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North West England

Cheshire

Cheshire

James Bond himself, David Craig was born in Chester and the northwest county could be said to have as much going on as a Bond film.

Lancashire

Lancashire

Lancashire's towns each bring their own charm and the county's industrial past is clearly evident wherever you visit. The northwest county is a place for everyone, whether it's busy towns, historic sites or unspoilt countryside you can find it here.

North East England

Durham

Durham

County Durham, in the heart of Northumbria, is an excellent place to use as a base whilst discovering the north's beautiful countryside.

North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

Yorkshire is big, bold, and a beautiful part of England. It's a wonderfully diverse region offering you romantic moorland, pretty villages, lively cities and grand sweeping coastlines. Yes, you'll find world-class attractions and award-winning sights - but you'll also discover that Yorkshire has retained its own distinctive charm too.

Northumberland

Northumberland

Northumberland offers wide open spaces, long beaches, grand castles, silent forests and charming market towns once inhabited by Roman legionaries.

Yorkshire

Yorkshire

Once known as the kingdom of Deira, Yorkshire is full of history and can cater for both city and coastal breaks. The north-eastern county, the country's largest, has plenty to offer for all tastes.

Central England

Derbyshire

Derbyshire

The must-do thing during a trip to Derbyshire is to visit at least part of its amazing countryside, the Peak District National Park. Almost three quarters of the park lies in the county and a great deal of varying landscapes are on offer.

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is a county in South West England well known for its gentle hillsides, sleepy villages and its typically English character. It comprises the largest part of the Cotswolds, a range of hills often referred to as "the Heart of England" that were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966.

Herefordshire

Herefordshire

A county which is a patchwork of fields, meadows and small mixed woodlands, held together by calmly flowing streams and rivers, bridleways, footpaths and country roads. The economy is controlled by agriculture, with the farming of both crops, mainly fruit, and cattle. With the exception of one city and a few small towns, the countryside embraces quiet villages, farmhouses and hamlets; usually situated around an ideal focus such as a pub or church.

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

With rolling hills, Cotswold villages and the obligatory dreaming spires thrown in for good measure, Oxfordshire's all you'd expect, and more. Any visit to Oxfordshire has to start with its main city and the university which has dominated its history for the last 800 years.

Eastern Central England

Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire

The beautiful home county of Buckinghamshire, located on the outskirts of London towards the Midlands, is considered one of the most spectacular and memorable places to visit in all of Britain.

Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is the perfect place to visit if you want a balance between urban and rural life. The south-eastern county is home to many historic towns but is also half designated as Green Belt.

Leicestershire

Leicestershire

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in Central England, covering an area of around 984 square miles. Being a largely agricultural county means that Leicestershire has a wealth of rolling hills and green fields, and there are also plenty of forests to explore too if woodland walks take your fancy.

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire is perhaps most famously known as Pride and Prejudice country, as it is the fictional location of Jane Austen's most famous work. It's got beautiful countryside and has activities to suit the whole family.

Eastern England & East Anglia

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Hear the word Cambridgeshire and you'll automatically think of jaw-achingly beautiful colleges, punts drifting down the river, and students in archaic academic dress. Of course, there's far more to the area than the settlement whose name it bears...

Norfolk

Norfolk

Norfolk is full of interesting towns and activities and if the obvious places to see don't attract you than the weather should. The weather is drier and sunnier on average than anywhere in the UK, due to its eastern position. The Norfolk coast enjoys the longest days and best weather for great holidays in the UK.

Suffolk

Suffolk

Welcome to Suffolk. Situated on the east cost of England where you can enjoy sun, sea and beautiful countryside. With over 50 miles of coastline facing the North Sea and a fantastic range of destinations, it's hard to know where to choose.

South West England

Cornwall

Cornwall

Cornwall is a wild county, with a beautiful rugged coastline that has inspired both writers and artists. But wherever you stay in Cornwall, it has a great deal to offer the holidaymaker. Book a holiday cottage in Cornwall and make the most your time doing whatever you love best: surfing, swimming, walking or visiting the art galleries & museums.

Devon

Devon

You'd be right in thinking there's a lot of cream in Devon. Whether it's teas, rice or even the cream of UK countryside, Devon is rich enough to satisfy all tastes.

Dorset

Dorset

Located in the South-West of England, Dorset is a small gem of a county on the English Channel Coast. Made up of many small villages and a few larger towns, its rural beauty is unspoiled by unsightly city landscapes, leaving Dorset's rolling green hills and 90 miles of breathtaking coastline for you to explore.

Somerset

Somerset

Somerset is a county of contrast. From textbook sandy beaches to rolling hills, it has universal appeal - and that's just on the surface.

Wiltshire

Wiltshire

It's not for nothing that Wiltshire's one of Britain's most highly sought-after addresses. With its smart towns and breathtaking panoramas, it has charisma in spades.

South & South East England

Berkshire

Berkshire

One of the great attractions of Berkshire is Grims ditches. These are not just any ditches; they date from the Bronze Age. These ditches are surrounded by the remnants of ancient ceremonial barrows. The ditches themselves are named after the Anglo-Saxon god of war Grim and have a later association with the devil.

East Sussex

East Sussex

Places to visit while staying at a holiday cottage in East Sussex Truly a fascinating mix of sleek city pleasures, laid back beach life and untouched countryside. On one hand you will experience sophistication and on the other an obvious wildness!

Hampshire

Hampshire

The county of Hampshire is hugely varied, stretching from the ancient new forest, the busy coasts of the Solent and the more industrial areas of Basingstoke & Southampton. Wherever you stay in Hampshire, there's a great deal to offer the holidaymaker. Book a holiday cottage in Hampshire and enjoy your stay whether it be messing about on boats to trekking in the new forest or enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Meon Valley.

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break all year round, with stunning un-spoilt landscapes and a wealth of intriguing attractions. You can do anything from windsurfing, parasailing and sailing to walking, hiking, riding and cycling. It is a true escape from the modern world.

Kent

Kent

It's not for nothing that Kent is known as "the garden of England." Drive through any village and you'll be hard pressed not to stop and sample the apples, cherries and even wine on sale at numerous farms.

Surrey

Surrey

Surrey for many people is the 'stockbroker belt' of large suburban houses and upmarket towns. Wherever you stay in Surrey, there's a great deal to offer the holidaymaker. Book a holiday cottage in Surrey and enjoy exploring the county's market towns of Guildford of Dorking, walks at the Devil's Punchbowl or Box Hill or just enjoying sitting by the River Thames at Hampton Wick or a bit closer to London at Richmond.

West Sussex

West Sussex

Here you are located in the heart of the South Downs, a unique landscape, being remnant of an extensive dome that originally covered much of Southern England and the extreme North of France. The eastern end of the Downs is cut off by the sea, forming the Seven Sisters.

Scottish Highlands and Islands

Highland

Highland

Inverness was granted its city status in 2000. It is the prosperous hub of the Highlands, with an enviable location on the banks of the River Ness at the head of the Great Glen, making it an ideal base for exploring.

Orkney Islands

Orkney Islands

The Shetland Islands are the northernmost part of Scotland, and unbelievably, are closer to Bergen in Norway than they are to Edinburgh! Shetland offers outstanding beauty and unbreakable spirit along with their unique culture, dialect and heritage.

Central Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire

The Granite City, The Flower of Scotland, The Silver City by the Golden Sand, Aberdeen wears its titles with pride. A prosperous cosmopolitan city, with a historical old town, Aberdeen has one of Scotland's most striking skylines. Here is a quintessentially northern city, whose granite makes buildings sparkle after rain; whose outlook is across the seas rather than to the Central sector; and whose speech retains the Scots individuality as part of normal everyday life.

Angus

Angus

As Scotland's largest city and the UK's third largest, you can imagine how must Glasgow have had to change over the years to accommodate for all of its residents! This is one of the many reasons you can keep coming back and never get bored. This city oozes cosmopolitan charm and sophistication throughout, in terms of architecture, showcases and award-winning visitor attractions. The city centre and suburbs are home to major retail outlets that will keep you occupied for hours.

Fife

Fife

Just beyond the Firth of Forth and lying just south of Edinburgh, you will stumble across Fife. It is easily reached by road or rail and is packed with traditions and stunning landscapes.

Perth and Kinross

Perth and Kinross

One of the most beautiful places ever. Whether you marvel at the skills of glass blowing, watch glassmakers engrave crystal ware of just fancy some local cuisine you are sure to love the time you spend here. And why not stop off at one of our distilleries where you can learn how the water of life is distilled from natural ingredients. The oldest (Glenturret at Crieff) and the smallest (Edradour at Pitlochry) distilleries in Scotland are situated in Perthshire.

Southern Scotland

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

This is a really happening place with something for everyone. It is situated north of the Border region and sandwiched between East Lothian, Mid Lothian and West Lothian on the south coast of the Firth of Forth.