Winter Staycations

Posted on January 10th, 2019

Summer may be the most popular time to take a holiday in the UK or Ireland but a Winter staycation can be just as enjoyable.

The weather may be cold but this doesn’t have to get in the way of enjoying the great outdoors; if you’re taking a holiday by the coast, you can still enjoy long walks on the sand in the fresh air. You may even be lucky enough to get a bit of Winter sun – get yourself wrapped up and take a picnic and a nice flask of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to the beach! Kids love the seaside no matter what time of year it is, so get the family playing some beach games together; just pick up a bat and ball set, a frisbee or a football and enjoy running about having some quality time together!


Many of the cottages listed on the Remarkable Holidays website are ideal for the colder seasons as they have a log fire, a hot tub or both! So you can feel nice and toasty while you relax after a day of exploring. There are also may dog friendly cottages available to choose from so you can bring your four legged friend along for a nice walking holiday and evenings curled up by the fire, after all they are family too!

As fantastic as it is to be outside, there are countless attractions across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland that may get overlooked during the warmer months when everyone is wanting to enjoy the sunshine. Museums are plentiful and several have free entry or discounts for family tickets. Other ideas include: galleries, indoor water parks, aquariums, sports arena tours, distillery or brewery tours and trips to castles or other historic buildings and estates.

So visit and search for your perfect winter escape today!

Why book your 2019 Summer Holiday now?

Posted on November 11th, 2018

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetWe may only be in Autumn and many of us may not have even given Christmas much thought yet, so why would we be even thinking as far ahead as next Summer? Here at Remarkable Holidays, we believe that now is the ideal time to start making plans for Summer 2019 and here’s why:

The most obvious reason is availability. Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time for holidaymakers to get away in the UK so there will be more competition for dates in this season, especially in the school holidays where parents of school-aged children are restricted to certain weeks. Also the reverse of this is true for people who wish to holiday in the Summer months when the weather is more likely to be favourable but will not be accompanied by school-aged children. These people will more than likely want to avoid paying the school holiday premium; so may be restricted to June, early July and early September. Basically, the sooner you book, the more choice of properties and the larger the selection of dates you will have to pick from! Not to mention getting your dates up early on the work’s holiday calendar!

While some people love nothing more than a snowy day or sitting by a roaring fire, for others it’s all about sun, sea and sand. If you fall into the latter category, getting your Summer holiday booked will give you something to count down to and help you through those Winter blues!

The further in advance you book your holiday, the more time you will have to research the area you are visiting, local attractions, and any events that may be taking place. Obviously there is nothing wrong with exploring once you reach your destination and taking things as they come, but with a little forward planning you can really make the most of your holiday and avoid missing out on something you would love to do or see. You may also find while talking to people about your upcoming holiday, some may have visited the area you are staying in and may suggest some must-see attractions or hidden gems. Also, once you have decided on any activities you would like to do it may be worth looking into whether it is possible to book in advance or online as sometimes this reduces things such as entry fees, which for a family can really mount up.

So don’t miss out on your perfect Summer holiday cottage and book today!

Why you should consider a staycation for a family holiday

Posted on February 11th, 2018

Trying to plan a holiday abroad with children can be somewhat stressful, so why not think about taking a staycation in a holiday cottage this year? There are so many benefits to taking a UK self-catering holiday!

One of the main advantages of choosing to go self-catering is that you are able to please yourself with what you eat and when. In addition to this, self-catering in the UK means that you are, more often than not, able to shop in supermarket chains you recognise and make home cooked meals your family know and love. Even if you’re somewhere more remote, simply being able to understand the language makes life easier for things such as finding local grocery shops. Plus you can always take a cool bag and pack the car full of basics to tide you over for a day or two while you get your bearings. If you want a break from cooking, finding local restaurants is also easier without a language barrier; you may even be situated close to a chain restaurant that you know your family enjoys and caters well for little ones.

Salcombe Beach, Devon, England

Children don’t always have large amounts of patience when having to navigate through an airport; waiting in various seemingly endless queues can be pretty boring, even for us adults! Not to mention the fact that you feel like you never have enough pairs of hands trying to hold all your bags, cases, passports, boarding cards and jackets. Although a staycation may involve a long car journey, you’ll have alot more space at your disposal for packing various forms of entertainment; trying to retrieve numerous toys and games from the overhead storage on a plane is not always the easiest task! A big benefit of travelling by car is that you’re also in control of stopping along the way and being able to let restless children have a break to stretch their legs or have something to eat and drink. Also for anyone who has ever tried to change a nappy in a plane toilet, being able to stop at a motorway services, a supermarket or anywhere else with baby changing facilities is far more preferable! If you really would dread the thought of any journey over two hours with a small child then you could still get away; even a week away a couple of hours from where you live, such as to the nearest coast, can give the whole family a change of scene.

Flights can be very expensive when you’re thinking of taking the family abroad. Children over two years old are required to have their own seat, and if you have older children, there’s the added expense of being faced with school holiday flight prices as well as inflated accommodation prices. While accommodation anywhere is always going to be more in the school holidays, the fuel prices involved in reaching a UK destination by car will be about the same all year round. Flying also involves the expense of getting to and from the airport at each end and possibly the cost of airport parking, not to mention the unavoidable expense of baggage charges.

Kids love the seaside, it doesn’t matter to them where it is, and even in the UK we often have some lovely hot weeks when the beach can really be enjoyed just as much as one abroad. We list many coastal properties on the Remarkable Holidays website in places such as Devon, Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Yorkshire Coast so you won’t be stuck for choice.

As much as we all love a holiday, the fact is that they don’t just happen; they take a good deal of planning and decision making, especially when it comes to travelling with little ones. So give yourself a few less things to think about and search the Remarkable Holidays website to find your perfect family staycation.

Planning A Group Holiday

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

“We should all meet up again soon,” “Let’s not leave it so long next time,” “I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last saw you!” Have you found yourself saying something along these lines recently? If you have then chances are you were talking to a group of your friends or family. Gathering everyone together is often easier said than done; daily life just has a habit of getting in the way! Everybody seems to lead such hectic lives and weekends quickly get taken up with odd jobs, outings and other commitments. This, possibly coupled with the fact that you may simply not live close to many of your friends or family, can unfortunately get in the way of meeting up with them.

One topic of conversation which invariably comes up as the year draws to a close, is everyone’s holiday plans for the upcoming new year. With this is mind, wouldn’t it be a good idea to try and arrange a group holiday with family or friends for later in the year? Arranging this now would be perfect before everybody’s calendars start to fill up, you’ll all have something to look forward to doing together and you’ll end up with memories to look back on for years to come. You never know, this might become an annual tradition!

The Remarkable Holidays website lists many self-catering holiday homes which are perfect for groups such as a family, couples or friends; here are just a few examples:

Self-catering holiday cottage. Newtonmore, Highlands and Islands, Scotland

An Torr, Ref: SC906812. This spacious cottage, situated in Newtonmore, Scotland, has lovely hillside views. It has 5 bedrooms and can sleep 12 people.










Richmond Hall. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. St Asaph, North Wales and Snowdonia, Wales

Richmond Hall, Ref: SC906816. This country hall in North Wales can sleep 19 people and features a snooker room with bar, a gym, a sauna and a shared, heated, indoor pool and Jacuzzi pool!










Silverholme. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Hawkshead, Cumbria and The Lake District, England.

Silverholme, Ref: SC927208. Sleeping 18 people, this luxurious manor house is situated next to Lake Windermere on the Graythwaite Estate, near Hawkshead in the Lake District National Park.










Brookside Manor House. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Bronygarth, Shropshire, England.

Brookside Manor House, Ref: SC21880. This detached property in Shropshire, sleeps 30 people. It features a snooker room and shared use of a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a tennis court, two squash courts and a gym.










Abbots Wood. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Netley Abbey , Hampshire, England.

Abbots Wood, Ref: SC920526. This detached house, situated in Hampshire, sleeps 12 people in 5 bedrooms and features its own indoor heated swimming pool.










Looe Island View. Self-Catering Holiday Cottage. Downderry, Cornwall, England.

Looe Island View, Ref: SC919242. Sleeping 8 adults and 2 children, this detached cottage in Downderry, Cornwall, is in an elevated position with sea views.










Now is the perfect time to arrange your group getaway. Use Remarkable Holidays to search thousands of self-catering holiday cottages in the UK & Ireland to find your ideal break. With cottages large and small, you are sure to find a holiday home to accommodate your group. There are also many dog friendly cottages, so if you’re interested in a walking holiday, your four-legged friend doesn’t have to miss out.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted on December 14th, 2016

Christmas is fast approaching and while we’d all love to be one of those people who has long since done all their present shopping and has everything wrapped, it can sometimes be hard to know what to buy for everyone! Do you have a loved one or a family member who you seem to draw a blank with every year? Or perhaps you feel like you’re always buying toiletries, perfumes and aftershaves and would really like to treat someone to something a bit different or unique this Christmas? Why not consider treating them to some sort of activity or event, rather than thinking too hard about a physical present? For example……

Self-catering holiday cottage with hot tub







A holiday or a weekend away

Here at Remarkable Holidays, we obviously can’t think of a better way of treating someone than to whisk them away! If you think your significant other would love a cosy cottage holiday, why not search the Remarkable Holidays website to find your perfect retreat? Many of the cottages listed on our website are perfect for couples, and several even have their own hot tub for that extra touch of Romance. Or perhaps you fancy a weekend city break in a hotel, a spa break or even a trip abroad – the possibilities are endless! And if the idea of going away seems a bit extravagant, perhaps as a couple you could agree to buy it as a joint present to each other; sometimes your other half may be struggling to think of a present for you as much as you are for them!


Car driving experience

Do you know a car fanatic who would just love to experience driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin for example? Many companies offer the chance to do just that! Or perhaps if off-road driving is more their thing, you could consider a 4 x 4 driving session. Whatever their dream driving experience, you’re sure to be able to find something to suit with a simple search of the web.

Concert or gig tickets

How about getting somebody tickets to see their favourite band or comedian? A quick search on ticket/event websites will bring up any upcoming tour dates.

Sporting experiences

Most of us know someone who just loves their football! What better gift than to treat them to a tour of their favourite team’s stadium? Or for the golf fans out there, you could pay for them a round at their favourite course, or perhaps a course they have previously expressed an interest in playing on. Of course, these ideas could be extended to many other sports!  

Beautiful woman receiving hotstone massage at spa

Spa gifts

Endless options are available when thinking about spa gifts. You could opt for a treatment such as a facial, an Indian head massage, or a full body massage, book a half or full spa day or even stop over for a full on spa mini-break. This would be a lovely gift to buy for someone special in your life, or anyone that you feel deserves a bit of relaxation. Many spas also offer relaxing treatments which are specially designed for mums to be, which could be a perfect gift for a loved one, family member or a friend who is pregnant – a last bit of ‘me time’ before their bundle of joy arrives!

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Hair and beauty vouchers

This could be the ideal gift for someone who loves nothing more than an afternoon in a hair or beauty salon, or just anyone who would love a bit of pampering. For example you could buy them a voucher for a manicure, pedicure, hair cut, or even all three if you’re feeling generous! Many big name salons will offer vouchers on their website, or you could simply pop into somewhere local to you and ask if they sell gift vouchers.

Restaurant vouchers

Is there someone you need to buy a gift for who loves a nice meal out with a lovely bottle of wine? Whatever their preference, whether it’s a rustic Italian, a nice juicy steak or a spicy curry, you’re sure to be able to pick up some gift vouchers at a restaurant they would enjoy. Maybe there’s somewhere they visit time and time again, perhaps you have been somewhere recently that you enjoyed or has a new restaurant opened in your area that you think they would love? This could be a brilliant gift for a couple with children who would love some quality time together, especially if you throw in the offer to babysit for the evening while they do some wining and dining!  


Alcohol experience

Most of us have a favourite tipple and whether it’s beer, wine, gin or champagne, there are numerous experiences on offer involving a drink of choice. These may be a tasting experience, a tasting experience with for example, a vineyard or brewery tour, or may include a food element such as champagne tasting with afternoon tea or beer tasting with a pub lunch – there are so many options to choose from.

Go Ape Cannock Chase - Site 3

Active experiences

Have you got a partner, relative or friend who can only be described as an adrenaline junkie? Or do you know someone who has previously said they would love to try a certain activity? How about booking a bungee jump or a skydive? Of course you would have to be very certain that this would be welcomed by your chosen recipient! If jumping from a great height seems a bit full on, you could always opt for an indoor skydiving session. If you think they would prefer to stay a little closer to the ground you could buy a day at Go Ape; there are numerous locations across the UK which offer a very enjoyable tree top adventure including zip wires and Tarzan swings and also have segway experiences – a great day out for children and adults alike. Other ideas for an active gift include zorbing, paintballing, white water rafting, kayaking, abseiling or trampolining – phew, we’re feeling exhilarated just thinking about it! Whatever you decide for them, you can be certain you’re buying a unique gift which they’d be very unlikely to get in duplicate.

Falconry experience

A gift which would appeal to many people is the chance to get up close and personal with some magnificent birds of prey such as falcons. Many venues offer half or full day experiences; they give you the chance to learn all about these beautiful birds and fly them in stunning countryside.

Remember the above list could also apply for birthdays, anniversaries or Valentine’s day. If you still think the idea of not physically having a present to hand over on the big day feels strange, remember that most of the ideas we have suggested will come with some sort of gift voucher, or failing that why not get creative and design your own?
These sorts of ideas often appeal to people much more than giving and receiving wrapped presents, especially if the recipient’s hobbies or interests are really considered carefully. It takes away the stress of trailing round the shops looking for that perfect something, the recipient is less likely to get something they don’t like, need or have the room for, and they’ll more than likely end up with memories to cherish and talk about for years to come!

Book Now For October Half Term!

Posted on September 19th, 2016

It may not seem like two minutes since the school summer holidays but the October half-term break is just over a month away! Sometimes entertaining the kids at home can be challenge so why not book a cottage break for the family and enjoy a change of scene? Below are just a few examples of the self-catering holiday properties that are currently available to book for half-term.


No 5 Murton White House, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England. Self-catering holiday property.

No 5 Murton White House

No 5 Murton White House, a terraced barn conversion, is situated three miles from England’s most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed so is ideal for exploring sights both in Northern England and Southern Scotland. It sleeps up to six. Property reference: SC2542.






Lee Shore Woolacombe, Devon, England. Self-catering holiday property.

Lee Shore

Lee Shore is 1 of 4 cottages which lies on the coast of North Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is located between the coastal villages of Lee and Mortehoe, close to sandy beaches and is also in reach of Ilfracombe, Woolacombe amongst other popular locations. It sleeps up to six. Property reference: HC41812






Moray Mirth Cottage, Portknockie, Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Self-catering holiday property.

Moray Mirth Cottage

This detached property lies in the popular coastal village of Portknockie in Firth and sleeps up to six people. Moray Mirth Cottage is a 2 minute walk from the harbour and provides a lovely base from which to explore this stunning part of the country. Property reference: SC11293.






Egret, Milford Haven, South Wales and Pembrokeshire, Wales. Self-catering holiday property.


Egret, a semi-detached cottage, sleeps up to six and is situated in Black Bridge near Milford Haven. It overlooks a tidal estuary and features a waterside patio. The property provides a great base for a family holiday, with the beaches and lovely Pembrokeshire towns being within easy reach. Property reference: SC27038.






Whether you want a break in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, a city or a coastal break, a cottage with a log fire or a hot tub, or even the option to bring the family dog along, you’re certain to find a property which takes your fancy. So get searching the Remarkable Holidays website and book now for October!

How to have a cottage holiday on a budget

Posted on January 31st, 2016

Many of you may currently be thinking about your holiday plans for the coming months; you may be planning a romantic break with your loved one, a family holiday or a get together with a group of friends. Whatever your style of holiday, the cost of getting away can sometimes be an important factor to consider and if you’re looking to book a trip but are on a budget, we have some inspiration on how to keep the costs down while making sure you still get your well deserved break!

Search the Remarkable Holidays Website

First things first – finding your accommodation. Our website has a section devoted to self-catering accommodation under £350. Simply visit this section from the homepage and enter your search criteria to browse cottage listings in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to suit your budget.

Cook your meals

The beauty of a self-catering holiday is in the name, you not only have the freedom to eat at times which suit you, but you also are able to cook the meals you like without having to pay to eat at hotel / restaurant prices. Of course this doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself; you are on holiday after all! But instead of eating every meal out, visit the local supermarket and buy in groceries for your breakfast and pack up a picnic for your lunch for when you’re out and about. You could eat out at a restaurant for half your holiday and for the other half you could whip up some culinary delights – you may even find some lovely local produce on your travels to try!

Book travel and attractions in advance

If you are planning on travelling to your chosen destination by train, it would be a good idea to book your ticket in advance of your departure date as they may be cheaper; sometimes you will be able to make a huge saving on longer journeys. If there are any activities or attractions you are wanting to visit while on holiday, it may also be worth checking the relevant websites to see whether you can get a better deal by booking online.

Search for printable voucher offers

This is also a good tip for at home as well as on your holiday. Visit websites such as and you will be able to search for restaurants, shops and attractions which may have an offer running, for example 30% off mains at a restaurant chain.

Do free or low cost activities

Having fun on holiday and spending quality time with the family doesn’t have to cost a fortune, in fact there are many things your can do for free. If you and your family are the active types then pack up a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors together; for example, take long walks in the countryside or by the coast, bring your bikes along and go cycling through a woodland trail or if you’re lucky with the weather, simply relax on the beach. If the weather is not on your side or you simply wish to soak up some of the local culture, look into some nearby museums and galleries as many allow free entry or just charge a small donation.

Public footpath sign

Start a holiday fund

Start putting small amounts of money to one side each week until you go away, so by the time you set off you will have saved up a nice amount of  holiday spending money. Putting away £20 a week can really add up – over the course of 12 weeks this would give you £240! This can sometimes easily be done by cutting out takeaways / bottles of wine / coffees for a few months and by saving bit by bit, this means you’re not making a big dent in one months pay cheque.


So search for your ideal self-catering holiday cottage, do your research and start that holiday fund!

Autumn Breaks

Posted on September 21st, 2015

Self Catering Autumn Breaks

Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean a cottage holiday can’t be just as enjoyable; for starters, the sun can often be shining well into autumn and we even may experience some days to rival the summer.

However, even if things begin to turn a little chillier, all is not lost as there are many activities which can still be enjoyed. Why not search for a holiday cottage in the countryside or a coastal cottage, pack up your walking boots and enjoy the great outdoors. What can be better than having a break from the office and being out in the fresh air taking in the scenery, perhaps even stopping at a cosy country pub to sample some of the local food and drink along the way?

If a walking holiday appeals to you, this is the perfect opportunity to bring along your four legged friend. Search for a pet friendly property and bring your pooch along – they’ll love going on long walks or playing on the beach and running in and out of the sea.

Another idea for an autumn break would be to incorporate a visit to a food and drink festival. There are several coming up around the UK and are an excellent way to spend an afternoon; many have cooking demonstrations and may even feature a celebrity chef. Grab yourself a hot drink and meander leisurely around the stalls; visiting in late autumn could provide you with the ideal opportunity to pick up some Christmas presents.

Many properties listed on the Remarkable Holidays website feature an open fire or a woodburner so after a day out and about and a nice meal, put your feet up and relax in front of a nice roaring fire. Or if you’re looking to book a romantic trip away with your special someone, a cottage with its own hot tub will add the perfect touch.

For the artistic and creative amongst you, the beautiful colours associated with this season provide many excellent photo opportunities; the sun shining through the autumn leaves can be simply beautiful.

With all this and much more to enjoy why not search for an autumn break today!

Planning a long journey with the kids?

Posted on August 25th, 2013

Going on holiday is an exciting time for all the family, however the small detail of getting there is usually the least enjoyable part for the kids and it’s often not long before cries of “are we there yet?” start to make a journey somewhat tedious. So why not make the journey fun?!

Some simple travel games are an inexpensive way of keeping the kids entertained, for example:

  • I-spy – a family favourite, easy to play, everyone knows the rules and lots of choice on a long trip.
  • Travel Bingo – this needs a little pre-journey preparation; list (or draw if you’re the artistic type!) items or landmarks which you may encounter along the way and arrange them in a grid e.g. a bridge, a police car, a stop sign, a bus. The first person to mark them all off wins.
  • Car Colours – ask the  kids to choose a colour, the first person to spot 10 cars in their chosen colour wins, simple and soon passes the time.
  • Number Plate Game – pick a number plate at random and make up a phrase which corresponds to the letters, for example, DGQ could be “Ducks Go Quack.” The sillier the phrase, the more fun the game.


For a very long journey, some more high-tech options of entertainment include:

  • Portable DVD Players – bring along the kids’ favourite films.
  • Hand-held Games Consoles – bringing your in-car charger might be useful for this option.


Some other useful tips for your trip:

  • Make the kids comfortable in the car –  allow them to bring a pillow in case they wish to sleep.
  • Invest in some window shades – this will keep the kids cool and block out some light which will help them drift off to sleep.
  • Don’t forget to stop as often as possible – a good leg stretch and some fresh air makes the whole family feel better.


We hope you find these hints and tips useful on your next cottage holiday!


Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

Going for a gentle walk on the beach has more of an impact on your emotional well-being than it does going for a stroll in the park, according to a recent study.

Findings by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health reveal that there are psychological benefits to people living near the seaside and that it can make you feel better.

The study showed that many locations based outdoors invigorated positive feelings of enjoyment, refreshment and calmness. But the researchers found that visits to the coast were the most beneficial and that trips to urban parks had the least effect.

The data was gathered by surveying 2,750 participants across a two-year period and examining their engagement with the natural environment. It was presented at the British Psychological Society’s meeting in London.

Remarkable-holidays have a plethora of self-catering holiday cottages, villas and accommodation to rent from all over the world. From log cabins and farmhouses to accommodation by the sea, there is a vast range of properties to choose from to have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

Compared with a hotel, you can have the privacy and space that you need in your very own holiday cottage; and private swimming pools and private hot tubs are available at many homes. With a wide range of accommodation types in an excellent choice of destinations, reap the advantages of low prices and expert insightful information into the chosen location.

Find the perfect holiday home by the seaside, countryside, village or market town; wherever you want to stay Remarkable-holidays can help.