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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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  • East Cottage

    Low Row near Reeth

    Grade
    1
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    1
    Ref: UK2005
    East Cottage is one of a small group of similar holiday properties at Feetham Holme Cottages. This semi-detached cottage is quirky and cosy offering a ground floor lounge with original features, shower room and characterful kitchen with original pantry shelving and alcoves. Leading up the stone staircase guests will find a snug and a well-presented double bedroom with views ranging far and wide.

    Situated in the heart of beautiful Swaledale in the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales, this is a rural and peaceful yet accessible location. The buildings have been lovingly restored and converted, and the cottages have been commended in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Golden Jubilee Awards of 2005, recognising the skill and dedication of local craftsmen and designers whose work respected the history and heritage of the cottages whilst providing all comforts and amenities that guests would expect. The cottages are cosy, warm and welcoming with wood burners and electric storage heaters, and retain many original features which include stone flagged floors, stone alcoves, beamed ceilings, inglenook and feature fireplaces and stone staircases.

    Hidden away down a private lane on Whitaside in Swaledale, accessed via a rough track and occupying an elevated position across the valley from Low Row, Feetham Holme Cottages are a haven for guests who enjoy walking, cycling and rambling through the great outdoors. There is a multitude of established footpaths that lead right from the door and will take guests on a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery that this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer, and leads right through Swaledale, Wensleydale, Arkengarthdale and beyond.

    The popular market town of Reeth is only three miles away and offers many amenities including a weekly farmers’ market, local pubs, shops and tea rooms. Smaller villages and towns nearby include Gunnerside, Keld, Thwaite and Fremington. There are many excellent local pubs, restaurants and country inns which provide the perfect resting place, before, during or after a long walk or cycle. A little further afield but still within easy driving distance, there are many popular attractions to visit for all ages, including Castle Bolton, Swaledale Folk Museum, Theakstons Brewery, Wensleydale Creamery and The Forbidden Corner.

    Within 20 miles, guests really must visit the Georgian town of Richmond, Hawes or Leyburn which are especially popular with families and offer many places to explore including Richmond Castle and theatre, and Leyburn Chocolate Shop. There is ample parking and privacy for all three cottages at Feetham Holme and this makes it the perfect choice for guests wanting to book one, two or all three cottages together for the ultimate family holiday.

    East Cottage can be booked with South Cottage (UK2004) and West Cottage (CC219002) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious and beamed with slate floor, wood burner, 20" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With slate floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.
    Stone steps to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with king size bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack.Lawned garden. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

  • Periton Park Court - Garden Retreat

    Minehead

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 31041

    Periton Park Court provides self catering accommodation with a semi-detached cottage (ref 31044) and cottage style apartments (refs 31041 and 31043) tastefully converted from the coach house and stables of a Victorian country house. The owners conveniently live on site and a detached cedar lodge (ref 31042) in a garden setting provides additional accommodation. In a totally secluded setting at the end of a third of a mile of private drive, with panoramic views of the sea and Quantock Hills, Periton Park Court is surrounded by 30 acres of its own gardens, pasture and woodland with direct access to the Exmoor National Park. There is also the use of a heated outdoor pool, open from May to September. Periton Park Court provides a gateway to the Exmoor National Park. A fenced track that crosses fields to the south provides direct access to the park. It is a perfect playground for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. For the adventurous mountain biker, there are tracks prepared by local enthusiasts in the woods just south of Periton - be prepared as it’s not flat! If you haven’t yet discovered Exmoor, you are in for a treat. It is the undiscovered corner of the south west with quiet country lanes and uncrowded beauty spots even in the busy July/August months. Those that have discovered Exmoor return again and again. For beach lovers there are a number of beaches within a short distance, Minehead Beach/Harbour 1.5 miles, Dunster Beach 3 miles, Blue Anchor Beach 5 miles and Porlock Weir Harbour/Beach 5 miles. The famous surfing beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde are approximately 90 minutes west by car on roads with some spectacular scenery to view as you cross Exmoor. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Minehead has a good range of shops and amenities, and is also home to the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and cliff railway. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out as well as Porlock Weir. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Gas central heating included. Electric cooker.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Access to 30 acres of grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared, outdoor, heated swimming pool (11.6m x 5.5m, depth 0.8m to 2.6m), open May-September. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

  • White Cottage

    Pennygate, nr. Horning

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: E3425

    On a quiet country lane in the pretty hamlet of Pennygate, this charming cottage lies just a mile from the nature reserve, sailing and fishing provided at Barton Broad. Adjoining the owners’ home, and enjoying its own area of garden, it boasts a cosy, very comfortable and attractive interior – the ideal base from which to explore the area’s many delights. A nearby steam railway makes for a relaxing way of seeing the countryside, the shops, riverside pubs, broads (pictured) and paddle steamer trips of Horning village are only 3 miles as are the craft centres and day-boat hire at bustling Wroxham. Sandy beaches are 8 miles and the cathedral city of Norwich is 12 miles. Village store, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Garden area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Beckside Cottage

    Troutbeck Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC127240
    Beckside Cottage enjoys a super location in the small hamlet of Troutbeck Bridge, midway between Windermere and Ambleside. Well placed for exploring South Lakeland and the popular tourist resorts of Windermere and Ambleside, Beckside Cottage has a host of local attractions accessible within a short walk, by way of the excellent local bus service or by car.
    A cottage style apartment built of local stone, tucked at the end of a private lane, Beckside Cottage offers stylish and romantic accommodation for a couple looking for a good base to return to at the end of the day in a convenient location with that all important private parking space and local pub serving good food on the doorstep, The Sun Inn.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan accommodation...
    Kitchen/Dining Area: Integrated cooker, with gas hob and electric fan oven, microwave, larder fridge and separate freezer, plus an automatic washing machine.
    Lounge area: With deep cushioned sofas and a flat screen digital TV with DVD.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over p shaped bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no cot available. Wi-Fi access available.Outside: Private parking 100 yards down the lane. Small paved area with furniture provided. Shed suitable for storing bikes.

  • The Barn

    Burley

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: PDDE

    A beautifully renovated barn conversion situated in the village of Burley Street in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Built of oak and timber, it has an air of relaxed elegance and offers a wealth of features including a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, spiral staircase and wood-burning stove, as well as extras such as Egyptian cotton sheets. Located in the grounds of the main cottage, it provides a perfect base for exploring the New Forest’s many delights. The market town of Ringwood is a 6-minute drive where all facilities can be found, with handsome Georgian buildings. Sandy beaches lie 8 miles away and sailing and surfing can also be enjoyed. Shop and pubs ¾ mile.

    Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, large windows, wooden floor and hand-made kitchen area. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Spiral open staircase to first floor: Galleried area with 5ft bed and wooden floor. Vaulted ceilings and beams throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV (LCD)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

  • The Threshing Barn

    Malvern

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43705

    This beautiful, detached barn conversion fully retains the sense of space and interest. The Threshing Barn is a magnificent Grade II listed oak timber framed building situated on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its renovation was completed to the highest architectural and environmental conservation standard. This beautiful barn retains the unique spaciousness and tranquility of the original timber building. The living/dining room has furniture made from the old barn timbers, as well as boasting original art work and the comfort of an underfloor heated flagstone floor. There is a south facing, wide glazed area running the whole length of the barn with three double doors leading out onto the secluded, private, stone walled patio garden. From here, there are views of the Malvern Hills and the sounds of the adjacent stream. Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester are approximately half an hour away, making the barn an ideal base from which to attend festivals, the Three Counties Showground and excellent rail links to Birmingham and London. There are many lovely gardens to explore and enjoy in this unspoilt corner of England. In an adjacent building there is a laundry room, sauna and gym. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed/kitchen with breakfast bar. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin).

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in outbuilding. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Gym and sauna in outbuilding. No smoking.

  • Flat 4 Quay West

    Cowes

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 25332

    Superbly located, offering extensive sea views over the Solent, this light and airy first floor holiday apartment (no lift) has been completely refurbished throughout to provide stylish accommodation. From the large balcony, it is an ideal spot to relax in and watch the ever changing nautical scenery, from huge liners to racing boats. This lovely, temperate island has much to offer for all age groups, with many attractions, including NT homes and gardens, pretty villages, Heritage coastline, birdwatching, golf, horse riding, watersports and stunning walks along the network of footpaths. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant at neighbouring hotel.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with 3/4 bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Field Cottage

    Mere, nr. Warminster

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27133

    This single-storey converted coach house is located in the grounds of The Old Rectory, near the centre of the pretty village of Mere. Adjacent to the owner’s home, the holiday cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore the stunning countryside of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Within an hour’s drive are Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Kingston Lacy House and Gardens, the historic cities of Wells, Bath and Salisbury as well as the heritage sites of Stonehenge, Avebury and the Jurassic Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer in utility room. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking.

  • Pump Cottage

    Hoveton, nr. Wroxham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30504


    Pump Cottage is a single-storey annexe to the owners’ property and is ideal holiday accommodation at any time of year, being just a few yards from the centre of Hoveton, near Wroxham, ’the capital of the Broads’. Here, guests have the choice of several good shops, restaurants, pubs and takeaways, many of which deliver to the door. You may also enjoy the pleasure of the River Bure, taking a relaxing cruise, strolling along the water’s edge to feed the many ducks and swans, or just sitting back and relaxing, watching the boats pass by. Hoveton and Wroxham are of course famous for its pike and coarse fishing (licence required). The coast is just 12 miles away, where guests can explore the lovely North Norfolk Coast and visit the grey seal colony at Horsey and Blakeney. Perhaps spend a day in beautiful Norwich with its cathedral, museums, market and theatre. If you don’t want to drive there are excellent bus and train services. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Grooms Cottage

    Whittingham near Alnwick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC324031
    Grooms Cottage is the quintessential romantic hideaway for couples!
    Situated in the Vale of Whittingham at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and perched on the fringe of the Northumberland National Park makes this location idyllic...Grooms Cottage is a newly completed conversion nestled in a private courtyard in a simply magical setting.  With an open aspect across undulating farmland, Grooms Cottage is the perfect choice for couples who desire peace and tranquillity.  This property is beautiful. 
    Awarded the prestigious 4* GOLD by Visit Britain, the accommodation is immaculately presented throughout.  Snuggle in front of the cosy wood-burning stove and watch the flames dance.  The bedroom boasts a gorgeous four-poster bed, which leads to luxurious en-suite facilities with a glamorous roll-top bath as well as the convenience of a refreshing shower too.
    Grooms Cottage can be booked independently or together with Granary Cottage to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge area:  with wood-burning stove, Freesat TV and DVD
    Dining area:  beautifully furnished for six to dine
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washer / dryer
    One step down to…
    Bedroom:  with 4-poster king-sized bed
    One step down to…
    Bathroom:  with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All oil and electricity included. First supply of fuel for stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi internet access.Sheltered courtyard with outdoor furniture and BBQ. Shared use of full-size table tennis in outbuilding. Off road parking for 2 cars.  Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • White Horse Farm - Badger’s

    Middlemarsh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 31204

    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people (refs 31202, 31203 and 31204, and one for 4 people (ref 31201), a detached lodge cabin for 8 (ref 31205) and an annexe of the owners’ farmhouse (ref 31200) for 6 guests. Each barn conversion comes with its own decked patio out to the front, and the log cabin and wing have their own large garden. There is a games room on site, a duck pond, 2 acres of land to enjoy and a large, Finnish-style, indoor barbecue cabin that seats up to 15 people. The holiday homes can be booked separately or are ideal for guests wishing to book a number of them for getting together.
    If not relaxing on site, then Sherborne with its shops, restaurants, abbey and castle is well worth a visit, as is Dorchester with its Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dinosaur Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and Keep Military Museum. Within easy driving distance one can have family outings to the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum or wander into south Somerset and explore Glastonbury, Cheddar and onto Bath. If you are looking for some sea time, just south of Dorchester, the children will love Weymouth with its wonderful sandy beach. Perhaps explore from Weymouth, all the way down the coast to the lovely seaside resort of Lyme Regis, taking in the superb, scenic, coastal views along Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Coast, which is not to be missed. There is a wealth of attractions to be seen in this popular area, and you will not be short of memorable days out. Beach 18 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. 22" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Small decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Step to decked patio.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared, 2-acre natural woodland grounds. Shared barbecue. Two shared portable barbecues. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with table football, table tennis and book/DVD library. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large, fenced duck pond in grounds.

  • Grasmere View Cottage

    Grasmere

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC121107
    Situated in the most idyllic and elevated position above Grasmere in Dale End, this lovely ground floor cottage apartment forms the lower part of the owner’s holiday home and enjoys the most magnificent views over the lake and surrounding fells. Grasmere View Cottage has been transformed into the most delightful holiday accommodation, offering all home-from-home comforts, including fitted kitchen and luxury bathroom. From the garden the views are breathtaking and are sure to make you want to return to this superb location.

    Ground Floor: This ground floor cottage apartment is heated by electric heaters and comprises:
    Kitchen/diner: Delightful open plan kitchen/diner with fitted units incorporating electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and pine dining furniture.
    Lounge: Sunny lounge with TV, DVD, video, hi-fi and cosy electric stove effect fire.
    Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
    Outside Utility room: with washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot available (not suitable for children or babies).Garden. Private parking. NB: Steep drop in grounds. There is a low fence but it is only 40cm high. Natural water supply from spring.

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