If you're looking for an active break and aren’t afraid of getting wet, book one of these holiday homes near fantastic water sports destinations worldwide.
Water sports holidays by the sea allow you to spend energetic mornings on the water and lazy afternoons chilling on the beach. Inland destinations near lakes and rivers are less tied to the summer season and can offer great windsurfing, canoeing and sailing throughout the year.
If you’re planning an action-packed holiday, choose a villa or cottage with plenty of home comforts. You’ll really appreciate a bubbling Jacuzzi, steamy sauna or cosy log fire after an active day on the water.
“Picture perfect weekend away” We had a wonderful stay at Yew Tree Farmhouse, made even better by a good spell of weather, although it's the kind of house which you would happily lock yourself away in and stay by the fire.
We were all lost for words
A very comfortable house to stay in. It is well furnished without being fussy, and there is plenty of room for a large group of friends and their dogs. Once the fires are lit, it feels very homely and… More
“Wonderful house, plenty of space, perfect location for long walks”
Reviewed 5 Dec 2012
We booked this weekend for a birthday celebration on the first weekend in December, and the house was perfect for our four families (14 in total plus a labrador). The 6 teenagers had the top floor, wi… More
“Perfect location, atmosphere & farmhouse!”
Reviewed 1 Nov 2012
I booked Yew Tree farmhouse for my sister's hen weekend and there were 16 of us altogether. We spent a lot of time at the house with the log fires going in each room, and there was always enough room … More
“Fabulous family weekend!” We booked Easter House of Ross for the weekend for my birthday. We thought it looked great online - & it didn't disappoint! It is such a lovely big house & very spacious. There were 11 of us, & 2 dogs, & there was plenty of s
Great house for staying near the festival but also for relaxing after! We had a great time and were welcomed on arrival. The rooms were great and the house slept 12 comfortably. The only problem we ha… More
A new shower has been fitted, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay!
“Great base for a Hen weekend”
Reviewed 26 Aug 2016
We stayed at Easter House of Ross for a long weekend Hen do. The scenery and drive up was beautiful! The house looked much bigger in person, the lounge and kitchen/ diner were huge and easily accommod… More
“Dig dirt and dirty !!! house”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2016
The house has not seen polish for months !!! The place needs a good deep clean ! The garden has dog dirt on it ! So please don't think you can use the grass ! The house was left cleaner in departure !… More
“Spacious manoir in French countryside” We spent a wonderful week in the Manoir which was spacious enough to accommodate our large group of 11. There was something for the older and younger members of our party. A splash in the pool or just a game o
The Manoir was the perfect place for our summer holiday. We were a group of 3 families with children ranging from 20 months to 8 years old. We loved the peaceful and picturesque location and it wa… More
From the Quercy Blanc to Bermuda with love: we are delighted you enjoyed our little corner of France and the comfort of our manoir, and we look forward to welcoming you and your delightful guests again!
“Five star accommodation in a five star location”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2012
The accommodation was superb and the Manoir furnished to a very high standard, with all the bedrooms having en suite facilities. A perfect location for several people who want to enjoy a holiday toge… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted you enjoyed our Manoir, and look forward to welcoming you again soon. This is typical of the reviews we get for Manoir Les Gaillardoux. Our guests love the peaceful yet stunning countryside of the Lot (Midi-Pyrenees), the atmosphere of the local villages and the delicious food of the nearby restaurants. Combined with the style and 5 star comfort of our Manoir, with its heated swimming pool and sunny terrace with wide open views, most say that it is a luxury holiday that is hard to beat.
“Nice old manor house” The property appealed to us as we holiday once a year with the family, 6 adults and 4 children, so we need lots of space and Plas Hen gave us that. Plenty of room for the kids to play away from the adults. The bedrooms were very
This is the third time I have been lucky enough to stay at Plas Hen. We go there with friends, sometimes as a lads weekend, and sometimes with partners. The adventure starts as you crest the high pass… More
“Fantastic house for a weekend of fun” We booked this house for 26 of us, we had plans to go out but we didn't need to, it was like self contained village! Fantastic house, fantastic location ( when we did go for dinner), everything you need is provide
We rented this house for my sister's hen do and it was perfect. The house is absolutely beautiful, it was a pleasure exploring all the different rooms! It's very well furnished with a lovely courtyard… More
“Perfect Birthday Weekend with Friends”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2017
We had a group of 22 of us stay at the Old Neptune for my 30th Birthday weekend and it was the perfect setting! The house offered everything we needed to the point where we barely needed to leave, an… More
“Characteristic house, exudes warmth and a feeling of coziness.”
Reviewed 19 Sep 2016
We were 26 adults who fit into this fabulous house perfectly. It was spacious enough so we were not on top of each other, but small enough to be able to have the feeling of togetherness. Whether it wa… More
“Serene” Have visited the property twice, both during druing the summer months, once as a couple and once with children. We found the house spacious, cool and very relaxing. The location means you are away from the noise of the city but still close eno
“Has everything for a great holiday for the whole family, will definitely go back.”
Reviewed 9 Jan 2013
House has loads of space with large individual rooms which have authentic French furniture. The bathrooms and shower rooms have a modern clean finish. kitchen and dining area are great for family meal… More
Reviewed 9 Jan 2013
We stayed here with friends and 4 young children last summer. We had a brilliant time. The house is furnished to a high standard, and the pool area is safe and idyllic both in the sun and out of it. T… More
Reviewed 29 Dec 2012
We stayed here last summer and had an incredible time. The house is spacious and the conversion has been done with obvious care, the property retaining many original features. It is set in a traditi… More
Superb house, friendly welcome and a genuine desire by the owners for guests to have a wonderful holiday.… More
“One of the best holidays I have had.”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2014
The Manoir is stunning,the pictures do not do it justice!When we arrived with two toddlers after a nine hour drive and were delighted to find we had booked somewhere that exceeded all expectations.It … More
“Simply wonderful in every way”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2014
We stayed at the Manoir for one week in late August / early September with a baby and a 2 year old. It was heaven. The farmhouse is uber stylish but comfortable and practical (eg very well-stocked wit… More
“Awesome View of the Douro. Great House.” We have been at Palmira's Home for some days. The House is well located near the Douro River, in a quite area where you can see an awesome view over the Douro Valley. The Swimming pool is very nice and well loc
“What a wonderful garden!” We have just returned from a very enjoyable stay at La Roseraie. We travelled with friends who have small children. The house was perfect for them, a huge bedroom full of toys (they were boys) and they just loved the garden,
“Stag accommodation” We stayed at river view for my stag weekend. It was very good and practical. Bob was very helpful in every way. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. Truly a great place to stay for groups in the Swansea area.
“Mrs” This is a beautiful house in a beautiful location. There is plenty of space and yet lots of cosy corners to relax and unwind. Stunning views. This is a perfect place for a base for a walking, cycling or running holiday/weekend. The house is full
What a wonderful place. A lovely, quiet house with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Plenty of space to spread out both inside and out but also with lots of peaceful corners to … More
Thank you for your lovely words, it was a pleasure to have you stay and you are very welcome back! Many Thanks Andrea and Mark
“Amazing country house in beautiful rural S.W. France”
Reviewed 8 Nov 2016
Stayed at Maison Tranquil with group of friends for an extended weekend stay and could have stayed there longer - stunning house - masses of space and facilities - perfect for a house party to suit al… More
Thank you for your lovely review - always great to know that the house and area have been enjoyed, It would be lovely to see you again! Many thanks Andrea and Mark.
Reviewed 7 Nov 2016
A truly wonderful house in a fantastic setting. A magnificent place to relax, the views from the patio across the lake are stunning. The decor is beautiful and tasteful and totally in keeping with the… More
Its wonderful to know that Maison Tranquil was the right setting for your special birthday celebrations! We really enjoyed meeting you all and would love to see you all again. Thank you for choosing our house for your break!
“Fantastic Time had in Magical House” We have stayed at Balinakill on 3 occasions with a large group and each time we have had a wonderful time. The house is set in beautiful grounds which are kept in a very good condition. The House itself blows you
Balinakill really is an amazing place. We travelled via plane, train and automobile to reach our destination and everyone was dumb-struck at just how beautiful the house is.
Our party ranged in age f… More
“amazing house with fantastic garden space.”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2014
A wonderful birthday weekend for a big bunch of friends. The house has plenty of space for everyone staying without feeling on top of each other. Two very big living rooms not to mention the sunroo… More
Reviewed 12 Nov 2013
We stayed here with a group of friends and had a brilliant time. The location of the house is great and there was everything we needed to ensure we all enjoyed ourselves. Ann, the owner, was helpful a… More
“What a fabulous view !!” What a breath taking view and a place to use as a base in Southern Italy !
Paola and family are most helpful and attentive, loved the home made wine / olive oil that was given on arrival.
Enjoy breakfast / bbq overlook
“Great stay in nice location with lovely hosts” We (4 adults) stayed in Wightfield Manor during a visit to Cheltenham for the horse racing festival. The Fettiplace apartment was perfect for us, with historical and quaint features evident throughout. Ou
The cottage was part of a beautiful manor house set in extensive grounds. We were made to feel very welcome and the owner even took our 5-year-old to feed the ducks and have a go on the swing! The ro… More
“Great house in the middle of nowhere” Just returned from a two week holiday in Le Moulin the house is wonderful loads of space lovely bedrooms and bathrooms, great kitchen. We were a group of 9 ranging from 10years through teens to adults we all enjoy
My second visit to the chateau, was as good as the first. Went with friends/children the first time and then with family and children this time. Worked well both times...so much space to get away...fr… More
Thank you for a lovely review. It was a pleasure to have such great guests :) See you again soon we hope....
“Fantastic and comfortable family home in a great location” We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Le Manoir Nord and would highly recommend a stay there. The manoir was perfect for a large group and we had many a happy meal around the lovely glass table
Very nice house and grounds. Ideal for a large family holiday. We hired the bed linen and towels as an extra: towels very good; not so much the bedlinen.… More
Reviewed 13 Jun 2012
Very good spacious house with attractive gardens and tennis court. Well furnished with Sky and wifi access. Ensuite bathroom could do with some updating. Good restaurants and several golf courses … More
“Lovely, spacious accommodation in peaceful, beautiful surroundings” The house is very spacious with a large living room/dining room area, which made it ideal for the the 6 of us to share - it could have easily accommodated more. The kitchen and bedroo
We stayed at Gaddens Manor House for a large extended family gathering, and had a fantastic time. The house and garden are lovely, and the house is situated in the heart of the New Forest with great … More
Caroline thanks for coming to Gaddens so pleased your surprise party went off so well. Chris at Gaddens
“An amazing family break!”
Reviewed 22 Aug 2016
I would like to thank Jayne and Chris for a wonderful 5 day break with my mother and sister in law and six children. The house really was a home from home and we all felt very settled and relaxed ther… More
Copper ( the Labrador)is still talking about the children!!, so pleased you saw all the meteors. Jayne at Gaddens
“Away from the madding crowds in the heart of the countryside, perfect.”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2013
The Gaddens Manor House apartment was perfect for us, 6 adults an 8 year old and two under 15 months. Needing plenty of room the most appealing feature was the gardens and security mainly for the chi… More
The wonderful thing about renting our home in the heart of the New Forest in England,is the meeting of amazing families from the UK and around the world. Jayne & Chris Edwards.
“Truly Excellent Property in fantastic location.” We have this morning left this glorious house busy discussing what we will do next time we are there! Three generation of Knowles 8 adults and 2 babies, plus a couple of extra friends who dropped in fo
Fantastic holiday destination in a glorious location. The house and garden/pool are wonderful with beautiful views all round. Great location to explore Provence, the mountains and the coast with lake … More
“Perfection in One Place”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2015
I have rented this villa three times now and next year I am booked in again. Honestly I don't want people to know how great it is or I will be without a week in the future. The history of the villa an… More
“Excellent house in perfect village”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2015
This was our second stay at Maison Hirondelles in Seillans and it was all as fabulous as we'd remembered it. The house is gorgeous, perfectly positioned, simply furnished but generously equipped, spac… More
“A wonderful weekend we"ll never forget” We stayed for a long weekend at the beginning of February to celebrate a 50th Birthday. We were extremely excited about having the pleasure of sharing this historical family home & having the opportunity to expe
Great Tangley Manor is a wonderful property in a great location. The gardens are beautiful and the overall stay was a great experience for my family who travelled over from Germany for our wedding. I … More
Reviewed 17 May 2013
We stayed at Great Tangley manor for my husband’s 40th birthday with family - It was amazing - All I could have hoped for and more - The wow factor is really indescribable - Have to see it to believ… More
“Party of 7 (3 bedroom option) - We all love Love LOVED Great Tangley Manor!”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2012
The whole process, from booking, arriving, staying and leaving was easy (well as easy as leaving such a lovely house can be!). Nicho kept us well informed and provided all the information we could pos… More
“Super stylish French retreat” My family and I stopped at this house in March. It was superb and very stylishly decorated. The bedrooms are very comfortable and and all individually styled. The kitchen is beautiful with everything you'd need and the lo