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The finest selection of short break self-catering holiday accommodation in UK and Ireland

Taking a short break in the UK is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries and explore the beautiful British countryside or towns or cities. There are holiday cottages offering short breaks from as little as one night, two nights, three nights or more. Those offering self-catering rental for one night are always in cities - usually apartments which specialise in city breaks. City self-catering breaks are popular in some of the most historic cities and towns in England - such as short breaks in Oxford, York, Bath, London, Winchester and Cambridge. Other English cities are popular too - often for great nightlife and modern culture - a break in Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield are popular destinations for a weekend. An idyllic self-catering cottage in the English countryside is another way to relax and have a short holiday. There are cottages, barns and farmhouses to rent and many are within easy reach of London and other major cities - making a weekend break an easy option as you can leave after work on a Friday and not return till Sunday evening.

Scotland is also popular for a short break in a self-catering rental property. Edinburgh is probably the most frequented destination for a Scottish short break, but Glasgow has increasing popularity. Of course renting a remote cottage in an isolated glen or by a loch is many people's idea of an ideal short break and a perfect weekend in Scotland. There are plenty of cottages and houses that offer weekend rentals and short breaks - often with excellent discounts, particularly out of season. A short break in Wales, or a weekend away in Ireland also has great opportunities for a relaxing or invigorating time - or even both together. Cardiff and Dublin are well-known as short break destinations and Belfast has become an increasingly popular place for a weekend. Welsh and Irish country cottages for a short break in a self-catering home are ideal - again take advantage of cheap prices.

Short holiday breaks

An autumn break, winter short break or spring break are great ways to stay in a UK cottage at a bargain price. Most cottage owners give a good discount on the rate for a week if you are just staying for 2 or 3 nights out of the peak season. Few vacation homes offer short breaks or take weekend bookings in the peak season of July and August. Off season breaks in the countryside are popular with those wanting to walk or explore villages and tourist attractions without the masses of visitors you get during the summer - autumn short breaks give you the chance to admire the changing leaves on the trees and spring self-catering short breaks are wonderful as the countryside is awakening and the bulbs coming out - signs of hope everywhere!

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