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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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  • Midby Cottage

    Seahouses

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC314089
    Midby Cottage is a single storey cottage situated less than 100 yards from the harbour of the popular fishing village of Seahouses. This charming, quintessential seaside property has undergone a full refurbishment to provide good quality, self-catering, holiday accommodation suitable for couples or small families. The accommodation is well presented and is conveniently positioned all on one level.

    Seahouses is a traditional seaside village with a wide array of facilities a mere gentle stroll from Midby Cottage. Enjoy a wander around the harbour and watch the trawlers return with their daily catch. Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, famous for its bird sanctuaries and seal colony. Or enjoy a round of golf on the links golf course and admire the spectacular views across the sweeping coastline, north to Bamburgh, south to Beadnell and out to sea towards the Farne Islands on the horizon. There are several shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants within this friendly village and horse riding can be arranged on its outskirts. Only a couple of miles north of Midby Cottage is the picture postcard holiday village of Bamburgh, protected by its dramatic fortress, which commands the power and presence of the seasoned film set it regularly becomes and where the Grace Darling Museum is interesting to visit. The wide expanse of golden and often empty sandy beaches this region is renowned for is perfect for a romantic stroll. The tidal island of Lindisfarne, locally known as Holy Island and the birth place of Christianity, can be viewed from here too. A little further north is the bird sanctuary at Budle Bay and at low tide a vast expanse of mud flats is home to countless thousands of sea and land birds making this location a haven for bird watchers. The sweep of golden sands at Beadnell Bay is popular with watersports enthusiasts only two miles south. The elegant Georgian town of Berwick, which straddles the salmon rich river Tweed, is 17 miles north and the historic market town of Alnwick with its own magnificent castle offers many facilities and is around 12 miles inland. Alnwick Garden is a popular visitor attraction with its grand cascade waterfall and restaurant set within the largest tree house in Europe. Midby Cottage is an excellent choice for those seeking a stylish coastal retreat within the popular holiday destination of Seahouses and makes an excellent base to explore the twenty miles of Heritage coastline designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric stove effect fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Public car park, 200 yards (foc). No smoking.

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  • The Hayloft

    Glanton

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: MNP

    Ideally located between the Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland Heritage coastline, this Grade II listed granary offers comfortable holiday accommodation in the pretty unspoilt village of Glanton. One of a row and set in a shared courtyard, the property retains much character with beamed ceilings and arched windows. An ideal base from which to explore the many magnificent castles peppered throughout the area including the majestic castle and water gardens in Alnwick. The friendly local market towns and villages offer superb hospitality, and seafood is a speciality in the coastal towns of Seahouses and Craster. Nearby Wooler is known as the Gateway to the Cheviots and was the inspiration for Postman Pat’s Greendale. A beautiful area centrally located for the North East. Easy driving distance to all main attractions. Shops 10 yards.

    Beamed living/dining room with modern kitchen area. Wooden stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms, each with rugs on pine floor; one twin and one single. Bathroom with over-bath power shower, toilet and pine floor. Beamed throughout.

    • Electricity, central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • TV (Freeview)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Wi-Fi
    • Communal cobbled yard shared with holiday cottages and residents, with furniture
    • Shared parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Stables

    Bolam, nr. Darlington

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: MWB


    Perfectly located in the small, unspoilt village of Bolam, this beautiful single-storey holiday property, attached to the owner’s home, is in the ideal location for guests wishing to really explore the local area and surrounding counties. This quaint village is small and welcoming, and occupies a crest of high ground on the edge of the Tees basin with panoramic views into the Tees Vale. Guests will often see horses being ridden through the main street at any time of day and will be far away from any of the hustle and bustle of daily life. Ideal for guests wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic break, Bolam is peaceful and pretty, and is home to a village pub that serves food and drink, situated just a few hundred yards away from the cottage. There is also a Michelin starred restaurant that is located just 3 miles away too, making this the perfect excuse to enjoy a fabulous three course meal in top quality surroundings.
    Perfect for walkers, cyclists and ramblers, with plenty of walks, cycle paths, bridleways and established footpaths that pass through the village and beyond into some of the most picturesque countryside that County Durham has to offer. Taking guests through unspoilt woodland, open fields and fabulous countryside, guests will be able to wander far and wide through some of the many small villages and towns that lie in the surrounding areas including Staindrop, Heighington, Cockfield, Evenwood, Little Newsham and Ingleton.
    For guests who enjoy a round of golf on their holiday, there is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the many surrounding golf courses, including Headlam Hall Country Hotel and Spa, and Bishop Auckland Golf Club. The pretty village of Staindrop is only a little over 8 miles away and is an ideal destination for a day trip. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and peppered with cafés, tea shops, pubs and a butchers, this is a great spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch and then a wander around Raby Castle, where visitors will have the pleasure of being able to catch a glimpse of over two hundred deers, comfortable in their natural habitat within the grounds of the estate and castle. Only 14 miles away, the thriving and historic town of Barnard Castle is also a must see. There is a popular weekly farmers market offering local produce, as well as many various pubs, restaurants, shops and places of interest, including the ruins of the castle itself, along with a visit to the world famous Bowes Museum.
    Visit the cathedral city of Durham, which is only a 35-minute drive away, with an abundance of historic and popular attractions, including Durham Castle, Durham Cathedral and the River Wear. Durham is a city that is thriving all year round and is an ideal location for all ages, with many popular activities and shows to see and enjoy including the Lumiere Festival, jazz festival, book week, arts week and the theatre, as well as many designer boutiques and shops.

    Beach 25 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a cast of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Spacious, beamed living room with multi-fuel burner and wooden floor. Beamed kitchen with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, leading to single bedroom.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, therafter available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 32’’ Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Internet connection
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Glanmor

    Polruan-by-Fowey

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 26944

    Almost impossibly close to the water’s edge, this ground floor holiday apartment seems to hang over the harbour in the pretty hillside village of Polruan-by-Fowey, a quaint fishing and sea faring village across the harbour from Fowey. The village is criss-crossed with tiny pretty lanes, dotted with former fishermen’s cottages. Polruan is situated on one of Cornwall’s most dramatic and interesting cliff and river walks along with many secluded coves and boat trips - either out to sea, or along the gentle River Fowey. Kayak hire, boat hire or organised river trips are all available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Six steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (electric underfloor central heating in wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park 500 yards uphill (£25per week). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Lavinia’s Cottage

    Eye, nr. Diss

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E5600

    An absolute miniature gem - a quaint little Suffolk pink thatched cottage set in the main street of the historic town of Eye. The middle of three medieval cottages, it is full of character and retains many original features. With a compact but comfortable, welcoming interior and delightful little courtyard garden, it is a rare find for a break at any time of year. Eye is at the beginning of the Waveney Valley with beautiful scenery, and central to interesting destinations such as Southwold, RSPB Minsmere, Dunwich Heath, Thetford Forest’s walking and cycling paths and the North Norfolk Coast, Bressingham Steam Museum, Grimes Graves, pretty Diss, the Norfolk Broads, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Woodbridge, medieval Norwich, an endless list of attractions. Shops, pub and restaurants within 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor and low ceiling. Dining area/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow, turning stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Beams throughout.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Small patio garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Little Bredlands

    Westbere, nr. Canterbury

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26522

    Originally a farm cottage, part of which dates back to the 1500s and boasts plenty of beams, this delightful holiday destination adjoins the owner’s cottage. Westbere is a preservation area and close to Westbere Lakes, a SSSI. Explore Canterbury with its historical sites and take in a theatrical performance or visit Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Whitstable and Herne Bay are about 20 minutes’ drive. Trips to France are possible via the Channel Tunnel and there are good rail services to London. Fishing and golf are available locally. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Step down to living room with beams/dining room. Small step up to kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 single, 3 steps up to 1 double.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and terrace. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Covered well on driveway.

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  • The Granary

    Greete, nr. Ludlow

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: W4583

    Quiet country location

    This delightful first floor barn conversion with exposed beams has been converted to provide cosy accommodation within a 30 acre small holding accessed via a rough track. Surrounded by peaceful countryside this cottage is ideal for the relaxing holiday. Medieval Ludlow with its 13th century castle, renowned architecture, famous restaurants and beautiful antique shops is only a short drive away. Discover Croft and Stokesay Castles, Burford House Gardens, and Ironbridge Gorge, all within the local area. Shrewsbury and the wonderful Long Mynd Hills known as little Switzerland and the Secret Hills are close by, as well as the Shropshire Discovery Centre. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Steep stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric oven. Microwave. Lawned garden and furniture. Courtyard. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Norfolk House

    Dulverton

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: 30310


    This delightful terraced holiday cottage, located within walking distance of Dulverton town centre, offers comfortable accommodation with plenty of charm. Situated alongside the banks of the River Barle, guests can walk into Dulverton, which has a good range of shops, pubs and tea rooms. There is plenty of walking into the surrounding countryside and up onto Exmoor. Visit Tarr Steps, Dunkery Beacon and the pretty moorland village of Withypool. Further afield, there is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to the medieval village of Dunster with its castle (NT), beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with slate floor. 2 steps to kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small decked roof terrace with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Beckend Barn

    near Hesket New Market

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: CC119142
    Beckend Barn, as the name suggests, is a barn conversion with the accommodation on the first floor. Situated in the hamlet of Millhouse, one mile from the village of Hesket New Market, a wonderfully peaceful corner of the Northern Lakes. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the area is great for either walking on the Caldbeck Fells or cycling the quiet country lanes. Hesket New Market is a mile away and has a village shop and the Old Crown Inn, a pub which is owned by the community and brews great beer.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With Freeview TV, DVD, Playstation 2, i-pod dock, dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and basin.

    All fuel, bed linen included. Cot and high chair available. Internet access availableOutside: Lawn garden with seating. Parking for 1 car. Bike storage.

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  • Meag Desh

    Niton, nr. Ventnor

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: 27918

    Located within Westcliffe Chalets, this two bedroom single-storey holiday chalet was formerly two chalets which were knocked into one. It enjoys its own separate conservatory, decking and sitting-out area with sea glimpses and overlooking beautiful communal gardens which have been inspired by Ventnor Botanical Gardens. The island is famed for its red squirrel which are often to be found within the gardens. It is a convenient base for exploring the area. The beach is a 20-minute walk, and St. Catherines Lighthouse is nearby. The village of Niton is a 10-minute walk. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet. 1 single (4ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with conservatory. Decked area with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

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  • Columbine Cottage

    Ross-on-Wye

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29680


    This semi-detached holiday cottage is perfectly placed in a quiet elevated position and only 3 minutes’ walk from the town centre. The garden is surrounded by walls, one of which is part of the old town wall of Ross-on-Wye, and has attractive flower beds. There are river views from the double bedroom and garden views from the single bedroom. Ross-on-Wye is a quaint town that straddles the River Wye in the county of Herefordshire. It is ideal for exploring the Wye Valley, the Royal Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. With many of the attractions based around the River Wye, guests can enjoy riverside walks or cruises, angling, canoeing or kayaking. Visit local galleries, the Cider Route and Birds of Prey Experience. Shops 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden with patio. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Stephensons Cottage

    Whitby

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DC4758
    Ideally placed just a short stroll from the historic sea port of Whitby with its sweeping sandy beaches, this well presented cottage provide comfortable and attractive holiday accommodation. Furnished in a relaxed and contemporary style, the cottage is arranged with the open plan living area overlooking the spectacular views of the bustling harbour and the ruins of Whitby Abbey. Enjoy the benefit of the proximity to the local attractions of this popular and vibrant seaside resort and explore the myriad of cobbled alleyways, streets and cliff top walks in this truly interesting area. This property also overlooks the railway line where steam trains pass by as they make their way from Whitby to Grosmont along the scenic North York Moors Railway, perfect for an alternative day out. This picturesque town has tea rooms, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs serving Yorkshire specialities.

    Can be booked together with Hudsons Cottage DC4757 to accommodate six people.

    Ground Floor: Entrance hall.
    Open plan sitting/dining room: with Freeview TV,
    CD/radio and ipod dock.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, iron/ironing board and view of the harbour.
    Cloakroom: with WC and basin.
    Stairs from the hallway to:
    Lower Ground Floor:

    Bedroom 1: with king size bed, door to the patio and garden.
    Bedroom 2: with single bed.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and basin.

    Gas fired central heating and all electricity included. Bed linen and towels provided. Wi-fi. Hairdryer. Shaver point.Lawned garden, patio with garden table and chairs. No smoking in the property please. Private parking. Sorry no pets.

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