BEST FOR COUPLES
Old Slaughter House, Coleshill, Oxfordshire
This quaint cottage, surrounded by nature, is located on the Oxfordshire border in the pretty market town of Coleshill. Set down a quiet country lane on the Buscot and Coleshill estates, the property is full of character, with exposed beams, rustic country décor and plush decorative accessories. With an open-plan layout, guests can relax in the living area and cook meals in the small kitchen. There’s also a spacious bathroom with a shower and freestanding bath, as well as a gravelled garden with an outdoor dining area. Couples can unwind with a drink at the local pub in Coleshill village and visit the historic town of Lechlade for river-based pursuits.
From £110 per night.
Gordon’s Cabin, Woolacombe, Devon
This cabin is in the small Devonshire village of Morthoe. The property dates back to the 19th century and many original features have been kept intact – like the tall, beamed ceilings – while the décor is chic and contemporary. Just a five-minute drive from Woolacombe Beach, there are nautical touches throughout with pops of blue in the kitchen and bedroom. There are several scenic walking routes in the area, including the South West Coastal Path for long hikes along Mortehoe Point, plus north Devon’s rugged coastline.
From £200 per night.
Rosedene, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
This property, near the Clent Hills in Worcestershire, sleeps three across two bedrooms but we like it as a couples’ retreat for watching birds and butterflies. The Grade II-listed cottage has plenty of original Victorian features like the fireplace and stone flooring in the dining room. There’s a minimalist bedroom, a cosy living area where couples can relax beside the fire and a spacious garden with an allotment plot. Lovely daytrips can be spent at the nearby Wyre Forest Nature Reserve or West Midlands Safari Park.
From £225 per night.
Wicket Nook Cottage, Ashy-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire
This charming cottage has lovely views over the Calke Estate which has 600 acres of National Trust grounds to explore. Inside, wooden beams and contemporary décor make the property feel cosy yet modern, and the living room has an indoor wood burner for relaxing evenings. There’s a spacious kitchen and bedroom with its own living area, and there are beautiful views from nearly every room. The historic Calke Abbey is a short walk away.
From £180 per night.
BEST FOR FAMILIES
Guy’s Cottage, Port Quin, Cornwall
Heading to Cornwall for a family staycation is always a good idea, and Port Quin is a particularly good choice thanks to its close proximity to Port Isaac and its beautiful beaches and child-friendly activities. This cottage is set in a former fisherman’s home, with lovely views of the rugged Port Quin. It sleeps six across two double bedrooms and a twin room which are all bright and light, with minimalist nautical-inspired interiors. Families can visit the beach below for rock pooling or kayaking, an explore the South West Coastal Path.
From £220 per night.
Severn Barn, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
This new property has just been added to the National Trust’s holiday home collection. Located in Shrewsbury, Severn Barn is one of five converted barns on the Attingham Estate. Surrounded by an impressive 4,000 acres of park, farm and woodland, the barn has a kitchen and dining area, a living room with an indoor wood burner, and two bedrooms with exposed beams. There’s also a modern family bathroom and downstairs loo. Guests can use the shared garden and fire up the BBQ, explore the grounds by foot or bike, and follow the canal from the bottom of the drive which leads to Berwick Wharf, a scenic Shropshire hamlet.
From £285 per night.
Carver Cottage, Oare, Devon
This newly renovated cottage is located in the Doone Valley, just a short walk from Exmoor’s wild and beautiful landscape. With some of the most stylish interiors on this list, the cottage is set in a private area in Cloud Farm campsite, surrounded by tall hills with ponies and deer. Families of up to six can relax in the open-plan kitchen/diner and settle down in the three bedrooms – two doubles and one twin. Ideal for outdoorsy families, it’s a great base from which to explore Exmoor where visitors can kayak on the river, and go on pony treks and bike rides.
From £160 per night.
BEST FOR A FRIENDS’ TRIP
Chesil Cottage, West Bexington, Dorset
With beautiful views over Chesil Beach, this spacious cottage is surrounded by sea and countryside, with the South West Coastal Path on its doorstep. Ideal for a walking holiday, the stone cottage has two double bedrooms (one on the first floor and another in the attic), a spacious living area with a wood burner in an inglenook fireplace, and a modern kitchen. Groups can dine al fresco on the patio and explore 18 miles of the dog-friendly pebble-filled Chesil Beach. Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are also close, as is Thomas Hardy’s famous cottage.
From £450 per night.
Pengirt, Polzeath, Cornwall
This beautifully restored historic farmhouse in Polzeath was made for walkers and friends. Right next door to Pentire Farmhouse, this new property has colourful interiors and sleeps four across two spacious double bedrooms with sea views. There’s a stylish kitchen (that can interconnect with the property next door if both are booked together) and two bathrooms with freestanding baths. Groups can explore Pentire headland to spot grey seals, skylarks and peregrine falcons, then take a 15-minute walk along the footpath to the beach at Pentireglaze Haven which, at low tide, links to Polzeath beach.
From £250 per night.
Draper's Flat, York, North Yorkshire
One of the most beautiful cities in the UK, York is steeped in history. This modern flat is in the middle of the city centre, located above a National Trust gift shop and with views of York Minster. The property has one super king bedroom and one twin room, an open-plan kitchen/diner with high ceilings and an original fireplace, and a shared bathroom. The soft furnishings take inspiration from a previous occupant of the flat – George Hudson, the ‘king of the railways’. Ideal for a grown-up weekend away.
From £300 per night.
Lyle's Apartment, Yeovil, Somerset
Lyle's Apartment is a unique property in the grand former stables of Barrington Court, next door to the grand Tudor manor house. With space for four across two ensuite bedrooms, the apartment is in a converted former stable block with elegant interiors and original features. There’s also a kitchen/diner, a separate dining room, an impressive sitting room with a fireplace and a communal residents’ garden area. Guests have access to Barrington Court during opening hours, while other National Trust places nearby include Montacute House, gardener’s paradise Tintinhull and Lytes Cary. Exeter is also an hour away by car.
From £260 per night.
DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at email@example.com.