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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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  • Stable Cottage

    Roadwater

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    Ref: EVB


    If you are looking for something a little special to celebrate an occasion or looking for that extra bit of comfort after long day walking or exploring then look no further than the cottages at Glasses Farm. Nestling in the pretty landscape within Exmoor National Park, Grooms Lodge (ref: EVA) and Stable Cottage (ref: EVB), have been converted form the original stables of an impressive 16th century thatched long house. Both these thatched cottages have been presented to a very high standard. The cottages offer a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Each cottage has a private sitting-out area that looks out across the well-maintained shared garden. There are a further 20 acres of land to enjoy too. The owner of the cottages is a renowned breeder of American miniature horses. Should you choose to come and stay with friends, the cottages do have an adjoining door on the first floor. The cottages are located just outside the charming village of Roadwater, where there is a shop and pub all within walking distance of the cottages. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor, and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy walking and an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in stream engines. Dunster Castle (NT) 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 beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Shops 500 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Large, beamed kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Large, beamed living room.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared use of owner’s freezer
    • Shared, enclosed lawned garden with sitting out area
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared use of owners’ 20 acres of natural grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car in garage)
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Bosloe Country House - The Bothy

    Mawnan Smith, nr. Falmouth

    Grade
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    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

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  • The Butler’s Apartment

    Melbourne near York

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    Ref: CC224020
    Nestling amongst 80 acres of parkland and woodland within melbourne Hall Estate, stands a stunning 18th century Georgian mansion. The Butler’s Apartment is a charming West wing apartment forming part of the owner’s residence, and has been lovingly restored by them for the 2012 season to offer two guests luxurious and spacious accommodation. The property enjoys its own private entrance, with a useful entrance lobby and is approached via the original staircase which leads into a light and airy entrance hall with a large window allowing the light to stream in. The apartment boasts characteristic high ceilings and the feeling of space and grandeur flows throughout the apartment. There is a large, well equipped kitchen/diner with a second TV and the bathroom could not be described as anything other than luxurious with its roll top bath and extra large shower cubicle. Guests are welcome to enjoy the extensive grounds of the estate that surround the property, making is ideal for those who enjoy peaceful outside space. Walking and cycling in the area is very popular, and the owners offer secure bicycle storage facilities.This property can be booked with Chauffeurs Cottage (CC224008) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil fired central heating and comprises;
    Entrance Lobby: With stairs leading up to.......

    First Floor: Entrance Hall
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dish washer, dining table, TV with free view and integrated DVD player
    Lounge: With electric feature fire, TV with free view, music system and DVD player
    Bathroom: With roll top bath, large shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.
    Bedroom: With king size bed.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.  Wi-Fi available. 80 acres of gardens and woodland. Ample private parking.  Secure bicycle storage, boiler room available for drying wet coats/boots etc. This property is approached via a flight of stairs. Please note: No children allowed, babes in arms only.

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  • Smokeacre Farm Cottage

    Yeovil Marsh, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
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    Ref: 28760

    Situated in South Somerset just north of Yeovil, this delightful, ground floor, 18th-century, self-contained holiday cottage, which is set in the wing of the owner’s home, is in an excellent location to explore the many and varied attractions of South Somerset and nearby West Dorset. Discover the many historic houses including Montacute House, Forde Abbey, Sherborne Castle and Abbey. Spend time at Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village (outlet shopping), Cheddar Gorge and Bath, or enjoy days out down on the famous World Heritage Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. 40 acres of shared natural woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Woodland Retreat

    Polbrock, Washaway

    Grade
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    Ref: T13

    Set within 15 acres of terraced woodland high in the Camel Valley, this holiday cottage has been furnished and fitted to a high standard with style and is the ideal romantic retreat. With views from the bed through the triangular windows across the valley and the cosy well co-ordinated living room with its wood-burning stove, this cottage has been thoughtfully designed. The landscaped garden has two patio areas with lovely country views; a short path leads to the shared indoor heated swimming pool. Well placed to visit Padstow with Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant, Port Isaac and Tintagel. Close to Bodmin Moor - unspoilt moorland with abundant wildlife. Shops 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped modern kitchen area. Walk-in shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom.

    Wood-burning stove - fuel included. Electricity, electric heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of 15-acre terraced and wooded grounds. Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (24ft x 12ft, depth 3ft 9in), open all year and sauna (at cost). Natural spring water supply. No smoking.

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  • The Hen House

    Widegates, nr. Looe

    Grade
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    Ref: W43457


    This spacious, detached holiday property is wonderfully situated in Cornwall’s countryside, yet only minutes from many of the beautiful beaches in the area such as Looe, Hannifore and Seaton, which is a year-round dog friendly beach with a stylish beach bar and café. Looe, 4 miles, is home to one of the country’s fish markets supplied by the day boats that leave this quaint working harbour. Stroll the lanes that lead to the harbour and wide expanse of golden sand, buy some fish or seafood for that special meal or visit one of the multitude of restaurants the town offers. The coastal path passes nearby and provides beautiful walks and views along this dramatic coastline. In September there are live music festivals with many big names playing in the various venues.
    Polperro, a quaint and historic fishing village, is a short distance along the coast. There are numerous cycle routes around the area and many surfing spots along the coast. Various tourist attractions include The Monkey Sanctuary, The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and many golf courses along with National Trust gardens and houses. The Eden Project is an easy drive and provides a great day out, as does Padstow, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Fowey, a picturesque seafaring town providing sailing, kayaking and pleasure trips along the Fowey River.
    Deep sea fishing, pleasure trips and other water sports can all be enjoyed, along with woodland and coastal walks, horse riding and river kayaking. To the east of the town is the historic city of Plymouth with its theatres, cinemas, bowling and shopping, while to the west is the sea faring town of Fowey, home to the royal sailing regatta and many galleries. Shop ¼ mile, pub 1½ mile and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children. NB: Pond and stream in grounds.

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  • Halton Gill Cottage

    Halton Gill near Litton

    Grade
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    Ref: DC4751
    With lovely rural views over picturesque Upper Wharfedale, this property is ideal for exploring the beautiful limestone uplands of the Yorkshire Dales. Featured in a Christmas TV advert in 2010 this cottage is in a truly picturesque location. This tastefully converted cottage provides a welcoming retreat with a lawned garden ideal for relaxing and admiring the views. In an idyllic hamlet, there are walks from the door and along the River Skirfare to the villages of Litton and Arncliffe, each with a cosy country pub serving good food. The Pennine Way crosses Pen-y-Ghent near the head of the dale and the hilltop road to Settle affords breathtaking views.

    Ground Floor: With oil fired central heating and comprising:
    Open plan sitting/dining room: with Sky Freeview TV, and radio.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven, microwave and fridge.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: spacious with double bed.
    Shower room: with shower, WC and basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Washing machine available on request. Hairdryer. Landline telephone/ Wi-Fi available on request.Lawned garden at the side of the cottage with garden furniture. Private parking. Private water supply. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm).

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  • The Left Luggage Office

    Falstone near Kielder

    Grade
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    Ref: CC325019
    Once part of a former railway station in the picture perfect village of Falstone, The Left Luggage Office is the epitome of the word ’bijou’ - a perfect example of small and elegant. Newly renovated and tastefully furnished, the property now offers stylish holiday accommodation for couples. Conveniently all on one level there is an open plan lounge/dining/ kitchen area with under floor heating throughout with a separate double bedroom and a contemporary bathroom adjacent. A friendly greeting regularly meets visitors to Falstone, which can be found nestled equidistant between Kielder and Bellingham. This is the very heart of the beautiful North Tyne Valley set in the Northumberland National Park. Pony trekking, windsurfing, sailing and ferry trips are only a small selection of the many outdoor activities that can be arranged at Kielder Water - Northern Europe’s largest man made lake - which is cradled by Kielder Forest Park, a paradise for ramblers and cyclists who will enjoy the various challenging routes close by.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric under floor heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
    Lounge Area: With TV
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom: With king size bed which can separate into 2 x 2ft 6" beds if preferred
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included
    Please note this property isn’t suitable for children or babies.Enclosed garden area with outdoor seating. Off road parking.

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  • Owls Roost

    Aldeburgh

    Grade
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    Ref: W44266


    This cute cottage is decorated in a stylish and relaxing palette. Light and airy, you can watch the sun rise through the garden doors from the bedroom. The open-plan living area offers a contemporary kitchen and comfortable seating area. Located a 20-minute walk from the beach and in a quiet street, you can be assured of relaxed evenings. Enjoy breakfast in the private garden before seeking out all that this fantastic area has to offer. Perfect for relaxing in following a day of seaside, cycling, sailing, bird watching, or exploring local walks.
    Aldeburgh is the home of British composer Benjamin Britten and remains a centre for the arts and literature with the Aldeburgh Music Festival, the Proms, an annual poetry festival, documentary film festival, exhibitions and galleries, food festivals and many other cultural events. Fresh locally caught fish can be bought daily (weather permitting) from the fishermen’s huts along the beach. It is a quintessential coastal town.
    Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this gentle and understated landscape, with its pubs aplenty, offers a day’s walking that can be rewarding and enjoyable. As well as coastal walks, the River Alde and surrounding areas can be explored by foot. Minsmere Bird Sanctuary lies just up the coast towards Southwold. The town of Southwold is ideal for visiting the famous Adnams Brewery, or just up the Sailors’ Path, following the River Alde, is Snape, famous for the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The small historical Roman town of Aldeburgh is a cultural tourist destination. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft 6in zip and link, can be 2ft 9in twin on request) bedroom with patio doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in shower room), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 34" Smart TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Bake House

    North Rauceby, nr. Sleaford

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    Ref: E5564

    This charming holiday hideaway for couples, created from an original bake house, is set privately amidst the mellow buildings of a large working arable farm; it still retains the original ovens within the beamed interior. An adjoining property, it enjoys a lovely, high-walled, private garden in which to relax. There are farm walks locally and Cranwell Flight Training School is 1 mile. Sleaford is 3 miles, and the interesting cities of Lincoln and Newark are 12 miles, both supporting lively antique and craft fairs. Woodhall Spa, 30 minutes, offers summer lido swimming and the quirky ‘Kinema in the Woods’. Belton House and Belvoir Castle are within 15 miles, and Stamford and Burghley House are a 30-minute drive. Golf and riding are available within 5 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Grooms Cottage

    Whittingham near Alnwick

    Grade
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    Ref: CC324031
    Grooms Cottage is the quintessential romantic hideaway for couples!
    Situated in the Vale of Whittingham at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and perched on the fringe of the Northumberland National Park makes this location idyllic...Grooms Cottage is a newly completed conversion nestled in a private courtyard in a simply magical setting.  With an open aspect across undulating farmland, Grooms Cottage is the perfect choice for couples who desire peace and tranquillity.  This property is beautiful. 
    Awarded the prestigious 4* GOLD by Visit Britain, the accommodation is immaculately presented throughout.  Snuggle in front of the cosy wood-burning stove and watch the flames dance.  The bedroom boasts a gorgeous four-poster bed, which leads to luxurious en-suite facilities with a glamorous roll-top bath as well as the convenience of a refreshing shower too.
    Grooms Cottage can be booked independently or together with Granary Cottage to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge area:  with wood-burning stove, Freesat TV and DVD
    Dining area:  beautifully furnished for six to dine
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washer / dryer
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    Bedroom:  with 4-poster king-sized bed
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    Bathroom:  with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All oil and electricity included. First supply of fuel for stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi internet access.Sheltered courtyard with outdoor furniture and BBQ. Shared use of full-size table tennis in outbuilding. Off road parking for 2 cars.  Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport

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    Ref: 15350

    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking a small courtyard and set within walking distance of Bridport centre with all its amenities. Ideal for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and the stone and thatch village of Burton Bradstock or visiting West Bay harbour for sailing and fishing. The dramatic coastline (mostly NT) stretches to Golden Cap, the highest cliff in southern England.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (50 yards).

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