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Gather your friends for a country cottage break!

Elianne 19 June 2018

Gathering your friends for a country cottage break is a great way to spend quality time with them. You can split the cost of a luxury holiday cottage between you so can push the boat out that bit more.

Gather your friends for a staycation in a UK holiday cottage

With a UK staycation you can finish work on Friday and be on your way to a fabulous short break. Yorkshire has something for everyone from pretty market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, vibrant cities like York and idyllic villages like Reeth and Pateley Bridge.

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ReethEnjoy gorgeous walks on a short break to Reeth in Swaledale


You can head to the coast, venture to a Michelin Star restaurant, and explore gorgeous countryside on a walk or bike ride.

Choosing the perfect holiday cottage

Once you know how many people will be coming you can start searching for the perfect holiday cottage. Things to look for include the number of bedrooms and the number of bathrooms (you really don't want to be queuing for the shower each morning).

Rose cottage bedroom

Decide on the things that are important to you – whether this is a log-burning fire, a garden with a BBQ, a pub within walking distance or all of the above! If you are planning on taking any dogs with you than make sure the cottage is dog friendly. Similarly. you’ll need a family-friendly property if children are coming too.

Gather your friends for a country cottage break

Make sure there are lots of good quality photos, so you can see how the holiday home will look and that you can see all the key information at a glance.

Where’s your ideal location?

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Yorkshire countrysideThere’s lots of rural spots in Yorkshire to explore


Your ideal location is likely to depend on what you and your friends like to do on a cottage holiday. If you want to enjoy some peace and quiet and some scenic walks then look for somewhere rural.

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Pateley BridgePateley Bridge in Nidderdale.


If you want a choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants within walking distance then look for somewhere like Helmsley or Pateley Bridge.

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Old architectureHelmsley is a great choice for a weekend break.


There’s lots of choices of things to do in Yorkshire, everything from top class spas to cheese-making lessons. You’ll find stately homes and museums, popular seaside towns like Whitby and an abundance of nature to spot.

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WhitbyEnjoy a boat trip in Whitby


Of course, you may just want to relax in a hot tub and catch up on old times!

Food and Drink

The beauty of a self-catering holiday cottage is that it’s up to you whether you eat in, eat out or do a mixture of the two.

Gather your friends in a large holiday cottage

You may well be able to organise a supermarket shop to be delivered to the property to make life easier. Many holiday homes will also come with a welcome hamper of handy items.

Gather friends for a UK cottage break

If you are planning to eat in, then a well-equipped kitchen and good-sized dining table is a must. You can even look for an outside table to eat alfresco in the summer months.

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BurnsallCosy pub in Burnsall


Popular Yorkshire pubs and restaurants will need booking in advance.

If you are planning to eat out then research pubs and restaurants nearby and don’t forget to book. If you need a table of eight on a busy Saturday night then it’s unlikely you’ll just be able to walk in!

A holiday cottage with a hot tub?

Don’t forget that a luxury holiday cottage with a hot tub can get booked up many months in advance, particularly for weekend breaks so you’ll need to plan in advance.

A hot tub is great for a short break with friends

Hot tubs are especially popular, and these properties will tend to get booked up first. 

Push the boat out and get a holiday cottage with a sauna

Other facilities could include saunas, games rooms and separate snugs but again, the earlier you book the more choice you will have.

Take a look at these holiday cottages:

White Willow Lodge

Luxury lodge with hot tub that sleeps 6

White Willow Lodge is a five-star luxury lodge with hot tub within a peaceful setting in Nidderdale. Find out more.

Roseberry View

Luxury holiday home for groups of friends

A pool table inside plus a hot tub and sauna outside make the three-bedroom Roseberry Lodge perfect for groups of friends. Find out more.

The Hay Barn

The Hay Barn is a holiday cottage near Helmsley

The Hay Barn near Hovingham comes with a hot tub and shared leisure facilities. It’s perfect for groups of friends. Find out more.

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage has a prime spot in Helmsley

You can’t beat the prime position of the three-bedroom Rose Cottage – it’s just behind The Feversham Arms in Helmsley! Find out more.

Heather View Lodge

North York Moors Holiday Cottage

The beautiful Heather View Lodge comes with a hot tub and a stunning spot in the middle of the North York Moors National Park. Find out more.

Gorgeous Cottages have a wonderful selection of holiday cottages in Yorkshire that are perfect for a short break with friends.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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