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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Stunning 3-bedroom North Devon holiday cottage with panoramic sea views over Woolacombe Bay. This beautiful coastal cottage overlooks Combesgate Beach, Baggy Point and Lundy Island. Sunnycliffe House is mainly open plan with a sunny terrace off the lounge with a picnic table and sun loungers.
Luxury meets peaceful isolation at the wonderful Glenuaig Lodge, a dog friendly, large and truly remote four bedroom self catering cottage sleeping 8 guests set in the heart of the Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron. The Lodge enjoys beautiful views and is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Situated on the outskirts of Exmoor, and only a short drive from the North Devon coastline is Ford Hill, a luxury 3 bedroom cottage with a beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is a hop, skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.
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.
Nestling under the Malvern Hills in West Malvern, The Coach House is a perfect romantic retreat for couples (with or without a young family). This quaint rural Worcestershire holiday cottage has an indoor heated pool and gym, and panoramic countryside views from the garden.
The Blue House is a traditional Cornish fisherman's cottage in the pretty waterside village of Flushing near Falmouth. It has been recently renovated throughout to a high 5 Star standard. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, with 2 luxury bathrooms, a new kitchen and a large lounge/diner. Pets are welcome.
The Granary is a detached, Grade II listed rural cottage on Keld Head Cottages near Pickering in Yorkshire. The award-winning property treats guests to open fire, exposed beams, large gorgeous gardens and indoor and outdoor play areas, and boasts enviable views which guarantee relaxation for all.
Enjoy everything that the idyllic Hustyns holiday resort offers with a stay at Cedar Lodge, a secluded countryside cottage on the resort’s 100-acre grounds near the North Cornwall town of Wadebridge, featuring three bedrooms, a private garden with a hot tub, & access to swimming pool & tennis court.
The Old Post Office sleeps 5 over 3 bedrooms and is conveniently located in the heart of Symondsbury Village with access to plenty of countryside walks and in close proximity to the market town of Bridport and the Jurassic coast. Dogs welcome.
Relax and unwind in this cosy East Devon rural holiday cottage in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton and slightly further, the Jurassic coast. Apple Tree Cottage is perfect for couples seeking a romantic rural retreat in any season or a family with an infant for holidays during school term times.
Langdon near the village of Jacobstow, a romantic cottage near the Cornish coast featuring open-plan living space, contemporary kitchen, wood-burning stove, rear lawned garden, and cosy double bedroom.
Originally built for lighthouse keepers, Near Bank Cottage is a traditional end-terrace, stone-built cottage near St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve and offers guests an open fire and calming views. The pet-friendly property connects to the reserve and to the fascinating Scottish Borders region.
The Milking Parlour is one of five high-quality brick-built holiday barn conversions in a lovely rural setting on a 250-acre farm, in the countryside on the edge of Westhope, a small village, just six miles from Church Stretton in Shropshire. This large, pet friendly holiday property sleeps 11.
The Blackbird Song is a cosy log-wood cabin set among nature in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The charming rural cottage enjoys seclusion and opportunities for kayaking and nature walks. The interior décor and open-plan design welcome natural light and add to the charm & the hot tub is inviting
Explore the picturesque Isle of Wight and The Solent from the perfect holiday home base of Sail Loft, a family-sized seaside 2-bedroom apartment just west of the historic harbour town of Yarmouth.
Penda is a beautifully restored ex-lighthouse keeper's cottage at St Catherine's Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight. Its rural cliff top location with superb sea views makes it a most appealing Ventnor holiday cottage. Sleeps 2-5. Pets welcome.
The New Inn is a wonderfully converted pub dating back to 1730 set in Brampton in Cumbria and The Lake District. The rustic pet-friendly cottage retains its bar and many others features and offers lovely grounds and a truly unique group getaway, as well as a log fire, games room, sauna and hot tub.
Rainbow Cottage is a sought-after rural cottage boasting authentic details and contemporary style. Located near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria between The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, the pet-friendly property offers expansive gardens, a games room, beautiful views, seclusion and wheelchair access.
Bwythyn-y-Wennol Cottage keeps alive the tradition of the family seaside holiday. This coastal cottage on the idyllic Llyn Peninsula in Abersoch sleeps 2-5 guests. The stunning Llyn Coastal Path beckons, as do Snowdonia and so many other sights and activities in this beautiful corner of North Wales.
This 18th century stone built coastal cottage is located in the village of Fairbourne close to Barmouth and Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales a the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. It can sleep five people in three bedrooms.
Situated just 100 yards from Watchet marina is Cuain Cottage, a new holiday cottage in this lovely seaside town of Somerset. The coastal cottage features exposed beams and original features as well as contemporary comforts, and is just a hop and step away from the beaches and attractions of Watchet.
Minffordd Cottage is a 19th-century stone-built end-terrace cottage in the quiet hamlet of Llanegryn in Mid Wales and Cardigan Bay, replete with stone exterior, exposed beams, a summer house and beautiful gardens, as well as stunning views, space for pets and proximity to the mountains and the sea.
Riding Through the Clouds is a stylish converted fishing warehouse in Newlyn on the Cornish coast. The chic coastal cottage boasts exposed stone walls and local art, as well geothermal heating and open-plan design, plus a spacious terrace that captures the sun and leads to the nearby Coombe River.
Enjoy a lovely countryside holiday at Stable Cottage situated on 3.5 acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens in the rural hamlet of West End, Norfolk, where guests find a two-storey holiday home from which to launch day trips to the beautiful North Norfolk coast.
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.