Five of the Best Holiday Boltholes to Book Now
Self-catering means you can enjoy all the flexibility of your own space whilst staying somewhere special
In brief: A secluded, compact, studio bolthole on the eastern side of Coniston Water.
Our highlight: The mountain views towards Coniston Fells from the patio.
Insider guide: Coppermines Lakes Cottages offer the largest collection of hand-picked, unique, self-catering cottages in the Coniston area, and Hedgehog’s Hideaway is one of our favourites. With everything you need for a home-from-home stay (including a newly-fitted kitchenette, a comfortable bedroom and a cosy seating area with a log-burning stove), Hedgehog’s Hideaway is located within the UNESCO World Heritage boundary and makes the perfect base for anyone wanting to explore the area.
Coniston LA21 8AA
Blue Cabin by the Sea
In brief: A characterful cabin secluded near Cove Harbour.
Our highlight: Its quirky interior – think Orkney chairs, antiques, pictures and nautical treasures.
Insider guide: Perfect for a seaside staycation (it is the Year of the Coast after all), Blue Cabin offers a truly unique stay. The living room boasts the best views of the harbour. Enjoy a relaxing drink or your evening meal and watch the tide ebb and flow. There are plenty of special touches (the bronze cupboard handles and towel hooks were specially made by a sculptor), and in the cosy bedrooms, cleverly-designed shelves and drawers offer plenty of storage. Open the window a crack to hear the sound of the sea or head out for a stroll along the sandy beach.
Cockburnspath TD13 5XD
In brief: Nine luxury apartments and cottages set in private grounds.
Our highlight: Middle Lodge – a picture-postcard, detached gatehouse. Find this holiday home for four at the entrance to Netherby Hall.
Insider guide: Perfect for getaways, flexible stays, or special occasions, Netherby Hall’s self-catering holiday apartments and cottages offer something for everyone. Situated within the beautiful setting of the Grade ll-listed mansion’s grounds, and with 36-acres of privately owned estate to enjoy, guests can make the most of the magnificent parkland views and wildlife, whilst staying in modern luxury. Choose between the one- or two- bedroom apartments, holiday homes and cottages, for the ultimate escape to the country.
Netherby, Longtown, Carlisle CA6 5PR
In brief: A collection of self-catering cottages in the wilds of Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park.
Our highlight: Geordie’s Cottage – a large cottage with views of the surrounding mountains and forest.
Insider guide: The self-catering cottages here are all about peace and homeliness (thanks to the log-burning stoves). At the centre of the Killiehuntly courtyard is their little bothy, which has an adjoining herb garden – a peaceful place to sit in the sun. It’s a comforting retreat after a day in the mountains. Geordie’s Cottage overlooks the Cairngorm National Park towards Kingussie and the kitchen is stocked with a few essentials to get you going.
Kingussie PH21 1NZ
In brief: Award-winning luxury lodges in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Our highlight: The pet-friendly Coppice Spa Lodges come complete with a doggie shower, hairdryer, towels, and space for beds and feeding bowls.
Insider guide: Pinelodge Holidays is a family-owned business with two lodge holiday parks: Landal Darwin Forest and Landal Sandybrook. With 137 and 53 lodges respectively, they are both ideally located for exploring the surrounding Derbyshire Peak District. Sleeping between two and eight guests, each lodge has a parkland view and a veranda with outdoor furniture for dining al fresco, while spa lodges include a hot tub on the veranda too. During their stay guests can make use of the fantastic on-site facilities including swimming pool, gym, indoor play area, bar, restaurant and spa.