What Makes a Cottage a Cottage?

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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

Cove 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, 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

The 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, Sleeps 6, Pet Friendly

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, Sleeps 6, Pet Friendly

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, Sleeps 4, Pet Friendly

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.

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