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Book Self-Catering Holiday Cottages For Active Holidays

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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A converted Victorian folly stuled like a temple is surrounded by open parkland.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Temple of Diana is an architectural wonder set on 1000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland at Weston Park. The rural cottage near Weston-under-Lizard boasts ornate ceilings, a circular lounge, a games room, a three-bay glazed orangery and stunning views of the Shropshire countryside.

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Exterior of a stone built cottage overlooking a courtyard.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

This semi-detached Cumbrian holiday cottage is located near Cark-in-Cartmel and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Thatchers Cottage, sleeping up to six, is one of seven North Devon holiday cottages at Muddlebridge House, near Barnstaple. With an indoor swimming pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for surfing, cycling, golf and fishing holidays - (in between days on the many nearby beaches). Pets welcome.

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A 2-storey barconversion with a low stone wall overlooks a paved drive and a spacious lawn.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Heath Cottage in the rural hamlet of Ollerbrook, Derbyshire, is the ideal High Peak romantic cottage for couples on holiday in the East Midlands, a stone-built barn conversion situated close to the owners’ farmhouse with cosy beamed living room and patio with lovely views of the countryside.

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A2-storey, end of terrace stone-built holiday cottage in Settle with a walled side garden.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

French doors open onto a private patio and lawn with stunning rural views of the surrounding countryside at this Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage for couples. Located in the peaceful village of Long Preston, near Skipton, Carn Cottage sleeps two and is a short walk from a CAMRA award-winning pub.

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Exterior of a double-fronted cottage with a covered porch on a sunny day.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Introducing Pen-y-Bont, a charming pet-friendly holiday cottage located in Aberdaron, on the North Wales coast. The cottage features three bedrooms, modern amenities, and a cosy wood burner to provide warmth and comfort. Guests can also enjoy a private patio, games room, bike and kayak storage, and off-road parking. The cottage's central location in Aberdaron puts it just a few steps away from the beach, shops, and pubs, making it an ideal getaway for families, friends or couples looking for a relaxing coastal retreat.

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Exterior of a small Gloucestershire cottage and adjoining stable in a garden.
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Elinor Fettiplace is a rustic romantic cottage on the grounds of Elizabethan Pauntley Court. Sitting near Pauntley in Gloucestershire, it dates back to the 1300s and boasts beamed ceilings, wooden floors, and authentic rural charm. A tennis court and lakes are found on the extensive grounds.

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Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1

Nestled in the attic of a stone-built former farmhouse, Lower Norton Apartment on the outskirts of the South Hams town of Dartmouth, Devon, is a romantic flat with an inset balcony offering magnificent countryside views and boasting exposed beams, quality furnishings, and king master with an en-suite.

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Large cottage with balcony and floor-to-ceiling French windows in Padstow.
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Spectacular views of Treyarnon Bay greet guests at Trewalder, a stunning coastal cottage on the Cornish coast. The pet-friendly cottage sits above the beautiful beach and the gorgeous gardens catch the sea breeze, while the interior boasts ample windows, contemporary elegance and a wood burner.

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Activity holidays don't need to involve knuckle experiences. For families with young children or those preferring a 'healthy holiday' without the risk of injury, 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 has precisely 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 website for further information. Alternatively, e-mail or phone the owners direct to check that what you want to do on holiday is precisely the activity accessible at the cottage.