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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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  • Bosloe Country House - The Bothy

    Mawnan Smith, nr. Falmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: NT011052

    National Trust Holiday Property

    If you love to get away from it all then The Bothy is for you. Built around 1890 in local stone and slate and tucked away in the grounds of Bosloe Country House which comprises of three apartments, Bosveal (ref NT011051), Court (ref NT011103) and Chatham (ref NT011053) with interconnecting doors to accommodate up to 24 guests, enabling extended family groups and friends to enjoy these beautiful unique properties. Hidden amongst the trees, this gem of a cottage started life as the potting shed for Bosloe’s gardeners. Standing detached, this perfect, romantic, little hideaway is in an idyllic location with views down the valley to the Helford River and beyond.

    The area is perfect for exploring this secret haven with the creeks and banks of the Helford River, the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s romantic novel ’Frenchman’s Creek’.

    The village of Mawnan Smith is just a 5-minute drive with a thatched pub serving excellent food and local ales. There is also a village store and post office, and a small square with a selection of local shops and a tea room.

    Falmouth is approximately 5 miles away with a great selection of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and art galleries. Home of the National Maritime Museum located in the heart of Events Square, host to many colourful events throughout the year including sailing, food and music events, including the annual Oyster Festival.

    The area offers some of Cornwall’s best beaches and glorious coastal walks and The Bothy is perfectly located for exploring the beautiful sub-tropical gardens of neighbouring Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens, both open to the public. A short stroll through the woods will lead you to the magical tiny beach at Durgan, a place that feels time has stood still.

    The area offers sailing, cycling, fishing, walking, water sports, horse riding and canoeing, and is a haven for wildlife. Beach 1/4 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Open plan living room with electric woodburner/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • 24" Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared natural landscaped woodland
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car, 142 yards)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Littledean

    Blackpool Corner, nr. Axminster

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: W43845


    In a lovely position a few miles from the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the famous World Jurassic Coast, this well-equipped, detached, single-storey holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, offers a great location to explore west Dorset and east Devon. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Lyme Regis with all its quaint shops, wonderful scenic harbour and Cobb, the bustling town of Axminster, River Cottage, Forde Abbey and Gardens, and Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Further afield, visit Beer, Branscombe, Seaton, West Bay (the scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’), Bridport, and further onto Abbotsbury, Weymouth and Portland. There is much to do, including superb coastal and country walking, and village pubs for wining and dining. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Small lawned garden with courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Moorings

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123240
    The Moorings enjoys a magnificent setting just metres from the pier at Waterhead, Ambleside, the focus of many a picture postcard featuring the Lake and her famous Steamers against a backdrop of Ambleside’s famous fell range. The village centre, offering an eclectic mix of shopping and eating is a level mile from Waterhead, a manageable walk with a couple of watering holes along the way or short trip on the open top bus or electric carriage that runs frequently throughout the main season.
    The Moorings is tucked away behind the main thoroughfare, the ground floor portion of a traditional, Victorian terrace and offers stylish, comfortable accommodation for two, just the spot to relax, unwind and share some well deserved down time together. Good facilities, including deep cushioned sofas, a tranquil bedroom and bathroom ensure you can instantly get into holiday mode.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Rear entrance into....
    Living/Dining room: With deep cushioned leather seating arranged around the electric fire, digital TV with DVD and CD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen, towels and hairdryer included. Travel cot available.Outside: Private parking for one small car and small seating area. Narrow access to car parking space.

  • Ash Cottage

    Pyworthy, Holsworthy, nr. Bude

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W42395

    Close to the Cornish coast

    At the end of a private tree-lined drive, Carpenter’s Tinney is the perfect holiday retreat on the edge of the owner’s small holding and just 8 miles from the North Cornish Coast. Outside you will find the hot tub, and from the courtyard you can wander the 11-acre grounds which sweep down to the border of Devon and Cornwall and the River Tamar where you can even have a go at fishing on the owners river banks. The grounds include an orchard, children’s play area, sheep and lamb paddocks, pig pen and seating for relaxation and the enjoyment of Carpenter’s pure natural environment. Keep strolling towards the next gate which leads to the River Tamar meadows, a small nature reserve. Water sports and fishing at the nearby Tamar Lakes, coastal and country walking, golf, surfing, horse riding, cycling or simply relaxing. Theme parks including The Milky Way and The Big Sheep are close by. Fishing villages and spectacular beaches and coves are dotted all along this coastline from Padstow, Tintagel, Crackington Haven and Bude in Cornwall to Westward Ho!, Clovelly and Instow in Devon, and the Eden Project is within easy reach. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 3.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room, first £10 electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: First £10 electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine (at cost). Shared laundry room with tumble dryer. Shared freezer. Shared grounds with courtyard. Private sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Children’s indoor and outdoor play areas. Shared hot tub, open October-May. One dog welcome, must be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Fenced river 0.25 miles.

  • Lidsey Farmhouse Annexe

    Lidsey, nr. Bognor Regis

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W43003

    Shared swimming pool

    Conveniently located, this attractive single storey annexe with stable door, attached to the owners 16th century Grade II listed farmhouse provides modern yet cosy holiday living. It has its own sitting out area and use of the owners outdoor heated swimming pool. Explore the glorious South Downs Way, with scenic walking, birdwatching, cycling and riding routes. Places to visit include the popular seaside resort of Bognor Regis (3 miles), historic Chichester with its superb cathedral, Arundel Castle and Wild Fowl and Wetland Bird Trust, Goodwood House, racecourses and country park and the Witterings with its sandy beach. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 550 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen, patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Shared heated outdoor fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 0.9m - 2.1m), open May-September. No smoking.

  • The Cottage Shop

    Newton St Margarets, Golden Valley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 15924

    Part of a 17th century stone holiday cottage, retaining many original features - exposed beams, open fire and bakers oven. Accessed across the garden, the cottage is adjacent to the owners’ grounds which include organic orchard, stream and waterfowl pond. Close to Black Mountains and Welsh borders. Hereford, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye, 15 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    6 narrow stone steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Beams and flagstone floors throughout. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Stone stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft canopy bed) bedroom with beams and wooden floor.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small front flagged yard and furniture. Large sloping orchard garden at rear and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: Stone steps in property, and steps in garden.

  • Netherhall Cottage

    Hope

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC416025
    Located in the highly sought after Peak District village of Hope, in the heart of the stunning Hope Valley, Netherhall Cottage can be found surrounded by some of the best walking and outdoor activities in the country. Dating back to the 1700’s, the cottage itself is Grade II listed and named after an old manor house that it was built on the site of, with some of the old stonework forming part of the building. The surrounding area offers spectacular views of the surrounding Hope Valley scenery, which stretches from the popular village of Castleton all the way to Hathersage, home to a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Hope has a selection of cafes, pubs and shops and is perfectly placed for action-packed activities such as caving and climbing, or a quiet relaxing countryside break with great walks offered direct from the doorstep. You can choose to soak up the atmosphere of other wonderful Peak District towns and villages nearby, such as the heritage of Buxton, hidden caves at Castleton, or the pretty village of Edale, the start of the Pennine Way. Some of Britain’s finest country houses including Chatsworth Estate, Haddon Hall and Lyme Park are also easily accessible. Alton Towers and Carsington Water can both be reached in around an hour, and for those wanting to give their cars a rest or indulge in some retail therapy, Hope has a train station with regular services to both Sheffield and Manchester as well as the other villages within the Hope Valley area.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, radio and beautiful views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With exposed feature beam, king size bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Use of owner’s washing machine next door. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Beck View Cottage

    Sneatonthorpe near Whitby

    Grade
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    Ref: CC241149
    Beck View is a charming single storey barn conversion offering quality holiday accommodation complete with the luxury of the woodburning stove in the lounge and a steam cabinet in the bathroom, ensuring a perfect destination for a romantic break! Situated within a small development of holiday cottages Beck View commands a peaceful rural location overlooking a courtyard to the front with patio and BBQ and a pretty beck to the rear. Excellent walking surrounds this delightful area stretching across the moorland and towards the sea with Whitby Abbey in the distance. Whitby’s bustling town centre is approximately 5 miles from the cottage offering a host of attractions, superb selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, drawing visitors all year.

    Ground Floor: Heated by underfloor central heating, the accommodation comprises:
    Lounge:  With wood burning stove, TV, DVD Freeview and radio/CD player.
    Kitchen/diner:  With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom:  With king size bed.
    Bathroom:  With bath, walk in shower, W.C, basin and shaver point.
    Guests have access to the communal laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included in the rent.  Cot and high chair available on request.Outside:  Seating area to the front with garden furniture and BBQ.  Off road parking.  Pets welcome.
    The washing machine and tumble dryer are in a communal area but are free of charge.
    Daily papers and milk can be ordered and delivered for a small fee.

  • Wheel Farm Cottages - Lower Mill

    Berry Down, nr. Combe Martin

    Grade
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    Ref: 30116

    Located just a few minutes from some of the finest beaches and Exmoor’s spectacular coastline, Wheel Farm is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A collection of cosy and get-away-from-it-all hideaways, the cottages are perfect for a romantic escape; or a family retreat. Facilities onsite include shared indoor swimming pool, games and films. Swooping and chirping birds and abundant wildlife make this magical area come alive. Converted from a 17th-century watermill and farm barns, the cottages retain many original features including beams, exposed stone walls and wood burning stoves. Each are brimming over with comfort whilst retaining rustic charm. Hayloft, Dairy, Linhay and Stable are all accessed via the main courtyard, with Lower Mill, Upper Mill and Byre offering superb views. Hayloft, Shippen, Dairy and Farmhouse are pet friendly. Mill Wheel is part of the original watermill, which offers a unique ‘upside-down’ layout. Granary has been converted from the original barn, and Farmhouse is the largest cottage in the complex. All properties have their own private entrance and come fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a self-catering cottage holiday.
    Hayloft (ref 30114) was originally converted from part of the large barn, and is perfect for a romantic break.
    Shippen (ref 30115) is a two storey country cottage, originally converted from a large barn.
    Lower Mill (ref 30116) has stunning views across the Exmoor countryside and is situated on the ground floor of the original converted watermill - the grand wheel, which can still be seen attached to the building.
    Mill Wheel (ref 30117) is part of the original watermill and is comfortably furnished.
    Dairy (ref 30118) is originally converted from a single storey barn.
    Upper Mill (ref 30119) is the first floor of the original watermill, boasting fabulous views over the rolling countryside.
    Farmhouse (ref 30120) has its own garden and log burning stove. From this property you can enjoy the glorious surroundings whatever the weather.
    Byre (ref 30121) is a beautiful two storey country cottage, converted from a large barn and filled with character and charm. On the first floor, a double bedroom boasts full length windows, enjoying views over the glorious Devon countryside.
    Granary (ref 30122) is converted from an original barn and offers spacious accommodation over two floors.
    Stable (ref 30123) is a beautifully converted two storey cottage, which was originally a large barn.
    Linhay (ref 30124) is a beautifully and comfortably furnished country cottage.
    Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker.Telephone-honesty box. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 7 acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m), open Thu - Tue, 8am-12pm, 3pm-7pm. Shared sauna. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

  • Cove View Cottage

    Malham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W40518

    Situated in one of the most picturesque villages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with majestic views of Malham Cove from the rear, this cosy, Grade II listed, semi-detached cottage has been lovingly restored to a very good standard. Exposed beams, stone walls and a woodburner add to its character and make this an ideal place for getaway holidays throughout the year. Walks can be enjoyed across the fields and fells of Malhamdale, with access to the Pennine Way close by, and amid the spectacular scenery of the National Park all around. Malham is a traditional Dales village with a stream running through the centre, offering the choice of two pubs, teashops and the National Park Centre for all your holiday information. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden (30 yards from property, across a road). Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Old Coach House

    Burythorpe near Malton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: DC4374
    Nestling in the pretty village of Burythorpe on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and ideally located for the North Yorkshire Moors, this Grade II listed detached former Coach House has been sympathetically converted and now offers lovely accommodation in a peaceful environment. The cottage is situated in an historic area with the following places of interest all within easy driving distance - Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall, city of York, North Yorkshire Moors Railway to ’Heartbeat’ country departing from Pickering and the seaside resorts on the Yorkshire Coast.

    Ground Floor: With oil fired central heating and comprising
    Lounge/dining room: with TV/DVD, radio, a selection of books and DVD’s and ’log effect’ electric fire.
    Kitchen: with double oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge, washer/dryer and iron.
    Shower room: with walk-in shower, WC and basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king size bed, TV and stunning views across the village.

    Bed linen, towels and hairdryer provided. Internet available.Summerhouse and patio with furniture. A welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk and a bottle of wine. Private parking for three cars. Secure locked shed for bicycles. Sorry no pets. Steps within the garden and grounds.

  • Nollsfield Lodge

    Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 28586

    Located in the Chiltern Hills, this detached, single-storey holiday property lies next to the owner’s home, just 2 miles west of Henley-on-Thames, a beautiful 12th-century market town on the banks of the River Thames, world famous for its annual Regatta. Enjoy the Henley Festival of Music and Arts, galleries, antique shops and boutiques. Visit the River and Rowing Museum, walk or cycle along the Thames Path, hire a boat, watch the river life from one of the pubs or play golf on the adjacent golf course. Visit Greys Court, Stonor Park and The Herb Garden with a Saxon maze. Explore Windsor, Oxford, Eton and London. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Maximum occupancy is for 2 guests plus infant.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-Fi. Terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of owner’s enclosed paddock. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 17 years, except babes in arms.

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