If you're looking to get away from it all without jetting halfway across the world, weekend cottage breaks are just the ticket. Whether you're looking for a charming stay in the Cotswolds or a scenic Scottish retreat, you can find just the right holiday homes to fit any type of holiday.
Check out these intriguing cottage breaks throughout the UK
Whether you're looking to stroll the 102-mile Cotswold Way walking trail, roam the mountains, lakes and forests of Scotland's picturesque Cairngorms National Park, or stick closer to city living in one of the Areas of Outsanding Natural Beauty just outside London, you'll have plenty of holiday lettings to choose from with weekend cottage rentals all across the UK.
Unique picks for Cotswolds holiday cottages
If you've got a craving for miles upon miles of natural beauty and plenty of villages dating from the Middle Ages and beyond, then look no further than the Cotswolds. In this rural area, you can visit the historic Roman Baths, take in the grounds of the baroque Blenheim Palace or take a stroll along the scenic Cotswold Way path. Holiday homes in the area range from modest, airy structures to historic stone cottages.
Scenic seaside getaways in wonderful Whitby
For a waterfront weekend away, holiday cottages near Whitby offer stunning seaside views and plenty of small-town charm. From this traditional fishing town, you'll also have easy access to the rolling countryside of the North York Moors National Park, which boasts miles of footpaths within 554 square miles of heathered moorland.
Travel to the north country fair with Scotland's best cottages
Head north for a charming getaway in Scotland. In this beautiful country, you'll find a wide array of accommodation, including snug lodgings near the hiking trails and scenic vistas of the Cairngorms National Park. If golf's your game, pack your clubs and make time for a round at the famous St Andrew's Links.
Fall in love with these romantic weekend getaways
With miles of rugged coastline, endless moorland and breathtaking historic sights, you won't have any trouble finding the perfect backdrop for your next romantic weekend for 2.
Explore the coastline and more on holiday in Cornwall
Hit the beach in scenic Cornwall. Throughout this rugged peninsula, you can find plenty of cottages offering easy access to some of the country's finest shoreline, including coastal villages like Falmouth and Fowey on the so-called Cornish Riviera. Elsewhere, you and your special someone can explore castle ruins in Tintagel, surf at St Ives or visit the wildlife at Newquay Zoo.
Make the most of Devon's miles of moorland
From weekend cottages in scenic Devon, you'll have easy access to miles and miles of sprawling moorland in places like Dartmoor and Exmoor, perfect for a casual couple's stroll. In Exeter, you can check out the 2,000-year-old city walls, then snap a selfie in front of the Gothic Cathedral Church of Saint Peter.
Cosy up in charming Welsh cottages
Another region with plenty of scenic coastline, Wales offers more than enough to see on a weekend retreat. From your secluded cottage, you can tour the tiny seaside fishing villages in Pembrokeshire, or stop a while on Anglesey island. Meanwhile, outdoorsy types will appreciate the scenery in Snowdonia National Park.
Dip a toe in the Lake District with irresistible holiday ideas
If you truly want to get away from it all, look no further than the Lake District, where you'll find everything from mountains and sprawling highlands, to secluded walking paths and, of course, lakes.
Admire historic architecture in the Lake District
Throughout the region, you'll find lodgings ranging from cosy, half-timbered Tudor-style buildings to stone cottages and more contemporary options. From your historic accommodation, it's just a hop, skip and a jump to guided tours of the Lake District National Park, complete with moorland, mountains, lakes and more.
Dive deep into marine life at the Lake District Coast Aquarium
Beyond the scenic natural beauty, you'll find plenty of worthwhile attractions throughout the Lake District. A short drive from your weekend cottage, the Lake District Coast Aquarium offers a closer look at freshwater and oceanic life in a low-key waterfront building.
Wild about wildlife in the Lake District
If you're travelling with the little ones, the Lake District Wildlife Park is another popular sight. Close to a number of Lake District holiday rentals, the park is home to more than 100 species of fauna in a 25-acre space.