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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.

More popular destinations in the UK

Brighton holiday apartments

London holiday apartments

Essex holiday cottages

    Exceptional! 5/5
    (41 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 1 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Apartment #4209836
    41
    Viewed 77 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (27 reviews)
      avg/night
      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 5
      House #6480193
      27
      Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (56 reviews)
        avg/night
        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 5
        Cabin #6480322
        56
        Viewed 670 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.8/5
          (19 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 5 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Sleeps 10
          House #866650
          19
          Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (82 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Apartment #1127022
            82
            Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (41 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 2 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 5
              Apartment #1080505
              41
              Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (4 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 4 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 7
                House #898508
                4
                Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                  (14 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Apartment #962182
                  14
                  Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (60 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    House #8166008
                    60
                    Viewed 187 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                      (12 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 3
                      Apartment #6720384
                      12
                      Viewed 121 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (93 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #1160808
                        93
                        Viewed 74 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (30 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #6713114
                          30
                          Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (33 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 3
                            Barn #6555275
                            33
                            Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                              (74 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Multiple rentals Apartment #414515
                              74
                              Viewed 71 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                (19 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Cottage #8158830
                                19
                                Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                  (17 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 5
                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #6790168
                                  17
                                  Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (29 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Apartment #6781700
                                    29
                                    Viewed 53 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                      (12 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 3
                                      Cottage #8173085
                                      12
                                      Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (21 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Cottage #1889733
                                        21
                                        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (22 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Apartment #1992428
                                          22
                                          Viewed 153 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (71 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Apartment #348409vb
                                            71
                                            Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                              (25 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 3
                                              Apartment #1552216
                                              25
                                              Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (18 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Apartment #8159158
                                                18
                                                Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                  (36 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Apartment #834956vb
                                                  36
                                                  Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (25 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #826393vb
                                                    25
                                                    Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                      (90 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Apartment #1667210
                                                      90
                                                      Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (17 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                        Cottage #6868627
                                                        17
                                                        Viewed 99 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (56 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          Apartment #1674903
                                                          56
                                                          Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (40 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • Studio
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Apartment #1060356
                                                            40
                                                            Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Multiple rentals Apartment #1982119
                                                              33
                                                              Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                (12 reviews)
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                Multiple rentals Apartment #8157203
                                                                12
                                                                Viewed 103 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                  (37 reviews)
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  Cottage #6518975
                                                                  37
                                                                  Viewed 93 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                    (17 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Apartment #8062135
                                                                    17
                                                                    Viewed 169 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (70 reviews)
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Apartment #427572
                                                                      70
                                                                      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                        (31 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                                        Apartment #433404
                                                                        31
                                                                        Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                          (30 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                          Cottage #8147142
                                                                          30
                                                                          Viewed 87 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                            (67 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            House #1684472
                                                                            67
                                                                            Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                              (19 reviews)
                                                                              View details for price
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Apartment #1771153
                                                                              19
                                                                              Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (7 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                Apartment #1034586
                                                                                7
                                                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (21 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Apartment #4256687
                                                                                  21
                                                                                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (51 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • Studio
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Apartment #831281
                                                                                    51
                                                                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                      (32 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                                                      Cottage #8161502
                                                                                      32
                                                                                      Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                        (24 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                                                        Apartment #423392
                                                                                        24
                                                                                        Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (53 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                                          House #3013745
                                                                                          53
                                                                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                            (28 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #6749878
                                                                                            28
                                                                                            Viewed 75 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (37 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              Apartment #834681
                                                                                              37
                                                                                              Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (24 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 14
                                                                                                Apartment #556988vb
                                                                                                24
                                                                                                Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (119 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Apartment #326618vb
                                                                                                  119
                                                                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                                    (22 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    Cabin #6714173
                                                                                                    22
                                                                                                    Viewed 103 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                      (30 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Apartment #6120129
                                                                                                      30
                                                                                                      Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Wonderful place to stay.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A tasteful well equipped property with great views. We had a wonderful week and friends and family enjoyed the stay. Would be hard to find a better place to stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Excellent stay

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I'd highly recommend this holiday let to anyone looking for a place to stay in London. The property was well equipped, spotless and surprisingly quiet given how close it was to the high street. It's within a secure courtyard so felt very safe too. We cooked one evening and found the kitchen had all the equipment we needed, but we were only a very short walk from lots of restaurants, bars and pubs (I fell a bit in love with The Falcon and its sunny garden) so no need to cook at all. The owner provided absolutely all the information we needed beforehand, possibly the most detailed pre-arrival info I've ever seen! Indre, who met us at the property and explained various bits and bobs to us was also communicative prior to our arrival and friendly too. The property is only a short walk from the tube station but we found minicabs to the West End were cheap and easy instead. In the pre-arrival information the owner said he'd welcome any suggestions - I don't have any, it was perfect! I'd happily stay there again next time I'm in London
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017