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

Croft Cottage, Long Preston, Yorkshire Dales

Peacefully-appointed character cottage in the village of Long Preston – it sleeps 4 and features an immaculate, well-presented interior.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

3 New Street, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire

Chocolate-box holiday cottage in the picturesque market town of Bishop’s Castle that’s pet friendly and sleeps four guests.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Low Croft, Embleton, Northumberland

Well-presented semi-detached holiday cottage for six that affords some fantastic views of the picturesque Northumbrian coast.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1

Amber Cottage, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

Luxury holiday cottage for eight that’s a short walk from Saundersfoot’s award winning beach and picture-postcard harbour.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 8,
Bedrooms 4,
Bathrooms 2

6 Crestville, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

Cosy Saundersfoot holiday cottage that accommodates 4 guests and is well-placed for exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire.

No Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
No Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

The Loft, Porthleven, Cornwall

Former fisherman’s cottage that’s been sympathetically converted into a holiday rental and sits in an elevated position above Porthleven.

No Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
No Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

The Doll’s House, Porthleven, Cornwall

Set on the Cornish coast, this tiny character holiday cottage can accommodate two guests and serves as the ideal romantic getaway.

No Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
No Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

Rosa Cottage, Porthleven, Cornwall

Set in an elevated position above Porthleven, this delightful character cottage commands sublime coastal views and is close to local amenities.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

Pendrea, Porthleven, Cornwall

Boasting stunning sea views out across Mount’s Bay, this well-appointed Porthleven cottage sleeps up to six guests.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 2

Pen Chy, Porthleven, Cornwall

Stylish modern holiday cottages with a sumptuous interiore that sleeps four and affords panoramic views of the Cornish coast near Porthleven.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 2

Pegs, Porthleven, Cornwall

Traditional fisherman’s cottage in Porthleven that’s brimming with character features throughout and located close to the harbour.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Minafon, Newport, Pembrokeshire

Beautiful stone holiday cottage for eight guests that’s located near Newport and the famed Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

No Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 8,
Bedrooms 4,
Bathrooms 3

Lake Cottage, Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire

One of five Pembrokeshire holiday cottages – beautifully presented throughout, it sleeps six and provides access to a shared games room.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1

Haven, Porthleven, Cornwall

Set overlooking Porthleven harbour, this beautiful Edwardian holiday cottage sleeps six guests and affords some fantastic coastal views.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1

Fisherman’s Cottage, Porthleven, Cornwall

Traditional holiday cottage near Porthleven harbour that’s been beautifully renovated to offer quality self catering holiday accommodation.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
No Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 2

Elfin Cottage, Porthleven, Cornwall

Set near Porthleven beach, this charming holiday cottages sleeps six guests and is well-placed for exploring the Cornish coast.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 2

Chy An Mor, Porthleven, Cornwall

Offering fantastic ocean views out towards the Lizard, this wondeful holiday rental sleeps 2 and is set above Porthleven beach.

No Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

Blue Door Cottage, Porthleven, Cornwall

Set in the pretty port town of Porthleven, this charming character cottage sleeps up to four and is set near the local beach and harbour.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Westmorland Cottage, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Spacious and charming mid-nineteenth century cottage for six that’s set near Grange-over-Sands on Cumbria’s picturesque coast.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 2

The Hideaway, Ottery St Mary, Devon

Stunning thatched holiday property set in a peaceful rural location on the outskirts of the historical town of Ottery St Mary, Devon.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1
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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