Are you searching for a luxury cottage in a beautiful location in the UK? Explore the UK’s stunning Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with ease from one of our luxury cottages and holiday homes located in some of the most scenic destinations imaginable. By definition, the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which are protected by law, need to meet some very special criteria. These landscapes must be scenically stunning, but other factors include being situated in relative tranquillity, while some Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have interesting natural heritage such as unique geology, are culturally significant such as historic parkland, or are home to rare species of flora and fauna. So, you’ll be guaranteed to be transported far, far away from the daily grind.

In Luxury Cottages’ collections of luxury cottages and holiday homes you’ll find a host of retreats that are perfect for exploring Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Cotswolds, Lincolnshire and the Malvern Hills, which are all steeped in history and have their individual charms. While, if you’d prefer to be closer to the sea, we’ve included coastal gems in Cornwall and Anglesey too. From our featured destinations there are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, horse-riding and wildlife-watching, as well as water-based activities including canoeing or sailing. If you like the great outdoors and lots of fresh air, read on to begin planning your next cottage break in the UK.

Cotswolds

Dotted with quaint villages and packed with history, the Cotswolds spans six counties in England, in particular Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. However,  it’s not just the sleepy villages that take you back in time that are worth exploring. Visitors come for long walks and drinking in views of the rolling hills and grassland which can be enjoyed along the 102-mile-long Cotswold Way – simply a must for lovers of the great British countryside. With over 500km of footpaths weaving across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there are near-endless ways to explore, whether on a romantic weekend away, a family holiday or a dog-friendly break.

Where to stay: The Coach House is set in six acres of grounds with endless countryside views and all the comforts and luxuries of a home from home. Two beautifully-styled bedrooms, a living room with log burner and a private garden with barbecue for summertime feasts await you.

Luxury Cotswolds Cottages
The Cotswolds countryside on a sunny day
boats on the harbour in Fowey, Cornwall

Cornwall

Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty spans 958 sq km, which is equivalent to about 27% of the total area of the county. Made up of twelve spectacular areas, eleven of which cover stretches of the coastline, a beach break to Cornwall will never lose its appeal. Whether you want a summer holiday in a region where the warm weather tends to last a bit longer than other parts of the UK, or to discover wildlife or heritage along designated walking trails, Cornwall is a holiday gem. Arguably, Cornwall‘s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts some of the most scenic parts of the UK, from the uplands of Bodmin Moor to the port town of Fowey.

Where to stay: Retreat to the coast in St Ives at The New Pin that has all the luxuries of a holiday home covered for you, from the modern interiors and attic chill-out room, to the outdoor space that’s great for barbecue feasts in the sun.

Luxury Cottages Cornwall

Malvern Hills

From dramatic hills to ancient woodlands, Malvern Hills is home to some of the UK’s most breathtaking natural landscapes as well as forts, castles and the famous Malvern spring water. Get your camera ready as there’s so much to see and do in the Malvern Hills to make your holiday unforgettable. Discover luscious gardens, vineyards and fruit farms, learn about Malvern’s history in museums and churches, and take on the great Worcester Maize maze for a fun-filled afternoon.

Where to stay: Take your staycation to the next level at Equestrian Manor, a magnificent luxury manor house of Georgian origins nestled between the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills that comfortably accommodates up to 16 people.

Luxury Cottages Malvern Hills
Mountains in summer with a lake at the bottom
two people sat on deck chairs on a balcony drinking coffee

Lincolnshire

If you are looking for unspoiled scenery in the Midlands, look no further than The Lincolnshire Wolds. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has all the elements of the charming countryside, from rolling hills and hidden valleys, to peaceful streams and sleepy villages. Situated half way between Lincoln and the coast, The Lincolnshire Wolds is the highest land in east England between Kent and Yorkshire. With an area of 216 miles of natural beauty to uncover, we’re confident that you’ll find gorgeous stretches of countryside that will capture your heart.

Anglesey

Discover striking, coastal beauty on the Anglesey, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales at 21,500 hectares. Enjoy salty-aired summers on the coast that offers 125 miles of stunning shoreline and beaches. Additionally, there’s plenty of countryside to explore if you’d prefer to head away from the sea breeze and admire the seascapes from afar. Anglesey is also classed as a UNESCO Global Geopark and it’s possible to discover over 1,800 million years of earth history through the hundreds of rock types and stromatolites which are fossils of the earliest known inhabitants of the UK.

Where to stay: Overlooking the Menai Strait and Snowdonia, Seaview in Anglesey is perfect for a beach holiday with over twenty beaches in driving distance to choose from. You can also admire the views of the sea from this luxurious abode that serves as your home by the sea.

Luxury Cottages Anglesey
Llanddwyn Island

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