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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
    (43 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    Cabin #6480322
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (36 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 5
      Bungalow #6495228
      36
      Viewed 486 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 108 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (17 reviews)
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          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 5
          House #6480193
          17
          Viewed 88 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.9/5
            (48 reviews)
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Apartment #6126207
            48
            Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5.0/5
              (79 reviews)
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Apartment #1667210
              79
              Viewed 121 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 126 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 240 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                    (26 reviews)
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #6518975
                    26
                    Viewed 349 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (18 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #1767167
                      18
                      Viewed 173 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 390 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                          (28 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 3
                          Barn #6555275
                          28
                          Viewed 155 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                            (29 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Apartment #1403603
                            29
                            Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                              (42 reviews)
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                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 2
                              Apartment #1674903
                              42
                              Viewed 139 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 97 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 183 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 75 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 133 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                        (36 reviews)
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 2
                                        Apartment #1402198
                                        36
                                        Viewed 118 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                          (49 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 3 BA
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          House #720112
                                          49
                                          Viewed 105 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 81 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 134 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 72 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                  (19 reviews)
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Cottage #8052258
                                                  19
                                                  Viewed 176 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                    • 4 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 7
                                                    House #898508
                                                    3
                                                    Viewed 101 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                      (40 reviews)
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Apartment #1672240
                                                      40
                                                      Viewed 81 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                        (23 reviews)
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                        Cottage #1989698
                                                        23
                                                        Viewed 102 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (43 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Cottage #722905
                                                          43
                                                          Viewed 63 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 118 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                              (22 reviews)
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                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                              Apartment #423392
                                                              22
                                                              Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                (30 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                Apartment #1678206
                                                                30
                                                                Viewed 68 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (27 reviews)
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Cottage #1068820
                                                                  27
                                                                  Viewed 92 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 94 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 36 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 66 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                          (18 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Apartment #6476737
                                                                          18
                                                                          Viewed 144 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 173 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 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                (146 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Apartment #6341361
                                                                                146
                                                                                Viewed 54 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 69 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 85 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 160 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                        (25 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Cottage #412184
                                                                                        25
                                                                                        Viewed 111 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                          (11 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Cottage #1783404
                                                                                          11
                                                                                          Viewed 59 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! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (116 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Apartment #434046
                                                                                              116
                                                                                              Viewed 43 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 69 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 59 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
                                                                                                    Viewed 90 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                      (24 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Cottage #1990074
                                                                                                      24
                                                                                                      Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      The property is fantastic . Perfect for what we needed.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have had a fantastic time in Edinburgh. The apartment is fantastic , very clean and had everything we needed for our 3 night stay with our children. We would thoroughly recommend staying at this apartment and would definitely stay in this apartment again. We had a very warm welcome from Linda, who is lovely. The apartment is very central to everything in the heart of Edinburgh ,yet slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the town. The children enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you so much .
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      A perfect long weekend

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      When we reviewed the description of Mark and Moya's cottage on Owners Direct it sounded perfect - and it was! Everything about the cottage has been lovingly well thought out, from the complimentary bubbly and bath bombs, to the cosy log burning fire and blankets. The free standing bath in the bedroom was such a treat and the kitchen well stocked if you want to eat in instead of out. There are some lovely walks around the area, and the cottage is only 20 minutes or so from Whitby. All in all, we had a fantastic weekend (assisted with Mark and Moya's recommendations for places to eat and visit) and we can't wait to return next year! Emma and Liam
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Beautiful, well decorated, ideally located cottage!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Just a short walk from the town centre, beach and beautiful countryside this was an ideal cottage for two and a small dog. Could easily fit a family of up to four too. Lots of lovely touches to the cottage and a real place for respite! We loved our stay and found Verity welcoming and friendly. Would happily re commend to anyone :)
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017