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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Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations

Honeymoon destinations, like weddings, have to be perfect. But what does perfect mean? Beautiful scenery? Fine wine and good food? Two pairs of muddy boots drying by the fire? The truth is that honeymoon destinations can be as different as the couples that choose them; that’s why we’ve picked ten of our favourites to suit everyone from the outdoorsy couples to those who live a life of luxury. 

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Suffolk’s Magical Wool Towns

In a corner of west Suffolk lies a cluster of villages and towns known collectively as Suffolk’s Wool Towns. The name harks back to the 16th century when the booming global trade in textiles created a host of prosperous merchants from the region who liked to show off their wealth through the buildings they constructed. Much of this medieval architecture remains preserved today – offering visitors a remarkable journey back in time to Olde England. Here are some of the must-visit destinations in the area. 

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Wales – the Country of 500 Castles

No trip to Wales would be complete without visiting at least one of its many famed castles. From imposing coastal fortresses and moated structures to romantic ruins and architectural landmarks, they tell a story of Wales’ turbulent past and the shifting powers in the region. If you are not struck by history then the sheer beauty and size of some of these castles will get you. Here’s a list to visit while on your holiday: 

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Five Fun Games to Play in a Swimming Pool

It’s not many of us who have the luxury of our own personal pool at home, so when you rent a cottage that has one you need to make the most of it. It’s pretty easy just to splash about or have a float on a lilo, but if you’d like a little more excitement than that, we’ve got five fun games to play in your very own swimming pool.

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Wandering the Pennine Way

One of the most famous walks in the UK, the Pennine Way stretches along the spine of Britain, from the Peak District National Park right up to the Scottish Borders. It’s known as one of the toughest, most challenging treks around, 267 miles of mostly high level walking through three National Parks and ending in another country

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Top Ten Sussex Beaches

Away from the main Sussex beaches of Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne and Hastings, there are some hidden gems. These are ten of our favourites: Bexhill-on-Sea A traditional seaside town with a sand and shingle beach, Bexhill has beach rock pools to discover, huts for hire and seafront cafes to indulge yourself in. But what makes it special is the stunning modernist seafront De La Warr Pavilion, which today is in art gallery.  Even if you don’t go inside, it’s worth a visit just to admire the outstanding architecture of the building.

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Family Holidays in Sussex

Holidays in Sussex are perfect for all the family. There are so many things to do, and attractions to see - it is difficult to know where to start. Here’s a few ideas for places and activities that everyone can enjoy regardless of their age:

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Beyond the Leeks and Dragons: Get to Know the Real Wales

Wales – Land of dragons and daffodils, leeks and love spoons, rugby, cheese on toast, mining, male voice choirs, and epiglottis-twisting town names. Move away from the clichés however, and there is a real country to explore. It has the third best beach in Europe (ninth in the world), and more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. It has the world’s largest single span glasshouse and Europe’s largest electricity generating waterwheel. Rough Guides voted Wales the Best Place to Visit in the World 2014.

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Discover the South Downs

A national park that stretches across Hampshire and Sussex, the South Downs is a glorious green escape for lovers of the outdoors. Into Sussex, visitors will encounter rolling hills, dramatic white seaside cliffs, towns and village bursting with character and ancient landmarks. Here’s a few ideas for your visit:

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Why You Can’t Fail to Fall in Love With Brighton

Brighton has always been associated with excitement and escape, and today the destination on the Sussex coast offers visitors more things to see and do than ever. Buzzing with street side cafés and independent shops, ‘London by the sea’, as Brighton is known, combines a lively seaside vibe with the culture and cosmopolitan air you’d expect from Britain’s newest city. There are many reasons why you can’t fail to fall in love with Brighton – here are just a few.      

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