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Excellent 5/5 

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Granada Province / Galera

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £28 / night

£190 - £308 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
Cavehouse Chymeyn is situated on the hillside overlooking the historic village of Galera. Here you can relax on the terrace in the glorious sunshine. Later in the evening enjoy watching the incredible sunsets with a glass of local wine. The perfect end to a perfect day.  …see more


9 Jun 2015

5/5

"Fantastic place."

We stayed here for a week in May. Gorgeous scenery around. lovely place to stay, comfy cozy cave with all you need in it. so tranquil and peaceful. lovely walk into the village of Galera. will defin… More

Thank you. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful time. It sounds like you love Galera as much as we do!


17 Aug 2014

5/5

"charming little cave house"

Travelled with my husband and teenage daughter, stayed for a long weekend. was not sure exactly what to expect, we were not disappointed, very cosy and quirky, cave lovely and cool, even though it wa… More

Just realised that I haven't thanked you for your lovely review. So happy that you all had a good time. I enjoyed the photos! :)


22 Mar 2014

5/5

"Great value, unique accommodation in beautiful Galera"

My husband and I stayed for 4 nights in March. Excellent service, everything I could have thought of was provided. Some very nice extras including coffee, oil, washing up liquid etc. So many rentals p… More

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you were comfortable in our cave house and that you enjoyed beautiful Galera.

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Excellent 5/5 

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Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £32 / night

£219 - £322 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Vous chercher un cadre insolite et calme pour vos vacances, ne cherchez plus venez essayer nos gîtes troglodytes. Le dépaysement est garanti.  …see more


19 Oct 2014

5/5

"want something different!!!!!"

Booked this gite for a weeks break in October and was certainly not disappointed. The gite was new, very clean and well appointed and a totally new experience. The area is very good with good restaura… More

Merci beaucoup pour votre bon avis sur notre gîte troglodyte et sur notre belle région, nous espérons vous revoir prochainement. Cordialement. Veronique

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Excellent 5/5 

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Orihuela / La Murada

Cave house / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 7

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £45 / night

£310 - £1000 / week

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Key info:

  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Unique 19th century Cave House with private pool set in lush tropical gardens, stunning 360 degree mountain views, nestling in orange and lemon groves, rural mountain location but facilities only 1km. Ideal for families, walking, cycling & nature enthusiasts. Sleeps 6/7  …see more


28 Oct 2014

5/5

"Brilliant bolt hole for relaxing peaceful break"

A fantastic find made all the better by the attentive but not intrusive owners Claire and Martyn. Wife and I were looking for a relaxing break. Didn't bother with car hire. Took up the optional airpor… More


19 Aug 2014

5/5

"Wonderful, charming property that immediately puts you at ease."

What a wonderful stay! Immediately welcomed by the charming and helpful owners. The cave house is certainly a unique experience. Sympathetically furnished. the cave offers a cool retreat. The garden a… More


1 May 2014

5/5

"Comfortable, relaxing and great barbeque!"

The cave house was perfect for our holiday. Comfortable and clean, the garden is lovely and we certainly made good use of the barbeque! The pool is quite small but was just right for cooling off in, a… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Alicante province / Alicante

Cave house / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 9

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £45 / night

£310 - £1000 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Unique 19th century Cave House with private pool set in lush tropical gardens, stunning 360 degree mountain views, nestling in orange and lemon groves, rural mountain location but facilities only 1km. Ideal for families, walking, cycling & nature enthusiasts. Sleeps 8/9  …see more


23 Aug 2014

5/5

"Beautiful cave, wonderful views and superb owners."

We booked the villa with English owners Claire and Martin. Excellent directions were sent before hand via email and upon arrival we were directed to a BP garage in the local town/village of La Murada… More


18 Aug 2014

5/5

"Lovely relaxing house and surroundings."

On holiday with 3 children we found this gem with a lovely pool to use and a lot of sight seeing within a short drive. The house is cool if instructions are followed which was nice as there is no air… More


13 Aug 2013

5/5

"Excellent"

Great facilities especially the pool and the views, very quiet location but limited shops and restaurants in the immediate area so car hire is essential if you want to explore and have easy access to … More

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Very Good 4.5/5 

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Granada Province / Zujar

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

4 Nights min stay

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from £22 / night

£149 - £250 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Reformed cave house, with modern kitchen and dining extension, lower and top sun terraces, in the delightful and friendly village of Zujar , Granada. Close to the large town of Baza, and a few minutes drive to the lake ( with thermal baths ) and beaches of Negratin . E  …see more


15 Aug 2015

5/5

"ace"

Very well presented cave house. Everything you could want was provided even down to a welcome pack. As it says in the advert, this is not somewhere for people with walking problems as it is very steep… More

Many thanks, John and Peta...I try to ensure everything is thought of, but you are right ( and it is stated ) some steep hills about ...best to park and walk the 34 metres. Ps yes that is a very good one , but there are lots of lovely restaurants around and that is about par for the price of a lunchtime set menu..hardly a bank breaker ? :) Regards, Andy


19 Jun 2015

5/5

"We didn't see any bears! Read on!"

From the initial contact with Andy, the owner, everything was plain sailing. The booking and payment process was simple and safe and any questions we had were answered quickly. We had lots of questio… More

Annette and Bob...Glad you had such a wonderful time...I couldn't have written it better myself :) as an advert for my Cave and the local things to do in Zujar , the village lifestyle and friendliness of the locals. Thanks very much , Regards, Andy


8 May 2015

5/5

"Cool cave!"

A fabulous little cave with everything you need. A quiet but beatuiful area that is perfect for a break from the stresses of modern life. A complete slowdown. Baza town is lovely though with plenty o… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Granada Province / Cortes De Baza

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £22 / night

£150 - £275 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 99 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Beautiful cave home in rural Andalucia, sleeps 4 adults very comfortably, rural location (get away from it all), large patio with hot tub pergola. Free WiFi  …see more


26 Aug 2015

5/5

"Beautiful Cave House in stunning Countryside"

Just had an amazing 3 weeks staying at Cueva Peralta. We were very sorry to leave and are already planning our return. What a gem the Cave House is! Spacious, relaxing and well furnished it will gi… More


27 Mar 2015

5/5

"Cave Holiday"

What can we say but thank-you for an excellent “Cave experience” in Quera Peratta. Our stay has given us a wonderful exploring experience in the moun-tains and near the Lakes, and has enabled us t… More

Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Cueva Peralta, even though the weather was to say the least changeable!! I look forward to your return later in the year.


22 Jul 2015

5/5

"Wonderful experience"

We stayed at the Cave House for a week at the end of May and loved it. Bob and Paulo couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming and the tips they gave us for visits and getting around Granada very… More

Thank you so much for your review, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Cueva Peralta and the rural Andalucian experience. I hope that I can welcome you back to Cueva Peralta in the near future. Best Regards

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Noto / Lido di Noto

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £37 / night

£256 - £438 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
VILLETTA LA PERLA DI SICILIA LIDO DI NOTO (SR) Villetta bifamiliare mq 60 ubicata in una posizione di assoluta tranquillità ,200 metri dalla spiaggia  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Sarlat-la-Canéda / Vitrac

Cave house / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

4 Nights min stay

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from £59 / night

£409 - £774 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Gîte de caractère, datant de 1791, entièrement rénové, niché sur une propriété de 4 hectares à 6km de Sarlat au coeur du Périgord Noir. Grand confort, décoration soignée alliant modernité et authenticité. Maison de 120 m2 pour 6 à 8 personnes dont une cha  …see more


31 Jul 2015

5/5

"Magnifique"

bonjour, venu passer une semaine en famille, avec nos deux jeunes enfants, nous avons passé un excellent séjour à la maison bleue: le lieu est superbe, avec notamment une chambre dont les murs … More


21 Jan 2014

5/5

"Loved it! Authentic. Friendly.So much better than a hotel"

The house is very comfortable , with a traditional touch to it .It is well kept. Owner is friendly and always ready to help with tips and suggestions to discover the area and enjoy the surroundings.… More


21 Jan 2014

5/5

"In the heart of Black Perigord"

I came several times in this noble old house called "la maison bleue". This mansion has been thought and redesigned by a young gifted couple. Space and comfort, closeness with all the Perigord highlig… More

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Cappadocia / Urgup

Cave house / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 10

Min stay varies

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from £207 / night

£1446 / week

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Key info:

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS Your hosts are Ali - a Travel Photographer & Tour Guide (guideali), and Miss Filiz is a Professor of Art & Archeology at the local University of Cappadocia, and she is an excellent cook.  …see more

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Tiznit / Aglou-Plage

Cave house / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 5

1 night min stay

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from £21 / night

£145 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
Habitation de pêcheurs, Lieu unique de sérénité face à une plage de sable fin sur l'océan : le voisin d'en face ? L'amérique ! EN COUPLE, pour s'aimer, SEUL, pour se ressourcer, EN COUPLE, pour s'aimer, EN FAMILLE ou ENTRE AMIS, pour se retrouver. PASSEPORT OBLIG  …see more

Excellent 5/5 

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Baza / Bacor Olivar

Cave house / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £21 / night

£146 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
This property offers you something different . Situated in the heart of a small totally unchanged village. 20 minutes from Baza, 25 minutes from Guadix and its cathedral and 1 hour from Granada with many tourist attractions including Alhambra Palace.  …see more


20 Oct 2013

5/5

"A real taste of Andalusia"

The cave house is set in the beautiful village of Bacor, surrounded by amazing mountains, an enormous lake, vast olive groves, amazing history and culture and lots of friendly locals. It is a great lo… More

You obviously felt the same way about Andalucia and Bacor Olivar as we do. There certainly is plenty to see and do and we try and provide as much information as we can to help you plan your stay. We are glad you now feel recharged and refreshed. That is the magic of the real traditional Spain. Thank you for your kind words. It makes all our efforts worthwhile.


16 Sep 2013

5/5

"Great place to stay to visit the area"

Extremely well equiped. If you are unsure if items are provided just ask and Violet will email you back. Fantastic base for touring the area. We were looking for a similar property to buy in the area … More

Thank you both for your kind words on here and in our visitor book. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us despite the few hitches beforehand. We aim to please. I agree that this is an ideal base to stay to enable you to get out and about exploring the stunning countryside surrounding Bacor Olivar, and perhaps even finding your own unspoilt little home. Thank you once again.


16 Aug 2013

5/5

"Beautiful area, friendly people, fantastic holiday."

An absolutely fantastic experience of an area of Spain we have never visited. The lakes and surrounding areas are amazing and the children (aged 4 and 2) couldn't get enough of the swimming opportunit… More

Thank you very much for your kind words. It was lovely to meet you all and we hope you will come back again. There is much more to do in this area than people realise and to be honest 1 week is not enough to see it all. Thank you for doing all the washing too, it was great. Glad you liked the welcome pack. We do like to make all our guest feel welcome and by including a welcome pack and all the local information we know we are doing it right. Thanks once again.

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Excellent 5/5 

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from £27 / night

£183 - £205 / week

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Holiday cave house in Urgup

Cappadocia / Urgup

Cave house / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 3

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £27 / night

£183 - £205 / week

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Key info:

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Ortahisar is very nice and peacfull in hard of Cappadocia  …see more


11 Mar 2015

5/5

"tesekkur ederiz"

BuyuK,yildizli oteller,lüks ve bir o kadar soguk ortamlardan,insanlardan sikilanlar icin farklilik arayanlar icin bulunmaz bir yer.degisik mimarisi ozenle dekore edilmis temiz odalari güler yüzlü … More


22 Jul 2015

5/5

"Home sweet Home with Musa and Momma"

My wife and I stayed with these great people for 3 nights. We were a little nervous about staying next door to a family because we have not done this before. Sometimes we shared tea and sometimes d… More

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Excellent 5/5 

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Granada Province / Castillejar

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £40 / night

£280 - £350 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Newly restored cave houses situated in the village of Castillejar offer a unique holiday experience in friendly rural surroundings. Both houses have been refurbished to a high standard, but still retain a rustic style with many unique features.  …see more


4 Oct 2014

5/5

"Real Spain, fantastic views, instant relaxation"

Had another great holiday at this well equipped and maintained cave house, this time with two couples on their first visit. Not really knowing what to expect I think they were all very pleased both wi… More


2 Oct 2014

5/5

"Fantastic holiday"

We spent a week in the larger cave home in mid september and were absolutely delighted with the accomodation. The cave is well appointed and very comfortable. The location is superb and it was great… More


4 Sep 2014

5/5

"Fantastic accommodation in the real Spain"

We booked this holiday last minute and received prompt and helpful information for renting the property. We found the cave to be characterful, spacious, well-equipped, peaceful and good value. It was … More

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Granada Province / Castillejar

Cave house / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £50 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Newly restored cave houses situated in the village of Castillejar offer a unique holiday experience in friendly rural surroundings. Both houses have been refurbished to a high standard, but still retain a rustic style with many unique features.  …see more

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Granada Province / Guadix

Cave house / 2 Bedrooms / sleeps 5

1 night min stay

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from £26 / night

£179 - £431 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Grotte creusée dans la montagne dans un lieu magique avec une vue panoramique sur la ville et les collines d'argile dans un cadre paisible.L'intérieur tout confort bénéficie d'une isolation thermique et phonique naturelle.Grand cour pour parquer votre véhicule Heu  …see more

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Cappadocia / Ortahisar

Cave house / 16 Bedrooms / sleeps 20

1 night min stay

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from £11 / night

£73 - £436 / week

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Key info:

  • Ski
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Traveler Friendly Cave Hostel. We are at the middle of the Cappadocia's might be the last standing natural village Ortahisar. Ortahisar Means Middle Town, where is close to all, must see Cappadocia palace 15 Minute to Goreme and Open air museum and hiking Valleys. Hoste  …see more

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Murcia / Fortuna

Cave house / 5 Bedrooms / sleeps 9

Min stay varies

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from £136 / night

£950 - £1050 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Enjoy our secluded but not remote villa in the mountains. With a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside, relax on the terrace, around the pool, in the courtyard or under the gazebo in the shade with a glass of wine and enjoy the view and the swooping swallows B  …see more

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Granada Province / Baza

Cave house / 3 Bedrooms / sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £65 / night

£455 - £511 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
The kitchen is fully furnished with electric cooker, oven, fridge with freezer, dish machine, micro wave, washing machine. There is tv and Wifi. The terrace has part of garden and panoramic view on Natural park and landscape. South orientation and beautiful sunset. In  …see more

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Province of Viterbo / Ischia di Castro

Cave house / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 3

2 Nights min stay

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from £42 / night

£292 / week

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
isolated but in the village beautiful landscape of a natural gavina with river  …see more

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Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

Cave house / 4 Bedrooms / sleeps 8

1 night min stay

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from £63 / night

£438 - £643 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Venez découvrir le monde des troglodytes grâce à nos gîtes troglodytes. Si vous souhaitez vous reposer ces gîtes sont parfaitement calmes en toutes saisons ou si vous souhaitez visiter la région ( caves à vins, châteaux de la Vallée de la Loire, randonnées).  …see more

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Ille-et-Vilaine / Fougeres

Cave house / 1 Bedroom / sleeps 2

1 night min stay

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from £39 / night

£271 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
En pleine campagne, venez vous ressourcer. Bungalow de douche partagé avec les autres voyageurs.  …see more

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