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We don’t know about you but whenever we think of cottages, Kate Winslet’s adorable chocolate box home in The Holiday pops to mind – thatched roof, adorned with roses and sat, cosily, on its lonesome in a snow dusted field. It’s cute, it’s totes English and there are men like Jude Law wandering the moors. Alas, the latter will not be on your mind when you visit one of these romantic cottage offerings, as we’ve rounded up all of the postcard worthy places to whisk your other half for a treat like no other. Britain is littered with adorable red post and telephone boxes,’Ye Olde’ signs every where the eye wanders, and buildings that look like they’ve just come fresh from The Borrowers film, making us a popular place for a thatched cottage getaway equipped with all the cosy sofas, whistling kettles and Agas you need. So, if you’re looking to spoil your loved one, listen up!

Moorland View Cottage

Moorland View Cottage is a real beauty and as cottage-y as cottages can be! It’s a Grade II-listed snug zone that boasts interiors akin to that of a snazzy boutique hotel, and we’re all about it. Located in Devon, the home-away-from-home cottage is a great spot for honeymoons and min-moons alike, and comes with a decadent copper bathtub for two, inglenook fireplace, wood-beamed walls, flagstone floors and bloom-filled rose garden. Essentially, if you want to go incommunicado for a while then here’s the kinda place to do it. Near by, you’ve got Dartmoor’s forested glades, thatched hamlets and epic moors so you and your loved one can take a stroll and/or re-create the end scene of Pride and Prejudice – we’d punt for the latter!

Where: Moorland View Cottage, North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, TQ13 8RA

Little Blue Cottage

Little Blue Cottage is a bolthole that’ll have you bolted down and never wishing to return home. Positioned in the heart of the chocolate box town of Lymington in the New Forest the quaint offering provides the cosiest bed of all time (trust us, we’ve tried it). The cosy location is part of Mulberry Cottages, a boutique holiday lettings agency that are a dab-hand at fixing you up with adorable cottages. The idyllic Little Blue used to be a part of a group of grain stores but now it couldn’t look more different, with floral and stone grey embellishments inside and boutique interiors making it stylish, yet snug. Georgian Lymington is a harbour of all things adorable, from traditional sweet shops, cobbled hills, a quay and various oldie-worldie pubs lining the high street. Also close by you’ve got the Isle of Wight which is a ferry hop away, and the rolling greenery of the New Forest National Park laden with ponies, forest pubs and some of the best Sunday’s roasts you could wish for. The self-service cottage sleeps two making it a real hot spot for a romantic break. This cottage is a real gem of a find and in such a coveted part of the UK it’s a real must-visit too.

Where: Little Blue,1 Elgars Court, Lymington High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AB

Hex Cottage

Nestled in 5,000 acres across three river valleys, Hex Cottage couldn’t look more like it’s hopped, skipped and jumped straight out of Disney. The absolutely adorable cottage with it’s little blue embellishments used to be a forester’s cottage and now sits as an idyllic spot for a romantic getaway, equipped with herb garden and a crackling wood burner. Oh, and did we mention there’s no electricity? Yep, the cottage works solely on candlelight – just as we thought it couldn’t get any cuter.

Where: Yoxford Road, Sibton Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17, 2LZ

Seal Cottage

This lovely little cottage reveals a colour palette reminiscent of the grey seals who frequent the nearby coastline. Named Seal, the couples-designed getaway is completely Instagrammable with striking tones of black and charcoal, natural oak, slate, linen and cow hide. What’s more, its Norfolk location makes it an awesome spot for open field views and scenic outdoor lunches. The cottage comes with a European king four-poster bed and a chaise longue and roll top cast iron bath in the room – sounds oh, so cosy!

Where: Sharrington Hall, Lower Hall Lane, Sharrington, Norfolk, NR24 2PQ

Siren Cottage

This Coverack-based thatched beauty is by far one of the most aesthetically pleasing cottages of all time, with interiors that’ll have you snapping away for the duration of the stay. Screaming chocolate-box, Siren Cottage is a pastel pink paradise, laden with chic, bohemian decorations, blush sofas, ceilings the colour of stormy Cornish seas. Lifeboat House sits snug along the lane, perfect for a fish supper which can be enjoyed after helping yourself to a cocktail from the cottage drinks trolley – yep, it’s got one! Accents of metallic gold in the form of hanging planters and geometric lampshades line the location and sea views make for the perfect place to clink your drinks. We’re head over heels for Siren in Cornwall!

Where: Coverack Cove, Coverack, Cornwall, UK

Dovecot Cottage

We’re off to Edinburgh where the picture-worthy Dovecot Cottage resides. The historical cottage takes on a rather unusual shape, and hosts all sorts of rustic embellishments inside from exposed brickwork walls to wood, wood and more wood… like, everywhere. The 17th century chic cottage was formerly home Formerly home to hundreds of pigeons but now it can be home to you, for a romantic Scottish stay! As Scotland is known to be totally freezing, the cottage comes with underfloor heating and a cosy Egyptian cotton-fitted bed that looks over a garden that oozes charm.

Where: Dovecot Road, Edinburgh

Faerie Door Cottage

Faerie Door Cottage looks like something fresh out of a fairytale set in West Overton, Wiltshire, the self-catering cottage boasts muted pinks and lavender minks, heavy oak beams and terracotta stone floor interiors. And, if you fancy decorating your own home in a similar way then fear not, the classy market town of Marlborough nearby boasts over 200 boutique shops along with a twice-weekly market, so be prepared to burn a rather large hole in your pocket. The 17th century cottage and it’s Jack and Jill ways makes for the perfect romantic getaway.

Where: West Overton, Wiltshire

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