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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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  • Ashtree House - Buchan

    Clifton, York

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 16207

    This fine Victorian building has been completely refurbished to form comfortable holiday apartments. Situated on the outskirts of York, in the suburb of Clifton, very close to Rawcliffe Park & Ride and just 2 miles from the city centre, this is an ideal location for discovering York and the surrounding countryside. An excellent place to visit at any time of the year, York has a wide variety of interesting museums, including the Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking centre. Enclosed in city walls, this relatively small city is easily discovered on foot, with picturesque, cobbled streets surrounding the magnificent minster, offering excellent shopping and numerous bars and restaurants. Within 30 miles lie the glorious North York Moors (steam railway from Pickering is 25 miles). Gently shelving sands at the wide bay of Filey, 38 miles away, and the historic sea port of Whitby is 44 miles, where the abbey stands on the cliff top, above the maze of fishermen’s cottages surrounding the colourful harbour and marina. The Yorkshire Dales are 30 miles. Historic houses locally include Castle Howard, Beningborough Hall and Sledmere. Racing at York, Thirsk, Ripon, Wetherby and Beverley. Golf, sports centre, river trips and theatre in York. Ten pin bowling and multi cinema complex at Clifton Moor, 1 mile. Shops and local inn 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Granary Cottages - The Hay Loft

    Bleatarn, nr. Kirkby Stephen

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W8227

    Farm location

    Standing in rolling countryside, adjacent to the owner’s farm, these ground floor (W8226) and first floor (W8227) apartments are well equipped and furnished, providing excellent holiday accommodation for a quiet break. The farm, with marvellous views of the Pennines all around, is situated in the beautiful Eden Valley which lies within the triangle of the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, making it an ideal base for touring. Eden is an outstanding area for walking, whether you enjoy a hike on the high open fells or a gentle riverside stroll. If you cycle, you’ll love the quiet country lanes full of wild flowers and birds. There are attractions for the whole family including canoeing or a steamer trip on Ullswater (20 miles). Enjoy a ride on a restored railway high in the North Pennines or catch the Settle to Carlisle railway line (5 miles), famous for its wonderful scenery and the 24 arched Ribblehead Viaduct, The unspoilt destination will inspire and refresh you at any time of the year and a lively calendar of events throughout the year includes festivals, farmers’ markets, country and craft fairs, and traditional agricultural shows. The holiday apartments are located just 5 miles from the traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen with its shops, pubs and restaurants, and the picturesque former county town of Appleby, which has a leisure centre and is 5 miles in the other direction. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 3 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer on request. Patio with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Pinfold Cottage

    West End, Elton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC418032
    This detached stone built cottage is located towards the edge of the village, being close to many local attractions such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and the pretty market town of Bakewell. The owners, to create a very welcoming and warm cottage atmosphere throughout, have tastefully and sympathetically restored and extended accommodation. You enter the property into the very light and airy well equipped vaulted kitchen/dining area which has all the equipment you will require for your stay - it further benefits from taking in the late afternoon and early evening sun. Off this room is a ground floor cloakroom with hand basin and toilet. The kitchen leads through into the very good sized lounge with imposing gritstone fireplace, housing wood burning stove. The original stone steps (be careful as you go up and down) from the lounge go to the bedroom area, with a vaulted ceiling and original king post truss giving the room plenty of character and charm and a king size - the bedroom has its own en suite shower room, with hand basin and toilet. The bedroom window takes in the early morning sun and a glazed door from the bedroom takes you out onto the decked veranda which enjoys views across fields and open countryside, along with the sun through to the late afternoon and early evening.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, TV with Freeview HD, DVD, radio accessed via TV.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Dining Room: With table and chairs for two.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With king size bed.
    En suite: with shower, WC, wash basin and shaver point.

    All bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi access available. Use of shared fridge/freezer.Enclosed front garden, rear decked terrace and wooden bench. On street parking.
    Original stone steps to first floor (slightly uneven due to age).

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  • Polly’s Fold

    Grassington

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: DC4874
    In a quiet and private setting just off the quaint cobbled market square, this bungalow is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful and contrasting scenery of Wharfedale. Walks start from the doorstep along pretty country lanes leading to the open fields and fells, with the Dales Way close by. Grassington has an array of high quality individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tearooms and is host to several annual cultural events. Burnsall and Bolton Abbey offer pretty riverside walks and picnic areas, with the attractive market town of Skipton a 15 minute drive away.

    Ground Floor: With gas central heating and comprising:
    Sitting room: with electric coal effect stove, TV with Freesat, DVD player and a selection of books.
    Kitchen/diner: with ceramic hob and electric oven, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.
    Utility room: with washer/dryer and iron.

    Bed linen and towels provided. Outdoor sitting area and garden with table and chairs. Private parking (electric gates). Dickensian Weekends are charged differently.

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  • Wellington Farm - Ramscliff Cottage

    Nr. Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: EGA


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

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

    • NSH included

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

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  • Camstay Riverside

    Cambridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: RGGS


    Centrally located in the sought after Marlowe House building and with pretty views over the River Cam, this beautifully appointed one bedroom apartment has been decorated and furnished to high standards to provide guests with a relaxing base from which to explore the vibrant city of Cambridge. On the first floor, with a lift, it provides well presented single level accommodation. A series of linked landscaped courtyards provide direct access on to Midsummer Common and on to the river bank itself, offering the feel of rural surroundings, even though the property lies within the heart of the city. Located just a 15-minute walk from Cambridge city centre and the River Cam, this property has been beautifully decorated and furnished to provide a luxurious, light and airy base. It is a statement that is often over used but there is literally something for everyone to be found within Cambridge. The Grafton Shopping Centre can be reached in a 5-minute walk. History buffs will be spoilt for choice with numerous museums and galleries scattered amongst the striking colleges. Here you will find the striking Fitzwilliam Museum with collections ranging from the ancient world to conservation. Shoppers will be delighted too, with a good mix of department stores, high street favourites and boutique shops. Pretty all year round, Cambridge sparkles at Christmas and is a great place for a pre-Christmas shopping break. There are lots of tours of this bustling city on offer too, from historical walking tours taking in the colleges to ghost walks, that bring to life local legends. Foodies will find lots of great places to eat, from artisan cafes to high end restaurants and bustling bars. Cambridge really is a great day and night destination. There is so much to do on the doorstep that many guests just park their car on arrival and don’t use it again until they leave, but if you do want to explore the surrounding area, there’s lots to choose from, including The Imperial War Museum Duxford, Ely Cathedral, Welney Wetland Centre and the Stained Glass Museum. Whatever you choose to do, you will have made a great choice to stay at the light and airy Camstay property as it is the perfect place to relax, unwind and dream of tomorrow’s sightseeing adventures, while snuggled up in Egyptian cotton sheets. And, if you fancy a night in, the owner has taken care of that too because Netflix has been provided to ensure that you are entertained. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Stairs to entrance (lift access). Open-plan living room with French doors to balcony with river view, dining area and kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full underfloor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 40" Freeview TV (Netflix)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Balcony overlooking river
    • Shared lawned grounds with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: River 100 yards

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  • Little Annexe

    Hayling Island, nr. Westtown

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26137

    This delightful single storey annexe is attached to the owners home, and has its own sitting out area as well as shared garden. Having been refurbished throughout, this holiday home offers a well presented, comfortable and peaceful retreat for couples. Located along a quiet residential road, it is conveniently placed; the sandy beach is less than 5 minutes walk, for keen cyclists and walkers there are plenty of scenic routes, including the Billie Trail, which is the old Billie steam railway track. Also nearby is a nature reserve, golf course, sailing club, a variety of restaurants, as well as cafes, shops amusements, leisure facilities and pubs. Hayling Island is also renowned for its watersports. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Netherhall Cottage

    Hope

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC416025
    Located in the highly sought after Peak District village of Hope, in the heart of the stunning Hope Valley, Netherhall Cottage can be found surrounded by some of the best walking and outdoor activities in the country. Dating back to the 1700’s, the cottage itself is Grade II listed and named after an old manor house that it was built on the site of, with some of the old stonework forming part of the building. The surrounding area offers spectacular views of the surrounding Hope Valley scenery, which stretches from the popular village of Castleton all the way to Hathersage, home to a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Hope has a selection of cafes, pubs and shops and is perfectly placed for action-packed activities such as caving and climbing, or a quiet relaxing countryside break with great walks offered direct from the doorstep. You can choose to soak up the atmosphere of other wonderful Peak District towns and villages nearby, such as the heritage of Buxton, hidden caves at Castleton, or the pretty village of Edale, the start of the Pennine Way. Some of Britain’s finest country houses including Chatsworth Estate, Haddon Hall and Lyme Park are also easily accessible. Alton Towers and Carsington Water can both be reached in around an hour, and for those wanting to give their cars a rest or indulge in some retail therapy, Hope has a train station with regular services to both Sheffield and Manchester as well as the other villages within the Hope Valley area. Shops, pub and restaurants ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, radio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge and freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With exposed feature beam, king size bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Use of owner’s washing machine next door. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Secret Cottage

    Cromford, nr. Matlock

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2794

    Secluded amidst peaceful landscaped gardens and glorious countryside, with lovely views from the terrace, this romantic, attractive detached cottage is a perfect place from which to explore the many attractions of the Derbyshire Dales. Set within the grounds of the owner’s home it is only 3 miles from Matlock Bath, with its Heights of Abraham cable car rides, the High Peak Cycle Trail and Cromford Mill. Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are both 7 miles. Alton Towers 20 miles. Cycle hire, golf and riding locally. Shops, café and pub 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared landscaped garden. Terrace, decked verandah and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No children except babes in arms. NB: Drops in garden.

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  • Boundary Stables - Barn Owl

    Happisburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43973

    Barn Owl cottage is a single-storey property in a rural location. With its open-plan living space it provides good holiday accommodation for any time of the year. Happisburgh is well-known for its famous red and white striped lighthouse, and it is open to the public occasionally throughout the year, well worth a visit. The cottage is ideally located for exploring the Norfolk Coast, the beach at Horsey Gap where there is a colony of grey seals in the winter months and hundreds of seal pups can be seen on the beach. Visitors can also explore the Norfolk Broads, Stalham and Hickling Broads. A short drive away, for the children in your party, a day out at BeWILDerwood is must at Horning, an outdoor adventure park with tree top walks and zip wires. For the gardeners, a trip to East Ruston Vicarage Gardens with 32 acres of gardens is a real treat. There are National Trust properties in the region including Blickling Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Horsey Windpump and Sheringham Park. Alternatively spend a day in the medieval city of Norwich with its cathedrals, museums, castle, theatres and an array of shops. Walking, cycling and bird watching are all available locally. Beach 2 miles. Shop 3½ miles, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 22" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area. Shared 0.3 acres of grounds. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared sauna. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • The Hut

    Timbers Combe, near Minehead

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC497


    Enjoy the simple life and indulge in a stay at The Hut. Designed to look like a traditional shepherd’s hut, this cosy accommodation is ideal for those wanting to try something different. The Hut is positioned in a field with wonderful, far reaching views towards Minehead and the surrounding countryside. The Hut has an open plan living and sleeping area, basic kitchen and a shower room with toilet. Outside there is a garden with seating area and a fire pit, ideal for sitting out of an evening and enjoying a glass of wine whilst staring at the stars. The Hut is located within the Exmoor National Park boundaries and guests will find superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton are famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (National Trust) and the valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy a walk with an ice cream as well as the shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in stream engines. Why not head over to the National Trust Dunster Castle and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out as well as Porlock Weir. There are further beaches at Dunster and Porlock. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With gas fire (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With gas hob and fridge.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and fire pit. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • The Field Barn

    Nenthall, nr. Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26710

    High in the North Pennines on Alston Moor, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Field Barn has been converted to provide a charming, detached holiday home. Retaining the old beams and adding modern facilities the cottage is off the beaten track and makes a delightful cosy retreat, just for two. There are many miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes and the scenery is spectacular with easy road access to Weardale, Teesdale and the Lake District. Hadrian’s Wall and the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach. The market town of Alston is 3 miles. Golf nearby. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room/kitchen. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week, £10 per short break September - April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, except babes in arms.

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