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

Michaelmas Cottage, Drewsteignton, Devon

Pretty holiday cottage with a thatched roof – it sleeps six and is set on the outskirts of the attractive Devon village of Drewsteignton.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 4,
Bathrooms 2

Lower Sketty Green Lodge, Singleton Park, Swansea

Thatched gate lodge that’s been sympathetically converted to offer stylish, cosy self catering holiday accommodation for up to three.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 3,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Pitt Cottage, Ringstead, Dorset

Set near Ringstead Bay in Dorset, this lovely thatched holiday cottage offers stylish self catering accommodation for up to six guests.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 2

Elworthy Cottage, Salcombe, Devon

Beautiful Grade II listed holiday cottage for four set on the outskirts of the sleepy Devonshire village of Elworthy.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Church Cottage and Water Tower, Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire

17th century property that’s been brilliantly converted to offer stylish self catering holiday accommoation for up to 10 guests.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 10,
Bedrooms 5,
Bathrooms 4

The Hideaway, Ottery St Mary, Devon

Stunning thatched holiday property set in a peaceful rural location on the outskirts of the historical town of Ottery St Mary, Devon.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

Rose Cottage, Manaccan, Cornwall

Chocolate box holiday cottage that dates from the 16th century that’s replete with character features both inside and out.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1

Thatch End Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Grade II listed holiday cottage for three guests that’s tastefully-furnished throughout and located near Dorset’s picturesque coast.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 3,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Seine Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Grade II listed thatched holiday dwelling for three set in the picturesque and historic coastal village of Burton Bradstock, Dorset.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pet
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 3,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

River Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

River Cottage is a thatched holiday property for four guests that set in the picturesque Dorset coastal village of Burton Bradstock.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1

Lilac Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Traditional cottage in Burton Bradstock – featuring a thatched roof, it sleeps 4 guests and is well-placed for exploring Dorset’s dramatic coast.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Dormouse Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Traditional self catering cottage with a thatched roof – set in the historic town of Burton Bradstock, this charming holiday property sleeps three.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 3,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

Bramble Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Thatched holiday property in Burton Bradstock that accommodates five and is set near Dorset’s World Heritage coastline.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 5,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1

Benjy’s Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Featuring a thatched roof, this stylish holiday cottage for two guests is set in the picturesque Dorset village of Burton Bradstock.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

Apple Tree Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Thatched cottage property for four guests that’s set in the picturesque village of Burton Bradstock, near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 1

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.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 4,
Bedrooms 2,
Bathrooms 2

Poppas Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
No Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 2,
Bedrooms 1,
Bathrooms 1

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.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 8,
Bedrooms 4,
Bathrooms 2

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.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 12,
Bedrooms 6,
Bathrooms 3

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.

Washing Machine
No Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
No Wi-Fi
Sleeps 5,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 1
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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