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

Cosy detached quaint Cotswold cottage in village near walks and facilities

Cooks cottage is a delightful cosy Cotswold stone cottage attached only to neighbouring sheds on a quiet no through road leading to walks into the beautiful countryside yet moments from an excellent shop with post office services, two gastro pubs,...

Outstanding barn conversion close to sea

High Barn is an outstanding barn conversion using large beams from 18th century ships. A second barn is used as a large games room with table tennis. Situated in a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Devon, it is just one mile...

The Sea Swallow, a beautiful seaside holiday cottage for couples or families

In a lovely, quiet spot by the pretty medieval church but a minute's walk from shops, great eateries and the quay, and five minutes to the nearest of Fowey's two sandy beaches, the cottage is decorated with exquisite attention to detail and is bri...

Luxurious Self-Catering Cottages With Indoor Pool & Sauna in Dartmoor Nat'l Park

Nestled in the middle of rolling Devon countryside and on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, East Underdown is the perfect place for a family holiday or a quiet romantic getaway. The three cottages were converted from 17c barns. Walkers enjoy a c...

Right At The Waters Edge, Raasay

Beautiful stone built cottage at Clachan Bay. Views to die for.

An 18th Cent Terraced Cottage In A Pretty Village. 1 Small Dog. Lovely Walks.

Tamar View Cottage, a modernised terraced cottage in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Tamar in tiny Calstock village , East Cornwall. Plymouth is 8 miles and Callington 5 miles. 16 miles to beaches at Whitsand Bay & Portwrinkle. Cals...

Bodhi's Beach Hut Is A Luxury Self Catering Holiday Cottage

We have only 1 week left available until September, the 23 - 30th August. Bodhi’s Beach Hut is a luxury self catering holiday cottage for two people. Located exactly 1 mile from Constantine Bay and 3 miles from Padstow it's an ideal alternative ...

Grand Norwegian timber lodge - Wheelchair accessible

The Hytte is close to Hexham and Hadrian's Wall, this unique 'Five Star' property is fully accessible and provides the ideal country retreat for friends and family 'get together's' with the added luxury of a sauna and hot-tub spa. The Hytte has b...

A Really Pretty Luxury Detached Cottage. Beach 4 Miles. Beautiful Countryside.

‘Horseshoe Cottage’, a high standard detached cottage in a lovely country setting a few miles from Jacobstow village, only 8 miles from the favourite fishing village of Boscastle , North Cornwall. Lovely sandy beach and spectacular cliffs (highest...

Delightful 19th Century Semi-detached Stone Cottage In Stratton. Beach 2 Miles.

The Homecroft, a delightful 19th century semi-detached stone cottage in the ancient village of Stratton, next to Bude. The cottage is spacious and has been refurbished over the last few years; with a cosy and inviting cottage style interior. Stra...
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