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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Leisure Hour

Hoveton, nr. Wroxham, Norwich.

Sleeps 6. Overlooking the River Bure, this delightful thatched cottage has been totally renovated to provide four star holiday accommodation within beautiful landscaped gardens. Day launches can be hired locally and moored in the private dyke. Cottage Code: AH33.

  • Quirky
  • Pub nearby
  • Fishing
  • 19th Century

Childe of Hale Cottage

Hale Village, nr. Widnes, Cheshire.

Sleeps 4. Set in the tranquil and quiet village of Hale, this pretty thatched cottage was the birthplace and former home of John Middleton (1578-1623), aka the Childe of Hale. At 2.82m tall, this English giant was once famous throughout the land. Cottage Code: 27896.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 15th Century

The Retreat

Uploders, Bridport, Dorset.

Sleeps 10. Just 3 miles from the beach, this listed thatched former barn features its very own indoor heated swimming pool and games room. Surrounded by lovely countryside, this very comfortable property has its own lawned area and patio. Cottage Code: DGN.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool
  • 18th Century

The Thatched Barn

Smarden, Kent.

Sleeps 11. This stunning, thatched 17th-century barn has been thoughtfully converted to a high standard. Standing detached, it is ideally situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Smarden, once a centre for the thriving English wool industry. Cottage Code: PBBY.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 17th Century

Hathaway Hamlet

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Sleeps 3. Situated in the quiet village of Shottery, this very pretty listed cottage boasts a large feature inglenook fireplace and 17th-century oak four-poster bed. Just 1 mile from Stratford, it lies 200 yards from Anne Hathaway’s famous cottage. Cottage Code: RHI.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 16th Century

Gaoth Saile

Spiddal, nr. Inverin, Co. Galway.

Sleeps 6. Complete with its own games room and tennis court, this charming thatched cottage boasts stunning Atlantic sea views. The nearby lively village of Spiddal features traditional Irish crofts, restaurants and pubs. Cottage Code: W31903.

  • Games room
  • Close to Sea
  • Boutique
  • Pub nearby
  • Pet friendly
  • 19th Century

Slade Cottage

Bannow, Co. Wexford.

Sleeps 6. Located between Waterford and Wexford, this lovingly restored thatched holiday cottage is set in pretty mature gardens, complete with its own babbling brook. Completely modernised on the inside, it lies just a short stroll from the beach. Cottage Code: W31864.

  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • Pet friendly
  • Fishing
  • 18th Century

Thatched Cottage

Spiddal, nr. Galway, Co. Galway.

Sleeps 6. Boasting stunning views over Galway Bay, this pretty thatched cottage sits on the fringe of the seaside village of Spiddal. Just a stroll away from the Blue Flag Beach, a short drive leads to the historic harbour city of Galway. Cottage Code: W6571.

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

Ster Kreiz

Trégunc, Brittany, France.

Sleeps 5. Traditional Breton thatched cottage set in its own secluded garden next to the ocean. Providing good comfortable accommodation, this authentic house is decorated with an interesting marine theme. The outdoor swimming pool is located to the rear of the property. Cottage Code: F29438.

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • 18th Century

La Chaumière

Moëlan-sur-Mer, Brittany, France.

Sleeps 7. Simply furnished and decorated in typical, Breton style, this attractive thatched cottage enjoys its own private swimming pool set within the large enclosed gardens. The cliffs of this area of coastline are within easy walking distance. Cottage Code: F29166.

  • Swimming pool
  • Open Fire
  • Close to Sea
  • 19th Century