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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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  • Mole End

    Withypool, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43079

    Mole End is a delightful semi-detached holiday cottage situated in the very pretty Exmoor village of Withypool on the Two Moors Way. There are many walks from the cottage out onto Exmoor, including one following the river to Lanacre, one of the prettiest spots in Exmoor. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT). There are beaches close by at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 200 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Maximum occupancy is for 2 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children. NB: Pond in garden.

  • Bag End

    West Heslerton near Filey

    Grade
    2
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DC4403
    At the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, Bag End a first floor apartment, is a lovely base for walkers with the Wolds Way and the rugged beauty of the North York Moors close by. The delights of the Heritage Coastline are nearby, with Filey and Scarborough within a half-hour drive. The village has a country inn and restaurant. Historic York is easily accessible, Pickering, home of the Steam Railway is nearby, and for golfers there is the famous club at Ganton. There are a number of pubs within a three mile radius.

    First Floor: With oil fired central heating and comprising:
    Sitting/dining room: with electric log effect stove, Freeview TV, video, DVD, radio/CD and a selection of books.
    Kitchen: with cooker, microwave, fridge, washer and iron.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and TV. (Alternative twin room is available if preferred, please advise at the time of booking).
    Bathroom: with bath, WC, basin and separate shower.

    Bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available on request. The apartment has its own sitting area and garden with outdoor furniture. One well behaved pet welcome, free of charge. A maximum of two people plus baby is allowed at this property. There is a large drop from the patio to the lawn, and five unprotected steps down to the garden.

  • Craven Garth - Seran Gypsy

    Rosedale, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    2
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 18421

    VisitEngland Silver Award for Green Tourism

    In the heart of North York Moors National Park you will find Craven Garth, a family run working farm nestling in the beautiful Valley of Rosedale and surrounded by stunning scenery. This cluster of traditional cottages has been renovated from the old barns and approved by VisitEngland National Quality Assessment Scheme to welcome walkers and cyclists. Look closer and you will discover historic abbeys, castles and priories. Walking, cycling and horse riding could have been invented for the North York Moors, with breathtaking heather moorland, coastal paths, steep-sloped valleys, rolling hills and fragrant pine forests to explore all in the same day. Take to the trees on a rope swing in Dalby Forest, or hire a bike and explore a landscape of ruins, legends and endless horizons. Step back in time with Britain’s most popular heritage steam railway and enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the North York Moors National Park to Whitby. From Pickering’s well-preserved castle to the Gothic splendour of Rievaulx Abbey, the landscape is peppered with places of historic interest. Unearth Bronze and Iron Age settlements at Roulston Scar, experience life during World War II at Eden Camp, or visit Ryedale Folk Museum for a day of historic fun. As you and your family will quickly discover, few destinations are as historically rich, or revealing. And when you are ready to take a break, set a course for the charming market towns and a hearty pub lunch and back to Rosedale for Yorkshire food at its finest. Or simply relax in your cottage in front of a log fire. There are tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and a bakery within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams throughout.

    All properties: Woodburner (initial fuel included). Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer in utility room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10per week or £5 per short break. Shared picnic paddock. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. NB: There is a stream approximately 550 yards from the properties.

  • The Nook

    Greystoke

    Grade
    2
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC118226
    The Nook is an idyllic romantic retreat for couples but equally suitable for two single people on a walking/ cycling holiday. The accommodation is for two people with the flexibility of two bedrooms for sleeping. This delightful Lakeland cottage is full of character including beamed ceilings and is beautifully furnished throughout. Situated in the heart of the popular village of Greystoke, a village with a true community spirit, village store, excellent pub serving food and outdoor swimming pool. The quiet lanes above Greystoke, which lies on the C2C cycle route, are superb for cycling and is close to Ullswater and Keswick with great walking opportunities.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, ornamental traditional range and wood flooring.
    Kitchen area: With tiled floor and underfloor heating, electric oven and ceramic hob, washer/dryer, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.
    Shower room: With large shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Stone staircase to.....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Outside: Small paved garden with seating. On street parking. Storage for bikes. Sorry not suitable for babies. Not suitable for people with limited mobility due to the steepness of the steps. Please note the owners have a dog so the cottage is not allergy free.

  • Brundholme

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC111179
    This spacious first floor apartment is situated in the heart of Keswick, and has been attractively decorated and comfortably furnished. Only two minutes walk from the market square it has fine views of Latrigg and Skiddaw and is an ideal base from which to enjoy Keswick and the Northern Lakes. All the amenities of this charming town are on the doorstep including the theatre, cinema, museums, parks, shops, pubs, restaurants and a leisure pool. There are good bus connections to Borrowdale, Ambleside and Penrith.

    First Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With beautiful views to Skiddaw, TV and DVD.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. Wi-Fi available. Parking permit for nearby car park.

  • Craven Garth - Master Mustard

    Rosedale, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    2
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18427

    VisitEngland Silver Award for Green Tourism

    In the heart of North York Moors National Park you will find Craven Garth, a family run working farm nestling in the beautiful Valley of Rosedale and surrounded by stunning scenery. This cluster of traditional cottages has been renovated from the old barns and approved by VisitEngland National Quality Assessment Scheme to welcome walkers and cyclists. Look closer and you will discover historic abbeys, castles and priories. Walking, cycling and horse riding could have been invented for the North York Moors, with breathtaking heather moorland, coastal paths, steep-sloped valleys, rolling hills and fragrant pine forests to explore all in the same day. Take to the trees on a rope swing in Dalby Forest, or hire a bike and explore a landscape of ruins, legends and endless horizons. Step back in time with Britain’s most popular heritage steam railway and enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the North York Moors National Park to Whitby. From Pickering’s well-preserved castle to the Gothic splendour of Rievaulx Abbey, the landscape is peppered with places of historic interest. Unearth Bronze and Iron Age settlements at Roulston Scar, experience life during World War II at Eden Camp, or visit Ryedale Folk Museum for a day of historic fun. As you and your family will quickly discover, few destinations are as historically rich, or revealing. And when you are ready to take a break, set a course for the charming market towns and a hearty pub lunch and back to Rosedale for Yorkshire food at its finest. Or simply relax in your cottage in front of a log fire. There are tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and a bakery within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with toilet.

    All properties: Woodburner (initial fuel included). Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer in utility room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10per week or £5 per short break. Shared picnic paddock. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. NB: There is a stream approximately 550 yards from the properties.

  • Meag Desh

    Niton, nr. Ventnor

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27918

    Located within Westcliffe Chalets, this two bedroom single-storey holiday chalet was formerly two chalets which were knocked into one. It enjoys its own separate conservatory, decking and sitting-out area with sea glimpses and overlooking beautiful communal gardens which have been inspired by Ventnor Botanical Gardens. The island is famed for its red squirrel which are often to be found within the gardens. It is a convenient base for exploring the area. The beach is a 20-minute walk, and St. Catherines Lighthouse is nearby. The village of Niton is a 10-minute walk. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet. 1 single (4ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with conservatory. Decked area with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

  • The Old Forge

    Beckermet, nr. St Bees

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W40295

    Ideal for Western Lakes


    Tucked away in a peaceful lane at the edge of the village, this sympathetically converted detached cottage provides welcoming holiday accommodation of a very good standard. The 200 year old detached Old Forge retains many character features, and has an enclosed garden which is fully fenced to keep dogs in the garden. The property is situated in the picturesque village of Beckermet, close to Whitehaven with its historic harbour, marina and shops, which has twice been named as a Brita resort, and St Bees with its expanse of sandy beaches. This is an ideal situation from which to explore the wonderful Western Fells of the Lake District National Park and the Cumbrian coastline. Ennerdale Water and Wastwater near to Scafell Pike are within easy driving distance. For a superb day out Muncaster Castle also has beautiful gardens and an internationally renowned Owl Sanctuary, not to mention the amazing views from its elevated position. Shop and pubs 0.25 miles, beach 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Fir View

    Exford, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27681

    This mid-terraced holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, has footpaths and access to Exmoor within walking distance of the cottage. Dulverton is a short drive and offers shops, restaurants and other amenities. There is walking on the South West Coastal Path and Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are nearby. Minehead has a promenade and the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. Dunster Castle, (NT), and Deer Park and Mill make for an interesting day out. Shop, P.O, pubs and restaurants 900 yards.

    7 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating and electric heaters included (£15per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £10per week or £2 per day. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Mallard Cottage

    Leverton

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E3751

    Enjoying a lovely peaceful location, these smartly furnished, very comfortable, single storey cottages offer a great place to unwind and relax. Set in three acres of beautiful landscaped grounds with a natural lake they are set around a colourfully planted courtyard and share a large games room with full size snooker table. Set in the village of Leverton - an area renowned for birdlife and nature reserves, there is good walking and cycling on the doorstep and the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds chalk hillside scenery, a designated Area of natural Beauty, with its rolling uplands and quaint unspoilt villages and countryside, is within easy reach. Nearby river boat trips provide a pleasant tranquil way to enjoy the countryside, a nearby farm museum gives a fascinating glimpse into the agricultural past, as do the ancient windmils, whilst the Battle of Britain Memorial Flightrevives more recent memories. Skegness, 15 miles, boasts a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, the fun of Fantasy Island and traditional seaside amusements. Inland Horncastle has a huge array of antique emporiums, and at Woodhall Spa, 15 miles, are the Kinema in the Woods and a lovely outdoor swimming pool. Spalding, famous for its spring flower festival is 20 miles whilst Hunstanton’s seal sanctuary is a little further afield. Lincoln with it’s medieval cobbled streets, lovely cathedral and castle, designer shops and vibrant riverside is 30 miles. Locally shops and inns are 2 miles and historic Boston a short drive.Enjoying a lovely peaceful location, these smartly furnished, very comfortable, single storey cottages offer a great place to unwind and relax. Set in three acres of beautiful landscaped grounds with a natural lake they are set around a colourfully planted courtyard and share a large games room with full size snooker table. Set in the village of Leverton - an area renowned for birdlife and nature reserves, there is good walking and cycling on the doorstep and the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds chalk hillside scenery, a designated Area of Natural Beauty, with its rolling uplands and quaint unspoilt villages and countryside, is within easy reach. Nearby river boat trips provide a pleasant tranquil way to enjoy the countryside, a nearby farm museum gives a fascinating glimpse into the agricultural past, as do the ancient windmills, whilst the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight revives more recent memories. Skegness, 15 miles, boasts a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, the fun of Fantasy Island and traditional seaside amusements. Inland, Horncastle has a huge array of antique emporiums, and at Woodhall Spa, 15 miles, are the Kinema in the Woods and a lovely outdoor swimming pool. Spalding, famous for its spring flower festival is 20 miles whilst Hunstanton’s seal sanctuary is a little further afield. Lincoln with it’s medieval cobbled streets, lovely cathedral and castle, designer shops and vibrant riverside is 30 miles. Locally shops and inns are 2 miles and historic Boston a short drive.

    All on ground floor: Living room with vaulted ceiling/dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating £28per week 11th September-21st May (other dates by arrangement). Fenced patio.

    All properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 3-acre gardens. Garden furniture. Parking. Games room with full-size snooker table and darts. No smoking. Wheelchair access - NA Category 1. NB: Unfenced pond and small lake in grounds.

  • Kittiwake

    Dartmouth

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: HPPO

    This three-storey town house has spectacular views of the Dart Estuary and across to the village of Kingswear from all rooms in the house. A delightful patio leads off a large kitchen/dining room and makes the most of the estuary views. Leading down from the decking is an enclosed garden. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Dartmouth’s many varied shops and restaurants, this is an excellent location for those wanting a beach or an activity holiday. Shop and restaurants 500 yards.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. Stairs down to spacious living room. Single bedroom. Further stairs down to large, modern open-plan kitchen/dining room with oak floor and patio doors to garden. Walk-in utility cupboard.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with raised deck patio area and furniture
    • Public car park 500 yards (permit provided)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • No children or infants (babes in arm)

  • 12 Maritime House

    Bridport

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 19399

    Excellent location

    In the fishing port and popular seaside resort of West Bay near Bridport on the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, this third floor holiday apartment (with lift), has been tastefully furnished and equipped for three, and is in an excellent location to explore this popular area. Enjoy the pretty harbour, beach, many attractions nearby or memorable days out walking along this stunning coastline, perhaps even up Golden Cap. Shop, pub and restaurant within 250 yards.

    All on third floor (with lift): Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 10 years.

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