Are you considering a two week summer holiday, a long weekend, a second honeymoon, a quick break? The list is endless! Some of the most popular holidays nowadays are spent in holiday cottages. This allows you to have tremendous freedom in as such that you have a fully equipped home to stay in, generally at a very reasonable price and in an area that you can enjoy.
What is a holiday cottage?
Holiday cottages can be found all over the world. However there is a difference between a holiday cottage and a holiday home, for example. A cottage evokes feelings of the countryside, calmness, green fields and so on. Country cottages are what spring to mind, basically. If at all possible, the building should be old, white and have a wooden door and wooden beams inside. These holiday cottages exist, as do other shapes and forms. Generally, cottages are very cute and should not be new built buildings. These are available too, but should not be advertised as “cottages”.
Cornwall has cliff-lined coastline which is fantastic for long walks. Cycle between idyllic beaches, try the famous Cornish surf, enjoy haute cuisine at restaurants in Padstow, see the Tate Gallery at St. Ives and eat delicious fresh seafood straight from the fisherman's net. Cornwall has charming UK holiday cottages available, often with slate roofs and large gardens, and in locations near to the sea.
Home to the Lake District, Cumbria holidays will not disappoint any visitors who appreciate relaxation and natural beauty. Try water sports from kayaking to water skiing. Climb peaks like Skiddaw or cycle in the valleys below. See the birthplace of poets and spend cosy evenings enjoying local brews or hearty country food. Manchester is a short drive away as well, so Premier League matches are on the doorstep of holiday cottages in Cumbria.
Another south-western county, Devon is green, lush and warm, being heated by the Gulf Stream to an impressive degree. Enjoy long hot summer days on stunning beaches, go sailing at Saltash or try pony trekking on Dartmoor. Visit the Cathedral at Exeter, the zoo at Paignton or the markets of charming Totnes. Devon holiday cottages offer everything from theme parks to golf, or from mountain biking to rides on restored steam railways.
Holidays in Dorset will be perfect for families who need to spend some time stretched out by the coast. Enjoying plenty of sunshine, Dorset also has plenty of attractions like the Swanage Railway, Weymouth's Sea Life Centre, historic Corfe Castle and a fascinating Tank Museum. And the night life of Bournemouth is close to holiday cottages in Dorset as well, making it a great site for self-catering escapes.
Hampshire boasts the New Forest - one of England's finest cycling and walking regions. Base yourself in Hampshire holiday cottages around the car museum at Beaulieu, head to ancient Winchester or vibrant Southampton. Fine beaches around Lymington can be reached from the New Forest by bicycle, and Hampshire also offers easy access to London, providing a mixture of natural beauty and urban appeal.
Benefits of cottage holidays
Finding a cottage for you and your family is very easy and there are many benefits to having a cottage holiday, such as:
It is easy to find cheap holiday cottages.
Country cottages come in a range of shapes, sizes and locations, meaning you could go for a romantic getaway or a huge family get together.
You have the freedom of being able to eat, cook, sleep and bathe in one location, from which you can explore the surrounding areas or just stay and enjoy where you are. The great thing about a holiday cottage is that you can simply relax and unwind in comfort and style. Many cottages have open fires too so you can have a great day out exploring the countryside and finish the day with a nice bottle of wine and some great food, in front of an open fire, just enjoying each other’s company.
Holiday cottages sizes and prices
Holiday cottages come in a range of sizes and price ranges. Cheap cottages can be found anywhere in the world, although the United Kingdom and France really are the place to go for authentic cottages. A real cottage is not too large, bigger ones would normally be referred to as a barn or farmhouse, so three bedrooms really is the maximum. This does mean you can find cottages for you and some members of your family or friends, of course.
You could choose to go on a second honeymoon in Wales, for example, enjoying the unspoilt countryside, watching the sun go down over the mountains with no signs of other life in sight. Or you could to France with a group of friends, and find yourself in one of the little villages that you can find in many of the French regions, surrounded by vineyards. French villagers are incredibly welcoming and friendly, and you will be likely to be invited to the numerous village fetes (there tends to be some sort of celebration on a weekly basis), or for an “apero” with the local mayor.
The prices will also depend on the time of year in which you are looking to rent country cottages, as prices are generally higher during peak season and lower during off season, just as with any other type of holiday. You may also be able to find some really good late or last minute deals.
How to find cheap holiday cottages
It is very easy to find cheap cottages, particularly through the Owners Direct website. There are many different properties available in a range of different countries. France, for example, is a very popular destination and there is an entire range of cottages available in the rural areas of France. Wales is another area where holiday cottages are found in large numbers, so do check that area out as well. Another way to find great country cottage locations is by speaking to some friends or members of your family. They may know someone who owns a holiday cottage or perhaps they have recently been on a cottage holiday and have some good recommendations to give you.
What to look for in holiday cottages
If you are considering renting a holiday cottage, you should always look carefully at the photographs provided by the owner and read the specifications of the cottage: does it included bed linen and towels, as well as gas and electricity for example. Also do check how to get there and where the local supermarket is, particularly if you don’t drive, this can be very important. In addition you should take some time to read the reviews, note when they were written and in which time of year the reviewer rented the holiday cottage, this can give you a really great idea of what your experience will be like.
Do also take some time to compare the prices of cheap cottages; it is likely that a cottage that is much cheaper than the average has some downsides, and a cottage that is much more expensive than others should have good reason for these inflated prices. One other way to make sure you are getting a great cottage and hence a great holiday experience is by communicating with the owners. They should always respond quickly and in a very friendly manner, answering any question you may want to ask them. Many owners also have their own website, where you can generally view further photographs and reviews of the property.
There are a range of cottages available in a variety of countries that you can find through the Owners Direct website at some very good prices. All you need to do is pick your destination and pack your bags, ready for that fantastic relaxing holiday in one of the many country cottages throughout the world. Relax, unwind and enjoy without a care in the world whilst spending time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.