Weekend Cottage Breaks

8 Inspirational Weekend Cottage Breaks

Jun 19, 2023

In a world where flexibility has become the norm, the self catering market is full of amazing cottages, lodges and cabins that offer short weekend breaks. Some may even offer 2 or 3 night breaks all-year round.

Perhaps you cannot take a week away from work or have children at school. Maybe your budget doesn’t quite stretch to more than a few days. Whatever the reason for your weekend cottage break, we hope you find the following locations and properties inspirational for your next trip.

1. Explore Edinburgh

Renowned for its heritage, Edinburgh is the ultimate weekend break destination in Scotland. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Edinburgh’s Old Town which includes Edinburgh Castle and the infamous Royal Mile. If food is your thing then be sure to visit The New Town and its wide selection of restaurants and cafes - you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Arguably though, the city is most well known for its many festivals and events including the world-famous Fringe festival which takes place every year in August. You can get up to date information, book tickets and more here: www.edfringe.com

Where to stay: based in Dalkeith, The Old Millhouse is the perfect base to explore Edinburgh. Sleeping 10 people in 5 luxurious bedrooms,this beautiful property is situated amongst 3.5 acres and comes complete with an outdoor swim spa.

The Old Millhouse luxury hot tub
The Old Millhouse

2. Luxurious Lincolnshire Wolds

The beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds are the epitome of English countryside. Full of rolling green hills, historic market towns and quiet villages with cobbled streets; there are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

A walkers paradise, this ancient corner of England is 216 square miles of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and perfect for a weekend cottage break.

Stroll the farmers markets, go horse riding, try your hand at climbing or simply put your feet up and cosy next to the fire - The Lincolnshire Wolds have something for everyone. Love Lincolnshire Wolds has some great information about the area including activities, events and other inspiration.

Where to stay: the secluded Park Cottage is ideally situated in the heart of the Wolds. With stunning countryside views and superb facilities such as an outdoor pizza oven, games room and hot tub, you’ll be able to fully relax after a day of exploring.

Park Cottage Lincolnshire Wolds
Park Cottage

3. Wonderful Wye

A rural retreat with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain, The Wye Valley AONB makes our shortlist. The River Wye is its centrepiece, rising in the Welsh mountains and meandering its way south to Chepstow.

Why not canoe the river and stop off for lunch at one of the many riverside pubs along the way. The not so energetic can opt for a boat trip along the river at Symonds Yat. Yat Rock is also a must where you can take in the valley’s most iconic view.

The market town of Ross-on-Wye is quintessentially British and provides the perfect base to explore, not to mention a plethora of quaint shops and superb eateries. Check out Visit Dean Wye for lots of extra information.

Where to stay: Trevase Granary is a fabulous option. Brimming with luxurious facilities such as a hot tub, and fully-equipped bar, Trevase Granary is a stunning barn conversion with unbelievable country views.

Trevase Granary hot tub
Trevase Granary

4. Relaxing Ribble Valley

Ribble Valley is somewhere special and makes our list as an inspirational place to visit. Dotted with picturesque villages, and stunning countryside, The Ribble Valley is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Known as ‘the food capital of the North’, there is no shortage of quaint pubs or Michelin-starred restaurants at which to feast on the quality produce from the local area. Northcote is one such restaurant with the added advantage of views over the Ribble Valley.

Romantic breaks here are just perfect with the ideal mix of activities to do during the day, fine restaurants to dine at every night and a great choice of luxury accommodation. A weekend break in the Ribble Valley is definitely one for your bucket list.

Where to stay: we’ve gone for Marlow at Bowland Retreat Lodges. This ultra-stylish lodge is designed with romance in mind; with a luxurious freestanding bath, hot tub area with starlit canopy and stunning views over Pendle.

Marlow At Bowland Retreat Lodges romantic bathroom
Marlow At Bowland Retreat Lodges

5. Exhilarating Exmoor

Exmoor is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a mix of coastline, wooded valleys and open moorland. So whether you crave a cottage with a sea view or a lodge perched high on the moors, we’re pretty sure our luxury Exmoor self catering selection has something for all tastes.

There is plenty to do here too. Try your hand at Barefoot Horse Riding and ride some of the finest countryside in the world. Explore the fabulous Dunster Castle which has been in existence since Norman times. Or eat out at one of the many restaurants or traditional country inns such as The Exmoor White Horse Inn located in the heart of the national park.

Where to stay: for a touch of wow factor, why not book Lavender Barn At Lavender Hill Holidays. Offering a luxurious stay for friends and family, this fabulous property sleeps 12 and guests and has access to an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, large garden and games room.

Lavender Barn At Lavender Hill Holidays in somerset
Lavender Barn At Lavender Hill Holidays

6. Naturally Beautiful North York Moors

Another rather special place to make the list, The North York Moors is rich in heritage, teeming with wildlife and ready for a weekend break to explore its beauty. The landscape varies dramatically fromThe Heritage Coast to the ancient woodlands and patchwork of dales.

There are, of course, iconic places to visit during your stay such as Castle Howard with its acres of landscaped grounds, magical temples, lakes and fountains or the atmospheric Robin Hood's Bay steeped in smuggler tradition. Equally though, the moorland provides a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of modern day life where to enjoy the great outdoors.

Where to stay: The Grange At High Oaks Grange offers spacious accommodation suitable for extended family or larger groups of friends. The Grange is the perfect venue for entertaining with large private gardens and an 18 foot swim spa. The views here are far-reaching over the Vale of Pickering.

The Grange At High Oaks Grange garden and house
The Grange At High Oaks Grange

7. Finding fossils on the Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a stunning 95 mile stretch of coastline from Exmouth in Devon to Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage in Dorset. This is England's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fossil hunters paradise! The places to stay on this stretch of the South West coast are household names such as Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove among others.

Spend your weekend cottage break hiking the South West coast path and stopping off for a famous Devon cream tea or take in the views from the water by boat. Explore the beautiful Lulworth Estate with 5 miles of world heritage Jurassic coast  including the world famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Whatever you choose, this stunning part of the UK is truly awe-inspiring. There are plenty of museums along the way, just like Sidmouth Museum, telling the story of this prehistoric coastline.

Where to stay: Owl’s Roost At Upton Grange Holiday Cottages is a delightfully romantic cottage and ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast just a short walk away. The cottage boasts plenty of character with exposed beams and a four-poster bed.

Owl's Roost At Upton Grange Holiday Cottages
Owl's Roost At Upton Grange Holiday Cottages

8. Classy Kent

Kent is not short of fantastic places to stay and is ideally located for a weekend cottage break for those who live in the capital. Known as The Garden of England, this is an area world-renowned for its excellent produce. From Whitstable oysters, to Romney Marsh lamb you’re sure to be familiar with some of this fascinating county’s produce. And where there’s quality produce you’ll find Michelin-starred restaurants championing the fayre.

If it's the culture you are looking for, then look no further. Kent is literally bursting at the seams with historical buildings and places to visit. Stroll the enormous grounds or take on the maze at Leeds Castle, admire the stunning architecture of Canterbury Cathedral or pay a visit to Dover Museum and examine Roman Forts, Saxon jewellery, and the world's oldest seagoing vessel, the Bronze Age Boat.

When it comes to accommodation you can opt for the infamous coastal resorts such as Whitstable, Herne Bay and Margate or perhaps stay in-land in a converted oast house or Kentish farmhouse.

Where to stay: The Barn At Green Farm is stunning. Situated in the beautiful Kent countryside, The Barn is part of the Green Farm estate which comprises an exclusive boutique spa, historic farmhouse and small working farm. Relax in the hot tub, let off some steam in the sauna and book yourself a massage, you might just need one after all of that exploring!

The Barn At Green Farm
The Barn At Green Farm

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