Country cottages in the UK



Before the days of package holidays, British people would choose to go for a cottage holiday in the country or a seaside break. The countryside was viewed as a place of serenity and calm – somewhere to dwell on pleasantly green surroundings and gently relax. There was always the option of rural rambles, gentle cycling, perhaps a little golf or canoeing along a lazy river.

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A good range of rural holiday accommodation


People who lived in the countryside, especially farmers, would rent their converted barns and agricultural worker’s cottages to holidaymaker. Over a period of years, the holiday conversions were improved to provide high quality, if not luxurious, rural holiday homes. Although still classed as self-catering accommodation, these cottages, farmhouses and barns in the countryside are highly desirable oases of tranquillity that city residents can escape to from their concrete jungles.
Owners supplying this up-market holiday accommodation build in the features that hard-working city people want from a rural break. A swimming pool always tops the list of requirements, closely followed by a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, games room and perhaps a tennis court or croquet on the lawn. Find out more about


Relax in the garden of a rural holiday home


The notion of leisure and relaxation is continued in the garden where holidaymakers expect to find a garden table and chairs, a barbecue and sun loungers. Other appreciated features on holiday are hammocks in the orchard, swings for the children and perhaps a sand pit or trampoline.

bbq in the cottage garden

Cottages set in the countryside are often a few miles away from the nearest village or town but that is what people desire. It can be a pleasure to sit and read in the garden whilst birds hop about the trees and hedgerows, or to see bats flying about at dusk.

Some holidaymakers do not leave their country cottage once they arrive – they settle down and enjoy the garden, the games room and the facilities of the house. It is delightful to swim before bed time, to bbq outdoors for lunch and take a nightcap on the patio whilst spotting wildlife. There are fabulous ryral cottage settings all over Britain, however, if you have a preference for a few days holiday in England, read about the joy of an English country cottage for a weekend break.

A well-equipped kitchen with a good-sized freezer is essential to defer shopping trips to the supermarket, however, even if guests are not that well prepared in advance, supermarkets will deliver to their rural idyll.

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