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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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  • Swallow Barn

    Butterton, nr. Dovedale

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: E2804

    Enjoying views over beautiful White Peak countryside, and a peaceful location midway between Leek and Ashbourne, this little detached barn conversion sits just a 0.75 mile walk from a popular dining pub in an area that boasts many excellent country inns. Within 1 mile, the Manifold Valley provides a glorious backdrop for superb walking as well as a cycle trail (cycle hire is available 3 miles away) and all the fun and excitement of Alton Towers is just 10 miles away. This lovely area of the Peak District has a vast array of activities and places of interest to offer – The Potteries, Chatsworth House, Matlock Bath with its famous Heights of Abraham cable cars, and a variety of water sports at Carsington Lake are among the numerous attractions found within 15 miles. Golf and pony trekking are both about 8 miles. There is a general store 2 miles away and both Leek (8 miles) and Ashbourne offer interesting shopping. Shop within 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and beams. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams.

    Electricity wood burner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Microwave. Patio garden and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Wisteria Cottage

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27609

    Relax and unwind in beautiful East Sussex countryside. Situated in the owners’ grounds, this small but beautifully presented holiday cottage offers single-storey, detached accommodation for year round holidays. Historic Battle is just 2 miles away, with its charming tea rooms and historic abbey. The seaside town of Hastings is approximately 8 miles and Eastbourne about 16 miles. A great base for touring the south coast and ideal for couples seeking a rural retreat. Shops, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

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

    Gas central heating included (October-April £20per week). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Small lawned garden with decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Chy Rani

    Portmellon, Mevagissey

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26299

    Perched on the rocks over the quiet and pretty cove and beach in Portmellon, this compact and cosy former fishermen’s cottage provides the ideal romantic getaway and holiday retreat. Set over two levels, with views of the beach (50 yards) and sea, Chy Rani really is a special place to enjoy all that the area has to offer. A little further away, along the coastal path is Mevagissey, with its quaint working harbour, cafes, craft shops and galleries that sell local art. Close to The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Easy access to coastal footpaths and cycle ways. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Beams throughout. Narrow open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room, toilet.

    Electricity heating included, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (150 yards). Public car park (50 yards, £4 per day). Welcome Pack. No smoking. NB: 5 yards from sea.

  • The Dairy

    Delph, Saddleworth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 23723

    This attractive converted former dairy is situated on the edge of the pretty village of Delph in Saddleworth, which is popular as a scenic tourist area. Set in a courtyard of the owners’ farmhouse it has been converted retaining many original beams and is furnished and equipped to a very good standard. Set on the edge of the Peak Park, with the Pennine Way just a mile away providing excellent walks. Marsden with the Standedge Visitors Centre and Holmfirth (Last of the Summer Wine) and countless reservoirs are within a half hour drive. A perfect country holiday retreat. Horse riding and golf can be found nearby. Shops, pubs, restaurants ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. 1 step up to dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. 1 step up to bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Patio and sun loungers. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 18 steps (no handrail) to parking.

  • Bannsvale Farm Holiday Cottages - Little Barn

    Mount Hawke, nr. St Agnes

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43194

    These four beautiful self-catering holiday cottages (refs: W43191, W43192, W43193, W43194) and a studio (ref: W43195) are situated just 2 miles from the pretty, picturesque village of St Agnes and just minutes from the dramatic North Cornish Coast. Peacefully set in a wooded valley next to a footpath alongside a stream, 11/2 miles from Porthtowan, these delightful properties, set in beautifully landscaped gardens, are ideally located for touring the whole of Cornwall and are perfect for a relaxing country holiday. Mount Hawke is a small village with a local shop, but for a wider choice, take a trip to St Agnes or Truro, the county capital, with Gothic cathedral, cinema, theatre, restaurants, individual shops and indoor market. St Agnes boasts many cafés, restaurants, craft shops and galleries. An ideal centre for walking and exploring the Cornish coastline, cliffs and coves with an abundance of wildlife including porpoises and dolphins. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with beaches including Porthtowan, Trevellas Warren, Portreath and a little further afield, Perranporth with its beach bar right on the sand. The Eden Project near St Austell, Maritime Museum at Falmouth, Newquay Sealife Centre, Flambards Theme Park, Towan’s Miniature Railway and numerous National Trust properties are all easily reached and provide a great day out for the family. The coast road that runs west towards St Ives is a must with many sweeping beaches, quiet coves and coastal villages that make up this enchanting area of Cornwall. Horse riding, golf, surfing, sea fishing and cycling are all available close by. Shop 700 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out. Shared 3-acre landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Stream and ponds in grounds.

  • The Jesses

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123242
    The Jesses nestles in a small cluster of traditional Lakeland stone cottages, just a short stroll from the Little Bridge House and is the perfect venue for a romantic break with your partner at any time of the year. Vibrant Ambleside offers an eclectic mix of eateries, shops and bars to suit every palate and pocket, most serving throughout the day and into the evening. There are many annual events taking place in Ambleside throughout the year where holidaymakers can experience a true taste of village life including the traditional sports held each August, the highly popular Lantern procession in November and the ancient Rush Bearing and associated sports held each July.
    Beautifully redesigned to create a light, bright open plan living space, The Jesses is stylishly presented with quality fittings, luxurious linens and perfectly chosen accessories. The wood burning stove is a well placed focal point for snuggling around in the cooler months on the deep cushioned leather sofas whilst the luxurious bathroom with underfloor heating has a walk in shower area and double ended free standing bath where you can both enjoy a long soak, relax and unwind after a day on the fells or sightseeing and take in your very own view of Loughrigg!

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Covered Entrance Porch: With useful space for boots and walking clobber leading to open plan living space...
    Lounge area: Arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), TV, DVD and i-pod dock.
    Kitchen/Dining area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Freezer available.
    Rear stable door leads to the covered verandah with seating. 

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with King size bed, fitted furnishings and quality linens with feature cast iron fire place.
    Bathroom: with double ended free standing bath offering a great view of Loughrigg, separate shower area, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: covered patio/veranda and shared garden area with seating provided. Parking by way of permit on nearby car park. Bike storage available. 1 pet welcome.

  • Gum Tree View

    Treburgett, St Teath

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: TNW

    With spacious, open-plan living and a lovely galleried mezzanine with leather swivel recliners, this holiday cottage has been thoughtfully designed and furnished to provide a very comfortable home. It lies adjacent to the owner’s home, close to the coastal village of Port Isaac, made famous by the TV series Doc Martin, which has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Within easy reach are the coastal villages of Boscastle and Tintagel. Visit Polzeath with its sandy surfing beach and Padstow with its array of different shops, pubs and restaurants, including Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant. From Padstow, take the ferry to Rock for water sports. Within easy reach are Bodmin Moor and The Eden Project. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Spacious living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room (large cubicle) with toilet. First floor: Galleried mezzanine with seating area.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Sun deck with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children under 18yrs

  • The Barns - Campion Cottage

    Michaelstow, nr. Camelford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: THG

    With views over the glorious countryside these pet-friendly holiday cottages are situated just 4 miles from Cornwall’s spectacular north coast. Buttercups Barn (ref: THF) and Campion Cottage (ref: THG) are converted barns adjoining one another; each enjoys its own pretty landscaped garden to the front which is an ideal place for morning coffee or al fresco dining taking in the sights and sounds of this peaceful countryside setting. They both have exposed beams and stonework and are light and airy and well presented. St Teath is about 1 mile with a pub and shops, and the larger village of Camelford is about 3 miles. Within a few miles are the sandy surfing beaches at Polzeath and Daymer Bay and the dramatic scenery of Boscastle and Tintagel, with its mystical ruined castle. It is a short drive from Port Isaac, a pretty harbour village where the TV series Doc Martin is filmed. Close by is the market town of Wadebridge and the harbour town of Padstow with its array of shops, restaurants and bars, including Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant. Just across from Padstow is Rock which is great for water sports, and Bodmin Moor is excellent for walking and horse riding. Cycle hire available locally. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    Cosy beamed living/dining room with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire, rug on oak floor, French doors to garden and compact farmhouse-style kitchen area with slate flagstone floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and French doors to garden. Walk-in shower room with toilet.

    • Electric coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, NSH, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • No oven
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Enclosed garden to front with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring

  • Mill Race Cottage

    Bakewell

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC412106
    Situated in a prime location just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the historic and picturesque market town of Bakewell, this fully renovated stone cottage offers a cosy, romantic retreat. It is perfect for anyone wanting to spend quality time in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Committed ramblers to fair weather walkers can enjoy walks around the streets, sampling homemade local delights and neighbouring villages such as Ashford-in-the-Water and Rowsley, or through the spectacular limestone dales of the Monsal Trail. Bakewell itself has the River Wye running through the centre, providing opportunities for relaxing by the beautiful waterside setting, or enjoying wonderful riverside walks. It is a popular base for tourists wanting to explore the area, and is home to a multitude of historic buildings, courtyards and independent shops and cafès. As a small market town, Bakewells market day is every Monday, with an additional farmers market held on the last Saturday of the month. Other key annual events include the popular Bakewell Show, Well Dressings, Carnival Week, Bakewell Arts Festival and the Bakewell Music Festival. The magnificent historic houses of Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House can be reached within 15 minutes’. The major cities of Sheffield, Derby and Manchester can be reached in around an hour. Matlock, 15 minutes and Chesterfield and Buxton in half an hour.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge/dining room: Beamed with oak floor, electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD, radio and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: Beamed with tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with super king size bed and en-suite shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Small courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking permit for one car..

  • Wolfen Mill Country Retreats - Millers Den

    Chipping, nr. Clitheroe

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30614

    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.

    This luxurious ground floor property leads directly on to the flagged courtyard and provides comfortable accommodation for a memorable stay.

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

    Electric fire in living room included. Fridge/freezer.

    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.

  • Acorn Cottage

    Bonsall

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC418034
    A cosy former miners cottage nestling in the delightful and ancient village of Bonsall near Matlock on the edge of the stunning Peak District. Acorn Cottage is a mid terrace cottage lovingly restored and individually styled to offer all the comforts of modern living but still retaining the charm of this wonderful cottage. The open plan living area boasts a cosy log burning stove, ideal to relax and unwind by after a busy day exploring the local area.
    The charming and traditional conservation village of Bonsall is situated in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, four miles from Matlock. Named in the Domesday Book, with a history dating back to Roman times, this former lead mining and textile producing village is renowned for the World Hen Racing Championship’s held on the first Saturday in August at the Barley Mow pub. This part of Derbyshire has a rich heritage, with nearby Cromford being home to the Arkwright Mills and Crich, playing host to a Tramway Village. Matlock Bath is just a short drive away and is the base for the cable car leading to the Heights of Abraham, a sixty-acre hilltop country park. Walkers and mountain bikers will delight in the magnificent trails that abound in this part of the Peaks, whilst watersports enthusiasts are well-served by Carsington Water, which is just seven miles away. A cosy and comfortable Bonsall cottage, perfect for a holiday at any time of the year.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Beamed open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 37" Freesat TV, DVD and Xbox 360.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.

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

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard with terraced lawn and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: There are 15 steps in the garden.The stairs are open on one side with handrail on other side. Extra care should be taken

  • Grange Farm Cottages - The Wests

    Spaunton, nr. Lastingham

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: ITR

    Situated within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, these carefully converted barns now provide three beautiful holiday cottages in a secluded, south facing, courtyard setting with stunning, uninterrupted views over Ryedale. Riccal Heads (ITS) has a large dining table which can seat 10 people, perfect if all three properties are booked together. The area is excellent for both walking and cycling and the picturesque villages and quaint market towns await exploration. Hutton le Hole (1½ miles), is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, giving an insight into traditions of the past, Helmsley
    (10 miles) has a weekly market, an abundance of traditional teashops and the historic attractions of Duncombe Park, the Walled Garden and Norman castle ruins. Easily accessible is Dalby Forest with its 9 mile scenic drive and an award-winning visitor centre. The North York Moors Steam Railway offers a step back in time and a leisurely way to enjoy the scenery. Departing from Pickering
    (10 miles) it passes through Goathland and Grosmont on its way to Whitby, with its stunning coastline and ancient abbey. Nunnington Hall, Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey are close by and the historic city of York just an hour’s drive away. Riding and golf available locally. Shop 5 miles, pub
    ¾ mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room and kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and wooden floor.

    • Shared freezer
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating (by biomass boiler), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking

    Note: Stone Cross ITQ, The Wests ITR and Riccal Heads ITS can be booked together to sleep 10 people (Riccal Heads has a large dining table to seat 10)

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