Be inspired by the great British outdoors

Posted by Sam on 25th May 2020

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In a time where everything seems a little bit up in the air, one thing is for certain: when we get the chance to go outdoors and explore more of this beautiful isle we call home, we should grab it with both hands. Right now, we have time to plan for finding those hidden gems in the UK which we may never have considered visiting before.

Being outdoors and enjoying all of the pursuits that our beautiful island has to offer has the power to fill our lives with adventure; the power to inspire and the power to provide a huge sense of well-being. Nature in all its stark beauty creates a sense of awe and wonder and whilst, for a time we have been behind windows watching the world go by, here at holidaycottages.co.uk we'd like to invite you to be inspired by our latest campaign, Dreaming of the Great British Outdoors.

Let us set the scene for your next UK adventure and give you a glimpse of some of the great places that you can set your sights on exploring. Allow us to share our passion for the great British outdoors.

Find places to fall in love with and make memories which will last.

Explore the beautiful Devon coastline

Devon coastline

Devon is a location which is relaxing by nature, offering that perfect balance of coast and countryside with rural tranquillity alongside the vibrancy of towns and cities. It's a quintessential British staycation destination where the rolling green landscapes and sweeping coastlines beg you to stay outdoors and spend time discovering why guests flock to this spectacular pocket of the South West time and again.   

Meander through quaint villages or charming seaside towns; indulge in local treats or lose yourself on the moors; uncover secret coves or watch superb sunsets – the list is endless. Take a look at our guide to the beautiful Devon coast and find yourself planning your perfect escape where you can live life in the slow lane for a while and surround yourself with natural beauty. 

Ten of the best places to stay in Cornwall

Cornish harbour

Travel a little further west and find yourself at the tip of the land in the stunning county of Cornwall – a fantastic British holiday destination. Made up of more than 400 miles of spectacular coastline, dotted with cliffs and coves, alongside fascinating landmarks wrapped inside an air of legend and folklore, it’s easy to see why Cornwall attracts throngs of people to experience the Mediterranean-like turquoise waters and golden sands.

Whether you head to the picturesque whitewashed fishing villages such as Padstow; while away hours strolling the miles of stunning coastal paths or indulge your inner historian by visiting the mythical haunts of King Arthur, Cornwall is a place which is simply good for the soul.

Immerse yourself in our guide to ten of the best locations and find your own place to embrace the great outdoors.

Your complete guide to the Lake District National Park

Lake District National Park

The Lake District is a truly wonderful place to absorb just how beautiful the UK is. Providing inspiration for myriad writers and artists and described by Wordsworth as: “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found,” this is one of the ultimate locations to appreciate the outdoors.

With majestic lakes and dramatic, undulating landscapes punctuated with rugged fell mountains, this place is powerful enough to reawaken your senses and rekindle a passion for nature and the outside world. Home to the highest mountain in England, this is a place for adventurers and hikers as well as dreamers and thinkers.

Aside from the lakes themselves, there is also a lovely stretch of coastline which encompasses wild salt marshes and nature reserves, brimming with wildlife.

Our favourite villages to visit in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an idyllic rural location for a great British staycation. Characterised by honey-hued houses, it has a halcyon tangle of walking trails through meadows, woodland and rolling green countryside which will take you far from the madding crowds.

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with gorgeous fields abundant with lavender, spectacular gardens and ancient historic sites, as well as places for water-based fun, you’ll find all the joy and wonder you could ever hope for here.

Aside from the natural beauty surrounding the area, visitors can escape the routine by exploring the quaint villages peppered across the landscape. Peruse our guide to some of our favourite villages in the Cotswolds including the UK’s own ‘Little Venice’ alongside locations which have provided the backdrops for famous films.

Things to do in the Peak District

The Peak District is undoubtedly a location ripe for exploration and discovery and has the honour of being the world’s second most visited National Park. The panoramic views and vast expanses of patchwork landscape bring home the splendour of nature and, when coupled with an endless array of outdoor activities, stunning walks and magnificent waterfalls, you won’t ever want to be indoors.

The Peak District is a place brimming with picturesque beauty spots and places to picnic or photograph. Whether you seek the tranquillity of woodland, fancy a paddle on the water or want to take to two wheels on the Tissington Trail, this is the location to do it. And for those with a sense of adventure, there’s no better time or place than here and now for wild swimming, hiking or journeys underground.

Take a look at our top 10 things to do in the Peak District to inspire your next holiday.

Uncover the best secret locations in Sussex

Seven Sisters - Sussex

Encompassing both glorious countryside and beautiful coastline, Sussex is a location where, despite being only 50 miles from London, you can spend an invigorating few days uncovering some of the most peaceful walks across the county; take in rolling fields, marshland and dramatic cliff-top vistas.

Rekindle a love for the great outdoors and climb to the top of the world at Ditchling Beacon, high on the South Downs, or marvel at the splendour of the Seven Sisters cliffs where wildlife is plentiful and the views are simply spectacular.

You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to pretty towns: whether you’re looking for a certain medieval charm with cobbled streets in Rye or seaside vibes requiring the full bucket and spade approach in the shape of Hastings or Camber Sands, Sussex has got it covered.


We can’t wait to welcome you when the time is right.

We hope this peek into some of the loveliest locations across the UK has sparked the desire for you to get out into the open; immerse yourself in the great British outdoors and discover the power of nature.

The health and safety of our property owners, their families and the local communities surrounding our properties is our primary concern. Whilst we, like many across the UK, want nothing more than for holidays to return as soon as it is safe to do so, we will only resume business when the time is right and guidance from the government allows it. Our property owners and customers have continued to be extremely patient and understanding throughout this period, showing care towards the local communities in which our holidays take place. We expect this kind-natured consideration to continue once we do begin to welcome guests back to the holiday cottages we represent. 

Until the government’s advice changes, we thought we’d help spread a little inspiration - reminding ourselves of the beauty we can find right on our doorsteps. We are focusing our efforts on preparing to give the British tourism industry the support it will undoubtedly need when we are all once again able to discover the great British outdoors in all its glory.