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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 Hayloft

    East Meon, nr. Petersfield

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC221


    Situated in a truly stunning location, with a magnificent backdrop of rolling hills with sheep and cattle grazing, The Hayloft makes the perfect peaceful retreat for a couple wishing to explore the area. It is equidistant from Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester, which are all about a 20-minute drive away. Skilfully converted to provide lovely holiday accommodation, this delightful light and spacious property has high ceilings and attractive beamwork. The breathtaking views can be savoured, particularly from the bedroom, which has plenty of windows to take full advantage of the vista. Set within beautiful rolling countryside and farmland, nestled in the hills of the South Downs within the grounds of a working farm, and the owners’ country farmhouse offers bed and breakfast for overflow guests.

    There is direct access to miles of scenic walking and cycling routes in this wonderful part of Hampshire, (dogs to be kept on a lead in the immediate vicinity due to livestock) within The Meon Valley, near to West Meon with pubs serving fine fayre, and where Thomas Lord rests, founder of Lords cricket, as well as award-winning butchers and pub. East Meon is about 3 miles, with a pretty church and more good pubs. Petersfield market town is about 5 miles away, where there are plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as a train station with trains to London in approximately one hour. Other places to visit include Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower, HMS Warrier and HMS Nelson’s Victory, waterside dining, extensive designer shopping, and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, plus historic Winchester Cathedral and King Arthurs’ Round Table, Southampton with its extensive maritime history, the vast heathland walks/riding in The New Forest, historic Chichester with cathedral and festival theatre, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Gilbert White’s house, Marwell Zoo and Birdworld to name a few. Also, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is on the other side of the valley and worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Open plan, spacious living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area, beamed ceiling and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with kingsize bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, underfloor central heating in bathrooms, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 100-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Chauffeurs Cottage

    Melbourne near York

    Grade
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    Ref: CC224008
    The cosy cottage is situated adjacent to the historic 18th century Georgian Melbourne Hall standing in over 80 acres of private parkland and woodland and is accessed along a private sweeping driveway of some 500 metres from the highway. There is a local village with store and within a 4 mile radius a number of public houses offering an excellent range of good dining choices and to suit all budgets.  Within 4 miles of the property there are two golf courses and the Wolds Gliding ClubThe accommodation which underwent a complete refurbishment in 2010 comprises a dining kitchen, lounge with French windows which give access to a private enclosed patio area overlooking the original walled garden, bedroom and en-suite shower room. It contains the range of appliances which are required for modern day living, with central heating and an electric coal effect fire. Towels and bed linen are provided along with a welcome pack.This property can be booked with The Butler’s Apartment (CC224020) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Lounge:  With TV and DVD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer, dining table and chairs.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite shower room with double shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, shaver point and heated towel rail.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wifi internet available. Use of  freezer. Enclosed terrace to the front with garden furniture. 80 acres of gardens and woodland surrounding the hall. Please note: No children allowed, babes in arms only.

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  • The Hen House

    Widegates, nr. Looe

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: W43457


    This spacious, detached holiday property is wonderfully situated in Cornwall’s countryside, yet only minutes from many of the beautiful beaches in the area such as Looe, Hannifore and Seaton, which is a year-round dog friendly beach with a stylish beach bar and café. Looe, 4 miles, is home to one of the country’s fish markets supplied by the day boats that leave this quaint working harbour. Stroll the lanes that lead to the harbour and wide expanse of golden sand, buy some fish or seafood for that special meal or visit one of the multitude of restaurants the town offers. The coastal path passes nearby and provides beautiful walks and views along this dramatic coastline. In September there are live music festivals with many big names playing in the various venues.
    Polperro, a quaint and historic fishing village, is a short distance along the coast. There are numerous cycle routes around the area and many surfing spots along the coast. Various tourist attractions include The Monkey Sanctuary, The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and many golf courses along with National Trust gardens and houses. The Eden Project is an easy drive and provides a great day out, as does Padstow, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Fowey, a picturesque seafaring town providing sailing, kayaking and pleasure trips along the Fowey River.
    Deep sea fishing, pleasure trips and other water sports can all be enjoyed, along with woodland and coastal walks, horse riding and river kayaking. To the east of the town is the historic city of Plymouth with its theatres, cinemas, bowling and shopping, while to the west is the sea faring town of Fowey, home to the royal sailing regatta and many galleries. Shop ¼ mile, pub 1½ mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children. NB: Pond and stream in grounds.

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  • Wheel Farm Cottages - Hayloft

    Berry Down, nr. Combe Martin

    Grade
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    Ref: 30114

    Located just a few minutes from some of the finest beaches and Exmoor’s spectacular coastline, Wheel Farm is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A collection of cosy and get-away-from-it-all hideaways, the cottages are perfect for a romantic escape; or a family retreat. Facilities onsite include shared indoor swimming pool, games and films. Swooping and chirping birds and abundant wildlife make this magical area come alive. Converted from a 17th-century watermill and farm barns, the cottages retain many original features including beams, exposed stone walls and wood burning stoves. Each are brimming over with comfort whilst retaining rustic charm. Hayloft, Dairy, Linhay and Stable are all accessed via the main courtyard, with Lower Mill, Upper Mill and Byre offering superb views. Hayloft, Shippen, Dairy and Farmhouse are pet friendly. Mill Wheel is part of the original watermill, which offers a unique ‘upside-down’ layout. Granary has been converted from the original barn, and Farmhouse is the largest cottage in the complex. All properties have their own private entrance and come fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a self-catering cottage holiday.
    Hayloft (ref 30114) was originally converted from part of the large barn, and is perfect for a romantic break.
    Shippen (ref 30115) is a two storey country cottage, originally converted from a large barn.
    Lower Mill (ref 30116) has stunning views across the Exmoor countryside and is situated on the ground floor of the original converted watermill - the grand wheel, which can still be seen attached to the building.
    Mill Wheel (ref 30117) is part of the original watermill and is comfortably furnished.
    Dairy (ref 30118) is originally converted from a single storey barn.
    Upper Mill (ref 30119) is the first floor of the original watermill, boasting fabulous views over the rolling countryside.
    Farmhouse (ref 30120) has its own garden and log burning stove. From this property you can enjoy the glorious surroundings whatever the weather.
    Byre (ref 30121) is a beautiful two storey country cottage, converted from a large barn and filled with character and charm. On the first floor, a double bedroom boasts full length windows, enjoying views over the glorious Devon countryside.
    Granary (ref 30122) is converted from an original barn and offers spacious accommodation over two floors.
    Stable (ref 30123) is a beautifully converted two storey cottage, which was originally a large barn.
    Linhay (ref 30124) is a beautifully and comfortably furnished country cottage.
    Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker.Telephone-honesty box. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Pets must be kept on lead.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 7 acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m), open Thu - Tue, 8am-12pm, 3pm-7pm. Shared sauna. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • The Old School Room

    Instow, nr. Bideford

    Grade
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    Ref: HTTE

    This romantic, stylish, holiday retreat is a relaxing seaside escape, tucked away in idyllic surroundings, adjoining the owner’s home and small B&B. Enjoy golf, horse riding, watersports, sailing and fishing, whilst dog lovers, walkers and cyclists will enjoy the Tarka Trail. Dining out in Instow is a delight with excellent restaurants overlooking the Lundy Island sunset and Appledore across the bay. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Open plan living/dining room with open fire and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) with handmade oak kitchen area with Belfast sink. Oak floors throughout. Double bedroom with 5ft handmade 18th-century half tester bed and electric blanket. Bathroom with slipper bath, separate corner shower cubicle and toilet. External wet room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Small book library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard garden with patio, decked area and furniture
    • Shared use of owner’s garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 5 steps in garden

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  • Foxhaven Apartment

    Branksome Park, Poole

    Grade
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    Ref: DRF


    Just a 15-minute walk from the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth, this conveniently placed, well furnished apartment occupies the first floor of the owner’s chalet-style property. It has its own private staircase with handrails both sides, and private secluded gardens, which can be seen from all windows. Branksome Park, a very select area, has lovely level tree-lined walks, and Bournemouth centre, with its pretty gardens and many shops, bars and restaurants can easily be reached on foot along the beach at the end of the road, or by car. The quayside at Poole and NT Brownsea Island is 3 miles away. There is easy access to the coastal resorts including Swanage, Lulworth Cove and Weymorth. The New Forest with its wild ponies is a short drive away. Sandbanks is only 10 minutes’ drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 450 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Gas central heating included (October-April). Electricity by coin meter (first £5, hot water included). Bed linen and towels included. Two digital TV/DVDs. DVD/CD and small DVD library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 16 years.

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  • The Brewhouse

    Foxham

    Grade
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    Ref: E4453

    In a lovely rural setting with far reaching views over rolling countryside, this attractive Grade II listed detached cottage makes a cosy and very comfortable holiday base. Set near the owners’ home on their working farm, it lies within a short drive of the historic city of Bath. Walking through wildflowers meadows, the Avebury Stone Circle, Castle Combe (reputed to be England’s prettiest village), Lacock Abbey, Longleat Safari Park, Bradford-on-Avon’s many antique shops and Swindon’s steam museum and outlet shopping are just some of the area’s many delights. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. DVD. CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Use of freezer in outbuilding. Internet conection. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Canal and pond by property.

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  • Brailsham Barn Holiday Cottages - Windmill Cottage

    Heathfield, nr. Broad Oak

    Grade
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    Ref: 28698

    Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (National Trust) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Guests can enjoy coarse fishing on the farm, which is available by arrangement with the owners. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

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  • Victoria Place

    Dartmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: DHVICP

    A well located first floor apartment situated in a level position in the centre of town close to shops, restaurants and the water front. The property is newly renovated with an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, shower room and bedroom. It is well equipped and has the benefit of permit parking and is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing retreat.

    Communal door to hallway, stairs to first floor. Entrance door to hallway, open plan Sitting Room/Dining Room TV, DVD. Kitchen: fully fitted with electric oven with grill, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with ice box. Bedroom 1: Double bed (4’6"). Shower room: Cubicle with electric shower, basin, WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town Car Park (unreserved) May - October.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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  • Flat 3, The Coachouse

    Wirksworth

    Grade
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    Ref: W44139

    This characterful upstairs apartment is set in a converted vintage property, in the famous Peak District village of Wirksworth. The exposed brickwork throughout the property gives the apartment a cosy feeling, along with the exposed oak beams that frame the ceiling. The Coachouse has a quirky mezzanine floor, along with a beautifully kept enclosed courtyard garden, which is found behind the French doors in the thoughtfully coordinated and decorated bedroom.
    Wirksworth is an attractive and lively town, with an award-winning restaurant and old fashioned pubs. Come and explore its winding streets, its unique mixture of architectural styles and well established walks. In addition to the stunning scenery of the Peak District National Park, there is an annual arts festival in September, community owned swimming pool and Ecclesbourne Valley Railway which is close to the property. Cromford Mill, Carsington Water, the National Stone Centre and excellent antique shops can be found in both Wirksworth itself and further afield in Ashbourne. Beautiful Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy reach, as well as Matlock Bath, with its spectacular cable car. Only two miles away, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Cromford is not to be missed. Wirksworth is a great location for a varied holiday and The Coachouse offers a cosy retreat in a delightful destination. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room with beams/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with French doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Garden Flat - 7 Badgers Rake

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123129
    The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment at Badgers Rake. The superb apartments are perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The apartments are in an ideal position for a peaceful and relaxing break, yet within easy reach of all local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.
    This property can be booked together with Squirrels Nest 12 (123132) .

    Ground Floor: This is a ground floor apartment, double glazed, heated by storage radiators with fell views and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With large storage cupboard.
    Lounge/Dining Area: Open plan with tall wall mounted electric fire, leather sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. Digital TV, twin DVD/video and radio. Patio doors to private seating and spacious communal garden. Views to Loughrigg and Fairfield.
    Kitchen: Well equipped fitted contemporary kitchen area with electric cooker and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and slow cooker.
    Bedroom 1: Modern fitted double bedroom with plenty of storage space.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with heated spiral towel rail, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Patio doors lead to private patio and spacious shared gardenLarge communal garden that has a designated BBQ area. Communal washer/dryer for guests use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the apartment. Pets by arrangement but must be kept on a lead in the garden and all soilage removed.

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  • The Cottage

    Axminster

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 25436

    A lovely holiday retreat from which to explore East Devon, Dorset and Somerset

    Set in the 3-acre grounds of a Grade I listed manor house, this well presented cottage makes a lovely holiday retreat from which to explore East Devon, Dorset and Somerset and situated just 1 mile from Axminster. The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its superb scenery, walking and other outdoor pursuits, is just 6 miles. The seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth are also within easy reach. Golf, fishing and horse riding can all be found within 5 miles of the property. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

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

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden 20 yards from cottage with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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