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 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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1189 cottages found 1189 match all criteria.

Situated a few miles from North Devon's beautiful beaches and a short drive from Exmoor, The Farmhouse at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin is the perfect place to take a holiday, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Guests have free use of an communal indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court.

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

Once a village pub, The Anchor has been tastefully converted to create a large Forest of Dean Holiday Cottage complete with a hot tub and games room. This family-friendly holiday home in Gloucestershire lies in a magical rural location in the Wye Valley. Pets welcome.

Beautiful, 2-bedroom barn conversion with Wi-Fi located in Braunton sleeping 4, the perfect place for a family getaway on the North Devon coast, being just a 5-minute drive to the beach at Saunton Sands. Onsite, you will find a terrace along with almost an acre of gardens.

A gravel farm track leads guests to the restored 18th century detached barn known as the Shippon, which is located in Llechwedd, North Wales and boasts romantic charm, modern fittings and a mezzanine bedroom for couples. The pet-friendly cottage is surrounded by gardens and magnificent views.

This large Perthshire holiday cottage was built by the Duke of Atholl as a shooting lodge and offers beautiful rural views from its hillside location near Dunkeld. Riechip now offers pet friendly self-catering accommodation in 8 bedrooms for up to 16 guests. Perfect for walking or golfing holidays.

Weavers Cottage, sleeping up to four, is one of seven dog friendly cottages at semi-rural Muddlebridge House near Barnstaple in North Devon. With an indoor swimming-pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for wonderful sandy beaches,walking on Exmoor, fishing and golf.

Explore your own private island at Riverside Cottage, a converted water mill on the River Waveney near Syleham in Suffolk. Paddle to the island in your boat moored at the private jetty, or relax in expansive the riverside garden. Retreat into luxury with open fire, vaulted beamed ceilings & styl...

Sunset View is an award-winning coastal cottage boasting views of the ocean in Porth, Cornwall. The sophisticated pet-friendly cottage enjoys true coastal chic and an elevated position and offers a hot tub, an open fire, outdoor entertaining spaces, an upside-down design and proximity to the beach.

A stunning second floor apartment in St Ives with beautiful sea views and two balconies. Sleeping four guests and welcoming one dog, this home is bright and welcoming, and is perfectly positioned as it's just a short walk from the harbour.

Meadows Edge once saw life as a reading room and the detached cottage still offers couples a tranquil, romantic getaway in Holwick. Skilfully converted and boasting modern comforts, the pet-friendly, old stone barn features an upside-down design to best capture the views of the Yorkshire Dales.

This is a Welsh beauty! A large 16-bedroom pet friendly holiday property with off-road parking sleeping up to 59 guests on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in Penmaenmawr. Located on the North Wales coast near Conwy, Mountain View is just a 10-minute walk from the beach.

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.

Forge Cottage is situated in Wootton Courtenay, one of the most desirable villages in Exmoor, and the pet-friendly cottages promise couples romance and serenity. The spacious rural cottage lies close to the heart of the village and offers cosy comfort plus access to the best of Somerset and Exmoor.

Mill Cottage is a delightful two-bedroom property nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers families an idyllic getaway in the village of St Nectan’s Glen. The coastal cottage near Tintagel boasts gorgeous gardens with a babbling stream and is surrounded by trees.

With stunning rural views and a hilltop position, what is there not to like about this large, luxury Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage? The elegant and dog friendly Burnhope Shooting Lodge sleeps 16 in 9 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms with walks from the front door and a fishing lake.

This Grade II listed cottage with its original beams and open fireplace brings country life charm to the coast. Set in the fishing town of Brixham, this family sized property has four bedrooms, private parking and a large garden with an outdoor hot tub.

Forming part of an aesthetically pleasing terrace of cottages, Shepherds Nook is a rural holiday cottage in North Charlton. A tastefully decorated Northumberland holiday home with modern amenities, Shepherds Nook offers a cosy and convenient base to explore Northumberland’s coast and countryside.

Abbey’s View is a pet-friendly Whitby holiday cottage, spacious enough for six. One of the best waterside cottages available in the charming North Yorkshire fishing resort of Whitby. Enjoy days on the beach or exploring the gorgeous scenery of the Yorkshire coast and North York Moors.

Faith Cottage possessing the charm of a rural cottage dates back to 1488. This Grade II luxury holiday cottage in Suffolk offers guests two bedrooms of true character and modern comforts including a thatched roof and open fire. The cottage is surrounded by a large garden and the Suffolk countryside.

Mermond Flat is a beautiful romantic cottage sitting just a short stroll from the beach in Swanage, Dorset. The coastal cottage enjoys lovely views of the high street from its ample bay window & warms to an open fire. The cottage is elegantly furnished & appointed and sits in the heart of th...

Dark Ark Cottage is a romantic rural retreat for two boasting a rustic wooden exterior and sleek modern interior. Enjoy a romantic weekend break with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and a nearby waterfall. The secluded cottage is set amongst peaceful woodland near Manley in Cheshire.

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.

If you're looking for the perfect base from which to explore the sights and sounds of the marvellous city of Plymouth, this elegant studio apartment is just the place. With plenty of space for four guests this property also welcomes one dog and is close to the famous Barbican and Hoe.

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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