Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (42182)

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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Holiday home with golf nearby in Angmering on Sea

East Preston / Angmering on Sea

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Luxurious beach house by beautiful beach” Coriander Beach House is a stunning 5* large family house with extremely spacious accommodation in a quiet beachside village. It is contemporary and beautifully furnished being both modern and comfortable. T  …see more

from £300 / night

£2650 - £30000 / week

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from £300 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Pittenweem

Fife / Pittenweem

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Puffin Hollow provides the perfect environment for a relaxing break.” Puffin Hollow is a quaint cottage, cleverly and tastefully modernised with real thoughtfulness. The decor reflects the location - lovely coastal walks and living right on the harbo  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Okeford Fitzpaine

Blandford Forum / Okeford Fitzpaine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely cottage” Stayed here over Christmas week and it is a absolutely beautiful cottage. The reason why it hasn't got 5 stars is because cooking xmas dinner for 6, we struggled with baking trays and had to buy more. Also the garden wasn't totally sec  …see more

from £150 / night

£390 - £1030 / week

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from £150 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Terrific !” Loved the cottage ! Cathy was wonderful and very helpful. Had some issues with running certain appliances but after a day or 2 we had them all sorted out. The cottage is very well equipped, wonderful working fireplace where we enjoyed nigh  …see more

from £79 / night

£431 - £674 / week

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from £79 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Darley Dale

Matlock / Darley Dale

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous” What a fabulous place to stay for Christmas and New Year. Nestled in the Derbyshire Dales on the edges of the Peak district. This home offers fantastic views across the valley. Easy access to Matlock and beyond. Walking distance to not one b  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £1100 / week

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from £100 / night

(68) Excellent 

21

Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“A Lovely relaxing place to stay” Great little cottage, ideal for a quite weekend for two. Spotlessly clean and well presented. A friendly welcome from the owners. Well located for looking around this lovely area. Great local pub for a pint and a bite  …see more

from £45 / night

£325 - £475 / week

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from £45 / night

(58) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Chester

Cheshire / Chester

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Modern, well equipped cottage.” Lovely, modern, well equipped cottage, great for a weekend stay. Each of the 3 bedrooms are beautifully done, each with a great sized bathroom. Only negative was the small living area which we struggled to fit 6 people  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £1200 / week

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from £86 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

County Cork / Drimoleague

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £114 / night

£592 - £774 / week

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from £114 / night

(27) Excellent 

20

Warmwell holiday lodge rental

Weymouth / Warmwell

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Lovely warm cosy and modern lodge” Really lovely lodge - everything felt brand new. Great park - perfect for kids of all ages. Will definitely book again.  …see more

from £80 / night

£489 - £1299 / week

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from £80 / night

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Hesse / Nidda

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £53 / night

£314 / week

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from £53 / night

(5) Very Good 

13

Groomsport holiday home rental

County Down / Groomsport

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
NITB approved spacious 4 bedroom seaside self-catering property with sea facing sun room. Suitable for up to 6 people, 4 bedrooms, modern kitchen/diner with all appliances, bathroom, shower room, downstairs toilet, garden. TV, video, stereo, washing machine, drier  …see more

from £100 / night

£575 - £795 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in South Cerney

Cotswolds / South Cerney

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing Break” Heron Lodge is very conveniently placed, just seconds off the 'Spine Road' that runs through the Cotswold Water Park and only a minute or two from the A419 which will take you to the M4 in around 20 minutes. The lodge itself is fan  …see more

from £195 / night

£1010 - £1999 / week

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from £195 / night

(19) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage in Coldingham

Borders / Coldingham

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding stay in a fabulous cottage and stunning location” Whitfield Bothy Cottage is in my opinion an outstanding property and well worth a trip. Emma's attention to detail is faultless, even down to a very considerate and generous welcome pack o  …see more

from £105 / night

£518 - £900 / week

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from £105 / night

(60) Very Good 

28

Holiday apartment in Woolacombe Bay

Woolacombe / Woolacombe Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely apartments, peace and quiet” My wife and I wanted a retreat after our travels/living in Europe, and this was fantastic. We cooked for ourselves, played cards and board games, and walked the 4 mile beach daily. It was beautiful. We came in off s  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £1530 / week

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from £55 / night

(11) Excellent 

28

Holiday cottage in Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove / Stoke Pound

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Best UK holiday” Holiday was amazing, great house and location,relaxing, great that we could take the dog! Emma and family all very nice, polite couldn't of had a better holiday in the UK, we didn't want to leave  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £545 / week

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from £70 / night

(41) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in Betws-y-Coed

Snowdonia National Park / Betws-y-Coed

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“A First Class Home from Home!” Stayed here with my wife and 2 children. It exceed our expectations in every way. The house and garden were much bigger than the pictures illustrate. We really were shocked. The lounge is utterly lovely, and the kitch  …see more

from £135 / night

£420 - £820 / week

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from £135 / night

(29) Excellent 

15

Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Private garden
“fantastic retreat” A truly outstanding place.Wondeful views over the estuary from almost every window. The owners were great and gave us tips on where to eat etc as well as providing us with wine and cake!!. Soo peaceful! With the availability of usin  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(13) Excellent 

17

Holiday apartment in Goring-by-Sea

Worthing / Goring-by-Sea

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic apartment - light, airy and spotlessly clean.” I stayed at Seascape in July 2014 with my husband and aged parents. We had a great welcome from Tim and found the apartment very well appointed, clean and airy. It had everything you might nee  …see more

from £96 / night

£670 - £955 / week

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from £96 / night

(23) Excellent 

42

Holiday home in St. Andrews

Fife / St Andrews

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Welcome to our fabulous 4 double/twin bedroom home in the heart of St Andrews, the Home of Golf. Situated on a cobbled lane, this comfortable town house is on one of St Andrews main streets, South Street, making it very close to everything this unique town has to offer.  …see more

from £125 / night

£700 - £1500 / week

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from £125 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dereham

Dereham / East Tuddenham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic farm holiday, ideal for children, great hosts - highly recommended!!” We spent a fantastic two weeks at Amanda and Andy's farm. The children were collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and goats, and they were taken for hay rides. We also wen  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £960 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Very Good 

31

Luxembourg Province / Leglise

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £53 / night

£209 - £340 / week

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from £53 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk / Wells-next-the-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Heaven on earth” Beautiful appt wonderful sea views a special holiday appartment. Great restaurants on the harbour with stunning sea views.ib Va  …see more

from £123 / night

£533 - £950 / week

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from £123 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Burghead

Moray / Burghead

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“An ideal cottage in a peaceful location but close enough to all the amenities.” We booked Clavie cottage to provide accomodation while visiting relatives in Morayshire. The cottage is very easy to find and the arrivals/departure process is the best t  …see more

from £72 / night

£360 - £580 / week

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from £72 / night

(10) Excellent 

10

Holiday cottage in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fabulous Croft” Beautiful property in a peaceful location. The croft is immaculate throughout and extremely well equipped. A thoughtful welcome package, including free range eggs, butter and bread was provided. We loved the log burning hot tub unde  …see more

from £110 / night

£660 - £910 / week

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from £110 / night

(17) Excellent 

19

Apartment rental in Nerja with shared pool

Nerja / Torrecilla Beach

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic apartment” Antonella met us and let us leave our luggage in the apartment before the apartment was ready for us, she was very helpful. the apartment is fantastic with a beautiful view from the balcony it is also very close to everything in N  …see more

from £52 / night

£363 / week

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from £52 / night

(25) Excellent 

13

Holiday cottage in Hayfield

Peak District National Park / Hayfield

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Ideal for walkers, cyclists, and sightseers, Kinder Path Cottage in the Peak District is recently refurbished and fully equipped. it has a lovely sunny aspect with beautiful views over Hayfield village and is a few yards from a popular track leading up to Kinder Scout.  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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(43) Excellent 

21

Cottage rental in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely” Really cosy traditional cottage...very warm ..extremely comfortable bed ...very relaxing break and everything on your doorstep  …see more

from £51 / night

£285 - £700 / week

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from £51 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Coleford

Forest of Dean / Coleford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy cottage in good location” The bedrooms were spacious, comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Location was excellent. The cottage was at the end of a (very narrow) lane, so no through traffic. Table and chairs provided outside on the lawn.  …see more

from £88 / night

£435 - £630 / week

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from £88 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Portpatrick with golf nearby

Dumfries and Galloway / Portpatrick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Beautifully restored, charming 18th Century cottage located in the picturesque unspoilt fishing village of Portpatrick on the Rhinns Peninsula in South West Scotland.<br />A short drive from the Village is The Mull Of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly poin  …see more

from £95 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £95 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Dunbar

East Lothian / Dunbar

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house in an excellent location.” The Granary is a beautiful seaside themed home looking onto the harbor and Bass Rock in the distance. Great location for the beach and local pub and shops with 20 minute train journey into Edinburgh. Lovely  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 - £600 / week

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from £71 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ski
“A superbly positioned apartment for some fantastic skiing” We had a brief 4 day skiing holiday in Chatel staying in this superbly positioned apartment. Its great for the pistes at Super Chatel and Barbossine and a 5 minute drive to Pre La Joux. Barbos  …see more

from £50 / night

£150 - £690 / week

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from £50 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bargemon

Var / Bargemon

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Keep is a delightful, self-catering property dating back to the 12th century and forming part of the ancient ramparts of the charming village of Bargemon, in the Haut-Var region of Provence. Sleeping up to six guests, The Keep is one of only a handful of apartments  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1500 / week

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from £115 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Lismore

County Waterford / Lismore

4 7 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Extremely clean--owner was delightful.” Quiet, safe neighborhood. Terrific for a family. House is very clean. Number of bedrooms great for our whole family. Never heard any noise. Good location for day trips to Waterford, Midleton, Cork.  …see more

from £73 / night

£321 - £635 / week

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from £73 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Llangors holiday barn rental

Brecon / Llangors

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A tip top place to stay in beautiful surroundings” It's hard to write a true reflection of this lovely place because one needs to go and actually enjoy both the barn and the countryside. The photos don't do it justice at all. We visited the barn as a  …see more

from £140 / night

£580 - £950 / week

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from £140 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove / Stoke Pound

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Tv's in bedrooms & living room, shared indoor under floor heated hot-tub. Child friendly and pets welcome.  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £545 / week

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from £70 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Padstow / Tregonce

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful modern property in a peaceful location” We booked this property for week in June to celebrate my Dad's 50th Birthday. The property was stunning and certainly the best that we've stayed in. It was very clean with modern appliances throughout.  …see more

from £150 / night

£900 - £2000 / week

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from £150 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Roseland Peninsula / St Mawes

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Glorious views and beautifully appointed” We spent two wonderful weeks at this apartment during the last week of September and beginning of October. The apartment was beautifully appointed and the owners could not have done more to make you feel welc  …see more

from £120 / night

£555 - £1295 / week

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(19) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club with shared pool, golf nearby

Marbella / Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Peace & tranquility” Spent 2 weeks at this lovely penthouse. A month later I'm still missing my mornings sitting out on the huge terrace gazing at the beautiful view that presents its self to you the first minute on arriving on your first day. The pro  …see more

from £74 / night

£518 - £735 / week

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from £74 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in La Playa de Tauro

Gran Canaria / La Playa de Tauro

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
This large, 3 bedroom villa is the most spectacular in the popular Anfi Tauro complex set in the quiet and idyllic Tauro valley. It is the closest villa to the sea offering uninterrupted sea views and amazing sunsets. Imagine waking up to the sounds of tweeting birds  …see more

from £166 / night

£1566 - £3192 / week

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(58) Very Good 

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Brixham holiday home rental

English Riviera / Brixham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Just perfect!” I stayed in seabird cottage recently with my boyfriend and my parents. As soon as i entered the property i felt at home, Its so welcoming and comfortable,the decor is stylish and modern, without feeling sterile. Most importantly, the co  …see more

from £45 / night

£320 - £700 / week

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from £45 / night