Last Updated on March 13, 2023

Everyone needs a weekend getaway, so how about throwing a little romance into the mix with a cottage English countryside rental?

We’ve gathered up these lovely cottage rentals around the U.K. countryside and seaside to help you enjoy some peace, quiet and escapism. Whether it’s on the sea, a lake or tucked in the rolling hills, you’re guaranteed to find a place that suits your fancy for a getaway with the one you love.

Each cottage in the English countryside we’ve listed is specifically designed for a party of two.

Bijou 17th Century Cottage

This cozy cottage in Troutbeck Bridge Windemere was built in 1690 and originally part of the Coaching House and stables on the main Windermere route.

The cottage features original paneled doors and Lakeland flooring, exposed oak beams and a wood-burning heater. Views of the local fells can be seen from the southern kitchen and bedroom window, and guests will find breathtaking lake and mountain scenery.

Though the cottage has a fully furnished kitchen, there is a local pub just a short walk away should you want to mingle with the locals.

Book this Troutbeck Bridge Windemere cottage

Views from Bijou 17th Century Cottage.
Views from Bijou 17th Century Cottage. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Cottage Near Port Isaac and North Cornwall Coastpath

A converted quarryman’s workshop, this lovely cottage is set in a tranquil countryside location close to the moorland and beaches. The location is ideal for visiting many of Cornwall’s attractions while staying in a quiet rural hamlet.

The cottage features a woodburning stove, queen bed, indoor shower and is dog friendly if you and your beloved can’t bear to leave your fur baby at home.

You’ll find the flower-covered forest floors just steps from the front door, along with a picturesque stream and nearby beaches with stunning sunsets.

Book this countryside rental near Cornwall.

Orchard Barn Spa, New Forest

If you’re looking for an ideal romantic retreat, this is it. Orchard Barn is set in a woodland with a large garden.

The barn converted property is spacious, detached and oak framed with a stunning double height ceiling. King bed and bath amenities are luxurious, and a masseuse can be arranged for in-room massages.

The Barn sports French windows and doors leading to an outside sitting area with a parasol and chiminea with logs. The owners even provide a wicker picnic basket set.

Orchard Barn is only a mile from village shops and 3.5 miles to the New Forest region.

Book your stay in the Orchard Barn Spa.

Pig Garth Harrogate

This one-bedroom detached cottage on a working farm in Otley features a king bed, large walk-in shower, spacious kitchen and dining area with underfloor heating. Large picture windows provide incredible views across the valley and beyond.

Pig Garth also features an enclosed patio and private hot tub, again, with stunning views of the countryside.

Above and beyond, the host greets guests with complimentary coffee, tea, fresh milk and traditional cakes. It’s no wonder guests who stay here once return again and again.

Book this farm rental in Otley.

Dovenby Cottage, Chippenham

Converted from an old stable block, Dovenby Cottage was featured on BBC’s escape to the country show in May, 2021. The cottage was transformed into a romantic, cozy and rural retreat perfect for a couple’s getaway.

The bathroom features a shower and large clawfoot soaking tub. A fully-furnished kitchen, living room area and dinette add to the amenities, and of course guests always love a fireplace.

Nearby, the countryside offers plenty of towns and villages to discover. If you’re looking for an ideal base from which to explore the Cotswolds and Bath, this is it.

Book this South Cotswold village rental.

The Coppice Hawkshead Lake District

Cottage on Esthwaite Water, Hawkshead Lake District
Cottage on Esthwaite Water, Hawkshead Lake District. Photo courtesy of VRBO

If you’re into water views, this luxury 667-square-foot refurbished cottage with fireplace is ideal for a nature escape. The grounds of Rough Close House are splendid, and the cottage is separated from the main house by a courtyard for maximum privacy.

Since ospreys nest here on Esthwaite Water, you’re likely to get some amazing sightings of these fascinating birds. Everything about the property reflects seclusion and a sense of serenity. But if you’re wanting to explore a little of the town, Hawskhead Village with its quaint shops, pubs and coop are close by.

Guests at this cottage English countryside will also enjoy the opportunities here for walking, mountain biking and fishing.

Book this lakeside cottage.

Top Gallant Holiday Cottage Runswick Bay

We can’t think of anything more romantic than staying at a cottage with incredible beach and sea views for a planned getaway. Wait until you see the views from the bedroom. We could handle waking up to this every morning!

Runswick Bay is a charming village with whitewashed cottages and a quaint ambience. An outdoor deck is ideal for sharing a glass of wine and people watching on the beach or enjoying a meal together.

The cottage, of no surprise, is delightfully appointed with touches of the sea with ships wheels and other nautical décor. For a cool evening, the living room fireplace is perfect for warding off a little ocean chill.

Rent this beach and sea view cottage.

Crabpot Cottage in Beer

Many of my London friends admit they love heading to the seaside for their weekend escapes. One highly recommended place is the delightful Crabpot Cottage in Beer, Seaton.

The one bedroom romantic stone cottage with seaside views features a king bed, combination bath/shower and a wonderfully decorated bungalow that’s perfect for two. You can’t beat the location or the ambience that makes this a wonderful place to get away from it all.

Rent this cottage steps from the beach.


  • Noreen Kompanik

    Noreen Kompanik is a retired registered nurse, legal nurse consultant, and military spouse turned travel writer. She launched her travel writing career in 2014 and has over 600 articles in both digital and print publications.

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