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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.
Shankend Cottage
Sleeps 6
Shankend Cottage - Forth and Borders - sleeps

Hawick - Forth and Borders

Shankend Cottage is a three bedroomed wing of a former hunting lodge which is set in 100 acres of beautiful grounds. Carefully renovated and exceptionally well equipped it features double glazing, central heating and a woodburning stove. Golf, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all nearby.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire 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 Romantic Cottage for Two Waterside Property
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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\ Dogs Not Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Waterside Property
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Mendham Mill
5 cottages sleep 2 - 12
Mendham  Mill - Norfolk - sleeps

Harleston - Norfolk

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 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
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Seaview Cottage
Sleeps 9
Seaview Cottage - Hampshire - sleeps

nr Calshot - Hampshire

Seaview is a seaside house to create envy. The combination of cottage + view + next door pub, is hard to beat. Romantics, writers and artists will be as happy here as families who come for the crabbing, exploring and wild play. The style is immaculate, fresh and on trend. The views broad, boaty and busy. For those who donít want to cook The Jolly Sailor pub is well regarded and will look after you well.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Pub within a mile and a half 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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Whitechapel Cottages
Sleeps 4,4/5 & 8
Whitechapel Cottages
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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Bamford Hall
Sleeps 20
Bamford Hall - Derbyshire - sleeps

Bamford - Derbyshire

Large, luxury riverside home in the Peak Districtís beautiful Hope Valley. Sleeps up to 20 in 8 beautifully appointed bedrooms and with 7 bathrooms. Renovated to an incredible standard, the property boasts a hot tub, games room, countryside views and a large garden.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Not Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Hot Tub Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property National Park Area
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Faithful
Sleeps 2
Faithful - Devon South - sleeps

Brixham - Devon South

A hugely charactorful converted fishing boat designed with style comfort warmth as a romance in mind. Faithful has it all, and now she is moored at Brixham - a charming fishing town on the English Riviera with historic harbour and Blue Flag beach.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Not Welcome Broadband Access swimming pool access Hot Tub Fishing nearby 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\ Dogs Not 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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