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

The Music Room L249, remarkable Grade II listed former music room

A mile from Aveton Gifford, two very special places to stay within what was once a small family estate: an exceptionally well converted barn and a remarkable Grade II listed former music room. Three hundred yards down a tree-lined track off a lane...

Style Cottage L239, a light, bright cottage and well-equipped

Beside a scarcely-used lane on a valley-side a mile north of Aveton Gifford, two barns excellently converted into two detached cottages on a 20 acre farm (sheep). The welcoming owners live close by. You are welcome on the farm (stationary vintage ...

Jesters L241, private cottage with garden and shared family games rooms

A mile from Moreleigh and 2 from Harbertonford (PO/shop, pub), down a little lane and next to the friendly owners' ancient farmhouse but completely private from it, three excellent cottages converted from old stone barns, all detached and private ...

Reubens L240, excellent cottage a mile from Moreleigh

A mile from Moreleigh and 2 from Harbertonford (PO/shop, pub), down a little lane and next to the friendly owners' ancient farmhouse but completely private from it, three excellent cottages converted from old stone barns, all detached and private ...

Langford Down Cottage L231, grade II listed, very pretty detached cob cottage

½ mile from Slapton, a south-facing, hill-sheltered, very pretty, Grade II listed, detached thatched cob cottage with probably 15th cent. origins. All around is a large, mostly lawned garden, full of primroses and daffodils in the spring, with mea...

Little Stadbury L228, converted light and spacious detached cottage

The tree-sheltered farmstead of Stadbury stretches along the hillside and consists of a medieval manor house, farmhouse and several converted farm buildings. All are private from each other. This well and imaginatively converted, light and spaciou...

East Bickleigh L2, 17th cent. farmhouse in a peaceful setting

In a peaceful and secluded setting, a mile from Halwell and 1½ from Harbertonford (PO/shop, pub), two cottages and three superb barn conversions at Bickleigh Farm, all sharing an indoor heated swimming pool (39’ x 19’ x 3’ to 4’6' deep, available ...

Cottage 5 L167, cottage with small terrace in East Portlemouth

1½ miles from East Portlemouth, eastwards along the coast, is Gara Rock, an utterly unique and spectacularly sited new development of 12 apartments and 5 cottages along with an excellent restaurant, all with fabulous, panoramic views seaward and t...

Cottage 3 L166, cottage with panoramic views seaward and swimming pools

1.5 miles from East Portlemouth, eastwards along the coast, is Gara Rock, an utterly unique and spectacularly sited new development of 12 apartments and 5 cottages along with an excellent restaurant, all with fabulous, panoramic views seaward and ...

St Aubyn House L164, smart, three-storey, 'upside down' cottage

High in farmland a mile from Noss Mayo and ½ mile from the sea at Stoke (splendid cliffs, coast path, cove beach), a number of cottages well converted from Grade II listed farm buildings, sharing a 1½ acre garden (barbecue, picnic table), games/la...
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