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Beach hut | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £112 /night

£784 - £889 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Peaceful beachhut within 10 meters from lake, 3 rooms, sleeps 4 (+2 in double bed sofa) Own boat and jetty for swimming and fishing, gear included, 2 bikes (free), 2 barbeques, fully equipped kitchen and fantastic location. 12 Km to Vetlanda City. Vetlanda smaland lake See it here: Video 10 minutes, all rooms and location. http://youtu.be/HEwDAnK86cQ  …see more

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Ski Chalet | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

1 night min stay

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from £53 /night

£366 / week

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  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
Albergo diffuso dans les Alpes Cotiennes du val Maira en Piémont, Italie. Chambres, appartements, et restaurant, services bar et bien-etre Bonne cuisine et 100 vins dans la liste- Ski de randonnée, randonnée pédestre, escalade, parcours occitans. navette, ouvert été et hiver, cours d'Italien pour étrangers en souplesse. Cours de cuisine et danse trad-  …see more

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Chateau | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 15

1 night min stay

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from £406 /night

£2836 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Niché au cœur du Pays Gascon, un cadre enchanteur, un confort exceptionnel, donnez libre cours à vos Rêves, Prestations Rares… Ce château de famille n'est pas un hôtel, c'est un autre « Chez Soi ».  …see more

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Tented camp | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £84 /night

£588 - £756 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us and our cosy bell tents can be your home-from-home in the wood Piping hot 'tree shower" & proper loos. Wood fired pizza oven, sauna & trout pond. Live availability and online booking 24/7: www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Log cabin | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £100 /night

£700 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
A local welcome awaits you. we offer a top quality self catering accommodation at an affordable price in our Log Cabins situated in Rodel. Ideal holiday for getting away from it all. WEEK OF JULY 5TH HAS BECOME AVAILABLE DUE TO A CANCELLATION CALL OR EMAIL FOR DETAILS  …see more

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Tipi/Teepee | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £120 /night

£840 - £1050 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us and our cosy handcrafted tipi can be your home-from-home in the woods. Private piping hot 'tree shower' & proper loo. Sauna yurt and wood fired pizza oven. live availability and online booking 24/7 : www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Chateau | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £112 /night

£784 - £3258 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Chateau Pouligny Notre Dame, situated in the beautiful countryside of the Southern Loire Valley and surrounded by 180 acres of land. Featuring Les Dryades Golf & Spa resort. Perfect setting for a relaxing rural retreat. Sleeps 14 in the chateau and 8 and 6 in the wing As residents of the Chateau, you will have free access to the Espace Detente of Les Dryades Spa.  …see more

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Yurt | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £120 /night

£840 - £1050 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us and our cosy hand made yurt can be your home-from-home in the woods. Piping hot private tree shower and ensuite proper loo. Sauna yurt & wood fired pizza oven. Live availability and online booking 24/7: www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Converted Chapel | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £429 /night

£3000 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Beautiful conversion of an 12 th-century prior and chapel into luxury family home in Burgundy. Enjoy the owners home and antiques. Music, home cinema rooms, chimney rooms, library, authentic French kitchen, gardens and terraces overlooking vineyards, ancient tower. Peaceful environment, trekking/walking trails, safe cycling, Michelin restaurants, wine tasting, old cellars  …see more

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Ski Chalet | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 18

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £330 /night

£2310 - £4739 / week

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  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Belle Vue sleeps 18, was completely renovated with oak kitchen, all new high end beds and is ski in/ski out. There are 9 bedrooms, a sauna and a large open plan living and dining area with 2 different balconies to make the most of the astonishing views.  …see more

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Log cabin | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £86 /night

£600 / week

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  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Noggin lodge is our second home and recently refurbished. It is a Scandinavian lodge in 80 acres of beautiful ancient and tranquil woodland on Kenwick Estate near the Georgian market town of Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds. We have an agent nearby to help guests.  …see more

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Yurt | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £120 /night

£840 - £1050 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us and our cosy hand made yurt can be your home-from-home in the woods. Piping hot private tree shower & proper loo. Shared sauna yurt & wood fired pizza oven. Live availability and online booking 24/7 : www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Tented camp | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £84 /night

£588 - £756 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us and our cosy bell tents can be your home-from-home in the woods. Piping hot woven willow tree shower and proper loos. Shared sauna yurt & wood fired pizza oven. Live availability & online booking 24/7: www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Log cabin | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 13

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £286 /night

£2000 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Completely hand-built with fascinating details of design and structure, Fir Lodge is a unique and special place for holiday accommodation. A comfortable and relaxing home-from-home for extended families, friends and celebrations. Our new spa is for guests exclusive use An ideal base for birdwatchers and nature lovers, fishermen, water-sport enthusiasts, cyclists, ramblers.  …see more

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Ski Chalet | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £258 /night

£1800 - £7500 / week

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  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
FLEXIBLE SKI CHALET, can be SELF CATERED, catered or for a SKI WEEKEND. Ideal for families and groups! Flexible holidays. LAST MINUTE special deals and always our excellent service.  …see more

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Shepherds Hut | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £120 /night

£840 - £1050 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us & our cosy hand made shepherds hut can be your home-from-home in the woods. Piping hot private tree shower & ensuite proper loo. Shared sauna yurt & pizza oven. live availability, info and online booking 24/7 : www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Ski Chalet | 12 Bedrooms | sleeps 27

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £42 /night

£292 - £426 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Chalet Heidi is a beautiful Chalet in the pictureque village of Scheffau. Scheffau is in the centre of SkiWelt, Austria's largest ski resort. In summer, Scheffau is the perfect location for a holiday in the mountains with miles of walking, cycling, scrambling and more. In summer, we have one self-catered apartment for hire, and we offer rooms on a B&B basis (@28 Euros pppn)  …see more

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Castle | 8 Bedrooms | sleeps 14

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £550 /night

£3850 - £5250 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Glentruim Castle is a stunning eight bedroom property which is set in 53 acres of beautiful mixed woodland with abundant wildlife, and is situated in the Cairngorm National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. An ideal location for large house parties. Beautiful rooms, in a stunning location, with a host of facilities to suit all ages.  …see more

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Manor House | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £256 /night

£1792 - £2687 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
Early Georgian manor house in magnificent setting overlooking the Kenmare Estuary, on famous 'Ring of Kerry', sleeps 10 with 5 bath/shower rooms. Features games/party room, studio, small gym & sauna. Ideal for family groups, walkers,writers,artists. Catering available  …see more

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Chateau | 12 Bedrooms | sleeps 27

2 Nights min stay

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from £1690 /night

£11825 / week

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  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Nowadays “the luxury of all luxuries” is silence and space in an exceptional environment, off the beaten track. Built during the 12th century, this family château is not a hotel, it's a "home away from home", overlooking the Gascogne hillside in the south west of France  …see more

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Tower | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

2 Nights min stay

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from £293 /night

£2050 - £2400 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A place of exceptional beauty and peace; a perfect hideaway for up to four persons, accessible yet private, ancient, yet with every modern comfort and surrounded on all sides with breathtaking scenery. A place where eagles soar, stags roam and romantic Royal connections The Tower lies on a secluded knoll, above the valley of the river Tay; a spectacular location.  …see more

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Log cabin | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

7 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£425 - £965 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
Superb Nordic 3 Bedroom Lodge at Hartland Golf & Leisure Parc . Adjacent to golf course overlooking fairway with free fishing in two lakes and free leisure facilities at Penstowe Manor . 5 Miles From Clovelly , 13 Miles From Bude .  …see more

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Tented camp | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

2 Nights min stay

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from £84 /night

£588 - £756 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
We call it Crafty Camping - luxury adult only 'glamping' in a hand-crafted woodland environment. Stay with us and our cosy bell tents can be your home-from-home in the woods. Piping hot 'tree shower' and proper flushing loos. Shared sauna yurt & wood fired pizza oven. live availability and online booking 24/7 : www.mallinson.co.uk  …see more

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Log cabin | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £62 /night

£430 - £875 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
Our aim is to provide you with the feeling of ultimate relaxation, in beautiful unspoilt countryside surrounded by woodland and fishing lakes. Relax after a days site seeing with a glass of wine on the decking or have fun in your own private Hot Tub. Mid Week Monday - Friday and Weekend Friday - Monday Mini Breaks Available  …see more

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Log cabin | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£425 - £965 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
Superb Nordic 3 Bedroom Lodge at Hartland Golf & Leisure Parc . Adjacent to golf course overlooking fairway with free fishing in two lakes and free leisure facilities at Penstowe Manor . 5 Miles From Clovelly , 13 Miles From Bude .  …see more

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Log cabin | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£425 - £965 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
The tariff is inclusive of free on-site fishing . Tariffs over £475 entitle guests to full reimbursement for access to the leisure facilities at Penstowe Manor .  …see more

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Log cabin | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

3 Nights min stay

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from £85 /night

£595 - £955 / week

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  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
Our aim is to provide you with the feeling of ultimate relaxation, in beautiful unspoilt countryside surrounded by woodland and fishing lakes. Relax after a days site seeing with a glass of wine on the decking or have fun in your own private Hot Tub. Mid Week Monday - Friday and Weekend Friday - Monday Mini Breaks Available  …see more

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Ski Chalet | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 16

7 Nights min stay

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from £411 /night

£2874 - £4590 / week

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  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Chalet Marie-Galante is a traditional Savoyard chalet, sleeps 14-16 people. You can ski directly to the door, there is a sauna and wellness area and log fire. The huge terrace makes the most of the stunning views down the Isere Valley. A traditionally decorated chalet with astonishing views, sauna and wellness area. Ski to door!  …see more

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Manor House | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 16

3 Nights min stay

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from £131 /night

£915 - £3284 / week

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  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Sleeps 16, 6 bedrooms, The Four Seasons is a magnificent Quinta located in the exclusive 50 hectare Quinta dos Vales Wine and Art estate. Private heated pool, sauna, beautiful gardens. Spacious lounge and dinning room. Fully air conditioned, sat TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, BBQ Others amenities: shared pool, Tennis court, Mountain bikes, Kids pay area, Animal park and wine tasting  …see more

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Manor House | 14 Bedrooms | sleeps 24

2 Nights min stay

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from £1286 /night

£9000 - £12000 / week

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The Court house manor, set in the heart of the Cotswolds boasts luxury standard interior design along side beautiful grounds.  …see more

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Chateau | 13 Bedrooms | sleeps 29

2 Nights min stay

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from £1365 /night

£9550 - £12000 / week

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  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
In the heart of Perigord Vert in the Dordogne, lies our magnificent 19th Century Chateau Isly. Built in 1840, it has recently been refurbished to the highest standard of luxury. Each room has been carefully decorated with traditional colours and wallpaper.  …see more

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Yurt | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

2 Nights min stay

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from £38 /night

£262 - £314 / week

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  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Enjoy a magical sleeping experience in a Yurt nestled in the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains. Surrounded by beautiful olive and almond groves these harmonious and healing Yurts sleep up to 3 people. Enjoy a relaxed & simple environment with an outdoor pool and sauna. You can treat yourself for; massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Foot Reading, Energy reading and Chakra balancing  …see more

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