Top holiday cottages for a Swallows and Amazons experience

To celebrate the release of Swallows and Amazons, in cinemas 19 August, we’ve hand-picked some of our favourite holiday cottages right on the water. With the sound of lapping water and boat hire nearby these cottages offer some of the best chances to mess about in boats.

A view of some of the holiday cottages at Crom

Orchard View, County Fermanagh 

On the beautiful Crom estate this large cottage is ideal for a family, with its bright rooms and good-sized kitchen. Outside you’ll find a forest and acres of waterways and countryside crammed with wildlife. You could spend the whole holiday fishing, biking, boating, kayaking and walking without ever needing to leave the estate

High Strawberry Gardens

Low and High Strawberry Gardens, Lake District 

These charming white cottages stand within metres of the water's edge on the west shore of Windermere. This is the perfect location to holiday with family and friends. With England’s largest lake literally on the doorstep it is ideal for families who love watersports; it even comes with use of a nearby jetty to moor a boat or to fish from.

Thyme Cottage Stackpole

Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme Cottages, Pembrokeshire 

These cottages are a terraced trio of converted farm buildings offering laid-back family accommodation on the Stackpole Estate. Situated on the beautiful coastline of south Pembrokeshire, Stackpole includes award-winning sandy beaches, tranquil wooded valleys, wildlife-rich lily ponds, walking trails and watersports.

Cottages on Brownsea Quay

Agent's House and Custom House, Dorset 

Centuries ago it was rumoured that captains of Brownsea Castle gave protection to notorious pirates in return for a share of their booty. Dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills, it’s the perfect place to head to for adventure. Stay at Agents House or Custom House and you’ll enjoy the island after the day’s visitors have gone home.

Quay Cottage, Cornwall

Quay Cottage, Cornwall 

You’d be hard pressed to find a cottage any closer to the River Fal, than this cottage. Quay Cottage is on King Harry Quay, where there has been an important ferry crossing of the River Fal for centuries. You have your own private quay so bring your own small boat or hire one locally.

Ferry Cottage, Cliveden

Ferry Cottage and New Cottage, Berkshire 

Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens give way to dappled glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside with miles of woodland to explore. On the banks of the Thames Cliveden’s two holiday cottages are well located for boat hire, which is available from Easter until October.

High Strawberry Gardens

Win a Swallows and Amazons holiday adventure 

To celebrate the release of Swallows & Amazons, in cinemas August 19, we’ve teamed up with Visit England to offer the chance to win a stay at any one of our holiday cottages, up to the value of £500.