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There are few places more relaxing, more beautiful, and better for a summer holiday than one of the UK’s National Parks. These protected and wild places are the best areas in the country to just get away from it all, turn off the mobile phone and computer, and just let yourself step away from the stresses of the modern world. There are fifteen National Parks across Britain to choose from, and any of these breathtaking landscapes would make the ultimate spot for your summer cottage holiday.

Perfection in the Peak District

Peak District


The Peak District National Park was the first area to be designated as a National Park in the UK in 1951, and today the park plays host to an astonishing 22 million visitors a year! Don’t worry that you won’t be able to get away from the crowds though, because with an area of more than 555 sq mi there is more than enough room for everyone. The Peak District is a great park to visit on a day trip from Manchester of Sheffield, being just a stones throw away from both, giving you the best of both worlds on your summer holiday – days spent walking in the sunshine of the Peak District and evenings spent taking in the infamous nightlife of two of England’s most exciting cities. Find your perfect Peak District holiday cottage today.

Laid back in the Lake District

Coniston Water in the Lake District


The Peak District may be the oldest National Park in Britain, but the Lake District is arguably the best known. Located on the north west coast of England, not far from the Scottish border, the Lake District National Park is best known for it’s breathtaking landscape and historic charm. After just a short time in the Lake District you’ll quickly understand why the area has been such an inspiration to artists and poets over the decades – it’s beauty is just undeniable. If you’re travelling with children they will love to visit some of the Lake Districts best known story book characters, including the friendly animals of Beatrix Potter and the ever-forgetful Postman Pat. The Lake District is a very popular for cottage holidays so make sure that you book your Lake district cottage soon!

Excitement in Exmoor








Exmoor National Park, in the south west of Britain, may not be the biggest National Park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheet diversity of landscape. This 267 sq mi park once served as the ancient royal hunting forest of King Henry II of England, but today it more resembles a vintage postcard than a place to hunt beasts. That said, the legend of the Beast of Exmoor remains to this day. Take a walk through the moorlands and then pop into a cosy country pub to relax for the afternoon and just watch the world go by. Find your perfect Exmoor holiday cottage now.

The slogan for the National Parks in Britain is ‘Britain’s breathing spaces’ and that is exactly what they are! Spending all, or just part, of your 2013 cottage holiday in one of these beautiful natural landscapes is sure to leave you rested and relaxed, and feeling better than ever.

Booking your 2013 cottage holiday in advance is a great idea, but we also have many great cottages that still have summer availability for this year. If you don’t yet have plans for this coming bank holiday weekend, why not consider a family holiday to a lovely country cottage. Visit our last minute cottages page to find a great deal for your end of summer getaway.


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