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Romantic Valentine breaks this February

Romantic Valentines Cottage BreaksWhat could be more romantic than a cosy cottage for just you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day?

Heading off together for some time alone and away from the stresses and strains of day to day life is the perfect tonic for any relationship, whether you are in a new romance or are a couple in their 10th, 25th or 50th year together!

A Valentine cottage break lets you set your own pace and do your own thing, whether it is chilling out together indoors or exploring the countryside on romantic walks by the river, sea or countryside.

Where to head for a Valentine’s Day Cottage Break

The UK is not short of great self catering accommodation which can make choosing a little harder so we have selected cottages and apartments that are perfect for Valentine’s inspired romantic breaks in some of the prettiest parts of the UK.Dartmouth self catering

  • Romantic breaks in South Devon.  South Devon, the English Riviera and the South Hams offer stunning coastlines, sweeping rivers, golden sandy beaches, rolling countryside, quaint fishing villages and so much more. A perfect romantic escape whether you are looking for coastline, countryside or a place to chill out. Find romantic breaks in South Devon»
  • Romantic breaks in the Lakes.  As one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, there is no better place to take your Valentine than the Lake District. With High Peaks, Open Fells and of course the great Lakes and rivers the landscape is there to be explored or just appreciated from your romantic cottage or lodge.
    Find South Lakeland Valentine breaks»
  • Peak District romance.  An area of outstanding beauty covering parts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, the Peak District provides great natural beauty in the form of moors and dales. Of course there are several famous stately homes nearby for a visit. Find romantic cottages in the Peak District»
  • Romance in the Yorkshire Dales.  A drystone cottage is Yorkshire in The Dales, surrounded by the patchwork of fields and glorious countryside is an idyllic and romantic break. The Dales has some wonderful towns and villages to explore as well as tea rooms to chill out in.
    Cottages in the Yorkshire Dales»
  • Short Breaks in the CotswoldsRomance in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a favourite holiday destination for good reason, with its famed Cotswolds honey-coloured limestone cottages set in the beautiful rural countryside it is a visual feast. The phrase ‘picture-postcard villages’ was invented for it.
    Cottages in the Cotswolds»
  • Romantic breaks in the Norfolk Broads. On the east of the UK, the Broads waterways wind their way through the delightful Norfolk and Suffolk villages. Whether you are on a boat or staying close by the Broads are a romantic setting for any break.
    Cottages in the Norfolk Broads»
  • Romance in the Brecon Beacons. If you are looking for a romantic place there is nowhere better than Wales, and the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia provide heart warming scenery that will inspire the romance in everyone.
    Cottages in the Brecon Beacons»

If these locations are not quite right for you don’t worry, you can search for romantic cottages and apartments across the UK.
Search for Romantic Cottages in England, Scotland and Wales

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Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

Dog friendly self catering cottages and holiday homesIf 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.

 

Easter holiday lodges from £200

Easter holidaysWith 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 »

Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup Self Catering

Cheltenham Festival and Gold CupWhether you are an avid racegoer, dedicated fashionista or are just looking for a good day out, The Cheltenham Festival which features the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is one of horse racings premier events and one of the highlights of the British social calendar.

In 2014 the Festival takes place between the 11th and 14th of March and is best described as ‘four days of atmosphere, anticipation and action, played out on a beautiful sporting arena that has no equal’.

Held over 4 days there is something for everyone:

  • Tuesday is the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, Champion Day, and features the most important hurdle race of the season, the Champion Hurdle.
  • Wednesday is Ladies Day so dress to impress! The best action is on the track though with the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
  • Thursday is better known as St Patrick’s Thursday and is the perfect place to kick off the celebrations. Racing includes the World Hurdle and Chase.
  • Friday is simply Cheltenham Gold Cup day – the big one! The climax of the entire Jump racing season and the day’s programme is arguably one of the best racing days of the year.

Whether you are looking to stay over the Cheltenham Festival week or just planning a visit to this wonderful Gloucestershire region, there is a superb selection of B&B and self catering accommodation ranging from cottages and apartments to lodges and cabins:

Where to head for a countryside summer holiday or spring break… AONB?

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.

Fairytale holiday in a Scottish Castle

Castle Apartment Montrose ScotlandHow about trying something new this year, with a short break or holiday in a Scottish castle?  Or may be a Scottish country estate is more your style?  Then again, there are mansions and spectacular converted churches also available for a self catering break in Scotland.

Whether you dreamt of a 16th Century castle, an uber stylish mansion or a traditional shooting lodge, our new collection of Scottish Castles and Country Homes could make it a reality for your 2014 break.

These properties are perfect for big families and large groups of friends as most have lots of bedrooms and facilities – from games rooms to hot tubs!  What’s more if you fancy really pushing the boat out, you can also arrange to have a butler, housekeeper or cook throughout your stay!

With over 100 to choose from you will find something to match your taste and your budget.

 

Family holiday accommodation with Oscar the Owl

Oscar the OwlWhy 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.