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 Cottages In Breathtaking Surroundings

Glenmuick Estate is a traditional Sporting Estate situated in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery. The Estate extends to approximately 14,000 acres filled with all th...

Perfect welcoming base - discover Scottish/English Border country/Edinburgh

FORTHCOMING NEARBY EVENTS: KELSO RACE COURSE - FIXTURE DATES: SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER 2014 SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014 SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014 SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER 2014 2015 DATES Edinburgh International Science Festival: 4 - 19 April 2015 Melrose Rugby S...

Escape to charming 2 bedroom cottage in blissful Borders location

FORTHCOMING NEARBY EVENTS: KELSO RACE COURSE - FIXTURE DATES: SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER 2014 SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014 SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014 SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER 2014 2015 EVENTS Edinburgh International Science Festival: 4-19 April 2015 Melrose Rugby S...

OCT 1/2 Term Just £895 Sleeps 8/10 FREE Leisure FREE Gym FREE Wi-Fi

The accommodation offered in the gold standard lodges is of the highest quality. The lodges are equipped with 3 WC's, 3 showers and a Jacuzzi bath. Accommodation for 8 - 10 guests is available using four well appointed bedrooms ranging from en sui...

Lovely, large, warm cottage surrounded by the Kintail mountains, sleeps 12.

Situated at the head of the awesome Glenshiel in the shadow of the five sisters of Kintail, Woodlands is a spacious and extremely comfortable, self-catering, large, holiday cottage. With 21 Munros in its vicinity (the Five Sisters and Saddle being...

Tranquility - Picturesque Lochside Cottage Surrounded By Mountains And Forest.

Set on the edge of Ratagan Forest on the shores of Loch Duich, this delightful cottage is one of two forester's cottages standing in isolation and accessed by a single track road four miles from the A87. Saraig enjoys the best of both worlds bask...

Fantastic top quality cottage nestling in the beautiful country lanes

A fantastic top quality cottage nestling in the beautiful country lanes of St Brelade. The newly converted barn offers spacious luxury standards in a unique freestanding environment. The original farm and outbuildings date back to 1616. The vau...

A lovely country location with a south facing garden which is sunny fr

Great pride is taken in this 3 bedroom cottage to ensure it is clean and welcoming without being cluttered. Children are very welcome and its also ideal for people with mild mobility difficulties because the accommodation is all ground floor. Goo...

Luxury detached cottage in beautiful Jersey Island

Silver Birch luxury detached self catering cottage is situated on the beautiful island of Jersey in the British Channel Islands. This unique and superior holiday home is built in the grounds of our existing properties but is fully detached with it...

Luxury boutique style 2 bedroom cottage Anglesey

The Dairy is a unique place to relax and unwind and offers boutique style luxury with stunning mountain views. The Dairy is simply unique. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the peace and quiet of a setting with its own entrance ...
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