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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

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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (43 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    Cabin #6480322
    43
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      Excellent! 4.5/5
      (13 reviews)
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      • 3 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 5
      Cottage #1994183
      13
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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (30 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 5
        Apartment #1080505
        30
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          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (74 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Apartment #1667210
          74
          Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.9/5
            (27 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Apartment #1982119
            27
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              Exceptional! 5.0/5
              (12 reviews)
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              • 1 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Apartment #1992428
              12
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                Excellent! 4.7/5
                (27 reviews)
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                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 3
                Apartment #433404
                27
                Viewed 97 times in the last 48 hours
                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                  (27 reviews)
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 4
                  Apartment #4209836
                  27
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                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                    (41 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Apartment #1674903
                    41
                    Viewed 99 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                      (14 reviews)
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 5
                      House #6480193
                      14
                      Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                        (10 reviews)
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 2
                        Multiple rentals Apartment #8157203
                        10
                        Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (17 reviews)
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #1767167
                          17
                          Viewed 102 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                            (119 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Apartment #212202
                            119
                            Viewed 74 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                              (21 reviews)
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 7
                              Apartment #1950058
                              21
                              Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (55 reviews)
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 3
                                Cottage #711010
                                55
                                Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                  (41 reviews)
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                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Apartment #6126207
                                  41
                                  Viewed 77 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                    (23 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 3
                                    Apartment #1767166
                                    23
                                    Viewed 76 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                      (27 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #1403603
                                      27
                                      Viewed 125 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (71 reviews)
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Apartment #1127022
                                        71
                                        Viewed 121 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                          (35 reviews)
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Apartment #1402198
                                          35
                                          Viewed 103 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (31 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Bungalow #6495228
                                            31
                                            Viewed 262 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 120 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                (23 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #6518975
                                                23
                                                Viewed 108 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                  (16 reviews)
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  Apartment #1039123
                                                  16
                                                  Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (17 reviews)
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                    Farmhouse #8168132
                                                    17
                                                    Viewed 109 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                      (26 reviews)
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cottage #1068820
                                                      26
                                                      Viewed 61 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                        (66 reviews)
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                        Apartment #408974
                                                        66
                                                        Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (33 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Cottage #702080
                                                          33
                                                          Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (18 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #8052258
                                                            18
                                                            Viewed 114 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                              (145 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Apartment #6341361
                                                              145
                                                              Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (37 reviews)
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                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                House #1134654
                                                                37
                                                                Viewed 51 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                  (16 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Cottage #8147142
                                                                  16
                                                                  Viewed 615 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                    (28 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                    Apartment #1004294
                                                                    28
                                                                    Viewed 86 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (10 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Apartment #6504075
                                                                      10
                                                                      Viewed 154 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                        (28 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                        House #8063542
                                                                        28
                                                                        Viewed 102 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (43 reviews)
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                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                          House #3013745
                                                                          43
                                                                          Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                            (14 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #1771153
                                                                            14
                                                                            Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (66 reviews)
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                                                                              • Studio
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Apartment #811435
                                                                              66
                                                                              Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                (48 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                House #720112
                                                                                48
                                                                                Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (42 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Cottage #8171244
                                                                                  42
                                                                                  Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (9 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                                    Cottage #8173085
                                                                                    9
                                                                                    Viewed 91 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                      (15 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                      Apartment #8118158
                                                                                      15
                                                                                      Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                        (23 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Bungalow #6113635
                                                                                        23
                                                                                        Viewed 178 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                          (38 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Apartment #1672240
                                                                                          38
                                                                                          Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                            (34 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #68471
                                                                                            34
                                                                                            Viewed 96 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                              (17 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #8046126
                                                                                              17
                                                                                              Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (41 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Cottage #722905
                                                                                                41
                                                                                                Viewed 81 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (66 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Apartment #348409vb
                                                                                                  66
                                                                                                  Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (25 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                    Cottage #1873785
                                                                                                    25
                                                                                                    Viewed 158 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                      (25 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                                                                      Barn #6555275
                                                                                                      25
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      A fantastic property in a great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property is of a very high standard with no stone left unturned in providing everything required for a comfortable and enjoyable stay
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      The apartment looked exactly as pictured on the website . It was clean , bright , cosy and inviting

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My two teenage children and I had a wonderful 7 night stay in this beautiful apartment . It was very comfortable , just the perfect size for our needs . First impressions were ' wow it looks exactly as on the website !' It was cosy and warm , bright and clean . All the basics and much more were provided : quality appliances , Nespresso machine ...... My son loved his sofa bed in the lounge , and enjoyed his daily Netflix fixes . Rafael always responded quickly to any queries , which was much appreciated . All the instructions which he emailed re check in , amenities etc were very clear . The apartment block is so conveniently located to tube stations , Hyde park , and within walking distance to the beautiful and classy surrounds of Nottinghill Gate . Not to mention lots of nice restaurants , shops and supermarkets around . It was surprisingly very quiet despite being located near a busy street. It became our home for 7 nights , and indeed it was a home away from home . Thank you Rafael . We had a wonderful time staying at your apartment , and would not hesitate to stay there again when we next visit , and recommend it to our family and friends too. A big thank you , from Suzanne , Kristina and Adam
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Pure bliss

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We were originally booked to stay at the smaller property on this site, but due to a last minute issue, the owner offered us the lodge. Whilst the smaller property looked very nice, the lodge was absolutely beautiful and finished to a very high standard. Both myself and partner had a fantastic week and loved every minute at the lodge. Beautiful views, great location and amazing property. Wish we could have moved in permanently and would jump at the chance of a return visit.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016