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.
“An amazing family holiday” All information/ communication in the run up to the holiday was very good, we were greeted in a very friendly manner and had a very informative tutorial about the narrowboat and locks which put us at ease and in good sted fo
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead
4 8 Min stay varies
Min stay varies
Beach / lakeside relaxation
Nearest beach 0.01 km
“Fab family holiday” Beautiful cottage at edge of Lochgoilhead. My hubby , myself , our two sons and two grannies in tow . Tons of room for having your own space ( very important with two teenagers ) wifi , again very important with two teenagers lol .
Went with 7 others to Loch Goilhead for a friends wedding and spent three nights in the great Shoreside Cottage.
Was modern, spacious, clean and situated right on Loch Goil so had amazing loch views … More
“Perfect place to see with beautiful view”
Reviewed 27 Nov 2012
We stayed at Shoreside Cottage in October and were delighted with the cottage. We stayed with three adults and three children and it was perfect accommodation with everything you can need. The views… More
“Fantastic place to visit and stay”
Reviewed 14 Oct 2012
I traveled with my wife, 3 young children and my brother's family with two children to Lochgoilhead. The Shoreside cottage is perfect place for large family to stay. The property is well maintained w… More
Hallo Sylvia und Theo, ihr habt ein tolles Boot,
die Zimmer sind ausgezeichnet und der Service war absolut top . Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt ! Amsterdam ist eine tolle Stadt !
Gruss Evi un… More
Vielen Dank für die liebe Worte und hehrlich zu hören das es euch gefallen hat bei uns. Ihr wart sehr liebe Gäste und es war ein Vergnügen euch zu haben. Seit immer herzlich willkommen bei uns an Bord!
Viele liebe Grüße von Sylvia und Theo.
My husband and I stayed at Armadale Cottage last weekend with our two 21 year olds and 3 month old puppy. The cottage is very well equipped, beautifully clean and with everything you could need for a… More
“Lovely Cottage with perfect location and views”
Reviewed 14 Apr 2015
Recently stayed for 4 nights at the Armadale Cottage. The cottage was everything we needed to have a great holiday. It was clean and tidy on our arrival. The cottage is in an excellent location righ… More
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.” From start to finish this turned out to beat many 5 star hotel holidays we had all taken. Firstly the hosts are attentive, lovely and fun. They gave us 2 informed fa
“Lovely Little Cottage” Myself and my two, very young, children enjoyed our stay at River View Cottage. As it was only myself and two small people the cottage was adequate for our needs.
River View has everything you need included, washing maching/d
“Magnificent sailing through UNESCO world Heritage” Couple and one children, rented a boat for a long weekend, sailed up on river Douro until Spanish border. At the boats base, nice little chalet for the first night. Very good navigation, sightseeing a
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
“fantastic trip” We had an amazing long weekend as usual. The boat (Queenie) was absolutely fab, cosy clean and warm and a real head turner. people stopped and looked and had their photos taken beside it. I would recommend this boating experience to ev
“Very clean and comfortable boat - plus can take dogs.”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2012
The boat was very clean unlike the previous 3 narrow boats that I have hired. In particular, the toilet/bathroom, cooker, kitchen untensils were clean. The mattress was very comfortable and was like a… More
Thanks for your very kind review Caroline. You are all welcome back anytime along with yor University of Manchester discount. Hester
“Absolute value for money..!!!” 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 thoroughly relaxing cruise
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
“What a lovely family weekend!” We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and start where and when yo
“Great time had by whole family” We booked a 3 day trip on the Adele Marie, due to the short time we had booked for, Martin contacted us before hand and told us we could turn up early to get some extra time on board as no one had it booked before us .
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...
“A peaceful and comfortable sail along the Marne” We had a great time sailing along the Marne and through the locks between Paris and Epernay. The boat is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner/pilot friendly and welcoming. There was food and win
We took a 4 day tour on this boat, it was wonderful. There were six adults, all friends middle aged, except for our children who came for a day, a meal and a swim.. First we enjoyed quiet and lusciou… More
“C'etait super, un depaysement total!!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014
Super acceuil, on s'y sent tres bien et l'on a plus envie de repartir..
La peniche est tres grande et fonctionnelle.
J'y retourne dès que mon emploi du temps me le permet!!!!… More
Le bateau est aménagé luxueusement. Je craignais que ça bouge et finalement le bateau est très stable. Génial de voir à travers les hublots les cygnes, les canards, les bernaches du canada, ... … More
Je suis content que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour à bord.
Comme évoqué, notre Capitaine sera heureux de vous emmener en croisière selon vos souhaits et vous faire partager les plaisirs de la navigation fluviale.
“Ultimate houseboat experience” Me and my partner stayed for 4 days at Houseboat Tante Piet and it was fantastic. Siet, the owner, received us with coffee and 'stroopwafels', and made us feel at home right away. She showed us our cosy bedroom (which wa
Siet was very welcoming and at the time when she wasnt there and we called her to help us with the cooker she arrived within 20 mins! The boat as about 15-20 min walk fro the station and if you rent … More
“Ein kuscheliges Zuhause für den Urlaub”
Reviewed 28 Aug 2013
Dies war unser erster aber mit Sicherheit nicht der letzte Aufenthalt auf dem Hausboot "Tante Piet". Siet und natürlich auch die "Haus(boot)katze" Bubi haben uns für unseren Aufenthalt ein Zuhause-G… More
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead
4 9 Min stay varies
Min stay varies
Beach / lakeside relaxation
Nearest beach 0.5 km
“Worth the experience.” Great value for a getaway in Scotland. The place is an ideal location for hiking and for quiet picturesque views. The lodge was big and comfortable enough for 7 people and was quite close to a mini market. Along with a very help
Myself and my husband spent a relaxing week here in November 2011. We could not have felt more at home, the property is immaculate and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The house its… More
“THE place to go for a relaxing break with family and friends”
Reviewed 9 Dec 2012
The location of this holiday home could not be better - it lies within the Scottish hills, loch side and close to many amenities. The local holiday village provides facilities to suit all ages; pool,… More
“superb house and stunning location”
Reviewed 30 Nov 2012
The journey (about one hour from Glasgow) on the road to this property is along the same road that Paul Mc Cartney immortalised in the classic song " The long and winding road".Lochgoilhead is a very … More