specifics: there are those seaside towns with Victorian piers I mentioned, at places like Heacham and Cromer, but also towns like Wells-next-the-Sea (don’t ask me where the ‘to’ went – your guess is as good as mine!), with its oh-so-cute miniature steam train. In July, though, it’s all about making sandcastles on award-winning beaches – and Norfolk has dozens of them, laden with tawny sand. 

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July holiday cottages in Lancashire July holiday cottages in Lancashire

Everyone: “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to…” – nope, we’re not going to Blackpool. Lancashire has much more to it than sticks of rock and underwhelming towers (sorry Blackpool!). This county is home to the 312-square-mile Forest of Bowland (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as is Arnside and Silverdale), and Garstang, a regular winner of the Britain in Bloom awards. That’s quintessential England for you. Oh, and it may be July, but you should still grab one o’ them hotpots.

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July holiday cottages in Dorset July holiday cottages in Dorset

Booking a cottage in Dorset couldn't disappoint. History buff? You’ve got the 200-million-year-old Jurassic Coast to traverse, but if that’s too far gone, there are stately homes in spades. Spend the morning at Mapperton House, exploring its Italianate gardens of fountains and fishponds, before your little monkeys tug on your sleeves too hard – and make you drive them to Monkey World. Based in Wareham, it’s home to pretty much every primate you could ever name, and then some.

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July holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire July holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire

Summer holidays in Wales can take you in many directions, but surely Pembrokeshire – the country’s most popular seaside destination – is a good place to start. But with 186 miles of coastal path to traverse, and 52 beaches besides, you’ll probably start a love affair that lasts a lifetime with Pembrokeshire. Away from the coast, you’ll explore the northern Preseli Mountains with their Prehistoric sites, or the southern ‘Secret Waterway’ (or Daugleddau Estuary) with its castles and gurgling creeks. 

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July holiday cottages in the Outer Hebrides July holiday cottages in the Outer Hebrides

I grew up in the Outer Hebrides, but never really realised their majesty till I moved to the East Coast of Scotland. I miss the sweeping beaches, made up of amazingly pure, white sand; I long for the freshly caught seafood, some of the best in the world. From ancient and mysterious standing stones to Harris Tweed shops, heathery summits and sheep (yes, I even miss the sheep), it’s possibly the UK’s best place for a July cottage holiday. You'd be surprised at how sunny it can be. And, having just been voted Europe’s most beautiful islands by TripAdvisor, I think it’s safe to say my conviction’s just about right. 

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UK holiday cottages for July

1 Bedroom cottage for 4. Free Wifi. Excellent Value for Money. Pets Welcome

One of 5 cottages situated in the extensive grounds of the owners home, just outside Pittenweem. The cottages have been recently refitted in a modern décor and provide cosy accommodation for up to 4 guests at extremely good value for money. Each c...

Mews House in Edinburgh Sleeps 9 in 3 Bedrooms with Garage, Free Wifi. Patio.

This modern, bright mews house provides accommodation for up to 9 guests in 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom with 5ft bed is located on the ground floor and has a very unusual mezzanine bathroom with large bath, wash hand basin and shower. There is...

5 Star 2 Bed, 2 Bath Property With Hot Tub, Sky & Free Wifi. Amex accepted

This property was converted from an Old Steading in 2008 to a very high standard and truly deserves it's 5 star grading. All accommodation is at ground floor level so ideal for anyone with walking difficulties. There is a double bedroom and nex...

Idyllic lodge house nestling at the foot of the Ochil hills

Redcarr Lodge is an idyllic lodge house, dating back to 1860, located in a stunning rural setting on the edge of the conservation village of Blairlogie in the shadow of the Ochil Hills near the historic city of Stirling in the heart of Scotland. T...

Enjoy The Freedom And Space That Lochend & Lake Of Menteith Have To Offer

Come and enjoy the freedom and space that Lochend and the beautiful Lake of Menteith have to offer. We have extraordinary views across the lake to Ben Lomond and are in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which is an area stee...

Relax and unwind in the luxury of Milton Hayloft

The property is decorated and furnished to the highest standard and will provide you with all the comforts required during your stay. From the moment you arrive you will not be disappointed; a large open plan kitchen/living room is the perfect spa...

Luxury Cornish Cottage with swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, games room and more!

www.countryviewcottages.co.uk - Please visit our website for direct bookings. Budock is situated one mile from the quaint Cornish village Mawnan Smith, and three miles from the bustling port of Falmouth. Falmouth is home to some of the most stu...

Half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands...

Yew Tree Cottage, just half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands, South Devon is a most attractive period stone holiday cottage, tucked away in a quiet corner of this charming old village, in the shadow of the local church and close to the Gre...

An ideal spot for two...

Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope extending down to the tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orchar...

Holiday home along the river Pol...

Nestled in the heart of the historic fishing village of Polperro along the river Pol and amongst the array of pubs, cafes and restaurants is Watersmeet, a comfortable, homely and well-equipped holiday home perfect for families with the benefit ...

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