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What Makes a Cottage a Cottage?

When you think of holidays in the English countryside what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a quaint village with a town green and quaint cottages? Perhaps a shoreline with smoke rising from the chimneys of a secluded stone building? Whatever you think of it probably involves the iconic British cottage. But what makes a true cottage? How do we define these inviting, homely buildings that have become an integral part of holidaying in this wonderful country? Let’s investigate.

From Early Beginnings

A cottage was originally a word to describe a small home with low ceilings. Usually found in the villages dotted around the country, these homes differed according to the area they were in. Most would make use of local stone and timber creating a unique look that often came to define parts of the country. The name cottage comes from being the ‘simple home of a medieval cotter, or agricultural labourer’.  Since the medieval period, cottages have changed from workers’ homes into holiday bolt holes where people can escape the everyday and discover the majesty of the English countryside. This shift from a traditional necessity to modern holiday making is what gives cottages their unique identity. They marry together tradition and remote locations with comfort and village charm to create the perfect place for you, the family, and even your pet to stay.

To Contemporary Holiday Destinations

By modern standards, holiday cottages have taken on a romantic quality. Cottages promise peace and quiet, a comfy bed, maybe even a log burner to curl up by if you stay in the winter months. Basically, anything you need for a relaxing family holiday. This thinking is a large part of how we compiled our very own Cottage Collection with each decorated to create a tranquil space that feels warm and inviting during your stay. 

Cove Lodge, Sleeps 4, Pet Friendly

holgates holiday cottage collectionCove Lodge is a stunning, bright and inviting cottage with a log burner, wrap-around patio, garden and plenty of room for the family. Celebrating our fantastic natural surroundings, this cottage like most in our collection features drawings of nature and wildlife into the decor. It has a main double bedroom alongside a twin bedroom. This spacious cottage also has a family bathroom and an inviting living area with a separate kitchen dining space. Add to this a 5-minute walk to the beach, The Royal Silverdale just a 15-minute stroll away and complimentary use of the nearby Holgates holiday park and you’ve found the perfect cottage getaway.

The Barn, Sleeps 6, Pet Friendly

The Barn The Barn, located on the outskirts of Silverdale, has plenty of seaside charm. Just 5 minutes from the coast, this airy, bright cottage reflects the beach atmosphere with light walls and rich wooden floors and ceiling beams that are just as inviting as the incredible vistas. The Barn is a beautiful historic stone building that sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms and is also pet-friendly. This large cottage is great for entertaining large groups with an open-plan living space, a kitchen packed with appliances (including an Aga), a games room, and a patio for al fresco dining. Like our other cottages, The Barn is just next door to Cove Lodge, ideal for accessing incredible Holgates amenities like children’s play areas and swimming pools as well as the Silverdale Village and a short drive from the Arnside AONB.

Pier & Tower Cottages, Sleep 6, Pet Friendly

  holgates cottage collectionThe Pier and Tower Cottages, located in Arnside, are situated at the heart of this charming village just a short walk from the coast. Both cottages can sleep up to 6 guests and are pet friendly, although you’ll need a pooch that likes exercise as there is no outdoor space linked with the cottages - although we think the many walking routes and coastline make up for this! Ideal as a base for adventures and hikes to Arnside Tower, Jenny Brown’s Point, or Windermere in the Lake District (30 minutes away by car), you’ll also find some great amenities on your doorstep including tea rooms, local shops, and of course the quintessential fish and chip shop. If you’re looking for sea views, you need only walk 2 minutes from your front door to take in the dramatic coastline.  The cottages themselves are also packed with everything you need to entertain a large group including an open plan kitchen and dining area, 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with Smart TV, WiFi, and a fully equipped kitchen for making delicious family meals. All of these comforts along with the amazing natural activities and surroundings celebrate everything the modern cottage has come to represent.

Hollins Cottage

holgates cottage collection Hollins Cottage is located at Hollins Farm, one of our 5-star holiday parks. This cottage brings together countryside and the seaside in equal measure and accommodates up to 6 people across three bedrooms. Hollins Cottage is uniquely placed on a working farm where you can watch the chickens and cows roam around the property or grab some freshly laid eggs from reception before going back to your private cottage for some much-needed relaxation.  Built over two floors, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is just a 15 minute stroll from the coast and has direct access to the Holgates holiday parks amenities. Including our swimming complex and bowling lanes! Very few self-catering holiday cottages have this much to offer. Whether you want to take in farm life or the dramatic coastline; Hollins Cottage is a wonderful place to call home any time of the year.

The Knott

cottage collection The Knott cottage located in the heart of the Silverdale village is a stunning six-person cottage with three bedrooms, a large living room, an open plan kitchen, and a private garden with outdoor seating. This cottage also sits right next door to The Royal Silverdale giving you access to a stunning pub and restaurant right on your doorstep. This central location is a great place to use as a starting point for trips to the nearby beach or further journeys into the Lake District, Arnside AONB or other rural escape. When the skies turn grey the inviting log burner is a great place to warm weary bones or read a book while your pooch naps. This cottage is styled with traditional and modern elements in mind and celebrates everything cottages have to offer. Find out more about this stunning cottage here or get in touch today to book an unforgettable holiday to the northwest.

The Pepper Pot

Holgates cottage collection This cosy cottage, located in the heart of the Silverdale Village is The Knott’s smaller sibling. This warm, inviting cottage sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms and is packed with amenities including a log burner, cosy living space, a separate kitchen and dining area, a private garden with outdoor furniture, and a great central location.  This pet-friendly holiday cottage is ideal for a family break. Located just 5 minutes from the beach with plenty of restaurants, pubs, shops, and tea rooms on your doorstep, you’ll find convenience in every activity. Like our other cottages, guests at The Pepper Pot also have free access to all the amenities at our nearby Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park including the swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and indoor and outdoor play areas.  This cute cottage, much like its name, packs a punch with plenty to offer the family. If you’re interested in exploring the natural beauty of Lancashire with family, friends, and the dog, there is nowhere better to call home. Find out more about this cottage’s incredible offering here or contact us now to book your stay. As you can see our cottage collection celebrates the history, comfort, and style of cottage living. Contact us today to find out more about our cottage bookings or book a truly unforgettable holiday.

Country Living: Escape the Everyday with Holgates Cottages

With over 60 years of making great holidays behind us, our team at Holgates have developed a deep understanding of what makes living in the country so special. Postcard villages, breathtaking country scenery, and a plethora of local food and entertainment are just a few of the ingredients in this heady brew. However, many modern holidaymakers are on the lookout for something a little different; they’re looking for destinations that don’t just help them relax but also thrill, challenge, and show them the raw, natural beauty of the English countryside. We’re going to look at how UK holidaymakers have turned to bike saddles and hiking boots to escape the ordinary.

What Holidays Are People Looking For?

Cycling

There’s no denying that the UK is a country obsessed with cycling. From 2016 to 2020, the number of cyclists have increased by 50% to over 7.5 million cycling enthusiasts. Whether for exercise, enjoyment, or both; this market is one that has grown in leaps and bounds and seen the rise of cycling holidays. Planning a route, picking idyllic destinations, and scouting restaurants and pubs to try along the way are all part of the excitement allowing you to get to know an area before you get there.

Mountain Biking

Road cycling’s rough and tough cousin, mountain biking has also burst onto the holiday scene. Mountain biking brings you even closer to nature with trails ranked according to technical difficulty and physical demands. MTB trails snake through forests, hills, and valleys taking you to unique natural environs that can’t be reached by car or foot. Lancashire is a rich county for these adventures featuring popular trails that are constantly updated with user trail maps, directions, and reviews. Family cycling trip As an added bonus, our cottages in Silverdale serve as the ideal basecamp for any MTB excursions. Using The Royal Silverdale as a starting point you can get to the Forest of Bowland AONB, Arnside and Silverdale AONB, Ghyll Wood, Beacon Feel Country Park, Gisburn Forest, and Mere Sands Wood for a day out before returning to the comfort of our luxurious 4-sleeper and 6-sleeper cottages. The Royal Silverdale pub and restaurant is also right on your doorstep so if you need something to slake your thirst or a hearty meal to prepare you for a day of heart-pumping excitement you don’t have far to go.

Hiking

It’s not just cycling but also hiking which has also seen a huge increase. What started as a form of exercise to break monotony during lockdowns has become a hobby and pastimes people of all ages now pursue. And the reasons are obvious to understand. Some hike to exercise, others to see the views or experience nature, and some people use hiking to escape technology and daily life. Hiking trails - Pendle Hill Whatever your reasons, hiking in Lancashire, and the Ribble Valley, in particular, offers all kinds of walks. Dramatic moorlands give way to fertile valley floors, verdant forests, and crystal clear rivers. All of these areas can be explored with a weekend away or summer holiday in this stunning part of the country.

Holgates Cottages Have It All

Cycling, mountain biking, bouldering, and hiking have all become hugely popular pastimes in the UK. We are blessed with a diversity of natural landscapes and vistas, especially in Silverdale, so planning a cycling holiday, MTB holiday, or hiking holiday is a great way to enjoy the stunning Lancashire countryside. And the best part about choosing a holiday with us? After a long, tiring day out in the wild, you can come home to a modern, inviting cottage packed with everything from wifi to parking, and log burners to luxurious bedding.The Barn Our cottages are located right in the middle of the lovely village of Silverdale, near the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, so if you’d like to unwind with a pint or a delicious meal before heading home, The Royal Silverdale is right on your doorstep. The guests at our cottages also have access to everything our Holgates holiday parks have to offer too. Swimming pools, steam rooms, children’s play areas, and more are all at your disposal when you feel like some downtime from trekking up hills or speeding down dirt tracks. However you want to experience the countryside, we’ve got a country cottage to rest, relax, and enjoy. Our cottages sleep up to six guests, are pet friendly, and have all the creature comforts you could ask for. Contact us today to find out more about our cottage bookings and grab yourself a country escape to remember.