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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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  • Little Clyst William Farm Cottages - Orchard View Barn

    Plymtree, nr. Cullompton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 27667

    These Grade ll listed, attractive, 16th century barn conversions have been completely renovated to a very good standard. They offer glorious views over the rolling Devon countryside, and are ideally situated on a 300-acre working farm, between Cullompton and Honiton, an excellent location for exporing the many attractions nearby, including the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, 18 miles, Killerton House (NT), Crealy Adventure Park and the Lace Museum at Honiton, 7 miles. Also worth a visit are Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Branscombe. There is walking on the Blackdown Hills, or Dartmoor (within easy driving distance), and of course, Exeter cathedral city with its shops and restaurants. Set between Dartmoor and Exmoor, the cottages are well-placed to visit the quaint villages - and no visit would be complete without a Devon cream tea. Properties 27667 and 24677 can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shops, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. Four steps up to: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard. Small lawned area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.

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  • Constantine Cottage

    St Merryn, nr. Padstow

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 24624

    This contemporary detached holiday home is situated within a small development in a rural setting, with distant views of the sea and hills. The beautiful harbour town of Padstow is 3 miles, where you can hire a bike and cycle along the Camel Estuary to Wadebridge and then along a disused railway line to Bodmin. There are 7 unspoilt beaches on the nearby North Cornish Coast, or take a ferry across to Rock from Padstow and enjoy the variety of water sports on offer. Just 1 mile from St Merryn. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Smart TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer.
    Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Edgewater

    Norwich

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: E5603

    In a gorgeous location on the banks of the River Yare, this detached, spacious, well-appointed holiday property has a bedroom with a balcony and river views. It is only 10 minutes’ drive from the myriad attractions of the medieval city of Norwich and is a fisherman’s delight, with its large decked area and garden leading down to the riverbank as well as private mooring. It makes an ideal holiday base, as it is only a short drive from a river centre, offering a range of water sports. Whitlingham’s dry ski slope is close by and the area has many country lanes, which are lovely for walking and cycling. Dinghies and day boats are available for hire nearby, and shops and inns are within 0.25 miles. Ideal for exploring the area, the fabulous sandy beaches at Winterton and Sea Palling. Visit Great Yarmouth for family fun, Wroxham the ’Capital of the Broads’, where you can take a river trip, BeWILDerwood the treetop adventure park that the children will love and the RSPB Strumpshaw. Shop and pub 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with oak floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with balcony door. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked terrace. Balcony with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Fishing on site (foc). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in garden.

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  • One The Parlours

    Bournes Green, nr. Stroud

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W41085

    Quiet woodland valley in Cotswold Hills

    Situated on a hilltop grassland farm in the Cotswold Hills between Cirencester and Stroud, this one of two converted dairies would make an ideal base for exploring the pretty Cotswold villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. This single storey holiday property is furnished in a contemporary style and overlooks an idyllic wooded valley. Accessed by means of a maze of narrow lanes that are a feature of the locality, taking in such delights as Bisley, Sapperton and the Slad Valley. Cheltenham, Cirencester and Bath are all within an easy drive. Excellent walking country. Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 mile, restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Old Post Office Cottage

    Netherfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: PV6


    With extensive views over the surrounding countryside from this pretty beamed holiday cottage, which boasts a separate garden room built within its large garden to take advantage of the fine views. One of a pair set back from the main road, it has been restored to retain many of its original features and lies just 3 miles from Battle, an area awash with the history of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Winchelsea with its unspoilt shingle beach, historic Hastings and Rye are further afield, golf course within 5 miles, with many castles and NT properties to visit in the area. Walking and cycling routes locally. Shops 200 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in large fire surround. Two steps to well-equipped farmhouse-style fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. External garden room with shower room and toilet. First floor: Four beamed bedrooms; two double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin and one single (for alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

    Wood-burning stove – logs included. Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Venn Farm Cottages - Goose

    Kings Nympton, nr. South Molton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30098

    Owl (ref 30095), Pheasant (ref 30096), Buzzard (ref 30097) and Goose (ref 30098) are located at the owners’ farm in rural North Devon. With lovely views of the surrounding countryside and beyond, Venn Farm Cottages offers guests a real slice of rural life. Guests staying a week at the cottages also get the added bonus of entry into The Big Sheep at Bideford and Exmoor Zoo, so that’s two brilliant days out already sorted! Back on the farm, the cottages are well appointed and presented to a comfortable standard. Around the farm, there is plenty to do with organised feeding of the animals, collecting fresh eggs from the chickens and some lovely walks around the farm’s 20 acres. There is also a large covered area with various toys and activities. The popular market town of South Molton has a weekly farmers’ market and a variety of shops, antique and curio shops, pubs and restaurants. Barnstaple additionally has a theatre, cinema and leisure activities, and places of interest including the Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market, 14th-century St Anne’s Chapel and 18th-century Queen Anne’s Walk. Other family attractions in the area include RHS gardens at Rosemoor, National Trust houses at Arlington and Castle Drogo, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, Exmoor Zoo and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Spectacular beaches at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! are all within easy driving distance. There is some spectacular and challenging walking on Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. There are numerous golf courses within 5 miles and there is some excellent game fishing available locally at Eggesford. There is cycle hire available at various locations along the Tarka Trail, and horse riding locally. Shop 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single and en-suite toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Shared 20-acre grounds with sitting-out area. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times, working farm, sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Scalby Lodge - Tweedmouth Cottage

    Scalby, Scarborough

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: IXE


    Owned by Her Majesty the Queen, in Right of Her Duchy of Lancaster, Scalby Lodge is a collection of fifteen beautiful cottages situated in an idyllic clifftop setting near the elegant seaside town of Scarborough.

    All the cottages are finished with fixtures and fittings of the very highest standard and have open-plan dining. Some have en-suite bedrooms. They offer an ideal location from which to explore both the North York Moors National Park and the glorious Heritage Coast of Yorkshire.

    Local attractions:

    • Enjoy stunning walks along the Cleveland Way
    • Visit the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Bird Santuary - a paradise for bird spotters
    • Take in a show at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre - Europe’s largest open-air theatre which has played host to world-famous acts such as Elton John and Katherine Jenkins
    • Learn more about the towns history at its 12th-century castle
    • Walk along Scarborough’s two beautiful beaches at North and South Bay
    • Visit the town’s eclectic mix of shops, dine in its wide choice of restaurants or take in an Alan Ayckbourn play at the theatre
    • Meander along Scarborough’s esplande which has been featured in hit television shows The Royals and Heartbeat

    Further afield:

    • The historic port of Whitby is a 30-minute drive north of Scarborough - renowned for its connection with Dracula
    • Whitby is also the departure point for the North York Moors Railway steam train which traverses the county’s dramatic scenery
    • The cathedral city of York is just over an hour’s drive away, whilst the cosmopolitan shopping mecca of Leeds is one and a half hour’s drive from Scalby

    Large open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, dining area and well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen area. Two double bedrooms each with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Tiled wet room with separate bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Ground source heating included
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Enclosed garden with seating
    • Welcome pack
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair available on request
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking

      Other facilities on site:

    • Children’s play area
    • Games room with pool table, DVD/book library and useful tourist information
    • Secure car parking
    • Wildflower meadow
    • Bird-watching hide and pond

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  • Clidga

    Sennen, Penzance

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: GH9

    This is a fascinating property with wonderful high vaulted ceilings with light flooding in through large windows, which give views over the garden and countryside beyond. Attached to the owner’s home, the property is self-contained and has its own garden with patio and seating area. A spiral staircase leads to the galleried landing with extra seating. The property is set back on a cliff side road from which direct paths lead down to the South West Coastal Path and the wide expanse of Sennen’s sandy beach and neighbouring Gwenver beach. Shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast bar and beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread spiral staircase to first floor: Galleried landing with sitting area and wooden floor. 2 twin bedrooms (one zip and link) with wooden floors.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared grounds. Parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Ponsgwedhen

    Coverack, nr. Helston

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27192

    Ponsgwedhen is a detached holiday bungalow set in an elevated position overlooking Coverack Bay, with great sea views. Coverack is located on the Lizard Peninsula, the most southerly point of mainland Britain. This AONB has unspoiled fishing villages, tucked away beaches and coves, spectacular coastal walks and breathtaking scenery. The area is ideal for walking, bird watching, water sports, fishing and golf. Within easy reach are Falmouth with its harbour and marinas, the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle. Shops, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Blu-ray. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Induction hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming and UK, calls to mobiles at cost. Sitting-out area and furniture. Large patio. Ample parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 4 steps to patio, fenced stream in garden.

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  • North Coombe Farm

    Rilla Mill, nr. Callington

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W44385


    This lovely traditional farmhouse has been in the same family for 3 generations, rearing beef cattle and Dorset sheep on the 130-acre farm in the heart of rural Cornwall. This holiday property is a substantial sized wing with the friendly farmer owners living next door. Built of Cornish granite, the farmhouse is over 100 years old, and has slate flagstone floor in the kitchen and a cosy log burner in the living room, with French doors that open onto the patio at the front and the extensive garden beyond. The garden is simply lovely - a wide expanse of lawn, a myriad of colour in the spring and summer owing to an abundance of flowers, with a deep pond at the far end. There is even a little boat floating on the pond. With chickens in the yard, fabulous views of Bodmin Moor, Caradon Hill and the village of Minions, lovely farm walks and woodlands to explore, this really is a delightful farm homestead just perfect for those families looking for a quiet rural location. Rilla Mill is located practically midway between the north and south Cornish coastlines, which makes exploring the county very accessible, from Bude to the renowned historic village of Tintagel on the north coast, and little fishing villages on the south coast such as Looe and Polperro. On the edge of the moor, Sterts outdoor theatre is nearby, and the historic mining area’s characteristic tall chimney stacks are still seen up on the moor. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Tamar Valley has a pretty meandering estuary, which stretches from Cotehele to Calstock and onwards to the mouth of the river at Plymouth. There is so much to see and do, you may need longer than a week! Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door. Dining room/kitchen with flagstone floor. Utility room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Partial oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Oil rayburn. Gas hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Freezer. Shared large garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Deep pond in garden 100 yards.

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  • Haddon Cottage

    Darwin Lake, nr. Matlock

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: E4641

    These exceptionally smart, immaculately presented cottages boast an ideal location in a holiday village set around Darwin Lake. Haddon Cottage is detached whilst Peveril Cottage is one of a terrace enjoying a peaceful lakeside position. Surrounded by acres of forestry land, Darwin Lake lies betwixt craggy moorland offering panoramic views and the beautiful Derwent Valley, now a World Heritage site. Discover a lovely woodland walk around the lake as well as cycling and walking from the door. Magnificent Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall (perhaps the most perfect house to survive from the Middle Ages), Matlock Bath – home of the Heights of Abraham with its cable cars and Great Masson showcave tours – the High Peak Cycle Trail (with cycle hire), Arkwright’s famous Mill at Cromford and Gulliver’s Kingdom family theme park are all under 6 miles, whilst Alton Towers is an hour’s drive. Riding and golf 3 miles, and the sailing centre at Carsington Lake is 12 miles. Matlock’s shops, galleries, takeaways, restaurants and heated indoor swimming pool, 3 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 bunk with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Dishwasher.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared payphone. Shared grounds. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Lake and drops in grounds.

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  • Mint

    Catfield

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: E4322

    Tucked away down a country lane in the heart of Broadland, and enjoying glorious views across open fields, a range of handsome barns has been tastefully converted to create the attractive cluster of cottages we offer here. Some nestle under their traditional Norfolk thatch, all are very comfortably appointed and each enjoys its own individual patio. From the cottages, a gentle and tranquil rural landscape dotted with ancient churches, wind pumps and nature reserves, among a myriad other delights all under vast, arching East Anglian skies, offers a wealth of opportunity for enjoying walking, cycling and bird watching. Nearby How Hill nature reserve, with its marsh meadows, dykes, woodland and open water, is well worth exploring and the wider surrounding area supports a host of attractions. Riverside pubs and cafés are plentiful and a number of Broadland centres offer bike hire or canoe hire (possibly the most delightful way to discover the lovely reed lined waterways and their abundant wildlife) and visitors can also hire boats at nearby Potter Heigham (4 miles), or take a pleasure cruise from bustling Wroxham – the capital of the Broads and home to the ‘world’s largest village store’ as well as the train station for the Bure Valley narrow gauge steam railway. Close by, BeWILDerwood, a magical tree top park, promises children a day to remember, and lovely dune backed sandy beaches are a short drive – Sea Palling lies just 6 miles away. For lively family fun, visitors need look no further than Great Yarmouth and its famous pleasure beach, or Pleasurewood Hills theme park, whilst Cromer also offers traditional seaside entertainments including a renowned end of pier show. Bygone museums, craft centres and Blickling Hall (NT) are all within an easy drive, as is the medieval city of Norwich with its magnificent cathedral, castle, galleries, museums, cinemas, theatres and excellent shopping. A little further afield on the north Norfolk coast, seal watching boat trips can be found at picturesque fishing villages, many of which also boast pubs and restaurants serving superb, locally caught seafood. Coarse fishing is available on local waters just 400 yards away, and the pretty village of Ludham (1 mile) boasts two pubs and a good range of shops.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Dishwasher. Hot tub.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking. Fishing (100 yards). Cycle hire available by arrangement (at cost). No smoking.

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