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Holiday cottages in the UK

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

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

Things to do

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

When best to rent a cottage in the UK

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

Travelling to your accommodation

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

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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
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    Cabin #6480322
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      • 4 BR
      • 3 BA
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      House #6517453
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        Exceptional! 5/5
        (34 reviews)
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        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
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        Apartment #4209836
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          Wonderful! 4.8/5
          (77 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
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          Apartment #1127022
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            Wonderful! 4.9/5
            (37 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 5
            Apartment #1080505
            37
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              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (21 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 5
              House #6480193
              21
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                Exceptional! 5/5
                (24 reviews)
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                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Apartment #6120129
                24
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (88 reviews)
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 4
                  Apartment #1160808
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                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                    (11 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Multiple rentals Apartment #8157203
                    11
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                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                      (33 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Separate Toilet
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #834956vb
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                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (30 reviews)
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 3
                        Barn #6555275
                        30
                        Viewed 93 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (16 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 2
                          Apartment #1992428
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                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (84 reviews)
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Apartment #1667210
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                            Viewed 76 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 90 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                (31 reviews)
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Apartment #1414254
                                31
                                Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (55 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  House #8166008
                                  55
                                  Viewed 87 times in the last 48 hours
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                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 7
                                    House #898508
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                                    Viewed 100 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                      (27 reviews)
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Cottage #6518975
                                      27
                                      Viewed 168 times in the last 48 hours
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #1982119
                                        30
                                        Viewed 195 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                          (59 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          House #1684472
                                          59
                                          Viewed 126 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                            (20 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Cottage #1889733
                                            20
                                            Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 3
                                              Apartment #6518047
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                                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (48 reviews)
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Apartment #1674903
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                                                Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                  Cottage #8173085
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (21 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Cottage #1767167
                                                    21
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                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                      (27 reviews)
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                      Cottage #6504264
                                                      27
                                                      Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                        (12 reviews)
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                        Apartment #1929946
                                                        12
                                                        Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (40 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                          Bungalow #6495228
                                                          40
                                                          Viewed 170 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (37 reviews)
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                                                            • Studio
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                            Apartment #1060356
                                                            37
                                                            Viewed 126 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                              (53 reviews)
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #6126207
                                                              53
                                                              Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (18 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                Apartment #6475122
                                                                18
                                                                Viewed 76 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                  (7 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                  Apartment #6720384
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                                                                  Viewed 120 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                    (13 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Apartment #8062135
                                                                    13
                                                                    Viewed 248 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (23 reviews)
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                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                      Apartment #6781700
                                                                      23
                                                                      Viewed 74 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                        (15 reviews)
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                        Cottage #1994183
                                                                        15
                                                                        Viewed 165 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (20 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Apartment #826393vb
                                                                          20
                                                                          Viewed 114 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Very Good! 4/5
                                                                            (13 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                            Multiple rentals Apartment #6790168
                                                                            13
                                                                            Viewed 81 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                              (10 reviews)
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                              Apartment #835152vb
                                                                              10
                                                                              Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (32 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Apartment #1403603
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                                                                                Viewed 89 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (17 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Apartment #8159158
                                                                                  17
                                                                                  Viewed 72 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (22 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                    Cottage #8147142
                                                                                    22
                                                                                    Viewed 415 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                      (27 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Apartment #1989571
                                                                                      27
                                                                                      Viewed 94 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                        (18 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Apartment #8133882
                                                                                        18
                                                                                        Viewed 177 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                          (52 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                                          House #720112
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                                                                                          Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                            (29 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                                                            Apartment #433404
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                                                                                            Viewed 84 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (23 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #6713114
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                                                                                              Viewed 140 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                (24 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 3
                                                                                                Apartment #1767166
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                                                                                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                  (17 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                  Cottage #6082727
                                                                                                  17
                                                                                                  Viewed 117 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                    (19 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                                                    Apartment #1898929
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                                                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                      (24 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      Apartment #8090431
                                                                                                      24
                                                                                                      Viewed 79 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Beautifully converted old mill house. Peace and quiet with stunning views across to the forest.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Very atmospheric place with losts of character. Clean and uncluttered with a great wood burner. The views across to the forest are really lovely, with a pond down in the valley below. Very welcoming and helpful owners, but not in any way intrusive. Wish we had a week not a week end, and hopefully will return.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      A warm cosy base run by helpful owners

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      A good central base for Poole and the Purbecks
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely home in a Beautiful Setting

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Very comfortable & spacious house in beautiful surroundings. We look forward to returning in the future.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017