17th century property that’s been brilliantly converted to offer stylish self catering holiday accommoation for up to 10 guests.
Browse our collection of highly-rated thatched holiday cottages. Each one is brimming with character both inside and out.
Stunning thatched holiday property set in a peaceful rural location on the outskirts of the historical town of Ottery St Mary, Devon.
Chocolate box holiday cottage that dates from the 16th century that’s replete with character features both inside and out.
Grade II listed holiday cottage for three guests that’s tastefully-furnished throughout and located near Dorset’s picturesque coast.
Grade II listed thatched holiday dwelling for three set in the picturesque and historic coastal village of Burton Bradstock, Dorset.
River Cottage is a thatched holiday property for four guests that set in the picturesque Dorset coastal village of Burton Bradstock.
Traditional cottage in Burton Bradstock – featuring a thatched roof, it sleeps 4 guests and is well-placed for exploring Dorset’s dramatic coast.
Traditional self catering cottage with a thatched roof – set in the historic town of Burton Bradstock, this charming holiday property sleeps three.
Thatched holiday property in Burton Bradstock that accommodates five and is set near Dorset’s World Heritage coastline.
Featuring a thatched roof, this stylish holiday cottage for two guests is set in the picturesque Dorset village of Burton Bradstock.
Thatched cottage property for four guests that’s set in the picturesque village of Burton Bradstock, near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
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.
Charming cottage with a thatched roof – set in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, it’s perfectly-placed for exploring Dorset and its Jurassic coast.
Able to sleep up to eight guests, this Grade II-listed thatched cottage features a rustic beamed interior and sun-trap patio area.
Attractive thatched holiday home for large groups. Able to accommodate 12 guests, it has six bedrooms and features a private hot tub.
Thatched holiday barn conversion for five guests that’s set in a secluded location near the small market town of Hatherleigh in West Devon.
Lovely thatched holiday property in Devon that’s replete with period features such as ceiling beams and leaded windows.
Wigham Cottage is a dog-friendly thatched holiday property in Devon for up to four guests that features a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Beautiful thatched cottage near Riddlecome in Devon. It sleeps up to six and is ideally placed for exploring Dartmoor and the coast.
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
- Exposed brickwork
- Mullion/Sliding Slash/Casement Windows
- Ceiling and Wall Beams
- Low Ceilings
- Open-Fire/Inglenook Fireplace