Booking a UK holiday with Original Cottages is never Plan B, and these influencers agree!

Published: Friday 28th Jan 2022

Written by: The Original Cottages Team

Holidays in the UK became increasingly popular during the pandemic. Due to international travel restrictions, many found themselves opting out of a holiday abroad and opting in for a UK trip instead. But here at Original Cottages, we have never viewed staycations as a Plan B. Instead, we believe that staying in the UK is still a holiday and that you can have just an exciting, interesting and relaxing time by visiting somewhere only a few hours away. After all, with 15 national parks, over 5,000 miles of coastline, thousands of towns and cities and over 5,800 original cottages to stay in, no one can say England and Wales don’t have plenty to offer.  

This Autumn and Winter, we sent some of the UK’s favourite travel bloggers and influencers to stay in some of our very best holiday cottages, all to prove that you can still get that holiday feeling, right here at home.

@Postcardsbyhannah: Hannah and her dog Baxter visit Woody Cottage in Cranbrook, Kent

Cottage door


Dog in the cottage


Over on Instagram, Hannah shared her delight at the cottage itself and noted how Cranbrook was a very dog-friendly town and that Baxter had received lots of love from the locals!

Our dog-friendly cottages are spread far and wide across England and Wales and prove that one of the best things about staying local is that you can bring your pet! Charlie & Jess visit Slate Cabin in Dyfi Valley, Wales

Eating breakfast with a view over an open landscape

A dark sky above a small holiday lodge

Charlie and Jess were delighted with the panoramic views this gorgeous remote cabin for two provided, which extend all the way across to Snowdonia.

The pair spent much of their time here relaxing and unwinding in nature, as they were able to hunker down and cosy up in the fabulous, functional and stylish property – who says you have to venture far to be blown away by nature? If you fancy your own Welsh retreat, check out our cottages in Wales


@Simplelifewiththree : Samantha & family visit Shooting Box Tower in Battle, Sussex

Shooting box tower exterior


Family playing games at table


The Tower is one of our most historic buildings and the family shared lots of images and videos of the property, including its original period features.

They also shared footage from their trip to nearby Battle Abbey and Battle high street, which has an array of streets lined with independent shops, eateries and little gems. The family’s trip highlighted how many of our properties match their unique historic surroundings and that the UK has some really interesting hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Head to our travel guides to find your very own hidden gem and get some travel inspiration for your next adventure.   


@dpc_photography : Dan visits Peter's House in Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

Small path running alongside the front of Peter's House and neighbouring properties


Overlooking rooftops at a rainbow over the sea


Daniel enjoyed a relaxing stay by the open fire in this cosy seaside cottage and shared some amazing snaps of the Bay by day and in the evening.

We hope he left with that ‘holiday feeling’ even after a short break.


@sophiesuitcasetravel : Sophie visits Golconda Cottage in Ashbourne, Peak District

Lucy entering the stone-fronted property


A luxurious bed awaits through the doorway


Sophie enjoyed a walk around nearby Carsington Water and exploring the local area where her family had roots.

Sophie’s trip not only highlighted another beauty spot in England, but also showed that you can reconnect with your past on a holiday in the UK and visit places you may not have in a while.  


@byrosielouise : Rosie visits Wyvern Cottage in Swanage

Exterior of Wyvern cottage


A cosy looking lounge with brown leather sofas and a beamed ceiling


Rosie shared her delight with being in a property that is just minutes from the seafront and shared lots of lovely photos of her time in Swanage, enjoying frosty coastal walks, exploring the town’s shops and munching on some tasty fish and chips at the end of the day.



@rachelducker : Rachel & family visit The Pavillion in Orford, Suffolk

Large open lounge with views through the glazed perimeter
A seating area sits beside an outdoor swimming pool
Calling it ‘a holiday home you’d be proud to hold the keys to for a few days’, we think it’s safe to say Rachel and her family loved their stay with us.

You can read more about the property and the group’s experiences in Orford by reading Rachel’s article in Bounce Magazine

We hope that all our guests had a great time with us and got a chance to experience that holiday feeling right here in England and Wales. With thousands of original cottages available to book all year round, you too can enjoy a staycation Plan A with us.  

The Original Cottages Team
The Original Cottages Team


Original Cottages - Truly local, wherever you stay.



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