About Cool Places

Founded by the originators of the Rough Guides travel series, Cool Places is a unique online guide to accommodation used by millions of people looking for great holidays and short breaks in Britain.

What is a Cool Place?

Holidaymakers are looking for curated suggestions of places to stay, rather than scrolling through endless options, and Cool Places presents a bespoke selection of accommodation that reflects the very best independent businesses that Britain has to offer,  from cosy B&Bs and idyllic cottages to cosy country inns and stylish boutique hotels. We seek out places run by people who offer a warm welcome and are passionate about their properties and the regions in which they live.

All the Info You Need

Each entry has a first-hand review, all the practical information you need and links to book your accommodation. Uniquely, each entry includes links also to all the best stuff to do nearby – local pubs, great walks, the best places to shop, eat and more – making it easy to plan your trip in advance. You can browse by location, type of accommodation or even by theme, so it's ideal if you're looking for a glamping site with hot tubs in Pembrokeshire but just as useful if you want to browse and dream.


Do you have a property that would be a good fit for Cool Places? Head here to learn more about what we offer for partners.


Book Direct

For most of our properties we put you in touch with the owners direct: you pay nothing to us, there are no hidden commissions, and the owners receive 100% of the cost of your stay. We don't promote the big, corporate chains, preferring instead to promote the independent businesses that make the UK so unique.


Only the Best Places

We are unashamedly choosy, so you can be sure that you'll be tapping into the very best that the country has to offer. Cool Places partners also regularly advertise special deals and offers through the site, and we work with them closely to market their properties so you can be sure that you will always be getting the best prices.


More than Accommodation

Finally Cool Places is a celebration of Britain. With that in mind we include thousands of recommendations of all the other things that make the country so so special: clifftop walks and country houses; cosy pubs and quirky shops; and of course the very best places to eat the best local food, from high-end gastropubs to beach cafés.



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Lovely and helpful staff

The staff were so lovely and helpful when I had a personal issue and needed to cancel, they really went above and beyond. I will definitely be booking again with them!

Laura Gibson, 2021

5 star rating on Trustpilot

Easy to use website

Easy to use website. Found accommodation quickly and simply. Easy booking and payment system. Now just looking forward to the holiday!

Verified Customer, 2021

5 star rating on Trustpilot

Great advice

Great advice and help in securing a cottage at the eleventh hour.

Mrs S Parra, 2020

5 star rating on Trustpilot

So simple to book

So simple to review properties and book through cool places. They have a great selection of properties.

Liz, 2020

5 star rating on Trustpilot