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Relaxing cottages for Mother’s Day

Hot off the press

Treat Mum to a break at a cottage with a little something special…

‘Love set you going like a fat gold watch,’ says Sylvia Plath’s ‘Morning Song’, an evocative simile for the powerful connection between a mother and her child.
Mothering Sunday was traditionally a time for girls in domestic service to show appreciation for their mothers, often bringing a gift of hedgerow flowers or a simnel cake. If you’re looking for your own ideas to treat Mum this Mothering Sunday (26th March), a break at one of these beautiful cottages will make her feel pampered and special.
Whether you want to treat Mum to a quiet relaxing break or a fun family gathering, if you don’t see the right cottage amongst our suggestions here, just get in touch – we’ll be pleased to recommend the perfect cottage for Mum’s break away.

Cottages with hot tubs

This friendly cottage is peacefully tucked away on an Exmoor farm. The pretty beach at Combe Martin is nearby and a soak in the hot tub is perfect after a spring walk on the Coast Path with its spectacular scenery.

This wonderfully stylish house for eight has a large hot tub and sensational panoramic sea views over Bigbury Bay to Burgh Island of Agatha Christine fame.

Five-star luxury cottages


Only 500 yards from a ‘Jurassic Coast’ fossil-hunting beach, this contemporary house for eight has coastal views to Lyme Bay and the shops and inns of Jane Austen’s “happiest spot”, Charmouth, just round the corner.

Yondhill Barn

On the edge of one of Devon’ prettiest villages, this newly renovated cottage for eight has countryside views and a popular pub restaurant with a team of Michelin-trained chefs within a stroll.

Thatched cottages

Sunshine Alley

Like Baby Bear’s porridge, this dear little 17th century cottage for four on the Cornish coast is ‘just right’. It’s only 200 yards from a great pub serving local produce and there’s access from the front gate to Coast Path walks.

Medlake Farm

This unspoiled haven for six is deep in its own 22 acres of woodland and orchards, a marvellous spot to wander and relax and unwind around the woodburning stove.

Waterside cottages


A former boathouse beside a peaceful Cornish creek is now an unusual and stylish holiday home for four with lofty vaulted ceiling and time-wasting views of ‘messing about in boats’.

Sandridge Boathouse

Nothing disturbs the peace at this magical riverside haven except the breeze through the trees and water lapping gently below the balcony (remind Mum to bring binoculars to spot unusual birds).

Secret retreats for two

Tawcroft Cottage

A gate leads from this dear little detached house directly on to the open hillsides of Dartmoor, perfect for spring walks. It’s an idyllic escape.

Harbour’s Reach

Everything is on the doorstep at this sweet little hideaway in the beautiful village of St Mawes. Mum can wander out to the interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and Coast Path or catch the ferry from the harbour over to Falmouth for a visit to the National Maritime Museum.

[Image: Federico Feroldi]

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