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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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  • Granary Cottage

    Cockington, nr. Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 31160


    Located in the village of Cockington, Granary Cottage is a first floor holiday apartment located above one of the prettiest thatched gift shops in the village. Situated close to a pretty tea room, the property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. Only 3/4 miles from Torquay’s seafront and 3 miles from the town centre, this is a perfect spot to take a holiday. Whether you like walking, birdwatching or taking a perfect lazy holiday, Cockington has it all. A real picture-postcard village, Cockington has hardly changed over hundreds of years. There is evidence of Iron Age and Saxon settlements near the local pub, and the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book. This thatched village is the perfect setting for a walk, no matter what time of year it is. It has an historic forge, a court and church, tea rooms, thatched pub and, of course, the lakes and woods. The village sits somewhat incongruously, right in the heart of urban Torbay, but stubbornly refuses to be tainted by modern developments. The village is one of the most photographed places in the country, and the surrounding country park and woodland makes it an ideal destination for walking.
    The pride of the village is Cockington Court, originally owned by the Cary family from 1375 to 1654. It is now home to Cockington Chocolate Company with their sweets, truffles and gifts, and a fabulous contemporary arts and crafts hub, showcasing creative arts from, amongst others, glassmakers, a blacksmith and conceptual artists. With beautiful gardens and a fabulous tea room, its a great place to spend the day, with plenty to see and do for the whole family. Cockington Court also has a connection to the English Riviera’s most famous daughter, Agatha Christie. In her youth, she often visited the village, and her novel ’Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ is dedicated to her friend Christopher Mallock. The Mallocks regularly staged amateur theatricals at Cockington Court and, despite her terrible shyness, Agatha Christie regularly took part. Think afternoon tea, cricket on the green and the gentle pace of village life you would find in an Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel (without the murders of course!), and you have the rural idyll that is Cockington. If you want to truly experience traditional, English country life, come to Cockington on the English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay.
    Brixham and Paignton are also close by. Take a trip on a steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth, enjoy the theatre at Torquay or take a ferry over to Brixham for the day. There are also many National Trust properties nearby. Beach 3/4 miles. Shop 11/4 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room with single pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room. Steps down to kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and bench. Public car park. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Camellia Cottage

    Witney

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43438


    Camellia Cottage is a well-appointed, detached holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home. The accommodation is ideally situated for visiting Witney, the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th-century Butter Cross and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire. An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th-century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market. Witney offers all of the facilities you would expect to find in a town of its size.
    Just a short drive are the picturesque Cotswold market towns of Burford, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Norton. The historic market town of Woodstock, and Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, are just 8 miles away. Central Oxford with its university colleges, parks and shopping is 11 miles. For those who enjoy shopping, Bicester village is 19 miles away, and both Regency Cheltenham and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon are 45 minutes away by car. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Hythe

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    Ref: 63022

    A detached single-storey coachman’s holiday cottage which has been tastefully modernised, is situated adjacent to the owner’s residence, attached to which are stables, harness room, coach house and paddock. The location has much to offer with the Solent only a short walk away and for those wishing to explore, the beautiful New Forest lies a short distance to the west. From Hythe, ferries can be taken to the Isle of Wight and Southampton. Beach 4 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed and beams/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Wild Boar Cottage

    Wilberfoss, near York

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC501

    Standing in a quiet residential setting, this single storey, studio holiday property, is attached to the owner’s home and has been carefully furnished to provide a cosy and comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area.
    Wild Boar Cottage is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from the village shop and pub. It is also just under 10 miles from the vibrant city of York, renowned for its iconic minster, National Railway Museum and an abundance of interesting attractions set within the medieval walls. There are regular buses from Wilberfoss into the city centre, or easy access from the park and ride at Grimston Bar.
    Out of town shopping can be found at The Designer Outlet, Vangarde, Monks Cross and Clifton Moor. Visit the beautiful Burnby Hall Gardens or gain a fascinating insight into the past at the Yorkshire Air Museum and the Museum of Farming. The Way of the Roses cycle route passes close by and there are lovely countryside walks in this area. Take a drive through the gentle undulating hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, countryside which inspired the famous artwork of David Hockney and visit the coastal resorts of Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough. The North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales are easily accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living/bedroom area:
    With Freeview TV and double bed.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With counter top electric cooker and grill with 2 ring hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike rack. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Swallow Barn

    North Newton, nr. Bridgwater

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 30355


    Swallow Barn is part of Great House Barns, the converted farmyard to the Great House. This unique holiday property is set on the owner’s 3-acre smallholding with chickens, pigs, bees and sheep grazing in the orchard and paddocks. It lies on the edge of the village, with good transport links, a beautiful coastline and a number of popular tourist attractions. The stone and cob built barns date back to the 16th century, and believed one stage to have been used by Judge Jeffries to hold prisoners before trial in Somerset. North Newton lies between the Somerset Levels and the Quantock Hills, England’s first designated AONB. The Bridgwater to Taunton Canal runs alongside the village and is a popular area for fishing, cycling or a quiet stroll to enjoy the range of wildlife in this wetland habitat. The Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park and Blackdown Hills are all within easy reach. Swallow Barn is situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels with its battles and myths surrounding King Alfred. Around us are the Quantock, Polden and Brendan hills - fantastic for walkers and watchers of the wild horses and deer. The sandy beaches of Burnham are within 30 minutes’ drive, as are the pebble beaches near Kilve and East Quantoxhead and further sandy beaches at Minehead. Stop at the tea room at Maunsel Lock along the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal and take the boat through the lock and down to the bridge at Lower Maunsel, or follow the Space Walk along the towpath. A leisurely 15-minute walk will take you to the canal from the cottages to the railway at Bishops Lydeard. Enjoy shopping in Street at Clarks Village, or walk the Parrett Trail or Macmillan Way. Alternatively explore Glastonbury with its abbey and tor, or heritage houses and gardens such as Hestercombe Gardens, Montacute House, Tyntesfield House, Barrington Gardens, Dunster Castle, Muchelney Abbey, Cheddar with its gorge, caves and Jacobs Ladder and local produce on sale in the town. Homemade meals are available at extra cost. Shop 1¼ miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available (weekly bookings only). Enclosed lawned courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 3-acre natural and landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in garden 50 yards.

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  • Lanterns

    Udimore, Rye

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E4911

    Situated on the ridge between the Brede and Tillingham valleys, just 3 miles from the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, this pretty detached cottage, perfect for romantic weekends, boasts a charming beamed interior and its own garden. Set close to the owner’s home, it makes a delightful base from which to explore the many attractions of East Sussex. The nearby wetlands offer wonderful birdwatching and myriad footpaths afford lovely country walks. With its cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian houses, Rye is a delightful town seemingly almost untouched by time and where visitors will find interesting shops and eating places. Winchelsea, Camber Sands and Hastings, 10 miles, are a short drive. Golf, fishing, kite surfing and horse riding are nearby. Pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements)/dining area/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Electric heaters and electricity (£3 per day June-August, £4 per day September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. No children under 10 years except babes in arms.

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  • Tickmorend Farm Barn

    Tickmorend, nr. Horsley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC163

    This beautiful detached barn offers luxury accommodation, boasting character features throughout. Tranquilly set, with easy access to Bath, Cirencester and National Trust properties. Adjacent to the owner’s home, the beautifully proportioned, open-plan living area boasts a wood-burning stove and is located on the first floor, taking advantage of the delightful views across the valley. Set in a peaceful location, it is a short walk to the heart of the village of Horsley and the thriving town of Nailsworth. It is an ideal base for exploring the spa city of Bath, Cheltenham, Slimbridge, Cirencester, Westonbirt Aboretum and various National Trust properties, or revel in the magnificent countryside as there is easy access to footpaths, including Minchinhampton and Rodborough Common. There are a variety of restaurants close by, with specialist shops including an excellent delicatessen and an award-winning bakery. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Entrance hall/study. King size bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Open plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included.
    • Smart TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Use of owner’s freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Apple computer
    • Telephone
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Gas barbecue
    • Use of owner’s grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • 2 KTM hybrid bikes available
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Bilsdale - Knayton Moor Cottages

    Knayton, nr. Thirsk

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25566

    At the foot of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors National Park, these refurbished cottages offer holiday accommodation of a very good standard and enjoy peace, tranquillity and beautiful views across the open countryside. Excellent walking and cycling are on the doorstep. Delightful Thirsk, with its 15th-century church and renowned racecourse is just 6 miles away. James Herriot lived and worked there and the Herriot Centre is the only veterinary science museum in the country. The medieval cobbled market square hosts a twice weekly market and is surrounded by individual shops, traditional inns and tea rooms. To the west lie the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon, the elegant spa town of Harrogate and the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey. To the east lie the market towns of Helmsley and Pickering, terminus for the North Yorkshire Moors steam train. Castle Howard and York are within an hour’s drive and easily accessible are Scarborough, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. Golf and horse riding available. Shop 6 miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared lawned garden. Garden furniture. Built-in barbecue. Easy walking access. No smoking.

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  • Browston Lodge

    Browston, Great Yarmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E4316

    A cosy retreat set amidst pretty countryside and just 2 miles from sandy beaches, this spacious cottage sits within the grounds of Browston Hall Golf and Country Club. Lodge visitors enjoy access to the par 3 golf course, indoor bowling greens and superb restaurant and bar. Steam railways, market towns, the glorious Norfolk Broads and medieval Norwich, with its cathedral, castle and shopping, are all an easy drive as are Cromer’s seaside attractions and Great Yarmouth’s family fun. A trip to the pretty fishing village of Blakeney to sample the local seafood is a must. Shop 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. Shower room with toilet. Steep, open tread stairs (no handrail) to mezzanine: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Electric heaters included (£21per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden furniture. Parking. Par 3 golf course foc. Driving range (at cost). Indoor bowls (by arrangement). No smoking.

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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Calf Shed

    Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28646

    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. No smoking.

    All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Muntham Holiday Apartments - Phillpotts

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC586

    Muntham Holiday Apartments are situated in the Wellswood area of Torquay, a leafy residential area just a short distance from the harbour and town centre. The building is a fine example of a magnificent Victorian villa, built for a member of parliament and later a former Lord Chief Justice of Calcutta who named it ’Muntham’ which means ‘gentle breeze’ in Hindi. All the apartments are named after famous people who lived in Wellswood. The interior of the villa boasts an opulent main hall and staircase with high ceilings and beautiful Victorian plaster mouldings. These apartments are perfect for couples who want to explore the English Riviera region of south Devon. You can leave your car and walk 15 minutes into the lively and bustling resort of Torquay, with its abundance of shops, bistros, theatres and tourist attractions. Kents Caverns is just a 10-minute walk, and Meadfoot beach and Babbacombe village are both about 15 minutes’ walk away. The villa is set in gardens of almost 1 acre, which is unusual for Torquay, so there is plenty of space for all to find a relaxing spot to sit and read with a glass of wine or a coffee on a sunny day. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on the first floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. No smoking.

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  • The Bothy

    Clun, nr. Craven Arms

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2934

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this historic 18th-century, Grade II listed cottage stands in the centre of the charming village of Clun, just a short stroll from two pubs serving excellent food and shops offering local produce. Skilfully restored in rustic style, with oak beams throughout and large inglenook fireplace in the living room. It enjoys a private patio and shared use of spacious lawned gardens leading down to the River Clun. Excellent circular walks are close by, and Ludlow (with gourmet restaurants), Shrewsbury and Ironbridge are easily accessible.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: Double galleried bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Gas wood burner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Travel cot. High chair. Electric oven. Gas hob. Microwave. Wi-fi. Payphone. Patio and furniture. Shared garden. Parking. Fishing foc. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds.

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