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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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  • The Old Hall Barn Cottages - The Old Hall Barn

    Hope

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 18747

    These two attractive cottages have been lovingly renovated from a former barn retaining many original features and beams. Providing a superb and ideal holiday base to visit all the Peak Park has to offer with golf and horse riding within 5 miles. Set just off the main road in the pretty village of Hope, near Mam Tor and Lose Hill in the superb scenery of the Peak Park’s Hope Valley with the Pennine Way village of Edale just a few miles away. Visit the gigantic cathedral-like caves of Castleton, which is also famous for Peveril Castle perched high on a hill, and the Blue John Caves, which can be explored by boat! The charming villages of Tideswell, Eyam (plague village) and Hathersage, market town of Bakewell and Buxton Spa are all less than 12 miles. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and limestone Dales are all nearby. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Knockerdown Cottages - Dove Cottage

    Carsington, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: RHHJ

    "Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."

    This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent, purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room within the pool building where wi-fi is available. Brackendale Spa is an independent facility offering luxurious treatments, which guests can book by contacting the spa directly. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.

    This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers is within easy reach. It is set amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton and offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Spacious open plan living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to patio area. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin); one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wall mounted convector heating
    • Freeview TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included (cot linen not included)
    • Cots and high chairs on request (no high chair straps provided)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Shared patio areas with garden furniture
    • Shared grounds of 3 acres with children’s play area
    • Shared barbecues
    • Parking
    • Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool – open all year round (8.30am–6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
    • Shared sauna
    • Brackendale Spa (bookings to be made directly with the spa)
    • Shared games room with wi-fi, table tennis and pool table (coin-operated)
    • No smoking

    SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

    • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 9in), with changing rooms and children’s shallow area – open all year round (8.30am to 6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

    • Sauna
    • Shared 3-acre grounds with children’s play area, patios and BBQ area
    • Spa
    • Brackendale function room and Carsington dining room for hire

  • Sheepwalk Cottage

    Stanton-in-Peak, nr. Bakewell

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: REEV

    This Grade II listed holiday cottage, dating back to 1664, is in the heart of a charming village and only 150 yards from the local pub. The welcoming interior has been decorated with careful attention to detail with oak doors, vintage Burberry fabrics and sheepskins, stone mullioned windows, flagstone floors and exposed oak beams. Matlock and Matlock Bath, with Abraham Heights, is 7 miles, Bakewell, Chatsworth House and gardens and Haddon Hall are 4 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 150 yards.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Beamed farmhouse-style kitchen with granite worktops. First floor: Two beamed double bedrooms, each with wooden floor and vaulted ceiling; one with zip and link bed with shared en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 2 steps in garden

  • Shelf Moor Cottage

    Old Glossop near Buxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC412064
    This traditional stone cottage has been beautifully renovated and offers comfortable accommodation in a perfect location to explore the surrounding countryside. The cottage is located in the old town of Glossop and has views from the rear of the property over to Shelf Moor, which contains over 50 crash sites dating back to the second world war. Old Glossop is a quaint village steeped in history with several period buildings with the old market cross still visible to this day. Manor Park is a stones throw away, as well as three local pubs offering real ale and traditional fare. The local shops and restaurants are less than a mile away. The area has an abundance of walks, cycle routes and horse riding paths including Longdendale Trail, Pennine way, Crowden and Derwent reservoir made famous by the “Dambusters”.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance to....
    Lounge: With log burning stove, flat screen TV with built in DVD player, basic Sky package and radio/CD player.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and outbuilding with washing machine and dryer. Table and 4 chairs.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With Zip and link king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. First bag of logs, sticks and lighters supplied. Wi-Fi.On street parking. Rear patio area and enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ. One small well behaved dog to be kept downstairs. Cycle store.

  • May Cottage

    Bakewell

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 16334

    This attractive detached holiday cottage, part of which dates back to the 1700s sits high above the poplular market town of Bakewell in heart of the Peak Park. Just 1/2 mile from the town centre, on the steep road to Monyash, the cottage boasts a split level garden. Just a short drive to beautiful Dovedale, Monsal Head, Lathkill Dale, Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. Wonderful walks and cycle paths abound. Bakewell Golf Course, 1 mile, and horse riding, 1/2 mile. Shops and pubs/restaurants 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 double, both with wooden floors. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire and woodburner (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: The garden is split level.

  • Garden Cottage

    Onecote, nr. Leek

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E5566

    Set in lovely countryside, this traditional holiday cottage, bursting with character sits adjoining the owners’ home in the village of Onecote. The local dining pub is just 100 yards away. There is superb walking from the village through the valley of the River Hamps and further into the Manifold Valley. The town of Leek, 7 miles, has a variety of antique emporiums to browse in and various shops to explore. Cycle hire is 4 miles away on the Manifold Trail. Alton Towers with the Splash Landings Waterpark and Churnet Valley Steam Railway are within 10 miles. Approximately 15 miles away are the Trentham Gardens, Monkey Forest, Waterworld and the Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as Chatsworth House and Sudbury Hall (NT). Uttoxeter offers horse racing and other showground events. Golf 4 miles. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break, September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Drum And Monkey Cottage

    Chapel-en-le-Frith

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E3370

    This restored 18th century cottage boasts a contemporary design which complements its original character and full, exclusive use of a covered heated swimming pool in summer. Set next to the owners’ home, in pretty woodland 0.5 miles walk from the many pubs, restaurants and shops in the village centre. Walking in the Peak National Park and Manchester’s city pleasures are easily accessible, and Castleton’s caverns, Edale and Buxton 6 miles. Lyme Park (NT) 6 miles. Chatsworth and Styal Mill 20 miles. Golf locally. Shops and pubs 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Partial oil central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (movie package). Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with paved area and furniture. Parking. Covered private heated swimming pool (6.4m x 3m, depth 0.8m to 1.75m), open 14th May-17th September. No smoking. NB: Drop and stream in garden.

  • The Old Hall Barn Cottages - Whinhill View Cottage

    Hope

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 18746

    These two attractive cottages have been lovingly renovated from a former barn retaining many original features and beams. Providing a superb and ideal holiday base to visit all the Peak Park has to offer with golf and horse riding within 5 miles. Set just off the main road in the pretty village of Hope, near Mam Tor and Lose Hill in the superb scenery of the Peak Park’s Hope Valley with the Pennine Way village of Edale just a few miles away. Visit the gigantic cathedral-like caves of Castleton, which is also famous for Peveril Castle perched high on a hill, and the Blue John Caves, which can be explored by boat! The charming villages of Tideswell, Eyam (plague village) and Hathersage, market town of Bakewell and Buxton Spa are all less than 12 miles. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and limestone Dales are all nearby. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with beams and sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. Additional Z-bed available.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Bank House Farm - Bridge View Cottage

    Hulme End, nr. Hartington

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30172


    Located in the heart of the Peak District National Park in the picturesque hamlet of Hulme End, these stylishly converted stone holiday cottages (30172 and 30173) date back to the 1880s and come complete with the opportunity for free fishing onsite. Comfortably and tastefully furnished to a very good standard throughout, they are full of thoughtful personal touches. A French door leads from the living room of River Cottage to a secluded, enclosed garden, and both cottages are ideally located just 250 yards from a 200-year-old coaching inn, simply making them a perfect base in which to relax and unwind or from which to explore the area. Nestling on the edge of the River Manifold and the Manifold Valley, the surrounding Derbyshire and Staffordshire countryside is both spectacular and diverse. There are ample opportunities for walking, cycling and even horse riding with the Manifold Trail accessible straight from the door, and the Tissington Trail just 2 miles down the road in the Peak District village of Hartington. The popular dramatic rocky outcrop known as The Roaches, long loved by both walkers and climbers alike can also be reached in just 15 minutes. The busy market towns of Leek and Ashbourne are both easily reachable within half an hour, as is Buxton with its famous opera house and stunning Georgian architecture. The Heights of Abraham with its unrivalled views and cable car, the ever popular town of Bakewell, the magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth Estate and Haddon Hall, and even Alton Towers Theme Park for those thrill seekers, are all also just 30 minutes away. A mere further 10 minutes then brings the stunningly beautiful village of Castleton, The ‘Emma Bridgewater Factory’ full of her locally produced earthenware iconic pottery, and the remarkable plague village of Eyam. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area with tiled floors. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating included. 50" Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Courtyard with sitting-out area.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared tumble dryer (in external utility room). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River, 110 yards.

  • The Cottage

    Barlow

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: RCHP121

    This beamed single storey semi detached cottage is set within 17 acres of open rolling countryside near the Peak District National Park. Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock and Castleton are only a short drive away offering a wealth of activities including caves and attractions such as the Heights of Abraham, providing breathtaking cable car rides across the Derwent Valley. The start of the Pennine Way with excellent walks and Chesterfield with its famous crooked spired church are only a short distance away. Stabling/grazing available by arrangement (at cost). Shop 3 miles, pubs nearby.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors, beams and wooden floor/dining room with wooden floor. 1 step to kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with patio door, beams and wooden floor, 1 twin with patio door. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Abacus House

    Hackney near Matlock

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC418041
    Abacus House started life out as the local village school in Hackney, Derbyshire. It is believed to date back to 1910. This charming characterful Grade II listed cottage opens its front door onto the open veranda corridor, once having many small feet running along to get to class on time.
    Abacus House boasts a very high specification, with a modern stylish kitchen and bathroom, but manages to retain its quirky stylish twists throughout. A large open plan living area leads through to a dining area, still housing the characterful open grate arts and crafts fireplace, and then to the kitchen, with its large feature windows throughout, letting the light flood through the whole of the ground floor. A staircase leads to an upper floor with its fun and interesting layout, including a bed and bathroom, along with a seating area complete with cushions to relax on and enjoy the view from the school windows.
    Set within the beautiful area of Matlock, you are within easy reach of one of the most stunning parts of the Peak District. The closest attractions are Matlock and Matlock Bath, giving the opportunity to explore the Heights of Abraham and Gulliver’s Kingdom accessed via cable car, and offering spectacular views of the Derwent Valley. From here you can tour the network of caverns and passageways, or walk over 60 acres of woodland hillside. This is an ideal base from which to explore the region’s attractions including the magnificent stately homes. The beautiful Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are an absolute must see, or visit the picturesque villages of Bakewell and Ashover (Cardale in TV’s ‘Peak Practice’) which are both close by. Excellent walking can be found from the doorstep, plus activities at Carsington Water including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and cycling, plus excellent birdwatching in the surrounding areas.

    This property can be booked together with Hopscotch Corner (CC418045) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area:
    Large with double sofa bed, Freesat TV, DVD player, iPod dock and large windows.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and seating area with views.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi.Sitting-out area. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. One dog welcome at £25pppw (additional dog by prior arrangement).

  • Darwin Lake - Eyam

    Darwin Lake, nr. Matlock

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: RA7

    "Spacious stone cottages with fine facilities, in a beautiful, tranquil woodland setting..."

    Set in the Darwin Forest on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this group of holiday cottages enjoys an ideal location from which to enjoy the area’s great natural beauty. Built in traditional Derbyshire stone to blend effortlessly into their surroundings, they are set around the lake and surrounded by mixed woodland, an ideal habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. The cottages are modern and spacious, with comfortably furnished living rooms, several enjoying views over the lake. A central courtyard area creates a focal point, and each cottage has its own patio, as well as shared use of the nine acres of beautiful wooded grounds which include an enclosed, elevated woodland walk around the lake. An old stone building has been dismantled and then erected in the grounds and is used for conferences and also as a fitness/weight loss venue (these facilities can be booked in advance with the management).

    This peaceful spot is the perfect stopping off point for walking and cycling amid superb countryside, and a trekking centre just around the corner provides plenty of opportunity to explore on horseback. For the more adventurous, a whole host of outdoor pursuits is available nearby, including sailing, wind-surfing and canoeing on Carsington Reservoir, 13 miles away, while Derbyshire’s gritstone edges and deep caverns attract rock climbing and pot-holing enthusiasts.
    The popular Derbyshire Dales town of Matlock is only 4 miles away, with a good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops. Among the attractions here are the Peak Rail steam trains, the Heights of Abraham pleasure grounds, reached by a cable car across the gorge, dramatic show caverns and Gulliver’s Kingdom. There is also a fascinating Lead Mining Museum and an excellent Tramway Museum at Crich, providing something of interest for everyone. A short drive away is the splendid Chatsworth House with its fine collections of paintings and furniture, and Haddon Hall in the beautiful Wye Valley. Village shop and local pub 2 miles.
    Darwin Lake is the perfect place to get away from it all amid beautiful surroundings, and to enjoy the many attractions that make this region so popular. The attractive cottages at Darwin Lake are cosily heated, insulated and double glazed throughout. The countryside is especially beautiful in the quieter seasons, and this tranquil location is accessible from major routes – ideal for short breaks and for holidays at all times of the year. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with door to patio and modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Cot and high chair by arrangement (cot linen not provided)
    • Additional TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, NSH and wall-mounted convector heaters (subject to reasonable usage), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Shared access to 10 acres of wooded grounds including the Darwin Trail – a 15 min circular stroll
    • Parking
    • NB: Lake in grounds

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