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Holidays afloat or on the waters edge

Holidays afloat or on the waters edge

The properties below offer holidays afloat on a boat, canal barge or houseboat, or are holiday cottages with private moorings, waterside cottages with direct access to the beach, lake or river or self catering accommodation offering boats for private use.

Release your inner Mole and Ratty and succumb to the allure of a holiday messing about in a boat. Whether you wish to step back in time on a canal holiday, canoe in the highlands, explore a Cornish river in a rowing boat, sail in the Broads or simply experience the romance of staying in a cottage virtually on the shore - we have the property for you.

The properties below offer (either) holidays afloat on a boat, canal barge or houseboat, or are holiday cottages with private moorings, waterside cottages with direct access to the beach/lake/river or self catering accommodation offering boats/canoes for private use. Choose to cruise the waterways in a boat, narrow boat or opt for a houseboat on a static mooring. Either way you will encounter incredible scenery and the chance to get up close and personal with nature - our canals, lochs, lakes and rivers are a haven for wildlife. The magic of life on the water never fails to charm; the days seem to move to a different rhythm. Relax and embrace the slower pace and there is frankly nothing quite like waking to the sounds of a river in the early morning. If a night on the water is not for you, then one of our riverside cottages offering free use of a rowboat or canoe might appeal! If you have your own craft you will also find self catering properties with their own private moorings.

If you are a gongoozler and proud of it, check out the wonderful waterside properties. Historic watermills, beautiful lakeside boat houses, and cottages so close to the beach that you can taste the salt. For more self catering accommodation near the sea, check out our coastal cottages pages, where you will find details of all our holiday properties within 3 miles of the coast.

Anglers should visit our cottages with fishing section for properties offering fishing onsite or close by.
Shore Croft
Sleeps 2 - 8
Shore Croft - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Aultbea - Highlands and Islands

EXCEPTIONAL, 5 STAR, HOUSE ON BEACH.Right on the edge of the sea, with pebble beach. Views out to Loch Ewe & Outer Hebrides. Shore Croft was built to take full advantage of its unique situation, facing south with panoramic views. Sleeps between 2 and 8. fantastic winter breaks.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Luxury Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property
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Seaview Cottage
Sleeps 9
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Seaview Cottage - Hampshire - sleeps

nr Calshot - Hampshire

Seaview is a seaside house to create envy. The combination of cottage + view + next door pub, is hard to beat. Romantics, writers and artists will be as happy here as families who come for the crabbing, exploring and wild play. The style is immaculate, fresh and on trend. The views broad, boaty and busy. For those who donít want to cook The Jolly Sailor pub is well regarded and will look after you well.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property National Park Area
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Penpoll
Sleeps up to 10
Penpoll - Cornwall South - sleeps

Penpoll, near Fowey - Cornwall South

Off the beaten track & tucked away in a very special corner of Cornwall, Penpoll is a spacious and extremely comfortable holiday house for families of all ages. Choose to hide yourself away with the resident kingfishers, or get active on the water or coast paths; Penpoll is uniquely situated for you to do both!

Short Breaks Available\ Family Friendly Broadband Access Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Waterside Property
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Old Lifeboat House Apartments
4 apartments Sleep 2 - 4
Old Lifeboat House Apartments - Cornwall North - sleeps

Bude - Cornwall North

Attractively situated overlooking Bude's inner harbour and converted from the original Lifeboat House, the apartments are compact and comfortably sleep 2 to 4 people. They feature an open plan lounge/kitchen diner and are decorated to a high standard and are light and fresh.

Short Breaks Available\ Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Tennis Court Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Romantic Cottage for Two Waterside Property
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Widcombe Grange
Large house sleeping 24
Widcombe Grange - Somerset - sleeps

Culmhead, Blackdown Hills AONB - Somerset

Large house sleeping 24 with outdoor heated pool, hot tub, 2 lakes, set in 22 acres. 12 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. The main house sleeps 14, the cottage 10 (never let separately), so always exclusive use.
Coach house for games, licensed for weddings. We can arrange catering, activities, or your whole event for you if you wish.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Function Room swimming pool access Hot Tub Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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Little Aird Hill
Sleeps 2
Little Aird Hill - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Badachro, Gairloch - Highlands and Islands

Little Aird Hill is a high-spec, open plan studio style, detatched property which sleeps 2 in style and comfort in stunningly beautiful Badachro, near Gairloch. The sunroom offers fantastic views over the bay whilst dining or relaxing after a day out on local beaches or hills.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Wheelchair Access Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Pub within a mile and a half Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property
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Gracie's Cottage and Ardoch Bothy
2 cottages sleep 4 and 2
Gracie's Cottage and Ardoch Bothy - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Kishorn - Highlands and Islands

Gracie's Cottage, a traditional stone built cottage, sleeping 4 and Ardoch Bothy, recently converted, a perfect romantic bolt-hole for 2. Situated on the shores of Loch Kishorn, with views to the Applecross hills and the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye.

Short Breaks Available\ Family Friendly Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Waterside Property
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Tinker-Taylor Cottage
Sleeps 9 +1
Tinker-Taylor Cottage - Cornwall West - sleeps

Sennen Cove - Cornwall West

Tinker-Taylor Cottage, a beautiful, 4 bedroomed, thatched cottage with breathtaking sea views, is situated just 10 metres from the beach in Sennen Cove, a mile from Land's End. The perfect venue for a family holiday with plenty of outdoor activities on your door step.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Golf course nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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Shankend Cottage
Sleeps 6
Shankend Cottage - Forth and Borders - sleeps

Hawick - Forth and Borders

Shankend Cottage is a three bedroomed wing of a former hunting lodge which is set in 100 acres of beautiful grounds. Carefully renovated and exceptionally well equipped it features double glazing, central heating and a woodburning stove. Golf, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all nearby.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Waterside Property
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Whitechapel Cottages
Sleeps 4,4/5 & 8
Whitechapel Cottages
Whitechapel Cottages - Devon North - sleeps

South Molton - Devon North

Three character, 4 Star, self catering cottages with spa and sauna facilities. Situated in over 500 acres of private farm, woodland and lakes on south facing slopes on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Its a wonderful sanctuary for wildlife, including red deer, otters and kingfishers. Perfect for the North Devon coast.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Function Room Hot Tub Sauna Onsite Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Waterside Property National Park Area
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