My ideal great holiday always used to be a crowded beach during the day, a nice meal in the evening, a comfortable room in a quiet hotel and the usual shopping stroll. However, lately my idea of a peaceful and fun holiday includes being close to nature and away from crowded places. And the sort of accommodation that can offer both is holiday cottages.
According to Wikipedia, a holiday cottage is a small home rented for accommodation which can be run as if it was your own during the stay. Compared to a bed and breakfast, a hotel or any other type of accommodation, holiday cottages are much less restrictive and present many advantages. You can get more value for your money, more space, more privacy and flexibility. A holiday cottage can be booked directly from the property owner, or through a holiday cottage agency.
South Europe has plenty of offers in rural tourism and villa rentals but holiday cottages have become more common and popular in the United Kingdom and Canada. In the UK, the top holiday cottage destinations include the New Forest, the Lake District and Cornwall. I researched a few UK countryside destinations, browsed online guides with local information and, personally, I found Cornwall cottages the most appealing of all options for holidays.
Cornwall is a region in the south-western peninsula of Great Britain and it's only city is called Truro. It has four main counties with a wide range of attractions for different types of holidays. It has beautiful beaches, fishing villages, gardens, galleries, museums, a theme park, water sports facilities, a golf club, biking opportunities, a waterfall and a littoral coast with numerous underground caverns and passages.
A few examples of Cornwall's attractions include: The Glasshouse Gallery, Buccaneer Bay, Cornwall''s Crealy Adventure Theme Park, Carnglaze Caverns, Poldark Mine, Prideaux Place, Hidden Valley, Discovery Park, Launceston Castle, Dairyland Farm World, etc. With so much to do and see in Cornwall, one can choose to rest in the peaceful countryside or engage in exciting activities such as trekking or horse-riding.
The New Forest is now a National Park with the same name and the Lake District is a mountainous region in the North West of England. The former is as its name suggests a forest while the latter is about lakes, cliffs and low mountains not far from the sea. I've seen some pictures and both regions have splendid views. Although these two destinations are becoming more and more popular in the recent years, Cornwall seems to combine better great landscapes with a great choice of fun activities.