5 of the most charming cottages in the UK


Posted by Clare on 28th November 2022

When the days get chilly and the nights close in, there’s nothing better than cuddling up in front of a roaring fire, hot chocolate in hand. These quaint country cottages are the ultimate retreats for a healthy dose of hygge, with wood burners, snuggly soft furnishings and charming décor filling the rooms with warmth and contentment. Whatever the weather outside, you’ll feel right at home in these enchanting abodes.

Read on to be inspired by our pick of cute cottages, given a stunning artist's treatment, or browse our entire collection to find your perfect home-from-home.

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Laundry Cottage

Bath (2.5 mls N), Somerset

Sleeps 6

Laundry Cottage

Wandering through the picturesque garden to the door of this quintessential country cottage, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into the pages of a Peter Rabbit book. Just a short drive from the equally charming city of Bath, the Grade II listed honeyed stone house is beautifully decorated in a homely style. Settle down with a novel in front of the crackling wood burner in the lounge, where characterful beams and an exposed stone hearth create a feeling of cosiness.

With two super-king-size bedrooms boasting elegant slipper baths, you can enjoy an indulgent soak before sliding sleepily between the sheets. A further comfortable twin room means all guests will enjoy a peaceful slumber.

Strawberry Bank - Nuthatch

Holsworthy, Devon

Sleeps 4, dog friendly

Strawberry Bank - Nuthatch, North Devon

Newly converted in 2021, this beautiful semi-detached cottage is one of three situated on a peaceful rural farm in the North Devon countryside. With the gorgeous surf beaches of Bude just under 10 miles away, the picturesque villages of Clovelly and Boscastle within easy reach, and the market town of Holsworthy 2 miles away, as well as an array of family attractions, there are days out aplenty to enjoy during your stay. 

Fully accessible by wheelchair, the cottage offers a wonderful, open-plan space, perfect for a family to enjoy time together. A wood burner, an accessible wet room with digital shower and a dog room with warm air dog dryer are just some of the thoughtful features which make this the cosiest of cottages for every guest.

Bloomsbury Cottage

Axminster, Devon

Sleeps 6

Bloomsbury Cottage

The epitome of a chocolate-box cottage, this attractive thatched house is a wonderful retreat for a group of friends or family to enjoy time together. Cook up hearty meals on the beautiful range cooker to warm the cockles after a day out in Devon or neighbouring Dorset, then draw the curtains and settle down to share stories in the restful living room with its warm wood floors, fluffy rug and charming brick fireplace.

Children will no doubt leap out of their beds in the morning, fling on their coats, however cold the weather, and head out into the garden to make the most of the fantastic shared play area with trampoline, swings and slides.

Angel Cottage – Winchelsea

Winchelsea, Sussex

Sleeps 6

Angel Cottage - Winchelsea

A stunning double-fronted cottage with awe-inspiring views out over Rye and Camber, Angel Cottage is bursting with period charm. Hand-picked farmhouse-style accessories complement the exposed beams, leaded windows, and stone floors, and the large inglenook fireplace oozes hygge from every warm red brick.

The Aga range cooker adds to the homeliness and with the aroma of a hearty stew drifting throughout the house, the years drop away and you’re transported back to an era when family time comes first and modern pressures dissolve into distant memories.

Thimble Mill

Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds

Sleeps 2, dog friendly

Thimble Mill

This captivating honey-coloured stone cottage is tucked away on the peaceful riverside of Lower Slaughter, widely recognised as one of the prettiest villages in England. Within the village is a beautiful country inn, two of the Cotswolds’ finest restaurants and a riverside café, so you’re never more than a short stroll away from a mouth-watering winter warmer.

Inside the cottage, you’re really for a treat. In the lounge, a wood burner sits within an impressive stone hearth, warming you as you sink into the comfortable sofas with a DVD or a book for a relaxing evening in with your love. Sleepily content, head upstairs to the gorgeous double bedroom; a peaceful sanctuary with en-suite bathroom and roll-top bath for two, just the ticket for a romantic getaway. The piles of sumptuous cushions on the bed are the icing on the cake for this one-of-a-kind cottage.

Planning your next escape?

These are just a handful of the delightful cottages available to book on holidaycottages.co.uk. For more delightful retreats, take a look at our whole collection, or narrow your search based on comforting features, whether that be thatched cottages, romantic retreats, properties with open fires or wood burners and even four-poster beds!

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