Self Catering Cottages for Active Holidays in the Great Outdoors

We offer a wide choice of self-catering cottages for those seeking an active holiday involving sporting or outdoor pursuits. Whether walking in England, climbing mountains in Scotland, riding rapids or zip wires in Wales, the holiday cottages listed here will be located near an attractive choice of activities to enjoy in the great outdoors. Many cottages will offer activities on site such as fishing and tennis, or will be surrounded by long, bracing walks in the country or along the miles of scenic coastal footpaths. Choose cottages equipped for the kind of activity you want to enjoy while on holiday. Is there a place for drying wet clothing, a lockable shed for bicycles or an outdoor shower for washing down surfboards and wetsuits. If something you need isn't listed on a cottage's advert, ask the property's owner. It is easy to call them and get an immediate answer.

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Swiers Farmhouse, Matlock, Derbyshire

Swiers Farmhouse, Matlock

Swiers Farmhouse sleeps 17 guests in the picturesque village of Carsington within the Derbyshire Peak District National Park. The pet friendly Farmhouse offers well-equipped, character holiday accommodation, perfect for a large family get together, reunions for friends and Hen groups.

Meare Court, Taunton, Somerset

Meare Court, Taunton

Meare Court, a beautiful listed Somerset farmhouse, sleeps max 14, with Wi-Fi and private hot tub. Own large garden, 5 miles Taunton, idyllic countryside location. Walks, cycling, Spa, catering, chef. Hen weekends, family groups. 3 miles J25 M5, Bristol 1 hr, London.

3 Allington Square, Bridport, Dorset

3 Allington Square, Bridport

3 Allington Square, in the West Dorset town of Bridport on the Jurassic Heritage Coast, is a most comfortable and appealingly furnished pet friendly holiday home sleeping 2-4 guests in 2 bedrooms. This modern house is within walking distance of Bridport’s attractive shops, bars and restaurants.

Templecombe Park , Sherborne , Dorset

Templecombe Park , Sherborne

Large, accessible and gorgeous arts and crafts era Listed shooting lodge. Templecombe Park sleeps up to 23 guests in remote rural Dorset surroundings near Sherborne. It has an indoor pool, a hot tub and tennis court. Plenty of room for the whole group to relax. Pets welcome.

Eastern Lee, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Eastern Lee, Yarmouth

Eastern Lee Sleeps on the Isle of Wight sleeps 2-8,+2 children, in 4 bedrooms (3 bathrooms). Our 1930s refurbished eco friendly bungalow perches above Wellow village. This peaceful coastal holiday property enjoys uninterrupted country views on two sides. Pets welcome

Lapwing Lodge, Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway

Lapwing Lodge, Dalbeattie

Lapwing Lodge is one of 3 log chalets in an orchard on the beach front. With sea and mountain views,it is within walking distance of a good pub. It is very cosy with a log burning stove. Pets welcome. For availability see www.arbiglandestate.co.uk

Norton Grange, Worcester, Worcestershire

Norton Grange, Worcester

Norton Grange is located in the rural hamlet of Norton in a few miles outside the historic city of Worcester. This large Grade II listed, pet friendly, holiday cottage with a swimming pool sleeps 16 in 6 bedrooms. It lies within easy reach of country walks and cycle routes.

Mill Wheel at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Mill Wheel at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Mill Wheel Holiday Cottage at Wheel Farm lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This lovingly restored old water mill sleeps 5 in 3...

Ty Newydd, Llangadfan, Powys

Ty Newydd, Llangadfan

A beautifully presented holiday cottage in an equally beautiful secluded location in Llangdafan, Ty Newedd has an indoor heated swimming pool and an outdoor hot tub to go with the luxurious interior of this large holiday home that sleeps up to 16 guests in Powys.

Myrtle Cottage, Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset

Myrtle Cottage, Netherbury, Beaminster

Lovely thatched eighteenth century Dorset holiday cottage in Beaminster, recently refurbished, in pretty village location within easy reach of the Jurassic coast. Myrtle Cottage provides spacious accommodation for six with three bathrooms. Secluded garden, off road parking, free wifi.

Tincleton Lodge, Dorchester, Dorset

Tincleton Lodge, Dorchester

Luxury large 5 star character recently refurbished Dorchester holiday cottage in Dorset. Sleeps 2 to 10. Set in 600 acres of idyllic rural countryside in the heart of Hardy’s Wessex. 5 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. Disabled facilities. Wheelchair friendly. Enclosed garden. Free WIFI.

Driftwood House, Newquay, Cornwall

Driftwood House, Newquay

Driftwood House is a large, dog friendly holiday cottage in Newquay within walking distance of Fistral Beach and the Pentire Headland. Driftwood sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. It's hard to believe that it is a modern house, so beautifully has it been designed by Duchy of Cornwall Architects.

Bridesmere, Moretonhampstead, Devon

Bridesmere, Moretonhampstead

Bridesmere, a beautifully decorated converted Devon barn, in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor, sleeps 8. Bridesmere is one of 3 self-catering cottages at Clifford Barton which all have private fenced gardens, pet friendly, great for kids, 2-acre lake, 50-acre nature reserve and Games Barn.

The Lodge, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

The Lodge, Scarborough

A charming Grade II listed stone holiday cottage in Snainton near Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast, this pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 17 in 8 bedrooms and oozes warmth and charm. Relax in the hot tub, walk in the North York Moors or enjoy a day trip to the seaside.

Heather Cottage, Swansea, Glamorgan

Heather Cottage, Swansea

Heather Cottage is a detached dog friendly and accessible, seaside holiday cottage near Llanmedoc Beach in an idyllic rural location with all modern facilities. Heather Cottage has 1 bedroom sleeping 2 - Perfect for a romantic escape on the Gower Peninsula (for all ages).

Courtyard House, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Courtyard House, Kirkby Lonsdale

A large and Pet Friendly Grade II listed Cumbria Townhouse full of character and charm with hot tub in Kirkby Lonsdale between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The Courtyard sleeps 17 in 8 bedrooms (7 en suite).

Woodbank, Llahhennock, Monmouthshire

Woodbank, Llahhennock

Woodbank is a large, idyllic holiday cottage in South Wales in beautiful rural surroundings above the River Usk in Llanhennock. The house cottage sleeps 20 in 8 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms. It is set within 20 acres of private grounds within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons and the South Wales Coast.

The Hayloft, Chirk, Shropshire

The Hayloft, Chirk

Guests at The Hayloft, a large Shropshire holiday cottage sleeping 10, can enjoy a blend of exercise and relaxation during their stay. It's part of a small rural complex which offers a hot tub, indoor heated pool, tennis court, squash and a host of walks in the stunning Shropshire countryside.

Glintings. Polperro, Cornwall, Polperro, Devon

Glintings. Polperro, Cornwall, Polperro

It is said that the view makes the holiday, and where better for families to discover this, than at Glintings, a Polperro holiday cottage. Sitting comfortably on a sunny hillside location, this spacious, pet friendly cottage in Cornwall sleeps 6 and offers superb views over the village and harbour.

Castle View, North York Moors and Coast, Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Castle View, North York Moors and Coast, Helmsley

Castle View is a tastefully furnished, large, family friendly village holiday cottage in Helmsley in the heart of the North York Moors National Park -and also within an easy drive of the coast. This dog friendly cottage sleeps 11 in 4 bedrooms.

18a Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

18a Studland Dene, Bournemouth

This tastefully furnished 1-bedroom seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth with balcony sleeps 2-4 guests in Studland Dene, an exclusive development with spa and restaurant facilities is in a sought-after location 100m from the sands.

The Penthouse at Padstow, Padstow, Cornwall

The Penthouse at Padstow, Padstow

This luxury and pet friendly Padstow Penthouse offers self-catering accommodation with 3 bedrooms, sleeping 2-6 guests in style. From its 4th Floor Location (accessed by a lift), its windows and a decked terrace offer sublime sea views across the Camel Estuary to Rock and out into the Atlantic.

The Farmhouse, Falmouth, Cornwall

The Farmhouse, Falmouth

Located in the quiet hamlet of Treviades, The Farmhouse is just five miles from Falmouth, in a central yet secluded location. It provides the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring Cornwall, and with four bedrooms and plenty of extras, it works equally well as a quiet, relaxing family getaway.

Holme Well, Hawkshead, Cumbria

Holme Well, Hawkshead

Pet friendly Gamekeepers Manor offers truly grand self-catering accommodation (with a hot tub) for extended families or groups of friends in the village of Southburn Dene, two miles from Chester-le-Street and five miles from historic Durham. The Manor comfortably sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms.

Nuide Farmhouse, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire

Nuide Farmhouse, Newtonmore

Nuide Farmhouse is a charming, large and pet friendly 5-bedroom farmhouse in rural surroundings that sleeps 10. Set in its own rambling grounds the house is ideal for exploring the Cairngorms and has access to fishing on The Spey. Horse riding can be arranged locally in Newtonmore.

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Activity holidays don't need to involve with knuckle experiences. For families with young children, or those preferring a 'healthy holiday' without the risk of injury, then consider hiring bicycles to explore a Sustrans Cycle route or a cycle-path such as the Tarka Trail in North Devon.  To ensure that a holiday cottage does have exactly what you are looking for, e.g. an outdoor shower for washing the salt of wetsuits and surfboards. use the Visit Website button to go to a cottage's own website for further information. Alternatively, e-mail or phone the owner direct to check that what you want to do on holiday is exactly the activity offered by the cottage.

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