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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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  • Craven Garth - Seran Gypsy

    Rosedale, nr. Pickering

    Grade
    2
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 18421

    VisitEngland Silver Award for Green Tourism

    In the heart of North York Moors National Park you will find Craven Garth, a family run working farm nestling in the beautiful Valley of Rosedale and surrounded by stunning scenery. This cluster of traditional cottages has been renovated from the old barns and approved by VisitEngland National Quality Assessment Scheme to welcome walkers and cyclists. Look closer and you will discover historic abbeys, castles and priories. Walking, cycling and horse riding could have been invented for the North York Moors, with breathtaking heather moorland, coastal paths, steep-sloped valleys, rolling hills and fragrant pine forests to explore all in the same day. Take to the trees on a rope swing in Dalby Forest, or hire a bike and explore a landscape of ruins, legends and endless horizons. Step back in time with Britain’s most popular heritage steam railway and enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the North York Moors National Park to Whitby. From Pickering’s well-preserved castle to the Gothic splendour of Rievaulx Abbey, the landscape is peppered with places of historic interest. Unearth Bronze and Iron Age settlements at Roulston Scar, experience life during World War II at Eden Camp, or visit Ryedale Folk Museum for a day of historic fun. As you and your family will quickly discover, few destinations are as historically rich, or revealing. And when you are ready to take a break, set a course for the charming market towns and a hearty pub lunch and back to Rosedale for Yorkshire food at its finest. Or simply relax in your cottage in front of a log fire. There are tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and a bakery within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams throughout.

    All properties: Woodburner (initial fuel included). Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer in utility room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10per week or £5 per short break. Shared picnic paddock. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. NB: There is a stream approximately 550 yards from the properties.

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  • Castle Cottage

    Hornby near Leyburn

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC218113
    Set in a quiet courtyard of properties in the quiet hamlet of Hornby, Castle Cottage is a beautifully presented and spacious cottage for two. The open plan living space has oak floors, a comfy leather sofa, cosy wood burner and beautiful kitchen with range style oven. The rear of the cottage looks out on to Hornby Castle, and there is a sunny south facing patio to enjoy in the summer. The bedroom to the front overlooks open fields where deer regularly roam.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and underfloor heating in the bathroom and comprises;
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Diner: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, radio/CD/ipod dock. Gas hob and electric range style oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: The internal stairs have railings/balustrades that are only 83.5cm tall so extra care should be taken at all times.
    Bedroom 1:With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and shower over, wash basin, WC, shaver point and heated towel rail

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Starter pack of logs for the wood burner. Sorry no children.  Wi-fi internet connection is available Patio Area with garden furniture.

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  • Higher Tresmorn Cottages - The Annexe

    Tresmorn, Bude

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: TBH

    An idyllic North Cornwall retreat. Higher Tresmorn Cottages is the perfect holiday location to enjoy the beauty of North Cornwall. Nestled peacefully in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, adjacent to National Trust land, Higher Tresmorn boasts some truly spectacular sea views. This is the ideal spot in which to relax and unwind. The 16th-century farm buildings have been converted to a very high standard retaining plenty of character and charm. The Annexe sits adjacent to the owner’s farmhouse. With its galleried bedroom over spacious open-plan living area, it is a very romantic hideaway. Little Wren and Swallows Swoop are single-storeyed, standing together and are perfect for families and friends while The Roundhouse is a superb, spacious, open-plan detached property with sea views from the patio and a cosy wood-burning stove for those colder evenings. Dramatic views can be enjoyed from the coastal path or walks along the cliff top discovering the many hidden coves. A beautiful, quiet and secluded part of Cornwall rich in natural beauty and character. Take to the surf at Crackington Haven or Widemouth Bay or explore the many rockpools. Whether surfing, walking the coastal path, playing golf, fishing or simply relaxing, this stunning location has something for everyone. Crackington Haven is just a few mintues’ drive and has an excellent beach shop and tea rooms and beachside pub serving good food. The popular resort of Bude is just 12 miles and has an excellent range of shops and restaurants along with tennis, surf school, indoor splash pool, bowling and three more sandy beaches. The picturesque fishing villages of Tintagel, Port Isaac and Padstow are close by. For a great day out visit Crealy Adventure Park, the Blue Reef Aquarium and the famous Eden Project. Shops and pub 2 miles.

    Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and slate floor. Steep open tread stairs to first floor: Galleried double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (1 car)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Ramblers Lodge (VE Gold Award)

    Bowland Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC129166
    The Winster Valley is a tranquil area within the Lake District National Park. The area is typically rural, with narrow country lanes winding through the valley and is an ideal location for walking or cycling. Rambler’s Lodge is situated behind the historic Hare and Hounds Inn in the hamlet of Bowland Bridge, serving excellent cuisine and local ales with the renowned Mason’s Arms at Strawberry Bank is also within walking distance, in fact there are five pubs/restaurants in the local area. The towns of Windermere and Kendal are only a short drive away, although the village store across the road has a wealth of goods available, as well as a tea shop, bakery, deli and payphone - a true ’local store’. The views are simply stunning with excellent vistas across the valley towards Whitbarrow Scar, tempting even the most modest of walkers. Rambler’s Lodge is a prestigious property, newly built to a very high specification by renowned local builders. With up to the minute facilities in a most contemporary design, the property is ideal for honeymoons, either first or second time around, or for any special occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or a surprise for your loved one. Rambler’s Lodge has been furnished in keeping with the style of the building, and the thoughtful owners will provide a ’Welcome Pack’ for guests, including a bottle of wine to get your holiday off to a good start.

    Ground Floor: Rambler’s Lodge has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into hallway leading to:
    Bedroom: With double bed, built in wardrobes and an en-suite ’wet room’, fully tiled with power shower, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Open plan...
    Lounge area:
    With flat screen Freeview TV, surround sound system, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: with electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and ’Welcome Pack’ provided. Sorry, no cot available.Patio area with furniture provided. Private parking for one car. Sorry, children and babies are not accepted at Rambler’s Lodge due to the high standard of finish. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Pinewood

    Thorpe Market

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E3077

    Within 5 miles of sandy beaches on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, these charming, single-storey and south facing cottages offer very comfortable accommodation. Set in the grounds of the owners’ home and on the edge of 8-acres of shared woodland with footpaths that visitors are welcome to roam, they enjoy their own flower filled terrace and garden areas. This delightful corner of Norfolk lies only 5 miles from Cromer’s traditional seaside attractions, including its famous crabs and seasonal end of pier shows, and also within easy reach of Broadland’s fascinating network of tranquil waterways. Day boat hire is readily available for exploring this uniquely lovely conservation area – a National Park in all but name. Easily accessible too are the picturesque fishing villages of the north coast, much loved by sailors and offering RSPB reserves, glorious coastal footpath walking and seal watching boat trips, as well as welcoming pubs and restaurants, many of them serving the delicious, locally caught seafood. National Trust properties at Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall are within an easy drive as is the medieval city of Norwich, with its castle, cathedral, galleries, theatres, cinemas and fine shopping. A choice of golf courses can be found within 5 miles. There are a number of pubs offering a warm welcome and hearty food, the nearest shops are at Roughton, 2 miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor and beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Video. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden area with terrace and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine (foc) and tumble dryer (at cost). Use of freezer. Shared 8-acre woodland with footpaths. Parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Decoy Farm Holiday Cottages - The Stable

    High Halstow, nr. Rochester

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27527

    Set on the owner’s working fruit farm, these three terraced holiday cottages, each with their own enclosed area of garden, offer the perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of this area. With views across the Northward Hill RSPB Nature Reserve, a converted barn has been reborn as charming cottages with 120 acres of farmland adjacent to the heronry, the largest in the UK. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the local barn owls, buzzards, egrets and the other abundant wildlife. In a quiet rural location yet only 8 miles from Rochester with a wide range of amenities, famous for its connections with Charles Dickens, or the cathedral city of Canterbury. The village of High Halstow is approximately 2 miles away and has a pub serving food, post office and grocery store. A perfect base for exploring Kent, the Garden of England and reaching London from Ebbsfleet for the high speed link. Ideal as a base for The O2, Greenwich Park, Westfield and Bluewater Shopping Centre. Golf nearby, varied cycle routes and fishing for trout in the owner’s reservoir (additional charge applies). There are free range chickens, geese and ducks on-site and opportunities to enjoy the blossoms and sample the fruits in season. The farm supplies high class fruit to many of the top restaurants in the area as well as the quality retailers and supermarkets. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Use of owner’s 140-acre fruit farm. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Country Seat

    Uldale

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC119132
    Situated within the small Lakeland town of Uldale this 300 year old, quirky little one bedroomed cottage has recently been fully renovated to a high standard to provide the ideal base to either relax and unwind in tranquil surroundings or explore the wider attractions nearby Keswick has to offer. Mae’s Tea Room and Gallery is 200 yards from the cottage, where you can enjoy a drink and a snack, the traditional ’Snooty Fox’ public house is only a two minutes stroll away and the surrounding countryside of the ’Back ’o’ Skiddaw and the Caldbeck Fells offers a fell lover’s paradise.

    Ground Floor: Cosy, compact cottage heated by electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining area: with open pine staircase, flat screen TV and DVD, dining table, exposed beams and a selection of movies and books for you to enjoy.
    Kitchen: Well equipped with electric oven, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer and wine rack.
    Shower room: With double shower unit, deluxe tiles, WC, hand basin and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom: Part balconied, exposed beams with double bed, CD player, dressing table and bespoke fitted wardrobe.

    All electric and bed linen included.Small parking/patio area immediately outside of the property. Each day for about half the year at about 6am and 4.30pm the local herd of cows pass along the road outside of the cottage. Discounted rates offered to guests who wish to use leisure facilities at nearby Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel.

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  • The Nook

    Wandylaw, Chathill

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: MTL

    Peacefully located close to the magnificent Northumbrian Heritage Coast, this holiday home offers a contemporary interior within a traditional building, and has spacious surroundings. It has its own garden (not enclosed) and lies just ½ mile from the A1, but completely out of sight. Charming Belford is 6 miles, and historic Alnwick is 9 miles with its cobbled streets, medieval castle, water gardens and treehouse restaurant. Bamburgh is a short drive away and has a beautiful golden sandy beach. Nearby, Seahouses has a small working fishing harbour where boat trips can be taken to The Farne Islands. Visit Craster, famous for smoked kippers and its beautiful walk to Dunstanburgh Castle, or take a trip across the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne (check tides). Discover small friendly villages, vast unspoilt beaches and coastline in this AONB. Golf courses locally. Shops and pub 3 miles.
    Peacefully located close to the magnificent Northumbrian Heritage Coast, these holiday homes (refs MTL and MUN) offer contemporary interiors in traditional buildings with spacious surroundings. Both have their own garden (Farne View ref MUN has an enclosed garden, The Nook’s garden ref MTL is not enclosed) and lie just ½ mile from the A1, but completely out of sight. The charming village of Belford (6 miles) has full amenities. 9 miles from the historic town of Alnwick, Northumberland’s ducal town, with cobbled streets, weekly market, Playhouse Theatre, medieval castle used in Harry Potter, enchanting water gardens and a treehouse restaurant. Bamburgh, with its fine fortress towering over the village, is a short drive with a beautiful golden sandy beach. Nearby Seahouses, famous for fish and chips and friendly seaside atmosphere, has a small working fishing harbour where boat trips can be taken to The Farne Islands to visit the seals and puffins, or Craster famous for smoked kippers and its beautiful walk to Dunstanburgh Castle. A trip across the tidal causeway to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) is a must (check tides). Discover small friendly villages, vast unspoilt beaches and coastline in this AONB. Enjoy relaxing strolls or bike rides in the hills and valleys of the panoramic countryside. Golf courses locally. Shops and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with wooden floor, French doors and arch to patio and kitchen with breakfast area and granite worktops. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Travertine tiled bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Small lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children under 18 years

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  • Priestfield Grange - Willow Cottage

    Old Brampton, nr. Bakewell

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 13864

    National Accessibility Scheme Category 1

    Delightful adjoining holiday cottages with lattice French windows. Chestnut Cottage opening on to a south facing patio and ornamental garden, Willow Cottage to a patio and lawned garden. Situated close to owner’s country house and small estate on the rising hills of the Eastern Park between Chatsworth and Chesterfield. Easy access. Relax in tranquility or walk from the door over surrounding grassland to Linacre Reservoirs and Nature Trails. Moors, escarpments, panoramic views 3 minutes away. Short drive to Chatsworth, Haddon, Hardwick; historic market towns of Chesterfield and Bakewell; Matlock Bath. Riding, golf, fishing and modern sports centre - 3 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. External payphone. Separate garden and furniture. Patio. Open parkland. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Westwood Lodge Cottages - The Wells

    Ilkley

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30537

    This selection of 8 properties were built between 1875 and 1890, and are all Grade II listed historic buildings. They are set on the very edge of the world famous Ilkley Moor, in the ancient West Riding of Yorkshire. You are literally on the moor as soon as you cross the cattle grid from the driveway. Whilst there is little traffic other than the odd passing sheep, pheasant or deer, you are only a 10-minute walk from the market town of Ilkley, where you will find a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars, and not forgetting Betty’s tea rooms where afternoon tea is a must. These holiday homes (refs 30532, 30533, 30534, 30535, 30536, 30537, 30538 and 30539) make an ideal base for sight-seeing and walking direct from the door. Famous nearby destinations include Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Harewood House, Brontë Country and the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are all within half an hour’s drive. Alternatively the historic city of York is readily accessible. For the added comfort, dressing gowns will be provided in The Wells (30537), The Moorview (30536), and The Glenmoor (30535). All properties enjoy shared use of the lesiure facilities including gym, sauna and hot tub with changing rooms. There is also a communal garden with animal corner where there are pigs, hens and rabbits. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1/2 mile.

    All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over slipper bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters included. Two digital TVs. CD. Shared laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared roof garden and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher.Telephone included. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with animal corner. Cycle store. Shared leisure facilities with gym, sauna, changing rooms and shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Studio at Sycamore House

    Askham, nr. Penrith

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 28410

    This delightful Grade II Listed Cumbrian barn dates from 1770, and has been tastefully converted. Adjoining the owner’s holiday cottage, and adjacent to another holiday home, it provides a perfect retreat for two. Askham is a charming and pretty village centred around two greens, and offers easy access to lakes Ullswater and Haweswater, Askham and Helton Fells, and the beautiful Eden Valley. It is truly an ideal location from which to explore the numerous sights and attractions the area has to offer. The village boasts two pubs with restaurants and bar meals, shop and outdoor heated swimming pool. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 8 steps to galleried double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with ¾ bath, shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Little Burbank

    Ings

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127231
    Ground Floor accommodation in the perfect location sitting on an elevated site between Windermere and the popular villiage of Staveley, Little Burbank is the perfect bolthole for couples to escape and unwind and enjoy some well deserved time together. Just a two mile drive from Windermere the location is ideal for exploring the more popular Lakeland towns and villages. The award winning Watermill Pub and micro brewery is just a short walk from the property, serving a selection of fine ales and great food as well as holding a very successful beer festival once a year. All on the ground floor with solid wood flooring, Little Burbank has been creatively designed to offer maximum space and comfort for guests. The double bedroom with en-suite wet room and dressing area is a light, bright space whilst the open plan living area has picture windows to the front and side to take in distance views across Ings to the fields beyond. Along with enjoying the well equipped, comfortable accommodation, guests are certain to appreciate the opportunity to wander up the garden and collect their morning eggs courtesy of the resident hens which have their own run on the gardens upper levels. Enjoying the view from the upper level are the owners pet goats and guests are welcome to pop up and say hello! Cyclists are more than welcome to leave their bikes in the owner’s greenhouse for overnight shelter.
    Please note: that Little Burbank sits on a steep, sloping site so do take care on approach. Shop, Pub and Restaurant local.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave and small fridge/freezer.
    Living area: With digital TV and DVD player and deep cushioned seating arranged around the picture windows.
    Dining area.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite wet room with shower area, toilet and heated towel rail. The bedroom also has a delightful dressing area and wall mounted digital TV.

    Gas central heating, gas, electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Sorry no travel cot or highchair. Access to a washing machine/dryer is available on request. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. Sitting out area with lawn.

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