We also used to love camping, but with creaking joints and age creeping up on us, we get a bit more comfort from a cottage holiday, whilst maintaining the freedom that comes with self catering.
I guess it's not for everyone. You still have to make your own beds, if you feel like it, and you do still have to cook your own tea, unless, of course, you head to a local pub. And yes, the weather can be a problem, but what could be better than cosying up in front of an open fire, eating a slow cooker meal and watching a DVD after a day out walking or biking in the cold and probably wet? And every now and then the weather does surprise you and, because it was a surprise, it's all the more enjoyable.
There are so many amazing and interesting places to see in this country that we think we've got a lot more cottage holidays to do before we tire of what we have on our own doorstep.
On this page I plan to provide candid and honest reviews, with photographs, of some of the cottages that we stay in. I hope we might inspire you to get out there and see more of what this country has to offer.
|Willow Cottage - Ashford-in-the-Water, The Peak District|
|Woodside Cottage - Malham, Yorkshire Dales|
|Courtyard Barn - Horsington, Somerset|
|West Holm - Widemouth Bay, Cornwall|
|Sale Fell - Bassenthwaite, The Lake District|
|The Grange - Ningwood, Isle of Wight|
|Cochwillan Cottage - Dulas, Anglesey|
|Ebenezer Cottage - Knodishall, Suffolk|
|Five Reasons we loved Wykewood Cottage, Yorkshire|
|The West Wing, Crow Hill Estate - Marsden, Yorkshire|
|The Rest - Thorpe, Derbyshire|
|Corndavon Cottage - Nr Ballater, Royal Deeside|
|The Haybarn - Butterton - Derbyshire|
|Incleborough House - East Runton - Norfolk|
|Moorbrook Cottage - Ponsworthy - Dartmoor|
|River Cottage Guest House - Ashford-in-the-Water|
|Buzzard's View - Eglwysbach|
|Gooseberry Barn - Holmesfield|