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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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  • Allens Cottage

    Montford Bridge, nr. Shrewsbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43422


    This well-positioned, detached holiday cottage is located in the Montford Bridge area of Shrewsbury. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it has superb views across the local countryside and the sitting-out area overlooks the River Severn. It is within walking distance of the local pub and only a few miles drive of Shrewsbury town centre, a medieval town offering a wealth of shops, restaurants, bars and theatre. The location makes it ideal for exploring the Shropshire and mid Wales borders with Ironbridge, Bridgenorth, Church Stretton, Much Wenlock and Ludlow all within a 30-minute drive. There are four National Trust properties easily accessible, the nearest being Attingham Park, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle and Erddig, just a little further afield. For the more adventurous, quad trekking, go karting and paintballing are available locally and hang gliding is available on the Long Mynd. Shop 11/2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (low head room), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: River flows through grounds.

  • Talehay Cottages - Owl

    Pelynt, nr. Looe

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC216

    Approached down a quiet country lane, Talehay is a Grade II listed Cornish farmhouse which dates back some 300 years. The farmhouse and the detached stone cottages retain much of their original character and beauty, whilst providing tastefully furnished accommodation around a central courtyard. During the warm summer months, the lawned areas and spacious communal gardens that encompass the properties are ideal for picnics and barbecues. All cottages are supplied with their own seating area, and to the rear of the main house is a further 3½ acres of fully enclosed meadowland, so youngsters and their 4-legged friends can get a good run around.

    Set amidst delightfully unspoilt countryside, Talehay Cottages are situated a mile from the village of Pelynt and just 3 miles from the sea. Owing to its serene location, the cottages are ideal for guests wanting some peace and quiet on their holiday. It also makes a convenient base for exploring the many attractions Cornwall provides; its beaches, stately homes, famous gardens, coastal and inland walks, not to mention the world-renowned Eden Project.

    Characterised by busy fishing harbours, dramatic headlands and secluded sandy coves, Cornwall’s coastlines feature some of the most evocative, breath-taking scenery in Britain. For those wanting to escape the crowds, there are hidden gems scattered along Cornwall’s south-east coast, and if you know where to look, you can find empty golden beaches even in the height of the tourist season. Head to Lantivet or Lansallos, and Lantic Bay is regarded as one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets.

    There’s more dynamic terrain to be found further inland; Bodmin Moor possesses a stark ruggedness of its own, which has long drawn holiday goers up into the hills. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cheesewring is a striking granite tor, Roughtor features a Neolithic tor enclosure, and Brown Willy (the highest point in Cornwall) enjoys vast unbroken views over moor and mire. Bodmin Moor is also famous for its Jamaica Inn, which was immortalised by Dauphne Du Maurier, and also used as the film location of the much-loved Poldark drama.

    From fine dining to quirky beach cafés, Cornwall is known as a prime foodie destination, with Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth among the many top chefs championing the county’s culinary field. Other attractions in the area include Cornwall’s finest country house Lanhydrock, the fine fortress built by Henry VIII Pendennis, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, the Tate Gallery in St Ives, and for a completely unique theatre experience, head to Minack Theatre; an open-air theatre that sits atop the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also sailing, fishing, diving, golf and horse riding to be found locally, and with many country and coastal paths criss-crossing the region, Cornwall is a paradise for walkers and cyclists. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot. High chair. 40" Freeview TV. Electric hob. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire (£4per week). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared 3½-acre grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Carn Towan Cottages - Bishop Rock

    Sennen

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: GRL

    Only a 250-yard walk from the beautiful sandy beach of Whitesand Bay, this charming little row of three delightful and comfortably furnished holiday cottages commands magnificent views over the bay and Sennen Cove. On a quiet lane leading only to the cliffs, they have been very tastefully converted from a spacious Victorian house and are stunningly set in several acres of shared natural grounds; home to a wonderful variety of wildlife which can easily be seen from the steep beach path and the cottages themselves.
    The beach at Whitesand is magnificent; a splendid mile of sand which has been awarded Blue Flag status and is excellent for surfing (lifeguards operate throughout the summer, and there is also a ban on dogs from 1st May to 30th September. Dogs are permitted year round on nearby Gwenver Beach). Sennen Cove (½ mile) is a picturesque little fishing village looking out over the bay. It offers shops, pub, restaurants – even a lifeboat station – all within walking distance. There are some beautiful walks along the coast towards Cape Cornwall in one direction, and beyond Land’s End in the other.
    The famous outdoor Minack Theatre is only 3 miles away and Penzance (7 miles) boasts a mainline station, shops, inns, swimming-pool, sailing and tennis. There is a golf course at St Just (4 miles) and facilities for squash and badminton are available locally. Picturesque St Ives (a renowned haunt of artists) is 15 miles away along the spectacular north coast.
    The Carn Towan cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying a Cornish holiday – and are cosily heated throughout, with double glazing, making them ideal for all-year-round breaks. Shops ½ mile.

    A delightful cottage set at the end of the row, next to Longships. Entrance to fully fitted kitchen. Living/dining room with multi-fuel stove and sea view. First floor: Two bedrooms; one spacious double with sea view, and one twin, each with wash basin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Multi-fuel stove - fuel at cost. Electricity included. Shared garden with furniture.

    Electric heaters. Fan heaters. NSH, bed linen, towels and beach towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Shared several acre grounds. Shared barbecue. Wet-suit and surfboard hire available. Storage available for surfboards/windbreakers. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Shire House Cottage

    Chittlehampton, nr. Umberleigh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5314

    These attractive holiday properties, part of the owners working farm, offer two on-site fishing lakes (carp, rudd, tench and roach), and are set in glorious walking and riding Devon countryside. A football pitch, croquet, netball and sand pit are just a few of the amenities that are available for children. Just 4 miles from South Molton, with its fine Georgian buildings, shops and restaurants, and within easy reach of the bustling market towns of Barnstaple and Bideford, from where you can take boat trips to the puffins of Lundy Island, the magnificent sands and surfing waves of Croyde Bay, Saunton, Putsborough and Woolacombe Bay, and the many attractions of Exmoor National Park, Lynton and Lynmouth are joined by cliff railway, the Valley of the Rocks, Watermeet and Simonsbath, the highest village on the moor and a good start point for exploration. Golf and riding are available locally. Shop/PO and pub serving food 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Travel cot. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced fishing lake in grounds.

  • Courtyard Cottage

    Natland, nr. Kendal

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 25824

    There are lovely views from the windows and private garden of this meticulously presented, semi-detached, holiday cottage, next to the owner’s house. A welcome pack is also provided, ensuring guests feel right at home. There is a pretty walk along the nearby old canal and the River Kent into the market town of Kendal, 2 miles, where great facilities are plentiful. Many wonderful Lake District attractions within a short drive include the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, Aquarium of the Lakes and cruises on Lake Windermere. For walkers the high fells beckon, with stunning views from the summits. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Small step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, (one zip and link). Bathroom with shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in living room, kitchen and bathroom) included (£5 per day October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVDs. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Courtyard. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping cobbled courtyard which can be slippery.

  • The Stables

    Occold, nr. Eye

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: BSR

    Peacefully situated with its own garden, this detached holiday accommodation has been lovingly restored to a high standard. With use of an indoor heated swimming pool, a stay at The Stables is ideal to unwind in a charming location. Situated near to Eye and Debenham, with their interesting range of shops and pubs, there are good road links to the larger towns of Diss and Framlingham. Within easy driving distance are the cities of Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, the Suffolk Heritage coast with the delightful towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Shop 2½ miles, pub ½ mile.

    Large, open-plan beamed living/dining room with French doors and well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden-effect floor throughout.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Use of indoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 6in) open May-September
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Parlour Cottage

    Evershot, Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DTO

    This former milking parlour has been tastefully renovated, retaining many original features including exposed stonework and beams. Adjoining another property, it enjoys far-reaching views over open countryside and is just a short walk from the heart of the village of Evershot, with its pretty buildings and pubs. Cerne Abbas, 8 miles distant - famous for its large chalk Giant as well as plenty of tea rooms serving delicious cream teas - is a popular destination for visitors from all over the country. The towns of Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are all a short drive, along with the many chocolate box villages dotted along the coast. Shops ½ mile, pub in village.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin both with beams. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (by arrangement). Freezer. Enclosed garden, decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Square Farm Barns - Low Horcum View

    Lockton, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: IXY


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

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

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

  • Willow Cottage

    Atwick, nr. Hornsea

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4778

    Enjoying a peaceful and private enclosed garden setting, these two smartly furnished and very well equipped adjoining single storey properties sit within 100 yards of the village inn and only 0.5 miles from the coastal path. Just 4 miles away lie the sandy beach and charming town of Hornsea, a freshwater lake with boating and fishing, and shopping at the ‘Freeport’ outlet. A drive of under 15 miles reaches The Deep undersea experience at Hull and the busy resort of Bridlington is about 12 miles distant. The great historic houses of Burton Agnes and Burton Constable are both around 10 miles away, whilst the fascinating city of York is a lovely, 40 mile scenic drive across the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. The cottages share access to a large playing field and also free use of the heated indoor swimming pool (Mar-Nov), at the local Leisure Club (2 miles away). Golf and coarse fishing 2 miles. Shops 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Drying service on request. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Shared 1-acre playing field (50 yards). Parking. No smoking.

  • Darwin Lake - Tissington

    Darwin Lake, nr. Matlock

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: RA6

    "Spacious stone cottages with fine facilities, in a beautiful, tranquil woodland setting..."

    "Set in the Darwin Forest on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this group of holiday cottages enjoys an ideal location from which to enjoy the area’s great natural beauty. Built in traditional Derbyshire stone to blend effortlessly into their surroundings, they are set around the lake and surrounded by mixed woodland, an ideal habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. The cottages are modern and spacious, with comfortably furnished living rooms, several enjoying views over the lake. A central courtyard area creates a focal point, and each cottage has its own patio, as well as shared use of the nine acres of beautiful wooded grounds which include an enclosed, elevated woodland walk around the lake. An old stone building has been dismantled and then erected in the grounds and is used for conferences and also as a fitness/weight loss venue (these facilities can be booked in advance with the management).
    This peaceful spot is the perfect stopping off point for walking and cycling amid superb countryside, and a trekking centre just around the corner provides plenty of opportunity to explore on horseback. For the more adventurous, a whole host of outdoor pursuits is available nearby, including sailing, wind-surfing and canoeing on Carsington Reservoir, 13 miles away, while Derbyshire’s gritstone edges and deep caverns attract rock climbing and pot-holing enthusiasts.
    The popular Derbyshire Dales town of Matlock is only 4 miles away, with a good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops. Among the attractions here are the Peak Rail steam trains, the Heights of Abraham pleasure grounds, reached by a cable car across the gorge, dramatic show caverns and Gulliver’s Kingdom. There is also a fascinating Lead Mining Museum and an excellent Tramway Museum at Crich, providing something of interest for everyone. A short drive away is the splendid Chatsworth House with its fine collections of paintings and furniture, and Haddon Hall in the beautiful Wye Valley. Village shop and local pub 2 miles.
    Darwin Lake is the perfect place to get away from it all amid beautiful surroundings, and to enjoy the many attractions that make this region so popular. The attractive cottages at Darwin Lake are cosily heated, insulated and double glazed throughout. The countryside is especially beautiful in the quieter seasons, and this tranquil location is accessible from major routes – ideal for Short Breaks and for holidays at all times of the year. Shop 2 miles."

    Open-plan living/dining room with door to patio and modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Cot and high chair by arrangement (cot linen not provided)
    • Additional TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, NSH and wall-mounted convector heaters (subject to reasonable usage), bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Shared access to 10 acres of wooded grounds including the Darwin Trail – a 15 min circular stroll
    • Parking
    • NB: Lake in grounds

  • River Cottage

    Hoe, nr Dereham

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CCCE

    Located in the heart of Norfolk, this detached holiday cottage enjoys commanding views over its own large garden and river frontage (fishing available in season with permit) and also boasts its own private hot tub and summer house. Situated in a perfect setting for exploring sandy beaches, coastal walks, cycle routes and many places of natural and historical interest. Tucked away on the outskirts of the village of Beetley and close to the owner’s home, it is just 2 miles from the bustling market town of East Dereham. Visit the city of Norwich and Wroxham for daily boat hire, river trips, waterside restaurants and shops. Farm shop and pub/restaurant ¼ mile.

    Living/dining room with kitchen area, French doors to garden and wooden floors. Utility. Two bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one double with 5ft bed and one twin.

    • Electricity, full underfloor oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace and garden furniture
    • Summerhouse
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Hot tub
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced river in garden, 20 yards

  • Oxenpark Farm - Duck House

    Stratton, Bude

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: GE3

    Just a short drive from excellent beaches at Bude (2 miles) and Widemouth Bay (4 miles), these converted barns date back well over 100 years. Located on a small traditional farm, these three delightful cottages are beautifully presented and have their own private patio areas. Duck House (GE3) and The Granary (GB8) both enjoy panoramic coastal views from their first floor living rooms and are full of character and charm. The Gilberts (TS7) has glorious country views across the lake towards the coast and is a very spacious detached cottage. Well appointed and beautifully furnished, it is the perfect relaxing retreat. Visitors are welcome to wander over much of the farmland grounds. Bude offers shops, inns, restaurants, golf, riding and a swimming pool. Launceston (16 miles) boasts a 12th-century castle. Bodmin Moor 12 miles. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    ‘Upside-down’ style, converted from a detached stone barn. Entrance hall with slate floor. Two bedrooms with rugs on wooden floor; one double and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Spacious, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor and modern fitted kitchen area.

    • Open fire – initial logs included, thereafter available locally
    • Balcony

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio areas with furniture
    • Shared farmland grounds of 70 acres
    • Parking
    • NB: Stream in farmland grounds ¼ mile and lake area

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