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

Clovelly Cottage Z47, granite cottage with fine long views out to sea

A mile inland from Mousehole by hedgerow lane is the hamlet of Sheffield (cluster of sturdy granite cottages surrounded by farmland), perched high looking seaward. Recently discovered artefacts reveal this area has been inhabited since Mesolithic ...

The Queach Z45, traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning sea views

150 yards up from Mousehole’s bustling little centre of shops, pubs, cafés and pretty harbour is The Queach, a very traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning right-out-to-sea views. A few granite steps and a pretty bit of front garden rai...

Venwyn Manor Z442, single-storey, stone-built cottage, well-decorated

1½ miles inland from both Carbis Bay and St Ives but peacefully in farmland, a single-storey, stone-built cottage, semi-detached from the owners’ house. Plenty of space outside; own patio and garden area looking on large courtyard with fishpond an...

Tregwynne Z41,semi-detached,19th cent.,slate and granite cottage with long views

In Rinsey, ½ mile from the cove beach and coastal path and ¾ mile from a good food pub, a semi-detached, 19th cent., slate and granite cottage with long views across farmland to the sea and along the coast. At the front, hedge and parking; at the ...

Trecam Z28, recently built semi-detached cottage on the seaward edge of Pendeen

On the seaward edge of Pendeen, known as Lower Boscaswell, a recently built semi-detached cottage blending in with its 18th cent. neighbouring stone cottages, but with the benefit of 21st cent. insulation and comfort. At the front, a neat gravelle...

Penti Dowran Z21, 17th cent. granite cottage good for relaxing

In Dowran, a Grade II listed, 17th cent. granite cottage, 30 yards of hardcore track from the lane. Enclosed, sheltered, mature lawn/shrub garden (barbecue) back and front, good for energetic youngsters or for relaxing. Inside, lots of pine fl...

Glebe Farmhouse Z24, sturdy, detached, 19th cent. stone cottage

In Brane, snuggling amongst its sister cottages, a sturdy, detached, 19th cent. stone cottage. A neat garden, safely enclosed by a wall, with large lawn (good for ball games, table/chairs) surrounds it. Inside, depth-of-cottage living room (20...

Mural Cottage Z19, split-level, terraced, 18th cent., Grade II listed cottage

In the heart of Mousehole, 100 yards from the pub, shops and harbour, a split-level, terraced, 18th cent., Grade II listed, fisherman’s cottage with a tiny, traffic-free lane at the back. Front door from the tiny ‘no through road??? lane to ha...

East Barn T6, detached thatched stone cottage set back from the quiet lane

In Crowan, by the church (bells 10.30am Sunday mornings/Thursday evenings) and set back from the quiet lane, two little detached thatched stone cottages thoughtfully converted from old barns. Both have their own little sitting-out area (tables/cha...

West Barn T5, little detached thatched stone cottage

In Crowan, by the church (bells 10.30am Sunday mornings/Thursday evenings) and set back from the quiet lane, two little detached thatched stone cottages thoughtfully converted from old barns. Both have their own little sitting-out area (tables/cha...
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