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Holiday Cottages in Eastern Central England

Our holiday guide to Eastern Central England

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There are so many fantastic places to holiday in Britain and Eastern Central England is one of them. Here you'll find the home county of Buckinghamshire, as well as Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Robin Hood's old stomping ground, Nottinghamshire.

Take a read of our guide to Eastern Central England below, or browse through all of our holiday cottages in Eastern Central England

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Buckinghamshire

Leisure boats moored at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
Leisure boats for hire at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England

Chances are, if you've seen a good period drama or film that's been made in Britain, at least part of it has been filmed in beautiful Buckinghamshire. It's close enough to London to commute yet has never lost its countryside charm, making it incredibly popular with families and holidaymakers who like the excitement and convenience of the city without having to compromise on space. Not only is Buckinghamshire home to The Chilterns - a hilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) - there are more National Trust properties here than anywhere else in Britain, and two museums dedicated to Roald Dahl.

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Bedfordshire

Butterfly Bridge over the River Great Ouse, Bedfordshire, England
Butterfly Bridge over the River Great Ouse, Bedfordshire, England

Set on the River Great Ouse, Bedford is a mere 35 minutes by train from the centre of London, making it perfect for a last-minute getaway. Escape the rat-race and explore beautiful parks, Victorian bridges, fantastic cafes and restaurants showcasing produce from around the county, historic houses, and thrill seeking action. Kids will love ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park; while green-fingered visitors will appreciate the gardens at RSPB Sandy and Grade I listed Moggerhangar Park House.

Whether you're the sort who can think of nothing more pleasant than a gentle row on the Thames, or prefer to get your thrills in the world's largest indoor skydiving tunnel, Bedfordshire has it.

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Leicestershire

Bench overlooking Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England
Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England

The recent discovery of King Richard III's lost burial place in Leicester may have brought this county to the world's attention, but the truth is that Leicestershire has always been a top UK holiday destination for those in the know. It's where you can enjoy not only gripping history but superb food, adventure parks, and stunning countryside. Conkers is an activity centre in The National Forest offering bush craft skills, a zip wire, assault course, and indoor and outdoor play areas, or maybe you'd prefer to exhaust the kids at the 50 acre Bosworth Water Park.

You won't be disappointed if you are interested in British heritage. As well as being the site of the Battle of Bosworth, Leicester was a large Roman settlement, and has some fine stately homes.

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Lincolnshire

Two grey seals, Lincolnshire, England
Grey seals from Donna Nook Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire, England

Lincolnshire is well known for Lincoln Cathedral, famed as one of the most impressive in Europe. There is a lot to enjoy in this fantastic county, including gorgeous countryside with charming market towns, miles of walking trails, Georgian buildings, nearly one hundred nature reserves and clean Blue Flag beaches. It's unlikely you'll find another county that packs more into their borders! The Lincolnshire Wolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you will appreciate why when you see its undulating hills and valleys yourself. Market Deeping and Grantham are great for shopping, or maybe you would prefer walking by the river in Spalding. Lincolnshire caters brilliantly for everyone's interests.

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Northamptonshire

Sunset over wheat field, Northamptonshire, England
Sun setting over the rolling countryside of Northamptonshire, England

Occupying a special place in the Heart of England, Northamptonshire is a fantastic place for a wonderful holiday. If you love stately homes and beautiful gardens, you'll adore visiting places like Althorp House, Broughton Castle, Elton Hall and Rockingham Castle, while museums such as the Northampton Museum and Gallery, Sywell Aviation Museum, and Abington Park Museum celebrate the area's diverse history and significant contribution to the development of British manufacturing and wealth during the industrial revolution.

There are a fantastic choice for family days out in Northamptonshire. Silverstone has an exciting calendar of races in addition to hosting Formula One, including the British MotoGP series. One race track isn't enough for Northamptonshire - the county is also home to Europe's fastest racing circuit: Rockingham. Wicksteed Park offers adrenaline thrills of a different sort, with lots of rides as well as 147 acres of parkland, lakes, train, zip wire, tree top walk, animals and birds, or take your bike, the kids and the dog to places like Barnwell Country Park, Hunsbury Hill Country Park or Sywell Country Park.

In addition to Northampton, which is the county's largest town, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough are all good choices for a day out, with a wide choice of shops and restaurants. Northampton Market has been held in the town since 1235, and there are also regular markets held at Brackley, Daventry, Corby and Thrapston.

With beautiful countryside punctuated with historic homes and meandering rivers, an impressive industrial past that has left a legacy of peaceful canals and impressive architecture, and a wealth of appealing towns, Northamptonshire is an excellent choice for a fun-filled holiday for all ages.

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Nottinghamshire

Bronze statue of Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire, England
Robin Hood at Nottingham Castle, Nottinghamshire, England

Robin Hood may be a character from folk tales, but parts of Sherwood Forest actually exist, including Major Oak, which is between 800 and 1,000 years old. If that wasn't enough to whet your appetite for history, make sure the National Civil War Centre in Newark is on your agenda. Visit Newstead Abbey, which Lord Byron inherited when he was just ten years old, or follow the Mayflower and learn about the Pilgrim Fathers who left to start a new colony in America. Other things to enjoy in Nottinghamshire include white knuckle rides at Twinlakes Theme Park; shopping in the thriving market towns of Worksop, Newark, and Southwell; and discovering the view from the region's ample cycling and walking trails.

Eastern Central England is so peaceful that it's hard to believe that it was where Britain's future was decided not once, but twice: at the Battle of Bosworth when Richard III's death marked the end of the Middle Ages and the start of the Tudor dynasty; and in Nottingham, where Charles I rallied supporters and started the Civil War. As you walk the city streets or overlook brilliantly green countryside, you'll feel like you're making your own small mark on history, too.

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Last Minute Offers in Eastern Central England

Thinking of a break in Eastern Central England? Let us tempt you with a selection of our best last minute offers. Remember, we don't charge a booking fee, so the price you see is the price you pay.