The Best Luxury Cottage Holiday Destinations in the UK
Rather than staying in a stuffy hotel, luxury holiday cottages offer the perfect atmosphere for an idyllic holiday home destination. From 16th century swellings to modern beach houses, escape from life’s stresses throughout the UK’s gorgeous countryside in luxury holiday cottages. Check out our list of some of the best luxury cottage holiday destinations in the United Kingdom which are perfect for summer and all year round.
1. The Cotswolds
Nestled in the heart of Oxfordshire between Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford, the rural area of Cotswolds (as seen above) has historical villages and picturesque countryside. There are many luxury holiday cottages, gorgeous hotels and other holiday options which offer the comfort of a hotel with the privacy of a home. As self-catered cottages, upon arrival the kitchen will already have essentials with a touch of luxury like champagne, homemade pastries, and local artisan cheeses. Guests enjoy access to gardens, a pool, and spa along with children’s facilities like three playgrounds, bicycles, and a play cabin.
2. Praa Sands Beach in Cornwall
Located about half-way between the towns of Penzance and Helston, Praa Sands attracts tourist with its beautiful white sands. Families can easily access the mile-long beach where children can build sand castles or frolic in the shallow waters. Holidaymakers can also spend time shopping at the traditional, local retailers or visit the local park designated the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Featured in the Guardian’s 50 best UK holiday cottages, The Praaloha Cottage house offers a family friendly place to stay right along the ocean with amenities like a heated pool overlooking the Atlantic and front garden. It makes for a perfect luxury holiday cottages holiday for a group and includes five bathrooms, five bedrooms, two kitchens, and two sitting areas.
3. Scottish Highlands
With their remoteness and charm, the quiet glens and peaceful lochs of the Scottish Highlands make for the perfect UK getaway. You can stay in a loch-side cottage or up in the mountains. During the summer, visitors enjoy sailing, hiking, or exploring nearby historic castles. The winter months offer skiing or quiet evening sitting in front of a log fire. You can find cottages in this region for a range of prices and sizes.
Those looking for a Loch Ness hideaway can choose the Rowan Cottages. Styled after the hill bungalows of Kashmir, a relative of the owners built these charming timber cottages in the mid 1930s after working in India. The cottage has an acre of wild gardens and a verandah with open views of Northern Loch Ness.
4. The Lake District
Also known as The Lakes or Lakeland, this region in North West England has become a popular destination for its lakes and mountains. The Lake District inspired many of England’s most prominent 19th century poets, and it comes as no surprise given the glittering lakes, rocky hilltops, and mountain tarns. As home to the UK’s most famous national park, you can take in the scenery with activities like boating, long walks, watersports, and cycling.
The Lake District hosts many types of boutique retreats like renovated farmhouses and tarn cabins with breathtaking views and luxury amenities. The 300 year old Honey Pot Cottage is a stone and slate terraced cottage with a modern, renovated interior. Guests can enjoy the small courtyard garden and wood burning stone or visit the the local pub and restaurant just around the corner.
Other top rated destinations which didn't quite make our top list include:
- Brecon Beacons
- Isle of Man
- Peak District
- West Sussex