Cosy litte cottage for four that’s set right in the middle of Tenby – one of Pembrokeshire’s most picturesque seaside towns.
Check out our range of traditional cottages and rustic holiday properties - all have been hand-picked and are highly-rated.
Award-winning holiday cottage for four guests that features an expansive interior and offers shared access to a heated indoor swimming pool.
Set near the centre of Tenby, Barafundle House is a traditional holiday cottage that accommodates eight and features its own private sauna.
1 Quay Hill is a charming holiday cottage that’s conveniently located off Tenby’s main street and close to numerous local attractions.
Traditional terraced holiday cottage for eight guests that offers shared access to an indoor swimming pool and adventure playground.
Cosy holiday property that’s set within the owner’s grounds on a hill overlooking the attractive Pembrokeshire coastal town of Saundersfoot.
Contemporary self catering holiday property that’s within a fifteen minute walk from the attractive Pembrokeshire coastal town of Saundersfoot.
17th century property that’s been brilliantly converted to offer stylish self catering holiday accommoation for up to 10 guests.
Prettty white-washed holiday cottage for five set near the beach and the popular Pembrokeshire resort town of Saundersfoot.
Spacious, very well-equipped holiday cottage for eight that’s situated close to Saundersfoot’s harbour and highly-rated beach.
Quirky cottage for four guests that’s set in the middle of the popular Pembrokehsire seaside resort of Saundersfoot.
Peacefully-appointed character cottage in the village of Long Preston – it sleeps 4 and features an immaculate, well-presented interior.
Chocolate-box holiday cottage in the picturesque market town of Bishop’s Castle that’s pet friendly and sleeps four guests.
Well-presented semi-detached holiday cottage for six that affords some fantastic views of the picturesque Northumbrian coast.
Luxury holiday cottage for eight that’s a short walk from Saundersfoot’s award winning beach and picture-postcard harbour.
Former fisherman’s cottage that’s been sympathetically converted into a holiday rental and sits in an elevated position above Porthleven.
Set on the Cornish coast, this tiny character holiday cottage can accommodate two guests and serves as the ideal romantic getaway.
Set in an elevated position above Porthleven, this delightful character cottage commands sublime coastal views and is close to local amenities.
Boasting stunning sea views out across Mount’s Bay, this well-appointed Porthleven cottage sleeps up to six guests.
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.
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.
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
- Rural/Semi-Rural Location
- Exposed Wall/Ceiling Beams
- Exposed Stonework
- Open-Fire/Wood-Burner/Inglenook Fireplace
- Low Ceilings