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

Old Town Cottage, Ludlow, Shropshire

Grade II listed holiday property in the historic town of Ludlow that offers cosy accommodation for two and comprises a stylish, beamed interior.

Conifers Cottage, Criccieth, Snowdonia

Charming 500 year-old holiday cottage for four that’s set on the majestic 75-acre Talhenbont Estate near Snowdonia National Park.

Lew Quarry Cottage, Lewdown, Devon

Gorgeous thatched holiday cottage in Lewtrenchard Valley, Devon that sleeps 4 with two bedrooms (1 twin, 1 king-size double).

Bridge End Cottage, Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales

Traditional three-storey holiday cottage located in Ingleton, Yorkshire that sleeps up to six with three bedrooms (1 double, 1 king-size, 1 twin).

Bailey Cottage, Bursledon, Hampshire

Beautiful 18th century property in Hampshire that sleeps up to 10 guests, comprising four bedrooms, a modern kitchen and living room with wood-burner.

The Lodge, Bouth, Lake District

Lake District holiday cottage for two guests that features a private hot tub, a traditional wood-burner stove and two outdoor seating areas.

Smardale Hall, Smardale, Lake District

A beautiful Grade-II holiday property near Kirkby Stephen in the Lake District that sleeps 8 and retains character features both inside and out.

Acorn, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District

Charming single-storey stone cottage for two guests comprising character features such as vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.

Greta Mill, Keswick, Lake District

Charming period property in Keswick that sleeps eight, comprising four en-suite bedrooms, a beamed living room with wood-burner and a hot tub.

Carhullan, Bampton, Lake District

Traditional stone cottage in the Lake District National Park that sleeps ten and comprises two living rooms, a games room and hot tub.

The Thack, Skipton, Yorkshire

Detached holiday cottage in Yorkshire with a hot tub that’s set near the village of Gargrave and sleeps up to 10 people with five bedrooms.

The Stables, Teesdale, Yorkshire

Character cottage near Mickleton in the Yorkshire Dales that sleeps four and comprises a modern kitchen, living room with woodburning stove and a hot tub.

Snave Cottage, Grimwith, Yorkshire

Charming holiday cottage for four in the Yorkshire Dales featuring a stylish beamed interior with exposed stone walls and a hot tub.

Mill Cottage, Graythwaite, Lake District

Stone-built cottage with a modern kitchen, two bedrooms, a well-furnished living room. Outside, there’s a private garden with patio and furniture.

Kingfisher Cottage, Llanboidy, Pembrokeshire

Stone cottage with three bedrooms, a sitting area and dining room, a modern kitchen equipped the usual mod-cons and a bathroom with bath and shower over.

Cae Caled Cottage, Bodfari, Snowdonia

Luxury pet-friendly cottage with an open plan interior featuring a modern kitchen, dining area and spacious living room with wood-burner.

Bridge House, Cirencester, Cotswolds

Dog-friendly cottage with a heated outdoor swimming pool and four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, a utility room, dining area and living room with wood-burner.

Sandy Knowes, Low Hauxley, Northumberland

Charming cottage with two king-size doubles and a stylish interior comprising a well-equipped kitchen, dining section and living room with wood-burner.

Penny Cottage, Heacham, Norfolk

Dog-friendly cottage with a charming interior comprising ceiling-beams and wooden flooring – outside is an enclosed garden with patio, furniture and kennel.

Kingfisher House, Tintagel, Cornwall

Two bedroom cottage with two bedrooms (1 double with en-suite facilities, 1 twin), an open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and living room.

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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