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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.
Ellary Estate Cottages
13 cottages sleep 2 - 8
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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Beach Cottage
Sleeps 2 + 2 children
Beach Cottage - Lincolnshire - sleeps

Anderby Creek - Lincolnshire

Beach Cottage sits on the ridge of sand dunes over looking the beach at Anderby Creek. Stunning views, spectacular skyskapes and unspoilt sandy beaches. A romantic retreat for two or a get-a-way from it all haven for a family of four.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly 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 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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Wellington Quay Waterside Home
Waterfront home sleeps 12
Wellington Quay Waterside Home
Wellington Quay Waterside Home - East Sussex - sleeps

Eastbourne - East Sussex

A unique waterside property, sleeping up to 12 in 6 large bedrooms, providing wonderful space and style, with private south-facing gardens, private terraces, boat mooring and fabulous views across the marina. Comes with a roaring log fire!

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 Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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Portnellan
21 properties, sleeping 1-16
Portnellan - Western Scotland - sleeps

Crianlarich, Central Scotland - Western Scotland

Winner of VISITSCOTLAND'S Thistle Award "Best Accommodation Provider" for the region Central, Tayside and Fife.​ ​Award-winning self catering holiday properties in the Scottish Highlands sleeping 1 to 1​6​ people available for rent and for sale. ​ ​Awarded​ TripAdvisor ​"​Certificate of Excellence​"​ with over ​200​ 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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53 Peninsula Cottage - Norfolk - sleeps

Wroxham - Norfolk

Modern 4 bedroomed cottage in Wroxham - the capital of the Norfolk Broads. The property is situated by a private marina with water to the front and rear. There is plenty of living space and spectacular views of the River Bure. Hire day boats or cruisers. Wroxham Barns and BeWILDerwood family attractions are within easy reach.

Dogs Welcome Broadband Access Fishing nearby Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property National Park Area
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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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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)
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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 Romantic Cottage for Two Pub within a mile and a half Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property National Park Area
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