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A cottage is a self-contained lodging option made from different materials like wood, stone or brick. Often found in natural settings, such as in the mountains or by a lake, cottages are essentially small houses that are either privately owned and rented out as vacation homes, or offered in places like holiday parks. “Cottage” and “cabin” are sometimes used interchangeably to refer to self-contained accommodation.
Not only do cottage rentals offer a home away from home, they’re also usually reasonably priced. You might even get the bonus of being surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, whether you’re renting a cottage in the woods or just steps away from the beach. Cottages can be ideal options for families and groups since they are private and self-catering.
Cottages are usually found in outdoor settings, such as near the beach, up in the mountains or within sprawling national parks. Holiday parks, which typically offer multiple types of accommodation, also provide cottage rentals. In places like the US and Canada, cottages are typically found near bodies of water, such as lakes and oceans. In the UK, cottages generally refer to older, semi-detached houses in both rural and urban locations.
Cottage rentals usually offer great value for money, especially if you’re travelling in a group. Conventional cottages can be quite inexpensive in places like holiday parks, while additional amenities in upscale cottages – spa tubs, tour assistance or massage services, for instance – will drive up the cost.
Although larger properties like holiday parks might have cottages to spare for walk-in travellers, it’s always a good idea to book in advance. Whether you’re renting a family-run cottage directly from the owners or booking one in a caravan park, you can make reservations on Expedia just like you’d book a hotel. If you’re coming from a faraway place, remember to look into our package deals. You’ll get additional savings on your holiday when you bundle your accommodation and flights.
Cottages can run the gamut from rustic and cosy to sleek and modern. Regardless of what the interiors look like, you’ll enjoy the use of living and dining areas, kitchens and perhaps a patio or terrace. Fireplaces will keep you warm in the winter. Luxury cottages might offer hot tubs or premium locations on beaches or in national parks. Renting a cottage typically means you’re booking the entire property, although occasionally you can book single rooms in cottage rentals.
While both cottages and caravan parks provide self-contained accommodation, cottage rentals are permanent structures. On the other hand, caravan parks either offer lodging in semi-permanent static caravans, or they provide space for travellers who are moving around in their own camper vans. You’ll sometimes find both accommodation types in holiday parks.
If you’re debating cottages vs. caravan parks, the better option for you depends on what your budget is and how much comfort and mobility you want.
With Expedia, the best cottages all over the world are at your fingertips – just use the search box above to look for “cottage rentals close to me”. You can also get great savings on your holiday by checking out our accommodation and flight bundles.