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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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  • Ivy Cottage

    Sancton

    Grade
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    Ref: CC253022
    This converted stone built former granary with many original features provides good sized open plan living. Situated in the village of Sancton located on the western slopes of the Yorkshire Wolds only a short walk from the village pub, the property is ideal for those wishing to explore the area or just to relax in. Beverley with its racecourse and shops is only 8 miles, Hull 18 miles and York 20 miles.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open Plan Lounge/Diner: With Freeview TV, video, DVD and radio/CD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, freezer, microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With bath with shower over, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed or twin beds (request on booking).

    All fuel and bed linen included. Two well behaved pets welcome. Internet available.Garden mainly paved to side. Parking for two cars.

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  • Talehay Cottages - Coach

    Pelynt, nr. Looe

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    Ref: UKC217

    Approached down a quiet country lane, Talehay is a Grade II listed Cornish farmhouse which dates back some 300 years. The farmhouse and the detached stone cottages retain much of their original character and beauty, whilst providing tastefully furnished accommodation around a central courtyard. During the warm summer months, the lawned areas and spacious communal gardens that encompass the properties are ideal for picnics and barbecues. All cottages are supplied with their own seating area, and to the rear of the main house is a further 3½ acres of fully enclosed meadowland, so youngsters and their 4-legged friends can get a good run around.

    Set amidst delightfully unspoilt countryside, Talehay Cottages are situated a mile from the village of Pelynt and just 3 miles from the sea. Owing to its serene location, the cottages are ideal for guests wanting some peace and quiet on their holiday. It also makes a convenient base for exploring the many attractions Cornwall provides; its beaches, stately homes, famous gardens, coastal and inland walks, not to mention the world-renowned Eden Project.

    Characterised by busy fishing harbours, dramatic headlands and secluded sandy coves, Cornwall’s coastlines feature some of the most evocative, breath-taking scenery in Britain. For those wanting to escape the crowds, there are hidden gems scattered along Cornwall’s south-east coast, and if you know where to look, you can find empty golden beaches even in the height of the tourist season. Head to Lantivet or Lansallos, and Lantic Bay is regarded as one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets.

    There’s more dynamic terrain to be found further inland; Bodmin Moor possesses a stark ruggedness of its own, which has long drawn holiday goers up into the hills. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cheesewring is a striking granite tor, Roughtor features a Neolithic tor enclosure, and Brown Willy (the highest point in Cornwall) enjoys vast unbroken views over moor and mire. Bodmin Moor is also famous for its Jamaica Inn, which was immortalised by Dauphne Du Maurier, and also used as the film location of the much-loved Poldark drama.

    From fine dining to quirky beach cafés, Cornwall is known as a prime foodie destination, with Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth among the many top chefs championing the county’s culinary field. Other attractions in the area include Cornwall’s finest country house Lanhydrock, the fine fortress built by Henry VIII Pendennis, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, the Tate Gallery in St Ives, and for a completely unique theatre experience, head to Minack Theatre; an open-air theatre that sits atop the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also sailing, fishing, diving, golf and horse riding to be found locally, and with many country and coastal paths criss-crossing the region, Cornwall is a paradise for walkers and cyclists. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas included. 32” Freeview TV. Gas hob. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire (£4per week). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared 3½-acre grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • La’l Tethera

    Ambleside

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    Ref: CC127050
    Ambleside is a super base for a first or return trip to Southern Lakeland. Awash with a host of activities for all ages and abilities, there’s certainly plenty of attractions to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening yet peace and tranquility can always be found on the slopes of the surrounding fell range, the top of Loughrigg a manageable hike, well worth the effort.
    Centrally placed for enjoying all that this Lakeland village has to offer, La’l Tethera is a superb, stylish bolt hole for just for two, somewhere to relax, unwind and spend precious time together. Light and airy and beautifully dressed with calming décor and co-ordinating neutral fabrics, this first floor apartment is well equipped with up to the minute facilities for a self-catering break, whatever time of year you plan to visit.

    First Floor: La’l Tethera has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance via external steps to inner hallway leading to:
    Open plan living arrangement:
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge: With seating arranged around the gas wood burner effect stove and TV with DVD. The oak dining table is well placed between the two areas.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, oak furnishings and views across the village towards Loughrigg.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
    Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Sorry, no travel cot or highchair available. Parking permit provided for one car to use on nearby car park.

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  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Bowston near Staveley

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    Ref: CC129264
    Kingfisher Cottage is one of a handful of cottages fronting the River Kent at Cowan Head, near Bowston, a peaceful location from where easy access can be had to the more popular tourist resorts of Bowness and Windermere or to the medieval market town of Kendal. on the Dalesway, some wonderful walking and cycle routes can be enjoyed directly from the cottage and there are plenty of fine watering holes along the way for the odd refreshments or two.
    Comfortably furnished, this delightful property is the perfect getaway for a couple, well equipped and having a small garden area to the rear of the cottage. The outlook from the front of Kingfisher Cottage is idyllic, directly towards the mill race where you can take in the sight of ducks, geese and of course, Kingfishers and even the odd canoeist.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living area...
    Lounge: With gas fire, TV and DVD.
    Dining area:
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge with small freezer box, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Outside storage/cloakroom: With useful wash basin and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, wooden furnishings and views across the mill pond.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included.Raised rear garden with furniture provided. Private covered parking area, handy for storing bike. 1 Well behaved pet welcome.

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  • Terracotta

    Bourton-on-the-Water

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    Ref: 26468

    In a quiet, peaceful position just a couple of minutes’ walk from the centre of one of the most popular of the Cotswold villages, this very comfortably furnished self-contained holiday apartment, built of mellow stone, occupies the first floor above the owners’ craft studio and gallery. Bourton-on-the-Water is truly picturesque, with the River Windrush flowing between wide grassy banks spanned by five stone bridges, with typical Cotswold houses all around. Famed for its model village, motor museum and Birdland, Bourton is ideally situated for touring this area rich with scenic and historic attractions. Blenheim Palace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Oxford and Cheltenham are all within a half-hour drive. An ideal base for walking holidays. Moreton-in-Marsh main line station is 8 miles. Shops and pubs 250 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car).

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  • Daisy’s

    Boyton, nr. Launceston

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    Ref: 29610


    This well-appointed Grade II listed Lin Hay barn conversion, standing detached in the owner’s grounds, is ideal for couples of all ages. Its has a cosy, open-plan interior with a well-equipped fitted kitchen, together with a vaulted ceiling and multi-fuel burner which add warmth and ambience. Extra touches for a comfortable stay include a 5ft bed and a wonderful wet room-style shower room; Egyptian cotton linen, large fluffy towels, goose down duvet and pillows (others available if allergic) and dressing gowns are also provided. The owners take great pride in this holiday property and will make your stay here a delight. To the side of the property is a locked storage area, suitable for bikes. Daisy’s is conveniently placed on the B3254, just 6 miles from the historic town of Launceston and within easy reach of the fantastic north Cornish coastline. Golf nearby. Shop 4 miles, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceilings. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" smart Freeview TV. Blu-ray. DAB radio. Bluetooth speaker. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of ½-acre field. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking.

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  • The Hideaway

    Morwenstow, nr. Bude

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    Ref: TOD

    The Hideaway, with spectacular sea views, overlooks Tidna Valley (wildlife haven and SSSI), which leads down to the north Cornish coast and South West Coastal Path. This detached holiday barn conversion sits within the grounds of the historic 13th-century Bush Inn which prepares meals from the finest local produce. A cosy bolt hole, perfect to relax and unwind, with a front patio and a small private rear patio with sea views. Fishing, golf, riding, surfing, sailing and walking area all available in this stunning area. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit, along with many glorious sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Shop 5 miles, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen with slate floor. 2 steps to 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor, roll-top bath and en-suite toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • La Casa

    Oulton Broad, nr. Lowestoft

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    Ref: W43581


    This delightful holiday property is located in Suffolks pretty southern broadland village of Oulton Broad, which offers boat hire, river trips, speed boat racing, riverside pubs and the opportunity to sit and watch the waterborne world go by. This ground floor apartment is set within a complex and has been renovated to offer comfortable accommodation to unwind and relax whatever the season. Attractions in the area include beautiful beaches at Lowestoft, family fun at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Southwold famous for Adnams beer and its popular summer theatre and pier, Aldeburgh, Dunwich, RSPB Minsmere and the lovely Suffolk coastline. Visit pretty market towns and the station in Oulton Broad offers a train trip to the medieval city of Norwich, with its castle, cathedral, museums, fine shopping and restaurants. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 42" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river, 200 yards.

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  • The Glass Room

    Ardleigh Heath, nr. Colchester

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    Ref: BVW

    This delightful, holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s period property and its name refers to the stunning floor-to-ceiling window in the bedroom. It is set in an AONB in the Dedham Vale where the artist John Constable painted many of his famous scenes. Set in the owner’s grounds, with its own private area of garden, it is the ideal choice for a romantic break and is in an excellent area for walking and cycling. The nearby Roman town of Colchester has an excellent range of shops, as well as a zoo and castle. The peaceful Stour Estuary, Maningtree, and Mistley are a 6-minute drive, whilst London is less than an hour away by train. An excellent location to explore all the delights of both Essex and Suffolk. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Large living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors. First floor: Double bedroom with
    6ft bed, floor-to-ceiling window and vaulted ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in owner’s utility, by arrangement)
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Orchard Cottage

    Roadwater, nr. Watchet

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    Ref: W42820

    Orchard Cottage is attached to the owner’s imposing country home and has lovely views over the gardens and is situated on the outskirts of the pretty village of Roadwater. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead with its promenade and shops, or the West Somerset Railway for those interested in steam trains. Porlock Weir, Dunster Castle (NT) and village with deer park and mill make for interesting days out. Enjoy the beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop and pub 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. One dog welcome (livestock and horses). No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: 5 steps in garden.

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  • Paddock House Farm Holiday Cottages - Cherry Cottage

    Alstonefield, nr. Ashbourne

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    Ref: 24824

    Wonderful rural setting

    Walkers paradise

    Situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park with stunning views of the open countryside and located just inside Staffordshire, with the Derbyshire border being immediately to the east of the village, following the course of the River Dove and its splendid dramatic scenery this area has to offer with its crags, caves and spires, the the gentle rolling hills with its wild flowers and woodland gorge. Enjoy the 3-mile walk and tread the Victorian stepping stones across the River Dove and explore this unique and wonderful valley at Dovedale. The charming village of Hartington is a popular tourist area with good pubs and tea rooms offering cream tea and scones. 4 miles away is the village of Tissington with its Jacobean hall. The 13-mile long Tissington Trail is where cycles can be hired or perhaps a walk for the more energetic! Carsington Water is 14 miles away, where sailing and watersports are available. Enjoy Alton Towers for a fun day for the kids, or for the adults with the lovely gardens. Spend a day at Chatsworth House and its stunning 1000-acre estate along with medieval Haddon Hall, both near the lovely old market town of Bakewell. Spend an evening at the Buxton Opera House or stroll the pavilion gardens and river and listen to the music that is often playing from underneath the Victorian bandstand. Golf can be found at Ashbourne or Buxton. All properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 25 guests. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

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

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room (at cost) with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (basic provisions). Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £5per week. Shared lawned garden with patio. Shared 5-acre grounds and picnic tables. Barbecue. Outdoor children’s play area with swings, playhouse, slide and a large area for ball games. Stabling by arrangement. Ample parking. Two pets welcome ( to be kept on lead, sheep country). No smoking. NB: There is a fenced pond in the grounds.

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  • The Old Mill Annexe

    near Hartington

    Grade
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    Ref: CC412127
    With its riverside setting and surrounding Peak District countryside, this stone built annexe offers a peaceful retreat just ½ mile from the busy and popular village of Hartington. Located next door to the owner’s home, which was the local corn mill in years gone by, the beautiful gardens which surround the property still house the restored mill wheel and also offer the opportunity for fishing. Hartington itself has plentiful local amenities including pubs, cafés, a well stocked village store and even a famous cheese maker. An area popular with outdoor enthusiasts its reported to have some of the best walking and cycling in England as well as opportunities for hang-gliding and rock-climbing. Central within the National Park, a half hours drive takes you to the magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, along with the popular market town of Bakewell. Matlock with its cable car to the Heights of Abraham, Ashbourne, Buxton and the fascinating plague village of Eyam are also within 30 minutes as is the UK’s premier theme park Alton Towers.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge: With 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and Velux window.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and Velux window.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared lawned garden and patio. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in the garden. No children under 12 years.

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