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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Nuide Farmhouse is a charming, large and pet friendly 5-bedroom farmhouse in rural surroundings that sleeps 10. Set in its own rambling grounds the house is ideal for exploring the Cairngorms and has access to fishing on The Spey. Horse riding can be arranged locally in Newtonmore.
Hayloft at Wheel Farm is a pet-friendly North Devon holiday cottage for couples situated just a short drive from the coast and the rolling hills of Exmoor, perfectly placed to offer guests rural self-catering holidays with a swimming pool.
Set within Exmoor National Park, Middle Leys Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom pet-friendly holiday cottage with Wi-Fi above the Somerset village of Withypool. Recently renovated and re-furnished, this Exmoor holiday cottage now offers stylish decor with rustic charm.
Based near Alberbury in Shropshire, The Old Sheep Shed is a stunningly renovated countryside home with a hot tub, offering luxury family holiday accommodation. The Old Sheep Shed is a 17th-century barn conversion, a lovely rural retreat amidst boundless Shropshire hills.
Brook Cottage is a secluded holiday cottage near Welshpool with ample, mature gardens and an expansive sitting area and panoramic rural views of this beautiful corner of Mid Wales. The pet-friendly cottage offers subtle elegance, contemporary style and the tranquillity of the surrounding woodland.
River Lodge served as the gatehouse to the National Trust’s Ilam Hall and the stone-built rural holiday cottage in the Peak District retains much of its original charm as well. A river runs by the spacious gardens of the pet-friendly cottage amidst green pastures and far-reaching rural views.
Millers Cottage, converted from old dairy units at Bakers Mill, is a lovely countryside cottage in Dorset sleeping 3. Old beams feature in this otherwise modern Beaminster cottage with large enclosed garden. Situated in a courtyard setting with 5 other cottages sleeping 21 in total. Pets welcome.
Explore the beautiful beaches of the Llyn Peninsula and retire at the end of every adventure-packed day to a well-presented, coastal cottage the peaceful village of Mynytho near Abersoch. Rhos offers four bedrooms, contemporary furnishings and welcomes young children and pets.
Luxury self-catering cottage for COUPLES. Spacious, detached, dog and infant-friendly. Between Bude and Port Isaac, North Cornwall. 10min drive to the coast. "The cottage is beautifully decorated and has all the amenities you could possibly need for a relaxing and luxury stay." 25.11.18 C....
Take in all the majesty of the North Cumbria countryside with a stay at The Stable, a romantic farm cottage for couples located in the rural hamlet of Milton near Brampton. Explore Hadrian’s Wall and The Lake District. Pets welcome.
The Owlery is a romantic holiday cottage in South Devon set in the Dittiscombe Hills Estate. Couples will have a lovely rural view from cottage windows, the sound of a small stream nearby, and plenty of peace and tranquility. Add a log-burner and spa bath large enough for two for a special holiday.
Standing within its own grounds in a secluded rural location near the Forest of Bowland, Somerwood is a large, beautifully furnished House in Ribchester. Facilities such as a cinema room, billiard room, tennis court and hot tub, justifiably put it in the luxury holiday cottage category. Sleeps 16.
Mill Reach is a stylish 2-bedroom holiday let a short stroll from the River Yar in Yarmouth, a picturesque seaisde town on the Isle of Wight with views across the Solent. Perfect for 2-4 guests seeking a long holiday or short break by the sea in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 1
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Number 16 is a Lake District holiday cottage in Bowness-on-Windermere, properly furnished and recently renovated to have plenty of room and a modern look. This child-friendly 3-bedroom cottage in Cumbria is just a short walk from Lake Windermere.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 2
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Bracken Cottage is a charming Exmoor Holiday cottage boasting exposed timber beams within the Exmoor National Park near Exford. The pet-friendly cottage is surrounded by woodland and features an upside-down design, modern comforts and a delightful garden with views of the River Exe.
Sycamore Cottage seamlessly marries rural charm and contemporary style in a luxury cottage in Harwood Dale, Yorkshire. The pet-friendly property features exposed beams and stone walls, ultra-modern fittings, an upside-down design and a beautiful garden with an entertaining area and hot tub.
Corn House on the grounds of a 700-acre farm near Church Stretton in Shropshire, offers large groups and families luxury holiday accommodation in a Grade II listed barn conversion with six spacious bedrooms, oak bespoke fully equipped kitchen, and access to a pool, hot tub and tennis courts.
Croft Cottage boasts a rustic stone exterior and spacious lawned gardens which house a gingerbread-style barbecue hut. The interior of this pet-free, rural cottage near Shepton Mallet in Somerset offers surprises at every turn as well as modern comforts and light-filled spaces plus fine rural views.
Brae Fell Cottage at Monkhouse Hill, an imaginative conversion of an ancient barn in the Northern Lakes. The 5 star cottage has a vaulted upstairs living area oozing character, and two bedroom suites each with double, twin and bathroom. Access to a luxury hotel spa with swimming pool is included.
This 17th Century detached stone built farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales lies in the Wharfedale village of Buckden. A large and dog-friendly holiday cottage, Clifford House Farm sleeps 12 in f5 bedrooms.
Visit Snowdonia from this delightful stone built, romantic cottage for two just minutes from Betws-y-Coed. Royal Oak Farm Cottage promises tranquillity in a tastefully restored one-bedroom cottage. Wooden décor features strongly in this cottage, which is equipped with all of the comforts of home.
Etland House is a large holiday cottage located in the Cumbrian countryside near Kirkby Lonsdale between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales in the tiny rural hamlet of Preston Patrick. It sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms and welcomes pets.
Gorse Cottage is a delightful Exmoor holiday cottage nestled in the centre of the National Park. The waterside stone cottage by the River Exe boasts modern comforts and space for pets in its charming garden. The wonders of Exmoor and coast are within easy reach of this peaceful rural retreat.
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.