A cottage is a quintessentially English experience, with rustic furnishings, cozy rooms, low-beam ceilings, fireplaces, and quaint gardens. From Medieval towns that get covered in winter snow, through to cottages surrounded by spring blossoms and roses, England is blessed with four seasons and any time of the year is a great time to stay in a cottage. From luxury cottages with hot tubs, through to more modest cottages for a romantic stay for two, here’s our selection of the best English cottages:
1. 300-Year-Old Cottage, Kingham
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a cottage in ‘England’s Favorite Village’ we have just the property for you. This 300-year-old cottage, located in the charming village of Kingham in the Cotswolds, is filled with centuries-old period features — and of course, a crackling fire and low-beam ceilings (mind your head!). The cottage sleeps up to five guests and is easily accessed from the city of Oxford. It’s within walking distance to quaint pubs, countryside hike routes, and organic farms. It’s an incredibly cozy cottage and the perfect place to snuggle up during a cold winter day. And, if you’re looking for some more inspiration, check out the five best towns to visit in the Cotswolds.
2. Picturesque Country Cottage, Somerset
The incredibly picturesque Daisy Cottage is located in the heart of Somerset. The property boasts two living rooms, both with log burners, and fantastic views over the adjacent fields and surrounding countryside. The cottage is white with traditional shutter-style windows and plenty of flowers surrounding the cottage in the spring and summer. It can sleep up to eight guests across five rooms.
3. Grade II listed Cottage, Bibury
This Grade II listed cottage, located in Bibury, Gloucestershire, is not shy of period features. The cottage was built in 1703 and is located in a beautiful, historic town. It’s the perfect place to unwind and get off the grid — there is almost no mobile phone service at the cottage — so you can escape work phone calls (however, there is WiFi if you want to check your emails). The cottage can sleep four guests across two bedrooms.
4. Charming Cotswolds Cottage, Chalford
The Little Cottage is a small, stone cottage located in Chalford Hill village. The cottage can sleep up to four people across two double rooms, one of which is located in the attic. As with many cottages, the low-beam ceilings mean that if you’re lucky enough to be tall, you’ll be ducking as you walk. In the living room you’ll find a stove supplied with all the logs, kindling and firelighters you need to keep the room toasty and warm. The cottage has its own quaint garden, with stunning views of the Cotswold, and is a great place to kick back and relax with a cup of tea (with milk for the real English way!). The owners also supply guests with a wonderful welcome basket with food from local producers, including bread, milk, coffee, tea, and eggs.
5. Romantic Cotswold Cottage, Cotswolds
If you’re looking for a bit of romance, look no further than this atmospheric cottage in the Cotswolds. While the cottage has a rustic exterior, the inside of the cottage has been refurbished in a contemporary style. The living room has a library-like feel to it, with a comfortable sofa and shelves full of books. As with most cottages, the property features the classic beamed-ceilings and beautiful countryside views.
6. Cottage with River View, Cornwall
This quirky cottage’s best feature is its incredible views overlooking over the River Fal. From the window, you can see boats peacefully sailing in the waters. It’s a cozy cottage that has a garden with a BBQ and outdoor dining table, making it perfect year-round. The cottage is located just a short walk from the center of Falmouth, Cornwall, where you can find a historic port with traditional English pubs and, of course, restaurants serving fresh fish and chips.
7. The Well House, Cornwall
This stunning hideaway, near Helston, Cornwall, is located on a farm. The large cottage has a spacious living room and a vaulted double bedroom with its own wood fire stove. It’s in a great location between the sea and the countryside so whether you’re looking to relax on beautiful Cornish beaches, or go for country walks, you’re set for both. It’s a small property and can sleep two people — making it perfect for a romantic getaway.
8. Cozy Cottage, Chalford
This cozy cottage is just what you need to unwind in the heart of the beautiful English countryside. October Cottage is located in the Parish of Chalford. To get to the cottage you’ll have to approach it via a steep narrow lane. The cottage sleeps up to three people and the surrounding countryside is great to explore at any time of year.
9. Luxury Cottage with Hot Tub
This stunning refurbished cottage is located in Eden Valley. It’s a luxury cottage, that boasts five-star amenities including a hot tub. The cottage has stunning views of the surrounding lakes and the garden at the rear has views across a private lake. The property’s interior is stylish and chic, without losing a quintessentially ‘cozy cottage’ vibe. It can sleep up to six people.
10. Beachside Cottage
If you love the ocean, this beachside cottage in Newquay, Cornwall, is just the place for you. The cottage is situated in a quiet lane right next to a sandy beach. The cottage is a resorted traditional 18th-century fisherman’s house complete with period features. It’s very small, but perfect for two to three guests.
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