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

Luxury 4 bedroom accommodation, ideal for golf parties or family breaks

The building dates from 1858, however, the internal accommodation is every inch 21st century living. Providing accommodation for up to 8 people in the form of 4 double or twin bedded rooms each with television, 2 with en-suite facilities, a furt...

Castaway-Wonderful sea+harbour views,picturesque and private location+log fire.

*To enquire or book please contact through website or phone owner Peter Gribbin on 07905206037.* *newly renovated. *attractive 3-bed Brixham fisherman's cottage. *stunning sea,harbour and marina views from large windows in all main rooms. *log f...

Ten Seconds Walk To The Beach

The Cabin has been newly refurbished to a high standard (VisitEngland 4 stars) andis an ideal holiday home with sea views from the upstairs bedroom - it is almost on the beach and provides excellent family accommodation. It is homely, has stunning...

Beautiful 3 bed barn conversions in rural setting, 2 with secluded hot tub

Three new stone-built barn conversions in a rural setting, each cottage has 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6 (plus sofa bed in the second public room). Two of the rooms have king size beds (master en suite) and the third is a twin room. Wood burning stov...

Admiral Cottage is a uniquely stylish and luxurious Cottage

Admiral Cottage is a luxury well equipped cottage with quality furnishings and state of the art kitchen and bathroom. It is the ideal self catering cottage for a luxury family break, or celebration. During 2007 the cottage has undergone a major re...

Stunning pet friendly cottage next to Camber Sands

Sandy Paws is a modern character cottage in Camber Sands, just five minutes from the beautiful sandy beach. This pretty weather boarded Camber Sands holiday cottage in East Sussex is perfect for a family holiday discovering the local history and r...

Grade Ii Listed Cottage, in the Beautiful Cotswolds Village of Blockley

THE CALCULATOR ON THIS PAGE INCORRECTLY USES NIGHTLY RATES AND ANY QUOTES PRODUCED ARE INACCURATE. CONTACT US FOR CORRECT PRICING! Summary Built in 1851, grade II listed Plum Tree Cottage is at the end of a row of six Cotswold stone cottages, lo...

Beautifully Furnished Luxury Cottage, With Its Own Private Garden

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOMEAWAY, OWNERS DIRECT AND VRBO SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE, BY USING THE CALCULATOR WIDGET. THIS IS NOT TRUE! OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL...

A Beautiful, Cosy Cottage, In A Quiet Village In The Heart Of England

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOMEAWAY, OWNERS DIRECT AND VRBO SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE, BY USING THE CALCULATOR WIDGET. THIS IS NOT TRUE! OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL...

Beautiful Converted Chapel, In The Peaceful Cotswolds Village Of Northleach

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOMEAWAY, OWNERS DIRECT AND VRBO SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE, BY USING THE CALCULATOR WIDGET. THIS IS NOT TRUE! OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL...

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