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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
    (31 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Bungalow #1944062
    31
    Viewed 34 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)
        avg/night
        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 2
        Cottage #1990619
        9
        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 8
          Multiple rentals Cottage #8130068
          10
          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Multiple rentals Cottage #8130068
            10
            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 6
              Multiple rentals Cottage #8130068
              5
              Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Barn #847711
                5
                  Exceptional! 5/5
                  (8 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Multiple rentals Barn #8124371
                  8
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    avg/night
                    • 8 BR
                    • 6 BA
                    • Sleeps 18
                    House #1979103
                    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Multiple rentals Barn #8124371
                      2
                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (4 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Multiple rentals Barn #8124371
                        4
                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 3 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Multiple rentals Cottage #899831
                          8
                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 4 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Separate Toilet
                            • Sleeps 10
                            Multiple rentals Cottage #899831
                            7
                            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 2 BR
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Cabin #1147237
                                • 8 BR
                                • 6 BA
                                • Separate Toilet
                                • Sleeps 16
                                Barn #422536
                                1
                                Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                  (25 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Multiple rentals Barn #6781888
                                  25
                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (5 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #6781888
                                    5
                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                      (12 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Multiple rentals Barn #6781888
                                      12
                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (14 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Bungalow #8158012
                                        14
                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                          (7 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8164256
                                          7
                                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                            (2 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 5 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 12
                                            Barn #8153355
                                            2
                                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                              (6 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 3 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #8164256
                                              6
                                              Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (3 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 3 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #8157603
                                                3
                                                Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (12 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  House #1819043
                                                  12
                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                    (17 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                    Multiple rentals House #8165357
                                                    17
                                                    Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                      (35 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cabin #401823
                                                      35
                                                      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (13 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        Apartment #1213932
                                                        13
                                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Good! 3.8/5
                                                          (6 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 3
                                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #8165357
                                                          6
                                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (7 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #6493860
                                                            7
                                                            Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (8 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Cottage #470888
                                                              8
                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                House #6819005
                                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Cottage #8087258
                                                                  2
                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Apartment #6966966
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                      House #6104421
                                                                      3
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 5 BR
                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 12
                                                                        Farmhouse #1893474
                                                                        2
                                                                        Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          House #991209vb
                                                                          1
                                                                          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                            House #8130861
                                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cottage #8238878
                                                                              Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Cottage #8195002
                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  House #6509554
                                                                                  1
                                                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                    Cottage #1965249
                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      House Boat #1854413
                                                                                      Viewed 144 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Cottage #6519990
                                                                                        Viewed 11 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 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Barn #8252356
                                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 6 BR
                                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 20
                                                                                                Farmhouse #8173928
                                                                                                1
                                                                                                Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Apartment #6937282
                                                                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                    Cottage #1966307
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Cottage #1969961
                                                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Fantastic Brilliant special

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We cannot rate this place enough it is a beautiful tranquil and Tracey and Paul and family are such fantastic people we cannot thank them enough for all the help especially with shoes Thank You so much for a lovely stay we will back.our rating is outstanding we loved it warm welcoming.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      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