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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22 Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

22 Studland Dene, Bournemouth

22 Studland Dene is a luxurious seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth just 100m from Alum Chine Beach. Being a combination of 2 interconnecting 1-bedroom apartment, guests enjoy the luxury of 2 lounges, kitchens and bathrooms as well as 2 bedrooms. Perfect for a family holiday or 2 couples.

Greenwood Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Greenwood Cottage, Bridport

Standing in an idyllic rural location on the Jurassic Coast near Lyme Regis, Greenwood is a superb one-bedroom Dorset holiday cottage for couples. nestling in Morcombelake village with a large garden, countryside and coastal views.

Plas Gwynfryn, Harlech, Gwynedd

Plas Gwynfryn, Harlech

Nestling in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Plas Gwynfryn is a large, luxury holiday home on the Welsh Coast near Harlech in Gwynedd, North Wales. This grand and pet friendly Edwardian house sleeps 18 in 8 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms and stands in an 8-acre estate.

Crofters Cottage, Plymouth, Devon

Crofters Cottage, Plymouth

Crofters Cottage is a very special little Devon holiday cottage in the most beautiful spot with no neighbours and lovely views out to sea. It is remote, rustic and fairly basic but if looking for peace, tranquillity and a pet friendly, chance to escape from everyday life, then this is the cottage fo...

Waterfall Cottage, Ivybridge, Devon

Waterfall Cottage, Ivybridge

Waterfall is a traditional 2-bedroom stone cottage with terrace leading to an outdoor heated swimming pool. Set near the South Devon town of Ivybridge, Waterfall Cottage lies within 26 acres of woodland and lakes. It is perfectly located for days on South Devon Beaches and exploring Dartmoor.

Courtyard Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Courtyard Cottage, Barnstaple

Courtyard Cottage is a comfortable, well-equipped coastal holiday cottage in North Devon sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Close to North Devon's many beaches, you will also enjoy access to facilities at Combrew Farm such as our indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and gym....

Angorfa, Cemaes Bay, Anglesey

Angorfa, Cemaes Bay

This superb, pet friendly Edwardian seaside holiday home on Anglesey is large enough to accommodate up to 14 guests by the sea in Cemeas Bay. With sea views from most rooms and a garden bordering the beach its perfect for holidays all year round for large families or groups of friends.

Halford Hill, Llanberis, Gwynedd

Halford Hill, Llanberis

Located in Llanberis in the heart of Snowdonia, Halford Hill is a large Welsh holiday cottage with a sauna. Sleeping 16, Halford welcomes large families (and their pets) or groups of friends for self-catering holidays exploring, walking or cycling in the National Park.

Hartcliffe View, Millhouse Green, South Yorkshire

Hartcliffe View, Millhouse Green

It may look Victorian, but Hartcliffe View is a large, sumptuously furnished, modern house in a rural location, standing in moorland on the edge of the Peak District near Penistone in South Yorkshire. This dog friendly holiday cottage sleeps 15. It has a games room and football pitch in the garden.

Orchard Cottage, Bedale, North Yorkshire

Orchard Cottage, Bedale

Lovers of countryside cottages and holidays in the great outdoors will love Orchard Cottage, a delightfully rural holiday cottage for couples. It lies between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors National Parks near Bedale, a 10-minute evening stroll to The Green Dragon Pub in Exelby.

Oyster Cove, Croyde, Devon

Oyster Cove, Croyde

A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

Hillside Lodge, Allendale, Northumberland

Hillside Lodge, Allendale

Hillside lodge is an original croft, offering self-catering holidays in some of the most tranquil and peaceful rural location near Allendale in Northumberland with the silence is broken by birdsong and the occasional clipperty-clop of horse hooves from the Sinderhope riding centre just 200 metres!

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe, Devon

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe

Blue Horizon is a large seaside holiday home on the Espanade at Woolacombe offering awesome panoramic sea views across award winning Woolacombe Sands from its wrap-around balcony. This pet friendly holiday let in North Devon sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Plimuir Cottage, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire

Plimuir Cottage, Boat of Garten

Once a Boat of Garten coaching Inn, Plimuir Cottage now offers fine hospitality as a large Cairngorm holiday cottage in a rural location with stunning views near Aviemore. Up to 8 guests are welcome for Highland holidays all year round - perfect for large families or friends for walking holidays.

Farm House Barn, Abbey Dore, Herefordshire

Farm House Barn, Abbey Dore

The Farm House Barn in Golden Valley near Abbey Dore in Herefordshire, is a large oak-beamed farmhouse – a perfect rural retreat for a large family or groups of friends within easy reach of walks along Offas Dyke and The Brecon Beacons.

Granary Stone House, Emblelton, Northumberland

Granary Stone House, Emblelton

Granary Stone House is a large holiday cottage on the Northumberland Coast with views over Embleton Bay north of Alnwick. The pet friendly beautifully furnished property sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms and welcomes large families and groupsthroughout the year.

Blue John at Haddon Grove Farm, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Blue John at Haddon Grove Farm, Bakewell

Incredibly comfortable and well equipped Bakewell holiday cottage with a pool and Wi-Fi for 6 people in the beautiful Peak District National Park in Derbyshire.

Eel House, Hawkshead, Cumbria

Eel House, Hawkshead

Eel House is a large Lake District holiday barn conversion in Cumbria sleeping 10 guests in 5 ground floor bedrooms. Set in rural surroundings on the large Graythwaite country estate in a pleasant courtyard, Eel House guests have use of Estate leisure facilities including a heated indoor pool, play ...

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

Link Cottage, Barton On Sea, Hampshire

Link Cottage, Barton On Sea

Link Cottage is a delightful Hampshire Holiday Home a short walk from the beach in Barton on Sea. This pet friendly and beutifully furnished property sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms and welcomes families and friends for coastal holidays at any time of year.

White Hopton House, Montgomery, Powys

White Hopton House, Montgomery

A large black and white timber-framed house dating back to the 17th-Century, White Hopton House near Bishops Castle in Shropshire offers a high standard of self-catering accommodation for 12 guests in a peaceful rural location. The spacious lawned gardens contain an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Cunsey Lodge, Hawkshead, Cumbria

Cunsey Lodge, Hawkshead

Located in a 5000-acre country estate in the Lake District, Cunsey Lodge is a large and impressive holiday cottage near Hawkshead in Cumbria sleeping 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. Guests enjoy access to a communal pool, games room, fitness centre and kids play area - and walks from the doorstep.

Keepers Cottage, Newby Bridge, Cumbria

Keepers Cottage, Newby Bridge

Keepers Cottage is a stone-built luxury holiday cottage on the Bigland Estate in the Lake District village of Blackbarrow, near Newby Bridge in Cumbria. This rural cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms - all ensuite and having Smart TVs. With underfloor heating, it's perfect for holidays all year round.

The Cottage, Truro, Cornwall

The Cottage, Truro

This classic Cornish cottage has been updated to create a 3 bedroom accommodation whilst retaining its original character. Complete with delightful garden, parking, and located close to Truro and the sailing waters of the Carrick Roads.

Whitehorses, St. Ives, Devon

Whitehorses, St. Ives

Whitehorses overlooks the sea in Carbis Bay just outside the Cornish fishing village of St. Ives. Enjoy beautiful coastal views from the rooms and balconies of this 4-bedroom, family friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub, a short walk from Carbis Bay Beach, an award winning Blue Flag Beach.

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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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