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

The Old Cottage, Ludlow, Shropshire

Beautiful cottage with a thatched roof set near near Ludlow that sleeps 2 and features a rustic beamed interior complete with exposed brick walls and an inglenook fireplace.

Bill’s Place, Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales

200-year old stone holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales that’s been sympathetically converted to offer luxury self catering accommodation for up to three guests.

Alms Cottage, English Bicknor, Gloucestershire

Alms Cottage is one of two holiday cottages in the Wye Valley – it sleeps up to four and is well-placed for exploring this picturesque region.

Gun Hill Cottage, Heathfield, Sussex

Traditional clapboard Sussex holiday cottage for five people comp;rising a beamed interior, a spacoius garden and a games room with pool table.

Lily Cottage, Rye, Sussex

Grade II listed Sussex holiday cottage for six. Set in Rye, this traditional terraced property comprises a stylish interior and includes a games room.

Long Meadow, Midhurst, Sussex

Long Meadow is a well-appointed, stylish Sussex holiday cottage for four guests that’s located near the historic market town of Midhurst.

The Studio, Parwich, Peak District

Charming period holiday cottage in the Peak District for two guests that’s very well-appointed and features a wonderful, beamed interior.

Heron Cottage, Wayford, Norfolk

Set on the River Ant, this well-presented Norfolk holiday cottage accommodates four and provides shared access to a pool and sauna.

Pippa’s Cottage, Greystoke Gill, Lake District

Charming holiday cottage for two set on a non-working farm that’s part of the Greystoke Castle Estate in the Lake District.

Thimble Cottage, Pennington, Lake District

Set near Ulverston, Thimble cottage accommodates two guests and is part of a collection of traditional stone holiday cottages in the Lake District.

1 Church Cottages, Belstone, Devon

Pretty stone holiday cottage for two that’s set in Dartmoor National Park, some two miles from the town of Okehampton.

Thatched Cottage, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Beautiful Grade II listed thatched cottage for three guests that’s set in the attractive village of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Old Dairy, Scurlage, Swansea

Set near the Gower, the Old Dairy is a traditional, single-storey holiday cottage for four guests with two bedrooms (1 king-size double, 1 twin).

King Gaddle Cottage, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire

King Gaddle Cottage is a beautiful stone-built property in the Carmarthenshire village of Laugharne that sleeps two guests.

Corner Cottage, Reynoldston, Swansea

Corner Cottage is ideally placed for exploring the Gower and sleeps 6 with three bedrooms (1 double, 1 single with pull-out bed, 1 mezzanine twin).

2 Graig Cottages, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

Traditional holiday cottage overlooking the village of Burry Port, South Wales that offers lovely sea views and is able to accommodate up to six guests.

The Old Stable, Gilwern, Monmouthshire

Set in Gilwern, this attractive two-storey holiday cottage features a double bedroom and shower room on the first floor and an open-plan ground floor.

The Lodge, Lower Trefedw, Pandy, Monmouthshire

Well-appointed holiday lodge near the hamlet of Pandy in Monmouthshire that sleeps two guests and features a cosy open-plan interior.

Old Vicarage Cottage, Clyro, Herefordshire

Grade II-listed holiday cottage situated in the village of Clyro, Herefordshire with a cosy interior that accommodates five people.

Gatehouse, Painscastle, Powys

Pretty holiday cottage in Painscastle that’s replete with character features including ceiling beams, slate flooring and a wood-burner stove.

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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