If you are looking for a family holiday by the sea that combines lazy days on the beach, harbourside dining, local independent shops to browse and stunning coastal walks then look no further. The Old Coastguard Station is located in an enviable position on the water's edge in the charming town of Amble on the Northumberland coast. With four ensuite bedrooms, contemporary open plan living and stunning panoramic sea views, it is easy to feel like you are on holiday here. This gorgeous self-catering property perfectly combines salty days by the sea with a touch of luxury and sophistication.
Ocean View Penthouse is a superb beachfront property in Woolacombe. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms with two bathrooms, it has fantastic views up and down the coast of North Devon and a layout that is ideal for couples, families or friends. You are steps from the beach and a short walk from cafes, bars and shops. Walk along the South West Coast Path to Barricane Bay, Grunta Bay or Mortehoe, or spend your days surfing and sunning yourself beside the water. There is a wide choice of attractions to suit all ages, from theme parks to gardens, to make this an excellent year-round holiday destination.
A choice of one, two and three bedroom luxurious Five Star sea-front holiday apartments in the popular seaside town of Scarborough on Yorkshire's glorious East Coast. Available for short breaks of one night or longer holidays with all the comforts of a hotel and the space of self-catering. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
Take a relaxing holiday or break by the sea in one of eight pretty holiday cottages that sit in tranquil grounds in a secluded valley just 200 yards from the sea, between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the North Devon coast. Plenty of attractions close by including Watermouth Castle adjacent.
Bellows Mill is perfect for families who can't decide between a holiday in the town or the country. It sits within 17 private acres on the edge of the Chiltern Hills AONB yet is within striking distance of places like Milton Keynes, St Albans and Watford. London, Oxford and Cambridge are all within reach for a day of shopping and sightseeing, or stay closer to home and explore the beautiful countryside footpaths and cycling routes. Nearby attractions include Whipsnade Zoo, Bletchley Park and Woburn Safari Park, and there are seven golf courses within a short drive. With space for up to seven people to sleep in three bedrooms, this former mill is an ideal year-round holiday destination that will keep everyone happy.
Lakeside Cottage is a quirky barn situated on the banks of Carsington Water. A great base to explore the Derbyshire dales with its plentiful things to do. Located on the circular route around the lake on a no through road and great views, its a tranquil place to to unwind.
Located on a farmstead in the North York Moors National Park, these two self-catering holiday cottages provide the ideal retreat for anyone who enjoys walking or simply wants to relax in beautiful countryside. Just a mile from Hutton-le-hole with a good pub serving food and within easy driving distance of Pickering, Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Everything you need for a fantastic holiday is at your fingertips when you stay at The Lodge on the Lake. The lakefront chalet is on the Hoburne Park in the Cotswold Water Park, close to all amenities with idyllic views. It sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is ideal for families or couples. South Cerney is a few minutes away, as are Cirencester, Cheltenham, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water. You're only ever a walk, bike ride or scenic drive away from a gorgeous view, country pub or a farmers market. Facilities on site include sailing, fishing, pedalos, swimming and lots more.
Relax by the lake in this spacious self-catering caravan on the popular Holburn site of the Cotswold Water Park. Water's Edge sleeps up to seven people in three bedrooms, with guests having access to excellent amenities that include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an adventure playground and a clubhouse with a sports bar, brasserie and cafe. The pretty village of South Cerney is just five minutes away, while Cirencester, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water are within a 15-30 minute drive. With short breaks available, Water's Edge is ideal for a fun, family getaway or holiday at any time of the year.
The Tack Room has plenty of space for up to seven people to sleep in three comfortable bedrooms, fantastic sea views and a desirable location within a short walk from the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula. Beautiful beaches are within easy reach together with breathtaking walking trails, relaxing bike rides, boat trips, golf and much more. Caernarfon and Portmeirion are only a 30-minute drive from the cottage, and being adjacent to the Snowdonia National Park means you can climb to the top of Mount Snowdon and be home in time for dinner.
For a big family holiday or weekend away with lots of friends, recently renovated Portland House c1870 is the perfect holiday house with beautiful views from the sitting and dining rooms where everyone can be seated together. To celebrate a special birthday or anniversary you can hire a chef, book an afternoon tea party or create cocktails in the bar games room. Enjoy beautiful ensuite bedrooms, sunny BBQ area with outdoor seating, summer house by the water fountain and a private car park. On the edge of Matlock Bath, you are ideally located next to the Derwent River in the World Heritage Site with boat hire, wonderful walks and cycling. Take a short walk into the village for Victorian cafes, CAMRA pubs, restaurants and the famous tourist attractions of The Heights of Abraham and Gullivers Kingdom with Chatsworth House only a short drive away. If you’re looking for a super stylish historic home in a great location with lots of things to do from the doorstep then this is the best. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
Set in a secluded spot with breathtaking sea and mountain views, this stunning six bedroom holiday house, sleeping twelve guests, is perfect for families and friends looking for a peaceful self-catering holiday on the Isle of Skye. Originally built in the 18th century as the dower house of Dunvegan Castle, Uiginish Lodge has been recently renovated to create a beautiful light and airy holiday home. With a cosy wood burning stove, sociable open plan living areas and homely antique furniture, it is the perfect spot to return to after a day hiking in the hills. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and enjoy this very special house.
Mevagissey is one of the prettiest villages in Cornwall, and you can enjoy the beautiful coastal and harbour views from dawn until dusk at Cove House. The late Victorian house is on a hill above the village, just a short walk from pubs, cafes and shops as well as the beach and harbour, and popular attractions like the Lost Gardens of Heligan, aquarium and World of Model Railways. There is space for seven people with each of the three bedrooms as well as the sitting room and dining room enjoying fantastic sea views.
A fantastic holiday home located in the heart of Little Haven on the Pembrokeshire Coastline less than 100 yds from the sea. With a choice of good pubs in the village, this is an ideal self-catering seaside retreat for large groups of up to nine guests. Pubs, sandy beach and miles of coastal path on the doorstep. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Seagull Cottage is all about the location. Sitting on Pagham's tranquil RSPB Nature Reserve, overlooking its harbour and lagoon, this delightful holiday home is just perfect for families and also couples (one or two), especially those who appreciate tranquillity, bird watching and being close to the sea. The beach is a short stroll away and guests have a family size hot tub in the garden for sitting back and soaking up the magical atmosphere. A quiet piece of coastline in West Sussex (and one of the sunniest in the country!) with plenty of attractions close by for day trips out including Chichester Harbour.
A delightful waterside retreat on the Shropshire Union Canal in the grounds of a popular tavern which serves good food and cask ale. Just twenty miles from Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and The Potteries, The Boathouse is a great self-catering cottage for a family holiday or romantic waterside break.
This seafront holiday cottage is a wonderful escape from the stress of daily life. Sleeping four people in two bedrooms, Stella Maris is perfect for couples, families or friends, boasting a landscaped sea-facing garden and panoramic views from the living area and master bedroom. It's on a cliff above the beach and harbour of Auchmithie, a few miles from Arbroath and within easy reach of Dundee and Aberdeen. Guests can spend happy days walking and cycling, visiting castles and distilleries, spotting birds and watching pods of playful dolphins. Stella Maris is available for bookings all year round.
There's nothing between you and spectacular views at 10 Nare Court. The modern holiday apartment overlooks Mevagissey Bay and Chapel Point and is only a five-minute stroll from shops, cafes, pubs and Megavissey harbour. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom property is ideal for couples, families and friends, with good access to the South West Coast Path and favourite attractions like the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Mevagissey is a wonderful location for a holiday in any season - the coast is always scenic, the seafood is always fresh, and there is a wide array of things to see and do.
There's nothing like a sea view to relax your soul and revive your spirits. Tideswell at Coverack Headland is a superb Lizard Peninsula holiday home overlooking Mears Beach, steps from the South West Coast Path and the sand. It has uninterrupted ocean views from the living room, kitchen/diner and master bedroom, and the patio garden. A 15-minute walk along the coastal footpath takes you to the charming fishing village of Coverack with a village shop and pub. Helston is around half an hour's drive, while places like Truro, St Ives, St Michael's Mount and Falmouth are all less than an hour away. The ground-floor apartment is beautifully decorated and accommodates five people in two bedrooms, with pets welcome by arrangement. Tideswell is perfect for couples or families.
Miller's End offers ground floor self-catering ideally placed alongside a picturesque working Water Mill nestling amongst glorious Dorset countryside. A tranquil oasis of calm where you can escape from everyday pressures or get out and about exploring the many attractions of Hampshire (including the New Forest) and the South Coast.
We have properties throughout the UK, meaning there are plenty of waterside cottages to choose from. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat by a lake, or perhaps a secluded getaway near a loch, there is something for everyone with Independent Cottages.
To help get you started, below is a list of some of the most popular spots for those seeking a break by the water.
Our waterside cottages guide will help you plan for your tranquil getaway. With information on when to book, what to do, and our top tips, you can plan your next break with everything you need to know in mind.
Keep reading to learn more about our waterside breaks and get ready to start planning your next holiday by the water!
When you choose to book a waterside cottage depends on what you want to do during your stay. We have a range of properties that cater to varying holiday itineraries, so things like the time of year and the weather can all impact activities during your break.
If you’re planning to stay in a riverside cottage, spring is an excellent time to book. This is when the surrounding landscapes come to life with a plethora of flora and fauna and the pleasant temperatures provide a comfortable climate to get out and explore. You might even find yourself paddling by the water’s edge, or perhaps simply sitting back and soaking up the pretty scenery.
For those seeking a lakeside cottage, summer is a great time to plan your trip. This is when the temperatures are warmer, days are longer and there is more sunshine throughout the UK. Staying in a property by the lake during this time is ideal for those seeking BBQs by the water, alongside pretty views from your cosy cottage.
Autumn and Winter are also great for those pursuing a waterside holiday. With frosted landscapes and frozen lakes, this is a magical time to get cosy by the fire or enjoy crisp walks in the countryside. Whether you’re planning a break with family, friends or your partner, a festive getaway is the perfect choice for many.
No matter when you decide to make the most of your waterside break, you’re sure to find something to suit a range of holiday itineraries. With properties throughout the UK, there are more than enough to choose from!
Once you have decided on when to go on your waterside break, you’ll next need to plan what to do during your stay. Many of our properties boast ideal locations, near pretty towns and villages, or out in the countryside. This means that guests can spend their days wandering lovely streets or hiking through the wilderness.
If you’re looking to book a waterside holiday with the whole family, you will find plenty to do during this time. Spend some time by the water and enjoy numerous activities such as fishing, paddling, swimming and more. It’s important to check whether the water is safe for swimming and if fishing is allowed, but this information can be found by the owner of the property.
Whether you are looking for a holiday by the sea or a countryside retreat, we have a large collection of waterside properties to choose from. From peaceful creekside cottages where you can be at one with nature. Large beach houses with a hot tub overlooking the sea. Fishermen’s cottages in the heart of a bustling harbour. And romantic, cosy log cabins beside a tranquil lake. The choices are varied with each having something special to offer water lovers.
Some properties may not accept children due to waterside risks. It’s best to speak to the owner before booking to find out the property's suitability if you are bringing little ones and make sure they are supervised at all times around water. If you plan to fish, you may also need a permit on some waters. Plus, don’t forget your binoculars for wildlife spotting. Waterside properties are highly desirable and get booked up quickly so don’t delay!
If you’re planning your next waterside break with your four-legged friend, we have plenty of properties by the water that are also dog-friendly. This is a great way to experience the beautiful surroundings, all while getting out and active with your furry companion.
For those seeking a truly relaxing getaway, be sure to check out our waterside cottages with hot tubs. These provide the perfect place to unwind, all whilst enjoying the luxury of your very own hot tub. Sit out and take in the beautiful surroundings, all whilst soaking in a warm jacuzzi.
We have an extensive range of waterside properties that cater to a variety of holiday itineraries. If you’re pursuing somewhere to relax in utter seclusion, there are plenty of rentals to choose from. This provides the perfect way to enjoy some serenity, all whilst enjoying the exceptional waterside vistas.