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The cold days and the dark afternoons and evenings are upon us. And while some might say that’s a time to retreat, we think it’s the perfect time to get out and about to explore some wonderful places in the South of England, places that are fantastic destinations any time of year, including the winter time.

Check out these super things to do in seven great places for a few days on a weekend break, and in the South of England you are spoilt for choice.

We just love a good old British weekend break, and we may be biased as some of our most wonderful holiday cottages are located in these seven locations, but these really are among the very best places to go on a weekend break in the UK, not least because they are all so easily accessible for a weekend away from London and most locations in the South of England.


Great for beach holidays
Arguably Cornwall is the most popular holiday destination in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. With wonderful beaches all around, exciting shopping towns, picture perfect villages and beautiful nature spots everywhere else, of course people keep coming back here again and again. And while Cornwall is generally a summer holiday destination, there is something very special about it in winter time with near deserted stretches of beaches, quiet towns and locals who come out to play outside the tourist season.
Stay at Porthia in lovely St Ives, the most iconic beach town and the crown in the jewel of Cornwall.

See all our holiday cottages in Cornwall here, and book your winter weekend break today.



Super for the active holiday
You’re looking for an activity break this winter, Devon is your go-to destination Think rugged landscape and cycling, walking, surfing, climbing, canoeing and so many other outdoor sports. Even if that all sounds a little too much for you, there’s something in Devon for you with the natural charms of the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks and some of the most wonderfully picturesque villages and seaside towns in the UK. Stay at Gull’s Rest in famous Beer on the south coast.

See all our holiday cottages in Devon here, and book your winter weekend break today.

Brighton and East Sussex

Super for fun-loving families
Brighton is one of the most famous of all the English seaside town. Located only an hour or so on the train from London, it's one of the most popular day-trip destinations. Super busy and buzzing in the summer time, but still exciting in winter with the great shingle beach, perfect for long walks and exploring, and filled with amusement arcades and the iconic Brighton Pier. Stay at The Stables near the famous seaside town of Brighton.

See all our holiday cottages near Brighton in Sussex here, and book your winter weekend break today.

Forest of Dean

Great for adventure seekers
Beautiful landscapes, super activities, that’s Forest of Dean. With great cycle tracks for mountain biking, zip-wire and kayaking activities, the Forest or Dean is an explorers paradise as well as a great place to visit historic castles, cathedrals and museums. And with a large number of really great drinking and dining pubs for lunchtimes and evenings, your winter time break in the Forest of Dean will be one to remember for a long time.
Stay at Dean Hall in Littledean in the beautiful Forest of Dean.

See all our holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean here, and book your winter weekend break today.

The Jurassic Coast and Dorset

Best for explorers
Dorset is world famous for it’s stunning Jurassic coast and you will love a walk on one of the pebbly beaches of Dorset, searching for fossils, taking in the cool winter sea breeze and stopping for a hot pub meal in one of the many great Dorset pubs. There’s something for the whole family on a winter time break in Dorset. Stay in The Old School House in Dorset, a wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience what was once the Victorian school house and is now a wonderfully light and extremely spacious holiday home.

See all our holiday cottages in Dorset here, and book your winter weekend break today.

The Cotswolds

Great for the quintessential British weekend trip
The Cotswolds has the perfect mix of culinary experiences, shopping destinations and picturesque landscapes and villages. Nowhere else in the UK will you be completely surrounded by such outstanding natural beauty while still being close to shopping, dining, culture and action packed adventure. Stay at Orchard Cottage on your weekend break in the Cotswolds with picturesque views and a central location to the very pretty village of Malmesbury.

See all our holiday cottages in the Cotswolds here, and book your winter weekend break today.

Where have you had a great winter break in the South of England? We’d love to hear from you.