Holiday cottages in England

From the magnificent metropolis of London in the South, to the Northumbrian countryside in the North, England rightfully deserves its place as a leading world travel destination.
 
On the south coast of England lie the resorts of Devon and Cornwall which are enjoyed for the well maintained beaches, striking rugged landscape and slightly milder climate. Cornwall is popular with walkers, surfers and sailing enthusiasts as well as providing an ideal destination for a family holiday or romantic break. For a cultural experience, try a visit to the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, the Poldark Mine or one of the many other historical attractions. Devon is an excellent retreat for wildlife enthusiasts, with numerous nature reserves and sites of special scientific interests. A trip to the peaceful Lundy Island, just off the north coast of Devon, is a unique experience; observe puffins, grey seals, deer and many more species all in their natural habitat.
 
Port Isaac, Cornwall, England 
Image: Port Isaac, Cornwall.
 
The capital city of London offers many attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye, to name but a few. Sat by the River Thames, this cosmopolitan city is a leader of fashion, art, music and food. London caters for all tastes and styles; the famous West End will appeal to show goers, sports enthusiasts can explore the Olympic facilities or watch a Premier League football match, sightseers will enjoy the many landmarks such as Big Ben or a River Themes cruise, and food lovers can sample the delights of Michelin star restaurants.
 
Cambridgeshire is well worth a visit as tourists can discover the vibrant city of Peterborough with its shopping opportunities and rich history. Visitors can also enjoy the sophisticated city of Cambridge with its museums and art galleries, or watch the world go by while taking a punt tour along the river Cam. The beautiful Cambridgeshire Fens further compliment the region.

Up north, vibrant cities like Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne are leading the way into a modern era for England’s urban scene. Manchester could be described as a shopaholics dream with the popular Trafford Centre and Arndale Centre both located in the city. Newcastle upon Tyne also provides excellent shopping opportunities with the Metrocentre located in Gateshead. York is a beautiful quaint city steeped in history; take a walk around the city walls, marvel at the exquisite architecture of the York Minster or go back in time and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre. Evening activities are certainly not in short supply in York, experience an evening river cruise, take a trip to the theatre or simply unwind in one of the city’s numerous restaurants or bars.

Away from the heady buzz of the big cities, visitors can find endless ways to lose themselves in rural bliss. Take a ramble through the Lake District and trace the steps of Alfred Wainwright. Wander over the hills of the Cotswolds and capture that postcard photograph. Marvel at the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire and while away your evenings at a local village pub.

Exploring the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales is popular with locals and tourists alike. The stunning landscape of this National Park is a haven for walkers, ramblers, cyclists, climbers and those who simply appreciate a wonderful view and the great outdoors. The pretty Dales villages of Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Embsay and Malham, known for its magnificent limestone scenery, can be easily reached from the popular market town of Skipton, affectionately named “the Gateway to the Dales”.

Just outside of the Yorkshire Dales lies an area of historical interest known as Brontë Country, named as such due to the Brontë sisters who lived and wrote their famous literary classics such as ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ here. The Brontë Parsonage museum is found in the village of Haworth; join in with one of the many annual events or simply meander along the cobbled streets of this quaint village.

For those who can’t resist the draw of the seaside, England has many and varied resorts. In the north west of the country, the popular holiday resort of Blackpool is a family favourite with the Pleasure Beach theme park, Blackpool Tower, numerous shows and the famous illuminations. Known for its award winning fish restaurants, the village of Whitby, which lies on the east coast, is worth a visit. Take a walk up to the cliff-top ruins of Whitby Abbey, sample some fresh fish or treat somebody to some beautiful Whitby Jet jewellery. Along the same coastal stretch as Whitby lays the town of Scarborough; families will enjoy the lovely sandy beaches and numerous activities such as crazy golf, boating, and funfairs. Nearby are the picturesque resorts of Filey and Robin Hood’s Bay which provide the ideal opportunity for coastal walks or simply relaxing, taking in the sea air, and absorbing the scenery.

Wherever you choose to spend your time, England is a country with much to offer and will leave you with plenty of fond memories.

You can browse holiday cottages from the following English regions:

Buckinghamshire - rich in history and offering rural landscapes such as the Chiltern Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury.

Cambridgeshire - enjoy punting on the River Cam whilst taking in the beautiful sights of Cambridge.

Cornwall - visit a popular Cornish resort such as St Ives, Newquay, Padstow, Carbis Bay, Port Isaac, Falmouth, Crantock, or Penzance.

County Durham - the historic city of Durham, the lovely market town of Stanhope, and the riverside town of Barnard Castle are worth a visit.

Cumbria and The Lake District - offers delightful towns like Ambleside and Keswick, as well as stunning lakes such as Ullswater and Windermere.

Devon - Torquay, Ilfracombe, Salcombe, Woolacombe, Seaton, and Dartmouth are just some of the great places to visit in Devon.

Dorset - if you do like to be beside the seaside then you'll want to visit resorts like Bournemouth, Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Swanage and West Bay.

Essex - explore the quintessential English county of Essex with it's beautiful coastline and spectacular rural landscapes.

Gloucestershire - Cheltenham, the Cotswold Hills and Gloucester cathedral, of Harry Potter fame, can all be found in Gloucestershire.

Hampshire - with award winning beaches and the New Forest National Park on it's doorstep, Hampshire is a great place for a self catering holiday.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire - Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Leominster, Pembridge and Malvern are all well worth a visit.

Isle of Wight - home to Cowes week, the world famous yachting event, also discover the rugged wonder of Needles Rock and Lighthouse.

Kent - full of facinating towns and cities such as Whitstable, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Margate, Canterbury, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Ashford.

Lancashire - lovers of all things sand and sea should visit Blackpool, Morecambe or Lytham St Annes. Historic Clitheroe is also worth a visit.

Lincolnshire - the Lincolnshire Coast is home to traditional family resorts like Skegness, and an eclectic mix of fun activities and days out.

Norfolk - explore the Norfolk Broads or enjoy the Norfolk countryside. Why not visit Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, Cromer or Wells-next-the-Sea.

Northamptonshire - enjoy a day out at some of the regions facinating country parks, such as Brixworth Country Park and Daventry Country Park.

Northumberland - AlnmouthAlnwick, Craster, Hexham, Seahouses, and Warkworth are just some of the brilliant places to visit in Northumberland.

Oxfordshire - Blenheim Palace and Didcot Railway Centre are just a few of the great attractions Oxfordshire has to offer.

Peak District and Derbyshire - visit a popular resorts such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, BuxtonEdale, or Matlock.

Shropshire - Bridgnorth, IronbridgeLudlow, and Shrewsbury are all well worth a visit.

Somerset - whether you're looking for a city break in Bath, or a seaside getway in Weston-super-Mare, the region has something for all.

Suffolk - discover historic Bury St Edmunds, explore Thetford Forest, or just stroll along the beach in Lowestoft.

Sussex - offers some exiting places to visit such as Brighton, Chichester, Eastbourne, and Rye.

Warwickshire - visit the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon or discover interesting historic sites like Bosworth Battlefield and Kenilworth Castle.

Wiltshire - explore Stonehenge, marvel at the giant White Horses of Wiltshire, or visit one of the prettiest villages in England, Castle Combe.

Yorkshire - visit Whitby, Scarborough, or Robin Hood's Bay on the coast. The vibrant city of YorkSkipton, Hawes, or Grassington in the Dales.