Here’s our top-ten list of the “best” self catering holiday cottages and camp sites – for everything from honeymoons, to a family break with the dogs; and from a shortbreak overseas, to a romantic weekend away…..
Best for - “a honeymoon”
Rose Cottage in Devon is a romantic 18th century thatched cottage, with 21st century luxuries. It’s also “north Devon’s first luxury boutique cottage. Six months of careful restoration has resulted in many of its original features being retained - from its inglenook fireplace with bread oven, and log burner (where guests will be able to toast marshmallows); through to the original floor boards in the “Boudoir” which boasts a huge copper slipper bath. Rose Cottage even features a huge beachcomber hot tub in a secluded garden position. There may never have been a more romantic holiday cottage in Devon.
Best for - “getting away from it all”
Dick Turpin Cottage in the Clun Valley is one of the hidden gems of Shropshire. A detached, stone-built property standing at the head of the fabulous Clun Valley, with spectacular views of the Shropshire Hills, and in total seclusion. The cottage also nestles in 20 acres of woodlands in a part of Britain the Countryside Commission has recently designated as one of the three remaining havens of tranquillity in the country.
Best for - “a family break with the dogs”
The Cider Mill in The Wye Valley is a child and dog-friendly cottage, which sleeps seven in a lovely Herefordshire location. Located on a 15th century farmstead, the cottage has many of its original and historic features, and boasts views over countryside and the river - with full fishing rights.
Best for - “a budget break”
Camping Pods in Eskdale, in The Lake District can sleep up to four people in a secure, wooden shelter. The Camping & Caravanning Club’s pods are made from locally sourced timber and insulated with wool, so that all you need to bring is your camping gear - minus the tent!
Best for - “a night under the stars in an African style Safari tent”
Teversal Safari Tent, on the edge of the Peak District, gives happy-glampers the chance to camp beneath the stars in African-style safari tents. And it’s all on the doorstep of some stunning English scenery, near to Chesterfield! Escape the urban jungle and spend a in the Camping and Caravanning Club Site’s newest Safari tent.
Best for – “a chance to get active in the forest”
Rosliston Forest Lodges in the National Forest offer accommodation in log cabins, which are close to quiet country footpaths and bike trails. The nearby Forestry Centre offers a host of outdoor pursuits and courses for all the family - from fishing to falconry; and orienteering to archery.
Best for - “an opportunity to get to know someone a little better”!
Little Owl Cottage in North Devon is…tiny! A Grade II listed thatched cottage, hidden away in the small village of Knowstone on the edge of Exmoor, it’s also just a couple of strides from a Michelin-starred pub. Little Owl is ideal for a romantic night in. It’s also directly on a couple of footpaths, which lead into the neighbouring National Park.
Best for - “Just Because”!
Millbrook in North Devon is a boutique award-winning, luxury, romantic location featuring four luxury holiday cottage. Millbrook offers accommodation for couples, on a secluded 32-acre estate, and specialises in romantic occasions - offering honeymoons, engagements, anniversaries, birthdays to remember and most importantly 'Just Because'! Pet Friendly in two cottages, there is also fishing on site, and some great local pubs nearby
Best for - “a romantic weekend away”
Coppett Cottage in The Wye Valley is one of six superb holiday cottages on the 15th century farmstead of Mainoaks, in Herefordshire. A romantic hideaway for two, it’s actually described as their “honeymoon cottage”. A gem of a property, it combines a cosy downstairs area with wood burning stove with a striking open-plan bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The private garden and seating area outside completes the picture.
Best for - “a shortbreak overseas”
Mountains View in Dorf, Austria, is a luxuriously appointed chalet sleeping six (four adults and two children) in three separate bedrooms, with two bathrooms. The chalet features a large open plan living area, a balcony with incredible views, and a spacious terrace. Mountains' View is an ideal base for both skiing in the winter, and for exploring nearby Innsbruck and Salzberg in the summer.
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