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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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  • Garden Flat

    Pilton, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 68032

    A small but cosy beamed converted barn, adjoining the owner’s 18th-century former farmhouse and greenhouse, standing in a peaceful and secluded garden. Situated on a no-through road on the edge of Pilton village, between the Mendips and Glastonbury, the countryside offers views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. Within easy reach are Wells Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, Bath, Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury and Street with Clarks Village (retail factory outlets). Also possible are day trips to Somerset or Dorset coasts, nearby historic houses such as Montacute, Stourhead and Longleat, famous for its safari park. A perfect holiday base. Nearest shops at Shepton Mallet 1½ miles, village PO and pub ½ mile.

    Open sided external steps to entrance: Living/dining room with 1 double bed. 6 steps up to kitchen. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electricity mini-cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

  • Hops Annexe

    Brockenhurst

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30093


    This delightful annexe, attached to the owner’s home, offers cosy and comfortable holiday accommodation, ideal for couples wishing to explore the wonderful New Forest. Only a 2-minute walk to the local shops and restaurants, and 4 minutes to Brockenhurst train station. The area is a haven for wildlife with ponies and cattle roaming across the heathland, extensive walks, cycling and riding routes. There is plenty to do in the area for all ages, all year round, including Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bucklers Hard, Marwell Zoo, New Forest Owl and Otter Park and Southampton with its maritime history, to name but a few. Historic Lymington is only a 10-minute drive with waterside dining, boutiques and ferries to the Isle of Wight. It is also within easy reach of many beaches, including Sandbanks Poole and Bournmouth. Beach 8 miles. Shops 300 yards, pub 400 yards and restaurant 550 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • Rose Cottage

    Cheriton Bishop, nr. Exeter

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: W43392


    In a lovely rural setting on the outskirts of Cheriton Bishop, 1 mile north of the Dartmoor National Park, Rose Cottage is a well presented, single-storey holiday cottage and is attached to the owner’s home, with views across the lake and countryside. Exeter, with its many attractions, is just 8 miles. On your doorstep the park offers marvellous walking, climbing, pony trekking, superb scenery, bird watching and wildlife. Nearby, enjoy glorious walking through the Teign Gorge and the dramatic moorlands of Dartmoor, or visit Castle Drogo (NT), Fingle Glen, the Canonteign Falls and the Miniature Pony Centre. There are also lots of outdoor activities on offer, including coarse fishing onsite (tackle available to borrow), golfing, riding and tennis. The sandy beaches/seaside resorts of Dawlish, 13 miles, Torquay and Bude all within easy reach. The Eden Project is 1 hour away. Evening meals available for a small cost using fresh local produce. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 15 acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Fishing foc. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 50 yards.

  • Churnet Lodge

    Cheddleton, nr. Leek

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28654

    Set atop a small wooded hill overlooking the Churnet Valley, the small but perfectly formed Churnet Lodge is ideal for couples looking for a rural holiday retreat. This detached property is located in the grounds of the owner’s home, a 16th century country house which was rebuilt in the 1800s as a gentleman’s residence, and next to a working farm. Enjoying a peaceful location on the outskirts of Cheddleton and accessed by a private gated driveway, the property is ideally located for exploring the surrounding Staffordshire moorlands, with some amazing walks right from the doorstep, as well as being within easy reach of the Peak District. Alton Towers 20 minutes’ drive. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
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    0
    1
    Ref: 13049

    Spectacular views

    This well-maintained, first floor holiday garden apartment, an addition to the 18th-century farmhouse, has spectacular views and surrounding gardens. Mayo Farm, a working smallholding, overlooks the valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale from its elevated position. Shaftesbury, with ancient abbey ruins and renowned Gold Hill, is within walking distance (along the B3081). NT Stourhead and Kingston Lacy nearby. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Please note: Although there are beds for 4, the maximum occupancy is 2 guests.

    All on first floor (stairs or stairlift): Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Small sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 steps to 1 twin (for alternative sleeping).

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared landscaped garden and 10-acre grounds. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Ornamental ponds in garden.

  • Nutkins Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123268
    Perfectly positioned for exploring the towns and villages of the South Lakes, Nutkins Nook enjoys a quiet location, set just off the A591 close to Brockhole Visitor’s Centre where you will find beautiful Thomas Mawson designed gardens, a treetop trek and access to the shores of Lake Windermere and a host of waterborne activities.
    All on the ground floor, this charming studio apartment is very spacious for two, equipped with quality fixtures and dressed with stylish furnishings and accessories. Private parking is on hand and with a bus stop at the end of the lane, you may choose to simply park up and forget the car for the week.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Entrance into open plan living space.
    Lounge/Dining area: With TV, DVD and i-Pod docking station.
    Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom: This offers lots of storage space and two twin beds on a wooden frame with quality mattresses.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside: Off road parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Clarence House - Victoria Apartment

    Ventnor

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: PSSN

    These immaculately presented holiday apartments (refs PSSL, PSSM, PSSN and PSSO) combine the very best of contemporary living perfectly in balance with the properties’ traditional period features and heritage. They lie opposite the award-winning Ventnor Park, renowned for its pristine planting and bandstand which, on a Sunday afternoon, features a selection of low-key live music in the summer. The apartments have high ceilings and where possible, original mouldings and fireplaces, all beautifully restored to offer guests a true experience of opulent Victorian living by the seaside. Centrally located, the properties offer a perfect base for the beach and the cosmopolitan town of Ventnor just 10 minutes’ walk away. Ventnor’s popular shingle and sand beach - where freshly caught fish of the day can be purchased at the marina - is about 5 minutes’ walk down hill.
    Blackgang Chine is nearby, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, and within easy reach are The Needles and Alum Bay. Attractions include Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle, a donkey sanctuary and Calbourne Water Mill which has a 17th-century working watermill. Osborne House and Gardens (Queen Victoria’s holiday residence), and Carisbrooke Castle are a short distance away. The sailing towns of Yarmouth and Cowes, and the popular resorts of Shanklin and Sandown are nearby. The island can be explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points. Beach 500 yards. Shop 800 yards, pub 350 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Large open-plan living room with high ceiling, sash window with garden view, compact dining area and well-equipped kitchen area. Stairs up to double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Freezer

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared terraced courtyard garden with patio and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years

  • 3 Harney Peak

    Portinscale

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC115116
    Situated in the centre of Portinscale, a peaceful village within walking distance of Keswick, this former Lakeland hotel was converted and fully refurbished to a high standard. No. 3 is a ground floor apartment with gas central heating and double glazing.

    Ground Floor: A ground floor apartment with central heating and comprises:
    Living area: Open plan living area with TV, video, DVD, CD/radio, cassette player and windows allowing winter views of Derwentwater and the fells beyond.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower over bath, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.

    All fuel and bed linen provided.Parking for 1 car.

  • Gabrielle’s Apartment

    St Leonards-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30990


    This stylish, high-ceilinged, first floor holiday apartment, set within a period property, is accessed via a flight of external stone steps and is within 500 yards of the beach. St Leonards-on-Sea is an original, seaside Regency New Town, just west of Hastings, and has a wonderful vintage feel to it. It has a mile long promenade and cycle track with magnificent coastal views. The town was purpose built in 1826 by the famous Regency architect and planner James Burton and his son Decimus who took over from him, alongside John Nash. There are many well laid out gardens, including Warrior Square. Norman Road, named as ’Portobello Road-on-Sea’ by The Times newspaper, offers a great collection of antique shops, vintage galleries, restaurants and cafes. Stroll further along the promenade to Hastings and explore the Old Town, with its weather-boarded cottages, junk shops, cafes and restaurants. Visit the ruins of Hastings Castle or take a trip along The Stade, the old fishing quarter, and indulge in some freshly caught shellfish straight from the boats. The village of Battle with its pretty tea rooms, Rye and its cobbled streets, or Camber Sands make for enjoyable days out. Warrior Square station is in easy walking distance, with good connections to London for additional sightseeing opportunities. Beach 500 yards. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Middle Farm Cottage

    North Littleton, nr. Evesham

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W8250

    Delightful holiday base


    This delightful detached holiday cottage, one of two on the same site, in the Vale of Evesham would be a perfect base for exploring the north Cotswolds. The property is south west facing with a living/dining room/kitchen opening onto a secluded patio and garden. On the first floor there is a light and airy studio style bedroom with en-suite. The cottage is situated in a small village with a pub within walking distance and several footpaths in the immediate area. It is a short drive away from many attractions including Broadway, Stratford-upon-Avon and several National Trust properties including the ancient Fleece Inn at Bretforton. Shop 1 mile, pub 0.25 mile and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared use of owner’s chest freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking. No smoking.

  • Walnut Cottage

    Takeley, nr. Bishops Stortford

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 28643

    Dating back to 1897, Walnut Cottage has been lovingly restored to provide a cosy holiday retreat. An ideal base to explore the delights of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Set in a quiet location adjoining the owner’s home, the nearby village of Takeley has a couple of gastro pub/restaurants and a village PO. Just a few minutes’ drive from the M11 and Stansted Airport which has convenient rail links to London (45 minutes), and Cambridge. There are many delightful places nearby to visit including Hatfield Forest (a NT country park). Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and oak floor. 1 double bedroom with oak floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Moxby Priory Cottage

    Stillington, nr. York

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 26728

    Peacefully located on the owners’ arable and sheep farm, this former granary dates back to 1840 and stands adjacent to the site of an Augustinian nunnery. Lovingly renovated with great attention to detail, the cottage now offers eco-friendly holiday accommodation. There are lovely rural views and the surrounding farmland is managed to encourage wildlife. Visit the historic city of York, 10 miles, with its magnificent minster. The North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and coastal resorts of Whitby and Scarborough are all easily accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: 1 step to double (5ft) bedroom with stone floor. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor.

    Biomass heating system, solar produced electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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