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.
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
Had a lovely long weekend relaxing in front the the fire which was great. The cabin although small was very comfortable. Had a great meal onsite. Owners very helpful.… More
“Will definately be back!”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2013
We stayed at New Year and were welcomed with the logburner in full flow! We were looking for somewhere where we could relax and ben lui did not disappoint. The cabin has a lovely homely feeling to it … More
“Perfect location with a cosy place to stay after a lond day.”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2012
We had a fantastic stay at Ben Lui.The cabin managed to fit all six of us (2 adults,4 small children),it was cosy but the kids loved it and the verandah was the perfect place to eat when the weather w… More
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
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
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 reco… More
And thank you Audrey and James for your great review...welcome back anytime. Hester
“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
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
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
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
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
A lovely place to stay -the apartment has been sympathetically refurbished and all requirements have been thoughtfully catered for.… More
Thank you for your lovely comments.
Felicity & Chris.
“Spacious and charming”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2014
The Old Convent is a beautiful old building and our apartment was spacious, spotless and very well equipped. It's a short walk into Fort Augustus and its well located to visit the Loch Ness area, Sky… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it was a pleasure meeting you. We enjoyed our chats and stories. Felicity & Chris
“A pearl in a wonderfully beautiful, scenic part of the highlands of Scotland”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2014
It was worth the hours spent searching for the right accommodation to suit our needs on our first holiday in Scotland. The comments made by previous visitors to No 3 indicated we had made a good choic… More
Thank you very much for you lovely comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday here with us. Felicity, Chris & Harvey!
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
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
My Children 13,16,17 plus Grandparent 78 all had an excellent time in Paris . The boat made an excellent base for seeing the sights as public transport is minutes walk away.The boat is spacious, very … More
“Fabulous Family Base to Explore Paris From...”
Reviewed 19 Aug 2011
Gave a much needed place to relax and review each day of our holiday ... could just sit and watch the river for hours from the boat.
Having the huge Auchan Supermarket and local shops one tram stop a… More
“Perfect for relaxing and seeing Paris”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2011
We spent a lovely week on Rupert`s barge. We were looking for something that had easy access to all the sights of Paris, but without the hustle and bustle of being in the city, and we found it. It was… More
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
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
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
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
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
Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
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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
“Totally relaxing, lovely setup, great hosts, fab location”
Reviewed 31 Aug 2012
Ideally situated for visiting chateaux, lovely roads for cycling. Derek and Angela made us welcome from the outset and nothing was too much trouble. We came with our 17 year old daughter who thoroughl… More
“Lovely relaxing holiday”
Reviewed 24 Aug 2012
Lovely clean gite, quiet location, but all facilities needed are available. The pool was perfect set within lovely grounds. Ping pong and badminton was enjoyed by the children and the pool was child… More
“Excellent accomodation & facilities in rural location”
Reviewed 1 Jan 2012
We have stayed in The Stable on 3 previous occasions for our summer holidays. We have always found the accomodation to be of a very high standard and seems to have been improved upon each time we sta… More
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
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
We arrived in the dark after a long and tortuous journey up from Devon. Pulling back the curtains the following morning was a joy to behold. Bright sunshine, blue water and dolphins playing in the loc… More
“Excellent hospitality in this comfortable family home.”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2012
The house is reached down a long narrow road which skirts the Loch. Even before you reach the front door the magic begins with the waterfall by the gate. Not an artificial garden feature but a force… More
“One of the best short breaks.”
Reviewed 12 Jul 2011
Stepping out of the car on arrival ,on opening the gates we were greated by the sound of the waterfall only feet away from the house and the breathtaking views of the loch. Fantastic location offerin… More
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
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
Highly recommend this cabin. We were fortunate enough to be able to book at short notice for a nights stay.
Reuben was very quick to reply to emails answering any query I had and gave us full directi… More
Thanks! I'm glad the cabin was up to your standards. I'm continuously making improvements, and I hope, like many other guests have done, you enjoy it a second (third!) time round soon. Cheers, Reuben.
Reviewed 3 Dec 2012
My husband, son, dog and I enjoyed a fabulous short stay at Kilchurn in November. If you are looking for a 'get away from it all' this is the place to stay. The cabin is situated overlooking the loch … More
Hi there, thanks for taking the time to write us a review and I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay. The cabin isn't brand new, but it certainly adds to its rural charm, and has the best location out of all of them :) Having said that, I'm continuing to make improvements to make cabin-life even more comfortable. I hope you come back soon. Reuben.
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
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 w… More
“Best cruise through Paris”
Reviewed 13 May 2014
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
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead
1 2 1 night min stay
1 night min stay
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Well appointed cottage, in good location with friendly owners”
Reviewed 22 Sep 2012
The boathouse looked freshly furnished, and had everything we needed, including a welcome pack in the kitchen. Although basically a single space(plus shower-room) the accommodation felt light and airy… More
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
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
Very enjoyable holiday, well presented and fitted out Gite (Chene) sleeping 8 comfortably. Marie really made the place special from a generous starting food parcel of local produce to being on hand d… More
“Outstanding setting, service and site”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2014
This is a real gem and cracking value. It is far enough South to guarantee some great weather and we were once again welcomed to a spotless gite, great pool and a friendly smile. We can't recommend th… More
“Excellent accomodation, fabulous hosts, lovely gardens, great pool”
Reviewed 6 Aug 2013
We visited for the second year running and it lived up to our high expectations. Villa Chene is spacious and well fitted. The patio area has been extended since last year which is good. The pool with … More
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
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