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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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  • Coastguard Cottage

    Freshwater Bay

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43661


    Built in the 1860s this renovated former coastguards’ cottage is near the end of a quiet, tranquil lane only 150 yards from the beach. In the Victorian era the coastguard station formed a front line against smuggling and provided assistance to shipwrecked sailors. Today it is an ideal base for walking, a family holiday, or a peaceful hideaway from hectic lives at any time of the year. For the energetic there’s a hearty walk on nearby Tennyson Down to the Needles, or for those wanting a gentle stroll there’s Freshwater Bay where you can enjoy the sea breeze. West Wight is renowned for its scenic coastline and beaches; Compton, Brook, Alum Bay, Totland and Colwell Bay. Ideal for exploring whether looking for fossils or dinosaur footprints, building castles or enjoying the surf there is something for everyone. Shop 700 yards, pub and restaurant within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/MP3 connection. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned front and rear gardens with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 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.

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  • Yew Tree Cottage

    Passfield Common, near Liphook

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 18535

    This charming detached cottage is peacefully located 100 yards down a leafy unmade lane opposite miles of NT heath and woodland, perfect for walking. An ideal base for discovering the delights of the south. Within easy reach are Chichester, Farnham, Guildford, Portsmouth, Winchester, Isle of Wight and London (about 1 hour by train). Numerous attractions to discover include Jane Austen’s 17th century house, Mid Hants steam railway, Selborne, Bird World, Uppark, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and Hollycombe steam collection. Shop 400 yards, pub 3/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/breakfast area. 1 single bedroom (2ft 6in bed for child). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mill Cottage

    Near 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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  • The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near 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.

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  • 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

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  • Newhaven

    Shropham, near Attleborough

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29271


    Set on a quiet lane, this detached holiday property, adjacent to the owner’s home, is a great base to explore Norfolk. Close by lie the market towns of Attleborough and Wymondham, along with the 15th century, moated manor house of Oxborough Hall (National Trust). Norwich, with its Norman castle, museums, cathedral, shops and restaurants is also nearby. A little further afield, head to Great Yarmouth for traditional seaside fun, or go further along the coast to enjoy some of the beautiful, unspoilt beaches that the region has to offer. Also worth a trip are the famous Norfolk Broads, where you can enjoy a relaxing boat trip and take in the scenery. Close to the Suffolk border, the property also offers the opportunity to venture into another county and discover what’s on offer. The immediate area offers some lovely opportunities for picturesque walks, cycle rides and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in outhouse. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Gull Cottage

    Scarborough

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 25927

    Over 100 years old, this mid terraced, holiday cottage is ideally located, just 200 yards from the busy town centre where an eclectic mix of shops line the streets, with tea rooms, inns and restaurants in abundance. A 10 minute stroll leads to the award winning beaches and bustling promenade with all the pleasures of this elegant seaside town. The Sea Life Centre is perfect for a family day out. There is easy access to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and Dalby Forest, home to the World Mountain Bike event, all making this an ideal location at any time of the year. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 single bedrooms.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (permit available, £3 per day). No smoking.

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  • Crookthwaite Cottage

    Hawkshead near Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC123289
    This traditional, slate built holiday cottage, complete with a wood burner is within easy walking distance of Hawkshead village. Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery and the World of Beatrix Potter, or there are plenty of fabulous walks in the area including the ascent up to Latterbarrow, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Lake District. Crookthwaite Cottage offers comfortable holiday accommodation with all the essential amenities needed to enjoy this rustic lakeland cottage. Hawkshead is approximately one mile away, with its grocery shops, beautiful gift shops, tea rooms and a great choice of pubs. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With wood burner, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and toilet.
    Porch: With washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity and bed linen included. Fuel for wood burner available locally. Travel cot, highchair, stairgate and fireguard available. Wi-Fi. Shared, unenclosed large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mill Cottage

    Buckfastleigh, near Dartmoor

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 25740

    A charming terraced stone cottage, located in one of the little side lanes off the main fore street in the village of Buckfastleigh. Mill Cottage is a cosy holiday home with beamed interior and enclosed lawned rear garden. This property is a good family size and for the outdoor type. Buckfastleigh is a great base from which to explore the area. Buckfastleigh is located on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park, within easy access of the A38 making Devon very accessible. The village has an outdoor, public swimming pool, and is well known for the steam railway, and the butterfly and otter sanctuary, which are all great family attractions. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Old Pottery House

    St Ewe, near Mevagissey

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: T54

    Set in the hamlet of St Ewe, just 1½ miles from the Lost Gardens of Heligan, this holiday property has been furnished with taste and flair and typifies the very word ‘English’. One of a pair, it lies a short drive from the fishing village of Megavissey, with its narrow streets and quaint shops. Sandy beaches abound in this area, as well as good walking and scenery along the South West Coastal Path. Shop 2 miles, pub 30 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with flagstone floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (6ft), 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Courtyard with decked patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Minehead

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27023

    Dove Cottage is located on the outskirts of Minehead. The terraced holiday cottage forms part of a range of barn conversions called The Hopcott. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead and enjoy a walk along the promenade or an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to enchanting Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 440 yards, pub and restaurant 760 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Payphone. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking, 43 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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