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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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  • Granary Cottage

    Diptford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 15979

    Set in the delightful South Devon countryside, this quaint 300 year old detached cottage for two, close to the owners’ farmhouse, is in an idyllic private, rural haven. Cosily furnished accommodation, with conservatory where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular far reaching views to distant moors. The Granary makes an ideal base for those wishing to explore South Devon and nearby Dartmoor. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 8 steps up to living/dining room with beams. Conservatory. 5 steps down to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Kitchen with beams.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large garden. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Calgarth

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127120
    Calgarth nestles in a row of similar, south facing, self catering cottages offering compact and comfortable bungalow accommodation, commanding glorious views over Lake Windermere towards Lakeland fells and is set on a grassy banking in front of an elegant former Priory Hotel. The property has a shared direct access to the lake, approached down a leafy wooded lane, which brings you right to the waters edge.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is heated by night storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With view to the lake, coal effect electric fire, TV, cottage style suite and dining table.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and hand basin.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available. Free Wi-fi available.Communal garden, parking for 2 cars or a boat.

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  • Woodlands Cottages - Woodlands

    Elsenham, nr. Bishop’s Stortford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC182

    Surrounded by 6 acres of paddock and woodland, these two semi-detached barn conversions offer a private bolthole, making them a perfect base for touring the area or just relaxing by the fire. Both have been restored, decorated and furnished to a good standard, Evie Rose Cottage (30833) and Woodlands (UKC182) are quaint, comfortable properties and can be booked together to sleep 4 guests.

    Located next to Woodlands is a games room with table football and a darts board for guests to enjoy. Adjacent to the property there is a 9-hole golf course, club house with bar and restaurant, plus a well-equipped gym (at cost). Pets are welcome too, so why not bring along your 4-legged friend and enjoy the open space? A village shop, hairdressers, post office, pub and takeaway can be found within 1 mile, whilst the village of Stansted, 3 miles, has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Local attractions include Audley End House, Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Toy Museum, and Hatfield Forest. Also nearby are many attractive historic villages, including Thaxted and Finchingfield. There are also excellent train links from Elsenham train station, 1½ miles, to Cambridge 30 minutes and London 45 minutes. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with door to veranda/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to first floor: King size bedroom.

    Electric central heating included. Small enclosed lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Veranda with woodburner.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Use of 6-acre enclosed lawned grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 9-hole golf adjacent. External games room with table football and dart board. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Tokenbury Manor - Milking Parlour

    Pensilva, nr. Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 16358

    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Set in an AONB on the edge of the village of Pensilva, these beautifully converted holiday properties stand amongst the most spectacular scenery in Cornwall. The stepping stone to exploring the beauty, cultural and wildlife of south east Cornwall is literally at the end of your drive via the footpaths which take you through unspoilt wooded riverbanks, where herons and kingfishers dwell.
    There is so much to do in the area - you can fish for blue sharks, ride a steam train, take a river cruise, play championship golf or visit some of the finest historic houses in the country. A short drive will take you to the South Cornwall Heritage Coast with beautiful walks from Polperro and Looe to Talland with secluded sandy coves. Don’t miss the windswept uplands of Bodmin Moor shrouded in mystery with burial chambers and holy wells, giant stones and Bronze Age settlements. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

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

    Central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. Freezer space available. Small yard with sitting-out area and furniture. Footpath through shared woodland. Parking (1 car). No children under 5 years.

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  • The Shippon

    Silsden

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: DC4850
    With panoramic views across the open moors, dating back to the 1800s, this secluded cottage has been restored with under floor heating to the ground floor, creating a lovely country retreat. There are lots of local rambles with a bridleway running past the door. Silsden and Addingham (three miles away) both provide a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, with the market town of Skipton just a 20 minute drive away. Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Grassington and Malham Cove are within a half an hour hour drive.

    Ground Floor: With bio fuel central heating and underfloor heating to the ground floor and comprising:
    Entrance hall.
    Open plan sitting/dining room...
    Kitchen area: Ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, washing machine, iron/ironing board.
    Lounge area: with TV with Freeview, DVD, radio/CD player.
    Shower room: with shower, WC. Open tread stairs to:

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: double bed.

    Bed linen and towels provided. Access to freezer. Grassed sitting area with furniture and BBQ. Bike storage. Private parking for 1 car. Private water supply. Dog basket. The property is approached by an exposed ¾ mile unsurfaced farm track with 3 gates (suitable vehicle required in winter conditions). Please note: There is an uncovered pond in the grounds.

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  • Mendip Barn

    Blagdon, nr. Cheddar

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44069

    Situated down a single track, no-through lane and set amongst stunning countryside, this detached, renovated barn offers a completely relaxed, ‘get away from it all’ atmosphere. There are beautiful views towards Wales and the English Channel from the adjoining fields. The cosy interior is full of character, with exposed stone walls, high barn ceiling and beams. Less than 1 mile brings you to the village of Blagdon, which offers local amenities and pubs. Blagdon’s wonderful 440-acre lake, with a 7-mile perimeter, which is the home of stillwater trout fishing known to anglers the world over, as well as being home to many birds and other wildlife. There is also fishing on the nearby Chew Valley lakes.
    There are many other activities available in the area including hill walking, pot-holing, climbing, pony trekking and foraging with local guides. The neighbouring village of Butcombe hosts Aldwick Court Vineyard where tours and sampling can be arranged. The imposing 300m ridge of the Mendip Hills is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching eastward from the Bristol Channel, rising like a rampart above the Somerset Levels. Near the barn, Burrington Combe is a perfect starting point for many wonderful walks and rides. The bottom of the Combe has a café/restaurant which is an ideal stop for tea and cake or an ice-cream. Further afield is Bristol, the Roman city of Bath, the city of Wells and Wells Cathedral, the Somerset Levels & moors, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey or for some retail therapy, visit Clarks Village designer outlet shopping centre at Street. For long sandy beaches and Victorian seaside resorts, visit Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Brean, Berrow and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric central heating, (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • The Snug

    St Margaret’s at Cliffe, nr. Deal

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30578


    The Snug is an attractive, 1 bedroomed, self-contained annexe located adjacent to the owner’s home. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque conservation area of St Margaret’s at Cliffe, this holiday property makes a perfect, relaxing getaway for any couple. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard, the property offers space and comfort, with an open plan kitchen and living room, and a good sized double bedroom. The hall, kitchen area and bathroom boast natural slate flooring, giving a practical yet charming warm feel for any time of year. In this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty to see and do, especially for walkers and cyclists. Explore the famous White Cliffs of Dover, St Margaret’s Bay (home of Ian Fleming) with its clifftop walks and views across to France, the South Foreland Lighthouse and the Pines Gardens. Take a day trip from Dover to France, visit Dover, Deal and Walmer castles, enjoy the historic city of Canterbury and the medieval town of Sandwich. Local pubs serving food, tea rooms, a general store and post office are just a short walk from The Snug. Golf, sailing, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. Closest beach is 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet and slate floor.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Old Hall Barn

    Kenley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: RGG5

    This former barn, now Grade II listed, dates back hundreds of years and has been sympathetically converted to provide high class accommodation with modern conveniences, tasteful interior and a good sense of space throughout. The holiday property, adjacent to the owners’ home, is situated midway between Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth and just a short distance from the popular town of Much Wenlock. The Wenlock Edge, ever popular with walkers, can be seen across the open countryside that stretches out in front of the property, making it ideal for nature lovers and ornithologists. Shopping is a joy in Shropshire with its medieval towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow, and the cuisine is superb. Stabling and grazing is available. Shops 5 miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Spacious living room. Spacious kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity and full oil underfloor central heating included (October-March £20 supplement)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Upper Langdales Farmhouse - Harness Cottage

    Earl Stonham

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: 14742

    Sympathetically converted to a very good standard, situated in the grounds of the owner’s 16th-century thatched farmhouse, these character cottages are well equipped, comfortable and cosy; perfect for a romantic break at any time of year. Located in a tranquil setting with views over adjoining paddocks, gardens and open countryside, guests can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday in this get away from it all location.
    Al fresco dining is available in the picnic area or enjoy a coffee and a quiet read in the renovated ’cigar shack’, whilst for the more active there is a covered games area with pool table, table tennis and darts. Ideally situated in the rural heart of Suffolk to discover the many and varied local attractions. The Roman road leads east to the Heritage Coast, with the Blyth and Alde Estuaries, and the charming resorts of Southwold and Aldeburgh. To the west lies Bury St Edmunds, with its cathedral, abbey gardens and lively market. Further west is racing at Newmarket and Cambridge. Wander south and enjoy the picturesque ’Wool Towns’, Lavenham, Constable Country, the RSPB reserve at Minsmere, Colchester’s award winning zoo, boating at Thorpeness and the Saxon village at West Stow. Good cycling and walking. Food lovers will enjoy a visit to nearby Alder Carr Farm or the Chilli Farm. There are country houses, antique and craft centres, museums, golf and horse riding within easy reach. All properties meet VisitEngland’s Gold Award standard. Stable Cottage (4533), Granary Cottage (5053), Chaff Cottage (5054) and Harness Cottage (14742) can be booked together to accommodate up to 12 guests. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Separate laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden and picnic table. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and dartboard. Welcome pack. NB: Large fenced pond in garden.

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  • Seat Sandal

    Grasmere

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC121137
    Seat Sandal enjoys a perfect location in the very heart of romantic Grasmere, overlooking the village green and with wonderful views towards Silver How from every window. Walks for all ages and abilities can be enjoyed directly from the door, onto the fells or beside the Lake, so park up, put on your boots and get back to nature retracing the steps of the famous poets that were so very fond of Grasmere.
    On the first floor and one of only a handful of properties in this traditional Lakeland building, Seat Sandal is presented in a traditional style but with all modern day comforts. The apartment has everything you will need for a self catering stay including  a well equipped kitchen although Grasmere has such a fine selection of bars and restaurants, you may decide to give yourselves a night or two off domestic duties and sample The Jumble Room or one of the many great pubs, many serving local ales and homemade fayre, all within strolling distance.

    First Floor: A first floor apartment with gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge/Dining area: With comfy seating, digital TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

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  • Jackdaw Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123285
    This quaint one bedroom cottage is set in the very heart of Ambleside. Jackdaw Cottage is the perfect getaway and spring board to the Lakes. It is a cosy cottage with gas log burner effect fire. The holiday home dates back from the 18th Century and was part of a working community within Ambleside which had various types of industry. A good quality bed dressed in crisp cotton sheets guarantees a restful night’s sleep after a day on the fells or sightseeing. You can come back and rela and enjoy that well deserved break. A gentle stroll will bring you to Waterhead Pier where you will find the famous Windermere Lake Steamers offering the chance to cruise across to Bowness or Lakeside whilst taking in some more of the area’s stunning scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is accessed by nine steps, and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with tiled floor, gas log burner, 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: Spacious with tiled floor.
    Kitchen: Spacious, farmhouse style with tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Small patio area with garden furniture at the front of the house. Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children allowed - two adults only.

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  • High Hurst

    Ulpha near Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC129241
    Sitting prominently in the heart of the Duddon Valley, this period cottage has been located on a working farm since 1765, and enjoys beautiful views across to Caw and Stickle Pike. High Hurst is criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways offering a gateway to the local fells, including Dow Crag and the Coniston mountains. Attached to the owners’ home, High Hurst is part of an original 18th-century farmhouse which has smaller outbuildings, including an original Victorian outhouse. It is surrounded by 20 acres of prime grazing land encompassing a quarter of a mile stretch of the River Duddon, this spate river is crossed by a series of ancient stepping stones along its length. During the lambing season and winter months, Herdwick sheep occupy the associated farmland prior to release onto the upper fells, leaving the owners small flock of Ryeland sheep as permanent residents of the farm, keeping the hens company. Secluded, peaceful and with breathtaking views, High Hurst offers the perfect location for the Lake District visitor looking for inspiration and relaxation.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has night storage heating, a wood burner and comprises:
    Utility room: With drying area, washing machine and freezer.
    Lounge: With tiled floor, wood burner, 42" Sky TV, Playstation 3/Blu-ray player and open views across the garden to the fells.
    Kitchen/dining room: With laminate floor, double sink, electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and stunning views across the garden and surrounding fells.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With corner shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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