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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Rocombe Thatch

Stoke-in-Teignhead, Devon.

Sleeps 10. This thatched, detached holiday cottage sits in peaceful mature gardens and also boasts a detached annexe. It is situated in a hamlet near the village of Stoke-in-Teignhead, just 5 miles from Torquay. Wifi broadband is available. Cottage Code: HPPU.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Fishing
  • 18th Century

Mini Barn

Pendeen, Cornwall.

Sleeps 2. This delightful converted barn lies just off the coastal path on the edge of the village and enjoys lovely sea views overlooking Pendeen Watch lighthouse. This cosy detached holiday cottage also benefits from slate floor with underfloor heating. Cottage Code: TC8.

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

Misty Isles Cottage

Ellenabeich, Seil Island, Argyll and Bute.

Sleeps 2. Boasting stunning coastal views, this romantic cottage for two is set atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Firth of Lorne. Just a 16 miles from Oban, Seil Island is connected to the outside world by the famous ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’. Cottage Code: S4577.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Hot Tub
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 19th Century

Erbistock Mill

Erbistock, nr. Llangollen, Wales.

Sleeps 10. Surrounded by natural woodland on the banks of the River Dee, this unique, converted water mill retains many of its original working parts. Boasting spiral staircases and a balcony overlooking the river, Chester is just a 30 minutes drive. Cottage Code: WN76.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century

Cockle Warren

Hayling Island, nr. Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Sleeps 14. Boasting its very own large, heated outdoor swimming pool and games room, this spacious, detached holiday cottage occupies a highly prized sea front location. Hayling Island is well known for its watersports activities and windsurfing events. Cottage Code: 28926.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Apple Tree Cottage

West Wittering, West Sussex.

Sleeps 8. Dating from the 17th century, this well presented property enjoys the advantage of being only 10 minutes’ walk from the beach at West Wittering. Boasting many period features, it provides the ideal base for exploring picturesque Chichester. Cottage Code: PGW.

  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • 17th Century

The Barn

Corney, nr. Bootle, Cumbria.

Sleeps 12. Lying to the western side of Corney Fell, this superb barn is set around a courtyard with stables and offers a large living space with a cosy inglenook fireplace. Relax and unwind with a soak in the outdoor covered hot tub (for 4 people). Cottage Code: 23451.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Hot Tub
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

The Shippen

Gooseham, nr. Bude, Cornwall.

Sleeps 4. Dating from the 1700’s , this sympathetic barn conversion is just a 1½-mile walk from the coast at Marsland Mouth, with its beautiful combe and river. Decorated and furnished with flair, it offers a warm and cosy retreat. Cottage Code: GQ3.

  • Boutique
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Gill Edge Cottages – 3 Gill Edge Cottage

Bainbridge, nr. Hawes, Yorkshire Dales.

Sleeps 4 – 12. These 3 holiday cottages have been skilfully converted from a stone barn and enjoy panoramic views. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the Wensleydale Trekking centre is based in the grounds. Can be booked together to sleep 8 or 12. Cottage Code: 19764.

  • Pub nearby
  • 19th Century

Smithy Farm

Dunham-on-the-Hill, nr. Frodsham, Cheshire.

Sleeps 7. Set just 6 miles from historic Chester, this 18th century, semi-detached farmhouse offers well proportioned accommodation, as well as a fantastic outdoor covered hot tub and games room. The quiet village of Dunham-on-the-Hill has a café and pubs. Cottage Code: 28703.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Hot Tub
  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century