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What Makes a Great Self Catering Holiday in the UK

With the pressure to reduce our impact on global warming and 22% of us admitting that we would cut back on flights abroad to help the environment, there is no denying that our holiday agendas are changing as we turn away from foreign package deals and holiday at home instead. And why not, when Britain is so extraordinarily rich in all the ingredients that go together to make a fantastic holiday. The beauty of the changing seasons gives Britain a colourful depth rarely found elsewhere making it an enticing choice for a self-catering holiday or short break all year round. Our beautiful houses and character properties are as much a part of this changing landscape as our hills and trees and, luckily for us, they are available to rent everywhere. Their appeal is unquestionable - nowhere else in the world do we find a roaring log fire in a cosy cottage as welcoming as it is in Britain after a countryside walk on a frosty winters morning.

The Cotswolds

Although lovely in any season, the scenic beauty of the Cotswolds will have you reaching for your camera when the sun shines in Spring and Summer. In these picture-postcard villages, such as Boughton-on-the-Water, Bibury and Lower Slaughter, tea and scones are served on manicured lawns while ducks squawk their way along babbling brooks. Your holiday let here, a honey-coloured fairytale cottage with picture windows and a garden teaming with wild flowers and butterflies, will be as much a part of your holiday as the scenic walking and cycling in this sophisticated part of rural England.

Devon and Cornwall

From its dazzling turquoise coastline to its rolling green hills, Devon offers endless opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors, with its miles of heather-clad moors, hidden sandy coves and charming towns. The English Riviera towns of Brixham, Torquay and Paignton offer cultural and scenic attractions, watersports and great nightlife. The hallmark of Devon is of course its endearing thatched cottages and there is a plentiful supply available for rent set in some stunning locations. In neighbouring Cornwall, with its 50 miles of rugged coastline and unique attractions such as the Eden Project, you might find yourself lodging in a converted granite barn or an old blacksmith's workshop from where you will enjoy coast and clifftop walks.


For those seeking true escapism, the highlands of Scotland are especially beautiful in Autumn when its woodland, heath and moorland glow in shades of red and gold and mist hangs over the lochs. Enjoy coastal walks along the Moray Firth, experience the vibrancy of Edinburgh's festivals or escape to the wild and rugged west coast around Loch Torridon or the island of Mull. Here you can experience true isolation, in a remote, single-storey stone cottage or converted croft, with no neighbours but a few sheep and highland cattle making this the perfect location for a romantic break.

The Pembrokeshire Coast

For a taste of the scenery and unique attractions of Wales, the breathtaking Pembrokeshire coast is a popular choice. With walks offering amazing clifftop views along the coastal path, wildlife cruises from the historic town of St Davids, seaside fun at Tenby and fabulous shopping in the market town of Narberth, this area has something to offer the whole family. Here you may find yourself staying in a stone lodge, a riverside cottage or a holiday bungalow nestling in the foothills of the Presili hills or in the middle of the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Something different

As well as having some of the most beautiful and endearing properties in the world, we Brits are a nation of eccentrics and we love to express this eccentricity in our houses. Throughout history and across the nation we have delighted in converting anything we can into cosy living spaces, therefore finding a quirky property to stay in for your holiday may be easier than you think. The British countryside abounds with the most enchanting converted chapels, abbeys, watertowers, windmills and even triumphal arches, all lovingly restored but deliciously quirky thanks to their peculiar construction. As rental accommodation, they are delightfully British, totally unique, and make your self-catering holiday in the UK truly special.

Other considerations when planning your self-catering holiday

Of course, when planning a self-catering holiday, it is important not to be swept off your feet by a particularly stunning property but remain objective and make a sensible choice of destination first, according to your needs and those of your family. It is worth studying local maps to pinpoint a chosen area within easy reach of all the attractions you wish to visit, always remembering the importance of being close to amenities that you may require within walking distance such as local shops, pubs and restaurants. Once your choice is made, the range of holiday accommodation is extensive everywhere, so you are sure to find your own little haven from the many on offer around your selected destination

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