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Lakes and lochs (907)

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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Le Heron 2 - Preuilly sur Claise studio sleeps 2

Loches / Preuilly sur Claise

StudioSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 26 km; Swimming pool;
Le Heron 2 is part of the 'Le Cormier' holiday facility which is close to the popular medieval town of Loches and is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Obterre (has a bar and small shop) on the northern tip of the beautiful 'Brenne Parc Nat  …see more

from £43 / night

£211 - £274 / week

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from £43 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Kintore Cottage - Fort Augustus cottage sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 bedroomsSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Traditional lock keepers cottage built around 180 now renovated and extended to offer quality , comfortable self catering accommodation for up to 4 people in one twin and one double bedroom.Located on the canalside within the village of Fort Augustus the cottage is with  …see more

from £100 / night

£620 - £670 / week

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from £100 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Strae Cabin - Loch Awe log cabin sleeps 5

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 bedroomsSleeps 5Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Great for children of all ages ;
The cabin is located in a secluded forest clearing by a babbling burn, approximately 150 yards from Loch Awe. It sits in extensive grounds and provides the perfect location to be at one with nature in a truly stunning setting. Cabin has French windows opening onto a rai  …see more

from £55 / night

£259 - £536 / week

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from £55 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Annie's Boat (bed & boat) - Eastern Docklands houseboat sleeps 2

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

1 bedroomSleeps 21 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Annie's Boat is suitable for 2 people and maximum 2 children.Children up to 12 years stay for free. For children up to the age of 3 years there is a cot present. For children from 3 up to 12 years is a thick luxury air mattress (2x 1pers. mattress) of very good qua  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 / week

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from £101 / night

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Canal Boat Holiday - Bath, Somerset. - Bathampton houseboat sleeps 6

Bath / Bathampton

2 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
Located in the picturesque village of Bathampton on the Kennet & Avon canal. Walking distance to Bath city centre, also perfect cycle route/commute to Bath or Bradford-on-Avon. Larkspur is a generously sized fully furnished 10x65 houseboat. Brand new, just recently bee  …see more

from £249 / night

£999 - £1499 / week

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from £249 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Swallow Tail - Holsworthy houseboat sleeps 4

Devon / Holsworthy

2 bedroomsSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Swallow Tail offers a unique opportunity to stay aboard a traditional canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. She is custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for 4 people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own shower/wc, the doubl  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £830 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Very Good 

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The Wulstan Apartment at The Highland Club

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 bedroomSleeps 43 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
One bedroom apartment (king size bed) with a very large open plan kitchen/lounge/diner and an additional study area with sofa-bed that sleeps 2. Fully equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer and kitchen utensils.Featuring expose  …see more

from £100 / night

£430 - £850 / week

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from £100 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Le Poulailler - Loches cottage sleeps 4

Loire Valley / Loches

2 bedroomsSleeps 43 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 250 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
Charrming rustic stone cottage in southern Touraine. Very private setting!Situated 4 kms from the medieval town of Loches( open market days on Sat/Wed mornings), 2 kms from the 9 hole "Verneuil" Golf course! Full courses are within 60 minutes drive! Property  …see more

from £59 / night

£379 - £839 / week

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from £59 / night

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Boathouse Amsterdam,perfect for families/ couples

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

3 bedroomsSleeps 43 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
This beautiful Arc is 135 square meters big. It is very light, has an outside terrace and 3 bedrooms. It is an excellent stay for 2 couples or a family of 4. LOCATION Located 3,5 kilometers from central station in the East part of Amsterdam. You can be anywhere in wi  …see more

from £143 / night

£900 - £1072 / week

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from £143 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Utrecht Province / Vreeland

3 bedroomsSleeps 62 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
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from £126 / night

£877 - £1583 / week

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from £126 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Saule - Loches gite sleeps 6

Loire Valley / Loches

3 bedroomsSleeps 67 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ; 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

(18) Excellent 

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Vatersay Cottage - Fort Augustus cottage sleeps 5

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

3 bedroomsSleeps 53 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
15% discount - Due to cancellations we now have availability over Christmas & New Year 2015/16 - Prices have now been reduced by 15%, don't miss out on this great limited time deal. Vatersay is one of three former canal worker cottages making up a pretty hamlet of ho  …see more

from £64 / night

£440 - £800 / week

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from £64 / night

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Goa / Chapora

3 bedroomsSleeps 21 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
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from £147 / night

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from £147 / night

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Angel Queen Houseboats - Alappuzha houseboat sleeps 2

Kerala / Alappuzha

1 bedroomSleeps 21 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Angel Queen offers rooms on board a Kettuvallam, a traditional Kerala house boat. Exploring the backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom, the boat provides full board Kerela traditional meals for all guests through its Indian restaurant and 24-hour room service. A chef on  …see more

from £65 / night

£360 - £465 / week

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from £65 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Painted Lady - Holsworthy houseboat sleeps 4

Devon / Holsworthy

2 bedroomsSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Devon Houseboats offer a unique opportunity to stay aboard a wide beam canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. The barges are custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for four people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own en suite s  …see more

from £100 / night

£475 - £830 / week

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from £100 / night

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Oahu / Honolulu

1 bedroomSleeps 21 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Air conditioning;
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from £69 / night

£459 / week

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from £69 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Houseboat Mercurius - Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 4

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 bedroomsSleeps 43 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
Have breakfast, lunch and diner in the steering cabin watching the boats pass by like you are a part of Amsterdam. The ultimate Amsterdam experience! Our well equipped apartment with lots of light and high ceilings give you a very spacious feeling with a great view on  …see more

from £236 / night

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from £236 / night

(5) Excellent 

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bed & boat, apartment on houseboat, Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Are you looking for a comfortable apartment for 2 people? Our apartment is a self-contained part of a water villa. It has a living room and open plan kitchen with all modern equipment. The living room has patio doors directly to the water. On the ground floor there is a  …see more

from £97 / night

£631 / week

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from £97 / night

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overnachten op een traditionele zeilklipper

North Holland Province / Medemblik

6 bedroomsSleeps 181 night min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
Sailing with your familie, friends or company. Visit more nice places with your holiday house for only 150,- euro / hour.. Active participation or relaxation on the sun deck. If you like, you can assist the skipper of the Nieuwe Maen in hoisting the sails or putting awa  …see more

from £26 / night

£253 - £2606 / week

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from £26 / night

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Halong Bay / Tuan Chau Island

8 bedroomsSleeps 161 night min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
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from £104 / night

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from £104 / night

(8) Good 

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Klaziena Houseboat - Central Amsterdam houseboat sleeps 6

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Minimum stay over New Years Eve is at the moment 5 nights.Modern 3 bedroom houseboat on the Amstel and right in the centre of town, means you couldn't be better placed. Experience a truly Dutch way of living by staying on a Houseboat. The Dutch love their canals a  …see more

from £269 / night

£1677 - £2030 / week

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from £269 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Liptrap, spacious house by a lake, close to beach

Loire Valley / Loches

5 bedroomsSleeps 16Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Set between the 35 hectare lake of Chemillé sur Indrois and the medieval church of St Vincent, Pamoja is an 18th century farm that was converted into two luminous and spacious holiday houses.It is close to the chateaux of the Loire, beautiful villages, forests, fields,  …see more

from £320 / night

£1244 - £1681 / week

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from £320 / night

(2) Excellent 

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The SCRIPTORIUM Retreat - Fort Augustus converted chapel sleeps 2

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 bedroomSleeps 2Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
...when arriving at The Highland Club, the former St. Benedict's Abbey at the shores of Loch Ness...you enter your holiday retreat at the Moat House through its marvelous entrance ...peacefulness starts whilst you follow the cloisters with view into the Cloister Ga  …see more

from £80 / night

£530 - £900 / week

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from £80 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Characteristic Houseboat, 3 bedrooms - Amsterdam boathouse sleeps 6

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 bedroomsSleeps 63 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed; Private garden;
This houseboat is a unique opportunity to sleep in a original houseboat in Amsterdam. It is spacious, freshly refurbished and beautiful renewed. You will stay in the booming North area (the North area is rated #3 in NYTimes list for GLOBAL hotspots). Although, you are  …see more

from £101 / night

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from £101 / night

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Loiri Porto San Paolo / Vaccileddi

2 bedroomsSleeps 67 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
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from £163 / night

£1135 - £17774 / week

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from £163 / night

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Province of Syracuse / Marzamemi

2 bedroomsSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Air conditioning;
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from £59 / night

£379 - £841 / week

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from £59 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Eagles Nest - Horning boathouse sleeps 2

Norwich / Horning

1 bedroomSleeps 23 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
Eagles Nest: a delightful flat (above a boat house) ideally situated near Horning Ferry, overlooking the River Bure and the only windmill in the village.The flat is open plan, fully furnished, with full kitchen facilities, separate toilet, to the shower and wash basin.  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 - £553 / week

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from £42 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Livingstone - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 bedroomsSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Relax in the 20 acres of private grounds overlooking the Loch or play tennis, croquet or bowls. There is just a 2 minute walk into Fort Augustus where you can watch the boats pass by through the centre of the village (through 5 locks) along the Caledonian Canal down in  …see more

from £180 / night

£775 - £995 / week

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from £180 / night

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Formentera / La Savina

1 bedroomSleeps 41 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
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from £248 / night

£1736 - £2324 / week

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from £248 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Talisker - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 6

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Swimming pool;
This luxury three bedroom property has been fitted to the highest specification. Tastefully decorated by Scottish interior design team ANTA coupled with stylish funishings and high specification fittings promise to make your stay both memorable and relaxing. There are a  …see more

from £50 / night

£590 - £1320 / week

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from £50 / night

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Corsaro, our 5* luxury cruiser houseboat, Kariba

Mashonaland West Province / Kariba

3 bedroomsSleeps 81 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 £917 / night

£0 / week

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from £917 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Loire Valley / Loches

1 bedroomSleeps 27 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £89 / night

£622 - £656 / week

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from £89 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Barge ASLAUG, starboard cabin on new-built barge

Somme / Corbie

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
A highlight of your vacation in the Somme region in Summer 2016 could be a few days "Barge & Breakfast" on the barge ASLAUG. Relax on the sun decks or in the spacious wheelhouse, go to sleep in your peaceful floating cabin and enjoy the wake-up calls of the ducks. "Asla  …see more

from £89 / night

£618 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 bedroomsSleeps 63 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £232 / night

£1303 - £1656 / week

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from £232 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

2 bedroomsSleeps 67 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
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from £70 / night

£490 - £1232 / week

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from £70 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Villa Bouleau (2 bedrooms) - Loches gite sleeps 4

Loire Valley / Loches

1 bedroomSleeps 47 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
As you enter the gite there is a well appointed kitchen area with electric oven and hob, dishwasher and fridge. There is an open plan living area with leather sofa and armchairs, satellite tv, dvd/cd player, free WiFi as well as a dining table and chairs. The bedroom 1  …see more

from £68 / night

£475 - £805 / week

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from £68 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Seine LOFT BOAT, péniche de luxe à 20 mn de Paris

Val-d'Oise / La Frette sur Seine

6 bedroomsSleeps 82 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary; Air conditioning;
** PS : tarif de base pour 3 chambres, pour 4 chambres indiquer 8 personnes ** La péniche vous accueille dans une atmosphère contemporaine raffinée et sobre où vous bénéficierez de prestations haut de gamme. L’ensemble du bateau a été spécialement conçu pour  …see more

from £272 / night

£1724 - £2677 / week

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from £272 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Classic yacht houseboat in beautiful Saint Lucia

Castries Quarter / Marigot Bay

3 bedroomsSleeps 24 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Swimming pool;
This is an opportunity to experience life in our private classic 41 foot yacht which is moored to the dock in beautiful Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia. We also have a 4x4 jeep available if you wish to go out and explore the island. The boat has a classic teak wood interior  …see more

from £65 / night

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14m yacht southampton TownQuay B&B,sleep 5

Hampshire / Southampton

2 bedroomsSleeps 5Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; No pets allowed;
A very spacious ,warm and comfortable motor yacht with over 40 5 STAR reviews. 46ft / 14 meters long in Town Quay Marina in the city center of Southampton.Ideal for shopping or shows. options to cruise if required with up to 12 guests. Seating and accommodation on 4 le  …see more

from £148 / night

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from £148 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Divach lodge at Lochletter Lodges - Drumnadrochit lodge sleeps 6

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; Pets welcome;
The Divach lodge is a 3 bedroom lodge with a living/kitchen area and has a bathroom with a bath/shower combination. The lodge is well equipped incl. tv, dvd, washing machine, microwave & fridge and there is free WiFi available. Next to the lodge is parking space for  …see more

from £85 / night

£350 - £601 / week

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from £85 / night

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