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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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Anneth Lowen - Lower Langford barn sleeps 2

Somerset / Lower Langford

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Anneth Lowen [Cornish for 'Happy Home'] is a recently converted self-contained barn within the grounds of Over Langford Manor. It is set in the heart of the North Somerset countryside on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills. The bijou property has all modern conve  …see more

from £79 / night

£525 / week

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(15) Excellent 

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Small hamlet 5* Gold cottages, lovely countryside - Preston cottage sleeps 50

Lancashire / Preston

19 50 3 nights min stay

  • 19 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 32 km; Child friendly ;
Barnacre Cottages are winners of many local and national awards. The first 5* Gold cottages in Lancashire, North West England. Our small, private hamlet of five luxury stone cottages, are in a superb rural setting, fields surrounded by woodland in the Forest of Bowland,  …see more

from £200 / night

£1500 / week

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from £200 / night

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Las Vencias - Fuentiduena villa sleeps 10

Province of Segovia / Fuentiduena

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
The cottage, Las Vencías, is located on the slope of the dam of the same name, formed by the waters of the river Duratón downstream of the Natural Park of the "Hoces del Duratón". This part of the river is between the villages of San Miguel de Bernuy and Fu  …see more

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Saxony / Bad Duben

2 3 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Vine Cottage - Great Eccleston cottage sleeps 4

Lancashire / Great Eccleston

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 13 km; Child friendly ;
Vine Cottage is a charming two bedroom period cottage located in a secluded backwater just a few minutes walk to the centre of the popular village of great eccleston. The charming cottage sleeps up to four people with one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, a cosy lo  …see more

from £83 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £83 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Moorland view barn - Stonelow barn sleeps 8

Baslow / Stonelow

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
The Peak District self catering holiday accommodation is luxurious and offers a fine base for a superb holiday or short break at the heart of the Peak District National Park. The cottage comfortably sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge if you want to squ  …see more

from £83 / night

£575 - £1390 / week

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Province of South Tyrol / Valdaora

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £24 / night

£162 / week

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from £24 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Upper Bavaria / Schoenau am Koenigssee

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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Leiria District / Pataias

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
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from £86 / night

£599 - £778 / week

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from £86 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Daphne's Cottage - Stretton cottage sleeps 4

Rutland / Stretton

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Our comfortable stone built "newly furnished" self catering cottage which Is situated 1/2 mile from the A1 with off road parking. There are 2 Bedrooms with 1 Double Bed and 1 Zip/Link Twin bed, a fully fitted shower room, fully fitted kitchen and comfortable living area  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £1670 / week

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from £60 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Tweed Cottage - Peebles cottage sleeps 3

Borders / Peebles

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 60 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary;
Situated down a quiet close off Peebles High Street. Semi detached , 100 plus year old cottage. Compact , newly refurbished, modern interior . Longer month lets available too. Living room with real log fire. Logs nearby garage .Contemporary Kitchen. Microwave, washi  …see more

from £60 / night

£330 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Brasov County / Rucar

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £171 / night

£1026 - £1445 / week

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from £171 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Primrose Cottage - Hainford cottage sleeps 2

Norfolk / Hainford

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 25 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
One of three very quietly positioned single storey cottages set in 2 acres of the owner's farmhouse grounds situated in the rural Norfolk village of Hainford. The village is centrally located from the City of Norwich, Norfolk Broads or North Norfolk coast and a sho  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 / week

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from £50 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Coach House and Dairy Cottage - Stanwick St John manor house sleeps 12

Richmond / Stanwick St John

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 70 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
The rental price quoted is for the Coach House, which sleeps 10 guests. For larger parties, the Dairy Cottage, which is accessed through the garden of the main house, can also be rented and this increases capacity to up to 13 guests.This very special Grade II listed l  …see more

from £150 / night

£980 - £2200 / week

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(3) Excellent 

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Holly Cottage - Minster Lovell cottage sleeps 6

Witney / Minster Lovell

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOLIDAY LETTINGS AND TRIPADVISOR SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE. THIS IS NOT TRUE. OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL RATES FOR MORE DETAIL) AND PRICES ARE NOT CALCULATED U  …see more

from £94 / night

£658 - £1552 / week

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from £94 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Pier Cottage - Kilcreggan bungalow sleeps 4

Helensburgh / Kilcreggan

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Pier Cottage is situated close to Kilcreggan Pier, the last remaining original Victorian Pier on the Rosneath Peninsula. Over 100 years old, today the Pier operates with a foot passenger ferry only. The cottage is set back from the Pier and sits peacefully in its own gr  …see more

from £110 / night

£495 - £650 / week

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(21) Excellent 

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Thatch End Cottage - Baslow cottage sleeps 10

Peak District National Park / Baslow

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
Thatch End Cottage is a lovingly restored cottage which has been in the same family for over 50 years. Located in the pretty village of Baslow, on the path which leads directly to Chatsworth park, it is ideal for groups of all ages and interests. Whether walking in the  …see more

from £145 / night

£595 - £1350 / week

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(5) Very Good 

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Forge Cottage - Guiting Power cottage sleeps 5

Cotswolds / Guiting Power

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOLIDAY LETTINGS AND TRIPADVISOR SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE. THIS IS NOT TRUE. OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL RATES FOR MORE DETAIL) AND PRICES ARE NOT CALCULATED U  …see more

from £108 / night

£462 - £1056 / week

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from £108 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Hill Cottage - Dovercourt cottage sleeps 6

Essex / Dovercourt

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Hill Cottage is one of many types of accommodation that Valentine Holiday lets manage, with properties to suite all types of Budgets. This pretty cottage has been a private holiday home for more than thirty years and many generations, now it's your chance to see th  …see more

from £77 / night

£539 / week

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from £77 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Nord / Bavay

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Ask about pets;
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from £57 / night

£253 / week

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from £57 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Clachtoll Cottage - Stoer house sleeps 6

Scottish Highlands / Stoer

3 6 6 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 6 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car essential;
The artistic owners have created a house of considerable charm filled with an extensive collection of books, paintings and unusual objects of considerable interest. The interior is extraordinarily comfortable.The house is situated in a stunning location just yards from  …see more

from £133 / night

£800 / week

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from £133 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Tullyvar Cottage - Ballygawley cottage sleeps 10

County Tyrone / Ballygawley

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Child friendly ;
Stunning 5 star cottage with fabulous views of Tyrone Countryside.Tullyvar Cottage is a stunning self-catering cottage decorated to the highest specification. It is located between Ballygawley and Aughnacloy with fabulous mountain views. This is a perfect luxurious coun  …see more

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(29) Excellent 

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The Snug 4 Star Luxury Accommodation - Edinbane studio sleeps 2

Isle of Skye / Edinbane

Studio 2 3 nights min stay

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Situated next door to the main house, The Snug is set in it's own private grounds. From the Snug's large picture windows there are uninterrupted views of the stunning Trotternish Ridge and surrounding hills. During the summer months Golden Eagles can be seen and heard  …see more

from £79 / night

£553 - £623 / week

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from £79 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Kaufungen

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £65 / night

£385 / week

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from £65 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Kinder Path Cottage - Hayfield cottage sleeps 3

Peak District National Park / Hayfield

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed; Private garden;
Ideal for walkers, cyclists, and sightseers, Kinder Path Cottage is recently refurbished and just a few yards from a popular track leading up to Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District. This delightful south-facing cottage blends the contemporary conveni  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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from £65 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Boscrowan (Peace and Plenty) - Penzance barn sleeps 4

Cornwall / Penzance

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Peacefully located on the edge of Penzance, Boscrowan provides a secluded haven whilst offering easy access to Penzance's excellent facilities and Far West Cornwall's many attractions. Peace and Plenty, a reversed level barn conversion that sleeps 4, and Ring  …see more

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Emmy's Cottage - Schoorl cottage sleeps 5

North Holland Province / Schoorl

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Emmy's Cottage is very suitable for tourists who are looking for a private and quiet place at the same time it has the advantage of being close to the centre of Schoorl. By bicycle, you reach the beach in 20 minutes, while the biggest dune area of the Netherlands is clo  …see more

from £99 / night

£492 - £834 / week

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(27) Excellent 

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Mrs Bests Holiday Cottage - Compton Pauncefoot cottage sleeps 8

Somerset / Compton Pauncefoot

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Mrs Bests Holiday Cottage is a beautiful hamstone cottage set in the pretty village of Compton Pauncefoot; a peaceful village of about 25 houses. The cottage was modernized to a high standard in 2011 and has been awarded 4 Stars and a gold award by the Visit Britain for  …see more

from £185 / night

£675 - £1500 / week

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from £185 / night

(33) Excellent 

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The Nest ,Whitby: timeless , romance or a rest. - Castleton cottage sleeps 2

North Yorkshire / Castleton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 13 km; Child friendly ;
The Nest Castleton, near Whitby , Traditional ,cozy, timeless, romantic, all the things you would want on a holiday,The Nest at Castleton North Yorkshire Moors National Park is an 18th century weavers cottage,It is based at the top of Primrose hill, John Wesley is named  …see more

from £65 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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1 Hurstly Cottage, Boldre. Brockenhurst and Lymo - Boldre cottage sleeps 8

New Forest / Boldre

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 7 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Set deep in its own ½ acre south facing garden, off a single track lane in Boldre in the New Forest National Park, this spacious yet cosy luxury cottage is the ideal place for a memorable family holiday, a gathering of friends or a romantic getaway. Full internet acce  …see more

from £325 / night

£950 - £1800 / week

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from £325 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Liddel Water Lodge, Log Cabin, Cumbria - Penton log cabin sleeps 4

Carlisle / Penton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Enjoy a romantic rural getaway in a newly built log cabin situated in the peaceful English Liddel Valley, Penton, Cumbria. The cabin is constructed from locally felled larch trees and has a cedar shingle roof, it is in a truly fantastic private location on the banks of  …see more

from £220 / night

£1200 - £1650 / week

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from £220 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Rivers End - Ravenglass cottage sleeps 4

Lake District / Ravenglass

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Rivers End is a traditional cottage, which has been beautifully modernised to a high standard, sleeping up to 4 people. The cottage is situated on the sea front over looking the estuary where three rivers running from the Lake District fells reach the sea. The veranda a  …see more

from £82 / night

£395 - £675 / week

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from £82 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Herons Cove Cottage - Ballydehob cottage sleeps 6

County Cork / Ballydehob

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.01 km; Child friendly ;
Herons Cove Cottage is situated in a beautiful, peaceful location overlooking Roaring Water Bay, in scenic West Cork, Ireland. This 3 bedroom cottage is set on the waters edge with a path down to a private strand, and offers guests a stunning location to relax in the  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £428 / week

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(25) Excellent 

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The Old Postmasters Cottage - Chapel Stile cottage sleeps 7

Cumbria / Chapel Stile

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
Traditional 18th century cottage originally built for the village Postmaster with the Post Office next door. Nestling under the fells in Great Langdale Valley, the cottage contains 4 bedrooms and a Games room. A well-stocked village shop, cafe & traditional country  …see more

from £95 / night

£495 - £895 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Keldas View Cottage - Glenridding cottage sleeps 6

Lake District / Glenridding

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The Lake District holiday cottage sleeps 6 people, has full oil fired central heating and traditional open fire, burning both coal and logs. The cottage is furnished and decorated to an extremely high standard.Keldas View Cottage makes an ideal base for walkers and coun  …see more

from £100 / night

£725 / week

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Mangalore Beach Resort - Mangalore boathouse sleeps 50

Karnataka / Mangalore

20 50 2 nights min stay

  • 20 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
A Beach Resort right on the beach. With swimming-pool and sports activities. Food services available: Indian, Chinese, European, sea-food and BBQ. Wedding- Hall, Roof-top restaurant and beach-shacks with Beach-ball court and boating facilities. Quite many tourist spots  …see more

from £30 / night

£189 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holmebeck Hut - Whashton shepherds hut sleeps 2

Richmond / Whashton

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Ask about pets; Private garden;
Holmebeck hut is situated on the outskirts of Ravensworth in North Yorkshire. This idyllic bolt hole is only 10 minutes journey by car from Scotch corner which makes it an easily accessible location for a short break. Set within a private garden this self contained hu  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Vosges / Gerardmer

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ski; Child friendly ;
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from £159 / night

£505 - £1453 / week

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from £159 / night

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Baden-Württemberg / Zaberfeld

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £22 / night

£150 / week

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from £22 / night

(16) Excellent 

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The Cottage - Walesby cottage sleeps 4

Nottinghamshire / Walesby

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This self catering holiday cottage is situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. It is ideal for exploring the myths of Robin Hood. The beautifully restored early Victorian cottage is situated in the conservation area on the edge of a quiet village and  …see more

from £70 / night

£275 - £740 / week

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from £70 / night

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