Top waterside retreats

Swap the rush hour for a babbling brook with our pick of wonderful river and lakeside breaks

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COTTAGES

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The Upper Mill, Hythe near Folkstone

Sleeps 6
From £350 per week

Stunning waterside cottage, attached to the Water Mill, with an acre of beautiful gardens, and its very own millpond and rowing boat. Spacious rooms, with both a modern and country feel, complete with all the utilities, and even a view of the original corn mill grindstones adjoining the cottage. Only minutes away from Hythe town and the coast.

01580 720770

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The Old Fishermans Hut, Southwold Harbour

Sleeps 2
From £277 per week

Ideal for a couple on a relaxing retreat, the Old Fisherman’s Hut offers delightful views up and down the river Blyth. Comfortably furnished with an open plan kitchen, sitting room and bedroom, complete with a wood burning stove. Southwold town centre is a few minutes walk away, and there’s a pub just down the road.

 
01502 722717

Foxtwood Cottages, Staffordshire

Sleeps 2-10
From £264 per week

This small development of five cottages is situated on the Caldon Canal at Froghall Wharf. Surrounded by 30 acres of field and woodland, Foxtwood seems the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a steam train or canal boat ride; unwind in front of your own log fire; or feel free to wander through the woodland before a spot of fishing in the canal.

01538 266160


Riverside Cottage, Old Water Mill, Syleham, Suffolk

Sleeps 5
From £431 for 3 nights

The cottage is the end terrace of a converted watermill on the banks of the River Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. It has a private jetty, a four person rowing boat and the benefit of a small, private island accessed via a wooden bridge. A pub is within walking distance in the nearby village of Brockdish, and the market town of Harleston is 3 miles away.

01386 701177

Heiton Mill House, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Sleeps 10
From £1765 per week

Situated on the River Teviot in the Scottish Borders, Heiton Mill House is a restored 18th Century Mill. This tranquil, generously sized property, promises to leave its visitors fully relaxed. If you so wish, the property even comes with its own cook to cater for your every culinary need. And there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area, including horse riding, fishing or clay shooting.

MILLS


Tangy Mill, Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

Sleeps 6
From £316 per week

Built in an unexpected area of the Scottish Coast to serve the farms in the nearby surroundings, this remote Mill stands on the north bank of the Tangy Burn. The kiln, the machinery, stones and back wheel are still in place, with as much of the original character preserved as possible.

01628 825925

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Tuddenham Mill, Nr. Newmarket, Suffolk

Sleeps 2
From £185 per night

Modern refurbished traditional watermill, now a luxury boutique hotel, still with its exposed beams and water wheel. The contemporary restaurant gives visitors a feel for the surrounding area through the array of meals on offer. There are quick links to Newmarket and Bury St. Edmunds, to the local vineyards of Sascombe, with many historical places of interest within easy reach.

01638 713552

Brinkburn Mill, Near Rothbury, Northumberland

Sleeps 4
From £505 per week

Brinkburn Mill was built in the 1800s near the site of the 12th Century priory that used to stand near the rivers edge. The wheel and grindstones are still in place, yet no longer in use. The Mill has all the grandeur feel of the manor house it accompanies, surrounded by woodland with only the river for company.

01628 825925

Wolfen Mill, Chipping, Lancashire

Sleeps 2 – 6
From £325 per week

Wolfen Mill comprises 10 luxury holiday cottages located in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire and sitting right on a lake. The 300-year old charismatic country mill, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, is home to these comfortably and luxuriously furnished cottages, principally aimed at adults.

01995 61574

 
The Mill Hotel & Restaurant, Alveley, Shropshire

Sleeps 2-4
From £80 per night

Beautifully converted 16th Century water mill with original wheel set in delightful landscaped gardens. Luxurious en-suite bedrooms and waterside restaurant open daily. Many of the mills original features remain, and great care has been taken to create fantastic features in the grounds.

01746 780437

BOATHOUSES


The Boathouse, Stoke Gabriel, South Devon

Sleeps 4
From £696 per week

A secluded boathouse on the River Dart, South Devon is the perfect romantic hideaway for water lovers. For privacy, guests walk 600 yards to the property down a gentle valley, through woods and beside the river. The main living area has a fireplace with wood burner while outside there’s a veranda for watching the river.

01647 434063

 
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Duke Of Portland Boathouse, Ullswater, Cumbria

Sleeps 2
From £250 per night

Sitting on the edge of Lake Ullswater, this fabulously contemporary boathouse has been transformed into the ideal romantic getaway home by a local interior designer. Breath-taking views from the house and its private jetty; luxurious furnishings and stunning surroundings; It’s reportedly the most photographed building in Britain.

017687 74060

The Old Boathouse, Polruan, Cornwall

Sleeps 6
From £645 per week

Located on the edge of Fowey Harbour, the Old Boathouse is about as waterside as a waterside holiday can get. The village of Polruan is a few moments walk, with its inns, shops, quay and ferry to Fowey itself. Superb views from the master bedroom thanks to its large bay window, to accompany the boathouses generous deck beside the water.

01579 344667

The Boathouse, Dundas Castle Edinburgh

Sleeps 2
From £220 per night

A secluded boathouse in the heart of the Dundas Estate, with beautiful views of the loch, and only 8 miles from the centre of the charming city of Edinburgh. There is roughly 500 acres of wood and parkland around the lake, plenty for the guests to take in.

0131 319 2039

The Norfolk Boathouse, South Walsham Broad, Norfolk

Sleeps 8
From £650 per week

Ideally suited for a family holiday, or a quiet weekend break. The Boathouse sits in the heart of the Norfolk Broadlands, with beautiful views and a rowing dingy included allowing guests explore the river in their own time. The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens are based in this area, complete with a bird sanctuary.

01752 345346

CANAL BOATS


Hawkesbury Canal Barge, Shenstone, Staffordshire

Sleeps 4
From £1130 per week

A former cargo carrying vessel, Hawkesbury Canal Barge has been refurbished to offer both short breaks and extended water holidays along the Trent and Mersey, and Coventry Canals. There is a crew on board to cater for both short trips and overnight stays.

01543 481868

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The Elizabeth Rose, Nr Deep Hayes Country Park, Staffordshire

Sleeps 2
From £120 per night

A floating B&B Boat located mainly on the Trent & Mersey Canal, which guests share with the crew for the journey. Guided walks and sight seeing tours are offered for the best combination of canal living and local attractions. Great for a short break or a weeklong waterway journey.

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Silsden Boats, Keighley West Yorkshire

Sleeps 2-9
From £515 per week

Cruise through the Yorkshire Dales in one of Silsden’s many narrowboats. Spacious cabins with everything you need for a relaxed tour of the Leeds and Liverpool waterways. Enjoy the historic Foulridge Tunnel, and the Five Rise Locks at Bingley, or visit the market towns of Skipton and Gargrave.

01535 653675

Marine Cruises, Falkirk, Scottish Lowlands

Sleeps 4-10
From £742 per week

The once derelict Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, has recently reopened to allow lucky boaters and waterway lovers to take in its beautiful scenery. Whichever way visitors choose to cruise, be it towards Glasgow or Edinburgh, they start their journey at the famous Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift.

01244 373911

Beacon Park Boats, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Sleeps 2-7
From £534 for a midweek break

Set within the Brecon Beacons National Park, on one of the longest lock-free stretches of canal in the country, with miles of charming, unspoilt scenery along the way. A wonderfully furnished selection of narrowboats, running along beautiful countryside, offers guests a completely relaxed vacation.

01873 858277

B&Bs & INNS

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Three Horseshoes Inn & Country Hotel, Leek, Staffordshire 

From £73 per night

Located in the Peak National Park, just half a mile from the Tittesworth Reservoir and the Staffordshire Moorlands. The Three Horseshoes provides luxury accommodation and award winning menus, and is within driving distance to many of the local attractions of Staffordshire, in addition to the splendid views of the National Park.

01538 300296

Canal Bank, Brecon, Powys

From £85 per night

A 5 star bed & breakfast located near Watton Bridge on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, sitting in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Offering a calm and comfortable environment, with modern facilities and only ducks and barges for neighbours. Brecon town lies a short walk away via the towpath, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs.

01874 623464

Birches Mill Nr. Craven Arms, Shropshire

From £84 per night

Tucked away on the banks of the River Unk, just a short drive from the historic town of Ludlow, surrounded by fields and rolling hills, Birches Mill provides its guests with a peaceful and relaxing stay. The owners have successfully kept the 17th Century feel about the house with its open log fire and exposed beams.

01588 640409


The Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Nr Canterbury

From £55 per night

The Grove Ferry is a wonderful mansion house built in the early 19th Century, now transformed into a traditional coach inn. With 6 en-suite double rooms, all fitted to the highest standard, and a restaurant, the Grove has everything needed for a tranquil stay on the Stour riverbank. Guests are welcome to take a trip along the river on the ‘Ellen Mary’ to enjoy the sights.

01227 860302

Wilton Court Hotel, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

From £90 per night

A fifteen-minute walk leads to the historic Tudor market town of Ross-on-Wye, across the River Wye that the Hotel rests on. Surrounded by the stunning Herefordshire countryside and the Wye Valley, and just five minutes drive from the Welsh border, Wilton Court Hotel seems the perfect setting for those who love to get away from it all and relax in greenery and history.

01989 562 569

 
CAMPING

Riverside Caravan & Camping Park, South Molton, North Devon

From £10 per night

40 acres of meadow and woodland, the River Mole running through the middle of the park grounds, providing pleasant walks and sights for children to explore and venture, Riverside Park is a fairly new development. The park offers areas for on-sight fishing, walkers, birdwatchers & botanists.

01769 579269

Riverside Campsite, Pontrug, Caernarfon

From £12 per night

Situated on the edge of Snowdonia, nestling on the river Seiont, Riverside Camping is a delightful, four and a half acre family site, attractively landscaped and sheltered. A desirable holiday destination close to both the sea and the mountains, with plenty of nearby attractions, whether you want to stroll in the country, windsurf or canoe on the sea or nearby lakes, or test your stamina with a days mountain biking.

01286 678781

Newton Mill Holiday Park, Bath, Somerset

From £20 per night

The camping meadow runs alongside a bubbling stream, for those wishing to stay in a truly natural setting, and the site is merely 2 miles away from the World Heritage City of Bath, and can be reached via a nearby cycle path. The area surrounding Newton Mill is full of beautiful countryside and architecture, as well as the many places of interest just a short drive away.
01225 333909

Orchard Campsite, Wickham Market, Suffolk

From £15 per night

Orchard Campsite in Wickham Market is set in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, with the River Deben meandering its course along the bottom of the site. The site’s philosophy of real camping makes it hugely popular. The Orchard provides a true experience of the great outdoors.

01728 746170

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Hurley Riverside Park, Hurley, Berkshire

From £11 per night

With plenty of camping and local facilities, situated on the south bank of the River Thames in the picturesque village of Hurley, the Touring & Caravan Park is on 15 acres of flat, well-drained land surrounded by hedges and trees. There are many local walks and cycle routes in the Thames Valley, in addition to several local attractions to keep the family amused.

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