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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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  • Geasea Cottage

    Sawdon, nr. Scarborough

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 23905

    Perfectly located near moors and coast, ideal for exploring the hidden gems of Whitby, Scarborough and Pickering, this spacious holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s home and sits on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. There is an enclosed garden for guests to use as well as a small paddock where you are able to exercise your pet. The owners are happy to share their own gardens (on request, with no pets). Just 440 yards from the village of Sawdon and its renowned inn, there are endless opportunities for walking, cycling, and birdwatching from the door. Guests can enjoy the 9-hole pay-and-play golf course, which borders the property. Books, maps and storage for bicycles are also available. Shops and pub 11/4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. CD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Patio and furniture. Enclosed paddock (for exercising dogs). Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Boat House Cottage

    Pevensey Bay

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40200

    Seaside retreat

    This pretty detached single storey holiday property has been built on the site of an old boathouse and is situated within 100 yards of the beach at Pevensey Bay. It is superbly located for historic Battle and the beautiful Sussex countryside and villages with more beaches and shops to explore at Hastings and Bexhill. Nearby Eastbourne is a unique seaside resort with a range of activities, sports and events to enjoy in a fantastic setting. The Sovereign Harbour Marina is situated between Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne, with 5 harbours, waterside shops and restaurants. Slightly further afield there is the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton with its marina, aquarium, quaint lanes and nightlife. Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.25 miles.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Small pebbled garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

  • Green Man Cottage

    Mousehole, nr. Penzance

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29950


    Green Man Cottage is the perfect holiday retreat, ideal for couples or a small family. This charming Grade II listed, semi-detached property includes some original period features, and is believed to be one of the oldest cottages in the village of Mousehole. The cottage has been sympathetically updated and is located in central position just yards from the harbour, beach and main village amenities. Mousehole has a quaint, picturesque harbour with two small fine sand beaches and winding streets hiding a delight of craft and curiosity shops. The area has some outstanding coastal walks and nearby Newlyn is famous for its fish market and art galleries. This is a perfect base from which to explore West and South Cornwall, with easy access to Land’s End and the beautiful Sennen Cove, popular with surfers and sun worshippers. Visit Lamorna Cove and Porthcurno, with the Minack Theatre cut in to the rock face overlooking the ocean. The historic town of Marazion is just a short drive with St Michaels Mount rising from the sea like a fairytale castle. The mount can be reached on foot at low tide or by small boat at high tide. The busy town and harbour at Penzance provides a great range of shops, bars and cafés and has a long promenade with an open air lido. It is possible to walk all the way from Mousehole to Penzance via Newlyn along the coast. There is a daily ferry service from Penzance to the beautiful Isles of Scilly or regular small aircraft service from Land’s End airport. Take the scenic coastal train from St Erth to St Ives, passing the Hayle Estuary and some of Cornwall’s finest beaches. St Ives is a hub for artists and is the home of the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum. Beach 75 yards. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with low beams. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Step to wet room with toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters, NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared courtyard. Car park, 100 yards (£3 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

  • Filey Holiday Cottages - Truman Cottage

    Filey

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41948

    Ideal touring base

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

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

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

  • Gable End Cottage

    Beaminster

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25751

    Near the heart of the quaint market town of Beaminster with its shops and cafes and 6 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this cosy hamstone, end-terraced, holiday cottage is excellent to enjoy the lovely Dorset countryside, the Heritage Coast from Westbay to Lyme Regis and many great attractions such as Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens to the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Shops, pub and restaurants 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. Blueray and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. No smoking. NB: Neighbours have access through garden.

  • Knockerdown Cottages - Bonsall Cottage

    Carsington, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: RDDD

    "Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."

    This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent, purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room within the pool building where wi-fi is available. Brackendale Spa is an independent facility offering luxurious treatments, which guests can book by contacting the spa directly. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.

    This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers is within easy reach. It is set amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton and offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor cottage. Open plan living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV and additional single bed (for + 1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wall mounted convector heating
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Patio areas with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included (cot linen not included)
    • Cots and high chairs on request (no high chair straps provided)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Shared patio areas with garden furniture
    • Shared grounds of 3 acres with children’s play area
    • Shared barbecues
    • Parking
    • Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool – open all year round (8.30am–6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
    • Shared sauna
    • Brackendale Spa (bookings to be made directly with the spa)
    • Shared games room with wi-fi, table tennis and pool table (coin-operated)
    • No smoking

    SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

    • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 9in), with changing rooms and children’s shallow area – open all year round (8.30am to 6.30pm), except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

    • Sauna
    • Shared 3-acre grounds with children’s play area, patios and BBQ area
    • Spa
    • Brackendale function room and Carsington dining room for hire

  • Wellhouse Retreat

    Burgess Hill, nr. Haywards Heath

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28439


    This delightful, single-storey holiday property, forming a wing of the owner’s country house, has a private garden area and stands peacefully overlooking a landscaped garden. Offering comfortable, well-presented accommodation, this property makes a relaxing retreat and is conveniently located for many attractions and walks, with public footpaths leading to The South Downs National Park. There are four NT Gardens in the locality, as well as Glyndbourne, Seven Sisters Country Park and the resort of Brighton with Royal Pavilion, museums, art galleries, theatres and entertainment being less than an hour’s drive away. Wellhouse Retreat is situated 1 mile from Burgess Hill Station, which has a rail link to London, as well as only ½-hour from Gatwick Airport. Shops 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£5 per day November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. 1-acre garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

  • Dartmoor Lodges - Brook Lodge

    Doccombe, nr. Dunsford

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43911

    Located in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park


    Situated within the Dartmoor National Park, set back from a beautiful, leafy stretch of the B3212 and a mile from Doccombe, these three, lodge-style properties (refs W43911, 28924 and 29495) are adjacent to the owners’ home. The holiday lodges lie in a lovely setting that offer a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area. There are 10 acres of beautiful, ancient woodland, complete with a stream winding its way through the land, plus wildlife ponds, granite boulders and a 3-acre field, (which is ideal for exercising dogs) and pheasants that come knocking at the door to be fed. A rich variety of plants and woodland flowers offer an idyllic haven for the resident wildlife. This is a brilliant area for walking, relaxing and star gazing as there is no light pollution. Nearby, a golf club and horse riding over Dartmoor are available. Being in the midst of Dartmoor, there are many superb walks, reservoirs, heather-clad tors and Dartmoor ponies. There are many places of interest for the whole family. If you are a keen walker, the Teign Valley is well known for its delightful woodland footpaths. It is an area of outstanding beauty and in the springtime, the Dunsford woods are famous for beautiful natural daffodils and a little later, a carpet of bluebells. All three properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests. Exeter is only 10 miles. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and French doors. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 single bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Electric central heating included. Cot. High chair. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: Stream in grounds 5 yards.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Shared 10 acres of natural woodland including 3-acre field for exercising dogs. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking.

  • Triggabrowne Farm Cottages - Meadow Cottage

    Lanteglos-by-Fowey

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NT011019

    National Trust Holiday Properties


    Nestled in beautiful surroundings, these delightful properties (references NT011015, NT011017, NT011018, NT011019, NT011021 and NT011022) make a fantastic base from which to explore this area of Cornwall, whether you’re looking for coast or countryside. A short walk takes you to Pencarrow Head with its stunning coastal view, which is the jewel of this uncrowded part of Cornwall. The unspoilt beauty of Lantic Bay awaits those who are willing to make the steep descent to the beach. The South West Coastal Path takes you to the villages of Polperro and Polruan, and the charm and bustle of Fowey is a short ferry ride away with shops, restaurants and pubs. The annual Fowey regatta takes place in August and is a must see festival of art, culture and sailing.
    Most properties enjoy fabulous views and are all surrounded by lawned gardens, perfect for both games and lounging about. Part of the old farming settlement of Triggabrowne, Pitt is a traditional stone and slate barn adjoining Fortescue. Fortescue is one of several farm buildings converted into a comfortable holiday cottage. It is a substantial and traditional stone and slate barn, and adjoins Pitt. It has its living room on the first floor to make the most of the wonderful views. At the heart of the old farmstead is a handsome slate-hung farmhouse that has been converted into three holiday cottages; Dairy Cottage is a cosy cottage adjoining the main house at one side, this larger building is home to Tippett’s and The Farm House which occupy separate wings. The house’s traditional features have been retained such as slate floors, exposed beams and fireplaces, so each of the cottages have something of the look and feel of the Cornish farmhouse about it. Not far from the other buildings of Triggabrowne Farm is attractive Meadow Cottage.
    Cycling, deep sea fishing, sailing, golf and horse riding are all available nearby. The Eden Project and St Austell Bay, home to many pretty fishing villages such as Polkerris, Charlestown and Mevagissey, are within easy reach. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Cosy, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Compact galley-style kitchen. Utility area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • On-site car park
    • Welcome pack
    • Dog free of charge

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Shared grounds with orchard
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

  • Station Court

    Hornsea

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40958

    Short stroll to beach

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

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

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

  • Woodlands - The Spinney

    Rogerscale, nr Lorton, Cockermouth

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: LUV

    In an idyllic secluded location with stunning, uninterrupted views over the fells to the Vale of Lorton, these two adjoining properties have been created from a beautiful detached house, built in 1822 as a ‘painting house’ and studio for Joseph Sutton, a noted local artist. They are set in 1¾ acres of mature wooded gardens (with grassed areas, ideal for ball games) which lead down to the River Cocker where fishing is available by local licence. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a haven to an abundance of wildlife. Just a short drive away is the bustling Georgian market town of Cockermouth (4 miles), the birthplace of William Wordsworth whose poetry helped make the Lake District so well known.
    The property is situated in the hamlet of Rogerscale, just 8 miles (via the Whinlatter Pass) from Keswick, the Northern ’capital’ of the Lakes, making this an ideal base from which to explore both the northern Lakes and the west coast. The area offers stunning scenery, with Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere within 15 minutes’ drive. Easily reached are Derwent Water (with steamers) and Bassenthwaite (with sailing and canoeing), while the Whinlatter Forest Centre offers extensive walking and cycling trails. Riding and golf 5 miles. Lorton 1 mile. Coast 20 miles. Shops and pub 4½ miles.

    Furnished and equipped to the E.T.C. ‘4 Star’ standard, this cosy property , is attached to Woodlands House. Sitting/dining room with open fire and kitchen area. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with beamed sloping ceiling. Small single bedroom with sloping ceiling and Velux window. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • NSH included
    • Washer/dryer

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity and bed linen included
    • TV (Teletext)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared 1¾-acre woodland grounds
    • Private fishing on River Cocker (licence available locally)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: River frontage

    Note: Although completely self contained, these two properties can be interconnected via an internal door to provide accommodation for up to 11 people. Over the Xmas and New Year period LUU (Woodlands House) and LUV (The Spinney) must be booked together or LUU alone.

  • Latrigg Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC111382
    Latrigg Cottage enjoys a central yet quiet location in Keswick town centre. The cottage was completely refurbished to a very good standard, with modern kitchen and contemporary furnishings throughout. It has a private parking place for those travelling by car but is equally suitable for guests using public transport. Shops, pubs, restaurants, visitor attractions and other amenities are literally on the doorstep and the lake, parks and fells are all accessible on foot from the cottage. Keswick is a great location for an action packed holiday, with loads of outdoor activities or just a relaxing break enjoying the Lake District scenery.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Lounge/diner: With TV/DVD, CD/radio and a view to Latrigg.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave washing machine and fridge.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Sorry the property is not suitable for 0-7 year olds.Outside: Small courtyard with garden bench. Parking for 1 car.

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