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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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  • Little Birketts Cottage

    Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC733

    This delightful cottage, one of a pair, enjoys an extensive enclosed lawned garden, with a gentle fenced stream at the end. Boasting historic links that date back to the early 1800’s, it is a Georgian timber framed farm cottage, built for the workers on Birketts Farm. It is conveniently situated on the road into the village of Holmbury St Mary and is in the valley between popular walking areas Leith Hill and Holmbury Hill. The cottage has views across to Leith Hill and the stream at the bottom of the garden is one of the tributaries to the river Arun, which has its origin on Leith Hill.
    Holmbury St Mary is considered one of the prettiest villages in Surrey and is believed to be the basis for the fictional village of Summer Street in E.M.Forster’s story, A Room with a View. Hurtwood Common, on Holmbury Hill, is the largest area of common land in Surrey and is the home to Mullards Space Science Laboratories, which is the largest space research group in the UK. It is perfectly situated for walking and cycling, and every year, is host to the Prudential Cycle Race in July, which comes past the front of the cottage.
    There are many popular country inns and pubs in the locality, and picturesque villages and hamlets to discover nearby include Shere, with its 13th-century church, tea rooms and duck pond. Also located close to the property are Abinger Hammer, Ockley and Forest Green. Dorking is about a 15-minute drive and is a delightful town with various amenities, plus a mainline station to London. Guildford, about a 20-minute drive, has a cathedral, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, large shopping centre and cosmopolitan eateries. In addition to the lido, indoor pool and Spectrum Leisure Centre, you can find Wild Wood Adventure Park, ideal for children of all ages.
    Wonderful walks can be enjoyed along the North Downs, and the most popular walks include Newlands Corner and Box Hill. Brocketts Farm makes a fun day out for the children, and there are easy motorway links to get to Chessington World of Adventure. Also, visit Hampton Court Palace, Denbies vineyard, which is the largest in the UK, and Gomshall Mill. If a day at the races is for you, there are many racecourses to choose from, including Sandown, Lingfied Park, Kempton, Brighton and Plumpton. For a day at the beach, Worthing or Brighton are about an hour away by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With gas wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Steep, narrow stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    NSH central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced stream in the garden, 100 yards away.

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  • The Old Hall Barn Cottages - The Old Hall Barn

    Hope

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18747
    These two attractive cottages have been lovingly renovated from a former barn retaining many original features and beams. Providing a superb and ideal holiday base to visit all the Peak Park has to offer with golf and horse riding within 5 miles. Set just off the main road in the pretty village of Hope, near Mam Tor and Lose Hill in the superb scenery of the Peak Park’s Hope Valley with the Pennine Way village of Edale just a few miles away. Visit the gigantic cathedral-like caves of Castleton, which is also famous for Peveril Castle perched high on a hill, and the Blue John Caves, which can be explored by boat! The charming villages of Tideswell, Eyam (plague village) and Hathersage, market town of Bakewell and Buxton Spa are all less than 12 miles. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and limestone Dales are all nearby. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    First Floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Thatch Cottage

    South Petherwin, nr. Launceston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 13848

    This truly charming Grade II listed cottage, with a thatched roof, open beams and low ceilings, offers very good quality holiday accommodation within a cosy, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoying a delightful garden on three levels, with deck, it is set in a quiet hamlet just 1½ miles from Launceston’s ancient castle, golf course and steam railway. A good location for exploring, within easy reach of both coasts. Shop 1¼ miles and pub within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Steps down to shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Coal/woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with elevated patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mystified Bungalow

    Bishopdale, nr. Leyburn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC254


    This holiday bungalow has been tastefully converted, enjoying the added bonus of fabulous rural views from the front and rear of the property. Additionally there is a four poster bedroom with uninterrupted views over the Dale. It is situated only a short walk from a traditional 17-century country pub serving locally sourced ales and food. The pub was the finish line of the first sprint in the 2014 Tour de France.

    The area is a haven for ramblers and cyclists with beautiful walks and bike rides directly from the door. Within a short drive, there are several pubs, tea rooms and farm shops to visit. Nearby Leyburn, Hawes, Aysgarth and Kettlewell all have shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants to choose from.

    Local attractions such as The Forbidden Corner, Aysgarth Falls, Hawes Rope Factory and Wensleydale Creamery, to name but a few, are all within easy reach of Mystified Bungalow.

    At the rear of the property is a patio area where the tranquillity and uninterrupted views of the Dale can be enjoyed along with a large variety of wild birds which will come to feed - spot the 2 woodpeckers! Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Living room with electric feature fire. Kitchen/dining room with electric feature fire. Double bedroom with four poster bed. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full air source underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Ceramic hob
    • Electric oven
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Breakwater View

    Down Thomas, nr. Plymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42239

    Spectacular sea views

    This semi-detached chalet style holiday bungalow looks directly across the bay with views to Kingsand, Cawsand and Plymouth Sound. Bovisand is a very popular beach for young families. There are 3 beaches within walking distance. The coastal path runs directly along the seafront, and you can walk from here to Mountbatten, or towards Wembury along rugged coastline. Many different types of water sports are popular in the area. The little beach shop onsite offers a good selection of goods and there is also a small café. Shop and café 50 yards, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and laminate floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture to front. Enclosed courtyard to rear. Car park (1 car, £20per week April/Easter-September). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Woodford Cottage

    Rosudgeon, nr. Penzance

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40746

    Wonderful setting

    This semi-detached stone country holiday cottage is set down a leafy lane in a beautiful part of Cornwall. Marazion is just 2 miles away with its lovely sandy beach and you can visit the castle at St Michaels Mount or take a trip to the Isles of Scilly from nearby Penzance. Ideal for country lovers, you can walk the many footpaths or use the network of cycle paths if you are feeling energetic. Attractions in the area include Flambard’s Theme Park, the Goonhilly Earth Station, the National Seal Sanctuary, Trevarno Gardens and the Poldark Mine. St Ives is a short drive with its lovely cobbled streets and network of little shops or visit the surfing beaches and you can visit the Minack Theatre in nearby Porthcurno. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Hound Cottage

    Burford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NKV

    Hound Cottage is situated in the beautiful and historic town of Burford, popularly referred to as The Gateway to the Cotswolds. One of a pair, this charming, Grade II listed, 17th-century holiday cottage has been refurbished to a very high standard and is situated on a slip road at the top of the picturesque high street, with views to the hills beyond. In the Middle Ages, Burford was a major wool town and is well situated to explore the beautiful nearby towns and villages including Lechlade, Bibury, the Slaughters and Bourton-on-the-Water. Cirencester is within easy reach. Shops 50 yards.

    Beamed living room with inglenook fireplace (for ornamental use), oak floor and window seat. Two steps up to spacious, oak-beamed, modern kitchen with quartz stone worktops, limestone floor and dining area with sofa, TV and French doors to patio. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with original oak floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and ceramic floor. Original elm spiral staircase to second floor: Beamed twin bedroom.

    • electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor in kitchen), bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Double oven
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture
    • Free public car park 300 yards
    • No smoking
    • NB: 3 steps in courtyard

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  • Pentillie

    Mevagissey

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43080

    This semi-detached bungalow provides the perfect location for a beach holiday. Stroll around the narrow streets with craft shops, cafés, restaurants, galleries, visit the harbour and try angling, hire a small motor boat or a sightseeing boat. A ferry runs across St Austell bay to Fowey. Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, go surfing or visit the model railway. At Pentewan a cycle trail links up with a cycle network that brings you to the Eden Project. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. NSH included (£35per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Swaleside House

    Gunnerside, nr. Reeth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40872

    Open fire / Village centre location

    Ideally situated in the heart of Gunnerside just a short stroll from the village pub, this traditional semi-detached cottage has an open fire for those cosy evenings in. Close to Gunnerside Gill, which flows through the middle of the village, and which you can follow up to the ruined lead mines and onto the fells. The friendly owner lives next door, from where she runs the village tea-room/restaurant, providing home cooked meals during the day and in the evenings by arrangement. A scenic drive through Upper Swaledale takes you over the stunning Buttertubs Pass to the market town of Hawes and on through Wensleydale to Aysgarth and Leyburn, then back through the villages of Lower Swaledale. Shop 6 miles, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Glendee

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 1673

    A cosy, well maintained holiday cottage with superb views over the Quantocks, the Brendons and Dunkery Beacon. Situated close to the owner’s house in a quiet area, 1 mile from the centre of Watchet with its modern marina. It keeps its character with original features of large exposed beams, inglenook fireplace and featured stone wall. Minehead 8 miles, Williton 1¼ miles. Marvellous walking on the hills and coastal paths, sea fishing trips from Watchet and Minehead, where there is a golf course. The West Somerset Railway runs through Watchet, and bus services end of drive to property. Shops and inns 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with low beams. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with roll-under bed, both with partially sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Small front garden and furniture. Parking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Basin Howe Farm - Opal Cottage

    Sawdon near Scarborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC244026
    Situated in an elevated position on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, yet within easy reach of Scarborough; Basin Howe Farm Cottages comprise a small development of two barns forming four cottages arranged around a parterre to provide holiday accommodation of a superior standard. The property is on the edge of Troutsdale and Dalby Forest (which has Dark Skies status, great for avid stargazers) and is surrounded by tranquil farmland with a splendid outlook over the Wolds. Opened in 2011 each barn has been individually styled, architecturally designed and benefits from beautiful character features such as exposed stonework, solid oak beams and oak flooring married together with modern conveniences. All cottages have comfortable sofas and comfortable beds.
    Guests have access to two acres of communal gardens, including a tranquil mature rose garden. Secure storage for bicycles. The area is perfect for horse riders or cyclists to ride straight out with miles of bridleways and cycle routes to explore in and around the North York Moors, an excellent area for bird watching.
    For those who enjoy fine dining, The Anvil is the nearest restaurant, located in the village of Sawdon serving an excellent menu and hearty Sunday roasts (booking in advance is essential).
    Basin Howe Farm takes its name from its very own Bronze Age burial mound.  This is a truly unique selection of cottages offering a chance to get away from it all in scenic surroundings.
    Opal Cottage benefits from huge floor to ceiling double aspect cart shed windows bathing the lounge in light.  The lounge has a wood burning stove for additional comfort in the cooler months.
    The kitchen/diner is in a garden room with aspects of the garden on all three sides and views beyond. This room leads directly to an area of decking overlooking a large pond (children beware!) perfect for enjoying al fresco dining or evening drinks.
    Bedroom One is on the ground floor with a Super King zip n link bed and en suite bath room with thermostatic shower over the bath.  Bedroom Two is on the first floor.  It has a King size metal framed bed and en suite shower room with shower cubicle. 

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, 37" flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD and Radio/ipod docking station.
    Kitchen/Diner: Conservatory style with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher. From the kitchen there is access to decked area overlooking pond. Washing machine and tumble dryer in communal area
    Bedroom 1: With zip n link beds which can be either a Super king or twin beds (please specify preferred layout when booking) and en suite bathroom with bath and thermostatic shower over, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair by arrangement. Wi-Fi available. Ample parking. Private decked area overlooking pond with outdoor furniture. Secure storage for bicycles. Please note: The properties are all supplied with filtered water from a private bore hole.Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Snowy Owl Lodge

    St Columb, nr. Padstow

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC105


    This detached timber eco lodge provides the perfect base to explore the north Cornish coastline and its many fabulous beaches, coves and dramatic cliff top walks. Snowy Owl Lodge is within the grounds of the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre which has coarse fishing lakes and regular falconry displays (£10 pw for guests of Snowy Owl Lodge).
    Being close to both Newquay and Padstow there is plenty to see and do, from gourmet restaurants, among them Rick Steins restaurant, and artisan cafés and bistros to surf schools, sea fishing, cycling along the beautiful Camel Trail, to just plain lazing around on some of the areas best beaches.
    Just minutes away is a spa for the ultimate pampering experience, along with a surf simulator and a restaurant run by an award winning chef. Several National Trust properties and gardens warrant a visit nearby, with the now famous Eden Project a 30-minute drive, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan within reach. Local nearby activities include surfing, tennis, golf and fishing.
    The very different south coast is also easily reached and provides an alternative view of the Cornish countryside and coastline. It has a more subtropical climate with many secret coves and fishing villages to be explored, and Truro the capital has a theatre, cinemas and shopping galore - a great day out for all. Beach 5 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared grounds with woodland and fishing lakes. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lakes in grounds, 30 yards.

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