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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

    Excellent! 4.7/5
    (3 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 9 BR
    • 6 BA
    • Sleeps 18
    Chateau / Country House #8126339
    3
    Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
      avg/night
      • 4 BR
      • 3 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 8
      Farmhouse #8169394
      Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
        avg/night
        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 3
        Cottage #6716657
        Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
          View details for price
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #1964257
          1
          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
            Exceptional! 5/5
            (5 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 4 BR
            • 3 BA
            • Sleeps 8
            House #1081224
            5
            Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5/5
              (6 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Cottage #8173894
              6
              Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                avg/night
                • 7 BR
                • 4 BA
                • Sleeps 22
                House #6935923
                Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (15 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Cottage #8127635
                  15
                  Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5/5
                    (24 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Cottage #1625915
                    24
                    Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (8 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 2
                      Cottage #1586392
                      8
                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (32 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 7
                        Cottage #1155096
                        32
                        Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                          (21 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 5
                          Cottage #1779587
                          21
                          Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                            (7 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Cottage #8096019
                            7
                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Cottage #1686805
                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 4 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                House #6964768
                                1
                                Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (5 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 7 BR
                                  • 5 BA
                                  • Sleeps 22
                                  House #1578923
                                  5
                                  Viewed 53 times in the last 48 hours
                                    avg/night
                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Cottage #1686819
                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Cottage #1951157
                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                        (18 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Cottage #437937
                                        18
                                        Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (7 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Apartment #1851555
                                          7
                                          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                            (4 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 2
                                            Cottage #1850176
                                            4
                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                              avg/night
                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Cottage #6830976
                                              1
                                              Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Apartment #6958462
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  House #1781792
                                                  6
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (21 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 5 BR
                                                    • 3 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 10
                                                    Chateau / Country House #462954
                                                    21
                                                    Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cottage #6736577
                                                      1
                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 5 BR
                                                        • 4 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilets
                                                        • Sleeps 10
                                                        Chateau / Country House #8127982
                                                        3
                                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                          (5 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                          Apartment #1937668
                                                          5
                                                          Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Apartment #6562047
                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                              (20 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Apartment #65975
                                                              20
                                                              Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Apartment #6562057
                                                                1
                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  Cottage #1964890
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Guest House #6967055
                                                                    Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                                      Cottage #6822766
                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                        (13 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Cottage #8145695
                                                                        13
                                                                        Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #6470379
                                                                          2
                                                                          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Cottage #6875807
                                                                            1
                                                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (18 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cottage #477032
                                                                              18
                                                                              Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                Cottage #1686799
                                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (9 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Cottage #8138704
                                                                                  9
                                                                                  Viewed 118 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 5 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 14
                                                                                    House #6707178
                                                                                    1
                                                                                    Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                      (8 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      House #8173635
                                                                                      8
                                                                                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                        (4 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Cabin #6884201
                                                                                        4
                                                                                        Viewed 87 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                                          Cottage #1965416
                                                                                          2
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (6 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                                            House #6727499
                                                                                            6
                                                                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                              (17 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Chalet #712579
                                                                                              17
                                                                                              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Cottage #6781641
                                                                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                  (10 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Cottage #8166195
                                                                                                  10
                                                                                                  Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                    Apartment #6935394
                                                                                                    1
                                                                                                    Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Cottage #6837067
                                                                                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Perfect getaway!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed there over the Easter break & had a fantastic time. A highly recommendable place. We literally spend most of the time exploring the estate and spotting the game birds! A huge thanks to Ian for his hospitality!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      Nice clean warm and cosy home from home

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Perfect accommodation for relaxing with the added bonus of local wildlife at your window!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017