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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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  • Ellergill

    Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: LUB

    Enjoying a peaceful rural setting, this award-winning cottage has been sympathetically converted from a barn, retaining many original features, and carefully furnished to create a warm, cosy atmosphere. Adjacent to the owners’ home, the holiday cottage lies down a no-through lane which leads up to the Fells in the lovely Lune Valley – an area renowned for its excellent walking. The pretty market town of Kirkby Lonsdale (2 miles) offers an excellent selection of shops and restaurants. The Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales are a short drive. Village shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles.

    Entrance into dining room with attractive stone-flagged floor. Cosy, beamed sitting-room with electric fire. Modern fitted kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom with original exposed timbers and canopied bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Landing with glazed door to small, grassed paddock area.

    • Electric fire included
    • Electricity, full NSH, convector heater and bed linen included
    • Cot
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Enclosed paddock with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Parking
    • Cycle store

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  • Crookthwaite Cottage

    Hawkshead near Ambleside

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC123289
    This traditional, slate built holiday cottage, complete with a wood burner is within easy walking distance of Hawkshead village. Visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery and the World of Beatrix Potter, or there are plenty of fabulous walks in the area including the ascent up to Latterbarrow, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Lake District. Crookthwaite Cottage offers comfortable holiday accommodation with all the essential amenities needed to enjoy this rustic lakeland cottage. Hawkshead is approximately one mile away, with its grocery shops, beautiful gift shops, tea rooms and a great choice of pubs. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With wood burner, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and toilet.
    Porch: With washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity and bed linen included. Fuel for wood burner available locally. Travel cot, highchair, stairgate and fireguard available. Wi-Fi. Shared, unenclosed large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • May Cottage

    Suffield near Scarborough

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DC1728
    Superbly located in the midst of open countryside in the heart of the picturesque Forge Valley, yet only fifteen minutes drive to the seaside resort of Scarborough and thirty minutes to Whitby, this carefully furnished and equipped cottage has been converted from farm buildings. French windows look out over the open fields and a natural duck pond, while electric heating throughout makes this a warm and extremely comfortable base. Enjoy lazing in the large lawned garden; children of all ages will enjoy playing on the open lawns, and a garden table and chairs are ideal for al fresco dining. For those interested in wildlife, there are hares, rabbits and pheasants to watch around the cottage. The property is also perfect for anyone interested in star gazing.

    Ground Floor: With solar powered heating in conjunction with mains power and comprising:
    Open plan sitting/dining area: with flatscreen TV, DVD, radio/CD and French windows.
    Kitchen area: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washer.

    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds. (Adjacent dressing room).
    Bathroom: with three piece suite, electric shower over bath and heated towel rail.

    Bed linen provided. Towels not available. Private parking for 2 cars. One pet welcome if kept under strict control.

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  • The Stables

    Wookey Hole, nr. Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26744

    This attractive stone built holiday cottage, in the grounds of the owner’s home, is on the edge of the pretty village of Wookey Hole, famous for its spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. There are many leisure activities available locally, including pot-holing, hang gliding and mountain biking. There is also a huge choice of walks from the doorstep, including the Monarch’s Way and the Mendip Way. The town of Glastonbury is only a few miles away, with its 14th-century tower dominating the landscape of Glastonbury Tor. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Yeo Farm Cottages - Honey Cottage

    Waterrow, Wiveliscombe, Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: ERG

    Yeo Farm is a small country estate nestling in the picturesque hamlet of Waterrow on the Somerset/ Devon border at the foot of the Brendon Hills. Walkers and dog owners are welcome at these adult only farm cottages and a dog welcome pack is provided! Comprising some 40 acres of woodland, pasture, ponds and the River Tone, the farm also has fishing rights for over half a mile, and a riverside walk has been made to enjoy the natural flora and fauna present in this area. The 16th-century farmhouse has been restored and is the home of the resident owners, whilst the cottages (Refs ERE, ERF, and ERG) have been sympathetically converted from former farm buildings and comprise three adjoining character cottages which enjoy wonderful views over the estate. The cottages have been renovated and refurbished to a high standard, and offer all modern conveniences and comfort in this stunning setting.
    Yeo Farm provides an excellent base for countryside pursuits and walking, with the Brendons, Quantocks and Blackdown Hills nearby. On the doorstep is the Exmoor National Park which has been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe (telescope on request). Horses are welcome. Many historic houses and gardens in the vicinity. Coast 13 miles. There is coarse, fly and sea fishing available; golf 4 miles; hard tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool 1½ miles; clay and game shooting by arrangement. Shops 1½ miles, local gastro pub 1 mile.

    First floor: Large living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling, large gable window and oriental rugs. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating included, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • 40 acres of shared, natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking for 3 cars and trailer storage
    • Secure cycle store
    • Trout fishing available on river behind pond (licence required)
    • Paddock with field shelter available for two horses
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 15 yrs
    • NB: 3 ponds adjacent to properties and small lake

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  • Manor Court Cottages - Swallow

    Shipton Gorge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 19084

    Manor Court Cottages are set in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge, less than 2 miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline. Within walking distance, 110 yards, are the village playing fields and pub selling the world famous Palmers Brewery Ales and delicious pub food. The picturesque harbour of West Bay has been made more famous by the TV drama Broadchurch highlighting the outstanding beauty of the coastline. You can enjoy many walks along the footpaths on the coastline and inland enjoying an AONB. The pretty village of Burton Bradstock is just 1 mile away, which is dotted with chocolate box thatched cottages, a lovely little beach with a cafe, shop and pubs. The market town of Bridport, 2 miles away, once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s Port Bredy and has lots of little shops, cafes and a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants, along with the twice weekly market where local produce can be sampled as featured in the popular ‘River Cottage’ TV series. Lyme Regis and Weymouth are great places for fishing and watching the world go by. Weymouth also has a great family beach, the winner of a seaside award. Spread along the coast are the other beach resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful Victorian Swanage with its steam railway. Fossil hunters will enjoy the world famous beach of Charmouth. The family can have a great day at Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub Tropical Gardens and Childrens Farm. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with beams and sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of freezer space, payphone and wi-fi in shared external information room. Secluded gravel garden with seating and large patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Bullrushes

    Horning

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4304

    Boasting river frontage on a quiet waterway leading to the River Bure in the popular village of Horning, this comfortable property (shown centre) enjoys a large garden stretching to the water – perfect for fishing and watching the waterborne world go by. Boat hire is available in nearby Wroxham, the ‘capital’ of the Broads (3 miles), whilst steam railways, nature trails, craft centres, golf and Bewilderworld – the area’s latest attraction and a must for children – are all found locally. Beautiful, wide sandy beaches are about 8 miles away as is medieval Norwich, with its cathedral, castle, museums, galleries and extensive shoppping. Indoor swimming pool, shops and pubs 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Parking. Fishing foc. Dinghy foc. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river behind property.

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  • The Old Craft Shop

    Winterton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 27021

    The Old Craft Shop is situated in the coastal village of Winterton-on-Sea, standing detached, it provides ideal holiday accommodation. It boasts a south facing garden and a footpath adjacent to the property leads to the sand dunes, then a short stroll will take you to the unspoilt sandy beach where you can view the local seal colony. For the traditional seaside attractions, Great Yarmouth is just 9 miles away, Norfolk Broads, 6 miles. Alternatively, spend a day in Norwich with its fine cathedrals, castle, museums and array of shops. Horsey Mill (NT) is also worth a visit. Shop and pub serving food 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Lower Cross

    Oakworth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: ILK

    Tucked away, this well-appointed single-storey cottage enjoys panoramic views including Haworth nestling on the hillside. It is approached by a country lane, and lies just 2 miles from the Brontë Parsonage Museum, not far from Top Withins of Wuthering Heights fame and the Worth Valley Steam Railway. Set within the owners’ grounds, it is nonetheless completely separate, and makes an ideal base from which to explore both Brontë Country and the Yorkshire Dales. York and the Lake District are both easily accessible as are Bradford, Leeds and Harrogate for shopping, theatres and culture. This property is the ideal place to stay for the Haworth 1940’s weekend, held every year in May. Well located for parents visiting northern universities. Pub ½ mile.

    South facing living room. Dining room leading to sun room with countryside views. Kitchen. Two bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • 24 -hour drying service by arrangement with owner
    • South-facing garden with patio
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

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  • Hunting Butts Cottages - Little Barn

    Cheltenham

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: NTC

    "Fine cottages and facilities – just a mile from one of England’s finest Regency towns . . ."

    Occupying a superb position with wonderful rural views, yet within a mile or so of Cheltenham’s elegant town centre, these delightful holiday cottages have been created from a range of 19th-century barns and are furnished and equipped to high standards. All cottages enjoy a good choice of shared facilities including a covered heated swimming pool, an all-weather tennis court and a croquet lawn. The cottages are well equipped, with an automatic washing machine, microwave oven and dishwasher, and each cottage has its own sitting out area with patio and furniture.
    All the fascinating corners of the beautiful Regency spa town of Cheltenham are immediately to hand: there is an art gallery, a museum, tempting boutiques, antique shops, plentiful restaurants and inns. Only a short walk away is Cheltenham’s racecourse, famous as the home of National Hunt Racing, which stages the Cheltenham Festival in March, as well as several other top quality race meetings between October and the end of April. The Pittville Pump Room, a magnificent Grade I listed building opened in 1830, has a museum on its top floor. In the ballroom it is possible to taste spa water from the original pump. Historic illustrations, photographs and small displays tell the story of Cheltenham from its beginnings in Anglo-Saxon times. The building is surrounded by attractive parkland with a lake and children’s playground, public tennis courts and golf course. Number 4 Clarence Road, built in 1832 by James Creed, is the house in which Gustav Holst was born on 21 September 1874, and where he spent the first seven years of his childhood. The Holst Birthplace Museum is a memorial to the composer and a rare treat for lovers of music. On the summit of nearby Leckhampton Hill above the Devil’s Chimney, a teetering rock column, is the site of an Iron Age fort; keen walkers can follow the Cotswold Way.
    Hunting Butts Cottages provide a perfect base to explore the beautiful countryside and villages of the Cotswolds as well as the attractions of the Heart of England. The Cotswolds cast their spell on artists, naturalists, walkers and everyone with a love for rural peace and tranquillity: Broadway – the ‘Venice’ of the Cotswolds; delightful Chipping Campden; Blockley, described as the most beautiful village in England, and Stow-on-the-Wold boasting England’s oldest pub, are all within half an hour’s drive. The variety of attractions is almost endless. Exploring this region at any time of year is a rewarding experience, each season throwing a different light on the changing scene. Heritage attractions in the area include Sudeley Castle (7 miles), once home of Catherine Parr, containing Europe’s largest collection of toys, arms and armour. Forest of Dean 23 miles. Birmingham, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are all within one hour by car. Sailing and wind-surfing on 15,000 acres of lakes near the ancient Roman town of Cirencester are available within 30 minutes’ drive. Shops ½ mile.

    A cosy beamed cottage with a similar layout to Owl’s Retreat (ref NTD ).

    • Gas woodburner included

    • Electricity, full gas central heating and bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared utility room with tumble dryer and freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Double glazing
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue on request
    • Parking
    • Covered heated swimming pool (38ft x 18ft) – 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
    • Games room and small gym
    • All-weather tennis court
    • Croquet and boule court
    • No smoking

    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:

    • Covered indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 18ft) – open daily from 10am to 8pm, all year (weather permitting)
    • All-weather tennis court
    • Croquet Lawn
    • Games room and small gym
    • Patio with garden furniture for every cottage

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  • Lazy Days

    Dilham, nr. North Walsham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: AH31

    An attractive and comfortable, detached bungalow, situated on the River Ant, in the quiet village of Dilham. It has a large lawned garden, which leads to a private mooring and slipway – ideal for fishing enthusiasts. Further amenities available at Wroxham 5 miles, and long sandy beaches, 6 miles. 9-hole golf at Mundesley, 10 miles. Ideal for anyone who has always wanted to live by a river. Shop 3 miles, pub ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH and electricity included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Large lawned garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Garden leads to private mooring and slipway.

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  • Square Farm Barns - Low Horcum View

    Lockton, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: IXY


    Nestling in the sleepy village of Lockton, these attached, former working barns (refs IXY and IXZ) have been sympathetically converted and have views of the countryside beyond. They are ideally located for a holiday exploring both the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the glorious Heritage coast of Yorkshire, including Whitby and its 3-mile stretch of sandy beach. Cycle tracks to suit all ages can be found in Dalby Forest, together with picnic areas with built-in barbecues, children’s play areas and ‘Go Ape’. The market towns of Malton, Kirkby Moorside and Pickering all warrant a visit; the steam train from the latter chugs on to Grosmont and Goathland. Tea room 300 yards. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Large, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors, wooden floor and well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area with gas/electric range (for cooking) and tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and sloping ceilings. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Gas/electricity range
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Large, shared, lawned garden
    • 2-acre natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 3 steps in garden

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