Self-Catering Cottages for Active Holidays in the Great Outdoors

Scroll down to find a choice of self-catering cottages suitable 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. 

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618 cottages found 618 match all criteria.

Barnfield is a luxury North Devon Holiday Cottage with WiFi in the rural foothills of Exmoor and an easy drive to wonderful sandy beaches. This large and child friendly thatched cottage sleeps 8-10 in 4 bedrooms one being a ground floor with en suite. Up to 3 pets are welcome.

Smithy Cottage accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms and is situated outside Ilfracombe in the glorious North Devon countryside just a handful of miles from the beach at Woolacombe. The cottage is located at Lower Aylescott where guests can enjoy on-site fishing and a children's play area.

Blare Cottage at Lower Aylescott Farm stands amidst glorious North Devon countryside a few miles from the fabulous Woolacombe Beach. This pretty two-bedroom holiday home sleeps 4. Guests can roam the grounds, fish the well-stocked lakes while children will enjoy the onsite children's play area.

Pine Lodge is a tastefully decorated pet friendly, 5-bedroom holiday home with Wi-Fi sleeping 10 in Bickington outside Barnstaple on the North Devon coast. A well-equipped house with large garden and views over open countryside towards Saunton and Lundy Island, it offers ideal group accommodation.

Charming converted Cornish barn sleeping 6 on quiet working farm in an idyllic coastal setting between Penzance and Land?s End. Fully equipped self-catering. Private Hot Tub on furnished patio. Pets welcome.

Ingleside is a large Gloucestershire holiday cottage on the outskirts of the Forest of Dean in the rural hamlet of Adsett. Ingleside sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms plus ample living space including a sun room and games room. The enclosed garden includes a bike store and BBQ facilities.

Walk into Balebarn Lodge near Winkleigh, a pretty village in a rural corner of North Devon Luxuriate in the airy comfort and warmth of this large straw bale eco-build, complete with wood burner. Balebarn sleeps 8. Facilities include a lake (paddle boarding and wild swimming) and bikes to borrow,

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.

Converted from a Victorian chapel, Chapel House in Anglesey is a large, purpose-built luxury holiday cottage in a pleasant rural location. It lies about a country mile outside the village of Llanddeusant in the hamlet of Elim on the Island’s west coast. The pet friendly cottage sleeps 12.

Capel Jerusalem is a stunning, luxury chapel conversion in Snowdonia with underfloor heating, 4 en-suite bedrooms, a sauna, baby grand piano and WiFi. Finished to the highest specification, this spacious rural holiday cottage is perfect for family holidays, celebrations and large groups of friends.

Blaensilltyn Farmhouse in the Ceredigion Countryside is a large detached and pet friendly farmhouse near Newcastle Emlyn. Located on a working farm, this spacious and well-equipped holiday home with a hot tub in West Wales sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms and lies within easy reach of the coast.

Blue Moon fully justifies its claim as the most luxurious and romantic holiday cottages for couples in St. Ives. This dog-friendly coastal cottage in the heart of this Cornish resort oozes sophistication, style and comfort and, with underfloor heating, it’s also perfect for out of season holidays.

Nestling in a wooded North Devon Valley, 3-mins walk to the beach, Melinda’s Cottage, is a family-friendly 2-bedroom Grade-II listed holiday cottage on the coast in Bucks Mills. Melinda’s Cottage lies in a tranquil rural location, ideal for exploring North Devon and North Cornwall. Free WiFi

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.

Sweet Pea is a countryside cottage located in the village of Redmire, near the market town of Leyburn, surrounded by some of Upper Wensleydale’s most captivating rural scenery. This characterful, dog-friendly Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage has exposed beams, a lovely fireplace and sleeps 4 guests.

This comfortable Highland holiday apartment sleeps 4 in the tastefully converted former science block of an old Victorian public school in Fort Augustus. Stylish contemporary furnishings will make your stay both memorable and relaxing. Luxury at an affordable price.

Copper Beech Cottage has six bedrooms comfortably sleep 12 guests. This large cottage with Wi-Fi is located in Aberaeron a most desirable seaside destination in the county of Ceredigion on the West Coast of Wales.

Overlooking Mounts Bay and the harbour, The Abbey is a historic luxury holiday cottage in Penzance. This large and pet friendly Cornwall holiday property sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms, and everywhere, exudes style and quality. Perfect for luxurious seaside holidays with family or friends all year round.

Llansannan Conwy North Wales • Large holiday Cottage • Sleeps 12 • Pet friendly • Child friendly • Rural / Countryside Cottage • Secluded holiday cottage • Snowdonia Large garden

Chestnut Cottage is a large Dorset holiday cottage with sea views that sleeps 9 amidst idyllic farmland on the Jurassic Coast. With the seaside town of Weymouth nearby and the Coastal Footpath running nearby it makes it a sought-after, family-friendly holiday home. Pets welcome.

The North East Coast of Scotland is adored for its scenic coastal walks all year round. 1 Seafield Street in Cullen, a historic coastal town on the Murray Firth, is a large holiday cottage sleeping up to 10 adults + 2 children in spacious, well-equipped accommodation. 1 well-behaved pet is welcome.

Meare Court, a beautiful listed Somerset farmhouse, This large holiday cottage sleeps 14, with Wi-Fi, private hot tub and large garden, 5 miles Taunton in an idyllic countryside location. Walks, cycling, Spa, catering, chef. Hen weekends, family groups. 3 miles J25 M5, Bristol 1 hr, London 2.5hrs.

Located right on the waterfront overlooking Falmouth Harbour with amazing views from most rooms and the huge terrace, Nightingale House provides you with an unrivalled location from which to enjoy your Cornish holiday. It has 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, off-road parking for 2 cars and WiFi.

The Farmhouse lies in open countryside near Bedale and is nicely situated for holidays exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. This pet friendly holidayproperty sleeps 10 guests in 4 bedrooms, and offers delightful rural views over Yorkshire countryside from its private garden.

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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