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Enjoy the tranquility of water on the doorstep
Enjoy the tranquility of water on the doorstep

Waterside Cottages

Nothing beats lying in bed and listening to the sound of waves lapping against the shore or sitting out on the balcony watching the sunset over the loch. This provides the icing on the cake for any holiday offering! Browse our range of waterside cottages below and enjoy your next break right by the water's edge. Read more

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The Mowhay Barn

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 16th Aug 2024 for 4 nights, £640"Rare available week! Lovely barn with great views. 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. up to 7 nights available"
50.745501, -4.529184

With glorious far reaching views that stretch as far as the ocean, Mowhay Barn offers a high standard of self-catering and nestles amongst tranquil countryside in North Cornwall. A haven for wildlife, this stylish holiday home is near to the popular seaside resort of Bude with its lovely beaches and is within easy reach of North Cornwall's many attractions. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£645 to £1225

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

The Hayloft

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 9th Aug 2024 for 4 nights, £380"Beautiful cottage with 4 poster bed & enclosed garden. Longer breaks available"
50.745501, -4.529184

A charming holiday cottage located in a tranquil area which is a haven for wildlife. Close to Bude and its lovely beaches, The Hayloft provides a perfect self-catering base for visiting North Cornwall and an ideal romantic retreat for couples. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £625

2  |   1  |   3+  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star Gold

51.820732, -2.721905

Relax in the beauty of the Welsh countryside in this big group holiday let in the Wye Valley. The Manor on the Monnow sits in two private acres of ground and fronts on to the River Wye at Monmouth, sleeping up to 24 people in 11 bedrooms. The centre of the historic town with its pubs, cafes and shops is a gentle 10-minute stroll, while the Wye Valley AONB, Forest of Dean and Brecon Beacons National Park are also close. The property manages to be both impressive and homely at the same time, and is ideal for groups of extended families and friends.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner
Short breaks from £1250 per night

24  |   11  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.29919345333583, -2.1998529032009473

Watersdale End is an idyllic holiday cottage in North Yorkshire with contemporary indulgences like an outdoor hot tub and Sky TV. Hosting six guests in three delightful double bedrooms, it's tailor-made for families and friends seeking space and sensational views. Tucked away in the charming hamlet of Gayle near Hawes, leisurely strolls along Gayle Beck lead to the town's amenities and the famed Wensleydale Creamery. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in nearby attractions such as Hardraw Force and Aysgarth Falls, while history aficionados can delve into the stories of Bolton Castle and Middleham Castle. 

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £1815
Short breaks from £121 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

Whispering Reeds Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 18th Oct 2024 for 7 nights, £1515"Sleep 6 (in 3 double rooms), hot tub, river access, 50MB WiFi, 2 well behaved dogs (free), 4 Smart TV's, EV charger, wood burner (free logs), Onsite fishing, Day boat for hire"
52.700735, 1.466458

You won't want to go home after holidaying in this gorgeous waterfront property in the delightful village of Horning. With a private hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and a large garden that leads down to the river, Whispering Reeds Cottage is the perfect retreat for couples and families looking to explore the Norfolk Broads. Whether you are looking for a new adventure each day, or you simply want to relax in beautiful surroundings, the Norfolk Broads is a fantastic location for a holiday at any time of the year. This impressive self-catering holiday home sleeps six guests in three bedrooms and two well behaved dogs are welcome too. 

Weekly guide price:
£999 to £2200

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.348328, -2.926558

Sitting in large gardens (with tennis court!), this welcoming bright and airy holiday apartment is perfectly placed in a tranquil location overlooking lake Windermere, yet within just a mile of Bowness-on-Windermere with its shops and eating establishments. The Loft offers the best of both worlds for those who want to relax and unwind whilst being within easy reach of the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £900

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.836777, -2.357179

Longmynd is a luxurious holiday home near Gloucester. Occupying an enviable riverfront location in Minsterworth, it sleeps 12 guests in four bedrooms and has fantastic views of the Severn. The kitchen is superbly equipped for self-catering, and furnishings throughout the house have been chosen for their comfort and style. The enclosed garden has a covered hot tub, a large lawn, and parking for seven cars. The Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds are within a short drive, with an excellent choice of attractions to suit families or friends on holiday together. 

Weekly guide price:
£2000 to £2800
Short breaks from £300 per night

12  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.775124, -5.106600

Mount Pleasant is a spacious, comfortable holiday home that is ideal for large groups celebrating a special occasion or simply reconnecting. It's just a 5 minute stroll from the sandy beach at picturesque Little Haven, with its three friendly pubs and two cafes. Dogs and children are very welcome so that you can all discover the wonders that Pembrokeshire and the Coastal National Park have to offer.

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £2900
Short breaks from £120 per night

12 +2  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Ty Gwyn

Last Minute Offer:Tue, 23rd Jul 2024 for 2 nights, £2400"100 m2 Nightclub/Yoga Studio. Bar, Cinema, 15 seat Woodburning Sauna overlooking the sea, Hot Tub - £40 each per night based on 30 guests. 3rd night (Monday £500)"
52.662840, -4.086853

Create fantastic memories at the Big House By The Sea. Set in 4.5 acres of private grounds, this amazing house on the West coast of Wales, enjoys fantastic views over the sea and mountains and can accommodate up to 30 under one roof. The 100m2 function room can be your own nightclub with glitter ball and sound system or a Yoga Studio or even a wedding venue. There is also a Cinema, Bar, Hot Tub, Fire Pit and a 15 seat Wood-Burning sauna overlooking the bay. The house is a short walk to the local pub/restaurant, shop and beach below Llwyngwril village. Enjoy fabulous local walks and activities, and of course great sunsets over the bay.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

30  |   13  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.261422, -2.348803

Deeside House is an ex-shooting lodge, built in 1825 & has a brilliant location next to The River Dee in Dentdale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Deeside House is ideally located so guests can enjoy the beauty the Dales has to offer, with Hawes, Askrigg Ribblehead, Dent & Sedbergh all within a 20 minute drive. Windermere & The Lakes are less than 40 miles away.  

Weekly guide price:
£2489 to £4400
Short breaks from £585 per night

25  |   7  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.276874, -2.451196

Ideally situated in the cobbled centre of Dent within the Yorkshire Dales in the county of Cumbria, Ivy Cottage has pubs, cafes, shops and spectacular walking on the doorstep and is perfect for exploring the Dales, Cumbria (including the nearby Lake District), or simply relaxing.

Weekly guide price:
£689 to £1289
Short breaks from £210 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.218246, -1.680607

This charming stone cottage is in a quiet location and only a five-minute stroll along the river from the centre of Bakewell. It can accommodate up to six people in two lovely bedrooms, with a layout that makes it ideal for couples as well as families. Everything you need for a relaxing self-catering cottage holiday in the Peak District National Park is included; and with the historic Bakewell market on the doorstep together with an array of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, eating well is not a problem. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Buxton and Tideswell are just a few of the many places to visit during your stay, and there are fantastic footpaths and cycling routes from the door.

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £1295
Short breaks from £165 per night

4-6  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.996366, 1.212456

Alma Cottage is a well equipped family friendly holiday cottage in the centre of the riverside village of Pin Mill on the Shotley Peninsular. With uninterrupted views of the river, an open plan living/dining area, and two bedrooms sleeping four guests, it is perfect for families looking to explore this corner of the Suffolk Coast AONB. The area is well known for a variety of watersports activities, stunning walks, bird watching and painting. Bookings are available all year round, with short breaks out of peak season, and well behaved dogs are welcome too.

Weekly guide price:
£320 to £525
Short breaks from £64 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.736713, -3.374740

Made just for two, this dog-friendly self-catering cottages offers all the right ingredients to relax and unwind. Lovely walks by day with the use of a hot tub to bubble your aches away afterwards. A great base for exploring the tranquil beautiful Ellen Vale sandwiched between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast, as well as the many attractions of the nearby Lake District. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£371 to £497
Short breaks from £120 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.736713, -3.374740

Tailor-made for two, Parlour Cottage is a romantic retreat in the peaceful Ellen Vale between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast in Cumbria. Within easy driving distance of the Lake District National Park, there are an abundance of great days out for couples as well as lovely walks on the doorstep. Sit back in the hot tub and enjoy the peace, tranquility and bird song! Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£322 to £434
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.736713, -3.374740

A Tailor-made romantic holiday retreat for two in the peaceful Ellen Vale, in Cumbria, between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast and within easy distance of the Lakes. With the use of a hot tub, couples are sure to get lots of relaxation on holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£378 to £490
Short breaks from £115 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

54.178146, -2.801833

It's perhaps hardly surprising that over half the bookings for Lake Cottage each year are returning guests! If you’re looking to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of a traditional stone cottage at the very centre of the glorious Arnside & Silverdale AONB, with your own boardwalk meandering through reeds to a private jetty nestling amongst lilies on spring-fed Hawes Water lake… then Lake Cottage is your dream come true. Swim off our jetty in the crystal-clear water, fish for specimen roach, rudd and tench (or tiddlers every cast to keep children happy!) or just immerse yourself in the natural wonderworld that’s around you. We have resident otters, kingfishers, marsh harriers and even bittern, with deer and hedgehogs frequent visitors to the garden. You have a private cabin with covered veranda at the lake edge - perfect for birdwatching, reading and even dining as the sun sets over the lake. Lounge on the sunny lawn, BBQ in the gravel courtyard or enjoy the mile

Weekly guide price:
£895 to £1495

4+2  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 5 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.381681, -2.030317

Hazel Brow House provides luxury accommodation in the quiet village of Low Row for up to 16 people. With magnificent views overlooking the river Swale and marvelous walks from the doorstep, this historic residence has been carefully renovated to provide up to date, modern faclities. The house is well equipped for fine dining, has a really comfy sitting room and snug with books, games, piano and smart TV (ideal for entertaining the children). The downstairs bootroom has laundry and drying facilities with an adjoining wet room should you need to shower off the outdoors! We have a 'Gastro Pub' in the village and Reeth and Gunnerside villages with their pubs and cafes are a 2.5 mile walk. The house is ideal for getting together with your favourite people for a short break or celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversay. We are a licenced wedding venue so get in touch for a viewing if you're planning that special day. The grounds are secure and we welcome well behaved dogs but do ask guests not to allow them upstairs or on the furniture. 

Weekly guide price:
£2000 to £3500
Short breaks from £750 per night

16  |   8  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.685966, -4.693488

Historic Boscastle is one of the most beautiful villages on the coast of North Cornwall. Norwood is a charming Victorian holiday cottage a short walk from the natural harbour, South West Coast Path, Museum of Witchcraft, a village shop, cafes and two pubs. It is ideal for couples or friends as it has two ensuite bedrooms, good self-catering amenities, and off-street parking. There is lots to do, from surfing at Crackington Haven to looking for Merlin's ghost at Tintagel and exploring the beautiful gardens and country houses in the surrounding area. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1100
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Markington Cottages

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 22nd Jul 2024 for 4 nights, £475Save £200"**REDUCED** 2 x Holiday Cottages 2mins from beach, pubs, cafe and coastal walks. Sleeps 7/9. 3 bed. Dog Friendly. Private car parking. Enclosed rear garden. WiFi & Central Heating."
51.782604, -5.098773

This fantastic holiday cottage is less than 200 metres from the beach at Broad Haven and a leisurely stroll to shops, cafes, pubs and other amenities. Markington Cottages sits on a private lane with sea views and off-street parking and is ideal for families and friends as there is space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms plus a double sofa bed. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is on the doorstep, waiting for guests to explore and enjoy. St Davids, Tenby, Narbeth and Folly Farm are all within easy reach for fun days out.

Weekly guide price:
£645 to £1295
Short breaks from £122 per night

7+2  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Where to Stay for a Waterside Holiday Break

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.

Waterside cottages in Northumberland

Waterside cottages in the Peak District

Waterside cottages in Cornwall

Waterside cottages in Devon

Waterside cottages in Scotland

Waterside cottages in Wales

Waterside Cottages Guide

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 to Book a Waterside Cottage

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.

Spring

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.

Summer

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

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!

What to Do on a Waterside Holiday

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.

Tips for Staying in a Waterside Cottage

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!

Waterside Cottages FAQs

  • Do you have waterside dog-friendly properties?

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.

  • Do you have waterside properties with hot tubs?

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.

  • Are there secluded holiday cottages with waterside views?

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.