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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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  • Ship Bungalow and Mews - No. 4 The Ship’s Mews

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 19398

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make an excellent holiday location to enjoy the natural wonders of Exmoor and the dramatic coastline in this region. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • The Haven

    Beaminster

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44308


    On the outskirts of the quaint historic market town of Beaminster, set in rolling Dorset countryside, this semi-detached house for two offers an excellent location to explore the whole of west Dorset. Taking in the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis all the way to Weymouth and Portland, and inland is the county town of Dorchester and the character town of Sherborne. There are many fascinating and interesting places to visit such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. Or one can simply enjoy some wonderful country walking or coastal walks along the South West Coastal Path taking in the superb scenery over Lyme Bay. Perhaps amble into Beaminster itself and wine and dine at one of the country pubs nearby, you will be sure to find plenty to do. Beach 9 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

  • Silverdale Apartment

    Meathop, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W42983

    Cottage and apartments in a country house

    Located in beautiful landscaped grounds
    Perfect touring base
    Wonderful views over countryside and the sea
    Within easy reach of the coast

    Just 20 minutes from Windermere, these holiday properties are set in lovely countryside and ten acres of landscaped grounds, facing south, with wonderful long distance views to the sea, and to the hills beyond. This large country house is set on a wooded knoll and has been skilfully converted into six spacious holiday houses, which are owned by the Caravan Club Ltd and situated on the edge of one of their immaculately kept small touring caravan parks. The house consists of a two storey cottage wing (W42981), a first floor apartment (W42982), a ground floor garden apartment (W42983), two ground floor apartments (W42984 and W42986) and a first floor balcony apartment (W42985).
    There’s a lot to see and do in the immediate area. Close by is beautiful Cartmel Priory and the stately homes at Holker Hall, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. 3 miles west along the coast is the refined small seaside town of Grange-over-Sands with lots of shops, golf and fishing. The properties make an excellent touring base for the whole of the southern Lake District. Shop 3 miles, pub with food 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with patio door. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed communal garden with furniture. 10-acre grounds. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • The Cosy Corner

    Haxby, nr. York

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W42776

    Standing in a quiet residential setting, this single storey holiday property is adjoining the owners’ home and has been carefully furnished to provide that ‘home from home’ comfort. Conveniently located it is just a 5-minute walk from the thriving village of Haxby with its shops, restaurants, pubs and takeaways and just 4 miles from the centre of the vibrant city of York, renowned for its beautiful minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and National Railway Museum. There are regular buses from Haxby providing easy access into the ancient, walled city. The North Yorkshire Moors with its stunning scenery and famous steam railway and the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby provide excellent days out. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Starcroft Annex

    Much Cowarne, nr. Bromyard

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W40101

    Countryside location for walking

    This cosy single storey annex created from an old stableblock with its own pretty garden in an orchard setting is situated in a tranquil, rural setting, opposite the owner’s house in glorious walking countryside. Perched on the brow of a hill, the property enjoys far reaching views over the surrounding landscape. Within an hour’s drive are Ironbridge Gorge, the Cotswolds, Malvern Hills, Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons, historic towns of Stratford-upon-Avon and Ludlow. The unspoilt town of Bromyard offers a range of shops, supermarket, pubs, theatre and leisure centre. Enjoy various festivals held throughout the year including those of Ledbury and Hay-on-Wye. Three counties Agricultural and RHS shows and the Bromyard Gala and folk festival. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

  • Old Dairy

    St Juliot, nr. Boscastle

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30943


    This charming single-storey holiday cottage, adjoining the owners’ home, offers couples a peaceful hideaway. It has lots of original character, and is situated on a small working beef farm, only a 5-minute drive from Boscastle, which can also be reached on foot by taking the scenic path down the famous Valency Valley. It faces onto a large, front garden area with a patio and furniture. Sit back and listen to the bird song and breathe in the fresh country air. The beamed ceiling and exposed stone walls are a feature of the open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room. The spectacular coastal path and rolling countryside is on your doorstep, as is Highcliff, the highest cliff in Cornwall, and the surfing sandy beaches of the North Cornish Coast. Often used as a television or film location, Boscastle provides some of the most dramatic rugged coastline in Europe. Take a boat trip out around Puffin Island, or even try your hand at catching mackerel for your supper! In the village itself, you can browse the antique and gift shops, the craft centre, the Witch’s Museum, or eat out in one of the restaurants or three pubs. Much of the harbour, coastline and the Valency Valley are managed by the National Trust, and are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This cottage is perfectly positioned for walking along the South West Coastal Path and visiting the picturesque villages of the area, including Tintagel and its castle ruins. There are plenty of sandy beaches nearby, where you can get surfing and kayaking tuition. Alternatively, try hiking across Bodmin Moor, cycling the Camel Trail, horse riding, golf, rock climbing or sailing. This is an ideal base from which to explore the whole of Cornwall, Dartmoor and North Devon. Attractions to visit include The Eden Project, Lanhydrock House, St Ives with the Tate Gallery and numerous Cornish gardens. At any time of the year this is an ideal place for a holiday. In springtime you can enjoy the snowdrops, primroses and bluebells in the woodlands and hedgerows; in the summer, surf or laze on the beach and during the winter marvel at the magnificent sight of the Atlantic waves breaking whilst enjoying an invigorating walk before a drink or meal in front of the log fire, in one of the friendly local inns. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • The Little Lodge

    Beckley, nr. Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43703


    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the village of Beckley and above the River Rother, is this stylish, semi-detached holiday property. Situated down a quiet lane overlooking fields and adjoining the owners’ home, it resides in 5 acres of grounds, surrounded by forestry and woodland, where a small orchard is set aside for the guests’ sole use. The Little Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the cinque port town of Rye, famous for its 18th century smuggling activities. Mermaid Street, with its cobbled streets, timber framed inns and attractive Georgian houses, is well worth strolling along. Rye Bay is home to the well-known scallop festival in February. The beach can be reached at Winchelsea, and has associations with Spike Milligan and Camber Sands, as the name suggests there are miles of golden sand dunes. It is home to various film locations including ‘The Monuments Men’ with George Clooney, and ‘The Invisible Woman’ with Ralph Fiennes. Take a boat trip from Northiam and arrive at the fairytale Bodiam Castle, which is 4 miles away, or catch the Kent and East Sussex steam railway which travels to Tenterden, described by many as ’The Jewel of the Weald’. Cycling routes and excellent walking are close by. Horse riding stables can be found within a 15-minute drive away. Now in retirement, Darjeeling a famous Grand National champion horse resides at the property. Fishing is available nearby at Iden Wood Fishery (at cost, licence required). Treat yourself to the on-site medical beauty clinic, appointments by arrangement only (at cost). Beach 10 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 11/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview plasma TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Newbarn Farm - Oak Tree Cottage

    Collaton St Mary, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: W44309

    Situated between wild Dartmoor and the holiday town of Paignton, Newbarn Farm is the perfect base for exploring dozens of attractions. The farm really does have everything: glorious views, barbecues, even a football field. There are lots of special touches to make your holiday magical, and adults will love the breathtaking views.

    As you meander down the private drive to Newbarn Farm, you’ll discover just how special it is, and a haven you’d never expect to find just a stone’s throw away from so many amenities. Newbarn Farm is home to eight holiday cottages, each with its own character and charm. Renovated to a very good standard, each cottage is extremely thoughtfully equipped, and is ideal for families, for friends to get together, as well as couples, and offers all the creature comforts to help you relax after exploring Devon. If you want a ‘good for the soul’ living experience, the complex is close to an abundance of fine dining and is relatively close to Michelin Star restaurants. It is central to a plethora of food fairs and shows, which after having visited, you can relax outside, barbecue some steaks, open some claret and champagne and watch the hot air balloons float across Dartmoor. When you have pampered your palate, take a walk from the property, with or without your dogs, and admire the sea views. Just before you go to bed at the end of a perfect day, look up to the night sky, ablaze with stars arching across the world and sliding down over Dartmoor, then wake up in the morning to the plaintive cry of a buzzard, the call of a pheasant, or watch the deer and trace the occasional fox slinking along the hedgerows.
    Ideas about what to do on holiday include experiencing wild Dartmoor and enjoying Devon ice cream in Paignton. Or take a bird watching trip from the harbour. You can do nothing or everything from your holiday base at Newbarn Farm which is situated on the south coast of Devon. It is in an ideal location for fishing with well-stocked, tranquil lakes easily accessible. The county promises to leave a lasting impression, and with breathtaking scenery; it is the perfect place to introduce the family to carp and specimen fishing. There are a number of lakes at the property (a licence is not required) and payment is available per day, or you can get a 24 hour ticket to go night fishing. Walkers and hikers can also enjoy the wild and rocky coastline, which is ideal for bird watchers, dog walkers, or just to enjoy some peace and quiet. South Devon has much to offer including Paignton with its steam railway, which will take you to Dartmouth. The award-winning Paignton Zoo makes a great day out for the whole family, and there are sandy beaches at Goodrington and Paignton. Take a trip to Brixham and nearby Dartmouth to see the castle and take a boat trip around the bay. Torquay has a theatre with many shows, the Living Coasts (a coastal zoo) is ideal for a family day out, and there are also many NT properties close by including Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair for hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 42-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Coarse fishing at cost. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. NB: Unfenced lake 100 yards.

  • Tulip Cottage

    Low Jock Scar near Kendal

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC129286
    Just five miles to the North of the medieval market town of Kendal sits Low Jock Scar, a beautiful country house and estate on the banks of Bannisdale Beck and set in several acres of woodland. Guests at Tulip Cottage are welcome to meander through the colourful grounds and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the location, the site often frequented by a wide variety of birds including woodpeckers and pheasant. The location is perfect for exploring both the Lakes and Dales as Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale are both within easy rich by car. 
    And if you can steal yourselves away from the gardens, Tulip is a cosy retreat for couples, perfect for that romantic getaway at any time of year, the wood burning stove perfect for enjoying a break in the cooler months. Homely touches throughout will ensure your holiday gets off to a relaxing start and we’re certain that you’ll take home only happy memories (and lots of photos!) of your stay here at Low Jock Scar.

    Ground Floor: Property is on ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to open plan living accommodation...
    Lounge area: with comfy seating arranged around the wood burning stove (fuel available locally), digital TV and DVD.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath with grab rail, hand basin and WC.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen provided. Logs provided. Towels not provided but available to rent at £5 per set per person. Sorry, no cot available. Wi-Fi internet connection available.Outside: Ample parking. Shared gardens with seating and BBQ.

  • Happy Cottage

    North Tawton, nr. Okehampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29031


    A comfortable and cosy thatched cottage forming part of a wing of the owner’s impressive 15th century thatched house. The holiday cottage has been presented to ensure a modern feel but still retaining plenty of character including beams and inglenook fireplace. The cottage is spread over two floors with a large living/dining area and kitchen, and then up stairs is a double bedroom and a bathroom. Situated outside the village of North Tawton, the cottage makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding Devon countryside. The regional town of Okehampton is close by and is considered the gateway to Dartmoor National Park. The town also provides a good range of shops and amenities.
    On Dartmoor, there are plenty of walks for all ages and abilities to enjoy this stunning and dramatic area as well as some pretty villages with pubs and tea rooms. Towards the coast there are many fine beaches and coves including Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! A trip to Lundy Island can be arranged from Bideford pier. There are numerous places of interest close by including the R.H.S. gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village at Clovelly. Visit the last castle to be built in England at Castle Drogo (NT). There is golf at Okehampton and Ashbury, or you can hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail at Great Torrington. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Step to kitchen with slate floor. First floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Solid fuel central heating included (£30per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Use of owners freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Games and book library. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Scholten Lodge

    Pentonvale, nr. Roche

    Grade
    2
    0
    2
    1
    Ref: W43024

    This immaculately presented single-storey holiday lodge is set in the owners’ grounds close to working farms with views across the Cornish countryside. Situated between the north and south coasts, and above the stunning AONB of Goss Moor. A 7.5 mile network of cycle, walking and riding trails threads its way around the moor. The North Cornwall Coast is home to fabulous beaches, resorts and villages such as Padstow. The Eden Project is 4.5 miles. Other places of interest include The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the steam railway at Bodmin. Horse riding, trout fishing, cycle hire and golf are available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/bedroom area with double bed (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Kitchen with slate floor. Shower room with toilet and slate floor.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine by arrangement. Wi-fi. Small decking area and separate garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Victoria Place

    Dartmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: DHVICP

    A well located first floor apartment situated in a level position in the centre of town close to shops, restaurants and the water front. The property is newly renovated with an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, shower room and bedroom. It is well equipped and has the benefit of permit parking and is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing retreat.

    Communal door to hallway, stairs to first floor. Entrance door to hallway, open plan Sitting Room/Dining Room TV, DVD. Kitchen: fully fitted with electric oven with grill, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with ice box. Bedroom 1: Double bed (4’6"). Shower room: Cubicle with electric shower, basin, WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town Car Park (unreserved) May - October.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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