Holiday Cottages with Thatched Roofs

As you might imagine from a site like Historic UK, thatched cottages are our proverbial bread and butter! At the time of writing we currently offer 50 properties across England and Scotland, with the majority of these cottages in the southern English counties of Kent, Cornwall, Gloucestershire (including the Cotswolds) and Oxfordshire. We also now list six properties based abroad in France and Ireland.

The use of straw, reeds or grasses for roofing goes back to the Bronze Age in Britain and was very common until the Victorian era, when tiles became popular – and cheaper! Even so, apparently there are more thatched roofs in the UK than anywhere else in Europe. One of the most famous, and most photographed, thatched cottages in the world is Anne Hathaway’s Cottage at Shottery near Stratford-Upon-Avon. It is here that Shakespeare is said to have courted Anne before they married.

The skilled art of thatching is still alive and well in the UK today. Thatchers often leave their own unique signature on the newly thatched roofs, from decorative ridge designs to reed peacocks and corn dollies.

We offer a range of holiday cottages with thatched roofs, from romantic cottages for couples right up to larger holiday homes sleeping up to 12 people. You can filter the properties by size on the next page, or alternatively use the search bar at the top of this page to search the cottages by town, city, region, county or country.

Featured Accommodation

Forget Me Not

Dalmellington, nr. Ayr, Ayrshire.

Sleeps 4. These beautifully restored cottages, set on the banks of a rushing stream, offer a relaxing holiday getaway. The estate offers horse riding, fishing, canoeing, etc. Follow the link below to view other properties at this location. Cottage Code: SKKZ.

  • Open Fire
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 18th Century

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The Old School House

Veryan, Cornwall.

Sleeps 4. Set in the heart of the picturesque Cornish village of Veryan, this thatched, former school house lies less than a mile from two of the best beaches on the lovely Roseland peninsula. Veryan is famous for its 19th century thatched roundhouses. Cottage Code: TT5.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Glebe Cottage

Callow End, Worcestershire.

Sleeps 5. A fine example of a ‘cruck’ cottage, one of the earliest forms of English domestic architecture. This delightful, timber frame, black-and-white, thatched property enjoys its own large garden with views over ancient fields and meadows. Cottage Code: RFF1.

  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 15th Century

Rocombe Thatch

Stoke-in-Teignhead, Devon.

Sleeps 10. This thatched, detached holiday cottage sits in peaceful mature gardens and also boasts a detached annexe. It is situated in a hamlet near the village of Stoke-in-Teignhead, just 5 miles from Torquay. Wifi broadband is available. Cottage Code: HPPU.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Fishing
  • 18th Century

Thatch Cottage

Chittlehampton, Devon.

Sleeps 4. One of a pair, this charming thatched cottage nestles within the pretty, tranquil village of Chittlehampton with its village square and welcoming inn. Built from stone and cob, it has been restored and equipped to a very high standard. Cottage Code: HDDA.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • 17th Century

April Cottage

Old Alresford, Hampshire.

Sleeps 2. A romantic and characterful retreat, this lovely listed 17th-century thatched cottage, complete with four-poster bed, boasts its own garden. Set at the end of the village green in friendly Old Alresford, it is spacious and attractively furnished. Cottage Code: PTK.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • 17th Century

Rose Cottage

Westington, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Sleeps 4. One of a pair, this charming thatched cottage, dating from the 18th-century, is set in one of the most popular areas of Chipping Campden. It lies within walking distance of the towns old buildings, shops, inns and restaurants. Cottage Code: NVU.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Open Fire
  • Pub nearby
  • 18th Century

Whiteabury Cottage

Chagford, nr. Newton Abbot, Devon.

Sleeps 4. With an abundance of beams, this Grade II listed, thatched cottage occupies a rural location within the Dartmoor National Park. Standing detached within its own large enclosed garden, it lies within easy reach of the town of Chagford. Cottage Code: HRK.

  • Open Fire
  • Boutique
  • 17th Century

Little Holme

Lustleigh, nr. Bovey Tracey, Devon.

Sleeps 4. One of a pair centrally set on the green, this cosy thatched cottage with roses round its door, is typical of the properties which make Lustleigh one of Devon’s most picturesque villages. Convenient for the village shop, inn and restaurant. Cottage Code: FDA.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Apple Tree Cottage

Shorwell, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Sleeps 4 – 6. Lovingly restored and modernised, this charming listed thatched cottage offers homely, comfortable accommodation. Close to the local shop and pub serving food, there is a long enclosed garden in which to enjoy the warm Isle of Wight weather. Cottage Code: 27329.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Wren Cottage

Ottinge, Canterbury, Kent.

Sleeps 4 – 6. Situated in the unspoilt Elham Valley and dating back 300 years, this restored listed thatched barn has been divided to provide two beautiful beamed holiday homes. Follow the link below to view both properties at this location. Cottage Code: PLLT.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • 17th Century