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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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  • Tregarthen Cottages - Valley View

    Nanstallon, nr. Bodmin

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 17600

    Set In a peaceful, countryside setting

    In a peaceful, countryside setting, these detached, single-storey holiday cottages are well equipped and tastefully furnished to a very good standard. Situated 500 yards from the Camel Trail, ideal for walks, cycling and horse riding. Explore mid Cornwall and the north coast resorts of Padstow, Tintagel and Boscastle or on the south coast, Fowey, Looe and Polperro. Polzeath, 12 miles, for surfing beach. The Eden Project, 20 minutes’ drive. Close to Bodmin Moor with fishing on the River Camel (permit available locally). Bodmin, 1½ miles, for restaurants, leisure centre and golf. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with corner Jacuzzi bath, double shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Freeview TV. DVD. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Open fire in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared playing field. Picnic area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

  • The Gig House

    Stonham Aspal

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2117

    This attractive, single-storey holiday cottage, with French doors opening onto a pretty and private courtyard garden, makes a perfect retreat in beautiful unspoilt Suffolk. Adjoining the owner’s 17th century home, The Gig House is ideally situated in an area which uniquely combines the quiet calmness of village life with excellent access routes to Suffolk’s major tourist attractions. You’ll find and enjoy a rich variety of country pubs and restaurants in the surrounding villages. Framlingham Castle, Saxtead Windmill, Thornham Walks and the Museum of East Anglian Life are all within 10 miles. Further afield lies Suffolk’s Heritage Coast – RSPB Minsmere, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, sandy beaches at Walberswick and Southwold, 20 miles. Stonham Barns leisure and retail complex is based on the outskirts of the village, providing tourist attractions and shops, a small village store and a post office for your convenience. Shops/PO 1 mile, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Step down to 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Private, enclosed courtyard with garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

  • Normanton Park Cottages - Copper Beech Cottage

    Oakham, Rutland

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 19603

    Converted from former stables, these holiday cottages are two of several situated within the walled garden, adjacent to Normanton Park Hotel, the setting is one of great beauty overlooking the water. Normanton Park is set on the south shore of Rutland Water and provides the ideal holiday base to visit all this attractive area has to offer. There are many activities such as fishing, cycling, sailing and windsurfing. Rutland Belle glides across the water daily. The ancient towns of Stamford, Uppingham and Oakham are all within a 5 mile radius. Shop 1/2 mile, pub in hotel next door.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. 2 steps down to dining room with beams/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Playstation 2. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared use of lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Oulston, nr. Easingwold

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: IAH

    This idyllic and cosy hideaway for two, in the centre of the peaceful village of Oulston, offers spacious and comfortable holiday accommodation. Built in the 1820s, it is Grade II listed and has its own large secluded garden. The nearby Howardian Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with excellent walking, and there is plenty to see and do within easy driving distance. Easingwold 4 miles. York 16 miles. Thirsk 12 miles. Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley Castle and Duncombe Park, all within
    15 miles. Coxwold (2 miles) is a very attractive stone-built village. Shop 2 miles, good village pub at Crayke, 2 miles.

    Entrance lobby. Attractive, spacious, beamed sitting room with open fire and dining area. Small well-fitted kitchen. Rear hall with door to garden. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Large landing. Pretty, beamed double bedroom with original pine floor and cast-iron fireplace.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, full NSH, convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Flatscreen TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer (in outhouse)
    • Large garden with furniture
    • Parking

  • Kiln Cottage

    Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43953

    Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I and spend some time exploring the beautiful Cinque port market town of Rye. In 1573 she bestowed the title Rye Royale. Stay in this well thought out and stylish holiday cottage which is just a 6 minute walk from the centre of the town, with its large selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes. You could discover for yourself why many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have chosen to settle here. Rye is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England, despite being the haunt of the notorious smugglers, The Hawkhurst Gang. Visit The Mermaid Inn, their famous hideout, where the cellars date back to 1156. Visit the Rye Museum and climb St Mary’s Tower for breathtaking views across to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Winchelsea. See Lamb House, the home of Henry James and later E. F. Benson, and where they filmed the recent production of ’Mapp and Lucia’. Another great film location is Camber Sands and going in the other direction towards Hastings where ’Foyles War’ was filmed. There are also connections by train to London. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Z-bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Electric wood burner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing by arrangement with owner. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Terrace with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Old Hall Cottages - Hall Farm Cottage

    Byers Green, nr. Durham

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30419


    Hall Farm Cottage is a detached 500 year old barn conversion with uninterrupted country views, where couples can enjoy quiet and seclusion on the private patio or in the hot tub. Byers Green is situated within 15 minutes’ drive of both the historic city of Durham with its mainline rail link, and Bishop Auckland, home of the Prince Bishops at Auckland Castle. The site has no through traffic and is a rich haven for birds and wildlife, with country walks from the door, fishing on the River Wear (permits available) and cycle tracks. This is the gateway to the Durham Dales, Weardale and Teesdale, with splendour at Raby Castle and Bowes Museum, industrial heritage at Killhope, Beamish and Shildon. Visit Keilder Water, Hadrians Wall, the Northumberland Coast and the Lake District. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼mile.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a case of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Cycle store. Hot tub.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot & high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in The Old Hall garden.

  • Commonwealth Cottage

    Iron Acton, nr. Bristol

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 16144

    This comfortable detached holiday cottage is set within the grounds of the owners home and offers the ideal base for touring the south Cotswolds and Forest of Dean or exploring the attractions of Bristol and Bath. The heritage city of Bath with its beautiful Georgian architecture provides excellent shopping, restaurants and entertainment and historical interest such as Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Roman Baths. Walking, golf and NT properties. Shop 2 miles, pubs 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom (zip and link, can be twin, please request preference). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi available at £10 per week, £5 per short break. Large garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Puddle Barn and The Bothy - The Bothy

    Matlaske, nr. Holt

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43427


    These two semi-detached holiday properties (refs 28352 and W43427) are set amidst rolling countryside with beautiful ’big skies’ and uninterrupted views across the open countryside, providing great opportunities to view visiting wildlife, including barn owls, monk jack and red deer. Market towns, fine sandy beaches, RSPB bird and nature reserves, and NT historical homes and gardens can all be found nearby. Places to visit include Baconsthorpe Castle, 3 miles, the Georgian market town of Holt, 6 miles and the city of Norwich, 15 miles, with its excellent shopping, cathedral, castle museum, art galleries, market square, theatre, fine restaurants and cafés. Sheringham is 6 miles away, with the North Norfolk Steam Railway, an excellent sandy beach, Splash Aqua indoor swimming pool and town centre with shops, pubs and cafés. The seaside resort of Cromer is 7 miles and has a pier, promenade, sandy beach, RNLI museum and working lifeboat station. The properties are an hour’s drive from the famous Norfolk Broads, with their miles of inland waterways, bird life, daily boat hire and river trips, as well as waterside restaurants, cafés and shops. Historical halls such as Felbrigg, Blickling and Holkham are all within easy driving distance. The famous North Norfolk Coast at Cley-next-the-Sea is about 10 miles away, with regular seal trips from Morston and Blakeney, as well as many good coastal walks. Direct from the door are miles of quiet lanes for excellent cycling and walking. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Biomass central heating included (£10 per booking October-March). Large, enclosed patio garden with summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. No smoking.

  • Tucked Away

    Linkinhorne, nr. Callington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43828

    Tucked away it certainly is! Ideal for couples of all ages looking for a spacious holiday cottage in a peaceful rural location, with the village pub just a stroll away. This detached barn conversion, close to the owners’ home, has its own secluded, patio style Mediterranean garden, with a BBQ to the rear. It has a large entrance hallway with storage and a drying area for boots and coats. The open-plan living area is bright and airy, and has a door off the kitchen leading to the private patio. There is also outdoor undercover space for storing bikes Linkinhorne is a small, pretty hamlet just a few miles out of the town of Callington, nestling in the Lynher valley below Bodmin Moor. This part of Cornwall is an unspoilt, hidden rural area quite often missed off the tourist map. This is a great location for exploring a wide region of Cornwall being central to both the south and north coastline. Beach 20 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 8 steps to garden.

  • The Old Coach House

    St Austell

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 17637

    This former coaching house is presented to a very good standard and is situated in the centre of St Austell with easy access to all public transport including the railway station. This is an ideal holiday location for visiting the Eden Project, 4 miles, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, 6 miles. There are numerous sandy beaches and coves to choose from and wonderful coastal walks. The historic harbour of Charlestown and picturesque fishing village of Mevagissey are just a short drive. Shops and pubs 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer.
    Wi-fi. Patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

  • Inadown Farm Holiday Homes - Whitedown

    Newton Valence, nr. Alton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 31246

    Inadown Farm Holiday Homes consists of five well-presented properties (refs 31242, 31243, 31244, 31245 and 31246), designed to offer a retreat for the busy city dweller. Only an hour from London, they are situated in a beautiful part of the South Downs National Park. The holiday homes are tastefully styled and are on the site of a former granary within the grounds of a popular stable yard, where horse riding lessons and livery can be arranged (by prior arrangement). The properties are named after some of the local fields which stretch towards the nearby South Downs. They have between one and three bedrooms; some are interconnecting, making them up to four bedrooms, perfect for larger groups or families. The living space is contained within a traditional Hampshire weatherboard barn exterior. Each of the homes have been furnished and equipped with comfort and convenience in mind and all have wi-fi and cable broadband. Middledown (ref 31244) has wheelchair access rated for Mobility Level 2. There are outdoor seating areas in the shared paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue area. We welcome cyclists, walkers and those with limited mobility. The on-site riding school is a long established business, and welcomes all ages and abilities, and there are junior course weeks during the school holidays.

    There is so much to see and do in this scenic area. Chawton is just over a mile away, home to Jane Austen’s House, where she wrote a number of her great works. It is now has a museum dedicated to her. There is also Chawton House Library, an internationally renowned research institution. Portsmouth with its historic dockyard, Spinnaker Tower, the D-Day and Royal Marines museums, Gunwharf Quays, various museums, art and entertainments, waterside dining and shopping outlets, is about a 40-minute drive, as is Chichester, with its ornate cathedral, festival theatre, cinema, Goodwood Races and Fontwell Races. Other places of interest locally include Gilbert White’s House in nearby Selborne, 3 miles, which is also a haven for flora and fauna.

    Alresford is about 8 miles away, with the Watercress Line steam railway – a delightful trip on an old steam train stopping at various stations along the way. Also worth a visit, is the market town of Petersfield with main line station and Winchester, with its cathedral, Guildhall Water Meadows and Intech Science Centre and Planetarium. Children will love Marwell Wildlife Park, Peppa Pig World, Birdworld and Farnham, with Alice Holt Forest Woods, home to Go Ape treetop adventure. The Queen Elizabeth Country Park at Horndean has 1,400 acres of woodland and downland, and is about 9 miles distant. The beaches at Wittering and Hayling are within easy reach, about a 40-minute drive, and sailing in the Solent is possible from numerous marinas in the area. A day trip to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth or Southampton should not be missed! Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared enclosed patio and furniture. Shared barbecues. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Please note: This property can be booked with Pleasure Row (ref 31246) via interconnecting door to accommodate up to 8 guests.

  • Brazzacott Cottages - Lower Shipen

    North Petherwin, nr. Launceston

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 23493

    A superb holiday location nestled on the edge of the Cornish village of North Petherwin, between Launceston and the Camel Estuary. Set within beautiful countryside on the owner’s 140-acre working sheep farm yet just 10 miles from the North Cornish coast, it is the ideal peaceful retreat. These two barn conversions retain much of their original charm with vaulted ceilings and exposed stonework and are presented to a very good standard. The wild beauty of Bodmin and Dartmoor National Parks are both easily accessible and a must for nature lovers and walkers. The coast boasts sandy beaches and hidden coves ideal for surfing or exploring rock pools. Golf, fishing and riding are all available locally. The historic market town of Launceston is just 7 miles away and the Eden Project is an easy drive. Shops 7 miles, pubs and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen, all with beams. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. 2 steps to wet room with toilet. Slate floor throughout.

    Satellite TV. Washer/dryer.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared gardens. Barbecue. Ample parking. Stabling available. Two pets welcome (under strict control - sheep country/working farm). No smoking. NB: There is a lake in the gardens.

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