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Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. Read More
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. Read More
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. Read More
Mar 29, 2019
The South West has it all and it is really no surprise that this part of the UK is extremely popular especially in the warmer months of the year. We take a look at why the south west is such a great place to visit for a break or holiday at any time of the year. Handpicked Cottages has luxury self-catering accommodation throughout the south west suitable for all tastes, budgets and size of party. South West Cottages.
The South West Coastal Path
Originally created by those charged with spotting smugglers and in the various coves and inlets that dot the coast the South West Coast Path is now a 630-mile delight for us all. Some of the most scenic views can be found along the path as well as passing through beautiful south west towns and villages. The path is ideal for those looking to take a gentle stroll with the dog as well as seasoned hikers who love the demanding stages and twists and turns of the path. It has to be said that some areas particularly on the southern part of the path can be particularly gruelling but there is normally various refreshment at journeys end. Starting at Minehead in Somerset it runs along the coastline of Exmoor, continuing along the coast of North Devon into Cornwall. It follows the entire coastline of Cornwall, goes across the mouth of the River Tamar and continues into Devon. After running along the south coast of Devon it then follows the Dorset coastline before finally ending at Poole Harbour.
See & Do in the South West
With a milder climate than many the south west of England offers visitors so much to see and do all year round. Beautiful scenery is all around you in the south west with incredible sandy beaches and coves, the stunning south west coastal path, national parks such as Dartmoor and Exmoor as well as numerous areas of natural beauty AONB’s. As well as all of this natural beauty there is something going on all year round including historic houses to visit, family theme parks and attractions, towns and villages to explore and some of the finest restaurants and eateries anywhere in the UK.
Go South West - Go Self Catering
Renting a luxury cottage in the south west gives you the flexibility to come and go as you please and not to be tied down by rigid dining timetables of other forms of accommodation. You choose the type of cottage you are looking for, maybe a romantic cottage by the sea or a large country house to celebrate a special occasion, perhaps a dog friendly cottage or one that is just right for the younger children. It is not just cottages as we have a selection of lodges and other types of accommodation as well. (image below The Milkshed in Devon)
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