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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 Stables

    Morley St Peter, nr. Attleborough

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30065


    Ideal for a relaxing break, this very spacious, delightful holiday property, close to the owner’s home, is ideally placed to explore a wealth of attractions. It lies between the market towns of Attleborough, 2 miles (home of Peter Beales’ rose gardens) and Wymondham, 3 miles. The property sits in a large garden surrounded by quiet country lanes, which walkers and cyclists will love. The historic market town of Wymondham offers some of the finest architecture in Norfolk, including a dominating 12th century abbey with Tudor buildings, themed restaurants and welcoming pubs. Weekly markets held in the quaint square are worth a visit. Nearby Thetford Forest is the venue for a Go Ape treetop adventure park and many exciting outdoor pursuits and events. Anglers will find good fishing at nearby Swangy Pits. Within an easy drive, visitors will discover a wide range of great days out, such as pretty fishing villages and glorious beaches of the North Norfolk Coast, the queen’s estate at Sandringham, Snetterton race track, bustling Sunday markets, zoos, nature reserves, steam museums, beautiful gardens, boat trips on the Norfolk Broads and the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Explore the charming, medieval city of Norwich, 10 miles, with its impressive cathedral, castle, restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table and table tennis. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Puffin Cottage

    West Looe

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 16578

    This characteristic and pleasant end-of-terrace fisherman’s holiday cottage, with harbour, sea and river views, is quietly situated up a series of steep steps in a prominent and elevated position, in one of the most attractive parts of old West Looe. Discover The Eden Project, which is a 45-minute drive away. Enjoy direct access onto the NT land of the Downs, with stunning harbour, river and sea views. Puffin Cottage is located close to the harbour and amenities, an ideal holiday base for couples and families alike. Shops and pub 200 yards.

    Steep steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 single bedroom with sloping ceiling and wooden floor.

    NSH, electricity and gas included. Bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Terrace/balcony. Reserved parking space, (£20 refundable deposit, for disc). Couples and family bookings only.

  • High Style

    Keswick

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111329
    High Style Apartment is a stunning, spacious, light and airy apartment of superb quality. Occupying the first and second floor of  Helvellyn House there are panoramic views across Keswick and the surrounding fells, especially from the top floor bedrooms. High Style is located in a quiet area of Keswick just a 5 minute level walk to the town centre with all the amenities you will need.  This apartment also benefits from its own private parking space for one car. The owners have recently updated the furnishings, linens and accessories giving it the touch of quality any visitor would welcome after a day’s sightseeing or invigorating walk in the fells.

    First Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, Pure Sirocco DAB radio/CD/Ipod dock radio and electric fire.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, breakfast table, washer/dryer, dishwasher, larder fridge, expresso machine, microwave and a four drawer freezer (in the lower hallway).
    Small dining area in the hallway.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and clock/radio/ipod dock.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed (for comfort only, not an extra person).
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet access available.Outside: Private parking for 1 car.

  • Mews Cottage

    Bampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC118159
    Mews Cottage is full of character and has a peaceful location with lovely view. It is part of a development of converted farm buildings, built from Lakeland stone and with traditional Lakeland stone floors in the living areas.  It has been attractively furnished and fitted to a high standard, with every modern convenience, making it a real home from home. The kitchen has just been refurbished to a high standard with fully integrated appliances and soft close cupboards and drawers. A unique feature of this cottage is the sauna - perfect for relaxing after a hard day on the fells! Mews Cottage is situated in the attractive hamlet of Bampton, in the Lowther Valley. This is a tranquil, unspoilt and beautiful area of the Lake District: perfect for getting away from it all and for seeing wildlife like red squirrels, deer and buzzards. However, the location is still also convenient for accessing not only other parts of the Lake District, but also the Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale and Hadrian’s Wall. Bampton has a village store/Post Office with tea room, children’s playground and there is a pub a gentle stroll away in the neighbouring hamlet of Bampton Grange. The nearest lakes are Haweswater and Ullswater.  The area is perfect for walking and cycling with its quiet scenic roads and there is plenty of good walking from the doorstep, including on the surrounding fells leading over to Ullswater.  Popular fells such as Hallin Fell and Place Fell and Mardale Head are nearby, and information on local walks is provided in the cottage. There are lots of nearby attractions and activities including cycle hire, horse riding, Dalemain House and gardens, Aira Force, Ullswater Steamers and other water sports.  The nearest town to Bampton is Penrith, Approximately 7 miles and the M6 is just a 10 minute drive for easy access.  Keswick is only 30 minutes drive and the southern lakes can readily be accessed in a scenic drive over Kirkstone Pass or through St John’s in the Vale, making Mews Cottage a great base to enjoy a holiday in the Lake District.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is oil fired centrally heated, is all on one level and comprises:
    Open plan lounge: With 32" LCD HD flat screen TV with Blu-Ray and Freesat HD and wood burning stove in a feature kiln shaped stone surround. Patio doors which lead to;
    Conservatory:  With comfortable furnishings, which overlooks the pleasant garden which benefits from lovely views.
    Dining/kitchen: With Rangemaster ceramic hob electric range cooker,Nespresso coffee machine,  integrated fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. A washer/dryer is housed in the bathroom cupboard.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With power shower over corner bath, WC, wash basin and sauna room.

    All fuel and bed linen included. No logs are provided for the wood burning stove other than an initial basket. Cot and highchair available. There is a telephone for incoming calls. Initial supply of tea and coffee is provided free of charge in the property for your arrival. Wi-Fi available.Front garden with table and seating. BBQ. Rear gravelled parking area with parking for 3 cars. Anyone familiar with the cult film ’Withnail and I’ will recognise the village phone box across the road from the cottage.

  • Weavers Cottage

    Stow-on-the-Wold

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30238

    This charming, cosy, end terraced, 18th-century cottage, tucked away in a quiet backwater, is just a 3 minute walk from the centre of this picturesque, bustling, little Cotswold town. It is attractively and comfortably furnished, with a very well equipped kitchen, making the ideal holiday base from which to tour the Cotswolds, or walk to many of the lesser-known pretty villages and beauty spots. Places to visit include Bourton-on-the-Water, 4 miles, Burford, 12 miles, Cheltenham, 15 miles and Stratford, 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one accessed from one side only), one leading to 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in kitchen and shower room), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband.Telephone-local and incoming calls only. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car), 50 yards. No smoking.

  • Old School House

    Settle

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: DC5393
    This converted Victorian primary school is set in a quiet conservation area in the historic part of Settle, known as Upper Settle in the Southern Yorkshire Dales. The area is renowned for its outdoor activities including rock climbing, potholing and mountain biking, with walks and cycle routes directly from the doorstep. For the more adventurous the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent are close by. Alternatively a trip on the Settle-Carlisle railway is a more leisurely way of enjoying the scenery.

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating and comprising:
    Sitting room:
    with original wooden floor, electric stove, TV with Freeview, DVD and radio/CD.
    Kitchen: with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, iron and dining area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: with single bed.
    Bedroom 3: with single bed.
    Bathroom: with bath, shower cubicle, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels provided. Small sitting area with table and chairs. Private parking for two cars.

  • Lilac Cottage

    Mavis Enderby, nr. Spilsby

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 6780

    One of a pretty pair of semi-detached cottages, offering good standard holiday accommodation, in a secluded tree-edged garden on the owner’s farm on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, 1/2 mile from public road, down our private tarmac drive, it overlooks a wooded valley near the Snipe Dales Country Park and nature reserve. Within easy reach of Bolingbroke Castle and local aviation museum. Spilsby is 3 miles, the Wold’s capital of Louth is 15 miles, the beaches of Skegness and the cathedral city of Lincoln are both around 20 mile’s drive, and the historic market town of Boston is 16 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars).

  • The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canoniconum, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: E5394

    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors, while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater, The Cobb. Bridport, the old ropemakers’ town, Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time smugglers’ haunt of Beer are well worth a visit. Corfe Castle, Dorchester, the Swannery at Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, Swanage, Wareham and Weymouth are all within easy reach. Fishing, riding and golf are available locally. Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

  • Ellerlands

    Carperby near Leyburn

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC211138
    Situated in the delightful village of Carperby, this cosy holiday home boasts superb views of penhill and the dale from the lounge and private garden to the rear.  Excellent footpath walks can be enjoyed direct from the doorstep, ensuring that this cottage is a perfect base for the outdoor enthusiast. 

    Ground Floor: Heated by oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises:
    Entrance hall.
    Lounge/dining room:  With electric fire, colour TV, DVD player/recorder and radio/CD player.
    Kitchen:  With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with icebox.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  With double bed.
    Bathroom:  With shower over bath, W.C and hand basin.

    Second Floor: Spiral staircase to this floor with:
    Bedroom 2:  With single bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Please note:  There is restricted headroom in some of the areas due to the eaves of the house.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included in the rent.Rear patio and  and enclosed garden with bistro table and chairs.  Off road parking for one car.  One well behaved pet welcome.

  • Thatch Cottage

    Chittlehampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: HDDA

    With VisitBritain’s ‘4 star gold award’, this charming 300-year-old, Grade II listed, thatched cottage nestles within the half-thatched rural village of Chittlehampton with its village square and welcoming inn. One of a pair, Thatch Cottage is built from stone and cob and restored and equipped to a very high standard. The beautiful surrounding Devon countryside offers thatched cottages, lovely views, quiet villages and so much more within easy reach. Exmoor is nearby with waterfalls, walking, cycling, ponies and zoo. The excellent Tarka Trail for more car-free cycling and walking is 30 miles of former railway, with cycle hire, running around the Taw estuary only 20 minutes away. Also within easy reach are the many superb beaches of the Golden Coast of North Devon, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe, for sandcastles and surfing, several excellent golf courses including the championship links course at Saunton, fishing on the Taw, renowned gardens, NT properties and sleepy, unspoilt villages with inns. The historic market town of South Molton, the "gateway to Exmoor", is nearby, with its regular markets, tea shops, restaurants, antique shops and swimming pool. Barnstaple is within easy reach, with its cinema, theatre, pannier market and variety of shops. Highbullen Hotel (3 miles) offers a 20 metre indoor pool and good gym for a low daily fee. Thatch Cottage is in a truly wonderful holiday location for all interests. Shop 300 yards, village inn serving food 200 yards.

    Living room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Modern well-equipped kitchen/dining room with beamed fireplace. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Books/games
    • Complimentary bottle of Prosecco
    • No smoking

  • Kirkburn Cottages - Acorn Cottage

    Kirkburn, nr. Driffield

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 26151


    Nestling in the picturesque village of Kirkburn, close to the Norman church, these two properties have been carefully converted to provide holiday accommodation of a good standard, full of character and with decked seating areas to enjoy warm summer evenings. Reputedly built by the Sykes family of Sledmere, Acorn Cottage (ref 26151) dates back to 1770, and Stable Cottage (ref 26150) stands detached and dates back to 1860, and they stand close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest. An ideal base for exploring the gently undulating hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds. Central to major locations featured by artist, David Hockney in his exhibitions. The charming market towns of Driffield and Pocklington are close by and historic Beverley, 13 miles, boasts a glorious Gothic minster, lively racecourse and numerous interesting shops, inns and restaurants. Visit the country houses at Burton Agnes, Sledmere and Sewerby Hall, explore the heritage coastline and resorts of Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough. The RSPB bird sanctuary at Bempton is well worth a visit where you could see puffins in their natural habitat. The cottages are an ideal base to visit the coast, the Wolds and, of course, the North York Moors. Catch the steam train from Pickering to Whitby stopping at Goathland, home to the ’Heartbeat’ TV programme. Visit the ancient walled city of York, 26 miles, with its majestic minster standing proud in the centre. Lots of shopping, museums, restaurants and theatres, as well as the excellent open top tourist buses. Golf nearby. Shop 300 yards, pub 200 yards and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Enclosed, decked sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 8 years. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Stream in grounds 10 yards (winter only).

  • Mill Cottage

    Nr. East Layton

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: E2324

    Converted from an 18th century barn, Mill Cottage offers a comfortable and very convenient base for touring North Yorkshire and County Durham. A pleasant sitting out area offers country views and visitors enjoy shared use, with the owners, of a fenced 3 acre field (ideal for dog exercise). Adjacent to the owners’ home, near to the main road, it is located between Richmond, 8 miles, with its castle, swimming pool and Georgian theatre, and Barnard Castle, 10 miles. The Yorkshire Dales and Moors are both within easy reach, and the northern Lake District is an hour’s scenic drive. The Bowes Museum and Raby Castle are easily accessible. Lovely walking close to the Pennine Way, golf and riding locally. Award-winning Mainsgill Farm Shop and Tea room, and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with beams. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Access to fenced 3.5-acre field. Parking. No smoking.

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