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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Long Range

Whimple, nr. Exeter, Devon.

Sleeps 18. With its own private, indoor, heated swimming pool and games room, this delightful holiday property sits on the fringe of the quiet Devonshire village of Whimple. Visit the nearby city of Exeter, with its medieval cathedral and Roman city walls. Cottage Code: UKC286.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool
  • 20th Century

Water Mill

Bradbourne, Derbyshire.

Sleeps 16. Your chance to stay in one of Derbyshire’s oldest surviving water mills, complete with restored sections of the original wooden machinery. Lovingly brought back to life to create an unforgettable interior, it comes complete with luxury fittings. Cottage Code: UKC331.

  • Hot Tub
  • Quirky
  • 18th Century

Tickton Hall

Beverley, East Yorkshire.

Sleeps 13. Home to the Beverley Polo Club, the 110 acre Tickton Hall Estate offers wonderful woodlands and parklands to explore, as well as a private outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. The historic market town of Beverley lies close by. Cottage Code: UKC1006.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Hot Tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Shire Barn

Doddington, nr. March, Cambridgeshire.

Sleeps 10. Steeped in history, this 17th century, Grade II listed, barn conversion carefully blends state-of-the-art entertainment facilities with many original features of the building. London is less than an hour away, from two nearby train stations. Cottage Code: UKC629.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • 17th Century

Abbey Farm

Eye, nr. Diss, Suffolk.

Sleeps 10. Nestled in the rolling Suffolk countryside, this timber framed farmhouse has been lovingly renovated to offer luxurious holiday accommodation. With two wood burners for those chilly evenings, the well-tended gardens are a delight in summer. Cottage Code: UKC1041.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 17th Century

The Old Rectory

Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Sleeps 10. Dating from the early 18th century, this imposing former rectory retains many period features including mullion windows and original architraves. Set within beautiful landscaped grounds, once tended by the ladies of the Land Army. Cottage Code: RDD3.

  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century

Redmoor House

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

Sleeps 8. Approached down a leafy driveway, this carefully renovated holiday property offers luxury accommodation in 4 generous bedrooms. Leisure facilities include a private indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, gym and games room. Cottage Code: UKC846.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Hot Tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 20th Century

Camstay Townhouse

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Sleeps 8. Set in a quiet and sought after area, this luxury 3-storey townhouse is just a 20-minute walk from the colleges, museums and galleries of historic Cambridge. Enjoy a glass, or two, of wine after a busy day sightseeing in the rear patio garden. Cottage Code: RGGU.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 20th Century

Pillar Box House

Hackford, nr. Wymondham, Norfolk.

Sleeps 8. In an area surrounded by history, this distinctively pink, timber framed period property offers comfortable holiday accommodation set over three floors. With oak beams and an inglenook fireplace on the inside, outside there is a private hot tub. Cottage Code: UKC321.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Hot Tub
  • Open Fire
  • Boutique
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Knock Old Castle

Largs, Ayrshire.

Sleeps 8. Following an extensive renovation programme, this 14th century fairytale castle is now ready to open its quirky doors to holiday guests. Located on the Ayrshire coast, enjoy breathtaking views over the sea from the glass domed castle turret. Cottage Code: UKC868.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • Pet friendly
  • 14th Century