Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (163)

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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Leogang ski chalet to rent.

Leogang / Rain

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“A Fab time had by all” I stayed in this wonderful chalet in the heart of the beautiful mountains that surrounded us for a friends birthday for one week. 4 ladies in total we were there to ski, relax and just enjoy the beauty of it all. After being wel  …see more

from £25 / night

£250 - £2555 / week

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from £25 / night

(28) 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
A unique family-run luxury catered chalet ,ski in, lots of personal touches. Great Food, Superb facilities,  …see more

from £50 / night

£245 - £14843 / week

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from £50 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Puttalam holiday villa rental

North Western Province / Puttalam

3 9 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The dream come true” Thank you so very much for such a fantastic stay at Khomba. We had a simply amazing time. Best of all was the sea. It was so relaxing to be able to watch my grandchildren play in the water all day, from the privacy of our own b  …see more

from £237 / night

£1659 / week

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(9) Excellent 

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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 gite ideally located to explore Bordeaux” Ruelle du Pressoir is a beautiful small gite ideal for solo travels, couples and small families. I stayed for four nights in July and was warmly welcomed by Mr and Mrs Hery whose own home is next door  …see more

from £98 / night

£509 / week

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from £98 / night

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Holiday b&b in Risby

Suffolk / Risby

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
Set in a delightfully remote rural location yet within close proximity to both Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket. Highwaymans offers tranquil relaxation and optimum comfort. Light and airy rooms with excellent en-suite facilities.Light and airy rooms with excellent en-suite  …see more

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(26) Excellent 

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Self catering holiday cottage in Trearddur Bay with golf

Anglesey / Trearddur Bay

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location in quiet area, ideal base for exploring North Wales” This is in am excellent location within walking distance of the bay, and an ideal base for exploring Anglesey and North Wales. There are many places to choose from for a meal, some  …see more

from £100 / night

£299 - £849 / week

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from £100 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Mirissa

Southern Province / Mirissa

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Couldn't be better” We have a fantastic time at Stella Beach Villa, with the kids ages 4, 6 and 9 we are not used to such great downtime. The pool catered for all of them, the chef was incredibly accommodating with such fantastic options. We even mana  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Waikkal

Central Province / Waikkal

6 12 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
Both properties set in private surroundings, in a Sri Lankan village.English owned, and built in late 2005 to a very high standard. Surrounded by trees, it's a bird watchers paradise, many can be seen from the balconies. We are 400m from the sea via a shor  …see more

from £48 / night

£318 / week

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from £48 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b rental

Bagni di Lucca / Cocciglia

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
B&B very comfortable, in a little village (middle mountain) in Toscana. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 dining room, lounge place, TV, internet access. Pets accepted.We have a 2 houses, ok for 8 persons, in the village.Village in a conservation area. Amazing and quiet  …see more

from £94 / night

£653 / week

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from £94 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday riad in Ancient Medina

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 12 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
DAR BÔ is a typical Moroccan Riad situated byside a small and quiet square in the heart of the Medina of Essaouira. This charming house to rent in exclusivity is close to restaurants and markets. It is suitable for couples, families and groups. The house is to rent all  …see more

from £102 / night

£641 - £1353 / week

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from £102 / night

(5) Excellent 

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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
Our property lies on the most beautiful spot of Mazan, a village in the Vaucluse at south of the Mont Ventoux. It holds course against the hillock and has free view over the Montagne the Vaucluse to the Vally of the Rhone. Avignon visible with the Palais du Papes.  …see more

from £81 / night

£564 / week

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from £81 / night

(55) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Jambiani

Zanzibar Island / Jambiani

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
The Kipepeo Lodge is a charming and warm beach villa, built on the Southeast coast of Zanzibar, close to a typical african village, Jambiani. The villa is an extraordinary accommodation, fully staffed and implemented to give to the guest the best services. On the shore.  …see more

from £306 / night

£2136 / week

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from £306 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Bungalow rental in Nuwara Eliya with golf nearby

Central Province / Nuwara Eliya

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Beautiful upmarket heritage bungalow located in Nuwara Eliya in a large private garden. Featuring 4 comfortable bedrooms and a cosy lounge with open fireplace, this serviced property is a nostalgic base from which families and groups can explore the hill country.It is f  …see more

from £318 / night

£2223 / week

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from £318 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Apartment letting in Sumartin

Brac Island / Sumartin

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing and Diving” One of the best place to meet friends and enjoy untouched fantastic nature. We stay here for two weeks and this vacation we will never forget. For all people who looks for a silent place and friendly atmosphere............then c  …see more

from £93 / night

£593 / week

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from £93 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Lodge rental in Quepos with shared pool

Province of Puntarenas / Quepos

13 2 1 night min

  • 13 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The La Palapa Resort is considered one of the most beautiful and well kept in, Quepos-Matapalo-Dominical and Uvita area, with grounds and tropical gardens beautifully maintained and clean, by very dedicated and friendly staff that deliver the best service.This is a very  …see more

from £65 / night

£387 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday guest house with shared pool in Palazzolo dello Stella

Palazzolo dello Stella / Piancada

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Swimming pool
Italy-Farmhouse-Rental apartment-Swimming pool-Beach-Seaside-family-vacation rental-golf 20 mins-B&B-VeniceA farmhouse in Italy near the adriatic coast with the beaches of Lignano, Bibione, Grado nearby.  …see more

from £84 / night

£420 - £539 / week

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from £84 / 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
Bed and Breakfast in a 19th century restored mill near Fontenay le Comte offering 5 double en suite bedrooms. Open all year. Evening meals served. Animals accepted. Bike Hire. Discounts given for longer stays. 3 Clés rating with Clévacances. Quiet location.Good Cycling.  …see more

from £53 / night

£368 / week

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from £53 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Antria holiday farmhouse accommodation

Arezzo / Antria

1 15 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 15
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“peace and tranquility” The property is located down a very quiet track in the village of Antria about 5 kms from Arezzo with views over lush woodland and valley. The appartment is one of 5 in a converted farmhouse setting. Whilst we were there we had  …see more

from £60 / night

£416 - £475 / week

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from £60 / night

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Spring Bay holiday villa rental

Bequia / Spring Bay

9 20 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Exclusive, private, luxury Caribbean resort on Bequia in the Grenadines. More like a private resort than just a villa .Up to 20 guests can be accommodated in 10 air-conditioned suites with 4 poster beds, 40 ft. pool, full staff and more. Individual room rates also avail  …see more

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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 £60 / night

£416 - £683 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday home in South India

Kannur / Edakkad

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Set in a Coconut Grove, Malabar Cove Beach House has magnificent views over the Arabian Sea. A perfect hideaway. A place to relax and recuperate from the stresses of every day life. Near the famous Drive-in Beach of Muzhappilangad. Yoga and Ayurveda can be arranged. Mal  …see more

from £96 / night

£667 / week

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from £96 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Samoens

Grand Massif / Samoens

11 26 Min stay varies

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“A holiday to remember” We stayed at Chalet Bobeau over the Easter holidays. We were a little worried about booking so late in the season as we thought there wouldn't be much snow. Luckily we didn't have anything to worry about as the snow was the best  …see more

from £100 / night

£325 - £13790 / week

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from £100 / night

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Holiday villa in Saint Francois

Grande-Terre Island / Saint Francois

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
The villa Clementine is ideal for families seeking relaxation. This beautiful villa has a large exotic wood deck, an large swimming pool 10 x 5 meters in a park planted with tropical species.  …see more

from £170 / night

£1187 - £2119 / week

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from £170 / night

(34) Excellent 

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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 £64 / night

£445 / week

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from £64 / night

(2) Very Good 

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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
Built in 2007, Villa Eglantine has everything you need for an excellent West Indies holiday under the sun. The villas Eglantine is located in the residence Fleurs de May. The villas has its own pool and private garden.  …see more

from £116 / night

£806 - £1272 / week

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from £116 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b in Foxford

Foxford / Cloongee

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Salmon fishing on the Moy” My friend Tim and I spent five nights at this beautiful location, set in peaceful countryside on the outskirts of Foxford. Proprietors, Joanne and David, are both keen anglers and were our fishing guides on each of our excur  …see more

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(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Aude / Axat

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
Multi award winning Bed and Breakfast. Voted best B&B in France 2102 by Guide Chapeau Noir. Lovely old stone house with stunning views. Large garden with sun loungers and BBQ. Fridges, mini bar and air con or ceiling fans in all rooms. Private parking and WiFi.Wonderful  …see more

from £51 / night

£356 / week

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from £51 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Kobarid ski b&b to rent.

Slovenian Littoral Region / Kobarid

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ski
Most of all we would like you to feel great, to leave satisfied and to come back again soon.  …see more

from £43 / night

£276 / week

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from £43 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Samoens

Grand Massif / Samoens

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Beautiful, newly built stylish chalet with spacious and very comfortable accommodation, sleeping up to 24, ideal for large parties and special occasions. Large private gardens, heated swimming pool in summer, outdoor hot tub in winter, close to ski lifts.  …see more

from £105 / night

£550 - £10220 / week

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from £105 / night

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Samoens ski chalet to rent.

Grand Massif / Samoens

5 15 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Ski
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
La Terrasse' is a small and friendly, owner-run property, ideally situated just one hour by road from Geneva airport, on the sunny slopes of the strikingly beautiful upper Giffre valley. Directly opposite are Morillon, 5 minutes, and Samoens, 10 minutes, which link easi  …see more

from £89 / night

£445 - £12645 / week

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from £89 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Matemwe holiday villa rental

Zanzibar Island / Matemwe

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful place - would go again!” We stayed at Villa Turquoise in Dec 2014 with our family of 2 sons and their girlfriends. We loved the house, the pool, the private beach - The staff were very friendly and helpful and always went out of their way to  …see more

from £390 / night

£2729 - £12102 / week

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from £390 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b rental

Province of Rome / Ardea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
A big country villa on the top of a hill ,in the middle of the roman ager, in Ardea, just 30 km south of Rome ( 30 min by car), near some of the best latium beaches, historical and cultural places of relevance whit possibility of shopping and fun. Vegan cook possible.Be  …see more

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(75) Excellent 

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Bedouin Tent Rental

Ma'in Governorate / Wadi Rum

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Most amazing and personalized Wadi Rum experience imaginable.” I feel so lucky to have found Saleh and Alia and their wonderful family! I stayed two full days and one night in Wadi Rum as a solo traveler. I felt so well cared for, and really got to ap  …see more

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(120) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Really great catered chalet for family mountain bike trips!” We spent a week at Chalet Lac de Vonnes in August to do some mountain biking as a family in Chatel. The chalet is well located, with fantastic views of the mountains, safe bike storage and a  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £745 / week

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from £64 / 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
Top quality 200 sqm log cabin is located at slopes of the Finlands biggest most popular ski-resort and round-the-year activity resort Levi, just 10 minutes taxi from Kittilä airport. Quiet and peaceful location in heart of Lappland's nature, yet only 10 minutes fr  …see more

from £231 / night

£1611 - £3475 / week

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from £231 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Les Arcs

Bourg Saint Maurice / Les Arcs

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Skivillaroger is a beautiful 4 bedroomed Chalet with OUTDOOR HOT TUB in a fantastic location for a Summer or Winter Holiday! With stunning scenery and views the Chalet is situated in the beautiful Alpine Village of Le Loissel, Villaroger , Les Arcs. Close to all amen  …see more

from £200 / night

£900 - £3500 / week

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from £200 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Lake Garda Area

Province of Brescia / Toscolano-Maderno

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Storica is a luxury villa situated on Lake Garda in the Italian Lakes. This 4 bedroom villa is in a peaceful location, surrounded by green hills and overlooking the lake, however it's also well positioned for those who wish to enjoy some sightseeing during their s  …see more

from £492 / night

£3390 - £5763 / week

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from £492 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment letting

Grande-Terre Island / Saint Francois

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
The residence is located on the heights of l Anse des Rochers so allowing an astonishing view on ocean and the surrounding islands. The Residence of Islands, at the heart of a residential area, will charm you by its elegance, its peace of mind and its discretion. Only  …see more

from £60 / night

£416 / week

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from £60 / 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

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Sanur

Denpasar / Sanur

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Close to the beach in walking distance, Western Standards, Big Garden, Private Pool & close to Restaurants and Shops. Child friendly, great for family groupsClose to the Restaurants & the beach in walking distance, Western Standards, Big Garden, Private Pool.  …see more

from £183 / night

£1191 / week

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from £183 / night

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