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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.
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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Mendham Mill
4 cottages sleep 2 - 8 (12)
Mendham  Mill - Norfolk - sleeps

Harleston - Norfolk

Four 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 for Norwich, Southwold and The Broads.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Romantic Cottage for Two Luxury Waterside Property
nor2001
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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Anchor and Riverside Cottages
Sleeps 2-6+2 (14)
Anchor and Riverside Cottages - Norfolk - sleeps

Wroxham - Norfolk

Perfectly situated on the riverfront close to the centre of Wroxham at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. With your own waterside terrace, the cottages are ideal for relaxing by the river, watching the passing boats, fishing or feeding the ducks. Each sleeps up to 6 adults & 2 children. 20% under-occupancy discount year-round.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Fishing nearby Waterside Property National Park Area
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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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Little Aird Hill
Sleeps 2
Little Aird Hill - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Badachro, Gairloch - Highlands and Islands

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 out on local beaches or hills.

Short Breaks Available\ Family Friendly Easy Access Wheelchair Access Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property
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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 Waterside Property
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Beach Cottage
Sleeps 2 + 2
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 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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Gracie's Cottage and Ardoch Bothy
2 cottages sleep 4 and 2
Gracie's Cottage and Ardoch Bothy
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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