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From Glamping to Stately Homes: There’s more to holiday cottages than meets the eye

Holiday cottages are quite a popular accommodation choice in the UK and Ireland because they are so reasonably priced and give you so much more freedom than a cramped hotel room. Holiday cottages are so much more than simply small country homes and letting agencies like Sykes Holiday Cottages have unusual options located throughout the UK and Ireland. Don’t let the name fool you, country cottages are just the beginning.

Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a growing trend around the world and is bringing luxury to camping – something that many would say is impossible! Gone are the days of leaky tents and not showering for days. A glamping holiday can find you sleeping on a four poster bed in a luxury safari tent, yurt, or tepee. There will be no getting back to nature in the bathroom department either, as most sites have running water and indoor plumbing. Camping is really coming up in the world!

If glamping is still a little too rustic for your tastes then maybe an English stately home would suit? These grand houses are notoriously expensive to run and so many families are turning to the tourist industry to keep them up and running. These grand country houses are the perfect place for a couples getaway, where you can spend your days wandering the grounds and your evening curled up together in front of a roaring fire. Romantic holiday homes are also a great place to pop the question and doing so in a stately home is sure to start your new life together on the right foot.

Another unusual holiday accommodation option is staying on a working farm. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea but many people love to spend their holidays in the countryside surrounded by friendly animals. Kids especially enjoy being able to interact with the farm animals and this is something that many cottage owners are happy to organize if your children are mad for all things cuddly. Feeding horses and cows and collecting eggs from chickens are everyday occurrences for the farmer but can be the thrill of a lifetime for a child raised in the city. If you’re really lucky there might even be a farm shop on site where you can get fresh local produce to whip into gourmet meals for you and your family.

Photo attribution: Sykescottages

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