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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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  • Bridge End Farm Cottages - Hardknott Cottage

    Boot, nr. Eskdale

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 31165

    Your holiday begins with the breathtaking drive to historic Bridge End Farm Cottages. Coming over Birker Moor, one of the finest panoramas in Britain unfolds before you – Scafell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable tower majestically above these beautiful fells. Lakeland authors, John Ruskin and Alfred Wainwright, were captivated by Eskdale’s beauty describing the valley as “the gateway to paradise” and “a perfect arcadia in the hills – the finest of all valleys”. Continue your journey along leafy lanes, over packhorse bridges, around Herdwick sheep and alongside crystal clear streams to arrive at your destination, Bridge End Farm Cottages. Grade II listed and over 400 years old, the complex is steeped in history, with each of the seven cottages bursting with charm and character. Bridge End Farmhouse (ref 31162) is an extremely attractive Elizabethan farmhouse, a very special cottage with a host of interesting historical features. These include a marvellous Jacobean court cupboard given as a wedding present to William and Agnes Nicholson in 1703, oak panelling, oak beams and original flag stone flooring. Scafell Cottage (ref 31163) is a stunning barn conversion with an impressive entrance lobby and features a full height glazed former barn door. It also has a plethora of exposed feature stonework and oak beams. Wastwater Cottage (ref 31164) is a splendid cottage with an enormous and stylish 30ft open-plan living room with a baby grand piano, high ceiling and exposed trusses. The beautiful pink Eskdale granite showcases the gorgeous stonework within the cottage. Stanley Ghyll Cottage (ref 31166) is a detached stone cottage just for two, and it enjoys superb fell and valley views. It is romantic, cosy and bursts with charm and character, featuring oak beams and exposed pink Eskdale granite stonework. The doors lead to a patio with garden furniture, barbecue and the archway outside leads to a ’secret’ garden. Wrynose Cottage (ref 31168) is a cosy and charming cottage with oak beams, includes exposed Eskdale feature stonework and an arch glazed double door entrance. Hardknott Cottage (ref 31165) is cosy and charming, with oak beams and exposed Eskdale granite feature stonework. The kitchen door leads to the patio and garden with garden furniture, barbecue and glorious fell views. Whillan Beck Cottage (ref 31167) is a gorgeous little cottage situated beside Whillan Beck and the quaint 17th century packhorse bridge and offers lovely fell and waterfall views. For history lovers, England’s oldest twin wheel is just across the packhorse bridge. Located in the heart of the National Park, guests are 2 minutes’ walk away from the fells. Gentle strolls or challenging walks are plentiful. Ten minutes takes you to the River Esk, where families adore hopping across the stepping stones by St Catherine’s Church and bathing and splashing in the clear, shallow watermill streams. For the energetic, there are endless peaks to explore. The cottage gardens are perfect for relaxing with your holiday reads and not to forget the amazing stars! Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 200 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (children, sport and movies package). DVD and small library. CD and small library. iPod dock. Selection of books and games. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2-acre grounds with paddock, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in grounds.

  • Treview

    Trewithick, nr. Launceston

    Grade
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    Ref: 29860


    This spacious semi-detached property adjoins the owners’ home and is set in a lovely quiet rural location on the outskirts of Launceston, ideal for couples looking for a peaceful hideaway. From the full length glass apex window in the living room, there are some amazing rural views stretching from the high tors of Dartmoor on the horizon to Launceston town and castle and onwards across rolling countryside as far as Bodmin Moor. This is a superb spot for just relaxing or exploring the region. The owners are very welcoming and if required, can offer you a large dog kennel and run for your pet. The property is set on a 13-acre small holding with its own private garden with sitting-out area. There is so much to see and explore in the area of Cornwall, and all within easy reach of this property. Treciga would make an ideal holiday base not only during the summer but throughout the entire year for a weekend break or a spring getaway. Fishing for grayling and brown trout is available on the smallholding (licence required). Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining area/kitchen area.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 13-acre small holding. Parking (1 car). Fishing (foc). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Barnyard - Rafters

    Portreath

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 2996

    Perfect for families and couples all year round
    Set in a tranquil location
    Secluded valley 5 minutes from beach

    The Barnyard is ideally situated to explore the Cornish coast. Nestled in a quiet valley it is only a 30 minute walk to a sandy beach, ideal for surfing, water sports or cliff walks. Its central location means you are only minutes away from local attractions such as the Eden Project, Tate Gallery and Minack Theatre. Within easy reach are a number of National Trust retreats such as Godrevy Headland and the famous gardens. There is also an 18 hole golf course less than a mile away. Most of the cottages are 2 storey reverse accommodation and give unspoilt views of the private gardens. There is a private drive and the 3-acre grounds are secluded, ideal for picnics, barbecues and sunbathing. The small wooden play area is excellent for children to explore, and there is a games room with pool table, table football, wide screen TV, DVDs and videos.
    The Barnyard was imaginatively converted from a traditional range of farm buildings which have been refurbished whilst retaining much of their rustic character, with exposed beams and natural pine doors and stairs. The owners have taken great care to provide a very good standards of comfort, and the kitchens and bathrooms are well-appointed. Shop and pub within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen.

    Travel cot. High chair.

    All properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot (except property ref 2996). Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry with washing machines and tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 3-acre enclosed gardens with wooden play area for small children. Gas barbecue on request. Ample parking. Shared games room with pool table, table football, wide screen TV, DVDs and videos. No smoking.

  • East Dunley Cottages - Fig Cottage

    Bovey Tracey

    Grade
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    Ref: W44213

    Virginia Cottage (ref 28108) and Fig Cottage (ref W44213), are both perfect for couples who enjoy walking, sightseeing and visiting National Trust properties. These properties are are situated in 10½ acres of unspoilt natural grounds on the edge of Dartmoor. Both barn conversions are set in a row of three in a courtyard setting, close to the owners’ home, smallholding and 5-pitch certified caravan site. The holiday properties are eco-friendly with solar panels, air source heat pumps and an environmentally-friendly hot water system. Walkers can explore Dartmoor, spot wild ponies, cross ancient stone bridges spanning the River Dart, and admire the Tors. Visit Castle Drogo, Lydford Gorge, Buckfast Abbey, Torbay, Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles. Exeter, with its stunning cathedral, is a short drive. A nature trail and cycle route can be found on the Forestry Commission land, 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Properties 28108 and W44213 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

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

    Both properties: Central heating by air source heat pump, solar electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 10½ acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from bore hole. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and leat in grounds, 65 yards.

  • Moorhen Cottage

    Leverton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: E3750

    Enjoying a lovely peaceful location, these smartly furnished, very comfortable, single storey cottages offer a great place to unwind and relax. Set in three acres of beautiful landscaped grounds with a natural lake they are set around a colourfully planted courtyard and share a large games room with full size snooker table. Set in the village of Leverton - an area renowned for birdlife and nature reserves, there is good walking and cycling on the doorstep and the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds chalk hillside scenery, a designated Area of Natural Beauty, with its rolling uplands and quaint unspoilt villages and countryside, is within easy reach. Nearby river boat trips provide a pleasant tranquil way to enjoy the countryside, a nearby farm museum gives a fascinating glimpse into the agricultural past, as do the ancient windmills, whilst the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight revives more recent memories. Skegness, 15 miles, boasts a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, the fun of Fantasy Island and traditional seaside amusements. Inland, Horncastle has a huge array of antique emporiums, and at Woodhall Spa, 15 miles, are the Kinema in the Woods and a lovely outdoor swimming pool. Spalding, famous for its spring flower festival is 20 miles whilst Hunstanton’s seal sanctuary is a little further afield. Lincoln with it’s medieval cobbled streets, lovely cathedral and castle, designer shops and vibrant riverside is 30 miles. Locally shops and inns are 2 miles and historic Boston a short drive.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating £21per week 11th September-21st May (other dates by arrangement). Fenced patio.

    All properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 3-acre gardens. Garden furniture. Parking. Games room with full-size snooker table and darts. No smoking. Wheelchair access - NA Category 1. NB: Unfenced pond and small lake in grounds.

  • Cornflower Cottage

    Horsford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W40836

    Perfect location for touring

    This purpose built ground floor holiday apartment, complete with wide doorways and ramps, offers a very good standard of accommodation. It is set in 11 acres comprising woodlands and countryside, and close by is the Marriotts Way with its 27 miles of cycle and footpaths. Well positioned for touring with the Norfolk Broads and the unspoilt Norfolk Coast being within easy driving distance. Alternatively you could visit the fine city of Norwich. Major attractions include the castle, cathedral, the Forum Museums and the excellent theatre. The city hosts two large shopping centres, traditional stall market and narrow cobbled streets. North Norfolk has some impressive NT properties, including Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall. Shop 0.5 miles, pub with food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (can be double). Wet room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Woodgate - Foxes Den

    Grogley, Wadebridge, Camel Valley

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: GWJ

    Nestling in 2 acres of shared wooded gardens, within a further 10 acres of woods, orchards and water meadows leading down to the river, these two charming holiday properties enjoy beautiful views across the Camel Valley. Set on a smallholding, Badgers Holt is attached to the owners’ home, whilst Foxes Den is 60 yards away. Each has its own garden area, and nature trails can be enjoyed through the grounds, with abundant wildlife such as badgers, foxes and otters. Close, easy access to the Camel Trail which leads to the fishing port of Padstow (15 minutes’ drive), with bicycle hire, beaches, shops, inns and restaurants. Wine tasting 1 mile away. Bodmin Steam Railway 10 minutes’ drive. Golf and riding nearby. Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, 25 minutes’ drive. Spa, gym and swimming pool 5 minutes’ drive. Enjoy fishing onsite (permit required). Shops 2 miles.

    This 19th-century stone building has been ingeniously converted into a delightful, cosy little cottage. Conservatory/living room with rugs on terracotta-tiled floor. Fully fitted kitchen/dining room open to a high beamed ceiling with roof lights. Steps up to double bedroom with four-poster bed and TV. Shower room with toilet.

    • Underfloor heating in conservatory and shower room
    • Shared use of washing machine

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two HD satellite TVs with home cinema system
    • DVD recorder
    • Microwave
    • Shared use of tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Hair dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden area
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 12-acre grounds
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: River in grounds

  • Arley Cottage

    Hook Norton, nr. Chipping Norton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W8532

    Delightful rustic retreat

    This tiny south facing detached bungalow is set in the delightful grounds of the owner’s 17th century home in an attractive village of stone built houses and thatched cottages. Beyond the cottage and charming gardens are paddocks leading down to a stream, pedigree Dartmoor sheep, glorious open countryside views and a nature reserve in the distance. The village of Hook Norton has a well known brewery, several good pubs, a pottery and village shop and Hook Norton is a short drive from many Cotswold attractions, including Stratford-upon-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, historic houses and beautiful gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 1 double bedroom.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Cowslip

    Roseweek, St Austell

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: GY4

    This spacious, beautifully converted barn stands detached within its own large garden, with commanding views across the countryside. It also offers beautiful furnishings with a pitched ceiling with exposed trusses in the living room. Approached by a country lane via a small woodland farm lane, Cowslip is set in the ancient farming hamlet of Roseweek. It is ideally located for walking, cycling and golf, or simply relaxing amid tranquil surrounds. There are many places of interest close by, including the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and several NT properties. A short drive leads to the historic harbour of Charlestown and the picturesque village of Fowey, with the beaches and villages of the north coast some 30 minutes by car. Shops 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Large garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

  • The Studio at the Neuk

    Warkworth

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC317048
    Only a few minutes walk from Warkworth Castle and the pretty village centre, this small, comfortable, detached holiday studio is an ideal base for exploring this friendly county. It is set within the friendly owners’ grounds yet offers privacy. With a ground floor kitchen and first floor lounge and bedroom area, this quirky studio is a super base for couples or two friends.

    Warkworth has some charming little pubs and tea rooms with walks along the river where it is not unusual to see some rare birds. Nearby, the town of Amble which is reputedly ’the friendliest port’ has a working harbour, marina, Sunday market, fish and chip shops and plenty of varied amenities. Alnwick, with its famous castle featured in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, is only a few miles with cobbled streets and famous water gardens with a spectacular grand cascade, and the worlds largest tree house restaurant should not be missed. Warkworth is on the main Heritage coastal route which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and from here you can enjoy some glorious unspoilt beaches and rugged coastline.

    The Studio is a handy base for your holiday and is ideal for reaching inland to the National Park, west to visit Hadrian’s Wall or north towards the borders.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: With laminate floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Open plan living space: With laminate floor.
    Lounge area: Large with 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and decorative Juliet balcony.
    Dining area.
    Bedroom area: With double bed and sloping ceilings.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 3 years except babes in arms.

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Butler’s Loft

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: 30601

    Butlers Loft is the perfect hideaway for a romantic getaway and is a part of Staffield Hall, a stunning Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607). Set in an ideal location in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both, Carlisle and Penrith and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. This beautiful apartment, once the house nursery, now offers light and airy open-plan living accommodation with a large ‘L’ shaped living room, a fully fitted kitchen with granite work tops and a 2-seater dining table with contemporary high back chairs to wine and dine! The apartment features exposed oak beams, sloping ceilings and an unusual half-domed ceiling, which adds to the charm of this sensational building. On arrival a welcome pack will be awaiting with all the necessities to help you settle in. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Butlers Loft and relax, whilst enjoying the panoramic views down the tiered gardens and the Eden Valley. Indulge in the bio-jet bath before climbing in to the king size bed with fresh white linen, a perfect way to end the day and to recharge for your next days adventure.
    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

  • Curlew Cottage

    Lealholm near Whitby

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC231107
    Built from local sandstone with a red pantile roof, Curlew Cottage, named after one of its most frequent visitors started life as a tractor shed and has been wonderfully renovated and now offers luxurious holiday accommodation on one level. Situated in a semi rural position some 1 1/2 miles from the village of Lealholm, this highly sought after, delightful holiday home offerings peace and tranquility alongside a small sheep farm. Excellent footpath walks can be accessed direct from the door, or for those wishing to explore the North York Moors and Coast, numerous attractions are easily accessible by car, including Grosmont, terminus of the Steam Railway, Goathland where the TV series Heartbeat is based and of course the bustling resorts of Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay.

    Ground Floor: With oil fired central heating the cottage comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen/diner: Open plan with colour TV, DVD, radio and CD. Kitchen area with electric oven, touch control ceramic hob, combination microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC, hand basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. Freezer space available. Use of owners telephone in emergency.South facing patio area with BBQ.  Parking. Cycle store. This property is not suitable for children under 16. Curlew Cottage is next to Peewit Cottage (ref CC231106).

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