By Christine Fleming and Katie Wilson

A cottage getaway is as quintessentially British a pastime as you can get. After all, who hasn’t found themselves fantasising about trading in their day-to-day routine for long walks across rolling hills and sandy beaches before heading home to a roaring fire.

From the smartest design to stand out features like hot tubs and roll top baths, here’s our pick of the coolest cottages in the UK you can book now, ranging from cosy stays for two to cottages big enough for all your friends and family.

Coolest UK holiday cottages


Arthouse, Dorset

Arthouse cottage Dorset
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A newly refurbished barn conversion with a cottagey feel, Arthouse is a stylish escape any time of year. Full of beautiful design touches throughout, mid-century furniture and colourful abstract sculptures provide a visual feast everywhere you look. There’s also a private courtyard where you can while away the hours alfresco dining and deckchair dreaming. Should you choose to leave and explore, you are surrounded by beautiful countryside, wildflowers and the nearby Jurassic Coast.

Stays start from £120 per night | Sleeps 2

Book a stay at Arthouse here

Cartshed Cottages, Norfolk

Cartshed Cottages
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An interiors palette of dusky pastels and moody greys are the hallmarks of these calming cottages that will have you feeling zen in no time. Inside each cottage is beautifully designed with aesthetically pleasing touches like mood lighting, sheepskin throws and even rolltop baths. Outside it’s all beautiful gardens and wildflowers on the doorstep and nearby Norfolk beaches to enjoy.

Stays start from £600 for three nights | Sleeps 2-4, various cottages | Dog-friendly

Book a stay at Cartshed Cottages here

Ty Bach, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons

Ty Bach cottage
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Ty Bach may claim to be a bothy, but it’s so full of cosy charm, we’d argue it has crossed into cottage territory. Hidden away in the woodlands near Hay-On-Wye, it’s the perfect off-grid base from which to explore the stunning Brecon Beacons and River Wye. Having said that we doubt you’ll want to leave this romantic retreat for long when you have a cosy wood burner, dreamy outdoor bath and magical lakefront hot tub to come back to. As it’s off-grid there is no power, so make sure to bring a power pack if you can’t bear to be without your phone.

Stays start from £552 for two nights | Sleeps 2 | Off-grid

Book a stay at Ty Bach here


Highbrook Cottage, Powys, Mid Wales

Highbrook Cottage Dining Room
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A cottage stay on the site of a low-intervention vineyard you say, get us there asap. Tucked away on a fourth-generation sheep farm, Highbrook is a cosy colour-filled cottage sitting between a beautiful vineyard and a babbling brook. It’s a place to relax and recharge – with a glass of super local wine of course – and live out all your country living dreams. Explore Wales’ scenic Radnor Valley and delight at the wildlife on your doorstep by day, then curl up to enjoy the warmth of your very own log burner as you spend tranquil evenings delving into the cottage’s library of books.

Stays start from £365 for a short break | Sleeps 4 | Family-friendly

Book a stay at Highbrook Cottage here

Lowtown Cottage, Northumberland

Lotown Cottage Northumberland
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Hidden behind the doors of this traditional stone cottage is a big surprise – big, bold, bright interiors you’d never expect from the outside. The stuff of Pop Art dreams, the whole ground floor of this cheerful home is doused in bright yellow, the colour of positivity. Venturing upstairs, you’ll have the choice of a restful slumber in a room covered in floor-to-ceiling green stripes or wall-to-wall flower print. If the inside isn’t enough to get your creative juices flowing, pop outside and be inspired by nature. This country bolthole is surrounded by stunning farmland as far as the eye can see. It’s also, helpfully, in walking distance of the local pub.

Stays start from £199 per night | Sleeps 4 | Dog-friendly

Book a stay at Lotown Cottage here

Milovaig House, Isle of Skye

Milovaig cottage Isle of Skye
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It’s hard not to be blown away by the views at Milovaig on the stunning Isle of Skye. Sat perched on a clifftop, is there anything more calming than looking out at the sea from the floor-to-ceiling windows at this 19th Century crofter’s cottage. Look out for passing dolphins, whales and seals. Stay inside and delight in the calm created by the chic minimalist Nordic interiors or step out onto the deck and take a dip in the wood-burning hot tub while taking in the views. Keep an eye on the sky too, as lucky guests may even catch sight of the Northern Lights during winter months.

Stays start at £205 per night | Sleeps 4 | Family-friendly

Book a stay at Milovaig House here

Botany Place, Bath

Botany Place Bath
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This one is technically a townhouse, not a cottage, but is packed with a similar period charm. Located right by Bath’s famous Royal Crescent, this light-filled apartment is a perfect base for exploring all the city has to offer, including the rejuvenating thermal spas. Inside original Georgian features pop against the soothing pastel hued walls, while the plush cloud-like velvet sofa invites lounging galore after a hard day of sight seeing or spa R&R. Plus, with two rooms there is enough space to bring the family.

Stays start from £189 per night | Sleeps 4 | Family-friendly

Book a stay at Botany Place here

Elsie’s Cottage, Malvern Hills

Elsie's Cottage Malvern Hills
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Nestled in the Malvern hillside, Elsie’s Cottage offers up a magical experience. An idyllic retreat for those seeking some rest and relaxation, its storybook façade is a luxurious resting place for weary souls. Delight your senses by taking a dip in the wood-fired hot tub or the iron rolltop bath. You’ll also find king-sized beds and comfy sofas positioned around an inglenook fire to enjoy. Treating your tastebuds is easy too thanks to optional add-on food hampers which you can feast on by fairylight on the terrace.

Stays start from £616 per long weekend | Sleeps 4 | Dog-friendly

Book a stay at Elsie’s Cottage here

Sail Loft on Eilean Shona, Scotland

Sail Loft cottage on private island Eilean Shona Scotland
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If you’ve ever fancied staying on a private island, then Eilean Shona off the west coast of Scotland should be on your radar. There are several accommodation options, but the newest is the Sail Loft, a two-bedroom cottage that comfortably sleeps four. This luxury boat house can only be reached by boat and has a suspended deck overlooking Loch Moidart and the ruins of Castle Tioram. Take a dip with a view in the freestanding copper bath in the main bedroom, watch the sunrise from the terrace, or warm up in the Nordic sauna after a refreshing dip in the loch.

Sleeps | Stays start from £3,000 a week | Dog-friendly

Book a stay at Sail Loft here


TOFY, York

Next Door at Old Forge York
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The charmingly named TOFY (aka The Old Forge York) is a pretty getaway spot made for romantic retreats and family getaways alike. Here you’ll find not one, but two beautiful properties on the outskirts of the historic city of York that can be hired individually or together to sleep up to seven. The Garden Shed is perfect for two with its cosy sheepskin rugs, log burner and walled garden fire pit. Then there’s the charming barn conversion Next Door which oozes the kind of chic style you’d find in the very best boutique hotels with plush velvet sofas, underfloor heating, log burner and bedrooms that open onto a private courtyard. Dogs are very welcome in both properties.

Stays start from £390 per short break | Family-friendly | Dog-friendly (Garden Shed Sleeps 2, Next Door Sleeps 5)

Book a stay at TOFY here

Craftsman’s Cottage, Wiltshire/Devon Border

Craftsman's Cottage Devon
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A picture-perfect 19th century cottage that champions British based artists and makers, Craftsman’s Cottage is almost like being in a private gallery. Every room has been curated with thoughtful art and design touches that pay homage to the period property’s past, but with a modern twist. Cook up a storm in the open-plan kitchen, peruse the mini bookcase library or curl up in luxury beneath Siberian goose down bedding. When you do venture outside, immerse yourself in village life with a three-minute amble to the quaint local shop and 17th century boozer, The Bennet Arms.

Stays start from £375 per night | Sleeps 6 | Family-friendly | Dog-friendly

Book a stay at Craftsman’s Cottage here

Wild Meadow Cottage, Welsh Borders

Wild Meadow Cottage
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Set in three acres of private meadows, the ecologically-built timber cottage Wild Meadow Cottage is like entering another world. A simpler and more sustainable world that is. Here you can harvest your own fruit and veg from the Kitchen Garden on your doorstep, take solar heated showers and rest easy knowing all the energy you use during your stay is sourced from renewable suppliers. The cottage is also within walking distance to Offa’s Dyke Path, dubbed one of the 10 best walled walks in the world by Lonely Planet.

Stays start from £275 for two nights | Sleeps 7 | Family-friendly | Dog-Friendly | Eco-friendly

Book a stay at Wild Meadow Cottage here

Bogee Farm, Padstow, North Cornwall

Bogee Farm Cornwall
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Set on a working farm with only cows, sheep and the two friendly pet goats for neighbours, Bogee Farm cottages are the perfect base to explore the North Cornwall coast from. Outside it looks like it has stepped right out the pages of a Beatrix Potter story. But inside it’s all plush furnishings, chic design touches and eye-catching modern artworks. Pictured is The Farmhouse that sleeps 8, but properties for two to six are also available. Enviably located, the foodie hotspot of Padstow is a 12-minute drive away, as are some of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Tintagel Castle nearby are also worth exploring nearby.

Stays start from £399 for three nights | Sleeps 8 | Family-friendly | Other properties available

Book a stay at Bogee Farm here

Chyanna, Polzeath, North Cornwall

Chyanna beach cottage
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Get ready to live it up in luxury at this breath-taking seaside retreat. Perched right on the edge of Cornwall’s stunning Polzeath Beach, Chyanna is a glass-fronted beauty that is all views, views and more views. Mix up a cocktail in your very own bar, fire up the grill in the outdoor kitchen, then perch yourself on one of the fairy-lit strewn balconies to watch the waves come crashing in. Perfect for sea dips all year round, you’ll be able to warm yourself back up in front of your very own woodburning stove in the colder months.

Stays start from £288 per night | Sleeps 8 | Dog-friendly

Book a stay at Chyanna here

Gardener’s House, North Wales

Gardener’s House, Wales
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A Georgian delight tucked away on the Hawarden Estate in North Wales, the Gardener’s House is ideal for green-fingered folk. By day, explore the impressive castle estate and all its natural wonders, swim in the lake, take part in a foraging experience or learn a new skill at the on-site walled garden school. Then head back to your elegant home-from-home to lounge around the cosy fire listening to records, play board games by candlelight and cook up a storm using the Aga, outside pizza oven or Big Green Egg cooker. There is also a wood-fired hot tub and bookable sauna too.

Stays start from £295 per night | Sleeps 9 | Family-friendly | Dog-Friendly

Book a stay at Gardener’s House here

Sea View Manor, Norfolk

Sea View Manor Norfolk
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Imagine rolling out of bed, shuffling downstairs and immediately jumping into your own terrace swimming pool in the UK. Well, that’s how you can start your days while staying at Sea View Manor, a classy Art Deco-inspired holiday home on the Norfolk Coast. This place was made for enjoying the outdoors in style with its panoramic views, heated open-air pool, outdoor sound system and hot tub. Inside it is pure luxury too with huge communal seating and dining areas for you and your 19 (yes 19!) hand-picked fellow guests to enjoy.

Stays start from £1160 per night | Sleeps 20 | Family-friendly

Book a stay at Sea View Manor here

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