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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.
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 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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Shore Croft
Sleeps 2 - 8
Shore Croft
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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Aodann
Three bedrooms, sleeps six
Aodann - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Poolewe, Gairloch - Highlands and Islands

Aodann has amazing views across the sea loch, Loch Ewe, to the mountains beyond. It is a contemporary home of stunning design sleeping 6 (two doubles and a twin). It is well equipped with a lovely open plan kitchen, dining & living area. There is lots to do from gardens to whale watching. Plenty of lovely tea shops!

Easy Access Broadband Access Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Waterside Property
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Portnellan
21 properties, sleeping 2-10
Portnellan - Perthshire - sleeps

Crianlarich, Central Scotland - Perthshire

A Picture of Perfection in the Heart of the Highlands. Award-winning self catering holiday properties in the Scottish Highlands sleeping 1 to 10 people available for rent and for sale. Awarded 'Certificate of Excellence 2015' for the year running with over 170 reviews.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Function Room Hot Tub Sauna Onsite Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Romantic Cottage for Two Luxury Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property National Park Area
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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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Windermere Lake Holidays
Sleeps 2, 5 & 6
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Windermere Lake Holidays - Cumbria - sleeps

Bowness on Windermere - Cumbria

3 apartments in a Lakeland stone house on the shore of Lake Windermere. 2 (sleeping 6 & 5) have terraces overlooking the lake, the small apartment (sleeps 2) has lake views from its bay window. All 3 lets come with the use of a rowboat.

Short Breaks Available\ Family Friendly Broadband Access Fishing nearby Romantic Cottage for Two Waterside Property National Park Area
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Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages
4 cottages sleeping 2 - 6
Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages - Somerset - sleeps

Exford - Somerset

Four charming stone cottages by the River Exe in the centre of Exmoor National Park, a short distance from the spectacular coast. The cottages are well equipped and 4 Star quality. Games room. River frontage, woodland, ponies, sheep, lambs, goats, chickens, ducks and more!

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Riding Nearby Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property National Park Area
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Carswell Farm Cottages
7 lets sleeping 2- 14 (11+3)
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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How Hill Windmill
Sleeps up to 4
How Hill Windmill - Norfolk - sleeps

Ludham - Norfolk

How Hill Windmill is a unique holiday home in an unspoilt area of The Norfolk Broads. Converted from a working grain mill, the property boasts it's own mooring on the River Ant and guests can hire boats locally to take advantage of this water wonderland. A private garden with 5 acres of land makes this an ideal family base.

Family Friendly Broadband Access Fishing nearby Unusual or Different Property Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property National Park Area
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