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

Beautiful Sandy Unspoilt Beach 5 Mins Walk

Prospect Cottage is an original end terraced fisherman's cottage in the heart of Winterton. Tastefully decorated & furnished. Enclosed garden, Own off-road parking for 2 cars. This pretty seaside village boasts pale sandy beaches & mile upon mile...

Peaceful Location. Free Wifi. Perranporth famous links Golf Course 0.5 mile

The Smithy is a four bedroom cottage which is over 200 years old, and was originally the Blacksmith's in the tiny village of Rose. It has since been extended into a family home. The three mile beach of Perranporth is just over a mile away. There a...

Luxury Holiday Cottage Complex South Devon indoor pool, playrooms, nr beach

Higher Bowden holiday cottages are luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Devon suitable for all the family set within a complex in a spectacular rural setting of 6.5 acres - a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The cottages are loca...

Luxury Holiday Cottage Complex South Devon indoor pool, playrooms, nr beach

Higher Bowden holiday cottages are luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Devon suitable for all the family set within a complex in a spectacular rural setting of 6.5 acres - a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The cottages are loca...

Tackleway Cottage Hastings

Stay in this cosy, modern fisherman's holiday cottage for five, in the heart of Hastings Old Town You enter the property into the open plan lounge, double aspect, so light and airy and with all the comforts of seaside living. A spiral staircase ta...

Alexandra Cottage Ticehurst

Enjoy a relaxing holiday close to Bewl Water on the Sussex Kent border an area laced with beautiful rural villages Tucked in the top corner of East Sussex close to Bewl Water and the beautiful Pashley Manor Gardens, this character ground floor wea...

Honeysuckle Cottage Golden Cross

Honeysuckle Cottage is a wonderful transformation of a former farm worker's cottage. It is situated on a small working farm of beef cattle, sheep, geese and chickens just to the west of the village of Golden Cross. The cottage is split level with ...

Knowle Croft Fairlight

Superb holiday accommodation overlooking the sea next to Hastings Country Park A fantastically bright and airy three storey home that has the most fabulous views over the garden and beyond to the cliff tops above Fairlight. On a clear day you can ...

St Andrews - family friendly, historic cottage in centre of St Andrews

Centrally located 5 minutes walk from the town centre, Forgan Cottage was fully renovated in 2012 to a high standard for the holiday rental market and as a private holiday home. The cottage was built circa 1896 by the Forgan family who in the lat...

Great Cottage - Great (65) REVIEWS - Great Location for EDINBURGH and Hogmanay

Very Rural, quiet, Self Catering 150 Year Old Country Cottage with Log Fire and Exposed Wooden Beams. Fully Refurbished and Modernised to Very High Standard. Close to Edinburgh (25ml) Very Quiet Location. 2 Bedrooms, Excellent Lounge, High Quality...
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