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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.
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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Aodann
Three bedrooms, sleeps six
Aodann - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Poolewe, Gairloch - Highlands and Islands

Aodann has amazing views across the sea loch, Loch Ewe, to the mountains beyond. It is a contemporary home of stunning design sleeping 6 (two doubles and a twin). It is well equipped with a lovely open plan kitchen, dining & living area. There is lots to do from gardens to whale watching. Plenty of lovely tea shops!

Dogs Not Welcome Easy Access Broadband Access Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Waterside Property
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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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Tracara
Sleeps 12
Tracara - Norfolk - sleeps

Horning, Norfolk Broad - Norfolk

Stunning 6 bedroom holiday home on the Norfolk Broads, sleeps up to 12 people.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Not Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Pub within a mile and a half Luxury Waterside Property National Park Area
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Tigh na Creig Lodge - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh - Highlands and Islands

An architect designed self catering holiday cottage for two situated by the sea shore in Glenelg village on the West Coast of Scotland, with stunning sea views across to the Isle of Skye and down the Sound of Sleat.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Not Welcome Easy Access Broadband Access Riding Nearby Fishing nearby Cottages near a beach Romantic Cottage for Two Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages
4 cottages sleeping 2 - 6
Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages - Somerset - sleeps

Exford - Somerset

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, chickens, ducks and more!

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Riding Nearby Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property National Park Area
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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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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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Shore Croft
Sleeps 2 - 8
Shore Croft - Highlands and Islands - sleeps

Aultbea - Highlands and Islands

EXCEPTIONAL, 5 STAR, HOUSE ON BEACH.Right on the edge of the sea, with pebble beach. Views out to Loch Ewe & Outer Hebrides. Shore Croft was built to take full advantage of its unique situation, facing south with panoramic views. Sleeps between 2 and 8. fantastic winter breaks.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Fishing nearby Real, Open or Log Fire Cottages near a beach Luxury Eco Friendly Property Waterside Property
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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\ 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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