Welcome to our Holiday Blog

Enjoy reading through articles written by the Original Cottages team. There’s plenty here to keep you interested and inspired, with hot tips on what to see and do, where to eat and of course, recommendations of our favourite cottages to stay in! So get stuck in and let our ideas help you plan your next cottage holiday. We’d also love to hear from you, do get in touch at hello@originalcottages.co.uk and let us know about the amazing UK places you think we should write about.


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Britain's Best Spring Walks

The sun is out, the days are warming, and the countryside is bursting with life – spring is here. From fresh greens to vibrant yellows and exotic blues, the mesmerizing hues of flourishing flowers across the British Isles are a spring-walkers delight. Like a love-affair renewed each year, it’s time for fair-weather walkers to dust off their boots, pull out their tartan blankets, and loosen the dog’s lead.

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Focus on The Lake District

Stunning mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes and mysterious woodlands – the Lake District captivates. An idyllic location for both adrenaline-fueled adventures and relaxing retreats alike, the rolling Cumbrian countryside is the perfect destination whatever your holiday taste. From the clear, crisp air that whistles through the valleys to the tranquil waters of rippling against the shore — uncover the unexpected with us.

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Holkham Lodges - From Royal Connections to the Silver Screen

Resting within the UK’s largest national nature reserve (NNR), Holkham National Nature Reserve, encompassing the stunning coastline of the Holkham Gap, it should come as no surprise that Holkham Hall is regarded as one of East Anglia’s finest country homes and a truly special Norfolk Estate. However, despite its unique character you might be forgiven for feeling a certain sense of familiarity for the Holkham Estate and its surrounding countryside and shoreline.

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Truly Local Northumberland

Vast golden sands, a breathtaking World Heritage Site, and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty — the north-eastern county of Northumberland has it all. From the awe-inspiring Cheviot Hills in the west to the nature-filled Holy Island in the east, Northumberland is home to big skies and even bigger scenery. Stretching for nearly 2,000 square miles, and having more castles than any other region in England, there’s no shortage of historic sites connecting this age-old kingdom to its past.

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Focus on Wales

Vast mountain ranges, stunning coasts and magnificent, glassy lakes – Wales is the perfect setting for your next getaway. Head to one of the region’s fine cities, to spend days shopping in boutiques and sightseeing some of the country’s most impressive cultural hotspots. Visit the many local villages, where you’ll find festive markets in the winter months and mouth-watering regional dishes all year round. Or, simply sit back and relax on a golden beach beside an azure bay and spot schools of dolphins.

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Bats

Beautiful bats! Bats are mammals in the order Chiroptera. There are 18 species of bat found in Britain, of which 17 are known to breed in the UK. All are insectivores and are strictly nocturnal, their daylight hours are spent grooming and sleeping, emerging from their roosting sites at dusk each night.  They are also one of the three species of British mammals that use hibernation to survive the cold harsh winters. 

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Truly Local Yorkshire

Vibrant heather moorlands, rugged sandy coastlines and soaring green Dales, you’ll find adventure and beauty around every corner in Yorkshire, because this is “God’s own county”. Wander through the charming lanes of a seaside hamlet, relax with your favourite novel beside a crackling fire, or chug past deer-silhouette horizons on an iconic heritage railway. Discover the Yorkshire secrets most visitors never see, with our truly local blog. 

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Hedgehogs

Written by the team at Tiggywinkles Hedgehogs are one of the most popular wild animals in the UK, these spikey gardeners’ friends are an absolute delight to see snuffling around in gardens and along hedgerows in the evenings. Very sadly their population is in decline; pesticide use, habitat loss and roads are all thought to be taking their toll on the humble hedgehog. However, there is something we can all do to help hedgehogs and that is to create wildlife friendly gardens. 

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Focus on Cornwall

Quaint harbour towns, breathtaking Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and heritage etched into the books of legend — enjoy a slower pace of life in Cornwall, because when there’s so much beauty, why rush? Whether you’re heading to the beach, the untouched countryside or seaside villages, you’ll find something for everyone. Discover parts of the county most visitors rarely get to see, with our truly local blog.

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The Tawny Owl

The tawny owl (Strix aluco) is one of the most charming birds in the UK, silently swooping across woodlands and farmland as they take flight as dusk sets in. These beautiful owls are also often found in suburban areas where they make good use of large trees and leafy gardens.

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Keeping our National Parks full of song

If you love wildlife you’re probably drawn to the incredible habitats of our National Parks, and if you love bird watching there are few pleasures as great as spotting a rare little brown job on the Broads or a soaring bird of prey in the Lake District.

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