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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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  • Acorn Annexe

    Oakley, nr. Diss

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 26656

    Acorn Annexe offers modern but characterful accommodation with French doors opening onto a private courtyard; guests also have use of the owner’s garden. Well furnished this single storey studio apartment offers the perfect ‘get away from it all’ holiday retreat. Surrounded by open countryside it is a walkers and birdwatchers paradise with footpaths close to the property. Centrally located in the Waveney Valley village of Oakley there is easy access to the Norfolk and Suffolk countryside and coast. The nearby market towns of Diss and Eye, both 4 miles, have shops, pubs and restaurants. Diss also has direct rail link to London. Also convenient for Norfolk Broads, Norwich and Ipswich. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed. Kitchen. Wet room with toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/grill. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners garden. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Swallows Nest

    Upton Cross, Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: TR8

    This charming, single-storey, former cow shed has been completely refurbished and fitted to create a cosy romantic cottage. With its Jacuzzi bath, 5ft bed and array of personal touches, it is the ideal getaway. Centrally located and with a stunning countryside backdrop and view up towards Minions which is the highest village in Cornwall, it is set in an AONB on the edge of Bodmin Moor which is steeped in local history. The beaches of the south and north coast are easily accessible, as is the quaint fishing village of Polperro and the sandy beach at Looe. It is also close to many of Cornwall’s attractions including The Eden Project and the NT gardens and houses. Shops 1½ miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Beamed living/dining room with oak floor and Velux window open-plan with compact kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 2-ring electricity hob
    • LCD TV
    • Travel cot
    • TV/DVD
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Microwave
    • Freezer space available
    • Lawned garden, gravelled area, furniture, adjoining field
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

    Note: Swallows Nest may be booked with adjacent Stoats Hole Barn ref TD3 to sleep up to 6 people.

  • Sutton Farm Barns - The Retreat

    Sutton Montis, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 30678

    Good touring base with countryside views

    In a wonderful country location with superb views, and within easy driving of Sherborne, Dorset and South Somerset, these two single-storey converted barns (30678 and 30679), each one of a pair adjacent to the owners’ home, have been finished to a very good standard and are well equipped. On the doorstep are the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes remarkable collection of classic cars for a trip back in time, or stroll around the characterful abbey town of Sherborne with its array of quaint shops and restaurants. There are many historic houses with gardens to enjoy including Stourhead House, Montacute House and Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Venture into central Somerset to explore the Somerset Levels with its wildlife, Glastonbury Tor, Wells cathedral city and, for a great day out, the splendid Roman spa city of Bath with its many shops, museums and restaurants. Returning home, you can wine and dine out in one of the many village pubs or restaurants in the area. The delightful scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers yet more opportunity to enjoy this lovely area taking in Lyme Regis, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, you will have much to do to make this a memorable holiday. 30678 and 30679 can be booked together to sleep up to 6 guests. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in carport. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years except babies under 1 year due to lake. NB: Lake 100 yards.

  • Burcott Cottages - Mendip View

    Wookey, nr. Wells

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 19941

    Situated within the grounds of the owner’s public house and restaurant, formerly a stable block, these single-storey cottages have been refurbished to a good standard and offer well-presented holiday accommodation. Located between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, they are ideally situated for walking, cycling and lovers of nature, yet are just 1 mile from historic Wells with its beautiful cathedral and the world famous Wookey Hole caves. Within easy reach are the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury Tor, the World Heritage Georgian city of Bath and the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. There are several historic houses to visit including Montacute House, Dyrham Park and Longleat, famous for its safari park as featured on TVs ’Animal Park’. Shop 200 yards, pub in grounds.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Private lawned area. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

  • Thomasin, Selside Hall

    near Kendal

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC129313
    Nestling in the shadow of historic Selside Hall, built in the 13th Century, transformation of this former farm building has been a true labour of love by the owner and his small team of craftsmen. Just a short drive from the medieval market town of Kendal, a mere 15 minute drive from Windermere and Bowness and a short walk to the delightful Longsleddale, Thomasin makes a super base for exploring the South Lakes with the Eden Valley and Dales easily accessible.
    Dedication, attention to detail and great styling have resulted in a charming, romantic hideaway with much use of solid oak and other natural materials throughout. The cosy open plan living space offers all you will need to fully self-cater whilst the hotel quality bedroom with luxurious en-suite on the lower ground floor offers a quality bed dressed with sumptuous linens to unsure a good night’s rest.

    Thomasin can be booked in conjunction with its adjoining property Selsed ref:129316.

    Ground Floor: The upside down accommodation has electric instant heating and comprises:
    Rear level entrance into open plan living space: Freeview, TV/DVD and Dining area.
    Kitchen Area: Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and Fridge.
    Shared Laundry Area: Freezer, washing machine and dryer.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1: King size bed with colour TV and en-suite luxury shower room with under floor heating, shower cubicle, hand basin, WC, touch mirror and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels are provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi access available.Off road parking for two cars. Terrace with bench seating available.

  • Bosun’s Locker

    Lymington

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: DAAX

    Bosun’s Locker lies in the bustling riverside town of Lymington, just a stone’s throw from the town quay. Set in the old Georgian part of town, this detached holiday home commands panoramic views across the harbour, nature reserve and the Solent to the Isle of Wight. This historic town has a selection of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and an ancient Charter Market on a Saturday. This is an excellent base for walking, bird watching, fishing, horse riding, sailing, cycling, the beach or relaxing in the New Forest and the seaside and quay around Lymington. The quay offers boat trips to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Attractions include Exbury Gardens, Beaulieu House and Motor Museum and Mudeford, Highcliffe and Friars Cliff Beach. Shops and pubs 15 yards.

    Kitchen with dining area, slightly low ceiling and tiled floor. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor. Cosy double bedroom with views, accessed via en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to second floor: Living room with triple aspect.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi available (payable to BT Openzone)
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking 200 yards; car park 75 yards (permit at cost)
    • Cycle store

  • Harvey Gate Farm - The Stables

    Onecote

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: B6205

    Reached by a good farm road, this barn conversion is set in the valley of the River Hamps, amidst the Peak District National Park. Occupying a secluded position, each with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There is excellent walking from the door with numerous local footpaths. Froghall Wharf, Foxfield Steam Railway and Alton Towers are within a 10 minute drive, with Gladstone Pottery Museum and Waterworld a little further afield. Sudbury NT, Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are all within 17 miles. Harvey Gate Farm makes an ideal base for visiting all the attractions the Peak District has to offer. Shops 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Private patio area with decking and furniture. Shared grounds. Barbecue. No smoking. Welcome pack. Couples and family bookings only. NB: There are two unfenced water troughs in grounds.

  • Betsy Cottage

    Windermere

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: CC127239
    Betsy Cottage enjoys an ideal, central location, close to a host of excellent shops and restaurants that provide everything you’ll need for a self catering holiday in the Lakes. Some lovely walks can be enjoyed straight from the door to Orrest Head where you can take in magnificent vistas of Windermere from one of the area’s best view points or why not take a tour on an open top bus or enjoy a trip on one of the famous Windermere Lake Steamers and take in the views from a rather different perspective?
    Stylishly presented with a contemporary theme throughout, the two of you will be spoiled by the amount of space and comfort on offer here at Betsy Cottage. The bathroom is a real treat with an enormous deep bath and separate shower whilst the modern fully equipped kitchen leads directly out to the garden and well presented outside living space offering you the chance to enjoy the sun all day long, when our rather typical Lake District weather will allow! As well as having private, off road parking, your pets are most welcome to join you here at Betsy Cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Lounge: Arranged around the gas fireplace with flat screen TV, DVD and Hi-Fi system.
    Dining room: with feature fireplace.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Kitchen: With breakfast bar area, electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Spacious Bathroom: With shower cubicle, deep bath, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed to front of property with original feature fireplace.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot, stairgate and highchair available.Outside: Private parking for one car. Rear paved garden with furniture provided.
    The stairs in the kitchen are steep and open on one side with handrail on other side. Extra care should be taken.

  • Mendip Barn

    Blagdon, nr. Cheddar

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44069

    Situated down a single track, no-through lane and set amongst stunning countryside, this detached, renovated barn offers a completely relaxed, ‘get away from it all’ atmosphere. There are beautiful views towards Wales and the English Channel from the adjoining fields. The cosy interior is full of character, with exposed stone walls, high barn ceiling and beams. Less than 1 mile brings you to the village of Blagdon, which offers local amenities and pubs. Blagdon’s wonderful 440-acre lake, with a 7-mile perimeter, which is the home of stillwater trout fishing known to anglers the world over, as well as being home to many birds and other wildlife. There is also fishing on the nearby Chew Valley lakes.
    There are many other activities available in the area including hill walking, pot-holing, climbing, pony trekking and foraging with local guides. The neighbouring village of Butcombe hosts Aldwick Court Vineyard where tours and sampling can be arranged. The imposing 300m ridge of the Mendip Hills is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching eastward from the Bristol Channel, rising like a rampart above the Somerset Levels. Near the barn, Burrington Combe is a perfect starting point for many wonderful walks and rides. The bottom of the Combe has a café/restaurant which is an ideal stop for tea and cake or an ice-cream. Further afield is Bristol, the Roman city of Bath, the city of Wells and Wells Cathedral, the Somerset Levels & moors, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey or for some retail therapy, visit Clarks Village designer outlet shopping centre at Street. For long sandy beaches and Victorian seaside resorts, visit Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Brean, Berrow and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric central heating, (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 100 yards.

  • The Hayloft

    Berrynarbor, nr. Ilfracombe

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: E3759


    At the foot of the beautiful Sterridge Valley, in one of Devon’s prettiest villages, this attractive holiday property enjoys a high degree of comfort and a quiet, relaxing ambience. Frequent winner of Best Kept Village and Britain in Bloom, Berrynarbor has a licensed shop/PO, ancient church, tea rooms and popular 16th century pub. It has little through traffic, yet is just 2 miles from Exmoor and Combe Martin’s beach, rock pools and choice of restaurants, and 4 miles from Ilfracombe’s spectacular theatre, indoor pool and golf. It is surrounded by some of the most dramatic coastal and moorland scenery in England and there are miles of marked foot and bridlepaths and cycleways. Woolacombe’s 3 mile long, clean, sandy beach is just 8 miles away, and Barnstaple’s traditional pannier markets, leisure centre and indoor tennis courts are a 20-minute drive. A scenic drive leads to Lynton and Lynmouth, connected by a unique water driven cliff railway. Clovelly and the north Cornish villages are easily accessible. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Cream tea on arrival. No smoking. No children. NB: Pond in garden.

  • Badgers Drift

    East Taphouse, nr. Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28914

    This spacious, detached holiday bungalow is situated in the owners’ grounds, surrounded by gardens and has far reaching views across the rolling countryside. It boasts open plan living with a large living room and French doors leading to the garden, ideal for alfresco dining. In a central location to visit many of the key tourist attractions that Cornwall has to offer including the fishing towns of Fowey and Looe and the coastal village of Polperro. Also within easy reach are the many beautiful gardens on the south coast. The historic city of Plymouth is a short drive away as are the many sandy surfing beaches on the north coast including Newquay with its zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium. Visit the harbour towns of Port Isaac, where the TV series Doc Martin is filmed, and Padstow with its variety of shops, pubs and restaurants including Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over ¾-bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared large lawned gardens. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • The Cartlinhay

    Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41747

    500 acres of farmlandRural countryside / Working farm

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

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

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

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