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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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Port de Pollenca holiday penthouse rental

Port de Pollenca / Sandy Beach

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Fantastic recently refurbished Penthouse apartment right on the seafront of Puerto Pollensa. With fantastic panoramic views over the Pollensa Bay, it's ideal for families looking for an apartment next to the beach yet only 10 minute walking distance from town cente  …see more

from £126 / night

£878 - £1623 / week

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from £126 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Semoussac holiday gite rental

Charente-Maritime / Semoussac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
“Everything we wanted - and more!” We were met on arrival by Chris & Martin, owners of the gite, & welcomed with a hamper of goodies: food for a quick supper & breakfast next day, a bottle of wine & flowers! The house was spacious & very well equi  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

(31) Excellent 

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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  …see more

from £100 / night

£695 - £795 / week

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from £100 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1300 / week

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from £135 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer / Villefranche Old Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
A modern luxury apartment with breathtaking views over the bay of Villefranche. Recently refurbished with marble floors and air-conditioning. Perfectly situated on the edge of the old town, the apartment is a five minute stroll to the restaurants and beach.  …see more

from £140 / night

£800 - £1575 / week

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from £140 / night

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Apartment rental in Ansedonia with golf nearby

Orbetello / Ansedonia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
Our apartment is located in the heart of the pretty village of Orbetello, placed between the enchanting blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the harmony of the Laguna and the peace of the green of Monte Argentario. The cosy little building that houses the apartment is located in  …see more

from £66 / night

£461 / week

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from £66 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Playa Blanca holiday villa rental

Playa Blanca / Playa Real

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Super villa” Casa Jemma is a beautiful villa in a very private and secure location. The villa has everything in it to make a super relaxing holiday. It was exceptionally clean and fresh, a big thank you goes to Karen and her team. The pool was lovely  …see more

from £110 / night

£840 - £3150 / week

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from £110 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Holiday studio with shared pool in Fuengirola

Fuengirola / Fuengirola Marina

Studio 2 5 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent Apartment” This is a lovely apartment with brilliant views overlloking the sea. The owner Antonia met us with her grandson who speaks perfect English. She very kindly left us some wine and drinks in the fridge which was much appreciated. We  …see more

from £27 / night

£185 - £439 / week

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from £27 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Kalavasos

Larnaka District / Kalavasos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Total relaxation” We stayed in this really luxurious housd near Zygi .( it is actually a lot closer to Zygi than it is to Kalavasos) It was just perfect ! Every amenity was provided and even though it was in January we were still able to lie on the fa  …see more

from £88 / night

£571 - £1053 / week

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from £88 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with shared pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
pool, gated complex, life guard available, sea and mountain views, close to village center. Rural position  …see more

from £40 / night

£303 - £391 / week

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from £40 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Jelsa

Hvar Island / Jelsa

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Aparthouse Hvar was built year 2013 and run by the owner and her family.Situated just 5 meters from the sea with beautiful seawiew,and 150 meters to the Jelsa center.Aparthouse Hvar is 3 apartment building.Apartments are newly furnished and well equipped.  …see more

from £88 / night

£615 / week

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from £88 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Drepano holiday villa rental

Patras / Drepano

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Private, quiet location. Private pool and beach just a few minutes away. Close proximity Nafplion, Tolo and archaeological sites of the Argolida & Peloponnese. High quality, traditionally built, well equipped.<br />Our villa has two bedrooms,one double and one  …see more

from £79 / night

£553 / week

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from £79 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Home rental in Downderry

Cornwall / Downderry

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful family holiday!” We had the pleasure of staying at Shore View at the end of May. The house is wonderful, with everything a family could possibly need on hand. Kate’s communication before arrival was amazing and certainly made the start of  …see more

from £125 / night

£850 - £1400 / week

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from £125 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday penthouse with shared pool, golf nearby in Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus / Los Flamingos

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic apartment and location” The apartment was ideal for our family holiday and I would highly recommend it. It is an ideal base to enjoy top class restaurants, beaches, golf and pampering days at local 5 star hotel.  …see more

from £158 / night

£878 - £1185 / week

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from £158 / night

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Apartment rental in Pyla with shared pool

Larnaka City / Pyla

1 3 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Cot, high-chair, some beach toys Communal swimming pool with sun-loungers/umbrellas Tennis court on-site - rackets/balls provided Diving, quad-bike and bicycle hire available nearbyCoastal excursions by boatWind surfing and beach games <br />Pyla is very quiet.Th  …see more

from £28 / night

£196 - £245 / week

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from £28 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday studio in Collioure

Collioure / Faubourg

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“excellent apartment, fantastic location, pet friendly” Apartment was spotlessly clean with everything provided. The owners, Chrissie & Paul were there to meet us and gave us a full and comprehensive handover.They also provided a folder full of useful  …see more

from £40 / night

£263 - £786 / week

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from £40 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Mahe Island / Anse Royale

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £75 / night

£522 / week

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from £75 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Larnaka District / Pentakomo

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Air conditioning
“A first rate village apartment” We stayed here for a week over Christmas. For us two it was ideal. It is designed for couples without children. The owner provided us with comprehensive instructions of how to find her place by e-mail before we left  …see more

from £37 / night

£246 - £264 / week

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from £37 / night

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State of Bahia / Ilheus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £66 / night

£369 - £615 / week

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from £66 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Gordes / Roussillon

7 16 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £351 / night

£2106 - £5176 / week

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from £351 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Exo Gonia

Santorini / Exo Gonia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Fantastic villa in the village of Exogonia, private pool, sun terraces, sunrise views to the beach resort of Kamari and the island of Anafi, 2 double bedrooms both en suite, sleeps 6 (sofa bed in lounge), all new furniture and features.  …see more

from £220 / night

£1141 - £2150 / week

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from £220 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with shared pool in Kissimmee

Central Florida / Kissimmee

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
This fabulous villa gives our guests a real home from home experience. It is furnished for relaxation with comfy furniture, carpeted floors & it's own private pool that can be heated. Overview of Villa • Private Pool with Lanai • Recently Refurbish  …see more

from £95 / night

£636 - £775 / week

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from £95 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ardnamurchan Peninsula holiday cottage rental

Lochaber / Ardnamurchan Peninsula

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Salen Cottage is in just a perfect location for all types of holidays We are surrounded by local forestry paths and walks<br />We have an abundance of wild life in Ardnamurchan .....Red deer,pine martins sea and golden eagles  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £450 / week

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from £65 / 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 !  …see more

from £439 / night

£1929 - £3071 / week

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from £439 / night

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Tenerife / Valle De San Lorenzo

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£363 - £424 / week

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from £52 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Volos

Magnesia Region / Volos

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely amazing!” Great time spent in Volos at Villa Olive! Wonderful place, with all necessary facilities for families with kids, incredible garden and pool, impressive renewed house built in 1910, cozy and peaceful, in two words: Absolutely amazi  …see more

from £167 / night

£1009 - £1470 / week

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from £167 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Jalon with swimming pool

Costa Blanca / Jalon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic!! Cant wait to go back next year!!” We stayed at the lovely Casa Quijote in September 2012. The host and hostess Richard & Gail made us feel really welcome (what a really lovely couple) They get the balance just right of being helpful and  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £450 / week

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from £50 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Porto Cristo

Majorca / Porto Cristo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Huge, home from home contemporary apartment with seaviews” Stayed in this beautiful apartment in May. Friendly owner gives you lots of information and even has a bottle of wine waiting for your arrival. The apartment is a home from home with a full  …see more

from £90 / night

£375 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Scarlino / Puntone

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly

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from £70 / night

£293 - £1169 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Tsilivi

Zakynthos / Tsilivi

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful, comfortable villa with magnificent views.” We stayed in this lovely villa in July/Aug. it delivered everything promised and more. It is well equipped and comfortable with a brilliant outside area with pool and outstanding views over Tsilivi  …see more

from £800 / night

£400 - £1500 / week

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from £800 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Shawhead

Dumfries / Shawhead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
This renovated former steading cottage is set amidst 70 acres of rolling farmland in glorious Galloway, yet lies only 4 miles from the busy country town of Dumfries and twelve miles from the food town of Castle Douglas in an ideal touring base.<br />Ideal for fami  …see more

from £42 / night

£240 - £340 / week

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from £42 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Velez de Benaudalla holiday apartment rental

Velez de Benaudalla / Las Terrazas del Jardin Nazari

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Fantastic holiday apartment in the Spanish Costa Tropical. Situated on a luxury gated development in the heart of Velez de Benaudalla, just 15 mins from the beach or just over 1 hour to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unspoilt location in a lively village. Car recommended.  …see more

from £26 / night

£182 / week

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from £26 / night

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Korcula Town holiday apartment rental

Korcula Island / Korcula Town

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
The Apartment Biline is in centar of Korcula town, very close to everything.You can enjoy the sea close the Apartment or you can rent a kayak or take a boat to Badija, Vrnik and Lumbarda.<br />Next to Apartment Biline there is a summer cinema where Moreska sword i  …see more

from £49 / night

£308 / week

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from £49 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Carvoeiro / Monte Dourado

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Spacious, well presented apartment in a lovely resort.” The apartment has 2 large bedrooms, a lovely big lounge and a balcony that you can just about see the see from! There are lots of pools to choose from and we would wander down at 10 or 11am and h  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £700 / week

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from £35 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Margaret River holiday home rental

Margaret River Region / Margaret River

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“The perfect weekend getaway” I have just stayed at Chalet on Percheron this last weekend with a group of friends for a hen's weekend getaway and none of us wanted to come home! The location of this Chalet is perfect, still close to the town and the be  …see more

from £124 / night

£1050 - £1828 / week

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from £124 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Marathokampos

Sámos / Marathokampos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
BEACH HOUSE - PRIVATE LIVING ON THE SEA The house is on the most beautiful and most tranquil bay in Samos Island in an area called Velanidia (declared natura area) of Ormos village in Marathokampos. Ormos village is a traditional fishing village with a small port for  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £615 / week

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from £58 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Orosei / Cala Liberotto

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £63 / night

£439 - £790 / week

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from £63 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday home with shared pool in Cabo Roig

Cabo Roig / Agua Marina

4 7 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Few minutes walking distance to the sea, restaurants, supermarket, health centre, banks, all needed amenities at walking distance!House with 4 Bedrooms, beautiful community swimmingpool with whirlpool,  …see more

from £55 / night

£351 - £685 / week

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from £55 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Port de Pollenca holiday apartment rental

Port de Pollenca / Pine Walk Area

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“The perfect pad for a group self catering holiday.” I have stayed in this apartment for the last three years with friends on a cycling holiday & will be booking it again for 2013. I would highly recommend this apartment, it is well appointed, has all  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £1540 / week

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from £75 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Amantea holiday apartment rental

Province of Cosenza / Amantea

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Sunshine, relaxation and discovery” Although we'd travelled to Italy many times previously, this was our first visit to the South of the country and I have to say we were very impressed! Taking advantage of a strangely small fare from Stansted to L  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £537 / week

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from £36 / night