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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Glencarron is a beautiful Victorian shooting lodge near Strathcarron sleeping up to 18 in 11 bedrooms. This lovely large house enjoys breath taking views of the Glencarron Estate, which covers more than 12,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands. Pets welcome.
Set on the edge of the pretty village of Crantock on the North Cornwall coast, Talland Croft is a large and charming 5-bedroom house sleeping 10. The dog-friendly house is a short walk across dunes to a Crantock or an even shorter walk into the heart of Crantock, with good pubs and local shops.
Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 9 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.
Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage with an indoor pool and hot tub set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet-friendly Devon holiday cottage is in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque rural views. Use spa facilities and golf course.
Vanilla & Spices is a wonderfully minimalist countryside cottage situated near the village of Rendham, Suffolk, featuring exposed beams, expansive windows and skylights, sitting room with dining area and flat-screen TV, as well as two bedrooms and a sofa bed to accommodate up to six guests.
Copybush cottage is a sophisticated and secluded rural cottage offering beautiful views of the countryside of South Wales and Pembrokeshire. Situated in a peaceful corner of Lawrenny, the pet-friendly cottage offers spacious grounds, a hot tub and an open fire, as well as modern and elegant décor.
Situated on a beautiful farm overlooking the Jurassic Coast in West Dorset, The Swallows is one of 7 holiday cottages at Character Farm Cottages near Weymouth. 4-star rated by Visit England, it comfortably sleeps 4. It is extremely well appointed and open throughout the year. Pets welcome.
Craven House is a large and dog friendly Victorian House with Wi-Fi offering spacious self-catering accommodation for up to 14 guests in Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales. Perfect for walking and touring holidays in North Yorkshire.
Experience an amazing stay at this luxurious apartment in Plymouth. With extraordinary views over the Hoe and Plymouth Sound, this beautiful second floor property sleeps six guests and has a large private balcony with spectacular sea views.
Broadway Barn at Lydford Farm in the rural Peak District hamlet of Priestcliffe is a large high-quality holiday cottage lovingly created from converting a traditional Derbyshire barn. This pet friendly holiday home sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms (2 en suite), perfect for large or dual family holidays.
The Harber Scar is a traditional 3-bedroom family cottage in the Pennine village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale near Settle, best known as the location of the Three Peaks hills of the Yorkshire Dales. The cottage embraces the charm and character of its rural setting both inside and outside. Pets welcome.
Situated on the most beautiful street in St Ives is Juliot, a romantic cottage bedecked in luxury. Featuring exposed beams, stone walls and contemporary comforts, the pet-friendly cottage has earned a Visit England 5 Star and Gold rating and sits in a delightful seaside town in wonderful Cornwall.
Harbourside Haven Apartment 3 is a luxurious seaside apartment perched above the marina in Weymouth, Dorset. Enjoying beautiful views and a soft sea breeze from its balcony and open-plan living area, the sophisticated property places guests in the centre of the coastal resort and the coastline.
The Grain Store possesses all the charm of a stone-built 19th-century grain store and offers superb views of the sea and Cader Idris from its lush garden. The pet-friendly property spoils guests with exposed beams and contemporary facilities and lies just moments from lovely Abersoch in North Wales.
The Mill is a well-equipped coastal holiday cottage with Wi-Fi available all-year-round. It sleeps 6 and is set in 7.5-acres of Dorset countryside. The Mill is only a short walk from the village pub and short drive to the Market town of Bridport / West Bay famous as the location for 'Broadchurch'.
This stunning detached cottage is situated in a secluded position surrounded by moorland in the Exmoor National Park near Simonsbath and can sleep ten people in five bedrooms.
Priory Thatch Cottage is a romantic cottage steeped in tradition and close to the high street of Dunster. The cosy cottage boasts gorgeous mature gardens and modern comforts, as well as a sun-lit interior with open plan design. Enjoy serenity and wonderful walks through Exmoor from the front door.
Betty’s Barn is a brick-built barn conversion on a 200-acre farm, in the peaceful, village of Eaton-under-Heywood, 5 miles from Church Stretton. This beautifully furnished countryside holiday cottage in South Shropshire sleeps 5, with gardens, ponds and access to idyllic woodland. Pets welcome.
Visitors to Northumberland can holiday in comfort and style at Bridge Cottage, a pet-friendly country cottage on the outskirts of Haltwhistle, a short walk from Hadrian’s Wall. The cottage features a cosy sitting room, king-size double bedroom and twin bedroom, and walled patio area.
A superb coastal cottage in Beesands, South Devon. Beautifully designed to make the very most of its wonderful position on the coast, you'll find a luxurious interior and amazing sea views throughout. Three spacious bedrooms and loads of outdoor space means plenty of room, and it even has a cinema!
Prince Cottage is a pet-friendly coastal cottage sleeping 3 in the seaside fishing village of Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, offering comfortable, contemporary accommodation for small groups on holiday looking to enjoy beachcombing, walking the nearby moors and discovering the area’s rich history.
This waterside Lake District holiday cottage sits on a peaceful riverbank in the Cumbria village of Cark-in-Cartmel, close to cosy pubs and independent shops. Riverside View is a coastal cottage that sleeps 7, with stunning countryside views within the Lake District National Park. Pets welcome.
Pear Tree Cottage welcomes guests to a secluded rural home near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire. This large Cotswold cottage is both private and luxurious. It features exposed stone walls and open fires, lovely expansive grounds with games area, modern sophistication; a truly stylish getaway.
Curlew Cottage promises seclusion and escape. The pet-friendly rural cottage lies in Lower Peover, near Knutsford in Cheshire, and is surrounded by countryside and a delightful garden. The lovingly-appointed interior features light-filled spaces and a subtle palette and ensures a restful holiday.
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.