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Holiday cottages in the UK

At HomeAway we offer a choice of holiday cottages in the UK that emphasise the eclectic range of destinations available in this country of contrasts; from areas of wilderness like the highlands and the spaces that surround our Lake District cottages to Victorian seaside resorts along the south coast, there is something for everyone.

The locations of our holiday rentals in the United Kingdom vary from quaint villages in bucolic countryside, such as our Cornwall cottages, to the hustle and bustle of the city-centres like London and Edinburgh. Great lengths are taken to preserve the older holiday accommodation that we offer; some are over one hundred years old and boast beautiful original features. All gardens are tended to with care, so many of the cottages that we offer come with beautiful outdoor space. Pets are often welcomed, and internet access is provided by at least half of the accommodation listed.

Things to do

  • Historical landmarks - For a relatively small country, the UK packs a great deal of heritage, which dates back more than 2,000 years. If history is what you want to see, then most eras from the medieval to the modern age, are well represented by a wealth of different sites. We recommend: Stonehenge, the Roman structures at Bath, the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
  • Outdoor activities - There are national parks and areas of natural beauty located all across the country, from Dartmoor in the south west to the Cairngorms National Park in north east Scotland and the Lake District which resides in-between the two. Here you’ll encounter unblemished natural scenery, ideal for a range of activities including walking, biking, horseback riding, boating and canoeing.
  • Culture - If its culture you want, there are high-profile museums and art galleries in almost every city, as well as numerous events throughout the year. London’s West End is famed for its numerous theatres, while the Edinburgh Festival is one of the world’s major cultural events. For younger visitors the country hosts some of the top music festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading and V Festival, to name but a few.
  • Family attractions - The UK offers a surprisingly high concentration of first-rate theme parks, safari parks and zoos. In the south you will find Thorpe Park, Legoland and Chessington, while in the county of Staffordshire is Alton Park; all offer a whole host of different rides and entertainment. Elsewhere are other top visitor spots like the Eden Project in Cornwall, with the world’s largest greenhouse.
  • Coast – The UK boasts a rich and varied coastline across all areas of the country. The pre-historic Jurassic Coast in Dorset and Devon, is known for its towering cliffs, sandy beaches and fossils whilst there are also many elegant 19th Century seaside resorts like Brighton & Hove, Blackpool and Weston-super-Mare which have piers and offer more traditional entertainment.

When best to rent a cottage in the UK

The UK climate is influenced strongly by the Atlantic Ocean, helping to make conditions mild and changeable for most of the year. Depending in which of our holiday rentals in the United Kingdom you choose to stay, the weather will vary depending on where you are in the country. The sunniest weather occurs in the south east, with warmer spots in the south west, and largely cooler, damper weather than the national average in the north of England and Scotland. Temperatures hover a little way above freezing across the country in winter, with snow common mainly on high ground. Summer is a great time to visit the UK and rent a cottage – the season brings pleasant weather, with warm sunny spells.

Travelling to your accommodation

Train travel in the UK is costly in comparison to most European countries, but the service is efficient, with five high-speed connections between cities and a connection to mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel. By road, there is more than 3,500 kilometres of motorway, which can get very busy around cities at peak hours. If you’re travelling to your cottage in the United Kingdom from abroad, international airports serve almost every large city in the country; London has six! There are also ferry terminals dotted along the south and east coast, with connections to mainland Europe and Scandinavia.

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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
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    Apartment #1080505
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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      Cabin #6480322
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        Excellent! 4.5/5
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        • 3 BR
        • 1 BA
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        Cottage #1994183
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          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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          • 1 BR
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          Apartment #6120129
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            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Apartment #1667210
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              Excellent! 4.7/5
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
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              Apartment #433404
              27
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                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                • 1 BR
                • 2 BA
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                Apartment #1992428
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                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
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                  Apartment #1982119
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                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
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                    Apartment #4209836
                    28
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                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
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                      Apartment #1674903
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                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 5
                        House #6480193
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                          Excellent! 4.5/5
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
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                          Multiple rentals Apartment #8157203
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                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                            (17 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Cottage #1767167
                            17
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                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                              (23 reviews)
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                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 3
                              Apartment #1767166
                              23
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                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (31 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 5
                                Bungalow #6495228
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                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (43 reviews)
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                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Apartment #6126207
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                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (35 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
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                                    Apartment #1402198
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                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Apartment #1898929
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                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                        (28 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
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                                        Apartment #1403603
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                                        Viewed 116 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                          (23 reviews)
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Cottage #6518975
                                          23
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                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (119 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Apartment #212202
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                                            Viewed 192 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                              (53 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
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                                              House #8166008
                                              53
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                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                (72 reviews)
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
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                                                Apartment #1127022
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                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                  (56 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                  Cottage #711010
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                                                  Viewed 105 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                    (28 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #834956vb
                                                    28
                                                    Viewed 174 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                      (21 reviews)
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                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                      Apartment #1950058
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                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Apartment #8118158
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                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (18 reviews)
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          Cottage #8147142
                                                          18
                                                          Viewed 616 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (17 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Farmhouse #8168132
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Cottage #1933633
                                                              16
                                                              Viewed 162 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (37 reviews)
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                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                House #1134654
                                                                37
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                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                  (66 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #408974
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                                                                  Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                    (16 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                    Apartment #1039123
                                                                    16
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                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (34 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Cottage #702080
                                                                      34
                                                                      Viewed 118 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                        (145 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Apartment #6341361
                                                                        145
                                                                        Viewed 85 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                          (28 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                          Apartment #1004294
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                                                                          Viewed 106 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (26 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                            Cottage #1068820
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                                                                            Viewed 117 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                              (23 reviews)
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                              Bungalow #6113635
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                                                                              Viewed 172 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (11 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Apartment #6504075
                                                                                11
                                                                                Viewed 78 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (28 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                  House #8063542
                                                                                  28
                                                                                  Viewed 176 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                    (14 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Apartment #1771153
                                                                                    14
                                                                                    Viewed 252 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                      (66 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      Apartment #811435
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                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                        (9 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Cottage #8173085
                                                                                        9
                                                                                        Viewed 127 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (41 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                                          Cottage #722905
                                                                                          41
                                                                                          Viewed 103 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                            (34 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                                            Cottage #68471
                                                                                            34
                                                                                            Viewed 191 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                              (11 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #1783404
                                                                                              11
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                                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                                                House #898508
                                                                                                3
                                                                                                Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                  (39 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Apartment #1672240
                                                                                                  39
                                                                                                  Viewed 111 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (19 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #8052258
                                                                                                    19
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                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                      (55 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                                                                      Apartment #8125748
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Amazing, will definitely come back again and again!!!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights. The cottage is beautiful and sophisticated. Loved it 😊
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      A great place to stay in London

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I found this to be the perfect place to stay when visiting London, amazing location and very nicely equipped...Rafael is a great host, he sent all relevant information before our arrival and went the extra mile to accommodate our needs when we needed to extend our stay one night due to a change of itinerary. We would recommend it without hesitation and would be happy to stay here again anytime. Candy M ( and kids )
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      The apartment was very clean. It was close to the bus stop, tube station and local stores.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We enjoyed staying there very much. Some minor issues arose during our stay, the kitchen cabinet hinge broke, and the electric kettle stopped working, the lighter for the hob did not work. Several coffee cups were cracked and the cafetiere was also cracked when we arrived. These were an inconvenience more that anything. I mention them so that they can be corrected before the next guests arrive. If I return to the UK I would rent this apartment again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017