Browse our collection of highly-rated thatched holiday cottages. Each one is brimming with character both inside and out.

Farrier’s Lodge, Corfe Castle, Dorset

Beautiful cottage with a thatched roof that sleeps 4 and is well-placed for exploring the historic Corfe Castle as well as Dorset’s Jurassic coast.

Poppas Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Charming cottage for two with a thatched roof – set in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, it’s perfectly-placed for exploring Dorset and its Jurassic coast.

West Henstill House, Sandford, Devon

Able to sleep up to eight guests, this Grade II-listed thatched cottage features a rustic beamed interior and sun-trap patio area.

Shells Cottage, Washford, Somerset

Attractive thatched holiday home for large groups. Able to accommodate 12 guests, it has six bedrooms and features a private hot tub.

Groves Fishleigh, Hatherleigh, Devon

Thatched holiday barn conversion for five guests that’s set in a secluded location near the small market town of Hatherleigh in West Devon.

Appletree Cottage, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Lovely thatched holiday property in Devon that sleeps four guests and includes numerous period features such as ceiling beams and leaded windows.

Wigham Cottage, Morchard Bishop, Devon

Wigham Cottage is a dog-friendly thatched holiday property in Devon for up to four guests that features a heated outdoor swimming pool.

Hope Cottage, Riddlecombe, Devon

Beautiful thatched cottage on the fringes of Riddlecome in Devon. It sleeps up to six and is ideally placed for exploring Dartmoor and the coast.

Rookwood, Drewsteignton, Devon

Set in Drewsteignton, Devon, Rookwood is a delightful thatched holiday property for four people that’s perfectly placed for exploring Dartmoor National Park.

Little Thatch, Walton-On-The-Naze, Essex

Little Thatch is a charming thatched holiday cottage for up to four guests that’s set in the picturesque Essex seaside town of Walton on the Naze.

Fox Cottage, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

Annexe holiday property that’s part of a charming timber-framed, thatched cottage – it sleeps two guests and features a cosy open-plan interior.

The Old Cottage, Ludlow, Shropshire

Beautiful cottage with a thatched roof set near near Ludlow that sleeps 2 and features a rustic beamed interior complete with exposed brick walls and an inglenook fireplace.

The Yeoman’s House, Bignor, Sussex

Extraordinary Grade II listed holiday property for up to six guests in Bignor, Sussex featuring a wonderful beamed interior and expansive gardens.

Thatched Cottage, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Beautiful Grade II listed thatched cottage for three guests that’s set in the attractive village of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Lew Quarry Cottage, Lewdown, Devon

Gorgeous thatched holiday cottage in Lewtrenchard Valley, Devon that sleeps 4 with two bedrooms (1 twin, 1 king-size double).

Faith Cottage, Bradfield St George, Suffolk

Grade II listed cottage with two bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area, dining room and a living room with wood-burner.

Vineyard Cottage, Winkleigh, Devon

Thatched cottage with three bedrooms and a characterful interior comprising a bathroom with bath, a modern kitchen and living room with wood-burner.

Bagtor Mill, Ilsington, Devon

Beautiful thatched cottage that sleeps up to 9. Features include a large sitting room with open fire, an oak-fitted kitchen with AGA and spacious grounds.

Thorn Cottage, Chagford, Devon

Beautiful thatched cottage in the Dartmoor National Park. Retaining many original features, this charming property can accommodate up to 6.

Thatchings, Stratton, Cornwall

Traditional thatched cottage that sleeps 6 with 3 bedrooms, a bathroom with shower over bath, a modern kitchen and a living room with large fire place.

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What is Thatching?

Thatching is a traditional process of constructing a roof using dry vegetation such as sedge, straw or grass. It is a practice that can be traced back to Bronze Age Britain during which time thatched rural buildings were commonplace.

Although the method died out in the late eighteenth century, there remain more than 60,000 thatched properties in the UK. Happily, some of these are available to rent as holiday cottages.

Where Are Most Thatched Cottages Located?

As far as the UK is concerned, most cottages with thatched roofs can be found in England, typically places like Devon, Cornwall, the Cotswolds, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. However, Dorset is thought to have more thatched buildings than any other UK county with an estimated four per square mile.

Do Thatched Cottages Make Good Holiday Properties?

Yes, generally speaking. The best thatched properties showcase this wonderful craft but also include the very latest modern conveniences. Unfortunately, misconceptions abound regarding thatched buildings – the most popular one being that they leak.

But actually, thatched roofs are naturally waterproof because of the use of materials such as water reed in their construction. They’re also excellent insulators so they’ll keep you warm during the colder months and cool during the summer.

Are Thatched Holiday Cottages Expensive to Rent?

Not necessarily. The biggest price determinates for short break holiday properties relate to things like size, the number of rooms, the location, as well as the kind of facilities contained therein.

In some cases, you might be charged a little extra for the privilege of staying in a thatched property. But the factors mentioned often have the most impact in price.

How do I Find a Quality Thatched Holiday Cottage?

By sticking with self catering holiday properties offered by trusted providers. All of the cottages above are available through established companies that conduct independent inspections on all of their properties, thatched or otherwise. Also, pay very close attention to reviews from previous guests. They can be extremely insightful and revealing.

It’s Not Just About the Roof!

Remember that these holiday cottages tend to be very old. So like many quirky holiday properties or character cottages, it’s not just about one single feature. There’s a good chance that you’ll find additional character elements to enjoy such as an inglenook fireplace, timber-framing, exposed beams and such like.

This is especially true these days, given that most developers are at pains to ensure that original features are retained and preserved. After all, ‘rustic’ can spell big business for those letting out holiday homes. People want their short break stay to be a memorable one – and booking a thatched holiday property certainly ticks plenty of boxes.

Thatched Cottages – Common Features

  • Thatched roof
  • Timber-framing
  • Exposed brickwork
  • Mullion/Sliding Slash/Casement Windows
  • Ceiling and Wall Beams
  • Low Ceilings
  • Open-Fire/Inglenook Fireplace