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Make a holiday rental, home or cottage in the heart of England your home away from home

The region of England known as the 'Heart of England' covers the region of the West Midlands including the counties of Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptionshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

Things to do in the Heart of England

It was written in the 1800's that the Heart of England was 'one of the pleasantest places to walk', and this has certainly not changed since then. It is a magnificent place to travel by foot, bicycle or tour by car. There are many places explore, and historical sites dating back to before the Roman invasion, with impressive castles, ancient burial sites, battlefields and cathedrals wrapped in mystery and intrigue, from Tamworth Castle to the Robin Hood Festival or see Shakespeare at the open air theatre in Tolethorpe Hall.

For outdoor activities, the Ackers Urban Outdoor Adventurous Activity Centre is 2 miles from Birmingham. Here, skiing, climbing, canoeing, archery, orienteering and 4x4 off roading can be enjoyed across the counties.

The West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park is a magnificent theme park, with rides, amusements, and also the only place in the UK to have bred white lions.

Places to holiday in the Heart of England

Gloucestershire's Cotswolds are a huge visitor attraction. The famous cities of Bath and Cheltenham lie within the gentle hills of the Cotswolds, but the real beauty lies in the hidden villages and hamlets, where small English holiday cottages nestle amongst the fields and drystone walls.

Shropshire, the birthplace of industry, is a beautiful place for walking. The UNESCO World Heritage site around Ironbridge is a must see site for those interested in the industrial heritage of Great Britain. Shropshire also holds the most Michelin Stars outside London, and two of the best medieval towns in England. The self catering holiday cottages in Shropshire are superb, and get you deep into the best of England's countryside, where relaxation and recuperation are top of the list of things to do in Shropshire.

Derbyshire and the Peak District enjoy breathtaking landscapes and lively market towns. The county attracts walkers, cyclists, and sports enthusiasts as well as nature lovers and those wishing to relax in an easily accessible rural region.

Weather in the Heart of England

The weather in the Heart of England is pretty good. Due to its location, rain falls less often than in many parts of the UK. There are four distinct seasons, all of which are fine for enjoying the great outdoors.

Travel to the Heart of England

Travel to the Heart of England is easy, and there are plenty of options for travel to your holiday cottage in the Heart of England. East Midlands Airport (EMA) between Nottingham, Leicester and Derby services the area, but the road and rail networks are good in this part of the country.


Popular Destinations


Wales Cottage Destinations

Scotland Favourites

English Gems

    Wonderful! 4.8/5
    (30 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Bungalow #1944062
    30
    Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
      • 6 BR
      • 7 BA
      • Sleeps 20
      Barn #6787368
      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (9 reviews)
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        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 2
        Cottage #1990619
        9
        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 8
          Multiple rentals Cottage #8130068
          10
          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Multiple rentals Cottage #8130068
            10
            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 6
              Multiple rentals Cottage #8130068
              5
              Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                Exceptional! 5/5
                (5 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Barn #847711
                5
                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                  Exceptional! 5/5
                  (8 reviews)
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Multiple rentals Barn #8124371
                  8
                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                    • 8 BR
                    • 6 BA
                    • Sleeps 18
                    House #1979103
                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 6
                      Multiple rentals Barn #8124371
                      4
                        • 2 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Multiple rentals Barn #8124371
                        2
                          • 3 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Multiple rentals Cottage #899831
                          8
                            • 4 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Separate Toilet
                            • Sleeps 10
                            Multiple rentals Cottage #899831
                            7
                              • 8 BR
                              • 6 BA
                              • Separate Toilet
                              • Sleeps 16
                              Barn #422536
                              1
                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 2 BR
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Cabin #1147237
                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                  (25 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Multiple rentals Barn #6781888
                                  25
                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (5 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #6781888
                                    5
                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                      (14 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Bungalow #8158012
                                      14
                                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (12 reviews)
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 2
                                        Multiple rentals Barn #6781888
                                        12
                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (7 reviews)
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8164256
                                          7
                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                            (2 reviews)
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                                            • 5 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 12
                                            Barn #8153355
                                            2
                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                              (6 reviews)
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 3 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #8164256
                                              6
                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (3 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 3 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #8157603
                                                3
                                                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (12 reviews)
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  House #1819043
                                                  12
                                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                    (17 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                    Multiple rentals House #8165357
                                                    17
                                                    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                      (35 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cabin #401823
                                                      35
                                                      Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (13 reviews)
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        Apartment #1213932
                                                        13
                                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Good! 3.8/5
                                                          (6 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 3
                                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8165357
                                                          6
                                                          Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (6 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #6493860
                                                            6
                                                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Cottage #470888
                                                              8
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                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                House #6819005
                                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Cottage #8087258
                                                                  2
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Apartment #6966966
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                      House #6104421
                                                                      3
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                                                                        • 5 BR
                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 12
                                                                        Farmhouse #1893474
                                                                        2
                                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          House #991209vb
                                                                          1
                                                                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                            House #8130861
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cottage #8195002
                                                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                House #6509554
                                                                                1
                                                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                  Cottage #1965249
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                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                    House Boat #1854413
                                                                                    Viewed 182 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Cottage #6519990
                                                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Boat #6955315
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 3
                                                                                          Cottage #8192253
                                                                                          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Barn #8252356
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                                                                                              • 6 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 20
                                                                                              Farmhouse #8173928
                                                                                              1
                                                                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Apartment #6937282
                                                                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                  Cottage #1966307
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #1969961
                                                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      House #8178423
                                                                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Exceptional!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      What a gem! We enjoyed every moment of our time spent at Acorn Cottage. The property is furnished to an exceptionally high standard and very comfortable. The extra finishing touches and attention to detail make it ultra lovely and Amanda's "extras" in terms of a welcome breakfast, home made marmalade, delicious cake and a bottle of wine (not to mention a jigsaw supplied for the wet day!) made our stay there so happy and enjoyable. We really appreciated Amanda's imput and when we left felt we had made a friend. We will be back!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Well appointed apartment in quiet area but near to town centre

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      As a group of five women we were looking for somewhere to stay close to bars/restaurants/local shop, yet quiet but still near to the city centre. This apartment suited us very well. Nicely appointed apartment with spacious living/kitchen area. 3 compact double bedrooms with a family bathroom and en suite to master. Only slight inconvenience was that the sole loo, was situated in family bathroom. Easy walking distance of nice bars and cafes. Would particularly recommend the lovely breakfast in Saints Kitchen. Close to canal to take a walk to the "Mail Box" shopping centre/ restaurant area. Went to the Electric Theatre small old cinema near the station a delightful place to watch a film. Lindsay was a very helpful host. Parking space useful but there was plenty of other road parking in the area. We enjoyed the complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017