A self-catering cottage is the perfect choice for holidaymakers who appreciate privacy, flexibility and value for money. But with so many beautiful options to pick from, how do you choose the perfect holiday cottage for your needs?
At Holgates, we offer a superb selection of self-catering accommodations in Lancashire and Cumbria to suit every taste and budget. Located within easy reach of the Lake District, our cottages provide charming homes away from home, each with their own unique style, features and amenities. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to find your dream cottage for a memorable holiday.
Why Stay in a Self-Catering Cottage?
Self-catering cottages are a fantastic alternative to traditional hotels and bed and breakfasts, offering the best of both worlds: privacy and convenience with all the amenities of home. They’re also a more budget-friendly option, allowing you to cook your own meals rather than relying on restaurants.
Holgates’ cottages, dotted along the border of South Cumbria and North Lancashire, all share a range of fantastic benefits:
- Self-contained accommodation with 2 or 3 bedrooms
- Kitchens complete with cooking utensils
- Comfortable and stylish interiors
- Spacious living and dining areas
- Beautiful countryside and coastal locations
- Pubs and walking routes nearby
- Pet-friendly supplements available
- Free WiFi and parking
- Complimentary access to leisure facilities at Silverdale holiday park
As a bonus, our cottages are ideally located less than an hour’s drive from the Lake District – perfect for exciting days out with the family.
What to Look For in a Holiday Cottage
Every self-catering cottage has something different to offer, from its unique interior design to its proximity to local amenities. If you’re trying to find your perfect holiday cottage for a short break, here are some factors to consider.
Location and Surroundings
One of the first decisions is choosing a location that suits your holiday plans. Do you want to be near the coast or in the countryside? Within walking distance of shops and amenities or set peacefully apart?
Our cottages are spread across Arnside, Silverdale, Yealand Redmayne and Carnforth. Arnside and Silverdale offer quaint village locations, surrounded by attractions like the Leighton Moss nature reserve. Yealand delivers rural countryside, while Carnforth provides a coastal bay retreat.
Whatever landscape you prefer, you’ll find Holgates cottages immersed in the area’s natural beauty, with local pubs, walks and activities right on your doorstep.
Space and Style
Next, consider the size of your group and your desired interior style. How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? Would you prefer an intimate retreat or a stylish space fit for entertaining?
Our cottages provide between 2-3 bedrooms accommodating 4-6 guests. Options like The Pepperpot suit couples wanting a peaceful escape, while The Barn sleeps larger gatherings. Many come with en-suite bathrooms and private gardens or patios in which to relax.
The interiors of our holiday homes are comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated to reflect the property’s unique appeal. Each offers something slightly different, whether you’re seeking a rustic farmhouse, snug cottage or contemporary coastal getaway.
Features and Amenities
Finally, think about the amenities you’re looking for. A kitchen is, of course, a necessity when it comes to self-contained accommodation. However, the specific features you’ll find may differ, from dishwashers to Aga ranges.
All Holgates cottages are equipped with essentials such as crockery and bed linen, as well as private parking and WiFi. Many also feature laundry facilities and special touches like log burners, games rooms and study space.
When you book a holiday cottage with us, you’ll also have access to Silverdale holiday park’s 5-star leisure complex, which includes a gym, swimming pool, sauna, bowling alley and more.
Find Your Perfect Holgates Cottage
With charming cottages across four idyllic Lancashire and Cumbria villages, we have self-catering accommodations to suit every taste.
Pier & Tower Cottages: Seaside Village Charm
Our pair of cottages in Arnside village puts you steps from coastal beauty. Each property sleeps 6 guests across 3 bedrooms: ideal for families and groups.
Set back from the promenade, these comfortable cottages are surrounded by local shops and eateries, and boast easy access to the seafront. Coastal interiors with log burners create a peaceful resort feel. Both cottages feature an office and boot room with laundry facilities.
Hollins Cottage: Rural Living on a Real Working Farm
For a real taste of the country, stay in Hollins Cottage on our real working farm park between Silverdale and Arnside. With the sights, sounds and smells of animals and countryside surrounding you, this rural retreat immerses you in agricultural life.
This 3-bedroom, 6-person farmhouse-style cottage benefits from a private patio for alfresco dining, as well as an outdoor children’s play area and launderette nearby.
The Pepperpot & The Knott: Cosy Cottages in the Heart of Silverdale
The Pepperpot and The Knott are located right in the heart of Silverdale village, just steps from local pubs, cafés and restaurants. With plenty of walking routes nearby, they’re ideally placed for exploring the coast and countryside.
The Pepperpot sleeps 4 while The Knott can accommodate 6 guests. Their snug interiors, complete with wood burners, offer a cottage-style charm. Each property also has a private garden area with outdoor dining set.
Keer Cottage: Your Dream Coastal Retreat
Situated on the Morecambe Bay coastline at the mouth of the River Keer, Keer Cottage treats guests to panoramic views of the sea. This spacious self-catering cottage sleeps 6 over 3 bedrooms, and boasts a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Relax in the snug with a good book, curl up by the log burner or enjoy the private walled garden, complete with picnic bench. Coastal walks abound, with the beach just a minute’s walk from your door.
Hillberry Cottage: Spectacular Countryside Views
Hillberry Cottage sits at the heart of the village of Yealand Redmayne. Boasting magnificent views of the countryside, you’ll be swept away by the area’s pastoral beauty. The premium private garden, overlooking sweeping fields and rolling hills, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
Inside, you’ll find quaint cottage-style décor, including a log burner. With a handy dishwasher, washing machine and 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 4 people, this delightful holiday cottage is ideal for couples and families alike.
Cove Lodge & The Barn: 5-star Facilities on Your Doorstep
On the outskirts of Silverdale village sit Cove Lodge and The Barn. Their peaceful location offers a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, while just down the road you’ll find Silverdale holiday park’s fantastic leisure complex.
The pretty cottage-style Cove Lodge sleeps 4, while The Barn welcomes 6 guests with a stylish farmhouse interior. It’s perfect for entertaining, with a dedicated games room and impressive Aga range in the kitchen. Both cottages feature dishwashers, log burners and private garden areas.
Book Your Dream Self-Catering Cottage with Holgates
With beautiful self-catering accommodations across Arnside, Silverdale, Yealand and Carnforth, Holgates Cottage Collection has options to suit everyone. Our cottages welcome guests throughout the year, and are available for 3, 4, 7 or 14 nights. Visit our website today to browse photos, check availability and book your stay online.
We look forward to welcoming you on your dream Lancashire and Cumbria cottage break. For more information or personalised advice on choosing the perfect holiday cottage for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.