First impressions really do matter, especially when it comes to choosing a holiday home. If you’re still tirelessly looking for the perfect cottage to fall in love with at first sight – fear not. Here’s our collection of 20 picturesque cottages to stay in during 2020. From stately homes for special occasions to quaint, cosy cottages for couples, we’ve featured the most stunning properties across that can be all found in the UK.
South Hams House
Best for: A luxury break in the stunning South Devon coast.
The luxurious South Hams House has it all, with its private outdoor pool, spacious games room and ultra-modern design. It’s great for groups and families who are looking to splash out on something a little extra special. If you can tear yourself away from the comfort and luxury of this property, a short drive will take you to some of the most scenic areas in South Devon. Make sure to visit the picturesque Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks, as well as the world heritage Jurassic Coast.
Best for: Peace and tranquillity in the rural Yorkshire countryside.
Set within the scenic Yorkshire countryside, Rusty’s Cottage is a cosy hideaway for two. With gorgeous views over open countryside, you can’t help but feel completely relaxed as you sit on the patio. The city of York is just a 20-minute drive away, where you can find a variety of attractions, cafes and restaurants.
The Old Signal House
Best for: A relaxing holiday watching the waves roll by.
Set on a secluded part of the Cornwall coastline, The Old Signal House offers incredible views of the English Channel. The cottage is great for family holidays at the seaside. Discover hidden coves and sandy beaches as you explore scenic surroundings.
Best for: A cosy retreat for couples and small families with pets.
With its thatched roof and pretty rose garden, Blueberry Cottage looks like something out of a fairytale. This Grade II listed cottage is set in the heart of West Somerset, and just a short drive to the coast. Its best suited to couples and small families, and you can even bring your dog along for a relaxing break!
Bewl Water View
Location: East Sussex
Best for: A luxury retreat for a romantic escape.
The aptly-named Bewl Water View boasts breathtaking sights of the Bewl Water reservoir. This bright and comfortable cottage is ideal for couples who are looking for a relaxing break. During your stay, take a walk along the waterfront or perhaps visit the nearby market town of Wadhurst for a good choice of independent vintage stores and cafes.
Best for: A comfy base to explore the Cotswolds.
Whether its the rural surroundings or the ivy climbing up the property, Jubilee Cottage has a quintessential British countryside feel to it. The cottage’s proximity to the Cotswolds makes it a great base for walkers who want to explore this recognised area of outstanding natural beauty.
West Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage
Best for: Exploring the Anglesey Coastal Path.
Situated on the dramatic northern coastline of Anglesey, West Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage is a unique place to stay. Nature-lovers should keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife in the area – previous visitors have reported seeing dolphins, seals and porpoises along the coast.
Location: Lake District
Best for: A relaxing family break, with picture-perfect surroundings.
The secluded Rothay Cottage is set along the banks of the River Rothay, in the heart of the Lake District. This large cottage is ideal for family gatherings and special occasions, sleeping up to ten guests. With stunning views from nearly every window in the cottage, it’s impossible not to feel completely relaxed here. Venture out to the nearby town of Ambleside for a selection of traditional pubs and eateries.
Best for: A cosy retreat in the centre of a scenic village.
The delightful Quince Cottage is located next to the River Tyne, in the scenic village of Corbridge. The enclosed garden on the property offers fantastic views of the river, and if you’ll be bringing your dog along, provides a safe place for them to let off some steam. The cottage is ideally situated for those who’d prefer to leave the car on the drive and have all the amenities of a village close by.
Best for: Groups visiting the striking surroundings of the Lake District.
The traditional and luxurious Beatrix Cottage is a wonderful place for a family gathering or a special occasion. Located in the rural and picturesque setting of Troutbeck Valley in Cumbria, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views of rolling verdant valleys. The cottage itself boasts a pretty and vibrant garden that’s perfect for everyone to relax in during the warmer months – dogs included.
Best for: Celebrating a special occasion with friends and family in luxury.
Set on 32-acres of land, the ancient Combe Estate is tucked away in the picturesque setting of the Blackdown Hills. With enough rooms to sleep up to 12 guests, gather your friends and family together to enjoy a memorable break in this impressive accommodation.
Location: East Sussex
Best for: Getting everyone together for a coastal break in Sussex.
If you tend to exclusively look for holiday cottages with bubbling hot tubs, then Skyfall has just what you need – with the added bonus of spectacular sea views right from the tub! This spacious and modern holiday cottage sleeps up to 11 guests, so gather your friends for a seaside retreat.
Coach House Faner
Best for: Families and groups who need a cottage with good accessibility.
This pretty cottage is located on the south-west corner of Anglesey, where you’ll be treated to gorgeous countryside and coastal views. Coach House Faner is a modern bungalow built with accessibility in mind. There are no steps on the property and you’ll find ramp access throughout, as well as a seated shower.
Best for: A traditional cottage retreat in rural surroundings.
Shropshire is best known for its rolling valleys and historic towns and villages. George Cottage is no exception to this, with parts of the cottage dating all the way back to the 17th-century. Inside, you’ll find traditional features, including a cosy fireplace, stone walls and solid wooden beams throughout.
Llanerch Y Baedd
Best for: A family holiday exploring Snowdonia with the dogs.
Llanerch Y Baedd is a detached cottage in the peaceful countryside surroundings of Bala. The cottage is ideally located for exploring the Snowdonia National Park, where you’ll find an abundance of scenic walking trails. The spacious and enclosed garden on the property is great for letting the dogs run wild while you soak up the mountain views from the patio!
Rathven Parish Church Hall
Best for: Exploring the Scottish coastline.
Rathven Parish Church Hall is a converted parish hall with incredible views of the Moray Firth. Its combination of modern and traditional features make it a unique and memorable place to stay. While you’re there, it’s worth visiting the nearby fishing villages and towns to pick up some delicious fresh seafood straight from the harbour.
Best for: Woodland walks in the Gloucestershire countryside.
Surrounded by fields and woodlands, October Cottage is a relaxing retreat located just outside of Stroud. You’ll find a number of scenic walking routes right on your doorstep – ideal for taking some time out and unwind from your typical everyday bustle. If you’ll be staying over a weekend, make sure to check out the farmers market in Stroud to pick up some local produce.
Location: South Hams District
Best for: A seaside holiday right on the beach!
Runic House is a luxury holiday cottage with all the mod-cons you could ask for. This colourful, architect-designed property even has its own sauna and steam room for you to truly relax while you’re away. A five-minute walk will take you right into the scenic seaside village of Hope Cove and its sandy beaches.
Best for: Getting the family together for a reunion.
This impressive property has its own private jetty! Nagden House is located on the edge of Faversham Creek, with fantastic views of the marshes from virtually every room in the house. It’s a great place for large groups and families to reunite and get together.
Connemara Country House
Best for: Experiencing the dramatic landscapes of Ireland’s west coast.
Connemara Country House is a historic hunting lodge that has been lovingly updated into a luxury retreat. The cottage is located on the edge of Connemara National Park, where you can explore thousands of acres of beautiful forests and mountain ranges.