Whether you’re looking to book a UK break to make the most of the warmer weather, or you’re after a getaway to the continent, you better be quick if you want to bag the best properties.
To help you find 2013’s hotspots, cottages4you has revealed the top five properties everyone wants to stay in - the cosy cottages, Mediterranean apartments and grand houses which are topping the search requests so far this year in terms of website views.
Property Reference: TNF
If you’re interested, you better book quick as Moll’s Yard is almost fully booked until the middle of October! Just yards from the harbour in Port Isaac where the TV series Doc Martin is filmed, this cosy detached holiday cottage is tucked away down a quaint street.
It is situated near to shops, pubs and restaurants, not to mention the Friday night treat of watching the Fishermen’s Friends sing on the harbour. It has a sitting out area which is ideal for alfresco dining. Further up the coast is Tintagel, Boscastle and Padstow, home to Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant.
PRICE: £399 for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation, arriving Saturday 11th May 2013. Sleeps two in one bedroom (£28.50 pppn).
Property Reference: 27362
Averaging a 9.8 out of 10 review rating from previous visitors, this character-filled, terraced holiday cottage dates back over 200 years and is located in the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay. Stretching over four floors, the cottage oozes charm and is ideally located for exploring the inns, tea rooms, antique and curio shops, art galleries and museums.
To the north is Whitby, to the south is Scarborough, both offering all the traditional seaside attractions. The North Yorkshire Moors are easily accessible or leave the car and board the steam train in Whitby, and sit back and relax as it chugs its way through the Esk Valley into well-known villages such as Goathland and Grosmont.
PRICE: £366.30 for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation, arriving Friday 26th April 2013. Sleeps four in two bedrooms (£13.08 pppn).
Property reference: OWS
Cuckoo Springs is a haven of peace and tranquillity set in 20 acres of fields and bluebell woods, yet just 4 miles from award-winning beaches and the historic market town of Newcastle Emlyn with its 13th-century castle, shops, pubs and restaurants. The area has much to offer - seals, dolphins and red kites may be seen on the coastal path; ancient castles and monuments can be explored; or guests can even try carriage driving.
Cenarth, with its waterfalls, is three miles away, where fishing, an indoor swimming-pool, coracle rides and paintballing are all available. With only one free week now left until autumn, you better book quick to enjoy this 18th-century converted stone barn, with exposed stonework and beams signed and dated 1782 and lovely views over the paddock and woodland.
PRICE: £345 for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation, arriving Saturday 6th July 2013. Sleeps four in two bedrooms (£12.32 pppn).
Most searched for French Property
Property reference: F47190
At the end of a long, tree-lined driveway this beautiful holiday house sits in the most stunning grounds. The partially beamed house, once part of an old fruit farm, has been converted into a very elegant home with an inviting pool situated behind the house in a private garden.
The Lot-et-Garonne area offers a perfect place to relax and there are lots of interesting things to see and do. Tonneins, Agen and Villeneuve-sur-Lot offer shops, cafes, restaurants and markets, whilst Marmande, famous for its tomatoes, holds a tomato festival every July.
PRICE: £649 for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation, arriving Saturday 18th May 2013. Sleeps nine in four bedrooms (£10.30 pppn).
Most searched for Italian Cottage
Property reference: IS082
The bay at Cefalù almost becomes your personal lounge with the stunning view from the private terrace of this romantic property on the Northern coast of Sicily. The sandy beaches, restaurants, bars and shops of Cefalù are just minutes away and there is a handy train to Palermo for a day of culture.
There are also boat connections to the fabulous Aolian Islands (summer only) and Mount Etna can be reached by car for a great day out from this well-appointed holiday apartment.
PRICE: £849 for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation, arriving Saturday 15th June 2013. Sleeps five in two bedrooms (£24.26 pppn).
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