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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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  • The Anchorage

    Staithes, nr. Whitby

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W404

    View of harbour


    The Anchorage is a picturesque fisherman’s cottage, in an enviable, south-facing position right on the quayside in the pretty fishing village of Staithes. This holiday cottage boasts the most wonderful views across the harbour and into the bay, the perfect place to sit and relax. The property is tucked snugly underneath the cliffs which rise to the rear. This well-equipped and cosy property is furnished to a very good standard, retaining much character with many delightful features and charming paintings of Staithes.


    There is vehicular access and parking for 2 cars outside the property (for which permits are provided), a rare commodity in Staithes.


    Staithes is tucked into a cleft of rock which forms a natural harbour in this rugged path of coastline north of Whitby. This is an excellent base from which to explore the North Yorkshire Moors and the coast, and is renowned amongst walkers. The famous Cleveland Way on the cliff side is very close by, from which beautiful walks and views can be enjoyed.


    The beach, renowned for its fossil hunting, is on your doorstep, and the village, with its cobbled streets, restaurants/tea shops and art gallery, is an enchanting place to discover.


    Staithes has historical, seafaring connections, and Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia, lived in Staithes between 1745-46 working as a grocer’s apprentice, and this is where he first gained his passion for the sea.


    The town has a long association with artists, who have flocked here since the 1900s, whereupon a group formed, known as the ‘Staithes group of artists’, including Laura Knight and George Wetherill (the ’Turner’ of the north). Countless artists have and still do visit Staithes regularly and find inspiration among the huddled cottages, winding paths, towering cliffs and wild seas. This association with art is still strong, with painting breaks and tuition held in the village. To celebrate this history, each September residents open up their houses displaying local artists work for the public to see.


    The children’s CBEEBIES programme ‘Old Jack’s Boat’, featuring Bernard Cribbins and his dog Salty, is set and filmed in Staithes - a very exciting prospect for the younger visitors to the town! Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.


    This property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Ground Floor:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Gallery style with electric oven and hob, fridge and microwave.
    Open-tread staircase to:
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and additional single (for alternative sleeping).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.


    All electric and bed linen included. Please bring your own towels. Travel cot and highchair on request. Outdoor folding seats provided. Parking for two cars (permits provided). Please note: The property is on the quayside, young children must be supervised.

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  • Coachman’s Cottage

    West Runton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 17572

    Located in an AONB, just a short walk from the beach, designated as a SSSI, this holiday cottage has been lovingly restored in keeping with the past and dates back to 1886. Offering all modern day comforts, this spacious and very comfortable cottage is ideal for couples and families wanting to explore the North Norfolk Coastline, with its traditional seaside attractions, Nature and Bird Reserves, quaint coastal villages and extensive salt marshes nearby. Good walking from the door. Frequent bus and train service to Cromer, Sheringham and Norwich. Shops, restaurants and pub 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Reading room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Worktop freezer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Sea Shells

    Beadnell

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC314049
    Sea Shells is an attractive semi detached bungalow snuggled within a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of the welcoming holiday coastal village of Beadnell. The accommodation is well presented and has the added convenience of being all on ground floor level and is within walking distance of local facilities including a village shop, post office and a couple of family friendly pubs serving good food. A small sandy bay speckled with rocky outcrops is close by and leads to a long sandy beach that stretches to Seahouses, 2 miles north.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With modern electric fire, Free view TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Area within Garage: With washing machine and tumble dryer, ample storage for outdoor equipment; door to enclosed patio garden.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With adult size bunk beds and wall mounted Free view TV with DVD player
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity and bed linen included.Fully enclosed patio garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ. Parking on driveway

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  • Daisy Cottage

    Chipping Sodbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 17604

    Rural setting

    Set on the owners busy pastoral farm is this very attractive, detached property. Enjoying its own furnished garden, Daisy Cottage feels very rural in its setting, yet is only moments away from the renowned village of Chipping Sodbury. Only 3 miles from Badminton and 12 miles from Bristol and the city of Bath, this is an excellent base for a holiday touring the southern Cotswolds, Monarch Ways or enjoying a romantic break. Dyrham Park (NT), 2 miles. Swimming pool, squash, tennis and golf, 1 mile. Shop ½ mile, pub within 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£10 per week November-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Luccombe Chine Estate - Luccombe Chine Lodge

    Luccombe, nr. Shanklin

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: PRRN

    Luccombe Chine House (ref PRRM) and Luccombe Chine Lodge (ref PRRN) nestle within the grounds of Luccombe Chine Private Estate, not far from picturesque Shanklin and located in an AONB looking out to the English Channel. The House is one of the most impressive, prestigious manor house properties on the island, set within its own natural and partially landscaped grounds of about 6½ acres, complete with fish pond, natural streams and castellated folly. It has unrestricted views of the glorious southern coast of the island out across the English Channel, and is the epitome of comfort with a beautiful 5000 sq ft relaxing escape. Both holiday properties offer a perfect base for walkers and cyclists exploring the coastal paths, adjacent NT land and the AONB. Shanklin, known for its sandy beach and clear waters, has a pretty Old Village with thatched cottages, tea rooms and restaurants. The Needles, with chair lift, amusement park, boat rides, lighthouse and coloured sands of Alum Bay are worthy of a visit. Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House and Gardens are a short drive away. Blackgang Chine, and island attractions including Ventnor Botanical Gardens, a pearl centre, a dinosaur museum and a donkey sanctuary are all easily accessible. Golf can be found at Ryde and there is horse riding at St Helens. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Entrance conservatory with table, chairs and tiled floor. Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove and painted stone walls. Dining room/conservatory with tiled floor and French doors to garden, open plan with farmhouse-style kitchen with bespoke wood units and granite worktops. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over roll-top, claw-foot cast-iron bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - no fuel provided
    • Full Calor gas central heating included
    • Freesat TV/DVD
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large, enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • NB: 6 steps, shallow fenced stream in garden and other water features

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Honeycott at Hawes - Honeycott Cottage

    Hawes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42707

    Set in the Dales National Park

    Set in the Dales National Park, just ½ mile from the traditional bustling market town of Hawes where you will find a wide selection of individual shops, pubs and restaurants together with Hawes Creamery, famous for the Wensleydale cheese and the Dales Centre Museum. This cosy cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the Dales either by touring or walking direct from the door. For mountain bike enthusiasts there is a lockable store provided. A short drive away is Semerwater, a large natural lake which provides a wealth of activities, such as swimming, fishing and sailing. This property can be booked with Bumble Barn (ref W43560) to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shops, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with bench. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Carthouse

    Nr. Uttoxeter

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E4422

    Beautifully converted in smart, contemporary style, this charming little barn and its lovely orchard garden sit in an enviably peaceful and secluded location amidst pretty pastureland. Abbots Bromley (2 miles) boasts 5 pubs, a restaurant and local store while Uttoxeter’s shopping, cinema, bowling and racecourse are 8 miles. Dovedale in the Peak District, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, The Potteries and Tamworth Snowdome are all under 30 minutes’ drive as are Calke Abbey, Sudbury Hall and Shugborough (all NT). Ironbridge Gorge museums and the NEC are an hour’s drive. Pub 3 miles, restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Additional use of owner’s freezer. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream.

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  • Poppy Cottage

    Gilling West, near Richmond

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK2097
    Dating back to the 1800’s and Grade II listed, Poppy Cottage is cosy, semi-detached, comfortable and full of character. Situated right on the high street in the quaint village of Gilling West, Poppy Cottage is perfect for walkers and cyclists, and there are numerous established public footpaths, walks, cycle routes and bridleways passing directly through the village and out towards Richmond and beyond. With footpaths leading through open fields, woodland, scenic countryside and all the way towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
    With two local pubs and free use of the flat bowling green in the village, just a short walk away, Poppy Cottage is also the perfect destination for those wanting to enjoy a quiet, romantic break. Only 3 miles away is the popular Georgian town of Richmond, where there are numerous top quality restaurants, bistros and bars, as well as antiques and gift shops. There is a farmers market that takes place on the cobbled market square as well as numerous tourist attractions to visit, including the historic castle that stands high on the hill and overlooks the thriving town below. There are also excellent riverside and woodland walks leading from Richmond too, and one of the most popular is Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast walk.
    Within easy reach are many historic houses and National Trust properties which really are worth a day trip to visit. The magnificent Yorkshire Dales National Park is also within easy driving distance and the many popular North Yorkshire towns and villages, including Leyburn, Aysgarth, Hawes, Ripon, Yarm, Northallerton, Reeth, Muker and Gunnerside. There are many activities within the area including golf and fishing within ½-mile and paintballing, just 3 miles away. Perfect too for a day at the races, Catterick Racecourse is only a 15-minute drive away, and a little further afield you will be able to enjoy all of the fun of the York races too. There is even the opportunity to visit one of the dazzling Yorkshire beaches and coastline which is also only an hour’s drive away. Ideal for if you want to enjoy a traditional cottage, Poppy Cottage is quaint and welcoming. Shop/post office 2 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With multi-fuel burner, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and beams.
    Dining room: With beams.
    Kitchen: With electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and 2ft 6in single bed (for child).

    Economy 7 central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner included. Cot. Welcome pack.Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Shank

    Fritton, nr. Great Yarmouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 23304

    The Shank is part of the exclusive Fairway Lakes Village, a Scandinavian designed wooden lodge development overlooking the fairways of the 400-acre Caldecott Hall Golf Club, situated on the fringes of the Norfolk Broads National Park. Sit in the hot tub and enjoy the views or relax in the living room which offers children’s games, a large beanbag and a telescope. There two 18-hole golf courses and driving range on site and green fees are at concessionary prices. The golf clubhouse has a bar and serves hot food (restricted opening hours). The Barnworks Fitness and Spa offers a wide range of facilities including spa sessions and indoor heated swimming pool. Concessionary prices are available. ‘Catch and Release’ fishing in the lakes is permitted on request. Adopt a horse from the on-site Redwings Horse Sanctuary or visit the Somerleyton Estate. Further afield is the traditional seaside resort of Great Yarmouth or the cathedral city of Norwich. Both north Norfolk and Suffolk Heritage coasts deserve a day trip, as well as the quaint market towns of Beccles and Bungay. The property was awarded Gold standard by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) in September 2012 for environmental sustainability, with water efficient taps and showers, recycling and composting are encouraged. Shop 3 miles, pubs 1 mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Kitchen/dining area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front verandah and furniture. Double rear gated verandah and furniture. Balcony and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Private hot tub. No smoking. NB: Ponds within close proximity, child supervision is recommended.

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  • The Coach House

    Chapel-en-le-Frith

    Grade
    4
    0
    2
    1
    Ref: 6163

    This fascinating, detached 18th-century stone coach house conversion, with polished pine floors, rugs, fine oak and antiques, is set in the grounds of a Georgian house. Within walking distance of Chapel, it offers an ideal base, whatever the season, for both walking and touring in the Peak District National Park. Edale, Castleton and the Pennine Way are close by. Buxton, Bakewell, Dovedale and numerous other attractions just a short drive. Wine and flowers on arrival, all add to this perfect holiday retreat. A perfect holiday retreat. Golf within 5 miles. Shops 1 mile, pubs in nearby village.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Screened landing area with twin beds.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store.

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  • Beckleshele

    Cowshill, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30861


    Escape to Beckleshele, a unique semi-detached holiday cottage, set off the beaten track in the wild unspoilt moorlands of Weardale. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it is situated in the Durham Dales and surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Geo Park. Guests can relax and enjoy the tranquillity and magnificent views after their day’s exertions. Beckleshele is perfect for guests looking for somewhere wild, remote and peaceful, where you can rediscover the simple pleasures of the great outdoors. Experience a different world at the converted lead miner’s cottage, which is reported to be the site of the highest (1400 feet) of all the Weardale Norman summer hill farms introduced in the mid 1200s. It is surrounded by high moorland, is close to the Weardale Way and Killhope Lead Mining museum and is accessed via a private farm track. Although located high up in the North Pennines, Beckleshele is easily accessible and is the perfect base from which to explore the City of Durham, The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Auckland Castle and Beamish. It is perfect for guests who enjoy walking, from riverside strolls to tough demanding hill walking, cycling, with quiet roads and byways with challenging hills and birdwatching. Explore the geological site at the Burtreeford Disturbance and watch out for the fluorospar mineral. Visit Killhope where the award-winning Killhope Lead Mining Museum shop and café can be found. Take a guided tour deep underground and learn how the lead was mined, processed and transported. Ireshopeburn is easily accessible and guests can visit the Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, the world’s oldest Methodist chapel still in continuous weekly use. Stanhope, ’the gateway to Weardale’ is worth a visit, home to the Durham Dales Centre for information on local events, craft shopping and a coffee break. Visit Auckland Castle and Park - the historic residence of the Prince Bishops of Durham and home to the world-famous Zurbaran paintings. Hamsterley Forest has 200 hectares of forest ideal for walks and adventure. The university city of Durham has a castle, shops and a famous cathedral. The market town of Hexham has an abbey dating from 674AD. Alston is also nearby, the highest market town in England and the start of the South Tyne Railway. Another attraction is Bowlees Visitor Centre and High Force waterfall, with café, information centre and varied walks. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and beams.

    Open fire in kitchen included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer (in external building). Wi-fi. Patio with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dairy Cottage

    West Knapton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: DC5011
    Situated at the end of a tree lined drive this beautifully presented cottage is spacious, light and airy, providing accommodation in a lovely rural setting. Overlooking countryside and the pretty well maintained lawns and gardens of the owner’s house. For walkers and outdoor enthusiasts the Wolds Way passes within a mile of the property, Dalby Forest trails and cycle paths is within easy reach as is the North York Moors National Park. Scamston Hall and gardens, Sledmere Hall, Burton Agnes Gardens and Castle Howard, all within easy reach. Malton is ideal for every day shopping; with delicatessens and local inns serving food in the surrounding villages.

    Ground Floor: With oil fired central heating and comprising:
    Open plan entrance hall to:
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, m/wave, fridge, slimline dishwasher, iron.
    Sitting/dining room: with TV/DVD player, radio/CD player.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with super king size bed and views towards the North York Moors.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
    Bathroom: with mains shower over bath and WC.

    All electricity included in the rent. Bed linen and towels. Washing machine and freezer in shared utility across the courtyard. Wifi internet access available.Two acres of shared garden and woodland. Garden table and chairs, BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars.

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