Top cottages for an Easter escape

Spring is one of the best times of the year to discover the Great British Isles. So why not make the most of the long bank holiday and book a break to one of our cottages? Every one is handpicked for its individual character – from gatehouses to lighthouses, gardeners’ cottages to castles – they all have their own story to tell.

The exterior of The Bothy holiday cottage

The Bothy, Powys 

Situated in the heart of the world famous Powis Castle gardens, few destinations can rival the unique location of this holiday cottage. Tucked away amongst ancient trees and luscious lawns, you only have to peek out the cottage windows to witness the superb craftsmanship of this historic garden. The Bothy itself has many Edwardian features such as its half-timbered style and wood panelled exterior. Sleeps 7.

Exterior of Priest's House and White Garden

Priest's House, Kent 

Priest's House is believed to be part of the former Elizabethan mansion which made up Sissinghurst Castle. Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s and created the world renowned garden. The cottage sits on the edge of the White Garden and is an absolute must-stay for garden lovers. Sleeps 6.

The reception room at Norbury Hall

Norbury Manor, Derbyshire 

This impressive Grade I listed house is ideal for a large family gathering or special occasion. The manor is full of character and original features, from the impressive wooden staircase at the centre of the manor, to the wood panelled reception room and stained glass windows. Sleeps 10.

The exterior of Cromer Lodge holiday cottage

Cromer Lodge, Norfolk 

This cosy red-brick cottage is part of the former Gate Lodge to Felbrigg Hall. Grade II listed with towering chimneys and a large bay window, it’s like a mini version of the 17th-century hall. With easy access to the park and woodland walks on the doorstep, there's lots on offer for country lovers. The quiet lanes near the estate are also ideal for cyclists and there’s space at the cottage for you to store your bike. Sleeps 2.

The exterior of 52 Inge Street holiday cottage

52 and 54 Inge Street, Birmingham 

If you’re looking for a city break this spring, try 52 and 54 Inge Street in Birmingham. Part of Birmingham’s last remaining set of ‘Back to Back’ houses, number 52 has been sympathetically restored to give guests a feel of its Victorian past, while number 54 takes you back to the 1930s with its art deco style. Many of Birmingham’s attractions are just minutes away, including the Bullring shopping centre and the famous Birmingham Markets. Sleeps 2.

Exterior of Chert House, Isle of Wight

Chert, Isle of Wight 

If country cottages aren’t your style then the 1970s Chert house might be a better fit. The property has lots of quirky 70s features such as the bright, orange bathroom and mosaic floor tiles. Set against a wooded cliff, the cottage looks out over the English Channel and the large balcony offers the perfect place to enjoy the sea views. Sleeps 4.

The exterior of Honor's Cottage

Honor's Cottage, Gloucestershire 

Honor’s is the picture perfect Cotswold cottage. On a chill spring day you can curl up in front of the huge inglenook fireplace and in warmer weather enjoy alfresco dining in the terraced garden. Make sure you pack your walking boots as there are lots of great walks in the area. A ten minute amble through quiet county lanes takes you to Snowshill Manor and garden where you can explore the Manor's eclectic collection and the garden's hidden nooks. Sleeps 3.

Exterior of Towan Cottage

Towan Cottage, Cornwall 

With a wood-burning stove in the living room and a garden with outside seating, this cottage makes a great escape at any time of the year. A five minute walk from the cottage along a footpath takes you to sandy Towan Beach, or jump in the car for a trip down to St Anthony Head, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the tip of the Roseland peninsula.

The exterior of Aspen Cottage in Northern Ireland

Aspen Cottage, Northern Ireland 

On the beautiful Crom estate, Aspen is one of a handful of cottages in converted farm buildings that overlook a small wood with an abundance of wildlife. The cottage is only 100 metres from Lough Erne lake where you can put your canoe skills to the test on the popular Lough Erne Canoe Trail. Sleeps: 3