Now is the perfect time to book your summer holiday cottage or apartment, while there is still plenty of great self catering accommodation to choose from.
It’s never easy to find what you are looking for but the Find Cottage Holidays website lets you search for lots of different types of holidays from those near the coast, 5 star rated, pet friendly and even those with hot tubs!
We have also now introduced a new price filter so that you can find self catering that matches your budget – with some at £200 per week or less. Please use the links below to get started:
It’s nearly time for the last of the great British Summer Bank Holidays, with the popular end of August long weekend being your last chance in 2012 (well apart from the Christmas break).
So if you want to make the most of the extra long weekend and make the most of the weather why not take a self catering cottage break in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland.
Even though this is a popular weekend to be away, being that it coincides with the end of the school holidays, there is still some great bargains and late availability for self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and bungalows.
In fact there are some great deals on budget and luxury breaks whether you are looking for a couple, family or group August Bank Holiday escape.
However, don’t wait long, there is not long left and accommodation is selling out fast. Take a look at some August Bank Holiday Self Catering
The school summer holidays may be approaching but that doesn’t mean it’s only families that are looking for a short break or holiday, so here is a super selection of cottages and apartments ideal for COUPLES this summer.
Whether the two of you are looking for a country escape, a relaxing coastal break or a pet friendly cottage, we have made it easy fo you to find all of the best self catering accommodation that sleeps two.
From the Highlands of Scotland to the English West Country, from the Welsh hills to the Irish countryside, from the Lake District & Peak District to the Cotswolds, you will find holiday homes that will meet all budgets, whether you are looking for a luxury break or a cheaper holiday base, with accommodation for couples ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges, chalets and mobile homes.
Of course if it’s a romantic get-away you can choose from self catering with open wood fires to curl up in front of or those with hot tubs or four-poster beds.
A couple’s break isn’t all about the romance though, so if you are looking for an active holiday with lots of walking, cycling or watersports near by you will find this self catering accommodation provides a great holiday base.
Take a look at our self catering for couples
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Today the Queen has begun a two-day visit to Northern Ireland, covering Belfast and County Fermanagh, as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour.
We were inspired by seeing this beautiful area of Ireland receiving some well deserved positive TV coverage and so we have put together a list of selected holiday cottages in County Fermanagh and Belfast that are perfect for a short break or summer holiday.
County Fermanagh is mainly rural, covers nearly 653 square miles and has a population in the region of 57,000. The biggest town, and one HM The Queen is visiting on this trip, is Enniskillen which is the county town. The island town has a range of attractions including the Castle Coole Estate and Enniskillen Castle, which is home to the museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.
Other attractions County Fermanagh include Castle Archdale, Crom Estate, Devenish Island, Florence Court and Lough Navar Forest Park.
The Fermanagh County Show is held in August, other good County and Agricultural Shows in Ireland include Balmoral Show in Belfast and the Armagh Show.
If you are heading to Northern Ireland for a weekend break, short break or holiday have a great time and don’t forget to send us some pictures via Facebook.
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With the grass court tennis season in full swing, and Wimbledon just weeks away, the British will fall in love with tennis all over again and remember what fun it is.
In fact, you can guarantee that over the coming weeks tennis courts across the country will be filling up with people of all ages practicing their smashes and drop shots!
To celebrate this favourite summer passion we have put together a list of our favourite holiday cottages and apartments that have tennis courts and facilities either on site or near by. With this list, whether you are looking for some family fun or some serious tennis practice, you will be able to find some great short break or holiday accommodation which will enable you play to your heart’s content.
Of course if strawberries and cream while watching the professionals fight it out is more your style there are tournaments in coming weeks at Eastbourne, Nottingham and of course the big one, Wimbledon.
Check out our Wimbledon page to find out more about the Championship, the Museum and Tours.
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If you are looking for something to do this summer with the family then why not go to one of the many County Shows, County Fairs and Agricultural Shows across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
There is no better way to learn about the British and Irish countryside and the rural way of life. A typical Show includes prize-winning live stock, pet shows, dog shows and every imaginable type of competition ranging from fruit and veg to arts and crafts. Every County Show, County Fair or Agricultural Show will have its own unique flavour determined by the countryside in which it is set.
You will find plenty to entertain you whether it’s roaming around the Show’s competition marquees, beer tents, parade and show rings or simply chilling out watching the World go by. Some of the bigger shows have star attractions so it is well worth checking out what’s happening where so you don’t miss anything.
To help you find a County Show to go and see we have compiled a list of some of the best known ones across the UK and Ireland, with the all important 2012 dates and contact/website details you need. See our 2012 County Show Calendar
Going to a County Show?
If you are going to a County Show why not tell us about it and send us a best picture. We would love to how you found the Show, what were the best bits, how was the parking, would you go again etc. If you want to share your County Show experience add it here on our blog or why not upload your comments and pictures to the Find Cottage Holidays Facebook page.
County Show Organisers
If you organise a County Show, County Fair or Agricultural Show and would like to add your event to our list or add more details to your listing then simply contact us by posting here or on our Facebook page.
We have just spent a lovely week in East Devon in a village full of ‘picture postcard’ thatched cottages, Broadhembury is a delightful country village and left us wanting to stay in a pretty thatched cottage next time we set off for a holiday.
So we have been through our cottage database and selected some of the top holiday cottages with thatched roof’s not only in Devon but across England (including Cornwall, Norfolk, Isle of Wight) and Ireland (from Donegal to Wexford) for you to choose from.
Thatched cottages come in all shapes and sizes, so if you thought a thatched cottage was only for couples you would be wrong. There are plenty available that sleep anything from 2 people to 10 plus – so perfect for a family or a group of friends. What’s more, although they are old it doesn’t mean that there is any loss of comfort, most of these thatched cottages have been fitted out tot he highest standards with some being perfect for a luxury break.
By their very nature, most thatched cottages tend to be tucked away in peaceful country villages, many close to the coast, or in slightly more remote countryside locations. This makes them absolutely perfect for a break full of peace and relaxation.
See thatched cottages in England and Ireland