Holiday Cottages in the UK

An Island Holiday We all have a romantic idea of an island holiday and it really can live up to all your expectations. Obviously Britain is itself an island but also there are many located off the coast and definitely worth a visit if you are looking for an idea for a holiday. Isle of Wight Located just off the South coast of England, this island really has something for everyone with stunning beaches, historic attractions, music festivals and other major national events throughout the year. Perhaps one of the most famous visitor attractions on the island is Osborne House which was the country retreat of Queen Victoria. It really is worth a visit with the chance to visit inside and also to stroll around the beautiful grounds with its walled gardens and hot houses of tropical plants. It’s a great day out for one and all. The island is an ideal base for those looking for a relaxing holiday with beaches galore or for the more adventurous there are endless outdoor activities from sailing (a sport that the Island of Wight is famous for) to gliding to a visit to the big cat sanctuary or a ride on a steam train. Self-catering is a great option on the island, why not take a look at a few holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight. Anglesey The Isle of Anglesey lies off the north west coast of Wales. The island is reached by crossing the bridge over the Menai Strait. This bridge, built in 1826,…

Rock in Cornwall and its surrounding areas have been a firm favourite for families looking for a seaside holiday in the UK. Equally Elie in Scotland has been frequented by many families over the years as it is the ideal beach holiday. Elie is situated in the Kingdom of Fife and is easily accessible as it is just North of Edinburgh so both plane and train are an option if you don’t want to drive. Elie is one of the East Neuk’s renowned fishing villages and is perhaps best known for its award-winning, Blue Flag beach, along with its micro climate ensuring (that most of the time) the East Neuk has dry and good weather. Its sheltered bay is famous as a safe haven for families, beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Elie is the ideal location for a seaside holiday. As well as watersports, there is a wide range of other outdoor activities on offer: golf, tennis, putting, bowling and of course exploring the magnificent coastline and rich natural heritage. Fife is known worldwide for its variety of golf courses, including the world famous Championship course at St Andrews which is only 10 miles away from this holiday village. The East Neuk of Fife has a vibrant community of artists; many say that it is the exceptional light that draws them in. There are a variety of interesting galleries and potteries along the coastal villages. Fife also boasts a selection of gardens, castles and sites of historic interest from the Fisheries Museum in Anstruther,…

     “Cross-country skiing is much easier than is often thought…….” Discounted winter offers in a 17th century stone cottage just five minutes from romantic Glamis castle in Scotland.  The cottage sleeps five people (is pet friendly so you can take your dog) and is the perfect base for a cross country skiing holiday away from the madding crowd! Read more at: http://www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com/holiday/cross-country-skiing.htm 

The famous ‘Road to the Isles’ leads from Fort William to the village of Mallaig, approximately 40 miles between the two, and runs through dramatic highland scenery and alongside the West Highland Railway passing the Caledonian Canal, and the famous Glenfinnan viaduct used in Harry Potter films. Mallaig and Morar Before reaching the end of the road and the end of the line in Mallaig, (where the ferry leaves for the Isle of Skye and other Hebredian islands), your journey will bring you to the tranquil village of Morar only 2 miles from Mallaig. Morar has its own train station which is on the famous West Highland Railway, voted the most picturesque railway journey in the world. Holiday by the sea Morar is famous for its ‘Silver Sand’ white beaches and turquoise sea, its river that flows into the ocean, its peaceful loch (the deepest freshwater lake in Europe and home to the loch monster Morag) and the amazing views. The stunning village is set on a hillside backed by mountains and overlooking a calm bay and out to sea enjoying a view west to the islands of Eigg and Rum where the sun sets behind them. Time to explore The area surrounding Morar offers great opportunities to explore local peaks, take wildlife walks, sea kayak around the coastline, play 9 hole golf at Traigh golf course (which overlooks the sea), take the ferry to the Isle of Skye or another Hebredian island, walk the stunning Camusdarach Beach or explore the wonderful wilderness of the…

How do you decide where to go? We are incredibly lucky in the UK as there are so many beautiful parts of the country that would surely satisfy all tastes and needs for a holiday. It is very difficult to know where to start but here are five suggestions of top holiday destinations in Britain. The West Country The West Country is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. This vast area covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. There is so much to offer from the wonderful beaches in Cornwall to the all weather family attractions in Devon. Dorset has its renowned blue flag beaches and Somerset has everything from underground caves to vineyards. The West Country is an ideal destination for everyone of all ages, whatever you’re looking for you’ll find what it takes to make great family holidays and an amazing selection of holiday homes to rent. Nature lovers will appreciate the South West of England which includes the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor with 14 areas of outstanding natural beauty and don’t forget the famous Eden Project, a global garden for the 21st Century. Why not take a look at some West Country holiday cottages County Cork, Ireland County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and is a wonderful place for anyone thinking of a self-catering holiday in Ireland. Along the south west corner, the Cork Kerry coastline is stunning, with endless coves and sandy beaches. This area is very popular with golfers as the Irish Open Golf is…

The town of Oban, the second largest town in Argyll, is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. It is the largest ferry port on the West Coast of Scotland, serving Mull and the Inner and Outer Hebrides (Western Isles). Oban itself has much to offer including a whisky distillery, 18 hole golf course, whale, dolphin and seal watching trips, a sports centre, diving and sea kayak centres. As the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, Oban has an excellent range of restaurants many of which serve freshly caught fish. There are beautiful local walks within the town taking in the surrounding countryside, waterfront and town highlights such as McCaig’s Tower which was modelled on Rome’s Coliseum and dominates the skyline – it’s worth the climb up the hill to enjoy the view. Oban and the surrounding area offers many children’s attractions if you are planning a family holiday. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, just up the road from Oban is a good place for children to learn about local sea life and enjoy the seals’ feeding time! There is also Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park which includes apart from a chance to see many rare breeds, a children’s interactive pets’ corner, a woodland walk as well as a tea room. Loch Etive Cruises are also worth a visit as they sail round this stunningly beautiful sea loch, which extends to the mountains of Glencoe so that you can enjoy birdwatching as well as keeping and eye out for sea life. Other attractions close to Oban include the…

Carmarthenshire is one of those counties that has a ‘bit of everything’. Bounded by the Cambrian Mountains and the famous Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Tywi Valley and the wonderful coastline to the west, it’s a visitor’s delight. There are fabulous beaches, some great fishing, wonderful gardens, flora, faunas and even the chance to visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in the Cothi Valley, one of sites of the UK’s gold rush! Gardening Fans Carmarthenshire is often referred to as the Garden of Wales as it is home to so many of South West Wales’ gardening and garden-orientated gems, including the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Llanarthne which has not only the world’s largest single span glass house but also the longest herbaceous border in the UK. Speed Records If gardening isn’t your thing and you are interested in British world records, Pendine Sands is where Malcolm Campbell broke three land speed records. The museum there has some of his land-speed record cars on display. Fishing Those seeking the best in salmon and river and sea brown trout fishing – families and the more serious angler alike – will enjoy a day in and around the River Teifi, reckoned to be one of the best locations in the world. Dylan Thomas Carmarthenshire is Dylan Thomas country and he captured the essence of this part of Wales in some of his writings, which inspired some of his greatest works. Carmarthen Bay has huge sweeping beaches and the verdant Vale of Towy is…

Situated on the south coast of Fife, Scotland, Elie is a wonderful holiday destination for all ages. It was originally a fishing village but now is better known as an ideal base for those looking for a self-catering family holiday in Fife. It has everything you would want for a dream family holiday, including a gently shelving blue flag beach, watersports centre, golf courses and tennis courts. There are miles of coastal path walks,  shops, cafes, cosy pubs, fine dining, historic sites and bird watching all close to this stunning town! Activities in Fife Any keen golfer will have heard of St Andrews, the ‘home of golf’ which is only 12 miles away from Elie. In fact there are over 30 golf courses within a 15 mile radius. The town of St Andrews is worth a visit even if you’re not a golfer as it is an ancient university town and has stunning architecture and a thriving community with a good mix of shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars. Another interesting visit is the Secret Bunker where you can explore the 24,000 square feet of nuclear proof accommodation built 100 feet underground. There are also castles and palaces to discover and the chance to browse the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife. The area is rich in art and antique shops and has a lively arts scene including the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival which attracts many local artists and visitors from far afield. Eating out or In! Fife has lots of excellent restaurants. In…

This part of Wales has so much to offer in terms of a holiday destination, you can enjoy stunning scenery, explore endless historical sites from castles to ruins and take part in many outdoor pursuits and even watch the Welsh National at Chepstow! Chepstow Chepstow is the home of the only horseracing course in the Wales and holds regular race meetings including the Welsh National in December. This medieval border town, is home to Chepstow Castle, one of the oldest castles in Britain. Renting a holiday cottage near Chepstow gives you a great place to stay in Wales and explore this fascinating town. In fact, why not take a look at our latest addition to whichcottage which is based just outside Chepstow, Monmouthshire Holiday Cottage Discover Monmouth The most English of Welsh towns is Monmouth, a Georgian town that sits at the head of the Lower Wye Valley. Monmouth was the birthplace of Henry V, a fact celebrated by Agincourt Square in the centre of the town, and has been both English and Welsh over the centuries. Self-catering cottages near Monmouth are plentiful and many offer luxury holiday accommodation for a Welsh holiday. The Literary Centre of Hay-on-Wye This small town is known throughout the world of book collectors, as this is where they come to browse amongst the forty or so second-hand shops, with their hundreds of thousands of volumes. There is a title for every size of pocket and every age, and the highlight of the year is the Hay on Wye Literary…

The latest addition to the whichcottage website  is a stunning detached family friendly 6 bedroom house which has beautiful water views. Situated in Pembrokeshire National Park, the self catering holiday house offers easy access to the unspoilt Pembrokeshire coast and coastal path, glorious sandy beaches and abundant wildlife. This very spacious holiday home, sleeping 12, nestles in 8 acres of informal gardens and comes equipped with its own tennis court, boathouse and moorings. Near this large holiday let but perfectly private is a smaller self catering cottage sleeping 4 which can be rented separately or along with the house. This is fantastic luxury self-catering accommodation for a family reunion or celebration. Coastal Holiday Situated in the outskirts of Cosheston, a tranquil village that was formerly a hub for shipbuilding, the house provides easy access to some of the best beaches in the area including Barafundle, a little bay backed by a pine forest and dunes, Broad Haven, hugged by cliffs and popular with families, and the surfers haven of Fresh Water West. Pembrokeshire has won more Blue Flag awards for its coast than any other county in the UK. Family Activities Within 7 miles of this family-friendly holiday cottage is Manor House Wildlife Park, where children interact with animals such as wallabies, zebras and monkeys. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is one of Wales’ most popular family attractions. Also close by is the Dinosaur Park where you can walk the trail on the lookout for dinosaurs amongst ancient woodland and swamps. For aqua thrills,…