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

Dog Friendly Cottage | Indoor Heated Swimming Pool | Sauna | Nr Woolacombe Beac

Nestled within 44 acres of picturesque landscaped gardens and idyllic countryside surroundings Gate Cottage is a converted cottage by 6 other neighboring cottages. Relax in the indoor heated swimming pool, make use of the hot rock sauna*, on site ...

Cotswold period cottage

Built around 1840, the cottage is on a dead end country road, so no traffic. Totally renovated in 2010 as a country retreat for its owner, it boasts modern central heating, new bathrooms, handmade curtains and a new kitchen equipped to the highest...

Charming 16th Century traditional Devon stone cottage in village nr. Brixham

Barnacle Cottage is located in the village of Galmpton, in the heart of the Dart Valley (within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and a few miles from Brxiham harbour. The village centres around a marina by the Creek, a general stor...

THE COTTAGE, family friendly, with a garden in Horsehouse, Ref 20338

The Cottage is a lovely detached farmhouse situated in a beautiful secluded location near to the village of Horsehouse, ten miles from Leyburn. The cottage can sleep seven people in one double with en-suite, one family room with one double, one si...

SUMMERFIELD COTTAGE, pet friendly in Gorran Haven, Ref 915521

Summerfield Cottage is an attractive bungalow attached to the owner's home, on the outskirts of Gorran Haven in Cornwall. There are two bedrooms, one king-size double and one twin, meaning the cottage can sleep up to four people. There's also a ba...

RIVERSIDE COTTAGE, luxury holiday cottage in Portree, Ref 905866

Riverside Cottage is a luxurious cottage situated in the friendly crofting township of Kensaleyre, near to the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye. This single-storey cottage can sleep five people in three bedrooms, consisting of one double with e...

22 WYEDALE CRESCENT, pet friendly in Bakewell, Ref 914364

22 Wyedale Crescent is a detached, ground floor cottage set in a residential area in Bakewell. With two bedrooms, one king-size double and one twin (zip/link, can be king-size double on request), this cottage can sleep four people. There's also a ...

VERANO COTTAGE, pet friendly, with a garden in Fraddon, Ref 914408

Verano Cottage is a charming, mid-terrace, ex-tin miner’s cottage, situated on the roadside in the heart of Fraddon, near Newquay. The cottage offers a double room, a twin room, and a family shower room. There is a well-equipped kitchen, a sitting...

ALPINE HOUSE, family friendly, with a garden in Pickering, Ref 912910

Alpine House is a character, terraced cottage set in Pickering, North Yorkshire. With one double bedroom and one adult bunks bedroom, this cottage can sleep four people. There's also a ground floor bathroom, a kitchen and a sitting room with a din...

SALTER RAKE GATE COTTAGE, pet friendly in Todmorden, Ref 905529

Salter Rake Gate Cottage is a splendid, detached cottage situated high on the Brontë Moors near Walsden, just two miles from Todmorden. The cottage offers a king-size double room with single sofa bed boasting glorious views of the surrounding fell...

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