October half-term activity holidays from HomeAway.co.uk

Rent a holiday home in an ideal location for a family adventure break

Try something new this October half term and opt for an activity holiday that will keep both parents and children entertained. HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest and most trusted holiday rentals website, lists over 15,000 private holiday homes ideal for an activity getaway and still available to rent during the autumn half-term. Holiday homes are perfect for families with children, as they provide space, private facilities, a safe environment, the flexibility to eat in or out, and huge savings on travel agent prices.

Choose a 12th century villa in Tuscany and book mountain bike tours with the owners for a more personal experience, or head to Portugal for its variety of water sports, including surfing and diving. Alternatively, if you are planning a staycation this year, Kintyre in Scotland is an idyllic holiday destination that offers spectacular coastal scenery and great opportunities for outdoor activities.

Choose from one of the properties below or browse HomeAway.co.uk for more.

12th century villa on the hills above Lucca, Tuscany
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12. £2,107 per week

Villa Lean is a beautiful, private villa nestled in the hills of Tuscany’s wine country above the ancient walled village of Lucca. The original farmhouse was previously owned by David Lean, the famous film director, who fell in love with the breathtaking views but never started the restoration work. The house was left deserted until 15 years ago when it was acquired by the Ferrucci family who totally restored and modernised it whilst retaining its character and many authentic features.
  • The owners, who have a great experience with mountain bike tours, offer a large variety of itineraries with different levels of difficulty.
HomeAway.co.uk Property 81657

Luxury self-catering holiday home near the beach in Scotland
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. £495 per week

Originally an old farm building, Thistle is a beautifully appointed three bedroom property, with all the modern conveniences that a brand new cottage provides. The accommodation is spacious and incorporates a good sized bright lounge with magnificent southerly views over the coastline towards Ireland.
  • Kintyre is an idyllic holiday destination offering spectacular coastal scenery and great opportunities for outdoor activities. There are lots to see and do with five golf courses, horse-riding, walking, fishing and surfing all readily available, as well as plenty of sight-seeing opportunities. With 4,000 acres of rolling hills, burns, woodland, lochs and tropical gardens to explore, and the most amazing views of the ocean and islands beyond, this really is a fantastic location, perfect for a family adventure holiday.
HomeAway.co.uk Property 413300

Beautiful villa with hot tub near beach and golf course
4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9. £661 per week

Casa Wisteria is a villa within a mature part of the award winning Praia D'El Rey resort. The villa is ideal for self-catering holidays for both families and golf parties. The large sitting room has ample space to seat 10 people. There are three covered balconies, and on a further patio there is a hot spa, which can be used all year round. The villa has been finished and furnished to a high standard. The garden is very private with a large barbecue. There are a number of fruit trees and wisteria growing all around the garden wall.
  • The calm waters of the Obidos lagoon provide opportunities for sailing and windsurfing whilst child friendly beaches are available at Baleal, Nazare and Sao Martinho do Porto. Also recommended is a boat trip to the Berlenga islands. There is a diving school in Peniche, and several surfing schools nearby for those wanting to try a new activity.
HomeAway.co.uk Property 9484

Farmhouse gite with swimming pool & hot tub, Bagneres-de-Bigorre area
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7. £365 per week

Nestling in the beautiful Campan valley the accommodation offers a large family bedroom with double bed and bunks with an extra single bed or a cot if required. On the ground floor there is a separate fully equipped kitchen and shower room. There is a private terrace for al fresco dining and a garden with sun loungers and heated pool. The hot tub is next to the terrace for use in the evening and for après ski.
  • The area in and around the Campan valley is one of great beauty and is a paradise for walkers. It is possible to walk into the valley’s either side and experience fantastic views along the way, with wildlife. Rushing trout streams and rivers can be found everywhere and walking is popular in all seasons, as each brings a different scene.
HomeAway.co.uk Property 431890