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

Appletree Cottage, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Lovely thatched holiday property in Devon that’s replete with period features such as ceiling beams and leaded windows.

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

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.

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

Hope Cottage, Riddlecombe, Devon

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

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

Rookwood, Drewsteignton, Devon

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

The Yeoman’s House, Bignor, Sussex

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

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
No Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 6,
Bedrooms 3,
Bathrooms 2

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.

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

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).

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

Bagtor Mill, Ilsington, Devon

Beautiful thatched cottage featuring a large sitting room with open fire, an oak-fitted kitchen with AGA and spacious grounds.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets Allowed
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 9,
Bedrooms 4,
Bathrooms 2

Thorn Cottage, Chagford, Devon

Beautiful chocolate box holiday cottage that’s situated in the Dartmoor National Park and retains many original features inside and out.

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

Phoebe’s Cottage, Romsey, Hampshire

400 year-old thatched cottage with beamed walls and ceilings, a charming wooden staircase and traditional inglenook fireplace.

Washing Machine
Dishwasher
Off-Road Parking
Garden
Pets
Wi-Fi
Sleeps 3,
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