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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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  • Trout ’n’ Tipple Retreat - Jack’s Den

    Tavistock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 26705

    Set amongst the beautiful and tranquil location of the Trout Fishery just on the outskirts of the ancient stannary town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmooor National Park, these delightful holiday properties form a cluster of barn conversions set around a courtyard. This little complex is very child friendly yet retains peace and quiet. Each property shares the facilities, including the use of the large stunning oak outdoor gazebo complete with BBQ and servery area. There is also a large purpose built play barn set in a detached oak building, an outdoor fully enclosed children’s play area with sand pit, bunny corner and grassed basketball and football area. Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking and cycling will love the rugged wilderness of the Dartmoor National Park and the market town of Tavistock with its farmer’s markets and Victorian antiques market. Situated on the Trout Fishery site, you may want to practice your fly fishing skills. The many deep, clear lakes are home to rainbow and brown trout (tackle and tuition can be arranged). For the children, there is a float fishing lake and tackle can be hired. Children will love the chickens, ducks and guinea fowl roaming in the farmyard, and they can feed the hens and collect the eggs every morning, and meet our friendly pot bellied pigs, miniature donkeys or the rabbits in bunny corner. Tavistock, 1 mile, has independent shops and lots of pubs and restaurants serving good home cooked food and real ales. Horse riding and golf can also be found locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Step up to living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Small terrace with patio garden. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with large oak gazebo. Shared barbecue area. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Streams and deep fishing lakes in grounds.

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  • The Galley

    Apse Heath, nr. Shanklin

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E3770

    Only 3 miles from the sandy beach at Sandown, this very comfortable single-storey cottage boasts wonderful panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Adjoining the owners’ home, with lovely walking from the doorstep, it makes an ideal base from which to explore the numerous places of interest on this beautiful island. Bembridge, its natural harbour crammed with yachts and houseboats, Brading Roman Villa, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House – the summer home designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in the 1840s – are all well worth a visit, as are the island’s steam railway, the zoo and the busy yachting centre of Cowes. Riding and golf close by. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen area. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owners freezer on request. Small enclosed patio garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair ramp available.

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  • Paddock Cottage

    Common Moor, nr. Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28086

    This cosy, terraced, pet-friendly holiday cottage with its slate floor and open fire has lovely walks from the doorstep. Common Moor is an area of Bodmin Moor, bounded by the River Fowey, with beautiful riverside and woodland walks at Golitha Falls. To the north is pre-historic moorland with stone circles, burial stones and Stone Age settlements. Walking, fishing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing and canoeing are some of the activities on offer at nearby Siblyback Lake. Both north and south coasts are easily reached, as are well known gardens such as the Eden Project. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and slate floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer (in outhouse). Freezer (in outhouse). Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Savoy

    Buxton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E4379

    Perfect for a romantic, cultural or sightseeing break, this elegant, luxurious apartment sits in the very heart of Buxton, enjoying views to, and within 100 yards of, the Pavilion Gardens, opera house, Georgian crescent and famous spa water spring. Charmingly combining a traditional ambience with smart, contemporary style, The Savoy makes a wonderful base for enjoying all that this vibrant town has to offer, including antique and art fairs held throughout the year and the July music and arts festival. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Lyme Park (NT) and beautiful Dovedale are all within 15 miles. Railway station 300 yards, shops 400 yards, hotel/wine bar 25 yards.

    Lift to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking 10 yards. No smoking.

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  • Treacle Den

    West Hythe, nr. Romney Marsh

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E5275

    Treacle Den and Treacle Cottage are two cosy little cottages ideal for couples looking for somewhere to get away from it all. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s home on a quiet lane in the countryside, both cottages are cleverly arranged for maximum privacy, ensuring a peaceful retreat. Within 100 yards of the cottages lies an excellent local pub that enjoys a superb reputation for its restaurant. Traditionally beamed, the pub takes its name, Botolph’s Bridge, from the local legends surrounding St Botolph, a 7th-century monk. There is an excellent selection of beaches to explore, all within 3 miles, and many beautiful walks including the Royal Military Canal which has recently seen improvements for walkers and cyclists. There are many local villages, gardens, museums, monuments and castles well worth a visit. The cottages sit conveniently within a few minutes’ drive of the motorway yet each enjoys a tranquil spot with countryside to the front and views of Lympne Castle across the fields to the rear. West Hythe is a tiny hamlet within 3 miles of Hythe, Dymchurch and Lympne. Set in a conservation area, with excellent local walks.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. CD. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Hut

    Timbers Combe, near Minehead

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC497


    Enjoy the simple life and indulge in a stay at The Hut. Designed to look like a traditional shepherd’s hut, this cosy accommodation is ideal for those wanting to try something different. The Hut is positioned in a field with wonderful, far reaching views towards Minehead and the surrounding countryside. The Hut has an open plan living and sleeping area, basic kitchen and a shower room with toilet. Outside there is a garden with seating area and a fire pit, ideal for sitting out of an evening and enjoying a glass of wine whilst staring at the stars. The Hut is located within the Exmoor National Park boundaries and guests will find superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton are famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (National Trust) and the valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy a walk with an ice cream as well as the shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in stream engines. Why not head over to the National Trust Dunster Castle and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out as well as Porlock Weir. There are further beaches at Dunster and Porlock. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With gas fire (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With gas hob and fridge.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and fire pit. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Bradford Farm Cottages - Rose Cottage

    Belford, nr. Bamburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 31106

    In a lovely rural setting, just minutes from Bamburgh’s glorious sandy beach and ancient castle, these well appointed holiday cottages (31106, 31107, 31108 and 31314) provide the perfect holiday retreat for couples seeking to escape to the peace and tranquillity of rural Northumberland. These 19th-century farm cottages have been thoughtfully furnished and decorated in contemporary style with great attention to detail and comfort. Rose Cottage, standing detached, is single storey and more traditional in style with a cosy woodburner and a sheltered enclosed garden. Tulip, Daisy and Poppy Cottages are terraced cottages and are spacious, light and welcoming with an elegant first floor bedroom, stylish bathroom with underfloor heating and private decked balconies overlooking woodland. The historic market towns of Alnwick and Berwick are under 30 minutes’ drive with much of interest to explore. Visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens of ‘Harry Potter’ fame, the extraordinary secondhand bookshop in the converted railway station or take a boat trip to the Farne islands from Seahouses. Holy Island, 15 miles, accessed by tidal causeway, has been welcoming visitors for centuries. There are golf courses, coastal and hill walks, as well as cycling trails to explore nearby. Stroll along the pristine, golden beaches of the World Heritage coastline studded with fishing villages, or simply savour the moment with a glass of wine on your cottage balcony. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/step down to kitchen. 1 double (6ft 3in) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • West Ashridge Cottages - Swallow Cottage

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: HQM

    A romantic holiday retreat, amidst rolling Devonshire countryside, these attractive barn conversions are well-equipped, warm and cosy, providing a rural retreat for couples at any time of the year. Occupying a remote setting on the edge of the village of Littleham, and less than 5 miles from sandy beaches and the breathtaking coastal path. The Old Granary, ref HQL, provides ‘upside-down’ style of accommodation to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. Free course fishing is available for guests staying at The Old Granary at the nearby Jennetts Reservoir in Bideford (two rods only). Ash Tree Cottage, ref H37, adjoining The Granary and sharing its views, is single-storey and has French windows leading onto its patio, whilst detached Swallow Cottage, ref HQM, also single-storey, enjoys superb uninterrupted views down the valley. Approached by a private road, the holiday cottages are situated 2 miles from the historic port and market town of Bideford with its variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, and from where regular sailing trips to Lundy Island can be taken. They also lie within easy driving distance of Hartland where the dramatic English Heritage Coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but there are also many other scenic walks both inland and coastal to enjoy. The pretty fishing villages of Instow, Clovelly and Appledore are close by and well worth a visit, as are a host of other quaint little villages, each with its own unique character, charm and welcoming inn. The Tarka Trail passes close by and offers walking and cycling along the estuary, with cycle hire available. The area is a must for surfers and beach lovers, and the sandy beaches are not to be missed. Fishing, sailing, horse riding and golf are available locally, and Exmoor National Park is within easy reach. Other places of interest are Dartington Crystal, Tapely Park and Gardens, and RHS Rosemoor Gardens, all within 8 miles. Shops 2 miles, village pub serving food approximately 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    NB: Incline and 5 steps to parking area.

    All properties: Electric woodburner included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed patio area with furniture. Access to 87 acres of pastureland. Ample parking.

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  • Dhara

    Canterbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43662


    This semi-detached, single storey property is within walking distance of an UNESCO World Heritage site. The city of Canterbury, which has developed along the banks of the River Stour and flourished since the days of the Magna Carta, is now a renowned holiday destination and is one of the most visited cities in the UK.
    Visit the cathedral, which dates back to 597AD and displays a stained glass window dating back to the 12th century. You can also explore the historic city walls, attend the theatre, enjoy some retail therapy or see the city from a different perspective by coasting along the river on a punt. A short drive away is the coastal resort of Herne Bay, where its brightly coloured beach huts line part of the water’s edge. The clock tower and bandstand will take you back on a nostalgic trip to childhood holidays. Whitstable is a popular windsurfing and sailing destination, it is also renowned for its oysters. Alternatively, hire a bike or put on your walking boots and head for the beautiful surrounding countryside and explore the Crab and Winkle Way, or Great Stour Way. Goodnestone Park Gardens, Stodmarsh Nature Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park make a great day out. Easy access to the station provides links to London for further site-seeing opportunities. Beach 8 miles, Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 1/3 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Underfloor gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Decked terrace with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Hill View Cottage

    Sinnington near Pickering

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC232127
    Situated in the picturesque riverside village of Sinnington, which nestles at the foot of Rosedale, this delightful holiday cottage offers couples a cosy and romantic break away, where you can curl up beside the wood burner or relax in the bubbles of the spa Jacuzzi bath in the summerhouse. The village has riding stables, a micro bakery and a renowned country inn, with an excellent restaurant. There are numerous walking and cycling trails from the doorstep, and the stunning North Yorkshire Moors are easily reached either on foot or by car, and from Pickering, four miles, visitors can board the famous steam train to the fishing port of Whitby. The quaint market towns of Helmsley, nine miles, and Kirkbymoorside, three and a half miles, have an interesting selection of shops, restaurants and pubs and an award-winning farm shop and tearoom just a ten minute drive away. Easily accessible are the coastal towns of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and the fishing villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. Local attractions include Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Abbey and the vibrant city of York, 30 miles, is a must when visiting Yorkshire.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With oak floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric oven, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With king size bed and TV.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with patio, furniture and summerhouse. Parking (1 car). Double Jacuzzi spa bath. No smoking.

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  • Owl Cottage

    Whalley Banks, nr. Clitheroe

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30634


    Attached to the owners’ home which dates back over 300 years, Owl Cottage is a cosy and comfortable, self-contained holiday cottage, situated in the pretty hamlet of Whalley Banks in the heart of Lancashire’s beautiful Ribble Valley. Owl Cottage is just 1½ miles away from the bustling village of Whalley, and you can walk into the town in just 15 minutes via a scenic footpath. With its pubs, restaurants, cafes and interesting little shops, it is one of the Ribble Valley’s most popular villages. Whalley also has its own ancient church and abbey ruins, which date back to the 12th century. The village hosts ghost walks throughout the year and in early December, guests can experience life in the Victorian times with its famous Pickwick Night. Public transport links are very good from here, with buses into Blackburn, 7 miles, Preston, 15 miles Skipton, 23 miles, and Manchester, 30 miles. Buses and trains also go to Clitheroe, 4 miles, which is the Ribble Valley’s largest market town. Including a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, Clitheroe also has a castle and museum, making the town a must see whilst in the area. Another must see is the magnificent Stonyhurst College, 5 miles, which has a wonderful collection of objects, paintings, books and manuscripts dating back over its 400-year history. Enjoying a peaceful, rural location, Owl Cottage is ideal for couples wanting a relaxing break. There are lots of lovely walks in the area, making it ideal for those who love the outdoors. Other activities available locally include golf, fishing and cycling. Ribble Valley also has a great reputation for good food and drink, and there are some excellent pubs and restaurants in the area. There is even a Ribble Valley food trail, which you can follow to experience some of the best local produce the area has to offer. Excellent accessibility to the road network also makes this a great touring base. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster as well as Blackpool and the Fylde Coast are all easily accessible by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and tiled floor. 2 steps to dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 20" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 2 steps to garden.

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  • Burmington Barn

    Burmington, nr. Shipston-on-Stour

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29049

    In the quiet village of Burmington, set in the grounds of the owner’s Grade II listed cottage, Burmington Barn offers the perfect location for a peaceful, romantic break. Just a short drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, this detached holiday property offers an ideal base from which to discover the local attractions and places of historical interest including Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, or to enjoy a theatre break visiting the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre. On the North Cotswolds’ border, many Cotswold towns and villages including Broadway, Chipping Campden and Bourton-on-the-Water are within 30 minutes’ drive. The Cotswold village of Long Compton, with its top quality pub and restaurant is only 4 miles away. Take a walk to the market town of Shipston-on-Stour, 1 mile, for places to eat, drink and enjoy the local produce. The cathedral cities of Worcester and Oxford are both within 40 miles, and are both worth a visit along with the famous Silverstone Racetrack and Royal Cheltenham Race Course. All on one level, the barn has been well renovated and is decorated to a very good standard. Also perfect for guests who wish to bring a pet as there is use of an enclosed paddock and exercise area for dogs. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 52’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Dog exercise area. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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