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Well known for being one of the loveliest regions where Wales and England meet The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk region has been designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”

The area is perhaps most famous for the ruins of Tinern Abbey, on the Welsh banks of the River Wye and perhaps the most impressive in the country, leading to the inspiration for ‘Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey’ by William Wordsworth and the poem ‘Tears, Idle Tears’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

These are just some of the wonderful houses and castles in the Wye and Usk Valley which offer various events, enactments and sight seeing tours:

For visitors interested in enjoying a more active, outdoor holiday the Vale of Usk and Wye Valley have over 1,000 miles of public footpaths between them, allowing for fabulous walks in the great outdoors.  Pony trekking in the stunning Black Mountains is also another great day out, or you could hire a bike for the day to explore the magnificent countryside.  And if you are feeling very adventurous, you can go hang gliding at Abergavenny. The rivers Wye and Usk as well as the beautiful Llandegfedd reservoir are great for fishing and the Wye is well-known as one of the great rivers for canoeists.

There is a lot on offer in this beautiful part of Wales and what better way to explore the region than a Self Catering Cottage Holiday from one of Which Cottage.com approved holiday homes in the area.

Newly renovated, large cottage. Short breaks, full weeks & weekends. Well behaved dogs welcome.Wye Valley Cottage, Brockweir, Chepstow

Bedrooms: 4. Sleeps: 9. Newly renovated, large cottage. Short breaks, full weeks & weekends.

Well behaved dogs welcome.

Wye Valley Cottage lies on the border of England and Wales, in the picturesque village of Brockweir, near Chepstow.


Family cottage with disabled access. Short breaks, full weeks & weekends. Swallow Cottage, Abergavenny, Llanfair Green

Bedrooms: 3. Sleeps: 6. Family cottage with disabled access. Short breaks, full weeks & weekends.

Dogs welcome. Disabled access

This child-friendly and accessible cottage is situated on a farm amidst beautiful countryside in Monmouthshire, 7 miles from the market town of Abergavenny.


1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom+ put you up.  Short breaks.

Monmouthshire Holiday Cottage, Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Bedrooms: 2. Sleeps: 4. 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom+ put you up.

Short breaks possible. Dogs welcome

This gorgeous country cottage providing self-catering accommodation for up to 4 people is situated in the village of Itton


More Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Holiday Cottages

Isle of ArranThe Isle of Arran is a small island off the west coast of Scotland nestling between the Kintyre peninsula and the Ayrshire coast and is often called ‘Scotland in miniature’  with its beautiful beaches, castles and standing stones.

This popular Scottish Island holiday destination offers lots of outdoor activities like walking, climbing, sailing, diving, fishing, golf and riding.  On your Isle of Arran cottage holiday break you can easily leave the island for the day and visit Ayrshire and the Kintyre peninsula too.

The ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick takes an hour and it is wonderful to arrive on Arran by sea – a perfect start to an island holiday!

Selected Which Cottage approved properties available to rent in Isle of Arran:

Banlicken, Imacher, Isle of Arran

Banlicken is simply gorgeous! It is completely private on a hillside overlooking the ocean on the west coast of Arran. The house and its smaller adjacent cottage are contemporary and comfortable and made into one of the most restful and inspiring island hideaways.

Bedrooms: 5. Main farmhouse; 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk room, 1 small single. Byre; 1 large family bedroom (double bed, bunk beds and single bed) Sleeps: 12. Short breaks low season only. Pets by arrangement.

Catacol Farmhouse, Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Catacol is a family home, built with family in mind. Spend the day walking up the glen, or cast your rod in the sea. Bring your catch home and cook it on the barbecue and eat, all together in the warm family kitchen.

Bedrooms: 6 (4 twin, 1 super king double, 1 family room with 4 singles). Sleeps: 12-14. Brodick. Short breaks low season. Pets welcome.

Isle of Skye by Alistair BarclayThe Scottish islands are an idyllic destination for a self-catering holiday. The islands are all very different but what they do share is stunning scenery and friendly people who have time to talk and are keen to help make your holiday a happy one.

The Isle of Skye lies near to the west coast of Scotland, between Gairloch and Ardmamurchan. Gaelic is still spoken by some residents of this charming island of crofts and black houses. Renting a holiday cottage on Skye will give you the freedom to explore this fascinating island, and there are a good selection of cottages by the sea, self-catering houses and modernised black houses available to rent.

Skye has a lot to offer travellers and holiday makers looking for walking, climbing, kayaking and wind-surfing activities. You could also indulge yourself and the kids with a day of pony-trekking as you explore the beautiful landscape and enjoy the fresh air. There are ancient monuments to explore and in the right season opportunities to view seals and go whale and dolphin watching.

Selected Which Cottage approved properties available to rent in Isle of Skye:

Shepherd’s Cottage: 

The Shepherd’s Cottage is idyllically set on the shores of Loch Eynort, on the west coast of the magical Isle of Skye.

Bedrooms: 2 (1 king, 1 double). Sleeps: 4. Portree 21 miles. Short breaks. No pets.

Atlantic Sunset Cottage: 

Atlantic Sunset Cottage has a commanding position on the Isle of Skye. It is situated on a hillside looking out over Uig Bay and the Western Isles.

Bedrooms: 3 (2 double, 1 twin/double). Sleeps: 6. Uig, Isle of Skye. Short breaks. Sorry no pets.

Ardmore: 

Ardmore has been awarded 5 stars from Visit Scotland and is stunning – finished, furnished and equipped to the highest standards. Locally owned and run, it is quietly situated on the edge of the village of Broadford.

Bedrooms: 3 (2 king sized doubles, 1 twin). Sleeps: 2-6. Broadford. Short breaks available out of season.

Other Self Catering Holiday Holiday cottages near Isle of Skye include:

 

June 5th, 2013

Late Availability Cottages

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Holiday property owners are always keen to fill vacant dates due to last minute cancellations or weeks that have been unfilled for a variety of reasons.

Late-Availability-Cottages.com is a new service from from Which Cottage which showcases vacant weeks in select privately-owned self-catering holiday homes, cottages and apartments in England, Scotland and Wales.

Owners of self-catering accommodation on this site are willing to offer guests late available or last minute accommodation at a reduced rate, rather than allow the property to sit vacant. These unique prices – which are cheaper than advertised anywhere else – are available only when enquiring and booking through www.late-availability-cottages.com.

If you are looking for some peace and quiet, a perfect getaway from a busy life, have a look at Pembrokeshire in Wales.

This part of Wales is known for its rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches. The Pembrokeshire National Park encompasses almost all of the 180 mile coast and islands of this part of Wales. There is an abundance of wildlife to see and a wide variety of different activities from cycling and rock climbing to scuba diving and windsurfing. There really is something for everyone no matter what age you are!

There are a number of local events that might be of interest including:One of the cottages featured on Which Cottage is Salem. This 150 year old cottage is situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is only 1 mile from Strumble Head. The views from the property are outstanding, a perfect holiday let for those that want to get away from it all.

  • 24 May – 2 June        St David’s Cathedral Music Festival
  • 24 – 27 May              Fishguard Folk Festival
  • 25/26 May                Really Wild Food Festival (Bishop’s Palace, St Davids)
  • 22 – 30 June             Pembrokeshire Fish Week
  • End July                   Fishguard International  Music festival (exact dates tbc)
  • 2 August                  Fishguard Show
  • 13 – 15 August         Pembrokeshire Show (Haverfordwest)
  • 22 – 26 August         Aber Jazz festival

You may find that one week just isn’t enough time!

Fancy enjoying a White Christmas? Obviously there’s no guarantee of snow at Christmas but there is a chance of it in Scotland! Why not consider a holiday property as a Christmas break? It’s a great excuse to get away from it all and head off and discover something new.

Which Cottage has a wide selection of self-catering properties across all of Scotland. You might want to consider looking at the Highlands as an area where there is a good chance of snow and in fact there are a number of ski resorts where you can both ski and snow board such as Aviemore. It is ideal for families or groups of friends wanting to get away and have a change of scene.

Easily accessible by car (as long as there’s not too much snow!) or by train and bus. All properties are well equipped with everything you would need to make your Christmas holiday or New Year break as relaxed as possible. Many have wood burning stoves or open fires and some even have hot tubs so you can enjoy the beautiful views from outside.

Take a look at what’s on offer from Which Cottage and equally from their Late Availability site where you will find discounted offers for the Christmas and New Year break.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A self-catering break through Which Cottage means luxury, freedom and pure enjoyment. It means your home-from-home is your castle (quite literally – we do have some castles available!), you won’t be hassled to vacate your room at some unearthly hour so the part time cleaner can come in at the crack of dawn, and no one will give you the “evil eye” if the music session ran over and you didn’t get back until 2am.

Self-catering also allows you to pick and choose not only what you eat, but when you eat it – especially good fun if you’re in an area of the country renowned for great local produce available fresh on a local market day.

And if it all gets too much, you can enjoy an undisturbed late morning in bed, knowing that the paid-for inclusive breakfast has not been forfeited.

It is fair to say that with so many wonderful properties to choose from, it can be quite a task to reserve the ideal holiday cottage. However, Which-Cottage operate somewhat differently to other sites – you deal directly with the owner – so there’s an immediate answer as to availability, and there are no agency fees to mysteriously inflate the price you thought you were going to pay. And this applies to cottages throughout the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) and Ireland.

Which-Cottage ensures all facts and figures are at your fingertips – number of occupants, number of rooms, facilities and included extras (such as Wi-Fi, BBQ etc), disabled access, pet-friendliness, things to do in the immediate area, attractions etc.

So with Which-Cottage, you can rest assured that what you see, is exactly what you get.

So you’ve never glamped?

Well, glamping – or glamorous camping – is a new trend and enables you to stay in absolute comfort whilst enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors. Gone are tents flapping in the wind, fly sheets catching rain, and warning to the kids not to trip over the guy ropes during the dead of night and pull the tent pegs out.

The glamping is undertaken in a luxurious Tibetan yurt, with a double bedroom and double sofa bed, furniture, bathroom, wood-burning stove, gas hob and fridge, windows, cotton sheets, towels, rugs, and, to totally remove any association with “Carry on Camping”, hot and cold running water! Rest assured your local Scout Troop will be green with envy! However, to bring you back to earth and at least witness some ‘pure’ camping thrills, you are provided with a Victorian laundry, complete with mangle, tin bath and wash board in case you feel the need to do any washing on your yurt break!

And outside you’ll find a deck, table and chairs, solar lamps and a BBQ – absolutely perfect to relax and enjoy the wonderful view.

The yurt is just 4 miles from the thriving market town of Inverurie, with its monthly Farmer’s Market, many small shops, businesses and services. Not even an hour’s drive away are the lovely picturesque villages along the Moray coast, together with the coastal towns of Stonehaven, Peterhead, Fraserburgh and form those seeking magnificent scenery, Strathdon and Royal Deeside.

In the lush meadows surrounding your yurt, you’ll always find a rich tapestry of wildlife, deer, badgers, rabbits, bees and butterflies, as well as a diversity of birdlife from swallows to swifts and pheasants to buzzards.

In and around Inverurie is home to a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities, including two golf courses, a swimming pool, sports centres and angling, as well as clay pigeon shooting, bowling and mountain biking. There are also pubs, restaurants, shops and supermarkets to hand.

The Glenelg Community wish to draw your attention to a large event being held in Glenelg on Saturday 20th October to coincide with the Curiosity Rover reaching Glenelg, (Mars). The event begins at 3pm and the village will be very busy. It will also be very exciting! There are a number of guest speakers including Doug McCuistion, Director of NASA Mars exploration programme. Please look at the Glenelg Community website for details . Tickets are available now, so get booking, it’s a once in a life time opportunity!


There will also be a ceilidh in the evening and tickets for this will be available on the door. Anyone staying in Glenelg, who do not wish to attend the day/early evening events, will be able to access their accommodation, but won’t be able to enter the marquee and other ticketed activities. The Glenelg Inn and Glenelg Village Shop will still be open to non-ticket holders. We hope that visitors will manage to share some of this wonderful day with us!

Late-availability-cottages.com, from the self-catering holiday accommodation experts Which Cottage, specialises in the provision of accommodation with availability only in the next six weeks.

It’s the easy way to obtain a quality, self-catering property in the UK and Ireland, offering two distinct advantages – the holiday-maker gets a quality bargain, while the property owner, keen to maintain occupancy, is assured that their cottage doesn’t remain empty!

Late availability, self-catering accommodation, unlike a hotel room, offers an extremely varied choice of both location and accommodation type, sometimes even available in the same locality. But it’s not confined to cottages. There are houses, apartments, converted barns, rural, town-based, by the sea and even the odd castle and stately home – the choice is yours. And what each Late-availability-cottages.com property has in common is plenty of space, fully fitted throughout, and you can come and go as you please.

Late availability of larger, self-catering holiday cottages make group trips in the countryside practical and enjoyable. There are a number of impressive lodges and holiday homes able to accommodate up to 15 guests in comfort and style. These have first class facilities – multiple bathrooms and large open-plan kitchens all with plenty of space.

So if you want to get away from it all, consider a last-minute booking, load up your cars and go!

Last-minute accommodation and reduced prices are available direct from the owners through this site only, so you’re guaranteed the highest quality cottages at the best possible prices.