Although a swanky hotel or charming B&B can offer a memorable stay whilst on holiday, sometimes there's something to be said for luxuriating in the comfort of a home-away-from-home and renting your very own holiday cottage.
Choosing a cottage means you are in charge of your own timetable, getting up as early or as late as you choose and eating breakfast whenever you want (and in your pyjamas if you so desire).
You won't have to worry about other guests making too much noise banging doors or wandering the corridors and, most importantly, you can truly embrace your destination of choice, popping to the local shop to stock up on essentials and living like a local for the duration of your trip.
Convinced? Then you might want to take a peek at these unique cottages, all bookable through Saga with an exclusive saving of up to 10%. We just might have found you the holiday home of your dreams…
1. The Windmill
This plush accommodation was constructed sometime around 1800 and used as a working windmill for the first 100 years of its life. Now enjoying a new phase as a comfortable holiday home, The Windmill offers five floors of luxurious space, effortlessly blending modern style with rustic features such as exposed wooden beams.
Situated in the picturesque market town of Wendover near Aylesbury with its historic buildings, shops, pubs and restaurants, you'll find plenty to keep you busy right in the heart of some of England's choicest countryside.
2. Lakeshore Boathouse
If spectacular natural vistas are your cup of tea, book a stay at the Lakeshore Boathouse overlooking the glorious Lake Windermere just two miles away from bustling Bowness.
Sitting right on the water with a glass-panelled conservatory overhanging the lake, you can soak up the scenery whilst sipping on your morning coffee or sunset glass of wine.
This property boasts its own private jetty, ideal should you wish to hire a boat, and even its own small, secluded beach.
3.The Water Tower
The grandiose visage of this Grade II listed Victorian Water Tower rising up from a picturesque setting of private wood and parkland is a first impression that can't fail to impress.
With eight storeys of accommodation on offer including two living rooms, a games room with full-size snooker table and darts board, and sweeping views of the Staffordshire countryside, you'll find everything you need in this red brick beauty.
4. Railway Carriage Two
This cosy railway carriage is deceptively spacious inside and can sleep up to six people within its quirky interior.
Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends, this unusual accommodation is the largest carriage at Brockford Sidings - it might look like a train from without, but within it's been furnished to look and feel like home.
Just half a mile away you will find the owner's swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, available for use.
5. The Oast House
Last but not least, this renovated oast house offers a place to stay that looks like it's fallen out of a fairytale.
Features such as luxurious oak flooring, a half-galleried landing and terrace adjoined to the living room make this quaint holiday rental in Smarden something truly special.
You can even arrange day trips to Paris from this property. What more could you ask for?