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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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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: DAAJ

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, beams and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

  • Annie’s Cottage

    Wellington, nr. Gosforth

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30281


    This quaint and cosy detached holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Annie’s Cottage is perfectly set to explore the Lakes or the West Cumbrian coastline. The cottage is in an area of English extremes; nearby is the deepest lake, Wastwater, the highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and the smallest church, the Church of Saint Olaf. Also, nearby is La’al Ratty, meaning ‘little railway’ in olde Cumbrian dialect and it is the oldest and longest narrow gauge railway in England, taking passengers from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass, seven miles through Eskdale, making the most of the truly stunning scenery. The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites. Muncaster Castle is only 7 miles away and provides plenty of entertainment for all ages. When you have finished exploring, Annie’s Cottage is the ideal place to return to with a well-equipped kitchen with double range, and a multi-fuel burner in the living room to warm you back up on those winter nights. In summer, make the most of the weather by relaxing with a glass of wine in the small yard next to the beck that runs alongside the back of the cottage. Beach 4 miles. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and Velux. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Beck in garden, 1 yard.

  • West Ashridge Cottages - The Old Granary

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: HQL

    A romantic holiday retreat, amidst rolling Devonshire countryside, these attractive barn conversions are well-equipped, warm and cosy, providing a rural retreat for couples at any time of the year. Occupying a remote setting on the edge of the village of Littleham, and less than 5 miles from sandy beaches and the breathtaking coastal path. The Old Granary, ref HQL, provides ‘upside-down’ style of accommodation to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. Free course fishing is available for guests staying at The Old Granary at the nearby Jennetts Reservoir in Bideford (two rods only). Ash Tree Cottage, ref H37, adjoining The Granary and sharing its views, is single-storey and has French windows leading onto its patio, whilst detached Swallow Cottage, ref HQM, also single-storey, enjoys superb uninterrupted views down the valley. Approached by a private road, the holiday cottages are situated 2 miles from the historic port and market town of Bideford with its variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, and from where regular sailing trips to Lundy Island can be taken. They also lie within easy driving distance of Hartland where the dramatic English Heritage Coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but there are also many other scenic walks both inland and coastal to enjoy. The pretty fishing villages of Instow, Clovelly and Appledore are close by and well worth a visit, as are a host of other quaint little villages, each with its own unique character, charm and welcoming inn. The Tarka Trail passes close by and offers walking and cycling along the estuary, with cycle hire available. The area is a must for surfers and beach lovers, and the sandy beaches are not to be missed. Fishing, sailing, horse riding and golf are available locally, and Exmoor National Park is within easy reach. Other places of interest are Dartington Crystal, Tapely Park and Gardens, and RHS Rosemoor Gardens, all within 8 miles. Shops 2 miles, village pub serving food approximately 1 mile.

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

    All properties: Electric woodburner included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio area with furniture. Access to 87 acres of pastureland. Ample parking.

  • Garden Flat - 7 Badgers Rake

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123129
    The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment at Badgers Rake. The superb apartments are perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The apartments are in an ideal position for a peaceful and relaxing break, yet within easy reach of all local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.
    This property can be booked together with Squirrels Nest 12 (123132) .

    Ground Floor: This is a ground floor apartment, double glazed, heated by storage radiators with fell views and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With large storage cupboard.
    Lounge/Dining Area: Open plan with tall wall mounted electric fire, leather sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. Digital TV, twin DVD/video and radio. Patio doors to private seating and spacious communal garden. Views to Loughrigg and Fairfield.
    Kitchen: Well equipped fitted contemporary kitchen area with electric cooker and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and slow cooker.
    Bedroom 1: Modern fitted double bedroom with plenty of storage space.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with heated spiral towel rail, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Patio doors lead to private patio and spacious shared gardenLarge communal garden that has a designated BBQ area. Communal washer/dryer for guests use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the apartment. Pets by arrangement but must be kept on a lead in the garden and all soilage removed.

  • Bradford Farm Cottages - Tulip Cottage

    Belford, nr. Bamburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 31314

    In a lovely rural setting, just minutes from Bamburgh’s glorious sandy beach and ancient castle, these well appointed holiday cottages (31106, 31107, 31108 and 31314) provide the perfect holiday retreat for couples seeking to escape to the peace and tranquillity of rural Northumberland. These 19th-century farm cottages have been thoughtfully furnished and decorated in contemporary style with great attention to detail and comfort. Rose Cottage, standing detached, is single storey and more traditional in style with a cosy woodburner and a sheltered enclosed garden. Tulip, Daisy and Poppy Cottages are terraced cottages and are spacious, light and welcoming with an elegant first floor bedroom, stylish bathroom with underfloor heating and private decked balconies overlooking woodland. The historic market towns of Alnwick and Berwick are under 30 minutes’ drive with much of interest to explore. Visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens of ‘Harry Potter’ fame, the extraordinary secondhand bookshop in the converted railway station or take a boat trip to the Farne islands from Seahouses. Holy Island, 15 miles, accessed by tidal causeway, has been welcoming visitors for centuries. There are golf courses, coastal and hill walks, as well as cycling trails to explore nearby. Stroll along the pristine, golden beaches of the World Heritage coastline studded with fishing villages, or simply savour the moment with a glass of wine on your cottage balcony. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (6ft 3in) bedroom.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters (underfloor in shower room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Shared freezer. Decked balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps in garden.

  • Bramble Cottage

    Ripley near Harrogate

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: DC4893
    In a perfect rural location Bramble Cottage is one of two peaceful cottages (the other being Buttercup Cottage DC4894) which have been delightfully converted from a former farm cart shed. Well equipped and tastefully furnished, each cottage has its own patio for relaxing and taking in the views after a day out exploring this lovely corner of Yorkshire. There is under floor heating for those cooler days ensuring a comfortable stay at any time of the year. This area is a haven for bird watchers, Red Kites, Curlews and Lapwings can all be seen in close proximity to the properties. Ideal for touring and enjoying the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Slate Rigg Farm Cottages provide a perfect and attractive setting. The picturesque village of Ripley is a 15 minute walk away with the splendour of Ripley Castle, gardens, tea shop and grounds to visit and during the summer numerous events are hosted in the castle grounds. Ripley has a traditional butchers shop, delicatessen, church, Post Office and a pub. The spa town of Harrogate, a 10 minute drive away has a theatre, cinema, restaurants and excellent shopping to combine to make an enjoyable day out.

    This property can be booked together with Bramble Cottage (DC4893) to accommodate up to five guests.

    Ground Floor: With underfloor heating and comprising:
    Sitting/dining room:
    with flatscreen TV/DVD player and radio/CD player.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, iron/ironing board and door to patio.
    Bedroom 1: with super king size bed which can be separated into twin beds as needed, flat screen TV.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC, basin, heated towel rail, shaver point.

    All electricity included in the rent. Bed linen and towels provided. Wi-Fi.Patio with garden table and chairs. Private parking. No smoking please. One well controlled dog welcome to be kept on lead at all times due to nearby livestock, free of charge. Shared utility room/laundry with washing machine, dryer, freezer, storage for walking boots, outdoor equipment and bicycles.

  • Bostreath

    Ladock, Truro

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: TKF

    The perfect relaxing holiday for couples, this detached holiday cottage is a converted cart shed and provides light, airy accommodation, stunning views across open countryside. Bostreath is centrally located for exploring both north and south Cornish coastlines, just 2½ miles off the A30. Visit the cathedral city of Truro, which has a theatre, cinema, bars and restaurants, 6 miles, or Newquay, popular with surfers, 7 miles. The busy port of Falmouth has the National Maritime Museum, marinas, beaches, coastal walks, castles and the beautiful Helford River. Shop 2½ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom. Fully tiled bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio, furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities. NB: 6 steps to patio

  • Vose Farm Cottages - Beech Cottage

    Tregony, nr. Truro

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC207

    Situated just outside the ancient village of Tregony (gateway to the beautiful Roseland Peninsula), Vose Farm’s origins date back to the middle of the 18th-century from when it was run for many years as a thriving dairy farm. Set in 20 acres of rolling pasture, arable and woodland and with spectacular and panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, Vose Farm is the ideal location to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall. The four cottages (UKC205, UKC206, UKC207 and UKC208) are stone built, wooden beamed and well-equipped, offering quality self-catering holiday accommodation throughout the year. Vose Farm Cottages are an ideal holiday destination for families (including babies and toddlers), or couples seeking somewhere to relax and get away from it all, and yet be in an ideal location to explore an area nostalgically referred to as the Cornish Riviera.
    There is a wildlife pond that attracts waterbirds and is stocked with fish, and a picnic area completes this perfect holiday spot. If you can draw yourself away from this idyllic spot then the area is rich and diverse in tourist attractions both natural and man-made. The area has some beautiful sandy beaches in pretty coves backed by dramatic cliffs that are so typical of Cornwall, and provide the quintessential ingredients for the perfect family day out.
    With cliff walking, kayaking on the River Fowey, sailing, and sea fishing from one of the many fishing villages close by, Vose Farm really is in the ideal location to enjoy Cornwall. Bring home the fish you catch and enjoy a barbecue while the sun goes down over the fields. Vose Farm is less than 3 miles from Caerhays Castle and Porthluney Beach, and a similar distance from the world famous Lost Gardens of Heligan, the quaint fishing port of Mevagissey and the Georgian port of Charlestown (with its resident tall ships). Further afield is the Eden Project, 8 miles, the capital city of Truro, 9 miles, St Mawes, 14 miles, and the surfing beaches of Newquay are 18 miles away. The south Cornwall coast is home to many National Trust houses and gardens that provide superb days out for all. Golf, horse riding, cycle hire and off road trails for walking and riding are all close by. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with beams and slate floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Shared freezer in utility room. Enclosed lawned courtyard garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Barbecue. Shared 20-acre grounds and woodland. Childrens play area. Natural water supply (from a bore hole). No smoking. NB: Fenced lake in grounds. Slopes in grounds.

  • Mill Race Apartment

    North Elmham

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CNE

    With origins dating back to the Middle Ages, Elmham Mill stands in one of the loveliest locations to be found in this part of Norfolk. Straddling the River Wensum, the watermill (which ceased working in the 1960s) is actually situated on an island, where the river divides to flow through and around the mill. Elham Mill is known historically as Grint Mill and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The mill pool, according to folklore, was once fished by monks and the site of an Anglo-Saxon cathedral is located upstream from the mill.

    Tastefully refurbished, Mill Race Apartment lies on the second floor, with river views from every window and a wonderful bird’s eye view of the surrounding Site of Special Scientific Interest and river views from every window, with its rolling countryside and abundant wildlife. Birdwatchers will be in their element with over 40 species spotted in the grounds. Relax in the shared grounds, or tear yourself away from this idyllic location and explore the North Norfolk coast, the Broads and the Wensum Valley Trail. This is a great location for artists and railway enthusiasts. County School Station and orchard, located on the edge of the village, has been restored to its original condition and showcase displays, open in season, with its tearoom. No fishing at property. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Stairs/lift to second floor: Living/dining room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire and modern fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Electricity, electricity ‘log-effect’ fire, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Freezer in garage
    • Shared garden of 3 acres and furniture
    • Garage/cycle store
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Unsuitable for children under 8 years
    • NB: Unfenced streams in garden

  • The Wink

    Minions, nr. Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W8648

    Perfect base for walkers

    Situated high on Bodmin Moor, this cosy semi-detached holiday cottage (W8647) and detached barn conversion (W8648) are the perfect base for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. The area is criss-crossed with paths to nearby ancient monuments, stone circles and rocky tors, while just 2 miles away is the water sports and fishing centre at Siblyback Lake. Play golf at nearby St Mellion (10 miles), spend a day at the Eden Project (15 miles), visit the NT houses and gardens at Cotehele (9 miles) and Lanhydrock (12 miles) or just make for the north coast surfing beaches (20 miles). Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with vaulted ceiling/dining room/kitchen with French doors and beams. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared enclosed patio and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Beachside

    Broadstairs

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27459

    Nestled into the cliffs at Broadstairs, with views across the sands of Viking Bay, this second floor holiday apartment offers direct beach access. Relax and observe life on the beach from the vantage point from the balcony or the window seat, or hear the waves lapping the sands from the comfort of your bed. For golfers, Beachside is within easy reach of four well-known golf courses, including St Augustine, which has hosted the Golf Open in the past. This property is also ideal for walking enthusiasts, with Thanet Coastal Path close by, the longest continuous stretch of chalk coastline in the country. Also, the Viking Coastal Trail is a 27-mile walk, passing through Viking Bay which is where the property is situated. Pubs, restaurants, antique shops, and an Italian ice cream parlour are on the doorstep. Cycle the Viking Trail, surf at Joss Bay, enjoy the fireworks on summer evenings, Folk Week, and the Dickens Festival. Good rail connections to London. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. On road parking; public car park 250 yards (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

  • The Briars

    Oakerthorpe, nr. Alfreton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30865


    Located in the small south Derbyshire village of Oakerthorpe, The Briars is a cosy holiday apartment on the ground floor of the owner’s home, popular with walkers, and perfect as a base for exploring the wonderful scenery of the surrounding Derbyshire Dales and Peak District National Park. Oakerthorpe has a number of walks around the village and nature reserve, and a selection of traditional pubs including one which dates back to the 11th century and is reputed to be the oldest in the county of Derbyshire. The town of Alfreton is just 21/2 miles away with a good selection of shops and restaurants together with wonderful examples of 18th century architecture. Crich, with its Tramway Village, can be reached in 10 minutes, and just 15 minutes away is Matlock with its monthly farmers’ market and cable car over the Derwent Valley. Chesterfield with its famous crooked spire and the magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall and Haddon Hall can all be reached in half an hour. Shop 11/4 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 1 step to courtyard. Pond in owner’s garden.