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Holiday cottages in England need little introduction. After all, a cottage break is really the quintessential English holiday, and we think there are few better ways to explore the wonderful history and heritage the country has to offer. But with so many beautiful locations – and so much to see and do – your only problem may be deciding where to enjoy your break. With that in mind we’re going to make a few suggestions for some of our favourite English locations and activities.

Choose one of our featured English cottages in the north and you could explore the unrivalled beauty of the Lakes. This gloriously unspoiled region has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. In fact, you only have to look at the effect it’s had over some of the country’s most influential poets and artists to gauge its beauty!

Alternatively, the south of England isn’t short of beauty either. Whether its Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline or the sleepy charms of the Cotswolds, you won’t be short of beautiful views and unrivalled tranquillity. Then again, if you like it loud and lively you’ll find some of Europe’s most vibrant urban hotspots to explore and enjoy. London is obviously a huge draw with tourists and holidaymakers but you’re guaranteed a fantastic cosmopolitan experience in some of England’s other major cities too: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, York, Chester and more all offer wonderful shopping with fine dining and some justly celebrated heritage.

England’s landscape is as varied as it is beautiful, so you won’t be surprised to find it’s suitable for a wealth of different breaks. If you fancy beaches then you’ll be spoiled for choice with the golden sands of Cornwall and Devon, the wild shorelines of Northumberland or the traditional seaside heritage of Great Yarmouth, Brighton and Blackpool. Further inland you have a variety of beautiful wide-open expanses to enjoy, with or without your four-legged friends. From the rolling limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the flats of Somerset, there are walks and to suit all ages and abilities. England’s history is long and varied and there are wonderful heritage attractions located all over the country, from stately homes and castles to museums, railways and festivals. In short, English holiday cottages are suitable for anyone who’s keen to relax and enjoy a wealth of options in some of the most stunning surrounds you could wish for.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in England today.
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  • Keepers Cottage

    Docking

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CWA

    Just 4 miles from the North Norfolk coast with sandy beaches, RSPB sanctuaries, nature reserves and coastal path, this beautiful detached cottage is full of charm and character offering ‘upside down’ style accommodation. It is within walking distance of the fish and chip shop, village shop & post office and pub. Bustling Burnham Market offers shops and excellent restaurants. Blakeney Quay and Morston for boat trips to the seal colony and Blakeney Point island. Beautiful sandy beaches at Brancaster, Hunstanton, Holkham and Wells. Places to visit include Norfolk Lavender at Heacham, Royal Sandringham Estate and museum, Houghton Hall and Holkham Hall. Fakenham (10 miles) for horse racing, shopping centre, cafes and restaurants. Norwich (1 hour’s drive) for theatre, castle museum, cathedral, shopping complexes, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Sailing at Burnham Overy and Brancaster Staithe. Free wi-fi access is available at two pubs, both within 2 miles. Championship golf course at Brancaster. Shop ¼ mile, pub 1 mile.

    Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Open-plan living/dining room with fitted kitchen area. Beamed throughout.

    Full electric central heating included (October-March £20per week, £10 per short break). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Radio/CD. Cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Small sitting-out area. Roadside parking. No smoking.

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  • Hof Cottage

    Northlew, nr. Okehampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43446


    Located at The Old Forge in the village of Northlew, Hof Cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, is a delightful holiday base from which to explore the stunning landscape that makes up this part of Devon. The detached cottage, despite being compact and bijou, is well furnished and equipped. There is an enclosed courtyard for guests to sit out in and enjoy a bit of al fresco dining. The village of Northlew has a community run shop and a local pub. Local attractions include Eastcott Vineyard where you can sample award winning sparkling wines. The regional town of Okehampton, with a good range of shops and amenities is close by, and is considered the ’Gateway to Dartmoor National Park’. On Dartmoor, there are plenty of walks for all ages and abilities to enjoy this stunning and dramatic area as well as some pretty villages with pubs and tea rooms. Towards the coast, there are many fine beaches and coves including Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! A trip to Lundy Island can be arranged from Bideford pier. There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village at Clovelly. Visit the last castle to be built in England, Castle Drogo (NT). There is golf at Okehampton and Ashbury or you can hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail at Great Torrington. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area with beams. Kitchen with laminate floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and freezer in utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Paddock Cottage

    Great Dunham, nr. Swaffham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27062

    This delightful and well presented property is an annexe of the owners’s much loved home and is perfect for two whether you wish to simply relax or to explore Norfolk. Located in the North Norfolk village of Great Dunham, and provides comfortable and well appointed holiday accommodation, making it an ideal home to relax in or to explore the area. The Royal Estate at Sandringham is just 18 miles away and has a visitor’s centre and organised tours as well as superb walks through the grounds and woods. Excellent pubs abound throughout the area with excellent walks and cycle routes as well as many local attractions - there is something for everyone. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/kitchen with slate floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electricity underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Access to freezer. Wi-fi. Large, shared lawned garden, patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Water fountain and pond in garden.

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  • Nettle Cottages - Little Nettle Cottage

    Thornton Rust, near Leyburn

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC341


    Little Nettle Cottage (ref UKC341) and Bracken Cottage (ref UKC340) have been converted to an excellent standard from former barns. Bracken Cottage is a luxury semi-detached property with French doors leading out onto a private enclosed deck with lovely open rural views across the Dale, enjoying al fresco dining and barbecue facilities. Little Nettle is a detached property with a courtyard garden, outside dining area and barbecue. Both cottages lie in a quiet location, 2 miles west of Aysgarth in the delightful Wensleydale village of Thornton Rust, and are beautifully presented. They offer all the home comforts guests could wish for, with well-equipped, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, and Little Nettle Cottage has the added bonus of a steam room. The owners of these charming properties have certainly gone the extra mile in establishing properties of this standard. There is stunning scenery to enjoy, with walks and cycle routes from the doorstep, and popular Aysgarth Falls and Lake Semerwater are both just a short drive away. The popular market towns of Hawes and Leyburn are well worth a visit, as is the spectacular Hardraw Force, England’s largest single drop waterfall. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Steam room.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    Laundry service available. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    Underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Magpie’s Rest

    Horrabridge, nr. Yelverton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43419

    This delightful first floor, studio holiday apartment is located above the workshop adjacent to the friendly owner’s house. It boasts a lovely decked patio area to the rear and a bright, light interior. It is ideally suited for couples of all ages for holidays and short breaks throughout the year. Conveniently located just off the A386 midway between Tavistock and Yelverton on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, this property is a fantastic base for those who enjoy walking or cycling. The Drakes Trail, a 21-mile path linking Tavistock to Plymouth, is right on the doorstep. Visit the impressive Gem Bridge spanning the wooded valley and Grenofen Tunnel, taking you through beautiful woodlands and open moorland. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    12 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (movies package). DVD player. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Laundry facilities available on request. Wi-fi. Decked patio. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: 12 open-tread steps to decked patio.

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  • 11 The Boathouse

    Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC655

    Enjoy some rest and relaxation in these riverside apartments on the banks of the Rother, with a private quay and mahogany-decked sun terrace. At high tide, the boats will glide past, and you might even be lucky enough to spot a seal searching for a fish supper! A short stroll brings you into the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, wide selection of restaurants, atmospheric beamed pubs (the one time haunt of many a smuggler), delightful tea rooms and, of course, fish and chip shops. Explore the many galleries, and you might even find a bargain at the brocante and antique shops. Don’t miss the view from the tower of St Mary’s Parish Church across what was once known as the smuggling capital of England some 300 years ago. Enjoy cycling (bikes for hire in Rye), wildlife at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Dungeness, and walking along the Royal Military Canal. Hastings, Battle and Camber Sands are all within a short drive. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards. 5 The Boathouse (UKC654) can be booked together with 11 The Boathouse (UKC655) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    6 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 32" Freeview TV and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    5 steps down to...
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Decked balcony with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children except babes in arms.

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  • The Old Nail Shed

    Sawdon

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5624

    A truly unique property, converted from the blacksmith’s store, this detached holiday cottage is a very special place to be and offers a perfect romantic retreat. Beautifully furnished in a contemporary style, it is full of unique design features such as hand-made wrought iron and wood staircase, designer kitchen, a double-height glass gable end (which makes the most of the countryside views) and a bathroom with double-end bath and star lights in the ceiling. It is set in the pretty village of Sawdon, next to the owner’s award-wining country inn which has gained accolades for both its food and ale, and is situated on the edge of the National Park with good walking and is situated on the edge of the National Park with good cycling straight from the village. Only 8 miles from Scarborough; Pickering, Filey Bay and Castle Howard are all under 15 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub/restaurant next door.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen with wooden floors. Bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment and toilet. Open-tread stairs to 1 galleried double bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Thyme Cottage

    Westleigh, nr. Instow

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43439


    Inspired by the garden, this cosy hideaway offers a secret holiday bolthole to escape from the pressures of modern life, set in the stunning North Devon countryside. Views out over the garden and a patio herb garden can be enjoyed in the summer months. This semi-detached holiday property is the perfect romantic retreat, set within glorious countryside and having wonderful walks from the doorstep. Thyme Cottage adjoins the owner’s small contemporary B&B and guests are welcome to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, packed picnic hampers and deliciously simple evening meals by arrangement. You are also welcome to pop through a secret passage to the Book Room to enjoy the woodburner in the main house, shared by the B&B guests. The property is just 2½ miles from the pretty waterside village and beach at Instow and just 5 miles from the wide sandy surfing beach at Westward Ho! Instow is a pretty, unspoilt, seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen, whilst dog lovers, walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. Golf available locally. Bideford, 2 miles, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island. Beach 2½ miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shared second living room (via lockable interconnecting door). First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in shared living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and freezer (in B&B). Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from bore hole. Welcome pack. Pets welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking. No children. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • Sunrise

    Kings Coughton, nr. Alcester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25370

    Ideal peaceful location

    Located in a quiet rural situation and tucked away up a farm track with beautiful views over the Alme Hills. Comprising of an annexe to the owner’s home, Sunrise offers a good standard of modern accommodation set on two levels. It is surrounded by fields which are ideal for walks, and fishing is available for carp and catfish with the owner’s permission. The Cotswolds, Warwick Castle and Malvern Hills are 30 minutes drive. Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 miles. Coughton Court, one of the great Tudor houses, and Ragley Hall, are just 5 minutes drive away. Shop 1 mile, pub 800 yards, restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children.

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  • Fox Cottage

    Jevington, nr. Eastbourne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28830


    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South Downs National Park, this delightful semi-detached holiday cottage, one side of a courtyard of 3 properties, is ideally located for a relaxing break. The South Downs Way with walks and cycle paths is on the doorstep. Beachy Head and the soaring white cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park, Cuckmere Haven’s sandy beach and Friston Forest Walks are among the local beauty spots. Herstmonceux Castle, Battle Abbey, Glyndbourne and Drusilla’s Zoo are all nearby. The popular seaside town of Eastbourne is 4 miles and Hastings, Rye and Brighton are a little further afield. A car is essential due to the remote location of this property. Shops 2 1/4 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Step up to living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 5 years. NB: Pond in middle of courtyard, 3 yards. Close to minor village road.

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  • Dew

    St Neot, nr. Bodmin

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43536


    This pet-friendly barn is set in a secluded and peaceful valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Converted into a well-equipped holiday cottage, it is situated on the owner’s 19-acre smallholding, and has a galleried bedroom on the first floor with a well-fitted bathroom, including a roll-top bath with a separate large shower. It has a lovely garden area with its own furniture where you can enjoy barbecues or a morning coffee. There are walks from the door, and guests are free to explore the owner’s land, Bodmin Moor and nearby Colliford Lake. The surrounding area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which includes rivers, lakes, rock formations and the highest peaks on the least eroded moorland in Europe. You are ideally placed to visit the many attractions on both coasts of Cornwall, including Padstow, Port Isaac and Tintagel on the north coast, and Fowey, Mevagissey and Looe on the south coast. You are also within easy reach of the many beautiful gardens that Cornwall has to offer, as well as being close to the Eden Project. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 5 steps to 1 double galleried bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Lower ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Most rooms with beams (low in places).

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 19-acre natural and woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Tennis court. Natural water supply from spring. Pets welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times - working farm. No smoking.

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  • Scarning Dale Cottages - Lodge Cottage

    Scarning, nr. Dereham

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: B6008

    Scarning Dale House is an elegant property occupying a peaceful and relaxing setting set amidst 25 acres of landscaped gardens with waterfall and pond, meadow and woodland with lake. Each of the holiday cottages is separately set within the grounds, although Lodge Cottage (B6008) is an annexe attached to The Lodge (B4013). Each has its own garden and seating area, ideal for couples and families alike. The grounds are abundant with nature and wildlife, with designated trails and pathways leading through meadow and woodland, offering excellent walking and bird watching opportunities direct from doorstep. Guests can enjoy a swim in the indoor heated swimming pool (by arrangement), table tennis and snooker room. Within easy reach of the magnificent North Norfolk coastline for wealth of sandy beaches, nature and RSPB reserves. The famous Norfolk Broads are within 40 minutes drive, with riverside restaurants, cafes, shops, daily boat hire and river trips available to explore the expanse of waterways abundant with bird and wildlife, with many picnic opportunities along waterside. Market town of East Dereham, 2½ miles, has weekly street market, shops, restaurants, cinema, swimming pool and golf course. Gressenhall Rural Life Museum and Union Farm, 3 miles, offers an interesting day out. Thetford Forrest Park with miles of walking and cycle trails to explore and ’Go-Ape’ adventure playground and assault course, 20 miles. Many places of interest and historical houses and sites surround the area, Houghton and Holkham Hall, the Royal Sandringham Estate and museum, Walsingham Shrine and Abbey ruins and Castle Acre and Priory ruins. Traditional seaside resort of Hunstanton, Wells Next The Sea, Sheringham and Cromer offer an array of attractions for all ages. Coastal Path and Peddars Way offer excellent walking and cycling opportunities. Great Witchingham Wildlife Park and Falconry and Dinosaur Park at Lenwade, approximately 12 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Two steps up to bathroom with toilet.

    Partial oil central heating and NSH included (£15per week November-March). Small garden with sitting-out area. Car port (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Cot on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (open for private use 1 hr per day by arrangement). Table tennis and ¼ size snooker table. Snooker room with full size table at cost (adults only). Welcome pack. Pets must be kept on a lead outside the garden. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and lake within grounds.

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