Weekend Cottage Breaks

Weekend breaks can be expensive; popular hotels often start at over £100 per room per night with B&B’s not far behind. However, what most people don’t know is that you can now rent holiday cottages for two or three night breaks.

Many of these cottages also offer great features such as private swimming pools and hot tubs, with properties ranging from quaint fisherman’s cottages in Cornwall to large lighthouses to rent in Suffolk… and a lot in between!

There are some things you remember though, and we’ve created a simple guide to help you find the very best weekend cottage breaks.


✔ 2 night breaks start on Fridays or Saturdays

All 2 night breaks start on Fridays or Saturdays.

✔ 3 night breaks start on Fridays ONLY

With only a few exceptions, all holiday cottage breaks for 3 nights start on Fridays, so be sure to select a Friday from the dropdown calendar on the right.

✔ Last minute bookings are often cheaper

In many instances, booking within 14 days of your arrival date can yield some great discounts. If you’re flexible with your travel dates and are on a budget then we recommend booking as late as possible.

✔ Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you’re struggling to find your perfect cottage then feel free to give our helpline a ring on 0345 268 1307. Historic UK also offers a unique Cottage Finder service where our dedicated agents will help you find what you’re looking for. Simply fill in your details below and one of your agents will respond to your query usually within 24 hours.


Featured Accommodation

Mulberry Cottage

Churston Ferrers, Brixham, Devon.

Sleeps 7. Full of character, this 18th-century listed stone barn is just a a 20-minute walk from pretty Elbury Cove. With exposed beams and stone walls, it is set in a tranquil conservation area on the edge of Churston Ferrers. Cottage Code: HEEZ.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

April Cottage

Old Alresford, Hampshire.

Sleeps 2. A romantic and characterful retreat, this lovely listed 17th-century thatched cottage, complete with four-poster bed, boasts its own garden. Set at the end of the village green in friendly Old Alresford, it is spacious and attractively furnished. Cottage Code: PTK.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • 17th Century

Old Hall Farmhouse

St Nicholas, Harleston, Suffolk.

Sleeps 9. This fine example of a Suffolk longhouse dates back to 1420, and boasts the very modern attraction of an exclusive use indoor heated swimming pool (open April – end Oct). Large garden with countryside views. 3-acre trout fly fishing lake. Cottage Code: CYO.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Swimming pool
  • Fishing
  • 15th Century

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Crock of Gold Cottages – Croc An Oir

Ballycullen, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary.

Sleeps 2. With its own private courtyard and garden, this delightful romantic retreat boasts a cosy woodburner and an unusual loft style bedroom. Guests are welcome to wander through the 100-acre estate and indulge in some river fishing. Cottage Code: W31891.

  • Open Fire
  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 19th Century

Villa Ruscone

Lasnigo, Lake Como, Lombardy.

Sleeps 8. Dating from the late 1600s, this elegant semi-detached property stands in a small village in the hills above Lake Como. Traditionally furnished throughout with antique pieces, the historic lakeside resort of Bellagio is just 16km distant. Cottage Code: IVL129.

  • Open Fire
  • Pet friendly
  • 17th Century

St Paul

St Michel de Chavaignes, Sarthe, Loire Valley.

Sleeps 17. Set in landscaped grounds that include a stunning lake, clay tennis court and a large fenced swimming pool, this elegant château offers delightful views of the rolling Sarthe countryside. Home cooked meals and laundry services are available. Cottage Code: F72109.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • 18th Century
  • Piano

Drishane Cottage

nr. Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

Sleeps 4. This cosy old holiday property stands alone on a secluded headland, with direct access to a sandy beach below. Sympathetically renovated to a very good standard, it lies within the Loch Hyne Conservation Area with its marine nature reserve. Cottage Code: ZCC.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Viva Villai

Dicomano, nr. Florence, Tuscany.

Sleeps 12. In the midst of a 400-acre estate including forests, vineyards, olive groves and two small lakes, this old manor house enjoys the shared use of an outdoor swimming pool. Explore the estate by Jeep before sitting back and sampling the wine. Cottage Code: ITF744.

  • Open Fire
  • Pet friendly
  • Shared pool
  • Fishing
  • 17th Century

Casa Roseto

San Donato, nr. Florence, Tuscany.

Sleeps 9. Set in its own grounds with views over the surrounding Chianti countryside, this beautifully restored old Tuscan barn boasts its very own private swimming pool. The nearby medieval walled village of San Donato offers good facilities. Cottage Code: TS380.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • 17th Century

Belair

Bannalec, Brittany, France.

Sleeps 6 – 8. This group of three tastefully decorated stone-built terraced holiday properties are set amidst glorious countryside. The park is equipped with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Follow the link below to view other properties at this location. Cottage Code: F29115.

  • Pet friendly
  • Shared pool
  • 19th Century

Il Seminario

Collevecchio, nr. Rome, Lazio.

Sleeps 5. Surrounded by landscaped grounds with pine and olive trees, this pretty 16th century house provides comfortably spacious and well furnished accommodation. In a region famous for its stunning olive groves, Rome is just an hour away by train. Cottage Code: US028.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • Pet friendly
  • 16th Century

Alabarda

Alabarda, nr. Todi, Umbria.

Sleeps 4. Constructed in medieval times on top of a Roman building, this traditional ground and first floor apartment enjoys a stunning setting overlooking the Umbrian countryside. The shared outdoor swimming pool is open from May to Sept. Cottage Code: IUP637.

  • Open Fire
  • Quirky
  • Shared pool
  • 13th Century

Cabris

Cabris, nr. Grasse, Cote-d'Azur, France.

Sleeps 11. With a waterfall flowing gently beside the outdoor swimming pool, this traditionally built stone holiday villa boasts stunning over the world renowned fragrance town of Grasse to the sea beyond. The summer kitchen is ideal for family dining. Cottage Code: FCA497.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century