If you are planning a family break over the Easter Holidays and you want to take your dog with you, there are lots of great pet-friendly self catering properties available across the UK.
This is the perfect time to get away too, with blue skies and sunshine it’s the perfect time for the whole family to embrace the outdoors after a long winter closeted at home!
Take a look at some of our selected pet friendly holiday homes that are great for a weekend break, short break or a full holiday.
If, like us, your dog has a tendency to find ways to explore, you can also refine your search to properties with enclosed gardens such as
It’s time to get egg-cited as the Easter school holidays are nearly here! And, with blue skies and sunny weather in the UK this could be the perfect time to book an Easter get-away.
Whether you are looking for a free range cottage in the country, want to head for an egg-cellent coast, countryside or hunt for the Easter bunny on a city break there are still some cracking deals to be found!
OK, enough of the very bad puns, I promise!
If you have a 2-3 week Easter break to fill with the kids then a short break or a holiday is great value. There are a great choice of cottages, apartments, lodges and mobile homes at locations across the UK with accommodation available, start your Family Break Easter Hunt here»
If you are looking forward to spending your Easter or Summer holiday playing with your dog on the coast or enjoying the countryside on those long walks, then we have tried to make finding the right self catering accommodation a lot easier.
You have always been able to search Find Cottage Holidays looking for pet friendly self catering but we have now added some extra feature searches.
Now, if like us, your dog likes to ‘explore’ on their own if they see the opportunity, you will love our new search of dog friendly cottages WITH an ENCLOSED GARDEN. An enclosed garden, for most dogs, will mean you can relax in and around your self catering without having to keep your eyes on your dog.
Our new searches will also help you find dog friendly short break accommodation, dog friendly cottages with hot tubs and pet friendly self catering with open fires. Start your pet friendly self catering search here.
You can also check out our sister site holidays with dogs for some more great pet friendly places to stay.
With Spring and Easter just around the corner it finally feels like the time to book our first UK holiday of the year, but what should be do?
As we want to save a lot of holiday fund for the summer, we are planning to head away in a holiday lodge or log cabin. Perfect for families of all ages and sizes, a lodge offers comfortable accommodation with the countryside right outside your window/door.
What’s more our dog loves it too, being able to wander in and out as they want, a joy after the winter months of being locked down to keep the cold out!
While we quite like getting away from it all in a lodge deep in countryside, we also quite like heading to established holiday parks with lodges as many of them run kids activities throughout the Easter holidays whatever the weather…. perfect!
The good news is that there are some great deals around for this Easter and we have found a whole selection with prices starting from less than £200. Search for Easter lodges »
If you are wondering where to head on a summer holiday or a Spring break there is nowhere better to start than checking out our list of the official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales.
Every place designated an AONB is considered to be of significant landscape beauty ranging from rugged coastline and water meadows to gentle lowland and upland moors – each one of them is a wonderful – perfect for a short break or cottage holiday.
There are 37 AONB in England and Wales, from the Suffolk Coast and Heaths to the Malvern Hills and the Gower Peninsula. Below are the links to our full list of the areas and some super self catering accommodation close by to help you make the most of your stay.
Of course the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are in addition to the British National Parks, that are also perfect for a cottage holiday.
Why not make your summer family holiday with younger children even more special this year and head to one of our selected cottages and lodges where Oscar the Owl is in residence.
Oscar is a busy and friendly owl who will be in touch with your children before, during and after the holiday… creating a sense of fun and excitement to your holiday. With free gifts, free audio stories for the journey,emails, postcards, family games and family friendly places to go…. Oscar is a very useful owl to have around!
Oscar the Owl is loved by the children he meets, for example our visitor comments include:
“The children were delighted to be welcomed by ‘Oscar the Owl’ and amazed that he knew what hobbies they have! The weather has been bright and sunny and we have enjoyed the beautiful countryside. ‘Oscar’ accompanied us on lots of trips.”
“The audio stories kept the children entranced on the long journey, a great idea, they listened to them several times”
Unfortunately Oscar is only available at selected family friendly properties, click the link to find out more and see where he is.
It’s hard to believe, as we have all only just returned to work/school, that the February half term is fast approaching!
Don’t get caught with nothing planned, why not make the most of the February half term with a family getaway?
Have great days out together, then enjoy a relaxing meal and card/board games in front of a cosy fire.
With thousands of self catering cottages, lodges and apartments across the UK & Ireland to choose from you’re bound to find the perfect place within reach of the attractions and activities you want to see.
What’s more, it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune…. there are 3 night February half term lodge breaks from £99*, 7 night cottage breaks from £288.
Browse for some great February half term self catering using the links below:
* Prices quoted were available on selected properties at the time of publishing. Accommodation only – including online booking fee, based on UK stays departing 15/02/14. Subject to availability, operator booking conditions will apply.
Find Cottage Holidays has launched a new section on its popular website featuring offers, deals, discounts and voucher codes from leading providers and independent owners in the UK and Ireland.
The offers deals and vouchers page will highlight a range of self catering including cottages, holiday parks, lodges, apartments, and boat holidays across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Current offers include:
- Save 20% on winter cottage breaks
- Festive lodges and log cabins from £99
- Cosy winter breaks from £284
- Autumn lodge breaks from £149
- Christmas and New Year city breaks from £55
Plus lots more. See more deals and offers »
If you are looking for a self catering break in the Stowmarket area of Suffolk, then take a close look at Leys Farmhouse Annexe.
This 1 bedroom bungalow it is perfect for a romantic escape or for parents with a young child (in a cot). The property has central heating, wi-fi, parking and an outdoor swimming pool for use in the summer.
If you want an outdoor, active, rural break this area is perfect with fishing, pony trekking, walking, golf and cycling all close by.
Feedback about the accommodation is equally positive including:
“Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your clean and comfortable annexe. thank you for also providing the baby cot and high chair for our grandson.Most helpful. Would have no hesitation in recommending you to our friends. With thanks.”
“Excellent accommodation in a lovely area. all we could possibly need for a relaxing break. The wonderful Indian summer was a bonus.”
Find out more about Leys Farmhouse on Find Cottage Holidays »
It may be Halloween, but we don’t want any rights on holiday or a short break, so today’s recommendation is the university town of Aberystwyth.
Lying on the west coast of Wales, it is a thriving metropolis of shops, restaurants, pubs and tea-rooms. This vibrant location also has museums to explore, excellent cinema and is home to the National Library of Wales.
A typically Victorian promenade lines the seafront and the cliff-top ruins of Aberystwyth castle dominate the entire town. A wealth of attractions are designed to entertain and inspire visitors to explore further afield.
The scenic 20-mile cycle route and footpath on the Ystwyth Trail follows a wonderful woodland and river path and links Aberystwyth to Tregaron. A trip on the Steam Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge is a great way to visit the falls.
The seaside resort of Borth is seven miles away with three miles of sandy beach and the ‘Animalarium’ to keep all ages amused.
With so many attractions, the castle, Welsh craft centres and stunning countryside to explore, this is a perfect base for a family holiday.
Check out some great Aberystwyth cottage breaks