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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The pet-friendly Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities, swimming pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday.
Fairways East sleeps 8 in four en-suite bedrooms. The large, luxury house is set within the lovely Devon countryside within the grounds of Highbullen Country Estate. Guests have access to the 9 hole golf course, 7 all weather tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, gym and a sauna.
Set in a tranquil rural location on the North Devon coast near the charming seaside village of Combe Martin, The Linhay at Wheel Farm sleeps 4 and is one of a small collection of lovingly converted farm buildings. Onsite facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court and a sauna.
The Shippen is a pet-friendly holiday cottage in Combe Martin sleeping 4. It is tucked away in a quiet corner on the North Devon coast at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages: A collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages with a pool.
Brodawel House is an accessible period Edwardian holiday home with sea and mountain views on the North Wales Coast in Aberdovey. This large and pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 15 in 7 bedrooms (5 ensuite, 1 with wheelchair access).
Merry Hill Barn is a delightful thatched roof conversion surrounded by rolling green hills near Portesham in Dorset. The pet-friendly luxury cottage boasts tradition, an open fire, ultra-modern appliances, plus access to the coast. The upside-down design captures beautiful rural views.
A classy contemporary coastal cottage in the heart of South Devon, Above Town 77 overlooks the beautiful town of Dartmouth, Devon, a three-bedroom pet-friendly abode that features underfloor heating, first-floor master with en-suite shower room, and gorgeous views of the harbour and Naval Cottage.
St Edmund’s Court is an elegant stone-built rural cottage which sits on a vast property with a stream and a meadow. The pet-friendly village cottage in Vobster near Frome in Somerset offers multiple open fires, tradition, tranquillity and outdoor entertaining spaces.
Middle Stolford Cottage is a charming farmhouse in the Brendon Hills in Somerset. The characterful pet-friendly cottage offers serenity and fresh air as well as calming views over the countryside. The cottage boasts a tennis court, wood burner and many original features, & is moments from the coast.
Stunning water views greet guests at Harbour View, a modern coastal cottage enjoying absolute water frontage at Wilcove in Torpoint, Cornwall. The sea breeze and natural light caress the luxurious cottage, who enjoy proximity to beaches, tranquillity, sophisticated décor and an open fire.
Townfoot Cottage offers families and pets a marriage of old-world charm and modern luxury in a Grade II listed Northumberland holiday cottage on the edge of the village of Elsdon. Originally a cow byre, this renovated rural cottage retains its open fire and other original wooden and stone features.
Treat yourself to a luxury stay in Newquay. This modern mews house has been designed with complete comfort in mind, with designer furnishings and stylish touches throughout. Within walking distance from the beach it also has a fab outdoor area, surfboard storage and private parking.
This large rural holiday cottage in the Lincolnshire Wolds near Horncastle offers luxury accommodation in a luxury barn conversion for walking, cycling or sight-seeing holidays, welcoming families, friends and pets alike. Sleeping 12 in 6 bedrooms, facilities include a hot tub and a games room
Farn House is a large holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell - Wharfedale. This pet friendly property in a picturesque Dales Village with award winning pubs, superb views and walks from the doorstep sleeps 12 in 7 bedrooms, perfect for family and group friendly accommodation.
Tucked into a peaceful, wooded Exmoor valley near the rural village of Wheddon Cross, Somerset, Quarme Coombe – Red Deer Cottage offers a real haven away from the world, a two-storey pet-friendly cottage with a pretty garden, king master with en-suite and Juliet balcony, and open plan living space.
Isallt is a homely stone-built holiday home near Harlech between Snowdonia and the Cambrian coast. Located on a farm, this Grade II listed 19th Century barn conversion, has been refurbished to a high standard and is perfect for a rural retreat near the beach for a family holiday. Pets welcome.
Godrevy enjoys unrivalled views from its location atop the cliffs on the southernmost point of mainland Britain. The pet-friendly, seaside cottage in the Lizard Lighthouse offers modern comforts and spectacular views plus access to coastal walking paths and the beautiful beaches of Cornwall.
Iris cottage in St Ives earned its Visit England 5 Star Gold ratings through a combination of luxury and location, plus a blend of charm and style. The coastal cottage boasts contemporary chic as well as exposed beams and a galley kitchen, open-plan living and access to the wonders of Cornwall.
Families are promised a relaxing holiday at this homely award-winning Northumberland coastal cottage in 2018. Sunflower Cottage offers wonderful views of the village of Eglingham from its delightful garden and the charming, pet-free property sits in a lovely rural location near Alnwick.
The search for your dream waterside retreat is over! Navas Nook is a picture perfect creekside cottage located in the pretty village of Port Navas. Newly renovated, this 5 Star village house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is just a few steps from the slipway and the Helford River.
Tyddn Goronwy is a large and spacious Welsh Coast holiday cottage between Barmouth and Harlech Castle. The property sleeps 10 and enjoys shared seasonal use of a heated indoor swimming pool. A 10-minute walk to a big sandy beach, the spacious house is very nicely equipped and furnished.
The Retreat near the village of Lympsham, Somerset, sits on the edge of the Mendip Hills, a peaceful countryside cottage located on a rural 300-year-old property featuring open plan kitchen and dining area with quartz worktops and integrated appliances, four cosy bedrooms, and wood-burning stove.
This traditional, stone-built Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sleeps 5, on the outskirts of the charming village of Ingleton. Nicely located for exploring the Dales’ spectacular Three Peaks area, Bytheway Cottage has a snug sitting room with patio doors and almost next door to an excellent pub.
Falcon Lodge, set on the Oakwood Lodges resort near the traditional market town of Rhayader, Powys, makes the perfect Elan Valley escape, a child-friendly cottage that features open plan living area, French doors leading to a private garden with hot tub, and master bedroom with en-suite shower.
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.