With 2020 just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at this year’s most popular holiday cottages. From snug seaside hideaways to quaint stone cottages, and everything in between, these were our Snaptripper’s favourite hideaways in 2019. Whether you’re planning a romantic countryside break à deux or a large group getaway with your nearest and dearest, you’ll be spoilt for choice with these special staycation spots. Here’s to the 19 most popular holiday cottages of 2019.
The Potting Shed
Location: Peak District
Best for: A snug staycation with the pooch in tow.
Nestled on the side of a hill above the valley of Dovedale, with spectacular views across the local countryside, The Potting Shed is a blissful bucolic escape. Small, but perfectly formed, this is the ideal rustic retreat just for two. All the splendour of the incredible Peak District is on your very doorstep and you’ll find plenty of cute stone villages and cosy local pubs scattered through the local area. So pack your bags and whisk your loved one away on a special staycation in 2020.
Best for: Leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind.
Embrace a slower pace of life at The Roundhouse, over in the breathtaking county of Cornwall. Hidden away in the hedges and flowers, this pretty circular wooden cottage looks like something out of a fairytale. What’s more, the interiors here are every bit as lovely as the exterior. With plenty of luxurious touches, such as the plush king-size bed, toasty underfloor heating, wood-burning stove and quirky porthole in the roof for stargazing, you’ll feel as though you’ve stumbled on your own little slice of West Country paradise.
Best for: An old school country getaway.
Head ‘up North’ for the ultimate weekend away. A grand grade II listed Georgian country house, Emley Woodhouse is a fantastic option if you’re planning a group getaway with family or friends. Encircled by acres of picturesque grounds and the windswept West Yorkshire moorlands, you can spend your days playing games of croquet together on the lawn or else exploring the various walking trails which can be found through the gate at the bottom of the garden.
Best for: A luxurious countryside escape.
Light-filled, spacious and tastefully decorated, this beautiful barn conversion is an interior designer’s dream. Kick back and relax in the open plan lounge, cook up a storm in the lovely kitchen and have the sleep of your life in the plush king-size bed. Set on a working sheep farm, Ysgubor Nantcoy is the ultimate spot for those who want a weekend in the Welsh countryside, without compromising on any of the luxuries. Complete with a sofa bed, this gorgeous cottage can sleep up to four.
Sherwood Hideaway Lodge
Best for: An enchanting woodland adventure.
You’ll find this stunning hideaway nestled within the magical Sherwood Forest, in the heart of Nottinghamshire. A lovely wooden lodge, you’ll find every luxury you could need here at Sherwood Hideaway Lodge, including your own outdoor hot tub. Should you want to get out and explore the local area, there’s an array of walking and cycling trails on your very doorstep. Home to an array of myths and legends, it’s not hard to see why this atmospheric area has long captured the imaginations of locals and writers alike.
Best for: The ultimate group getaway.
Gather up your nearest and dearest and head to the incredible Number 42 for the seaside staycation of your lives. A stone’s throw from the beach, this special spot is simply stunning – boasting large, spacious rooms, private balconies, enclosed gardens and your very own hot tub. Take the property’s state of the art beach bikes out for a spin, before enjoying dinner and drinks all together in the enormous kitchen. Close to Brighton, you’ll be able to get out and explore the local culture too.
Best for: A spot of peace and quiet.
Nestled in the stunning Essex countryside, this cosy log cabin is the perfect spot for a couple’s getaway. Located in the sleepy village of Easthorpe, you’ll find yourselves forgetting all about the rest of the world during your stay at Easthorpe Retreat. With a pretty enclosed courtyard garden, complete with a luxurious hot tub, this is an idyllic haven just for two. What’s more, Easthorpe is just over an hour’s drive away from London, making this the ideal option for city dwellers craving a countryside getaway.
Best for: Exploring the magical country of Wales.
Planning a trip to Wales? This pretty little stone cottage is ideally located for visiting a variety of the country’s major attractions, including Snowdonia National Park, Conwy town and Caernarfon Castle. Nestled amidst 40 acres of farmland, you’ll find cosy furnishings, snug wood burners and your very own hot tub at Little Barn.
Cwmachau – Tynycoed
Best for: A nature lover’s paradise.
Nestled upon a hillside with amazing views of the valley, this rustic log cabin is about as romantic as it gets. Surrounded by nature, you’ll be able to watch the sun rise and set over the valley from the comfort of your own private porch. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may also catch a glimpse of rare Red Kites swooping through the sky. Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Cwmachau – Tynycoed is the ideal spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Location: Peak District
Best for: A peaceful weekend in the Peak District.
Surrounded by stunning Peak District scenery, the gorgeous Farriers is an incredible holiday hideaway. Sleeping just two people, this stunning cottage also welcomes pets – making it the perfect spot if you’re planning a weekend of walking in the Peak District. Here you’ll find an array of walking routes right on your very doorstep, taking you to some of the area’s famous sights. This includes the legendary stepping stones at Craggy Dove Dale, Lovers Leap and the bustling market town of Ashbourne.
Blaen Y Nant
Location: Snowdonia National Park
Best for: A remote and rugged retreat.
Located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, this stunning farmhouse enjoys spectacular views and a remote and rugged location. Nestled on the edge of the Ogwen Valley, you can see the towering mountain ranges of Tryfan and Glyder from the front of the cottage. Soak up the incredible scenery from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub, or else follow the educational nature trail around the organic farm upon which Blaen Y Nant is set.
Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers.
Nestled with the picturesque Forest of Dean, The Stables is a very special spot indeed. Light-filled and spacious, this stunning barn-conversion offers the best of countryside living. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the array of activities which can be found throughout the area. From horse riding and rock climbing to fishing and golf, there’s something to suit everyone in the county of Gloucestershire. What’s more, after a busy day of exploring, sit back and relax in your very own hot tub – bliss!
Location: Dumfries and Galloway
Best for: History buffs, nature lovers and culture vultures.
Although it may not be the sunniest of spots, the stunning country of Scotland is always a top choice for a staycation. Originally a farmhouse, this incredible two-storey holiday cottage sleeps up to six people and is ideal for groups of family and friends alike. Located on a working farm, you’ll find a marvellous array of walks, attractions and historical sites right on your very doorstep at Criffel Glen.
Best for: A fun-filled family getaway.
Nestled within the National Forest, this tranquil forest hideaway is the ideal holiday spot for families. With an array of family attractions in the local area, such as Drayton Manor, Conkers Centre and Alton Towers, as well as a host of woodland walks, quaint villages and local pubs, kids and parents alike will love a vacation at Woodland View.
Stabal Llew Coch
Best for: The perfect base for exploring one of the UK’s loveliest regions.
Another Welsh beauty, this beautiful stone cottage is located in the lovely town of Bala, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Just 500 metres away from Bala Lake, Stabal Llew Coch is the perfect location for water babies and water sport enthusiasts. All in all, here at Snaptrip we think North Wales simply has to be one of the best staycation spots. Boasting breathtaking scenery, culture-filled towns and friendly locals, you’ll feel instantly at home in this warm and welcoming country.
Best for: Partying in style with your nearest and dearest.
Planning a party? We know the perfect spot! Situated just one mile away from the lovely town of Montgomery, on the border between England and Wales, this stunning country house has a whopping seven bedrooms and can fit up to 16 people. Boasting a large garden, complete with a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, you’ll be able to celebrate special occasions in style at Celyn.
Cherry Tree Lodge
Best for: A tranquil weekend away.
Escape to the countryside with a stay at Cherry Tree Lodge. Surrounded by picturesque pastoral scenery of lush meadows, blossoming trees and gently rolling hills, this is one of the most relaxing spots around. Nearby you’ll find the quaint town of Llandrindod Wells, as well as a variety of walking routes spanning through the local area. This is the ultimate hideaway for those who want to kick back and relax, enjoying all the beauty and tranquility Mid Wales has to offer.
Best for: A party to remember.
Discover the true meaning of luxury at this incredible barn conversion in South Norfolk. Set within 33 acres of countryside, The Granary is an incredible spot for a group getaway or special occasion. Featuring exposed stone walls, sturdy timber beams and tastefully-decorated interiors throughout, this stunning property exudes oodles of ‘rustic chic’. What’s more, with a hot tub, tennis court, BBQ area and wood-fired pizza oven, this is truly the ultimate spot for an unforgettable celebration.
Best for: The ultimate romantic retreat.
Set in the spectacular Radnorshire countryside, Lovers’ Lodge is one of the most charming cottages around. From the outside, it looks like a rural log cabin, but step through the door and you’ll be met with luxurious interiors, with every amenity you’d ever need. What’s more, you’ll find your very own hot tub on the porch outside. The perfect spot to spend evening evenings stargazing while sipping on bubbles.