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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 - The Log Cabin

    The Log Cabin

    Essex Braintree District White Colne

    ess4797

    Fabulous log cabin accommodation right on the edge of one of our secluded lakes in the Colne Valley, surrounded by woodland offering wonderful views in a tranquil location. A great place to get away and chill out for a week or two. The lodge is in...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Little Aird Hill

    Little Aird Hill

    Highland Gairloch

    sc2047

    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...

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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 - 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...

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Carswell Farm Cottages

    Carswell Farm Cottages

    Devon South Hams District Holbeton

    des2012

    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 33

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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 - Sir Thomas Acland

    Sir Thomas Acland

    Cornwall Bude-Stratton Bude

    co2002a

    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 - George Brendon

    George Brendon

    Cornwall Bude-Stratton Bude

    co2002b

    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 - Horton Lodge Boathouse

    Horton Lodge Boathouse

    Peak District Staffordshire Staffordshire Moorlands Rudyard

    st2004

    Stunning lakeside Victorian boathouse on the edge of the Peak District. Offering fishing and boating directly from the property. In peaceful woodland setting, perfect place to relax.

    Pricing depends on party size as well as time of year. Fr...

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    • Last Minute Cottages - Parson Hawker

    Parson Hawker

    Cornwall Bude-Stratton Bude

    co2002c

    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 - 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 - Whooper

    Whooper

    Stirling Crianlarich

    wsc3635t

    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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    • Last Minute Cottages - Ellary Estate Cottages

    Ellary Estate Cottages

    Argyll and Bute Lochgilphead

    wsc3449

    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...

    Sleeps 60

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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 - Penpoll

    Penpoll

    Cornwall St. Veep Saint Veep

    cww4018

    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...

    Sleeps 10

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    • 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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    • Last Minute Cottages - Fisher

    Fisher

    Stirling Crianlarich

    wsc3635d

    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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