13 Of The Prettiest Cottages Near To London

Think cobbled streets, roaring fires and pretty gardens – sometimes, there’s nothing better than spending a weekend away tucked up in a cosy cottage. From small boltholes in the Cotswolds to larger properties on the Isle of Sheppey, here are 13 of the best to book now…
13 Of The Prettiest Cottages Near To London
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Figgy Court, West Sussex

Ideal for a romantic weekend for two, Figgy Court is a 700-year-old property located on the River Arun near the quaint village of Billingshurst in West Sussex. Easily reached by car in around 90 minutes, guests will be welcomed with honey-hued oak beams, hand-crafted furnishings, and stylish interiors. Inside, there’s a modern kitchen, a twisting hand-built staircase leading up to a mezzanine bedroom, a spacious living area, and a bathroom with a walk-in rain shower. Guests can dine al fresco on the patio, relax in the riverside hot tub and explore the South Downs AONB, which is only a short drive away. On arrival, you’ll also receive a luxury hamper full of fresh produce, plus a bottle of local wine.

From £995 per short break.

Visit UniqueHomestays.com

The Wild Rabbit Getaway, Cotswolds

For a luxury weekend away, Daylesford Farm is always a good idea. The Wild Rabbit, part of the Daylesford estate, has recently opened a collection of five cottages, with a further nine set to open later in the year. Guests can opt for the ‘getaway’ package which includes a three-night stay in a cottage which sleeps up to six, access to the newly extended Bamford Wellness Spa, and a selection of meals on the estate. In each cottage, expect honey-toned Cotswold stone walls, reclaimed timber beams and contemporary interiors. Bamford products are stocked throughout, tables are decorated with seasonal herbs and open fires burn during the evenings – ideal for a cosy getaway. 

From £325 per night.

Visit TheWildRabbit.co.uk

Chic Cottage, Kent

If you’re after a slightly bigger property for a group trip, this cottage in Lydd is a lovely choice. Tucked away in the grounds of a Georgian house, the converted workshop is a stylish, airy cottage with plenty of natural light thanks to French windows which lead onto the garden. Two double bedrooms sleep up to four, while a further two guests can stay on the sofa bed in the spacious living room. The cottage also has a large family bathroom, a modern kitchen, and an outdoor patio area. From the cottage's quiet lane, it's a short walk to the village of Lydd, while Dungeness National Nature Reserve and the historic town of Rye are easily reached by car.

From £178 per night.

Visit Airbnb.co.uk

Home Farm Cottage, Cotswolds

Part of the luxury Cotswolds hotel, Barnsley House, Home Farm Cottage is a three-bedroom house which sleeps up to six. Located in Cirencester – the largest town in the Cotswolds – the cottage is just a few hundred yards from the main house and pub. Guests can choose to self-cater where they’ll receive a luxury hamper full of local produce, or dine at The Potager restaurant or The Village Pub on site. The cottage itself has three stylish bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite with a roll-top bath, two living rooms, a separate dining room, a large kitchen and a secluded garden with a barbecue area, loungers and a swing. The Organic Farm shop is a short walk away, while Daylesford Farm shop can be reached in a 35-minute drive. There’s plenty to do in the local area too, from exploring the pretty cobbled villages nearby to visiting historic churches and Roman museums in town.

From £614 per night.

Visit BarnsleyHouse.com   

Spinks Nest Cottage, Norfolk

For a romantic retreat for two, head to Spinks Nest Cottage located in the village of Hunworth near the beautiful Norfolk coast. Situated in the pretty village of Melton Constable, this boutique cottage is full of surprises – from a sunken concrete bath to a majestic fireplace. Inside, the cottage has a cosy living area and an open plan kitchen-diner, a king-size bedroom, and a generous bathroom filled with Aesop toiletries. The décor is rustic, with plenty of unique furniture, and there’s underfloor heating, too. Lovers of the outdoors should make a beeline for Glaven Valley and Blakeney Point, before heading to the local pub – The Hunworth Bell

From £204 per night.

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Stonehouse, Cotswolds

If you’re after the charm of a cottage but with ultra-modern interiors, Stonehouse is a stunning property in the pretty village of Weston-on-the-Green. Just a five-minute drive from Bicester village and a 15 minute-drive from Oxford, it’s the ideal location from which to explore the pretty Oxfordshire countryside. Inside, there’s an open plan kitchen-diner with doors that open out onto a terrace, five large bedrooms with space for up to ten guests, and a snug featuring an inglenook fireplace. A large garden with a barbecue area and stylish seating also awaits outside. The bathrooms are stocked with The White Company products, and guests will receive a welcome hamper on arrival, too.

From £500 per night.

Visit SandstoneEscapes.com

No. 3, Bath

Located in the stylish ‘artisan quarter’ of the city, this chic cottage sleeps up to four. Inside, the interiors are minimalist with plenty of plush accent furniture and decorative accessories. There’s a large living room, kitchen, dining area, double bedroom, twin room, and modern shower room. Guests should visit the Georgian houses in the local area, visit the Abbey, and amble along the banks of the River Avon. The Marlborough Tavern is an SL favourite, while The Mint Room is where you’ll find some of the best Indian food in the city.

From £135 per night.

Visit KipHideaways.com

Ivy Cottage, Cotswolds

This newly renovated cottage is located in the pretty Cotswolds village of Long Compton on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border. With space for up to four guests, it’s one of the most stylish on this list. Downstairs, there’s a bright and airy open plan dining and kitchen area, plus a generous living room, while upstairs, guests will find a master bedroom with a copper roll-top bath, and a second bedroom with an en-suite shower room. Exposed brickwork and rustic wooden floors feature throughout, adding to the cosiness of the property. Guests can dine al fresco in the garden, and explore the picturesque surrounding area – Stratford-upon-Avon is only a 30-minute drive away.

From £225 per night.

Visit SandstoneEscapes.com

The Buttery, Cambridge 

One of two properties that make up Cambridge Country Cottages, The Buttery has exposed brick, oak beams, and plenty of country charm. Ideal for a cosy retreat within an hour of London, the cottage has underfloor heating, an indoor wood burner, and sheep wool insulation throughout for year-round warmth. Guests can cuddle up on the large fawn sofa, cook meals in the farmhouse-style kitchen, and enjoy drinks and dinner in the garden. The bedroom has lovely views of the surrounding area and an en-suite filled with luxury toiletries. Cambridge is only three miles away where visitors can explore the historic city on foot, then take a punt on the River Cam.

From £165 per night.

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Inkwell Cottage, Cotswolds

Built from the Cotswolds’ trademark honeyed stone, this property is one of the prettiest cottages on this list. Situated in Burford, just 20 miles west of Oxford, this small yet charming cottage has original property features with stylish interiors. Inside, there’s a loft-style bedroom with king-size bed, a ground floor bathroom and a cosy living area. Couples can relax by the indoor wood burner, dine al fresco in the courtyard, and explore Burford’s excellent antique shops and boutiques. The quaint village of Bibury is a 15-minute drive away, while Blenheim Palace can be reached in around 30 minutes.

From £750 per short break.

Visit UniqueHomestays.com
 

Kingshill Farmhouse, Isle of Sheppey

For something different, head to Kingshill Farmhouse on the picturesque Isle of Sheppey. The reserve can be reached in 90 minutes from London where visitors will feel as though they’re on a secluded island. With space for 14 guests, this cottage-come-farmhouse is a beautiful 18th-century property with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The drawing room is ideal for a formal dinner, while the library is a great spot to settle down with a board game or book. There’s also a snug with a fireplace, a huge open plan kitchen featuring skylight windows, and a garden with a fire pit. Outdoors, guests can explore 3,300 acres of wilderness on the reserve, or head to Minster Beach which is only 15 minutes away by car.

From £1,200 per night.

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Inglenook Cottage, Cotswolds

Ideal for a family trip to the countryside, Inglenook Cottage is in Upper Slaughter in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire. The cottage sleeps up to six where guests can enjoy family meals in the cosy dining room which has an indoor wood burner, then relax in the living room where beautiful original beams take centre stage. There are also three bedrooms, a stylish bathroom with a free-standing bath, and a spacious garden with a barbecue – ideal for summer evenings. The nearby Eyford House, which dates back to the 17th century, is worth a visit, while Stow-on-the-Wold can be reached in as little as ten minutes by car.

From £250 per night.

Visit KipHideaways.com

 

Woodcutters, Norfolk

Set on the edge of a 1,000-acre deer park just a few miles from the north Norfolk coast, Woodcutters is a 300-year-old cottage. With three bedrooms and space for up to five guests (and two well-behaved dogs), the property has original features throughout, like mullioned leaded windows and carved oak beams. There’s also a huge family bathroom and a cosy, rustic kitchen-dining area. During the summer months, guests can relax in the spacious garden and patio, too – the ideal spot to unwind with a book or glass of wine. The Gunton Arms, a lovely gastro pub, is a short walk away, while the stunning Norfolk Broads are easily reached by car.

From £232 per night.

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