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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.

United Kingdom Cottages

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    • Last Minute Cottages - 53 Peninsula Cottage

    53 Peninsula Cottage

    Norfolk Broadland Wroxham

    nor4739

    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 cr...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Beaulieu Brickworks

    Beaulieu Brickworks

    South East Hampshire New Forest Beaulieu

    ham4763

    Big. Bold. Baronial. Boho. This eccentric, old brick factory looks out on to the only private river in Britain. The Beaulieu River, owned by the Montagu family of the Beaulieu Estate. Outside there is a grassy woodland glade towards the river. The...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Tinker-Taylor Cottage

    Tinker-Taylor Cottage

    Cornwall Sennen

    cww4726

    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 activit...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Bracken Cottage

    Bracken Cottage

    Somerset West Somerset District Exford

    som3265c

    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,...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Turbine House

    Turbine House

    Argyll and Bute Lochgilphead

    wsc3449a

    A secluded and tranquil estate set on the edge of the water of Loch Caolisport. A selection of carefully maintained, comfortable properties, each standing in their own ground and enjoying the scenery which has made the West Coast of Scotland famou...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge

    The Lodge

    Argyll and Bute Lochgilphead

    wsc3449c

    A secluded and tranquil estate set on the edge of the water of Loch Caolisport. A selection of carefully maintained, comfortable properties, each standing in their own ground and enjoying the scenery which has made the West Coast of Scotland famou...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Gorse Cottage

    Gorse Cottage

    Somerset West Somerset District Exford

    som3265a

    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,...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Wellington Quay Waterside Home

    Wellington Quay Waterside Home

    South East East Sussex Eastbourne District Eastbourne

    esu4738

    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!

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    Sleeps 12

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Camargue

    Camargue

    Lake District Cumbria South Lakeland District Bowness-on-Windermere

    cmb3899a

    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.

    Th...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Mistral

    Mistral

    Lake District Cumbria South Lakeland District Bowness-on-Windermere

    cmb3899b

    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.

    Th...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - The Mews

    The Mews

    Devon South Hams District Holbeton

    des2012a

    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...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Lambside House

    Lambside House

    Devon South Hams District Holbeton

    des2012g

    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...

    Sleeps 11

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Crofters Cottage

    Crofters Cottage

    Devon South Hams District Holbeton

    des2012d

    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...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Cove Cottage

    Cove Cottage

    Argyll and Bute Lochgilphead

    wsc3449e

    A secluded and tranquil estate set on the edge of the water of Loch Caolisport. A selection of carefully maintained, comfortable properties, each standing in their own ground and enjoying the scenery which has made the West Coast of Scotland famou...

  • Special Offers Available

    • Last Minute Cottages - Portnellan

    Portnellan

    Stirling Crianlarich

    wsc3635

    WINNER of VISITSCOTLAND'S Thistle Award for "Best Accommodation Provider" in Central, Tayside and Fife, winner of a "Certificate of Excellence" from TRIPADVISOR for the 7th year running, rated 9.4 out of 10 by BOOKING.COM and recently awarded the ...

    Sleeps 108

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    • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge

    The Lodge

    Norfolk South Norfolk District Harleston

    nor2001b

    Five stunning award-winning cottages at historic Waveney Valley watermill on Norfolk / Suffolk border sleep 2 - 12. All cottages VisitEngland 4* with Gold Award. Eight acres of beautiful gardens and grounds; private fishing, rowing boat etc. Ideal...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Mill Race

    Mill Race

    Norfolk South Norfolk District Harleston

    nor2001c

    Five stunning award-winning cottages at historic Waveney Valley watermill on Norfolk / Suffolk border sleep 2 - 12. All cottages VisitEngland 4* with Gold Award. Eight acres of beautiful gardens and grounds; private fishing, rowing boat etc. Ideal...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Mayo Landing

    Mayo Landing

    Cotswolds Gloucestershire Cotswold District Cirencester

    glo5205h

    Escape to one of our totally secluded luxury lakeside log cabins. Each of our 8 cabins come with their own steaming hot tub overlooking the lake, private beach, fire pit and rowing boat. Unspoilt lake views across the 130 acre lake and nature rese...

    Sleeps 11

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Waterside Cottage

    Waterside Cottage

    South East Central Bedfordshire Leighton-Linslade Leighton Buzzard

    bd2001

    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.

    Sleeps 11

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Old Lifeboat House Apartments

    Old Lifeboat House Apartments

    Cornwall Bude-Stratton Bude

    co2002

    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 stan...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - North Meadow Cottage

    North Meadow Cottage

    Norfolk South Norfolk District Harleston

    nor2001e

    Five stunning award-winning cottages at historic Waveney Valley watermill on Norfolk / Suffolk border sleep 2 - 12. All cottages VisitEngland 4* with Gold Award. Eight acres of beautiful gardens and grounds; private fishing, rowing boat etc. Ideal...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Kaisers Cabin

    Kaisers Cabin

    Cotswolds Gloucestershire Cotswold District Cirencester

    glo5205e

    Escape to one of our totally secluded luxury lakeside log cabins. Each of our 8 cabins come with their own steaming hot tub overlooking the lake, private beach, fire pit and rowing boat. Unspoilt lake views across the 130 acre lake and nature rese...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Island Lodge

    Island Lodge

    Cotswolds Gloucestershire Cotswold District Cirencester

    glo5205c

    Escape to one of our totally secluded luxury lakeside log cabins. Each of our 8 cabins come with their own steaming hot tub overlooking the lake, private beach, fire pit and rowing boat. Unspoilt lake views across the 130 acre lake and nature rese...

  • Special Offers Available

    • Last Minute Cottages - Eagle

    Eagle

    Stirling Crianlarich

    wsc3635c

    WINNER of VISITSCOTLAND'S Thistle Award for "Best Accommodation Provider" in Central, Tayside and Fife, winner of a "Certificate of Excellence" from TRIPADVISOR for the 7th year running, rated 9.4 out of 10 by BOOKING.COM and recently awarded the ...

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