Lakes and lochs | Holidays in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District

Lakes and lochs (120)

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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18

Cottage letting in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely Little Cottage” Myself and my two, very young, children enjoyed our stay at River View Cottage. As it was only myself and two small people the cottage was adequate for our needs. River View has everything you need included, washing maching/d  …see more

from £75 / night

£285 - £418 / week

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from £75 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Leiden holiday houseboat rental

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • 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 £104 / night

£698 - £808 / week

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from £104 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Fort Augustus holiday apartment rental

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Glen Mor luxury holiday apartment is in the Highland Club, a multi award winning conversion of St Benedicts Abbey, which retains its original features and character. Built in the 18th century on the site of the original Fort, the Abbey was used a Benedictine Monastery a  …see more

from £45 / night

£285 - £625 / week

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from £45 / night

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Boathouse rental in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
Our houseboat "Welcome Cruize is a floating palace which is a modified form of traditional Kettuvallams. It contains 2 luxurious well furnished & bath attached bed rooms, sun bath-deck, lounge cum dining room and a hygienic kitchen. In the royal kitchen, we pre  …see more

from £123 / night

£861 / week

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from £123 / night

(1) Excellent 

87

Houseboat rental in Dublin

Dublin / Dublin 2

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Sceal Eile is a self catering cruising barge with a fully fitted kitchen, full-size bath with shower located in Dublin City Centre. It has a stove and central heating ,a king size bed, bunk beds, WIFI, a private outdoor space with loads of amenities beside it  …see more

from £145 / night

£983 - £1413 / week

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from £145 / night

(2) Very Good 

35

Holiday boathouse in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 4 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Beautiful Houseboat in popular neighborhood Westerpark. Perfect for a family of 4. This modern houseboat is the perfect base for your trip to Amsterdam. Situated in a quiet but popular neighborhood ‘Westerpark’, named after the beautiful park at 5 minutes w  …see more

from £125 / night

£872 / week

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from £125 / night

(1) Excellent 

20

Holiday boathouse in Sillon

Ille-et-Vilaine / Sillon

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
dock rent for a memorable stay in the shops, restaurants and beaches of Intra Muros downtown. Rooms, toilet and bathroom. Stop on the gastronomic route of Mont Saint-Michel, near Cancale and Dinard  …see more

from £62 / night

£430 / week

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from £62 / night

23

Holiday houseboat in Jyväskylä

Central Finland / Jyväskylä

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Houseboat are easy to navigate. They are the comfort of a first class summer cottage. Wide range of different activities available for children and other family members. You will explore many unique cultural and natural attractions along your route. Pets are allowed.&l  …see more

from £272 / night

£1575 - £2365 / week

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from £272 / night

(5) Excellent 

47

Holiday boathouse rental

Amsterdam / De Pijp

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Houseboat Amsterdam Center  …see more

from £105 / night

£1740 - £2044 / week

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from £105 / night

(13) Very Good 

18

Holiday cottage rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Fab family holiday” Beautiful cottage at edge of Lochgoilhead. My hubby , myself , our two sons and two grannies in tow . Tons of room for having your own space ( very important with two teenagers ) wifi , again very important with two teenagers lol .  …see more

from £135 / night

£700 - £1295 / week

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from £135 / night

(1) Excellent 

5

Worsley holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“What a lovely family weekend!” We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and start where and when yo  …see more

from £150 / night

£795 / week

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from £150 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
quiet and tranquility The house boat is a bit of a distance from Amsterdam centre, so you can escape the hustle and bustle after a packed day of exploring and have peace and tranquillity at the apartment, chilling with the birds and water. Now also e-bikes available.&l  …see more

from £101 / night

£658 / week

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from £101 / night

(110) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Extremely cute boat, quirky, clean and cosey :)” Siet was very welcoming and at the time when she wasnt there and we called her to help us with the cooker she arrived within 20 mins! The boat as about 15-20 min walk fro the station and if you rent a  …see more

from £88 / night

£527 - £1325 / week

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from £88 / night

(5) Very Good 

22

Narrowboat rental in Draveil

Essonne / Draveil

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“A peaceful and comfortable sail along the Marne” We had a great time sailing along the Marne and through the locks between Paris and Epernay. The boat is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner/pilot friendly and welcoming. There was food and win  …see more

from £176 / night

£790 - £1404 / week

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from £176 / night

(26) Excellent 

21

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Close to Central Station, comfortable, stylish, quiet and romantic. Three rooms for just the two of you. Own entrance. Great breakfast, bikes and Canadian canoe included.  …see more

from £128 / night

£737 / week

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from £128 / night

(9) Excellent 

23

Galmpton holiday boathouse rental

Devon / Galmpton

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • 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

(148) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolute value for money..!!!” We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thoroughly relaxing cruise  …see more

from £248 / night

£1464 / week

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from £248 / night

20

Houseboat rental in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The outside exists of:Open lounge deck, Barbecue and Roof top sun.  …see more

from £65 / night

£360 - £465 / week

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from £65 / night

(2) Excellent 

9

Loire Valley / Loches

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

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from £58 / night

£290 - £422 / week

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from £58 / night

10

Cambridgeshire / Ely

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £149 / night

£1043 - £1647 / week

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from £149 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday chalet in Glenmoriston

Loch Ness / Glenmoriston

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 72 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Located between the Great Glen way and the Moriston river, less than half a mile walk from Loch Ness is Invermoriston Holidays. An ideal location for touring the highlands with Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Isle of Skye and Inverness a short drive away. Invermoriston vi  …see more

from £93 / night

£651 / week

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from £93 / night

(1) Excellent 

16

Amsterdam holiday boathouse rental

Amsterdam / Jordaan

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The houseboat has a comfortable living room with fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. The sofa in the living room turns into a comfortable double bed. The kitchen includes a dishwasher, a Nespresso coffee machine and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils  …see more

from £106 / night

£700 - £1898 / week

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from £106 / night

(3) Excellent 

10

Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani / Trani

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £88 / night

£615 / week

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from £88 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
Two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms on a boat, and en suite bathrooms, free WiFI. After a busy day in the center you can enjoy the grand view of the eastern docklands on the deck terrace on a nice summer day.  …see more

from £185 / night

£1290 / week

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from £185 / night

(2) Excellent 

14

Boathouse rental in Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe / Moorehall

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
The chalet at Moorehall was built in 1964 as a holiday retreat by the current owner's grandfather. It sits on the edge of Lough Carra in South Mayo and is surrounded by forest.  …see more

from £58 / night

£351 / week

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from £58 / night

(10) Excellent 

31

Holiday boathouse in Poole Quay

Poole / Poole Quay

4 6 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Memorable family experience on superb motor yacht” We booked a long weekend with the kids - our first time staying on any form of boat as we thought it was something different to do. Within hours of arriving the kids were asking if we could come agai  …see more

from £225 / night

£1250 / week

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from £225 / night

(15) Excellent 

14

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Lochgoilhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful cottage, stunning setting” My husband and I stayed at Armadale Cottage last weekend with our two 21 year olds and 3 month old puppy. The cottage is very well equipped, beautifully clean and with everything you could need for a trip away. T  …see more

from £88 / night

£450 - £695 / week

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from £88 / night

(21) Excellent 

29

Porto holiday narrowboat rental

Porto District / Porto

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Unique way to see a beautiful part of Portugal” We spent a fantastic week exploring the upper Douro Valley on two boat. Our party of 11 hired two boats with skippers. Jose Alberto was an excellent guide and host and is very knowledgable about the regi  …see more

from £167 / night

£571 / week

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from £167 / night

(16) Very Good 

21

Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Lochgoilhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Home away from home” Myself and my husband spent a relaxing week here in November 2011. We could not have felt more at home, the property is immaculate and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The house itself was very spacious and extr  …see more

from £115 / night

£500 - £1123 / week

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from £115 / night

(4) Excellent 

32

Amazon River / Manaus

1 6 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

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from £14 / night

£92 - £551 / week

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from £14 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Very clean and comfortable boat - plus can take dogs.” The boat was very clean unlike the previous 3 narrow boats that I have hired. In particular, the toilet/bathroom, cooker, kitchen untensils were clean. The mattress was very comfortable and was li  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 / week

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from £170 / night

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Holiday boathouse in The Bukit

Jimbaran / The Bukit

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
Kubu Bingin is a two story wooden balinese beach house. it is located in Bingin beach. our double bed bedroom over looks one of the most famous surf breaks in bali. Being only steps away from the beach, we are the choice for all beach lovers.  …see more

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Falkirk / Banton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £149 / night

£1043 - £1647 / week

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from £149 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Boathouse rental in Kumarakom

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
Houseboat with TWO A/C bedrooms with en suite toilet .All our prices are on Full Meals Plan.Experience the lake village life by cruising through narrow canals .  …see more

from £123 / night

£860 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet rental

Loch Ness / Invermoriston

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 72 km
  • Car not necessary
One bedroomed Cabin with king size bed or twin beds by request on small park less than half a mile from Loch ness, between the great glen way and the Moriston river. Local amenities just a short walk away over the remains of Telford bridge by Invermorison falls.  …see more

from £89 / night

£623 / week

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from £89 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

12 6 1 night min

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen. Kv houeboats Servicing every day fom Alleppey to Kumarakom back Alleppey. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town.  …see more

from £328 / night

£2290 / week

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from £328 / night

31

Uppsala County / Uppsala

17 32 1 night min

  • 17 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 32
  • 1 night min
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

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from £42 / night

£290 / week

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from £42 / night

23

Province of Cagliari / Cagliari

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £52 / night

£369 - £1014 / week

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from £52 / night

(8) Average 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“The stay exceeded all expectations.Ideally situated near Rembrandplein” The accommodation was very tidy and especially the roomy livingroom was a plus.Wi-fi also a welcome addition and we realy enjoyed staying in the centre of Amsterdam with all the c  …see more

from £193 / night

£1750 - £2119 / week

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from £193 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cavallino-Treporti / Punta Sabbioni

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £97 / night

£676 / week

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from £97 / night