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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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  • Glebe Cottage

    Mawnan Smith, nr. Falmouth

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: NT011055

    National Trust Holiday Cottage


    Glebe Cottage is located in the quiet prestigious coastal area just outside the pretty village of Mawnan Smith, with a thatch pub, village square providing every day facilities including a post office, store, tea rooms, small museum and sub-tropical gardens. Glebe Cottage is just yards from the stunning South West Coastal Path, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Home made meals can be made upon arrival on request. Perfectly located between the vibrant town of Falmouth with prestigious marinas, restaurants, bars, museums, cinema, shops and the peaceful tranquillity and beauty of the Helford River and small beaches.
    It is situated along a quiet sequestered lane that leads to the ancient Mawnan Church, standing guard over the entrance to the Helford. Once a rectory barn, this romantic old building has masses of character, including a galleried landing that looks down into a beamed open-plan living area.
    The National Trust’s garden at Glendurgan is within walking distance, and there are lovely coastal walks around the entrance to the Helford River and out to Rosemullion Head. With direct access to the coastal paths this is a walker’s paradise, with quiet beaches and coves to explore en route. Nearby Maenporth Beach is a sheltered sandy beach with a delightful café open all year and the renowned restaurant is ideal for lunch, afternoon tea or delicious evening meal.
    For bird watchers and for those who enjoy wildlife, the coastal waters are home to basking sharks, dolphins and seals. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    One step up to living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Courtyard with gravel and grass patio with picnic table
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack

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  • Daleside - Rose Cottage

    Nr. Keswick

    Grade
    2
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    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, 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. 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

    • 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
    • Private patio with furniture
    • 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

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  • The Everglades - Fisherman’s Den

    Denver, nr. Downham Market

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 29184

    Situated in a peaceful location

    Situated on the edge of the village of Denver, this small complex of 3 holiday properties (refs 29184, 29185 & 29186) at The Everglades is an angler’s dream holiday, with a well-stocked fishing lake (which can be accessed by the public, licence required) providing excellent fishing for bream, tench, roach, rudd and carp up to 30lbs, all in a peaceful location yet only a short walk from the village centre. Discover Denver windmill, a fully restored working mill with tea room, bakery and shop, just a 15-minute walk. Denver Sluice offers a pub with restaurant and why not go sailing along the River Ouse. Welney Wetland Centre, a 1000-acre nature reserve for wetland birds is a must for any enthusiast. The beaches and RSPB nature and bird reserves are found along the North Norfolk Coast. Should you wish to leave your car behind, there is a direct rail line from Downham Market to London and a bus station nearby. The Sandringham Estate is situated 18½ miles away. Golf nearby. The village shop, post office and pub/restaurant are within easy walking distance for most. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre natural grounds. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 11 yards.

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  • West Ashridge Cottages - The Old Granary

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: HQL

    A romantic holiday retreat, amidst rolling Devonshire countryside, these attractive barn conversions are well-equipped, warm and cosy, providing a rural retreat for couples at any time of the year. Occupying a remote setting on the edge of the village of Littleham, and less than 5 miles from sandy beaches and the breathtaking coastal path. The Old Granary, ref HQL, provides ‘upside-down’ style of accommodation to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. Free course fishing is available for guests staying at The Old Granary at the nearby Jennetts Reservoir in Bideford (two rods only). Ash Tree Cottage, ref H37, adjoining The Granary and sharing its views, is single-storey and has French windows leading onto its patio, whilst detached Swallow Cottage, ref HQM, also single-storey, enjoys superb uninterrupted views down the valley. Approached by a private road, the holiday cottages are situated 2 miles from the historic port and market town of Bideford with its variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, and from where regular sailing trips to Lundy Island can be taken. They also lie within easy driving distance of Hartland where the dramatic English Heritage Coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but there are also many other scenic walks both inland and coastal to enjoy. The pretty fishing villages of Instow, Clovelly and Appledore are close by and well worth a visit, as are a host of other quaint little villages, each with its own unique character, charm and welcoming inn. The Tarka Trail passes close by and offers walking and cycling along the estuary, with cycle hire available. The area is a must for surfers and beach lovers, and the sandy beaches are not to be missed. Fishing, sailing, horse riding and golf are available locally, and Exmoor National Park is within easy reach. Other places of interest are Dartington Crystal, Tapely Park and Gardens, and RHS Rosemoor Gardens, all within 8 miles. Shops 2 miles, village pub serving food approximately 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor.

    All properties: Electric woodburner included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio area with furniture. Access to 87 acres of pastureland. Ample parking.

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  • Pear Tree Cottage

    Kirkbymoorside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DC4438
    Overlooking the Vale of Pickering, this attractive cottage has been converted from a former farm building occupying a lovely courtyard setting. It is perfectly presented with a patio taking in the open views over the beautiful surrounding countryside. This excellent accommodation is next to the owner’s working farm and a small registered five caravan site, ideal for those wishing to experience the delights of country life. The cottage is within reach of the attractions of the North York Moors National Park, the Heritage Coastline and the Vale of York. Cycle the quiet byways and lanes or walk the numerous footpaths and enjoy this idyllic location. Days out can be had at Nunnington Hall, Duncombe Park and Castle Howard, with a public swimming pool and sports complex available at Ampleforth College, there is also a municipal golf course at Kirkbymoorside. The Eden Camp army museum and the North York Moors Steam Railway are also close at hand providing other interesting alternatives. Shopping can be done in the welcoming small town of Kirkbymoorside 10 minutes away and there are several tea rooms and good restaurants in this lovely area.

    This property can be booked together with Oak Tree Cottage (DC4437) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating and comprising:
    Spacious open plan sitting/dining room: with TV/DVD player and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer and iron/ironing board.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Shower room: with large shower cubicle, basin and WC.

    Bed linen and towels provided. All electricity and central heating included. Wi-fi availablePatio with garden furniture. Lockable bike storage available. No smoking in the property please. Private parking.

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  • 11 The Boathouse

    Rye

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: UKC655

    Enjoy some rest and relaxation in these riverside apartments on the banks of the Rother, with a private quay and mahogany-decked sun terrace. At high tide, the boats will glide past, and you might even be lucky enough to spot a seal searching for a fish supper! A short stroll brings you into the medieval Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbled streets, wide selection of restaurants, atmospheric beamed pubs (the one time haunt of many a smuggler), delightful tea rooms and, of course, fish and chip shops. Explore the many galleries, and you might even find a bargain at the brocante and antique shops. Don’t miss the view from the tower of St Mary’s Parish Church across what was once known as the smuggling capital of England some 300 years ago. Enjoy cycling (bikes for hire in Rye), wildlife at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Dungeness, and walking along the Royal Military Canal. Hastings, Battle and Camber Sands are all within a short drive. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards. 5 The Boathouse (UKC654) can be booked together with 11 The Boathouse (UKC655) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    6 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 32" Freeview TV and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    5 steps down to...
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Decked balcony with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children except babes in arms.

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  • The Dairy

    Delph, Saddleworth

    Grade
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    Ref: 23723


    On the edge of the Peak District National Park this attractive converted former dairy can be found in the pretty Saddleworth village of Delph. Set within the courtyard of the owners’ farmhouse, the cottage has been converted retaining many original beams and is furnished and equipped to a good standard throughout.
    Saddleworth lies in the West Riding of Yorkshire and covers over 18,000 acres, of which much is open land with breathtaking views. It’s made up of a collection of villages each with their own strong identity, fabulous real ale pubs and access to the moors. Delph village is around a 10 minute walk from the property and enjoys a range of local shops, pubs and restaurants; and just a mile from the property is the Pennine Way with 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England.
    In around a 10-minute drive you can reach the wonderful Yorkshire village of Marsden home to a range of attractions including the National Trust Marsden Moor Estate and the Standedge Tunnel Visitors Centre. Within ½ hours drive you can reach Holmfirth, renowned as the home of ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, and within an hour you have the market towns of Halifax and Huddersfield, or the bright lights and attractions in the cities of Manchester and Leeds. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. 1 step up to dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. 1 step up to bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and sun loungers. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 18 steps (no handrail) to parking.

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  • Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    Ref: 16154

    This cosy and beautifully presented studio cottage adjoins the owners 16th century country house. Set in a small unspoilt Dorset village within the heart of Hardy countryside, an AONB, with the coast 15 miles away. This is a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area or to enjoy the many excellent walks that abound. Shop 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Kitchen with quarry tiled floor.

    NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: There is a small unfenced pond in the garden.

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  • Carnethic House - Poolside

    Fowey

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: TAJ

    This holiday property is set in the award-winning gardens of a Regency country house on the edge of Fowey on Cornwall’s south coast and has shared gardens set to lawn with shrubs, water features, trees and plants. The pool house with its retractable glass roof, 15m heated swimming pool, sauna and changing room are also set within this beautiful garden. Sea fishing, diving, sailing, kayaking, dolphin spotting and river trips can all be arranged in the town. Shops 500 yards, pub ¾ mile.

    Living/dining room/well-equipped kitchen with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed, TV and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor in en-suites), bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Large shared lawned garden with courtyard, patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool (15m x 6m, depth 0.9m to 3m)
    • Shared sauna and changing room
    • Boat storage facility (at extra cost)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Water feature in garden

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  • Woodfarm Barns - Deben Barn Cottage

    Stonham Aspal, near Needham Market

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC716

    Woodfarm Barns is a collection of seven beautifully presented holiday cottages, set deep in the Suffolk countryside. These include a 500-year-old farmhouse for larger parties and six cottages ideal for couples, some of which boast their own private hot tub.

    Each cottage is individually styled, warm, cosy and thoughtfully equipped, providing guests with all you need for a quiet break away. The quirky nature of these cottages offer varied styles, including all on one level properties, galleried bedrooms, wood burners or open fires. Each cottage has its own garden space which is perfect for an evening to relax and unwind. When you aren’t relaxing in your hot tub or private garden, the pretty county of Suffolk has plenty to see and do. There’s a broad range of eateries, shops and attractions in the area, and as Woodfarm Barns is just off the pretty A1120 tourist route, access to the Suffolk Heritage Coast couldn’t be easier – explore Southwold, Aldeburgh or the famous RSPB Minsmere coastal nature reserve. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    Beams, oak floors and vaulted ceiling throughout. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.

    Living area: With wood burner, 24" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    Farmhouse style with electric range, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric underfloor central heating and initial logs for wood burner included. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private hot tub for 4. Private parking for 1 car.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced pond in the owner’s grounds.

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  • Little Midge Barn

    Ashburnham, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: POOM

    This detached holiday barn is situated in the owner’s grounds, in an AONB, with a terrace to enjoy the rural views and a wood-burning stove to curl up in front of in the winter. Battle is a short drive away; enjoy a cream tea and see the abbey ruins originally built by William the Conqueror. Hastings offers fresh fish for supper, or explore the smugglers’ caves. Eastbourne, 15 miles, for a stroll along the pier or head towards the South Downs and see the cliffs at Beachy Head. NT properties and gardens abound and there are walks from the doorstep. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Open-plan, beamed living room/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Internet connection
    • Garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Pond and covered well in owner’s grounds

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  • No.6 Waterside

    East Looe

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W42520

    This studio provides comfortable, stylish holiday accommodation right next to the water. Looe is renowned for its fishing, golden sands, rock pools, fishing trips, sightseeing and diving trips. A little further afield and you can visit many of the tourist attractions and coastal towns of Cornwall such as Fowey, home to its own Royal Sailing Club and annual Regatta (August). There are many NT houses and gardens such as Lanhydrock House, Mount Edgcombe Estate and St Antony House. The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are easily reached. Kayaking, sailing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available locally. Shops 5 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double bed (separated by glass block screen) and Velux/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared roof terrace. Parking (5 yards, at cost). No smoking.

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