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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Cider Barn

Hutton, nr. Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.

Sleeps 3. Originally part of the Hutton Court Estate, the Cider Barn boasts well-appointed holiday accommodation just 3 miles from the Weston-super-Mare. Set in an AONB, it offers lovely rural views with woodland walks and stabling available. Cottage Code: 16608.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Copse

Babcary, Somerton, Somerset.

Sleeps 2. Complete with its galleried bedroom, this spacious, detached barn conversion is ideally set to explore the historic delights of Somerset, including Georgian Bath, Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. Stabling is available for four horses. Cottage Code: EWD.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Exmoor Farm Cottages – Swallows Nest

Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead, Somerset.

Sleeps 2 – 4. Set around the owner’s small farmyard, these two delightful, detached stone cottages offer well-appointed and comfortably furnished holiday accommodation. In the heart of the National Park, nearby Wheddon Cross is the highest village on Exmoor. Cottage Code: 29648.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Chapel

Couch’s Mill, nr. Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Sleeps 8. This wonderfully converted chapel stands close to the former smuggling village of Lerryn. Set on the banks of a tidal river, guests can enjoy kayaking trips down to the nearby historic port of Fowey. Cottage Code: W43503.

  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Old Chapel

St Dennis, nr. St Austell, Cornwall

Sleeps 8. This former Methodist chapel has been carefully converted to retain many original features, including the stained glass windows. Set in the very heart of Cornwall, it offers spacious, contemporary holiday accommodation. Cottage Code: UKC1888.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

St Michael and All Angels

Hollocombe, nr. Chulmleigh, Mid-Devon

Sleeps 6. With its vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, this beautifully restored 19th century church offers guests a unique and luxurious country retreat. Blessed with historic charm, it was originally commissioned by the Earl of Portsmouth and is situated in the quiet little hamlet of Hollocombe. Cottage Code: UKC1328.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

The Old Chapel

Holbeton, South Devon

Sleeps 8. Just a short drive from the fine sandy beach at Mothecombe, this elegant, stone-built former chapel now provides comfortable family accommodation in the heart of the small sleepy village of Holbeton. The fabulous arched windows ensure a light and airy feel to this unique property. Cottage Code: E3838.

  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Cambridge Lodge (Water Tank)

Wensley, nr. Matlock, Derbyshire

Sleeps 6. With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the roof top cottage garden, this former water storage tank has been expertly converted to offer truly unique and luxurious holiday accommodation. The conservation village of Wensley lies just 3 miles from Matlock. Cottage Code: UK4076.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • 20th Century

The Old Manor

Dunster, nr. Minehead, Somerset

Sleeps 11. Dating from the 1400s, this charming old manor house features a beamed great hall and its very own chapel. Just a stroll away from the beach, most of the character bedrooms benefit from en-suite facilities. Cottage Code: UKC927.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 15th Century

Quartermaster’s

Brancepeth, nr. Durham, Co. Durham

Sleeps 3. This bright and airy ground floor apartment is set within Brancepeth Castle, with exposed stone walls it offers extensive country views over the valley. With a history dating back to Saxon times, guests have access to some of the castle grounds. Cottage Code: UKC1983.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Quirky
  • 14th Century