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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Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.

Stable Cottage is a stylish Devon holiday cottage with acres of space set within the extensive grounds of Highbullen Hotel and Country Club estate, enjoying all the first class facilities available to guests in rural surroundings near South Molton.

The Devon Manor House is a Grade 1 listed property, set in 160 acres of idyllic North Devon countryside. It sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms and has a swimming pool and tennis court. This , luxury North Devon holiday home with glorious gardens is a short rural drive from beaches and Exmoor. Pets welcome.

The Chalet is stunning, purpose-built apartment - hotel, comprising of 6 luxury apartments and an incredible 2 bedroom penthouse suite. Each apartment sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. The living area is open plan with large, glass, full length windows overlooking Saunton Sands beach and the sea beyond.

The Lynhurst, located on Exmoor, offers commanding sea views. A large North Devon holiday cottage, it has retained many of its charming original Victorian features. It sleeps 22 in 10 bedrooms with 9 en-suite bathrooms. 5 minutes from Lynmouth beach. Walking distance of Lynton. Pets welcome.

This welcoming holiday home for couples nestles in a secluded rural location down a country lane on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. between the resorts of Cowes and Ryde. The Cabin is a delightful romantic escape for walking cycling watching sunsets. Pets welcome

Una Cuprum 53 is a luxury seaside holiday let in West Cornwall's most prestigious development of designer holiday homes for self-catering holidays near Carbis Bay Beach in St. Ives. Guests enjoy use of a pool while staying at this beautifully designed and furnished holiday property.

Exposed beams and trusses, a timber-clad exterior and spacious rooms make this converted barn near Rhayader an ideal rural retreat for families and couples planning a walking or cycling holiday exploring Mid-Wales Take including the Brecon Beacons and the Radnorshire Hills

Every now and then you need that escape that’s all about sun kissed faces and sandy toes, and Una St Ives has everything you need to enjoy time together in style.

The Coach House is a delightful romantic retreat in the Scottish Borders a few miles inland from the coast near Berwick.This semi-detached, holiday cottage for couples is in the rural hamlet of Allanton just outside Chirnside on the Scottish Borders - wonderful country for walking holidays.

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 ...

Rose Cottage is a luxuriously furnished and equipped 4-bedroom coastal cottage in a rural location on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. Guests enjoy use of a heated indoor pool and many more leisure facilities. Sleeps 7. Pets welcome.

An idyllic quiet haven, large pet friendly Merrifield House near Ashburton in Devon is a former Georgian Rectory sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. Get away from it all in tis luxury cottage whilst enjoying easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the wonderful sandy beaches of the South Hams.

Solstice is a delightful period maisonette style property set over three floors, in an excellent location. The property has stunning estuary views of Kingswear and the mouth of the River Dart.

The Old Granary is large, spacious and tastefully furnished coastal cottage with a hot tub in Burton Agnes, a small village in the North Yorkshire countryside. Accommodating up to 16 guests, it welcomes large families or groups of friends for holidays or short breaks for celebrations and reunions,

A little inland from the Helford River and Falmouth's beaches, Stag at Trecombe Lakes is a cosy eco-lodge in a woodland setting. Sleeping 2-4 it offers self-catering holidays in Cornwall for couples or a young family. Private terrace with BBQ and Firepit.

The Ship Inn, once a pub in Colwyn Bay in North Wales, has been comfortably and stylishly converted to create a large, dog friendly holiday cottage sleeping 34 guests in 12 spacious bedrooms, with a 5-minute walk of the beach.

Far-reaching rural and sea views across Lyme Bay are a feature of Harbour Lights, a large holiday cottage in Dorset between Bridport and the Jurassic Coast at West Bay. This pet friendly luxury property with Wi-Fi sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms.

Coastal cottage in North Cornwall offering self-catering holidays in a quiet rural location with magnificent sea views over Trebarwith Strand. This Family-friendly farm cottage is a 20-minute walk to the local sandy beach and within easy reach of beaches at Tintagel, Port Isaac and Boscastle.

Quay Cottage in Brixham, South Devon combines the best of both worlds, blending modern renovation with a traditional fisherman’s cottage to create a stylish character holiday cottage sleeping 6 with sea views across Torbay, a stones throw from the vibrant harbour in the heart of the town.

This characterful 500 year old stone-built, coastal cottage in the village of Llanfaethlu on Anglesey offers self-catering accommodation sleeping six guests in three bedrooms. Pets welcome.

This large and comfortable Isle of Wight holiday cottage with 4-bedrooms and use of a pool and gym is located within The West Bay Club near Yarmouth. Perfect for a healthy and active family holiday close to the coast.

A holiday cottage in the Lake District, this pet-friendly escape is comfortable, relaxing, and ideally located near many attractions. Featuring three bedrooms, and a fitted kitchen, this property is convenient to Coniston Village and the great recreational opportunities of Coniston Water.

Where better to enjoy uninterrupted views of the picturesque 14th Century Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey than from the balconies at The Pink House, a large holiday cottage perched above the village offering breath-taking harbour and sea views.

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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