Inspirational holiday cottages in the British countryside

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Sometimes a trip to the countryside and the outlying regions of the British Isles makes for the perfect getaway. If you are hoping to embark on a week of fishing, gaming, or conservation volunteering, a stay at a self-catering cottage in a rural location is a superb way to stay close to the ‘action’. Without the long drive into the towns and cities, you are in the thrall of nature and far away from the hectic city buzz.

At the Game & Conservation Wildlife Trust (GWCT), there are many courses that you can enrol on where you could attend a series of lessons or events. So it’s common for many people to rent a holiday cottage as a base so that they can be located close by. Our guests are often looking for an inspirational place to stay too; we have properties all across the UK to suit your holiday requirements no matter where you would like to stay. Many go to enjoy the wild glens and Munroes of the Scottish Highlands, or the mountain trails of Snowdonia in North Wales. Others plan ambitious trips to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, or the beautiful vastness of the Yorkshire Dales to participate in nature surveys.  There are no limits to where you can stay if you book a holiday cottage.

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Our collections of holiday homes

After a long day of volunteering, trekking, and learning, our guests generally look forward to unwinding in their comfortable home-from-home. Features to enhance the experience often include soothing hot tubs and sauna facilities, cosy wood burners, heated swimming pools, landscaped gardens and superb locations perfect for country walks and rural discovery.

Location is important for our guests as is a degree of practicality, so if you need space to store your fishing rods and tackle or outdoor apparel, there’s storage facilities available, or if you simply need to rinse off the dog’s paws, there may be outdoor taps at the property. Our places to stay are enhanced with luxury aspects or a superb coastal location with a view to remember across the sea or surrounding countryside. Some are located on country estates or national parks where rural activities are high on the agenda, where regulated private fishing and gaming rights exist for guest enjoyment. It’s an ever-increasing factor that’s continuing to have a positive influence on the way we go on holiday. This trend is set to grow and shape the way we all appreciate our holidays, and this is reflected in the properties we offer like forest lodges, converted barns, old farmhouses, village cottages, Scottish castles, restored manor houses and more, to cater for groups of all sizes.  

Another popular area is the inclusion of dog-friendly holiday accommodation – we’re firm believers that pets should be allowed to accompany you on your trip, as they are a part of the family too. Our guests love our range of self-catering dog-friendly cottages all across the British Isles. Other collections include group accommodation, family-friendly cottages, romantic escapes, coastal accommodation and our unique collection of quirky holiday homes.

If you own a holiday property

Many of our property owners agree that the rural aspect to their holiday homes is hugely advantageous for those looking to spend any length of time in the countryside to enjoy some conservation volunteering, fishing, gaming and hiking. Group holidays are also rising in popularity as corporate groups embrace the essential need to get involved in conservation exercises as team-related projects. If you are looking to let your holiday home, consider using a holiday cottage company with a leading agent like holidaycottages.co.uk, we are expert in maximising the booking potential of your properties.

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Planning a break

Whether you are planning a trip to the coast, the national parks, the countryside or the mountains, visit our collection to decide which of our holiday properties is best for you and your fellow guests. You can book online or speak to our friendly customer service team who are on hand to guide you through any questions you may have about your chosen holiday home.


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