BookCottages.com Blog 2013



Before chlorinated swimming pools and overpriced spas, there really was only one way to cool off: wild swimming. Skinny dipping may generally be frowned upon by the masses, but that doesn't stop nearly 2% of the population shedding their clothes for a wild swim during the summer months.

Clean, safe and generally quite accessible for those who don't mind a short walk, there are numerous concealed plunge pools, coves and cavernous streams dotted about the UK where swimming au naturel is entirely possible. If you're feeling adventurous, take the plunge with our guide to Britain's secret coast, plus a few other scenic locations ... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Bedfordshire Tourist Attractions

Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Bedfordshire is a county divided. While the agricultural North retains the simplicity and old world charm commonly associated with the most Easterly of Anglian counties, the populous South continues to expand and diversify in keeping with industrial demands. As the primary gateway to the Midlands, Bedfordshire shares much of the hilly topography popular with weekender cyclists and hang-gliding enthusiasts - namely the Chiltern Hills which see over 2 million visitors each year. Despite its multifarious green settings and peaceful idylls, Bedfordshire is more commonly known for its architectural heritage; home to Woburn Abbey, one of the largest stately homes in England and Houghton House, featured in writer John Bunyan's acclaimed novella 'Pilgrim's Progress'. With dedicated public transport routes snaking the region, a day filled with excitement and education for the entire family is entirely possible!

If you are looking for a delightful holiday cottage to stay in whilst...

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POSTED BY: LISA



Yorkshire Traditional Foods

Wednesday, 6th March 2013





Regarded by its own as 'God's county', Yorkshire takes great pride in the fact it is England's largest and most unspoiled Northern region. Its situ on the East coast has had considerable impact upon the varying cuisine of the county.

Windswept Whitby is regarded Northern England's premier fishing harbour, rich in succulent shrimp and crustacea, as well as an abundance of cod during the chilly winter months. Inland cuisine is largely influenced by the fertile soils and agricultural heritage of ...

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POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Castles in England

Friday, 22nd February 2013

Indelibly marked by the bulwarks of bygone kingdoms, England's green and pleasant land plays host to a smattering of regal bastions and Roman strongholds. From the 11th Century architectural marvel of Warwick Castle commissioned  by William the Conqueror in 1068, to the hauntingly macabre Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, where Edward Longshanks imprisoned Scottish rebels, England's ubiquitous medieval castles yield untold number of historic tales and even a few dark secrets -  if you know where to look. Travel back through the ages and immerse yourself in a land of clashing swords, warring clans and treacherous Royals; our pick of the best castles in England will help you discover the thrill and realism of true medieval life!

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POSTED BY: RACHAEL



Buckinghamshire Tourist Attractions

Monday, 11th February 2013

Encircled by sandy knolls and chalk-stone cliffs, the verdant county of Buckinghamshire yields unlimited opportunities for exploration. A patchwork of golden meadows and thick wooded forests, the narrow Vale of Aylesbury retains a quintessentially  English charm, famed for its agricultural heritage and myriad of 18th Century country estates.

The majestic Chiltern Hills to the South are a dramatic contrast to the sleepy Vale; a prime base for cyclists and kite-surfing junkies seeking out challenging terrain. Whether you prefer a vertical challenge in the shape of a towering cliff-face, or tracing the history of Buckinghamshire's many notable literary characters, such as Percy Shelley and Enid Blyton, you'll be spoiled for choice by the sheer volume of fascinating attractions scattered throughout 'old Mercia'.

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POSTED BY: LISA



Shropshire Traditional Foods

Monday, 7th January 2013




Few counties can compare with Shropshire for the sheer variety and superiority of its organic produce. A predominantly agricultural region up until the 18th Century, Shropshire's food culture continues to be dominated by regionally cultivated crops, fruit and cattle - many of which are unique to the county. Birthplace of the 'real ale revival', Shropshire is one of those few counties working hard to preserve its food and drink heritage.

The decline of local breweries from the mid to late 20th Century appeared to spell the end for... Read More ->

POSTED BY: RACHAEL



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