Stay near a loch or lake on your next holiday and discover the true meaning of getting away from it all. Whatever the weather, staying in one of these cottages, farmhouses or other rural retreats will lift your spirits and help you completely unwind and relax.
Visit Scotland for breathtaking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands – you could stay near Loch Lomond, Loch Ness or one of the 600+ other lochs. Or wake up to the tranquillity of Windermere in the Lake District, the valleys and llyns,of Wales or the many lakes dotted around France, Italy and Spain.
Lakes and lochs make great bases for activity holidays. You could have a go at fishing or get out onto the water by going kayaking or windsurfing. Mostly nestled inside pretty valleys, the surrounding area is almost always ideal for hiking and mountain biking too.
A unique self catering family holiday hideaway on the world famous Antrim coast road, overlooking a secluded beach and slipway,
boasting a very spacious open plan family bedroom ideal for family of 5 a cot or extra comfortable bed can be supplied on request
A perfec …see more
If you're looking for a wonderful break in the beautiful Scottish Highlands then Crossroads Cottage by Loch Ness is simply bathing in high quality detail from the moment you step through the front door.
This stunning cottage will offer you a “Highland hideaway” ide …see more
Crossroads Cottage was everything we could have hoped for.
Immaculate conditions within the cottage and an ideal base from which to explore the stunning surrounding area.
This cottage was within bot… More
We are delighted with your review and it is great to know that we have done it right. Thank you for taking the time to comment which will help potential future guests make up their mind. Hope to welcome you to Crossroads in the future!
“Relaxing break in a cosy cottage”
Reviewed 21 Aug 2016
We are just back from a week in the cottage. We haven't slept so well for ages, a really comfy king size bed in a peaceful wee cottage. The cottage has everything you need, including towels and kitc… More
Reviewed 7 Sep 2016
Return visit and thoroughly enjoyed our stay yet again. Central in the Highlands so managed to visit a lot of lovely places.
Slept like a baby every night.… More
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen fully covered glass which PROTECT FROM MOSQUITO AND INSECT in the night. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town. Fam …see more
Old Lock-keeper's Cottage is a beautiful semi-detached cottage sitting next to the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus, in the Highlands of Scotland. It enjoys a commanding view down the flight of locks and across Loch Ness beyond.
The cottage is centrally located in the …see more
Our 4 berth caravan has a double and twin room with the double having 'en-suite' access to the W.C with shower and wash hand basin. The spacious comfortable lounge area has a gas heater and flatscreen TV/DVD with Sky Freesat, CD player with IPod docking facili …see more
Myself,hubby and 7yr old boy ,Jake the dog stayed at Memorial Caravan for a week we had amazing time, views are beautiful.We went fishing, walks and trips into Oban which is not to far away.Caravan wa… More
Thanks Diane, it was lovely to meet you all and so pleased you had a lovely relaxing week. We aim to make our caravan a quiet haven to escape to. Look forward to seeing you all again. J
Ancarraig Lodges are located in a tranquil and secluded woodland setting and offers accommodation. Guests also benefit from on-site private parking facilities free of charge, and pets can stay free in selected lodges.
The lodges are set within 10 acres of woodland, dir …see more
The original boathouse dates back to 1796 and the chalet was built in 1964. The chalet has been modernised over the past couple of years to current standards. The chalet sits on the edge of Lough Carra, a four thousand acre lake in South Mayo in the west of Ireland.Ther …see more
Minimum stay over New Years Eve is at the moment 5 nights.Modern 3 bedroom houseboat on the Amstel and right in the centre of town, means you couldn't be better placed. Experience a truly Dutch way of living by staying on a Houseboat. The Dutch love their canals a …see more
“The stay exceeded all expectations.Ideally situated near Rembrandplein”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2015
The accommodation was very tidy and especially the roomy livingroom was a plus.Wi-fi also a welcome addition and we realy enjoyed staying in the centre of Amsterdam with all the canal boats passing by… More
Reviewed 19 Apr 2016
The location is good, but the rent is too expensive for what is offered. It took 24 hours to get the toilets repaired. There was a burnt smell coming from the microwave (that we did not use). The prop… More
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the houseboat and your stay. I have checked the heater and it is now working normally, just a little air in the pipes. And I acted straight away when i heard the toilet was blocked and it was fixed as soon as the workman could get there. The microwave just needed a little use to blow out what ever the last guest had burnt inside. as it was clean i had no idea. I am aware of the marks on the wall and have tried to clean it but as i won't come off i plan to repaint, when i have time, Im still shocked at what some guests get up to. And although the boat is not new and yes there are areas that need attention I'm surprised it was as bad as you mention. i hear a lot, accommodation in Amsterdam is more expensive than other cities but you where also 5 guests. In the centre of the city (prime location). On a houseboat. With stunning canal views. It would costs the same in a hotel but without the view. i cant not mention to the reason you weren't compensated, this was up to the manager. I will try harder next time.
“Avoid - way over priced for what you get”
Reviewed 12 Jul 2015
Stayed here with family & spouse while visiting Amsterdam for 5 days this May. I'll start with the positives: (1) The staff is friendly and helpful. (2) The location; the Klaziena houseboat is close t… More
The Linssen 34.9AC is a luxury canal boat with two cabins cruising on the French Inland Waterways. Based on the Nivernais in Burgundy, France's most beautiful canal, you can cruise through scenic countryside, ancient towns and villages, visit Cathedrals and Chateau …see more
Newly Converted Fishing Boat on Beach Front with Wonderful Sea Views ,It has Bed Room /Bath Room and Front Room which you can use for a multi purpose room. We have our daily tours like Travel, Trekking, Diving and snorkeling , Boat trips, History tours, Religious tours …see more
Annie's Boat is suitable for 2 people and maximum 2 children.Children up to 12 years stay for free. For children up to the age of 3 years there is a cot present. For children from 3 up to 12 years is a thick luxury air mattress (2x 1pers. mattress) of very good qua …see more
Gîte Le Colvert is part of the 'Le Cormier' holiday facility which is close to the popular medieval town of Loches and is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Obterre (has a bar and small shop) on the northern tip of the beautiful 'Brenne Parc Naturel Regi …see more
Last April my family and I had an unforgettable stay at le Colvert. Our holidays exceeded our expectations. The place is much more beautiful than the images on the website. It is set in a small vill… More
“Excellent location , brilliant hosts.”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2013
Mike and Cath are the ultimate in congenial hosts, the location was beautiful with excellent facilities and we would not hesitate in recommending a holiday at Le Cormier. Our experience was one of tra… More
“Excellent stay brilliant hosts, would recommend to everyone”
Reviewed 15 Apr 2013
We found the Gite excellent, stayed in the two bedroom Gite, the Gite is spacious, comfortable everything you need eg teatowels and towels and cleaning products and toilet rolls are provided. Mike an… More
A 2 floor Houseboat with garden, within a short distance of Amsterdam (20 km), in the lake district of “The Kagerplassen”, in midst of " the Green Heart" of the Netherlands, up to 8 people(6 adults plus 2 kids). Close to Schiphol(Amsterdam) airport (15 min …see more
We enjoyed a long weekend at the WaterNest in late April and wished we could have stayed longer. With a beautiful view of the Dutch countryside (Windmills included) we found it a tranquil refuge grea… More
Thank you guys for your lovely review, you have been the perfect guests and we hope to see you back in the near future! Lovely you enjoyed the old Dutch countryside and the tranquility.
La Cistude is part of the 'Le Cormier' holiday facility which is close to the popular medieval town of Loches and is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Obterre (has a bar and small shop) on the northern tip of the beautiful 'Brenne Parc Naturel Regional', …see more
We stayed here in the La Cistude chalet for a week on our annual wine trip to France. In the past we have camped, this was our first time staying in accommodation and we were pleased we did. The cha… More
“A wonderful holiday in a beautiful location”
Reviewed 28 Jun 2014
We visited the area to go to a friends wedding in Loches and are so glad we chose to stay here. The place is beautiful, wonderfully tranquil and surrounded by some very amazing countryside. The chalet… More
Charrming rustic stone cottage in southern Touraine. Very private setting!Situated 4 kms from the medieval town of Loches( open market days on Sat/Wed mornings), 2 kms from the 9 hole "Verneuil" Golf course! Full courses are within 60 minutes drive! Property …see more
Le Poulailler is a nice cottage, comfortable and conveniently equipped, located a few miles away from Loches and within short driving distance of all the major chateaux and domains of Touraine. It was… More
Ness View Cottage is a beautiful semi-detached cottage sitting next to the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus, in the Highlands of Scotland. It enjoys a commanding view down the flight of locks and across Loch Ness beyond. The cottage is centrally located in the village …see more
Pournami houseboats has been operating houseboat cruise since 2007 in Alleppey and Kumarakom. We are rated as one of the best houseboat operators in Alleppey. We focus on quality of service provided to our guest. Our new 4 bedroom houseboat is a full featured luxury hou …see more
We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thorou… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“An unforgettable experience”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2014
We stayed with Pournami Houseboats during our honeymoon trip and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The boat crew was really friendly. Alappuzha being a non-vegetarian's paradise, we expected medi… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“A truly memorable day and night - yummy :P”
Reviewed 23 Nov 2013
Wonderful experience. We had an overnight cruise with pournami house Boat. Me and my wife we really enjoyed the trip. We got a warm welcome to the boat. Delicious food <3 . The boat was neat and clean… More
The Axo Houseboat is a self-catering apartment in the heart of the city. You have your own kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and living room. It's has a light and roomy living area with 2 sofas beds, in case the kids don't want to sleep together, and a large d …see more
“Great accommodation and location to explore Amsterdam”
Reviewed 21 Apr 2016
I travelled to Amsterdam to visit friends and was very fortunate to stay on this fabulous houseboat. It was very well equipped, homely, warm and comfortable. I was surprised to find how spacious the l… More
Thanks Debbie, so glad you had a nice time. hope to see you again very soon.
“fun and good location”
Reviewed 19 Apr 2016
Situated in central amsterdam, the houseboat is a good place to stay. Close to the subway station (2 stops from central station) and tram.
I strongly recomend this rental… More
Thanks Olivier, it was a pleasure to have you stay.
Reviewed 2 Jan 2015
We arrived a little later than we intended and had to collect the keys from the nearby Amsterdam House Hotel but staff were great and we dealt with the formalities very quickly. The owner of the boat … More
Le Heron 1 is part of the 'Le Cormier' holiday facility which is close to the popular medieval town of Loches and is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Obterre (has a bar and small shop) on the northern tip of the beautiful 'Brenne Parc Nat …see more
Completely different to other holidays we have experienced in England,walking our dog its so quiet no background noise day or night..a very relaxing break, spotless accommadation,Mike&Cath could'nt ha… More
Attractively styled one bedroom apartment, comfortably sleeps 2 in a king size bed .
Should your party be bigger there is a sofa bed which would sleep two.
Wifi , Freeview TV, DVD player & a portable Bose docking system.
Fort Augustus is a breathtakingly beautiful v …see more
CANAL BOAT HIRE DOURO RIVER WATER WAY PORTO Portugal.ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BY EMAIL The company owns a small Marina "Douro Fluvina" at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira.The boat is a 26ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children.You c …see more
Hired a boat for 5 days in May. if solitude and scenery are what you are after then this holiday is perfect. The boat base in Ferradosa is just lovely and 3 hours train trip from Oporto. The boat had … More
Reviewed 1 Oct 2012
I have just returned from a weeks holiday on board one of Jose’s Macgregor 26’ yacht and felt I had to give account of our experience.
I think the best way to do this is to give a moment by mome… More
“Far from the madding crowd, perfect for a family holiday.”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2012
We had a lovely relaxing stay in the chalet overlooking the water. The children adored it. It was a perfect family holiday far from the madding crowd It was wonderful to wake up to the peace and… More
Sealladh an Loch is a beautifully appointed, purpose-built holiday home on the south shore of Loch Ness - the perfect place to enjoy a holiday with extended family or a group of friends. The peace, tranquility and ambience of the location cannot be described - it has to …see more
This is a beautifully renovated boat house on a private quay on the Dart , once used for Spanish prisoners after the Armada. The cottage is on the water's edge near the charming village of Galmpton, 3 miles upstream from Dartmouth. Decorated to the highest standard …see more
We have been to quite a lot of regions in France and the Loire region has been ommitted by us for quite a while. We were looking for a property/small guesthouse that would allow us to explore the regi… More
Дорогие Юлия, Валерий и Наталья,
Благодарю Вас за то, что остановили Ваш выбор на нашем гостевом доме. Я с удовольствием вспоминаю тот день, который мы провели вместе в Лоше, открывая его прошлое и настоящее. Очень приятны мне были наши задушевные вечерние беседы, а также Ваше внимание и чуткость. С радостью встретим Вас ещё! Какой пирог Вам печь в следующий раз? Марина и Пьер.
Le Heron 2 is part of the 'Le Cormier' holiday facility which is close to the popular medieval town of Loches and is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Obterre (has a bar and small shop) on the northern tip of the beautiful 'Brenne Parc Nat …see more
“Friendly, welcoming, stunning scenery and smiley faces”
Reviewed 24 Jun 2014
I would strongly recommend La Comier to anyone. We stayed in one of the studio apartments, clean, very comfortable with everything that you could want. La Comier itself is a tranquil and beautiful p… More
Reviewed 25 Apr 2013
We had a great stay and would love to go back. The gite was clean and perfectly suited to our needs, 2 adults and a toddler. The swimming pool was great and the owners Mike and Kath were the perfect… More
Have you ever dreamed of taking to the canals in a lovely narrowboat, floating peacefully amongst the splendour of our idyllic countryside? Well now you can…
Our lovely 58ft narrowboat, ‘Adele Marie’ is available for hire from September 2015. You can hire for a s …see more
A better than average hire boat. Good seating and tv , proper dinning table and chairs, good sized shower and 2 comfortable beds. The log/coal fire was a nice extra and much appreciated on the cold ni… More
Many thanks for that fantastic review...We are very pleased that you enjoyed it and we have already actioned the points your suggested. We'd love to have you aboard again sometime...
“Loved every minute!!”
Reviewed 23 Mar 2016
We had a fantastic time, the boat was really nice, with lots of little extra touches like toiletries, biscuits..!! It was well equipped with everything that we needed for cooking and a great wood bur… More
Thank you for this lovely review. We are made up you enjoyed it and that it's hooked you. We would love to have you aboard again sometime
“A relaxing week in beautifu and peaceful surroundings.”
Reviewed 16 Nov 2015
A very relaxing week on the beautiful Shropshire Union canal near Chester. There were many good canal side pubs and restaurants along the way. Martin and Ann were extremely helpful and we particularly… More
Thank you for your lovely comments....it was a pleasure to have you aboard....hope to maybe see you again soon...
This beautiful Amsterdam city centre canal houseboat, that is conveniently situated between central station and Dam Square, is a perfect place for couples, friends or a family to explore and enjoy the beauties of the amazing city.The houseboat has a relaxed living area …see more
This houseboat reflects the ultimate Amsterdam experience. Your are right in the centre on a triple A location: on the river Amstel next to the Skinny Bridge across from theatre Carre and the Hermitage, close to Waterloo Square.
The houseboat is in the Channel Distric …see more
In the infinity of life take out time for the soul.Dreamy days and quiet nights a romantic getaway a place to call a 'home' away from 'home'an epitome of peace and serenity.That would describe "humpy dumpy"A watervilla/houseboat in Netherla …see more
After all the hustle and bustle of an Indian city life, the stay at The Humpy Dumpy was just what I needed. We are constantly surrounded with noise and the stress and pressures of our daily lives that… More
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.”
Reviewed 14 Apr 2012
We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting… More
Stella Cruise (Formal name is Aclass Opera cruise Just stop for repair and decorate to upgrade better service) offers a one-of-a-kind experience aboard the traditional oriental-style boat.
Our crews provide you with first-class service throughout the length of your jour …see more
Holly cottage has total control central heatingThe cottage ha a large double bedroom also a large bedroom which has 3 single beds both upstairs. The lounge has a flat screen tv with free sat a dvd,video. The dining room seats 6 also has a flat screen tv,a cd/radio play …see more
The house was perfect, excellent location close both to Loch Ness and to Inverness if you need shopping.
The house is large, with the dining room and reception room in addition to the two large bedro… More
“Lovely base for seeing the area”
Reviewed 10 Jun 2012
We had a great stay.
You can get to Inverness, the dolphins at Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric really easily from the cottage, and Ullapool is less than an hour's beautiful drive away.
Swallow Tail offers a unique opportunity to stay aboard a traditional canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. She is custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for 4 people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own shower/wc, the doubl …see more
Are you looking for a comfortable apartment for 2 people? Our apartment is a self-contained part of a water villa. It has a living room and open plan kitchen with all modern equipment. The living room has patio doors directly to the water. On the ground floor there is a …see more
This Holiday Château is available for hire for groups and parties. Close to all the grand Chateaux and Loire valley vine yards. This castle for hire is traditional in many ways, take your choice how you would like to relax. A charming château that offers evenings by t …see more
Canal Boat in France! Enjoy the Burgundy canals and rivers on our beautifully restored boat. Our boat is based in Tonnerre, Burgundy which is located on the Canal de Bourgogne (Burgundy Canal). Cruise through some beautiful villages, including Ancy Le Franc, Tanlay, Mon …see more
In a unique countryside setting, overnight in a hundred years authentic sailing ship and yet the bustling center of Amsterdam nearby!The ship is located just 15 minutes outside the center of Amsterdam, Durgerdam.Our Apartment is easily accessible by car, bicycle and pub …see more
"Surprisingly warm and cosy-We loved it!"
Hop aboard Y-KNOT our fabulous holiday boat which offers you fixed accommodation for up to 4 guests in a stunning location. The accommodation comprises of 1 double room and 1 one twin room, shower/W.C room, dining/kitchen area …see more
I was looking for somewhere to stay with my at short notice. I stumbled upon this little gem. It was great that it did not have a minimum stay, as I only needed it for a few nights. It was a great lit… More
What a fabulous review-Exactly what Y-KNOT is all about!!!
“Excellent alternative to a B & B”
Reviewed 25 Jun 2015
Really enjoyed staying on the boat. Great environment. Very relaxing. Easy to find and meet with host.… More
Glad you had a fab time. Keep in touch and maybe see you again.
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Spirited Away, a hosted narrowboat, is the perfect place to slow down, get closer to nature and experience the unique British waterways. Prices are fully inclusive, with gorgeous boat-made meals, …see more
This is a holiday with a difference at a very relaxed pace. The food is great (vegetarian), lots of it with Tor (owner/cook) always preparing food, cooking, or baking bread, cakes and other treats. Po… More
“Wonderful way to spend a week”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2014
Joined Tor for a week in October. Weather was awful, but having waterproofs meant that I could sit with Tor whilst she moved us away from the sound of the traffic. Weather improved as the week went on… More