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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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  • Cosy Corner

    Alnwick

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 23616

    A ground floor town apartment, nestled down a small private lane. The holiday apartment is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the historic town of Alnwick, a market town with cobbled streets, bistros, pubs, shops and of course Alnwick Castle, famous for being the backdrop to the ’Harry Potter’ films and ’Braveheart’. The countryside and the coast is exquisite with long silver beaches at Warkworth, Alnmouth and Embleton. Newcastle, 1 hour. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Grosvenor Cottage

    Alnmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 23625

    Set in the heart of Alnmouth this perfectly located holiday cottage is cosy and welcoming. Only two minutes beach, golf course and eating places. Explore the heritage coastline with coastal walks starting in the village. Stabling is available in the village and fishing close by. Alnwick with its majestic castle and one of the biggest water gardens in Europe, 7 miles. Amble harbour and marina 5 miles, Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and Seahouses a short drive. Boat trips to the Farne Islands, or visit Holy Island when the tide is out by driving over the causeway. Shops and pubs 25 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. travel cot on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bird’s Place Farm - Wagtails

    Buxton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31289

    These converted stables, neighbouring to each other, and located within the old stable yard are centrally located to explore the delights of Norfolk. Both holiday properties (refs 31288 and 31289) are on the ground floor with no stairs, making them an ideal choice for the less mobile. The owners pride themselves on the personal service and attention to detail provided to customers to ensure a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during your stay, making them a popular choice for many returning customers. Peacefully tucked away within a 30-minute drive of Norwich, whcih has many attractions, including the castle museum, theatre, cathedral, art galleries, excellent shopping, market square, cafés and restaurants. Also, visit Wroxham, capital of the Norfolk Broads (7 miles) for miles of inland waterways and a natural habitat for bird and willife. Daily boat hire and river trips are also available, with waterside cafés, restaurants and shops. Buxton has a pub, village shop and off licence, post office, fish and chip shop and hairdressers. Market towns with supermarkets, farmers market and amenities include North Walsham (7 miles) and Aylsham (5 miles). Walkers and cyclists will be delighted by the many miles of quiet lanes, trails and footpaths. The coastline is 14 miles away, with its amazing beaches, RSPB nature and bird reserves, coastal path and seaside towns with amenities and activities to suit all ages. Stately homes and gardens within easy touring distance include NT Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall and Sheringham Park. The Royal Sandringham Estate is 50 miles and Holkham Hall and beach is 38 miles. The Bure Valley Steam Railway is the country’s longest narrow gauge railway, running from the historic market town of Aylsham, stopping at Buxton, and continuing on to Wroxham. Fishing opportunities available locally. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 2 miles.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine, dishwasher and freezer in utility room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Brailsham Barn Holiday Cottages - Orchard Cottage

    Heathfield, nr. Broad Oak

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28697

    Situated on the owner’s 44-acre smallholding, these two adjoining, converted farm buildings (refs 28697 and 28698) offer a rural holiday base with glorious views and opportunities to see native wildlife. There is direct access to footpaths and bridleways; cycle or walk the Cuckoo Trail, which is 14 miles of surfaced pathway through the Sussex countryside, via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate to Eastbourne Park. The properties are not far from the Wealden market town of Heathfield, where visitors may be able to see or hear the cuckoo at the fair in April, which signifies spring. Visit the Ashdown Forest, one of the largest, free public access spaces in the south east and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh! Visit the home of Rudyard Kipling, Batemans at Burwash (National Trust) or climb the towers of one of the most evocative castles in England, the moated Bodiam, with its stunning views across the Rother Valley. Michelham Priory and Gardens, Sheffield Park Gardens and the Bluebell Railway make for good days out. Historic Battle and Abbey is 12½ miles, the fishing town of Hastings is 16 miles and Eastbourne is 18 miles. Coarse fishing available (at cost), 2 miles, and trout fishing (at cost), 5 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Courtyard with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 44-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

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  • The Love Nest

    Newby Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK1057
    Nestled in a quiet corner of the grounds of The Swan Hotel and Spa lies The Love Nest, an individually designed, luxury contemporary hideaway just for two. Detached, it features bi-fold doors, allowing you to open the whole wall to the outside if desired.
    Situated on the southern tip of Lake Windermere within the Lake District National Park, The Love Nest provides easy access to a wealth of attractions and activities found nearby. Take a leisurely stroll through some of the most strikingly beautiful natural terrain to be found anywhere in the British Isles, and relax in front of the the wood burner after a glass of wine. This bolthole makes for an intimate escape from the 9-5 grind, and being situated within the grounds of The Swan Hotel and Spa, visitors can make use of the hotel’s fine facilities, such as the Jacuzzi and the indoor heated swimming pool. Fishing is available on the nearby River Leven (£10 per day, licence required, bring your own rods). Beach 8 miles. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.
    The Love Nest can be booked together with The Hedgehog (UK1053), The Mallard (UK1054), The Owl Nest (UK1055) and The Dormouse (UK1056) to accommodate up to 34 guests.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner, 42" Smart TV and bi-fold doors leading to terrace.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with roll-top, claw-foot bath, double walk-in rain shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack.Terrace with garden furniture and outdoor fireplace. Shared 2-acre unspoilt and landscaped grounds with children’s adventure playground. Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 4m, open 7am - 8:30pm daily) with shower and changing facilities, and Jacuzzi. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has an unfenced river in the grounds, 200 yards away. No children under 16 years old. This property has a security deposit of £200.

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  • Little Beside

    Port Isaac

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 24634

    Stunning sea and country views

    This cosy one bedroom semi-detached holiday bungalow boasts spectacular views from the bedroom, living room and kitchen windows over to Port Isaac Bay, where dolphins are often seen. The harbour is just a short walk away and is the setting for the TV series ‘Doc Martin’. You can enjoy breathtaking views and excellent walking along the South West Coast Path. A short drive away is Tintagel, the mythical home of King Arthur, Padstow, Boscastle, the Eden Project and several sandy beaches. You can also easily access the Camel Trail and Bodmin Moor. Shops, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car).

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  • Hidden Cottage

    near Coniston

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC124173
    Hidden Cottage, a traditional mid terrace built in the 18th Century, is situated close to Coniston Water and village and is within walking distance of two excellent Lakeland Inns. The Farmers Arms, just across the road from the cottage, has been trading since the 16th Century and serves excellent bar meals and local ales. Hidden Cottage is beautifully presented and very comfortable and has all the essential ingredients you would expect of a quality holiday cottage; open beams, a log burning stove and a delightful elevated garden which has fine, open views across nearby farmland. The summer house is the perfect spot to sit and take in the evening sunshine or even to enjoy on wetter days. Hidden Cottage is a super property and once found, we hope never forgotten.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With log burning stove, (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.Elevated garden with summer house and furniture provided. The cottage offers off road parking with easy access to the cottage. Shared footpath.

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  • The Potting Shed

    Rock near Alnwick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC316040
    The Potting Shed is nestled within the picture perfect, tranquil village of Rock and has been recently renovated to offer quirky self catering holiday accommodation for one or two people. This bijou property is detached and conveniently all on one level with the living/kitchen/bedroom space being open plan with a separate shower room. The Potting Shed is snuggled behind Shepherd’s Cottage (CC316029) Steward’s Cottage (CC316025) and also close to Rock Farmhouse (CC316011) which can all be booked independently or together to accommodate the gathering of family and friends.The Potting Shed is well placed for easy access to the sought after Northumbrian coastline; being only 7 miles north east of Alnwick and around 5 miles from the gorgeous stretches of golden sandy beaches at Newton by the Sea and Embleton. Watch the fishing boats return with their daily catch in the pretty harbour at the friendly fishing village of Craster, renowned for its oak smoked kippers and salmon, 6 miles away. Enjoy spectacular cliff top walks leading to the 14th century ruins of the atmospheric Dunstanburgh castle and absorb the invigorating sea air and listen to the dramatic waves crash against the shoreline...

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level with electric heater and comprises:
    Open plan living/dining/kitchen/bedroom area with dimensions of approx 295 cm x 440 cm with Karndean wood effect flooring.
    Living/Bedroom Area: With TV,small stereo, double bed, built in triple wardrobe with hanging and shelves, built in dressing table and chair.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, extractor,  fridge with ice box, storage and stainless steel sink
    Separate Shower Room: With corner shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Open patio garden. Off road parking for 1 car

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  • Downe Holiday Cottages - Hydrangea

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: KAAB

    "Glorious sea views from this tranquil retreat on the breathtaking North Devon coast. Downe Holiday Cottages are set in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Hartland Peninsula."

    These eight individual holiday cottages (refs HTTW, HTTX, HTTY, HTTZ, KAAA, KAAB, KAAC and KAAD) have been lovingly converted and sit around a pretty courtyard beside the owners’ home, Downe House, a listed farmhouse dating back to the 15th century in the midst of rolling farmland that slopes gently to the coast. All the properties are spacious, have en-suite bathrooms and many have sea views north to Lundy Island and west over the Atlantic. Guests are free to use the 7 acres of land, including a 2-acre meadow and play area which is ideal for children to let off steam. Guests may use the gym facilities and spa facilities free of charge. The gym is equipped with Life Fitness equipment and is accessible all day. The spa consists of a spa bath (with seats for 8 adults), a steam room (with seats for 7 adults), and a sauna, and is available to guests from 6pm-9pm each evening. There is also a reading room on site which is available for guests. A towelling robe is provided free of charge for each adult.
    The perfect setting for walking holidays, cycling holidays, romantic or family breaks, this relaxing holiday retreat is just 1 mile from the South West Coastal Path, as well as many sandy beaches and hidden coves. To the south west lies Hartland Abbey and to the north west lies Blegberry, a fortified farm dating from the 1600s. In the distance, the stone tower of St Nectan’s Church rises above the picturesque village of Stoke.
    The sea, Berry Cove and the South West Coastal Path are a mile’s walk away along a quiet, single-track road and a small footpath. The unspoilt village of Hartland is a mile away, either by road or by footpaths that take you along the side of a small river through the picturesque vale. The historic village of Clovelly is six miles away.
    This is a perfect spot at any time of year, with fishing, golf, horse riding, surfing, sailing and walking all available in this stunning area. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Beach 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    A single-storey barn conversion. Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with elec woodburner, full-length glass doors to patio, well-equipped kitchen area and slate floor. Beamed double bedroom with slate floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Garage

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared
      7-acre grounds with courtyard, 2-acre meadow and furniture
    • Shared spa facilities
    • Shared children’s play area
    • Shared cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Gales House Farm Cottages - Gales Lodge

    Gillamoor, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31113

    Nestling on the edge of the picturesque North York Moors village of Gillamoor, these beautifully presented holiday cottages (refs 31109, 31110, 31111, 31112 and 31113) provide a cosy and relaxing retreat amidst glorious countryside. Although Gales House Farm is no longer a working farm, these delightful barn conversions are surrounded by fields with grazing sheep, and the owner provides a generous welcome pack. Each property has been graded and awarded a 4*Gold or 5* by VisitEngland. Bothy Cottage (31110) and Barley Cottage (31111) share a garden, with each still having their own private barbecue and seating area. The North York Moors National Park is perfect for walkers and cyclists, and the stunning scenery of the moors can be enjoyed aboard the famous steam train from Pickering, 9 miles, to the coastal town of Whitby. The neighbouring village of Hutton-le-Hole is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, and the market towns of Kirkbymoorside, 3 miles, and Helmsley, 8 miles, offer a delightful choice of individual shops, traditional inns and tea rooms. The family attractions of Flamingo Land, Eden Camp, International Centre for Birds of Prey and Go Ape in Dalby Forest are within easy reach. Discover stately homes, halls, castles, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall, Kirkham Priory and Rievaulx Abbey. The minster city of York with its museums, galleries, theatres and ancient cobbled streets is just a 45-minute drive away. The seaside resorts of Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Sandsend are all within an hour’s drive. Shop 21/2 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor/dining room/kitchen. Beams throughout. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Enclosed patio with furniture.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Coppice Farm

    Bradley, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 967

    This delightful, characterful wing of an 18th-century farmhouse adjoins the owner’s home on a working dairy and stock farm, overlooking lawned gardens and meadows. Its beams, featured brickwork, fine woodwork and good quality furnishings will delight. Dovedale, Ilam and all the wooded Derbyshire dales are close by. Walking from the door and a small nature reserve on the farm. A perfect peaceful holiday retreat. Carsington Water 5 miles. Golf driving range 2 miles. Shop and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine by arrangement. Large shared garden and patio. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Betsy Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: CC127239
    Betsy Cottage enjoys an ideal, central location, close to a host of excellent shops and restaurants that provide everything you’ll need for a self catering holiday in the Lakes. Some lovely walks can be enjoyed straight from the door to Orrest Head where you can take in magnificent vistas of Windermere from one of the area’s best view points or why not take a tour on an open top bus or enjoy a trip on one of the famous Windermere Lake Steamers and take in the views from a rather different perspective?
    Stylishly presented with a contemporary theme throughout, the two of you will be spoiled by the amount of space and comfort on offer here at Betsy Cottage. The bathroom is a real treat with an enormous deep bath and separate shower whilst the modern fully equipped kitchen leads directly out to the garden and well presented outside living space offering you the chance to enjoy the sun all day long, when our rather typical Lake District weather will allow! As well as having private, off road parking, your pets are most welcome to join you here at Betsy Cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Lounge: Arranged around the gas fireplace with flat screen TV, DVD and Hi-Fi system.
    Dining room: with feature fireplace.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Kitchen: With breakfast bar area, electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Spacious Bathroom: With shower cubicle, deep bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed to front of property with original feature fireplace.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot, stairgate and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Rear paved garden with furniture provided.
    The stairs in the kitchen are steep and open on one side with handrail on other side. Extra care should be taken.

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