The domestic tourism scene in the UK is really thriving at the moment thanks to the exposure of some of the nation’s most beautiful settings and heavy investment into locations which were old and out of shape.
I love nothing more than exploring Britain and each year I try to take at least a week to find somewhere new. My favourite way of seeing this beautiful country is to rent a cottage for my holiday which gives me the perfect base to see somewhere new. There are perfect cottage spots throughout the UK and you could spend some time in Pembrokeshire, enjoy a cottage hideaway in Inverness or even book a luxury cottage in Cornwall, the choices are endless. If you haven’t yet consider taking a cottage break in the UK, here are just some of the reasons why I think it is the best way to see the country.
Home From Home
One of my favourite parts about staying in a cottage rather than a hotel or a guesthouse, is that the large majority of cottages which can be rented have been designed with the home in mind. This means that you can guarantee yourself somewhere that has all of the home comforts which you are used to. You can cook when you like, you can lounge about in the living space and enjoy time with your friends or family and you can sleep somewhere that is not monotonous in its design.
Cottages have a certain cosy and hidden-away feel to them which is something that I have experienced in each one that I have stayed in. Because of this element of a cottage stay, many of them are situated in beautiful locations that lend themselves to that cottage ‘feel’. Throughout the years I have stayed in cottages that have been located deep in the forest, in small fishing villages and even in the heart of the Great British countryside. There are cottages all of the country of course but if you are looking to find a great destination and retreat for a while, a cottage break in the UK will be the perfect option for you.
Something that I really love about a cottage stay is the level of privacy which you will have, perfect if you are traveling with a loved one or with kids. When we go away as a family I always look for cottages which have ample space for the kids to play or activities which they can get involved with. In contrast to a hotel or a guest house, I love the fact that I can simply close the door behind us and we are completely alone in our rented home.
Have you been for a cottage break in the UK? What was your experience of the holiday and would you do it again? We’d love to hear from you so please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below this post.
Cornwall is one of Britain’s most desirable holiday locations and it is a county which offers something quite different from the rest of the country. Such is the proximity to France, the climate in Cornwall is far different to the majority of the UK and in fact, the locals here consider themselves to be Cornish rather than British. There are so many wonderful locations to explore in the southern English county and today we are going to take a look at some which will utterly blow you away. If you are looking for a domestic paradise this year then why not stay in a Cornwall holiday park and explore these fascinating spots.
Newquay is Cornwall’s biggest attraction, a town on the north coast of the county which sees a large volume of tourists each year. The lure of Newquay is its beautiful beaches and the community that has been built up around the area thanks to some of the fantastic surf spots on offer. The consequence of the surfing paradise that can be found here has resulted in a town with a party atmosphere that is chock-full of surf schools and surf shops. If you are looking to party, Newquay is where you ought to go.
Cornwall is filled with hidden away towns and fishing villages, the most beautiful of which is Padstow. This small fishing port is lined with mazy streets which all lead down to the glorious harbour where you can watch the trawlers come in from sea. The pièce de résistance in Padstow are the beautiful seafoods restaurants that you will find on the harbour’s edge. Famous TV chef Rick Stein owns many locations in Padstow from a fine dining restaurant to good old fashioned fish and chips and you will do well to find anywhere in the UK that has fresher or taster seafood than you’ll find in Padstow.
In a small town called Porthcurno, just a few miles away from the most southern point in the UK, Land’s End, you will find one of the most amazing theatres that you ware likely to see. This open-air theatre has been constructed into the granite rock of the cliffs and you can watch live action in a setting that encompasses the sea, the sunset and of course, the performance. If you are in town when a performance is on then why not head to the shops to buy some supplies and then wander down to the Cornish shores to watch some great live action.
For this looking to really get away from it all during their time in Cornwall, St.Ives makes for the perfect place. Here you will find great stretches of soft sandy beaches, quiet coves and hideaways and plenty of coastal paths for long walks. St.Ives is just about as far south as you can get in the UK and once you arrive here you will seriously question whether you are still on British shores, or if you have stumbled into the heart of the Mediterranean.