A good way to find river cottages to rent is to visit a vacation rental site such as HomeAway.com or FlipKey.com, choose a geographical location, enter vacation dates and number of bedrooms, and search for properties by checking filters such as cottages, river or waterfront. Alternatively, visit AirBnB.com, and enter a destination, vacation dates and number of guests to view a list of properties along with an interactive Google Map showing their locations in relation to geographical features.
To check which waterfront properties on HomeAway.com and FlipKey.com are beside rivers, as opposed to lakes or other bodies of water, scroll through the search results looking for headlines that describe the property as a river cottage or specify riverfront. Each property listing contains detailed information, such as internal and external photographs, location maps, user reviews and owner contact information.
To use the interactive maps on Airbnb to identify properties close to rivers, navigate to the plus sign in the top-left corner of the map and click to zoom in for a closer view. Click on a property, identified on the map by a box displaying its nightly rate, to view a pop-up window containing detailed information about the rental. Airbnb lists entire homes for rental, in addition to rooms within homes.