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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.
Saorphin Cottages
Sleep 2,8 and 10
Saorphin Cottages - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Isle of Mull - Highlands and Islands

Situated 2 miles from Bunessan & overlooking Loch Assapol, the cottages offer a perfect location for walking, loch and sea fishing, birdwatching or relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Ideal retreat for a romantic break, family holiday or book all together for a celebration.

Dogs Welcome Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Waterside Property
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Whitechapel Cottages
Sleeps 4,4/5 & 8
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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Waterside Cottage
Sleeps up to 11
Waterside Cottage - Bedfordshire - sleeps

Leighton Buzzard - Bedfordshire

Ideal for families, Waterside is a 100 year old detached cottage located on a working boatyard. Just a 20 min walk from local shops and pubs and near the Chiltern Hills with many National Trust properties and other interesting sites nearby.

Short Breaks Available\ Family Friendly Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Waterside Property
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Ellary Estate Cottages
13 cottages sleep 2 - 8
Ellary Estate Cottages
Ellary Estate Cottages - Western Scotland - sleeps

Near Lochgilphead - Western Scotland

Beautiful estates between Lochs Sween & Caolisport. This is the scenery which has made the West Coast of Scotland famous. Our properties have been updated, modernised and maintained to an equal high standard over the years. The cottages all stand in their own grounds, offering privacy and seclusion and are equipped with everything that you are likely to require on your holiday.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Waterside Property
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No 2 Old Coastguards Cottage
No 2 Old Coastguards Cottage - Devon South - sleeps

nr Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo - Devon South

A special cottage in a unique location on the banks of the River Yealm. Access is by the provided rowing boat so ability to row is important. Stunning views from the SW Coastal Path,100 yards from the doorstep. Wembury Beach is nearby. With its own quay and mooring, the cottage is perfect for those who love boating/fishing.

Short Breaks Available\ Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Waterside Property
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Tigh na Creig Lodge
Tigh na Creig Lodge - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh - Highlands and Islands

An architect designed self catering holiday cottage for two situated by the sea shore in Glenelg village on the West Coast of Scotland, with stunning sea views across to the Isle of Skye and down the Sound of Sleat.

Short Breaks Available\ Easy Access Broadband Access Riding Nearby Fishing nearby Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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Carswell Farm Cottages
7 lets sleeping 2- 14 (11+3)
Carswell Farm Cottages
Carswell Farm Cottages - Devon South - sleeps

Holbeton - Devon South

In the heart of unspoilt South Devon countryside, Carswell Farm Cottages are a haven of clifftop tranquility. Our fabulous cottages include a romantic beach hut with its own private cove, an eco lodge sleeping 4 and a grand ‘gentleman’s residence’ sleeping up to 14. With beaches, walks, cycle paths and beautiful rolling countryside on our doorstep, our holiday cottages provide the perfect getaway for couples, families and groups alike.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Hot Tub Golf course nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Romantic Cottage for Two Glamping Luxury Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property
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Linnhe Croft Holiday Cottages
Lochside cottages sleeping 4+2
Linnhe Croft Holiday Cottages - Western Scotland - sleeps

Port Appin - Western Scotland

Lochside cottages within easy reach of Oban and Fort William, Glencoe is within approximately 25 minutes drive. Stunning views across Loch Linnhe and the mountains.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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Kingfisher Barn
Converted barn sleeps up to 8
Kingfisher Barn
Kingfisher Barn - Cornwall West - sleeps

Landulph - Cornwall West

Stunning spacious converted barn, great for family breaks with lots for young children on site. Located in the River Tamar Area of Outstanding National Beauty, benefiting from fantastic facilities including tennis court, private waterfront, orchard with play area, woods (with children's house & den) & games room

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Hot Tub Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Tennis Court Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Waterside Property
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Widcombe Grange
Large house sleeping 24
Widcombe Grange - Somerset - sleeps

Culmhead - 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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