Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (42431)

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 barn in Mayfield

East Sussex / Mayfield

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Newly refurbished 3 bedroom holiday cottage in the rural countryside setting of East Sussex with views over adjoining fields and woodland, The property is accessed from meres lane between Five Ashes and the historic village of Mayfield and is situated down a long driv  …see more

from £95 / night

£650 - £895 / week

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from £95 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Sutton-on-Sea

Lincolnshire / Sutton-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Miss” Loved every min , the place is beautiful and well looked after Thank you so much for the lovely stay  …see more

from £70 / night

£495 - £635 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

24

Minchinhampton holiday cottage rental

Stroud / Minchinhampton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
country views, romantic break Cotswolds, honeymoon Cotswolds,walking holiday Cotswolds, Brimscombe, Stroud, Nailsworth, Minchinhampton, Tetbury, Badminton Horse trials, Gatcombe Eventing, Cheltenham Gold Cup, vacation gloucestershire  …see more

from £114 / night

£650 - £999 / week

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from £114 / night

(58) Very Good 

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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
“Perfect getaway” This is a fantastic apartment in a great location. The website photos looked good but it was even better in reality. Spacious well equipped, comfortable and convenient. This gave me the escape I was looking for. I felt pampered and re  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £1430 / week

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from £55 / night

12

Holiday chalet rental

Haute-Vienne / Nexon

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Set in 2 ha of private grounds and Quiet Valley set in the Park Perigord Limousin Close to all amenities Porcelain City of Limoges (airport) 1 of 3 Houses, with 3 bedrooms ensuite Fishing Permitted on Lake Walking, Cycling (Bike Hire ) Relax by the pool with Family or  …see more

from £128 / night

£450 - £670 / week

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from £128 / night

(8) Excellent 

19

Holiday home in Coverack

Cornwall / Coverack

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic house, we have already booked again for next year.” Wonderful, comfortable, child friendly house. We had six adults and two children under four in our party, the house was well equipped with plenty of space. Wonderful garden with spectacu  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £1695 / week

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from £85 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Soldeu

Canillo Parish / Soldeu

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic!” We recently returned from Soldeu and stayed at the apartment (El Clos) and it was a fantastic experience. A huge thanks to Gary for being so helpful. The apartment now has fast internet and this is a huge improvement to the last time we st  …see more

from £180 / night

£700 - £1450 / week

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from £180 / night

(3) Excellent 

22

Ski apartment to rent in Davos Klosters

Klosters / Davos Klosters

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely wonderful!” We had the pleasure to stay at Chalet Arve for a week over Christmas (December 2015). The apartment is in a superb location in the center of Klosters, walking distance to everything including the train station, main supermarket  …see more

from £122 / night

£848 - £2967 / week

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from £122 / night

(31) Excellent 

21

Corfe Castle holiday cottage rental

Isle of Purbeck / Corfe Castle

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful cottage in great location” Three generations of us stayed at Wissett Cottage and we all loved it. It's a beautiful character cottage, spacious, tastefully furnished and very comfortable. It has a well equipped kitchen for us to cook our own  …see more

from £75 / night

£390 - £990 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Husinish

Isle of Harris / Husinish

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Unique location with spectacular views over white sandy beaches, mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most peaceful settings on the island of Harris. Our well equipped and recently modernised home make for a truly magical holiday experience.<br />Ideal for  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(13) Very Good 

19

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
“A great family weekend in a beautiful, well appointed and spacious family friendly house” The service we received from the owner and house manager could not be faulted. Coriander Beach House is a stunning, large family house. Extremely spacious accom  …see more

from £300 / night

£3000 - £30000 / week

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from £300 / night

(7) Very Good 

15

Crail holiday bungalow rental

Fife / Crail

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Very good accommodation in Crail” Really enjoyed stay over Xmas period. Property really very good Crail delightful village Ideal position for the East Neuk of Fife  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £800 / week

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from £75 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wilmcote

Warwickshire / Wilmcote

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Second stay just as special as the first! A real treasure.” After a short stay at The Cider House in April 2013, we booked The Cider House for two weeks in October 2014 as a base from which to explore the countryside as well as a two-day trip to Live  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £90 / night

(58) Excellent 

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Marazion holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Marazion

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Car not necessary
“Bliss!” Stayed for 5 nights and wanted to stay longer. Shame about the weather but to be honest we didn't go for the weather. We went for a break and it definately ticked all the boxes. Stunning location, cottage, 5* service......we couldn't fault a  …see more

from £57 / night

£399 - £1125 / week

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from £57 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cedros holiday home rental

Faial Island / Cedros

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Private garden
This beautifully renovated stone cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Hidden amid rolling green countryside with views of the sea and neighbouring islands, birdsong fills the garden and the rest of the world seems far away. Make the most  …see more

from £64 / night

£424 - £530 / week

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from £64 / night

(15) Very Good 

17

Holiday cottage in Fifield

Oxfordshire / Fifield

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Well located and peacful” Beautiful little cottage surrounded by the gardens of the main (owners)house. Our 4 dogs were made very welcome and with a secure garden we could let them loose without problems.Well located in the heart of the best part of t  …see more

from £75 / night

£410 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(28) 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
“Great place to escape the city!” Charming and spacious converted barn with everything you need, beautiful surroundings, perfectly located for those who like to walk/hike. Lots of local info from the owners in advance of the trip which was very helpfu  …see more

from £140 / night

£580 - £950 / week

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from £140 / night

(72) Excellent 

26

Whitby holiday cottage rental

Scarborough District / Whitby

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” Lovely property, ideally situated for Whitby. Decor and furnishings of a very good standard. Slight negative, creaky floorboards on the top floor, which ordinarily wouldn't be an issue, but as a family of 7, things were a little snug. Would love  …see more

from £100 / night

£575 - £780 / week

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from £100 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Haut-Rhin / Osenbach

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £94 / night

£526 - £755 / week

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from £94 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in St. Margaret's Hope

South Ronaldsay / St Margaret's Hope

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Idyllic setting” Spotless and well equipped cottage. Instructions very clear and comprehensive. I would have no hesitation in recommending to this delightful cottage to others  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £425 / week

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from £60 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Ballater

Aberdeenshire / Ballater

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Tigh an darroch ballater” Cannot fault the bungalow or the owner, the bungalow was perfect,very spacious and we didn't want for anything during our stay,the owner quickly replied to emails and went out of her way to make sure my party had everything f  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude-Stratton / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Sally” This cottage was ideal for our needs, lovely location, it had everything we needed. Nice and cozy and warm, with comfortable furniture and fixtures. Yvonne and John have their work cut out trying to maintaining the grounds and the other 4 cott  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Servies-en-Val

Aude / Servies-en-Val

5 14 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Serene” Have visited the property twice, both during druing the summer months, once as a couple and once with children. We found the house spacious, cool and very relaxing. The location means you are away from the noise of the city but still close eno  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £2300 / week

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from £272 / night

(17) Excellent 

25

Semoussac holiday gite rental

Charente-Maritime / Semoussac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
“Friendly,relaxing home from home” Spent a very enjoyable & peaceful two weeks at La Vielle Grange. The gite was spacious & very well equipped with everything you need. A wonderful terrace room looked out on the lovely, large garden & pool with a vie  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ile de Re / Sainte Marie de Re

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £74 / night

£517 - £1060 / week

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from £74 / night

(21) Very Good 

28

Holiday townhouse with golf nearby in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

8 18 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Good size, great location, lovely house” 11 of us stayed Friday-Sunday. There was a good space outside for parking as we had 4 cars between us which all fitted fine. When we arrived the house was spotless and we even had a bottle of prosecco left for  …see more

from £150 / night

£850 - £3970 / week

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from £150 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Barnes Ghaut

Nevis / Barnes Ghaut

4 6 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Large spacious house with beautiful scenery” The house for just beautiful, great scenery and what a view! The staff was wonderful. The road is horrible and it is getting worse everyone says. Pretty dangerous in some spots. It takes 15 minutes to get t  …see more

from £192 / night

£1320 - £1440 / week

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from £192 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Jura / Lons-le-Saunier

2 6 Min stay varies

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

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from £85 / night

£229 - £420 / week

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from £85 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Glencoe Village ski cottage to rent.

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Brilliant” The location of the cottage is ideal for days out and about in glenco Oban or fortwilliam plenty to do Also the cottage is a great place to relax and wind down every thing you need and more. Well maintained a credit to Gabrielia & Geo  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £635 / week

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from £95 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Melplash

Bridport / Melplash

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fabulous Roe Barn” Spent another fabulous time at Roe Barn in Dorset. The accommodation was outstanding as last year. Hope to return very soon.  …see more

from £93 / night

£414 - £1129 / week

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from £93 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Bas-Rhin / Mollkirch

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £85 / night

£475 - £564 / week

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from £85 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Marathokampos

Sámos / Marathokampos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
BEACH HOUSE - PRIVATE LIVING ON THE SEA The house is on the most beautiful and most tranquil bay in Samos Island in an area called Velanidia (declared natura area) of Ormos village in Marathokampos. Ormos village is a traditional fishing village with a small port for  …see more

from £56 / night

£386 - £594 / week

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from £56 / night

(29) Excellent 

19

Holiday home in Matlock Bath

Matlock / Matlock Bath

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Mrs” Lovely comfortable, clean house, well equipped with all facilities including games and linen. Lovely welcoming messages. Good communication. We couldnt have asked for anywhere better for a family get together.  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Benllech

Anglesey / Benllech

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” What a great find this place was! The property is absolutely immaculate and in a nice quiet location. Had great fun for the week we stayed and the weather was good. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends! I wish all properties we  …see more

from £80 / night

£399 - £740 / week

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from £80 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude-Stratton / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Eceptional five star barn.” It was our first stay at the barn and we stayed for 7 nights. The owners were fantastic hosts, with a great welcome and milk and juice ready on arrival. The barn has a great layout with enough space for me, my husband and d  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

(16) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Ilminster

Somerset / Ilminster

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
Lovely 2 bed cottage in the grounds of our thatched farmhouse with hot tub! Luxury fittings. Situated in a pretty Somerset village with beautiful views and complete tranquility and yet only 10 minutes from local Market towns. Hot tub, fabulous walking, great local pub  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £960 / week

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from £70 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Sanary-sur-Mer holiday home rental

Var / Sanary-sur-Mer

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect accomodation” A beautiful, romantic house in close proximity to coastal cliffs. Very well equipped - very good mattresses, very good kitchen facilities, beautiful, well-kept garden and a beautiful pool. Here's something for everyone! And per  …see more

from £158 / night

£1102 - £2755 / week

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from £158 / night

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Middle Franconia / Roth

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

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from £75 / night

£463 / week

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from £75 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Castlegregory

Dingle Peninsula / Castlegregory

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Quiet and well equipped” Ignore the map when looking at this property, it's not accurate. The directions are good though and you can find it on Google earth. It has a lovely view of mountains and countryside. At times the weather was awful but it was  …see more

from £55 / night

£382 - £594 / week

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from £55 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cemaes Bay

Anglesey / Cemaes Bay

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“peace and tranquility” Very nice owners who made us feel welcome and explained how things worked without going over the top. A. very nice welcoming property, as it was March. We just wanted a quiet and peaceful few days break away from our everyday l  …see more

from £45 / night

£285 - £470 / week

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from £45 / night