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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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  • Waters Reach

    Bridlington

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC245021
    Waters Reach is a delightful one bedroomed property close to the North Bay sea front area of Bridlington on the East Coast. It is literally a 5 minute walk to reach the water as the name suggests and is perfect for couples looking for a sea-side holiday. Waters Reach has recently been refurbished into a modern property with tasteful décor and furnishings throughout providing an excellent base for couples looking to explore this beautiful area. It is a very well-equipped property and provides everything you would need to enjoy a memorable holiday here.  French doors leading from the bedroom onto a lovely garden at the rear with lovely garden furniture is perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine on a summers evening.

    Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprises:

    Lounge/Diner: With TV/Sky sports DVD and WIFI

    Kitchen: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge/freezer.

    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite with double shower cubicle, WC and basin.

    All power, heating, bed linen and towels are provided.Fully enclosed patio area with furniture. Parking for 1 car. 1 well behaved dog welcome.

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  • Chalk Cottage

    Westbourne, nr. Chichester

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: PUUK


    This delightful, character 17th-century cottage is located next to the square in the picturesque village of Westbourne, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Chalk Cottage is one of 66 cottages mentioned in it. This lovely, quaint village has a shop and post office, a selection of pubs with dining, and a historic church, all a few yards away. Dating back to the Georgian period, this deceptively spacious home would have been the coach house which allowed the carriages to access the former Lamb Hotel. The bedroom and bathroom on the first floor would have formed an arch for the horse and carts to proceed underneath – the ground floor has since been built, in more recent years, to provide the current living/dining room and kitchen. Steeped in history, Chalk Cottage boasts features such as sash windows and exposed wooden beams in the bedroom. The living/dining room has alcoves and there is a fire surround housing an electric woodburner. A door leads from the kitchen to an enclosed, secluded courtyard, ideal for enjoying an aperitif or al fresco dining.

    There is so much to do in the area, with excellent walking, hiking and birdwatching in the South Downs National Park. The market town of Emsworth is only a 10-minute drive, with a train station, a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as a mill pond and estuary where many birds and other wildlife can be seen, and where scenic waterside walks can be enjoyed. Many attractions and National Trust homes are within easy reach, as well as Chichester with its cathedral, leisure facilities, Goodwood and Fontwell races. Also, historic Portsmouth with designer shopping outlets, historic dockyard, ferries to the Isle of Wight, Spinnaker Tower and more. Beaches including Emsworth and West Wittering are also nearby. Slightly further, visit The New Forest to the west and Arundel Castle to the east. Golf, riding, sailing walking, cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Hot air balloon flights can be arranged with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Living/dining room with electric woodburner. Kitchen with door to courtyard garden. Steep stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with sash windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Bluetooth radio
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Puffin Burrow

    Portmellon, nr. Mevagissey

    Grade
    2
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    1
    1
    Ref: GWH

    Just 50 yards from a sandy beach on the water’s edge, with an uninterrupted view of Portmellon Cove, this sheltered, south-facing and cosy 18th-century cottage (right hand, white cottage below balcony in photograph) enjoys a suntrap setting above the water. The coastal road winds through the quiet port of Portmellon, and Puffin Burrow is only 50 yards from the local inn and within walking distance of the delightful harbour, restaurants and pubs of Mevagissey. The legendary Lost Gardens of Heligan are 2 miles away. Ideally situated for the Eden Project. Shops ½ mile.

    Cosy living/dining room with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire. Open-plan kitchen. First floor: Twin bedroom with sea view and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Shared terrace for al fresco dining.

    • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • TV/DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared terrace, waterfront patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking 50 yards
    • High water mooring
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • NB: Steep steps leading to shared waterfront patio

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  • Dolphina

    Middleton-on-Sea

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44272


    Built on the owner’s land, this unique, cosy and compact property is ideal for couples or for a one-person getaway. Dolphina has been cleverly crafted using a boating theme, and is only 40 yards from the beach, with private-path access. It enjoys a small enclosed south-facing decked courtyard area, with pampas grass and tropical plants, from which you can enjoy listening to the sounds of the sea!
    The dog-friendly pebble and sand beach, protected by rock islands, is great for crabbing, fishing, bathing or potholing, and it is perfectly located for walking to nearby Bognor Regis. Middleton-on-Sea has pubs, local shops, takeaways and restaurants within easy walking distance, and Littlehampton or Bognor have further eateries, as well as small beachside cinemas, within a 5-minute drive. There is plenty to do in the area, with Arundel close by, famous for its castle, lanes with artefact, books and antique shops, plus Wildfowl and Wetlands wildlife centre, Pulborough Brooks RSPB and popular beaches at The Witterings, Worthing and Bognor. Also easy driving distance to Chichester with cathedral, festival theatre, leisure facilities and Goodwood or Fontwell Races, or Midhurst with Cowdray Polo and shops. There are many scenic walks including in the South Downs National Park. Also within easy driving distance (or train ride) the cosmopolitan city of Brighton to the east, and Portsmouth to the west, which has the Spinnaker Tower, ferry trips to the Isle of Wight and designer retail shopping. NT homes and gardens, such as Goodwood House, Parham Park, Royal Pavilion, Petworth House, Stanstead Park and East Dean can all be easily reached. Outdoor pursuits such as golf, horse racing, various water sports, riding and cycling routes can all be found in the area. Can be booked with ref: 27373 to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. 6 paddle steps to galleried area with double bed (accessed from one side only).

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Smart TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

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  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 13049

    Spectacular views

    This well-maintained, first floor holiday garden apartment, an addition to the 18th-century farmhouse, has spectacular views and surrounding gardens. Mayo Farm, a working smallholding, overlooks the valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale from its elevated position. Shaftesbury, with ancient abbey ruins and renowned Gold Hill, is within walking distance (along the B3081). NT Stourhead and Kingston Lacy nearby. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Please note: Although there are beds for 4, the maximum occupancy is 2 guests.

    All on first floor (stairs or stairlift): Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Small sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 steps to 1 twin (for alternative sleeping).

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared landscaped garden and 10-acre grounds. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Ornamental ponds in garden.

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  • The Studio

    Burton Bradstock

    Grade
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    Ref: 769

    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and cleverly combines all the character of its original use with modern conveniences, to form cosy holiday accommodation featuring a galleried bedroom. The property is situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock near to Chesil Beach in an AONB. Good swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and superb walks are to be had in this unspoilt area of Dorset’s Jurassic coast. A lively street market is in nearby Bridport on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shop 250 yards, pub next door.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Open-tread staircase to first floor: Galleried double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small secluded patio area and chairs. Parking (1 car).

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  • Mill Race Cottage

    Bakewell

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC412106
    Situated in a prime location just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the historic and picturesque market town of Bakewell, this fully renovated stone cottage offers a cosy, romantic retreat. It is perfect for anyone wanting to spend quality time in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Committed ramblers to fair weather walkers can enjoy walks around the streets, sampling homemade local delights and neighbouring villages such as Ashford-in-the-Water and Rowsley, or through the spectacular limestone dales of the Monsal Trail. Bakewell itself has the River Wye running through the centre, providing opportunities for relaxing by the beautiful waterside setting, or enjoying wonderful riverside walks. It is a popular base for tourists wanting to explore the area, and is home to a multitude of historic buildings, courtyards and independent shops and cafès. As a small market town, Bakewells market day is every Monday, with an additional farmers market held on the last Saturday of the month. Other key annual events include the popular Bakewell Show, Well Dressings, Carnival Week, Bakewell Arts Festival and the Bakewell Music Festival. The magnificent historic houses of Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House can be reached within 15 minutes’. The major cities of Sheffield, Derby and Manchester can be reached in around an hour. Matlock, 15 minutes and Chesterfield and Buxton in half an hour. Shop 350 yards, pub 350 yards and restaurant 170 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living/dining room: Beamed with oak floor, electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD, radio and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: Beamed with tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with super king size bed and en-suite shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot available on request. Small courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking permit for 1 car.

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  • The Coachhouse

    Purton, nr. Royal Wootton Bassett

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: W43805


    This renovated 19th-century coachhouse is a charming, detached, ‘upside down’ holiday cottage. The old stable door leads in to the kitchen/dining room, with stairs up to the living room, bedroom and bathroom. The property lies in a peaceful cul-de-sac within a fenced, gated area, and is ideal for pet owners. It is within a 4-minute stroll along a quiet lane to the amenities of Purton village, which has a corner shop, post office, library and a local pub and restaurant. Nearby is a hotel/restaurant and a lot of lovely walks.
    The Coachhouse provides an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions within the area. Royal Wootton Bassett is a picturesque town which has retained much of its architectural heritage, and has many pubs, shops and amenities. Nearby, Jubilee Lake is to be found, where a wooded trail leads off to a steeply-wooded area, a popular spot for walkers, dog owners and anglers. Malmesbury dates back to the 5th century and is named the Queen of hilltop towns due to its position perched above the River Avon. The abbey and gardens are well worth a visit, and it is also the gateway to the Cotswolds. Bibury, once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’ is just 30 minutes away. Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford are within an hour’s drive. Westonbirt holds the UK’s largest collection of trees and hosts many concerts throughout the summer. For retail therapy, the designer outlet village at Swindon is located in a disused railway station. The Cotswolds Water Park, near Cirencester, offers 40 square miles of lakes for wind surfing, sailing, canoeing and skiing. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. First floor: Living room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Squirrels

    Neaum Crag, Skelwith Bridge

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    Ref: LZB

    Overlooking a small tarn with views towards the Langdale Valley, this tastefully furnished, ground floor holiday apartment has a well-appointed patio, tempting visitors to sit out by the tarn and drink in the peaceful surroundings. Forming part of a complex, gentle strolls may be enjoyed in the
    2½ acres of shared woodland with tarn, whilst an inviting shared indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi and sauna augment the already fine facilities. Enveloped by superb scenery, it is set in an excellent central location for walking, touring and participating in water sports. Ambleside 3 miles. Windermere 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with electric fire, kitchen area and patio doors to sitting-out area overlooking tarn. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH and bed linen included
    • Towel hire £2.00per person
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • No garden – small sitting-out area
    • Shared 2½-acre unspoilt woodland
    • Parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (open 2nd March–16th November) with Jacuzzi and sauna
    • No smoking
    • NB: Tarn in woodland

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  • Grange Farm Cottages - Stone Cross

    Spaunton, nr. Lastingham

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: ITQ

    Situated within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, these carefully converted barns now provide three beautiful holiday cottages in a secluded, south facing, courtyard setting with stunning, uninterrupted views over Ryedale. Riccal Heads (ITS) has a large dining table which can seat 10 people, perfect if all three properties are booked together. The area is excellent for both walking and cycling and the picturesque villages and quaint market towns await exploration. Hutton le Hole (1½ miles), is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, giving an insight into traditions of the past, Helmsley
    (10 miles) has a weekly market, an abundance of traditional teashops and the historic attractions of Duncombe Park, the Walled Garden and Norman castle ruins. Easily accessible is Dalby Forest with its 9 mile scenic drive and an award-winning visitor centre. The North York Moors Steam Railway offers a step back in time and a leisurely way to enjoy the scenery. Departing from Pickering
    (10 miles) it passes through Goathland and Grosmont on its way to Whitby, with its stunning coastline and ancient abbey. Nunnington Hall, Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey are close by and the historic city of York just an hour’s drive away. Riding and golf available locally. Shop 5 miles, pub
    ¾ mile.

    Beamed dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread, wrought-iron staircase to galleried beamed living room with wooden floor.

    • Shared freezer

    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating (by biomass boiler), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking

    Note: Stone Cross ITQ, The Wests ITR and Riccal Heads ITS can be booked together to sleep 10 people (Riccal Heads has a large dining table to seat 10)

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  • The Stables

    East Coker, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: RCHB34

    Set peacefully in East Coker, South Somerset, near the Dorset border, this single-storey detached converted stables is ideally situated to explore many attractions in both counties. Golf and fly fishing are available locally, and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Westbay and Lyme Regis for wonderful scenery and walks is within easy driving distance. This holiday cottage is only 3 miles from Yeovil, a busy but pleasant market town, and 8 miles from Sherborne with its quaint shops, abbey and castle. Yeovilton Air Museum and many historic houses are nearby. Glastonbury, Cheddar and Bath are all easily accessible for days out. Shops 1 mile, restaurant and pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Apartment 1

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: UKC252

    Situated just 500 yards from Torquay seafront, these two first floor holiday apartments are situated in a quiet row of shops, just off the main sea front. The apartments have been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and are ideal holiday accommodation for couples or friends holidaying together. The apartments are within walking distance of the shops, sea front, bars and nightclubs of Torquay. Not far from the Princess Theatre, and perfect for a boat trip across the bay to Brixham. There are so many things to do on the English Riviera, with the award winning zoo at Paignton also close by. At Babbacombe you will find a model village and a small theatre all within walking distance, and the beach and bistro are accessed down the cliff railway. There are many National Trust properties all close by, including Greenway, Agatha Christie’s summer house, and The Grand Hotel where she wrote many novels. Tor Abbey sands are also well worth a visit. Beach 500 yards. Shop 10 yards, pub 100 yards, restaurant 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Freezer.

    Both properties: Electric radiators, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. On road parking. No smoking.

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