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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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  • Honeysuckle Cottage

    Scarning, nr. Dereham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41270

    Shared games room & table tennis

    Scarning Dale is an impressive guest house with cottages set in 25 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows. An indoor heated swimming pool (customers can use for 1 hour/day) and games room enhance the appeal of this secluded touring base. Honeysuckle Cottage is a single-storey holiday cottage in the grounds of Scarning Dale. The area is good for walking, bird watching and cycling. The cottage is 2.5 miles from the market town of Dereham. You are ideally located for touring Norfolk and the unspoilt North Norfolk Coast or the Norfolk Broads. Shop and pub serving food 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor swimming pool, open 1hr per day (additional hrs on request, at cost). Shared games room. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: There is an unfenced pond in the grounds.

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  • Crowbeare Farm - Taw

    Great Torrington

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31062

    Crowbeare Farm is situated at the end of a private lane and adjacent to the owner’s home. These semi-detached holiday properties are set in a peaceful location, surrounded by fields and streams, but with the added advantage of being only a short distance from the historic town of Great Torrington. Taw (ref 31062) and Torridge (ref 31063) have been converted from the old milking parlour, with sympathetic conversion and decoration keeping all of the old stone and brick work on the outside as original as possible. Taw is the smaller of the two, with one galleried bedroom looking onto the fields. It is open plan, light and airy with a small south facing patio to sit and enjoy the view. Torridge has two bedrooms, one double with an additional single upstairs and twin zip and link beds downstairs. The ground is level from the parking area through into the kitchen, first bedroom and the living room. The downstairs bedroom is suitable for those with walking difficulties or those who use a wheelchair. It has an en-suite shower room and a door out onto the south-facing patio. The living room also has a ramp from the patio doors to the patio. Crowbeare Farm has a small herd of pedigree South Devon cows. They are a quiet, docile breed with each one having its own character. Early to late summer is when they have their calves. They are fascinating to watch and friendly. The cottages are located a short distance from the civil war town of Great Torrington. This has a good range of shops and amenities, as well as the 1644 visitor centre, Dartington Crystal factory and just on the outskirts of the town, RHS Rosemoor is a must for keen gardeners. The cottages are ideally situated for exploring the other attractions this part of Devon has to offer. There are stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Sandymouth. Enjoy a day out at Hartland and visit the lighthouse, Hartland Quay and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. There are numerous National Trust properties in the surrounding area to enjoy. The town of Bideford lies close by where you will find most amenities and at Bideford’s quay, you can book a trip to Lundy Island. Slightly further afield, there is the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. Beach lovers will delight in the wide sandy beaches, the nearest being at Westward Ho! A day out at The Milky Way and The Big Sheep will keep the younger ones entertained. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 3 steps to living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom.

    Gas included. High chair on request. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. No smoking. NB: Stream close by.

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  • Minty Cottage

    Hythe

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC388


    Minty Cottage is one of three secluded former fishermen’s terraced cottages dating back to 1850. This charming cottage has retained many original features and is decorated and furnished throughout to a very good standard. This property is the perfect couple’s seaside retreat and is under 150 yards away from the beach! It comprises a quaint living room/dining area with a display fireplace which opens into a warm cosy fully equipped kitchen with an Aga cooker and a gable door. Upstairs there is a bathroom and a spacious double bedroom with a decorative fireplace, television and DVD player. Outside there is a small sunny courtyard with a Jack and Jill love seat; a perfect spot to soak up the sun with a glass of wine whilst planning the next day’s activities. Minty Cottage is located close to Hythe High Street with its array of bars and restaurants and unique individual shops. It is also just a short stroll to the Royal Military Canal with its stunning gardens and walkways. The canal was built in Napoleonic times as a defence against French invasion and runs through the centre of the town. Not only does it offer delightful walks but it also has rowing boats available for rent throughout the summer months. Nearest restaurant 150 yards, nearest pub 250 yards, town centre 500 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and Nespresso coffee machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Small courtyard with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Barn

    Dunchideock

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: HTD

    Nestling peacefully amidst rolling countryside in the Haldon Hills, this holiday cottage offers an idyllic peaceful retreat for couples, whilst still being able to keep in touch using high speed wi-fi. Set within the grounds of the owner’s home with its own garden, it is ideally placed for shopping, theatre and sightseeing trips in the cathedral city of Exeter, or exploring Dartmoor National Park. Experience beekeeping and observe the abundance of natural wildlife in the grounds. Nature and cycle trails in Forestry Commission ½ mile, sandy beaches 9 miles. Shop 3 miles, hotel bar and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Entrance with electric sun awning. Extremely comfortable beamed living room, dining area, well-equipped kitchen area with ceramic hob. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Full oil central heating included (November-March £20per week)
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs (one 51")
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer (available in utility opposite property)
    • Wi-fi
    • Private walled garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No children
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Pond in garden

    Note: The Barn (HTD) lies close to The Honey Pot (HKS) and both may be booked together to sleep 4 people

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  • The Old Stable

    Southrey, nr. Lincoln

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E4126

    Enjoying a supremely peaceful location, this smartly furnished and tasteful stable conversion offers a lovely relaxing holiday base with views over its lawned garden to fields beyond. Just 200 yards away, visitors will find a riverside pub, the Viking Way long distance footpath and a riverside cycle trail linking Lincoln to Woodhall Spa where visitors can enjoy the ‘Kinema in the Woods’ and, in summer, the lovely swimming lido. A wealth of delights can be enjoyed within 10 miles including exploring the beautiful Wolds’ countryside, vintage shops in Horncastle and the medieval city of Lincoln with its soaring cathedral, castle, ancient cobbled streets and designer shopping. A drive of 25 miles reaches the coast at Mablethorpe or Skegness. Fishing is available locally on the River Witham or at Bardney Lock, 2.5 miles, and there is excellent golf at Woodhall Spa. Shops and restaurants 2.5 miles, pub 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/conservatory. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC803


    In a glorious west Dorset country setting in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, near Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb and harbour, and Bridport and West Bay on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This lovely spacious, single storey, detached barn conversion for 2, with vaulted ceilings and wood burner, is an excellent holiday home for exploring west Dorset. Situated on a working dairy farm with beautiful country scenery, and there is great walking from your doorstep. Or enjoy scenic walking along this picturesque coastline, taking in a breathtaking walk to the top of Golden Cap for some spectacular views, followed by a hearty meal and drink in the pub at the bottom. Many places of interest abound, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, the vineyard at Salwayash for some wine tasting, Pecorama at Beer with its model railway, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, and of course village pubs for some local cuisine to wine and dine in. There is so much to enjoy in this delightful unspoilt area. Beach 6 miles. Shop 4¼ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Step to entrance. All on the ground floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Smart TV, DVD player, CD player beams and patio doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With double electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Trethin - The Coach House

    Advent

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: GMD

    "Cottages in the quiet countryside of a land steeped in legends . . ."

    Trethin is situated off the beaten track on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor between the moor and the sea. Once a working farm, its traditional farm buildings now form a cluster of comfortable holiday cottages in rural surroundings. The cottages are surrounded by lawns, flowering shrubs and mature trees and provide plenty of space for relaxation. There is also a games room with table tennis and a pool table.
    Nearby are several golf courses, the fishing villages of Port Isaac of Doc Martin fame, Padstow with its renowned fish restaurant and Tintagel with the ruins of King Arthur’s Castle. There are many other attractions in the vicinity too numerous to mention. Views of the wild Atlantic and the coastline from the coastal footpaths are magnificent while walks on the moor offer solitude. Shops/restaurants 1½ miles.

    Single-storey cottage with open-plan living room with gas wood-burning style stove. Separate fitted kitchen. Three steps down to double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Gas wood burner style stove included
    • Full oil central heating included
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • Cot by arrangement
    • High chair by arrangement
    • Bed guards by arrangement
    • FreeviewTV/DVD
    • Clock/radio
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machines, tumble dryer and ironing facilities
    • Shared grounds of 5 acres
    • Garden furniture
    • Recreation field
    • Parking
    • Games room with table tennis and coin-operated pool table
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Folly Cottage

    Alnwick

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC316033
    Tucked behind the market square within the heart of the historic and welcoming town of Alnwick nestles this pair of beautiful stone-built cottages.   Following a complete refurbishment throughout Folly Cottage and Cobbler’s Cottage simply ooze style.  Folly Cottage (sleeps two) is the quintessential hideaway for couples and is immaculately presented with an open plan living / dining / kitchen space on the ground floor and a bedroom and contemporary bathroom on the first.
    Access to the properties is via an arch leading a few yards up the historic Correction House Lane. 
    Folly Cottage can be booked independently or together with Cobbler’s Cottage to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen

    Lounge area: with feature range with open fire (no fuel supplied), Smart TV connected to the internet giving free access to BBC iPlayer, DVD, comfortable seating

    Dining area: with table and chairs for two

    Kitchen area: with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with ice-box and washer/dryer

    First Floor: Bedroom: with double bed

    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All gas and electricity included.  Bed linen and towels supplied. Fuel for the fire is not supplied. Wi-Fi available.Courtyard garden with furniture. Disc parking free of charge for 2 hours very close to the property, alternatively all day free parking is available approximately 200 yards from the property. Bike Storage for up to 6 bikes which is shared between both properties.

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  • Deer Lodge

    North Cerney, near Cirencester

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC603

    Deer Lodge is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just outside the village of North Cerney, which has a charming country pub. This characterful, detached holiday cottage is situated just off the Fosse Way and overlooks beautiful gardens. It is a large, self-contained, fully equipped, one bedroom ‘upside down’ house, set away from the owner’s main Arts and Crafts home. A perfect place to stay when in the Cotswolds, being just a 10-minute drive from Roman Cirencester and 20 minutes’ drive from Cheltenham and its famous horse racing festival.
    The house is situated in the beautiful Churn Valley, so there are plenty of walks for active guests, and this is a very central position from which to visit the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Campden. Both Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon are also a convenient drive. Shop and restaurants 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Utility:
    With washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With double shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space:
    With beams.
    Living area:
    With satellite TV and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge and freezer.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Courtyard with garden furniture. Shared tennis court, available on request. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Low Ickenthwaite Farm Cottage

    Rusland, nr. Hawkshead

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 23748

    A delightful cosy cottage, part of the owners’ former farmhouse in the beautiful Rusland Valley. Set between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, the southern Lakes are on your doorstep. Nearby attractions include Aquarium of the Lakes, steamer trips on Windermere to Bowness and Ambleside, South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Beatrix Potter farmhouse and historic buildings such as Holker Hall and Cartmel Priory. With Hawkshead just 5 miles away, the choices for a day out are endless. The nearby attractions of Grizedale include lovely walks, cafe and cycling. Shops 5 miles, pub 2 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, shared enclosed garden and furniture. Natural water supply from spring. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the garden.

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  • The Retreat

    Ower, nr. Romsey

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28870

    This detached single-storey holiday lodge is situated in the owner’s grounds, consisting of 22 acres of woodland and lakes. The lodge sits on the edge of one of the lakes, with a decked area from which to enjoy watching the birdlife and fish. On the edge of the New Forest National Park, with access to the A36 from Salisbury to Southampton, it provides an ideal base for exploring the miles of footpaths and the towns of Bournemouth and Poole. Sites of interest include Beaulieu Abbey, Buckler’s Hard, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Bronze Age barrows. Southampton is 7 miles. Carp fishing on site, free of charge. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Stairs to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Induction hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Decked terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, natural 22-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: On the edge of a lake. 4 lakes in grounds.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Long Marton, near Appleby

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E1947


    Stable Cottage has been converted from the barn attached to the manor house, which is a typical example of a late medieval Westmorland long house dating from 1650. Originally used to house livestock, the barn was converted to stables in the 19th century. Stable Cottage now provides all the home comforts, cleverly combined with the historical aspects including original exposed oak beams and offers single storey accommodation. It is a perfect place for a relaxing break in the Eden Valley.

    There is an excellent range of pubs within walking distance, all serving good food and a wide range of ales, and the local village inn, which was built in the 1870s for the engineers of the Carlisle to Settle Railway which bisects the village, serves excellent food and real ale, so no need to cook while on holiday! The local inn also serve Tirril Ale, with the brewery located in the village.

    The property is pet friendly and two well behaved dogs are welcome. Being situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, there are riverside walks, or longer circular walks on the dramatic North Pennine Moors.

    Stable Cottage is located in the wonderful Eden Valley, a tranquil part of Cumbria, close to Penrith and the great border city of Carlisle. Hadrian’s Wall, the Northern Pennines, the edge of the Lake District National Park, the western fringe of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders are also within a short drive. The Carlisle-Settle railway line is very popular, with a scenic route from Appleby through to Leeds. Settle or Skipton are stop offs on this route and are both lovely market towns, well worth a visit. Appleby can provide most provisions, with an excellent greengrocers, a bakery, two very good butchers, post office, bank and takeaways.

    From Stable Cottage you can enjoy a multitude of outdoor pursuits and activities including walking, climbing, horse riding, trekking, fishing, cycling, golf at Appleby and Go Ape treetop adventures. Bring your road bike as the area is quiet and relatively free of traffic, and it is no coincidence that the Tour of Britain cycle race has held numerous stages in area. Names such as Hartside, Great Dun Fell on the North Pennines, and Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose Passes in the Lake District are there in cycling folklore. For mountain bikers, you are spoilt for choice with Whinlatter and Grizedale Forests and the GNAR Cumbrian Bike Park on the doorstep. The property has a storage area for bikes and equipment, a drying room if required and a dedicated area for essential maintenance. There is even a local CYTECH accredited bike mechanic who could do the repairs if needed.

    The cottage is ideally placed for fishing, being centrally located in the Eden Valley, home to some of the best fishing in the UK. Self-guided or guided salmon and trout fishing can be arranged on the Rivers Eden and Eamont. Renowned salmon rivers Tyne, Derwent and Lune are only a 1-hour drive away and are easily accessible by excellent road links. If it is lake or still water angling you prefer, the Lake District offers some fantastic fishing for both trout and coarse fish on natural or stocked waters, and are often set amidst some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere in the country. The aptly named Trout Beck meanders 500 yards from the cottage and by negotiation, fishing is available for pure wild stocks of brown trout. An area in the owners’ chest freezer can be made available for those of you lucky enough to catch and keep your fish! Shops 3 miles, pub 200 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With Freeview HD TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, book library and beams.
    Kitchen: With microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Use of owners’ freezer. Patio. Enclosed garden and furniture. Bike/equipment store. Boot/drying room. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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