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Retreats fit for a rock star, chef, action man…and Dad!

19th June 2015 Print

Looking for inspiration this Father’s Day (June 21st)? Why not spend some quality time with dad this year and take him on a cottage break? Forget the usual gifts like power tools, socks or gardening gloves and choose a unique self-catering property to reflect his personality and interests.

Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of a rock star legend, indulge in a bit of luxury or simply enjoy breath-taking views of the countryside, there is a perfect holiday cottage waiting for you and your dad thanks to English Country Cottages, cottages4you and Welcome Cottages.

English Country Cottages 

English Country Cottages offers a collection of heritage houses and luxurious holiday cottages across England. The collection has been hand-picked to ensure that only the most unique, elegantly furnished and stunningly situated properties are included with pools, hot tubs and four poster beds at selected properties.

Perfect for: Dads with a refined taste

Clarence House, Carisbrooke Apartment, Ventor, Isle of Wight
Property Reference: PSSM

This immaculately presented holiday apartment combines the very best of contemporary living with the properties’ traditional period features and heritage; a perfect retreat for dads who like a bit of luxury. It lies opposite the award-winning Ventnor Park, renowned for its pristine planting and bandstand which, on a Sunday afternoon, features a selection of low-key live musical performances in the summer. Centrally located, the property offers a perfect base for exploring Ventnor’s popular shingle and sand beach - where freshly caught fish of the day can be purchased at the marina - and the cosmopolitan town of Ventnor itself.

Price: £876 (£31.30 pppn*) for seven night’s self-catered accommodation arriving 19th June 2015. Sleeps four in two bedrooms.

Perfect for: Rock star dads!

Plas Tanybwlch – Valley View, Aberystwyth, Wales
Property Reference: OU8

Plas Tanybwlch is an imposing Grade II listed mansion house with an illustrious background. Aside from its picturesque beach-side setting in Rhydyfelin, near Aberystwyth, the property was previously owned by a rock star and boasts recording studios used by many famous musicians, including Jimi Hendrix! Whisk dad away on this Rock ‘N’ Roll retreat set in seven acres of grounds with breath taking vistas of the sea and let you dad take a leaf out of Jimi’s book and look ‘all along the watchtowers’ of the three surrounding castles.

Price: £855 (£30.54 pppn*) for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 19th June 2015. Sleeps four in two bedrooms.


cottages4you is the largest self-catering holiday provider in the UK, with over 18,000 cottages and villas to choose from in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy. From fresh contemporary holiday homes to rustic quintessential cottages, there are plenty of properties to celebrate in this Father’s Day!

Perfect for: Culture Vulture dads

Apple Tree Cottage, East Grimstead, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Property Reference: PBBO

This dreamy thatched cottage is 6 miles from the historic cathedral city of Salisbury, home of a Magna Carta and named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2015. It is surrounded by beautiful, peaceful countryside and is a few minutes’ walk from the entrance to a 1,500-acre bluebell wood, perfect for long walks and bike rides. The cottage is ideally situated for exploring all that Wiltshire has to offer, including the ancient Stonehenge, where culture vulture dads can join thousands of revellers to celebrate the longest day of the year on 21st June at the beautiful Stonehenge or Avebury.
Price: £747 (£26.70 pppn*) for seven nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 27th June 2015. Sleeps four in two bedrooms and one pet is also welcome.

Perfect for: Foodie dads
Whitecroft, Cartmel, Cumbria
Property Reference: 28134

This charming, semi-detached, 18th Century style holiday cottage is situated in the centre of the beautiful, historic village of Cartmel, famous for its racecourse, medieval priory, Sticky Toffee Pudding and quality restaurants, including the Michelin starred L’Enclume; the perfect haunt for foodie loving fathers! This unique property combines traditional and modern with accommodation over three floors, a dining room, a cosy living room, bespoke handmade kitchen and a feature garden.

Price: £519 (£34.60 pppn*) for three nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving 19thJune 2015. Sleeps five in four bedrooms.

Welcome Cottages 

Welcome Cottages offers a brilliant range of value cottages, farmhouses and lodges across Britain. The 7,000-strong collection offers holidaymakers rural retreats, coastal cottages and anything in-between. What’s more, your dog stays free** at thousands of cottages this Father’s Day, so you can treat your pooch to a special break away too.

Perfect for: Action Man dad

Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - Garden Cottage - Wheddon Cross, Exmoor, Somerset
Property reference: B5812

Set in the stunning natural beauty of the Exmoor National Park, Garden Cottages is a 19th Century converted cottage offering an indoor heated swimming pool and access to a tennis court. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the property is nestled in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Holiday activities for the adventurous dad include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor.
Price: £424 (£15.14 pppn*) for a seven nights’ self-catering stay arriving on the 19th of June 2015. Sleeps four in two bedrooms.

Perfect for: Nature loving dads

Whitecroft - Rose Cottage – Dalbeattie, Scotland
Property reference: 28176

This semi-detached holiday cottage is situated approximately one mile off the public road up a private drive in a very quiet and peaceful location, which is ideal for those looking for a secluded retreat or a central touring base to explore Dumfries & Galloway. Close by is the Galloway Forest Park which is one of just a handful of ‘Dark Sky Parks’ in the western world, in recognition of spectacular sightings of the starry skies it affords. There is an abundance of wildlife for nature loving dads to admire - such as roe deer, red squirrels and plentiful birdlife including the majestic red kite - and the RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve is also nearby.
Price: £330 (£27.50 pppn*) for three nights’ self-catered accommodation arriving on the 19th of June 2015. Sleeps four in two bedrooms.

*Prices accurate at time of writing and subject to availability.

** Pets can stay free at thousands of selected properties – just look out for the “Free Pet” icon. Other properties that allow pets will apply a small charge from £25 per pet per week or short break.