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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Le Bastit

Saint Médard, nr. Bergerac, Dordogne.

Sleeps 20. Overlooking the winding River Isle in the small village of Saint Medard, this elegant property enjoys a large shared swimming pool. At the edge of superb gardens and terraces is the river itself, where there is private use of a discreet cove. Cottage Code: F24181.

  • Shared pool
  • 18th Century

Le Jardinier

Héry, nr. Clamecy, Burgundy.

Sleeps 5. This former gardener’s cottage, now a listed building, makes an excellent holiday base for exploring the Morvan Regional Park. Surrounded by fields and woodland, it is very comfortable and well equipped, with traditional materials. Cottage Code: T58240.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • 18th Century

La Haie au Loup

Norrey-en-Auge, Normandy, France.

Sleeps 9. This beautifully restored, part timber-framed holiday property is set in large, mature gardens with its own private swimming pool. Set in a peaceful hamlet close to the medieval town of Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror. Cottage Code: F14125.

  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Villa Golf et Plage

St. Cyprien-Plage, nr. Perpignan, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Sleeps 6. This cottage is located only half a mile from a lovely beach, and is close enough to the Spanish border to enjoy day trips over to Barcelona. For lazy days at the villa there is also a private swimming pool to relax in. Cottage Code: F66158.

  • Swimming pool
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • 20th Century

Arjuzanx

Arjuzanx, Landes, Aquitaine, France.

Sleeps 8. Set in magnificent wooded grounds, this traditional old manor house has been lovingly restored and elegantly furnished. Complete with a private outdoor swimming pool, the nearby Lake Arjuzanx is within walking distance. Cottage Code: FAL007.

  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Villa Cycas

nr. Palermo, Sicily.

Sleeps 4. Only 2km from the white sandy beaches of Mondello, this pretty holiday villa is set over two floors and boasts large comfortable rooms with windows overlooking the garden and pool area. Just a short drive from the heart of Palermo. Cottage Code: ISS926.

  • Swimming pool
  • Close to Sea
  • Boutique
  • 20th Century

Villa Lavinia

Vitorchiano, nr. Viterbo, Lazio.

Sleeps 8. This magnificent country retreat sits on a small hill high in Roman Tusia and enjoys stunning views as far as Montefiascone. The large lawned grounds are planted with old oak trees and feature a wonderful outdoor swimming pool. Cottage Code: IRU496.

  • Swimming pool
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

24 Colle

Gaeta, nr. Naples, Lazio.

Sleeps 9. Surrounded by vineyards and olive grove, this beautiful panoramic villa is conveniently situated for downtown Gaeta and Formia. Offering stunning views to the island of Ponza and Palmarola Ventotente, it features an outdoor swimming pool. Cottage Code: IRK103.

  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • 19th Century

Maison Gilla

nr. Wissembourg, Alsace.

Sleeps 3. Blending modern features with rustic charm, this carefully converted typical Alsacian farm enjoys a small village setting close to the German border. One of the world’s great spa town, Baden-Baden “bathing” is just across the border. Cottage Code: F67117.

  • 18th Century

D’Autrefois

Nolay, nr. Beaune, Burgundy.

Sleeps 4. This self catering cottage is nestled in the heart of the medieval town of Nolay. With a restaurant on the other side of the village square, as well as an abundance of vineyards in the nearby area, this is a great base for foodies! Cottage Code: F21110.

  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century