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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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  • The Old Dairy Annexe

    Flamstead, nr. St Albans

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PRRO

    This single-storey holiday property is adjacent to the owner’s home, situated in the village of Flamstead in Hertfordshire. Home to the Old Dairy, this property is set in spacious grounds with access to both front and back terraces and boasts a semi-rural location. From here, you can visit Rothamsted Park, which covers an area of 56 acres (5.6 hectares), Harpenden town centre, Stockwood Park Golf Centre and the historic Stockwood Discovery Centre. Discover attractions nearby, such as Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn, St Albans Cathedral and the Roman Verulamium. There is easy access to attractions by road, rail and plane with Luton Airport only 15 minutes’ drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Spacious open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area with oak floor and bi-folding doors. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, air source heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • MP3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Large shared lawned garden
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Hot tub
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Pond in garden

  • Oxenpark Farm - The Gilberts

    Hersham, nr. Bude

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: TS7

    Just a short drive from excellent beaches at Bude (2 miles) and Widemouth Bay (4 miles), these converted barns date back well over 100 years. Located on a small traditional farm, these three delightful cottages are beautifully presented and have their own private patio areas. Duck House (GE3) and The Granary (GB8) both enjoy panoramic coastal views from their first floor living rooms and are full of character and charm. The Gilberts (TS7) has glorious country views across the lake towards the coast and is a very spacious detached cottage. Well appointed and beautifully furnished, it is the perfect relaxing retreat. Visitors are welcome to wander over much of the farmland grounds. Bude offers shops, inns, restaurants, golf, riding and a swimming pool. Launceston (16 miles) boasts a 12th-century castle. Bodmin Moor 12 miles. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors. Large double bedroom with 5ft bed. Large bathroom with separate shower and toilet.

    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children except babes in arms

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio areas with furniture
    • Shared farmland grounds of 70 acres
    • Parking
    • NB: Stream in farmland grounds ¼ mile and lake area

  • The Smithy

    Walford, Ross-on-Wye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E2714

    Midway between Symonds Yat and Ross-on-Wye, within easy reach of the Royal Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, this tastefully converted old smithy with entrance hallway, enjoys a village setting. Adjoining the owners’ home – formerly the blacksmith’s cottage – and with shared use of their large garden, it makes an ideal base for a relaxing holiday at any time of year. The beautiful surrounding countryside offers excellent walking and cycling (cycle hire nearby) as well as golf, fishing, canoeing and riding. Historic Ross-on-Wye is only 3 miles and Hereford, with its cathedral and renowned Mappa Mundi, is 18 miles. Shop/post office 1 mile, pub serving food 100 yards.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

  • Barrowswood Cheddar - Strawberry Lodge

    Cheddar

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 29841

    Views to Cheddar Gorge

    Offering delightful holiday accommodation for families, couples or friends, these holiday property (refs 29841, 29842 & W44121) make an ideal base from which to explore Somerset and North Devon. Barrowswood, a semi-detached holiday cottage (ref 29842), enjoys commanding views over Cheddar Gorge in the distance. Its large garden adjoins a field with occasional visiting sheep and is the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. Strawberry Lodge (ref 29841) stands detached at the far end of the grounds of Barrowswood, enjoying woodland surroundings with magnificent views over the field and across to Cheddar Gorge. Blackberry Lodge (ref W44121) is a single-storey, detached lodge, ideal for a romantic retreat for couples. All three properties may be booked together should you have a larger party.
    Cheddar village offers plenty of interesting shops and cafes as well as other attractions. Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest limestone ravine gouged through the Mendips, is a magnet for climbers, walkers and visitors to the floodlit caves and Cheddar Reservoir is a great place to take a picnic, look out for wildlife and join in activities such as sailing and angling. Axbridge is a charming market town with a medieval square and half-timbered buildings, whilst Wookey Hole attracts many visitors to the showcaves. Wells is England’s smallest city set around a cathedral; Wedmore is a lively town with many individual shops and eateries, Glastonbury is famous for its music festival, spiritual culture and King Arthur legends, and the coastal resorts and magnificent beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean are all within a short drive, as are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

  • Primrose Lodge

    Camborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43178

    This detached, single storey holiday cottage, located on the owner’s small holding, is the perfect location for exploring Cornwall. Set in a peaceful, rural location the property is convenient for Hayle, with its 3 miles of sandy beach. Nearby are the RSPB reserve at Hayle Estuary and Tehidy Country Park, ideal for walking, cycling, nature trails, lakes and wildlife. The area has also been awarded World Heritage status for its mining history. Take the scenic coastal train from St Erth to St Ives. Visit the town of Marazion with St Michaels Mount which can be reached on foot at low tide by causeway, or by small ferry at high tide. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for child)/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small patio and furniture. Use of owner’s grounds. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Electric fence in grounds.

  • The Joinery

    Gilsland, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 27790

    Adjoining the main farmhouse, this holiday home, converted from an old joinery, is set on a family-run livestock farm. Birdoswald Fort on Hadrian’s Wall is 2 miles and the cottage is centrally located for exploring the Lake District, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales and Scottish Borders. Attractions include Talkin Tarn, Walltown Cragg, Lanercost Priory, Rheged and a calendar of country shows and farmer’s markets. There are excellent walking and cycling routes throughout the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep, open tread stairs to galleried double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer (in external utility room). Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling and grazing facilities available by arrangement with owner. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

  • Poppy Cottage

    Pickering

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC233065
    Poppy Cottage is a delightful cottage full of character and charm situated in the lovely market town of Pickering in the North Yorkshire Moors. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and has been finished off to a high standard with modern, tasteful decor and furnishings throughout. Poppy Cottage is a well equipped cottage that is perfect for couples looking for a well earned restful holiday. The surprisingly large garden with furniture at the rear of the cottage is an excellent place to enjoy the afternoon sun whilst chilling with a glass of wine. It is ideally located in the heart of Pickering within easy reach of all the amenities Pickering has to offer, including a market twice a week, ample shops, pubs and some excellent restaurants.

    Ground Floor: property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV/Free view and built in DVD player, radio/CD and Ipod docking station.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob,  fridge, microwave and dishwasher.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With double bed and en suite bathroom with bath/shower above, WC and wash basin.

    All power, heating, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden with furniture and small patio area. One small dog allowed.

  • Dairy Cottage

    Three Oaks, Hastings

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PEEL

    Superbly located in beautiful ‘1066’ countryside, and nestled within the owner’s 16-acre grounds, this attractive detached holiday cottage makes an ideal retreat for romantic couples and walkers. There is a lake within the grounds with fishing by arrangement, and cattle in the adjacent field with occasional tractor access. This cosy cottage has many character features, including a beautiful four-poster bed, beams and an inglenook with open fire. Battle with its abbey ruins, picturesque Rye, beaches at Pett, Winchelsea, Hastings, and plentiful NT homes, castles and gardens all within easy reach. Shops
    2 miles.

    Beamed living room with open fire in inglenook. Dining room/sun room. Kitchen. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and double sofa bed (alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Table top freezer
    • Large, lawned garden with furniture
    • 16-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Fishing by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Unfenced lake and ponds in grounds

  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: DDX

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire/beamed dining room/old pine kitchen. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views east and west. Spacious bathroom, large corner bath and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel at cost
    • Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £12 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing service on request (overseas and long stay guests)
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of landscaped grounds (sections open to public)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • The Cart House

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: HNNH

    Glorious uninterrupted sea views can be enjoyed from this delightful romantic retreat on the edge of a small mixed livestock farm. This spacious, single-storey barn conversion cleverly mixes olde worlde charm with modern living. Near Hartland, it is ideal to explore this AONB; perfect for walkers and bird watchers with delightful beaches close by. North of Hartland Point is picture-postcard Clovelly. Cycling, riding, surfing, sailing and fishing available locally. Shops and six pubs within 5 miles.

    Entrance hall/cloakroom. Two steps down to spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, slate floor, French doors, sea views, vaulted ceiling and well-equipped kitchen/breakfast area. Double bedroom with 5ft wrought-iron four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with free standing cast-iron bath and separate shower cubicle.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD and recorder
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed courtyard garden, patio, furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • NB: Two steps to patio

  • Newbarn Farm - Oak Tree Cottage

    Collaton St Mary, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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.

  • Lavender Cottage

    Bicton, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26497

    Originally a farm building built around 1890, this detached holiday cottage now lovingly converted to provide a very good level of accommodation for couples wishing to enjoy the delights of Shropshire, and glorious countryside near to the Welsh Borders. The Severn Way, walking, cycling and touring are all on the doorstep. Golf can also be found locally. Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns, packed with timber-framed black and white buildings including the castle, now a regimental museum and Shrewsbury Abbey. The River Severn forms a loop around the town centre offering gentle riverside walks, guided walks or a trip on the pleasure boat, Sabrina. Shop, pub and restaurant 2/3 mile.

    Ground floor: Step to living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). Pet to be kept on a lead. No smoking.