Top 5 English Country Cottages

One of the best ways to really appreciate the English countryside is to rent an old English country cottage. Most of the time, the views are breathtaking and the cottages recreate an olde world charm that’s hard to beat. Stone walls, slate floors, wonderful fireplaces and the unhurried pace of rural life all add up to create a wonderful holiday.
There are thousands of great English cottages and holiday homes strewn around England, Scotland and Wales and choosing from them can be quite a task. From romantic cottages for couples to sprawling ones for over 18 people, you will find cottages of every size.

Below is our selection of top 5 English country cottages which will make for great holiday travel. The cottages been chosen based on their location and architectural features and are meant for couples or smaller groups.

Mickle Rigg

Location: Sebergham near Caldbeck, Cumbria

A rustic barn has been lovingly converted into a cosy cottage for two. The exposed original oak beams are the main highlight of this English cottage. In the bedroom you will find a comfortable bed squeezed between two such beams. The living and dining area has a vaulted ceiling and you have a great view of Eden valley from here. A log-burning stove lends added atmosphere in the living room. The kitchen and bathroom are modern and the cottage is tastefully decorated. There’s a lovely patio just outside the main door from where you can enjoy gorgeous views over afternoon tea.
High Pike, Bassenthite and Derwentwater are within driving distance. There are also plenty of caves, gorges and gentle fjords to explore in the scenic surrounding area.

Little Hattons

Location: 7 miles between Cirencester and Stroud, The Cotswolds

This detached 18th century cottage is just a stroll away from the Thames and Severn Canal. Pubs line the waterside so, as you can imagine, the location is superb. The cottage is beamed and has a touch of understated luxury. There are two lovely bedrooms on the first floor while a games room equipped with broadband, satellite TV, DVDs etc. is on the second floor. The living room has a large wood-burning stove and the kitchen and dining open on to the garden.
Nearby are the market towns of Bibury, Tetbury and Westonbirt.

The Mill

Location: Rutter Falls, Eden Valley, Cumbria

Imagine being right next to a glorious waterfall! This posh cottage is actually a 19-century water mill. The interior is open plan and the kitchen is quite stylishly painted by artist Christine Leadbetter. The kitchen and dining area opens on to a private garden and riverbank. You can often spot squirrels and dippers scurrying around in the garden. There’s a pull-down double bed and a bathroom on the ground floor as well.
A spiral staircase takes you to the first floor. Heavy white drapes screen off the bedroom area which also has a Victorian bath. The sitting room overlooks the cascading waterfall and has the usual satellite TV, DVD and hi-fi. It also has a lovely balcony where you can sit and admire the great view from up close. Some people may find the sound of the waterfall a bit noisy.
The cottage is close to the market towns of Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. The towns are really picturesque and although close to the Lakes, thankfully get fewer visitors.

Cobblers Cottage

Location: Nayland, Suffolk

It’s an utterly charming 15th century cottage that has been lovingly restored by the owners using traditional materials and techniques. The living room has exposed beams, flagstone floor and the original inglenook fireplace. Antique furniture completes the medieval look. The TV, DVD and stereo are discreetly placed so as not to detract from the period feel. A narrow staircase takes you to the bedroom. Part the heavy drapes at the top of the stairs and you will enter a romantic bedroom with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a gorgeous antique bed plus a French armoire. An oak paneled door leads you to a roll top slipper bath.

There’s a nice pub in the vicinity and wonderful walks leading from the cottage to Pilgrim’s Way.

The Music Room

Location: Aveton Gifford, Devon

This detached cottage was originally a music room and hence its name. It has a long open plan living, dining and kitchen and a vaulted stucco ceiling. The living area has an open fire and the flooring is polished wood throughout. An entire wall is flanked by four huge windows with stained glass detail that flood the room with light and give it an airy and spacious feel. At the end of the living room, you climb up 3 steps to the bedroom area which was originally the stage for concerts and recitals. The bed is swathed in muslin drapes for a romantic feel.

There’s a lovely courtyard garden outside and you can drive down to the pretty village of Aveton Gifford which is just a mile away.

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