Check out our range of traditional cottages and rustic holiday properties - all have been hand-picked and are highly-rated.

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Farrier’s Lodge, Corfe Castle, Dorset

Beautiful cottage with a thatched roof that sleeps 4 and is well-placed for exploring the historic Corfe Castle as well as Dorset’s Jurassic coast.

1 Harp Terrace, Brecon, Powys

Spacious end-of-terrace holiday cottage for up to 8 guests that’s set amidst the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Great Bradley Cottage, Withypool, Somerset

Great Bradley Cottage is a traditional holiday property for four guests that offers private access to a heated indoor swimming pool.

Winskill Cottage, Langcliffe, Yorkshire

Lovely terraced holiday cottage for two guests that’s set on the fringes of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Bedehouse Cottage, Cromford, Peak District

Chocolate-box holiday cottage located near Matlock that adjoins the owner’s home and accommodates up to four guests.

The Hayloft, Saham Hills, Norfolk

Holiday cottage/barn conversion in Norfolk with a beamed interior that sleeps four guests and provides shared access to a hot tub.

The Cow Byre, Barras, Lake District

Pretty stone holiday cottage in the village of Barras in the Lake Distrct that sleeps two guests and adjoins the owner’s farmhouse.

Poppas Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Charming cottage for two with a thatched roof – set in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, it’s perfectly-placed for exploring Dorset and its Jurassic coast.

West Henstill House, Sandford, Devon

Able to sleep up to eight guests, this Grade II-listed thatched cottage features a rustic beamed interior and sun-trap patio area.

Glan Meon Cottage, Barmouth, Gwynedd

Cosy holiday cottage for two tucked away in the the seaside town of Barmouth featuring an open-plan interior and mezzanine bedroom.

Appletree Cottage, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Lovely thatched holiday property in Devon that sleeps four guests and includes numerous period features such as ceiling beams and leaded windows.

Stable Cottage, Filkins, Oxfordshire

Stable Cottage is a stone character cottage for six guests that’s set on a working farm in the picturesque region of West Oxfordshire.

Mixit Cottage, Kingsbridge, Devon

Mixit Cottage is a reverse-level holiday property that’s set on a working farm, sleeps 2 and offers shared access to an indoor pool and games room.

Coach House, Cornworthy, Devon

Lovely traditional holiday cottage for 4 people boasting numerous on-site facilities including a hot tub, swimming pool, tennis courts, games room and sauna.

Wigham Cottage, Morchard Bishop, Devon

Wigham Cottage is a dog-friendly thatched holiday property in Devon for up to four guests that features a heated outdoor swimming pool.

Rover Cottage, Dymchurch, Kent

Rover Cottage is a seaside dog friendly holiday cottage in Dymchuch, Kent that sleeps two and is situated close to the local beach.

Hope Cottage, Riddlecombe, Devon

Beautiful thatched cottage on the fringes of Riddlecome in Devon. It sleeps up to six and is ideally placed for exploring Dartmoor and the coast.

Rookwood, Drewsteignton, Devon

Set in Drewsteignton, Devon, Rookwood is a delightful thatched holiday property for four people that’s perfectly placed for exploring Dartmoor National Park.

Little Thatch, Walton-On-The-Naze, Essex

Little Thatch is a charming thatched holiday cottage for up to four guests that’s set in the picturesque Essex seaside town of Walton on the Naze.

Dove Hot Tub Cottage, Coldingham, Scottish Borders

Superbly-appointed holiday cottage for up to four guests that’s set in woodland in the Scottish Borders – highlights include a wood-burner stove and private hot tub.

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Holiday Cottages

The term ‘cottage’ is often used as a catch-all word used to describe a variety of holiday abodes, be they self catering apartments, bothies or bungalows. Technically-speaking though, a cottage is a small property that provides self catering accommodation.

Most Popular Types of Holiday Cottages

Although there are plenty of excellent modern dwellings, traditional holiday cottages are among the most sought-after holiday rentals, purely because of their charm and character. Dating back hundreds of years, many once served as modest homes for farm and mill-workers, weavers, fisherman and even the clergy.

Set mainly in rural or semi-rural settings, UK holiday cottages come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from thatched buildings to terraced coastal holiday properties.

Regional Variations

They'll often exhibit distinctive architectural styles that are closely associated to a specific region. For instance, cottages in the Yorkshire Dales are known for their distinctive limestone builds, while Cotswolds cottages often feature honey-coloured Oolite stone and thatched roofs.

Travel to the West Midlands and you’ll likely come across half-timbered cottages, many of which can be found in the ‘black and white’ villages of Shropshire and Worcestershire.

Then you’ve got the terraced fishermen’s cottages of Cornwall, Devon and Pembrokeshire – whitewashed or multi-coloured and huddled together in places like Polperro, Tenby and Port Isaac.

Bothy properties also fall under the ‘cottage’ category – found in northern locations such as Dartmoor and Scotland, these tiny stone-built properties were once used as shelters for farm and estate workers. Many now serve as self catering holiday properties.

What Can I Expect from a Holiday Cottage?

‘Cosiness’ for starters – traditional cottages were intended as modest dwellings for their original occupants so don’t expect a huge amount of space – indeed some still include two-up, two-down configurations.

Most modern abodes are small too with a lot of owners opting to apply the term ‘cottage’ to describe all manner of diminutive properties including bungalows, apartments and chalets. We’ve even seen holiday lodges described as cottages.

But as is the case with the best holiday barn conversions and thatched cottage properties, period holiday cottages usually retain most of their original features.

As a result, they tend to exude charm both inside and out, offering a truly memorable short-break holiday experience. So you can also expect a generous dollop of ‘quaintness’.

What Makes a Good Holiday Cottage?

Like any quality self catering property, a good holiday cottage will be furnished to a high standard and include at least some modern conveniences.

And for traditional cottages, the most popular ones are those that strike the right balance between classic and contemporary – while it’s nice to stay at a charming holiday cottage that’s brimming with character features, your stay isn’t going to be a happy one unless it’s suitably equipped.

Provided you stick with trusted and established providers like those listed on our site, you should be fine. All of their self catering cottages and holiday properties are inspected on a regular basis and must meet specific guidelines before they’re made available to rent.Remember to check the user reviews as well though – they can prove extremely insightful.

UK Holiday Cottages – Common Features

  • Small in Size
  • Thatched Roofing
  • Timber-Framing
  • Rural/Semi-Rural Location
  • Exposed Wall/Ceiling Beams
  • Exposed Stonework
  • Open-Fire/Wood-Burner/Inglenook Fireplace
  • Low Ceilings