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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Blare Cottage at Lower Aylescott Farm stands amidst glorious North Devon countryside a few miles from the fabulous Woolacombe Beach. This pretty two-bedroom holiday home sleeps 4. Guests can roam the grounds, fish the well-stocked lakes while children will enjoy the onsite children's play area.

Memory House is probably the most prestigious house in Woolacombe, enjoying uninterrupted views of Woolacombe beach across to Putsburough. The large ground to ceiling windows across the entire ground floor means you can watch the surfers over breakfast or the sun setting over the sea in the evening

Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, games room, and shared outdoor play area and tennis court.

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.

A delightful stone-built farm cottage situated amidst the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains in Snowdonia National Park, Berwyn Cottage near the market town of Bala, Gwynedd, offers families of up to four on holiday in the Welsh highlands the perfect home base to explore this natural rural paradise.

Ty Gwilym Holiday Cottages are set in the heart of St Davids with three cottages for up to 2, 4 or 6. They are very close to the Cathedral and shops and within ten minutes of both the coastal path and beaches at Whitesand Bay and Caerfai Bay.

A charming and cosy family- and pet-friendly getaway by the sea, Victoria Cottage is a delightful balance of historic touches and modern convenience with room for four. This cottage makes the most of its great seaside location to offer a family holiday in a warm, comfortable environment.

Garden House is a gorgeous rural cottage set on the lavish grounds of a grand private estate near Aylsham in Norfolk. The pet-friendly cottage boasts beautiful views and 150 acres of grounds with lakes and combines rural charm with modern elegance in a cottage with an open fire and coastal access.

This comfortable Highland holiday apartment sleeps 4 in the tastefully converted former science block of an old Victorian public school in Fort Augustus. Stylish contemporary furnishings will make your stay both memorable and relaxing. Luxury at an affordable price.

Overlooking Mounts Bay and the harbour, The Abbey is a historic luxury holiday cottage in Penzance. This large and pet friendly Cornwall holiday property sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms, and everywhere, exudes style and quality. Perfect for luxurious seaside holidays with family or friends all year round.

Enjoy self-catering holidays in North Wales with family and friends at Hendre Aled Farmhouse, a large and secluded pet-friendly farmhouse sleeping 12 near Llansannan in the Conwy Valley. This 4-bedroom house is perfectly located for exploring the North Wales coastal resorts and Snowdonia.

Chestnut Cottage is a large Dorset holiday cottage with sea views that sleeps 9 amidst idyllic farmland on the Jurassic Coast. With the seaside town of Weymouth nearby and the Coastal Footpath running nearby it makes it a sought-after, family-friendly holiday home. Pets welcome.

Bright and cosy, Wards Court 1 is perfect for a romantic getaway. Updated throughout, this self-catering apartment in Frampton on Severn is a lovely idyllic village retreat for two. The River Severn and nearby countryside offer many delightful options for exploring or simply relaxing together.

Sitting on the lush grounds of the owner’s house in Welsh Newton, Pembridge Cottage charms visitors with its stone exterior and modern characterful interior. The pet-friendly, detached barn conversion offers high-quality accommodation and even free fly-fishing lessons, in beautiful Herefordshire.

The North East Coast of Scotland is adored for its scenic coastal walks all year round. 1 Seafield Street in Cullen, a historic coastal town on the Murray Firth, is a large holiday cottage sleeping up to 10 adults + 2 children in spacious, well-equipped accommodation. 1 well-behaved pet is welcome.

Sitting next to the railway tracks near Woolston in Somerset, Railway Cottage is a dream cottage for railway lovers. The pet-friendly cottage promises to charm and views of the countryside, as well as a log burner, light-filled rooms, oak flooring, modern comforts and a 4-star gold rating.

Exceptional attention to detail distinguishes this three-bedroom, family-friendly cottage in Grosmont. Character-laden Wychwood welcomes groups and pets to a property filled with contemporary fittings, traditional features and views of the North York Moors from its interior and the furnished patio.

Couples on holiday in the north of England enjoy cosy accommodation at The Goat Shed, a barn conversion in the rural hamlet of High Normanby, North Yorkshire, a pet-friendly cottage that retains much of its original character and sits near the Yorkshire coast and in North York Moors National Park.

Upper Tweenways promises comfort and style in the midst of the wonders of Cumbria and The Lakes District. The cosy romantic cottage in Ambleside lies within a stone-built terrace and possesses contemporary design features and is the perfect place in which to relax after daily adventures by the lake.

This Tetbury holiday cottage in Gloucestershireshire, a beautifully converted Cotswold stone barn, is a pet-friendly luxury holiday home with five bedrooms and a courtyard garden with tennis court. Perfect for walking, cycling and driving holidays in the Cotswolds for family or friends.

The Normans is an imposing Georgian townhouse in the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, and it promises groups elegance and sophistication. Perfect for marking special occasions, the coastal cottage boasts a games room, a unique cinema room, gardens, ocean views, an open fire & endless luxury.

Country Postcard offers a special holiday experience in an eco-friendly cottage near Wellow in Somerset. The former signal box has been successfully converted into a charming and sophisticated rural cottage boasting lovely grounds, a wood burner, a sauna, an artist’s studio & its own shepherd’s ...

Located right on the waterfront overlooking Falmouth Harbour with amazing views from most rooms and the huge terrace, Nightingale House provides you with an unrivalled location from which to enjoy your Cornish holiday. It has 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, off-road parking for 2 cars and WiFi.

Lanlas Farmhouse is a large, 4-star, Grade II-Listed and pet friendly holiday cottage near Aberaeon in an idyllic rural location on the west coast of Wales in Ceredigion. It stands on a 130-acre organic farm (with own fishing lakes) in Ciliau Aeron, 3 miles from beautiful sandy beaches.

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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