Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

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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(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 £73 / night

£475 - £3204 / week

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from £73 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Les Carroz-d'Araches ski home to rent.

Grand Massif / Les Carroz-d'Araches

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Luxurious, spacious, traditional chalet in a fabulous setting. Mouthwatering food, big log fire and outdoor spa. Truly relaxing. All 5 bedrooms are en-suite with new bathrooms.  …see more

from £120 / night

£600 - £10660 / week

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from £120 / 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.<br />Village in a conservation area. Amazin  …see more

from £94 / night

£653 / week

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from £94 / night

(14) Very Good 

24

Holiday riad rental

Fes / Fes Medina

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • 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 £73 / night

£505 / week

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from £73 / night

(15) Excellent 

21

Ski chalet in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

Tirol / Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

12 27 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 27
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
Christmas Special - see our website for details - www.chaletheidi.eu Please note Winter prices are for HALF-BOARD Chalet Heidi is a large, very comfortable, 3 Star, Tirolean Guesthouse in the farming village of Scheffau. The chalet offers 12 bedrooms, all with en-suit  …see more

from £25 / night

£356 - £13456 / week

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from £25 / night

24

Spring Bay holiday villa rental

Bequia / Spring Bay

9 20 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 nights min
  • 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

from £915 / night

£6400 / week

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from £915 / night

(43) Excellent 

21

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Mirissa

Southern Province / Mirissa

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“An absolutely awesome combination of privacy, luxury and peace.” The place is an absolute dream. Both the house and villa are beautiful. Very well maintained and well appointed. I found that the little things like the cricket pitch on the lawn for the  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / night

(26) 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 £34 / night

£238 - £9222 / week

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from £34 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

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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from £237 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Tochni

Larnaka District / Tochni

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
A three bedroom self catering villa close to sandy beach with a swimming pool and a large garden with grass and all bedrooms with private facilities and air conditioning This holiday villa is a superb choice for family holidays with many children due to its large grass  …see more

from £94 / night

£653 - £950 / week

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from £94 / 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 £60 / night

£416 - £683 / week

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from £60 / 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
Close to unspoilt coast peaceful locationyear round sunwarm in winterswimming poolCycling and hiking  …see more

from £47 / night

£297 - £356 / week

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from £47 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b with swimming pool in Vicchio

Province of Florence / Vicchio

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Restored romantic Tuscan farmhouse for up to 10 in undiscovered Mugello valley offering tranquil relaxing holiday away from it all. Let Lorenzo and Heidi spoil you with their deliciousTuscan dinners served al fresco under the grape vine!<br />Also available on a B  …see more

from £212 / night

£1272 - £1484 / week

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from £212 / night

(6) Excellent 

20

Morillon ski chalet to rent.

Grand Massif / Morillon

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Breathtakingly Beautiful area with Amazingly Vast Accommodation” We had heard good things about Chalet Pomet from other visitors, but it still took us by surprise! Much much larger than we had anticipated, and beautifully furnished. Added attraction  …see more

from £857 / night

£5999 / week

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from £857 / night

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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
This is a wonderful place to relax enjoying the tranquil countryside looking from the terrace down into the valley, the olives groves and the lake. Spacious and comfortable, this holiday home features 2 quadruple rooms and 1 double room, a well-equipped modern kitch  …see more

from £240 / night

£980 / week

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from £240 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Peisey-Nancroix ski chalet to rent.

Savoie / Peisey-Nancroix

7 15 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great friendly comfortable and inexpensive chalet holiday” We took the chalet as a whole and all 15 of the group were extremely pleased with the level of service, quality of food and general standard of the accommodation. We will certainly be using th  …see more

from £75 / night

£540 / week

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from £75 / 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

(1) Excellent 

20

Holiday home in Gwaldam

Uttarakhand / Gwaldam

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Recently built stone house with stunning views of Trishul (23,500ft) across beautiful countryside, a perfect place fortrekking, birdwatching, wandering, exploring, relaxing, and being looked after by a friendly Nepali Krishna in extremely beautiful countryside.  …see more

from £150 / night

£950 / week

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from £150 / night

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Alessano holiday farmhouse accommodation

Province of Lecce / Alessano

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Old country house ,it is at 5 km from the sea with beautiful views his old village and the countryside.Surrounded by a large garden and several terraces and patios are ideal for a period of relaxation  …see more

from £43 / night

£43 / week

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from £43 / 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

21

Morzine ski chalet to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Morzine

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A brand new chalet, stunningly located at the bottom of the Avoriaz cliffs in the middle of a prairie and opposite the cable car which links Morzine and Avoriaz. Catered or self-catered, with 3 restaurants just 50m from the chalet. Hot tub, sauna & childcare.  …see more

from £102 / night

£573 - £1526 / week

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from £102 / night

(1) Excellent 

21

Drumbo holiday b&b rental

County Antrim / Drumbo

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Hilltop Drumbo is near Drumbo dog track, Titanic quarters, Lisburn and Belfast city centres are all close by. Enjoy a stroll in this lovely county area or sit in guest lounge at night and take in the twinkling lights from Belfast, Dunmurry and Lisburn.  …see more

from £80 / night

£300 / week

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from £80 / 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

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday guest house in Udon Thani

Udon Thani Province / Udon Thani

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Peaceful, beautiful and relaxing!” Douglas' house is situated in a beautiful area of North East Thailand. He is a very generous host and we felt very comfortable in his lovely sunny house. He arranged for our evening meals to be cooked by his sister  …see more

from £12 / night

£81 / week

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from £12 / night

(14) Excellent 

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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 £102 / night

£653 - £3145 / week

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from £102 / night

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La Tzoumaz ski chalet to rent.

Canton of Valais / La Tzoumaz

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Overlooking the Rhone Valley, Chalet Janluke is uncompromisingly modern. Situated in a secluded location with views over La Tzoumaz, with 8 min. cable car ride from Verbier, the Chalet's stunning contemporary design remodels elements of traditional Swiss ski chalet  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / 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

£356 - £416 / week

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from £60 / 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

(8) Excellent 

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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

(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.<br  …see more

from £320 / night

£2240 / week

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from £320 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool, tennis court in Cherval

Verteillac / Cherval

6 12 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
The Château du Bourbet is steeped in history, dating back to the 15th Century and beyond, from its origins as a Templar fortress to its forced occupation by the German Army and partial demolition at the end of the Second World War. Now lovingly renovated, the Ch&a  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / 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.<br />Th  …see more

from £65 / night

£387 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Vatican City holiday apartment rental

Vatican City / Vaticano

3 12 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“The best place to stay in Rome!” Eight of us spent six wonderful days at this apartment. The apartment is spacious and has great beds. Everything lived up to our expectations and their hospitality, including breakfast items, was appreciated. Afforda  …see more

from £145 / night

£865 - £1656 / week

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from £145 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Ko Pha Ngan / Srithanu

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
Luxurious Thai villa. 3 Full Time Staff, 6 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms. Ideally situated on the sea in Sri Thanu,north west coast of Koh Phangan. 10mtr x 10mtr open plan lounge/dining area with stunning 360 degree views. Jacuzzi, Private Swimming Pool, Internet Access.<br  …see more

from £340 / night

£2380 / week

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from £340 / 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
Catered Chalet, ideally located in the resort of Haute Nendaz, part of the extensive Verbier 4 valley ski area, just 50m from the ski lifts and a few minutes on foot to the resort centre. Ideal for families and large groups, with 8 bedrooms. Hot tub. Next to lifts Wi-  …see more

from £358 / night

£2500 - £8500 / week

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from £358 / night

(11) Excellent 

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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
This beautiful mountain lodge is located close to the ski lifts at Prarion and the ski pistes of Les Houches (Chamonix Valley)..... and in the summer, the stunning Mountain bike and hiking trails. The chalet has excellent facilities which include a sauna and exterior h  …see more

from £500 / night

£1800 - £8500 / week

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from £500 / 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 ren  …see more

from £102 / night

£641 - £1353 / week

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from £102 / 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 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Rome holiday apartment rental

Lazio / Rome

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect long-term stay in Rome!” Our experience with living in the Panoramic apartment for 4,5 months is very good. We were welcomed upon arrival by the owner, Flavio, who helped with useful information about the apartment, the neighborhood and other  …see more

from £77 / night

£424 - £1227 / week

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from £77 / night

(26) Excellent 

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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