Cathy's Holiday Ideas

Cheap cottages in the UK

Cheap cottages in the UK

With many of us having to tighten our purse strings, I'm frequently asked for advice from families and couples on cheap cottages for a holiday in the UK. After all cheap cottages offer great value for money at any time of the year, and will often provide a surprising level of comfort and facilities.

As many people reconsider their holiday budget they begin to appreciate the benefits of staying closer to home. Cottages can offer an excellent holiday break and it's surprising to see that sometimes seemingly luxurious accommodation in the UK can work out far cheaper than a modest property overseas.

For me, it is always important to consider what emphasis you want to place on your accommodation. Spending a little less by renting a cheap cottage will leave more of your holiday budget to enjoy on days out, whether it is something as simple as more treats for the children, dining out or affording the admission costs to places and attractions you really want to visit.

If you tend to spend most of your holiday out and about, you may be more likely to consider a cottage as somewhere to come back to in the evening to sleep. As a result some of those little extras that catch your eye at the time of booking and seem a good idea may, in reality, never get used. Cheap cottages tend to limit these extras.

More often than not a larger cottage will work out cheaper per head than a smaller one. Taking along granny and granddad or holidaying with friends has many benefits including shared child minding, opportunities for going off and doing different things rather than altogether and hopefully enjoyable company to make it a holiday to remember - not to mention sharing the cost!

Of course, if you can travel outside of school holidays you can find even more cheap cottages, the consequence of simple economics of supply and demand.

Most people will drive to their holiday cottage but as petrol prices continue to rise, it may be worth considering a cottage where you do not have to use your car as much whilst on holiday - how about a property in a small country town with all facilities at hand, or stay closer to home - you'll be pleasantly surprised to find some interesting and different places only a couple of hours drive from where you live.

Out of our vast collection of properties I have selected some cheap cottages across the UK, but especially in some of the more popular destinations.

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  • Cardinal Cottage

    Cardinal Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E4780

    Cardinal Cottage, Pouy Street.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Pet friendly, very comfortable, delightful garden, opposite village pub, walk to shop. Suffolk holiday cottages like this fine timb...
    Sleeps: 5
    Weekly price range: £298 - £740
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  • Castle Garden

    Castle Garden

    Property Reference Number:
    E5468

    45 The Bank.  View on map>

    A comfortable mid-terraced holiday home, situated in the oldest part of the ancient Teesdale market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and its acc...
    Sleeps: 5
    Weekly price range: £314 - £621
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  • The Byre

    The Byre

    Property Reference Number:
    E5247

    Derwent Grange Farm.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Tranquil location, toddler friendly. By selecting one of these holiday cottages Durham and the beautifully bleak northern Pennines ...
    Sleeps: 4
    Weekly price range: £227 - £423
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