Cottage letting agency English Country Cottages is reporting a growing trend among holidaymakers looking to book a new breed of holiday properties in Britain. 

‘Moditional’ properties, those which combine the latest modern comforts with traditional styling are becoming increasingly popular when booking a UK break. Recent research by the company has revealed that the classic features of an English country cottage; thatched roof, a real fire and blooming garden were considered the most desirable when choosing a holiday cottage.


However, also featuring in the Top 10 were hot tubs, walk-in wardrobes and fully equipped games rooms.

The nation’s Top 10 considerations when choosing a holiday property are:


  • Real open fire (91%) 
  • Beautiful gardens (87%) 
  • Thatched roof (73%) 
  • Swimming pool or hot tub (64%) 
  • Traditional roll top bath (63%) 
  • Allotment/vegetable patch (55%) 
  • Bar (54%) 
  • Aga (52%) 
  • Games room (48%) 
  • Walk-in wardrobe (44%)


Respondents agreed that the most important room in a holiday property was the living room, which becomes the hub of activity where most time is spent. This was closely followed by the bedrooms, kitchen and the garden.

The company's managing director, Geoff Cowley, said: “When choosing a holiday home, it seems holidaymakers are looking for the perfect combination of the traditional features of country cottage but with the comfort and style of a modern conversion.

“A self-catering holiday can often involve evenings in so having comfortable surroundings you can relax in and enjoy are vital. Choosing a holiday cottage can be quite a daunting process – deciding the destination, the proximity to local amenities, the facilities within the property and getting it all at the right cost. English Country Cottages offers the finest selection of holiday properties with thousands of beautiful cottages, meaning there is something for every taste, budget and preference.”

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