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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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(27) Excellent 

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Kirkby Lonsdale holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing” Our 17th visit to the meadows, so must love it! :) What's not to love? Lark and Top Meadow are fabulous! Top Meadow has simply one of the best views anywhere. This is our 4th time at Top Meadow. We stayed with friends, wanted for nothing
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from £139 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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from £139 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday penthouse with shared pool in Makry-Gialos

Lasithi Prefecture / Makry-Gialos

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Quiet location and wonderful veiws” We were there in the off season for 3 weeks and the area was very quiet. The staff at the resort were friendly and helpful. On arrival we found the apartment was clean, well equipped and cozy. Great furniture on t
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from £45 / night

£300 - £475 / week

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from £45 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Stockland

Axminster / Stockland

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“February stay” We have had a great time. The cottage was beautiful and furnished well. Great kitchen with everything you could need. The owners were friendly and most helpful. It was a great place to relax and unwind. We will definitely be making
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from £60 / night

£295 - £785 / week

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avg. 3 hours 24 minutes

from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Brockenhurst

New Forest / Brockenhurst

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £86 / night

£600 - £850 / week

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from £86 / night

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Home rental in Agnac with shared pool

Dordogne / Agnac

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £39 / night

£273 - £585 / week

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from £39 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Villa rental in Santa Maria Estate with swimming pool

Mellieha / Santa Maria Estate

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Superb spacious villa” Lovely villa within walkable distance of sea and shops. We were a party of 11 and had hired cars and with supermarket about a mile away it was perfect. Karen, the owner, and her family couldn't have been more helpful as we were
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from £351 / night

£1755 - £3360 / week

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from £351 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in New Seabury

Cape Cod / New Seabury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect vacation” We enjoyed our vacation in this holiday home very much. We found everything we needed and it was perfect. Our little son (1,5 years old) loved the garden and the nice beaches in the surrounding area. The supermarket and the restauran
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from £147 / night

£790 - £2139 / week

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(14) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Alozaina

Province of Malaga / Alozaina

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous villa, fantastic views” Very helpful owner from start to finish. A wonderful villa with everything you need for a great holiday. Views were tremendous, very pretty area, friendly locals and not too far from local amenities. Villa was spotl
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from £95 / night

£525 - £1280 / week

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(6) Very Good 

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Gite rental in Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne

Ardeche / Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £45 / night

£266 / week

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from £45 / night

(6) Excellent 

23

Home rental in Fayence with swimming pool

Var / Fayence

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £304 / night

£2124 - £2478 / week

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from £304 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Bognor Regis holiday cottage rental

Arun District / Bognor Regis

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Cottage” This cottage was lovely so well equipped and tea and coffee milk to get us started. Bed really comfy and peaceful night's sleep had thanks to it being in a private road. Cosy and warm. Parking could be and issue but vouchers supplied
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from £45 / night

£325 - £595 / week

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Bezenac holiday home rental

Dordogne / Bezenac

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £191 / night

£930 - £2045 / week

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from £191 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Rhosneigr holiday home rental

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Anglesey Short Break” Excellent few days at the beach house, ideally located for amenities and the beach. Easy to find and the welcome pack ensured that we had no queries.
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from £85 / night

£475 - £740 / week

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avg. 2 hours 4 minutes

from £85 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Burry Port

Carmarthenshire / Burry Port

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“The cottage was exactly what we wanted” Our stay at the cottage was a great experience. The close proximity to the shore allowed us to take some amazing walks without using the car, It had everything we needed, including the woodburner which made the
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from £50 / night

£280 - £715 / week

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Lahinch

County Clare / Lahinch

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £89 / night

£177 - £576 / week

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avg. 1 hour 47 minutes

from £89 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Solden ski apartment to rent.

Tirol / Solden

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent family Christmas in Zwieselstein” Travelled to Zwieselstein for 12 days over Christmas 2011. Have never spent Christmas away from home before, and we were not dissapointed. The apartment was spacious and well appointed. The view of the villa
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from £130 / night

£750 - £1400 / week

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from £130 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Blairgowrie

Perth and Kinross / Blairgowrie

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“We are loving it. . . . Can we please move in!!” We are part way through our stay and we love it here. No need for photos or long explanations, this house is exactly as it says on the tin with cherries on top!! Beds are so comfy, the whole place is sp
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from £140 / night

£980 - £1400 / week

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from £140 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Bonchurch

Ventnor / Bonchurch

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Details to be aware of” Stable Cottage is in a lovely location and is well presented, clean and modern but has a few surprising omissions such as a microwave, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board although some of these are available in a shared laundr
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from £150 / night

£900 - £1990 / week

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(78) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Second time here” This is the second time here and been absolutely brilliant good fishing days to and quite a lot caught kids enjoyed themselves to and Kim the owner helped us with any questions we asked her during our stay would recommend this place
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from £85 / night

£550 - £950 / week

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from £85 / night

(31) 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
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from £90 / night

£440 - £520 / week

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(19) Very Good 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Sheringham

Norfolk / Sheringham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Sunset Corner” A fantastic time spent at Sunset Corner. Cottage extremely well equipped a real home from home. Excellent location close to all amenities. Used the local Coast Hopper bus service to visit other coastal attractions. Would certainly recom
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from £100 / night

£725 - £800 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Brantome

Dordogne / Brantome

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Great holiday, beautiful location in terrific Gite” Our family really enjoyed our stay at La Maison d'Amis near Brantome. The Gite was very welcoming, well equipped and nicely furnished with generously sized rooms all in a beautiful setting in the gro
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from £83 / night

£620 - £885 / week

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from £83 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“fantastic!” I visited Ty Haf and Llandudno during Eastern. The homeowners are very kind and willing to welcome their guests. The cottage is fully equipped and has amazing views over the North Promenade, Great and Little Orme. You can see the sheep go
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from £70 / night

£300 - £660 / week

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avg. 35 minutes

from £70 / night

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Ilfracombe

Devon / Ilfracombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £60 / night

£285 - £584 / week

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(51) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Ceredigion / Borth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Magical place” Just had a lovely weekend with my dog at this very special place. The top room is very romantic and you can sit in the bath and watch the waves. The house is furnished comfortably and thoughtfully. It's like home from home. Superb se
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from £100 / night

£840 - £1610 / week

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avg. 2 hours 35 minutes

from £100 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Qala

Island of Gozo / Qala

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent, tasteful and modern apartment in a good location.” Excellent, outstanding apartment. Price was slightly higher when compared to other rentals but it was well-worth every penny. We found the apartment in a spotless condition. There was no
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from £98 / night

£620 - £1023 / week

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from £98 / night

(61) Excellent 

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Home rental in Valley

Anglesey / Valley

7 18 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Views” I have just spent 4 nights at Trefonen House With my family to celebrate my birthday. We had an amazing time. The house was beautiful with gorgeous sea views. The younger members (and some of the older ones) thoroughly enjoyed the
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from £232 / night

£1497 - £3999 / week

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from £232 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge in South Cerney

Cotswolds / South Cerney

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Great find for the whole family no matter what the age” Really exceeded all expectations, the house was lovely and fitted 6 in quite comfortably, along with our two dogs. Our lake was one of the smaller ones which made it much more personal experien
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from £100 / night

£790 - £990 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Positano

Amalfi Coast / Positano

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £262 / night

£1585 - £2253 / week

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from £262 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Cascastel-des-Corbieres holiday home rental

Aude / Cascastel-des-Corbieres

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely wonderful apartment” The minute we arrived at Le gecko we instantly felt comfortable. The apartment was very modern and well equipped with lovely furnishings, Myself and my family loved the relaxing TV room on the top floor where we would
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from £53 / night

£369 - £461 / week

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from £53 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Tsilivi

Zakynthos / Tsilivi

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful, comfortable villa with magnificent views.” We stayed in this lovely villa in July/Aug. it delivered everything promised and more. It is well equipped and comfortable with a brilliant outside area with pool and outstanding views over Tsilivi
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from £100 / night

£600 - £1600 / week

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from £100 / night

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Holiday gite in Dieulefit

Drome / Dieulefit

4 9 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £142 / night

£753 / week

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avg. 3 hours 13 minutes

from £142 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Vilamoura

Quarteira / Vilamoura

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“lovely” On arrival we found the appartment very clean and comfertable. Was met and showed around. Having stayed at Al sakia twice before we knew the surroundings and what to expect. We do like it here from the large swimming pool, restuarant, and loc
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from £160 / night

£912 - £2142 / week

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from £160 / night

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Ski home to rent in Kluszkowce

Lesser Poland Province / Kluszkowce

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski

from £89 / night

£531 - £1496 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Schull

County Cork / Schull

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Stylish, comfortable and fully equipped” We stay in Schull every year and this is the best cottage we have rented, recently painted and decorated its bright, comfortable, & has a cosy fire although we were too warm in June! My son and baby daughter
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from £71 / night

£310 - £819 / week

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avg. 3 hours 15 minutes

from £71 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne holiday home rental

Savoie / Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Mr” Fantastic apartments. Fantastic location. Fantastic communication from owners. Highly recommended. Fantastic.
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from £151 / night

£753 - £930 / week

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from £151 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Lossiemouth

Moray / Lossiemouth

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Child friendly
“Loved our stay” What a beautiful caravan in an excellent location. The caravan had everything we needed plus extras, such as a high chair and travel cot for our baby supplied as standard. Jim has left a huge selection of DVDs in the livingroom drawer,
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from £57 / night

£423 - £561 / week

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avg. 1 hour 28 minutes

from £57 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Dunster holiday cottage rental

Exmoor National Park / Dunster

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Gorgeous cottage” Lovely and warm. Very comfortable. Beautiful area. We had a lovely time here. Travelled with husband and four little children. All well catered for. Thank you x
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from £65 / night

£375 - £895 / week

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from £65 / night

(6) Very Good 

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St. Andrews holiday home rental

Fife / St Andrews

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic House for Large Family Gathering” Fantastic property for those with a large family or wanting to entertain. We travelled back from the UAE and utilised the house as a family of 4 but had a few evenings with additional family and friends and
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from £220 / night

£1000 - £1700 / week

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from £220 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in St Merryn

Padstow / St Merryn

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely place to chill.” Really loved the place. hoping to stay again but with the children next time. We were well looked after and it did us the world of good.
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from £55 / night

£315 - £3470 / week

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