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February half term

Children on the path to Berrington Hall, Herefordshire. © John Millar

Children on the path to Berrington Hall, Herefordshire. © John Millar

February half term holiday cottages are ideal for taking the children away for a deserved break at the midpoint of the first term of a brand new year. The February half term is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to discover new places that are springing to life after the winter months begin to fade away and create some special memories.

Half term holiday cottages are perfect for enjoying the remnants of winter. With many extraordinary holiday destinations in Great Britain, the likes of Cornwall, the Lake District, Norfolk, Wales, Devon, Yorkshire and Suffolk are all spectacular locations to enjoy wintery walks on some fine British beaches, lose yourself amidst wild forests and explore somewhere new.

It is not too late to book a holiday for the February half term and our half term holiday cottages are the epitome of a short UK break. Check out our special offers too. They could be of great use when booking that special holiday cottage for a week away with the family this February.

Many of our cottages are on estates hosting lots of events to keep the kids entertained. With activities spanning from walks on the wild side and learning survival skills, stargazing and tracking wild animals, to crafting featuring seed planting, bird box building, wild art and kite making. You can find out more about our events here.

If you are seeking some holiday inspiration, visit our Days Out section to see all the wonderful places and activities the National Trust host.

Cornwall is sublime all year round. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through across the misty countryside, or a blast of fresh, cool air from the enormous Cornish coast. With the Trust’ holiday cottages in Cornwall, there is something for everyone this half term.

Elm Cottage is family friendly and this unspoilt 17th-century cottage has been carefully refurbished to maintain the essential character of the building. The cottage has a garden and is tucked away on its own in the lovely, wooded Valency Valley, just metres from the river, making it perfect for the children to safely play in.

One of two former fishermen’s cottages, Guy’s Cottage is right on the edge of the beach and you won’t get much closer to the sea than this! You can go rock-pooling, hire bikes and kayaks, meaning Guy’s is ideal for a family getaway during the half-term week.

The Old Farmhouse is a tastefully furnished cottage in a wonderful rural setting. Just a 10-minute walk down from the sandy beach of Pentireglaze and a 5-minute drive to the fabulous surfing beach of Polzeath. This lovely old farmhouse can be opened up on the ground floor with adjoining Overhaven, making it perfect for larger families or groups.

Devon is another of Great Britain’s most cherished holiday destination. Devon was a favourite place of Agatha Christie, who used the county as a key setting in many of her novels, and the Trust have a grand collection of holiday cottages in Devon for families and friends to enjoy during the February half-term.

Here is a rare and remarkable opportunity to live for a while in an important historic house, and to have it all to yourselves! West Challacombe Manor is a fascinating fifteenth-century manor house within walking distance is the thriving village Combe Martin, with shops, pubs, restaurants and its very own beach. There is easy access to the South West coast path and the secluded Wild Pear beach is a very short walk away.

Mill Cottage has a wonderful position right on the edge of Wembury Beach. With breathtaking views of the sea and the Mewstone from nearly every room in this beautiful old cottage, you can hear the calming sound of the waves on the shore as you go to bed at night. The holiday cottage makes an ideal base for families to explore the beautiful county of Devon.

The sights, sounds and smells of spring slowly settling in are hard to beat, especially in Cumbria. Our Lake District holiday cottages allow families to explore one of the UK’s most famous areas, The Lake District National Park, and the Trust has events and activities in the to appeal to all ages throughout the year.

Sitting within metres of the water's edge on the west shore of Windermere, High Strawberry Gardens offers an opportunity to escape modern life and make the most of this special lakeside setting. The cottage comes with use of a nearby jetty to moor your boat or to fish from. What more could you need from a holiday? After long active days, cosy up and relax in front of the wood burner as the winter weather bids farewell again.

The spacious, welcoming, Silverthwaite is ideal for family holidays. You have the setting for adventures right on your doorstep as the house sits in substantial woodland, rich in flora, with interlinking paths to explore and great cycling routes. As it sits at the heart of the Lake District it is an excellent base for sightseeing and visiting nearby towns for shopping, lunches out and more.

Why Choose A National Trust Holiday Cottage for February Half Term?

All of our holiday cottages are on or very close to land managed by the Trust and you will enjoy the space to relax in truly unbelievable locations. Every time you stay with us the proceeds goes directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Your contribution is invaluable in helping the National Trust continue to protect and grow these special places.

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Our selection

  • The exterior of The Tower, Nr. Aylsham, Norfolk. © Mike Henton

    The Tower

    nr Aylsham , Norfolk

    Set on the real estate around Blickling Hall in the glorious part of north Norfolk.

  • The exterior of 89 Church Lawn, Stourhead, Wiltshire © Chris Lacey

    89 Church Lawn

    Stourton , Wiltshire

    Charming stone cottage stands at entrance to the gardens at Stourhead.

  • The front  view of Chenhalls Barn, Falmouth, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    Chenhalls Barn

    Falmouth , Cornwall

    A converted barn with fine views and easy access to the beach.

  • The exterior of Quay Cottage, Truro, Cornwall © Mike Henton

    Quay Cottage

    Truro , Cornwall

    Experience the thrill of living right on the water's edge in this handsome cottage.

  • The exterior of House by the Dyke, Chirk, Wrexham, Wales  © Mike Henton

    House By The Dyke

    Chirk, Wreham , Wrexham

    A lovely 1930's Villa with views across Offa's Dyke.

  • The exterior of Combe Park Lodge, Lynton, Devon © Joshua Day

    Combe Park Lodge

    Lynton , Devon

    Detached cottage close to picturesque Watersmeet and excellent walks.