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Discover 1,000s of smashing holiday cottages right on your doorstep. Dotted around some of the most jaw-droppingly stunning parts of the country, these gorgeous places to stay make for great British breaks whatever the weather.



The Victorians popularised British coastal resorts, but more recently we’ve ignored the coast on our doorstep, opting for the Med and further afield. From the glitz of Brighton to the rugged coastline of Cornwall, pack your bucket and spade and don’t forget to pick up a stick of rock when you get there!



If you’d rather escape the madding crowd, go for a rural retreat. We’ve got farmhouses and country cottages in areas of outstanding beauty all over Britain. Fill your days exploring the Brecon Beacons, rambling across the Lake District or scaling the peaks of the Scottish Highlands.

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from £100 / night

£695 - £1287 / week

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Excellent 5/5 

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Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £100 / night

£695 - £1287 / week

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  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Self charter boating holidays on Loch Ness & the Caledonian Canal. Weekly and shortbreak hire available from April to October. No previous experience required as comprehensive instruction provided.Cruise through the spectacular scenery of Loch Ness and The Great Gle  …see more

from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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Excellent 5/5 

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Devon / Holsworthy

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Moored on 5 acres of lake and wetland habitat, each houseboat has a private jetty with onshore boathouse and parking. Fishing for Rainbow Trout, with wildlife in abundance. Proximity to North coast makes this a great base for exploring Cornwall and Devon.  …see more

from £59 / night

£410 - £715 / week

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Excellent 5/5 

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Devon / Holsworthy

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £59 / night

£410 - £715 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Swallow Tail is the sister boat to The Painted Lady. She is moored at Blagdon Water, a 35 acre wildlife and natural habitat located not far from the North Devon coast. Visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity of sharing the environment with the wildlife, local walking  …see more

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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Excellent 5/5 

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Devon / Holsworthy

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £62 / night

£430 - £790 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Clouded Yellow is a House Boat located on a 3 acre lake at Blagdon Water. She enjoys the privacy and seclusion of her own 3 acres with fishing and wildlife in abundance. Proximity to the North Devon and Cornwall coasts make a great base for exploring the two counties.  …see more

from £179 / night

£1250 - £1950 / week

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Excellent 5/5 

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Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 11

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £179 / night

£1250 - £1950 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Winner of 'Four In A Bed' Channel 4. High standard accommodation for up to 7 guests in 3 cabins with extra berths for 4 persons in the saloon. The perfect holiday for first time boating holiday guests to experience life on a boat without the stress of driving the boat. Stunning 4 star hotel boat on the Thames. Winner of 'Four In A Bed.' You are the only guests. Dogs welcome.  …see more

from £120 / night

£835 - £1326 / week

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Very Good 4/5 

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Cheshire / Broxton

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

Very Good 4/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £120 / night

£835 - £1326 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Narrowboats für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden.  …see more

from £258 / night

£1800 / week

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Very Good 4/5 

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Central London/Zone 1 / Notting Hill

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

Very Good 4/5 

4 Nights min stay

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from £258 / night

£1800 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
CENTRAL LONDON DESIGNER 2-3 BEDROOM 2 BATHROOM NARROW-BOAT-HOME WITH PRIVATE USE OF ATTACHED DESIGNER GARDEN IN THE HEART OF CHARMING LITTLE VENICE! SEE PHOTOS!  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £850 / week

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Cornwall / Millbrook

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

2 Nights min stay

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from £72 / night

£500 - £850 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Millbrook, Torpoint, Plymouth, Boat accommodation, accommodation Cornwall, Lord Eliot estate  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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Glasgow / Glasgow centre

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £58 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
For a self catering holiday you'll never forget, stay aboard John Hume. This former Dutch Barge has been refurbished to the highest standards, offering a unique holiday experience. Ideal for City Breaks, walking, cycling or Canoeing. Visiting Glasgow? Why not book this unique accommodation for a memorable stay  …see more

from £153 / night

£1066 - £1655 / week

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Warwickshire / Leamington Spa

Houseboat / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £153 / night

£1066 - £1655 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Boote für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen stehen an fast allen Basen zur Verfügung.  …see more

from £119 / night

£829 - £1317 / week

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Falkirk / Banton

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £119 / night

£829 - £1317 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboat; Edinburgh; Birmingham; London; Bristol; Manchester; Wales Weitere Narrowboats für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden.  …see more

from £119 / night

£829 - £1317 / week

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North West London / Childs Hill

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £119 / night

£829 - £1317 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Narrowboats für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden.  …see more

from £119 / night

£829 - £1317 / week

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Cambridgeshire / Ely

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £119 / night

£829 - £1317 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Weitere Boote für 2, 4, 6, 8 und 10 Personen stehen in Ely oder anderen Basen zur Verfügung.  …see more

from £133 / night

£925 - £1429 / week

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Somerset / Bath

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £133 / night

£925 - £1429 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Bristol Weitere Boote für 2,4,6,8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden!  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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English Riviera / Brixham

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Staying on board the Anguilla Promise is a unique experience. Providing a perfect relaxing getaway in the totally peaceful and tranquil setting of Brixham marina. Quiet location. Coastal walks. Great places to eat and drink. Local Attractions Picturesque setting Whether you are looking for a quiet break or a weekends diving the Anguilla Promise is in a perfect location  …see more

from £93 / night

£648 - £1011 / week

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Somerset / Bath

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £93 / night

£648 - £1011 / week

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Key info:

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Hausboot; Narrowboats;England; Wales; Schottland; Glasgow; Edinburgh; London; Birmingham; Manchester; Oxford; Cambridge; Inland Waterways; Narrowboats für 4, 6,8 und 10 Personen können gebucht werden!  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 / week

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Central London/Zone 1 / Chelsea, London

Houseboat / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 2

3 Nights min stay

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from £250 / night

£1750 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Sunlight glinting upon the water, the call of geese and the chug of a passing barge?  …see more

from £314 / night

£2195 / week

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Central London/Zone 1 / Chelsea, London

Houseboat / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Min stay varies

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from £314 / night

£2195 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Walls the hue of a gull?s wing, contemporary furniture and a view that is nothing short of dazzling, this home is a floating paradise of driftwood and glass  …see more

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