Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (42388)

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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Cottage rental in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay and really helpful owners!” Just returned from a two week stay at the delightful Valerian Cottage with my wife and daughters (aged 6 and 4). The cottage is beautifully presented and extremely comfortable - more like a proper hom  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £80 / 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
“Excellent holiday home.” We spent a most relaxing and enjoyable week in this lovely holiday home which was tasefully decorated and had absolutely everything we needed including television and internet access. It has a lovely big garden at the rear a  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Carcassonne holiday home rental

Aude / Carcassonne

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Very relaxing holiday in fantastic accomodation located in a beautiful part of France.” Extremely well appointed converted barn, modernised to the highest standard. Superb rooftop terrace overlooking Vineyards in the foreground and rolling hills in th  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £1000 / week

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from £100 / night

(6) Excellent 

22

Ski apartment to rent in Areches

Beaufort / Areches

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Super place, lovely town, pretty valley!” A lovely apartment on 2 levels with good facilities, and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. A great lounge with a super views, and very quiet at the end of the road with no passing traffic. A very traditional bui  …see more

from £44 / night

£248 - £832 / week

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from £44 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Velez de Benaudalla holiday apartment rental

Velez de Benaudalla / Las Terrazas del Jardin Nazari

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Fantastic holiday apartment in the Spanish Costa Tropical. Situated on a luxury gated development in the heart of Velez de Benaudalla, just 15 mins from the beach or just over 1 hour to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unspoilt location in a lively village. Car recommended.  …see more

from £26 / night

£182 / week

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from £26 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Home rental in Lower Largo with golf nearby

Fife / Lower Largo

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent” All way from booking to leaving this property we were all 100% satisfied. The house was very comfortable and appointed. One of our party is a wheelchair user and even they agreed it was a comfortable stay away from home....beds super comfy!  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £895 / week

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from £150 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Pezenas holiday villa rental

Herault / Pezenas

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“One of the best holiday rentals we've stayed in!” We stayed at Les Vignes Anciennes for two weeks in June, & as usual experienced both trepidation and excitement prior to our arrival. Once inside the property we explored with growing delight. This vil  …see more

from £90 / night

£565 - £1659 / week

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from £90 / night

(33) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Ballycastle

County Antrim / Ballycastle

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
The Lodge offers the best of both worlds: an opportunity to rest and unwind and/or to engage with the vibrant events and life of the Causeway Coast and Glens. Situated between the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede, this is a place to feed the soul.<br />Guests fr  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £325 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

22

Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on  …see more

from £95 / night

£257 - £556 / week

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from £95 / night

(4) Very Good 

12

Playa de Mogan holiday apartment rental

Mogan / Playa de Mogan

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent apartment” This apartment is extremely well equipped and conveniently situated to the beach and the shops. We stayed for 25 days and as it had all the appliances, house contents and kitchen equipment we could wish for our holiday was stress  …see more

from £75 / night

£521 - £784 / week

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from £75 / night

(16) Excellent 

22

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 £159 / night

£1112 - £2778 / week

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from £159 / night

(13) Excellent 

23

Holiday barn in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“The most perfect retreat for a couple” The pictures on the sites don't do this place any justice. It is so perfectly decorated, designed and furnished. I almost didn't make it to spout barn due to extreme weather conditions. When I phoned the owner sh  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £460 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Ardeche / Les Vans

2 5 Min stay varies

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

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from £39 / night

£227 - £642 / week

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from £39 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Puerto Calero

Lanzarote / Puerto Calero

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
VILLA JOLE has Private Pool, Aircon (coin operatedand )a BRAND NEW TOP OF THE RANGE HOT TUB to Enjoy The Fantastic All Year Round WeatherGreat Location With All Amenities including the world class marina within A 5 Minute Walk Or 5 Minute Drive Further A Field.Sleeps 8  …see more

from £227 / night

£1395 - £2155 / week

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from £227 / night

(32) Excellent 

19

Holiday penthouse rental

Cornwall / Newquay

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful place to see In the new year!” Stayed at the Rocket apartment with a large group of couples to see in 2015. We were all stunned by the beautiful views from the apartment, from almost every room you could see the beautiful Cornish Coast! The  …see more

from £230 / night

£995 - £3050 / week

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(4) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

4 11 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Great for family and friend gatherings. Located only 7 miles from Stirling, in Central Scotland, and conveniently located for many visitor attractions, including Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond. Corshill Cottage offers high quality self-catering accommodation within wha  …see more

from £205 / night

£835 - £1690 / week

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from £205 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“I would recommend this flat to anyone” This is a very comfortable and thoughtfully equipped flat, in the heart of Ambleside. it is tucked away in a quiet location, but with great views, and lovely walks right from the door. Ambleside has interesting s  …see more

from £85 / night

£475 - £715 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

19

Descartes holiday gite accommodation

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful gites in a perfect setting with first class hosts!” Spotless, stylish, comfortable, airy, spacious and modern accommodation with all the facilities, gadgets, games and bikes you will need while on holiday. A peaceful location surrounded b  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £990 / week

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from £75 / night

(23) Excellent 

12

Holiday apartment rental

City of Venice / Venice

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Awesome apartment!” Home from home in Venice! Massimo was an awesome host taking the time to show us the places we shouldn't miss and recommending places to eat and visit. The apartment is very well located 10 mins walk to rialto and not much further  …see more

from £77 / night

£653 / week

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from £77 / night

(40) Excellent 

32

Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1300 / week

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from £135 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Perranarworthal

Truro / Perranarworthal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
The most recent barn conversion at "CORNISH BARN HOLIDAYS" A two storey barn conversion that we have converted from the original cow shed and hay loft beside the main farm house. Totally private and quiet, there are only the two of us living in the main far  …see more

from £120 / night

£390 - £790 / week

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from £120 / night

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Meuse / Ligny-en-Barrois

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £95 / night

£665 - £850 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Excellent 

63

Villa rental in Montepulciano with swimming pool

Province of Siena / Montepulciano

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 115 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Bossona is an impressive villa which dates back to the eighteenth century. Ideal for quiet and relaxing holidays it is located in the sweet Montepulciano hills few minutes from the town. A small church with an enchanting bell tower is preserved in its original for  …see more

from £513 / night

£3334 - £3676 / week

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from £513 / night

(11) Excellent 

26

Zell am See ski apartment to rent.

Zell am See / Zellermoos

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“A great place in a great location for a winter holiday.” Beautifully appointed and very comfortable apartment with fantastic south facing views catching the afternoon sun. Very well located for the Zell am See and Kaprun ski areas both downhill and cr  …see more

from £88 / night

£600 - £930 / week

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from £88 / night

(46) Very Good 

24

Cottage rental in Bonsall

Matlock / Bonsall

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a friendly village in a beautiful part of our country.” This cottage is spacious, comfortable, a little quirky and very well equipped. We stayed for New Year, with some other friends staying nearby in another holiday cottage. On comp  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £55 / night

(1) Excellent 

19

Holiday cottage in Buckie

Buckie / Findochty

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
The house: in a stunning location in Findochty, right on a small secluded sandy beach, built in 1873 as two fishermen's cottages, and now joined together to form a beautifully and fully renovated 4 bedroom family home. Inside: on the upper floor you will find th  …see more

from £78 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £78 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Trearddur Bay holiday apartment rental

Anglesey / Trearddur Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Situated only a few minutes stroll away from the well known village of Trearddur Bay, Valley Lodge is a luxurious Ground Floor apartment that we have fully refurbished early in 2015, it is located in private grounds with well kept Communal Garden Areas. The nearest cov  …see more

from £74 / night

£390 - £685 / week

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from £74 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Argyll and Bute / Inveraray

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
An immaculately and unique 18th century detached gate lodge full of character and charm. The cottage is surrounded by forest walks & cycle tracks. Inveraray the traditional county town of Argyll is 3 miles away. The beach is only a few minutes walk.<br />The R  …see more

from £56 / night

£390 - £610 / week

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from £56 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Portrush holiday apartment rental

County Antrim / Portrush

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant apartment with lovely decor” I booked this apartment not knowing where it would be. Easy to find, clean and beautiful decor. My boyfriend and I had a brilliant time here and I would like to book this again for a long weekend in Belfast.  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £520 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Essonne / Milly-la-Foret

1 5 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£257 - £342 / week

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from £52 / 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 £194 / night

£1331 - £1452 / week

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from £194 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Bamburgh holiday apartment accommodation

Northumberland / Bamburgh

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This very attractive purpose built ground floor apartment is situated in a excellent location in the village of Bamburgh, a short walk to the shops and beautiful sandy beach. Furnished and equippment to high standards.  …see more

from £46 / night

£320 - £635 / week

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from £46 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Allonby

Cumbria / Allonby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully appointed and beautiful location” The cottage is beautifully furnished, well thought out and tastefully done. The setting is just as beautiful with a stunning view across the Firth. Stunning, comfortable and great place to stay. Can't w  …see more

from £79 / night

£395 - £645 / week

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from £79 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.9 km
  • Swimming pool
“A pleasant stay” The villa is really nice, the view is great and the ambient is lovely. We also loved the area for barbecueing. If you like to hang out with your friends/family, eat good food and enjoy yourself, this is the place to stay. I recomme  …see more

from £208 / night

£1450 - £2160 / week

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from £208 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Timberland

Lincolnshire / Timberland

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 64 km
  • Private garden
“Brilliant Love to go back anytime.” We he had a great break away although it was only for four days, its was so relaxing, The Low Barn was wonderful with everything we ever needed. Quality of the barn facilities were great and the owner very helpful  …see more

from £61 / night

£250 - £490 / week

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from £61 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Villa rental in Costa Adeje

Adeje / Costa Adeje

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
Magnificent private villa set in hills above exclusive resorts and beaches of Fanabe & Bahia del Duques in Southern Tenerife. Sleeps 10. Large private heated pool. Solarium with sunbeds and parasols. Ocean views. Peaceful and private. Beautiful garden with BBQ.  …see more

from £143 / night

£995 - £2995 / week

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from £143 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in La Salle

Valle d'Aosta / La Salle

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Apartment in a stone-built, fully restored house in the centre village of La Salle to 10 and 20 minutes from Courmayeur and La Thuile.Completely furnished in alpine style, the apartment is composed by living room with wood stove, open kitchen and double sofa bed, tw  …see more

from £103 / night

£471 - £855 / week

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from £103 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Iznajar

Province of Cordoba / Iznajar

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great villa in a perfect location. Everything you want close to everything you need.” A wonderful villa with everything you could possibly need. We arrived very late at night and were met by the owners with a beer and a smile. The start of a great hol  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £325 / week

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from £40 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Cheltenham

Cheltenham / Cheltenham

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic location, beautiful house.” We stayed at Bushcombe House Farm for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period. We were over from Perth Australia and met up with our three grown up children and extended family at the house. It was a bril  …see more

from £250 / night

£1199 - £2000 / week

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from £250 / night

(15) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday cottage rental

Fife / St Monans

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautifully restored cottage by the sea” The cottage has been restored to a very high standard with tasteful decoration and quality furnishings. Enjoyed the log burner and separate snug,spacious for all the family. Stunning views from the window sea  …see more

from £95 / night

£475 - £700 / week

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from £95 / night