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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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  • Churchtown House

    Cartmel, nr. Grange-over-Sands

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: LVG

    This spacious ground floor apartment forms part of a Grade II listed, 17th-century house, and retains many original features. The interior is well-equipped and decorated to an excellent standard featuring oak floors and pine furniture throughout. With shared use of a cobbled courtyard, this delightfully pretty holiday home is adjacent to Priory Gatehouse (NT), and towered over by the magnificent 12th-century Priory Church. Holker Hall 2 miles. Grange-over-Sands 2 miles. Lake Windermere 6 miles. Shops 10 yards, pubs in village square.

    Large shared entrance hall. Attractive beamed sitting-room with open fire and rugs on oak floor. Beamed, fitted kitchen with dining area. Beamed, pretty double bedroom with 5ft bed and feature fireplace. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV/video/DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry service £3 per load
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared cobbled yard
    • Roadside parking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Laskill Grange - Bridge Cottage

    Bilsdale, nr. Helmsley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43184

    Within the North York Moors National Park, in a sheltered wooded valley close to the magnificent ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, these spacious, comfortable and well-equipped holiday cottages (refs W43183, W43184 and W43185) stand in a landscaped courtyard, close to the owner’s farmhouse. Enjoy farmhouse breakfasts at Laskill Grange, or across the drive at Laskill Country House, the owners’ daughter offers home cooked evening meals or ready prepared frozen meals. There are 70 acres of beautifully tended grounds and a shared terrace garden with its small lake and river frontage. The surrounding countryside views are superb, and there is excellent walking from the doorstep. Long distance footpaths along this area’s Heritage coastline, and the Cleveland Way, offer perfect terrain for walkers and cyclists. Visit Ryedale Folk Museum and Rosedale Abbey, or for a day out, try the North York Moors Railway. Whitby has miles of sandy beaches and an ancient abbey overlooking its harbour. Scarborough, Staithes, Runswick Bay and Sandsend are within 20 miles. Horse racing at Thirsk, Wetherby and York, 25 miles. Helmsley has Duncombe Park and a castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-April). Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Shared freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared terrace garden. Shared 70-acre grounds. Shared hot tub. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There is a small lake and river frontage within the garden.

  • Snaylham House Cottage

    Icklesham, Winchelsea

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PMMF

    Once a stable to the main house, Snaylham House Cottage is now tastefully converted holiday accommodation in the grounds of the owner’s home. It lies on a quiet leafy farm track on the 1066 Country Walk with far reaching views over the Brede Valley. The Cinque Port town of Rye, with its cobbles and fascinating shops, Winchelsea with its medieval gates, Battle and Tenterden are all within easy reach. National Trust properties close by include Smallhythe, Bodiam Castle and Sissinghurst Gardens. Camber provides miles of golden sand dunes. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Open plan living room with French doors/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with
    6ft zip and link bed (can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Split level garden

  • The Wee House on the Hill

    Wirksworth, nr. Matlock

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: RHHA


    The Wee House on the Hill is a gorgeous detached cottage set in the lovely location of Wirksworth. It is an 18th-century cottage with stunning views across the rooftops, surrounding countryside and historic buildings of the bustling cosmopolitan market town. The cottage has been lovingly restored to the very highest standards to include all the modern day facilities to make a stay one to never forget. It has been thoughtfully renovated by the owners, who have put love and attention to detail into making The Wee House a real gem. With a warm inviting feel the open-plan kitchen and living area enjoys a wood-burning stove to snuggle up in front of after a day exploring, whilst the upstairs has a luxurious feel with its open, light and calming bedroom and bathroom. The area around The Wee House has the feel of a Cornish fishing village – a random patchwork of houses and gardens removed from traffic and noise. The Wee House is peaceful, quiet and has an ‘away from it all’ feel, yet it is only a short amble down the hill to the quirky boutique shops and independent eateries below. It is great for a relaxing break away or an ideal place from which to set off on adventures in the surrounding peaks; you can walk and cycle from the door.

    Wirksworth offers visitors a funky independent cinema, a weekly market and a monthly farmers’ market. Visitors will enjoy exploring the ancient ’jitties’ and courtyards of the Puzzle Gardens, along with the heritage centre and the delightful surrounding countryside including nearby Carsington Water, Black Rocks and the High Peak Trail. Rock climbing and cycling can be enjoyed here at every level, and there is great walking all around. Well dressing is unique to Derbyshire, and Wirksworth combines this tradition with a lively carnival, and the annual September arts festival attracts international performers of every kind. Beautiful Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy reach, as well as Matlock Bath, with its spectacular cable car, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and Gulliver’s Kingdom. Only two miles away, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Cromford is not to be missed. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Open plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned courtyard with furniture
    • Roadside parking

  • Southfield Cottage

    Braunston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29245


    With far-reaching views to open countryside, this detached holiday cottage is a secluded, romantic getaway and is nestled at the bottom of the owner’s property. The nearby canal leads to one of three good pubs serving food in the village. There is also a range of shops, including a butchers and a post office. Good cycle routes and walks abound in the area, with the towpath for the canal at the bottom of the paddock which is in front of the cottage. For canal enthusiasts, the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum is a 30-minute drive. This is a perfect location to explore, being close to the borders of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. There are many places of interest, such as Silverstone Grand Prix racing circuit, Bletchley Park, made famous in WWII, and Towcester Races. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and slate floor. Kitchen with slate floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Canal 50 yards.

  • Mistal Cottage

    Moor Monkton, nr. York

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W41499

    Excellent touring base

    This pretty, single-storey holiday cottage has been converted from a farm stable, and is well-furnished and carefully co-ordinated, with the open-plan living area having a door onto a private paved patio area, ideal for sitting-out and relaxing in. The River Nidd flows close to the village with walks from the door, and being just 6 miles from York, the cottage makes an excellent touring base. Take a ride on a York City sightseeing bus for panoramic views of the city, or take a leisurely cruise on the river. Museums, shopping and theatre offer plenty to do for all tastes, and many find they come back time and time again. A visit to the historic minster is a must. Further afield, the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast can all be reached in an hour from York. Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub 3.5 miles.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Bloomers Bothy

    Woodhall near Askrigg

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC218089
    Set in a rural located just 2.5 miles from the popular village of Askrigg, in the pretty hamlet of Woodhall is ’Bloomer’s Bothy’. Full of charm and character this quaint studio has been carefully converted by the owners to provide the perfect escape with stunning views across the Dales to Addleburgh.
    The accommodation itself provides a bedroom area and there is a solid fuel stove in the sitting area for which all the fuel will be provided, and the kitchen is well equipped providing everything that you are likely to need to make your holiday memorable and enjoyable. Woodhall is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park,and is perfectly placed for exploring the area. It is perfect for walking and cycling, and the owners can offer a storage area for your bicycles upon request. The James Herriot fans amongst you can seek out ’Darrowby’ as you explore the streets of Askrigg. Aysgarth Falls are just a short distance away, or you may wish to discover Burton Force water fall in the picturesque village of West Burton. For historians the magnificent Bolton Castle where Mary Queen of Scotts was imprisoned for six months is just along the dale.
    Bloomers Bothy is within the same grounds as Lake View, property no: 218003 so may suit two couples wishing to holiday together

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and solid fuel stove and comprises:
    Open plan bedroom/sitting/dining/kitchen:
    Bedroom Area: With king size bed which can be segregated by a curtain if desired.
    Sitting Area: With solid fuel stove, sky TV, radio/CD, dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, slow cooker, microwave, small larder fridge.
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Use of owner’s washing machine/tumble dryer by arrangement. One well behaved dog welcome.South facing patio overlooking the river Ure and Addleburgh, Garden furniture and BBQ Grounds to the rear with lake. Ample private parking. Occupies the same grounds as Lake View (CC218003)

  • Pond Farm Cottages - Pond Cottage

    Sidestrand

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: 25000

    Set back 300 yards from the coast road, located on a designated ‘quiet lane’ amidst lovely countryside, these single level flint and brick holiday cottages stand with a shared garden with fenced pond. Villages of Sidestrand, Overstrand and Southrepps are close by. A short drive will take you to the uncrowded sandy beaches. Cromer, 3 miles, is a charming seaside town with pier, little theatre, shops, restaurants and amenities. Six miles away is Sheringham where the main station of the Poppy Line Steam Railway is located. Horse riding and shire horse centre at East Runton, 5 miles. For keen golfers, the Royal Cromer Golf Club, 3 miles, Sheringham Golf Club, 6 miles, (9 hole courses at Mundesley and East Runton). Within an hour’s drive, the famous Norfolk Broads, offering boating, river trips, waterside cafes, restaurants and a wealth of wildlife. Visit Norwich for cathedral, castle museum, cinema and shopping complex, and fine restaurants. Many more attractions include seal watching at Morston Quay, Felbrigg and Blickling Halls (NT), The Bure Valley Steam Railway, Muckleburgh Military Collection and Sheringham Park. Birdwatching, cycling, walking and fishing. Farm Cottage (ref: 24999) and Pond Cottage (ref: 25000) have an interconnecting door and can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room (wheelchair accessible). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, adapted with grab rails for wheelchair users.

    Dishwasher. Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds.

  • The Water Tower

    Ashurst Wood, East Grinstead

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: PFFR

    For couples wanting a holiday out of the ordinary, this wonderful, fully refurbished, detached water tower stands elegantly in a rural location within an AONB, in the grounds of the owners’ farm. It offers stunning countryside views which can be savoured from the huge windows of the first floor bedroom. There is a large garden, to one side are fields and the other side an equestrian ring. There are many public footpaths and bridle ways from the door, and Ashdown Forest with riding school is also close by. Conveniently located, London can be reached in just over an hour, Brighton and Lewis are easy driving distances, plus English Heritage and National Trust properties/gardens including Wakehurst Place and Penshurst Place. Discover Royal Tunbridge Wells, Pooh Bridge at nearby Hartfield, plenty of golf courses and the Bluebell Line Steam Railway. Gatwick about 30 minutes’ drive away. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. Spiral staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • 24-hour laundry service
    • Dishwasher
    • Large enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • No children or babies

  • Cornstore Cottage

    Whatstandwell, nr. Matlock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5204

    This detached barn conversion combines beams and character with contemporary furnishings to be a cosy and romantic hideaway set adjacent to sheep pasture and peaceful woodland yet only 300 yards from the licensed village tea room on the banks of the River Derwent. The Derwent Valley Heritage Site offers local history attractions and within 5 miles are the delights of the Heights of Abraham cable car and caverns, mining museum in Matlock Bath, Crich Tramway Museum, cycle hire on the High Peak Trail and lovely Lea Gardens, and within 10 miles Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedleston House (NT), Carsington Lake Watersports centre and the bustling market town of Bakewell. Alton Towers is a 45 minute drive. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with beams. Narrow, spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Drops from patio.

  • The Bothy @ High House Farm

    Watermillock, Ullswater

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC118217
    High House Farm is situated in Watermillock, one mile above Ullswater, an idyllic situation surrounded by open fields and with lovely views from the grounds. No longer a working farm, the owner has converted some of the traditional stone buildings into four superb quality self catering cottages. Each cottage is private, not overlooking each other and all provide ground floor accommodation, oozing quality and character, with original features in the structure, beautiful furnishings and excellent en suite facilities. They are perfect for a romantic break or an activity holiday, with secure storage for canoes, bikes, windsurfs etc and livery for horses (for additional fee). Situated in 10 acres of grounds and only one mile from the lake, with walks from the door step, including Aira Force where you can enjoy stunning views to Ullswater along the way. There is a shop at a neighbouring camp site, a pub within one mile and more amenities in Pooley Bridge, three miles. Only a 10 minute drive from the M6 makes High House Farm accessible for short breaks as well as full week holidays.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" LCD TV with Sky, DVD, CD radio and patio doors.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer and microwave. Access to a freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king sized bed and en suite with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Two dogs welcome. Separate kennelling available for more dogs.Outside: Seating area with table and chairs. Ample parking for cars and boats. Visit Britain gold awarded property.

  • Tickmorend Farm Barn

    Tickmorend, nr. Horsley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC163

    This beautiful detached barn offers luxury accommodation, boasting character features throughout. Tranquilly set, with easy access to Bath, Cirencester and National Trust properties. Adjacent to the owner’s home, the beautifully proportioned, open-plan living area boasts a wood-burning stove and is located on the first floor, taking advantage of the delightful views across the valley. Set in a peaceful location, it is a short walk to the heart of the village of Horsley and the thriving town of Nailsworth. It is an ideal base for exploring the spa city of Bath, Cheltenham, Slimbridge, Cirencester, Westonbirt Aboretum and various National Trust properties, or revel in the magnificent countryside as there is easy access to footpaths, including Minchinhampton and Rodborough Common. There are a variety of restaurants close by, with specialist shops including an excellent delicatessen and an award-winning bakery. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Entrance hall/study. King size bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Open plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included.
    • Smart TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Use of owner’s freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Apple computer
    • Telephone
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Gas barbecue
    • Use of owner’s grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • 2 KTM hybrid bikes available
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • No children

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