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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This family friendly charming and large farm cottage is set in 120-acres of stunning farmland just a few rural miles from the North Devon coast in Kentisbury near the pretty seaside village of Combe Martin. Patchole Farmhouse sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms.

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 18 hole golf course, 6 brand new 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 Sleights, situated near picturesque Cheddar Gorge and the caves where the namesake cheese was created, is a brand-new luxury cottage in Strawberryfield Park near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, with wraparound terrace, sunken hot tub, designer furnishings and a flat-screen TV with Freeview.

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).

A cosy eco-lodge in idyllic rural Devon, Nuthatch Lodge offers dog-friendly self-catering holidays for a family of 4. Borrow bikes, BBQ and toast marshmallows at a campfire, boat on the lake, and explore the Wheatland Farm nature reserve. Or strike out to explore the North Devon beaches or Dartmoor.

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.

Baytree Cottage near Truro sleeps 5 guests in 3 bedrooms. From its idyllic location overlooking the tributary water of Restronguet Creek, this romantic and captivating holiday cottage offers a 5* setting for year-round stays on the South coast of Cornwall.

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.

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.

Views of Newquay and the North Cornwall coast greet guests from many vantage points at 11 Quay Court. The luxury seaside apartment in Newquay boasts sea views and beautiful interior design. It is situated close to the beaches and attractions of popular Newquay. Pets welcome.

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.

Bass Cottage is located in the peaceful village of Point between Truro and Falmouth on Restronguet Creek. The cottage faces onto the village green, and has creek views from every room. It has just been completely refurbished and combines historic character with contemporary designer finishes.

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.

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.

Enjoy everything that the rural North East has to offer with a stay at The Granary, a magnificent red brick barn conversion on the edge of the village of Long Framlington, near Lanchester in Northumberland, a countryside cottage with two en-suite bedrooms and private garden.

Orchid Cottage is a spacious 19th-century character coastal cottage in picturesque Axmouth village, next to the River Axe. This family-friendly East Devon cottage is just 1 mile from the harbour and fascinating Jurassic coast. Ideally located for exploring the Devon and Dorset coast.

Hazelseat House near Ulverston is the perfect setting on the Cumbrian coast for a delightful large group or family holiday in the Lake District. The six-bedroom large rural holiday cottage provides access to a heated swimming pool, fitness area, large patio and children’s play area.

A brand-new romantic cottage nestled amidst the splendour of South Downs National Park, Willow Lodge is a luxury coastal lodge with a hot tub and modern features that make it an idyllic holiday retreat, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows affording magnificent rural views, private terrace.

Barton Pines Lodge 19, lies in rural South Devon near Torbay within easy reach of beaches, thatched villages, country pub’s, shops and quaysides for fishing and crabbing - the perfect location for a family holiday or a break for 2-6 guests. Pets welcome at this luxury lodge with hot tub too!

Visitors coming to discover the delights of the Derbyshire Peak District can do so in style at Tagg Cottage at Endmoor Farm, a family friendly luxury holiday cottage on a working farm near Bakewell that sleeps 4 in a superb and secluded rural location. Pets welcome.

Swift Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom ground floor cottage sleeping 5 with use of an outdoor heated pool. The cottage has an easy access wet-room with rails and mobility chair, so accessible for guests with disabilities. Swift is in the North York Moors National Park. Pets welcome.

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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