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 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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1366 cottages found 1366 match all criteria.

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.

Nestled in the heart of the North Devon countryside between Bideford and Clovelly, Crooked Lake is a charming 17th Century cottage ideal for a quiet and relaxing getaway amidst beautiful countryside.

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.

A distinct coastal vibe permeates Fish and Ships, a contemporary coastal cottage in the heart of Whitby in North Yorkshire. Whitby’s harbour is a short walk from the apartment, which offers light and airy spaces with abundant natural light, as well as relaxed sophistication and open-plan design.

A charming terraced Shropshire holiday cottage in Alberbury with original oak beams and trusses, and wood burner in the open plan living area. It sleeps 6 in 3 delightful bedrooms all en-suite. Add in the private patio with hot tub, and this is a perfect country cottage for a family holiday!

The Brambles is a single bedroom cottage ideal for couples or lone travelers set in stunning farmland which overlooks the Dorset Coast and the Chesil Beach. Fantastic walks straight from the door of the cottage. Situated between the seaside town of Weymouth and Abbotsbury, famous for its swans.

Cool Stone Cottage is sleek, modern and elegant. The pet-friendly cottage in Instow carries a distinct coastal vibe and lies just moments from the beach and the highlights of North Devon. Natural light floods the cottage and the sea breeze can be enjoyed in the open-plan spaces or the lovely garden.

Award winning large 2-bedroom barn conversion - 5 star Gold. Free wifi - all on one floor, spacious ground floor bedrooms/wetrooms. Set on our rural farmstead in 19 acres of grass and woodland 2 miles from the historic town of Beverley. Arrive any day. Pets welcome. SEE OUR WEBSITE VIRTUAL TOUR

Lavender Barn is a 200-year-old rural cottage near Halse in Somerset which boasts modern sophistication and a 5-star rating, as well as a hot tub, a wood-burning stove, a games room, a swimming pool and wheelchair access. Guests and pets are gifted beautiful countryside and nearby beaches.

Set in the heart of the popular Lake District town of Keswick, 8 Myrtle Villas is a stylish, open-plan self-catering holiday cottage for up to four people in two bedrooms. This pet-friendly cottage welcomes two dogs

The Outlook is a contemporary rural cottage boasting wonderful views of the Somerset countryside, and a hot tub. The pet-friendly cottage near Crowcombe sits on expansive grounds surrounded by green hills and offers outdoor entertaining areas as well as a spacious interior with chic design features.

Bridge Cottage in the small Cotswold hamlet of Upper Swell, Gloucestershire, sits beside a Grade II listed bridge over the River Dikler, originally the gamekeeper’s cottage converted into a child-friendly holiday home, with a large lawned garden, wood-burning stove, and three first-floor bedrooms.

Coleridge is a charming wood-clad cottage near Kilve in Somerset. The pet-friendly cottage boasts luxury and panoramic views to the coast, as well as large gardens with furnished outdoor spaces and a hot tub. Add exposed beams, a hammock for true relaxation, and even an agility course for the dog.

This charming countryside holiday home near Bedale sleeps 4 on a farm for retired racehorses, with lovely views of the Hambleton Hills. Millstone Cottage lies in the pretty village of Thornton Watlass, in North Yorkshire, near Fountains Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Dogs welcome.

Colours Borrowed from the Sea is a sophisticated coastal cottage just moments from the beaches of Marske-by-the-Sea in Yorkshire. The pet-friendly cottage boasts coastal chic with light & airy spaces, as well as a pleasant outdoor area that catches the sea breeze and the sun. Escape to the seasi...

Award winning collection of 7 large luxury Holiday Cottages set on our farm just 2 miles from Beverley,East Yorkshire. 2,3,4 and 6 bedroom cottages all with free wifi. Arrive any day. Ground floor bedrooms/wetrooms. 5*Gold. SEE VIRTUAL TOURS. Pets welcome.

Set beside a stream in Cark in Cartmel is 14 Low Row, a delightful cottage in the heart of Cumbria and The Lake District. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys access to the delights of the village and offers contemporary comforts, multiple outdoor relaxation areas, exposed beams and a cosy wood burner.

Elm Terrace welcomes families and pets to a gorgeous coastal cottage located in the sought-after town of Mevagissey, Cornwall. The seaside property boasts ocean views and a sleek modern interior encased in an original stone façade. A small garden completes the attractions of this hill-top property.

A unique Scandinavian-style eco-friendly cottage with a swimming pool blessed with timber finishes and surrounded by lawned gardens in a tranquil Isle of Wight coastal setting. Furnished to a very high standard, romance and relaxation are assured in this child and pet free luxury getaway near Ryde.

The Creamery is a spacious, stylishly furnished character cottage within a short walk of Dorchester's historic centre yet within easy reach of Weymouth and other Jurassic Coast resorts. This dog-friendly Dorset holiday cottage welcomes families, sleeping up to 5 guests in 3 bedrooms

Urban chic meets the country at Billy Boo, a sophisticated rural cottage near Backbarrow in Cumbria and the Lake District. Set on a working farm inside a national park, the cottage promises luxury, an open fire, a hot tub, light and airy open-plan spaces, beautiful country views and on-site fishing.

Overlooking the picturesque Wye Valley near the medieval market town of Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, along the Wales-England border, Llangain Farmhouse is a centuries-old child-friendly holiday four-bedroom home featuring exposed beams, thick beams, and three wood burning stoves.

This very unique, (and large) North Norfolk holiday cottage, a former merchant's house built in the 16th Century, features a look-out-tower that offers fantastic far-reaching coastal views across Wells harbour - just minutes away on foot. This luxury coastal cottage sleeps 9.

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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