Self Catering Cottages for Active Holidays in the Great Outdoors

Find 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 activity cottages will offer on-site facilities such as fishing, swimming pools and tennis courts, 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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The Old Apple Store, Okehampton, Devon

The Old Apple Store, Okehampton

Set within a 450-acre organic farm in rural surroundings, The Old Apple Store near Okehapton is a lovely wooden lodge for 6 guests within reach of South Devon beaches overlooking Dartmoor and the Devon hills. Dogs are welcome.

Wenallt, Dolgellau, Gwynedd

Wenallt, Dolgellau

Nestling in the heart of Dolgellau, a rural Welsh mountain village, Wenallt is a large and dog friendly Welsh holiday cottage that sleeps 14. This tastefully furnished house is perfectly located for holidays discovering Snowdonia, the Lleyn Peninsula and lies within easy reach of sandy beaches.

Windwards, Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Windwards, Carbis Bay

A luxury holiday cottage in St. Ives, Windwards is a large and spacious property overlooking the beach at Carbis Bay. This elegantly furnished and well-equipped Cornish holiday home sleeps 9 guests in 5 bedrooms. Facilities include a hot tub, games room and sauna. Stunning sea views!

Avebury House, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Avebury House, Marlborough

Large, pet friendly Wiltshire holiday-let house with Wi-Fi & hot tub in secluded rural location near Stonehenge, Marlborough, and Avebury Stone Circle. Avebury House sleeps up to 18 people in comfort with a spectacular kitchen, Long distance country views and a large fireplace for the winter. Perfec...

Bray Cottage, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Bray Cottage, Holmfirth

Bray Cottage is located on a working farm in the Yorkshire Pennine village of Hepworth near Holmfirth. Guests have use of an indoor heated pool, and, being a working farm, children (when not in the playground) may help with feeding the hens, pigs, sheep. This Pennine Holiday Cottage sleeps 6.

Glencarron Lodge , Wester Ross, Inverness-shire

Glencarron Lodge , Wester Ross

Glencarron is a beautiful Victorian shooting lodge near Strathcarron sleeping up to 18 in 11 bedrooms. This lovely large house enjoys breath taking views of the Glencarron Estate, which covers more than 12,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands. Pets welcome.

Granary Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Granary Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Set within the lovely North Devon countryside between the stunning North Devon coast and the rolling moors of Exmoor, Granary Cottage is a large rural holiday let sleeping 8 at Wheel Farm Cottages in Combe Martin with leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court, children's play ...

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 Brambles, Cromer, Norfolk

The Brambles, Cromer

The Brambles is a dog friendly luxury holiday cottage, a hop and a skip from the beach in a secluded Norfolk village location near Cromer. It sleeps 6-8 plus cot. Relax in this coastal cottage by the sea amidst landscaped gardens with a hot tub and sleep well in its gorgeous beds.

Granary Cottage, Bedale, North Yorkshire

Granary Cottage, Bedale

Sitting comfortably in a secluded rural location, The Granary lies within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. This pet-friendly holiday cottage near Bedale sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

Montacute Court , Sherborne , Somerset

Montacute Court , Sherborne

Large Grade 1 listed Somerset manor house in Sherborne sleeping up to 28 with hot tub and tennis court in idyllic rural village with great pub and National Trust properties within walking distance. Pets wecome.

Silverholme, Hawkshead, Cumbria

Silverholme, Hawkshead

An elegant Georgian Manor House on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, Silverholme is a large, pet friendly Cumbrian holiday cottage that sleeps 18 in 9 bedrooms (8 ensuite). It offers luxury accommodation with indoor heated swimming pool and cinema room with surround sound!

The Chapel, Ramsgate, Kent

The Chapel, Ramsgate

The Chapel is a large, luxurious 3 bedroom, self catering holiday property, close to many sandy award winning sandy beaches and pretty coastal villages. It can sleep up to 10 guests and is perfect for families, friends and entertaining. The Chapel has a Gold 4 Star from Quality in Tourism.

Shiloh Cottage, Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight

Shiloh Cottage, Wootton Bridge

An Isle of Wight rural retreat in the little hamlet of Wooton Bridge, Shiloh Cottage offers self-catering holidays in a farm cottage with panoramic countryside views. With walks from the door and the coast at Ryde within a 10-minute drive it’s a peaceful location from which to explore the Island.

Lowfields Farm, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Lowfields Farm, Matlock Bath

Large Grade II listed Peak District Farmhouse near Bakewell in Derbyshire, Lowfields Farm sleeps 18 in 7 bedrooms in a rural village location. With orchard - gardens and walks from the front door its perfect for holidays in the country for large families and groups of friends.

Ty Gwilym Holiday Cottages, St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Ty Gwilym Holiday Cottages, St Davids

Ty Gwilym Holiday Cottages are set in the heart of St Davids with three cottages for up to 2, 4 or 6. They are very close to the Cathedral and shops and within ten minutes of both the coastal path and beaches at Whitesand Bay and Caerfai Bay.

Sunset Beach, Croyde, Devon

Sunset Beach, Croyde

Large, modern four-bedroom holiday home located in the desirable North Devon seaside village of Croyde. Sunset Beach accommodates up to eight, and is situated within easy walking distance of the golden beach and village centre. The house has an enclosed garden and gorgeous views of the countryside a...

Cotterbury, Dartmouth, Devon

Cotterbury, Dartmouth

With commanding roof top views over Dartmouth down to the River Dart Estuary, the 4-star Gold Award Cotterbury is an impressively furnished South Devon Holiday Apartment, ideal for a group of friends or a family, with private terraces, parking spaces, communal use of a swimming pool and gardens.

The Barn, Taunton, Somerset

The Barn, Taunton

The Barn, beautiful converted barn with spa use. VisitBritain 4 star rated. Sleeps 6, traditional Somerset barn in idyllic countryside surroundings. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Book other holiday cottages at the same location for larger groups. 5 miles Taunton.

Court Barton Cottage No.7, South Huish, Devon

Court Barton Cottage No.7, South Huish

No.7 Court Barton No. 7 in South Huish sleeps 6 in luxurious, pleasingly stylish self-catering accommodation close to the South Devon coast between Thurlestone and Salcombe. Guests staying in this 3-bedroom rural holiday cottage enjoy use of an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool and sea views.

Well Cottage, Ramsgate, Kent

Well Cottage, Ramsgate

Well cottage is a bright, airy 1 bedroom cottage all on one level. It sleeps 2 to 4 guests and has private off road parking. Situated on the edge of the village of Manston it is close to the Kent coast with lots of award winning sandy beaches. It has a Gold 3 Star rating from Quality in Tourism.

Cophole Farm , Brompton Regis , Somerset

Cophole Farm , Brompton Regis

Beautiful 7 bedroom Victorian house situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park and comfortably accommodating up to 14. This tastefully decorated house is wonderfully spacious and is within easy walking distance of Wimbleball Lake where a number of water and land based activities can be enjoyed.

Spinnaker House, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Spinnaker House, Cowes

Spinnaker House is a modern, spacious and contemporary holiday home in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The child-friendly house sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms a few minutes walk from the yacht-filled harbour front in Cowes.

Plas Newydd, Abersoch, Gwynedd

Plas Newydd, Abersoch

Plas Newydd, is one of The Daily Mirror's 'Top 10 Holiday Cottages With Pools'. It is a large detached and dog friendly farmhouse with an outdoor heated pool in rural surroundings near Aberdaron and Snowdonia on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales. It comfortably sleeps 13 in 7 bedrooms.

Haywain, Tintagel, Cornwall

Haywain, Tintagel

Cornish stone cottages overlooking magnificent sea views in a quiet rural location of Trebarwith Valley and Trebarwith Strand. 20 mins walk from the local sandy beach and a short distance from many other beaches, Port Isaac and Boscastle.

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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 or The Bonsal Trail in Derbyshire. 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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