There are times when only a homey atmosphere will do for a perfect holiday. You can check out these best picks for welcoming holiday rentals with hot tubs in the UK and Europe. Here's a list of ideas for what to do if you take the whole family along for the fun, as well as inspiration for those hoping to surprise a sweetheart.

Exciting options for holiday cottages in the UK

Are you looking for enough water sports, hiking trails and kid-friendly activities to satisfy a family of 10? Or are you on holiday with a bunch of night owls who need to dance up a storm before a hot tub relaxation session? Perhaps a trip through a titanic history is what you crave.There are plenty of diverse regions in the UK that are sure to satisfy your holiday needs, whatever they may be.

Lake District cottages bring you close to nature

Home to England's largest lake and tallest mountain, the serene Lake District has inspired writers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts for centuries. You can spend your mornings hiking through the woods surrounding Lake Windermere, your afternoons sailing and windsurfing, and your evenings relaxing in a log cabin with a bubbling hot tub. On the northern edge of the district are the sophisticated shops and cosy pubs of Penrith, where you can visit 2 medieval castles, Penrith and Brougham, before a picnic lunch.

Yorkshire rentals provide holidays from soothing to spirited

Nothing complements a cosy cottage with a hot tub better than the blustery breezes along the moors of Yorkshire. Here you'll find everything from snug homes with wood beams to historic stone houses with modern amenities to rustic-chic cabins with expansive private patios. The famous Yorkshire Dales offer a protected national parkland that draws nature lovers from near and far. Or, you can find a holiday cottage in Leeds if you want to break up hot tub time with a lively night on the town. Call Lane is the place to hear live music, sip a classy cocktail or score some late night barbeque.

Spectacular views and spunky urban centres in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has exchanged a politically tumultuous past for a vibrant present marked by fashionable cities, a hip foodie scene and a startling coastline. A holiday home in Belfast will put you near the strikingly modern exhibits and activities at Titanic Belfast. History buffs will love touring Londonderry's 17th-century city walls. A cottage on the Causeway Coast will give you the best opportunity to tour breathtaking cliffs, rocky beaches and the otherworldly hexagonal basalt columns of Giant's Causeway.

Enjoy romantic cottage rentals amidst nature's beauty

Trekking through snow on a dogsled run and gazing up at the aurora borealis are just 2 of the romantic activities that will bring you closer to your loved one in a snowy climate. On the other hand, perhaps a hike through winding forest trails that skirt swanky spa towns is more your speed. Either way, you'll find the perfect holiday homes in these romantic destinations.

Lapland holidays are for lovers

If you're looking to share a cabin with the one you love, look no farther than Finnish Lapland. Even in midsummer, when the midnight sun reigns, temperatures are still cold enough to justify a steamy soak. You can try finding a holiday cottage near the capital, Rovaniemi, for access to science museums and Santa-related attractions. You might also want to consider striking out into the wilderness if you and your sweetheart want to snowshoe in private. Don't miss a chance to visit a reindeer farm, and don't forget to look up and spot the northern lights.

Have a holiday fit for a fairy tale in the Black Forest

Known as the setting for the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales and the home of the cuckoo clock, the dense Black Forest in Germany's Baden-Württemberg is more than the birthplace of fanciful stories and timepieces. Holiday lettings in Baden-Baden offer closest proximity to the region's famous spas, while the Black Forest National Park gives couples a chance to tour a seemingly untouched landscape of glacial lakes, lush moors and forested valleys.