If you are after a self-catering staycation in a charming holiday cottage, we’ve found the website for you.

From its humble beginnings around a kitchen table, Original Cottages is now a leading provider of self-catering holiday properties in the UK.


The founders – Richard and Lesley Ellis – pride themselves on the idea that customers receive a personalised, local service (like you’d expect in the village post office) combined with genuine expertise, efficiency and a countrywide reach. They describe their service as “truly local, wherever you stay”.

Each of the 4,200 cottages on the company’s books – located throughout the UK, from Cornwall to the Lake District to Yorkshire to Norfolk and beyond – has been selected with great care. Their in-house team of assessors awards every aspect of a potential property with a quality score. No stone is left unturned – these guys consider the layout of the property, the comfort of the beds, the quality of the equipment in the kitchen and more.


The website is easy to use. You can search for your gorgeous property by location, property type (cottages with hot tubs, cottages for two, five-star cottages, etc) or holiday type (detox, family-friendly, luxury).

In the words of the owners:

“First and foremost we’re proud to be family-owned and local, always finding you and yours the best places to visit and stay. In all our day-to-day activities we strive to be friendly to our holidaymakers and homeowners, reliable in all our relationships, customer-focused, honest in all our dealings, innovative in our approach, flexible in our attitude and progressive as employers and industry leaders. And finally, we like to have fun!”


The Original Cottages team also produces an entertaining monthly blog packed full of tips, recommendations and inspiration.

Go on, then – book yourself a charming self-catering break with Original Cottages today and have something to look forward to in 2018.

December 2017