Searching for an idyllic picture-perfect English country cottage? We feature a great range of chocolate-box pretty countryside cottages in England on Country Cottages Online. With so many to choose from, it’s not easy to pick the 10 prettiest and the selection below is just to give you an idea of some of the options out there. We have a huge collection of beautiful country cottages which are each idyllic and attractive but too many to list here.
It’s probably no coincidence that many of the holiday homes we’ve selected are thatched cottages and that a large proportion are from areas renowned for their beautiful buildings such as the Cotswolds and Suffolk. Also making the list though are cottages in unspoilt Norfolk and the wonderful Forest of Dean.
- Cocketts, Mendlesham Green.
Painted pink and set in a traditional English garden, Cocketts in Mendlesham Green in Suffolk is one of the prettiest holiday houses we feature. Sleeping up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms, this pet-friendly holiday home with its log-burning fire and exposed wooden beams is a real gem and an idyllic rural retreat.
This terracotta coloured 3 bedroom holiday cottage is situated within the rural hamlet of Foxearth, next to some other pretty country cottages, close to the historical village of Long Melford. With a picture-perfect exterior and a history which dates back to the 15th century, this holiday house is wonderful both inside and out and indoors features lovely exposed wooden beams as well as charming historical features.
- The Guildhall, near Colchester
Thatched and painted cream, the Guildhall is picture-perfect and sits within beautiful gardens in the Dedham Vale. With 3 bedrooms and a dogs-welcome policy, this holiday house is a family-friendly property with much charm. The wooden beams and wood burner inside continue the theme at this idyllic Suffolk country cottage.
- Little Orchard, Chipping Campden
Cottages really don’t come any prettier than Little Orchard in Chipping Campden. With 2 bedrooms and a thatched roof, this stone-built cottage isn’t just beautiful, it’s also historically significant as it’s the former home of the author Graham Greene. What’s more, it’s located in the appealing town of Chipping Campden and more beautiful buildings can be found close by.
- Tythe Barn Cottage, Chipping Campden
If you’re looking for a chocolate-box pretty cottage to rent for your cottage holiday then Tythe Barn Cottage could be just what you’ve been searching for. Dating back to the 17th century, this stone-built holiday house with its thatched roof sleeps a family of up to 4 and enjoys an excellent location close to the picturesque town of Chipping Campden.
- The Watermill, Bury St Edmunds
There are few holiday houses with quite a magical setting as the Watermill near Bury St Edmunds. Originally a watermill, this Grade II listed property is situated on its own private island and is incredibly idyllic. Enjoy the beauty and sounds of nature with a stay at this superb 5 bedroom holiday house and escape to your own watery wonderland in Suffolk.
- Bluebell Studio at Thatched Farm
When it comes to rural retreats, Bluebell Studio at Thatched Farm has to be one of the most idyllic. Set by trees and beautiful gardens, you can really enjoy a slice of country life with a stay at this pet-friendly cottage. Sleeping 2, this couple’s cottage is ideal for a romantic couple looking to escape from it all on a break close to Woodbridge in Suffolk.
- The Old Monkey Cottage, Hadleigh
Painted terracotta and nestled by trees is this gorgeous one bedroom country cottage. Sleeping 2, this is a romantic retreat, nestled close to the unspoilt Suffolk countryside. With exposed wooden beams, a warming open fire and plenty of historical charm, this is a very attractive couple’s cottage.
- Secluded Brambles, Littledean
Set by fields and farmlands where there are open country views where you can see for miles and miles, this cosy one bedroom holiday house with its wonderful setting and stone-built structure is one of the most appealing holiday houses that we feature and what’ s more it’s close to the wonderful Forest of Dean. Pet-friendly, this is a wonderful rural retreat for a couple plus a dog and inside the accommodation is modern and stylish.
- Hoste Barn, Norfolk
Hoste Barn offers plenty of county charm. This rural retreat sits within the grounds of a farmhouse, next to woodlands and close to Swanton Abbott. From the outside this is a very pretty rustic barn conversion whilst inside it’s a modern, stylish well equipped holiday home.
For more choice, we recommend that you take a look at our collection of holiday cottages in England. There are so many beautiful and idyllic options to choose from, it’s impossible to list them all.