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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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  • Ringlet

    Nr. Stalham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4240

    A fisherman’s and walker’s delight, this comfortable property nestles beside a fishing lake right on the Weavers Way footpath and just 4 miles from glorious beaches on the North Norfolk coast. Boasting free use of a private fishing lake just 20 yards away, it sits at the end of a little row, its patio affording the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the lakeside views. Bird watching and cycling on quiet country lanes are popular pastimes here. Norwich, with its castle and cathedral are an easy drive. Boat hire and riverside restaurants in Wroxham, 8 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub 0.5 miles.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with patio doors. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Fishing foc (small fish). Fenced carp fishing lake 50 yards (permit available foc). No smoking. NB: Unfenced fishing lake behind property.

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  • Lewes Cottage

    Lewes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC567

    The medieval county town of Lewes is surrounded by chalk cliffs nestling in the Sussex countryside and still presided over by the remains of a Norman Castle. Lewes Cottage is just up from the high street and offers comfortable accommodation over four floors close to the town centre, where you can indulge in some retail therapy and browse amongst the independent retailers, boutiques, craft workshops, antiques and bookshops. Famous people with links to the town include Thomas Paine, author of the ‘Rights of Man’, which forms the basis of the American Revolution, who was born in Lewes, and Thomas Harvard, founder of Harvard, who was married here. Take a tour round the Harvey’s Brewery, the oldest independent brewers in east Sussex and sample the wares. On Tuesdays, spot the Harvey’s Brewery horse and cart in the high street - a reminder of a bygone era. Visit the town house of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife. The town’s most important event is the Lewes bonfire on November 5th, marking the uncovering of the gunpowder plot in 1605. Country walks abound from the town including over Mount Caburn to Glynde, Lewes Brooks, an RSPB reserve, or stroll along the River Ouse and walk on the South Downs Way. Enjoy the summer Festival at Glyndbourne or hop on a ferry at Newhaven and cross the channel to Dieppe. If you wish to travel further afield, the coastal towns of Eastbourne and Brighton are only 8 miles away. Buses to Brighton leave from the bus stop close to the property every 15 minutes, and takes just 15 minutes to get to the Pavilion and 20 minutes to the pier (traffic permitting). The train station is just a 15-minute walk away, with trains to London (1 or 2 every hour) and Brighton (every 30 minutes). Beach 10 miles. Shop and pub 25 yards, restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With open fire, 28" Smart TV and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Games room:
    With board games.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bathroom: With claw-foot roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With kingsize bed and sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. Welcome pack. Small courtyard. On road parking outside property at cost, additional free on road parking on roads close by. Please note: There are 2 steep steps to the courtyard.

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  • Robin Cottage

    Brixham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27372

    Robin Cottage is a spacious detached holiday cottage situated a 10-minute walk from both Brixham town centre and the harbour. Situated close to the owner’s home, the property has a cosy woodburner and a secluded courtyard, perfect for al fresco dining. Brixham remains a popular resort with a rich maritime history and plenty of activities. There are many sandy beaches, NT properties and birdlife aplenty. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Shared access to entrance with 6 steps. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link) with beams, 2 steps down to 1 twin (2ft 6in, zip and link, can be double, for 2 children or 1 adult). 2 steps to toilet. 2 steps to bathroom with shower over bath.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Three Freesat TVs. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (private road). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Shoal - Lighthouse View

    Cromer

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28766

    These four, light and airy holiday apartments all enjoy stunning sea views and are the perfect base from which to explore all that Norfolk has to offer. The Helmsman (ref: 28765) is the ground floor apartment, Salty Dog (ref: 28767) is on the first floor, Fisherman’s View (ref: 28768) is on the second floor and the fourth apartment is Lighthouse View (ref:28766) which is situated on the third floor. The apartments are located within easy walking distance of Cromer’s sandy beach, historic pier and the town centre itself with its many cafes and artisan shops. Cromer offers many tourist attractions including Amazonia Zoo and the market town of Sheringham, and the famous Norfolk Broads are also close by too. Visit Blakeney Quay or Cley-next-to-Sea, take a trip out to sea and see the seals (seasonal) or take a historical trip to Holkham Hall. For a day trip, visit Great Yarmouth and enjoy its many attractions including the thrills of the Pleasure Beach and to Norwich, with its well preserved Norman castle, great shopping and restaurants and numerous museums. Beach 300 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double bed and double sofa bed. Shower room with toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared freezer. Shared landscaped grounds. On road parking. Car park 350 yards, £5 per 24 hours. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Access to boating lake from shared grounds.

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  • Horseshoes

    Clayhidon, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5369

    This spacious character barn conversion sits in the peaceful, unspoilt heart of the Blackdown Hills, an AONB, ideally located for enjoying exceptional habitats for wildlife-watching and a maze of fine walks and trails. Just 2 miles away is the Wellington Monument - the tallest triangular obelisk in the world and the landmark of the Blackdown Hills. Castle Neroche, a medieval fortress in the Middle Ages, where you can enjoy a delightful network of woodland walks, cycling, horse riding, outdoor activities, or just experience the good country life, is only 3.5 miles. Just 6 miles from bustling Taunton, Somerset’s cider town, with its racecourse and renowned country cricket ground. Wellington, a small country town, holds a twice monthly farmer’s market and has a sports centre and cinema. Two local pubs (one awarded Devon Dining Pub of the Year in The Good Pub Guide for 2012) are 0.5 miles. A welcome pack of locally produced sausages and bacon is provided. Shop 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with oak floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, step up to 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden, patio, furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Stabling, horse-walker and solarium by arrangement (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Sutton Farm Barns - Sutton Farm View

    Sutton Montis, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30679

    Good touring base with countryside views

    In a wonderful country location with superb views, and within easy driving of Sherborne, Dorset and South Somerset, these two single-storey converted barns (30678 and 30679), each one of a pair adjacent to the owners’ home, have been finished to a very good standard and are well equipped. On the doorstep are the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes remarkable collection of classic cars for a trip back in time, or stroll around the characterful abbey town of Sherborne with its array of quaint shops and restaurants. There are many historic houses with gardens to enjoy including Stourhead House, Montacute House and Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Venture into central Somerset to explore the Somerset Levels with its wildlife, Glastonbury Tor, Wells cathedral city and, for a great day out, the splendid Roman spa city of Bath with its many shops, museums and restaurants. Returning home, you can wine and dine out in one of the many village pubs or restaurants in the area. The delightful scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers yet more opportunity to enjoy this lovely area taking in Lyme Regis, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, you will have much to do to make this a memorable holiday. 30678 and 30679 can be booked together to sleep up to 6 guests. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in carport. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years except babies under 1 year due to lake. NB: Lake 100 yards.

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  • East Cottage

    East Cottage

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29846

    Set in a tiny hamlet of around 20 houses and cottages, nestling in the North Norfolk countryside, this delightful, terraced cottage is ideal for those seeking a quiet holiday. Six miles from the pretty market town of Holt, and 14 miles from Norwich, this is an area ideal for a holiday away from the crowds. Norwich has many attractions including its castle, cathedral, theatres and excellent shopping. The River Bure in its early stage flows through the hamlet. There are lovely views, walks and attractive villages all around this area and the unspoilt village of Heydon, used in the making of many films including ’The Go Between’, is 2 miles. The National Trust Blickling Hall is 5 miles and for those seaside days out, the coast is around 12 miles away. There is a shop and a pub in the nearby village of Corpusty, with many other several good pubs/restaurants in the locality. Also within easy reach are Felbrigg Hall (NT), Holkham Hall, Baconsthorpe Castle and Little Walsingham. The Norfolk Broads are around half an hour’s drive, with daily boat hire and river trips. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. 2 steps to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 steps to 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 and electricity included (by meter reading November-March). Bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Carthouse

    Lea, Malmesbury

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E1525

    Peacefully set amidst meadows and woodland on the edge of a village, this delightful and spacious converted barn enjoys comfortable holiday accommodation in a courtyard setting and its own private terrace and garden. Set just a short stroll from the local dining pub, it makes an excellent base for a relaxing break, within easy reach of the Cotswolds, Bath, Stonehenge, Westonbirt Arboretum and Cotswold Water Park – all a short drive. Malmesbury’s 12th-century abbey and famous gardens, quaint shops and restaurants are just 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, beams and French doors. Dining area/kitchen with quarry tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating by meter reading. Electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Little Hide

    Ryde

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: 28540

    This splendid holiday bungalow is ideal for couples or families wishing to enjoy a seaside destination; it is only 5 minutes downhill to the sandy beach and a footpath to scenic walks almost from the door! Stylishly furnished, it has entertainment extras and a large enclosed garden. Stroll along the seafront or the esplanade. A high speed catamaran between Portsmouth and the pier head, makes this a good choice for a car-free holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    7 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio door and laminate floor. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray. Xbox 360. Kinect. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-local and incoming calls only. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Electricity barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Mere View

    Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    3
    Ref: UK1037
    Right on the shore of Lake Windermere this first floor apartment enjoys stunning, uninterrupted views over the lake towards Loughrigg Fell, the Langdale Pikes, Old Man of Coniston and Wray Castle, all from the large bay window in the living room. Transformed from a Victorian lakeside hotel into beautiful apartments, the accommodation has two en-suite bedrooms and a further bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, ideal for couples sharing or a small family. It is next to Ambleside Pier where you can hop on one of the steamers or take a leisurely cruise across the lake. Popular Ambleside centre is an easy 15 - 20 minute walk. Here you can browse the gift shops, purchase local walking guides or sample some Lakeland produce at one of the cafes, pubs or restaurants. There are also lots of footpaths leading from the town towards Loughrigg, Wansfell and Troutbeck Bridge. Windermere is an easy 10 minute drive whilst Grasmere and Keswick to the north offer plentiful fell walks to discover. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    First Floor: All on the first floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With electric fire, 30" TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With shower over Jacuzzi bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Economy 7 heating, electric wall heaters, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.Parking for 1 car. Fishing on-site (at cost, licence required). No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced lake in the grounds, 25 yards.

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  • Glen Cottage

    Northlew, near Okehampton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC561

    Glen Cottage is a cosy, 17th-century, Grade ll listed, thatched cottage in the heart of a pretty Devon village and lies just around the corner from the local pub, which overlooks the village square with a shop and post office. Tastefully furnished and decorated inside, the cottage not only retains its historic features and charms, but is also well-equipped. Glen Cottage lies in the mid-Devon village of Northlew, which is located close to the Dartmoor town of Okehampton. The village is easy to reach and well located for exploring all the delights Devon has to offer.
    There is much to see and do during your stay, including walking for all abilities on Dartmoor. There are National Trust properties at Castle Drogo and Arlington Court, and from the cottage both the North Cornwall and North Devon coastlines are easily accessible. Here you will find some of the finest beaches in the country as well as secluded bays and plunging cliffs. There is also the spectacular, although challenging, South West Coast Path. Other highlights include Clovelly, Appledore, Instow and the regional town of Barnstaple. There is cycling along the Tarka Trail and numerous golf courses in the area. For those with children, Dingles Heritage Fairground, the Big Sheep and Milky Way are all worth a day out. Shop and traditional country pub serving food, 100 yards, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining room: With tiled floor.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Small, enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Public car park free of charge for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Wayfarer

    Sea Palling

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W44356

    Tucked neatly behind the sand dunes and just yards from the glorious sandy beach at Sea Palling, this delightful, single-storey, semi-detached holiday property provides comfortable accommodation and makes a wonderful base for a seaside holiday. Winterton’s circular walks and nature reserve, and fishing, boat trips and boat hire on the beautiful Norfolk Broads are all just a few miles away. Visit Hickling Broads and Wroxham Broads where you can enjoy the paddle steamer and boat hire for an enjoyable day out. There are many National Trust properties well worth visiting in the region. Horsey Windpump is a short drive away, and for the gardener, a trip to East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens is a must. For children there is the treetop adventure park of BeWILDerwood at Horning, and family fun at Great Yarmouth. Alternatively, visit the fine city of Norwich, with its castle, cathedral, museums, theatres and shopping. Walking, sailing, fishing, birdwatching and cycle hire are all available locally. Beach 300 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 19" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking for 2 cars. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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