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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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Gutshaus Buberow / Apartment 3 - Buberow manor house sleeps 5

Gransee / Buberow

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
Apartment 3 (70m ²): The apartment offers accommodation for 5 people. It has a bedroom with double bed and a single bed and is accessed through a walk in closet room with large wardrobe. In this room one sleeps with the stars in the night sky peeping through the skylig  …see more

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Rowan Cottage - Rosemarkie cottage sleeps 4

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Rowan cottage is situated in the quaint seaside village of Rosemarkie less than a 2 minute walk from a long sandy beach. Chanonry Point, at the far end of the beach, is a well known spot for dolphin watching.The property has been fitted to a high standard with many thou  …see more

from £75 / night

£340 - £580 / week

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from £75 / night

(60) Excellent 

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The Manor House - Ludlow manor house sleeps 12

Shropshire / Ludlow

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
The Manor House, Richards Castle, Ludlow is an outstandingly situated country house surrounded by superb gardens and grounds with far reaching views and it's own private golf course. The Manor House is situated above the village of Richards Castle and only three mi  …see more

from £130 / night

£1519 - £2200 / week

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from £130 / night

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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence / La Robine-sur-Galabre

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
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from £79 / night

£479 / week

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from £79 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Crossmolina - 4234 - Crossmolina cottage sleeps 6

County Mayo / Crossmolina

3 6 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car essential;
This beautiful cottage simply oozes charm and character. Overlooking the shores of Lough Conn, 6 miles from Crossmolina. The property has been extensively refurbished to the very highest specifications. Along with the three delightful bedrooms the property includes orig  …see more

from £45 / night

£208 - £393 / week

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from £45 / night

(14) Excellent 

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West Barn with Indoor pool - Toftrees barn sleeps 6

Fakenham / Toftrees

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 20 km; Swimming pool;
Beautifully finished barn conversion ideal for families or a quiet get away. The barns come complete with a full range of facilities and equipment which includes a well equipped kitchen, TV, DVD, IPOD Dock, leather sofas, high chair, travel cot. The barn adjoins our  …see more

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Savoie / Hauteluce

8 19 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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(25) Excellent 

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Lowenna - Constantine log cabin sleeps 4

Falmouth / Constantine

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 8 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Set in a tranquil area of the Cornish countryside, Lowenna is a comfortable and cosy log cabin, which can facilitate up to four guests. In easy reach of the Helford River and a number of beaches. It is well suited to those people looking for a peaceful holiday break.  …see more

from £60 / night

£245 - £550 / week

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Mecklenburg-West Pomerania / Canow

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £52 / night

£360 / week

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from £52 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Mr McGregor's Cottage - Gortin cottage sleeps 2

County Tyrone / Gortin

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Mr McGregor's offers delightful, romantic cottage style accommodation within the Beltrim Estate, just outside Omagh in Co Tyrone. Although secluded, the cottage is still close enough to the village of Gortin for essential supplies. Mr McGregor's is ideal for c  …see more

from £65 / night

£250 - £300 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Modern Mobile Homes Camping Domaine d'Oleron

Ile d'Oleron / Saint-Georges-d'Oleron

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Swimming pool;
Modern 'cottage style' two and three bedroomed mobile home with wooden terraces on great emplacements.We are based on Camping Domaine d'Oleron, a well maintained small 4* family friendly Campsite. Close to the sandy beaches of Ile d'Oleron and nearby  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £400 / week

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from £36 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Bull Barn at Kirkby Malham - Kirkby Malham barn sleeps 6

North Yorkshire / Kirkby Malham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Bull Barn cottage is a new conversion of a barn dating from the early 1600's set on a quiet lane in the charming village of Kirkby Malham.The interior of bull barn has been completed to a very high contemporary standard with open plan/kitchen dining room and lounge  …see more

from £175 / night

£720 - £760 / week

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from £175 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Meadow Cottage - Roborough cottage sleeps 9

Winkleigh / Roborough

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 16 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
We offer cottage holidays on an organic sheep farm set in the stunning Devon countryside with large gardens, fields and woods and free coarse fishing on our well-stocked lake. We have well equipped cottages, each individually designed, with its own garden and sharing a  …see more

from £80 / night

£480 - £1220 / week

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from £80 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Eschwege

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £35 / night

£244 / week

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from £35 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Forge Cottage - Hemswell cottage sleeps 5

Hemswell Cliff / Hemswell

2 5 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
This lovely detached cottage sits within the quiet surroundings of Hemswell Village, near the Maypole and close to the Church. A very smart interior with wooden floors, beautiful furnishings with a french feel, the Forge offers a splendid home for your holiday and is su  …see more

from £70 / night

£365 - £395 / week

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from £70 / night

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Province of South Tyrol / Campo Tures

4 4 4 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £53 / night

£366 / week

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from £53 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Romantic Getaway by the Sea (180-degree views)

Cotes-d'Armor / Kerbors

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
This is the perfect place to have a peaceful vacation or a romantic getaway. "The house offers the best sea view of the area" say local people.The house has an open floor plan, with windows on all sides for the view, and direct sunlight in the evenings to enjo  …see more

from £84 / night

£587 - £1214 / week

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from £84 / night

(12) Excellent 

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The Long Barn - Appleton le Moors house sleeps 14

North Yorkshire / Appleton le Moors

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
The Long Barn is an idyllic escape for a group of friends, or a family celebration. Seven generous double bed rooms, all with en-suites ensures that no one gets the short straw over choice of bedroom. The Long Barn is at Town End Farm in Appleton Le Moors, nestled in th  …see more

from £485 / night

£2100 - £3500 / week

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from £485 / night

(10) Excellent 

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The Apartment, Dullatur - Kilsyth apartment sleeps 2

North Lanarkshire / Kilsyth

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed; Private garden;
For a well equipped, conveniently located self catering base in Central Scotland you need look no further than the Apartment in Dullatur.Conveniently placed between Glasgow & Edinburgh airports & with easy access to the Motorway network, the Apartment is also lo  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 / week

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from £70 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Gite 2 Les Hirondelles - Les Cresnays cottage sleeps 2

Manche / Les Cresnays

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
'Les Hirondelles' is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Cuves, a farming community in the Seé Valley, Lower Normandy. Easy access from at least 3 ports. Set in attractive grounds, the property offers a pleasant situation for a relaxing holida  …see more

from £48 / night

£261 - £522 / week

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(2) Excellent 

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Merlot - Champagnac gite sleeps 3

Charente-Maritime / Champagnac

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 40 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Merlot is surprisingly large for a single bedroomed gite, over 70 sq m of floor space offers comfort and a real sense of openness. With 2 X 3 pce suites, one by the television and the other by the entrance offering stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Out si  …see more

from £60 / night

£295 / week

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from £60 / night

(20) Excellent 

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The Tailor's Cottage - Fanad - Portsalon cottage sleeps 7

County Donegal / Portsalon

3 7 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The Tailor's Cottage is a three bedroom holiday cottage nestled in the hillside and located in the townland of Tullyconnel in the northern part of the beautiful Fanad peninsula.Sleeping accomodation is 2 bedrooms with a double bed inbeach 1 bedroom with full size bunks,  …see more

from £40 / night

£360 - £375 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Vine Cottage - Chepstow cottage sleeps 2

Monmouthshire / Chepstow

1 2 14 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 14 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
1 bedroom dog friendly cottage with a private balcony and wonderful views overlooking the grounds and countryside beyond. It has a cosy open plan kitchen/lounge dining room and a large superking or twin bedroom with French Doors leading to the balcony. The bathroom has  …see more

from £48 / night

£336 / week

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Escape To Charente - Luxe yurt sleeps 4

Charente / Luxe

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Our authentic Mongolian Yurt is situated in a peaceful french rural setting within our orchard on a large timber deck extending to the outside to give a terrace area with BBQ & private parking.The Yurt is approximately 6 metres across giving 27m3 of living space all  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Connemara Artists Cottage - Maam Cross cottage sleeps 4

County Galway / Maam Cross

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 25 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
Set in the magnificent surroundings of the Maam Valley, the Connemara Artists Cottages offers self catering accommodation in a charming 100 year old cottage. The Cottage has been refurbished and extended to provide a peaceful retreat offering cosy living accommodation,  …see more

from £48 / night

£261 - £414 / week

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(23) Excellent 

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Seaside House in Dinas Dinlle with seaview balcony

Gwynedd / Dinas Dinlle

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Parc Cefn Coed House is located just two minutes' walk from the blue flag beach of Dinas Dinlle. Quiet and peaceful, the house offers comfortable accommodation in a convenient location ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsular.The h  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Milking Parlour - Higher Clovelly cottage sleeps 4

Bideford / Higher Clovelly

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
This lovely character cottage is perfect for a couple or small family looking for a getaway holiday by the sea, away from all the hustle and bustle of big resorts and busy towns. The Hartland peninsula, on the picturesque North Devon coast is renowned for its beauty an  …see more

from £62 / night

£430 - £920 / week

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from £62 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Sandpipers - Snape cottage sleeps 7

Suffolk / Snape

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 12 km; Child friendly ;
Sandpipers is a spacious and comfortable 200 year old cottage on the edge of Tunstall, a quiet village location close to the Heritage coastline. There are 3 bedrooms ( 1 kingsize and 2 twins ) sleeping 6 comfortably with a futon or cot available for a 7th person. Rental  …see more

from £85 / night

£340 - £550 / week

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from £85 / night

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Ardeche / Lamastre

3 30 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £96 / night

£631 / week

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from £96 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Nampara Barn - St Just barn sleeps 4

Cornwall / St Just

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Nampara Barn is a charming detached granite self catering property located on the owners small farm in the quiet and rural hamlet of Bosorne which sits on the edge of the stunning Cot Valley, National Trust protected with its green slopes leading to the beautiful histor  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £710 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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8 Coastguard -Angmering on Sea - South Strand cottage sleeps 4

Angmering / South Strand

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Child friendly ;
8 Coastguard Cottages has two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a 5 ft double bed. The second room can be a single, twin or 5 ft double as it is furnished with a truckle bed. Bed linen is provided and the beds made up for your arrival. A towel pack is available at &  …see more

from £113 / night

£790 / week

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from £113 / night

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Haute-Corse / Chisa

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car essential;
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from £43 / night

£296 - £348 / week

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from £43 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Manish cottage - Flodabay cottage sleeps 4

Isle of Harris / Flodabay

2 4 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
Traditional Island coastal cottage. Situated in a small bay on the east coast of Harris. Well maintain with a cottage feel. Fenced garden suitable for pets. Sleeps four comfortable has two bed rooms 1st king size bed 2nd a twin. The cottage is right at the shore and off  …see more

from £65 / night

£280 - £410 / week

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(6) Excellent 

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Maison Blanche - Saint-Meard-de-Gurcon house sleeps 4

Dordogne / Saint-Meard-de-Gurcon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
A luxury two bedroom village house in St Meard de Gurcon in SW France with a south facing courtyard garden.Ideal for a family or two couples. This is the real France! You only have to walk 50 paces for your croissants!!The house has been fully renovated and painted in  …see more

from £125 / night

£580 - £825 / week

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from £125 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Sunnymead Cottages - Pippins - Uckfield cottage sleeps 2

East Sussex / Uckfield

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 24 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Pippins is a rural retreat situated in the High Weald village of High Hurstwood which is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For 2015 the cottage has been awarded 4 stars and a Gold by VisitEngland. Pippins is one of two cottages that adjoin one anoth  …see more

from £74 / night

£318 - £500 / week

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from £74 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Calvados / Surrain

1 5 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £53 / night

£435 - £800 / week

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from £53 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Les Mothayes - Saint-Georges-du-Bois gite sleeps 6

Sarthe / Saint-Georges-du-Bois

2 6 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 100 km; Swimming pool;
The Gite has Living -Dining-Kitchen-Double bed-Bathroom-Toilet. All being on the ground floor.It also has a family bedroom upstairs with one double and two single beds. with travel cot available.There are market towns only ten minute drives either way and also five minu  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 / week

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from £72 / night

(45) Excellent 

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The Bothy at Balnaholish - Ballycastle cottage sleeps 4

County Antrim / Ballycastle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
A charming, cosy, traditional farmer's cottage set in the quiet rural surroundings of North Antrim farmland. A wealth of oldie-worldy furnishings including exposed beams, feature fireplace and woodburner. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation for families or fri  …see more

from £59 / night

£280 - £460 / week

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from £59 / night

(7) Excellent 

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No 4 Boarhills Farm cottages - Boarhills cottage sleeps 4

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Boarhills Farm cottage is a well appointed traditional farm cottage.It has one king bedroom and one twin bedroom,comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove and well equipped kitchen.There is also a private garden with views of the Fairmont golf course, summerhouse  …see more

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Sonas - Fanore house sleeps 6

The Burren / Fanore

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
SONAS IS A BEAUTIFUL SEASIDE RETREAT SITUATED ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY, with views over the Burren landscape, Atlantic ocean, Aran Islands and Galway Bay. It is situated in one of Ireland's most stunning landscapes and is the ideal destination for families, groups  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £521 / week

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from £43 / night

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