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

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 G...

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 orch...

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 benefi...

Nestled in the heart of the village...

Threshing Cottage Garden Apartment, nestling in the heart of East Prawle village only a short walk to the stunning coastline is a well presented, great value holiday cottage, perfect for couples.  The cosy and very private apartment is l...

Spacious and charming conversion...

The two cottages at Locks farm are charming, spotless and extremely comfortable, a positive oasis from which to explore this stunning area. Both cottages and the farmhouse are within an attractive gated courtyard area, the original former far...

Contemporary 5 star converted chapel...

Built in 1876 and recently imaginatively and tastefully renovated this 5 star converted chapel overlooks the village green in the quiet Dorset village of Sturminster Marshall and is just a short walk from a welcoming pub. The sophisticated acco...

Picturesque 18th Century Cottage...

This is a wonderful detached 1700’s period property and superb holiday home that exudes quality, charm and character. Located in an elevated position on Barbican Hill the property is a set in a quieter area of town with ample parking an...

Detached conversion with superb views...

The two cottages at Locks farm are charming, spotless and extremely comfortable, a positive oasis from which to explore this stunning area. Both cottages and the farmhouse are within an attractive gated courtyard area, the original former far...

Delightful cottages on a working farm...

These two delightful holiday retreats are in a secluded location, nestled amongst the soft hills of the picturesque Avon valley in Devon, close to the river that flows through this beautiful part of the South Hams and conveniently just a few ...

Charming eco-friendly barn conversion...

The Barn is a cosy studio in a recently converted detached barn, once used as a workshop to a nearby tin mine. This eco friendly property is adjacent to a footpath offering some of the most incredible walks or rides that the National Park has...

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