About us

Our story

Hello. If you’re on the hunt for your next holiday cottage look no further.

We love holiday cottages and experiencing the UK as a holiday destination. And if you’re reading this, we hope you love those things too. In fact, we want you to love cottage holidays more than ever before.

Love Cottages is the ‘new kid’ in cottage rentals.
A brand new holiday rental website launching in January 2016. With us, what you see is what you get: cottage holidays you can trust from search to stay.

It’s our ambition to ensure that the next cottage holiday you take is booked safe in the knowledge that the property exists, has been visited and photographed by one of our agency partners, and probably even rated according to self-catering industry standards.

Love Cottages may be the newbie, but behind the scenes we’ve got decades of holiday letting experience all under one virtual roof. Love Cottages is owned and run by holiday rental experts from some of the UK’s most well known self-catering agencies. And we bring you the largest collection of inspected holiday homes in the UK.

We only deal in great cottage holiday experiences.
All of our properties have been personally inspected by the managing agent, so we know they exist. Most of those properties also have a Visit England or Visit Wales rating. And in Scotland and Northern Ireland, we’re working with the agencies setting the industry standards. So you can book quickly and easily, confident of quality.

As you might expect, we've got the whole range of property types and locations. If you really want that idyllic chocolate box English cottage, we've definitely got some of those. If you're in need of a rural retreat, we've got those too. In fact, we've got everything from coastal cottages to farmhouses and barn conversions. We might even throw in a handful of quirky properties just to spice it up a bit. 

Wherever you're looking to stay in the UK, however big the party or low the budget we've hopefully got something that'll fit the bill. And rest assured, what you see is what you'll get.

That's our story. We'd love to hear yours.

Our board

About Us

All of the wonderful properties that you see advertised on Love Cottages come to us from independent holiday lettings agencies across the UK.

We now have over 50 agencies listed on the site, and they’ve been selected by meeting very strict criteria. Each cottage has been personally inspected by the operating agency to a Visit England or Visit Wales standard.

Our current board members all have agencies listed on the site, are its founding members, and are passionate about quality holidays with a ‘personal touch’.

So without further ado please be introduced to the Love Cottages team...

Mark Curtis

With a 30 year career spanning publishing, manufacturing and consultancy, Mark has honed some very effective communication skills, which are put to good use as our Chairman. Always happy to pick up the phone Mark is passionate about customer service and innovative business solutions designed to improve customer experience.

As Managing Director of Wight Locations on the Isle of Wight, Mark enjoys keeping up with friends and family and extolling on the virtues of the sea air!

Ian Hawkes

Ian holds the purse strings for Love Cottages and is our honorary Treasurer and Company Secretary. As you would expect, he has a keen eye for detail, and at our board meetings he always has the requisite calculator to hand.

In his day job you’ll find him at the helm, together with his wife Karen, of Cottage in the Country. As business partners they own and manage the agency between them, and are always on hand to answer any questions from their guests. Only taking time out to walk their dogs in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

Jez Smith

Jez’s local knowledge of his home county Dorset is vast, but is rivalled by his equally extensive knowledge of pubs, spirits and fine wines. Of a professional nature of course! With a previous career in Wine Tourism (circa New Zealand, 2000) he returned to the UK in 2006 and turned his attention to tourism of the holiday type, working in the family business at Dorset Coastal Cottages.

As Managing Director, Jez drives the company forward but also has time to turn his energies towards the needs of Love Cottages – keeping us appraised of industry news and keeping our spirits (pardon the pun) high…