Sawday’s holiday cottages in the UK

Sawday’s cottages are places with creativity and character, that we’ve picked for their warmth and welcome, their high standards and their touch of something special. We’ve personally inspected every single one, from coastal cottages to lighthouses, farmhouses and some more traditional holiday cottages in the UK, looking for the ones you’ll love.  

Take a look at all our cottages, browse by location or read some of our inspiring articles below to help you find your perfect place. 

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Featured holiday cottages

Where to stay

Staycations have made a comeback and more people than ever are looking to explore the UK. There is so much to see and do on this picturesque island, plus most of our holiday cottages are in remote and peaceful locations where you can completely relax.

A few articles to inspire your next getaway in the UK

With summer around the corner, there’s little better time than now to start thinking about getting away from it all – and hiding out at a cottage in the countryside.

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As beautiful holiday cottages go, Cornwall has a plethora to choose from and you’ll find lots of unique places in our collection. Here we choose five of our best self-catering cottages in Cornwall.

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Discover our favourite dog-friendly holiday cottages in the UK, chosen by our inspectors for their extra special attention to welcoming dogs.

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Sometimes the sea cravings are so strong that only a place right next to the ocean will do, so we’ve rounded up five of our favourite holiday cottages for a summer or autumn break by the water.

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We’ve chosen six fabulous places that sleep eight or more in comfort and style, where you can also sign up for a fun group activity.

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With the remote western isles, the beaches of North Berwick and the long coastline of the Firth of Forth, there’s a huge variety of experiences on offer from coastal cottages in Scotland.

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Who are Sawday’s?

We’re an independent, Bristol-based company that have been curating our inspected and selected collection of holiday cottages, small hotels, inns and B&Bs for over 25 years. We look for places that stand out from the sea of bland, monolithic hotels and purpose-built holiday flats with their character and creativity, working with the owners to help make a success of their small business and take you on incredible holidays.  


Where can we take you?

Our founder, Alastair Sawday, started out running walking tours in France, but we now work with independent owners in France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and of course Britain. Our team of inspectors go from Cornwall to Scotland, from Norfolk to west Wales and all over Europe to find unique places for your next great trip. See all locations we cover here.    

What sort of places will you stay in?

Whether you’re looking for romantic getaways, dog-friendly cottages, or a big self-catering house for a family holiday, you’ll find a huge range of places we’ve discovered, visited and loved. There are classic holiday cottages in the UK, grand chateaux in France, trulli in Puglia, working fincas in Spain, castles, cabins and even a windmill or two. 


How do we choose our places? 

We love all our places for different reasons. We look for the basics of comfort and quality, and then beyond them to the little things that give you a sense of place and a truly memorable stay. It could be a remote cottage that lets you vanish into the Lake District, a Devon barn where you can press your own cider or a country house in Yorkshire where you sleep surrounded by majestic history. We choose places created with passion and character, because life’s too short to stay in the ordinary.