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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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  • Hopgrove Farm Cottages - The Granary

    York

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 16437

    Two miles from the city centre, these renovated, spacious 18th century farm buildings stand around a large landscaped courtyard amid open fields. Reached by a 200 yard private drive, they make an excellent holiday base for visiting the city, whilst returning to a country retreat. The city of York offers a variety of attractions - the ancient minster, city walls and beautiful architecture, together with a variety of museums, including the National Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre. The cobbled streets be-decked with flowers, home to many street artistes, house many interesting specialist shops, restaurants and bars and an open street market, sometimes visited by continental markets. Alternatively take a leisurely trip along the river, stopping at riverside inns. Two golf courses, a sports centre, Waterworld theme swimming pool, theatres, multi cinema complex, bowling alley, all lie within two miles, and there is a large playing field with football nets in the grounds. Racing at York, Thirsk, Ripon, Wetherby and Beverley. Castle Howard with open air summer concerts, 10 miles and the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway at Pickering, 25 miles which crosses the beautiful heather clad moors to Goathland (the Aidensfield of ’Heartbeat’) and Grosmont. Ancient seaport of Whitby with picturesque harbour and golden sands, 45 miles. Scarborough and Filey 40 miles. Shops 1 mile, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out single (for child). Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large shared garden with patio and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with pool table, air hockey, board games and darts. Shared Jacuzzi and sauna (to seat 6-7 people) with shower and toilet.

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  • Life Hill Farm Cottage

    Sledmere, nr. Driffield

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 28078

    Set in rolling countryside, close to the Wolds Way

    Situated on a 500-acre arable farm on the Sledmere Estate, overlooking the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds which inspired the famous paintings of David Hockney, this holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s home and is ideal for couples and groups of friends. Visitors can enjoy a cosy living room with a quaint range fire and a spacious dining room, along with the privacy of each bedroom being en suite. The Wolds Way is close by and there is an abundance of walking and cycling tracks from the doorstep. Sledmere village (2 miles) has a renowned pub serving food and Sledmere House is a charming stately home with an 18th-century walled rose garden. Further historic houses can be found at Burton Agnes, Sewerby and Burton Constable. Just a 30-minute drive leads to the east coast, with miles of sandy beaches and traditional resorts including Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough. Flamborough with its lighthouse and RSPB Bempton are easily accessible. The market town of Beverley (17 miles) and historic York (24 miles) are not to be missed. Stabling and grazing available by arrangement for guests bringing their own horses. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor annexe: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Biomass eco central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer (in garage). Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Tennis court. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden. Ponds on farmland.

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  • The Maltings

    Nr. Bamburgh

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: MKZ

    In an enviable position on the Heritage coastline with stunning views over Budle Bay and Holy Island, this modern, well-equipped ground floor apartment within historic Waren Mill is an ideal base from which to explore the castles and beaches of the Northumberland coastline. Bamburgh (imposing castle, long sandy beach) and Seahouses (working harbour, shops, seasonal boat trips), a short drive. The Maltings has the bonus of two idyllic jetty cottages looking directly over the bay - ideal for dining, a retreat or to watch the many unusual birds that visit Budle Bay which can also be used as a secure storage for cycles/equipment. Many fabulous walks, cycle routes in the area. Alnwick Castle, gardens within 30-minute drive. Golf, riding, sea fishing, watersports nearby. Access to A1 to explore further afield - Berwick and Metro Centre an hour’s drive. Shops 1½ miles.

    Living/dining room with large modern kitchen area, 3 sea-facing windows. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite bathroom with shower over large bath and toilet, one with views of Holy Island. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Amtico flooring throughout. Exclusive use of Jetty Cottage No.6 for shoreline views, dining, bird-watching (has fridge, heating, full-size dining table, chairs, BBQ, picnic basket, secure cycle storage, lawn outside).

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Four TVs
    • DVD/CD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • Wheelchair access (ground floor)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Grounds lead to sea

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  • The Old Dairy, Riversdale

    Weare Giffard, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: KBBF


    Boasting beautiful views over a sheltered valley in one of Devon’s most picturesque villages, this spacious holiday cottage, attached to the owner’s home, nestles on the banks of the River Torridge. The Old Dairy is a delightful property ideal for family and friends to escape and unwind at any time of the year. It lies just a short stroll away from the village inn which serves good food. The famous Tarka Trail is close by and offers good walking and cycling, with bike hire available locally.
    Weare Giffard is just a short drive from the pretty port town of Bideford on the River Torridge, with its pastel coloured houses alongside a treelined quay. The wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! is popular with surfers and is just 6 miles away. Take a boat trip to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages, including nearby Clovelly and Hartland, or try your hand at crabbing at Appledore quay. The Civil War heritage town of Torrington can be reached within 2½ miles, where guests can visit Dartington Crystal and have a go at glass blowing. Spectacular clifftop walks, rockpools, fishing and horse riding are all available locally, and for family fun, visit The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Park. Private fly fishing is available along a short stretch of the River Torridge just a few minutes’ walk away, by arrangement with the owner. Easy access to the Tarka Trail. Torrington Golf Club is 1 mile away. Beach 6 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    10 steps to entrance. Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with TV, slate floor and gas range. Utility/boot room. Wet room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with 5ft brass bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Garden views from all bedrooms.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Five Freeview TVs
    • Blu-ray player
    • Gas range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle/surfboard/canoe store
    • Fishing available on-site (at cost, licence required)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream in garden, 10 yards. Unfenced pond in garden.

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  • Briar Cottage

    Amberley, nr. Stroud

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: NSZ


    Overlooking the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, this Cotswold stone holiday cottage, one of a pair, offers spectacular views across the Nailsworth Valley and the Severn Vale, one of the most picturesque and unspoilt locations in England. A super choice for keen walkers, there is the Cotswold Way and many beautiful, shorter walks around the Five Valleys, with its tightly packed villages and surrounding woodland. There is direct access onto Minchinhampton Common from the house, and there are three pubs and a village store within walking distance. Rodborough and Selsey Common are also located close by, offering further wonderful walks and views. Briar Cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the Cotswolds, midway between Regency Cheltenham and Georgian Bath, and close to the beautiful town of Nailsworth and the famous, award-winning Stroud Farmers’ Market, which takes place every Saturday morning. Minchinhampton Golf Course is less than 4 miles away. The village of Painswick, known as the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, with its individual shops, art gallery and churchyard, is only a short drive away. Visit Woodchester Mansion, Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust, Berkeley Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury, Roman Cirencester, Badminton and Gatcombe Horse Trials. Local supermarkets can be reached within 2 miles. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Fourteen steps to entrance. Entrance hall. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with gas/electric range (for cooking) and valley views. Boot room. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel availl locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Gas/electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Five steps in garden

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  • Willann

    Mickleton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 16135

    Ideal touring base

    A charming period thatched cottage originally dating back from the 16th century in the centre of the village. The property has been tastefully renovated and offers cosy holiday accommodation with a wealth of exposed beams, a large open fireplace and a gas fired Rayburn for cooking and central heating. 1 mile from Hidcote Gardens and yards from the heart of the England way. Chipping Campden, 3 miles, Stratford upon Avon, 7 miles. Ideally situated for touring the Cotswolds with many fine walks locally. Shop 50 yards, pubs 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Sundorne

    Thrupp, nr. Stroud

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29326

    This spacious 3-bedroom detached bungalow with panoramic views, is close to NT land, footpaths and The Cotswold Way. A mile from Stroud centre, it is an ideal base to explore the idyllic valleys and picturesque Cotswolds Hills. Cirencester, Cheltenham, the city of Gloucester and the beautiful Forest of Dean are a short drive. Bustling Bristol, Bath and Oxford are within easy reach; the Cotswold towns and villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water are an hour’s drive. Shop and pub serving food ½ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite toilet, 1 single (2ft 6in for child) with additional pull-out bed (2ft 6in for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with enclosed, level patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 34 steps in garden.

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  • New Waters Holiday Cottages - Sycamore Cottage

    Wortham, nr. Diss

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27566

    Ideal for a fishing holiday

    Set in a quiet location in 6 acres with views over the large fishing lake, natural woodland and open countryside, these comfortably furnished, detached, single-storey holiday cottages (refs 27565 & 27566) are adjacent to the owner’s home and share a large, gravelled courtyard garden but also have a private sitting-out area. A fisherman’s dream, guests have use of a 3½-acre lake which is stocked with carp, roach and bream, as well as 6 other lakes 2 miles away at Hinderclay Lakes (£5 per day). There are seats and picnic tables around the site so guests can enjoy a picnic. Located between the villages of Rickinghall, which has a range of shops and restaurants, and Wortham, which has a pub, teashop, post office/store and tennis courts. Well situated to explore both Norfolk and Suffolk. The market town of Diss and the Waveney Valley are nearby, as is the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds. The Suffolk Heritage Coast is easily accessible and the seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are not to be missed. Thetford Forest for cycle hire and children’s activities, and the city of Norwich are within an easy drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Two steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Both properties: Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared courtyard. Shared 6-acre natural woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Lake in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Lanthwaite Green Old Farmhouse

    near Buttermere

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC114137
    This traditional Lakeland stone former farmhouse enjoys a truly idyllic setting above the Buttermere valley, at the foot of  Grassmoor overlooking Crummock Water. This really is a walker’s paradise, with many of North West Lakeland’s most popular summits accessible from the doorstep. Lanthwaite Green Old Farmhouse is not only an attractive property from the outside, but is equally well furnished and equipped inside to provide super self catering accommodation, with the benefit of a very pleasant garden, parking and excellent views.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, open fire in inglenook fireplace (one large basket of logs per stay enough for 2 or 3 nights) and separate dining area.
    Kitchen: With Stanley cooker, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave and breakfast table.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
    Feature 17th Century spiral stone staircase leading to....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC, bidet and wash basin.

    All power included, one large basket of logs per stay additional supplies can be purchased locally. Bed linen and towels included. Telephone for incomming and free local call. Cot available. Wi-fi access available.Outside: garden with lawn, patio and seating. Parking for 3 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Coast

    Newquay

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28906

    Just a 275-yard stroll from the beach, this semi-detached holiday bungalow really does live up to its name. Tolcarne beach has surf hire, a sandside café and an excellent restaurant; 8 other beaches are within walking distance. Close by are Newquay Zoo, a tennis centre, Waterworld, boating lake and beautiful gardens. Fistral beach is nearby and the coastal path leads to Watergate Bay. A short drive along the coast road is Padstow. This is a great base for exploring. Golf, horse riding, cycling and sea fishing are all available. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • West Bridge End - The Old Byre

    Frosterley, nr. Bishop Auckland

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 24970

    Overlooking the River Wear, these superb conversions of the barn, old byre and stables provide a wonderful holiday retreat. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is set in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Adjoining one another, they lie within an attractive courtyard setting, complemented by a fountain and shrubberies. All the properties have been tastefully refurbished and are full of character and charm, with shared use of lovely grounds, children’s play area, summer house and games room. The pretty village of Frosterley has shops and pubs, with walks in every direction along Weardale. Described as England’s ’last wilderness’, and possibly one of the best kept secrets, the Durham Dales are situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, made up of a wonderful blend of rugged upland, impressive waterfalls, fertile river valleys and wild flower meadows. Pleasant towns and pretty villages dot the area – the historic market town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, and boasts castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest are Raby Castle, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall. Hexham (with stately abbey) is a good day trip out, as well as the splendid cathedral city of Durham, 15 miles. NB: Refs 24969, 24970, 24971 and 23712 (also on the same site) can be booked together to accommodate up to 27 guests.

    The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a cast of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair by arrangement with owner. DVD. CD. Microwave. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared use of owner’s landscaped gardens with lawned terraces, children’s swings and summer house. Shared patio and furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared games room with pool table. Shared 1/2-acre courtyard. No smoking. NB: Pond 2 metres, pond 30 metres and 6 steps in grounds.

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  • Piglet’s Place

    Culford, Bury St Edmunds

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: E3189

    Set amidst 250 acres of gloriously peaceful and attractive farmland, these three delightful, imaginatively converted and very comfortable cottages offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy bird watching whilst strolling along the banks of the tranquil River Lark. Each cottage boasts its own hot tub and enjoys shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool. Charolais cattle, horses and sheep graze in the meadows and the owners’ fine Tudor farmhouse stands nearby. Ideally situated for exploring this lovely region, Culford is a little hamlet less than 3 miles from historic Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal (NT), Abbey and Priory Gardens. Thetford Forest, NT Long Melford Hall and Lavenham Guildhall, Newmarket Races and the city of Cambridge are all within 30 minutes’ drive. Shop, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with patio doors and beams. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin, one zip and link (can be double by arrangement). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    DVD. Courtyard garden. Wi-fi available at £10per week. Private hot tub. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Biomass central heating included (£15per week 5th September-8th May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Garden furniture. 250-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10.9m x 5.4m) open all year. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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