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Remote working is fast becoming the norm in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the loosening of corona restrictions means that you now have more opportunities to relocate your home office and 'work with a view, somewhere new'. Somewhere you can get some fresh air, go for a walk in the countryside during your lunch break and feel a sense of renewal and inspiration.

Since all many of us need is a laptop and a decent Wi-Fi connection, our properties suitable for ‘workations’ are those that offer a fast Wifi connection for those important meetings, a suitable work area and quiet places so you can enjoy a sensible work-life balance. Additional features such as printers and a good quality coffee machine can also be provided.

To inspire you, here are 10 great cottages where you can take a break from your normal workplace for a few days, weeks, or even longer and work as a digital nomad.

1. Mews Cottage | Cornwall

Workation Cottages: Staycation Holidays, Mews Cottage, Bonython Estate, Lizard Peninsula, Cumbria

Mews Cottage is one of four exquisite cottages set in the seclusion of the magnificent 20-acre Bonython Estate Gardens on Cornwall’s Lizard. Sleeping six and beautifully furnished, our 5 star cottage offers a cosy setting for home working with everything needed to ensure virtual meetings runs smoothly. The pretty dining hall and sitting room both have wonderful wood burners and, if you fancy a spot of fresh air, there’s a lovely table to work from in the sunny courtyard. A further lawned courtyard with sun loungers is perfect for relaxing at lunchtime in the sunshine and there’s a barbecue for the evenings.
Sleeps 6

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Wander the impressive gardens of Bonython Estate
  • Stroll along Poldhu Cove Beach
  • Have fish and chips along the thick harbour walls at Mullion

What guests say:
"Lovely cottage, well equipped. Spectacular garden, comfortable beds and internet speed decent enough for occasional remote working" - Ingrid

One of four cottages on the magnificent Bonython Estate with BT superfast enhanced broadband, sleeping 2 – 10. Find out more >

2. The Oaks | Shropshire

Workation Cottages: Staycation Holidays, The Oaks, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Nestled in the heart of the Shropshire Hills AONB, The Oaks is perfect for combining a workation in wonderful seclusion with an active break. Catch up with some reading or sift through emails in the sunroom dining area while looking at rolling hills and the pretty two acre garden (the perfect Zoom call backdrop!). There is a Nespresso coffee machine with free capsules for your caffeine fix and a printer too, in case you need one. Across the road is the National Trust’s Long Mynd Estate, with plenty of excellent walks to explore any time you need to take a break. You can also hire a hot tub to de-stress and stargaze on a clear night.…
Sleeps 10

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Have a picture-perfect picnic by the stream on the Long Mynd
  • Enjoy some retail therapy in Church Stretton
  • Light the barbecue or fire pit for a delicious feast

What guests say:
"Just wanted to say thanks for the rental of The Oaks this past week. The guys loved it and thought it was brilliant. It was exactly what they needed for their reclusive style development lol. Thanks to the housekeeper and for the recommendation of the hot tub too, they did us proud getting it all set up ready for arrival" - Helen

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3. Campion Lodge | Essex

Workation Cottages: Staycation Holidays, Wakes Colne Lodges, Wakes Colne, Essex

Guests can enjoy the ultimate combination of business and pleasure at Campion Lodge whilst tucked away in the sustainable, unspoilt Essex wilds. Whether you set up your laptop on the dining table in the open-plan living space or take your notebook out to the decked veranda, you’re sure to get the job done at this 5 AA star holiday lodge. Set in 500 acres of meadow and woodland with a fishing lake, unwind on your decked veranda with bubbling hot tub, designed to make the best of the lake and countryside views. All just an hour from London - you’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic spot in which to work and unwind.
Sleeps 2

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Fish for Carp and Roach in the on-site lake
  • Explore the 500 acres of rolling private grounds
  • Sink into the soothing bubbles of the hot tub

What guests say:
"Probably the best self catering facility I’ve ever been in, can’t find anything to criticise at all which is unusual for me, very relaxing, & nice lake for the dog to swim in, immaculate furnishings, and the Wi Fi works, hopefully we’ll be back soon" - Frank

One of five pet friendly lodges we offer at Wakes Hall Farm near Colchester with superfast WiFi, sleeping 2-4 guests. Find out more >

4. Rosevean House | Cornwall

Workation Cottages: Staycation Holidays, Rosevean House, St Agnes, Cornwall

Just 10 minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Trevaunance Cove Beach, gorgeous Rosevean House is the perfect destination for a workation by the sea. Originally built for the Captain of the Mines, it has been impressively transformed into a five-star luxury retreat with two wood burners and striking interiors. As well as an enormous dining table in the open-plan living space, there is a dedicated study with a desk off the ground floor bedroom. And when it’s time to log off, families can regroup in the cinema room with large smart TV, the games room or get the BBQ sizzling in the beautiful garden!
Sleeps 12

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Play a game of Pool or Foosball in the games room
  • Go for a swim or surf on Trevaunance Cove beach
  • Stretch your legs on the spectacular South West Coast Path

What guests say:
"We loved the wood burning stoves, the sun filled dining/living area, the beautiful bedrooms, the fabulous contemporary decor and furnishings... and the quiestest, uncreakiest wooden floors ever! This home has been wonderfully renovated. Gorgeous views of the garden" - Stephen

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5. Orchard Cottage | Somerset

Workation Cottages: Staycation Holidays, Orchard Cottage, Dillington Estate, near Ilminster, Somerset

Enjoy a workation at Orchard Cottage, our Grade II-listed chocolate-box cottage in glorious South Somerset. When you need to check your emails, the library/study area provides a peaceful spot to concentrate away from the rest of the family, with ample desk space for you to spread out. Wonderfully situated on the private drive to Dillington House, spend your lunch times sauntering around Dillington Park at the bottom of the garden, ideal for walks and dogs with a myriad of cycling routes. Orchard Cottage also features a wood fired hot tub and wood burner for the evenings once you've put the laptop away.
Sleeps 8

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Have a soothing soak in the hot tub
  • Amble through the parklands that weave through the estate
  • Visit Julian Temperley’s Somerset Cider Brandy Co for a tour and tasting

What guests say:
"The house has been beautifully renovated. The fixtures and fittings are high quality and luxurious. Under floor heating, contemporary fabrics, Nespresso machine and ice machine and not forgetting the wood fired hot tub all add to the experience. The beds are very comfortable, the bed linen crisp Egyptian cotton and the towels fluffy and warm. Bath robes, toiletries and hair dryers in all rooms are some of the extra touches which make the experience special along with the gorgeous countryside location on the beautiful Dillington Estate. If you book this property I guarantee you will not be disappointed" - Julie

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6. The Moorings | Cotswold Water Park

 Workation Cottages; Staycation Holidays, The Moorings, The Landings, Cotswold Water Park

Water lovers will find their happy place at The Moorings, perfect for an adventurous workation, with water sports, tennis, walking and cycling on tap. Situated on The Landings, overlooking a stunning 114 acre sailing and fishing lake, you will find a relaxing space for working inside and outside, with spectacular waterside views and private decking with a dining table. And after a hard day’s grind, you can wind down in style with a dip in your private hot tub, a game of tennis or paddle a canoe from your private jetty. You can hire canoes, a SUP and bikes from the owner, and there is bike storage for the keen cyclist.
Sleeps 8 + 2

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Unwind in the bubbling hot tub
  • Fish for Carp, Tench, Roach, Perch and Rudd in the lake
  • Fire the gas BBQ for a delicious feast

What guests say:
"What a fabulous house in such a perfect setting! Was amazing waking up and walking out onto the lake each morning. The house has everything you need for a comfortable stay and the hot tub is such a great added extra! Charles and Kevin couldn't have been more helpful, so thank you for such a great stay! Hopefully we will be back :)" - Sarah

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7. Brooks Lodge | East Sussex

Workation Cottages Staycation Holidays, Brooks Lodge, Piddinghoe, East Sussex

Pack your laptop and set up shop at Brooks Lodge, our soul-soothing, architect-created luxury bolthole in the depths of the South Downs AONB. Filled to the rafters with up-to-date tech and tasteful interior design, beautiful countryside views are showcased by bespoke floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The table in the kitchen/diner area can be used for home working or spill out on one of the stunning terraces. Surrounded by fields in a secluded, tranquil valley by the River Ouse, enjoy amazing lunchtime riverside walks from the doorstep and hunker down by the cosy wood burner in the evenings.
Sleeps 4

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Relax on sun loungers in the new beautiful landscaped garden
  • Enjoy canoeing or kayaking on Piddinghoe ‘Pond’ with Brighton Watersports
  • Enjoy some retail therapy in Lewes

What guests say:
"Beautiful spacious contemporary and stylishly furnished, overlooking the gorgeous views of the South Downs. We loved it" - Leo

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8. Coach House | Norfolk

Workation Cottages Staycation Holidays, Coach House, Banningham, Norfolk

Head to Coach House for a peaceful workation with countless countryside walks right on your doorstep and a cosy wood burner where you can hunker down. Coach House features a dining table where you could work from home for a period, plus a patio area with outdoor table and barbecue. With superfast broadband and a coffee machine to keep you focussed, you have everything needed to ensure your virtual meetings run smoothly. Set between the Broads and the North Norfolk coast, it’s the perfect choice for anyone wishing to enjoy a workation in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Sleeps 4

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Have a foosball tournament on the family-sized table
  • Discover the unspoilt market town of Aylsham
  • Take a two minute stroll to the friendly village pub serving excellent food

What guests say:
"My Engineers stayed for 2 nights and would happily stay full time, lovely and clean cosy place" - Sarah

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9. Kirkbride Hall | Cumbria

Workation Cottages Staycation Holidays, Kirkbride Hall, Melmerby, Cumbria

Kirkbride Hall provides a beautiful setting for home working, whether you grab a seat at the large dining table, the kitchen island or the outdoor table in the suntrap garden overlooking the apple and cherry orchards. Located in the picturesque village of Melmerby in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, our five-star haven is super-snug thanks to underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove; And when the clock strikes 5, de-stress with one of the numerous countryside walks or cycle rides from the doorstep. Or pop up the road to The Shepherd’s Inn serving great food and local ales (take your dog). You can also hire a hot tub for your workation…
Sleeps 8

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Go for a fabulous walk or run from the front door (maps provided)
  • Go cycling on the C2C route which passes through the village
  • Flip the dining table over for a game of lunchtime snooker

What guests say:
"What a fantastic place to stay. The finish of all the rooms is great. Such good quality. The bed and bedding are so comfy. The kitchen is fully kitted out with every thing you could need. The village bakery is lovely and the pub does great meals and has log fires. The information in the hall is packed with walks and things to do. It's definitely one of the best places that we have ever stayed and hope to be back soon" - Craig

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10. Woodland Cottage | Devon

Workation Cottages: Staycation Holidays, Woodland Cottage, Romansleigh, South Molton, North Devon

If you are seeking a well-deserved change of scenery, you could hide away for days working in this idyllic refuge near the charming market town of South Molton in North Devon. You might enjoy remote working in the dining kitchen opening out into the garden or catch up with some reading on the outside area or on the bench by your private lake with ornamental fish. Nestling in over 70 acres of beautiful private grounds, with superb walks from the doorstep, you may be lucky enough to spot the local red deer, otters and a wide variety of birds! What more could you possibly ask for on a working holiday?
Sleeps 2

Things to do on your lunch break:

  • Potter in the lovely private woodland and enjoy the abundance of wildlife
  • Head into South Molton for its food market and artisanal shops
  • Relax with a delicious picnic by your private lake

What guests say:
"This cottage was spotlessly clean and definitely a 5 star experience. With high count bed linen, fluffy soft towels and beautiful toiletries, there was a hamper containing everything you could possibly need on arrival, including a decent bottle of wine. The eggs from the owners’ hens were delicious! The surroundings are quiet and absolutely idyllic. All you'll hear is birdsong and the occasional bleat of sheep" - Frederick

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If you are feeling inspired to work outside your four walls for awhile and surround yourself by nature, you can browse our full collection of holiday cottages suitable for a workation here.