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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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  • Sunrise

    Looe

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18181

    In an elevated position this cosy mid terraced holiday cottage has views across the Looe estuary and harbour. Within walking distance of a sandy beach, shops, restaurants and pubs. Magnificent coastlines and countryside for wonderful walks. The bustling quayside is great for watching the fishing boats. Attractions close by include the Monkey Sanctuary, the Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, Folk and Farm museums, and the Eden Project, about 40 minutes drive. Shop and pubs 400 yards.

    10 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with ceramic tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single leading to bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Decked area at front of property and furniture. Public car park (at cost) 5 minutes’ walk. No smoking. NB: Cottage accessed via slope.

  • Folly Cottage

    Avening, nr. Tetbury

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NSF


    This characterful, Cotswold stone, end-of-row holiday cottage is situated in the charming village of Avening. The village has two pubs, and nearby is Gatcombe Park, the home of the Princess Royal. There are some lovely walks around the village and surrounding beautiful countryside. This splendid holiday cottage is ideally located for exploring many local attractions, such as the famous Westonbirt Arboretum, which has a magnificent tree collection and also hosts a variety of events. Tetbury is just 3 miles away, a thriving market town with elegant buildings and 17th-century market hall. As well as offering a unique retail experience with many craft shops, it is also a major centre for antiques. Malmesbury, 8 miles, is the oldest borough in England with its Norman Abbey and the beautiful Abbey House Gardens. The Roman city of Cirencester is 12 miles away, and there are many Roman remains in the surrounding area, including several Roman villas near the villages of Chedworth and Withington. The famous Cheltenham racecourse is 20 miles away and the magnificent city of Bath, famous for its hot springs, is 26 miles. Shop 2 miles and pub ¼ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden, patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

  • April Cottage

    Clay Common, nr. Southwold

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 13293

    Just 4 miles from Southwold’s sandy beach, this cosy and comfortable end terrace holiday cottage is charmingly furnished, with an abundance of character. In a quiet hamlet, it is set in a pretty garden overlooking farmland and open countryside. A delightfully peaceful retreat, it is well situated for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast, Minsmere Bird Sanctuary, Snape Maltings, and the music and concert centre at Aldeburgh. Golf at Southwold and Halesworth. Shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Partial NSH, panel heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Glanmor

    Polruan-by-Fowey

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26944

    Almost impossibly close to the water’s edge, this ground floor holiday apartment seems to hang over the harbour in the pretty hillside village of Polruan-by-Fowey, a quaint fishing and sea faring village across the harbour from Fowey. The village is criss-crossed with tiny pretty lanes, dotted with former fishermen’s cottages. Polruan is situated on one of Cornwall’s most dramatic and interesting cliff and river walks along with many secluded coves and boat trips - either out to sea, or along the gentle River Fowey. Kayak hire, boat hire or organised river trips are all available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Six steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (electric underfloor central heating in wet room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park 500 yards uphill (£25per week). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Stable Yard Cottages - Dawn Run

    Winchcombe

    Grade
    3
    0
    0
    1
    Ref: 19073

    Peaceful, picturesque location

    Situated just outside the beautiful Cotswold market town of Winchcombe, Stable Yard Cottages are a group of three well presented holiday cottages and a studio apartment, in a peaceful location. Ideally placed for touring the Cotswolds and the many picturesque towns and villages including Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. Cheltenham and its race course are just 5 miles away, while Tewkesbury and Stratford-upon-Avon are just a short drive. Winchcombe has a number of excellent pubs and restaurants. Shops 1/2 mile, pub 1/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: Living room with sloping ceiling, wooden floor, sofa bed and bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Access to owner’s freezer. Courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 5 years, except babies under 6 months.

  • Tophams Laithe

    Conistone with Kilnsey, Grassington

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 17338

    Set in the heart of the National Park this converted old barn retains original features and offers holiday accommodation mainly on the first floor. There are wonderful views over the river in addition to Kilnsey Crag known locally as the ’Umbrella Crag’, popular with climbers. There is superb walking with horse riding and trekking adjacent. Kilnsey Trout Farm complete with fishing 1/2 mile. An excellent base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales including the pretty villages of Kettlewell and Grassington. Conistone was one of the locations used for the filming of ’Calendar Girls’. Shops 3 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Entrance hall. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. 24hr drying service. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area. Use of paddock by arrangement. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Bakers Cottage

    North Curry, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 68055

    This period terrace holiday cottage, with much character and charm, is set in a quiet square of a pretty village, which is reached by country lanes and 6 miles east of Taunton. Enjoy superb walking on the Somerset Levels, Sedgmoor (RSPB), and the Quantock Hills. Travel north to Somerset’s coast, or south to Dorset’s coast, near Lyme Regis (both 25 miles). There are numerous places of interest within easy reach, including Bath, Wells, Cheddar Gorge and Exmoor. Six beautiful NT houses and gardens nearby. Shop and pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom (twin on request) with additional Z bed (for child) and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    NSH £15per week (when used). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Spin dryer. Patio area and furniture.

  • Lilac Cottage

    Westow

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 23319

    This former farm workers cottage dates back to the 1750s and retains much of its character and charm, with beamed ceilings and an original Yorkshire range in the kitchen. Just over a mile from the beautiful remains of Kirkham Abbey on the banks of the River Derwent with walking from the door. Nestled between the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds, places to visit include Castle Howard, Eden Camp and the Lavender Farm. Historic York is a 20 minute drive away, whilst the coast at Scarborough is about 45 minutes. A fantastic holiday retreat. Shops 5 miles, pub 1/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with stone floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Range. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and chairs. No smoking.

  • Haven Cottage

    Holy Island

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E4342

    Cut off from the mainland twice a day by the incoming tide, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne allows visitors to experience complete tranquillity and timelessness, and these Grade II listed fishermen’s cottages are ideally placed to enjoy this unique location. There is a book library in both properties with information about the history of the local area, and there are also a selection of unique postcards that each tell a story and show how the island has changed throughout the years. The cottages offer contemporary comfort yet retain their original charm and character, and are within walking distance of the harbour and long sandy beaches. Both properties are designed for couples, but they also offer an additional stowaway Z bed for one additional friend or child. The island, a fine walking and bird watching destination, is dominated by 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, standing dramatically on a rocky outcrop – the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, the 7th century seat of Christian learning, are close by. Across the causeway, Northumberland’s many delights; Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses for boat trips to the Farne Islands’ bird and seal colonies, and Alnwick Castle and Gardens, all of which are within easy driving distance. Though each property is completely self contained, a lockable interconnecting doors allow both cottages to be booked by a single family or group (maximum sleeps 4+2). Local carry-out meals available. Shop 200 yards, pubs serving food 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Z bed available.

    Hot tub on request direct with owner (£100 per week, £50 per short break - half price if both properties are booked together).

    Both properties: Electricity, electric heaters and bed linen included. Freeview TV/DVD. CD. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with decking and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking. Please note: The hot tub (at constant 40°C) is available at additional cost for sole use for Haven Cottage (ref E4342) unless booked together with Lee Cottage (E4343).

  • Cotehele Estate - Mill Cottage

    Cotehele, nr. Callington

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: NT011089

    National Trust Property

    A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.

    From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.

    In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
    In the heart of the lovely wooded seclusion of the Morden Valley, Mill Cottage is an attractive semi-detached cottage, part of the stylish gabled house with tall brick chimneys that was built in the 1860s for the miller at Cotehele. With abundant wildlife all around, the views from the latticed windows of the cottage are across a flower-rich meadow to the stream and woods beyond. The cottage has its own small, enclosed garden. In the mill building opposite, you can watch the mill in action twice a week throughout the season, and its excellent stone-ground flour is available to buy: it will make you want to bake! Beach 16 miles. Shop 5½ miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Step to entrance. Cosy open-plan living room with open fire, garden views, dining area and compact kitchen with stable door to front yard. First floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, ‘Econ 7’ NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV (variable reception)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Small fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional public car park at Cotehele Mill (National Trust)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Stream 50 yards

  • Ashberry Farm Cottage

    Rievaulx near Helmsley

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: DC0455
    Set in a beautiful wooded location overlooking the farm duck pond, this is a picture postcard setting. The comfortably furnished cottage is all on one level, with a lawned garden and paddock for al fresco dining. There are many walks from the doorstep and a wealth of historic sites within easy reach - Rievaulx and Byland Abbeys, Nunnington Hall and gardens and Duncombe Park. The delightful market towns of Helmsley and Thirsk offer everyday shopping, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms and the scenic east coast resorts of Whitby and Scarborough are an easy drive away. For steam enthusiasts a ride on the North York Moors preservation line is a must.

    Ground Floor: With full central heating and comprising:
    Sitting room:
    with electric stove effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD and bed settee for the occasional extra guest.
    Kitchen/diner: with cooker, microwave, fridge, washer and iron.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and WC.

    Cot available. Bed linen and towels provided. Smoking permitted (outside only). Private water supply. Lawned garden and paddock. As this is a working farm we regret that pets cannot be accommodated.

  • Charlton Hall - Farm Cottage

    Chathill, Alnwick

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: MMX


    This beautiful country estate offers the perfect ‘home-away-from-home’ in England’s most rural county. Each pretty cottage and private garden is out of sight of any other property. Close to Northumberland’s Heritage coast, these secluded cottages have been renovated throughout to provide cosy interiors with wood-burning stoves - perfect for warm winter breaks. Farm Cottage (ref MMX) boasts its own gin-gang, a circular outbuilding once used as a mule-driven mill. Over the bridge lies Garden Cottage (ref MMW) set inside the old walled garden. These two cottages are located in a tranquil pocket of beautiful rolling countryside, under vast skies where the sun rises over beaches and sets onto the moorland of the Cheviots. Additionally, West Lodge (ref MMV) is a single-storey cottage nestling behind beautiful stone pillars at the entrance to the estate, screened by mature woodland and handily placed for touring just 100 yards from the single-carriageway A1. An ideal country retreat, just 3 miles from sparkling white sandy beaches and close to Northumberland’s magnificent castles. Charlton Hall’s ancient parkland makes for perfect scenic walks. Guests can stroll along the Shippton Burn, which runs under stone bridges, filling the trout lake before meandering to the sea. They can also explore woodland bursting with bluebells and wild flowers in spring and summer; and see nesting buzzards, roe deer, foxes, badgers, hares and weasels – all abundant here due to careful environmental management. A cross country course takes guests who wish to bring their horses through woods and fields. The nearby beaches are also excellent for riding and dog walking. Local attractions include Holy Island, the Farne Islands, historic Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick Castle and Garden, the Heritage coastline and castles. Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh are just 1 hour by train. Guests arriving by air met at Newcastle Airport (40 minutes by road) by arrangement. Shops 6 miles.

    Access through main farmyard area. Two steps to entrance. Very spacious living room with wood-burning stove in huge stone fireplace and wonderful views over farmland. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Full NSH included
    • Enclosed secluded garden with furniture and lovely views over parkland
    • Natural water supply from spring

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel at cost
    • Full NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Oven
    • microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Shared 150-acre grounds with woodland, parkland, cross country course, ponies, lambs, hens, rare flowers
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Shared games room with pool table, table tennis, darts and table football; books and board games
    • Stabling and grazing for guests’ horses by arrangement
    • 5-a-side football pitch and picnic area
    • Country house catering by arrangement
    • NB: Substantial trout lake and burn in grounds