A cottage escape is the perfect way to enjoy the Great British summer with your other half. Get away, spend quality time together and explore somewhere new with our pick of the best cottage stays around the UK. From Yorkshire to Cornwall, there's an idyllic location no matter where you live or how far you want to travel.

Best cottages stays in the UK

Adventure Prospect

Best cottage stays

Recently opened on the water’s edge at historic Priddy’s Hard in Hampshire, Adventure Prospect is a former ‘shifting house’, built in 1899 to house naval munitions workers. Fresh from a renovation by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, it now serves as a smart two-bedroom holiday cottage with direct access to the water.

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Mohun, Cornwall

Cottages for two

A charming cottage beside a Cornish creek, Mohun is an idyllic place for a couple’s escape. The cottage attaches to the back of the main farmhouse with direct access to the creek and a short distance from surrounding fishing villages and beaches. And if you have your own boat, you can launch it straight off the quay and enjoy some time on the water.

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The Boot Room, Yorkshire

Cottages for two

Surround yourself with nature at this cottage nestled in a corner of Studley Royal deer park. A stay here offers exclusive opportunities, with free access to the park, a key to Fountains Abbey ruins and the site’s water gardens. There’s plenty to do nearby, too. Ripton is a short distance away, or if you don’t mind travelling a little bit further, the Yorkshire Dales are around an hour away, perfect for walkers.

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Ivy's Cottage, Somerset

Cottages for two

If countryside walks are a priority when going away, this quintessentially English countryside cottage is a wonderful choice. Nestled in the village of Selworthy, there are a slew of footpaths for countryside walks, and Minehead is just four miles away, so you can enjoy all the fun of the seaside, too!

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Snowshill Honor's Cottage, Cotswolds

Cottages for two

Country charm is at the heart of this cottage, perfectly located in Broadway, Cotswolds. Spend your days walking the Cotswolds Way or visiting local sights, including Snowshill Manor & Garden and surrounding villages such as Bibury. There is also a private garden space to enjoy a morning cuppa or a night cap, and in the colder months, cosy up next to the large inglenook fireplace in the living area.

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Old Slaughter House, Oxfordshire

Cottages for two

For a rustic retreat, Old Slaughter House features exposed beams and classic country-side style décor. Located on the Oxfordshire border on the Buscot and Coleshill estates, you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life without being too far from civilisation. Just a short walk from the cottage is a local pub and tearoom, and surrounding towns are a short drive away.

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1 Lichfield Lodge, Staffordshire

Cottages for two

If you’re looking for a couple’s getaway that’s a bit different, why not stay at this former gate house in Stafford? Located on Shugborough estate, the lodge benefits from a private garden, access to the estate parkland and surrounding woodlands, and easy access to local amenities. Nearby villages Wolseley Bridge and Milford and hot spots for antiques shopping, so you can really make a day of it.

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