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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.
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!

Easy Access Broadband Access Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Waterside Property
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Old Lifeboat House Apartments
4 apartments Sleep 2 - 4
Old Lifeboat House Apartments - Cornwall North - sleeps

Bude - Cornwall North

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 standard and are light and fresh.

Short Breaks Available\ Broadband Access Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Tennis Court Cottages near a beach Unusual or Different Property Romantic Cottage for Two 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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Ellary Estate Cottages
13 cottages sleep 2 - 8
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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Portnellan
21 properties, sleeping 1-16
Portnellan - Western Scotland - sleeps

Crianlarich, Central Scotland - Western Scotland

Winner of VISITSCOTLAND'S Thistle Award "Best Accommodation Provider" for the region Central, Tayside and Fife.​ ​Award-winning self catering holiday properties in the Scottish Highlands sleeping 1 to 1​6​ people available for rent and for sale. ​ ​Awarded​ TripAdvisor ​"​Certificate of Excellence​"​ with over ​200​ 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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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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Water's Edge
Sleeps 6 + 1 child + 2
Water's Edge - Staffordshire - sleeps

Rudyard Lake - Staffordshire

Luxury timber-framed boathouse on Rudyard Lake on the edge of the Peak district, near Leek, close to Buxton and Alton Towers. Sleeps 6 + 1 child, deal for couples/families. Fishing and boating from your door step with 2 hot tubs, bar, pool table, gas BBQ ,fishing jetty and log burning stove. Additional glamping pod sleeping 2.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Broadband Access Hot Tub Riding Nearby Golf course nearby Fishing nearby Games Room Real, Open or Log Fire Unusual or Different Property Waterside Property National Park Area
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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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Linnhe Croft Holiday Cottages
Lochside cottages sleeping 4+2
Linnhe Croft Holiday Cottages - Western Scotland - sleeps

Port Appin - Western Scotland

Lochside cottages within easy reach of Oban and Fort William, Glencoe is within approximately 25 minutes drive. Stunning views across Loch Linnhe and the mountains.

Short Breaks Available\ Dogs Welcome Family Friendly Easy Access Broadband Access Pub within a mile and a half Waterside Property
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