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

Self Catering Holiday Cottage in Barmouth, North Wales | Arnant

This modern and stylish self-catering holiday cottage sits in a prime location high above Barmouth in North Wales. With 3 bedrooms, the property can accommodate up to 6 adults on the outskirts of this ever-popular holiday destination. From the fro...

THE HOP BARN, pet friendly in Cleobury Mortimer, Ref 747

The Hop Barn is a former barn cottage, located in the rural village of Neen Sollars, three miles from Cleobury Mortimer in Shropshire. This ‘upside down cottage' sleeps four people and has two ground floor bedrooms consisting of a super king siz...

HURY LODGE, pet friendly, with a garden in Baldersdale, Ref 1933

Situated in its own grounds in the peaceful and tranquil hamlet of Hury, this property is a charming stone-built semi-detached cottage just 10 miles from Barnard Castle. Situated in the midst of beautiful surroundings, the property provides first ...

Converted Stable Criccieth | Farm Self Catering Accommodation

Stabal-Ymlwch has been recently converted from what was a genuine working stable into some attractive and comfortable accommodation for guests wanting to explore Snowdonia. And it's been done very well. The slate floors, original exposed beams and...

STONE END COTTAGE, pet friendly in Austwick , Ref 1804

Situated in a residential area at the very heart of the beautiful Dales village of Austwick is this delightful cottage, a lovely semi-detached property. Comfortable and spacious throughout, this lovely building offers a charming sitting room and a...

LAWNS HOUSE FARM, family friendly in North Duffield, Ref 1630

Lawns House Farm is a brick built, semi-detached, former farmhouse, set on a working farm in between the villages of North Duffield and Skipwith just twelve miles south of the city of York. With six bedrooms comprised of three doubles (one with an...

Unique Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm

Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Its difficult for me to be objective when describing Nant as its the larger of the two self ...

TWO TWEENWAYS, country holiday cottage in Ambleside, Ref 1505

This traditional Lakeland terraced cottage offers excellent accommodation within easy reach of all local amenities within the popular town of Ambleside. This lovely property provides visitors with first class, well equipped, accommodation includin...

THE APARTMENT, pet friendly, with a garden in Aultbea, Ref 1127

The Apartment is situated just 6 miles from Aultbea and offers accommodation for 6 people; a superb base for large families or groups of friends. It is set on a working croft in Mellon Udrigle – a small collection of cottages and farmsteads - a...

Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy in Snowdonia | Moelfre

Moelfre, Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy, named after the mountain behind the cottage, is a one bedroom barn conversion on a working welsh hill farm. It's difficult for me to be objective when describing Moelfre as it's one of the two self cate...
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