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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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.
Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
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.
St Corantyn Cottage lies on the gorgeous Bonython Estate and enjoys the seclusion of 20 acres of beautiful grounds near Helston in Cornwall. The light-filled, elegant country cottage near Helston offers an open fire and multiple outdoor relaxation spaces as well as gorgeous rural views.
Harvest Cottage welcomes couples to a pretty stone and pantiled farm cottage near Pickering in the heart of picturesque Levisham. The pet-friendly, one-bedroom barn conversion offers ample gardens and peace and quiet. It is an ideal base for exploring the North York Moors and coast.
Fabulous, uninterrupted views across the expanse of Falmouth Bay from the open plan living-room and balconies of this contemporary first floor apartment always provide something of interest to catch your eye. It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms with 2 luxury bathrooms, WiFi and off-road parking.
Tractor Shed sits on a 20-acre hillside farm overlooking the rural Welsh village of Felindre, near Knighton in Powys, once a traditional stone barn, now lovingly converted into a dog-friendly holiday cottage, with spa bath, eco-friendly cedar hot tub, and exposed stone walls.
Endless activities greet visitors to Oliver’s Mill, a converted barn amid the rolling hills of Alkington in Shropshire. The 18th-century rural cottage boasts style and traditional character and offers woodland, an indoor swimming pool, a multi-sports court & a children’s play area, plus a log fire.
Situated in the Challacombe block at Byron is 5 Challacombe, a luxurious coastal apartment just moments from the sands of Woolacombe Bay in Devon. The pet-friendly cottage exudes coastal chic & boasts a spacious deck beside the open-plan living space as well as an indoor pool, gym and a sea breeze.
In the popular Lake District village of Braithwaite, close to Keswick, Applegarth is a fabulous Victorian house just perfect for big gatherings, comfortably sleeping 14 and welcoming up to two dogs. With large rooms, an open fire, and mountain views, it is the perfect Lake District holiday home.
One of a group of Grade II-listed holiday homes tastefully restored in the peaceful hamlet of Coombe Keynes, Dorset, Odd Nod Cottage is a picturesque thatched coastal cottage amidst an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with three first-floor bedrooms and large lawned garden.
The Stables at The Lammas is an elegant Cotswold stone conversion surrounded by mature gardens in the village of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, & it possesses a truly unique outdoor dining area. The rural cottage boasts two courtyards, contemporary luxury & proximity to the best of the Cot...
Set on a working farm near Wheddon Cross, Hedgehog Cottage promises serenity wonderful countryside views. The pet-friendly cottage offers fresh air & spacious grounds as well as a log fire, country charm & contemporary luxury. Stay in the highest village in Exmoor and explore the country & coast.
Spring Cottage is a stone-built terrace promising romance and sophistication. The pet-friendly cottage in Painswick, Gloucestershire, is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and features contemporary design features, a pleasant garden and proximity to the beauty of the Cotswolds.
Visitors to Alpine Lodge are offered the rare privilege of enjoying a rural cottage nestled between the mountains and the sea. The pet-free, detached cottage sits in its own grounds on the outskirts of Rhyd-y-Foel, in North Wales and is just moments from Snowdonia and the sandy beaches of Abergele.
Prospect Cottage is an impressive family-friendly rural holiday cottage is able to sleep up to five people in three double bedrooms. It is set in the picturesque countryside of County Durham nine miles from the historic City of Durham.
Based on the Isle of Anglesey Bwthyn Gwyn is a meticulously restored stone built barn conversion, reappointed as a vibrant and welcoming holiday home in the countryside. Perfect for small families, the two-bedroom property combines contemporary comforts with rustic style for a relaxing breakaway.
A pet-friendly farm cottage nestled in an idyllic valley between the Brendon Hills and the Exmoor coast, Harthanger View Cottage near the rural village of Luxborough, Somerset, was recently converted from a barn into a charming retreat with spiral staircase, cosy sitting room, and en-suite master.
Capel Dinorwig is a magnificent, converted, pet friendly Welsh Chapel in Gwynedd creating a large, luxury, eco holiday home near Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park. It sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms snd sauna. The remote, rural views from the chapel are absolutely stunning.
Cotton Cottage is an impressive rural cottage set on the grounds of Combermere Abbey in Whitchurch, Shropshire. The pet-friendly cottage boasts red bricks and mullion windows, plus many more original features, as well as expansive manicured grounds, a four-poster bed, open fire & a fruit tree maze.
Lyndhurst is a truly impressive, well-preserved Pennine property in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, a large and pet-friendly holiday home, perfect for hosting large families or groups of friends looking to relax in sumptuous accommodation, complete with conservatory, games room, and hot tub.
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.