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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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  • Hatchwell Hall and Lodge - Hatchwell Lodge

    Widecombe-in-the-Moor

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: KBBB


    These two detached, characterful properties, a Devon longhouse and lodge, are situated in a very secluded location in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. These holiday properties, with spectacular views, are just 15 miles from Torbay and within easy reach of Devon’s beaches. The A38 is just 8 miles, and the cathedral city of Exeter and Plymouth are 30 minutes’ drive. Hatchwell Hall and Lodge are ideal for exploring Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall. In Hatchwell Hall (ref HTTU), cosy up in front of the wood-burning stove in the drawing room, which also has comfortable deep sofas and family games. The property has the perfect mixture of rustic country furniture and antiques, canopied and carved beds, exposed stone and a love of horse and hounds throughout - an unashamedly romantic and comfortable getaway. Hatchwell Lodge (ref KBBB) has a private patio area and an enclosed garden area, the living room has a wood-burning stove for the cosy evenings in, as well as a large kitchen and diner. Widecombe-in-the-Moor boasts two excellent, characterful pubs serving locally sourced food, the world-famous church known as ‘Cathedral on the Moors’, a National Trust shop, a post office, gift shops and several tea rooms. Castle Drogo (NT) is the last castle built in England in nearby Dartmoor, and there are many other National Trust properties within easy reach. Situated in an AONB is the drama of Dartmoor, with rocky tors, wild ponies, exquisite walks, horse riding, fishing, cycling, falconry and golf at Bovey Castle’s award-winning course. Within 6 to 8 miles are the two picturesque villages of Chagford and Mortenhampstead, with historic inns, excellent pubs, tea rooms, curiosity shops, tennis courts and the Miniature Pony Centre. Visit Bigbury-on-Sea, 16 miles, Slapton Sands and Torcross, 22 miles, Dawlish, 15 miles with beach and nature reserve, or Torquay which is within easy reach. A visit to Burgh Island is a must. The Eden Project can be reached in an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Spacious beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and spacious kitchen area. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, dressing room and sloping ceilings.

    • Freeview TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned courtyard garden with decking and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, ‘Economy 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 3-acre grounds
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

  • Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, nr. Charmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W7661

    Peaceful village location

    Tucked away in the sleepy little village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, the accommodation is next door to a quiet country pub. This completely self contained wing of the owner’s house, has been pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide an excellent base from which to explore this charming part of rural West Dorset, including the Jurassic Coastline, designated by UNESCO as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside abounds in glorious walks and wildlife, and is dotted with picturesque villages. Within a few miles lies the National Trust coastal area famous for its stunning scenery, fossil hunting and with wonderful beaches at Charmouth. The Cobb breakwater at Lyme Regis is also worth a visit. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Easedale House Apartments - Egret

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC112147
    Easedale House Apartments are in a traditional Lakeland slate building set in the centre of Keswick with everything you need right on your doorstep. These gorgeous apartments also have a large (and rare for the area), private car park permit each. Finished to an excellent standard with a real eye for detail, each stylish apartment has its own personality but all have the same lovely feel. Moments away from shops, restaurants and Fitz Park. As always with Keswick, the properties boast a great range of walks right from the door. Although famous for the stunning landscapes and fantastic Wainwrights walks, Keswick has much more to offer with a great range of independent shops, a cinema, the Theatre by the Lake, climbing and the famous Pencil Museum!

    Egret is a really charming apartment for a couple who are wanting a bit of romance in the centre of Keswick. A large four poster bed gives this apartment a special feel. The open plan living room and kitchen has the beautiful architectural features of beams and an exposed slate wall on show.

    Egret can be booked together with Siskin (CC112146), Kingfisher (CC112145), Curlew (CC112148), Goldcrest (CC112149), Osprey (CC112150) and Wagtail (CC112151) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Beamed with Freeview TV and double aspect windows.
    Dining area.
    Four steps down to...
    Kitchen area: With induction hob, microwave oven, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and exposed slate wall.
    Bedroom 1: With four poster king size bed.
    Two steps to...
    Shower room: With shower, WC and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

  • Kittiwake Courtyard

    Port Isaac

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43585


    This former lobster pot store has been thoughtfully converted to provide a comfortable holiday home with a sunny courtyard, and although in a secluded spot, the beautiful sandy working harbour of Port Isaac is just a few steps away. This single storey cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is a wonderful place for couples who are looking to get away from it all. Enjoy the many delights that Port Isaac has to offer, with its array of pubs, shops and restaurants including the celebrity chef Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant which is next door. Also close by are the coastal towns of Boscastle and Tintagel, the mythical home of King Arthur. Explore the South West Coastal Path and take in the breathtaking views across the Atlantic, or a short drive away are some of the most stunning sandy beaches. Padstow is a few miles down the coast. From Padstow you can access the Camel Trail, a cycle and walking trail along the Camel Estuary to Wadebridge and beyond to Bodmin. Also from Padstow, take the ferry across the Rock to sample some of the water sports that are on offer. Further down the coast is Watergate Bay, the home of kite surfing and Newquay, with its world famous surfing beach, zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium. Shop, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

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

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 24" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Car park 800 yards (£30 per week). No smoking.

  • The Courtyard Cottage

    Witney

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E1863

    Enjoying direct access to an unspoiled stretch of the River Thames and to the long distance path which runs from its source to the sea, this very comfortable property has been converted from attractive brick and stone farm buildings. Tastefully decorated it forms a single storey wing of the owner’s house. Fishing is available. Leisure park 2 miles. Witney, 7 miles, and Abingdon, 9 miles, are interesting local market towns, and Oxford is only 10 miles. Shop 2 miles, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft, zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Shared 5-acre grounds and garden. Shared courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking. Fishing (foc). Private water supply. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

  • The Nunnery

    West Burton, nr. Leyburn

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5551

    Set in the beautiful grounds of the owners’ home, these four holiday properties (E5118, E5119, E5120 and E5551) are tastefully decorated and finished to a high standard, retaining many original features. Guests have the use of the large, landscaped gardens with ponds, waterfall and river frontage, plus private fishing. The quaint village of West Burton in which these cottages are situated nestles in the Walden Valley among the beautiful Wensleydale countryside, and is well known as one of the loveliest villages in the Dales with a large village green, market cross, Burton Force waterfall and no through traffic; it has a truly traditional feel with a shop and a pub serving food. An excellent base for touring throughout the Yorkshire Dales, with the bustling market towns of Hawes and Leyburn only 10 miles. Bolton Castle, the Black Sheep Brewery and The Wensleydale Creamery are all within easy reach. For the walker, there is easy access from the village onto open moors and fells. For family days out, don’t miss The Forbidden Corner gardens and Lightwater Valley theme park. Shop and pub serving food 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Kitchen with dining area. First floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH included. Electric cooker. Use of freezer on request.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard with furniture. Shared 2-acre garden with furniture. Shared 5-acre paddock. Shared gas barbecue. Parking. Fishing on-site. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in paddock and pond in grounds.

  • The Coach House

    Aldington, Ashford

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PEEW

    The Coach House stands within its own garden in the owner’s 4-acre grounds, previously included in the National Garden Scheme due to the 100-year-old status of the garden and specialist and rare plants. Guests are welcome to explore the owner’s grounds and field of livestock by arrangement. Explore the Romney Marshes and beaches at Hythe and Dymchurch, 5 miles and Rye as well as a shingle coastline at Dungeness. Port Lympne, 2 miles, has the 400-acre Wild Animal Wilderness, with the largest captive group of black rhinos in the world are held. Canterbury 15 miles. Enjoy a day trip to France via the Channel Tunnel, 8 miles or ferry from Dover, 19 miles. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Living room with French doors and step down to sun room. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 4-acre woodland
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in
      woodland

  • Water Row

    Corbridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: MFW

    This unusual, luxurious, three-storey cottage , beautifully refurbished by its interior designer owners, enjoys its own garden and a southerly aspect with river views from each floor. Warm and cosy, it is set in Corbridge village, within walking distance of historic sites, shops, inns and restaurants. The Lakes, Durham, Gateshead Metro Centre, Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall easily accessible. Fishing and river 50 yards. There are 6 golf courses in a 5 mile radius of the property, 5 pubs within walking distance, 5 cafes, 4 restaurants, 4 takeaways and 11 pubs (not including the village pubs) within 9 miles of the property. Many more eating opportunities in the market town of Hexham, 6 miles. Shops 50 yards, pub 1 mile.

    Entrance through conservatory into hall, Large, open-plan living/dining room with kitchen. Access to secluded garden through second glass-roofed conservatory. First floor: Light and spacious sitting-room with window seat and beech strip floor with rugs. Laundry. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Open-plan staircase to second floor: Spacious double bedroom with cathedral ceiling, far-reaching views over the valley, spacious storage and en-suite bathroom with separate shower.

    • Full gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking 20 yards
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • No smoking

  • Daleside - Rose Cottage

    Nr. Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: LPD

    In a magnificent rural setting, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway Firth, and the hills of Galloway across the border, these comfortable holiday properties were winners of the Keswick Tourism Association Country Establishments in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and the Cumbria in Bloom Tourist Board Rose Bowl for Self Catering Establishment winners in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Rose Cottage (ref LPD) is attached to the owner’s farmhouse home, Rosemary Cottage (ref LTG) adjoins another property, Rambling Rose Cottage (ref LWG) and Rosedale Cottage (ref LYL) are adjacent and have both been converted to a high standard, and Primrose Cottage (ref LPG) has been converted from a former byre and stands in a courtyard which is bedecked with flower tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets. The cottages are beautifully furnished and equipped to VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard, except Rosemary Cottage which is equipped to a VisitBritain ‘4 Star Gold’ standard. Guests will enjoy the friendly rare breeds sheep and ponies (including miniature Shetland ponies) and visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm (a red squirrel has been spotted in the grounds), as well as the many public footpaths nearby. This 500-acre farm is set in an AONB, with walks from the door plus superb fell walking nearby. Keswick stands on the shores of Derwent Water and is an excellent base to explore delightful Borrowdale. In the town itself are many interesting shops, inns and restaurants, as well as a leisure pool. Cockermouth also has a swimming pool. Just 6 miles away is Bassenthwaite Lake with a variety of watersports and the Lakeland Wildlife Park. Enjoy Derwent Water, Crummock Water and Buttermere, surrounded by Lakeland’s dramatic scenery. Guests can enjoy the Lakes Distillery, 7 miles away has a lovely visitor attraction and serves good food daily. There is tennis, riding and golf, as well as good fishing locally and excellent bird watching from the farm, as well as the chance to spot the occasional red squirrel and deer, whilst it is a short drive to Osprey Watch at Dodd Wood Bassenthwaite. Shop 4 miles. There is a good choice of pubs and restaurants locally (including vegetarian). The pretty village of Caldbeck is 4 miles, with a restaurant, tea rooms and shops. Maes Gallery and tea rooms serving food daily is within 2 miles. Uldale is 2 miles with a pub serving good food, and Ireby is 1½ miles away with a cosy pub with log fire and good food.

    VisitBritain ‘5 Star Gold’ standard. Pretty beamed sitting-room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and garden . Step up to dining area with fitted kitchen area. First floor: Pretty double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Dishwasher
    • Private patio with
      furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV (sports package)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared farmland grounds of 500 acres
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Armathwaite Hall Hotel Leisure Club (10-min drive), includes swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room (at cost)
    • Meal delivery service
    • Complimentary bottle of wine
    • Welcome tea tray
    • Milk, eggs and bread available
    • Natural filtered spring water supply
    • No smoking

  • Lake View

    Bourton-on-the-Water

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 29337

    Overlooking the garden in a lakeside setting, this well-appointed holiday property offers an excellent base for exploring the Cotswolds and has been awarded the VisitEngland 3* Gold Award. It is located close to Lower Slaughter, in the popular village of Bourton-on-the-Water, famed for its series of low stone bridges which span the fast flowing River Windrush. Lake View is situated next to the fishing lake, and is located in a rural working environment next to the owners’ property. Guests are provided with luxury toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a welcome tray on arrival. There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities, many individual shops, cafés and restaurants and pubs to enjoy as well as a gentle stroll by the water’s edge. Other nearby honey-coloured villages, which are well worth a visit, include Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, the city of Gloucester, the Regency city of Cheltenham with famous racecourse. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. iPod dock. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Shared enclosed garden. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Farrier Cottage

    Nr. Falmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E5268

    Set in six acres of attractive grounds at Penmorvah Manor, the three courtyard cottages are converted from stables and offer a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area. There are distant sea views from the Hotel Gardens to Maenporth Beach. Falmouth with its Maritime Museum and harbour offers many fine sandy beaches including Swanpool and Maenporth and a great selection of fine restaurants, including Rick Steins. The sheltered creeks of the Helford and Fal Rivers can be explored by ferryboat and stunning coastal walks can be enjoyed. The sub tropical gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah are close by. The Eden Project, Lizard Peninsula, Gweek Seal Sanctuary and St Mawes Castle are all a short drive. Village pub serving food 1 mile. Shops and pubs in Falmouth 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard patio and furniture. Shared 6-acre grounds. Parking. Shared children’s play area. No smoking.

  • The Follies - The Old Folly

    Hunmanby, nr. Filey

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: IJQ


    Originally built in 1825 as a ruin, this unique Grade II listed building has been sympathetically transformed into two lovely, detached gatehouses yet retaining all the visual appearances of a ruin. Built in stone from Filey Brigg, The Follies are set in 3/4 acres of natural grounds and visitors are welcome to wander through them, where there is an abundance of wildlife including, rabbits, owls and squirrels.
    Centrally located for exploring the North Yorkshire coast, moors and wolds, the historic town of Filey is only 3 miles distant, with its wide sandy beach and all the attractions of a popular seaside resort. Scarborough and Bridlington are both easily accessible, as is the beautiful city of York. There is a 9-hole golf course locally, fishing available nearby, and an RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs providing interest for bird-watchers. There are plenty of local shops and pubs within walking distance, and good railway links. Shop 500 yards.

    Cosy living room with rug on stone floor, Gothic arched windows and insets in walls, vaulted ceiling and original Gothic archway leading to grounds. Well-equipped fitted kitchen/dining room with stone floor. Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet. First floor: Minstrel gallery double bedroom with sloping ceiling, double bed and ½ tester above.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared freezer
    • Shared 3/4-acre natural grounds
    • Parking
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Mountain bike loaned
    • Chauffeur service in Bentley Arnage to local restaurant by prior arrangement
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for the infirm and children

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