Holiday Cottages

Refurbishing our Holiday Cottages

Incorporating beautiful designs, splashes of bold colours, modern touches and made-to-last furniture, be sure to take a look at our refurbished holiday cottages.

Our much-loved holiday cottages are being transformed with stylish interiors and brand new kitchens and bathrooms.

We’re working with Home Design Stylists and Partners from across John Lewis to pick out timeless pieces, state-of-the-art appliances and furniture that’s been built to last. From William Morris wallpapers to Nespresso machines and slide and hide oven doors, and from smart TVs to luxurious sofas, the refurbished cottages combine trends and tech with playful nods to the past – making them the perfect places for relaxing, stress-free holidays.

So far we’ve refurbished eight of our twenty cottages. Check out the changes and find inspiration for your next holiday in history.

Master bedroom at Cambridge Lodge
Master bedroom at Cambridge Lodge

Cambridge Lodge at Audley End House

This former Victorian gatehouse to one of England’s finest stately homes, Audley End House, has been transformed into a stylish modern holiday cottage whilst keeping the historic elements such as the solid wood front door, greeting you during your stay. The floral print wallpapers compliment the award winning gardens, whilst the blue tones throughout the cottage continue the flow of the River Cam seen from the lawns of the house.

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Kitchen at The Sergeant Majors House
Kitchen at The Sergeant Majors House

The Sergeant Major's House at Dover Castle

Once the home to the regimental Sergeant Major of the garrison who were based at Dover Castle, The Sergeant Major's House is one of the largest holiday cottages in our portfolio. Complete with a cinema room and table tennis in the basement, and a large private garden within the castle's Western Outer Curtain Wall, there's plenty of space for the whole party to play, relax and enjoy. 

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Main bathroom at The Garden Cottage

The Garden Cottage at Walmer Castle

The Garden Cottage is a delightful two bed holiday cottage with a stylish kitchen and dining room, and with a downstairs WC and both an en suite and family bathroom, this makes an ideal cottage for families. With rooms on the ground and first floor, the apartment has incredible views of both Walmer Castle’s walled garden and the castle itself.

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Lounge at Peverell's Tower
Lounge at Peverell's Tower

Peverell's Tower at Dover Castle

High within the walls of Dover Castle, this 13th century tower hosts our one-bedroomed holiday cottage, Peverell's Tower, comfortably suiting two people. With panoramic views from your very own rooftop terrace and outdoor seating for early morning coffee within the charming courtyard, Peverell's Tower is ideal for a romantic couples retreat.

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Dining room at Gardener's House
Dining room at Gardener's House

Gardener's House at Wrest Park

Gardener’s House is a three-bedroom holiday cottage that comfortably sleeps six people, plus it has a sofa bed for two extra guests – ideal for larger groups and families. Highlights include a private garden with outdoor seating and a BBQ, a cosy snug for relaxation, beautiful patterned walls and soft furnishings with bold colours, and a utility room to store those muddy boots after a day of exploring.

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Master bedroom at The Greenhouse Apartment

The Greenhouse Apartment at Walmer Castle

Located directly above Walmer Castle's greenhouse, it's situated in an ideal location of the site for incredible views of the castle and garden below. The Greenhouse Apartment sits across one level, accessed by a flight of stairs. With large bedrooms and living room, this holiday cottage is ideal for a family adventure.

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The Snug, at Pool House
The Snug, at Pool House

Pool House at Witley Court

Soak up the sun and tranquillity in your own private garden, perfectly set with ample outdoor seating. With a snug and a lounge for relaxing and social gathering, and a large separate dining room off from the kitchen, this spacious four-bedroom house offers a unique stay for families and large groups. Sitting within the grounds of Witley Court, there's much to explore and discover throughout your stay.

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We wanted to highlight the beautiful, unique elements within each property and also consider the features of each historical site to create a fresh contemporary twist on elegant and timeless designs.
Heather Kinner, a Home Design Stylist for John Lewis & Partners
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