Choose from thousands of private holiday homes ideal for an activity break on HomeAway.co.uk
Break away from your holiday routine and explore a world of adventure in Europe and other far-flung destinations this year. Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or just fancy giving something new a go, HomeAway.co.uk, the UK’s number one holiday rentals website offers access to thousands of private rentals ideal for an action-packed getaway.
Europe offers dramatic coastlines, white water rapids and mountain ranges that provide plenty of opportunities for fun. Go rock climbing, rafting and canoeing in Chamonix; explore the UK’s National Parks including Snowdonia and Exmoor, or choose a more laidback activity like Argentinean Tango classes in Andalusia, Spain. Alternatively, venture off the beaten track and explore unique and extraordinary destinations like Thailand, Iceland or Yellowstone National Park in the USA and choose from a host of amazing options like wake riding, husky dog sledding, or hunting and horse riding.
To provide inspiration for activity enthusiasts, HomeAway.co.uk has compiled a list of ten of the best bases for an adventurous holiday, from a bohemian Caribbean villa estate offering tennis, swimming, basketball and racquetball facilities and a lakeside retreat bordering Yellowstone National Park in the USA, to a beautiful Italian country house whose owners can organise cooking classes, trekking and helicopter excursions. Plus, closer to home the list also includes an English farmhouse on a working farm near Exmoor National Park.
So get set for an action-packed adventure and choose from one of the private rentals below or browse www.HomeAway.co.uk for thousands more villas, cottages and country houses worldwide.
Prices quoted are per property per week (unless otherwise specified) and correct at the time of publishing. Properties are arranged in order of price, from highest to lowest.
Top 10 activity holiday homes on HomeAway.co.uk
Bohemian chic villa with tennis court, pool, and access to private beach, Barbados Activities: Tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball, billiards and racquetball on the estate.
9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18. From £16,833 per week
Set on two and a half acres of fully-contained, lush, tropical gardens, this extraordinary coral stone Caribbean villa offers nine bedrooms all with private baths and a team of experienced chefs trained in a wide range of international cuisines to suit all palates. Some of the amenities at the property include an outdoor brick pizza oven, a 50 foot swimming pool, a large Jacuzzi, a flood-lit basketball/volleyball court, a flood-lit tennis court, an indoor air-conditioned racquetball court, a championship billiard table and outdoor billiard table on the pool deck, as well as an outdoor ping-pong table and shuffleboard.
High-end, contemporary villa by the sea in Corsica Activities: Outstanding walks, wine tours and nautical activities with the owner’s private boat.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £6,128 per week
This is a waterfront estate composed of two villas, carefully furbished with selective, modern furniture, handmade wood decorations and the ultimate wireless technology for sound, light and internet. One of the villas features a home cinema room, a hot tub, an infinity pool, a fitness room and hamam room. From the property guests have direct access to Pietranera beach.
Beautiful country house with tennis court and fitness room in Sicily Activities: Cooking classes, trekking guide and excursions, helicopter excursions, visits to Mount Etna and eruption watch (when active).
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. From £2,145 per week
Carranco Estate, owned by the Baroni del Castello, is an active olive oil and wine producing estate, ideally situated in the vicinity of Taormina. There are two villas surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and featuring private pools, overlooking stunning Mount Etna, and a tennis court. The properties are fully refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, and special attention has been paid to the use of antique, traditional techniques and local materials such as lava stone from Etna, hand-made terracotta floors and walnut shutters. All decorations, furnishings and fittings are of impeccable taste and quality combining Ralph Lauren and Philip Stark modern designs with antique furniture and paintings.
A stylish chalet in Chamonix with Jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool Activities: Skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking, golf, canoeing and climbing Mont Blanc.
5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11. From £2,101 per week
This luxury mountain retreat features its own private outdoor Jacuzzi, heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. The chalet has Sky TV, two log burning stoves and is completely ski in ski out to the Grands Montets ski resort in Argentiere. The property offers spectacular views of the surrounding forest and the Grands Montets mountain range. The chalet is open year round for winter ski and snow holiday rentals as well as summer adventure getaways.
Lakeside retreat bordering Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin National Forest Activities: Fishing, walking, hunting, horse riding and exploring the National Parks.
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. From £1,989 per week
Duck Creek Retreat occupies one of the most unique locations in the USA. The property is bordered by Yellowstone National Park on its east side, by Gallatin National Forest on its south side, and by a private, 30 acre pond on its north and west sides. Both Yellowstone Park and Gallatin National Forest are immediately accessible from the property. The log cabin is beautifully furnished and offers a cosy, peaceful interior, alongside a large garden with wooden decking and child’s swing.
Detached private villa, fully staffed, with infinity pool, Phuket Activities: Surfing, paragliding, water skiing, snorkelling and wake riding.
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £1,928 per week
This magnificent family friendly villa is fully serviced with a full time Thai chef, housekeeper and gardener. The villa is on a gentle west facing hill above the gorgeous Kata Beach. All bedrooms have air-conditioning, fans and their own private terrace. On the first floor there is a superb sun terrace with a west facing infinity pool and Jacuzzi. This opens from the luxurious lounge which seats eight and has a 48 inch flat screen satellite TV, DVD player and CD player. There is a fully fitted European kitchen with marble top breakfast bar and a separate dining area for eight, which also opens to the sun terrace.
Farmhouse on a working farm in Devon Activities: Guests can join in the feeding of the lambs and various other farm animals with the guidance of a resident farm manager. Other attractions nearby include: Exmoor National Park, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep, Arlington Court and Braunton Unesco Biosphere.
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. From £995 per week
This is a spacious farmhouse set on 100 acres of exquisite private Devon Country with far reaching views across Bristol Channel towards Wales. The property is on a working farm so there are opportunities to help feed the animals. There is a river running through the landscape and many fields with live stock including Alpacas and sheep. Set between Woolacombe in the Devonshire countryside and Exmoor 10 miles to the east, the farmhouse is a few miles from the coastal golden beaches and within easy reach of the market town of Barnstaple. The property boasts six bedrooms, a large and comfortable country kitchen, a quiet reading room with endless views, a large games room with a pool table and storage for bicycles, surf boards and various sport equipment. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool.
Comfortable large house in Snowdonia National Park Activities: Hiking, climbing, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horse riding and exploring Snowdonia National Park.
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. From £940 per week
Standing in 14 acres of grass and woodlands bounded by the river Lledr in the Snowdonia National Park, this holiday home is ideal for large families and groups alike. With well equipped four star (tourist board) rated accommodation in a splendid scenic location for activities both inland and coastal, the property boasts six spacious bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen and a lovely dining room with seating for 12 and French windows opening onto an external decked area with BBQ. The house is often used as a base for walking and mountain biking, so there is secure under cover storage for bikes and a cloakroom for coats and boots.
Cottage in a stunning rural location, 40 minutes drive from Reykjavík Activities: Hiking, mountaineering, swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking, horse riding, snow jetting, husky dog rides, river rafting and whale watching.
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £465 per week
Lisuholl is a traditional Icelandic summer cottage located in a wide valley off Hvalfjord, a fjord of spectacular beauty, only 40 minutes drive from the capital city of Reykjavik. The cottage is within a gated community of 20 other cottages and features three spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a lovely living-dining area, plus a large garden with terrace, outdoor shower, gas barbecue, table and chairs.
Secluded B&B with private pool and panoramic mountain views, Andalusia Activities: Argentinean Tango classes in the owners’ dance studio at the property.
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £306 per room per week
Set amongst olive and almond groves in the Andalucian mountains close to the scenic Montes de Malaga Natural Park and within easy reach of Malaga and Granada airports, the property features two lovely double bedrooms, a large lounge with wood burner and a stylish fully fitted kitchen, as well as two fully tiled terraces with magnificent mountain views, one with shade and seating area and one surrounding the swimming pool with sunbathing area, table and chairs and sun loungers.