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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 Forge

    Heytesbury, nr. Warminster

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: PTTN


    Hidden from view behind a high wall, this unique, detached, period holiday cottage was once part of Heytesbury House. The poet Siegfried Sassoon spent the latter part of his life at Heytesbury House, which he purchased in 1933, and his son George Sassoon grew up there and inherited the house. By 1939, there were sixteen new residents at Heytesbury, evacuees sent for safety at the beginning of the Second World War. In 1942, the evacuees left Heytesbury and were replaced by American troops in November. By the middle of 1944, there were twenty five American troops sleeping in the house and another thousand camped in the grounds. On the edge of the village, step through the gate and into the idyllic walled orchard garden in which the cottage is situated. The house is full of character and charm, with slate floors, beams, a fireplace with original lantern-style chimney, and the quirky criss-cross beams in the bedroom through which one accesses the second bedroom. The bathroom has a roll-top bath with a beautiful view of the garden. Heytesbury is a quiet village on the River Wylye and on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It is a beautiful walking area and within half an hour’s drive of Avebury, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Stourhead and Westbury White Horse, and only a 10-minute drive from Longleat. The Wylye Valley is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire in original fireplace and dining area/kitchen with slate floors. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with sloping ceilings, leading to a single bedroom (for +1 child). Limited headroom on stairway and access to single bedroom.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
    • On road parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Longsands

    Beadnell

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC314086
    Longsands is a semi-detached property situated in the very heart of the popular fishing village of Beadnell. Nestled within a cluster of similar style properties, Longsands benefits from a west facing fully enclosed rear garden, an ideal space for children and dogs to play, and enjoys uninterrupted rural views. Beadnell is well known as a seaside holiday destination and offers local facilities including a village shop and family friendly pubs serving good food all within walking distance of Longsands.

    Beadnell Bay can truly be described as the jewel in Northumberland’s seaside crown; idyllic for a romantic barefoot stroll in the sand, listening to the waves lap against the shoreline and inhaling the invigorating sea air... It’s also a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts, sailing, sea kayaking, wind surfing and scuba diving are all available only a gentle meander from Longsands. A small sandy bay speckled with rocky outcrops is also close by and leads to a long sandy beach that stretches two miles to the traditional fishing port of Seahouses, where boat trips to the nearby Farne Islands, famous for its bird sanctuaries and seal colony, depart regularly from its harbour. Seahouses offers several charming tea rooms, amusements and shops. Horseriding, fishing and golf on the links close by are also available. A further three miles up the coastline is the picturesque village of Bamburgh, which lies snuggled in the shadow of its majestic fortress and commands the power and presence of the seasoned television set it regularly becomes. Holy Island, the birthplace of Christianity and site of Lindisfarne Castle, can be seen from the unspoilt golden, sandy beach. Just a few miles inland is the bustling market town of Alnwick, with its own dramatic castle (and film location for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Academy!). Visitors will enjoy a trip to Alnwick Garden, a spectacular interpretation of a formal garden including the Grand Cascade waterfall and restaurant within the largest tree house in Europe!

    Ground Floor: The property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Lounge area: With electric coal effect fire, TV with partial Sky package, DVD player and CD/radio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Open tread staircase to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and countryside views.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Dairy Cottage

    Warkworth

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC317029
    Dairy Cottage is an attached stone built cottage situated in the private grounds of a substantial Grade II listed farmhouse on the edge of the highly sought after coastal village of Warkworth. Originally constructed in 1802 with servants quarters added around a century later this beautiful property formerly belonged to the Duke of Northumberland and rented out as working farmhouse alongside the adjoining land. The entire property which sits within a half an acre has been privately owned since 1989. The servants quarters have been transformed to create Dairy Cottage; a self catering holiday cottage awarded 4* by Visit England. The secluded garden with private patio area is a real feature of this property; an idyllic peaceful retreat to dine alfresco and admire the uninterrupted rural views across fields and countryside towards the coastline and Coquet Island.

    Ground Floor: Property has central heating and additional heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen.
    Lounge area: With TV and DVD.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob and microwave.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.

    All fuel power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available.Enclosed secluded garden with private patio area, outdoor furniture and BBQ. Designated off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Starfox Cottage

    Lytham St Annes

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30261


    Located right in the centre of Lytham St Annes, tucked down a little street of terraced cottages, Starfox Cottage offers comfortable and well-proportioned holiday accommodation in the heart of one of the North West’s most popular and cosmopolitan coastal towns. There is a good selection of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, including several antique shops and designer boutiques, right on the doorstep. It is a popular destination for couples wanting a coastal escape, with plenty of lovely walks and lots of nice places to dine. There is a wide choice of entertainment and leisure facilities in the area, not least, Lytham’s 5 championship golf courses which are well-known internationally. It is also known for the Lytham Proms event, which takes place at the beginning of August every year. Other activities available locally include boating, bowling, cycling and swimming. Due to its proximity to the reeds and marshes of the Ribble Estuary, the area is popular with birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. The bright lights of Blackpool, with its famous tower, Pleasure Beach, zoo, Sealife Centre and Sandcastle Waterpark, is just 9 miles away, making this a great choice for families who want lots to see and do without being in the thick of it. Other towns worth visiting on the north west coast include Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood, whose designer shopping outlet village is very popular. Apart from the coast, there are so many other places to visit that are within easy reach of Starfox Cottage, and its proximity to the M55, which connects to the M6, makes it very accessible. Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland AONB, the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District can all be reached in just under an hour. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Second living room. Kitchen. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in external utility room. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Car park 1/2 mile. No smoking.

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  • White Cottage

    Hemingby, nr. Horncastle

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28661

    White Cottage is a comfortable semi-detached holiday home in the Lincolnshire Wolds which is an AONB. With an 18-hole golf course in the village and Cadwell Park Race circuit just a short drive away, 5 miles, there is something for nearly everyone to see and do. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and visitor centre is at Coningsby just 13 miles away. The Lincolnshire Wolds are full of good walks and cycle routes for the more energetic with the local pub just a short walk to wind down in afterwards in the evenings. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in front garden.

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  • The Stables

    North Somercotes, near Louth

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC634

    Whether you’re looking for a peaceful holiday or a base from which to explore, then Meals Farm Cottages are simply ideal. These fantastic holiday homes are perfectly located for exploring the surrounding area. Just a 2-minute drive away is North Somercotes - a charming village with two pubs, two convenience stores and a number of food establishments, including a Chinese takeaway, pizzeria, Indian restaurant and a fish and chip shop. There are a number of villages nearby, which offer a broad range of restaurants and pubs to try. Donna Nook with its beach and nature reserve 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile. The properties (UKC631, UKC632, UKC633 and UKC634) can be booked together to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With oak floors.
    Living area: With 42" Freeview TV and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and single bed.
    Wet room: With shower and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Shared laundry room with coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Fisher’s Cottage

    Horncliffe near Berwick

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC312012
    Fisher’s Cottage is a stone built attached cottage situated in the picturesque village of Horncliffe only 3 miles from Berwick Upon Tweed. Nestled in a mature and sheltered south facing garden, the cottage is a lovely peaceful hideaway. The wood burning stove in the lounge ensures Fisher’s Cottage is a cosy choice regardless of the season. A friendly greeting regularly meets guests to Horncliffe where there is a pub serving food only a short stroll from Fisher’s Cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD, sofa bed (for + 1)
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With one 5ft bed which can be separated into two x 2ft 6’ beds if preferred

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for stove provided.Garden with outdoor seating. On street parking.This property has a private water supply.

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  • Riverview

    Looe

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43609


    This cosy, terraced holiday cottage enjoys views over the estuary from its elevated position and is centrally located in the resort of Looe. The traditional working harbour and a fish market that is supplied by the local day boats are just minutes’ away from the property. Stroll the lanes that lead to the harbour and wide expanse of golden sand or visit one of the multitude of restaurants that the town offers. There are boat trips, sightseeing and sea fishing from the harbour, and nearby Polperro is a quaint and historic fishing village just a short distance along the coast. There are numerous cycle routes around the area and many surfing spots.
    There is a farm shop providing local produce nearby, as well as various tourist attractions including The Monkey Sanctuary, National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, many golf courses, Deerpark Forest, Bodmin Moor and many National Trust gardens and houses to visit. The Eden Project is an easy drive and provides an exceptional day out, as does Padstow, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Fowey, a picturesque seafaring town providing sailing, kayaking and pleasure trips along the Fowey River. You can also take the passenger ferry along the coast to the historic village of Mevagissey. Cycling, horse riding and leisure facilities are all available locally. Beach ¼ mile. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    9 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Small courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Car park 400 yards (£25 per week). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Charlton Hall - Farm Cottage

    Chathill, Alnwick

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: MMX


    This beautiful country estate offers the perfect ‘home-away-from-home’ in England’s most rural county. Each pretty cottage and private garden is out of sight of any other property. Close to Northumberland’s Heritage coast, these secluded cottages have been renovated throughout to provide cosy interiors with wood-burning stoves - perfect for warm winter breaks. Farm Cottage (ref MMX) boasts its own gin-gang, a circular outbuilding once used as a mule-driven mill. Over the bridge lies Garden Cottage (ref MMW) set inside the old walled garden. These two cottages are located in a tranquil pocket of beautiful rolling countryside, under vast skies where the sun rises over beaches and sets onto the moorland of the Cheviots. Additionally, West Lodge (ref MMV) is a single-storey cottage nestling behind beautiful stone pillars at the entrance to the estate, screened by mature woodland and handily placed for touring just 100 yards from the single-carriageway A1. An ideal country retreat, just 3 miles from sparkling white sandy beaches and close to Northumberland’s magnificent castles. Charlton Hall’s ancient parkland makes for perfect scenic walks. Guests can stroll along the Shippton Burn, which runs under stone bridges, filling the trout lake before meandering to the sea. They can also explore woodland bursting with bluebells and wild flowers in spring and summer; and see nesting buzzards, roe deer, foxes, badgers, hares and weasels – all abundant here due to careful environmental management. A cross country course takes guests who wish to bring their horses through woods and fields. The nearby beaches are also excellent for riding and dog walking. Local attractions include Holy Island, the Farne Islands, historic Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick Castle and Garden, the Heritage coastline and castles. Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh are just 1 hour by train. Guests arriving by air met at Newcastle Airport (40 minutes by road) by arrangement. Shops 6 miles.

    Access through main farmyard area. Two steps to entrance. Very spacious living room with wood-burning stove in huge stone fireplace and wonderful views over farmland. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Full NSH included
    • Enclosed secluded garden with furniture and lovely views over parkland
    • Natural water supply from spring

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel at cost
    • Full NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Oven
    • microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Shared 150-acre grounds with woodland, parkland, cross country course, ponies, lambs, hens, rare flowers
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Shared games room with pool table, table tennis, darts and table football; books and board games
    • Stabling and grazing for guests’ horses by arrangement
    • 5-a-side football pitch and picnic area
    • Country house catering by arrangement direct with owner
    • NB: Substantial trout lake and burn in grounds

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  • Castle Heights

    Lynton

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43928


    Enjoying breathtaking, panoramic views across the sea to the Welsh coast on the far horizon, Castle Heights is a spacious, contemporary apartment situated in a private courtyard setting in the historic little town of Lynton, on the North Devon coast. Ideal for couples of all ages throughout the year, this smart apartment is just a stroll away from the village centre which has a great selection of shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants.
    One of the most well known attractions here is the Cliff Railway, a marvellous Victorian invention built in 1890 to encourage tourism to the area. The town of Lynton has a fascinating history and still retains much of its charm and character. Lynton is twinned with Lynmouth on the opposite side of the gorge, and is where the wild ruggedness of Exmoor National Park meets the sea with a spectacular dramatic coastline. Castle Heights is a lovely holiday apartment to come back to after an exciting day out, perfect for seaside summer breaks or indeed any time of the year. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Stairs and lift to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Juliet balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children.

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  • Fairlee Cottage

    Rudgwick, nr. Horsham

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30400


    This delightful single-storey barn conversion, with beams aplenty, stands opposite the owner’s home within a working farm in the Sussex village of Rudgwick. It provides an ideal holiday retreat for couples or small families. In the locality are scenic walking/cycling routes along the Downs, as well as fishing and golf. Within easy driving distance are the market towns of Horsham, Guildford and Chichester. London and the south coast are easily accessible, as well as Gatwick/Heathrow airports. National Trust homes and gardens, including Arundel Castle and Petworth House are all worth exploring, as well as horse racing at Fontwell and Goodwood, and polo at Midhurst. Shop and pub serving food 800 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for child)/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared additional freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times, working farm. No smoking. NB: Small pond 50 yards from property.

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  • The Hideaway

    Low Hawsker, near Whitby

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC243064
    The Hideaway is a delightful, semi-detached, cosy cottage tucked away in a tranquil, secluded area within the quiet village of Hawsker. The cottage has undergone major renovation that has been completed to a very good standard, with tasteful décor and furnishings throughout. There is a private patio area outside that is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine. There’s also a barbecue for making the most of the warm weather with eating out al-fresco style.

    Secluded yet surprisingly close to town, the seaside resort of Whitby is just a few miles away, easily accessible by car or on foot. The town is home to a jam-packed calendar of events which take place all year round, and you can take a tour bus to see the fascinating sites, which include the stunning Abbey and St Mary’s Church high above the cliffs. There are also regular boat cruises that offer a different aspect of the beautiful town from the water. A day trip to Robin Hood’s Bay is a must during your stay at The Hideaway. Just 3 miles away, the bay is full of character and charm, thanks to its cobbled, narrow streets and alleyways lined with an ecleclic mix of individually-run shops, pubs and tearooms, all set before a lovely beach that’s ideal for rock pooling and fossil hunting.

    A little closer to home, Hawsker has a warm and cosy local pub that serves local food, and for the outdoorsy types, there’s a disused railway line only a few hundred yards away that stretches some 21 miles from Whitby to Scarborough.

    The North York Moors National Park lies just inland from the North Yorkshire coastal resorts of Whitby and Scarborough, with over 1,400 miles of trails, footpaths and bridleways that cobweb the rolling heather-clad moorland and meet in the pretty rural villages and historic country towns. Carving a pathway deep through the North York Moors is the famous North York Moors Steam Railway, which carries its passengers from Pickering in the south northward to Grosmont, and then along the lovely Esk Valley to Whitby on the coast. A little further afield are the rolling hills and picture-perfect river valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    The Hideaway can be booked together with Hideaway Hall (UK2113) to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    Ground Floor: Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With electric fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and 2ft 6in single sofa bed (for child).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom: Galleried with double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included.Garden with seating area, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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