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The range of cottages to rent in England vary from small one-bedroomed hideaways, to two, three or four bedroomed cottages with a log fire. You can find an isolated self-catering cottage in the English countryside or an idyllic thatched and remote country cottage to rent.

There is so much choice of holiday accommodation in the UK and we offer some of the finest cottages to rent in England.

All the cottages are booked directly with the owner so there is no commission to pay. A self-catering cottage gives you the freedom to come and go as you please and have a relaxing holiday. They are all very well equipped and many are luxury holiday cottages in England suitable for small and large group accommodation.

Short breaks

A short break in an English country cottage will offer you an opportunity to recharge your batteries and ready to face life again!

Most of the cottages listed here offer mid-week and weekend breaks at special prices. A short break in England is perfect for exploring an area and relaxing in front of a log fire at the end of the day. A short break in the Lake District will give you time to walk in the hills around the lakes and enjoy great hospitality in a traditional English pub. A weekend break in the country is very popular and renting a self-catering cottage gives you great freedom and offers easy breaks in England.

We offer accommodation and location guides to England for city and rural countryside self catering weekend and holiday breaks.

City breaks

City breaks are a great way to explore English towns and cities. If you rent an apartment in the centre of a city then you will have no need of a car and be able to walk to all the main sights and attractions - walking round a town is the best way to soak up the atmosphere. Accommodation to rent for city breaks are well equipped for short breaks and often have a welcome pack waiting for you. City breaks in York and Durham are popular in the north, whilst city breaks in Oxford, Winchester and York are popular with people living in the UK's main cities of London, Manchester and Birmingham. Newcastle and Liverpool are more recent places on the city breaks map but they too have lots to offer to the visitor.

Large Holiday Houses

If you want to rent large holiday cottages in England then there are lots of excellent places - from mansions and castles to let, to spacious properties for a big party. Big holiday accommodation is perfect for a large group of friends wanting to holiday together, or for two or more families. Large self-catering houses are often rented for a family party - to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary - and this is a great way for different generations to come together. A group of cottages together can be rented as a block if you can't find a large enough holiday house or large cottage to let. Cottages with five bedrooms are classified as large holiday cottages.

Late Availability

Many of these English cottages to rent offer late availability and often give a discount for last minute bookings. Many of us leave booking a holiday cottage to the last minute and whilst it can lead to a bargain holiday, the chances of finding the type of accommodation in the area you want are scarce - particularly in the prime holiday season. If you use the search box you can find cottages in all parts of England which still have late availability. If you need late availability holiday cottages then this is your best chance of finding an idyllic country cottage at all times of the year. Check the availability calendar to see which houses still have last minute availability.

Cottages by the Sea

If you want to rent a cottage by the sea then there is a great selection here: whether you want cottages on the coast of Cornwall or on the north Norfolk coast. Renting a holiday cottage by the sea is perfect at all times of the year - in the summer you can picnic on the beach and in the spring, autumn or winter you can have glorious walks along the sea (often on deserted beaches). Coastal cottages can have the sea lapping at the doorstep and the sound of the waves will never be far away. The English coast varies so much - as do seaside cottages! - from white sandy beaches, to wild rugged coastline, white chalky cliffs to meandering sand dunes.

Honeymoon Cottages

If you are looking for a holiday cottage for your honeymoon then you will want a romantic cottage. A log fire is ideal for a honeymoon cottage - snuggle up in front of the open fire and just relax. Many of these isolated self-catering cottages are very romantic - in beautiful parts of England, some with thatched roofs. If you are on your honeymoon then you will probably be looking for a luxury cottage - perhaps glorious views and surrounded by pretty countryside. You might want a one-bedroomed cottage near a great pub or restaurant so you don't have to cook on your honeymoon.

Cottage for Christmas and New Year

Renting a cottage for Christmas or New Year is increasingly popular - cottages for Christmas and New Year are often booked up a year or so ahead so it can be hard to find suitable accommodation if you have left it to the last minute. A holiday break at Christmas in a cosy cottage with a log fire in the English countryside is hard to beat. Spending New Year in an idyllic holiday house with a group of friends is a perfect way to see in the new year - relaxing and great fun! Many of these self-catering cottages are near towns with Christmas markets or traditional New Year celebrations.

Tourist Board Ratings

The English Tourist Board rates holiday cottages that apply to be under their scheme. They are graded from 1 star to 5 star cottages (with 5 star being the highest so the most luxurious cottages). Every self-catering accommodation in the scheme is inspected annually by the English Tourist Board (Visit Britain) so you can have confidence that that your holiday cottage has been thoroughly checked for quality. Five star holiday cottages have many additional touches and extras to make them a luxury cottage to rent - but cottages without the star rating can be just as luxurious - possibly better!

Cottages with Pets

If you want to rent a cottage which allow dogs or cats (or other pets!) then you will easily be able to see here which cottages will accept your pet. Most people with a dog or cat don't want to put them into kennels and search for a suitable holiday house which will let them bring their animal on holiday with them. A lot of self-catering accommodation take dogs (and some cats) although most don't allow pets in the bedrooms. Use our online search facility to locate pet friendly holiday cottages in England, and take all the family on vacation! If you (or any of your family) are allergic to dog or cat hair (or any other type of animals) then you will also be able to find a holiday home which has never had an animal in it. The holiday cottages listed are clearly marked 'pet friendly' or 'no pets allowed'.

Cottages with Disabled Access

Some English country cottages are accessible for disabled holiday-makers (or those with limited mobility). If the cottage listed says it is suitable for disabled access then it is important to ask the owner directly exactly what disabled facilities the holiday home has. There is a rating system for disabled access holiday cottages in England - Mobility 1 suitable for those who need a handrail to climb steps; Mobility 2 indicates that it is a suitable holiday cottage for those who may need a wheelchair some of the time; Mobility 3 is suitable for those who use a wheelchair all the time; Mobility 4 means the holiday house is suitable for those who use a wheelchair and also need assistance to transfer from the wheelchair. If you are visually impaired or blind then there are also quality holiday cottages suitable to rent here.

Special Offers

Some cottage owners offer discounts for small groups, repeat business and out of season rentals. The weekly rental rate is often discounted for short breaks and weekend rentals during the winter months. During the summer holidays, short breaks often command the full weekly rental rate - each holiday cottage has the rental rates clearly marked. Lastminute bookings can sometimes get a discount, as long as there is availability. We do recommend booking holiday cottages in advance especially during the school Christmas, Easter and summer holidays - when many cottages are booked well in advance. Tourists and visitors to England will note our peak British holiday season is during the summer (June - September) and around the festive holidays at Easter and Christmas.

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