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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883 Holiday homes

(6) Excellent 

49

Rudyard holiday boathouse rental

Staffordshire / Rudyard

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
kayaking fishing chilling great outdoor location very private private 10 mph road private off road parking gas bbq loads of boats x5 double kayaks x4 single kayaks canadian 17ft canoe x1 rowing boat 3 man fishing gas bbq under cover outside bar gamesroom<b  …see more

from £298 / night

£1594 - £5794 / week

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from £298 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Invermoriston

Loch Ness / Invermoriston

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Two bedroomed detached stone crofters cottage in a private and peaceful location on a small holiday park, half a mile from Loch Ness on the outskirts of the village of Invermoriston in the magnificent Highlands of Scotland. The cottage is on one level and consists of a  …see more

from £89 / night

£620 / week

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from £89 / night

(2) Excellent 

10

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

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday chalet in Glenmoriston

Loch Ness / Glenmoriston

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 72 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Located between the Great Glen way and the Moriston river, less than half a mile walk from Loch Ness is Invermoriston Holidays. An ideal location for touring the highlands with Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Isle of Skye and Inverness a short drive away. Invermoriston vi  …see more

from £93 / night

£651 / week

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from £93 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / De Pijp

1 2 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Houseboat, roof terrace, brand new, centre amsterdam, museum square  …see more

from £106 / night

£702 / week

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from £106 / night

(7) Excellent 

21

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

(21) Excellent 

16

Loches holiday cottage rental

Loire Valley / Loches

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Luxurious gite, lovely hosts and a beautiful location.” A warm welcome was provide by our hosts, who 'went the extra mile' to make our holiday a success. The Stables is in lovely surroundings. It has everything you need, and there are loungers and a  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 - £950 / week

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from £71 / 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 £123 / night

£861 / week

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from £123 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Old Armoury is a ground floor wheelchair friendly holiday home nestled on the shores of Loch Ness built in a unique location within the award winning Highland Club which includes an indoor heated swimming pool, gym and spa plus may other outdoor facilities within th  …see more

from £128 / night

£606 - £921 / week

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from £128 / night

(9) Excellent 

16

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage - a real home from home only better!” This cottage is one of the best we have stayed in and we have stayed in a lot. Perfect location and all needs catered for.  …see more

from £95 / night

£420 - £680 / week

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from £95 / night

(9) Excellent 

20

Boathouse rental in Llanbedrog

Abersoch / Llanbedrog

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Listen to the waves lapping up to the patio wall or watch the children playing on the beautiful miles of sand directly outside the property while enjoying a glass of wine on the glass surrounded balcony. 4 acres of forest as well as a beautiful beach - spectacular!<b  …see more

from £150 / night

£550 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

7

Holiday boathouse in Srinagar

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Founded in 1970 and run since by the Tranadar family, Lala Prince is a beautifully decorated, clean, simple, warm and welcoming family houseboat on the Jhelum River in Srinagar. If you're looking for a quiet and quaint place to relax and enjoy the wonders of Kashmi  …see more

from £10 / night

£30 - £282 / week

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from £10 / night

(14) Excellent 

9

Holiday lodge in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Mr” Excellent accommodation in a very scenic area for walking and looking for Nessie. Cottage has every thing required for a holiday away from it all.  …see more

from £58 / night

£251 - £570 / week

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from £58 / night

(5) Excellent 

10

Holiday cottage in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Peaceful Retreat” The cottage was everything that it said it would be. It was ideally situated for a quiet get away with scenic views and yet close enough for the amenities. The cottage was clean and well equipped and the sauna and Jacuzzi were very  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 / week

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from £115 / night

31

Seine-Maritime / Etretat

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £123 / night

£860 - £1044 / week

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from £123 / night

(1) Excellent 

12

Rhone / Lyon

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets

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from £66 / night

£369 - £492 / week

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from £66 / night

22

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 £618 / night

£2470 - £3334 / week

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from £618 / night

(1) Excellent 

3

Houseboat rental in Chioggia

Province of Venice / Chioggia

2 7 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
No license needed, easy to maoeuvre, cruises in the lagoon of Venice.  …see more

from £158 / night

£1100 - £1695 / week

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from £158 / night

18

Syracuse / Ortigia

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation

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from £79 / night

£553 / week

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from £79 / night

(3) Excellent 

16

Drumnadrochit holiday bungalow rental

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
Self-catering Scottish Highland Cottage with stunning views, just a short distance from the Loch Ness. Private garden. Ideal for families seeking relaxation.<br />The superb views and quiet, convenient location, ideal for visitors wishing to explore the Highlands  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £580 / week

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from £80 / night

7

Vermenton holiday houseboat rental

Yonne / Vermenton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
Discover the French countryside from the deck of a luxury canal boat. Cruising in Burgundy on France's most beautiful canal you pass scenic countryside, ancient towns and villages, and past Cathedrals and Chateaux, stopping only to enjoy the superb local food and w  …see more

from £251 / night

£1755 - £2808 / week

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from £251 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
quiet and tranquility The house boat is a bit of a distance from Amsterdam centre, so you can escape the hustle and bustle after a packed day of exploring and have peace and tranquillity at the apartment, chilling with the birds and water. Now also e-bikes available.&l  …see more

from £101 / night

£658 / week

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from £101 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
Two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms on a boat, and en suite bathrooms, free WiFI. After a busy day in the center you can enjoy the grand view of the eastern docklands on the deck terrace on a nice summer day.  …see more

from £185 / night

£1290 / week

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from £185 / night

(26) Excellent 

20

Loches holiday cottage rental

Loire Valley / Loches

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“A fantastic and truly relaxing holiday - vive le grange!” This was our long awaited 25th Wedding Anniversary holiday and the best holiday we have ever had in France. Beautiful quiet location, Excellent Gite,Great facilities, fabulous places to visit  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £1095 / week

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from £85 / night

9

Aude / Marseillette

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £75 / night

£522 - £615 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Excellent 

16

Holiday bungalow in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Pinetops Fort Augustus” A warm friendly spacious home awaits you with tea. coffee, sugar sachets and milk in fridge chocolates on table. Pinetops is an amazing place to stay clean, warm and so spacious with amazing views all around we loved our time h  …see more

from £61 / night

£425 - £750 / week

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from £61 / night

36

San Blas Islands / El Porvenir

3 2 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly

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from £361 / night

£2525 / week

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from £361 / night

(1) Excellent 

18

Loches / Saint-Jean-Saint-Germain

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly

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from £264 / night

£1123 / week

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from £264 / night

(7) Very Good 

14

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Two bedroom apartment with very large private garden in The Highland Club, equipped with all modern features. Sleeps up to 6 guests. Easy access to common facilities such as indoor swimming pool and spa. Located on the shore of Loch Ness.  …see more

from £121 / night

£520 - £1298 / week

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from £121 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Loch Awe holiday apartment rental

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 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 4 is a 3 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 £150 / night

£750 - £830 / week

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from £150 / night

(2) Very Good 

18

Lochgoilhead holiday bungalow rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
QUICK FACTS 3 bedrooms ● Sleep 6 ● Wi-Fi ● 1 mile to Lochgoilhead village ● No pets please THE PROPERTY Cobbler View is a detached bungalow in a small development approx. 1 mile outside of Lochgoilhead village. Sitting in an elevated position above Loch Goil, t  …see more

from £103 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £103 / night

(4) Excellent 

17

Holiday home with golf nearby in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
Carraig Thura is an Edwardian country house renovated between 2012-2014. Kilchurn Suite 3 is a 1 bedroom apartment located in the courtyard area of the house. This bright spacious suite is tastefully decorated and fitted out with contemporary furniture. There is a la  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £520 / week

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from £90 / 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
A very private lodge looking out on great scenery.Stay with us and enjoy the scenic beauty of Loch Ness.  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £830 / week

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from £90 / 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

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Fort Augustus holiday home rental

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
character cottage in the picturesque village of fort augustus this listed end-terrace cottage is quietly situated off the main road and within walking distance of the local shops, pubs and restaurants. This well-maintained cottage has been renovat...  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £695 / week

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from £58 / night

(4) Excellent 

15

Holiday boathouse rental

Oban / Argyll

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Right above our little private harbour is Boat House West . Down stairs is a large bed room, which can be set up as two singles or a king size bed. En suite is the bath room with a large roll in shower, toilet and sink. Gourmet kitchen, dinning area, sitting area with o  …see more

from £160 / night

£1100 - £1400 / week

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from £160 / night

46

Holiday boathouse in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
This boat is cosy and comfortable. It features a living room, dining room, bedroom, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Also a roof terrace with a nice view! THIS BOAT IS PERFECT FOR ADVENTURERS Close to NDSM. ★ Privacy and space ★ Fully equipped kitchen ★  …see more

from £66 / night

£461 / week

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from £66 / night

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Province of Cagliari / Cagliari

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £52 / night

£369 - £1014 / week

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from £52 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 7 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
ITINERARY» Guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, we will welcome you with welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with lavish menu of traditional  …see more

from £164 / night

£1148 / week

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from £164 / night

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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