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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Overlooking quiet rolling fields in South Devon near Kingsbridge, this 400-year old dog friendly thatched cottage is THE perfect venue for a cosy and relaxing holiday. Beaches and cliff walks just 4 miles away. Open all year. Sleeps 6.

£90 off

17th-24th May

Braunton Cottage Cottage Listing
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Braunton Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom North Devon coast cottage in Braunton dating back to the 18th Century. It is situated on a quiet road, 3 miles from the beach at Saunton Sands. This family-friendly cottage sleeps 6 and accepts 1 dog.

Sleeping up to four in two bedrooms, pretty Royd Holiday Cottage in a rural location at Lower Aylescott just a few miles from the stunning North Devon coastline and Woolacombe Beach. This family-friendly cottage near Ilfracombe has onsite fishing and a children's play area.

£74 off

17th-24th May

Duror Cottage Listing
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Duror is a pretty three-bedroom cottage ideally located at Lower Aylescott near Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in North Devon. Sleeping 2-6, guests have access to onsite fishing and a children's play area. The child friendly cottage is within easy reach of award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.

Llys Offa is a spacious family-friendly cottage offering tranquillity, multiple spaces for relaxation, a games room, sauna and outdoor heated swimming pool, all of which sit beside a running stream, just a stroll from the village of Ruabon and within easy reach of the attractions of North Wales.

Family & dog-friendly lodging, sumptuous facilities in the great outdoors make every stay at Barton Pines in South Devon near Torbay a deluxe experience. Lodge 4 has luxuries galore: Fully furnished kitchen and living room, private yard and hot tub, 2 spacious and efficacious bedrooms

Charming 3-bedroom holiday cottage with a pool on a country estate near Lechlade in Gloucestershire. This 3-bedroom cottage on the edge of the Cotswolds. The Dairy sleeps 5 guests. It's perfect for families with young children as the estate has many child friendly facilities and play areas.

Hill House Farm Cottage near Cheddar is built to take advantage of the superb rural views out towards Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills. This is a two-bedroom Somerset holiday cottage that sleeps 4 people, luxuriously furnished to a very high standard with a walled garden and patio area outside.

Bryn Penmaen is a small detached cottage with a waterside view on the 100-acre Penmaen Estate. This coastal cottage sleeps 4 in idyllic countryside outside Pwllheli. It is dog-friendly, child-friendly, with travel cot and highchair. Outside is a large garden with patio, furniture, and a BBQ.

This large, accessible Gwynedd holiday cottage sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (3 ground floor). Located on the gorgeous Llyn Peninsula in North Wales it is 3 country miles from the picturesque resort of Aberdaron and soft sandy beaches. Pets welcome.

Birch Cottage is a large stone-built Peak District Holiday Cottage with shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool in Derbyshire. The cottage sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with beautiful views over the Hope Valley and is well-placed for large families of groups of friends to explore the Peak District.

Gardeners Cottage is a wonderfully presented period holiday cottage in the Cotswolds. Exposed beams and traditional stonework still evident throughout, create the background for this charming character cottage in the Oxfordshire village of Shipton-under-Wychwood.

As though straight out of a period drama, the elegant Timberway barn conversion at Barnaway near the little West Devon village of Petrockstowe is an idyllic rural getaway in the heart of West Devon. This exquisite countryside cottage for couples is a peaceful romantic rural retreat.

Kelper’s Barn is a delightful combination of tradition and modernity located on Whistley Farm in Dorset. The charming, pet-free, rural holiday lodge near Gillingham boasts gorgeous farm and riverside views, modern comforts and natural light and a woodburner stove for cosy winter nights.

With an indoor heated swimming pool and games room, Woodlands Manor House offers large self-catering holiday accommodation for up to 12 guests in an idyllic setting on the North Cornwall coast near Bude. Enjoy walking in our private woodland and meet and help feed our small menagerie of animals.

Holywell is a large holiday cottage that sleeps 12 in the little village of Llandebie (albeit large enough for a pub or two) in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. The facilities at this secluded pet friendly cottage include a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, gym and a pool table. location is p...

Fairlea Grange is a superb, large and comfortable Victorian townhouse in Abergavenny sleeping up to 24 guests, in a perfect location for exploring the Brecon Beacons and the Welsh Marches. Facilities in this dog-friendly holiday home include a huge Home TV Lounge, Games Room, Hot Tub and Mini-gym.

Pleasure Row is a charming, pet-friendly 3-bedroom holiday home in Hampshire contained within a traditional clapper board barn exterior. The rural cottage is surrounding by gorgeous countryside and offers tranquillity and modern refinement plus access to the delights of Alton and the South Downs.

A family holiday in the Scottish Highlands is made more enjoyable with a stay at Hillside East, a family-friendly holiday cottage in Kingussie, Inverness-shire, in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Sleeping four, Hillside East is a warm and comfortable traditional, stone-built cottage.

Traditional charm and modern comforts combine perfectly in Trooper’s Barn, a large rural cottage in Shropshire’s scenic Hope Valley. The cottage welcomes families and pets. Sleeps 11 in five bedrooms, a shared games room, luscious gardens, spacious sitting rooms and an outdoor hot tub.

£50.00 off

22nd Apr-31st May

Chatsworth Apartments Cottage Listing
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Waterside one and two bedroom Apartments at Newquay holiday apartments, alongside the Gannel Estuary, within a short walk to Fistral Beach and Newquay town centre. This Cornish Estuary apartment is perfect for a beach holiday with a lovely south facing outlook over the estuary. Sleeps 2 - 6.

Charlotte's Rest is a modern 3-bedroom Dorset holiday home boasting a fine enclosed lawn for summer games and picnics in Christchurch, a mecca for watersports enthusiasts and beach lovers. This spacious house is within easy reach of Avon and Mudeford Sandbank beaches, as well as Christchurch Harbour...

This detached Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sleeps 3, in the attractive village of Embsay, near the market town of Skipton. Wynville is set in wonderful gardens, with a modern kitchen, beautifully decorated lounge and dining room, and idyllic walks and cosy country pubs on its doorstep.

Feel right at home with this charming, open-concept, contemporary holiday lodge, situated perfectly between Totnes and Torbay. This open-plan, reverse-level concept with a chic interior design is perfect for those looking for a luxurious blend of elegance and comfort in the South Devon countryside.

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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