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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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  • Cottons Farm - Lime Cottage

    Dumbleton, nr. Broadway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: NJ7

    "...Close to ridge and furrow rolling down to the River Isbourne... amidst 58 acres of Cotswold farmland."

    Set in glorious countryside with outstanding views towards the Cotswold Hills and Vale of Evesham, Cottons Farm enjoys a truly peaceful setting at the end of a long tree-lined drive,
    300 metres from the road. It is just a mile from the pretty, unspoilt village of Dumbleton, easily accessible by road or footpath, and 5 miles from Broadway, the ever-popular ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds. The holiday cottages are surrounded by 58 acres of working farmland, with ridge and furrow rolling down to the River Isbourne, which lies 150 metres away from the cottages (toddlers beware!). Visitors are welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm and many public footpaths run nearby. Very tastefully converted from 150-year old farm buildings (including cart-shed, stable and dairy), these comfortable cottages are well equipped and furnished to a high standard.

    Cool in summer, warm and welcoming in winter, they are all centrally heated and well insulated. Set near the owners’ home, yet retaining complete privacy, each cottage has its own individual character with many original features, and enjoys its own area of garden and patio. A perfect place to relax, they are ideally situated for walking and touring the Cotswolds.
    Broadway with its old stone houses and fascinating shops also boasts Broadway Tower, now the centre of a country park and home to an observatory and exhibition. The market town of Evesham (5 miles) has tree-lined streets and pretty walks along the River Avon. Only a few minutes’ drive, on the edge of the Cotswold hills, is Toddington, where visitors can board a train on the Gloucestershire–Warwickshire Great Western Railway (mid March - mid October) and enjoy a ride through picturesque villages.
    In nearby Winchcombe there’s Sudeley Castle, while the Cotswolds Farm Park/Adam’s Farm (with its rare breeds of animals) and the bird sanctuary at Bourton-on-the-Water are easily reached, as are Stanway House, Hidcote Garden, Snowshill Manor and Cheltenham. Stratford-upon-Avon and the cathedral city of Worcester are within an hour’s drive. The neighbouring villages boast traditional pubs and many excellent restaurants. Riding, swimming, golf, tennis and fishing are all close by. Shop 1 mile.

    This single-storey detached barn provides light, spacious and attractively furnished accommodation. Open-plan living/dining room with coal-effect gas fire and exposed brickwork and beams. Farmhouse-style oak-fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed (zip & link). Large bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Garden area and patio with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities (one small exterior step, and
      two inside)

    • Gas fire included
    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Hairdryer
    • Farmland walks
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: River 150 yards

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  • Gilberts

    Ebrington, nr. Chipping Campden

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E4752

    Set amidst beautiful countryside in the heart of the Cotswolds, these delightful cottages offer the opportunity for a romantic break, peaceful getaway or exploring this area’s villages and attractions. Converted from traditional honey coloured stone farm buildings, and retaining original features in their well appointed interiors, they are set around a courtyard adjacent to the owners’ home on a working farm. Home Farm’s location in a picturesque village is ideal for walking, cycling and touring, the local pub serving food is a short stroll from the cottages and just 2.5 miles away Chipping Campden, one of the Cotswolds’ loveliest small towns, offers interesting shops and a wide choice of restaurants. Broadway (6 miles) is home to unique shops, designer boutiques and superb art galleries as well as a tower offering one of England’s finest viewpoints with 13 English counties to be seen on a clear day. Hidcote NT and its impressive gardens are only 2 miles and Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon are all easily accessible.

    Ramp or 3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Wet room (no toilet).

    Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Dishwasher. Small patio and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Parking. No smoking. No children under 7 years, including babes in arms.

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  • Alpaca Cottage

    Catsfield, nr. Battle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: PHM

    This attractive, detached, single-storey farm cottage with glorious views overlooking farmland and the owner’s herd of Alpacas, is situated in peaceful countryside. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is ideally situated for exploring the historical town of Battle, The Abbey and famous Battlefield, as well as the interesting shops and tearooms in this pretty market town. The area is also an excellent wine growing region with sampling sessions at Carr Taylor and Sedlescombe vineyards. The charm and elegance of Eastbourne is a half-hour drive offering Blue Flag award-winning beaches. Alternatively, a boat trip to Beachy Head or walks along the cliff top can be enjoyed. Can be booked with Henley Cottage (ref. POOT). Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Tiled entrance hall. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, two sets of French doors to terrace, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet, fully tiled walls and wooden floor. Latch doors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD and small library
    • Stereo/CD and small library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children except babies under 12 mths

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  • Old Hall Barn

    Kenley

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: RGG5

    This former barn, now Grade II listed, dates back hundreds of years and has been sympathetically converted to provide high class accommodation with modern conveniences, tasteful interior and a good sense of space throughout. The holiday property, adjacent to the owners’ home, is situated midway between Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth and just a short distance from the popular town of Much Wenlock. The Wenlock Edge, ever popular with walkers, can be seen across the open countryside that stretches out in front of the property, making it ideal for nature lovers and ornithologists. Shopping is a joy in Shropshire with its medieval towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow, and the cuisine is superb. Stabling and grazing is available. Shops 5 miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Spacious living room. Spacious kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity and full oil underfloor central heating included (October-March £20 supplement)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Upper Falls View

    Aysgarth Falls, nr. Leyburn

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27857

    In the Yorkshire Dales National Park this second floor holiday apartment is set in a converted mill which houses the Yore Mill craft and tea shop. It enjoys views from the sitting room of the upper part of the falls which is one of the wonders of the north. This triple flight of waterfalls, surrounded by forest and farmland, is carved out by the River Ure and was featured in the film ’Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’. It is in an ideal location for walks through the wooded valley or further afield on the moors. The traditional market town of Leyburn with its wide selection of country shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants is just 9 miles. Village shop 2 miles and pub 500 yards.

    All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small patio with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Adjacent to the river.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Cowden, nr. Edenbridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: P69


    Set within wonderful countryside, The Old Dairy has been renovated to a very good standard with exposed oak beams, oak floor, and oak staircase. A listed property, The Old Dairy adjoins another barn conversion, and is ideally placed for visiting NT properties Wakehurst Place (with millennium seed bank and nature reserve), Sheffield Park, Standen (home of William Morris), as well as Chartwell, Chiddingstone, Hever Castle and Penshurst Place. Hartfield Village is 31/2 miles for A.A. Milne’s Pooh Bridge, and Tunbridge Wells for its famous Pantiles and spa. Racing at Lingfield offers a pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening, whilst there is sailing at Bough Beech Reservoir and excellent walking in Ashdown Forest. Bird lovers will enjoy seeing migrating ospreys at the adjacent nature reserve. Golf locally. Shops 31/2 miles.

    Step to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only), rugs on oak floor and well-equipped oak fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Fully tiled bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Mezzanine floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    • Electricity and electricity rads included (November-March £20 per week, £15 per short break)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot available
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Double oven included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared 10-acre farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Coarse fishing by arrangement (closed 16th April - 16th June)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small securely netted pond and lakes in farmland

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  • Cromer House Barn

    Frosterley

    Grade
    2
    0
    2
    1
    Ref: E5396

    Converted from an 18th-century detached barn, this romantic studio style accommodation is a perfect getaway for couples wanting to explore the spectacular North Pennine countryside. Set in a traditional Weardale village and beside the owner’s home, Cromer House Barn has its own private patio for enjoying the tranquillity of this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is in an ideal location for walking, cycling and sightseeing, while Kilhope Lead Mining Museum, Bowes Museum and Hamsterley Forest are all nearby. The historic city of Durham, Beamish Museum, Hadrian’s Wall and the Eden Valley are all under an hour’s drive. Shop and pub serving food within 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining area/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Mezzanine: Living room/bedroom area with double bed.

    Woodburner in living room included. Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine in outbuilding. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Moorings Apartments - The Garden Flat

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29650


    Situated in a fantastic location with stunning valley and sea views, this beautiful apartment is the perfect holiday home!
    The Garden Flat and The Lookout are both tastefully decorated apartments situated peacefully in one of the most enviable locations in Torquay. Tucked away in an acre of gardens with open views across the valley to the sea, it’s easy to let yourself unwind. These holiday properties (refs: 29650 & 30587) are attached to the owner’s home but offer privacy and great views. A large decking area overlooks Ilsham Valley and is ideal for outdoor dining. Along with a private, covered patio area close to a koi pond, there are plenty of outside places in which to relax. A large part of the gardens is secure and allows pets to roam freely. Located on the boundary of Lincombe Woods, you’re also within walking distance to many wooded walks, meadows, the village shops and beaches, which includes arguably Torbay’s finest beach - Meadfoot. With its southerly outlook, blue waters and views, it deserves its reputation as one of the region’s best. The Apartments are a 5-minute drive to the marina, harbour and main shopping areas. Wellswood village itself is 5-minute woodland stroll away, and is one of the most charming areas of Torquay. Everything you need for day to day living is here including restaurants, cafes, a wine shop, post office and village pantry. The local dog-friendly pub is known for its excellent food, sunny beer garden and friendly atmosphere. The village is also the birthplace of crime writer Agatha Christie and home of the Gleneagles Hotel, which inspired John Cleese’s ’Fawlty Towers’. Finally, Kent’s Cavern Caves is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves. With an extensive labyrinth of spectacular caverns it’s an absolute must. Offering a cosy, warm winter let, many customers return for an off season to enjoy an ‘English Riviera’ winter break. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    12 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    42" Smart TV (Netflix). Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared decked area. Shared 1 acre of grounds. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 12 steps to decked area. Unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Dairy Cottage

    Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC572

    If rest and relaxation in snug, well thought out surroundings are on your agenda, look no further than Dairy Cottage, residing in what was previously the original farmyard surrounded by orchards and woodland. This well presented, detached conversion was once the milking parlour on the farm. Take the footpath at the side of the cottage leading to woodland and a nature reserve. Alternatively, try your hand at trout fishing at Spring Hill Trout Waters across the track and catch supper. Nature lovers will also enjoy Brenchley Wood Nature Reserve. There are many National Trust properties in the area, including Knowle House at Sevenoaks where the film ‘Pirate of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides’ was filmed. Chartwell, which is home to the late Winston Churchill and his paintings; Batemans, where Rudyard Kipling grew up; and Ightham Mote, a fine example of a moated 14th-century manor house. Explore castles including Bodiam, vineyards and sample some very fine wines; gardens including the masterpiece at Sissinghurst created by Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicholson. Good rail connections from Paddock Wood to London can be reached in 50 minutes. Alternatively, head to Ashford and take the train to Paris in time for drinks. The spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and The Pantiles are less than 3 miles away. The coast at Hastings is approximately 40 minutes. Golf 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    3 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, 32" Sky TV, DVD player, Bose Wave sound system and French doors leading to courtyard.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Open tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom:
    With double bed, sloping ceiling and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    Calor gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard, garden furniture and barbecue. Trout fishing on-site (£20 for 2 rods, licence required). Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps down to the courtyard from the property.

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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Poachers Cottage

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 23935

    This pair of garden cottages are set in the grounds of the Jacobean Manor House - Thickwood House, dating back to the 1700’s. During the centuries it grew to become one of the most prosperous farms in the area, and its present owners maintain the stunning gardens and outbuildings in keeping with the house. The cottages were sympathetically converted from a Cotswold stone byre, and retain many traditional features. Cosy and comfortable, and with views over the magnificent garden and orchard, they provide a peaceful, countryside retreat and an excellent holiday base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England, also famous for its motor racing circuit. Lacock is another picture postcard village, well loved by film-makers for its historical streets and buildings. Lacock Abbey was used in the Harry Potter films. This AONB enjoys easy access to the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs offering stunning scenery for walking and cycling, and the Georgian Spa city of Bath is within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available at cost. Large shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep water feature in grounds.

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  • Harvester Cottages - Obed Hussey’s Cottage

    Kirkbridge, nr. Crakehall

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25898

    Quiet location
    Walking direct from the door

    Set in a small hamlet, these carefully converted holiday cottages form a courtyard development where every care has been taken with the design, internal furnishings and their impact on the environment. Bell’s Barn (prop ref 25899) stands detached from the other cottages and is suitable for wheelchair users. Just a short walk from Crakehall, claimed to be one of the prettiest villages in the Dales, with a large village green overlooked by an imposing manor house where cricket and quoits teams often play. Nearby, the historic town of Bedale, 2½ miles, offers a weekly market every Tuesday and various events during the year, together with a range of individual shops, restaurants and pubs. Masham, renowned for the Black Sheep Brewery, is 10 minutes’ drive and Richmond with its Norman castle, Georgian architecture and thriving theatre is also easily accessible. Historic York and its many attractions is within easy driving distance. Alternatively, just enjoy the wonderful Yorkshire countryside either by car, bicycle or on foot. Shop and pub ¾ mile. Properties 25898, 25899, 25900 and 25901 can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Stone floor throughout. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Underfloor central heating from ground source heat pump, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair by arrangement. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared drying room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Gravelled courtyard with paved area and furniture. Shared grassed area. Barbecue. Shared cycle store. Livery nearby (by arrangement). Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Stream nearby.

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  • Jellicoe

    Ilfracombe

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30475

    Jellicoe is a chic, split-level one bedroom beach apartment and has amazing views of the harbour and Damien Hirst’s ‘Verity’ statue. It is one of five apartments at The Admiral’s House, all with stunning views of Ilfracombe’s heritage harbour and beach. A steep terraced garden accessed from the second floor of the house is ideal for sunbathing and has several picnic areas. It is centrally located for Ilfracombe’s main attractions including local boats for trips and fishing. Lundy Island ferry runs from the harbour, and sometimes the famous Waverly Paddle Steamer offers coastal cruises. The holiday property is a 5-minute walk to the Landmark Theatre and for those who love walking, the path at the front of the house is the start of the coastal path, leading to Hillsborough Nature Reserve and the coves of Reparee and Larksdown. This is a great base for touring, surfing at Croyd and Woolacombe, cream teas, National Trust properties, Exmoor National Park, the Victorian cliff railway at Lynton and Lynmouth and many mini theme parks within a short drive. Beach 100 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared, steep, terraced grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park (50 yards). Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: Steps on terrace.

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