Self-catering cottages and holidays by the river

A self-catering holiday cottage on a riverbank or loch makes it very easy for you to fish, boat, swim or paddle and have lots of fun in the water.

Self-catering accommodation  in England

Browse through the details below of cottages by the river and find the perfect riverside holiday cottage for you.



Cottage breaks by the river for relaxing and taking it easy

The above picture is one of the views from near the Boatside, one of our featured cottages.

Who doesn't love spending time by the river?  Whether you love to spend time watching the ducks splash around or swans gracing the river, taking it easy by the river can be a relaxing experience.  There is something intrinsically soothing about being by the river and watching the water flow by.  Wildlife love the water too so holidays by the river meaning that cottage holidays by the river could be an excellent choice for keen wildlife watchers. 

For the best choice of cottages by the river that we have to offer use the link above.  Or alternatively if you would like some inspiration on riverside self-catering holidays then read on for more information.



This 'cottage' is actually a rather elegant luxury houseboat on the River Thames moored directly across from Kew Gardens in south London. It is ideally situated for exploring London combined with the peace and quiet of being on the water. Own parking space included.

Use the underground to travel around London qickly to visit the places of interest to you. The Bush Houseboat is within easy travelling distance of a host of visitor attractions to the south west of London, including Windsor Castle, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Kew Gardens, Wisley, Hampton Court, Ascot and many others.

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The Bush Houseboat sleeps 4-5 people in 3 bedrooms.  Imagine waking up in the morning to the sound of waves lapping and the cry of river birds.  Watch kingfishers at work and feed the ducks over breakfast! Click on the photograph of the houseboat for availability and bookings. Short breaks welcome.





 cottage by riverKingfisher Lodge (sleeps 6) in Hoveton, Norwich overlooks the river. 

A dinghy is provided for family fun or for some wonderfully relaxing fishing.  The cottage is just half an hour’s drive away from well-loved coastal resorts such as Great Yarmouth and Cromer. At these seaside resorts, families can discover funfairs, wildlife parks and many other attractions guaranteed to keep all of the family entertained.  Click on image for more details.





  Old Cider House Country Cottage for two - Frampton upon Severn, Gloucestershire

Good value accommodation on the Priding Farm estate with a superb location on the River Severn. 

Situated close to the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust, this is an excellent place for keen bird watchers and those love country walks.  The setting is tranquil and scenic.  Short breaks available throughout the year.

Click on the phootgraph of the self catering house for more information.





 Cottage near River pershorePeacock Barn (sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms) in Burlingham, near Pershore, Worcestershire. This recently upgraded cottage looks over the river meadows and boats can be viewed from the cottage itself.  There is a delightful walk down to the loch. Boats can be rented from nearby towns.  We are close enough for days out on the River Wye where canoeing and other water sports can be experienced.  There are two lakes nearby for wind surfing.  

The village of Burlingham is enclosed in an ox-bow of the River Avon, local permits can be purchased for fishing.  Local pubs for meals out. Click on photo for details.




Smithy Cottage near Bridlington in Yorkshire


cottage near river bridlintonSmithy Cottage is a charming cottage which dates back some 200 years and was originally a village blacksmiths.  Smithys sleeps up to 5 in 2 bedrooms and has been lovingly restored to offer high quality self-catering accommodation.  Wonderful features here include an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, wooden floors and exposed wooden beams.  For romantic breaks there is even a luxury draped four poster bed.







Smithy cottage views riverThere are plenty of attractions to discover nearby.  Explore the nearby heritage coast or take a drive out to the countryside.  Or just kick back, relax and take it easy at Smithys.  There is a lovely secluded rooftop patio garden along with garden furniture and a barbeque, just perfect for fine summer days.

Enjoy local walks down to the village mere and looking out for local wildlife and birds.  The cottage is just 50 yards from the village mere so you really don’t need to walk far to reach this peaceful beauty spot.
Grindale is well located for visiting York.  York is 45 miles away and comes highly recommended if you like cities with historical buildings and plenty of tourist attractions.  

Smithy cottage is non smoking.

Click on one of the cottage photographs for more information and interior images of The Smithy near Bridlington, Yorkshire.



Self-catering accommodation in Scotland beside a river or loch

Hollybush House ((sleeps from 8 to 9) in Speyside, Scotland and has direct access to the river bank making it a great choice for those who love to fish or just enjoy being by the river.  Speyside has an excellent reputation for salmon fishing and for its whisky trail.

The Speyside coastal area also has an excellent reputation for dolphin spotting, bird watching and wildlife watching.  The Speyside Way and woodland trails at Fochabers ever popular for country and forest walks.  

For day trips why not head off to the Banffshire coast and discover pretty fishing villages and pristine sandy beaches?

Click on the photo to find out more about a holiday in a rural paradise in Scotland.





Craig Cottage on the River Deveron one of Scotlands top 5 best fishing rivers

fishing holidayCraig Cottage is a 3 bedroom luxurious cottage which has 2 bathrooms.  Sleeping up to 6, this cottage offers high quality self-catering accommodation throughout.  Appreciate touches such as the plasma TV, high quality beds and the wood burning stove with logs supplied.  Access the internet from here with wireless broadband and make use of the laptop during your stay.

Soak up the rural setting and savour staying in a secluded peaceful area by the Bridge of Alvah.   Enjoy looking out to the river from the bottom of the garden.  This is an excellent place to sit out in summer.  The Moray coast with numerous picturesque fishing villages is just an easy drive away.  The fishing villages of Gardenstown and Pennan come highly recommended.

If you love to fish, get in touch with the owners who have their own salmon and sea trout beat just 200 yards from the cottage on the River Deveron, which has been rated as one of Scotland’s top five rivers.

This is also an excellent area for walkers and keen golfers.  This is also Castle and Whisky Country with numerous castles and whisky distilleries in this part of Scotland.

Click on the photograph for details of this fishing holiday in Scotland. 


Melfort Pier and Harbour have a selection of 5 Star luxury holiday homes set by the lochside with their own small beach and pier for fishing from.  There's a rowboat and Canadian canoe for guests to borrow free of charge.  Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own boat.  Take a look at their details in the Highlands and Islands link under Scotland or click the photo for contact details.




 Self-catering cottage to sleep 1 to 3 people, in Conwy, Wales

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Smart 4 star self-catering holiday cottages in Conway Wales

In a rural setting near to a stream, are these cottages with views of the nearby hills and fields, just 1 mile from Conwy, a beautiful walled town.  

The cottage has 2 bedrooms, enjoy the feel of high quality Egyptian cotton sheets against your skin.  There is a cosy lounge with exposed wooden beams and an original inglenook fireplace with log burner, just perfect for cosy nights in.

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Outside there are beautiful landscaped gardens with ponds, flowers, lawns, sun house, pagoda and best of all, a raised decking area under which the stream freely runs.

Please click on the photograph to find out more about this Welsh country cottage.

Self-catering barn conversion by a river and watermill in Herefordshire


rural selfcatering in HerefordshireThis large barn conversion in the Dulas Valley offers stylish and comfortable accommodation for up to 10 and is set on a 200 acre farm.  Set in a valley with views of the brook this is a great place to spend time.  Enjoy spending time in the garden by the river next to the old watermill. Short breaks available.  The local village of Ewyas Harold is just around 1 mile away and has a shop, butchers and pubs. 

A welcome hamper of local produce awaits guests. Click on photographs of the barn for more information about this self-catering property.






Another Cottage by the River?

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Worthing Mill in Norfolk is not a traditional country cottage - instead it is an apartment in a former Watermill.   This comfortable 3 bedroom apartment offers the chance to relax and unwind in a beautiful waterside setting.  Click the photo to find out more.  






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