You know that tingle you get when you step into a really beautiful old building? Somewhere that has been around for centuries and is steeped in history. As soon as you step through the door of these incredible Grade II listed holiday cottages you’ll know you’ve ended up somewhere truly special and unique. From sumptuous four-poster beds to majestic inglenook fireplaces, here are ten historic holiday cottages for a truly magical getaway.
1. Forthampton Court
Best for: History lovers and big groups.
The stunning Forthampton Court in Gloucestershire is a Grade II listed manor house of special historic interest. As well as having a Medieval Great Hall, it is also believed to have housed Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn for a time in 1535. Nowadays, some parts of this majestic country house have been modernised, however, the gorgeous antique furniture and roaring open fires still remain.
What’s more, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area too. Cheltenham Racecourse is only a short drive away and Malvern Hills and Bredon Hill provide ample walking opportunities for any nature lovers in the group.
2. Owl’s Hoot Cottage
Best for: A romantic weekend away.
The attractive Owl’s Hoot Cottage in Suffolk is a Grade II listed, contemporary, single-storey barn conversion. There is a tonne of lovely historical features, including green oak beams and an oak vaulted ceiling. There is also a wood burner and folding doors out to the garden; providing plenty of comfort in both summer and winter.
Outside you’ll also find your very own hot tub, perfect for relaxing in with a bottle of bubbles. Although it’s found in a small, quaint village; various amenities are still within easy reach and it’s got WiFi so you’ll still be connected to the outside world!
3. Orchard Cottage
Best for: A quaint seaside stay.
Nestled in the pretty little village of Stoke in Devon, Orchard Cottage is a Grade II listed property dating back all the way to the 16th century. As well as a fairytale thatched roof, it has its own courtyard and enclosed garden and an indoor, heated swimming pool for any water babies in the group.
Outside, you’ll find a field with a wildlife pond about 100 yards from the house that guests are welcome to explore There’s also a games room with table tennis and a pool table for the kids (or adults). Found on the Hartland Devon Heritage Coast, there is plenty of stunning scenery to explore nearby.
4. Warmwell Lodge
Best for: A charming couple’s getaway.
This charming Dorset cottage is Grade II listed, dating back to the early Victorian era, but with a contemporary spin. Beautifully decorated, there are many original features that still remain at Warmwell Lodge. There are mullion windows at the lounge window seat, a traditional bread oven and beams in the bedrooms.
Surrounded by countryside, you’ll find countless beautiful walks nearby this historic cottage, as well as pristine beaches to enjoy and delicious food to eat. The ultimate spot for a relaxing getaway ? We certainly think so!
5. Elephant Cottage
Best for: A historic and pet-friendly stay.
Calling all beer fans, this incredible Grade II listed cottage is owned by the Hook Norton Brewery and is, wait for it, attached to one of their pubs. Located in the bustling market town of Banbury, in Oxfordshire, the lovely two-bedroom Elephant Cottage features stunning timber beam ceilings and bright and spacious interiors.
What’s more, the local Norton Hook Brewery is nearby and for every week-long booking, guests will receive a complimentary brewery tour. Yes, you’ve just found the perfect present for any beer lovers in your life.
6. C17th Castle
Best for: Partying like the Lord and Lady of the manor.
Ever dreamed of living in your very own castle? Well, now you can! The stunning stone-built C17th Castle in Somerset sits high atop a hill, overlooking the Victorian village of North Clevedon. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the turrets or else take a relaxing ramble in the beautifully manicured grounds.
Sleeping up to 16 people, this spectacular Grade II listed building is the perfect option if you’re looking for a special spot for a large group celebration. Plus, you’re 100% guaranteed to feel like the lords and ladies of the manor during a party at this stunning historical property.
7. The Gate House
Best for: A unique holiday home for a small group of friends or family.
Built in the 19th century, this mini Gothic castle is a unique holiday home indeed. Featuring turrets, exposed beams and rustic stone walls throughout, The Gate House is an atmospheric yet cosy holiday spot, perfect for smaller groups, especially if you have pets.
You’ll find plenty to get up to in the local area of Dover too. Wander along the famous white cliffs, visit one of the nearby castles or snuggle up next to a roaring fire in a traditional countryside pub. After just a few days break at The Gate House, we guarantee you’ll be returning home feeling as relaxed as can be.
8. Tawstock Castle
Best for: History lovers and nature lovers alike.
Dating back to the 18th century, Tawstock Castle is an incredible holiday spot indeed. This Grade II listed bailey castle features stone towers, arched windows, spiral staircases and opulent four-poster beds.
Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Devon, you can enjoy fantastic views of Taw Valley and Braunton Burrows from this lovely holiday home. What’s more, you’ll find plenty to do in the local area too, with a plethora of sandy beaches, dramatic coastline and quaint villages right on your very doorstep.
9. Gingerbread House
Best for: The ultimate romantic weekend spot.
Any romantics in the group will simply adore this charming thatched cottage which looks like it stepped out of the pages of a fairytale. The aptly-named Gingerbread House boasts an unusual hexagonal roof, leaded gothic windows and sweet interiors. Much more, it will have you feeling as cosy as can be as soon as you step through the door.
The property is encircled by its own lawn and is set in the midst of 500 acres of meadows, enchanting woodlands and Somerset countryside. No matter how you choose to spend your time at this enchanting country cottage, you’ll find yourselves having an extra magical getaway.
10. Gabriel’s Hall
Best for: A historic townhouse stay.
Just 300 yards from the beach, this stunning Grade II Regency era building makes for an elegant and historic seaside stay. Set within the pretty Steyne Square, you can enjoy breathtaking sea views from the first-floor balcony of Gabriel’s Hall, while sipping a glass of something chilled of course!
You’ll find the town promenade and plenty of amenities, such as pubs, shops, and restaurants, just a short walk away. What’s more, as the property is surrounded by miles of stunning Sussex countryside, you’ll also find attractions such as Pagham Nature Reserve and the glorious South Downs National Park on your very doorstep. Due to its incredible location, Gabriel’s Hall is the perfect spot for those who want to enjoy the benefits of both culture and nature during their getaway.
11. Barnack Beauty
Best for: An atmospheric getaway just for two.
Although not strictly a cottage, spending a weekend in the Barnack Beauty room at the stunning Houghton Lodge will be a very special experience indeed. The Grade II Listed Houghton Lodge is one of the finest surviving examples of a Cottage Ornée – a style of picturesque Gothic architecture which was popular during the 18th century.
As well as the house itself, the gardens here are some of the loveliest in the whole of Hampshire. The perfect spot to spend a relaxing afternoon in, reading a book or simply sitting back and enjoying the sounds and scents of nature.
12. Chevaliers Estate
Best for: A holiday filled with history.
Turning things up a notch, the incredible Chevaliers Estate is actually a Grade I listed, meaning it is of exceptional historical interest. Situated deep in the Shropshire countryside, this incredible historic holiday cottage is set amidst acres upon acres of perfectly-manicured gardens and grounds.
Step inside and you’ll find the interiors of this amazing Elizabethan gatehouse every bit as magical as the exteriors. Featuring a Medieval courtyard, oak paneled bedrooms, an original Tudor fireplace and hand painted wallpaper, this is truly a history-fanatic’s dream. What’s more, you’ll find a historic Norman church next to the property, which dates back to the 11th century.