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Rural retreats (145)

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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145 Holiday homes

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(32) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Lovina Beach

Bali / Lovina Beach

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £74 / night

£513 - £1587 / week

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from £74 / night

(39) Excellent 

19

Ski chalet to rent in Peisey

Peisey-Vallandry / Peisey

5 13 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing skiarea, great chalet and fantastic hosts with a relaxed atmosphere” Jodi and Renato were the best hosts. A great team:) The meels were perfect and well prepared. It was not a problem to adjust the menu during the stay. Great that kids got a s  …see more

from £75 / night

£299 - £400 / week

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from £75 / night

(4) Excellent 

17

Cranbrook holiday b&b rental

Kent / Cranbrook

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £75 / night

£525 / week

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from £75 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Dondra

Southern Province / Dondra

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Best holiday EVER” We stayed at Ratnakara for one week in May. In the lead up to our holiday, the owner was exceptionally helpful and communicative, making sure we had every bit of information to plan our holiday and make the most of it. We travelled  …see more

from £175 / night

£7000 / week

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from £175 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b with shared pool in Sainte Nathalene

Sarlat-la-Canéda / Sainte Nathalene

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool

from £48 / night

£332 / week

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from £48 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Fontenay-le-Comte holiday b&b rental

Vendee / Fontenay-le-Comte

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly

from £54 / night

£375 / week

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from £54 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Peymeinade

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Peymeinade

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Le Castelet is a magnificent place for your dream holiday” Le Castelet is a magnificent place for a relaxed but stylish holiday. We were a group of six families with 12 adults and 12 children ranging from 4 to 16 years of age. The property is so large  …see more

from £733 / night

£5173 - £9914 / week

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from £733 / night

(46) Excellent 

21

Villa rental in Fitts

Saint James Parish / Fitts

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Edd Tide - heaven on earth!” When I come across an emphatic holiday review on a web site I used to think to myself “come on – it can’t be THAT good…there must have been something that wasn’t quite as perfect as you’re making out?!”. But, now I’ve stay  …see more

from £685 / night

£4795 - £6650 / week

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from £685 / night

(3) Excellent 

21

Holiday b&b in Lassay-les-Chateaux

Mayenne / Lassay-les-Chateaux

4 2 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 103 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £48 / night

£302 - £328 / week

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from £48 / night

(34) Excellent 

20

Sacey holiday b&b rental

Manche / Sacey

2 12 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Warm , friendly , special” On a cycling tour of Normandy and France Helen and Steve offered just what we wanted . I couldn't fault the place , from the warm welcome , excellent evening meal and breakfast. Would strongly recommend .  …see more

from £65 / night

£453 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Very Good 

17

Saint Germain les Belles holiday barn rental

Haute-Vienne / Saint Germain les Belles

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“A typical French gite at the edge of a friendly village.” The gite is on the outskirts of a village with local shops (bakers, butchers, grocers and a small Casino supermarket). A bigger supermarket could be found 10 mins away. We enjoyed a meal at the  …see more

from £40 / night

£400 - £450 / week

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from £40 / night

(10) Very Good 

20

El Medano holiday b&b rental

El Medano / Ensenada Pelada

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Very welcoming.” This property does exactly what it says on the tin. The owners could not have been more helpful and every query/request was met with a cheerful response. We used it as a B&B before catching a flight home and it met our needs perfectl  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 / week

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from £44 / night

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Ski log cabin to rent in Levi

Lapland / Levi

5 16 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £136 / night

£949 - £3363 / week

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from £136 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday guest house with shared pool in Lombok Tengah

Kuta / Lombok Tengah

5 15 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Swimming pool
“We had the best time” The guys who worked here were over the top service minded. They did everything and a little more. And the best thing is that it wasn't expensive at all. I would definetely stay here again and recommend it to everyone else.  …see more

from £15 / night

£100 / week

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from £15 / night

(11) Very Good 

27

Holiday villa in Psatha

West Attica Region / Psatha

3 11 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning scenery, stress free and total relaxation to the sound of the sea.” A car is a necessity to explore and enjoy the surrounding towns an villages, restaurants and historical sites. A trip to Arachova and Delphi is a must via the long straight  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 / week

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from £55 / night

(26) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in Sherborne

Dorset / Sherborne

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
“Lovely accomodation, perfect for a relaxing weekend” This was exactly what we had hoped for if not a little bit better! Lovely furnishings, welcoming hosts and a lovely area to stay for a quiet weekend away. The Stables was lovely and clean and ha  …see more

from £56 / night

£357 / week

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from £56 / night

(84) Excellent 

15

B&b rental in Lymington

New Forest / Lymington

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Ideal B+B for us” We had a lovely couple of days at Defoe House as our first proper holiday with our 11 month old baby. It's tucked away in the gardens of a pretty house which is also tucked away in a quiet village, and feels more like a self-caterin  …see more

from £85 / night

£530 - £600 / week

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from £85 / night

(9) Excellent 

16

Saint-Germain-Du-Puch holiday gite rental

Gironde / Saint-Germain-Du-Puch

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely friendly Gite in beautiful surroundings” Our stay here was lovely; the gite is very comfortable and perfect for a couple or a small family. There was an area outside the gite just for our use, and the whole farm setting was idyllic. Our hosts  …see more

from £100 / night

£518 / week

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from £100 / night

16

Enna holiday guest house rental

Province of Enna / Enna

3 10 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool

from £240 / night

£980 / week

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from £240 / night

(12) Excellent 

34

Builth Wells holiday home rental

Powys / Builth Wells

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 87 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Stunning mansion set into the Welsh hills” This place really does have the "wow" factor. Driving up the hill to the Fron you won't be disappointed. Sauna, hot tub, log burner, BBQ, widescreen TV - there is a feeling of luxury in this renovated farm ho  …see more

from £145 / night

£1047 - £1800 / week

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from £145 / night

(4) Very Good 

16

Holiday hotel apartment with golf nearby in Maussane-les-Alpilles

Bouches-du-Rhone / Maussane-les-Alpilles

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £65 / night

£457 - £578 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Excellent 

31

Ski chalet in Les Houches

Haute-Savoie / Les Houches

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £500 / night

£1800 - £8500 / week

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from £500 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £170 / night

£1190 - £9298 / week

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from £170 / night

(7) Very Good 

39

Holiday b&b in Mandello del Lario

Lake Como / Mandello del Lario

2 8 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £61 / night

£423 - £1328 / week

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from £61 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Montchavin

Savoie / Montchavin

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“As fantastic as ever!” We found the same warm welcome, brilliant location, great service and wonderful food as the last 7 or so times we have been. Can't wait to be back!  …see more

from £35 / night

£242 - £9381 / week

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from £35 / night

(8) Excellent 

20

Saumur holiday b&b rental

Maine et Loire / Saumur

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Stunning house and great location” Ben and Billi are incredible hosts. Their house is wonderful. If you want to stay in a piece of local history in a great location then this is the place.  …see more

from £69 / night

£469 - £693 / week

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from £69 / night

(9) Excellent 

15

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Maroni

Larnaka District / Maroni

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“peaceful and relaxing” This is our third time we have spent our holidays at this villa, we come just to chill out in the peaceful and relaxing surroundings. About 40 minutes from Larnaca airport we hire a car as we love driving around visiting the vi  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 / week

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from £115 / night

(11) Excellent 

15

Apartment rental in Montalto delle Marche with swimming pool

Province of Ascoli Piceno / Montalto delle Marche

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A MEMORABLE VACATION IN A WONDERFUL COUNTRY SIDE LOCATION, WITH HOSTSMAKING YOU FEEL LOKE YOU ARE AT HOME.” We had a very warm welcome and found our apartment very comfortable, well equipped and spotlessly clean. A few steps to the pool and garden wit  …see more

from £130 / night

£863 - £1035 / week

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from £130 / night

(2) Very Good 

20

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Coimbra

Coimbra District / Coimbra

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful views in a tranquil setting” The views were simply breathtaking over the river. Many mornings and evenings spent on the private balcony just watching the birds and a few locals fishing. There was no one else, very peaceful. The river is safe  …see more

from £61 / night

£423 - £694 / week

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from £61 / night

(2) Very Good 

13

Holiday villa in Saint Francois

Grande-Terre Island / Saint Francois

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool

from £22 / night

£149 - £1294 / week

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from £22 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Aguilas

Aguilas / Marina de Cope

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £48 / night

£302 - £363 / week

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from £48 / night

(14) Excellent 

40

Ski chalet to rent in La Lechere

La Lechere / Naves

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Beyond our expectations” If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in the French Alps, without breaking the bank, then this is it. The ultimate in both accommodations and food. Nikki and Hugh are the hosts, and speak both English and French.  …see more

from £104 / night

£664 - £3199 / week

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from £104 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Samoens ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Samoens

2 8 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £350 / night

£950 - £2450 / week

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from £350 / night

13

Holiday b&b letting

Province of Naples / Massa Lubrense

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Swimming pool

from £61 / night

£513 / week

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from £61 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Samoens ski chalet to rent.

Grand Massif / Samoens

5 15 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Ski
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

from £113 / night

£5087 - £8544 / week

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from £113 / night

(5) Excellent 

11

Holiday b&b in Mazan

Vaucluse / Mazan

7 10 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool

from £74 / night

£483 - £3259 / week

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from £74 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Castelnau-Magnoac holiday farmhouse rental

Hautes-Pyrenees / Castelnau-Magnoac

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Rural France with art tuition if desired” I really enjoyed staying at this farmhouse just outside a tiny hamlet in a very rural area of France. The views of the Pyrenees arer stunning and I found Paul and Asha to be very caring hosts. I spent my days  …see more

from £29 / night

£200 / week

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from £29 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Montchavin

Savoie / Montchavin

7 20 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £50 / night

£250 - £46800 / week

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from £50 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday riad rental

Fes / Fes Medina

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“Wonderful days in Fez” We came for the music festival, so we had 10 days to spend in Fez, in between concerts. And we did! Discovering the medina was lots of fun...but also exhausting. It was always so good to get home and just relax in the silence an  …see more

from £74 / night

£513 / week

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from £74 / night

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Ski chalet to rent in Haute Nendaz

Nendaz / Haute Nendaz

8 16 7 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £358 / night

£2500 - £8000 / week

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from £358 / night

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