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LIST: HOLIDAY PROPERTY RENTAL IN BRITAIN

These are holiday rental companies/agencies offering self-catering rental accommodation in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.
Aspects Holidays 01736 754242 Small specialist company (with a really stylish & easy-to-use website!) offering a selection of 250 holiday cottages and apartments in Cornwall, particularly around St Ives, Carbis Bay, and Falmouth.
Best of Suffolk 01728 638962 Luxury holiday cottage-letting agency (launched in 2006) with 200 upmarket and often quite stylish properties in Suffolk. In a strange twist of brand history, Best of Suffolk, is the parent brand, where Best Escapes covers their expansion into the UK and beyond. That's something they'll have to reverse sooner or later!
Blue Chip Holidays 01803 855282 Over 620 properties in Devon and Cornwall, including luxury apartments, town houses and traditional holiday cottages.
Boutique Retreats 01872 553 491 starSome lovely/quirky properties (a portfolio of around 85+ in the UK) together with similar hotels. Lots of eye candy on their site.
Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages 01874 676446 Self-catering holiday cottage agency with a portfolio of over 300 Welsh Holiday Cottages and Farmhouses in The Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains National Park, Wye Valley, South Wales Valleys, Hay-on-Wye, Welsh - Herefordshire Marches, Powys and Monmouthshire.
Bruern Holiday Cottages n/a Set of twelve luxury cottages in the Cotswolds
Classic Cottages 01326 555 555 Over 500 S/C properties in Devon, Cornwall & Somerset, mostly country or coastal cottages.
Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire 01437 767600 Over 500 welsh properties from idyllic cottages to lighthouses & castles.
Coast & Country Cottages 01548 843773 Over 200 properties in and around Salcombe and the South Hams (Devon).
Coppermines & Coniston Cottages 015394 41765 Self-catering cottages in the Lake District
Cornish Cottage Holidays 01326 573808 Holiday homes all over Cornwall.
Cornish Cottages 01208 880278 A small but select portfolio of holiday cottages in and around the historic North Cornwall fishing village of Port Isaac.
Cornish Horizons 01841 533 331 Self catering cottages in North and Mid Cornwall.
Cottage Boutique, The 01736 796 100 They don't come much more 'specialist' than this. The Cottage Boutique offers a small selection of holiday cottages in the picturesque harbour town of St Ives, Cornwall.
Dales Holiday Cottages 0844 847 1340 Specialist in the Yorkshire dales since it started out in Skipton in 1982. User-friendly site with useful area guides and suggestions.
Devon Escapes n/a Cottages and self-catering holidays in Devon. (Also guesthouses, hotels and bed & breakfast accommodation) Features Google maps to help you find accommodation, attractions and local events.
Ecosse Unique Holiday Cottages 01835 870779 Self-catering properties in Scotland, including a good selection of island properties.
English Country Cottages 08700 781 100 Longstanding s/c property company with a portfolio of over 3,000 properties from converted farmhouses to medieval castles in England... Scotland and Wales (so perhaps it's time to update the brand name then? Ed).
Helpful Holidays 01647 433593 S/C properties throughout the West Country
Hideaways 01747 828170 English country cottages, country homes, farmhouses and apartments in rural and coastal settings and in historic towns throughout the West Country, Wessex, the South East and the Heart of England.
HolidayCottages.co.uk 01237 459888 Family run business located in North Devon with 1400+ self catering cottages (all inspected by them) throughout the UK but especially the West Country (which is where they started).
Holiday Tots 01992 550077 Holiday Tots specialise in family holiday rental properties that are suitable for babies, toddlers and young children.
Hoseasons 0870 333 2000 Pound sign Wide range of coastal & countryside cottages throughout the UK.
House Parties n/a A collection of luxury accommodation in the UK for large groups of friends or family.
Isles of Scilly Inclusive Holidays 01720 422200 Specialise in arranging self-catering (and hotel & B&B) holidays, including flights, ferries and transfers, on all of the Isles of Scilly - Bryher, Tresco, St Mary's, St Martin's, St Agnes.
Lakeland Cottage Company 01539 538180 A choice of up to 85 luxury Lake District Cottages. Everything from cozy 'Beatrix Potter, curl up by the fire' cottages to modern and stylish conversions with hot tubs!
Lakeland Cottage Holidays 017687 76065 A small self catering agency with a collection of holiday cottages, apartments and farmhouses in and around Keswick and Ambleside.
Lakelovers 015394 88855 Over 200 holiday homes in the Lake District.
Landmark Trust 01628 825925 An independent UK building preservation charity that rescues historic buildings from neglect, restores them and lets them for self-catering holidays year-round. Founded in 1965 (so a fiftieth b/day party in 2015) they now have over 190 Landmark buildings. They include follies, forts, manor houses, mills, cottages, castles, gatehouses, towers, and a couple of apartments in a royal palace (Hampton Court). They have also spread overseas. There are four Landmark properties in Italy and four in the USA.
Living Architecture n/a starThis is a unique organisation with a small set of really unique properties. Living Architecture, whose creative Director is Alain de Botton, is an organisation dedicated to using world-class architects to build houses for rent around the UK. I can't adequately describe them here. You need to visit the website to see and book them!
Loyd & Townsend-Rose 01573 229797 Loyd & Townsend-Rose specialise in tailormade luxury holidays throughout England, Scotland and Ireland, provide all-inclusive and self catering villas, castles, mansions and stately homes, particularly for special events such as anniversaries.
Mackay's Holidays 0870 429 5359 Self-catering properties in Scotland
Marsdens 01271 813777 Rental cottages on the North Devon coast. Notably stylish and easy to use website.
My Favourite Holiday Cottages 0845 680 5431 Intuitive UK holiday property site with an easy search function that lists property details with photos and direct links to each cottage's website home and booking pages so bookings are made direct with the owner. The site founders are holiday property owners themselves, so their emphasis is on enabling guests to get more useful information about a property and not pay commission payments or booking fees.
National Trust for Scotland 0131 243 9331 56 properties from lighthouses in Stoer Head (owned by Robert Louis Stevenson's father), thatched crofter's cottages on the Isle of Skye, apartments within castles and even four base camps for up to 24 people. There are six new properties added to the portfolio for 2006: a Victorian flat for four in the centre of St Andrews, Russell House - a beautiful 18th Century house in Cromarty with costal views, Blue Door - a cottage for eight in the fishing town of Kirkcudbright as well as lighthouse accommodation at both Covesea, near the costal town of Lossiemouth and two further properties in the Mull of Galloway, the most Southerly tip of Scotland and situated within an RSPB reserve.
National Trust Holiday Cottages 0870 458 4422 Around 320 National Trust properties, mostly cottages, available for holiday lets all over the UK. As you can imagine, there are some pretty stunning properties & locations to choose from!
Natural Retreats 0161 242 2970 starEco-friendly wooden self-catering lodges in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty all over the UK...that's the plan at least. NR launched in 2006 and have their first location in the Yorkshire Dales where they have built ten modern lodges with wood-burning stoves, re-cycling facilities and small luxuries like DVD players with over 50 acres for the kids to explore & have fun.
Norfolk Country Cottages 01603 871872 Independent holiday cottage agency with a portfolio of 330 cottages throughout Norfolk.
Norfolk Hideaways 01485 211022 A portfolio of approx 200 cottages and stylish properties on the Norfolk coast.
Northumbria Byways 016977 46777 Longstanding (30 years) agency with holiday cottages across Northumberland including Hadrian's Wall and the Cheviot hills.
Northumbria Coast & Cottage Holidays 01665 830783 Over 300 self catering properties (cottages, houses and apartments) throughout the region, situated in popular locations on the Northumberland coast, in the Northumberland National Park and around Hadrian’s Wall.
Oliver's Travels 0800 133 7999 Luxury property rental brand launched Nov 2013 by Oliver Bell & Ravi Sabharwal combining 2,000 luxurious and quirky properties from the portfolios of Simply Chateau (their first brand in 2003), Simply Caribe, Simply Italy and in the UK, Stately Escapes, all in one brand.
Perfect Stays 01208 895570 Luxury self-catering holiday homes in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset... some suitable for large groups, special occasions or even wedding receptions.
Premier Cottages Direct n/a An association of independent self-catering cottage owners with an online searchable database of nearly a thousand holiday cottages in Great Britain and Ireland. You book directly with the cottage owner.
Quality Cottages 0800 169 2256 Over 200 holiday cottages and self-catering holiday homes in Wales. See Quality Unearthed below.
Quality Unearthed 01348 830 922 starEco-friendly yurts, treehouses and other unusual 'glamping' accommodation. It's run by Tim Rees as part of the family owned triumvirate with Quality Cottages (above) run by his dad and Quality Villas (on the villas abroad list) run by his mum!
Reserve Apartments 0131 510 0201 Cool new online agency specialising in apartments in Edinburgh, Glasgow & London, with user reviews on their 200+ properties, and a blog to keep returning fans up to date on local events.
Rural Retreats 01386 701177 Some lovely, upmarket holiday cottages, country houses, apartments, follies, and lighthouses in great locations.
Sheepskin   starSmall portfolio of remote cottages in Wales with log fires and cosy sofas.
Shoreline Cottages 0113 244 8410 Designer cottages in Whitby
Suffolk Secrets 01502 722717 A collection of over 100 properties in Suffolk.
Sugar and Loaf 01873 890415 Holiday cottages in the Welsh mountains.
Sykes Cottages 01244 356666 A selection of hand-picked holiday cottages in The Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales & Moors, Wales, Shropshire and the Heart of England, the Lake District, Northumbria, Scotland, Devon, Cornwall and the South Coast, including the Isle of Wight.
Tots to Travel 0870 458 5528 starOnline agency specialising in villas for families with toddlers in France and Italy, and from Jan 2009 in the UK starting in Anglesey, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Shropshire. They check out safety standards at each property and make sure they are fully kitted out with all the baby and child equipment families need, from cots and highchairs, to sterilisers, blenders, toys, potties and more. Also babysitting is available at most properties.
UK Caravans for Hire n/a Over 3000 static caravans on UK sites from large holiday parks to farm locations, available to book direct with the owner.
UK Cottage Rental n/a UK Cottage Rental has grown since its birth as part of a university project. It now lists over 900 cottages, apartments and caravans in the UK. All adverts are placed directly, so you'll find some properties here from other rental companies (eg. Hoseasons), but also unique properties advertised by independent owners. There are no booking fees
Under the Thatch   starTraditional and unusual, particularly 'green', self-catering accommodation in the UK (mostly) & Europe. They started out in West Wales so the core of their portfolio is there. In addition to traditional cottages, they also have static Romany caravans, woodland log cabins and a converted railway carriage by the edge of the sea. Under the Thatch is a non-profit 'social enterprise company' whose purpose is to find viable economic solutions for historic buildings at risk.
Unique Holiday Cottages 0845 519 5822 Stylish directory with detailed listings, photos and owner contact information for hundreds of cottages across the UK.
Waterside Breaks 01252 339020 Self-catering holiday cottages, lodges, log cabins and holiday parks by the water. It has over 2000 UK holiday lodges and cottages to choose from, ranging from loch side log cabins in Scotland to lakeside holiday cottages in the Cotswolds and riverside Norfolk Broads cottages.
Web Cottages 0845 689 2501 Online self-catering holiday cottage guide with independently owned holiday cottages located across the UK and Ireland. Handily grouped on the front page into categories such as Pet Friendly; Cottages with Hot Tubs; Log Cabins; Cottages with Fishing, etc.
West Wales Holiday Cottages 01239 810033 Established local company offering online booking of over 400 coastal and country self-catering holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Website lets you search by different features including dog-friendly, real fire, near beach and more. Bookings are made direct with the owner.
Wow House Company, The 01242 633637 Wow House specialise in grand houses for rent in the UK, particularly for special events, for which they will also make all the arrangements and manage the event.

Notes

  • Log House Holidays is a collection of log cabins built around a lake in the Cotswolds.
  • BeachModern is a collection of four large (6-20 people) rental properties in and around Bude, North Cornwall.
  • HolidayCottageCompare.com is a location, price and facilities search engine for holiday properties in the UK.
  • Stay In Media have a set of sophisticated accommodation directories for the West Country: StayIn Devon, StayIn Cornwall, StayIn Somerset and StayIn Dorset feature, not only self-catering accommodation but also hotel and B&B options, plus suggestions for things to do in the area and news of local events.
  • Newlands House is actually a set of three, self-catering properties in Keswick, the Lake District. The period cottages have been refurbished with modern decor and furnishings, have WiFi and are rated 4 stars with Visit England.
  • Endeavour Cottage in Whitby heads up a small collection of 5 other cottages and apartments in Whitby and one a few miles away on the North York Moors.
  • Holiday Cottages Magazine have a large directory of privately owned self-catering accommodation for holiday rental throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, where you can search for cottages and book directly with the owners.
  • Beaconside Country House & Cottages is a large estate with a small portfolio of self-catering properties in and around Bideford, North Devon, accommodating parties from 2 to 38 people.

 

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