Lakes and lochs - cottage breaks in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District

Lakes and lochs (883)

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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(32) Excellent 

12

Holiday houseboat rental

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Quaint and Well Situated Houseboat” We had a lovely stay on the Oasis Houseboat as a family of three adults. It was far enough away from the main hub but still easily accessible to a grocery store. The sunset over the canal and other houseboats each  …see more

from £132 / night

£790 - £1843 / week

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from £132 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Lochgoilhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Welcome to Jenny’s Bay overlooking Loch Goil Perfect for special occasions, landmark birthdays, anniversaries or for a family looking to enjoy quality time together. This hot tub, loch side holiday home overlooking Loch Goil is a popular choice. QUICK FACTS 4 bed  …see more

from £172 / night

£1183 - £1866 / week

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from £172 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Boathouse rental in Lochearnhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochearnhead

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Lochside, beautiful views from the lounge and master bedroom in a stunning setting with views of mountains and Loch. Close to restaurants and bars in the village. In the outstandingly beautiful area of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.<br />a great choi  …see more

from £123 / night

£855 - £1299 / week

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from £123 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Loire Valley / Loches

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £72 / night

£413 / week

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from £72 / night

(1) Excellent 

12

Log cabin rental in Balnain

Drumnadrochit / Balnain

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
The Allt is a spacious 3 bedroom lodge sleeps 6 persons (1 king-size bed, 2 x 2 single beds) with an open plan living/kitchen area incl. a wood stove. The lodge has a down stairs bathroom with a walk in shower and a family bathroom upstairs with separate shower and a sp  …see more

from £110 / night

£500 - £1170 / week

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from £110 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Comfortable lodge in Glen Urquhart, dog friendly. Nearby Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness and Glen Affric. Free wireless internet  …see more

from £58 / night

£251 - £612 / week

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from £58 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Fort Augustus holiday apartment rental

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
Sleeps 2. Spacious, four-star, one bedroom apartment in the vaulted top floor of the old monastery, with huge arched stone mullioned windows.<br />Views in three directions with every window offering sensational views overlooking Loch Ness  …see more

from £67 / night

£357 - £847 / week

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from £67 / night

15

Kumbalam holiday boathouse rental

Kochi (Cochin) / Kumbalam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Kumarakom-Alleppey Houseboat Trip,Kerala backwater Trip,Kerala Houseboats,Kochi to Kollam houseboat trip<br />Embark point:Cochin,Kumabalam Boat Jetty,Near Ramada Resort Cochin,Disembark Point : Alumkadavu Jetty,Kollam  …see more

from £225 / night

£1400 - £1750 / week

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from £225 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Loches with golf nearby

Loire Valley / Loches

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The household and towels and sheets are not included in price (possibility to rent on site).Check-in 5/9 PM /out 7/11 AM. Heated pool from early june to mid september  …see more

from £88 / night

£878 - £1197 / week

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from £88 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Boathouse accommodation in Leiden with shared pool

South Holland Province / Leiden

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Come for the View, Stay for the Tranquility” 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 great for  …see more

from £132 / night

£878 - £2193 / week

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from £132 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Lochgoilhead holiday townhouse rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Superb Weekend At Viewfeild!!” Fantastic big house and great value for money. This was my second stay in the property and hopefully won't be my last. The house provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. The conservatory is lovely to sit in o  …see more

from £88 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £88 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Boathouse rental in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
This houseboat is a unique opportunity to sleep in a original houseboat in Amsterdam. It is spacious, freshly refurbished and beautiful renewed. You will stay in the booming North area (the North area is rated #3 in NYTimes list for GLOBAL hotspots). Although, you are  …see more

from £66 / night

£461 / week

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from £66 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Leiden holiday houseboat rental

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • 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 £104 / night

£698 - £808 / week

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from £104 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Chertsey with golf nearby

Surrey / Chertsey

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Welcome aboard the beautiful widebeam barge The Time Machine, moored in a private garden on the River Thames near Chertsey. 5 mins from Thorpe Park theme park, 15 mins from Heathrow Airport and easy access to the M25, M3 and M4 and the South East. 15 mins drive to Heat  …see more

from £70 / night

£600 - £810 / week

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from £70 / night

(16) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Lochgoilhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Home away from home” 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 itself was very spacious and extr  …see more

from £115 / night

£500 - £1123 / week

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from £115 / night

(1) Excellent 

4

Holiday boathouse in Larantuka

Flores / Larantuka

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
We are located on sandy beach, with beautiful white sand and wonderful sea view,which can take your breath away.We are new PADI DIVE OPERATOR .Larantuka has 500 years of Portuguese heritage and magnificent landscapes ideal for Adventure.<br />Flores rivals some of  …see more

from £42 / night

£292 / week

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from £42 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Apartment accommodation in Fort Augustus with golf nearby

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
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 beautif  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 / week

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from £70 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Drumnadrochit holiday lodge rental

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Comfortable lodge in Glen Urquhart, dog friendly. Nearby Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness and Glen Affric. Free wireless internet  …see more

from £58 / night

£251 - £612 / week

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from £58 / night

8

Boathouse rental in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
Our houseboat "Welcome Cruize is a floating palace which is a modified form of traditional Kettuvallams. It contains 2 luxurious well furnished & bath attached bed rooms, sun bath-deck, lounge cum dining room and a hygienic kitchen. In the royal kitchen, we pre  …see more

from £125 / night

£875 / week

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from £125 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

Lochgoilhead / Douglas Pier

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Just what I needed.” The cottage was amazing, spotlessly clean, warm when I arrived and very inviting in general. It had everything that was needed. This was my first visit, but not my last. I feel recharged!  …see more

from £73 / night

£379 - £410 / week

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from £73 / night

(10) Excellent 

18

Holiday apartment in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
Edwardian country house renovated 2012. Enter through impressive vestibule to grand staircase leading to two private self-catering suites. Kilchurn suite 2 has 2 bedrooms, 1 twin, 1 double. Both are tastefully decorated and furnished with fully tiled en-suites and wal  …see more

from £140 / night

£730 - £780 / week

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from £140 / night

(23) Very Good 

25

Boathouse rental in Lymington

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Excellent alternative to a B & B” Really enjoyed staying on the boat. Great environment. Very relaxing. Easy to find and meet with host.  …see more

from £59 / night

£700 / week

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from £59 / night

(7) Excellent 

5

Alappuzha holiday boathouse rental

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Welcome to Genesis Houseboat A leisure trip on GENESIS houseboats offers a panoramic view of Kerala backwaters. You will get a chance to explore the greenery and the traditional village culture of Real Kerala. We will take care of your requirements with great pleasure a  …see more

from £138 / night

£963 / week

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from £138 / night

(6) Very Good 

19

Syracuse / Plemmirio

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £97 / night

£676 / week

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from £97 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Loches holiday home accommodation

Loire Valley / Loches

5 11 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellence” We loved our stay here, charming with an air of luxury. It had everything we could possibly need. Everything worked beautifully, Wi FI was excellent, Pool was great! Many beautiful , ancient places to visit, bikes to ride. Markets just a  …see more

from £158 / night

£1100 - £2300 / week

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from £158 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Loches holiday cottage rental

Loire Valley / Loches

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Top place to stay - thoroughly recommended” We had a superb time and were made thoroughly welcome. Great facilities and a lovely location. We will be back.  …see more

from £90 / night

£540 - £880 / week

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from £90 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Loches holiday cottage rental

Loire Valley / Loches

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Stables is one of 3 lovely cottages within an old farm courtyard. Perfect for families or groups who are looking for a fun filled and/or relaxing retreat in the beautiful Loire Valley. The accommodation includes: 5 bedrooms (one with king size bed, one triple with b  …see more

from £120 / night

£760 - £1135 / week

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from £120 / night

24

Holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
A beautiful quiet location, only 10 min. to center by bike; free car parking in weekend! Basic houseboat, for up to 8 guests, only 10minutes from the Center and situated upon the scenic Nieuwe Meer and large forest. The accommodation makes the perfect choice for a famil  …see more

from £281 / night

£1965 / week

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from £281 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday townhouse in Lochgoilhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
One bedroom holiday property in Lochgoilhead Village. Comfortable and great value for money. Enjoy a few days or a week in this scenic village sitting at the head of Loch Goil in the Loch Lomond National Park.  …see more

from £73 / night

£379 - £500 / week

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from £73 / night

(10) Excellent 

21

Holiday home in Foyers

Loch Ness / Foyers

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Stunning location - peace, tranquillity & fabulous views of Lochness, the mountains & forests. Beautiful, spacious house - full sized snooker table, snug with log burner & 5.1 cinema system, garden room & first floor seating area/balcony. Patio & dec  …see more

from £350 / night

£1400 - £2835 / week

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from £350 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Marigot Bay

Castries Quarter / Marigot Bay

3 2 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
This is an opportunity to experience life in our private classic 41 foot yacht which is moored to the dock in beautiful Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia. We also have a 4x4 jeep available if you wish to go out and explore the island. The boat has a classic teak wood interior  …see more

from £67 / night

£467 / week

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from £67 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Loire Valley / Loches

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £58 / night

£290 - £422 / week

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from £58 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
Carraig Thura is an Edwardian country house renovated between 2012-2014. Kilchurn Suite 5 is a 2 bedroom apartment located in the courtyard area of the house. This spacious suite is tastefully decorated and fitted out with contemporary furniture. All bedrooms are bea  …see more

from £120 / night

£550 - £640 / week

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from £120 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Check into the finest Houseboats in God's own Country with Gold Star Rating Alapuzha (Venice of the East) or Alleppey as it is popularly known is the most prominent township in the backwaters. The Backwaters of Kerala is a network of interconnected canals, rivers  …see more

from £160 / night

£1066 / week

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from £160 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Boathouse rental in Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe / Moorehall

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
The chalet at Moorehall was built in 1964 as a holiday retreat by the current owner's grandfather. It sits on the edge of Lough Carra in South Mayo and is surrounded by forest.  …see more

from £58 / night

£351 / week

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from £58 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday boathouse in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
Nice and cosy! boat in the Central area. Short walking/cycling distance from most of the city's main attractions.The boat has a living room plus one bedroom and everything you need to feel comfortable. It is a small part of the boat with the owners next door. <  …see more

from £88 / night

£1106 / week

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from £88 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Mannum

South Australia / Mannum

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
River Breez Is a 6-8 berth luxury houseboat moored at Mannum Waters Marina. Just over 1hr from Adelaide & I can arrange transfers for you. Embracing an open design concept with a contemporary interior, our elegance and sophistication will suit the most discerning g  …see more

from £622 / night

£2485 - £3355 / week

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from £622 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This listing is for our Premier Lodge No 3 - it is a substantially built lodge extending to 96 square metres and accommodates up to six guests in three bedrooms - one twin and two double - there is also a Bathroom and a Shower room both with toilet and wash hand basin.&  …see more

from £114 / night

£570 - £970 / week

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from £114 / night

(148) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“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  …see more

from £255 / night

£1500 / week

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from £255 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Fort Augustus with shared pool, golf nearby

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
CALADH APARTMENT luxury property in a Benedictine Monastery on the shores of Loch Ness<br />Luxury one bed, ground floor apartment in a converted Benedictine Monastery with the use of a wide variety of leisure facilities. Set in 20 acres of private grounds on the  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £1315 / week

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from £72 / night