Best Cottages for Summer Breaks 2024

With the weather hotting up, now could be a great time to get thinking about a luxury cottage break. Whether for summer this year, or next, here at Cottage Gems we feature an inspiring choice of luxury rentals for summer breaks. Of course we feature a good number of fabulous properties at Cottage Gems, and here are just 10 of our best picks for summer holidays, which we have selected on account of their superb outdoor space and for that special summer vibe.

Our Top 10 Picks of Luxury Cottages for Summer Breaks in the UK

  • Luxury Tower House with Rooftop Hot Tub and Indoor Moroccan Style Pool

Character galore awaits at Rower Fort in Devon, along with a superb hot tub and a Moroccan style indoor pool. This stunning property was historically under the estate of Sir Francis Drake and is now a stunning holiday home sleeping up to 16 people. There are 8 beautiful bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, so this is a fantastic property for big groups of friends or family looking to enjoy a special getaway.

This superb tower house features what may be one of the UK’s best hot tubs, with its amazing location right at the top of the impressive tower. With unbeatable views from the hot tub, a luxury break at Rower Fort is about making memories to treasure, whatever the time of year.

Outside this stunning property is plenty of space, with extensive grounds to enjoy. There is even a hammock between some trees to chill out in, as well as a terrace with outdoor seating and BBQ facilities.

  • Dreamy Country Views Await at Partridge

Part of the luxury Wheatacre Hall Barns development, Partridge is a beautiful high quality sleeps 2 (plus cots) barn, set in the countryside, just outside of the Norfolk Broads, and just 13 miles from Lowestoft and the coast.

Wake up to fabulous country views on holiday, relax with the one you love in luxurious surroundings and enjoy a great night’s sleep with a comfy super king-size bed in the romantic bedroom.

Outside, this barn conversion continues to impress, and with its outdoor seating area where you can sit out and watch the sun go down as you look out to fields and farmlands, this is a dreamy holiday home for a summer break. A BBQ is also available for making the most of alfresco living and those long summer’s evenings.

  • Stunning No Pets Riverside Holiday House in Cornwall

With a truly fabulous terrace with river views, Ancarva is just superb for outdoor space and enjoying the summer sunshine. The raised terrace is partially covered so you can dine and soak up river views whilst shaded from the sun. There is also an uncovered outdoor lounge area on the terrace for those balmy summer evenings, where you can enjoy socialising with friends and family.

This property enjoys direct access to the river with mooring and a pontoon.

With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this high quality property sleeps up to 8 guests and with its breathtaking views, is a joy to enjoy at summer time, or at any time of year!

  • 5 Bedroom Holiday Home with Stunning Views, Hot Tub, Outdoor Pool and Children’s Playground Area in the Blackdown Hills

A pool, sun loungers, swing seat, a BBQ lodge, stunning countryside views and a balcony with sun loungers are the order of the day at Foxhill Lodge.

When it comes to outdoor spaces and stunning views, Foxhill Lodge has got to be one of the UK’s finest holiday homes. Inside, its’ a treat too with high quality self-catering accommodation to sleep up to 10 guests.

If you’re looking for a spacious British holiday home where you can truly make the most of summer, this property is hard to beat.

The outdoor swimming pool with its sun loungers and stunning views out to the Blackdown Hills is simply superb and it doesn’t end there! There’s also a fantastic children’s play area on the lawn, complete with climbing facilities and swings, and outdoor table tennis.

Also outdoors, but under cover, is the inviting bubbly hot tub for complete relaxation.

There’s a raised balconied terrace with more outdoor seating, plus loungers, so there is ample opportunities to enjoy the summer sun whilst holidaying here.

Come rain or shine, you should enjoy a holiday here. There’s even a BBQ hut, so whatever the weather is doing, you can enjoy dining alfresco.

  • Luxurious 5 Bedroom Farmhouse in Somerset with Superb Country Views, Outdoor Space and Hot Tub, Live it up this Summer!

Escape to the country for a touch of luxury at Lower Hedge Farm in scenic Somerset. This stunning 5 bedroom luxury farmhouse features superb country views and ample outdoor space. Set down a country track, this is a real country escape close to the Mendip Hills. The terrace with its loungers and garden seating is a perfect place to sit out, watch the sunset and soak up the rural setting.

With an inviting warm bubbly hot tub , countryside views, combined with stylish luxury accommodation, who could wish for more?

  • Luxury 3 Bedroom Country Retreat set next to an Orchard with Patio, Outdoor Furniture and Bubbly Hot Tub

Relax in luxury and style at Swallow’s Orchard. Set next to an old apple orchard, this stunning 3 bedroom 3 bathroom holiday home is a great place to enjoy a taste of rural Somerset. This property is pet-friendly and 2 well behaved pet pooches are welcome.

With a large patio area with outdoor loungers, this is a great place to soak up the sun and just relax in tranquil surroundings. There is outdoor dining furniture too for dining alfresco and making the most of long summer evenings.

Also outside is the inviting warm bubbly hot tub where you can enjoy long indulgent soaks, de-stress, rewind and indulge in some pampering.

For a truly rejuvenating rural retreat break with plenty of luxury, Swallow’s Orchard could be perfection indeed.

  • Woodlands Luxury Farmhouse in scenic Somerset, set in some 100 acres of land and with access to an onsite Spa

For unwinding and relaxing on holiday, Woodlands Luxury Farmhouse in Somerset near Glastonhury is an absolute winner. Soak up fabulous countryside views and indulge with shared use of a luxury onsite spa with indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, hot tub and relaxation room just 50 metres from the farmhouse.

This is a superb high quality holiday home, ideal for relaxing and unwinding with friends and family. This stunning farmhouse has 7 bedrooms and sleeps up to 14 guests in luxury and style. There is a games room with table tennis, table football and darts too for keeping everyone happy and entertained.

Make special memories, and watch the sunset behind Glastonbury Tor from the pool lounging area

  • Stylish Modern Herefordshire Holiday Home with 5 Bedrooms in Idyllic Rural Setting

For guests looking to indulge and unwind in a stylish modern holiday home, then take a look at Sharpnage House, a large luxury property with an idyllic setting close to both the Wye Valley and Malvern Hills.

Not only is this property impressive on the inside with features like a sociable living space, a games room, and luxury touches such as Hypnos beds and the White Company linen and towels, the property excels on the outside too!

Sit out, dine alfresco in summer time, and soak up the stunning rural views, taking in, a slice of rural heaven.

  • To Die For Views and Characterful Accommodation Await at Cae Madog Barn

Nestled in Powys at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, Cae Madog Barn is a wow factor holiday home, boasting stunning countryside views, and its own private heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.

Character and quality abound inside. Enjoy seclusion and privacy in a tranquil and peaceful setting. Dine alfresco whilst soaking up stunning hillside views, or lie back on a poolside lounger as you relax and unwind, it’s completely up to you with a stay at Cae Madog Barn.

  • 2 Bedroom Stylish Holiday Lodge with Stunning Countryside View and Hot Tub in the Scottish Borders

Set on an organic farm, if it’s big wide spaces you’re after, you will find this at this stunning rural setting in Scotland.

Stunning country views, stylish accommodation and a private hot tub are the order of the day at Orchard Luxury Lodge in the Scottish Borders. With just 2 bedrooms, this is a wonderful retreat for a couple or for up to 4 people. Outside the lodge is a decked area where you can sit out and enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine as you watch the sunset.

This is a superb place to enjoy a bit of summer sunshine, although the views should be fabulous whatever the time of year.

If you haven’t booked your summer break for 2024 yet, we hope we’ve inspired you with our stunning selection of luxury self-catering breaks on Cottage Gems.

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