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Rural retreats (5149)

Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.



Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.



Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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(5) Excellent 

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Elounda holiday villa rental

Lasithi Prefecture / Elounda

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £108 / night

£750 - £1590 / week

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from £108 / night

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Holiday home with shared pool in Beziers

Herault / Beziers

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £52 / night

£216 - £871 / week

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from £52 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool

from £81 / night

£565 - £1070 / week

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from £81 / night

(15) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Reighton

North Yorkshire / Reighton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

Certificate of Excellence

from £75 / night

£525 - £750 / week

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from £75 / night

(12) Very Good 

21

Vilamoura holiday villa rental

Quarteira / Vilamoura

3 7 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Villa” Wow, this villa is even nicer in person than the photos make it out to be. Sure the first time you get there its easy to miss the dirt road but once you get your bearings your fine. The villa is so private and spacious and the air c
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from £113 / night

£638 - £1759 / week

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from £113 / night

(1) Average 

13

Holiday b&b in Saint-Omer

Pas-de-Calais / Saint-Omer

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £54 / night

£375 / week

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from £54 / night

(10) Excellent 

29

Pomos holiday villa rental

Paphos District / Pomos

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“wow! what an experience!” The property is very aptly named "Villa Paradiso". On our arrival we walked into the living room and we all looked at each other and did a chorus "Wow". The view is stunning and the design of the house means that each room
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from £179 / night

£1250 - £1983 / week

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from £179 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Great Hockham holiday home rental

Norfolk / Great Hockham

9 15 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant holiday.” Had a fantastic time with family aged from one to sixty eight. Pool, tennis courts, football pitch, bikes all used. Well equipped even supplied us with food bags, foil, coffee, tea, spices etc. Could not fault it, just be aware tha
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from £650 / night

£2750 - £6900 / week

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from £650 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Massugas

Gironde / Massugas

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A tremendously relaxing, peaceful house - a perfect holiday” We stayed at Guillemassot in July 2012. 2 familes; 4 adults and 4 children under 5 and a baby. Despite the house only having 3 bedrooms, we had plenty of space and never felt cramped. The co
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from £82 / night

£500 - £2242 / week

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from £82 / night

21

Mellerud holiday cottage rental

Vastra Gotaland County / Mellerud

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool

from £50 / night

£331 - £483 / week

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from £50 / night

(33) Excellent 

29

Holiday home in Symonds Yat

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £224 / night

£2950 - £3295 / week

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from £224 / night

(10) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa in Saint-Andre-de-Roquelongue

Aude / Saint-Andre-de-Roquelongue

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
“A very well equipped villa for all weathers” Good size bedrooms, bathrooms and a huge living/dinning space. The kitchen was a good size too with a dish washer. Everything you could wish for. The pool was great and well used by all, as were the sun l
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from £108 / night

£750 - £1330 / week

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from £108 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau with indoor pool in Ruppichteroth

North Rhine-Westphalia / Ruppichteroth

3 12 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £117 / night

£634 - £2746 / week

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from £117 / night

(17) Very Good 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste / Campo de Golfe

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A perfect family week away in the sun!” This was our 9th time on the island and I can honestly say villa Amarillo, in particular the outside area and pool is the nicest we have encountered. We had a wonderful week, the weather was gorgeous and we were
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from £120 / night

£840 - £1246 / week

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from £120 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Praia D'el Rey Golf and Country Club

Caldas da Rainha / Praia D'el Rey Golf and Country Club

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Terrific apartment with fantastic view of the ocean” Wonderful accomodation with great views of the Atlantic ocean. Very comfortable with great facilities and mod cons. Very close to beach, small supermarket and cafe. 20 mins to the lovely town of Obi
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from £86 / night

£600 - £845 / week

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from £86 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Burgau

Faro District / Burgau

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous villa in a wonderful location” This is a fabulous villa, with a great pool and very well equipped. My children spent most of their time in the pool when we weren't at the beach. It's a suoer size and very well looked after. The views
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from £129 / night

£850 - £1550 / week

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from £129 / night

(16) Excellent 

24

Gite letting in Arricau-Bordes

Bearn / Arricau-Bordes

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
“Peaceful, calm and relaxing” Beautiful pool with lovely surrounding shrubs and the gorgeous smell of jasmine pervading the air. Could not see the Pyrenees from the gite as mostly clludy or bright and hazy. The photos on the website are quite old and
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from £70 / night

£460 - £490 / week

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from £70 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Coulaures

Dordogne / Coulaures

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic place! You will simply never want to leave!!” Le Marronnier is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility. A fabulous barn conversion lovingly undertaken with great attention to detail throughout providing for an exceptionally comfortable
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from £130 / night

£500 - £3000 / week

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from £130 / night

(31) Excellent 

29

Holiday villa in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Costa Papagayo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Feel at home” Perfect vacation villa,everything is how it should be,a really feel home villa.If you rent a car it's a plus.Confortable,quiet,full sunexposed,quality.Afther many villas this was the best till now!!I rate this property 5 stars but there
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from £100 / night

£695 - £795 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Very Good 

25

Holiday villa in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

5 14 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“The children thought they were in Paradise!” With 4 lively grandsons, their parents and my disabled husband to cater for, this luxury villa ticked pretty much all the boxes. The kitchen was spacious and well equipped; there was seating in a variety of
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from £309 / night

£2160 - £8000 / week

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from £309 / night

(8) Excellent 

20

Quistinic holiday farmhouse rental

Morbihan / Quistinic

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely family holiday” We were a four generation holiday party 6 in total. The eldest 88 the youngest, 2 years. The accommodation is very good. Very comfortable beds. Good showers and plenty of hot water. My grandson was well catered for eg playho
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from £150 / night

£695 - £1650 / week

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from £150 / night

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Holiday windmill letting

Cape Cod / Centerville

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £958 / night

£6700 / week

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from £958 / night

(16) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa in Tamaris-sur-Mer

Var / Tamaris-sur-Mer

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic villa! Exactly as it looks on the website. Really close to the sea & beach and lovely warm pool.” Les Anemones is a beautiful, large villa perfectly positioned a stones throw from the sea and a short walk to the beach. The villa is well equi
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from £500 / night

£3600 - £4600 / week

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from £500 / night

(15) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

Dordogne / Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect holiday house” Fantastic location, quite but not isolated and perfect for exploring the various sights the local area has to offer. The house itself has spacious rooms that have been furnished to a very good standard and a well equipped kitche
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from £68 / night

£475 - £1250 / week

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from £68 / night

(12) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa with golf nearby in Opio

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Opio

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“A great vacation in fantastic setting” We were a party of seven who stayed at this villa for a week in mid June 2016. It had everyting we could ask for and more. Indoor, we enjoyed the big dining room table when we wanted to dine inside, and outside
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from £345 / night

£3621 / week

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from £345 / night

(20) Excellent 

24

Lower Mill holiday home rental

Cirencester / Lower Mill

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Superbly relaxing” We stayed in Cuckoo's Nest in Mid November. The cottage is a really lovely estate with a spa and tennis courts on site. The house is beautifully located on the lake with a stunning view. Our party included 6 adults and one small
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from £125 / night

£995 - £1795 / week

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from £125 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Puerto Calero

Lanzarote / Puerto Calero

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £227 / night

£1495 - £2155 / week

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from £227 / night

(449) Excellent 

31

Francavilla d'Ete holiday apartment rental

Province of Fermo / Francavilla d'Ete

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool

from £101 / night

£707 - £880 / week

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from £101 / night

(17) Excellent 

28

Finestrat holiday villa rental

Costa Blanca / Finestrat

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Best” This location is magnificent! To us this is holiday heaven: being surrounded by overwhelming nature and mountain views, just the sound of the birds and frogs: the tranquility and feeling of being alone in nature is great. But still all the facil
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from £65 / night

£375 - £850 / week

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from £65 / night

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Cottage accommodation in Grange-over-Sands with golf nearby

Lake District / Grange-over-Sands

4 13 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool

from £300 / night

£2100 / week

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from £300 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Gite rental in Fanjeaux

Aude / Fanjeaux

7 16 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Great house, great location, great holiday!” We had a fabulous 2 weeks in this super house which was perfect for the 6 adults and 6 children. The house is well equipped, particularly the kitchen, and we spent several nights sitting outside around the
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from £250 / night

£1100 - £2750 / week

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from £250 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Sidi Ifni

Souss-Massa-Draa Region / Sidi Ifni

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“A perfect place to escape from it all” A truly amazing property, set in a wonderful location overlooking the sea! The space inside the property was phenomenal, with sea views from nearly every window! My husband and I occupied the Master Suite, with
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from £170 / night

£1190 / week

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from £170 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in Milford on Sea

Lymington / Milford on Sea

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great stay” We stayed for a week in mid March and had a wonderful stay. Weather great and Lodge very welcoming and clean. Had everything we needed and was warm even during the cooler evenings. Clubhouse has recently been refurbished so is very clean a
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from £40 / night

£600 - £999 / week

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from £40 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Gite rental in Bergerac

Dordogne / Bergerac

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“perfect family destination” As numerous other reviews stated a lovely villa and location with owners who go out their way to assist. Couldn't fault anything and look forward to returning.
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from £150 / night

£800 - £4590 / week

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from £150 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Valbonne holiday villa rental

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Valbonne

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect location to explore the Cote d'Azure” Lovely, spacious, secluded villa with excellent facilities in a prime location. Charming, friendly and genuinely hospitable hosts. Everything and everywhere seems to be within 30 minutes driving time !
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from £432 / night

£1328 - £3018 / week

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from £432 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite rental

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A most enjoyable stay with delightful and friendly owners” A superbly appointed gite with ROGER and KATH delightful and friendly owners Something for eveyone young or old. Outdoor acilities were excellent and the gite is an exellent base for exploring
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from £110 / night

£525 - £1500 / week

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from £110 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Davenport

Central Florida / Davenport

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Swimming pool

from £50 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite let

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £190 / night

£975 - £2450 / week

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from £190 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Durban-Corbieres

Aude / Durban-Corbieres

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Exceptional Villa” A well appointed, tastefully finished villa that provided a perfect base for a most enjoyable 2 week family holiday. Nothing to fault and exactly what we expected it to be based on previous reviews. Would recommend without hesitatio
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from £143 / night

£992 - £1337 / week

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from £143 / night

(5) Very Good 

Certificate of Excellence

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Saint-Lary-Soulan ski studio to rent.

Hautes-Pyrenees / Saint-Lary-Soulan

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

Certificate of Excellence

from £69 / night

£199 - £276 / week

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from £69 / night

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