Top Weekend Cottage Breaks in the UK

3 Nov

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There is nothing better than escaping from the real-world and enjoying a fun-filled or relaxing holiday. However, you don’t need to wait for the summer or for when you have an entire week off work to make the most of the benefits that a holiday brings. Weekend cottage breaks can provide you with everything you want and need from a holiday in just a more condensed fashion.

Weekend Cottage Breaks in the UK

With a weekend break, you want to make the most of every moment while you are away. Therefore, don’t spend your precious time travelling halfway around the world to an exotic destination when there are some truly magnificent places right here in the UK. From the Lake District to the Cotswolds, we have some of the best ideas for you on where to head off on your next weekend cottage break.

Why Stay in a Holiday Cottage?

Cottage holidays have a lot to offer holidaymakers. Enjoy the peace of your own home from home, surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty as you soak in a hot tub – a feature that many cottages possess! A bonus is that you only need to share it with those you are taking a short break with.

One thing that often makes people pick a hotel over a catering holiday is because it is hassle-free. However, unlike staying in a hotel, you have the luxury of choosing when you eat. Choose to head out for a delicious meal in one of the local restaurants or take advantage of the tasty and fresh produce from the market towns and cook up a storm in the quaint cottage kitchen.

Choosing to stay in a friendly cottage is an easy decision. However, where is the best place to have your weekend cottage break in the UK?

The Cotswolds

Taking a short Cotswolds holiday will not leave you disappointed, wherever you choose to visit. Discover outstanding beauty everywhere you look with rolling hills in the distance, painting a picture-perfect backdrop for all of your photos. You can find many cottages in the Cotswolds that will present this view to you right on your doorstep. However, two of the best areas to stay for your short cottage break includes Chipping Campden and Stow on the Wold.

Chipping Campden

Short breaks are ideal for seeing how the locals live. Explore the small market town of Chipping Campden on foot to see what the independent and very quirky shops have to offer, taking refuge in one of the many pubs along the way. Alternatively, take a break from the town, hire a bike or walk on foot and discover some of the amazing natural sites this Cotswolds destination has. There are around 17 different cycle routes that you can take that will allow you to see everything that Chipping Campden has to offer, including the tremendous lavender fields at Moreton Marsh.

During your short visit, make sure to carve some time into your day to visit Broadway Tower or head over to Hidcote Manor Garden to feel like you are in Wonderland.

Stow on the Wold

Booking one of the many Costwolds cottages available near Stow on the Wold is a wise decision – they are full of character, just like the surrounding area. Some describe the Cotswolds as the place to go to if you want to experience true English culture. You will feel as though you have stepped into a fairytale book when you arrive in Stow on the Wold, as the villages and buildings are centuries old and feature the traditional limestone architecture. From historic churches to fascinating museums and a lively market town, Stow on the Wold has everything you could ask for in a short break. You can even finish off your Sunday afternoon with a delicious afternoon tea in one of the many local tea rooms.


Cumbria is the perfect destination for people who love nothing more than being out and about. Home to the Lake District, among many other beautiful destinations, it is a fantastic place to visit for a few days.

The Lake District

The Lake District National Park is one of the most popular holiday destinations for people of all ages worldwide. For some, it is because of the history and culture it possesses, but for many, it is the truly spectacular natural beauty that leaves people speechless and wanting more. Experience this as you hike around the area, with routes ideal for beginners but also expert hikers. Best of all, this national park looks beautiful all year round, so if you want to visit time and time again throughout the year, you will find something new in the change of scenery that still leaves you breathless. 

If you want a tranquil trip that is easy to reach from multiple cities across the UK, then the Lake District is the place to be. For dog-owners, it is especially popular, as the destination is very dog-friendly. When you factor in that the luxurious Lake District cottages are also dog-friendly cottages, it simply completes the trip.

Bowness on Windermere

Bowness on Windermere is one of the most popular destinations located in the heart of the Lake District, and it is easy to see why. You don’t just get to experience Mother Nature by looking at her. Instead, you can take the lake and enjoy a range of watersports, from sailing to canoeing and wake surfing. If you aren’t a fan of this, why not take advantage of one of the many boat tours that go up and down the lake?

Away from the lake, discover the world of Beatrix Potter, the Arts and Crafts House, and if you time your visit right, the various events they hold throughout the year.


By booking a holiday cottage to one of these top places, you can be certain that your short trip will be nothing short of spectacular. For the best weekend break, discover some of the best cottages located in these four areas.

By Sam Lewis