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Stay near a loch or lake on your next holiday and discover the true meaning of getting away from it all. Whatever the weather, staying in one of these cottages, farmhouses or other rural retreats will lift your spirits and help you completely unwind and relax.


Visit Scotland for breathtaking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands – you could stay near Loch Lomond, Loch Ness or one of the 600+ other lochs. Or wake up to the tranquillity of Windermere in the Lake District, the valleys and llyns,of Wales or the many lakes dotted around France, Italy and Spain.


Lakes and lochs make great bases for activity holidays. You could have a go at fishing or get out onto the water by going kayaking or windsurfing. Mostly nestled inside pretty valleys, the surrounding area is almost always ideal for hiking and mountain biking too.

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Boathouse at Dundas Castle - South Queensferry boathouse sleeps 2

Edinburgh / South Queensferry

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
If you would like a secluded and romantic get-away, this beautiful Boathouse is your perfect choice. Located in the heart of the Dundas Estate on a private loch, it is a one bedroom cottage with beautiful views over the water and provides you with the most perfect and c  …see more

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The Sandgroper - Tonnerre houseboat sleeps 2

Yonne / Tonnerre

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
Canal Boat in France! Enjoy the Burgundy canals and rivers on our beautifully restored boat. Our boat is based in Tonnerre, Burgundy which is located on the Canal de Bourgogne (Burgundy Canal). Cruise through some beautiful villages, including Ancy Le Franc, Tanlay, Mon  …see more

from £189 / night

£1283 / week

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from £189 / night

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Corsaro, our 5* luxury cruiser houseboat, Kariba - Kariba houseboat sleeps 8

Mashonaland West Province / Kariba

3 8 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary;
Corsaro is the Kariba Cruise Company's 5* houseboat on Lake Kariba. There is no better way to explore the shores of this enchanting place than from her decks. Fall asleep to the sounds of Africa from one of two double ensuite rooms, or in one of her two single bunks or  …see more

from £910 / night

£6364 / week

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from £910 / night

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(5) Excellent 

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Oiseval - Fort Augustus cottage sleeps 6

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; No pets allowed; Private garden;
This architect designed house is just 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village of Fort Augustus, with a short further walk to the shores of Loch Ness. Oiseval is at the end of a private road that leads directly onto the Great Glen Way, about 5 minutes from the vill  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £840 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Excellent 

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The Classrooms - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 6

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Swimming pool;
This luxury apartment is bright, airy and spacious offering a large separate lounge with original sash windows, master bedroom with kingsize bed and ensuite, twin mezzanine bedroom with separate dressing area, fully fitted kitchen with marble tops and dining area for si  …see more

from £150 / night

£480 - £1293 / week

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from £150 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Kate Boats: Dorothy Constance - Stockton narrowboat sleeps 2

Warwickshire / Stockton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Pet friendly;
In the lounge area there are two comfortable chairs. The galley is well equipped with a full size four burner cooker with overhead extractor fan, 4 cu ft. refrigerator with frozen food compartment, stainless steel sink and drainer and ample storage space. Behind the gal  …see more

from £82 / night

£570 - £1055 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Loches / Saint-Jean-Saint-Germain

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £82 / night

£569 / week

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from £82 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Watersedge hottub kayaking fishing on Rudyard lake - Rudyard boathouse sleeps 7

Staffordshire / Rudyard

3 7 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
On the edge of the Peak District lies Rudyard lake, it's a bit of a secret in a stunning location, see the changing seasons in this woodland and lake setting. A perfect escape from the rigors and demands of modern living, you can slow life down if you appreciate th  …see more

from £258 / night

£1344 - £1544 / week

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from £258 / night

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Province of Varese / Comabbio

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £77 / night

£513 / week

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from £77 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Tidelands Boathouse on the waterfront - Combeinteignhead boathouse sleeps 2

Devon / Combeinteignhead

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The boathouse is located right on the shore of the Teign estuary, with stunning views of the river and surrounding landscape. Waterfront patio for outdoor living, private launching for a boat and doorstep access for any kind of water sports make the boathouse a totally  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

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Connie - Damazan houseboat sleeps 4

Lot-et-Garonne / Damazan

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Beautifully restored Dutch Barge with 2 double cabins, shower room with loo and basin.Open plan galley, dining area and saloon.Wheelhouse with dinette.Galley has double sink, 2 fridges, microwave, 4 burner hob, oven, kettle etc.There is a private garden with summer kitc  …see more

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(1) Excellent 

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Cabin 3 with hot tub - red deer - Invermoriston bungalow sleeps 2

Loch Ness / Invermoriston

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pet friendly;
One bedroomed cabin with its own 3 person canadian spa hot tub (available from 11/06/16) located on its own private, fenced patio with BBQ. All set on our peaceful and scenic, family run holiday park by the village amenities of Invermoriston. The cabin has a slope to d  …see more

from £120 / night

£455 - £595 / week

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from £120 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Laundry Cottage - Glenmoriston cottage sleeps 2

Loch Ness / Glenmoriston

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Renovated cottage located in a peaceful location on large hill farm close to the River Doe in Upper Glenmoriston. The property is ideally situated for hill walkers with a number of munros located within a 30 minute journey by car. The farm also has miles of tracks for  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £575 / week

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from £55 / night

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Drymen Holiday Apartment - Lochgoilhead apartment sleeps 2

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
This small 2 room apartment is located just off the historic village square in Drymen and is the perfect location for exploring all that Rob Roy country and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park has to offer. Leave the car behind and enjoy the numerous walking a  …see more

from £74 / night

£345 / week

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from £74 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Crann Mhor - Drimsynie Estate bungalow sleeps 8

Lochgoilhead / Drimsynie Estate

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Crann Mhor is situated within the Trossachs National Park, often referred to as one of Scotland's best kept secrets. Overlooking a golf course and a sea loch, Crann Mhor is located on a private row of self-build properties and set within 1/2 acre of gardens.Crann  …see more

from £125 / night

£800 - £1100 / week

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from £125 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Watervilla Humpy Dumpy - Oost-knollendam houseboat sleeps 6

North Holland Province / Oost-knollendam

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
In the infinity of life take out time for the soul.Dreamy days and quiet nights a romantic getaway a place to call a 'home' away from 'home'an epitome of peace and serenity.That would describe "humpy dumpy"A watervilla/houseboat in Netherla  …see more

from £214 / night

£855 / week

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from £214 / night

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Queen Elizabeth Houseboats - Kumbalam boathouse sleeps 2

Kochi (Cochin) / Kumbalam

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Queen Elizabeth Houseboats is one of the attractive boats cruising the waterways of Kerala with a classic hull and comfortable large room and the only boat cruising Kochi, Kumarakom and Alleppey.Its is a “floating home away from home “that denotes uniqueness and exc  …see more

from £125 / night

£875 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Inverlounin House - Lochgoilhead house sleeps 9

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.01 km; Swimming pool;
Fantastically located by the lochside in the heart of Argyll, the house sleeps up to 9 (plus infants) in 5 bedrooms.Spacious public rooms boast stunning loch views, and a great kitchen and utility room provide everything you need. Ideal for holidays, retreats and celebr  …see more

from £136 / night

£849 - £1750 / week

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from £136 / night

(2) Very Good 

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week-end for two on boat - Draveil houseboat sleeps 2

Essonne / Draveil

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Stay on this welcoming houseboat, which has three levels:Sun deckNatural level: lounge, living room- kitchenLower deck: one bedroom and its en suite bathroom and separate WC form the guest suite, at the front of the boat. Owner lives at the back. There is also a one per  …see more

from £60 / night

£342 / week

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from £60 / night

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Lakeland Cruising - LA Cru - Ballymena boathouse sleeps 2

County Antrim / Ballymena

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Join experienced skipper Alphy on his Dutch Style Barge cruising the beautiful Lough Erne Navigation System in Co Fermanagh Northern Ireland – Voted Number One Attraction in Northern Ireland 2012. Sample the idyllic pleasures of life afloat and be inspired by this be  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 / week

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from £250 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Houseboat Pride of Leyden. - Leiden houseboat sleeps 3

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 27 km; Child friendly ;
Houseboat Pride of Leyden is fully equipped with every comfort, from a well stocked kitchen, to central heating and air conditioning, a TV and Wifi internet, and a veranda with a spectacular view. The main bedroom sleeps two in a king-size bed, the study sleeps one on a  …see more

from £101 / night

£680 - £788 / week

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from £101 / night

(48) Excellent 

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The Wee Residence - Foyers cottage sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Foyers

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
The Wee Residence is a bijou little cottage style apartment for two situated on the 'quiet' side of Loch Ness.  With its attractive lounge complete with open fireplace, a modern kitchen/dining room, shower room and double bedroom it offers ideal and spacious accommod  …see more

from £37 / night

£260 - £360 / week

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from £37 / night

(8) Excellent 

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The Spanish Boathouse - Galmpton boathouse sleeps 4

Devon / Galmpton

1 4 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
This is a beautifully renovated boat house on a private quay on the Dart , once used for Spanish prisoners after the Armada. The cottage is on the water's edge near the charming village of Galmpton, 3 miles upstream from Dartmouth. Decorated to the highest standard  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £900 / week

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from £60 / night

(23) Excellent 

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The Dairy - Loches cottage sleeps 3

Loire Valley / Loches

2 3 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 35 km; Swimming pool;
The Dairy provides luxurious and spacious accommodation for up to 3 people, situated on the small and exclusive gite arrangement of “La Vieille Ferme” - a stunning 17th century Touraine farm. Heated, covered swimming pool (10m x 4m) set in spacious garden room. At  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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from £57 / night

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'The Bolt-Hole' Foyers, Loch Ness - Foyers cottage sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Foyers

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
The Bolt-Hole in Foyers, is a quaint 1 bedroom ground floor linked cottage, which is part of a traditional terrace, over 100 years old, around the village green within the picturesque village of Foyers, Loch Ness. The cottage is equipped with a gas combi boiler central  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

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Province of Entre Rios / Federación

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Pet friendly;
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from £62 / night

£428 / week

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from £62 / night

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Correze / Espagnac

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
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from £180 / night

£1257 / week

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from £180 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Saule - Loches gite sleeps 6

Loire Valley / Loches

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Downstairs:The oak beamed open plan living area, with large stone fireplace and log burning stove is comfortably furnished with leather sofas and chair, and oak and leather dining room suite. There is satellite TV, dvd/cd player and free WiFi. The fully equipped kitchen  …see more

from £87 / night

£605 - £1055 / week

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from £87 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Kate Boats: Esma Frances - Southam narrowboat sleeps 6

Warwickshire / Southam

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Esma Frances is an elegant semi-traditional style boat fitted out to the very highest standard, providing luxury accommodation for up to six people.The forward lounge features a dining area with comfortable seating which converts into a double berth, or two single berth  …see more

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(6) Excellent 

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The Boathouse Ballygally - Ballygally boathouse sleeps 5

County Antrim / Ballygally

2 5 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
A unique self catering family holiday hideaway on the world famous Antrim coast road, overlooking a secluded beach and slipway, boasting a very spacious open plan family bedroom ideal for family of 5 a cot or extra comfortable bed can be supplied on request A perfec  …see more

from £105 / night

£399 - £549 / week

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from £105 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Mayenne / Chateau-Gontier

1 6 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £95 / night

£548 / week

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from £95 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Ben Lui - Loch Awe log cabin sleeps 5

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ;
Ben Lui is a renovated and lovingly cared for log cabin on the former Forestry Commision land at Dalavich on the shores of the beautiful and tranquil Loch Awe. It is set centrally in approx 1/4 acre of mixed grassland and copse,which is viewed from the new balcony and  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £390 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Superior Self Catering Studio by Loch Ness - Invermoriston apartment sleeps 2

Loch Ness / Invermoriston

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Lann Dearg Studio’s is a purpose built detached property, rated excellent on Tripadvisor, consisting of 3 separate studio apartments, all with their own private entrance and individually controlled central heating, situated next to the proprietor’s home on the Great  …see more

from £50 / night

£308 - £497 / week

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from £50 / night

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Province of Syracuse / Agnone Bagni

2 5 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £86 / night

£428 / week

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from £86 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Oasis Houseboat - Central Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 4

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed;
This friendly houseboat is a complete floating apartment. There is a lounge room, open-plan kitchen, separate bedroom with double bed, and bathroom with full-length bath and shower. Perfect for 2 people, with a sofa bed for 2 more guests.Situated on the beautiful Raamgr  …see more

from £171 / night

£1026 - £1624 / week

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from £171 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Samhach Holiday Apartment - Loch Ness apartment sleeps 4

Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 16 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Whether you are looking for time on your own, a romantic getaway, a week-end away or a family holiday Samhach is the perfect Holiday Let for you. Samhach has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence for 2015, we are one of the first holiday lets to achiev  …see more

from £55 / night

£275 - £467 / week

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from £55 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Crossroads Cottage - Drumnadrochit cottage sleeps 2

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Ask about pets;
If you're looking for a wonderful break in the beautiful Scottish Highlands then Crossroads Cottage by Loch Ness is simply bathing in high quality detail from the moment you step through the front door. This stunning cottage will offer you a “Highland hideaway” ide  …see more

from £49 / night

£340 - £495 / week

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from £49 / night

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Pas-de-Calais / Bethune

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £56 / night

£389 / week

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from £56 / night

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Province of Catanzaro / Copanello

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £129 / night

£1283 / week

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from £129 / night

(2) Excellent 

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the granary - Invermoriston barn sleeps 6

Loch Ness / Invermoriston

2 6 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This recently upgraded granary sits in a fifty acre estate on the shores of mystical Loch Ness. A perfect setting for either a restful holiday or an action packed time. Boat trips, bike hire, fishing and bagging Munros, castles and distilleries are all within an easy dr  …see more

from £105 / night

£650 / week

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from £105 / night

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