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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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  • Endslane Cottage

    Trefonen, Oswestry

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25764

    Situated in a quiet position within this well kept village, this apartment offers a peaceful holiday retreat for couples wishing to explore the Shropshire/Mid Wales Borderlands. Tastefully furnished throughout, with its own private patio area, guests can relax and enjoy this beautiful countryside. Walkers can explore Offas Dyke Footpath and other varieties of walks from the door, Chirk Castle and Viaduct, Erddig, Powys Castle are all an easy drive away. The market towns of Oswestry and medieval Shrewsbury with its contemporary bars and restaurants, Theatre Severn and vast array of shops is 30 minutes. Chester Racecourse also 30 minutes. Shop and pub 700 yards.

    Spiral open tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (6ft, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available. Enclosed patio and furniture. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

  • Leatheswater

    Thirlmere near Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: LXB
    Close to the shores of Thirlmere reservoir and nestling at the foot of the magnificent Helvellyn, this first floor holiday apartment forms part of an elegant country house hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it enjoys stunning views of beautifully landscaped, mature gardens and the lake, and has been designed and furnished to a very high standard. Within the Lake District National Park are Castlerigg stone circle (NT), Shepherd’s Crag, Dove Cottage Wordsworth Museum and Hardknott Castle. Good walking abounds with gentle lakeside walks and more strenuous walks - notably Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Lake Windermere offers boat trips and good shops; Keswick (6 miles) has tennis, riding, golf and fishing; sailing on Lake Bassenthwaite.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Satellite TV, video and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Telephone (at cost). Hotel laundry service (at cost). Shared drying room. Large shared garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Lake fishing available (permit required). Shared drying room (for boots etc). Natural spring water supply. NB: Lake, with walk, 33 yards from property.

  • Cobblestones - The Berry

    Marldon, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 15607

    The Garden Room is a self contained wing of the owners home, with views across to open countryside. Comfortably furnished it retains nice features with exposed stone walls. The Berry is adjacent to The Garden Room and is approached by external stone steps. Comfortably furnished offering an ideal hideaway for two. Visit the zoo or take a steam train ride to Dartmouth. Torquay, 4 miles offers a wealth of water sports, sandy beaches and good selection of shops and restaurants. Dartmoor National Park, South Devon Coastal path within easy reach. Pub serving food 1 mile, shop ½ mile.

    External steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH included. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer in outbuilding. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

  • The Nook

    Wandylaw, Chathill

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: MTL

    Peacefully located close to the magnificent Northumbrian Heritage Coast, this holiday home offers a contemporary interior within a traditional building, and has spacious surroundings. It has its own garden (not enclosed) and lies just ½ mile from the A1, but completely out of sight. Charming Belford is 6 miles, and historic Alnwick is 9 miles with its cobbled streets, medieval castle, water gardens and treehouse restaurant. Bamburgh is a short drive away and has a beautiful golden sandy beach. Nearby, Seahouses has a small working fishing harbour where boat trips can be taken to The Farne Islands. Visit Craster, famous for smoked kippers and its beautiful walk to Dunstanburgh Castle, or take a trip across the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne (check tides). Discover small friendly villages, vast unspoilt beaches and coastline in this AONB. Golf courses locally. Shops and pub 3 miles.
    Peacefully located close to the magnificent Northumbrian Heritage Coast, these holiday homes (refs MTL and MUN) offer contemporary interiors in traditional buildings with spacious surroundings. Both have their own garden (Farne View ref MUN has an enclosed garden, The Nook’s garden ref MTL is not enclosed) and lie just ½ mile from the A1, but completely out of sight. The charming village of Belford (6 miles) has full amenities. 9 miles from the historic town of Alnwick, Northumberland’s ducal town, with cobbled streets, weekly market, Playhouse Theatre, medieval castle used in Harry Potter, enchanting water gardens and a treehouse restaurant. Bamburgh, with its fine fortress towering over the village, is a short drive with a beautiful golden sandy beach. Nearby Seahouses, famous for fish and chips and friendly seaside atmosphere, has a small working fishing harbour where boat trips can be taken to The Farne Islands to visit the seals and puffins, or Craster famous for smoked kippers and its beautiful walk to Dunstanburgh Castle. A trip across the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) is a must (check tides). Discover small friendly villages, vast unspoilt beaches and coastline in this AONB. Enjoy relaxing strolls or bike rides in the hills and valleys of the panoramic countryside. Golf courses locally. Shops and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with wooden floor, French doors and arch to patio and kitchen with breakfast area and granite worktops. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Travertine tiled bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Small lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children under 18 years

  • Gull Cottage

    Tynemouth, nr. Whitley Bay

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41207

    Sandy beach 100m

    In a quiet lane a few metres from two magnificent beaches, surfing, Long Sands and King Edward’s Bay, and a short walk to Tynemouth village and the Priory, this light and airy terraced, corner mews cottage is superbly located for a coastal holiday. The Sea Life Centre and boating lake in the park are also within walking distance, with Cullercoats and Whitley Bay a few minutes’ drive away. For the gourmets, the fish restaurants on North Shields’ fish quay are not to be missed, whilst historic Alnwick, the Northumberland Castle Trail and National Park make excellent days out. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking (by permit). No smoking.

  • Driftwood Cottages - Driftwood

    Porth. nr. Newquay

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: TNZ

    These converted holiday cottages have been furnished to a very good standard and sit in a secluded peaceful courtyard, only seconds from Porth beach with its beachfront pub serving local ales and home-cooked food on the terrace. The Stables by the Sea (ref TPT) and Driftwood (ref TNZ) both stand detached and each have parking for 1 car and a large decked roof terrace which enables guests to enjoy an evening barbecue or a peaceful breakfast in the sunshine. The surfing town of Newquay with its seven stunning beaches is just minutes’ away and is easily accessible on foot along the coastal path. It has many attractions which include a multi-screen cinema, leisure centre, golf course, pitch and putt course, parks and gardens. Newquay has many restaurants, cafés and shops, as well as beaches, sea fishing trips and dramatic cliff-top walks. With its beaches comes surf and surf schools, so you can try your hand at this exhilarating sport. Visit many of the local attractions, such as Watergate Bay which is home to Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ restaurant and the fishing village of Padstow, with its many excellent restaurants. Discover the flat walking and cycling trail that links Padstow to Wadebridge and hugs the shoreline of the beautiful Camel estuary all the way along. Bike hire is available at both ends of this stunning trail. Truro the capital of Cornwall is easily reached and is a must to explore the narrow streets and enjoy the restaurants, shopping, museum, cinema and theatre for an alternative day or evening out. Both properties provide an ideal base to explore further afield. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project and many NT gardens, parks and houses are close by, such as Lanhydrock House and Trerice Manor. St Ives, Falmouth, Fowey and Mevagissey are all easily reached and all provide an alternative day out. Golf, cycling, horse riding, surfing, sailing, and kayaking area all available locally. Beach 50 yards. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    14 open-tread steps to entrance. Double bedroom with 5ft zip and link bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed living room with wood-burning stove/dining room, kitchen area and slate floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Freezer in shared external utility
    • Large decking area with sea view and furniture
    • NB: 14 steps to decking

    • Electricity, full underfloor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared external utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

    Note: Driftwood (TNZ) and The Stables by the Sea (TPT) can be booked together to sleep up to 6 people

  • Longships

    Sennen

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: GRM

    Only a 250-yard walk from the beautiful sandy beach of Whitesand Bay, this charming little row of three delightful and comfortably furnished holiday cottages commands magnificent views over the bay and Sennen Cove. On a quiet lane leading only to the cliffs, they have been very tastefully converted from a spacious Victorian house and are stunningly set in several acres of shared natural grounds; home to a wonderful variety of wildlife which can easily be seen from the steep beach path and the cottages themselves.
    The beach at Whitesand is magnificent; a splendid mile of sand which has been awarded Blue Flag status and is excellent for surfing (lifeguards operate throughout the summer, and there is also a ban on dogs from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are permitted year round on nearby Gwenver Beach). Sennen Cove (½ mile) is a picturesque little fishing village looking out over the bay. It offers shops, pub, restaurants – even a lifeboat station – all within walking distance. There are some beautiful walks along the coast towards Cape Cornwall in one direction, and beyond Land’s End in the other.
    The famous outdoor Minack Theatre is only 3 miles away and Penzance (7 miles) boasts a mainline station, shops, inns, swimming-pool, sailing and tennis. There is a golf course at St Just (4 miles) and facilities for squash and badminton are available locally. Picturesque St Ives (a renowned haunt of artists) is 15 miles away along the spectacular north coast.
    The Carn Towan cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying a Cornish holiday – and are cosily heated throughout, with double glazing, making them ideal for all-year-round breaks. Shops ½ mile.

    A lovely romantic cottage for two set between Bishop Rock and Sevenstones. Entrance into fully fitted kitchen with breakfast area. Living/dining room with sea view. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Pretty double bedroom with sea view, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Electricity by £1 slot meter. Radiant fire. Shared garden with furniture.

    Electric heaters. Fan heaters. NSH, bed linen, towels and beach towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Shared several acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Wet-suit and surfboard hire available. Storage available for surfboards/windbreakers. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Dart View, Apartment 1

    Dartmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: DHAPT1DV

    Occupying the ground floor of an imposing Victorian house, this comfortable apartment has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is well equipped. The property is close to the river and is within 2 minutes of the town centre, shops and quays.

    Entrance door to communal hallway. Front door to open plan Sitting/Kitchen/Dining Room; TV, DVD. Kitchen: has induction hob, electric oven, fridge. Shuttered bay window.
    Through to Bedroom: double bed (4’6"), TV and ensuite Shower room: shower cubicle, basin, WC.

    Parking: Annual ticket (unreserved) for Town Car Park.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Wifi available.
    Gas central heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

  • Pepper Pot Lodge

    Wimborne St Giles

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: DEEG


    In a superb location, Pepper Pot Lodge is accessed via security gates, and is nestled within the parkland of the extensive 5,000 acre grounds of the owner’s stately home, St Giles House, within the Shaftesbury Estate in the historic village of Wimborne St Giles. This unique, detached, compact 17th century lodge makes an ideal little retreat, a tranquil haven for couples and perfect for spotting wildlife such as deer, rare birds and badgers. Very peacefully located, surrounded by open lawns, as well as mature trees and just 100 yards away from the river and the picturesque village green with St Giles Church. There is private parking and a sitting-out area, an ideal spot for watching the sunsets whilst enjoying al fresco dining or an aperitif. This lovely welcoming home offers many features such as wooden floors, curved walls, leaded windows and a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room. Every window captures a scenic vista.
    It is convenient for road links to the beaches of Poole, Bournemouth and Sandbanks. Explore the Purbeck coastline, maritime Southampton with the historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Shaftesbury Cathedral, National Trust properties, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include nearby Wimborne with regular markets, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World, Stonehenge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Wildlife Park and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is within easy driving distance, with its heathlands where ponies and cattle roam, pretty villages, and it is an ideal location for walkers. There are various golf courses in the area, and trout fishing or local shoots can be organised by prior arrangement. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Double bedroom (bed accessed from one side only, for 1+1) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Smart TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: River 60 yards

  • The Cartlinhay

    Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41747

    500 acres of farmlandRural countryside / Working farm

    These four barn conversions are set on a delightful working farm in a wonderful position overlooking the River Torridge, the Iron Bridge, and further down river towards Bideford. The barn conversions offer comfortable accommodation for various size parties and are suitable for a holiday at any time of year. The farm nestles at the end of a long private driveway and offers total peace and seclusion in the Devon countryside; there are 200 acres of farmland with garden furniture and barbecue, as well as some lovely woodland walks around the farm itself, and the nearby Tarka Trail close to the farm. Just 2 miles from the historic market town of Bideford with its wealth of popular pubs, shops and restaurants, and a little further afield is Barnstaple with a wide variety of facilities. Just a short drive takes you to Westward Ho! with its 2 miles of golden sandy beach. Other attractions include Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Horse riding, golf and fishing can all be found within 5 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

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

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Lidsey Farmhouse Annexe

    Lidsey, nr. Bognor Regis

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    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.

  • Newbarn Farm - Oak Tree Cottage

    Collaton St Mary, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W44309

    Situated between wild Dartmoor and the holiday town of Paignton, Newbarn Farm is the perfect base for exploring dozens of attractions. The farm really does have everything: glorious views, barbecues, even a football field. There are lots of special touches to make your holiday magical, and adults will love the breathtaking views.

    As you meander down the private drive to Newbarn Farm, you’ll discover just how special it is, and a haven you’d never expect to find just a stone’s throw away from so many amenities. Newbarn Farm is home to eight holiday cottages, each with its own character and charm. Renovated to a very good standard, each cottage is extremely thoughtfully equipped, and is ideal for families, for friends to get together, as well as couples, and offers all the creature comforts to help you relax after exploring Devon. If you want a ‘good for the soul’ living experience, the complex is close to an abundance of fine dining and is relatively close to Michelin Star restaurants. It is central to a plethora of food fairs and shows, which after having visited, you can relax outside, barbecue some steaks, open some claret and champagne and watch the hot air balloons float across Dartmoor. When you have pampered your palate, take a walk from the property, with or without your dogs, and admire the sea views. Just before you go to bed at the end of a perfect day, look up to the night sky, ablaze with stars arching across the world and sliding down over Dartmoor, then wake up in the morning to the plaintive cry of a buzzard, the call of a pheasant, or watch the deer and trace the occasional fox slinking along the hedgerows.
    Ideas about what to do on holiday include experiencing wild Dartmoor and enjoying Devon ice cream in Paignton. Or take a bird watching trip from the harbour. You can do nothing or everything from your holiday base at Newbarn Farm which is situated on the south coast of Devon. It is in an ideal location for fishing with well-stocked, tranquil lakes easily accessible. The county promises to leave a lasting impression, and with breathtaking scenery; it is the perfect place to introduce the family to carp and specimen fishing. There are a number of lakes at the property (a licence is not required) and payment is available per day, or you can get a 24 hour ticket to go night fishing. Walkers and hikers can also enjoy the wild and rocky coastline, which is ideal for bird watchers, dog walkers, or just to enjoy some peace and quiet. South Devon has much to offer including Paignton with its steam railway, which will take you to Dartmouth. The award-winning Paignton Zoo makes a great day out for the whole family, and there are sandy beaches at Goodrington and Paignton. Take a trip to Brixham and nearby Dartmouth to see the castle and take a boat trip around the bay. Torquay has a theatre with many shows, the Living Coasts (a coastal zoo) is ideal for a family day out, and there are also many NT properties close by including Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair for hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 42-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Coarse fishing at cost. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. NB: Unfenced lake 100 yards.

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