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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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  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PUUK


    This delightful, character 17th-century cottage is located next to the square in the picturesque village of Westbourne, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Chalk Cottage is one of 66 cottages mentioned in it. This lovely, quaint village has a shop and post office, a selection of pubs with dining, and a historic church, all a few yards away. Dating back to the Georgian period, this deceptively spacious home would have been the coach house which allowed the carriages to access the former Lamb Hotel. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor would have formed an arch for the horse and carts to proceed underneath – the ground floor has since been built, in more recent years, to provide the current living/dining room and kitchen. Steeped in history, Chalk Cottage boasts features such as sash windows and exposed wooden beams in the bedroom. The living/dining room has alcoves and there is a fire surround housing an electric woodburner. A door leads from the kitchen to an enclosed, secluded courtyard, ideal for enjoying an aperitif or al fresco dining.

    There is so much to do in the area, with excellent walking, hiking and birdwatching in the South Downs National Park. The market town of Emsworth is only a 10-minute drive, with a train station, a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a mill pond and estuary where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, and where scenic waterside walks can be enjoyed. Many attractions and National Trust homes are within easy reach, as well as Chichester with its cathedral, leisure facilities, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Also, historic Portsmouth with designer shopping outlets, historic dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, Spinnaker Tower and more. Beaches including Emsworth and West Wittering are also nearby. Slightly further, visit The New Forest to the west and Arundel Castle to the east. Golf, riding, sailing walking, cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Hot air balloon flights can be arranged with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sash windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Bluetooth radio
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

  • The Lodge

    Hurstpierpoint, nr. Hassocks

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31248

    On the edge of the glorious South Downs National Park, this detached studio, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint, which dates back to Saxon times and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the middle of the village opposite the village green, The Lodge is in a secluded spot and offers light, airy and relaxing holiday accommodation with French doors leading onto a private terrace - a delightful spot for breakfast or a glass of wine after a day out. There are lots of thoughtful touches, one of which are cloud soft bathrobes for your enjoyment. Within walking distance are four restaurants and a 15th century pub, with great food and local beers.
    Walkers will be spoilt for choice stop off at Devils Dyke where you’ll spot paragliders overhead, or visit the Hill Fort at Ditchling Beacon. Glyndbourne Opera and Good Wood are close by and Hickstead, the show jumping ground is 2 miles away. Brighton, Hove and the coast can be reached within 10 miles. Visit the ancient market town of Lewes and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. For additional sightseeing opportunities, there are good rail connections from Hassocks, 2 miles, to London. Gatwick airport is approximately 25 miles away. Beach 10 miles. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room double bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 20" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Broadband connection. Small terrace with furniture. Car park opposite property. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • Drovers Cottage

    East Meon

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: PAAV

    Located in a breathtaking setting, completely enveloped in the rolling countryside which is abundant with wildlife, this attractive, brick and flint holiday cottage makes a romantic and peaceful retreat, ideal for couples and walkers. Having been totally renovated, it offers tasteful and well-presented accommodation, and is easy walking distance to the quaint thatched roof village, which has a shop, a beautiful church and two pubs serving good food. Within easy reach are the South Downs, Portsmouth, Winchester Cathedral, Southampton with its maritime history, the New Forest, Chichester, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train, Jane Austens’ House, Gilbert White’s house and Birdworld. London is just an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Seasonal fishing available in small lake close by. Shops ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, kitchen area and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot (suitable for ages up to 18 mths)
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

  • Diddy Bones Barn

    Forestside, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29254


    Adjacent to the owners’ home, offering superb panoramic views over arable farmland and the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park from the feature balcony, this delightful first floor loft makes an ideal holiday retreat for couples who want to explore this scenic area. It is perfectly located for walking and cycling, with nearby access to a network of footpaths and popular cycle routes. Many attractions are close by, including the cathedral city of Chichester, coastal villages of Emsworth/Bosham, Goodwood Estate, offering horse racing and motoring experiences, Portsmouth with its historic dock yard, Spinnaker Tower and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Hot air balloon flights are available with the owner (pilot), subject to weather conditions. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Sloping ceilings in most rooms.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Balcony. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead in owners’ grounds. No smoking. No children under 16, except babies under 6 months. NB: Small pond at front of owner’s property.

  • Little Barn

    Amberley, nr. Arundel

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: PUUA


    This stunning barn conversion boasts an exceptional location, offering magnificent views over the Amberley Wildbrooks, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Having been sympathetically converted to an excellent standard, Little Barn was nominated for an award by the local authority’s planning department. Formerly used for agricultural purposes, the barn still retains some of the character features, such as period beams, some of which are low on the first floor. The entrance hall, with room for coats and boots, leads into the light and spacious kitchen/dining area, which has a high vaulted ceiling and a stone floor, with underfloor heating. French doors lead out to the large decked terrace, a delightful spot from which to savour those outstanding views, and enjoy al fresco dining or an aperitif or two! The double bedroom is on the ground floor and has an en-suite shower room.

    Stairs lead from the ground floor to a spacious galleried sitting room, with two armchairs, and another seating area with sofas and TV. There is a door with a Juliet balcony, and plentiful beams, some of which are low. The barn incorporates garage parking for 2 cars.

    This superb property is located in a peaceful downland village setting, with a village shop, pottery, tea rooms and medieval church. The very popular pub (½ mile) serves good food, and many other popular well-known pubs are within easy reach. Within walking distance, a historic hotel offers fine dining in stunning surroundings for more special occasions. The area offers a wealth of scenic walks: the water meadows of the Wildbrooks, the River Arun and the very popular South Downs Way can all be accessed on foot from the barn.

    Popular local attractions include Arundel with its castle, various eateries, antique and book shops; Parham House and gardens; Petworth House (NT); gardens at West Dean, Nymans (NT) and Woolbeding (NT). Chichester offers Goodwood (horse racing, the Festival of Speed, and the Revival), the Festival Theatre and cathedral, all within a 20-minute drive. Gatwick Airport is about 30 miles away; beaches and coastal walks at Climping (8 miles) and West Wittering (20 miles). Shop 330 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Kitchen with dining area, high vaulted ceiling, tiled floor and French doors leading to decked terrace. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried living room with beams (some low), TV and Juliet balcony.

    Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included

    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and fridge/freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Large decked terrace and furniture
    • Juliet balcony
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • Compton Farm Cottages - The Plough Shed

    Compton, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 24493

    National Accessible Scheme Mobility Level M3A (refs. 17320 & 19202)

    Converted from former farm buildings, these four holiday properties (two of which have been adapted for the disabled with shower chairs available), are in the Southdowns National Park. Properties 17320 and 17321 command fine views over the surrounding countryside. Situated in the grounds of the family farm (non-working), they are only 100 yards from the village of Compton with village shop and tea room with free wi-fi access. Enjoy peaceful walks along a bridle path leading to the South Downs Way, 2 miles designated as a National Park. The historic cathedral town of Chichester lies 10 miles away, with its cobbled streets adorned with tea rooms and restaurants, and the ornate cathedral. Scenic boat tours can be taken around the harbour. Goodwood and Fontwell races or polo at Cowdray are all within a short drive. Portsmouth, with shopping and leisure facilities, within easy reach. Hawking and falconry days can be arranged, prices on application and must be pre-booked direct with owner. Shop and pub 100 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH included. Cot and high chair on request. CD. Washing machine. Internet connection. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Small unfenced duck pond opposite drive entrance.

  • Drayton Farm Barns - Shepherds Den

    East Meon, Petersfield

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: PDDQ

    Amidst beautiful rolling countryside and farmland, set in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse within a working farm, Drayton Farm Barns (PDDP, PDDQ & PDDR) have been skillfully converted from one large barn. Offering plenty of light and space, these beautifully presented barns have been tastefully furnished to a high specification. Henwood (PDDR) is an ‘upside down’ house, designed with the living area on the first floor to take advantage of the superb countryside views. They enjoy shared use of a large lawned garden, and direct access to miles of scenic walks in this wonderful part of Hampshire within the Meon Valley, with the river meandering through the farmland.
    Just over a mile is the quaint thatched roof village of East Meon, which has shops, a church and two renowned pubs serving good food. West Meon (where Thomas Lord rests, founder of Lords cricket) is also close by with award-winning butchers and pub. Within easy reach are the glorious South Downs, Portsmouth with Nelsons Victory, The Mary Rose, waterside dining, designer shopping and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, as well as Winchester Cathedral, Southampton with its extensive maritime history, the vast heathland walks and riding in The New Forest, historic Chichester with cathedral and festival theatre, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Gilbert White’s House, Birdworld and Marwell Zoo. London is about an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Shops 1½ miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area and oak floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Parking (for 1 car)

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Large shared garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: sloping bank and 4 steps in garden.

  • Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn

    Clanfield, nr. Hambledon

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: DNH

    These two beautifully presented properties, set in the South Downs National Park, have been tastefully converted from a south-facing barn, and command views of open countryside and the surrounding arable farmland. Furnished and equipped to a high standard, they each enjoy their own furnished garden. An excellent base for touring, they are close to the old docks of Portsmouth, Chichester and Hayling Island. The cathedral city of Winchester and Petersfield are also easily accessible. Good walks abound in this scenic area, particularly on Butser Hill (3 miles) and the South Down Trail at Petersfield. Sailing 10 miles. Golf 6 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to garden. Farmhouse-style kitchen with terracotta-tiled floor. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity £25per week
    • Full oil central heating £15per week
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Unsuitable for children
    • Couples and family bookings only

    • Wood-burning stove – logs available locally
    • Bed linen included
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden with patio and furniture
    • No smoking

  • Foxleigh Farm Barns - The Coop

    Kirdford, nr. Petworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PRRK

    Sympathetically converted, these super barn conversions (refs PRRJ and PRRK), previously the egg store of a renowned chicken farm, stand side by side adjacent to the owners’ home, which is on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kirdford. Close to the South Downs National Park, these attractive holiday barns are ideal for couples wishing to stroll, cycle, fish, play golf or visit the numerous attractions within easy reach. Foxleigh Farm Barns has close access to an extensive network of footpaths, leading to the unspoilt part of the low weald, a haven for birds and wildlife. The quaint village of Petworth is 5 miles away, with its plentiful antique shops, beautiful stately home and Capability Brown designed gardens and parkland, where many functions and events can be enjoyed during the summer months. The charming small town of Midhurst, famous for polo at Cowdray Park is also a short drive, as are Billingshurst, Haslemere and Guildford. Goodwood, with its motor racing and horse racing, Fontwell races, West Dean Gardens, Parham House, The Weald, Downland Open Air Museum and the South Downs are all within easy driving distance, as is the cathedral city of Chichester with its extensive shopping and tea rooms, festival theatre and harbour tours. Alternatively, the town of Arundel with its famous castle and cathedral, plus the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are both well worth a visit. The Witterings and other beaches are a half-hour’s drive and numerous golf courses are within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Cloakroom with boot store and toilet. Turning stairs to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom with zip and link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Large garden

    • Wood-burning stove included
    • Electricity, full Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service available
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

  • Cornhill Hall Lodge

    Bishops Waltham, nr. Winchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30392


    This delightful single-storey holiday lodge is located in the grounds of the owner’s spacious country home, which is set in 6 acres. The lodge enjoys its own private lawned garden with views over the South Downs National Park. Couples can enjoy use of the large indoor heated pool, and there is a public footpath adjacent to the property providing access to excellent walking trails in the local area and beyond. Nearby Bishops Waltham is a popular medieval town, and has interesting historic sights such as the 12th-century palace ruins and Roman church, as well as local shops, pubs, restaurants and coffee houses. Cornhill Hall Lodge is ideally located for many sightseeing areas. It is within easy reach of the historic cathedral city of Winchester, and also near to Southampton and Portsmouth. Chichester, The Watercress Steam Railway, Jane Austen’s House, The New Forest, Marwell Zoo and Poultons Park are also within easy driving distance. It is less than a 30-minute drive to the nearest coast and the local area hosts a number of golf courses. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Laundry service on request. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (9.5m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m), use by arrangement. Welcome pack. No smoking. Babes in arms only. NB: Fenced pond 25 yards.

  • Myrtle Cottage

    Hambledon, nr. Portsmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43472


    Ideally located in the delightful village of Hambledon, a few steps from the traditional store and local inn, this charming holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s Grade II listed Georgian home. Hambledon is set in the heart of the South Downs National Park and is ideal for walkers, cyclists and photographers. It is famous as the ’birthplace of cricket’ and boasts the oldest, commercial vineyard in England. Just 13 miles away are the sea and coastlines of Hampshre and West Sussex, including picturesque Chichester Harbour, the historic dockyards of Portsmouth and the beaches of the Witterings and Hayling Island. Local activities include tennis, golf, fly fishing, shooting, horse riding and gliding. Within easy reach are the Isle of Wight ferry, Winchester Cathedral, The New Forest, the Watercress Line steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Marwell Zoo and Beaulieu Motor Museum. London is about an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Folly

    Hambledon

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PRA


    For couples who fancy a romantic getaway and something out of the ordinary, this detached 19th-century listed folly stands in the garden of the owners’ house and enjoys wonderful views over the pretty village of Hambledon, the birthplace of cricket, and full use of a 30ft indoor heated swimming pool, (open April to October) is perfect. This Georgian Grade II listed property was built in 1832 and is situated in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for stargazing. There are many wonderful walks nearby, and just 13 miles away are the sea and the coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex – including picturesque Chichester Harbour. Easy touring to stately homes at Beaulieu and Broadlands, and gardens at Exbury. Portsmouth (13 miles) boasts Nelson’s Victory, the Mary Rose, a wide range of amenities, a harbour and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Historic cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester area a half-hour drive. Rose Bowl cricket ground is within easy reach and a local free tennis court with all equipment supplied free of charge, National Trust properties and gardens, Goodwood Racecourse, Festivals of Speed and Revivals are all easily accessible. Golf, horse riding and fishing nearby. Shops 200 yards, pub 400 yards.

    Small fitted kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow-tread stairs to first and second floor. First floor: Cosy living/dining room with electric fire. Second floor: Pretty double bedroom with attractive antique pine furniture.

    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Fan heater
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD player
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Sole use of owner’s indoor heated swimming pool (open April-October)
    • Unsuitable for the elderly/infirm
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in owners’ garden.

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