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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £41 /night

£285 - £796 / week

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Resting 30 yards above the River Awe with unspoilt views of the river and surrounding mountain scenery, this well maintained property is only 14 miles from Oban and 2 miles from Taynuilt and is conveniently located for touring. Fishing, sailing, horse riding, walking...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £55 /night

£382 - £1378 / week

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Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman's residence, and was...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £65 /night

£449 - £1261 / week

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Set on a Highland estate spanning 4500 acres with hills rising to 2500ft, these four holiday properties are situated on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby, and an abundance of wildlife including ospreys and huge herds of deer. ...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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3 Nights min stay

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from £135 /night

£940 - £3020 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A prominent house situated in the heart of Falmouth with stunning sea views. The property benefits from a balcony overlooking the water and large private garden to the rear.  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £45 /night

£310 - £971 / week

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Oak Barn is a converted, detached, stone barn conversion, adjacent to the owners' home. It is off a quiet country lane in a peaceful rural location in the South Hams region of the South Devon countryside. It sits geographically midway between sea and moor, making it ...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £42 /night

£291 - £778 / week

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Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoini...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £79 /night

£552 - £1180 / week

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Located in the charming hamlet of Flat Cliffs are these stunning holiday properties, refurbished to a good standard. There are four holiday cabins and of course the beautiful art deco White House which encapsulates the 1930s design. Once owned by Sir Billy Butlin him...  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 9

7 Nights min stay

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from £95 /night

£661 - £1683 / week

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Situated just a ¼ mile from Exmouth sandy beach, Shelly House is the perfect base for a family holiday. The semi-detached property is very spacious and has undergone a complete transformation, but still retains many original features including stained glass windows a...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £33 /night

£226 - £560 / week

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This semi-detached holiday bungalow is superbly situated in a rural location of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity, in an elevated position with far-reaching panoramic views, and is suitable for those with walking difficulties. Ideally located for touring th...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Short stays welcome

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from £35 /night

£243 - £429 / week

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  • Private garden
Sleeping two people in one bedroom, this single storey cottage is in a country location a few miles from Crich.  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £40 /night

£276 - £727 / week

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Gloriously positioned just a few yards from the village inn and tea rooms, this charming former quarryman's cottage has all you need for a comfortable and relaxing break, not least for the enclosed garden, which backs onto a babbling River Gwyrfai, ideal for summer b...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Short stays welcome

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from £34 /night

£235 - £419 / week

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  • Private garden
This detached single storey cottage is in the grounds of the owners' home, in a rural setting, 1.5 miles from Littledean in the Forest of Dean.  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £64 /night

£442 - £1055 / week

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Oak Barn is an adjoining barn which has been converted to a very high standard with a contemporary interior yet retaining its traditional feel. The holiday property is situated in the village of Tunstead, which has a restaurant and delicatessen selling locally source...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £39 /night

£267 - £784 / week

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Carnkie Farm provides wonderful holiday accommodation in these single-storey adjoining properties, set on a small development of barn conversions. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, it is an ideal base for visiting the north and south Cornish coasts. They proudly ov...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£406 - £1028 / week

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Exuding charm and character there has been a mill on this site since the 13th century and the present mill retains many references to an era gone by. Featured in the TV series Heartbeat, this two-storey holiday cottage is nestled on the banks of the Ellerbeck where t...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £40 /night

£279 / week

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Situated in glorious rolling countryside on a farm on the border between Devon and Cornwall, these two delightful, 18th-century, converted stone barns provide an idyllic retreat where you can relax, get away from it all and recharge your batteries. Their pretty lawne...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £55 /night

£379 - £732 / week

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Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village's pretty thatched inn, these five very comfortably furnished holiday properties all have separate entrances and enjoy the use of an acre of attractively landscaped gardens with ...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Short stays welcome

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from £34 /night

£235 - £414 / week

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  • Suitable for children over
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
This first floor self-catering apartment is located above the owner's private garage, at the end of a row of terraced cottages in the village of Holt, 5 miles from Wrexham, sleeping 2 people in 1 bedroom.  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £35 /night

£242 - £604 / week

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Just 4 miles from the North Norfolk coast with sandy beaches, RSPB sanctuaries, nature reserves and coastal path, this beautiful detached cottage is full of charm and character offering 'upside down' style accommodation. It is within walking distance of the fish and ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£422 - £1127 / week

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Set around a courtyard surrounded by countryside, this holiday cottage is one of a row and just one mile from the beautiful harbour of Padstow with its array of shops, pubs and restaurants, including Rick Stein's fish restaurant. The property has a modern feel throug...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£365 - £1039 / week

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In a lovely village location 3 miles from Sherborne market town, this lovingly restored ancient Grade II listed former Mill retains character features such as oak beams and floors. Adjacent to the owners' cottage, it is a delightful detached holiday home for four to ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £37 /night

£256 - £767 / week

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More than 200 years old these former barns have been sympathetically converted by the present owners. Retaining many original features they ooze charm and character with beamed ceilings and a warm cosy inviting feel throughout. Located in the National Park on a worki...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £45 /night

£312 - £857 / week

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This lovely holiday cottage is in a wonderful location, situated between the historic towns of Alnwick and Berwick Upon Tweed. It has attractive gardens to the front and rear and has spectacular views over rolling countryside towards Bamburgh and the coast, with view...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £45 /night

£312 - £798 / week

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These spacious holiday apartments stand high above the harbour town of Mevagissey, easily accessible without driving through the narrow streets, each with their own private balcony, an ideal spot to sit and relax with a glass of wine and perhaps with the catch of the...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Short stays welcome

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from £49 /night

£338 - £732 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A comfortable cottage in Boscastle, sleeping five in three bedrooms.  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Short stays welcome

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from £39 /night

£267 - £538 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
A ground floor garden apartment ten minutes' walk from Mevagissey harbour sleeping two in one bedroom.  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Short stays welcome

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from £49 /night

£337 - £776 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
This semi-detached cottage in Hardraw near Hawes sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms.  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £56 /night

£390 - £899 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
This detached cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms.  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £44 /night

£302 - £887 / week

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Set in the heart of Fort Augustus and looking out over the locks of the Caledonian Canal, these beautifully presented holiday apartments make the perfect base for enjoying the village amenities and also for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. You can sit in ...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

7 Nights min stay

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from £59 /night

£412 - £1196 / week

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Peacefully situated overlooking the sea in a quiet corner of Anglesey are these two lovely holiday properties. Formerly three cottages, they have been beautifully converted. Bodlasan Groes House comprises two of the old cottages with a conservatory linking the two pa...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £42 /night

£292 - £967 / week

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Located in the village of Langtree, this end one of three holiday cottages is finished to a very good standard. There is a pub within walking distance, a local shop and access to the Tarka Trail. Great Torrington offers shops, a 1664 Civil War museum and the Plough A...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £51 /night

£354 - £1024 / week

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Located in an AONB, within walking distance of the shingle beach and sea, this semi-detached holiday barn is situated at end of cul-de-sac amongst a cluster of cottages, beautifully converted from a range of old brick and flint barns. Sailing, watersports, and a weal...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £47 /night

£325 - £838 / week

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  • Suitable for children over
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
This attractive converted chapel is situated in the attractive South Wiltshire village of Whiteparish and can sleep eight people in three bedrooms.  …see more

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House | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

7 Nights min stay

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from £148 /night

£1035 - £2464 / week

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Situated in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a peaceful valley close to the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking on the estate's hills and woodlands, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool,...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £71 /night

£493 - £1237 / week

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Set on a quiet country lane in beautiful walking country overlooking the Bristol Channel, Parsonage Farm is the perfect holiday location to 'get away from it all'. There has been a house here for almost a thousand years and that rich history is still evident in both ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £41 /night

£286 - £642 / week

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This well-appointed holiday apartment, located on the outskirts of Minehead, is just what you need after a busy day exploring this beautiful part of the British Isles. Shops and pubs are within walking distance or a short drive will take you to the heart of Minehead,...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

7 Nights min stay

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from £30 /night

£209 - £499 / week

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Converted from former farm buildings The Old Barn now provides a cosy, rural, detached retreat adjacent to the owner's home and a very comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area. There are walks and cycling trails from the doorstep and being situated...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £46 /night

£316 - £1109 / week

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Spindleberry, a pretty 15th and 16th century, listed, beamed, thatched holiday cottage situated in Chulmleigh, one of the few remaining self sufficient villages in Devon. Local amenities include a bakery and shops selling local produce, P.O, pubs and restaurants. Thi...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £49 /night

£337 - £765 / week

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Ideal for visiting York and touring North Yorkshire. East Lodge, a link detached property, sits adjacent to the cobbled square of the picturesque, well-preserved Georgian market town of Easingwold; just twenty minutes drive from the historic city of York. Close by ar...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £60 /night

£415 - £795 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
Brancaster Staithe Peacefully situated with lovely private garden and outdoor heated swimming pool (May to September) Spacious accommodation for 6.  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £48 /night

£330 - £717 / week

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Nestling in the 120-acre manorial common of Stelling Minnis and Lyminge Forest in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Courthope Farm. The holiday cottages have been sympathetically renovated in keeping with their surroundings. All guests are able to use the hot ...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

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from £55 /night

£382 - £1253 / week

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This converted former barn enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean feel, with its open plan design and tiled floor. Set within a peaceful courtyard, surrounded by open farmland and adjoining other holiday cottages, it lies 1 mile from Padstow with its quaint harbour, selecti...  …see more

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House | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

7 Nights min stay

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from £147 /night

£1026 - £2278 / week

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Private heated pool with magnificent views available w/c 18/7/14 & w/c 25/7/14 only Dating back to the 17th century, this period house was home to the last act of private and domestic warfare in England, possession of the house was fought over by Sir Thomas Metcalfe,...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £31 /night

£217 - £524 / week

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This compact detached holiday cottage is located in the peaceful, historic Mendip village of Priddy, midway between Wells and Cheddar, and provides an ideal base for walking and touring the surrounding countryside and attractions. Priddy's Green is famous for the ann...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £57 /night

£395 - £1354 / week

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This traditional Georgian house is located in the heart of the historic seaport of Whitby, known for its connections with Capt. James Cook, Bram Stoker's Dracula, cobbled streets, ginnels and alleyways packed with tea rooms, curio shops, inns, restaurants and above a...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £39 /night

£271 - £631 / week

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This traditional, end-of-row, thatched holiday cottage, with its fully enclosed garden, offers a relaxing break in the seaside resort of Hemsby, just 1 mile away from the glorious beach. Shops and pubs serving food are only a ¼ mile walk, and a host of attractions li...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £40 /night

£280 - £840 / week

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This property is ideal for couples and small families looking for a spot of peaceful rural life. Friendly dogs are welcome. Converted from a stone stable, this detached holiday cottage situated in the owner's grounds, has a homely, cosy interior with open fire and is...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £46 /night

£317 - £749 / week

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This barn has been converted to a good standard and is situated on a 100-acre working farm, enjoying lovely rural views and providing well thought out holiday accommodation. Situated amongst the ancient Blean Woodland, perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. ...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£247 - £493 / week

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This charming well appointed single-storey holiday cottage with a delightful private patio and garden is peacefully set adjoining the owner's 18th century home, in 3 acres backing onto the Sandringham Estate. This property is ideal to simply relax in or wander the wo...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £43 /night

£299 - £1033 / week

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Located in a building designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this holiday apartment is yards away from award-winning pubs that pride themselves on local ales and produce. Lostwithiel has a castle and sits astride the River Fowey, which cuts through the middle of the to...  …see more