Historic self-catering holiday accommodation in England

A list of older self-catering cottages, houses and holiday rentals in England with some history is shown below. Many of these cottages and houses are several hundred years old and show original Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian features. Some may be Grade I or II listed properties, others are in conservation areas, each will be a character property with features to admire.

Please click on any photographs shown to display details and interior photographs of these period properties to rent.

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Mill House Holiday Cottages, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England

5 bedroom Cottage Complex, East Midlands.

Collection of three comfortable holiday cottages nestled in lovely rural Leicestershire by meadows, fields and pastures, short break bookings welcome all year round and all cottages are very dog-friendly.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £395 to £650 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 12 people in 5 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 5
Pet Friendly: Yes
Rating: Not assessed

phone +44 (0)1476 870 797 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Knowle Manor, Minehead, Somerset, England

19 bedroom Mansion, Exmoor National Park.

Fabulous large country house featuring an indoor swimming pool, games room, beautifully landscaped gardens and a location in the Aville Valley within Exmoor National Park, this is a very special place to stay with a family-friendly and dogs welcome policy.

Special features: free internet access, pool (Within the grounds), games room.

Price range from £4950 to £7950 per week
Sleeps from 15 to 53 people in 19 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 19
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed

phone 01643 841130 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Dragon Country House near Exmoor, Dunster, Somerset, England

8 bedroom Large Country House, West Country.

Stay in style at this large 8 bedroom country house, located by Exmoor National Park close to Dunster, whether for a special celebration, occasion or family break, this property offers spacious rooms and plenty of space for groups of up to 22 friends or family plus 2 dogs.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £1875 to £4785 per week
Sleeps from 8 to 22 people in 8 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 8
Pet Friendly: Yes
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (5)


Next availability: from 13 May 2016 to 20 May 2016; from 06 June 2016 to 01 July 2016; from 04 July 2016 to 22 July 2016;

phone 01244 500 540 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Apple Loft & Acanthus Cottage, Wilmcote, Warwickshire, England

2 bedroom Apartment, Midlands.

Two delightful 4 star rated holiday homes in Shakespeare's Country which share almost one acre of pretty gardens.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £250 to £400 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 4 people in 2 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: No
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (4 star ETC)

phone 01789 205 889 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Cocketts, Mendlesham Green, Suffolk, England

4 bedroom Country House, Heart of Suffolk.

Escape to the country in style with a stay at Cocketts in the heart of tranquil and beautiful Suffolk.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £540 to £1140 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 8 people in 4 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Next availability: from 06 June 2016 to 01 July 2016; from 16 July 2016 to 22 July 2016; from 19 August 2016 to 26 August 2016;

phone 01449 766498 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Southwood House, Wick, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England

1 bedroom Barn Conversion, South West.

Absolutely charming one bedroom stone-built holiday cottage with impressive vaulted ceilings and lovely views of the surrounding countryside, ideal for romantic breaks but can accommodate three in total with the sofa bed.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £300 to £450 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 3 people in 1 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: No
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (3)

phone 01179 372 649 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Hotspur, West Mersea, Essex, England

5 bedroom Unusual Self Catering, East Anglia.

Fantastic large moored houseboat sleeping up to 8, boasting sublime sea views, original features and with a deck ideal for watching the sunset.

Price range from £475 to £1250 per week
Sleeps from 4 to 8 people in 5 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: No
Rating: Not assessed

phone 01206 230488 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Walnut Arbour, Stoke St. Gregory, Somerset, England

6 bedroom Large Country House, South West.

A luxury six bedroom barn conversion to accommodate a maximum of 12 people.

Special features: free internet access, pool (On site), games room, indoor hot tub.

Price range from £1700 to £4100 per week
Sleeps from 4 to 12 people in 6 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4
Pet Friendly: Yes
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (5)

phone 01823 665500 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Eskmeals House, Lake District, Ravenglass, Cumbria, England

9 bedroom Cottage, Lake District National Park.

A beautiful country holiday home, set within 7 acres of gardens close to Ravenglass in the Lake District National Park.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £790 to £1600 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 21 people in 9 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 5
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Late availability: from 06 May 2016 to 12 May 2016;

phone 01229 717151 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Little Beanit Farm Cottage, Balsall Common, West Midlands, England

2 bedroom Farmstay, West Midlands.

Two bedroom family-friendly and dog-friendly holiday cottage in a lovely rural setting on a working farm, just a short drive from the NEC and the National Agriculture Centre at Stoneleigh, also well placed for visiting Shakespeare's Country nearby.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £525 to £525 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 4 people in 2 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (4)


Next availability: from 07 May 2016 to 11 May 2016; from 15 May 2016 to 23 May 2016; from 18 June 2016 to 19 July 2016;

phone 01676 535269 emailClick here to email owner more info >

The Old Manor, Blandford Forum, Dorset, England

9 bedroom Large Country House, West Country.

Magnificent 9 Bedroom Dorset Country House, ideal for large groups of friends or family, with an outdoor hot tub and games room with table football, pool table, table tennis and air hockey on site there is plenty to keep your group entertained at this fine property and the Dorset coast is just a short drive away.

Special features: free internet access, tennis court, games room, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £2450 to £3950 per week
Sleeps from 10 to 21 people in 9 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 4
Pet Friendly: Yes (6 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed


Next availability: from 07 May 2016 to 27 May 2016; from 06 June 2016 to 17 June 2016; from 20 June 2016 to 08 July 2016;

phone 01747811243 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Spinney Rural Retreat, Shropshire Hills, Cardington, Shropshire, England

2 bedroom Grade II Listed Barn Conversion, Shropshire Hills.

Escape to this 2 bedroom barn conversion for a relaxing rural retreat break with your friends or family and pet-dog, with a lovely idyllic country location and ample rustic charm, this holiday barn is one of three located on a farm near Cardington and is only around 30 minutes' drive from historic Shrewsbury, shared facilities on site include a tennis court, play area for children, two games rooms and extensive woodland and farm walks, with chances to feed the chickens, a stay at this farm cottage could be wonderful for a relaxing and enjoyable family holiday.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Price range from £312 to £556 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 4 people in 2 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: Yes
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (5)


Next availability: from 13 May 2016 to 20 May 2016; from 20 June 2016 to 24 June 2016; from 08 July 2016 to 15 July 2016;

phone 01244 500 540 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Pet-friendly Orchard Barn in the Blackdown Hills, Honiton, Devon, England

3 bedroom Barn Conversion, West Country.

Beautiful 3 bedroom barn conversion with tranquil orchard garden which is both family-friendly and pet-friendly, nestled in the Blackdown Hills just a short distance from the inspirational scenery of the Jurassic coast.

Special features: free internet access, Silver Award Winning Cottage.

Price range from £430 to £945 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 8 people in 3 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (4)


Next availability: from 07 May 2016 to 12 May 2016; from 15 May 2016 to 28 May 2016; from 06 June 2016 to 10 June 2016;

phone 44 (0) 14044674 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Midsomer Cottage, Iffley Village, Near Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

3 bedroom Period Cottage, Oxfordshire.

A charming Victorian cottage in a village location close to the river, easily accessible to the city of Oxford with all modern facilities and a private gravelled garden with patio area.

Special features: free internet access, Silver Award Winning Cottage.

Price range from £690.00 to £890.00 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 6 people in 3 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: No
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (4)


Next availability: from 17 May 2016 to 19 May 2016; from 22 May 2016 to 26 May 2016; from 30 May 2016 to 03 June 2016;

phone emailClick here to email owner more info >

The Lodge at Colmer, Modbury, Kingsbridge, Modbury, Devon, England

3 bedroom Stone Built Cottage on the Colmer Estate, South Hams.

Located on a private holiday estate in an area of outstanding natural beauty with shared grounds of over 28 acres with full access to woodlands, a private fishing lake and meadows, this 5 star detached stone holiday cottage has access to superb shared leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, an all-weather tennis court, table-tennis, boules and a croquet lawn.

Special features: free internet access, pool (On site), tennis court, games room.

Price range from £800 to £1800 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 6 people in 3 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: Yes (1 dog welcome)
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (5)


Next availability: from 08 May 2016 to 12 May 2016; from 15 May 2016 to 21 May 2016; from 18 June 2016 to 02 July 2016;

phone 07703 316281 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Bruisyard Hall, Framlingham, Suffolk, England

10 bedroom Large Country House, East Anglia.

Elegant historical country house situated within a private 700 acre Suffolk estate, with many fine features this fantastic property is ideal for special celebrations, parties and corporate events.

Special features: free internet access, games room, Gold Award Winning Cottage.

Price range from £4000 to £6000 per week
Sleeps from 10 to 20 people in 10 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 9
Pet Friendly: Yes
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (5)


Next availability: from 07 May 2016 to 20 May 2016; from 23 May 2016 to 27 May 2016; from 02 June 2016 to 24 June 2016;

phone 01728 639 000 emailClick here to email owner more info >

St Johns Holiday Cottage, Ryhall, Rutland, England

4 bedroom Large country house, East Midlands.

Idyllic 4 bedroom country cottage with inglenook fireplace, plenty of rustic charm and pretty garden, just 2 miles from the fine town of Stamford and just a short drive from Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Price range from £1495 to £1895 per week
Sleeps from 7 to 14 people in 4 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 2
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (4)


Next availability: from 07 May 2016 to 09 May 2016; from 15 May 2016 to 01 September 2016;

phone 01778590596 emailClick here to email owner more info >

The Colloquy, Kington, Herefordshire, England

8 bedroom Large Country House, Heart of England.

Impressive 5 star gold rated unique self-catering property sleeping up to 22 that offers a fusion of Victorian grandeur with 21st century facilities including access to an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and squash court and a stunning one hectare landscaped walled garden.

Special features: indoor hot tub.

Price range from £2500 to £3500 per week
Sleeps from 8 to 16 people in 8 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 8
Pet Friendly: No
Rating: Not assessed

phone 01544 340 241 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Spadgers Cottage , Long Melford, Suffolk, England

2 bedroom Cottage, Constable Country.

Romantic and cosy country cottage with open log fire in a historic and picturesque village setting with an attractive enclosed garden backing onto a footpath leading directly out over the fields and to the countryside beyond.

Price range from £399 to £692 per week
Sleeps from 1 to 3 people in 2 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 1
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Rating: Not assessed

phone 01787 211 115 emailClick here to email owner more info >

Willows Holiday Cottage, Dartmouth, Devon, England

4 bedroom Cottage, Dartmoor National Park.

Delightful country cottage with valley views and a large private garden along with access to twenty acres of conservation valley and woodland to explore, close to the coast and not too far from Dartmoor National Park.

Special features: free internet access.

Price range from £550 to £1250 per week
Sleeps from 2 to 6 people in 4 bedrooms
Number of bathrooms: 3
Pet Friendly: Yes (2 dogs welcome)
Quality Rating: ratingratingratingratingrating (4)


Special Offer: from 06 May 2016 to 26 May 2016;
Late availability: from 06 May 2016 to 01 July 2016;

phone 01548 521272 emailClick here to email owner more info >

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