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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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  • Calbourne Watermill Cottages - Riverside Mill Cottage

    Calbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24564

    Set in the grounds of Calbourne Water Mill

    These charming character holiday cottages are tucked away close to a fenced stream. Located within the grounds of one of the island’s most popular family attractions, Calbourne Water Mill, set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens with roaming peacocks, hens and doves. Step back in time and observe the traditional flour making process using 17th century water and stone mills, view antique engines, Granma’s kitchen, Granfer’s tool shop, restored farm wagons, wartime museum and fire station. Also enjoy on-site punting, swings, licensed cafe (Apr to Oct) and gift shop. The river close by boasts many fish including trout, eels, carp and Koi carp. Also within easy reach of many bays, coves, beaches, stunning countryside and coastal walks. Visit ’The Needles’, pinnacles of chalk rising 100ft out of the sea. Alum Bay with its coloured sands is nearby, as well as golf at Freshwater, hang gliding, surfing, fishing and riding. Discover traditional pottery, glass making, lavender and garlic farms, donkey sanctuary, pearl factory, a zoo, a castle and NT properties. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with low doorway and beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet. First floor: Landing with single chair bed (for alternative sleeping). 2 bedrooms: 1 double leading to 1 bunk.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi (in cafe on site, open April-October). Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a stream next to the property.

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  • Whitestone Cottage

    Staintondale near Scarborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC242113
    Nestling within the beautiful East Yorkshire Heritage Coastline between the bustling resorts of Scarborough and Whitby, Whitestone Cottage can be found on the edge of Staintondale, overlooking Hayburn Wyke, known for its links with pirates and smugglers in years by!  Situated within the grounds of the owners home, this delightful  holiday cottage enjoys the privacy of an enclosed garden to the side with long distance views over open countryside towards the sea which is accessible by footpath taking approximately 20 minutes.  The cottage is cosy and welcoming and enjoys accommodation at ground floor level with wonderful views from the lounge, private parking spaces and excellent walking in the immediate area with access to the Cleveland Way and Whitby-Scarborough former railway, The Shire Horse Farm Visitor Centre, Staintondale Riding Stables and Pesky Huskies! There are many byways and bridleways for horse riding and mountain biking nearby.

    Ground Floor: The property is all ground floor, has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With woodburning stove, TV, DVD and radio.
    Kitchen: With a Stanley Range cooker (instructions available) with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with icebox,
    Dining room: With table and four chairs.
    Bedroom 1: With double brass and cast bed and cot.
    Bedroom 2: With twin brass and cast beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, W.C., wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included.  Cot and highchair available. Outdoor laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryerLawned garden with paved patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Parking for two cars. Two well behaved pets are welcome.

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  • Coverack Headland - Stanwick

    Coverack, nr. Helston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: B5020

    Magnificent views out to sea

    These two holiday properties (refs: 24362 amd B5020) are set on the unspoilt Lizard Peninsula, and have been converted from a fine Edwardian hotel. They enjoy an outstanding location on Chynhalls Point, with magnificent views out to sea. Amid large, attractive gardens and grounds, the complex enjoys its own sandy beach and outdoor tennis court. You can enjoy wonderful coastal walks in this beautiful, peaceful area which is protected by the National Trust. A path leads down to the fishing village of Coverack, with its shops, restaurant and pub. Here you can enjoy sandy and shingle beaches, deep sea fishing and windsurfing lessons, all within ½ mile. Visit Roskillys Farm, famed for their cream and ice cream, or visit Goonhilly satellite station, 3 miles. The Mullion 18-hole golf course is 9 miles away, and there are plenty of coves and beaches within easy reach. An excellent site for bird watching and rare wild flowers. The apartments have been superbly converted to provide a good standard of holiday accommodation, with the properties having spectacular sea views, they are ideal for couples and families alike. This is a well-placed holiday base from which to explore. Pub within 1 mile.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sea views from all windows.

    Towels included. Balcony (30ft) and furniture.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Access to large grounds with attractive gardens, furniture and sandy beach. Parking. Shared tennis court. No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the grounds, 150 yards. NB: Significant drops in grounds.

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  • The Cottage At Dockens Water

    Linwood

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29681

    Situated in the New Forest National Park
    Shared outdoor swimming pool and sauna

    This detached lodge-style holiday bungalow accessed by a rough track, is situated adjacent to the owner’s home. With its wonderful moorland and forest views, the property is set amidst the heart of the New Forest National Park which is a genuine walkers’ paradise and offers miles of traffic-free cycling. Beautiful woodland and moorland views can be enjoyed from every room in the property. Guests have access to the fantastic shared swimming pool and sauna! Why not completely relax and try beginners yoga and meditation, instructed on-site by a qualified yoga teacher (£15 for 90 minutes, one-on-one session). The New Forest is home to more than 3000 wild ponies which roam freely as well as deer, cattle and pigs. The cottage is perfectly located for admiring stunning summer evening sunsets across the open landscape. The popular coastal towns of Christchurch and Mudeford are a short drive away. Beach 20 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors/dining room/kitchen with flagstone floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Shared external laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. Terraced area and furniture. Shared 9-acre grounds with patio and sitting-out area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared outdoor swimming pool (10m x 4m, depth 1m to 1.8m), open 7am to 7pm everyday, June-September. Sauna. NB: Stream, lake and brook in grounds 20 yards.

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  • Brambles Cottage

    Freshwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30030


    This semi-detached holiday bungalow benefits from being in superb countryside with breathtaking sea views a moment’s walk away, and its position offers a peaceful escape. The area is ideal for walkers, cyclists and families alike, and provides stunning sea views and dramatic coastal scenery. Pitch and putt, crazy golf, football goals and a children’s play area can be found a few minutes from the property. The Needles, with its chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay, is just a short distance. The 17th-century Calbourne Water Mill, Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House and Gardens are a short drive away. Historic Yarmouth is worthy of a visit and the island can be easily explored from the open-top buses that stop regularly at various collection points across the island. Blackgang Chine, the oldest themed attraction in the UK, Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight Pearl, Dinosaur Isle and a donkey sanctuary are all nearby. The impressive south coast and Tennyson Down, with its many walks, are only minutes away. Beach 750 yards. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (4ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric fire in living room included. Gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundrette with coin-operated facilities. Patio with furniture. Shared landscaped grounds. On road parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Spout Crag Boathouse

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27784

    These detached (Spout Crag, ref 27784) ) and semi-detached (Lakeshore, ref 27785)) boathouses are in a superb, secluded position over the water on the shore of Lake Windermere. The boathouses are not only an ideal romantic hideaway and walking base, they also provide the ultimate holiday location for enjoying sailing or water sports on Windermere with direct access to the lake, small pier and boat mooring facilities with each property (storage under the boathouse 8m x 2.5m) with a boardwalk at the side. Both holiday properties are tastefully and comfortably furnished throughout, they boast a light and airy living room opening on to a large sun terrace overlooking the lake and fells. A host of Lakeland attractions can be found nearby, including many of Wordsworth’s inspirational locations - his home, Dove Cottage, is open to the public all year. Grizedale Forest, with its Go Ape high wire adventure course, Grasmere and Ambleside are all close by. Visit Hilltop Farm near Sawrey, where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her stories, or take a trip to Hawkshead where there is a gallery dedicated to her original drawings and illustrations. Take a trip across Lake Windermere on the leisurely steamer, which connects with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall and Levens Hall all within easy reach. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park at Dalton is a wonderful day out for all the family, as is the Aquarium of the Lakes at Lakeside and Muncaster Castle with its extensive gardens. Excellent walks locally with stunning views, as well as cycling and pony-trekking. Bowness, with its wealth of shops, pubs and restaurants, is just 11/2 miles away.

    41 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen all with tiled floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Garden. Parking (3 cars).

    Both properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake frontage.

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  • The Park - Summerhouse 2

    Mawgan Porth, nr. Newquay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC84

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

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

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

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

    Four steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 27-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools in grounds (15m x 5m, depth 1.47m) with shower and changing facilities, open 8am - 7pm. Shared sauna and steam room. Shared children’s play area. No smoking. NB: Steps and fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Dougal’s Den

    Windermere

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC127229
    Dougal’s Den sits in a quiet backwater of Windermere, just off the centre of this now rather cosmopolitan town which has been pedestrianised to create uniquely paved walkways lined with interesting shops, cafes and bars dotted with discreet lighting, the streets quite a spectacular site in the evenings. Some wonderful and rewarding walks can be enjoyed straight from the door, the views from nearby Orrest Head are certainly worth the hike.
    Dougal’s Den, a stylish, mid terraced Lakeland cottage, is very well equipped and of good quality throughout, providing a welcoming base for the smaller party and their very own ’Dougal’. The cosy lounge room set out around the warming gas fire, offers a comfortable retreat after a day’s sightseeing or walking whilst the quality beds dressed in fresh white linens ensure a good night’s rest. A further sitting room on the lower ground floor is ideal for those gamers among you as it has a TV with Sony Playstation along with a selection of books and games.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Sitting room: With Freeview TV/DVD and deep cushioned sofas arranged around the gas fireplace.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave.
    Rear door to small enclosed courtyard with seating.
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Sitting room: With TV, Playstation and a selection of books and games.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC

    All gas, electric, towels and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available.Outside: On street parking for one car via permit.

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  • Cherry Blossom

    Laycock near Haworth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC213016
    Located within stunning rural surroundings just outside the village of Laycock is Cherry Blossom.  This detached stone barn conversion on two floors offers spacious accommodation for four guests in two bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom.  To the ground floor is a well equipped kitchen/diner and a welcoming lounge with electric feature fire.  An ideal place to relax after a day out and about exploring this popular area, in the heart of Bronte Country.
    Cherry Blossom has the added bonus of a highly regarded chef on site (arranged direct with the owner).  The owners live in the farmhouse next door and offer bed, breakfast and quality evening meals.  Guests staying in Cherry Blossom are welcome to book a table for breakfast or dinner at Far Laithe Farm, allowing the flexibility of being self- contained, yet not having to cook whilst on holiday – the best of both worlds!

    Ground Floor: With oil central heating, electric fire, and comprising:

    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dining suite.

    Lounge: with TV with free view, DVD, radio/CD, electric feature fire, WiFi, door leading to private patio.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed

    Bathroom 1: en-suite to bedroom 1, with shower, WC, basin, shaver point

    Bedroom 2: with twin beds

    Bathroom 2: en-suite to bedroom 2 with bath, separate shower, WC, basin, shaver point.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels provided. WiFi available. Private patio area to the rear with furniture.  Ample private parking

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  • The Apartment

    Torquay

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43909

    Just 500 yards from the seafront and beach, situated opposite a leafy park with a view to Torre Abbey and a glimpse of sea from the side window. This first floor apartment has a large garden with a summer house and a patio, ideal for al fresco dining. It is furnished to a very good standard and belongs to a very well known, best selling author and is also close to where Agatha Christie wrote many of her famous novels. It is perfectly situated to make the most of the area, 5 minutes to sea front, 3 minutes to Torquay station and a pleasant 10 minute stroll through Torre Abbey gardens and park beyond to reach the picturesque harbour, Princess theatre, shops, cafes and restaurants. The Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium where penguins roam freely, is there too, and just a short drive or bus ride is Babbacombe Model Village, Bygones and Kent’s Cavern. By day or night there are fantastic panoramic views from the Rock Walk behind Torquay promenade. Gaze down on the vibrant harbour life, across the bay towards Paignton and Brixham, or further inland as far afield as Dartmoor on a clear day. Rock Walk provides the perfect viewpoint for annual events including the Red Arrows, firework displays and sailing events throughout the year. You can join the South West Coastal Path, which is around 5 minutes’ walk away, and take in the fantastic scenery. There are also many National Trust properties close by. Beach 500 yards. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    13 steps to entrance: First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 8 years. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • The Old Hall Barn Cottages - The Old Hall Barn

    Hope

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18747
    These two attractive cottages have been lovingly renovated from a former barn retaining many original features and beams. Providing a superb and ideal holiday base to visit all the Peak Park has to offer with golf and horse riding within 5 miles. Set just off the main road in the pretty village of Hope, near Mam Tor and Lose Hill in the superb scenery of the Peak Park’s Hope Valley with the Pennine Way village of Edale just a few miles away. Visit the gigantic cathedral-like caves of Castleton, which is also famous for Peveril Castle perched high on a hill, and the Blue John Caves, which can be explored by boat! The charming villages of Tideswell, Eyam (plague village) and Hathersage, market town of Bakewell and Buxton Spa are all less than 12 miles. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and limestone Dales are all nearby. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    First Floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Upper Oakwood Apartment

    Alnwick

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC316015
    Located in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick, this delightful second floor apartment has recently undergone a major refurbishment to provide excellent accommodation.  Each of the rooms is a different shape and size making the apartment truly quirky and oozing its historical charm.  The property is immaculately presented and stylishly furnished throughout with much care and thoughtful attention to the finer details.  The high quality is evident; the kitchen boasts solid oak units with granite work surfaces, travertine flooring and a Belfast sink. Upper Oakwood Apartment is on the second floor of this impressive building, sitting above Oakwood Apartment (311062) and situated in the heart of Fenkle Street.  Each apartment can be booked individually or together making them suitable for the gathering of family and friends. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Second Floor: Living Room: with TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Breakfasting kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and en suite shower cubicle with toilet

    Bedroom 2: with double bed
    Bathroom: with bath and toilet

    Gas central heating, fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided

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