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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.
Soval Lodge
Sleeps 15
Soval Lodge
Soval Lodge - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Laxay - Highlands and Islands

Soval Lodge is 25 minutes south of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, a remarkable and relaxing place for fishing or for a holiday without the sport. We organise boat trips out to sea where it is normal to spot dolphins, porpoises and whales as well as fishing for the large number of sea fish available, a firm favourite with children. Lewis has some wonderful beaches where you can walk for miles and not see a soul.

Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Wheelchair Access Broadband Access Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Waterside Property
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Ellary Estate Cottages
13 cottages sleep 2 - 8
Ellary Estate Cottages
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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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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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\ 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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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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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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Widcombe Grange
Large house sleeping 24
Widcombe Grange - Somerset - sleeps

Culmhead - Somerset

Large house sleeping 24 with outdoor heated pool, hot tub, 2 lakes, set in 22 acres. 12 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. The main house sleeps 14, the cottage 10 (never let separately), so always exclusive use.
Coach house for games, licensed for weddings. We can arrange catering, activities, or your whole event for you if you wish.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Function Room swimming pool 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
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Windermere Lake Holidays
Sleeps 2, 5 & 6
Windermere Lake Holidays
Windermere Lake Holidays - Cumbria - sleeps

Bowness on Windermere - Cumbria

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.

Short Breaks Available\ Family Friendly Broadband Access Fishing nearby Romantic Cottage for Two Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property National Park Area
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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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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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