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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 Retreat

    Dillington, nr. Dereham

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CCCS


    Aptly named, The Retreat offers detached, single-storey holiday accommodation, accessed 650 yards down a farm road, which is set adjacent to the owner’s home and lies within 30 acres of natural countryside on the edge of a SSSI (a conservation designation denoting a protected area). Rated ‘5 star’ by VisitEngland, the property features a private garden offering views across open countryside, this really is the perfect base for discerning guests wishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, and has wonderful walks that start literally at the front door. Centrally located, there is a great deal to discover in all directions, and guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning their day’s activities. Dillington is a small hamlet 2 miles away from the bustling market town of Dereham, which has a 9-hole golf course, cinema, bowling alley, leisure centre, restaurants and a market on Tuesdays and Fridays. The pretty, Georgian market town of Holt lies 4 miles inland from Blakeney, which is brimming with fabulous eating places, galleries, antiques and shops. It also has the famous ‘Poppy Line’, a heritage railway that runs from Holt to the coastal town of Sheringham. With beaches to the north west, the north and the east, there is a variety of seaside experiences to be had. There is picturesque Blakeney with its quay and nature reserve, Titchwell Marsh RSPB reserve, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Deepdale, Morston seal trips, Wells-next-the-Sea with its narrow gauge railway, beautiful quay and quaint mix of artisan and traditional seaside shops and cafés, and Cromer with its famous promenade pier and sandy beach. For all the fun of the fair, choose Great Yarmouth or Hunstanton, both of which offer amusements and sandy beaches. Making time to visit the Broad’s is a must, and its worth hiring a day boat or joining a trip out to see the wildlife and scenic views. Not to be missed is a visit to historical Norwich, with its Norman castle, museums, cobbled streets of Elm Hill, cathedral, theatres, shops and restaurants. Closer to home, lies Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gressenhall Rural Life Museum. Foodies will not be disappointed either, with lots of great places to eat out, many of which offer seasonal local produce. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Living room with multi-fuel burner. Open-plan dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared 30-acre landscaped grounds
    • Gas barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store by arrangement
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children or babies
    • NB: Six ponds in grounds

  • Dairy Cottage

    Foulridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28257

    This terraced holiday cottage, which was once a local ice cream factory, is located in the village of Foulridge, which lies in the heart of Pendle countryside, just 2 miles from the market town of Colne. The property is a short walk from the canal towpath where many lovely walks can be enjoyed. Well located for exploring the Lancashire countryside, the Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland (AONB) and the Yorkshire Dales. The historic town of Skipton, with its castle and quaint cobbled streets, is 11 miles, as is Haworth, home to the Brontë sisters. Harrogate, York, the Lake District and the north west coast are easily accessible. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Smart TV. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Broadband. Small patio with sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 1 step to patio.

  • Duddon Mews

    Ulpha, nr. Broughton-in-Furness

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 29319


    Duddon Mews is a traditional Lakeland hideaway, attached to the owner’s farmhouse, and enjoying an idyllic rural location tucked away in the Duddon Valley. Arranged on two floors, there is an open-plan living/dining room/kitchen on the ground floor, while an external stone staircase leading to the first floor gives access to a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. A truly unique property, lovingly restored to provide comfortable holiday accommodation. The Duddon Valley is a jewel in the crown of Cumbria, situated between Coniston and Eskdale, remote, unspoilt and perhaps the most idyllic corner of the Lake District. The Duddon Valley will delight walkers, moutain bikers, climbers, nature lovers and those who enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside. The tiny villages of Ulpha and Seathwaite are two focal points of the valley. At Ulpha there is a post office/village shop, while Seathwaite, situated near the end of the ancient Walna Scar road, boasts a 16th-century inn, where good home-cooked food, real ales and a warm welcome await, all day all year. The property is surrounded by moorland, with wonderful views up the valley and walks from the door. Conveniently located for Ulpha, Eskdale, Boot, Seathwaite and Broughton-in-Furness. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beam. External stone stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (Sky, full package). Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s laundry facilities on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £15 per booking. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No children under 12 years, due to external steps which can be slippery.

  • Passion Flower Cottage

    Dippertown, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E1468

    This exceptionally comfortable and spacious 19th-century barn is peacefully situated in rural countryside. Beamed throughout, it enjoys a courtyard setting adjacent to the owners’ home. An ideal hideaway from life’s hustle and bustle, or relax in front of the woodburner after a day of walking and exploring this stunning part of the British Isles. The property enjoys its own enclosed garden and has access to a beautiful woodland walk which is signposted and accessed over a stream and via a wooden bridge. This lovely area has much to offer the visitor – there are amenities in Tavistock, Okehampton and Launceston. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches of north Cornwall are all easily accessible. Water sports and fishing at Roadford Lake, 5 miles. There is a village shop, many renowned restaurants within 20 minutes’ drive and two pubs within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

  • Trekara

    Tremabyn, nr. Lanhydrock

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: TJ9

    Tranquil and secluded, Trekara is a former piggery with beautiful views across open countryside, providing the perfect holiday retreat. This detached single-storey barn is set in a peaceful corner of the owner’s 4½-acre organic small-holding and has been lovingly restored with a wealth of original and contemporary features, such as exposed beams and solid oak floors throughout. There are regular wildlife visitors such as deer, badgers, bats and migrating birds. The Eden Project is 7 miles whilst Padstow and Fowey are both 15 miles. Lanhydrock House (NT) and cycle hub, offering 10 miles of off road cycle trails is about 1½ miles away. The Camel Trail is just over 2 miles away for walkers, cyclists and nature trails. Golf 1 mile. Horse riding, swimming and leisure centre 1½ miles. Shops and pub 1½ miles.

    Open-plan, beamed living/dining room with patio doors to garden and countryside views. Kitchen area. Double bedroom with wood-burning stove and two seater sofa. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Flatscreen Satellite TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Home cinema system with radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service available by arrangement
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with decked patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Organic seasonal produce when available
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: 4 steps in garden

  • Tripp Cottage

    St Neot, nr. Liskeard

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27412

    This semi-detached holiday cottage sits at the top of the pretty Cornish village of St Neot. The property has an en-suite bedroom with country views from each window as well as a large garden with views over the village. There are walks from the door to the village, which has a pub and convenience store. Bodmin Moor and the north and south coasts can be easily reached where you can visit the many fishing villages and beaches. The Eden Project and many National Trust properties and gardens can be found nearby. Shop 350 yards, pub and restaurant 450 yards.

    10 steps to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Laundry service. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Barbecue. Shared use of owner’s 2-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Slopes in grounds, 2 steps to car park.

  • Coast Apartment

    Whitby

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC243098
    ’Coast Apartment’ is a delightful second floor apartment positioned in a quiet, private location yet right in the heart of the bustling town of Whitby. The property has recently been refurbished to a very good standard with stylish, modern decor and furnishings throughout. There are stunning views of the Esk River to one side and the abbey on the other, which is lit up at night. It provides the perfect base for couples looking to explore this beautiful coastline and is within easy walking distance of the bus and train stations. Whitby itself has much to offer. The town centre is literally 20 yards from the property where you can find a large selection of pubs, quaint antique and gift shops, where you can but the famous Whitby Jet jewellery. There are also some excellent award winning restaurants where you sample many mouth watering seafood dishes that Whitby is famous for. The golden, sandy beach is a 10 minute walk from the apartment and is 3 miles long. Whitby hosts many music festival weekends including the sixties weekend, soul weekend and Goth weekends, which attract many visitors all year round. The area is a  haven for keen ramblers and cyclists with many tracks and pathways close by including the famous 110 mile Cleveland Way that can be picked up on the cliff top. Whitby is surrounded by spectacular scenery of the North York Moors which you can enjoy by taking either the Esk valley train that takes you to Middlesbrough stopping at the pretty villages dotted along the North Yorkshire National Park areas, or the excellent North York Moors steam train that will take you from Whitby to the lovely market town of Pickering stopping off at Gothland otherwise known as ’Heartbeat Country’. The lovely coastal resorts of Sandsend, Staithes, Runswick bay and Robin Hoods Bay are all within close proximity and are well worth a visit.

    Second Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises;
    Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With TV/Freeview with built in DVD and radio.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bathroom: With bath, shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All power, heating, towels and bed linen includedScratch cards provided for on street parking nearby.

  • Woodstore Cottage

    near Lazonby

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: CC132148
    Woodstore Cottage enjoys a delightful courtyard setting in the grounds of Lazonby Hall, a magnificent country house in the beautiful Eden Valley. This unique cottage was converted in 2008 and is full of character, with beamed ceilings, sandstone flagged floor and a feature stone wall in the lounge. It has superb quality furnishings and luxury kitchen and bathroom facilities to provide a romantic retreat which couples will love. Lovely features of this cottage are the Harpsichord and Clavichord, which guests are welcome to play. Lazonby Hall has a woodland setting, one mile from the village which has pubs and a supermarket and only 10 minutes drive from the M6.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove (fuel not provided), TV, CD radio and i-Pod dock, Harpsichord and Clavichord.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Open staircase from lounge to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, patio doors to the garden and en-suite with bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included.Outside: Woodland garden with patio, table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars. Adults only.

  • Ha’penny Cottage

    Keswick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC112124
    Ha’penny Cottage enjoys a most convenient location, literally in the centre of Keswick yet located in a quiet courtyard 50 yards from all amenities. Great for guests arriving on public transport and there is a car parking facility nearby for those travelling by car. Bought and renovated by the owners, its been converted from a small two bedroom cottage with a ground floor shower to a spacious, luxury one bedroom property for couples, with the emphasis on quality. Improvements included a large bathroom adjoining the bedroom and redesigned ground floor and kitchen to provide better space and improved facilities. The fells, lake and amenities are all accessible on foot from the door.

    Ground Floor: Heated by gas central heating and comprising:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With wood flooring, gas stove, TV, Blu-ray DVD and docking station.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and Tassimo coffee maker.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels provided. Cot available. Wi-Fi internet access.Shared courtyard with two seater bench. Parking permit for nearby car park.

  • Sandy Barn Cottages - The Roost

    St Breward, Bodmin Moor

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W44032

    On the edge of beautiful Bodmin Moor

    Located at the end of a private lane on the edge of Cornwall’s highest village, these beautifully converted holiday barns (refs B5718, B5719 and W44032) form a secluded courtyard of 200-year-old granite buildings. They have been refurbished and are tastefully furnished, with many character features, including slate floors, exposed beams and antique furnishings. Each has its own private sitting out area with unspoilt views over neighbouring fields or to the North Cornwall coast. The Roost (W44032) boasts a large picture window offering impressive views, and soft furnishings make the cottage feel warm and inviting.
    Ideally situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor for exploring the landscape of tors and moorland. Enjoy riding, fishing and walking, and cycling on the Camel Trail. With windsurfing, sailing and surfing all within 12 miles, visitors can enjoy the best of coast and countryside, alternating their days between tranquil landscapes and seaside fun at the beaches on the north coast. Places of interest such as Port Isaac, Boscastle and Tintagel, as well as the National Trust property at Lanhydrock and the Eden Project are also within easy reach. Pub, renowned for its cuisine, and shop ¼ mile. Real ale pub 2½ miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: 4 steps to living/dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. 2 steps to shower room with toilet.

    Air source heat pump underfloor central heating included. iPod dock. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer (by arrangement).

  • Moorhead Farm - Chaffinch

    Woolsery, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: B4368

    Just 4 miles from the coast
    Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
    Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
    Close to beaches and many local attractions
    Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna (at cost) and gym
    Games room and separate snooker room (lighting at cost) with full sized table
    9 hole pitch and putt
    One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
    Bar and restaurant (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

    Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples (and older children) set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Located on a 1½-acre, well-stocked coarse fishing lake, with carp weighing up to 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
    Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and North Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! and the popular Cornish resort of Bude have fantastic beaches, renowned for excellent surfing, whilst Bude’s vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and Moorhead Farm is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding, paintballing and quad biking are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

    Chaffinch is a Barn Apartment
    Chaffinch is one of five cosy and charming one-bedroom apartments situated in a turn of the century barn conversion. Each has a character of its own. These apartments are particularly designed with couples in mind. They are situated in a quiet part of the main complex and therefore close to all the facilities. They all have wonderful views over the farmer’s adjoining fields and the countryside beyond.
    Chaffinch is a ground floor apartment: Living room with dining table and small kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Electric mini cooker with oven/grill and two hotplates. Access to shared freezer. No children under 10 years.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in main complex). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m), open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Sauna (at cost). Games room with pool table (at cost), children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room (lighting at cost). Gym. No smoking. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

  • Gladwins Farm Cottages - Kersey

    Nayland, nr. Colchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 31089

    Gladwins Farm consists of nine bespoke, award-winning, family holiday cottages, some with hot tubs. With a shared indoor heated swimming pool, shared tennis court and unrivalled access to nature, Gladwins Farm is a perfect choice for a long or short relaxing break. Other facilities on site include sauna, games room and tennis court. There is even a beauty salon/hairdresser for a bit of pampering! These delightful cottages (refs 31082, 31083, 31084, 31085, 31086, 31087, 31088, 31089 and 31090) can sleep between 2 and 8 people and can be booked together to accommodate larger families and groups of friends. Nestled in 22 acres of stunning, tranquil, beautiful countryside in the heart of Constable Country, this is the ideal base for families and couples. The secluded cottages are perfect for exploring East Anglia’s nature and heritage. The grounds link to public footpaths and every cottage has a fixed ordnance survey map of the area, which all makes for great walking. The on-site lake is stocked with coarse fish and perfect for anglers who love the peace and quiet. Local attractions include Lavenham with its historic, listed buildings, better known as ‘England’s best preserved medieval village’. A short drive will take you into Colchester which boasts several shops, bars and restaurants. For a more coastal scene take a drive to Frinton and enjoy the well managed coastline. Beach 23 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double galleried bedroom with beams.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Shared patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared gas barbecue. Parking.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer and payphone (at cost). Wi-fi. Shared use of 22-acre natural, wooded, landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Shared summerhouse. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1.2m) with shower and changing facilities, open 8am to 10pm. Shared sauna. Shared games room. Shared tennis court. Fishing on site free of charge. Play area. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 13 steps and lake in grounds

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