Hidden Gems

Are you a fan of self catering UK holidays, but fancy heading off the beaten track? Luckily for you, has just the thing. Introducing our pick of the UK's hidden gems - go on, discover the real Britain, you can thank us later!

Skomer Island - flickr - Sarah and IainSkomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Bed down in one of our Pembrokeshire cottages, pack a picnic and head off to the wild and rugged Skomer Island. A haven for lovers of the great outdoors, you'll need to get a boat across to Skomer from Martin's Haven. You'll be glad you did; come spring, a carpet of bluebells covers the island, while the surrounding turquoise waters are home to Atlantic grey seals galore.  Perfect for a UK birdwatching holiday, you'll spot puffins, guillemots, razorbills and more - don't forget your binoculars! Holidays in Wales have never looked so good.


Kelmscott village - flickr - Edward and CarolineKelmscott village, Oxfordshire
One for culture vultures, Kelmscott is easily accessible for those taking a self catering Oxfordshire holiday or renting a Cotswold cottage. Tucked away in rural West Oxfordshire, Kelmscott is best known for being home to Kelmscott Manor, the summer residence of William Morris, craftsman, designer and all round Arts and Crafts legend. Morris called Kelmscott 'heaven on earth' and it's not hard to see why:  an air of tranquillity pervades, idyllic riverside walks by the Thames lift the soul and there's even a 17th century watering hole, The Plough, where there's a pint with your name on it. If you need to get back to modern life, then head to nearby Lechlade for a spot of celeb spotting - Kate Moss is a local.


The Chiltern Hills - flickr - net_efekt The Chiltern Hills
Rent of our London apartments and escape for a day out in the country. Encompassing Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire, The Chilterns are an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and just a hop, skip and a jump down the M4.  Red Kites soar in the skies above, summer brings orchids as far as the eye can see, while chalk escarpments provide stunning landscapes. History buff? There are iron-age hill forts and stately homes galore in the region to keep you happy. For total immersion, walking holidays in the Chilterns can't be beaten; pound the prehistoric Ridgeway track, explore the acres of woodland and feel the worries melt away. Or tack up and discover the area on horseback.


Jurassic Coast, Dorset - flickr - treehouse1977Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Beaches aren't just for sunbathing, there's history to be unearthed. Dorset cottages are an ideal base for fossil hunting and coastal walks. The Jurassic Coast is Britain's first natural World Heritage Site and stretches for 95 miles from East Devon to Studland Bay on the Dorset coast.  With 185 million years of history at your fingertips, you're bound to take home a more interesting souvenir than a stick of rock! When you're not dusting off Jurassic Coast fossils, take a coastal cruise, or pay a visit to Jurassic Coast landmark Durdle Door, an impressive limestone arch standing proudly off-shore.

Perthshire - flickr - PhillipC Perthshire, Scotland
For the romantics among you, look no further than Perthshire. Cosy up in one of our cottages in Scotland and get back to nature. Those in the know will tell you there's more to Scotland than skiing holidays - Perthshire boasts leaping salmon, and otters in the River Tay; stags roaring through the hills in autumn; golden eagles and other birds of prey swooping through the air; and the waterfalls.  Cascading, bubbling white falls tumble down cliffs for the perfect romantic backdrop. If you only visit one, then walk alongside the tree-lined Bruar Water to the Bruar Falls and see why Robert Burns, Queen Victoria and Wordsworth fell in love with them. On a crisp, winter's day, the atmosphere is quite magical. You'll wonder why you haven't taken your holidays in Scotland before.

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