England is famous for its lovely, pristine natural environs with pretty backdrops. Quaint villages surrounded by green hills and rustic coastal towns are characteristic of the English countryside. Doesn’t “English countryside lifestyle” conjure images of idyllic stone and thatch roofed cottages, rural farms, unspoiled landscape and scenic ocean views? In other words, the perfect escape from the hassle and bustle of city living!
The next time you plan your vacation, you may want to check out English self-catering holiday cottages to live that dream of a blissful retreat in a home away from home.
A wide selection of cottages, country homes, farmhouses are offered for rent throughout England. These lodgings have retained their character and many, their period charm, despite being restored to provide modern conveniences. Many are of high standard with excellent facilities. The best choice for you will depend on your interests and preferences.
If you love the sea, get a cottage located in England’s coastal areas. There are cottages with picturesque sea views, near the beach or fishing harbors in the counties along the Southern coastline, from Cornwall to Kent, including the Jurassic coast in Dorset, which is a world heritage site. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to the smell of fresh sea breeze, laze around or walk with your dog on the beach during the day, have your fill of authentic fish and chips and end your day watching beautiful sunsets?
For some freshwater relaxation during your stay, get a cottage with a private pool or one that is shared with other tenants of adjacent cottages.
Fishing enthusiasts on the other hand will delight in cottages located in Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Hampshire Avon. Those with children and looking for easy catch in a laid-back environment will enjoy private fishing in stocked carp ponds. For avid game fishers, South Devon along the River Dart is the best base.
If you’re a Robin Hood fan, a forest cottage would be the ideal choice. There are charming cottages in woodland areas in central Europe and you can even take an excursion to Nottingham for an up-close encounter with the legendary English folklore hero’s adventure land.
Those who fancy luxury will find lavish accommodations, most located in historical areas, truly gratifying. There are exquisite places in the illustrious towns of Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Ludlow. Romantic cottages in Dorset are great for couples looking to renew allure in their relationships.
For those who want to experience laissez-faire closer to London, rentals in Surrey, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire would be the best fit.
Whether for a short weekend break or for a month, for a couple, a family or a group of friends, self-catering accommodations suited to your taste (and budget) should be easy to find in England all year round. It may be good, though, to avoid peak periods like around summertime (April to September) and November to January, particularly during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Yet, if you plan your trip early enough, you should not have difficulty getting yourself billeted in a place best to your liking.
English Cottage: Karen Roe via Flickr
Dorset: Hardo Müller via Flickr
Beachy Head Sussex: YorkshirePhotoWalks via flickr
Countryside Pool: Kyle Taylor via Flickr
Forest of Dean: European Environment Agency via Flickr
Thatched Cottage: Supermac1961 via Flickr
Charming Farm House: David Sim via Flickr