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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
    (44 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    Cabin #6480322
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (37 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 5
      Bungalow #6495228
      37
      Viewed 156 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.8/5
        (74 reviews)
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        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 4
        Apartment #1127022
        74
        Viewed 106 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (18 reviews)
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          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 5
          House #6480193
          18
          Viewed 91 times in the last 48 hours
            Exceptional! 5/5
            (79 reviews)
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Apartment #1667210
            79
            Viewed 161 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 138 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (20 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Cottage #1767167
                20
                Viewed 195 times in the last 48 hours
                  Exceptional! 5/5
                  (26 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Cottage #6518975
                  26
                  Viewed 237 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5/5
                    (28 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 3
                    Barn #6555275
                    28
                    Viewed 150 times in the last 48 hours
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                      • 4 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 7
                      House #898508
                      3
                      Viewed 84 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (19 reviews)
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 2
                        Cottage #8147142
                        19
                        Viewed 184 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (44 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 2
                          Apartment #1674903
                          44
                          Viewed 105 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (14 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Apartment #1771153
                            14
                            Viewed 146 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (12 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Apartment #6504075
                              12
                              Viewed 81 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (24 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #1989571
                                24
                                Viewed 141 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                                  (24 reviews)
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                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 3
                                  Apartment #1767166
                                  24
                                  Viewed 66 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (50 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    House #720112
                                    50
                                    Viewed 150 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (18 reviews)
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Farmhouse #8168132
                                      18
                                      Viewed 79 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                        (19 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Apartment #6476737
                                        19
                                        Viewed 280 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (40 reviews)
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #1672240
                                          40
                                          Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                            (23 reviews)
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                                            • 1 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 2
                                            Cottage #1989698
                                            23
                                            Viewed 99 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                              (67 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Apartment #348409vb
                                              67
                                              Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (23 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Cottage #6713114
                                                23
                                                Viewed 167 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                  (20 reviews)
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Cottage #8052258
                                                  20
                                                  Viewed 197 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (29 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                    House #8063542
                                                    29
                                                    Viewed 153 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                      (58 reviews)
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                      Cottage #711010
                                                      58
                                                      Viewed 110 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                        (43 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Cottage #722905
                                                        43
                                                        Viewed 220 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (15 reviews)
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                                                          • 4 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 7
                                                          Cottage #6471644
                                                          15
                                                          Viewed 157 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (34 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #702080
                                                            34
                                                            Viewed 164 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (147 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #6341361
                                                              147
                                                              Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                (23 reviews)
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                Apartment #8090431
                                                                23
                                                                Viewed 84 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (19 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #6781700
                                                                  19
                                                                  Viewed 107 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                    (30 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                    Apartment #1678206
                                                                    30
                                                                    Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (28 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Cottage #1068820
                                                                      28
                                                                      Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                        (67 reviews)
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                                                                        • Studio
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Apartment #811435
                                                                        67
                                                                        Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (45 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #8171244
                                                                          45
                                                                          Viewed 61 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (116 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #434046
                                                                            116
                                                                            Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (21 reviews)
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                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                              Cottage #703118
                                                                              21
                                                                              Viewed 93 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                (12 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Cottage #1783404
                                                                                12
                                                                                Viewed 83 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                  (14 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Caravan #6487975
                                                                                  14
                                                                                  Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (29 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                                                    Bungalow #1381195
                                                                                    29
                                                                                    Viewed 109 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                      (23 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Bungalow #6113635
                                                                                      23
                                                                                      Viewed 131 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (35 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        House #8156532
                                                                                        35
                                                                                        Viewed 74 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                          (25 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Cottage #1990074
                                                                                          25
                                                                                          Viewed 60 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                            (23 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #6509219
                                                                                            23
                                                                                            Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                              (23 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                                              Cottage #8125519
                                                                                              23
                                                                                              Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                (46 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                House #3013745
                                                                                                46
                                                                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (34 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                  Cottage #1497933
                                                                                                  34
                                                                                                  Viewed 66 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                    (19 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                    Apartment #1995266
                                                                                                    19
                                                                                                    Viewed 71 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                      (122 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Apartment #212202
                                                                                                      122
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovely Bungalow

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Lovely bungalow , very well kept , everything work as expected and the Hot tub was in an ideal position with lovely views ,
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Stunning apartment

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Super little apartment with lovely views and location, everything was just right when we arrived with lights on,heating on it was all just perfect. Went for a nice meal in the Holly tree hotel and tea in a shop in glencoe called craft and things which was really nice and welcoming. Would give our stay ten out of ten.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Amazing area lovely views from lodge

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The lodge was in ideal situation for exploring area it was home from home our only gripe was the sofa cushions are very low and flat making uncomfortable other than that perfect thank you
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017