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

Lawries Cottage

Uig, Isle of Skye, West Coast of Scotland.

Sleeps 2. Situated on the northern coast of the Isle of Skye, this romantic thatched hideaway is a modernised “Old Black House”. With wonderful open views, it is fitted and furnished to a good standard. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Cottage Code: W8522.

  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

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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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

Reysons Barn

Brede, nr. Rye, East Sussex.

Sleeps 4. On the edge of a small orchard, this converted thatched barn provides the ideal holiday base for animal lovers, as the owners keep both sheep and poultry. Situated just 5 miles from the cobbled streets of the Cinque Port town of Rye. Cottage Code: PJJP.

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

High Trodigal

Machrihanish, nr. Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute.

Sleeps 2. Adopting an ancient neolithic design, this imposing holiday property utilises natural stone and a turfed roof to blend effortlessly into the surrounding landscape. Close to the Machrihanish Golf Course, it offers stunning views over the sea. Cottage Code: 30648.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Quirky
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 20th Century

Myrtle Cottage

Chillington, nr. Kingsbridge, Devon.

Sleeps 4. Dating back to 1750, this charming, white-washed, thatched holiday cottage is located in the South Devon village of Chillington. Ideally located for exploring the many beaches, coves and pretty villages dotted along this stretch of coastline. Cottage Code: HNNB.

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

Laurel Cottage

Stoke Gabriel, Devon.

Sleeps 4. Just 200 yards from the picturesque quayside at Stoke Gabriel, this pretty 14th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage retains much of its `olde world’ charm. The sandy beaches of the English Riviera and historic Totnes are 4 miles distant. Cottage Code: HLN.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • 14th Century

Glasses Farm – Stable Cottage

Roadwater, nr. Watchet, Somerset.

Sleeps 2. Lovingly converted from the original stables of a 16th century Somerset long house, these two delightful thatched holiday cottages offer a peaceful haven away from it all. Follow the link below to view both properties at this location. Cottage Code: EVB.

  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • 16th Century

Silverland

Hordle, nr. Lymington, Hampshire.

Sleeps 14. This quintessentially English thatched country cottage boasts many original features including inglenook fireplaces. The beamed lounge overlooks the 4 acre gardens and outdoor heated swimming pool (open all year, heated June-mid September). Cottage Code: DDDU.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 18th Century

Martins Cottage

Bury, West Sussex.

Sleeps 2. With character beams, open fire and pretty furnishings, this enchanting little thatched holiday cottage dates from the 17th-century. It is set in the garden of the owner’s country house in the quintessential English village of Bury. Cottage Code: PNT.

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

Cruck Cottage

Broadway, Worcestershire.

Sleeps 4. One of a pair, this pretty 15th century thatched holiday cottage is just 400 yards from the heart of beautiful Broadway. This half-timbered property has undergone total renovation with a modern, up-to-date interior and a peaceful cottage garden. Cottage Code: NJA.

  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 15th Century