Coronavirus update for holidaymakers May 2021 from Cottage Gems

The restrictions in place in the UK are subject to change, depending on the levels of coronavirus.  Due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, some cottage owners and agencies are offering flexible booking terms (get in touch with individual owners and agencies for details of their own individual booking conditions).  It is also strongly recommended that you take out suitable holiday insurance.  The guidance below is aimed at residents of the UK. 

Key Rules and Dates for Summer 2021 Cottage Holidays

•    Holidays are now possible in the UK for holidaymakers in England, Wales and Scotland, as residents of these countries are now allowed to travel within and stay in a cottage in England, Wales or Scotland with your household or support bubble.  In Northern Ireland; it is expected that those from the common travel area will be able to travel to Northern Ireland from 24 May without having to self-isolate for 10 days, but this is not a firm date yet.

When are Cottage Holidays possible in England, Wales and Scotland?

•    In England, from 17 May: two households allowed to meet indoors (or rule of 6) and stay in holiday homes together (with the aforementioned constraints).
•    In Wales:  Two households are permitted to holiday together in a holiday home as an extended household, as long as 10 days have elapsed since either household was part of another extended household.  In limited circumstances a third household can also join the extended household, read the full travel rules here.
•    In Scotland as of 17 May, in most areas of Scotland (except Glasgow city and Moray) up to 6 people from 3 different households are permitted to stay together in a holiday home.
When can you take a Cottage Break in Northern Ireland?
For residents of Northern Ireland it is now possible to book a self-catering break for a holiday within Northern Ireland with your household or support bubble.


You may want to read the UK government's roadmap out of lockdown for more detail.