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Self-catering holiday cottages in Heart of England

The Heart of England, also known as the Midlands or English Midlands, is a large region of the UK comprising many of the shire counties, as well as large metropolitan boroughs. It’s a very varied region, depending on where you go, offering everything from beautiful landscapes in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, to vibrant cities such as Birmingham and Wolverhampton. If you’re considering a break, take a look at our full range of holiday cottages in the Heart of England, all of which offer comfort and style for short-term and longer breaks.

Highfields Manor - Belton, Leicestershire
Highfields Manor Belton Leicestershire Sleeps up to 35. Contemporary manor house. Indoor pool. Large gardens. Disabled access.

This imposing, contemporary manor house is the house for everyone and anyone! If you are looking for boutique chic – look no further – with a heated indoor pool, hot tub and sauna/steam cubicle and games room/bar with pool table, dart board, shuffleboard table, card table, this is the place to come for serious fun! Want to chill out - there's even a Pilates/yoga studio (instructor by arrangement). Ample parking and extensive grounds make this property perfect for large groups. The 360º wrap around terrace and extensive gardens provide ample space to enjoy drinks, barbeques, croquet, cricket and other activities. Highfields Manor & Spa is ten minutes from the university town of Loughborough, Donington Park, the M1 and M42 motorways and East Midlands Airport, Nottingham and Leicester making the house very accessible from London and other major cities.

Thornbridge Manor - Bakewell, Derbyshire
Thornbridge Manor Bakewell Derbyshire Sleeps up to 27. Manor House. Disabled Access

Thornbridge Manor is a luxury holiday property ideal for families and larger groups as the accommodation is very flexible. This stunning property has been fitted out to the highest standard and provides you with an ideal base from which to explore all that the Peak District has to offer. It has so much to offer including a tennis court, croquet lawn and children's play area. Not sure how you will find the time to get to Chatsworth House or Alton Towers or the other local attractions but you just might!

Elgar Cottage - Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Elgar Cottage Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire Sleeps: 2. Bedrooms: 1 (1 king-sized 4-poster + cot). Herefordshire. Short breaks. Sorry no pets.

This is a wonderful 5 star cottage in peaceful countryside on a Georgian estate just outside Ross-on-Wye. Elgar Cottage nestles in 14 acres of parkland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The cottage is perfect for exploring the glorious Wye Valley where the river provides opportunties for rock climbing, canoeing or abseiling on and around its picturesque banks. Ross-on-Wye has quaint wooden-framed houses and good pubs and restaurants, and this cottage is centrally located for the Malvern Hills, the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains and the Cotswolds - perfect for anyone wishing to tour the Heart of England.

The Hen House - Berrington, Worcestershire
The Hen House Berrington Worcestershire Sleeps: 2. Bedrooms: 1 (1 Double). Worcestershire. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

The Hen House is situated in a peaceful, rural location on nearly 9 acres of private garden, orchard and meadowland. Nestling in the Teme Valley on the Worcester, Shropshire and Herefordshire borders, the cottage is convenient for a huge range of activities - horseriding amongst the forest paths and bridleways, off-road biking, cycling through country lanes, and boat trips and fishing in the rivers. The area's historic towns and villages ooze character. Ludlow is renowned for some of the highest quality restaurants in the country. There is so much to see in the heart of England and this lovely little cottage is convenient for exploring it all.

Alice Cottage - Oundle, Northamptonshire
Alice Cottage Oundle Northamptonshire Sleeps: 2. Bedrooms: 1 (1 double). Oundle. Short breaks off-peak. Disabled access. Sorry, no pets.

Alice Cottage is a 5 star rural cottage situated in rural Northamptonshire, close to town of Oundle and convenient for walking in the lovely wooded Nene Valley, exploring manor houses and gardens, pictureesque market towns and country pubs. The ancient woodland above the Nene Valley is a mosaic of habitats and the area teems with rare wildlife. It is a great area to take children on holiday, with cycling and watersports around the region's many lakes. The accommodation is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Tweedle Dum Cottage - Youlgreave, Derbyshire
Tweedle Dum Cottage Youlgreave Derbyshire Sleeps: 2 + baby. Bedrooms: 1 (1 Kingsize). Derbyshire. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Tweedle Dum cottage is a luxury historic one bedroom cottage with beautiful features, wooden beams, stripped floors and a four-poster bed! Located in the heart of Youlgreave, one of the prettiest villages of the Peak District. An area of outstanding beauty, covering 555 square miles, there is something for everyone here: with many fabulous walks and cycles right from the doorstep. Carsington Water, which offers a full range of water sports, is a short drive away. There are opportunities to go caving, climbing, horse-riding and hot air balooning. Or take a gentle stroll around the village where three pubs serve homecooked meals.

Wisteria Cottages - Dorrington, Shropshire
Wisteria Cottages Dorrington Shropshire Bedrooms: Cottage 1: 1 twin room; Cottage 2: 1 Double Bed. Shrewsbury. Short breaks (3 nights minimum). Disabled access.

Wisteria Cottages are nestled in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Each cottage has own outside space, including a patio with table and chairs, from which you can relax and enjoy outstanding views of the south Shropshire hills. These cottages are ideally located in a central Shropshire location providing an excellent base for cycling, walking, golfing and horse-riding breaks. The cottages are modern, fully equipped and furnished to the highest standards. You can unwind in comfort after a long day exploring the wonderful Shropshire countryside.

Eastview - Bromsash, Herefordshire
Eastview Bromsash Herefordshire Bedrooms: 1. Luxury accommodation for 2 people

Eastview is a luxury self-contained unit set in the beautiful countryside near Ross on Wye. The town offers excellent shopping, including a weekly market. At the gateway to the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, there are walking and cycling routes in abundance. The Wye river is popular for canoeing, with lots of outdoor activity centres in the area providing tuition. Close to the Welsh border, the area has an abundance of castles and historic sites to visit, including Wilton Castle and Gardens and Goodrich Castle. Further afield, the nearby towns of Gloucester, Monmouth, Hereford, Ledbury have much for visitors to explore.

Grosvenor Cottage - Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Grosvenor Cottage Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire Sleeps: 3. Bedrooms: 2 (1 Double, 1 Single). Herefordshire. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Escape to the Wye Valley where a warm welcome awaits you in the graceful and tranquil ambience of Grosvenor Cottage, one of a group of holiday cottages that nestle in 14 acres of parkland on a Georgian estate. This 5 star cottage is close to the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, where you'll find lovely timber framed houses, beautiful walks and a number of outstanding pubs and restaurants. This is a fantastic cottage for walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, abseiling or rock climbing in and around the rivers of the Wye and Usk that meander through the Wye Valley. It's a land immortalised by the Romantic Poets and an area of outstanding natural beauty, yet it's only 2.5 hours from London.

India Cottage - Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
India Cottage Ross-on-Wye Herefordshire Sleeps: 4. Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 2 twin). Ross-on-Wye. Short breaks available. Pets Welcome. Not suitable for younger children.

India Cottage is an immaculately presented holiday cottage in a quiet courtyard in the heart of the beautiful historic market town of Ross-on-Wye. Located next to the owner's second holiday home which sleeps 3, these spacious self-catering cottages can be rented separately or together for two families with older children or couples on holiday in a group. The Grade II listed building has been transformed with contemporary décor and furnishings that make your stay feel extra special. The cottage is perfectly situated for beautiful walks and a number of outstanding pubs and restaurants. On your doorstep are Herefordshire's gentle green hills, medieval castles, timber-framed houses, dramatic gorges and rare wildlife, where cycling, walking, canoeing and sightseeing are all on offer.

The Old Chapel - Yorkley, Gloucestershire
The Old Chapel Yorkley Gloucestershire Bedrooms: 2 doubles. Sleeps: 4. Gloucester 12 miles. Short breaks available. Sorry no pets.

The Old Chapel exudes peace and tranquillity. It feels very romantic in the evenings and it's the perfect place to 'switch off' and unwind. Situated up a small lane in a peaceful village you can literally start walking into the Forest right from the doorstep. The area is a wonderful place to explore with walking and cycle paths all around. There are a whole range of activities on offer and you can choose just how active you would like your holiday to be - on the other hand there are 4 comfortable reclining chairs in the courtyard garden!

Forest Break - Cinderford, Gloucestershire
Forest Break Cinderford Gloucestershire 1 Double and 1 Twin, Cinderford. Sorry no pets.

Forest Breaks cottage in the old mining town of Cinderford offers a superb location from which to explore the Forest Dean. A beautiful woodland place where you can escape from the bustle of everyday life and enjoy tranquility. Cinderford has an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and pubs. The surrounding area has lots of activities for families including the Dean Forest Railway, Dean Heritage and Clearwell Caves. Further afield, you can explore Caldicot's magnificent medieval castle set in fifty-five acres of beautiful parkland, and the historic market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Chepstow and Gloucester offer excellent shopping, including traditional weekly markets.

Sansome House Cottage - Ilmington, Warwickshire
Sansome House Cottage Ilmington Warwickshire Bedrooms 2: (1 Twin, 1 Super King made up as Austrian Twin). Sleeps 4. North Cotswold Village. Short Breaks (minimum 3 nights). Sorry No Pets

This sympathetically restored courtyard cottage is situated in the beautiful North Cotswold village of Ilmington. With two pubs and a shop in the village, it is an ideal holiday property for a short break, or a longer holiday. Enjoy the beautiful Cotswold countryside that surrounds this property either by bike, walking or in the car. Ilmington is situated between Shipston on Stour and Chipping Campden, 7 miles south of Stratford upon Avon and only 45 mins drive from Oxford and Cheltenham so there’s so much to see and do from the cottage.

Printer's Cottage - Tideswell, Derbyshire
Printer's Cottage Tideswell Derbyshire Sleeps: 7. Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 family room). Derbyshire. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Retaining many original features the cottage offers spacious comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 7 people and forms the perfect base for couples, friends and families seeking to explore the beautiful Peak District National Park. Recently renovated to a high standard, Printer's Cottage provides everything you will need for relaxing indoors or for recuperating after a hard day's activities, with all the village amenities a couple of minute's walk away. The area is a haven for walkers, anglers and birdwatchers, and offers an abundance of fun-filled adrenalin fuelled outdoor pursuits - climbing, cycling, mountain-biking and caving are available on your doorstep. Printer's Cottage really offers something for everyone.

Harmony Cottage - Blakeney, Gloucestershire
Harmony Cottage Blakeney Gloucestershire Bedrooms: 4/5; 3 doubles, 1 single, 1 double sofa bed in galleried room. Sleeps: 9. Gloucester. Short breaks and pets welcome.

This luxury property is ideal for family get togethers because it has a dining hall plus three separate sitting rooms affording much space. In the garden you will discover the heavenly 6-seater hot tub and the barn which houses the pool table and darts boards. There are many patio areas with suitable seating and for the more romantic, a swing seat. Keeping the family entertained is easy with so many things to see and do in the surrounding Forest of Dean.

Wellwood Lodge - Buxton, Derbyshire
Wellwood Lodge Buxton Derbyshire Sleeps: 12. Bedrooms: 6 (4 double, 2 twin). Derbyshire. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Wellwood Lodge is a lovely large Victorian house in the historic spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire. This spacious house is ideally situated for experiencing the varied landscape of the Peak District National Park, where rugged moors and pretty dales offer an abundance of activities from walking, cycling, climbing, caving and fishing. If you're after a cultural break, the house is convenient to the town's famous sights - Buxton boasts lovely parks and gardens, a wonderful theatre, a stunning opera house, shopping arcades and ancient buildings, pubs and restaurants. This spacious house in a quiet residential area is equally suited for an activity break or family holiday.

The Granary - Belton, Leicestershire
The Granary Belton Leicestershire Sleeps 12+ in 6 bedrooms, Contemporary property, access to indoor pool and games room.

Situated just ten minutes from the university town of Loughborough, The Granary at Highfields Manor and Spa is an ideal venue for a family holiday or get together with friends. Equally, it’s a great place to consider for either a stag or hen weekend as there is so much to do at the Granary that you may not have to venture far! There is an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi bath and games room/bar with pool table and much, much more. The location of the Granary is ideal as it’s close to Donington Park, the M1 and M42 motorways making it accessible from London. You can rent The Granary on its own or in conjunction with Highfields Manor so it’s ideal for large parties.

Woodside House - Belper, Derbyshire
Woodside House Belper Derbyshire Sleeps: 14. Bedrooms: 6 (2 family, 2 double, 2 twin). Derbyshire. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

Woodside House is a quality 4 Star self-catering holiday home, that sleeps 16. Located in the lovely Derwent Valley, a perfect spot from which to explore the Peak District and the glorious countryside of Derbyshire, the house makes a spacious venue for a large family holiday or celebration. This holiday cottage is within easy reach of all the activities the Peaks have to offer. From walking, cycling, climbing and caving, to watersports and fishing, there is so much for do for all ages. decorated to a high standard, furnished with Spanish tiles and stripped pine, a woodburning stove, an ample dining table and loads of comfortable seating. The house is spacious enough for a large family to enjoy different activities under the same roof making this holiday home everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable family getaway.

Our range of holiday cottages in the Midlands are peppered throughout many of the region’s most picturesque locations, including Warwickshire and Shropshire. The Heart of England is a really beautiful part of the country, and makes a great break away if you live in an urban region. Whether you’re travelling with a family or with your partner, our range of English Midlands holiday cottages offer everything you need – great location, comfortable lodgings, modern conveniences – to ensure your break is the very best it can be.

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