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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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Holiday cottage in Badby

Daventry / Badby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 214 km
  • Child friendly
My brand new eco cottage is built in the heart of the lovely village of Badby. Built to a very high standard it uses natural material finishes where possible. It has two bedrooms with flexible sleeping layout (twin or super king to master bedroom), two bathrooms, comfor  …see more

from £85 / night

£510 / week

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from £85 / night

(103) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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from £80 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Fulbourn holiday cottage rental

Cambridge / Fulbourn

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Discover Cambridge and England” An excellent stay :the house is very comfortable and very clean, the environment beautiful (un delicious garden !) and shops are not far away.The owners' reception was very cordial.  …see more

from £85 / night

£520 - £610 / week

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(24) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Wiltshire / Corsham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“it had all that we expected plus more” Lovely place, roomy and clean, and with all that we needed. Peaceful, and with beautiful views. A car is helpful as it is a bit out of the way. Very easy to get to Bath, and other thing of interest that that you  …see more

from £130 / night

£590 - £878 / week

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from £130 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Brentor

Devon / Brentor

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful Cottage” Such a lovely Cottage in a great location. Cottage equipped with everything you could need. Lovely beds, bedding and furniture. 4* standard. Cream tea on arrival was lovely. Would highly recommend. Will be back again.  …see more

from £65 / night

£395 - £695 / week

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from £65 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Dulverton

Exmoor National Park / Dulverton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Fantastic place great location and a home made cake on arrival” 3 of us stayed for a weekend whilst we did the Exmoor ironman , nice relaxing surroundings only a short drive away from Dulverton plenty of places to eat and a co-op super market On arr  …see more

from £50 / night

£322 - £574 / week

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from £50 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

Edinburgh / Grassmarket

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Close to everything” We could see the castle right outside the balcony, we walked to everything all weekend. Was close to a market and to the pubs in the Grassmarket area. The only downside was carrying up suitcases two flights of steps so not for e  …see more

from £78 / night

£460 - £1305 / week

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from £78 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Mawgan Porth

Cornwall / Mawgan Porth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Exceeded Expectations” Sea Gem certainly lives up to the reviews and website details. The property is stylish, comfortable and inhabits an excellent location with outstanding views. I spent hours just watching the sea. The beach is a two minute wal  …see more

from £99 / night

£495 - £1099 / week

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(64) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dereham

Dereham / East Tuddenham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic farm holiday, ideal for children, great hosts - highly recommended!!” We spent a fantastic two weeks at Amanda and Andy's farm. The children were collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and goats, and they were taken for hay rides. We also wen  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £899 / week

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from £100 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Baslow

Peak District National Park / Baslow

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“a fantastic cottage in perfect location!!! minutes from Chatwsworth Estate” Thankyou for such a fantastic stay, the cottage is so beautiful and the finishing touches like the log fire and french white style dining room made it a wonderful experience.  …see more

from £143 / night

£595 - £1185 / week

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from £143 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Dalfaber

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Excellant location” We stayed for a weekend with friends and the location and facilities were excellent , the cottage was clean and fully equipped with all items required. The owners were very approachable and accommodating The location is a short w  …see more

from £35 / night

£240 - £745 / week

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from £35 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Private garden
“fantastic retreat” A truly outstanding place.Wondeful views over the estuary from almost every window. The owners were great and gave us tips on where to eat etc as well as providing us with wine and cake!!. Soo peaceful! With the availability of usin  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Dormston holiday barn rental

Worcestershire / Dormston

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful barn, fantastic location and lovely owners. Stay here!” We had a fantastic weekend here, the surrounding area is beautiful for walking. We ate in a nearby pub which was also lovely. The Barn itself is immaculate and very cosy. The kitche  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £818 / week

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from £80 / night

(118) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

Scotland / Edinburgh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Home from home” We received a warm welcome on arrival and were fully briefed on the apartment and nearby amenities. Location was just right for us - near enough to city centre while in a quite location. We have no hesitation in adding our recommenda  …see more

from £65 / night

£460 - £1240 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Ventnor / St Lawrence, Ventnor

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely beautiful cottage to spend a holiday!” This cottage is a stunning place to have a holiday. It had a real home from home feel with everything in the cottage one would need. Harry the Golden Retriever enjoyed it too having so much space to  …see more

from £150 / night

£525 - £1345 / week

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from £150 / night

(73) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Glasgow

Scotland / Glasgow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing!” We stayed here for my birthday weekend and had an amazing time. The flat is huge, decor is lovely and location is fantastic - right in centre of town but not noisy. The owner was friendly and very helpful. I can't wait to book to stay  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £850 / week

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from £150 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Whittlesey

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Touch of Class!” A beautiful period cottage which was very homely, well kept with everything you would wish for and more. Owners are very accommodating and could not do enough to make our stay a special one. Would highly recommend.  …see more

from £70 / night

£330 - £495 / week

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from £70 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Bunavoneader holiday cottage rental

Isle of Harris / Bunavoneader

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
5 star self-catering for couples on the beautiful Isle of Harris. Overlooking a sea loch perfect for a relaxing, romantic break. With sauna, cinema room, multi-room music system, ideal for staying in as well as exploring.  …see more

from £140 / night

£550 - £980 / week

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from £140 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in West Country

Devon / Tiverton

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Wonderful” The accommodation was beautiful, clean and well equipped The owners couldn't have done more to welcome us, arrived with flowers and pudding on the first night. We loved the peace and the hot tub, the water replaced and cleaned before our  …see more

from £95 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £95 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday home in West Country

Newquay / Central Newquay

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent stay” Everything we needed was in this beautiful apartment from the welcome pack on arrival to the beautiful sea views we enjoyed every morning we would not hesitate to return or recommend it to family or friends thank you John and barb j x  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £1095 / week

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(24) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Denbigh/Flint/Conwy with golf nearby

Llandudno / Penrhynside

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect.” We stayed from Wednesday night through to Saturday day. I came to this cottage with my husband, three year old daughter and my in law parents. My daughter absolutely loved the surrounding gardens. it was magical to her and lots of hiding  …see more

from £95 / night

£600 - £850 / week

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(6) Excellent 

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South Queensferry holiday apartment rental

Edinburgh / South Queensferry

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding!” We have stayed here several times. This is a superb apartment. The location is outstanding......10 yds from the River Forth, brilliant views of both bridges, 5 minutes walk into Sth Queensferry village with some great pubs and restaura  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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(14) Excellent 

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Great Eccleston holiday apartment rental

Lancashire / Great Eccleston

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Really lovely apartment” Had a most enjoyable week, everything you could need for a comfortable holiday. Hosts were helpful and the location is spot on for exploring this part of the world  …see more

from £73 / night

£315 - £400 / week

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from £73 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It  …see more

from £48 / night

£254 - £384 / week

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from £48 / night

(71) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

North Yorkshire / Whitby

3 7 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“A superb cottage prefectly positioned on the estate” A great location with views of the river Esk and the Larpool Viaduct which I could sit and look at all day. All enhanced by lots of birdlife and the occasional steam train passing by across the riv  …see more

from £105 / night

£575 - £750 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin with shared pool, golf nearby in Tattershall

Lincolnshire / Tattershall

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Had an amazing time will be returning cabin is beautiful” We really enjoyed our stay and was very happy with the cabin very clean comfy ray is very helpful the hot tub is lovely sitting under the stars the dogs liked the cabin too plenty of space very  …see more

from £110 / night

£495 - £1100 / week

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(4) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Bathford

Bath / Bathford

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Cosy and comfortable cottage” We were very comfortable in this cottage. We found Bathford a convenient place to stay to explore Bath. We didnt use our car at all instead choosing to walk along the canal into Bath or use the bus. A couple of things we  …see more

from £100 / night

£675 - £795 / week

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from £100 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Kendal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“exceeded expectations” The attention to detail and generous extra touches make for a very enjoyable home from home stay. Cottage was very clean and tidy. Good communication with the owner.  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £70 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex / Bexhill-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Very nice property close to the sea and everything else !” Diane & Simon are the nicest people and own this very nice & unusual property in Bexhill. We chose it for long weekend to Chill out, get some sea air and check out a few of the places and res  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Lincoln

Lincolnshire / Lincoln

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“The perfect restful retreat in an immaculate beautiful cottage.” The cottage is set in a beautiful location within easy reach of the historic city of Lincoln. Our situation was that we were relocating back to the UK and needed a base while we sorted o  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £480 / week

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from £75 / night

(65) Excellent 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“A Lovely relaxing place to stay” Great little cottage, ideal for a quite weekend for two. Spotlessly clean and well presented. A friendly welcome from the owners. Well located for looking around this lovely area. Great local pub for a pint and a bite  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £475 / week

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from £45 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Kingsbarns

St Andrews / Kingsbarns

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“lovely stay” Lovely cottage, great surroundings, wonderful stay! We stayed at the Stackyard for 6 nights and we really appreciated the place; It is very clean, comfortable and cosy. It is big enough for 4 people. A real home away from home! It was  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Home rental in Torridon

Ross and Cromarty / Torridon

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast.  …see more

from £125 / night

£600 - £1300 / week

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from £125 / night

(91) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Norfolk / Holt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Peaceful haven has all you need” Stayed 20-27 July 2013. I would recommend 8 Carpenters to any couple looking for a quiet getaway and who want to access what North Norfolk has to offer. Holt is a beautiful Georgian town and offers fantastic hospital  …see more

from £75 / night

£295 - £495 / week

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from £75 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Cornwall / Falmouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Car not necessary
“Outstanding property” We stay in Falmouth every year and I have to say this is the best property we have stayed in .Wonder full welcome pack very comfy a real home from home  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday home rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“5 star” the best self catering accommadation i have ever stayed in. i would recommend this to anyone.the place is spotles clean, plenty of cooking utensils. and nice garden the car was secure with goog secure gates plenty to do in llanberis and eas  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £475 / week

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from £47 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Thirsk

North Yorkshire / Thirsk

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
NEW FOR 2016! The Mistal is a recently completed two bedroom barn conversion situated in beautiful countryside overlooking the Hambleton Hills and approximately 4 miles from the historic market town of Thirsk ( the home of James Herriot) and with easy access to the N  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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(64) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Glenhinnisdal

Isle of Skye / Glenhinnisdal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Our favorite apartment ever. Cozy and warm with beautiful views.” Beautifully decorate apartment. My kids loved the beanbags in front of the electric fire place, and also the swings on the front lawn. The beds were super comfortable with beautiful lin  …see more

from £80 / night

£410 - £580 / week

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from £80 / night

(51) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Northern England

York / Central York

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 66 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful apartment, would definitely come again.” I would thoroughly recommend this apartment. From the excellent organisation to the beautifully executed décor and convenient location. Sarah's high standards really pay off, thank you for a wonderf  …see more

from £115 / night

£525 - £575 / week

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from £115 / night

(79) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Manchester

Greater Manchester / Manchester

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“5* apartment” Stayed here for 2 nights. Went out on the first night but the apartment was so nice we decided to stay in on Saturday night. It rained all weekend but the location was so central it didn't matter as everything we needed was so close.  …see more

from £110 / night

£700 - £1260 / week

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