Five cosy cottages to escape cold Autumn days

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Lavender Cottage and Garden

Lavender cottage and garden

What would your dream holiday cottage look like? Where would it be? And who would you invite along with you? We can’t answer the latter question, but we can definitely help with the other two. After much brain-racking, soul-searching and review-reading, we’ve assembled a shortlist of some of the finest cottages ever to resonate to the sound of happy chatter. When you rent an English holiday cottage from HomeAway, we want you to feel the same warm glow of satisfaction that comes from knowing you made the right decision. Without further ado then, here it is: our pick of the best holiday cottages that Old Blighty has to offer.

Cove cottage, North East England

Cove Cottage and Courtyard

Cove cottage and courtyard

contemporary on the inside

Contemporary on the inside

This exquisite retreat is a cottage by name, a palace by nature. The recipient of a Visit England four-star Gold Award, it’s rustic on the outside and contemporary on the inside thanks to an array of deft touches that include Bosch appliances, wi-fi, oak furniture and plush beds. As one guest explained on our website “Sometimes you don’t want to be too honest with a review in case other people cotton onto your secret. Cove Cottage is a perfect example!” Well the secret’s now out: Cove Cottage is utterly idyllic. Book now and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Availability: November – December.
Capacity: bedrooms 2, sleeps 4.
Price: from £345 per week.

Stone House, Cotswolds

Brook House Cotswolds

Brook House, Cotswolds

Sitting room - open Victorian fireplace

Sitting room with open Victorian fireplace

Constructed in 1830, this grand house has been extensively refurbished and boasts a huge kitchen and four bedrooms, one with its own open plan bathroom and dressing room. A gurgling brook runs through the grounds, while an inglenook fireplace keeps things snug and cosy through the winter months. The village pub’s a mere hop, skip and a jump away (provided you can leap 40 metres that is), while the cottage is situated at the foot of Haresfield Beacon, which forms part of the Cotswold Way. Sample customer review? “The photos simply do not do it justice.”

Availability: October – November.
Capacity: bedrooms 4, sleeps 8.
Price: from £550 per week.


Cringlemire cottage, Cumbria & Lake District

Cringlemire Cottage

Cringlemire cottage

Cringlemire Cottage Gardens

Cringlemire cottage gardens

With spectacular views across Lake Windermere, Cringlemire Cottage would be booked all the year-round, even if it comprised of little more than a crumbling pile of stones. Thankfully, this luxurious retreat offers a whole lot more than that: an exquisite master bedroom is complemented by two additional bedrooms and three plush bathrooms. A wood-burning stove in the lounge keeps things nice and toasty, while the village of Troutbeck is a short walk away, where the all-essential pub lies in wait. Five acres of woodland garden attract the occasional deer and squirrel, and did we mention the exquisite view across Lake Windermere? Never mind; it’s so good, it warrants mentioning twice. As one guest noted: “The cottage is lovely & cosy, and the views are really stupendous.” See – we told you the view was good.

Availability: October – November.
Capacity: bedrooms 3, sleeps 6.
Price: from £750 per week.

Woodpecker cottage, South East England

View from the back garden to the house

View from the back garden to the house

Lounge at Woodpecker Cottage

Lounge at Woodpecker Cottage

This cheery cottage with its red brick exterior lies less than an hour’s drive from London. Step over the threshold however and the hustle and bustle of city life will seem a world away. Clad in purple wisteria, Woodpecker Cottage has been delightfully furnished and includes more modern conveniences than the average family home. Sky TV and Blu-Ray take care of the evening entertainment, while your days will be filled with walking, golfing, fishing and swimming. The cottage, which sleeps eight, even features a unique ‘water babies’ Roman bath.

Availability: November – December.
Capacity: bedrooms 4, sleeps 8.
Price: from £797 per week.

Ford Wetley Cottage, Staffordshire

Ford wetley cottage

Ford Wetley cottage

For those who appreciate life’s quieter moments, this secluded woodland cottage is ideal. Half a mile outside the hamlet of Ford, this immaculate cottage is the ultimate tranquil retreat. Set within an acre of land that incorporates two brooks with miniature waterfalls, the garden also features a BBQ and stone pit for al fresco dining during the summer. A traditional farm kitchen combines rustic flagstones with exposed beams and oak furniture. The theme is replicated elsewhere in the cottage, whose master and twin bedrooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. In the words of one delighted guest “The location was fabulous, in the middle of nowhere with only the birds as background noise. The cottage is the best I have ever stayed at. Warm, comfortable, homely and very pretty.” We couldn’t have put it any better.

Availability: October – December.
Capacity: bedrooms 3, sleeps 7.
Price: from £495 per week.


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