With petrol topping £1.40 per litre (2012) in some places, suggestions for a car-free holiday can be very welcome. My Favourite Holiday Cottages feature a wide choice of charming UK self-catering retreats where guests can make the most of their holiday without the use of a car.

One of the beautiful bedrooms at Derwent House

At Derwent House in Matlock, guests are able to arrive by train (East Midlands railway has frequent services to Matlock) and not miss the car all week. All the shops and restaurants of this Peak District Town are within easy walking distance, and there are no worries about who is on driving duty after a stroll to the local pub. The historic village of Bakewell can be reached by bus, as can the majestic Chatsworth House. Scenic Dovedale Valley is on the doorstep. Committed to eco principles, the thoughtful owners have also arranged for cycle hire delivery and collection from the property. An award-winning Matlock holiday cottage, Derwent House sleeps up to 12 people in 6 bedrooms, and 7 nights costs from £915.

Riverside views in Kendal

Kendal Riverside Apartment is in the heart of the Lake District market town of Kendal and perfectly fits the bill for a self-catering holiday without a car. Arrive into town by train, bus or coach, and it is but a few minutes walk to this beautiful, luxury apartment which has its own balcony overlooking the River Kent. The owners have provided heaps of information on walks which can be undertaken from the doorstep, and the town itself has a huge variety of shops, restaurants and interesting events happening throughout the year. Kendal Cottage sleeps 4 in two attractively furnished double rooms, and 7 nights costs from £450.

A choice of luxury cottages at Tavistock Old Railway Station

Despite The Old Tavistock Railway Cottages no longer having a station, the friendly owners do offer a collection service from Exeter and Plymouth Airports and train stations for arriving guests. Once settled into one of the charmingly atmospheric 5 star cottages, it is possible that visitors will not want to go too far. Nestled above Tavistock and overlooking Dartmoor, the Porters Office, The Refreshment Hall and the Ticketing Hall have all been carefully and comfortably modernised yet preserve their historic character. Moments away from great walking and cycling (the nearby old viaduct forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle route), Tavistock itself, with its shops, bars and restaurants has plenty to entertain the holidaymaker. Plymouth is accessible by bus 5 minutes walk away. 7 nights from £770.

All these UK holiday cottages above are available via www.myfavouriteholidaycottages.co.uk and offer week and short break options. Contrary to most holiday rental sites My Favourite Holiday Cottages offers direct access to an owner’s website upfront. Select your favourite and one further click links directly to the cottage owners’ own website.

_“__An owner’s website is more personal and will reveal the character of the cottage_,” advises MD Rick Bond. “_We know from our own experience how we book holidays therefore My Favourite Holiday Cottages_ only _include properties with their own website_.”

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