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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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  • Yorebarn

    Carperby, nr. Leyburn

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 23591

    Set in the heart of the Dales National Park, explore wonderful scenery with walks from the door. Aysgarth Falls, 3/4 mile. Enjoy spectacular views of Penn Hill, or explore the gardens at Castle Bolton, 2 miles, where Mary Queen of Scots once stayed. The traditional market town of Leyburn is just 5 miles, home to Tennants, the largest sale room outside London, and individual country shops, tea rooms and pubs. Further afield lies the Georgian town of Richmond, and at Hawes you can see Wallace and Gromit’s Wensleydale cheese being made! James Herriot spent his honeymoon at the local inn, 200 yards. An ideal holiday base. Shop 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Church Hill Cottage

    Billingford, nr. Dereham

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: W613

    Easy access to the coast

    In a peaceful position with lovely views across to the village church and fields beyond. This neat holiday cottage is centrally placed for many interesting excursions. It offers good walks and easy access to the coast. There are historic houses and many attractive market towns in this part of Norfolk, and the historic city of Norwich is 15 miles. Nearby Fakenham is a traditional, quiet, attractively-built North Norfolk town, with a Thursday market where the town centre absolutely bustles with market life. Shop 2 miles, restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Beams throughout.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Electric oven. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car).

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  • Cotehele Estate - Mill Cottage

    Cotehele, nr. Callington

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: NT011089

    National Trust Property

    A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.

    From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.

    In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
    In the heart of the lovely wooded seclusion of the Morden Valley, Mill Cottage is an attractive semi-detached cottage, part of the stylish gabled house with tall brick chimneys that was built in the 1860s for the miller at Cotehele. With abundant wildlife all around, the views from the latticed windows of the cottage are across a flower-rich meadow to the stream and woods beyond. The cottage has its own small, enclosed garden. In the mill building opposite, you can watch the mill in action twice a week throughout the season, and its excellent stone-ground flour is available to buy: it will make you want to bake! Beach 16 miles. Shop 5½ miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Step to entrance. Cosy open-plan living room with open fire, garden views, dining area and compact kitchen with stable door to front yard. First floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, ‘Econ 7’ NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV (variable reception)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Small fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional public car park at Cotehele Mill (National Trust)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Stream 50 yards

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  • Filey Holiday Cottages - Cobble Cottage

    Filey

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: W41945

    Ideal touring base

    Filey Holiday Cottages are the ideal setting for your perfect break, for however long you choose to stay. The location of these carefully designed and furnished group of cottages offers something for everyone. Close to both coast and countryside the cottages allow you to take full advantage of the scenic, traditional British seaside town of Filey, while for those who enjoy striding out along rural trails, the North York Moors are on your doorstep. The cottages have an open, shared lawn to the front of the properties, and a well-equipped games room and children’s play area. Filey is a traditional Edwardian seaside town. A perfect place for an active holiday or just to relax. The five mile stretch of sandy beach is protected by the rocky grandeur of Filey Brigg. Surfing, fishing, yachting, golf, walking and bird watching are just a few of the available activities. The Evron Centre provides plentiful entertainment with music, song, dance and theatre on offer. Filey has many restaurants and hostelries providing superb cuisine. Should you wish to travel further afield you will find that Yorkshire glories in one of the finest stretches of coastline in Britain, golden beaches, rocky coves and towering cliffs. Further to the north is Whitby, a picturesque fishing port and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Moors Railway, 18 miles of preserved railway are both close by, as is Flamingo Land. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shared utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Shared lawned garden with children’s play area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared games room with pool table and board games. No smoking.

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  • Arrow Lawn Cottage

    Eardisland, nr. Leominster

    Grade
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    Ref: RMM6

    Arrow Lawn Cottage, a 17th-century, detached black-and-white timbered cottage, is set in a riverside location in the heart of Eardisland, one of Herefordshire’s most beautiful villages. With walks directly from the doorstep, down a quiet country lane in the River Arrow Valley, it is easy to follow the Black and White Trail. The market town of Ludlow, Offa’s Dyke path and Clee Hill are within easy reach. Hergest Croft Gardens and NT properties close by include Croft Castle and Berrington Hall, and the cities of Hereford and Worcester are worth a visit. Shops 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    Beamed sitting room with decorative bread oven, polished flagstone floor and low door thresholds. Beamed hall/dining room with decorative bread oven and range and polished flagstone floor. Well-equipped, beamed kitchen with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: Dressing room with single bed leading to double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Gated off-road parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural filtered water supply from well
    • No smoking
    • NB: Two steps in garden

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  • Kiln Field Cottage

    Harlow Hill near Corbridge

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: CC355006
    Kiln Field Cottage is a newly renovated mid-terraced stone built cottage with a beautiful open aspect and situated close to the Roman Wall. Once part of a farm this delightful cottage now offers stylish self catering holiday accommodation.  Perched at the side of the ‘old military’ road a few miles west of Newcastle and east of Corbridge the property boasts superb long distance rural views from the lounge and both bedrooms.
    Kiln Field Cottage can be booked individually or together with adjacent Dean Field Cottage (sleeps 3) and Roman Well Cottage (sleeps 4) positioned close by to accommodate the gathering of families and friends.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen:  with integral double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, small freezer, dishwasher and washer / dryer

    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    2 steps down to…

    Lounge / diner:  with multi-fuel stove, TV, DVD, radio/CD/ipod docking station

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  with double bed (limited space at bottom of bed)

    Bedroom 2:  with single bed

    All oil and electricity included.  First supply of fuel for stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied.   Cot and highchair available. .Enclosed patio. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Wagtails

    Nr. Bishop’s Castle

    Grade
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    Ref: QQQ

    A holiday location with a difference! This comfortably furnished former granary, with its own terrace and gardens, is a naturalists’ paradise. It stands in the grounds of the Conservation Centre for Wolf Watch UK, surrounded by 70 acres of owned woodland overlooking 16 acres of red deer park in lush valley and forest, with an abundance of wildlife, including badgers and many species of birds. The rescued wolves, seen in the BBC’s Wildlife on One programme, can also be seen in their enclosures. The cottage stands in a courtyard across from the owner’s home, and close to Offa’s Dyke ½ mile. Bishop’s Castle, with pubs, restaurants, shops and swimming pool, 5 miles. Visit Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley, the UK’s first artificial surfing lake.

    Entrance hall leading to two pretty beamed bedrooms; one double and one single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed and carpeted open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and compact kitchen area.

    Wood-burning stove – fuel included. Electricity and NSH by meter reading. Electric heaters and bed linen included. No TV. Use of CD. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No children under 18 yrs. No smoking.

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  • Victoria Cottage

    Ironbridge, nr. Telford

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: 30983

    This 19th-century, terraced, Victorian holiday cottage is in the heart of Ironbridge. Restored and comfortably furnished with contemporary amenities including free wi-fi internet access. Within easy walking distance of the world’s first iron bridge and the major attractions of this unique World Heritage village, this property is a perfect base. Drinks and BBQs can be enjoyed on the private patio or pop next door for a delicious meal at the oldest pub in Ironbridge. First licensed in 1728, the pub provides a wide range of traditional ales, excellent food in the bar or restaurant, and the warmest of welcomes for visitors. Or of course you could try any of the 20 other superb pubs and restaurants that are within walking distance of the cottage! Victoria Cottage is within easy reach of the local museums, and has great road networks linking Shropshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire and mid and north Wales. The historic towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth are all within easy driving distance as are National Trust properties such as Powis Castle, Chirk Castle and Attingham Park. No matter what your interests are you will be sure to find a wide variety in and around this beautiful county. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 step to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Car park, 5 yards (foc). No smoking.

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  • Castle Cottage

    Marshfield, nr. Bath

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 30440


    This charming holiday cottage is the middle one of a small terrace of three, with fields to the rear and rolling countryside views to the front. It’s a peaceful, rural setting, yet less than 1 mile from the village and local amenities of Marshfield. The cottage has been sympathetically renovated to retain its character, and features the original bread oven, reclaimed slate floor, and shutters at the windows. The fully enclosed courtyard garden is a delightful spot from which to enjoy the uninterrupted and far reaching views, and is ideal for keen walkers and cyclists, with the Cotswold Way footpath nearby. The village of Marshfield lies on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and is just 6 miles from the Roman city of Bath. From its 12th-century church to its more recent 18th century High Street, the village proudly displays its architectural heritage based on the old wool and malting industries. Marshfield boasts two fine pubs, a tea shop, village store, butchers, newsagents and post office. Marshfield’s proximity to Bath, 15-minutes drive, and Bristol, 25 minutes, make it an ideal base for exploring both cities. Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts Roman baths, a medieval abbey, a wealth of Georgian architecture, and wonderful shops, whilst the historic maritime port of Bristol offers many visitor attractions. The Severn Bridge is 20 minutes by car and gives access to south Wales. The beautiful villages of the Cotswolds are within easy reach, as are some famous Wiltshire sites, such as prehistoric Stonehenge and the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. The area offers a wealth of National Trust and English Heritage properties, such as Bowood and Longleat. Nearer to home are the quintessentially English villages of Lacock and Castle Coombe, and the lovely Dyrham Park and Westonbirt Arboretum. Badminton is just a few miles away, home to the annual horse trials. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room with slate floor/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Station Court

    Hornsea

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: W40958

    Short stroll to beach

    Converted from the waiting room of the Grade II listed former railway station, this interesting single storey home is centrally located for exploring the unspoilt town of Hornsea. Close to the sandy beach, promenade and the heritage town centre, this is an ideal base for those wanting to relax, with an easy level walk to all amenities, including an indoor pool, gym, leisure centre and plenty of places to eat out. Trips out include Hornsea Mere for walking and bird watching, Hornsea Golf Course, Freeport for shopping, Honeysuckle Farm, The Deep at Hull and of course Bridlington, Scarborough, Filey and Flamborough are all popular days out. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed gravelled area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Hazel Cottage

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC123280
    Set high above the village of Ambleside and within acres of beautiful Lakeland landscape, Hazel cottage offers unbeatable views of the surrounding fells from every window. On a working farm, your neighbours are of the four legged variety and include a large herd of highland cattle, quite a sight to wake up to in the morning! The accommodation is cosy and comfortable, ideal for a couple and perfectly presented with everything you’ll need for a self-catering break. Do be aware that the location of Hazel Cottage is rural, high on the Kirkstone Road, the access lane not tarmacked.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), The Nest (CC123290) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Entrance with a few steps leading to the...
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Lounge/dining area: With TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Parking for two cars. Picnic bench seating.

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  • Manor Farm Cottage

    Scawton, near Helmsley

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK2058
    Standing within the North York Moors National Park this cosy detached barn conversion enjoys stunning countryside views. Sheep graze on the owner’s farmland adjacent to the delightful cottage garden and visitors are assured of a relaxing holiday in this tranquil location. There are numerous walking and cycling trails from the doorstep and you can store your bikes in one of the outbuildings or hire cycles from the local hire company where there are a great selection of bikes to suit all abilities. The extensive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, an English Heritage site, are just a 5-minute drive away, where there is an informative museum and lovely tearoom. Explore the market town of Helmsley, 4 miles, with its arts centre, walled garden, castle ruins and Centre for Birds of Prey. Enjoy the award-winning eateries and the town’s very own brewery, alongside the interesting and unique stores, galleries and boutiques. Thirsk, 10 miles, is set in the Vale of Mowbray and James Herriot, local vet and author, was born here and his house and surgery have been converted into an award-winning museum where visitors can learn of the life he wrote about in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. The seaside resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and the ancient city of York are all within an hour’s drive. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With Freeview TV, DVD player and beam.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With ¾ double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Highchair. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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