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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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  • Sea Haven

    Gorran Haven, St Austell

    Grade
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    Ref: THO

    This 19th-century cottage, one of four converted from a pair of Victorian dwellings, is just 50 yards from a sandy beach, ideal for the sea, dramatic cliffs, rolling green fields and walking the Cornish Coastal Path. Nearby are The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Mevagissey fishing village. The Eden Project, Cornish Tin Mines and Fowey, with its heritage of sailing and art, are close by. Fishing, kayaking, swimming and surfing available. General store 30 yards, Lawnroc local hotel/bar 165 yards.

    Cosy living/dining room with open fire, beams and tiled floor. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with dressing room/study/baby room with lovely sea views. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot (on request)
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TV/DVDs (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Shared courtyard with furniture
    • Step-free access to beach
    • Gas barbecue
    • Village car park 165 yards (£3 per day)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Water’s Edge

    Rolvenden Layne, nr. Tenterden

    Grade
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    Ref: PNNO

    This tastefully converted single-storey farm building stands detached in the owner’s grounds. The holiday cottage has retained its original beams and enjoys its own terrace. Guests are invited to take a stroll through the adjoining woods - a carpet of bluebells in the springtime. It is ideally placed for visiting Sissinghurst Gardens as well as Lamberhurst and Biddenden vineyards. Explore the jewel of the Weald, Tenterden, with its tea shops, art galleries and antique shops, or take a ride on the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway to the moated Bodiam Castle. Camber Sands and the Cinque Port town of Rye are within half an hour’s drive. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Two steps up to beamed living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to terrace. External utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in external utility)
    • Freezer
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of owner’s landscaped grounds, including bluebell wood
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Lake 23ft from property

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  • Guards Cottage

    Gleaston, nr. Ulverston

    Grade
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    Ref: W44087


    This delightful cottage, adjacent to the owners home, is situated on the edge of the small village of Gleaston on the Furness Peninsula. The cottage was originally part of Guards House Farm and was an eight cow shippon (milking parlour). It has been converted into a fully insulated, warm, cosy and comfortable dwelling with all accommodation situated on one level. It features beautiful original wooden beams and slate floors, and opens out onto a large mature garden.
    There are easy walks from the village to enjoy including a walk past Gleaston water mill and café to Gleaston Castle ruins, which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Going north brings visitors to the village of Stainton, where opposite the village green, is the local inn. For the more energetic, head south east for a longer walk and enjoy the great views of the expanse of Morecambe Bay, which leads to the coast and beach.
    There is quick and easy access to the market town of Ulverston with its old pubs, restaurants and golf course. Ulverston was the home of Stan Laurel and the birthplace of the Quaker movement at Swarthmoor Hall. All the attractions of the Lake District National Park are easily accessible with Coniston Lake and Lake Windermere being about 12 miles away. The Furness Peninsula has many sandy beaches, pebble beaches, sand dunes, bird watching, the South Lakes Animal Park, Furness Abbey and Pier Island and Castle. Popular Birkrigg Common, which is within walking distance, has incredible panoramic views of Morecambe Bay. The town of Barrow offers other attractions such as large stores, multiplex cinema, nightclubs and a golf course. Nearby, Walney Island has a Nature Reserve, a large expanse of sandy beach, a gliding club and golf course. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2½ miles, restaurant ¾ mile.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 30’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Greetham Retreat - Laura’s Loft

    Lincolnshire Wolds, nr. Horncastle

    Grade
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    Ref: 25911

    Ideal touring location

    Greetham Retreat offers a very good standard of accommodation within the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A former agricultural barn and crew yard, the properties have been converted into purpose-built self catering holiday accommodation with a smart contemporary style, and have all been awarded Visit Britain 4 star Gold Award. Set in 4 acres of grounds which includes a maturing woodland area with mowed walkways, wild flower meadows, wildlife ponds and a variety of seating areas from which to enjoy the outstanding views. The owners have erected several bird and bat boxes around the grounds to encourage conservation and attract wildlife such as barn owls, tawny owls, kestrel and other species. Greetham Retreat recently saw its first kestrel fledglings in one of the newly erected boxes. Greetham Retreat welcomes well-behaved pets and are very dog friendly (with the exception of Laura’s Loft ref: 25911). The location is ideal for those who wish to get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful countryside found in this area of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There are many walks straight from the door and throughout the area which has good cycle routes too. Fishing, golf courses and horse riding are also available nearby. The market town of Horncastle, well known for its antique shops, is only 3½ miles away, and the Georgian market town of Louth is 9 miles away. Lincoln Cathedral is 22 miles away with the sandy beaches of Skegness just 18 miles. Properties 25888, 25889, 25909, 25910 and 25911 can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath, shower attachment and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Cot. High chair. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared large courtyard/patio and furniture. Shared 4-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Quarry Cottage

    Shotley Bridge, nr. Corbridge

    Grade
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    Ref: 28520


    Set on an AONB boundary between Northumberland and Durham, this charming, 1700s character holiday cottage is both welcoming and quaint, with a woodburner for cosy evenings. Detached from the owners’ house with private parking and views over the countryside, the cottage is ideally located for exploring the delights nearby. Enjoy cycling and walking from the door, leisure facilities 1 mile away, friendly villages with charming pubs and Corbridge is only a 10-minute drive with the Roman Wall easily accessible. The Northumbrian Heritage Coast is less than an hour’s drive and makes for a glorious day out. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Step to kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Stone floor throughout. Steep, open-tread paddle stairs to gallery: 1 double bedroom with wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Briars

    Oakerthorpe, nr. Alfreton

    Grade
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    Ref: 30865


    Located in the small south Derbyshire village of Oakerthorpe, The Briars is a cosy holiday apartment on the ground floor of the owner’s home, popular with walkers, and perfect as a base for exploring the wonderful scenery of the surrounding Derbyshire Dales and Peak District National Park. Oakerthorpe has a number of walks around the village and nature reserve, and a selection of traditional pubs including one which dates back to the 11th century and is reputed to be the oldest in the county of Derbyshire. The town of Alfreton is just 21/2 miles away with a good selection of shops and restaurants together with wonderful examples of 18th century architecture. Crich, with its Tramway Village, can be reached in 10 minutes, and just 15 minutes away is Matlock with its monthly farmers’ market and cable car over the Derwent Valley. Chesterfield with its famous crooked spire and the magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall and Haddon Hall can all be reached in half an hour. Shop 11/4 miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 1 step to courtyard. Pond in owner’s garden.

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  • Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton

    Grade
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    Ref: E1867

    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
    Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through the winding lanes of sleepy valleys to the dramatic cliffs of Golden Cap (NT). The nearest beach is at West Bay, just 4 miles away, where rowing boats can be hired and fishing trips arranged. Along the coast is Lyme Regis, whose sheltered harbour famously featured as a setting for the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The historic market town of Dorchester is 15 miles. Weymouth, 14 miles, offers everything from water sports to night clubs. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Panel heaters included. Freezer. Patio. Parking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Garden furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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  • The Figgery

    Bittaford, near Ivybridge

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    Ref: UKC280


    This lovely, little barn conversion is the perfect hideaway for couples of all ages. Full of charm, this cottage is cute and compact, and has a cosy open plan living room with small dining table and kitchen area with patio doors looking out on to a pretty enclosed courtyard garden. Off the beaten track, in a very quiet and tranquil location, and just a short walk across the footpaths to Dartmoor National Park. This pretty cottage is perfect for couples at any time of the year, for those cosy getaways and romantic breaks. Beach 10 miles. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Wet room: With shower, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and patio doors to courtyard.
    Dining area:
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, electric double oven, microwave and fridge.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared hallway with washing machine and tumble dryer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Old Nursery Cottages - Heather Cottage

    Shorwell

    Grade
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    Ref: PGGJ

    Nestling peacefully in a rural hamlet location, adjacent to a quiet country lane opposite fields, these beautifully presented holiday properties provide a wonderful retreat from which to discover the delights of the island. Situated in the grounds of a Grade II listed thatched cottage, they have been fully refurbished and stylishly furnished. They have exposed stone and beams and offer an ideal retreat for couples - perfectly located for keen walkers and cyclists. Chale village, 1½ miles, lies at the foot of St Catherines Hill, and close by there are walks along miles of Heritage coastline, beaches and country pubs. Within easy reach are St Catherines Lighthouse, pretty villages of Shorwell Brighstone, Chale and Niton and amazing rock formations of the Needles. Blackgang Chine and Yarmouth Harbour are also within easy reach as well as numerous other holiday attractions. Picturesque thatched rooftop villages such as Old Shanklin, Godshill and Brighstone serve ice cream and cream teas, and many of the seaside resorts serve freshly caught fish of the day. This temperate island has towering cliffs, beaches, bays and coves, farmlands, river valleys and steep ravines, all linked by a 500-mile network of footpaths including 68 miles of coastal walks with spectacular views which are all accessed easily. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are also golf courses, riding, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, crabbing, surfing, kite flying, hang gliding and jet skiing. Shop and pubs approximately 1½ miles.

    Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and exposed stonework. Double bedroom with en-suite jet spa contemporary shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry room with washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Pond 150 yards

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  • The Park - Bronn

    Mawgan Porth, nr. Newquay

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    Ref: W44338

    The Park is a secret huddle of distinctively chic holiday properties, hidden in a tranquil valley garden just yards from a stunning beach on the north Cornwall coast. No two holiday homes are the same at this holiday park, with stylish lodges and cosy cottages which are all nestled in 27 acres of tranquil grounds. Some of these have private terraces with hot tubs, many have enclosed garden spaces. Most of the homes are dog-friendly, as is the beach, no matter what time of year you come and stay. You can swim in one of our two swimming pools, let off steam in the spa, or lounge in the café. There’s also a children’s play area, table tennis and a DVD library. The Park grounds offer sun traps, hidden pathways and fruit and herb gardens which guests are invited to sample. Next to the café is the heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Outside, you’ll find another heated pool in a south-facing garden setting with views across the valley, complete with a bar serving food and drinks throughout the summer.

    If you’re looking for adventure, take a stroll along north Cornwall’s breath-taking coastal paths, beaches and cliffs. For something more extreme, learn to surf at a surf school on Mawgan Porth Beach, or maybe try kite surfing at Watergate Bay, just two miles down the coast. If your food supplies are running low, pick up some holiday essentials at the convenience store in Mawgan Porth Village, or dine at Jamie Oliver’s ’Fifteen’ restaurant at Watergate Bay, or Rick Stein’s Seafood Café at Padstow.

    Cornwall has plenty of family attractions, and is also well-known for arts, culture, history, heritage, gardens, food, drink, film, TV and literature. Beaches in the local area, Watergate Bay, and the surf beaches of Newquay, lie within five miles along the coast road southwards, and the seven bays and beaches of St Merryn and Padstow are 10 miles to the north. Further afield, the beaches of Marazion, St Ives, Sennen, Kynance Cove, Falmouth, Perranporth and Porthcurno are among the top ten in the county (according to the Cornwall Guide). Even if the weather is poor, do what the locals do - wrap up warm, take a brisk walk in the wind, watch the waves crash on the rocks and let the Cornish sea air blow the cobwebs away!

    Other attractions including the educational Eden Project and Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, are not far away. Cornwall is steeped in myths, legends and folklore, from ‘piskies’ and ’faeries’ to kings and castles. Cornwall’s 50-plus gardens all enjoy the warmth of the Gulf Stream, which means that many are home to rare tropical plants, flowers and trees. There are gardens of different scales in Cornwall, from the small and unusual to the large and more famous. Beach 300 yards. Shop and pub 250 yards, restaurant on-site.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 38" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 27-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools in grounds (15m x 5m, depth 1.47m) with shower and changing facilities, open 8am - 7pm. Shared sauna and steam room. 2-seater hot tub. Shared children’s play area. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps and fenced stream in grounds.

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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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  • Dart View, Apartment 1

    Dartmouth

    Grade
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    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.

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