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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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  • East Cottage

    Low Row near Reeth

    Grade
    1
    1
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    1
    Ref: UK2005
    East Cottage is one of a small group of similar holiday properties at Feetham Holme Cottages. This semi-detached cottage is quirky and cosy offering a ground floor lounge with original features, shower room and characterful kitchen with original pantry shelving and alcoves. Leading up the stone staircase guests will find a snug and a well-presented double bedroom with views ranging far and wide.

    Situated in the heart of beautiful Swaledale in the magnificent North Yorkshire Dales, this is a rural and peaceful yet accessible location. The buildings have been lovingly restored and converted, and the cottages have been commended in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Golden Jubilee Awards of 2005, recognising the skill and dedication of local craftsmen and designers whose work respected the history and heritage of the cottages whilst providing all comforts and amenities that guests would expect. The cottages are cosy, warm and welcoming with wood burners and electric storage heaters, and retain many original features which include stone flagged floors, stone alcoves, beamed ceilings, inglenook and feature fireplaces and stone staircases.

    Hidden away down a private lane on Whitaside in Swaledale, accessed via a rough track and occupying an elevated position across the valley from Low Row, Feetham Holme Cottages are a haven for guests who enjoy walking, cycling and rambling through the great outdoors. There is a multitude of established footpaths that lead right from the door and will take guests on a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery that this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer, and leads right through Swaledale, Wensleydale, Arkengarthdale and beyond.

    The popular market town of Reeth is only three miles away and offers many amenities including a weekly farmers’ market, local pubs, shops and tea rooms. Smaller villages and towns nearby include Gunnerside, Keld, Thwaite and Fremington. There are many excellent local pubs, restaurants and country inns which provide the perfect resting place, before, during or after a long walk or cycle. A little further afield but still within easy driving distance, there are many popular attractions to visit for all ages, including Castle Bolton, Swaledale Folk Museum, Theakstons Brewery, Wensleydale Creamery and The Forbidden Corner.

    Within 20 miles, guests really must visit the Georgian town of Richmond, Hawes or Leyburn which are especially popular with families and offer many places to explore including Richmond Castle and theatre, and Leyburn Chocolate Shop. There is ample parking and privacy for all three cottages at Feetham Holme and this makes it the perfect choice for guests wanting to book one, two or all three cottages together for the ultimate family holiday.

    East Cottage can be booked with South Cottage (UK2004) and West Cottage (CC219002) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious and beamed with slate floor, wood burner, 20" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With slate floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.
    Stone steps to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with king size bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack.Lawned garden. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

  • Castle Cottage

    Hornby near Leyburn

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC218113
    Set in a quiet courtyard of properties in the quiet hamlet of Hornby, Castle Cottage is a beautifully presented and spacious cottage for two. The open plan living space has oak floors, a comfy leather sofa, cosy wood burner and beautiful kitchen with range style oven. The rear of the cottage looks out on to Hornby Castle, and there is a sunny south facing patio to enjoy in the summer. The bedroom to the front overlooks open fields where deer regularly roam.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and underfloor heating in the bathroom and comprises;
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, radio/CD/ipod dock. Gas hob and electric range style oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: The internal stairs have railings/balustrades that are only 83.5cm tall so extra care should be taken at all times.
    Bedroom 1:With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and shower over, wash basin, WC, shaver point and heated towel rail

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Starter pack of logs for the wood burner. Sorry no children.  Wi-fi internet connection is available Patio Area with garden furniture.

  • The Tackroom

    Buckden, nr. Skipton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 19414

    Walks from the door

    Set within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and tucked away in a quiet courtyard, this 18th century holiday cottage makes an ideal home from which to walk direct from the door, or tour the whole of the Dales. There are plenty of good places to eat out within walking distance of the property. The River Wharfe, which runs close by, makes an excellent venue for picnics, alternatively Hawes, which is 12 miles, is a traditional market town and offers a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. In the opposite direction is the bustling, historic market town of Skipton, 18 miles, with its castle and wide High Street, golf course, swimming pool and trips on the canal. Kettlewell, renowned for the ‘Calendar Girls’, is just a short drive. Shops 100 yards, pub 60 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Pebbles

    Seaton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26981

    Tucked away in a corner of East Devon is this comfortable, well furnished, semi-detached holiday bungalow in the beautiful, unspoilt Axe Valley. Seaton has a mile-long beach excellent for water sports and a unique tramway which runs along the Axe Estuary, to the medieval market town of Colyton. The viewing hide and wheelchair-friendly paths means this beautiful area and its wildlife, wildfowl and wading birds in winter, dragonflies and butterflies in summer - are accessible all year round. Walk the coastal path to Sidmouth, Beer and Branscombe. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area, furniture and summer house. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

  • Woodview Cottages - Linhay Cottage

    St Ive, nr. Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 4245

    In a delightful rural setting adjacent to the owner’s own home in an AONB, these 17th-century granite stone farm buildings converted to create two holiday cottages are tastefully decorated and furnished to a good standard. Each property has a private patio/garden area with fine countryside views. Close to Bodmin Moor (1 mile) and Siblyback Lake (5 miles) for boating, fishing and all water sports. Nearest beaches on the south coast are 25 minutes away at Looe. Woodview is just 35 minutes’ drive from the Eden Project near St Austell and the famous St Mellion Golf Course is just 15 minutes’ drive. Riding schools nearby and a livery stable adjacent to Woodview Cottages is available by prior arrangement - excellent outriding. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.
    Wi-fi. No children.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer on request. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking.

  • Bridge Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: EML

    Set in the thriving small marina port of Watchet, just a stone’s throw away from local pubs, shops and restaurants, this delightful character cottage provides an ideal coastal retreat for couples. It has its own furnished balcony overlooking the river, from which to sip wine and relax to the sound of lapping water. A host of attractions lie close at hand, including the West Somerset Steam Railway, Dunster village and castle (NT), sandy beaches at Blue Anchor and Minehead, sea fishing as well as superb walking and riding within the Exmoor National Park and amid the Quantock Hills. Golf can also be found locally. Shops 100 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Cosy beamed living/dining room with wood-burner style electric fire and bay window overlooking river. Compact fitted kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with wash basin and vanity unit.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Balcony with furniture
    • Roadside parking (subject to availability); public car park 20 yards (foc 6pm-9am, £4.70 per day, £25 weekly permit)
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: Water frontage

  • Stable Cottage

    Peasmarsh, Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: P81

    If you are looking for a charming, romantic, rural retreat, then look no further. Stable Cottage is a pretty Grade II listed 17th century barn conversion, beautifully furnished and decorated with cool, fresh colours.
    The open plan living/dining room/kitchen, has high vaulted ceiling with oak beams and floors. It has comfortable sofa and cushions, ideal for relaxing in the evening while watching the flat screen TV. The modern fitted kitchen has oak units in keeping with the character of the cottage. While the dining table looks out of the French doors to the terrace, ideal for enjoying a leisurely breakfast.
    The delightful double bedroom has fluffy duvets and pillows, crisp linen and a lovely peaceful feel. All contributing to a restful night sleep, and why not enjoy a lazy morning as well, before rising to face the day.
    On hot summer days relax on the decked terrace, perfect for morning coffee, and enjoy the view across the owners 500 acre of rolling farmland. Or of an evening enjoy a BBQ and listen to the sheep in the fields, while sampling a glass of wine from the local vineyard.
    For a day out visit the historic cinque port of Rye with its cobbled streets and antique shops. Or for the green fingered the beautiful gardens of Sissinghurst and Great Dixter are easily reached. Shop 1 mile.

    Beamed living/dining room with oak floors and French doors to decked terrace. Beamed modern fitted kitchen with oak units. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer space (on request)
    • Enclosed decked terrace and furniture
    • 300-acre grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Red House Farm Cottages - The Hayloft

    Glaisdale, nr. Whitby

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: IGP

    Dating back to the 1700s and affording breathtaking views across the valley, these award-winning former barns simply ooze character. Each of the three holiday cottages has its unique charm and offers a peaceful break away from the rigours of everyday life. Set in the grounds of the owners’ farmhouse B & B, each has its own patio area, use of a shared adult games room with snooker table (under 16s strictly under adult supervision). Over 11/2 acres of grounds boast secluded sitting-out areas dotted around the duck pond. Ideally located for exploring the North York Moors National Park, the Heritage Coast and the many quaint little villages tucked away in the valleys. A leisurely 8 mile drive brings you to historic Whitby. In the glorious Esk Valley, near the NYM Steam Railway and Heartbeat villages of Grosmont and Goathland. Visit the fishing villages of Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay and Staithes, the market towns of Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley, or just enjoy the tranquillity of Red House Farm with its cows and free-roaming hens. Excellent walks from the doorstep. Riding and bridleways locally. Full English breakfast is available at a small cost. Shop 500 yards, pub ¾ mile.

    Exterior stone staircase to entrance on first floor: Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and vaulted ceiling and arch to well-equipped hand crafted kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom area. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, over-bath shower, bidet and toilet.

    • Electricity and full electric central heating included
    • No children

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Fan heaters
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Dedicated sitting-out areas with furniture
    • Shared grounds of 1½ acres with furniture and barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle storage
    • Shared external adult games room with ¾-size snooker table (under 16s strictly under adult supervision), board games and darts
    • Horse stabling by arrangement
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • NB: Large fenced pond in grounds

  • Combe Cottages - Wren

    Templecombe

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: EOB

    Straddling the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, this charming row of single-storey cottages is tucked away along a peaceful country lane, close to the village of Templecombe. Adjacent to the owners’ home, and on an alpaca breeding farm, they offer well-equipped and carefully furnished accommodation for a variety of groups, in a central location ideal for exploring. Outdoor seating areas overlooking a central courtyard provide pleasant places of retreat, and the use of an indoor heated swimming pool completes the picture.
    Set amid excellent walking country, the holiday cottages afford ample opportunities for plenty of fresh air, and there are many delights to explore on foot. For those preferring to sightsee further afield, a main line station to Waterloo and Exeter is available from the village and quiet country roads make for scenic drives. The popular attractions of Longleat (with its excellent safari park, animal shows and historic house), Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the splendid NT properties of Stourhead Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Montacute House are all within an easy drive, as is Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the fascinating array of classic cars at the Haynes Motor Museum.
    Also of great historical interest is the abbey town of Sherborne, the famous Gold Hill at Shaftesbury and the medieval towns of Salisbury and Wells – all offer their own blend of quaint shops and museums to explore, individual shops to browse and tearooms for a welcome refreshment break. For an altogether different scene, the south coast beaches and seaside towns can be reached in around an hour’s drive. Active souls can try their hand at a spot of fishing or a round or two of golf locally, while those preferring spectator sports can visit the National Hunt race course in nearby Wincanton. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared use of landscaped courtyard garden with patio
    • Shared barbecue
    • Shared use of large grounds with picnic area and furniture
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft–7ft), open 10am to 10pm
    • Gym equipment in pool building – children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Shared games room with pool table, air hockey and table football
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • The Owlery

    Sawdon, nr. Scarborough

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25840

    Ideal touring base


    Set in the quiet village of Sawdon and converted from a former farm building dating back to the 18th century. Oozing charm and character these two holiday cottages are set in a courtyard just off the main street. Boasting a quiet mezzanine reading area with vaulted beamed ceilings and wood burning stoves, the cottages are cozy with a warm and welcoming feel. Sawdon boasts a very popular village pub with restaurant and a 9 hole golf course surrounded by stunning countryside. With excellent walking and cycling from your door there is easy access to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and Dalby Forest, home to mountain bike events. Ideal for exploring the Heritage coast of Yorkshire with Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington easily accessed and the ancient sea port of Whitby approximately 18 miles. Castle Howard and market towns of Helmsley, Kirbymoorside and Pickering are all close by. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep open tread stairs to gallery: Reading room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Oak Tree View

    Hinderclay

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W40484

    Great touring base

    Good touring base


    This single-storey, semi-detached barn, which has been converted to a good standard, is situated on a working arable farm close to the village of Hinderclay. Located in the Waveney Valley, Hinderclay provides an excellent holiday base for touring the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Suffolk has some beautiful villages and coastal resorts well worth visiting including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Lowestoft all within an hour’s drive, or the historic St Edmunds, with its Georgian theatre, abbey and gardens, is 16 miles. The Norfolk coast and Royal Sandringham are also less than an hour’s drive or why not visit the Broads at Beccles (30 miles) where daily boat hire is available. Closer to home fishing is available at the Hinderclay lakes. Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum are 4 miles. The market town of Diss and Thetford are also within a short drive. Thetford is filled to the brim with history and heritage sites, quiet gardens, open parkland and a relaxing riverside. It is also famous for its forest where you will find the start of the Peddars Way footpath and national cycle route. Norwich, the county town of Norfolk, famous for its castle, cathedral and museum, is 20 miles. For those looking for a more relaxing time there are plenty of good walking routes and cycle areas within the vicinity so be sure to pack your walking shoes. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.These single-storey, semi-detached barns, which have been converted to a good standard, are situated on a working arable farm close to the village of Hinderclay. Located in the Waveney Valley, Hinderclay provides an excellent holiday base for touring the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Suffolk has some beautiful villages and coastal resorts well worth visiting including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Lowestoft all within an hour’s drive, or the historic St Edmunds, with its Georgian theatre, abbey and gardens, is 16 miles. The Norfolk coast and Royal Sandringham are also less than an hour’s drive or why not visit the Broads at Beccles (30 miles) where daily boat hire is available. Closer to home fishing is available at the Hinderclay lakes. Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum are 4 miles. The market town of Diss and Thetford are also within a short drive. Thetford is filled to the brim with history and heritage sites, quiet gardens, open parkland and a relaxing riverside. It is also famous for its forest where you will find the start of the Peddars Way footpath and national cycle route. Norwich, the county town of Norfolk, famous for its castle, cathedral and museum, is 20 miles. For those looking for a more relaxing time there are plenty of good walking routes and cycle areas within the vicinity so be sure to pack your walking shoes. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

  • Apple Tree Cottage

    Burraton Coombe, nr. Saltash

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27981

    This lovely, cosy, detached stone holiday cottage is situated within the owner’s garden in the rural village of Burraton Coombe. It is just a 10-minute drive from the Tamar Bridge, making exploring both Devon and Cornwall very accessible. With its woodburner and 5ft bed this is super place for couples of all ages at all times of the year. The area is very picturesque and there are nice walks to be taken along Forder Creek, down to Jupiter Point at Antony Passage where the Navy ships moor up in this hidden estuary. The town of Saltash is just a short drive where there is a wide selection of shops. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen area with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Use of owner’s laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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