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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.

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Ben Lui - Loch Awe log cabin sleeps 5

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ;
Ben Lui is a renovated and lovingly cared for log cabin on the former Forestry Commision land at Dalavich on the shores of the beautiful and tranquil Loch Awe. It is set centrally in approx 1/4 acre of mixed grassland and copse,which is viewed from the new balcony and  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £390 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Excellent 

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houseboat golden hind - Srinagar houseboat sleeps 6

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
( The taste of Home, where we treat you like Family)  …see more

from £9 / night

£60 / week

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from £9 / night

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typical house boat - kelotok - orangutan tour - Pangkalan Bun boathouse sleeps 6

Central Kalimantan / Pangkalan Bun

3 6 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Traditional House Boat called Kelotok is your moving hotel with its facilities to explore the old legendary forest in Tanjung Puting National Park. The highlight are Orangutan, Proboscis Monkey, Sundaic Silver Langur, Birdlife and Crocodile. Romantic dinner beneath fire  …see more

from £150 / night

£1048 / week

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from £150 / night

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(50) Excellent 

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Star Narrowboat Holidays - Worsley narrowboat sleeps 4

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Pet friendly;
From Nov 2016 to Mar 2017 'Gloria' is available for a 4 month static houseboat hire only - have you ever fancied living on a houseboat for a while?? For the most accurate info on prices please see our website. We offer different rates depending on whether you use the b  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 / week

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from £170 / night

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Kate Boats: Alexander - Southam narrowboat sleeps 6

Warwickshire / Southam

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Alexander offers spacious prestige accommodation for up to six people. The forward cabin houses two people in convertible beds – either one double or two singles, and there are two other cabins, each with shower room and double bed. The steel hull narrowboat features  …see more

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Marne / Epernay

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £112 / night

£650 / week

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from £112 / night

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Province of Olbia-Tempio / Capo Testa

2 5 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
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from £269 / night

£1881 / week

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from £269 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Domaine de Matounet 2, heated pool on 10 Acres - Loches cottage sleeps 4

Loire Valley / Loches

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 9 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Situated 15 kms from the medieval town of Loches( open market days on Sat/Wed mornings), 500 meters from the castle of Bridoré, 4 kms from the 9 hole "Verneuil" Golf course. Property overlooks the country and the medieval Fortress of Bridoré. Easy driving to the majo  …see more

from £56 / night

£612 - £851 / week

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from £56 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Barge ASLAUG, port cabin on new-built barge - Corbie houseboat sleeps 2

Somme / Corbie

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
A highlight of your vacation in the Somme region in Summer 2016 could be a few days "Barge & Breakfast" on the barge ASLAUG. Relax on the sun decks or in the spacious wheelhouse, go to sleep in your peaceful floating cabin and enjoy the wake-up calls of the ducks. "Asla  …see more

from £90 / night

£629 / week

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from £90 / night

(49) Excellent 

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No.3 The Old Convent - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pet friendly;
No.3,The Old Convent is a 1st floor apartment which is situated in the picturesque village of Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness, which is virtually the geographical center of the Highlands. A perfect base for exploring the spectacular scenery and amenities  …see more

from £65 / night

£385 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

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Corsaro, our 5* luxury cruiser houseboat, Kariba - Kariba houseboat sleeps 8

Mashonaland West Province / Kariba

3 8 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary;
Corsaro is the Kariba Cruise Company's 5* houseboat on Lake Kariba. There is no better way to explore the shores of this enchanting place than from her decks. Fall asleep to the sounds of Africa from one of two double ensuite rooms, or in one of her two single bunks or  …see more

from £917 / night

£6413 / week

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from £917 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Devolu - Meudon houseboat sleeps 8

Hauts-de-Seine / Meudon

4 8 5 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary; Air conditioning;
Ever wondered what it would be like to live on a houseboat? Devolu offers you a convenient base to visit the sites of Paris, go to Disneyland and the Chateau de Versailles while coming home each day to an amazing experience of another kind. One of the most luxurious b  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 - £1850 / week

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from £250 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Grant Cottage - Glen Urquhart cottage sleeps 4

Balnain / Glen Urquhart

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Sorry we do not allow pets at the cottage. The cottage is a 2 bedroom (sleeps 4) detatched luxury cottage catering for all your needs. All furnishings, fittings and decoration are of a very high quality. We have double and twin bedrooms both have very comfortable b  …see more

from £65 / night

£370 - £615 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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The Boathouse Ballygally - Ballygally boathouse sleeps 5

County Antrim / Ballygally

2 5 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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

from £105 / night

£399 - £549 / week

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from £105 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Loches / Saint-Jean-Saint-Germain

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £82 / night

£569 / week

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from £82 / night

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Lakeland Cruising - LA Cru - Ballymena boathouse sleeps 2

County Antrim / Ballymena

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Join experienced skipper Alphy on his Dutch Style Barge cruising the beautiful Lough Erne Navigation System in Co Fermanagh Northern Ireland – Voted Number One Attraction in Northern Ireland 2012. Sample the idyllic pleasures of life afloat and be inspired by this be  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 / week

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from £250 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Mayenne / Chateau-Gontier

1 6 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £95 / night

£548 / week

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from £95 / night

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Cruisebarge 'easyvie' on the Canals in SW France. - Montauban houseboat sleeps 8

Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 200 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Cruisebarge 'easyvie' cruises the canals and rivers of South West France between the historic city of Montauban and the charming town of Moissac. Enjoy a unique cruise experience aboard 'easyvie' as she slowly makes her way between the towns and villages enroute stayin  …see more

from £1466 / night

£10257 / week

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from £1466 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Yonne / Joigny

4 12 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £107 / night

£748 / week

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from £107 / night

(10) Excellent 

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The Boathouse - secluded lakeside lodge - Chesterfield boathouse sleeps 4

Derbyshire / Chesterfield

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
A wonderful lakeside converted boathouse /log cabin set in its own grounds of over 2 acres with its own private trout lake including boat and pedalo.Situated in a beautiful small hamlet on the border of the historic market town of Chesterfield. Close to Bakewell, Chats  …see more

from £115 / night

£600 - £960 / week

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from £115 / night

(20) Excellent 

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The Stable - Loches cottage sleeps 4

Loire Valley / Loches

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
********* 20% off listed price for the last 10 days of August ********* The Stable provides luxurious and spacious accommodation for up to 4 people, situated on the small and exclusive gite arrangement of “La Vieille Ferme” - a stunning 17th century Touraine farm  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 - £950 / week

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from £71 / night

(2) Very Good 

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week-end for two on boat - Draveil houseboat sleeps 2

Essonne / Draveil

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Stay on this welcoming houseboat, which has three levels:Sun deckNatural level: lounge, living room- kitchenLower deck: one bedroom and its en suite bathroom and separate WC form the guest suite, at the front of the boat. Owner lives at the back. There is also a one per  …see more

from £60 / night

£342 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Inverlounin House - Lochgoilhead house sleeps 9

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.01 km; Swimming pool;
Fantastically located by the lochside in the heart of Argyll, the house sleeps up to 9 (plus infants) in 5 bedrooms.Spacious public rooms boast stunning loch views, and a great kitchen and utility room provide everything you need. Ideal for holidays, retreats and celebr  …see more

from £136 / night

£849 - £1750 / week

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from £136 / night

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Ille-et-Vilaine / Redon

2 5 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £88 / night

£462 / week

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from £88 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cavallino-Treporti / Punta Sabbioni

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
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from £95 / night

£659 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Nene Valley Boats - Peterborough narrowboat sleeps 6

Cambridgeshire / Peterborough

3 6 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
Our hire base is located near the market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire in the heart of the Nene Valley. On board one of our narrowboats, you can explore the river between Northampton and Peterborough winding your way through the timeless English countryside.There is  …see more

from £200 / night

£1285 / week

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from £200 / night

(28) Very Good 

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Kilchurn Lochside Cabin - Loch Awe log cabin sleeps 4

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Kilchurn is a delightful log cabin with a real log fire and a relaxing wooden hot tub (optional), situated on the western shore of Loch Awe with a truly fantastic view over the water. The cabin is situated in the Loch Aweside Forest Cabin Park with wide-open spaces bet  …see more

from £60 / night

£275 - £520 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Very Good 

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house boat on the Seine near Paris - Draveil narrowboat sleeps 6

Essonne / Draveil

3 6 4 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Three levelsSun deckNatural level: loungeLiving room- kitchenLower deck 3 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms, one cabinOne bedroom and its en suite bathroom and separate WC form the guest suite.Step out and you are in the leisure park with many sports and recreation opportunitie  …see more

from £129 / night

£684 - £1368 / week

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from £129 / night

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Drymen Holiday Apartment - Lochgoilhead apartment sleeps 2

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
This small 2 room apartment is located just off the historic village square in Drymen and is the perfect location for exploring all that Rob Roy country and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park has to offer. Leave the car behind and enjoy the numerous walking a  …see more

from £74 / night

£345 / week

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from £74 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Houseboat Pride of Leyden. - Leiden houseboat sleeps 3

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 27 km; Child friendly ;
Houseboat Pride of Leyden is fully equipped with every comfort, from a well stocked kitchen, to central heating and air conditioning, a TV and Wifi internet, and a veranda with a spectacular view. The main bedroom sleeps two in a king-size bed, the study sleeps one on a  …see more

from £101 / night

£680 - £788 / week

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from £101 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Kate Boats: Esma Frances - Southam narrowboat sleeps 6

Warwickshire / Southam

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Esma Frances is an elegant semi-traditional style boat fitted out to the very highest standard, providing luxury accommodation for up to six people.The forward lounge features a dining area with comfortable seating which converts into a double berth, or two single berth  …see more

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Bowater Cottage - Douglas Pier cottage sleeps 2

Lochgoilhead / Douglas Pier

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Features 1 bedroom ● Sleep 2 ● Wi-Fi & NOW TV ● 1 dog welcome at no extra charge ● Loch View ● Short breaks all year ● Ideal couples or single traveller retreat one mile from Lochgoilhead village. Good for walking, fishing and touring. NEW TO THE AREA -  …see more

from £73 / night

£379 - £410 / week

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from £73 / night

(7) Excellent 

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TopOfTheFort Penthouse - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Top of the Fort is a striking, light-filled and spacious accommodation with floor to ceiling windows and accesses the balcony terrace from all rooms. The unique large (>100 sq m) private wrap-around terrace overlooking Loch Ness, the Caledonian Canal & Mountains sited o  …see more

from £77 / night

£465 - £895 / week

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from £77 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Watersedge hottub kayaking fishing on Rudyard lake - Rudyard boathouse sleeps 7

Staffordshire / Rudyard

3 7 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
On the edge of the Peak District lies Rudyard lake, it's a bit of a secret in a stunning location, see the changing seasons in this woodland and lake setting. A perfect escape from the rigors and demands of modern living, you can slow life down if you appreciate th  …see more

from £258 / night

£1344 - £1544 / week

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from £258 / night

(1) Excellent 

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The Old Boathouse in Gweek Cornwall - Helford River boathouse sleeps 2

Helston / Helford River

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The property has a very warm cosy feel and has a nautical theme with pictures of boats, sea and surf. The interior is very modern with solid oak floors and white leather furniture. The high ceiling gives an impression of much space and airiness. The patio slabbed area h  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 / week

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from £71 / night

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Pyrenees-Orientales / Le Barcares

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Air conditioning; No pets allowed;
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from £82 / night

£569 / week

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from £82 / night

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Okeltor Boathouse - Harewood boathouse sleeps 4

Calstock / Harewood

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed; Private garden;
A unique waterside property built within the walls of an eighteenth century granary on the upper tidal reaches of the River Tamar. Recently renovated to modern standards with storage heaters and a wood burner for year round comfort. The comfortable first floor accommoda  …see more

from £130 / night

£625 - £825 / week

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from £130 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Chêne - Loches gite sleeps 8

Loire Valley / Loches

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Downstairs:The living area has a stunning fireplace with wood burning stove and is comfortably furnished with 3 leather sofas and dining room suite. There is satellite TV, DVD/CD player and free WiFi. The fully equipped kitchen includes dishwasher, electric oven and ho  …see more

from £113 / night

£790 - £1325 / week

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from £113 / night

(4) Excellent 

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the granary - Invermoriston barn sleeps 6

Loch Ness / Invermoriston

2 6 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This recently upgraded granary sits in a fifty acre estate on the shores of mystical Loch Ness. A perfect setting for either a restful holiday or an action packed time. Boat trips, bike hire, fishing and bagging Munros, castles and distilleries are all within an easy dr  …see more

from £105 / night

£650 / week

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Boat for rent South France - Gruissan boathouse sleeps 6

Aude / Gruissan

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Air conditioning; No pets allowed;
This wonderful accommodation is set aboard a large boat moored in Gruissan harbour near Narbonne South of France. The boat is English style and has 3 double cabins all ensuite, 2 lounges and 3 decks. Completely unique accommodation on the Etang, near the Med. A small b  …see more

from £196 / night

£1368 - £1710 / week

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from £196 / night

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