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.

A large classic fully restored and modernised Victorian farmhouse, Crooked Post sleeps 8 guests and is set amidst 180 acres of beautiful moorland near North Molton on Exmoor National Park in West Somerset. Dogs welcome.

Fennel Cottage is a dog friendly detached barn conversion sleeping 7 in 3 bedrooms on the Sherrill Farm estate with Wi-Fi and shared heated pool near Tavistock on the Devon and Cornwall border.

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

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.

Butcombe Farmhouse is a Grade II listed farm house resting within the village of Butcombe. This large Somerset cottage houses eight bedrooms and sleeps up to 22 guests.

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 stylish Coast Barn at Noss Mayo is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for two in Devon. Communal gardens and tennis courts plus an ideal coastal location make this a luxury holiday experience you’re sure to treasure.

Drake Lodge on the Lakeview Lodges estate near the historic market town of Honiton, Devon, sits amidst the splendour of the Blackdown Hills, a three-bedroom countryside cottage featuring contemporary furnishings, en-suite master with king-size bed, and decked terrace with glass surround.

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.

The Rookery is a sophisticated conversion on Dinney Farm in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Surrounded by farmland, the pet-friendly cottage enjoys seclusion and wonderful views as well as a light and airy interior, a games room, open fire, en-suite rooms, a Juliet balcony and space to entertain and relax.

The Deal Beach House is a luxuriously-appointed coastal cottage in Deal, Kent. The 1820s seaside house is situated in the artistic quarter of the town and offers guests and their pets a cottage with style throughout its three floors. The south-facing courtyard catches the sun and the sea breeze.

Lavender Woodland Retreat in Wadebridge, Cornwall, brings luxury to a perfect family vacation. The contemporary pet-friendly rural cottage boasts ornate touches and modern comforts as well as contemporary décor, a swimming pool, private garden, balconies, expansive rooms and proximity to the coast.

The Farmhouse lies in open countryside near Bedale and is nicely situated for holidays exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. This pet friendly holidayproperty sleeps 10 guests in 4 bedrooms, and offers delightful rural views over Yorkshire countryside from its private garden.

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.

The Cattle Sheds is a successful barn conversion between the country and the coast in Knapton, Norfolk, which promises luxury and sophistication. The pet-friendly cottage features exposed beams & wooden floors as well as a sun-filled courtyard and open-plan spaces ideal for celebrating and relaxing.

Spectacular views of Blue Flag Llanddona Beach are available from almost every window of this pet-friendly cottage for four in Anglesey. With everything arranged on a single floor, Hen Felin Isaf is convenient, welcoming, and relaxing, truly a seaside holiday destination of your dreams.

Luxury refurbished cottage in Tincleton awarded 5 STAR GOLD for 2020. On a Farm set in tranquil rural countryside in the heart of Hardye's Wessex. Ideally located near Jurassic Coastline. Disabled facilities. Enclosed garden. Fishing on the River Frome. WIFI. Nature Trail on doorstep. Tennis Court.

My View is a large, detached Cornish holiday house with an indoor heated swimming pool offering luxury self-catering holidays in Cawsand. It sleeps 11 guests in 6 bedrooms (4 ensuite). This family friendly Cornwall holiday home overlooks Cawsand Beach with amazing sea views across Plymouth Sound.

RedRoofs, with its stunning views over the Esk Valley and situated within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, is a spacious home ideally suited for family holidays or a weekend getaway for a group of friends. Within easy access of the village pub, and Whitby only a short drive away.

Whitby North Yorkshire Coastal cottage Large Holiday Cottage Pet Friendly Family Friendly • Georgian House • 5 minute walk to beaches

Situated on a working farm in West Pennard, stone-built Apple Barn enjoys views of the surrounding countryside of Somerset and spoils guests with charm and modernity. The pet-friendly cottage offers a tennis court and entertaining spaces, as well as the sophisticated interior with exposed beams.

Old Maids Cottage on the spectacular North Devon coast has been fully restored as a luxurious, open plan luxury holiday home for six people in three double bedrooms, (two en suite). You’ll enjoy its picture-perfect thatched cottage that just oozes the holiday feeling from the moment you arrive.

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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