Birdwatching cottages


Birdwatching is a popular outdoor pursuit and beloved of many. We have a collection of holiday cottages situated the length and breadth of the British Isles that are conducive to enjoying the perfect birdwatching holiday. Some of the properties are located in private grounds with a lake or similar body of water that attracts certain species of bird. Others are situated in woodlands or by a secluded beach, which are amongst the best habitats to birdwatch. The proximity to some of the UK's best loved nature reserves, often situated in wetlands with abundant hides to spy on your feathered friends in relative quiet.

Beudy Bach, Lampeter, West Wales

Sleep 2 (+1)

This renovated cow-shed is poised on the shore of a wildlife pond. Park a chair by the window or at the back door and see what birds turn up. Located deep in the Cambrian Mountains, Beudy Bach is located on the edge of Lampeter. Lampeter is great for local amenities and places to eat or buy good local produce. Beudy Bach itself is the ultimate escape, it sleeps two people (plus one) and is set within 10 acres of land with a stream, pond, woodlands and sheep. Inside you have all the mod-cons and a few rustic favourites like an Aga to prepare some interesting home cooking. There’s also a wood-fired hot tub to sooth your feet and muscles after a long trek.

For a day out you could head to the coast at Aberaeron about 10 miles away with its picturesque harbour and plenty of places to bird spot. You can also pick up a section of Dylan Thomas Trail at the coast, one of West Wales' best-loved long distance treks.

This is the perfect spot for a nature break for two! To book a break at Beudy Bach visit.

Warren Roost, Dawlish Warren, South Devon

Sleeps 2

Located close to the estuary of the River Exe, Warren Roost is a short driving distance from Exminster Marsh and its twin reserve Bowling Green Marsh on the opposite bank. Both are great places to see waders and geese. The habitats for birds are excellent in the area and there are plenty of places beyond the reserves to catch some good sightings. Warren Roost is also well placed for the south coast and one of the best seaside trails around, as you walk parallel to the railway track to Dawlish it cuts through the red sandstone cliffs.

Warren Roost itself is a cosy former hayloft set on a peaceful working farm within walking distance to Dawlish Warren rail station, if you fancy a day trip to Exeter or Plymouth and the South West Coast Path. It sleeps two people and is equipped with a pleasant kitchenette for cooking up a storm. It’s a very pleasant proposition for couples looking for an enjoyable nature break. The plot has great views and is set within extensive grounds and views of Exe Estuary and surrounding countryside.

To book a break at Warren Roost visit.

Higher and Lower Clearwater, Kirby Lonsdale, Lake District

Sleeps 6

These two eco-lodges are perfect for birders because they are located overlooking a flooded former quarry. With the turfed roof covered with wildflowers and the spectacular balcony views over the lake, these contemporary lodges provide an inspirational spot for those seeking a relaxing family break. A diving school makes use of the lake, so between bird watching stints you could take up another hobby, they welcome novices through to seasoned pros.

Higher and Lower Clearwater are tastefully furnished and both have large communal areas with big theatre windows to enjoy the panoramas of the Yorkshire Dales and the lake below. There is access to a hot tub and the lodges are well equipped with modern kitchens and utility rooms. Each has three bedrooms and welcome up to two dogs.

Popular attractions close by include Capernwray Diving Centre, Hill Top - the home of Beatrix Potter, Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and Skipton Castle. The Lake District is full of great hideaways to look for birds all year around, so make sure you do some preparation and pay a visit to RSPB Haweswater.

To book a break at Higher and Lower Clearwater visit.

Lakes Edge, Earls Colne, near Colchester, Essex

Sleeps 6

Lakes Edge is an all new log cabin completed earlier this year. Sitting on the banks of a secluded lake surrounded by trees this is a very peaceful location. So set up your binoculars and telescope at the water’s edge and see which birds turn up. Fishing is also an option by arrangement with the owner, so if the quiet life beckons, Lakes Edge is the place to enjoy the Essex wilds.

Lakes Edge is split onto two levels, offering three bedrooms: one king-size and two twins. The layout makes the lake view window a focal point and the decked area is very inviting for al fresco dining in the evening.

Take a day trip on the Colne Valley Stream Railway, Colchester Zoo, or Layer Marney Tower. Frinton-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea are within reasonable driving distance if a trip to the seaside takes your fancy. Good facilities and shops are found in the ancient city of Colchester, or Braintree.

To book a break at Lakes Edge visit

For more inspiration when looking for a bird-watcher friendly holiday home, why not take a read of another birdwatching blog about the best times of year to go spotting?

Posted by Ed on 13th July 2017