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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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  • Portland

    Starcross, nr. Dawlish

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E4829

    These fabulous apartments, with stunning views across the Exe estuary (Portland has limited views), were once the home of Captain George Peacock who constructed the Panama canal and they provide the ideal base for a really relaxing holiday. Easily accessible by road, rail and water, they sit opposite a small railway station and ferry port to Exmouth’s two miles of golden sands and traditional resort facilities. The fine beach and nature reserve at Dawlish Warren are 2 miles whilst sightseeing and shopping in the cathedral city of Exeter are 7 miles. The surrounding countryside is particularly good for walking and cycling – nearby Haldon Forest is criss-crossed with trails and there is even a cycle track to Exeter from Regent House itself, Exe trail cycleway – and the Exe estuary is great for sailing, windsurfing and all manner of water sports, with tuition for all levels of ability. Powderham Castle is within walking distance, visit the castle, farm shop and check out the events held there including classic car rally, food fayres and concerts. Golf courses are also close by. Floating restaurant at Exmouth is well worth a visit, booking advisable. Guided bird watching cruises are available, river cruises run all year and Jurassic Coast cruises in summer. Some of Devon’s famed resorts – Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Sidmouth as well as the ‘English Riviera’ resorts of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – and Dartmoor National Park’s rugged beauty are a little further afield. Shops and a pub serving food are within a 5-minute stroll.

    7 external steps to entrance. All on first floor floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with twin beds. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and air conditioning included. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). NB: This property does not have a bedroom.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. No smoking.

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  • The Dairy

    Wadebridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: G19

    The peaceful, fertile Camel Valley is the setting for this delightful single-storey cottage. Dating from the 1700s, it lies 5 miles from the sea at Rock and has its own pretty courtyard and woodland and paddock grounds of 2½ acres. Adjoining the owner’s home, it is reached via a country track, and presented to a high standard; an attractive conservatory acts as a sun trap - an ideal year round retreat in which to curl up with a good book or glass of wine. Pleasant forest walks can be enjoyed and the stunning coastline beckons exploration nearby. Within easy reach is Padstow with picturesque harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants, including Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant. Shops 2 miles.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and patio doors to conservatory. Small, modern fitted kitchen. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave washing machine
    • Tumble dryer available by arrangement
    • Freezer
    • Pretty courtyard and furniture
    • Shared access to 2½ acres of paddock and woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

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  • Dog Rose Cottage

    Great Dunham

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W43654


    Enjoying the perfect countryside setting abundant with birds and wildlife, this single-storey detached holiday cottage stands within the owner’s grounds, with its own enclosed patio garden and a further 2 acres of pasture land (shared with the owner) to explore. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy sightings of the visiting barn owl and paddock buzzards. A network of miles of quiet lanes and trails offer excellent walking and cycling opportunities. The cottage is furnished and equipped offering open plan living with laminate floors throughout and provides an excellent standard of accommodation making it a perfect choice at any time of year.
    An ideal location just a short drive of the North Norfolk coastline with its wealth of sandy beaches, pretty coastal villages and RSPB nature and bird reserves. Boasting a central position within a few miles’ drive of the convenience provided by the major Norfolk towns of East Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham. Castle Acre, 5 miles, for castle ruins, a good pub and café. The Royal Sandringham Estate, is 18 miles. The City of Norwich, is 25 miles, for excellent shopping, cathedral, castle museum, theatre, cafes and restaurants. Wroxham, 32 miles, capital of the famous Norfolk Broads, for daily boat hire and river trips are available to explore the miles of inland waterways and riverside cafes. Shop, pub and restaurant 21/2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Blu-ray. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2 acres of natural and woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds, 500 yards.

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  • Whernside View

    near Sedbergh

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC131122
    Whernside View occupies a most enviable position on the fellside and enjoys uniterrupted views of this beautiful part of the world. The cottage has been converted from a redundant farm building and now offers excellent, high quality facilities with many retained characterful features including a mix of slate and oak floors. A mere 1 mile from Sedbergh inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park and only 20 minutes drive from the Lake District National Park, the property is ideally located to enjoy the Howgill Fells and an ideal base for walking the famous Dalesway.
    This property can be booked together with Dales View (131121)

    Ground Floor: Oil fired central heating, the accommodation comprises: Covered entrance porch leading to:
    Bedroom: King sized bedroom with pretty fabrics and co-ordinating decor.
    Bathroom : with bath, separate shower cubicle, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Living room: open plan with gas effect log fire, colour TV, video and DVD and french doors to grassed area.
    Kitchen : with fridge/freezer, oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

    All fuel, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry no cot or highchair available.  Wifi internet access available.Patio area to the front with furniture provided. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Wellington Farm - Ramscliff Cottage

    Nr. Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: EGA


    Set in a secluded position high in the Mendips above Cheddar Gorge and just 3 miles from Cheddar, these attractive barn conversions make an excellent base for walkers and nature lovers. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is rich in bird and wildlife, including badgers and deer (which visit the farm). Animals on the farm include calves, pygmy goats, alpacas and guinea pigs. Nature trails criss-cross the surrounding hills, easily accessible from the farm, and the whole area is one of immense historical and geological interest.
    Among the many places of interest to visit are Wells cathedral in England’s smallest city, Glastonbury Tor, the caves at Cheddar and Wookey, Longleat and several NT properties including Montacute House and Stourhead and King John’s Hunting Lodge in pretty Axbridge. Excellent beaches and seaside entertainment can be enjoyed at Weston Super Mare and Brean, and there are many charming villages to be explored, along with the rugged landscape of Exmoor National Park, famous for the native ponies. The Georgian Heritage city of Bath is easily reached with its beautiful architecture, Roman Baths, Abbey and fine selection of shops and restaurants. Several golf clubs are available locally together with horse riding, coarse fishing and trout fishing at Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes. Very good local inns and places to eat. Please note: Ramscliff Cottage (ref EGA) and Long Wood (ref EPH) can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests.

    All on one floor: Spacious, open-plan sitting-room with kitchen area, breakfast bar at one end and electric log-effect fire. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • NSH included

    • Electric log-effect fire included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed children’s play area with seesaw, climbing frame, slide and swings
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Temperance Croft

    Wadshelf near Bakewell

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC412010
    This cosy ground floor accommodation is set on a working farm and has fabulous views on both sides of the property across open fields. This recently renovated property is surrounded by six and a half acres of grassland where the owner keep their pedigree Suffolk sheep.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen/Diner: With fitted units, table and chairs, electric oven and hob, additional gas hob, full size fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine.
    Lounge: With coal effect fire, flat screen TV , DVD, 3/4 Sofa bed (available by prior arrangement with the owner, please advise at time of booking if required) and radio/CD player
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Shower room: With  WC, wash basin ans shaver point.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Paved area with table and chairs beside the Lounge, also an additional garden area with six steps up to it. Private parking off road for 2 cars. Bike store. Welcome pack including home made bread and cake.Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Curlew Lodge

    Erlestoke, nr. Devizes

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29231


    This detached, single storey barn conversion is set in the grounds of the owner’s equestrian smallholding, and enjoys far reaching views over the fields and surrounding countryside. The living room has a spacious, light and airy feel, with a high ceiling and beams from the original barn. This quiet location in the Avonvale, adjacent to the chalk downlands of Salisbury Plain, is an ideal holiday base and great for keen walkers and cyclists. Visit one of the many stately homes and gardens in the area, including Stourhead, Wiltshire’s finest 18th-century, landscaped garden and palladian mansion, Bowood, Longleat Safari Park and home of Lord Bath, and Wilton House. Visit also the picturesque villages of Castle Combe and Lacock, the setting for the Harry Potter films and many period dramas. Walk the White Horse Trail to see the 8 white horses carved into the hillside, and enjoy the towpaths and boat trips along the Kennett and Avon canal, passing through beautiful scenery en route to Bradford-upon-Avon and the Georgian spa city of Bath. A few miles from the market town of Devizes, which has a wide choice of shops. tea rooms and entertainment. Further afield lies the prehistoric monuments at Stonehenge and Avebury, and the cathedral city of Salisbury. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included (operational October-March only). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed gravelled area with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond by owner’s house.

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  • Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, nr. Charmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W7661

    Peaceful village location

    Tucked away in the sleepy little village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, the accommodation is next door to a quiet country pub. This completely self contained wing of the owner’s house, has been pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide an excellent base from which to explore this charming part of rural West Dorset, including the Jurassic Coastline, designated by UNESCO as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside abounds in glorious walks and wildlife, and is dotted with picturesque villages. Within a few miles lies the National Trust coastal area famous for its stunning scenery, fossil hunting and with wonderful beaches at Charmouth. The Cobb breakwater at Lyme Regis is also worth a visit. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Trees

    Verwood, nr. Cranborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43878

    The Trees is a comfortable, well presented, single-storey annexe, which is attached to the owners’ home yet it is self contained and enjoys lovely views over the pretty gardens. This cosy holiday home makes an ideal base for exploring this delightful part of Dorset. Located next to the local church, it is only 5 minutes’ walk to the local pubs, restaurants and village shop. Nearby Moors Valley provides excellent walking and wildlife spotting, as well as recreational activities such as golf, ‘Go-Ape’, biking, fishing, orienteering, canoeing, petanque and Segway rides. Avon Heath is also close by, ideal for keen amblers. The New Forest National Park provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths. You can often find the ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages.
    There is a water park near to the charming town of Fordingbridge, which has a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon is also nearby. Nearby Ringwood also has a good selection of shops and restaurants. Also convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch Harbour and the coast, including Poole and Bournmouth. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Stonehenge, maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric coooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bluebell Cottage

    Corbridge near Hexham

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC334054
    Situated in the very heart of the picture postcard village of Corbridge nestles Bluebell Cottage.   The property is deceptively spacious and is brimming with character and charm.  Immaculately presented throughout and with much thought, care and attention to the finer details, Bluebell Cottage simply oozes style.  The cosy lounge features a fabulous inglenook fireplace where a wood-burning stove is idyllic to gaze into and watch the flames dance after a day exploring this stunning area. The dining room leads to a well equipped kitchen which opens out onto a lovely fully enclosed garden; a perfect spot to dine alfresco.  The beautifully co-ordinated bedroom and fresh bathroom are on the first floor.  This delightful cottage is furnished to the highest of standards and makes a truly romantic retreat for couples seeking to escape. 

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge:  with feature wood-burning stove, Freeview, TV, radio/cassette, Wi-Fi connection

    Dining room:  beautifully furnished with dining furniture

    Kitchen:  electric cooker, microwave, fridge / freezer and washer / dryer; door leading to enclosed patio garden

    First Floor: Bedroom:  with double bed

    Bathroom:  with hand-held shower spray over bath,walk in shower, WC and wash basin

    All oil and electricity included.  First supply of fuel for stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied.  Wi-Fi. .Enclosed garden with patio area and outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Winscott Barton Barns: Cob Cottage

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25979

    Close to coast

    A tranquil retreat amidst glorious countryside and just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon coast and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! and the attractive old port of Bideford, with its pastel coloured houses alongside a tree lined quay. These three delightful 17th-century cob and stone barns have been stylishly converted to a superb standard and offer the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape or a family gathering. Each of these spacious properties has its own private garden and lovely country views. There are footpaths from the door, a village shop and choice of inns within 2 miles. Take a boat trip from Bideford to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. Instow, 3 miles, is a pretty, unspoilt, seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The famous Tarka Trail is located nearby and offers good walking and cycling with bike hire available. There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Quay and lighthouse are well worth a visit and for family fun The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure parks are close by. Golf, riding, fishing, surfing, mountain boarding, karting and high ropes are available locally and the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors are all within easy driving distance as is the famous Eden Project. With so much to discover in this lovely part of North Devon, Winscott Barton Barns is the perfect holiday choice. Shop, pub and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors, vaulted ceilings and beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom wtih en-suite shower room and toilet.

    First £28per week September-April, first £15per week May-August electric underfloor central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Travel cot on request. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s freezer. Parking (2 cars). No children under 5 years except babes in arms.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 6-acre natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Garden Lodge

    Llanfair Waterdine, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27285

    This detached holiday property is set in the Teme Valley, amongst stunning countryside on the Wales/Shropshire border. The area is a walker’s haven as it is close to Offa’s Dyke, Glyndwr’s Way, the Mortimer Trail and the Shropshire Hills, AONB. The owners have devised a number of local walks that can be achieved from the front door. Knighton, 3 miles, offers independent shops, pubs, restaurants and the Offa’s Dyke Centre. Castles in the area include Ludlow, Powys and Clun. Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, the Royal Welsh Showground, and the market towns of Newtown and Welshpool are within easy reach. Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine by arrangement. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet to be kept under strict control. No smoking.

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