Holiday cottages for a spring getaway

A break away from home is a great way to shake off those winter blues. From exploring bluebell woods, spotting new-born lambs, to bracing cliff-top walks, there’s so much to enjoy at this time of year. Here are six holiday cottages to inspire your springtime adventure.

Exterior and garden of Mill Farm Barn holiday cottage

Mill Farm Barn, Norfolk 

A gentle stroll from this converted barn takes you to Blickling’s Great Wood where you can see some of finest bluebells in the country. End your walk at the cosy Buckinghamshire Arms pub to enjoy a hearty meal of beer battered cod and chips. Work off your full stomach on the way back to the cottage before snuggling up in front of a roaring fire.

Exterior of Choristers' House holiday cottage

Choristers' House, Yorkshire 

With panoramic views across the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey, Choristers' House definitely has the wow factor. Look out of the gothic Burges windows across the unspoilt deer park and it might just take your breath away. But it’s not all about the view as there’s so much to explore around the estate. Discover the secrets of the twelfth-century Abbey, spot primroses and wood anemones or see tiny ducklings on the lakes and ponds.

Exterior of Bridge Farm Cottage in Suffolk

Bridge Farm Cottage, Suffolk 

Bridge Farm Cottage is located in a true walkers' paradise. Behind the cottage the road meanders gently up into pine forests and heathlands with numerous way-marked trails. A half hour walk or 5-minute drive from the cottage takes you to the dramatic Dunwich Heath and beach. Look out for rare birds nesting at Dunwich in the spring months.

Exterior of Saxon Cottage holiday cottage

Saxon Cottage, Sussex 

Looking for a taste of life in a market town? This thatched cottage stands just off Steyning's bustling High Street, with its independent shops, cafes, restaurants and monthly farmer’s market. It’s also just a short bus ride to the hustle and bustle of Brighton, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Exterior of 5 Rowleaze Cottage in Oxfordshire

5 Rowleaze Cottage, Oxfordshire 

This traditional estate workers’ cottage sits in a peaceful rural setting in historic Farringdon. Close to the Thames, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy country walks and watch the swans and boats pootle by. Or you can hire row boats and explore the area by water. And with a cosy log fire to return to, it’s the perfect cosy break in the country.

Exterior of Wallington Bunkhouse in Northumberland

Wallington Bunkhouse, Northumberland 

Although not strictly a cottage, this bunkhouse sleeps 20 so it offers a great opportunity to get the whole family under one roof. Situated in the heart of the Wallington property, guests can enjoy free access to the mansion house and enchanting wall garden. With three adventure play areas, a wildlife hide and wild woods, there’s lots to keep the kids entertained across the Wallington estate.