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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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    House #8166008
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      Exceptional! 5/5
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
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      Apartment #4209836
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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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        • 5 BR
        • 3 BA
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        House #866650
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          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
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          House #6480193
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            Wonderful! 4.9/5
            (59 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 5
            Cabin #6480322
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              • 4 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 7
              House #898508
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                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
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                Apartment #6781700
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                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                  (17 reviews)
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  Apartment #962182
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                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (42 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 5
                    Apartment #1080505
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                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (88 reviews)
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #1127022
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                        Very Good! 4.2/5
                        (18 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 5
                        Multiple rentals Apartment #6790168
                        18
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                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                          (19 reviews)
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 2
                          Apartment #8159158
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                          Viewed 168 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                            (31 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Apartment #826393vb
                            31
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                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (96 reviews)
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                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Apartment #1160808
                              96
                              Viewed 108 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                (20 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Cottage #8158830
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                                Viewed 232 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (17 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 3
                                  Cottage #6868627
                                  17
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                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
                                    (15 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 3
                                    Apartment #6720384
                                    15
                                    Viewed 153 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                      (77 reviews)
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #414515
                                      77
                                      Viewed 131 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (22 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Cottage #1889733
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                                        Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                          (59 reviews)
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Apartment #1674903
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                                          Viewed 117 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (74 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Apartment #348409vb
                                            74
                                            Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                              (42 reviews)
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                                              • Studio
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 2
                                              Apartment #1060356
                                              42
                                              Viewed 117 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (29 reviews)
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Cottage #6749878
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                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                  (25 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
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                                                  Apartment #1992428
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                    (37 reviews)
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                    Barn #6555275
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                                                    Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                      Apartment #1667210
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                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                        (31 reviews)
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                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Cottage #8147142
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                                                        Viewed 173 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                          (37 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Apartment #834956vb
                                                          37
                                                          Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                            (28 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                            Apartment #1552216
                                                            28
                                                            Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                              Multiple rentals Apartment #1982119
                                                              36
                                                              Viewed 209 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (29 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #8052258
                                                                29
                                                                Viewed 162 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                  (21 reviews)
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  Apartment #4256687
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                                                                  Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                    (33 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                    Cottage #8161502
                                                                    33
                                                                    Viewed 99 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                      (26 reviews)
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Cottage #6789331
                                                                      26
                                                                      Viewed 110 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                        (32 reviews)
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                                        Apartment #433404
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                                                                        Viewed 85 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                          (44 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                          Apartment #1029021
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                                                                          Viewed 79 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                            (23 reviews)
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            Cabin #6714173
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                                                                            Viewed 343 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (56 reviews)
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                                                                              • Studio
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Apartment #831281
                                                                              56
                                                                              Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (70 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                House #1684472
                                                                                70
                                                                                Viewed 48 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                  (15 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                                  Cottage #8173085
                                                                                  15
                                                                                  Viewed 79 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (46 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                    Apartment #1402198
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                                                                                    Viewed 155 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                      (18 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      Cottage #1783404
                                                                                      18
                                                                                      Viewed 87 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                        (24 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 3
                                                                                        Apartment #423392
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                                                                                        Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (73 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                                          Apartment #427572
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                                                                                          Viewed 60 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (41 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            Cottage #6518975
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                                                                                            Viewed 153 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (40 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
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                                                                                              Apartment #834681
                                                                                              40
                                                                                              Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                (22 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Apartment #1771153
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                                                                                                Viewed 135 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                  (28 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                  Castle #1873651
                                                                                                  28
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                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                    (57 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
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                                                                                                    House #720112
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                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (17 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Apartment #8062135
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Terrific Tenby.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is an amazing apartment pritstine to a marked degree wonderful views and so accessible to shops and restaurants
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely little old cottage with modern conviences.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Pleasant hosts,good accommodation.Two small grocery shops in easy walking distance and a good bakery.Not many places with good food to eat out,but the Indian restaurant is ok.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017