Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (42318)

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 in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant time had by all” The house was really good everything we could have asked for and more.. The Children 14 and 15 were able to go to the beach and the village alone. We love cooking and the house had all the utensils we needed. beds very comfy  …see more

from £85 / night

£375 - £995 / week

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from £85 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Villa rental in Benijofar with shared pool

Province of Alicante / Benijofar

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
This is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern townhouse in an ideal location for families, golfers and sun-seekers alike. This well furnished modern villa overlooks the communal pool on a quiet development. Situated in Monte Azul area of Benijofar close to Cuidad Qu  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Lentran holiday cottage rental

Inverness / Lentran

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
Lentran Farm Courtyard Cottages - Comprises of 4 cottages. A great location for exploring the Highlands!Cottages 1 & 2 have 1 king size and 1 twin bed and sleeps 4. Cottages 3 & 4 have 1 king size, 1 twin and 1 single bed and sleeps 5.  …see more

from £108 / night

£440 - £540 / week

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from £108 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Challock

Kent / Challock

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Tranquil location with lots of space” We really enjoyed our stay at Hop Cottage. Nigel and Wendy made everything perfect and we wanted for nothing, even providing us with yummy duck eggs! The views from the conservatory are beautiful and we spent a go  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £800 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Quinns Rocks

Quinns Rocks / Quinns Beach

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
"La Mer" features a stroll to the Quinns Beaches and the largest rectangle salt water pool available in the northern coastal suburbs. A large villa-style, child friendly holiday home for families and friends up to 6 guests.<br />Enjoy the 180 degrees va  …see more

from £87 / night

£510 - £1204 / week

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from £87 / night

(8) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage rental

County Limerick / Ardpatrick

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely cottage in beautiful setting with very friendly and accommodating hosts” A lovely cottage for two, in a very peaceful location with beautiful views of mountains from lounge. Very nicely furnished and extremely comfortable bed. Owners are real  …see more

from £43 / night

£274 - £325 / week

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from £43 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Oughterard

County Galway / Oughterard

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Great house, great location!” We stayed in this lovely stone house, set in beautiful gardens, for a week with our son and his partner and our 15 month old granddaughter. The house and garden were ideal for both our comfort and enjoyment and the safety  …see more

from £103 / night

£599 - £676 / week

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from £103 / night

(7) Excellent 

17

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

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Isle of Wight / Bonchurch

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“A perfect choice” A delightful cottage, from which we hosted our daughter's wedding at East Dene. We couldn't have picked a better location, helped by superb weather, which enhanced this gem of a property even more.  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £1960 / week

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from £90 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Newlands Valley holiday cottage rental

Keswick / Newlands Valley

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Fabulous!” Spent 2 weeks during June/July, and a fantastic 2 weeks it was. The views are stunning. The cottage is well equipped ,and finished to a high standard. Would love to return! Nice to stay on a real working farm, and the host's are most wel  …see more

from £62 / night

£345 - £495 / week

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from £62 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with indoor pool in Bude

Bude-Stratton / Bude

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Rented tumbles lodge as a surprise holiday for my husbands 60th birthday party with our 3 children and partners and 6 grandchildren. It was perfect especially the pool which was very popular with the children. The house was very spacious wi  …see more

from £280 / night

£1200 - £3600 / week

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from £280 / night

(16) Excellent 

21

Blairmore holiday studio rental

Cowal Peninsula / Blairmore

Studio 2 7 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Car not necessary
“The perfect home away from home” This lovely little flat sitting on the water front at Blairmore was the ideal holiday flat - simply decorated, comfortable bed, great view, excellent kitchen, clothes washer and drier, great shower in bathroom. All th  …see more

from £28 / night

£195 - £295 / week

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from £28 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday home with shared pool, golf nearby in Gleneagles

Auchterarder / Gleneagles

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location and facilities for family break” We travelled to Duchally Lodge for my 60th birthday celebrations. There were three generations, so with three large bedrooms and three bathrooms everyone had their own space. Living accommodation is st  …see more

from £135 / night

£650 - £1495 / week

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from £135 / night

(73) Excellent 

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Holiday cave house in Cortes de Baza

Province of Granada / Cortes de Baza

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 99 km
  • Child friendly
“The Primal Cave Adventure” We travelled with our two friends Dave & Caroline on Wednesday 18th March to our first adventure to The Primal Cave, not knowing what to expect, other than reading the reviews and looking at the photo's. We were greeted by  …see more

from £30 / night

£150 - £280 / week

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from £30 / night

(21) Excellent 

35

Dalfaber ski bungalow to rent.

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,  …see more

from £85 / night

£525 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Great Malvern holiday cottage rental

Malvern Hills / Malvern

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Private garden
“Excellent” Wow what a lovely place and is well worth a visit. The owner met us at property gates to give us the keys, very accommodating and friendly. The house is stunning, pure luxury, all mod cons and very quiet. Was left bread, butter, milk and  …see more

from £140 / night

£630 / week

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from £140 / night

(4) Excellent 

22

Cottage rental in Broadway

Cotswolds / Broadway

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
New for 2016 - 4 star and Gold Award from Visit England. A beautiful Cotswold stone cottage in the heart of Broadway Village. Bumblebee Cottage has been furnished to the highest standard with a contemporary yet cosy feel throughout and lovely private garden. A perfect  …see more

from £115 / night

£805 / week

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from £115 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Alnwick

Northumberland / Alnwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Great week in Alwick” Percy Cottages are ideally located for seeing all in Alnwick which in itself a great town to visit. Very friendly owners and cottage finished to a good standard and good instructions and information in the property, ideal break a  …see more

from £110 / night

£410 - £815 / week

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from £110 / night

(7) Excellent 

15

Cawsand holiday apartment accommodation

Cornwall / Cawsand

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful location, home from home” The location is fabulous and really we could have just stayed in Cawsand all week! The house is clean, comfortable and perfect with the owner on hand at all times. The walk to the beach and town is quite steep so d  …see more

from £80 / night

£365 - £475 / week

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from £80 / night

15

Hautes-Alpes / Pelvoux

2 4 Min stay varies

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

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from £48 / night

£231 - £504 / week

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from £48 / night

(21) Excellent 

17

Kirkby Lonsdale holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing holiday rental - everything you could possibly need is here” The cottage was the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in. It was just amazing. We will definitely be back. It is a great place for a large family. We hired 2 next door  …see more

from £129 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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from £129 / night

(20) Very Good 

35

Cottage rental in Instow

Bideford / Instow

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
ROSEMARY COTTAGE - Westleigh, North Devon Coast Get away from all of the stresses of modern life to the wonderful peace and tranquility of the picture postcard village of Westleigh, near Instow, Bideford. Set in the rolling Devon hills with views of the Torridge Estuar  …see more

from £125 / night

£775 - £1390 / week

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from £125 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Franschhoek holiday cottage rental

Franschhoek / Winelands

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Luxury 1882 thatched cottage in a calm residential area in Franschhoek. 225 sqm on 750 sqm lanscaped property. Pool in garden. Mountain views. Master suite with huge terrasse and outdoor tub. Closed garage.Fully equipped to highest standart. Free WIFI & Platinum DS  …see more

from £223 / night

£1539 - £1624 / week

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from £223 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Fauquembergues

Fauquembergues / Thiembronne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic stay” Just returned from a lovely week at this fab gite. The owners are so accommodating and welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The gite was perfect for us, a family of 5. Had list of space, was very clean and tidy and had everything w  …see more

from £50 / night

£320 - £518 / week

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from £50 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Assos

Cephalonia / Assos

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Ideal” Assos is deservedly known as one of the best places in Kefalonia. On top of that, Blue Note House has the best location in Assos. Simply can not ask for more.  …see more

from £191 / night

£885 - £2752 / week

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from £191 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Newborough holiday cottage rental

Newborough / Rhosyr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Our Little Hide Away..........” This wonderful lodge Isa, is a very special place to us. It is our escape, a place to relax, chill out and kick back. Our dogs love it here, so much space to run around in, a toasty log burning fire for cosy evenings in  …see more

from £71 / night

£480 - £790 / week

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from £71 / night

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Province of South Tyrol / Scena

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £68 / night

£473 / week

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from £68 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Coulaures

Dordogne / Coulaures

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic place! You will simply never want to leave!!” Le Marronnier is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility. A fabulous barn conversion lovingly undertaken with great attention to detail throughout providing for an exceptionally comfortable  …see more

from £130 / night

£500 - £3000 / week

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from £130 / 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 £86 / night

£231 - £424 / week

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from £86 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Castletownshend holiday home rental

Castletownshend / Toe Head

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Spacious property in a stunning location, facing out to sea with magnificent sea views. Peaceful rural setting with large garden, terrace and indoor dining areas. Sandy beach half a mile away. Ideal for families. Ideal location for fishing and other activities.<  …see more

from £80 / night

£556 - £770 / week

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from £80 / night

(37) Excellent 

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St Ives holiday home rental

Cornwall / St Ives

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Beautifully appointed house in St. Ives” I spent a wonderful New Year's holiday with my husband, two children and parents at Gwithians Reach. The house is beautifully and comfortably furnished, the kitchen nicely kitted-out, and there is a lovely vie  …see more

from £100 / night

£695 - £1995 / week

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from £100 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Silverdale

Lake District / Silverdale

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“Home from home” We spent a wonderful week in this comfortable and well equipped cottage. The cottage is well situated for many lovely walks and close to Leighton Moss RSPB site. The village has a small Co-op, a pharmacy and several pubs - so if you  …see more

from £53 / night

£370 - £575 / week

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from £53 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in La Caleta

Adeje / La Caleta

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely perfect, peaceful, relaxing and great location.” This is the second time we have stayed in this villa and would do so again. Its location is perfect, 50m from the restaurants and the beautiful sea front of the fishing village La Calleta.  …see more

from £175 / night

£1200 - £1400 / week

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from £175 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Tenterden

Kent / Tenterden

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“lovely” This is a beautifull 3 bed cottage in the ideal location for visiting places in Kent. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay, as well as being close to all the amenities in Tenterden. I would highly recommend this property  …see more

from £185 / night

£395 - £675 / week

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from £185 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Budoni / Limpiddu

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“a perfect view to the mountains and the ocean from a great garden” wonderful beach, nice apartment with an awesome garden, a good posibilty for an barbecue really good place for all kinds of trips  …see more

from £28 / night

£195 - £430 / week

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from £28 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Home rental in Isle of Portland

Dorset / Isle of Portland

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
A contemporary, spacious house with private off-road parking. Situated in a central position on the lower part of the island, makes it ideal for guests visiting the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy or the Jurrassic Coastline. Ideal for small groups, coup  …see more

from £100 / night

£760 - £1230 / week

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from £100 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Pelynt holiday cottage rental

Looe / Pelynt

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time. The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £800 / week

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from £66 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Haute-Garonne / Aurignac

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
12th century chateau, nr Aurignac, sleeps 12, 6 bedrooms (4 doubles, 2 twin) 4 bathrooms (2 ensuite). WiFi in all rooms. 20 acres of grounds that include mature trees, many species of birds, peaceful, tranquil, swimming pool, summer kitchen.  …see more

from £208 / night

£1450 - £1850 / week

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from £208 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse with golf nearby in Newent

Forest of Dean / Newent

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Exceeded all expectations” The house was in an ideal location in a small and charming town. Great local amenities and walks. The house had everything one could wish for. A real home from home. Very comfortable. Can't wait to go back. The location o  …see more

from £125 / night

£475 - £850 / week

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from £125 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bamford

Hope Valley / Bamford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Amazing” Absolutely spotless. A home away from home and the location is fabulous. Can't wait to go back again  …see more

from £95 / night

£425 - £790 / week

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from £95 / night