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Discover 1,000s of smashing holiday cottages right on your doorstep. Dotted around some of the most jaw-droppingly stunning parts of the country, these gorgeous places to stay make for great British breaks whatever the weather.



The Victorians popularised British coastal resorts, but more recently we’ve ignored the coast on our doorstep, opting for the Med and further afield. From the glitz of Brighton to the rugged coastline of Cornwall, pack your bucket and spade and don’t forget to pick up a stick of rock when you get there!



If you’d rather escape the madding crowd, go for a rural retreat. We’ve got farmhouses and country cottages in areas of outstanding beauty all over Britain. Fill your days exploring the Brecon Beacons, rambling across the Lake District or scaling the peaks of the Scottish Highlands.

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Cottage | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £71 /night

£495 - £1095 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Dating back to 1811 and originally a fishermans cottage, 3 storey house, this beautiful character property now offers a very comfortable holiday home.  …see more

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Cottage | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

1 night min stay

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from £100 /night

£695 - £1895 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 23 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
New for 2014, Riversmead Cottage was completely rebuilt in 2011 on the site of the former Petersfield Cottage, previously one of the oldest cottages in Horning. The owners left no expense spared when they redesigned Riversmead. This property has a steam room in the en-suite bathroom for the main bedroom.  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£440 - £895 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Brancaster Spacious family holiday home, perfect for sailors, room for boat storage.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Very Good 4/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £70 /night

£484 - £771 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Batemans is an excellent three storey, Cotswold cottage situated in the heart of the attractive market town of Nailsworth.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Short stays welcome

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from £36 /night

£250 - £425 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
‘Kirribilli Apartment’ offers superb accommodation for up to four guests.  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 13

3 Nights min stay

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from £179 /night

£1250 - £2700 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Torwood is a traditional Victorian Villa built with Island stone giving it a wonderful light and airy feel.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £79 /night

£550 - £600 / week

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  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Lovely self-catering period flat next to the Roman Baths in the very centre of Bath. Brilliant for romantic getaways or family holidays. Gorgeous, historic and romantic. You will love it!  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £42 /night

£290 - £620 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • May take pets – please enquire
This charming fisherman's cottage provides comfortable accommodation for couples and families alike.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£400 - £800 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
Yew Tree Cottage is a beautifully refurbished traditional cottage right in the centre of Blakeney. The accommodation is restful and stylish with high quality furnishings and linens. Original artworks and sculptures are located throughout the house.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Short stays welcome

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from £46 /night

£320 - £350 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Self catering studio apartment located on the seafront. and within minutes of all facilities. Within walking distance of the town centre, theatres and all restaurants.  …see more

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Cottage | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £122 /night

£852 - £1489 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Fairview provides a warm and high quality base from which to explore the Cotswolds. Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, approximately 12 mins from Burford, Stow on the Wold and Chipping Norton.  …see more

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Cottage | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £149 /night

£1040 - £1889 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Elmhurst Cottage is a large and very popular holiday cottage perfect for families or groups. Set in the northern Cotswold village of Lower Quinton, Elmhurst, which dates from the late 1600's...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Short stays welcome

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from £129 /night

£900 - £1700 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Luxury holiday home in Sandbanks  …see more

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Bungalow | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £57 /night

£395 - £800 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
This delightful DETACHED bungalow is very well presented. There is a lawned front garden and off road parking for two cars  …see more

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Villa | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £143 /night

£1000 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Located on the Mains of Taymouth Country Estate, this lovely modern family house has a super first floor living area, designed to offer open plan living spaces which open out to either a balcony or decked area, enabling guests to enjoy the magnificent scenery.  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

3 Nights min stay

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from £93 /night

£650 - £1475 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
This detached 5 bedroom family home is situated in Bembridge and is within close proximity to the beach, shops, local pubs, restaurants and the harbour.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £100 /night

£700 - £900 / week

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  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
St. Ann's Place is an enchanting 2 bedroom flat tucked away at the end of a hidden pedestrian lane in the centre of Bath, just below the Royal Victoria Park and close to Bath's Theatre Royal, with FREE Parking Permit for one car.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£435 - £940 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Rock How is a beautiful family holiday cottage for 6 people, situated at the heart of one of the most unspoilt and tranquil valleys in the Lake District. Within walking distance are England's highest mountain, Muncaster Castle and the famous 'La'al Ratty' steam railway.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £44 /night

£305 - £790 / week

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  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A semi-detached period cottage, Grade II listed and dating from 1504, Starre Cottage is one of the oldest and most interesting cottages in Beer.  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £358 /night

£2500 - £4500 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Pure Luxury Detached (270m2) 8 adults award winning 4 bed/4 bath lakeside south facing house on beyond 5 star Lakes by YOO dev, free spa/indoor heated/steam/sauna/gym/ treatments/beach, play area/ tennis/bike hire,beach concierge serv, 650 acrs nature r  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£440 - £617 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Westhall Manor is a perfectly located holiday property, situated overlooking the historical Burford from the beautiful Westhall Hill. Internally this spacious and classical apartment, which is set within the Westhall Manor one of Burford's most historic buildings  …see more

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Bungalow | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £50 /night

£350 - £500 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Small but cosy bungalow just 70m from the beach and within a 10 min walk of East Wittering village centre and amenities.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£400 - £895 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
‘Orchard Cottage’ is a three bedroom cottage with character that has been refurbished to provide excellent family accommodation.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

2 Nights min stay

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from £187 /night

£1308 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
The Hammersmith 2 Bedroom serviced apartments are fully equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and furnishings. It can accommodate up to four guests with a fold-out bed for one extra guest. Nearby Ravenscourt Park & Hammersmith Underground Stations.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £36 /night

£250 - £565 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Cute cottage that sits right on the banks of the River Thurn @ Potter Heigham, perfect for fishing holidays or small family breaks too. Sit and watch the world float by right from your riverside garden.  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £47 /night

£325 - £850 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Superbly located in the east side of town close to the abbey, beaches, restaurants and shops.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £65 /night

£450 - £850 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Mayfield is a charming, sun-filled 3-bedroom Victorian cottage in a quiet, pretty street in the heart of Bembridge, with a sun-trap garden and a newly modernized, stylish and comfortable interior.  …see more

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Townhouse | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

3 Nights min stay

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from £87 /night

£608 - £1242 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
This property is in the heart of historic St. Andrews with all the local amenities on your doorstep, perfect for families or groups of golfers.  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £194 /night

£1354 - £2456 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Hillside Cottage, Swinbrook is a stunning 5 star cottage, presented to the highest standard and without question one of the finest cottages in the Burford region.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £57 /night

£395 - £700 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.07 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Fabulous 2 bedroom apartment offering wonderful far reaching sea views and particularly convenient for Ventnor town centre.  …see more

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Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£440 - £950 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Pets welcome
Located in the wonderful East Side of Whitby, this superb property is close to beach, shops and restaurants and gives you a feel of life in days past.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

2 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£427 - £893 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
Comfortable 2 bedroom apartment with private parking.  …see more

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Penthouse | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £93 /night

£645 - £1262 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
Willow Warbler is super cool penthouse apartment situated overlooking the Swillbrook Lake within the exclusive Lower Mill Estate  …see more

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Cottage | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 13

3 Nights min stay

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from £185 /night

£1295 - £2495 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Hope Cottage offers spacious accommodation over three floors.  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

7 Nights min stay

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from £108 /night

£750 - £1600 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Detached farmhouse on the outskirts of the pretty South Wight village of Whitwell. Comfortably furnished and equipped to cater for up to 10 guests, ideal for families who wish to holiday together. Private garden, ample parking, close to country walks, lovely rural views Please bring your own beach towels  …see more

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Cottage | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £153 /night

£1065 - £3054 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Ryeworth Cottage, Kingham is an exceptional Cotswold Holiday Cottage set in one of the areas most desirable and attractive villages, roughly equi-distant between Burford and Chipping Norton.  …see more

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House | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 16

3 Nights min stay

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from £350 /night

£2450 - £6250 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Oversteps House is a stunning waterfront house sleeping up to 16 people in an idyllic location overlooking South Sands beach in Salcombe.  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

1 night min stay

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from £50 /night

£350 - £795 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Solent Landing is a stunning development set in communal landscaped grounds with direct beach access.  …see more

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Apartment | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £200 /night

£1400 - £1600 / week

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  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
The art apartment is a stylish 3 bedroom flat over a modern art gallery in the very centre of bath, with windows facing east and west and real art gracing its walls.
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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Very Good 4.5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £83 /night

£575 - £1150 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Bottom floor of a semi-detached Georgian house, right in the heart of historic St. Andrews. The house has an amazing, mature, large private garden. Five minutes walk from everything St. Andrews has to offer, this house is perfect for golfing parties and families.  …see more

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Studio | sleeps 2

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90 Nights min stay

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from £45 /night

£315 / week

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  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
Min stay = 90 nights. Double Studio apartment situated on the lower ground floor and ideally located 2 minutes walk from Bayswater tube station. 3 minutes walk from Hyde Park we offer a private studio. With FREE Wi-FI, TV, and electricity included.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £45 /night

£310 - £616 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
Great value ground floor apartment. One double bedroom, plus double bed/settee in lounge. Sleeps 2-4.  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £108 /night

£750 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A lovely house in a sought after location giving easy access to the City Centre and Ringroad.  …see more

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House | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 20

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £157 /night

£1095 - £2495 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Contemporary and central, this spacious house is ideal for groups. Just minutes from the beach, restaurants, shops and nightlife of Eastbourne, it has 8 bedrooms and sleeps up to 20. Great for social gatherings, with two lounges and a big dining room to plan your fun. Extras include WiFi, a games console, DVDs to watch, iPod docking station, plus towels and linen.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £64 /night

£445 - £770 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
**SPECIAL OFFER** Book a week between the 3rd of May and 17th of May and pay only £460!  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £60 /night

£415 - £995 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable 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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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £40 /night

£280 - £625 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Fabulous 1 Bedroom Apartment With Stylish Kitchen, Contemporary Bathroom & Master Bedroom. Outside Terrace With Table & Chairs & Sun Loungers. Close To Amenities & Walking Distance Of The Beach.  …see more

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Barn | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £110 /night

£765 - £1070 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Initially developed for the owners' use, The Stables offers luxurious and extremely spacious accommodation. The property has been restored and furnished to provide a holiday home of exceptional character and comfort in the tranquil village of Broad Campden.  …see more

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Barn | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£422 - £716 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award Winner The Gallery, ETC 4 Star Gold Award winner, the larger part of the King John's Barn conversion, is situated in a delightfully rural location near to the villages of Shipton under Wychwood and Leafield  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 2

Very Good 4/5 

6 Nights min stay

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from £129 /night

£900 / week

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  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Well located flat with master bedroom with double bed and second bedroom with two singles; there is a well equipped kitchen and a bathroom with tub and over head shower, and a large lounge with comfortable seating and dining table and chairs. There is internet access.  …see more