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Character Holiday Cottages

Many people look for character features when searching for somewhere wonderful to stay and why wouldn’t you? The different architectural eras of Britain are part of the country’s history and have helped to sculpt it into the modern world that we see around us adding variety and spice to our cities, towns and villages.

Over the years styles have varied from the smooth, symmetry of Georgian design, the intricate brick patterns of the Victorian age and the spacious simplicity of modest Edwardian houses. It can be hard to choose a specific period as your favourite but one thing that so many of us agree on is how special it is to stay in a Grade listed building with interesting characteristics, a cosy open fire or exposed wooden beams, homely reminders of times past.

All across the UK, from Yorkshire to Cornwall, we have an abundance of properties with characterful touches and rich histories. In the South Coast jewel of Brighton, a large array of our properties offer a taste of regency living with authentic iron railed balconies, grand high ceilings and touches of this decadent period all with fantastic sea views.

To the west of the UK in Wales you can’t fail but to notice the traditional Welsh cottages set in the hillsides, surrounded by mountains where the remote locations often meant that homes would be built from local materials such as oak timbers, clay and even gorse to secure thatches. These homes now make the perfect cosy getaway, nothing says romantic more than a beautifully presented stone cottage with a roaring fire for warmth and comfort.

Popular Norfolk and Suffolk offer their small market towns clustered with neo-classical styles of the Georgian period, still standing the test of time and bringing a touch of elegance to these flat landscapes. Manors, country houses and fishermen's cottages in Yorkshire dot the landscape of this vast county. Never short of grand stately homes set in immense grounds surrounded by country parks and rolling hills and seafaring history, Yorkshire properties offer a true taste of this county’s vivid and diverse history.

Across to the Lake District, a landscape that has inspired poets and writers for centuries, the North-West is dotted with cottages and houses made from stone and slate; the bleak understated beauty of these houses perfectly compliment the outstanding landscape. Choose to stay in pretty and unique cottages and farm houses which wouldn’t look out of place on a postcard.

There is so much variety to admire in the UK with charming converted dairies, stables and old farmhouses scattering the landscape, unique and quirky individual builds by renowned architects, homes with captivating stonework, inglenook fireplaces, wood burners, and much more all to be embraced. If you fancy a stay in a cottage with true character, then take a look at a selection of most characterful properties below or call us on 0333 2020 899.

Awarded 3 Stars with Original Cottages

Coastal View Garden Seacrest Cottage

Mawgan Porth - North Cornwall

With direct access to a footpath leading to the absolutely breathtaking beach in Mawgan Porth, this property is sure to be a hit with all generations. Visit the picture postcard village for a cream tea before exploring t...

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
£466 - £981 per week *

P00359 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Pets welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 3 Stars
  • Towels not provided
  • On one level
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Wonkey Cottage

Cayton - Yorkshire Coast

Modern two-bedroom cottage, furnished and presented to a high standard. This 4 star accommodation is arranged over one level. Private off-road parking and a garden with patio area. Perfect for a family holiday or a roman...

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
£421 - £664 per week *

SA014 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 4 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • On one level
  • 0.5 mile to a pub
  • 0.5 mile to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
  • Welcome pack provided
Awarded 3 Stars with Original Cottages

Stoker's Retreat

Whitby - Yorkshire Coast

Spacious and beautifully presented 2-bedroom maisonette, ideally positioned on the West Cliff area close to the promenade and the beach, it is only a 5-minute stroll away from the town centre and all that Whitby has to o...

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
£383 - £603 per week *

W419 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 3 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • 0.02 mile to a pub
  • 0.02 mile to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Travel cot available
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer Exterior of property Ruth's

Dorchester - Dorset Countryside

The perfect family cottage, located in the picturesque village of Charminster, just 2 miles from the county town of Dorchester, and 6 miles from Cerne Abbas, home of the Cerne Abbas giant.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
£371 - £833 per week *

WY408 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 3.5 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Cot available
  • Travel cot available
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate
  • No smoking
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Coastal View Jewel cottage is perfect for families or groups of friends, you will simply not want to leave this great holiday home! Jewel Cottage

Hele Bay - North Devon Coast

Charming cottage set 500m from Hele Bay. Jewel Cottage has been lovingly renovated by the owners in 2017.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
£435 - £1035 per week *

JEWEL View property

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 4 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • 0.3 mile to a pub
  • 0.3 mile to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
  • Welcome pack provided
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Coastal View The sitting room includes a woodburning stove, sofa and two antique armchairs Ty Sioned

Llanfairfechan - Snowdonia & The Lleyn Peninsula

Surrounded by unspoiled countryside and being only a short distance from the local beach this cottage is perfect for a couples retreat. There are a range of activities in the area, from walking the North Wales Coastal Pa...

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
£332 - £584 per week *

WAG367 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 4 Stars
  • Towels not provided
  • Towels hire available
  • 1.5 mile to a pub
  • 1.5 miles to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Cot available
  • Travel cot available
  • Highchair
  • No smoking

Coastal View Ebenezer Cottage

Porthleven - South Cornwall

This charming cottage has been renovated to give a reverse level property and a light and airy feel. It is ideally suited for bookings throughout the year, with a roof terrace and inside a cosy woodburner.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
£471 - £1156 per week *

EBENEZ View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Bed linen provided
  • Balcony
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Towels provided
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • 0.3 mile to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Travel cot available
  • Highchair
  • No smoking
  • Welcome pack provided
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer Cosy living room Allviews Cottage

Bridport - Dorset Countryside

Located in the hamlet of Shave Cross, approximately 5 miles from Bridport, and only 4 miles from the beaches at Eype and Charmouth, Allviews is the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy the beautiful West Dorset countryside...

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
£493 - £1106 per week *

WY400 View property

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 3.5 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • 0.5 mile to a pub
  • 5 miles to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Samphire

Swanage - Dorset Coast

Spectacular 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom semi detached Victorian house with garden. Set in a quiet cul de sac close to the town centre and beach, Samphire has recently completely been refurbished to create a truly stylish home.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
£599 - £1325 per week *

WY404 View property

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 4 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • 0.2 mile to a pub
  • 0.2 mile to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Travel cot available
  • Highchair
  • No smoking
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Twitten Cottage

Southwold - Suffolk Coast

Picture perfect - Twitten Cottage is a pretty fisherman's cottage in the heart of the coastal town of Southwold. Small but perfectly formed, enjoy sightseeing in the town and return to the cosiest cottage to relax.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
£540 - £1015 per week *

TWI2 View property

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 3.5 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • 0.1 mile to a pub
  • 0.2 mile to a shop
  • Dishwasher
  • No smoking
  • Welcome pack provided
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Coastal View Front of the cottage Hillside

Robin Hood's Bay - Yorkshire Coast

This unique luxury cottage in Robin Hood's Bay, has lots of character and charm and yet offers all modern comforts.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
£662 - £1088 per week *

R024 View property

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pet free property
  • WiFi available
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • 0.2 mile to a pub
  • 0.2 mile to a shop
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
  • Welcome pack provided
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Swallow Cottage

Llanerchymedd - Anglesey

One of a small collection of converted barns in rural Anglesey, all on one level, with a woodburning stove, outside seating area and extensive grounds with a fishing lake.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
£395 - £650 per week *

WAI211 View property

  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Pet welcome
  • WiFi available
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Garden/courtyard
  • 4 Stars
  • Towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • On one level
  • 1 mile to a pub
  • 1 mile to a shop
  • Dishwasher
  • Travel cot available
  • Highchair
  • No smoking

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