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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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  • Betsy Cottage

    Butleigh, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
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    Ref: W44202


    Betsy Cottage is a medieval Grade II listed semi-detached cottage which has been beautifully restored. The ancient beams and flagstone floors retain the authentic character and charm of this peaceful and romantic retreat. The large bedroom has an ornate four-poster bed and additionally there is a wonderfully comfortable, working antique copper bath in the bedroom. The living room provides a stunning inglenook fireplace complete with Victorian wood-burning range and bread oven. The outside seating area is within a shared courtyard.

    Glastonbury is a 5-minute drive away, as is Street with its outlet shopping at Clarks Village. Wells is 20 minutes, and Bath and Bristol 50 minutes drive away. The cottage is located in the heart of the conservation village of Butleigh; a charming little village tucked away at the head of the Somerset Levels. Butleigh boasts its own shop, post office and a friendly local pub offering excellent local ales and traditional food. Much of the countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for countless walks. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with free-standing copper bath and en-suite toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years, except babes in arms. NB: 3 steps in garden. Neighbouring property is accessed via courtyard garden.

  • Bramble Farm Cottage

    Naunton, nr. Upton-upon-Severn

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30619


    Bramble Farm Cottage is a detached converted cow byre, set within the owners’ grounds in the small village of Naunton, Worcestershire. With a blend of original beams and contemporary décor, this detached, single-storey holiday property has been converted to a very good standard. Guests benefit from their own sun room at the rear of the property which back onto neighbouring fields, giving it a real, secluded feel. The whole place is a home-from-home, and it is an ideal base for exploring the local area. Bramble Farm Cottage is easily accessible from the motorway network and is in the perfect location for visiting the riverside town of Upton-upon-Severn which is only 2 miles away. With its array of 17th century buildings, it is also home to the Upton Jazz and Sunshine Festivals in the summer. The Three Counties Showground and Cheltenham racecourse are close by, and guests can also visit the historic riverside towns of Tewkesbury, 5 miles, The Malverns, 9 miles, the site of the last battle of the English Civil War in Worcester, 11 miles, and Cheltenham, 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Sun room. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 5½-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children, except babies under 2 years. NB: Steps and slopes in garden. Pond in owners’ grounds.

  • Lower Millcombe Barns - Snowdrop

    Linkinhorne, nr. Callington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30213


    Tucked away in a little known and quite idyllic location in Cornwall, just a few miles from the town of Callington nestling in the valley below Bodmin Moor, is the village of Linkinhorne. A little rural piece of paradise hidden off the tourist routes. The village of Linkinhorne has a lovely pub less than 1 mile from these 2 cottages. Primrose (ref 30212) and Snowdrop (ref 30213) have been superbly converted from old stone barns and stand in the grounds of the owner’s 16th-century home yet both have a degree of privacy, each with a fully enclosed patio garden and a larger shared lawned picnic area and garden set alongside a babbling brook. Snowdrop has been specifically designed to cater for those who use wheelchairs and is awaiting Grade 3 accreditation by the NAS. Dogs are most welcome here and the friendly owners who live to the rear of the holiday cottages are most accommodating. The entrance to the two cottages is planted with a wild flower meadow, to encourage butterflies and wildlife and the patio gardens are both planted with sweet smelling honeysuckles and roses. For the keen walkers there is an abundance of walking trails around the area or a little further afield in just under an hour you could visit both North and South Cornish coastilines. STERTS open-air theatre is just a short drive from the cottages, a fabulous place to visit to watch a play or listen to poetry or music, set high up on the edge of the Bodmin Moor. Beach 20 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. No smoking.

  • The Coachhouse

    Purton, nr. Royal Wootton Bassett

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43805


    This renovated 19th-century coachhouse is a charming, detached, ‘upside down’ holiday cottage. The old stable door leads in to the kitchen/dining room, with stairs up to the living room, bedroom and bathroom. The property lies in a peaceful cul-de-sac within a fenced, gated area, and is ideal for pet owners. It is within a 4-minute stroll along a quiet lane to the amenities of Purton village, which has a corner shop, post office, library and a local pub and restaurant. Nearby is a hotel/restaurant and a lot of lovely walks.
    The Coachhouse provides an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions within the area. Royal Wootton Bassett is a picturesque town which has retained much of its architectural heritage, and has many pubs, shops and amenities. Nearby, Jubilee Lake is to be found, where a wooded trail leads off to a steeply-wooded area, a popular spot for walkers, dog owners and anglers. Malmesbury dates back to the 5th century and is named the Queen of hilltop towns due to its position perched above the River Avon. The abbey and gardens are well worth a visit, and it is also the gateway to the Cotswolds. Bibury, once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’ is just 30 minutes away. Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford are within an hour’s drive. Westonbirt holds the UK’s largest collection of trees and hosts many concerts throughout the summer. For retail therapy, the designer outlet village at Swindon is located in a disused railway station. The Cotswolds Water Park, near Cirencester, offers 40 square miles of lakes for wind surfing, sailing, canoeing and skiing. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. First floor: Living room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Thornden Farm - The Old Stable

    Ashburnham, Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: PG7


    Sympathetically converted to form characterful properties, the heavily beamed cottages at Thornden Farm date back to the 16th century and occupy a truly peaceful and secluded setting amidst 1066 countryside. Within the grounds of Thornden Farm are goats, free range chickens and a small flock of sheep, and from both here and the Coach House (ref PBBR), there are far-reaching views to Beachy Head, the South Downs and the sea. Each cottage boasts an individual seating area in landscaped gardens.

    There is a wealth of diverse attractions and activities within the surrounding area. Visit historic Battle, where one may pause for a cream tea and visit the ancient abbey or the fascinating world of Yesteryear, a fun museum of everyday items from days gone by. Hastings is a short drive away offering freshly caught fish from the beaches in the old town, the smugglers cave and many more tourist attractions. Rye, with its cobbled streets, variety of shops and inns such as the famous Mermaid Inn which is known in history as the meeting place for the notorious Hawkhurst smuggling gang, makes a truly wonderful day out. Just a short trip from Ashburnham, one can find expanses of white sand dunes and beaches at Camber, with many other beaches and cliff top walks to be discovered along the entire coast. The Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne (15 miles), with an indoor swimming-pool, adventure park and new Sovereign Harbour complex, still retains a sense of its opulent past. Royal Tunbridge Wells and the famous Pantiles are 18 miles away. Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling, is 5 miles away at Burwash. There are also numerous National Trust and English Heritage sites in the locality.

    Activities offered locally include trout fishing (fly only) in Ashburnham, Bewl and Darwell reservoirs. Horse riding, four golf courses plus fantastic cycling and walking. There are many festivals and shows throughout the year, including orchestral nights at Battle Abbey and the castles of Bodium and Hertsmonceaux. Guy Fawkes celebrations in East Sussex are a local tradition, with each area boasting its own Bonfire Society. Within 1½ miles there are two pubs, the ‘Ash Tree Inn’ at Brownbread Street and ‘The Swan Inn’ at Dallington each serve real ales and fine food. Whether it’s a romantic short break or a family holiday that is required, Thornden Cottages offer the perfect setting, as many people testify by returning again, and again, and again. Shop 4 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    • Access to freezer

    • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing by arrangement with owner
    • Wi-fi
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in owner’s grounds

  • The Coach House

    Thimbleby, nr. Horncastle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 23248

    This former coach house is situated in the grounds of the owner’s home and enjoys super views across to the Lincolnshire Wolds and Lincoln Cathedral. The popular village of Thimbleby with its main street of thatched cottages lies just 11/2 miles from the bustling town of Horncastle, which stands as the gateway to the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB. Lincoln with its cathedral and the coast are both within a half hour drive. Woodhall Spa with park, outdoor swimming pool, golf club and home of the National Golf Union is just 6 miles. Coningsby, 8 miles. Shops 11/2 miles, pub 20 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small garden with decked area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Orchard Cottage

    Old Liverton Village, near Whitby

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC243121
    Orchard Cottage is a stone-built semi-detached property situated within the conservation area of the historic village of Liverton 12 miles from Whitby. It sits in approximately six acres of garden and paddock with ample private parking. It is set well back from the road allowing guests plenty of privacy. The property has recently undergone a major refurbishment and has been finished off to a high standard with tasteful décor and furnishings throughout and offers spacious accommodation on easy split levels.

    Ground Floor: Heated by electric thermostat controlled central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/diner: with Freeview TV, radio/DVD, contemporary log effect wall mounted electric fire and woodburning stove.
    Kitchen: with freestanding electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and slimline dishwasher.
    Bedroom: with double bed.
    Bathroom: with bath, double shower cubicle, WC, basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    All power, heating, bed linen and towels are provided. Starter pack of logs provided. Wi-Fi access available.Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking. Sorry, no smoking, children or pets.

  • Nellys House

    St Merryn, nr. Padstow

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W44033

    The seven sandy beaches of St. Merryn Parish, dot the nearby coastline which are used by several surf schools, and are all within 3 miles of the property. This pretty, well-appointed, detached, holiday home has been fitted and furnished with style and the sea at Harlyn Bay can be glimpsed from the window. It has a lovely, well-designed bedroom, with a spacious bathroom leading from it. The open plan living area is ideal for a couple who are looking for a romantic break or simply wanting to get away from it all in the beautiful, rolling countryside of North Cornwall. Situated on the owner’s farm, the cottage is close to the village of St. Merryn, with its array of shops, pubs and restaurants, which in itself, is only a short drive from the picturesque harbour of Padstow. Travelling up the coast, you will find the market town of Wadebridge, which is known as the gateway to the Camel Trail, Polzeath with its famous surfing beach, Port Isaac, the home of Doc Martin and the bustling village of Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur. Further down the coast is Newquay with its surfing beaches, zoo and aquarium and inland you will find the World Heritage Site of Bodmin Moor with its’ rugged and unspoilt moorland. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    2 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Laundry facilities available. Dishwasher. Freezer space available. Courtyard and garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children.

  • Wanderer

    Sutton Staithe, nr. Stalham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E2988

    This delightful cottage, with its ‘upside down’ design, sundeck and first floor balcony overlooking marshland, is one of a row of six set a few yards from the mooring basin and local river. Footpaths offer leisurely waterside strolls and Sutton’s village green is perfect for fishing and picnicking. Craft centres, steam railways, National Trust houses, sandy beaches (3 miles) and Norwich city are an easy drive. Shop 0.5 miles, pub 50 yards.

    Small step to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony with sundeck and furniture. Shared 0.25-acre grounds with footpaths. Parking. Fishing. Moorings and slipway. No smoking. NB: Unfenced access to riverside and mooring basin in grounds.

  • Moorhead Farm - Bullfinch

    Woolsery, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: B6133

    Just 4 miles from the coast
    Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
    Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
    Close to beaches and many local attractions
    Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna (at cost) and gym
    Games room and separate snooker room (lighting at cost) with full sized table
    9 hole pitch and putt
    One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
    Bar and restaurant (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

    Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples (and older children) set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Located on a 1½-acre, well-stocked coarse fishing lake, with carp weighing up to 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
    Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and North Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! and the popular Cornish resort of Bude have fantastic beaches, renowned for excellent surfing, whilst Bude’s vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and Moorhead Farm is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding, paintballing and quad biking are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

    Bullfinch is a Barn Apartment
    Bullfinch is one of five cosy and charming 1-bedroom apartments situated in a turn of the century barn conversion. Each has a character of its own. These apartments are particularly designed with couples in mind. They are situated in a quiet part of the main complex and therefore close to all the facilities. They all have wonderful views over the farmer’s adjoining fields and the countryside beyond.
    Bullfinch is a first floor apartment: Living room with dining table and small kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Electric mini cooker with oven/grill and two hotplates. Access to shared freezer. No children under 10 years.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in main complex). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m), open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Sauna (at cost). Games room with pool table (at cost), children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room (lighting at cost). Gym. No smoking. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.


  • Sweet Retreat

    Matlock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29696


    Adjacent to the owner’s home but with separate access and its own garden, Sweet Retreat offers comfortable single-storey holiday accommodation, which is well-placed for exploring Derbyshire and the Peak District. The property is situated between two of Derbyshire’s most popular market towns, Matlock, 1 mile, and Bakewell, 7 miles, both of which offer a good range of amenities. The nearest bus stop is within 50 yards, with regular services into Bakewell, Matlock, Buxton, Derby and Manchester. There is a leisure centre with a café, pool and gym within a two minute walk. Whilst the area is renowned for excellent walks and mountain biking, the Matlock area is also very popular with people who enjoy more thrilling outdoor pursuits and there are opportunities locally for canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing and caving. Built along the River Derwent and just 3 miles away from the property, Matlock Bath is one of the area’s most scenic villages which inspired poet laureate Sir John Betjeman to write a poem by the same name. Matlock Bath’s attractions include an aquarium, Victorian tea rooms, Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park and the Heights of Abraham cable cars and caverns. Other places of interest within easy driving distance include Chatsworth House, 7 miles and Crich Tramway Village, 8 miles, as well as Lea Gardens, 5 miles, Kedleston House, 15 miles and Ashbourne, 15 miles. Peak Railway is another popular attraction with steam trains running from Matlock. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs (one Smart). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/
    dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

  • Nutberry

    Shipmeadow, nr. Bungay

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2380

    Tucked away down a country lane leading to the River Waveney, these two traditional 19th century farm building conversions are ideal for a peaceful and relaxing break near the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Set close to the owner’s home on a small farm whose grazed water meadows stretch to the river, and offering good fishing and walking, they are well placed for exploring the nearby market towns of Bungay, with its castle and recently restored theatre, and Beccles on the Norfolk Broads – both with interesting shops, pubs and restaurants. Southwold on the Suffolk Heritage Coast is 15 miles, whilst Norwich city, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings are all under 25 miles. Shops 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed with beams throughout. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared 30-acre grounds and garden. Fishing in season by arrangement (licence required). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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