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10 best UK holiday homes to rent in 2023 for a mini break

Treat yourself and your Insta-feed with one of these cool cottages

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Megan Bull
Megan BullTV Writer
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What better way to kick off 2023 than with a relaxing staycation? Whether you're looking to escape to the coast with your nearest and dearest or searching for the ultimate rural retreat, these holiday homes are what dreams – and Instagram feeds – are made of. We've rounded up the most stunning boltholes in Cornwall, Devon, Bath, the Costwolds and more so you can kick back in style. 

Silk Mill House, The Cotswolds

Silk Mill House

Despite being located in the Cotswold's picturesque village of Blockley, Silk Mill is such a haven, you might not want to leave the house. With its six beautiful bedrooms (all with ensuites), huge open-plan living area and state-of-the-art kitchen, it's the perfect luxury family escape. From open fires and underfloor heating to landscaped gardens and panoramic views of the sparkling millpond, it's ideal for all seasons. Our personal highlights included the sleek standing bath in the master suite and the retro games room with pool and table tennis. 

If you do decide to venture out, located just 20 minutes away is The Crown Inn in Church Enstone. The family-run pub offers incredible seasonal menus with modern British dishes and both the food and service were faultless.

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Wink to the Past Cottage, The Lake District

wink to the past

Capturing the eclectic style of this Grade II 18th Century residence, a stay at Wink to the Past Cottage in Cumbria promises a nostalgic sense of luxury. Welcoming guests through its opulent fifteen-panelled entrance door, you’ll want to take a camera to capture all of the unique period trimmings inside. From the original feature alcoves to the parquet wooden flooring, sash windows, panelled walls, and antique furnishings, there’s even a sweeping staircase and a wooded garden that beckons. 

Upstairs you’ll discover two immaculately presented bedrooms where five-star hotel standard king-size beds await for a cosy night in. Come morning, journey out to the Lake District National Park's villages of Staveley and Ings, or make the five-minute drive to Lake Windemere for unforgettable views. 

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Early Risers Cottage, Devon

early risers

Just a stone's throw from the sandy shores of the Devonshire coastline, Early Risers Cottage is the epitome of luxury. An architectural feat, velvet upholstery and faux-fur throws rub shoulders with neon signs and curious light fixtures, not to mention an eclectic art collection.

In the centre of the living room, you'll find the real pièce de résistance of the property – a gravity-defying fireplace perfect for snuggling up. Grab a drink from the fully stocked bar and toast to the new year in the hot tub before resting your head in one of the cottages' four bedrooms. 

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The Snug, The Cotswolds

the snug

Fit for royalty, journey to the rolling Cotswold hills and you'll find The Snug – a sandstone cottage dating back to the 1700s. Once upon a time, this gorgeous golden retreat served as stables to the local manor house. Now a newly-renovated, ultra-glam dwelling, step inside and you'll find Boutique country chic interiors complete with sweeping views of the Swere Valley.

Whether you're looking to embark across fields and forests on foot, discover chocolate-box villages or stroll down to a country pub for the afternoon, there's plenty around. Shakespeare's hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon is close by, as is the city of Oxford. 

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Garsons Cottage, The Cotswolds

garsons cottage

Perfect for couples, Garsons Cottage is a romantic getaway for two surrounded by pastoral countryside views. A cosy space for cuddling up, think exposed Cotswold stone walls, oak beams and a wood-burning stove. Nestled in the village of Idbury; Burford, Chipping Norton and Bourton-on-the-Water are all within a four-mile radius. 

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Skylight Barn, Cornwall

skylight barn

Aptly named Skylight Barn, this modern glass conversion looks onto the fishing village of Coverack and Perprean Bay. A hidden gem nestled amidst the Cornish hilltops, guests will have to walk up the coastal path from the village with a trolley to transport luggage, but it's certainly worth the journey! Indulge in a morning cup of joe on the balcony before grabbing a blanket and wrapping up warm beside the contemporary wood burner. 

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Stone Cottage, Bath

village chapel

A stone sanctuary, this one-of-a-kind cottage and former village chapel has retained a number of its original features, including double-height ceilings and arched stained glass windows. A sunny space thanks to its warm yellow interiors and farmhouse-style kitchen, this holiday home is flooded with light, making it an idyllic and peaceful space to relax. Nearby, guests can wander down to the ancient market town of Bradford on Avon and explore the independent shops before travelling slightly further afield and touring the historic city of Bath.

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Avoca Cottage, Norfolk


Located in the coastal village of Thornham, Avoca Cottage is seriously stylish. A contemporary choice complete with Insta-worthy decor, it boasts three decadent en suite bedrooms, each uniquely designed and fashionably furnished, an open plan living area, a fully enclosed garden and off-road parking. Perfectly placed, guests can journey around the North Norfolk coast, either by car or on foot before retiring to this spacious cottage. 

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Period Cottage, Wiltshire

stone cottage

This restored period cottage was built from soft Suffolk red brick in 1835 to house wool workers. A bijou bolthole in the heart of medieval Lavenham, it blends old and new design concepts as seasoned wood floors and exposed beam ceilings are complemented by sleek and modern furnishings. The definition of laid-back-luxe, among its many amenities you'll find a super king-size bed, a walk-in rain shower and an espresso machine.

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39 Foxtail Cottage, The Cotswolds

cottage foxtail

Couples planning a romantic staycation can journey to 39 Foxtail Cottage in Blockley, Gloucestershire for the ultimate getaway. Lovingly restored, the property was originally built for the workers of the many silk mills operating in the village during the mid 19th century. 

Graced with enviable rear views over a deer park and the rolling Cotswold countryside, when the weather gets cold cosy up by the open fire with a good book. Lucky enough to have some winter sun? Retire to the terrace out back where sun loungers, a bistro set, Weber charcoal barbecue and chiminea can be found.  

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