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We have partnered with Sykes Holiday Cottages to offer you a range of holiday cottages in areas well known for their bird watching opportunities.

Staying in a self-catering holiday cottage can give you so much more flexibility than staying in a hotel. Without meals at designated times, you can eat breakfast when it suits you, whether you are up with the lark or fancy a lie-in. It’s then up to you to decide whether to cook up something delicious yourself or head out to a local café for a leisurely brunch.

If you’re after proper rest and relaxation, self-catering holiday cottages will give you some much-needed peace and quiet that a hotel may not. You won’t be disturbed by noisy hotel guests coming in late at night and many of our selected cottages are in secluded areas of the countryside which means you’ll be able to get a great night’s sleep ready to wake up feeling refreshed for the day ahead.

Our top ten featured cottages all have fully equipped kitchens, comfy living areas and cosy bedrooms and many come with other facilities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, log fires and four-poster beds. Others have their own private gardens and terraces or are close by open fields and woodland, so you won’t have to travel far to enjoy a spot of bird watching.


Sea View, Greenodd near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District
Sea View, Greenodd near Ulverston, Cumbria & The Lake District
An immaculate, mid-terrace, three-storey cottage, situated close to the main high street in the tiny village of Greenodd. This is a great location for a walking holiday and all the attractions of the National Park are within easy reach, including Coniston and Windermere, as is the beautiful Furness Coast with its golden beaches and good birdwatching opportunities. An ideal location for enjoying fantastic coastal and countryside pursuits. FIND OUT MORE ...


Glebe Barn, Caynham near Ludlow, Shropshire
Glebe Barn, Caynham near Ludlow, Shropshire
A delightful 19th century, detached barn conversion, across the courtyard from the owner's impressive country house, in the picturesque rural village of Caynham, 3 miles from Ludlow. The rooms are spacious and light yet very cosy, and the sitting room has French doors to the pretty garden, ideal for relaxing and dining alfresco. The surrounding countryside offers fabulous walking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching from the doorstep. FIND OUT MORE ...


Llanallgo Church Rooms, Llanallgo near Moelfre, Anglesey
Llanallgo Church Rooms, Llanallgo near Moelfre, Anglesey
An 18th century, stone-built, detached property situated in the small community of Llanallgo on the Isle of Anglesey. Once the Llanallgo Village Church Rooms, and visited by Charles Dickens in 1859, the Rooms were later referred to in his book The Uncommercial Traveller. There are stunning sandy beaches nearby, at Benllech and Lligwy, and the lovely Red Wharf Bay, with its miles of open sands and birdlife. A perfect location for travelling around this lovely island and throughout beautiful Snowdonia. FIND OUT MORE ...


Little Lodge 2, Bylaugh near Dereham, Norfolk
Little Lodge 2, Bylaugh near Dereham, Norfolk
A cosy bungalow within the owners' grounds, at the edge of the Bylaugh Park Estate, in the pretty Norfolk hamlet of Bylaugh. One of two holiday cottages on the site, this well-equipped holiday home provides spacious and bright accommodation, and a raised patio with furniture, ideal for relaxing after a day out. There are excellent walking, cycling, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities in the area, such as at Bawdeswell Heath, 37 acres of heath and woodland. FIND OUT MORE ...


Long Acres, Old Leake near Boston, Lincolnshire
Long Acres, Old Leake near Boston, Lincolnshire
This detached modern bungalow is a lovely Lincolnshire cottage, in a rural location on the edge of Old Leake village, known locally as Leake Commonside. The area has much on offer: the former WWII airfield at East Kirkby, now an Aviation Heritage centre, the large market town of Boston, the traditional seaside resort of Skegness and the antiques centre of Horncastle. For nature lovers, RSPB Freiston Shore and Frampton Marshes are within easy distance, and the coastline, Fens and rolling hills of the Wolds offer many walks. FIND OUT MORE ...


The Old Cottage, Suladale near Portree, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles
The Old Cottage, Suladale near Portree, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles
A superbly renovated, detached stone-built former crofters' cottage, set in the peaceful isolated hamlet of Suladale, centrally located for touring the Isle of Skye. There are riding stables in the township and if you love the outdoors then this is the place for you. The Cuillin Mountains are famous for their beauty and their challenge to climbers. There are sea trips available from Portree as well as tours of Dunvegan Castle, fishing, walking, birdwatching and horse riding to name but a few of the choices available to the holidaymaker. FIND OUT MORE ...


Wheal Rose, St Newlyn East near Newquay, Cornwall
Wheal Rose, St Newlyn East near Newquay, Cornwall
A group of lovely barn conversions situated on a hillside overlooking green pastures, close to the village of St Newlyn East and within 5 miles of the lively beach and surfing resort of Newquay. Cosy, comfortable and extremely well presented, these lovely properties boast underfloor heating, exposed beams and modern appliances. A peaceful haven with a wealth of country walks, within 10 miles there are several visitor attractions including stately homes and gardens, model railways, theme parks, fishing villages and harbours and some of the UK’s best surfing beaches. FIND OUT MORE ...


Apple Tree Cottage, Fenwick near Holy Island, Northumberland
Apple Tree Cottage, Fenwick near Holy Island, Northumberland
Set in the middle of a row of four traditional stone-built houses in the rural village of Fenwick, Apple Tree Cottage is a delightful, warm and welcoming property. Those who enjoy the great outdoors will be delighted with the cycle route that runs through Fenwick and there are many local spots which are renowned for birdwatching. Walkers will enjoy St. Cuthbert’s way, which passes through the village, and of course the many outstanding coastal walks nearby. A superb touring base. FIND OUT MORE ...


Corner Cottage, Wangford near Southwold, Suffolk
Corner Cottage, Wangford near Southwold, Suffolk
An attractive 19th century detached cottage situated in the centre of Wangford, just 5 miles from Southwold. Restored in a contemporary style and well equipped throughout, this delightful property sits overlooking the church boasting exposed beams, quirkily-shaped rooms and latched doors throughout. Ramblers will want to explore nearby Walberswick Marshes whilst just a little further afield is Minsmere, one of the country's most famous RSPB nature reserves, offering refuge to a variety of birds for over 50 years and pioneering the use of observation hides and wetland management. FIND OUT MORE ...


Cwm Derw Cottage, Llanafan Fawr near Builth Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
Cwm Derw Cottage, Llanafan Fawr near Builth Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
Two charmingly individual cottages on the owners’ 14-acre smallholding in stunning countryside where peace is only disturbed with bleating lambs and wild birdsong. Sheltered by the slopes of the Llanafan Valley and close to the wonderful Wye Valley, the surrounding area is renowned for its walking and mountain biking opportunities, while fishing and birdwatching enthusiasts are well catered for with the Wye and Irfon Rivers close by. FIND OUT MORE ...

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