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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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  • Hembal Manor Cottages - The Saddlery

    St Austell

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 24260

    Ideal touring location

    This former coach house to the Manor House has been converted to provide spacious and well presented holiday accommodation. The three cottages are within the grounds which consist of woodland, meadows and gardens and provide a beautiful setting for that perfect country holiday near the sea. Both the north and south coast are easily reached and close by are many of the wonderful attractions that make this area of Cornwall a must for that all important holiday. Fowey with its rich sailing and literary heritage is nearby and has galleries, cafés, restaurants and excellent craft, art and gift shops as well as a small beach. You can also take fishing trips and sight seeing trips aboard one of the many boats that leave the quay looking for dolphins and seals along this dramatic and lush coastline. Also close by is the world famous Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and Charlestown with its tall sailing ships and shipwreck centre and picturesque harbour which has been the setting for many films and TV programmes. Golf, a cinema, bowling, markets and a leisure centre with swimming pool are all available in St Austell. Newquay with its seven magnificent beaches is easily reached and has many surf schools as well as a zoo, Japanese garden, Dairyland and a leisure centre. Truro, St Ives, Bodmin and Falmouth are all easily reached. Shops 400 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Terrace. Parking (1 car). No children or babies. NB: There are 8 steps to terrace.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared use of 6-acres of landscaped and natural grounds. No smoking. NB: Stream 200 yards.

  • Branston’s Barn

    Virginstow, nr. Beaworthy

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28952

    Branston’s Barn is the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape at any time of year. Nestled within the pretty Devon village of Virginstow, adjacent to the owner’s small stables, it is the ideal base from which to explore Devon and Cornwall. In a stunning location there is fishing, golf and riding available locally, and walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for scenic routes. Roadford Lake is just 4 miles and offers water sports, coarse and trout fishing, lovely lakeside walks and picnic areas. North Devon and North Cornwall coastal walking boasts fantastic sandy beaches and hidden coves ideal for surfing or exploring the many rock pools, whilst the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the famous Eden Project are all easily accessible. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room. Kitchen. Most rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and Veluxes.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Little Crugwallins - Sunrise

    St Austell

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25051

    Close to the coast

    These four holiday cottages, Sunrise (ref: 25051) and Sunny Skies, (ref: 25052) which stand detached, and Summer Breeze (ref: 25053) and Sunset (ref: 27684), which are semi-detached, enjoy a perfect location for exploring all corners of Cornwall from Lands End in the west to Padstow on the north coast and Fowey, Looe and Polperro on the completely different south coast. The beautiful gardens provide a peaceful haven with summerhouse and children’s play area. The cottages lie just minutes from the south coast including the fishing village of Mevagissey and the seafaring town of Fowey with its royal regatta and Du Maurier Festival (Daphne du Maurier made the town her home). Nearby are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the amazing Eden Project. Visit Truro, the capital of Cornwall with its Gothic cathedral, surrounded by narrow streets and alleyways lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. St Austell Bay, just minutes away, has a stunning coastline which has pretty coastal towns and villages dotted along its edge. Charlestown is home to a collection of tall sailing ships, an historic harbour and Georgian architecture, all of which have been used as film and TV sets over many years. Porthpean has a lovely unspoilt beach, golf club and views across the bay. Visit Pentewan with picturesque cycle and walking trail along a river and through a 450-year-old woodland. Cycle hire is available from Easter onwards. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

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

    Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD and small library. CD. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture.

    All properties: Biomass central heating included (£15per week October-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared use of ½-acre natural, landscaped garden and summer house. 1-acre dog exercise field. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in the shared grounds.

  • Long Thatch Lodge

    Old Newton, nr. Stowmarket

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 29432

    Set in a quiet location, Long Thatch Lodge makes an ideal, romantic country retreat. It is detached with open-plan living area, including a woodburner for chillier evenings and a delightful garden. Set in the grounds of the owner’s 15th-century thatched cottage, it is an ideal holiday base for visiting the Suffolk countryside and coast. This includes ‘Constable Country’, Lavenham and Long Melford (for NT properties Kentwell and Long Melford Halls), Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Thetford Forest, the Heritage Coastline and the Broads. The market town of Stowmarket provides a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a leisure centre and direct rail links to London and Norwich. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floor. Paddle stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer (in external utility). Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • The Lodge - The Old Forge

    Bintree, nr. Fakenham

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 29264


    This semi-detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home with sheep, hens and dogs, previously housed a blacksmith’s shop and now offers spacious holiday accommodation. The bustling market town of Fakenham is within easy reach, whilst the popular resort of Wells-next-the-Sea is slightly further. There is so much to do in the area, with many seaside resorts being within easy reach, including Sheringham and Cromer, with its famous pier and end of pier show. Close by is Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, several NT properties and the city of Norwich, boasting a Norman castle, picturesque cathedral, artisan shops, museums and restaurants. The area offers a wealth of birdwatching, walking and cycling opportunities. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Step to 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Table top cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Use of owner’s natural grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, except babes in arms. NB: Garden is located at end of driveway.

  • Yardarm Cottage

    Churchill, nr. Axminster

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E2715


    Full of rustic charm, this little stone cottage enjoys glorious rural views from its vine clad terrace, across the sloping garden to the wooded hills beyond. Simply furnished, the cottage forms a wing of the owners’ adjoining 18th-century home, and is set within 7 acres of grounds - a haven of peace and tranquillity - with its own secluded garden. The property sits 1 mile up an unmetalled bridleway on the Devon/Dorset border, within an AONB and is a great touring base from which to explore Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is popular with fossil hunters, while public footpaths direct from the bridleway make this an ideal walking location for dogs – and their owners. The market town of Axminster is just 3 miles away and the coast and beach at Lyme Regis are 7 miles. Riding and golf are available locally. Shops 2.5 miles, pub 1 mile.

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

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed garden and furniture. Two terraces. Barbecue. Natural water supply from UV filtered spring. No smoking. NB: Pond and slope in grounds.

  • Granny McPhee’s Cottage

    West Chilla, nr. Beaworthy

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: HSSH

    Detached barn conversion a romantic retreat, nestled within glorious countryside, with woodland and country walks. Retaining its charm with oak floors, old beams and wood-burning stove. The owners provide bath robes and slippers for guests’ comfort. Within the grounds of the owner’s home, much of the land is a nature reserve. North Cornwall’s beaches, 17 miles, with coastal walks. Fishing, riding and golf are available locally. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen area and oak floor. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 6ft bed and apex ceiling. Bathroom with slipper bath, double shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in external utility)
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in external utility)
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack including cream tea on arrival
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: Step in garden

  • The Old Dairy

    Mount Hawke

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W41034

    One mile from coast

    Situated a mile from the North Cornwall Coast and the sandy beaches of Porthtowan with its saltwater bathing pool and St Agnes, this single storey property is a converted dairy situated on a working farm, tucked away along a private lane but within easy reach of the A30 and a myriad of coastal footpaths. Only 8 miles from Truro, you can easily visit the west of the country or explore the Eden Project or a spot of surfing 4 miles away on Perranporth sandy beach. Situated in a rural position on the outskirts of the village of Mount Hawke which provides a pub, florist and village stores and is an ideal base for touring and walking. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor, patio doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating and electricity included (£10per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Rawcliffe House Farm - Cloth Fair

    Stape, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31213

    Dating back to around 1770, these country-style holiday cottages (refs 31210, 31211, 31212 and 31213) have been tastefully converted from the old farm buildings and barns. They all retain many original features, including rustic beams and stone walls. Nestled amongst 42 acres of beautiful open countryside and enjoying panoramic views, they are ideal for a relaxing break to escape the rigours of everyday life. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the wild birds and animals that reside in and around this area, with only the sounds of the countryside to disturb the tranquillity on offer at Rawcliffe House Farm. The area is ideal for walkers and cyclists with bridle paths and cycle trails starting at your door, and with 42 acres of landscaped natural and wooded areas surrounding the property, you may find you never leave the grounds. It is also perfect for exploring both the North York Moors National Park and the Heritage Coast of Yorkshire. The historic market town of Pickering is just 6 miles away, home to the North Yorkshire Moors steam train - you can park your car, board the train, and sit back and relax as it chugs its way through some 18 miles of glorious countryside, a journey you will never forget. Whitby is approximately a 13-mile drive along beautiful country roads, famed for its connections with Captain James Cook, a colourful harbour yachting marina, the imposing abbey ruins and St Mary’s Church. It is where Bram Stoker discovered Count Dracula and the town is renowned for the folk, music festivals and Gothic weekends. The heather-clad moors of North Yorkshire are a delight – discover small villages tucked away deep in the valleys, where you will find many quaint little tea rooms, inns and restaurants in and around this area, serving some of Yorkshires finest cuisine, with one just a mile from Rawcliffe House at Newton-on-Rawcliffe. The market towns of Malton, Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside still host weekly markets. Historic homes, halls and castles are in abundance in this area with Castle Howard, Duncombe Hall, Sewerby Hall and Gardens and not forgetting, the 12th century castle ruins in Pickering which are all worth a visit. There is so much to do and see in this area guests find themselves returning again and again. Beach 13 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Use of owners’ freezer on request. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 42-acre grounds with sitting-out area, viewing deck and furniture. Shared children’s play area. Cycle store on request. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

  • Landrends Barn - Caradow

    Launceston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: T46


    Tucked away in a quiet rural location and enjoying views over the Kensey Valley and surrounding countryside, these superb adjoining apartments (ref: T44, T45 and T46) lie within the grounds of the owners’ farmhouse. Set amongst open countryside, they have been renovated to a high standard and offer inviting holiday accommodation - perfect for exploring the surrounding area. Each property has access to the garden of the main house, where there is a play area. There are also pigs and free range chickens, which children can help to feed, or collect the eggs, which are available for guests to purchase. Fronted by an attractive courtyard with a barbecue and picnic area and two paddocks that are perfect for walking the dogs, visitors will find plenty of space to relax and unwind.
    The apartments offer an ideal base for touring both Devon and Cornwall, and are within easy reach of the A30. Located centrally between north and south coasts, it is not more than a 25-minute drive from a selection of good sandy beaches ideal for rock pooling, surfing and dog walking. Boscastle and Tintagel, the small sandy cove of Trebarwith Strand and Crackington Haven, as well as some of the most spectacular coastal walks in the area can be found nearby. Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are within easy reach as are several magnificent National Trust houses and gardens. The popular Eden Project is also easily accessible.
    Historic Launceston (1 mile), once the capital of Cornwall, offers a medieval castle, a selection of shops and a steam railway. There are two excellent golf courses within a short distance and a selection of horseriding schools nearby. Shops 1½ miles and a selection of local pubs offering excellent food; nearest approximately 1 mile.

    Living/dining-room with electric woodburner and rugs on solid oak floor. One step to kitchen with birchwood units and stable door to courtyard. Double bedroom with 5ft canopied bed opposite feature round window to living room, and oak floor. Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Travel cot
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Flatscreen Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared gardens, courtyard, furniture
    • Barbecue and picnic area with fire pit
    • Ample parking
    • 3 acres of private, fenced, dog walking paddock
    • No smoking

  • Wolfen Mill Country Retreats - Bowland Bower

    Chipping, nr. Clitheroe

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30616

    A warm welcome awaits you at Wolfen Mill Country Retreats. Dating back hundreds of years, this former mill sits in stunning grounds with a freshwater lake. Located in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a peaceful part of Lancashire’s stunning Ribble Valley, you are guaranteed a relaxing break to do as much or as little as you like. With its lush green valleys and spectacular scenery, Ribble Valley is host to quaint market towns such as Clitheroe and Longridge, as well as numerous picturesque villages including Whitewell, Whalley, Slaidburn and Waddington, which offer great country pubs, cafés and shops. Whilst enjoying a peaceful, rural location, Wolfen Mill is also very accessible making it the perfect base from which to explore all that the area has to offer. Preston is 12 miles away, Clitheroe, 10 miles, and Lancaster, 17 miles. The Pennines, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Wyre Valley and the Fylde Coast are easily accessible, as well as Blackpool, 24 miles, and Lytham St Annes, 25 miles. The area is great for walking with lots of dedicated trails and footpaths. Other activities available locally include golf, cycling, fishing and horse riding. The area has a great reputation for its pubs and restaurants, or follow the Ribble Valley Food Trail which offers some of the country’s best local produce. Whilst it is the perfect retreat for couples and walkers, there is also lots to do for families, children will enjoy Bowland Wild Boar Park and Clitheroe Castle, as well as Blackpool’s many attractions which include Blackpool Tower, Sealife Centre, zoo, Madame Tussauds waxworks, Sandcastle indoor waterpark and the Pleasure Beach. This is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and discover all that the beautiful north west has to offer. After a day exploring, what better way to come back to a warm, cosy holiday home. Beds will be made using high quality linens, and fluffy white towels will be provided. For extra comfort, bathrobes will also be provided for the adults. There is ample parking on site and access to the shared gardens. There is also fishing available on site, it is free of charge and a licence will be required. Guests also have use of the laundry area, where there is a washer and a dryer. There is an additional shared guest lounge, located on the second floor of the main building, with patio doors leading onto a decked balcony overlooking the lake and fells. Courtyard Cottage (ref 30613) and Beech Tree (ref 30617) are both detached, with Beech Tree enjoying its own private garden. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 3 miles.

    From this little retreat for two, step out of the front door on to the delightful patio which is situated by the waterfall and gardens, what more do you need!

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Gas living flame fire in living room included. Patio.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Shared laundry area with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 7-acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Stream and lake in grounds.

  • The Old Forge

    Boynton near Bridlington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC245033
    A stunning little property full of character and charm, attached to the owners’ cottage yet still very private. Set in the beautiful countryside just outside the traditional seaside resort of Bridlington, is this quaint little cottage which used to be the blacksmith’s forge. The cottage is delightful and has been restored to a good standard yet keeping lots of original features including the original forge which is now home to the multi-fuel burner. The bellows sit in the corner, reminding you of the cottage’s original purpose to shoe the horses which came from the local farmers or the stately homes that surround the area. The open plan kitchen/lounge leads through to the beautifully presented bedroom with its French doors which lead out to the terrace and shared garden. A perfect getaway for couples, this cottage is a great base to see the coast, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Wolds.

    The town of Bridlington is just three miles away with its long sandy beaches and busy working harbour, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. The famous Spa theatre has shows on throughout the year. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars in Bridlington, or why not eat at one of the village pubs nearer to the cottage?

    If you enjoy stately homes, there are plenty within a short drive, including Sledmere House, Burton Agnes Hall, Sewerby Hall and Castle Howard. For the walkers amongst you, the Yorkshire Wolds has some of the best walks through the hidden valleys and sleepy little villages. The Wolds have been made famous by David Hockney’s paintings. He was inspired by the beautiful countryside of the Wolds, yet it still remains a very quiet and unspoilt area of Yorkshire.

    The cottage is well placed to visit Flamborough Head, Filey, Scarborough and even Whitby, as well as the little villages dotted along the country roads with their duck ponds and stone cottages. The city of York is less than an hour away and it is well worth a visit. The striking minster stands proud in the centre and is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Visit the Shambles with its cobbled streets and overhanging timber framed buildings with little alleyways and interesting shops.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With stone floor, multi-fuel burner, 40" Freeview HD Smart TV, DVD player and CD player with Bluetooth and USB.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Three steps to...
    Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed, French doors to garden and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Washing machine and freezer in outhouse. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Shared BBQ (on request). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 2 years. NB: 2 steps to rear of property. 3 steps to shared garden (alternative slope access).

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