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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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  • Claremont House - Suite 1

    Sandown

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30984

    Shared 6-seater hot tub

    This first floor suite, with a comfortable bedroom and open plan living room/kitchen, offers views of the sea in the distance and is an ideal place to stay, relax and enjoy this lovely island. Suite 1 is part of these beautifully appointed holiday suites which(refs 30984, 30985, 30987, 30988 and 30989) offer contemporary interiors and facilities in the Victorian Claremont House, and they benefit from some exceptional extras, including a fully equipped gym and 6-seater hot tub shared by all guests, and an excellent hair and beauty salon offering a wide range of treatments to help you make the most of a relaxing holiday. The properties are within walking distance of the award-winning beach at Sandown Bay with its miles of golden sand, and also the popular golf course close by. Sandown is a truly traditional beach resort and is the ideal location for any family holiday. There is a pier with amusements, children’s play areas, pitch and putt, the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle at the northern end of the esplanade towards Yaverland and Culver Cliff. Other island attractions include Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK and The Needles, with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, are only a short drive away. Other places to visit include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill, which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), Carisbrooke Castle and the sailing town of Yarmouth are worthy of a visit. Cowes in the north west of the island is renowned for its sailing. Also within easy reach are vineyards and quaint villages, such as Godshill, Old Shanklin and Brighstone with some thatched cottages. Beach 400 yards. Shops 100 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Two Freeview TVs. Electric cooker. Microwave.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 1/2-acre grounds. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Decking with shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Staffield Hall Country Retreats - Dovecote

    Staffield, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30600

    Dovecote is part of Staffield Hall, located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to both Carlisle and Penrith, and also Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. Staffield Hall is a Victorian manor house which is split into 8 apartments over three floors (refs 30600, 30601, 30602, 30603, 30604, 30605, 30606, 30607).
    If you are looking for a romantic retreat for two, this second floor apartment, which was once occupied by the maids of a bygone age at Staffield Hall will not disapoint! As you enter Staffield Hall, this stunning building will blow you away with its grand entrance and beautiful stain glass windows. Take the stairs to reach this charming apartment which boasts bright and airy living accommodation with wonderful characteristics. Beautifully designed with exposed beams, sloping ceilings and a half-domed ceiling, as well as keeping its original Victorian fireplace truly adds to the charm and cosiness of this idyllic hideaway. After a busy day walking, dining out and exploring, guests can retreat back to Dovecote and relax; the bio-jet spa bath, with fluffy towels waiting by the side, is the perfect way to unwind and plan your days ahead.
    Access to the shore side of Lake Ullswater at Pooley Bridge is only a short drive away, with Keswick and Lake Derwent Water along with Lake Buttermere being only a further easy drive away. The picturesque unspoilt villages of Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Great Salkeld are all close by and they each offer amenities for you to enjoy. Local shops and tea rooms, as well as great pubs and restaurants abound. From Staffield Hall, guests can plan a multitude of activities to do from cycling to fishing, walking to ballooning. The choice is endless. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet.

    Freeview HD TV. CD. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, landscaped 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fountain in garden, 50 yards. 18 steps in grounds.

  • Martins Cottage

    Bury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PNT


    An enchanting little 17th-century, thatched holiday cottage for two, set in the garden of the owner’s country house in the Downland village of Bury, which lies in the middle of the South Downs National Park. The interior is bursting with character with beams, open fire and pretty furnishings. There are lovely views of the shared garden. Bury is the perfect English village with the River Arun passing close by the 13th-century church at the old ferry, and the South Downs Way stretching out on either side. Within easy reach are Amberley Wild Brooks with RSPB nature reserve; Arundel Castle and Wildfowl Trust; the Amberley Museum; the Roman Villa at Bignor; the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton; Chichester with its Festival Theatre; Goodwood motor sport, golf, horseracing, as well as plenty of country houses and gardens to visit nearby. Shops 5 miles (farm shop 1/4 mile) village ‘local’ which serves excellent food 1/3 mile.

    Sitting/dining room with open fire. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire – logs/fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil-fired central heating (runs hot water), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared garden
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children
    • NB: Pond in garden

  • Boundary Stables - Barn Owl

    Happisburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43973

    Barn Owl cottage is a single-storey property in a rural location. With its open-plan living space it provides good holiday accommodation for any time of the year. Happisburgh is well-known for its famous red and white striped lighthouse, and it is open to the public occasionally throughout the year, well worth a visit. The cottage is ideally located for exploring the Norfolk Coast, the beach at Horsey Gap where there is a colony of grey seals in the winter months and hundreds of seal pups can be seen on the beach. Visitors can also explore the Norfolk Broads, Stalham and Hickling Broads. A short drive away, for the children in your party, a day out at BeWILDerwood is must at Horning, an outdoor adventure park with tree top walks and zip wires. For the gardeners, a trip to East Ruston Vicarage Gardens with 32 acres of gardens is a real treat. There are National Trust properties in the region including Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Horsey Windpump and Sheringham Park. Alternatively spend a day in the medieval city of Norwich with its cathedrals, museums, castle, theatres and an array of shops. Walking, cycling and bird watching are all available locally. Beach 2 miles. Shop 3½ miles, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 22" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area. Shared 0.3 acres of grounds. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared sauna. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Blossom Cottage

    Goldsborough, nr. Harrogate

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 80141


    Tucked away to the rear of the owner’s home, this property has been carefully converted and co-ordinated throughout to provide comfortable accommodation, enjoying its own private walled and gravelled courtyard. Well-placed for exploring the historic city of York with its winding cobbled streets, easily accessed via a Park and Ride, 15 minutes away. Alternatively take a picnic to Benningborough Hall or Fountains Abbey, both NT and approx. 15 miles away. The spa town of Harrogate is a short drive and boasts a wide selection of individual shops, pubs and restaurants - with afternoon tea at Betty’s a must do. For that special occasion, book a meal at Goldsborough Hall, once home to Princess Mary and now a luxury hotel and restaurant. Pub 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux and sloping ceiling.

    Electric central heating, electric panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer available by arrangement. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Stone Barn Studio

    Ampney Crucis, nr. Cirencester

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: NTG

    This beautifully presented holiday property lies in the prestigious grounds of Ampney Park. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is 2 miles from the ancient Roman town of Cirencester. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and this property makes a perfect Gloucestershire holiday home to be enjoyed at any time of year. The Cotswold Water Park, with its many water based activities, is within close proximity. Just a little further afield is the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, offering many visitor attractions, an extensive range of shops, restaurants and the Gold Cup horse racing. There is also the National Arboretum situated at Westonbirt, which is home to one of the finest tree collections in the world. Oxford, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Lechlade are all easily accessible. Shops 2 miles, pub serving food ¼ mile.These two beautifully presented holiday properties (refs NSK and NTG) lie in the prestigious grounds of Ampney Park. Adjacent to the owner’s home, they are 2 miles from the ancient Roman town of Cirencester. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and these properties make perfect Gloucestershire holiday homes to be enjoyed at any time of year. The Cotswold Water Park, with its many water based activities, is within close proximity. Just a little further afield is the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, offering many visitor attractions, an extensive range of shops, restaurants and the Gold Cup horse racing. There is also the National Arboretum situated at Westonbirt, which is home to one of the finest tree collections in the world. Oxford, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Lechlade are all easily accessible. Shops 2 miles, pub serving food ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room and bedroom area with 5ft double bed. Kitchenette. Wet room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD on request
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Shared garden and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 yrs
    • NB: Fountain in owner’s
      grounds

  • The Barns - Buttercups Barn

    Michaelstow, nr. Camelford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: THF

    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 living/dining room with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire, rug on oak floor, French doors to garden and compact farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and French doors to garden. Bathroom with shower attachment and 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

  • The Flat at Little Manor

    Dunhampstead, nr. Droitwich

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29000

    This delightful first floor apartment is situated in the owner’s grounds, just a few seconds away from the Worcester – Birmingham Canal, in the small village of Dunhampstead, the perfect location for guests wishing to really explore the local area. Well decorated, cosy and comfortable, it is a super base and offers fabulous countryside views. Perfect for walkers, watch the boats pass by or cycle along the tow path to Worcester, 6 miles, with historic buildings, visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants. Droitwich is 3 miles and Chipping Campden, Broadway, Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon are all easily accessible. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Exterior open-tread steps to entrance: All on first floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Juliet balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • La Casa

    Oulton Broad, nr. Lowestoft

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43581


    This delightful holiday property is located in Suffolks pretty southern broadland village of Oulton Broad, which offers boat hire, river trips, speed boat racing, riverside pubs and the opportunity to sit and watch the waterborne world go by. This ground floor apartment is set within a complex and has been renovated to offer comfortable accommodation to unwind and relax whatever the season. Attractions in the area include beautiful beaches at Lowestoft, family fun at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Southwold famous for Adnams beer and its popular summer theatre and pier, Aldeburgh, Dunwich, RSPB Minsmere and the lovely Suffolk coastline. Visit pretty market towns and the station in Oulton Broad offers a train trip to the medieval city of Norwich, with its castle, cathedral, museums, fine shopping and restaurants. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

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

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river, 200 yards.

  • Streatley Mews - The Studio at Streatley Mews

    Ludlow

    Grade
    2
    0
    0
    1
    Ref: 28538

    Situated right in the heart of the market town of Ludlow, the perfect holiday location to enjoy all amenities and attractions that the area has to offer. Perched on a hill above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by unspoilt countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. There is an abundance of history surrounding the town and guests are within walking distance of Ludlow Castle and St Laurence Church. Streatley Lodge (ref 28539) and The Studio at Streatley Mews (ref 28538) are the perfect accommodation for guests wishing to enjoy a romantic break. Every September there is the famous Ludlow Food festival where guests will be able to sample top quality local produce and Michelin star food. A great base for walkers and cyclists with many excellent foot and cycle paths running through the centre of the town and taking guests through some of the most picturesque countryside. A little further afield but within easy driving distance, visit Tenbury Wells, Leominster, Bridgnorth, Bewdley, Ironbridge and Stokesay Castle. Fishing, golf and horse riding can be found within 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with 1 double (5ft) pull-down bed/ kitchen with wooden floor. 2 steps to wet room with toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • Tucked Away

    Linkinhorne, nr. Callington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43828

    Tucked away it certainly is! Ideal for couples of all ages looking for a spacious holiday cottage in a peaceful rural location, with the village pub just a stroll away. This detached barn conversion, close to the owners’ home, has its own secluded, patio style Mediterranean garden, with a BBQ to the rear. It has a large entrance hallway with storage and a drying area for boots and coats. The open-plan living area is bright and airy, and has a door off the kitchen leading to the private patio. There is also outdoor undercover space for storing bikes Linkinhorne is a small, pretty hamlet just a few miles out of the town of Callington, nestling in the Lynher valley below Bodmin Moor. This part of Cornwall is an unspoilt, hidden rural area quite often missed off the tourist map. This is a great location for exploring a wide region of Cornwall being central to both the south and north coastline. Beach 20 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 8 steps to garden.

  • Cotehele Estate - Engine Cottage

    Cotehele, nr. Callington

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: NT011005

    National Trust Property

    A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.

    From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.

    In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
    Nestling in Danescombe Woods on the banks of the River Tamar, just a short walk along the riverside to the historic village of Calstock. Danescombe Woods is part of the National Trust Cotehele Estate, once a thriving copper mining area. The old ruins of tin mines from last century are scattered through the woodland scenery. The iconic tall chimney stacks can still be seen and Engine Cottage sits below one of these towering above. Set off the beaten track, along a trail through the woods, this is a very tranquil place to cosy up in one of these delightful cottages and relax. For the adventurous, there are some wonderful woodland and riverside walks through to Cotehele House and Gardens. The woodland abounds with wildlife and a little stream runs to the front of the cottages. Calstock is a delightful village, with two pubs and a little village shop, it is very picturesque with its spectacular Victorian railway viaduct spanning the river and still in operation today taking train passengers from Cornwall into Plymouth. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Cosy open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, dining area and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin on request). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV (variable reception)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • No garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Dogs free of charge
    • No smoking

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