Discover hidden gems in the great outdoors
Fantastic nature, unmissable views and memories you’ll treasure. Experience the places where life happens on an Original Cottages break in England and Wales.
The feeling of exploring the great outdoors is a tonic – one that’ll leave you feeling joyous, refreshed and rejuvenated. And what better way to immerse yourself in our amazing nature than booking a holiday in beautiful surroundings this summer?
Are you seeking spectacular views? Aching to see your favourite national park, spot curious wildlife or get stuck into whatever-the-weather activities?
Original Cottages are the nation’s truly local holiday company, with more than 5,400 holiday properties and a genuine love for the places we live. We’ll help you go off the beaten track and find the hidden gems that will make your holiday once-in-a-lifetime. Explore our cottages.
Are you a water baby at heart? Here are some of the best waterside holiday destinations in England and Wales.
In Kynance Cove, Cornwall, there is a hidden café with views to match the Caribbean. Turquoise waters sparkle in the sun – and they’re even better with one of the best pasties in all of Cornwall. Now that’s a statement we don’t make lightly.
Head to the Farne Islands, Northumberland, for a sunset boat trip with a difference. We’ll paint the picture for you – the sky lit up in all shades of pink, orange and blue. Seabirds swooping and swimming seals breaking the waves. Iconic Bamburgh Castle in dramatic silhouette. It’s simply idyllic.
The riverside in Dolanog, Wales, is something of a hidden gem. On a hot summer’s day, the young and the young-at-heart will scream with joy on the rope swing above the water before splashing into the cool, refreshing river. Kingfishers dart between overhanging branches, woodpeckers drum in the treetops. It’s magical.
Elterwater in the Lake District is another top recommendation for walks to see Skelwith Force, an ever-changing waterfall that’s even more dramatic in the wetter months. Choose an Original Cottages property with lake views and you’ll be on cloud nine.
Discussing our Great British weather is a national pastime – in fact, we think that sun, cloud, rain and wind are all essential to holidays you’ll treasure forever. Here are our top tips.
On sunny days, there are few better places to be than Sissinghurst, Kent. Author Vita Sackville-West, who was responsible for this stunning place, says it best: “The heavy golden sunshine enriched the old brick with a kind of patina, and made the tower cast a long shadow across the grass, like the finger of a gigantic sundial veering slowly with the sun. Everything was hushed and drowsy and silent but for the coo of the white pigeons.” Bliss.
Clouds and rain? Head for Coed y Brenin, Wales. Mountain biking trails are everywhere in this forest park – and it’s even better when the weather isn’t perfect. Cooler temperatures and a touch of mud just make for more exciting adventures over bumps, jumps and tight turns in acres upon acres of simply gorgeous woodlands.
When the wind blows, the Norfolk Broads are surely the place to be, thanks to the hundreds of windmills dotted across the open landscape. Our favourites include Horsey Mill, where the sails have recently been restored to their full glory.
After long hikes on cooler days, warm up at Barter Books, Northumberland. This converted railway station has cosy sofas and open fires to leaf through your new purchase. It also happens to be where the iconic ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster was rediscovered.
Our green and pleasant land has a surprise around every corner. Here are some of our favourite rural paradises in England and Wales.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the county’s most famous attractions. If you want to immerse yourself in our industrial heritage, choose a holiday cottage not only close to its stations but actually overlooking the line. There’s nothing better than enjoying a morning coffee from the balcony as steam trains puff through the idyllic river valley below you.
In Cors Dyfi, Wales, you’ll discover a small nature reserve packed with character. Ospreys have bred here since 2011 and beavers are due to be released this year – plus, the brand-new visitor centre will open. If you’re a fan of Springwatch, this is the place to be!
Lover of wildflowers? Fox Fritillary Meadow, Suffolk, is a cornucopia of rare blooms in the summertime. Book your visit and try to spot rare fritillaries.
Let with Original Cottages
At Original Cottages, we are always adding new properties to our family – all of which are owned and run by truly local people. We have decades of experience in destinations across England and Wales and a top-notch national team. If you’d like to let with Original Cottages, find out more.
No matter what you’re dreaming of Original Cottages have something for everyone. Discover more than handpicked 5,000 holiday destinations and book your feel-good holiday with confidence today!