If you are looking for cottages in the UK, a good place to start is Cottages.co.uk. Here, you can search from a choice of over 13,000 beautiful hand-picked cottages. You can select from cottages with hot tubs, cottages with self-catering facilities, heritage cottages and many more. Some options also have fishing and cycling facilities where you hire equipment for the duration of your stay. Prices do vary, depending on your cottage desires and season in which you want to rent. Generally, the summer months are more expensive.
If you want to hire a cottage in a European country, then check out Cottage Rentals. You can search for cottages via country and region, the types of facilities you would like as well as select your preferred ‘distance to the beach’! Be mindful, as this site also includes other holiday-type homes. So if it's a cottage you are after, make sure you pay attention to the descriptions.
If you want to broaden your options even further and go international, then pay a visit to Cottages on the Web. There are cottages for rent in countries as far as the Caribbean and even Australia! You can also check out their ‘Tips for Renters’ page and take a look at their last-minute offers!