Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (26886)

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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(33) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A relaxing retreat” A lovely relaxing few days in this beautiful cottage, everything you need is provided for, we will definitely be returning!  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £70 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Holiday barn with golf nearby in Bamburgh

Northumberland / Bamburgh

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“The most perfect cottage, fabulous view, ideal location” This modern, very well equipped base is right in the centre of Bamburgh which has everything you could need for a holiday including pubs, coffee shops, general shops and several options to eat o  …see more

from £175 / night

£1135 - £1550 / week

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from £175 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Widemouth Bay holiday barn rental

Bude / Widemouth Bay

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful cottages, lovely setting, friendly owners” My family and I stayed here for a week in October 2012 and had a fantastic time. The cottages is as lovely as the pictures and the front room with its wooden beams and log fire was brilliant. We've  …see more

from £120 / night

£425 - £1225 / week

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from £120 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Melrand

Morbihan / Melrand

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“The beautiful Tal Roch” A truly beautiful location set in the peace and tranquillity of a sprawling woodland. From the first day of our arrival we were made to feel most welcome, and could not have asked for better hosts. The property is a few min  …see more

from £30 / night

£175 - £250 / week

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from £30 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Boulbon

Bouches-du-Rhone / Boulbon

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 62 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Gorgeous, fabulous location, can't recommend enough” The house is beautiful, nicely furnished, and was built out of the ruins of a medieval well house abutting a medieval wall - hard to get cooler than that! Parking in the town parking lot a couple s  …see more

from £85 / night

£512 - £723 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in La Cellette

Creuse / La Cellette

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Le Chirons: Fantastic” The house was superb, extremly spacious with all amenaties whilst retaining the true appeal of a French house. The gardens are very large and child friendly, with the pool a delight on hot summer days. Terri and Kieth were gre  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £525 / week

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from £60 / 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

(7) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Grindelwald

Grindelwald / Kirchbuhl

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag  …see more

from £385 / night

£2800 / week

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from £385 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Gwynedd

Caernarfon / Talysarn

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great house in beautiful location with helpful and considerate owner” My family and I really enjoyed our stay in Ty Capel and found it very reasonably priced. The house was as described; the rooms were spacious, clean and well-equipped, as well as bei  …see more

from £42 / night

£295 - £449 / week

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from £42 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Coleford

Forest of Dean / Coleford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy cottage in good location” The bedrooms were spacious, comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Location was excellent. The cottage was at the end of a (very narrow) lane, so no through traffic. Table and chairs provided outside on the lawn.  …see more

from £88 / night

£435 - £630 / week

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from £88 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Staithes holiday cottage rental

North York Moors National Park / Staithes

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Best short break ever” Driftwood Cottage is immaculate and decorated to a high degree.It is extremely comfortable and we felt at home there. Everything is to hand and we certainly didn't miss not being able to get a mobile signal in the area. A pay  …see more

from £80 / night

£460 - £620 / week

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from £80 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Valley holiday cottage rental

Valley / Llanfair-yn-neubw

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home From Home” We have stayed at Friars a few times now and every time we return it feels like you're coming home. Brian has created a wonderful holiday let with many personal touches which makes you feel like a VIP. From monogrammed robes and towe  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Gamblesby

Penrith / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic & unusual holiday home.” I had looked forward to this holiday for many months as I had never been to a church for a holiday before ! It was every thing I had imagined and more. The old church from 1868 built of red sandstone with a gree  …see more

from £110 / night

£600 - £1380 / week

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from £110 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Communaute de Communes de la Vallee du Prunelli / Tolla

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £95 / night

£397 - £863 / week

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from £95 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Chipping Campden

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
2 bedroomed terraced cottage central to Chipping Campden North Cotswolds. Free off road parking Free wifi Families are welcome - travel cot & highchair can be provided at no extra charge.  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Pontivy

Morbihan / Pontivy

1 3 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“It does exactly what it says on the tin !” Les Volets Bleus is a beautiful cosy cottage, in a peaceful rural location. Just like it says on the web page, the cottage has everything you need and was spotlessly clean on arrival. It is ideal for a couple  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £375 / week

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from £45 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Widecombe in the Moor

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Hideaway in the moor” Excellent, secluded little cottage. The perfect location to get away from your everyday hassle. Its quite, situated in a wonderful landscape and you can walk into the moor directly from your doorstep. The cottage is perfectly equ  …see more

from £90 / night

£315 - £445 / week

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from £90 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Chipping Campden

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The Old Brew House is in a quiet location in the centre of Chipping Campden with all its amenities, shops, restaurants, pubs, spa, museum, galleries, tennis & swimming pool. It's ideal for exploring the Cotswolds, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon & the idyllic c  …see more

from £64 / night

£446 - £997 / week

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from £64 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Morbihan / Pontivy

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£225 - £255 / week

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from £52 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Westbury

Shropshire / Westbury

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“What a gem” This barn is hidden in rolling hills in a beautiful area of Shropshire with stunning views. The accommodation is of a very high spec. and the owners are very approachable and friendly. Dogs are welcomed at this barn with water bowls and t  …see more

from £90 / night

£290 - £340 / week

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from £90 / night

(52) Very Good 

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Corfe Castle holiday cottage rental

Corfe Castle / Kingston, Dorset

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic location, lovely cottage with everything you need.” The cottage is conveniently located just above corfe castle within easy reach of swanage beach and studland bay. The cottage is safe and well equipped with everything you need. The owner is  …see more

from £130 / night

£830 - £990 / week

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from £130 / night

(44) Very Good 

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Mayfield holiday bungalow rental

East Sussex / Mayfield

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“warm English hospitality at countyside” We enjoyed our week at The Games Barn, felt like coming home to friendly, open and interesting hosts in a spacious comfortable house. The farm was an adventure for town peoples, like we are and it was calming  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £850 / week

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from £110 / night

(37) 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
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Perfect holiday rental” Harpe Cottage was incredibly charming and lovely. The size was perfect for two, and the cottage had everything we needed. It was wonderfully decorated and we loved the wood stove. The crazy old stairs up to the second floor b  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £80 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Aglish holiday cottage let

County Waterford / Aglish

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
'The Cottage' is a traditional Irish fisherman's cottage, renovated and turned into a cosy and comfortable three bedroomed house. It is situated in a peaceful rural area in the south of Ireland overlooking the Blackwater River and Knockmealdown mountains.  …see more

from £48 / night

£255 - £394 / week

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from £48 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Graiguenamanagh

Kilkenny / Graiguenamanagh

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic house” Clarahawn House is amazing. A wonderful property in a great location. If you're thinking of going to this part of Ireland then this is the perfect base. The photos don't lie, this is a house that you will love, near to a lovely little  …see more

from £108 / night

£750 - £1250 / week

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from £108 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

Scarborough District / Scarborough

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Absolutely stunning perfection at its best” WOW what can I say ... This holiday cottage is beautiful , peaceful and of an outstanding quality of accommodation . Beautiful location and immaculately clean inside and out . The owners Andrew and Tracy a  …see more

from £165 / night

£669 - £1506 / week

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from £165 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Dungloe holiday cottage rental

Dungloe / Cleenderry

1 3 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Detached cottage, completed in traditional style, beside Lough Salt (a salt lake) on the slopes of Croaghegly Mountain with far reaching all round views of Trawenagh Bay and the distant mountains. It is situated on a small country road, in quiet secluded location, about  …see more

from £47 / night

£327 - £635 / week

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from £47 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Vernet-Les-Bains

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vernet-Les-Bains

4 6 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“A perfect mixture of French and Spanish culture based in middle of Pyrennes” The owners, Paul and Jayne, had recently rennovated the property so it was clean and fresh, with modern fittings and plenty of power, water and comms availability. Access was  …see more

from £56 / night

£370 - £550 / week

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from £56 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Yarmouth

Yarmouth / Fort Victoria

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Wight Cottage is adjacent to Fort Victoria and close to the pretty harbour town of Yarmouth. The cottage has wonderful sea views from the master bedroom and from the living room, plus plenty of outside space for safe playing, barbequing with family/friends, or simply en  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £1245 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Kilgarvan

County Kerry / Kilgarvan

5 8 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Detached house in quiet and secluded location beside stream at the foot of the Shehy Mountains. Walks from the door or ideal for touring some of Ireland’s finest scenery on the Ring of Kerry or Beara Peninsula. It is situated near the scenic mountain road (and wat  …see more

from £38 / night

£265 - £576 / week

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from £38 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
Old Lock-keeper's Cottage is a beautiful semi-detached cottage sitting next to the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus, in the Highlands of Scotland. It enjoys a commanding view down the flight of locks and across Loch Ness beyond. The cottage is centrally located in  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £700 / week

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from £50 / night

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Holiday villa in Castelmuzio

Province of Siena / Castelmuzio

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This little, two-storey, converted Tuscany farmhouse has been meticulously restored in a simple, rustic style, employing high-quality traditional materials. Set on a gentle elevation in a remote spot, it is entirely surrounded by the clay hills called “Crete Senes  …see more

from £156 / night

£906 - £1294 / week

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from £156 / night

(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
“Total relaxation!” This is the second time we have stayed at this villa, and we hope to return again soon. The villa is very private and peaceful, not overlooked but not isolated. We have seen eagles on both visits and a wide variety of wildlife. The  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £1280 / week

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from £90 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Achiltibuie

Ross and Cromarty / Achiltibuie

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
You will not be able to keep your eyes off the ever changing view from the cottage, trust us, we've tried! Our traditional cottage has been fully refurbished and recently extended to include a large sun lounge with wood burning stove to make the most of those stunn  …see more

from £95 / night

£675 - £975 / week

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from £95 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Home rental in Staithes

North York Moors National Park / Staithes

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Superlative in every respect” The owners have truly thought of everything, and then more! This rental has been thoughtfully renovated and equipped with all that you could need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The location is excellent, the accom  …see more

from £150 / night

£650 - £950 / week

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from £150 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Portsoy / Sandend

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Beach Cottage is a large 2 bedroom property with picture windows overlooking one of the loveliest beaches in the country.The cottage sits on the edge of the beach in an elevated position and the enduring memory of a visit there is the sound of the waves breaking on to t  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Rockbourne holiday barn rental

New Forest / Rockbourne

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 33 km
“Amazing place to stay....” Sweetslade was just as lovely as in the photos on the website. It's a beautiful place with a stunning view to wake up to each morning. It had everything you could possibly need for a very comfortable stay. As it was Novembe  …see more

from £72 / night

£360 - £564 / week

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from £72 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Hout Bay holiday home rental

Cape Town / Hout Bay

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A very relaxing home from home.....” A lovely property that felt very comfortable and was like a home from home. Extremely clean and lots of extras including a much welcomed grocery pack. Glen and Joan were very helpful when we needed advice on touris  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £825 / week

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from £75 / night

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Holiday home in Bazoges-en-Pareds

Vendee / Bazoges-en-Pareds

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The Forge is a large and gorgeous stone-walled restored farmhouse with heated pool, all mod cons, and surrounded by the beautiful French countryside. Perfect for those looking to laze around, go for a dip, have a barbecue or enjoy the local cuisine. With 3 bedrooms and  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £1000 / week

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from £36 / night