The UK has hundreds of small holiday cottages – from cosy cottages for couples seeking a romantic getaway to character cottages for a family of four. Find them in leafy rural retreats or beach apartments within hearing distance of the waves. Here on My Favourite Holiday Cottages, let us help you find a rich selection of small self-catering holiday cottages with one or two bedrooms in all kinds of special and secret locations. Small cottages are perfect for couples of any age for a romantic break or for young families with pre-school children during term-times when there is a lot more room on the beach. As you are self-catering, you won’t be tied to hotel mealtimes ; cook - eat - feast whenever you like. For couples with children, there's no need to endure share bedtimes with your children as you do when sharing a single hotel ‘family room’. Instead enjoy the home-from-home luxury offered by a small family friendly holiday cottage with a complete suite of rooms – not to mention a private garden.
Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Ilfracombe, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.
Cornborough Cott is a stand-alone dog friendly self catering cottage next to Cornborough Combe in rural surroundings on the North Devon coast. It sleeps two and is completely self-contained. decorated to the highest standards to create an ideal escape for a couple looking for a quiet break.
The Garden Cottage is set in stunning Devon countryside near Grest Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a charming one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.
A romantic, rural escape on the Isle of Wight in the countryside near Wootton Bridge, Bay, at Buttercup Retreats, is a pet friendly 1-bedroom holiday home - a yurt-like open-plan circular lodge with rural views in all directions. It lies a 15-minute drive from the resorts of Ryde and Cowes.
The Dell: a cliff-top holiday cottage in Cornwall with panoramic sea views over Whitsand Bay. A real romantic bolthole for two. Dine out on warm summer evenings on a glass-fronted deck overlooking the ocean, or spend winter evenings listening to the waves roar from the warmth of your king-size bed.
Wagtails is a charming 1-bedroom s/c ground floor holiday apartment with Wi-Fi sleeping 2 on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea in Glamorgan. Own drive and off-road parking to front door. Walk down lane/s to stunning beaches, rocky cliffs and woodland. Secure garden for your dog(s). Short breaks wel...
Located close to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast near Bridport, The Cider Barn is a newly refurbished family-friendly barn conversion in secluded rural surroundings at Hembury Mil in Askerwell. The Cider Barn sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, appealing to those planning a beach or walking holiday on the Dorset coast.
Horner apartment at Duddings Holiday Cottages in West Somerset sleeps 2 in 1 double bedroom. Situated in the rural Avill Valley near Dunster and Minehead, Horner is a cosy, pet friendly Exmoor cottage for couples with use of an indoor pool, tennis court, spa and games room.
Whether you are looking for a romantic bolthole, a rural escape - or both, then Rosemary at Buttercup Barn near Wootton Bridge on the Isle of Wight will tick the box. This pet friendly holiday home in a tranquil rural setting sleeps 2 guests in quiet comfort.
Moor Cottage at Endmoor Farm is a luxury holiday cottage for couples of all ages seeking a romantic rural retreat within the Derbyshire Peak District. Endmoor is a working farm between Bakewell and Buxton and Moor Cottage sleeps 2 in a high quality barn conversion. Pets welcome.
Duncruzin Cottage sits in the heart of the Yorkshire market town of Pickering, a stroll away from cosy pubs and tearooms. This charming stone-built holiday cottage sleeps 4 with a lovely garden, near rolling hills, river valleys and abundant wildlife in the North York Moors National Park.
James Court Cottage is located on the idyllic grounds of the Irton Hall Estate, just outside the peaceful Cumbria village of Santon Bridge. This cosy Lake District holiday cottage sleeps 4 with oak flooring, a wood-burning stove and wonderful walking and climbing on its doorstep. Pets welcome
Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freely are also only a short drive away.
The Lodge is a gorgeously sunny open plan luxury cottage and is incredibly eco-friendly – as well as very child-friendly and dog-friendly! It nestles on our organic dairy farm in remote countryside right on the South Devon coast close to Plymouth and also just a short drive from rugged Dartmoor.
Luxury Cotswold Countryside Cottage in the picturesque village of Broadway with a well-established private garden. Laburnum Cottage sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms - perfect for two couples to enjoy a relaxing cottage holiday in an idyllic rural location in Gloucestershire. Pets also welcome.
The Hayloft is a beautiful and pet friendly Scottish steading conversion sleeping 4 near Blairgowrie providing a peaceful rural retreat for those wanting to relax and recharge or a base to explore our spectacular area and find adventure, wildlife, history and sport.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 2
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North End Farm's Old Dairy is a very comfortable spacious rural farm cottage for couples in Broadchurch country on Dorset's Jurassic Coast with walks, beautiful beaches nearby. Well equipped kitchen central heating wood burner and Strauss piano. Great pubs.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 1
- Bathrooms 1
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Our range of well-equipped compact cottages in the UK come in a variety of styles from quaint, cosy thatched cottages amidst rural Somerset cider country to contemporary beach apartments or converted East coast fishermen’s lofts in Norfolk and Northumberland. If your family includes pets, there are plenty of pet friendly character cottages to be found in our collection, allowing them to share a holiday with you – preferably one with walks from the front door. You’ll find plenty of these in countryside locations throughout the UK.