Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (26395)

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 townhouse rental

Suffolk / Southwold

6 15 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Absolutely fantastic house” We have just come back from a week in Burchley House, and all ages all agreed this was the best house we have stayed in. The house is very spacious - everyone was always able to find a quiet corner when required, plus there  …see more

from £200 / night

£1100 - £4000 / week

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from £200 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Minehead holiday cottage rental

Somerset / Minehead

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“a very enjoyable stay” A very comfortable, well equiped cottage within easy reach of many places .We would stay again Lovely walks and a good pub next door but one  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £460 / week

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from £43 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Andermatt

Canton of Uri / Andermatt

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great apartment in classic Swiss ski village” Highly recommend this apartment if you look to stay in Andermatt. Modern, well appointed and a place you easily feel comfortable. Very central to village, train, lifts, restaurants, etc.  …see more

from £168 / night

£1172 - £2422 / week

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from £168 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Rethymnon with swimming pool

Rethymnon Prefecture / Rethymnon

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Stavros is a fully-furnished traditional architecture stone building, covering an area of 170 sq.m. The ground floor covers 110 sq.m. On the ground floor there is a spacious open plan living/dining room with kitchen and a small balcony at the entrance, and a big  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £1365 / week

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from £136 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Brittas Bay

County Wicklow / Brittas Bay

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great time had by all” We stayed for a week in July weather was fantastic 5 minutes stroll to Brittas Bay Beach which is a beautiful white sandy beach. House itself sleeps 8 there was 6 of us plenty of room nice decor nice decking area outside with 2  …see more

from £68 / night

£339 - £763 / week

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from £68 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Norfolk

Norfolk / Burnham Market

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
Stunning holiday cottage. Refurbished & tastefully decorated 1850s flint cottage. Features include Wood burning stove, d/washer, Freesat, brodband wifi, & secluded garden. Close to sandy beaches; shops, pubs, and restaurants only 200yds. Perfect for families or  …see more

from £49 / night

£298 - £730 / week

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from £49 / night

(13) Excellent 

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West Country holiday cottage let

Dorset / Bridport

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant, well equipped cottage, very comfortable for a quiet and relaxing holiday.” The cottage was wonderful, very comfortable and the owners were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. We had an excellent, relaxing holiday.The only downside we foun  …see more

from £80 / night

£380 - £790 / week

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from £80 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Home rental in Carloway

Isle of Lewis / Carloway

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Brill cottage and great owner” Cottage was brillant on arriving Elanor had the aga on for us to take the chill out as it was a windy day.The view is amazing i saw golden eagles a few times flying in front of cottage,all the things that you want to se  …see more

from £90 / night

£475 - £540 / week

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from £90 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Home rental in Torridon

Ross and Cromarty / Torridon

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast.  …see more

from £125 / night

£600 - £1300 / week

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from £125 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Kinlochbervie holiday cottage rental

Kinlochbervie / Sheigra

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Isle of Harris

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Tucked away just a short drive from Tarbert, the main town on Harris, in a secluded bay is Mol Bàn a traditional Hebridean croft house. Mol Bàn nestles in a quarter acre of landscaped gardens, slightly wild as you would expect on this untamed island and as the name im  …see more

from £110 / night

£770 - £1150 / week

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from £110 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Ventnor / St Lawrence, Ventnor

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely beautiful cottage to spend a holiday!” This cottage is a stunning place to have a holiday. It had a real home from home feel with everything in the cottage one would need. Harry the Golden Retriever enjoyed it too having so much space to  …see more

from £150 / night

£525 - £1345 / week

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from £150 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Mayo / Cong

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Home away from home.” My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home.  …see more

from £120 / night

£500 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Nayland

Babergh District / Nayland

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Living the English country life” Absolutely gorgeous thatched cottage set in 15 acres of parkland in the quiet little settlement of Higham. Warm and cosy, good wi-fi and a terric welcome pack of goodies awaited our arrival. Beautiful and well maintain  …see more

from £120 / night

£840 - £1400 / week

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from £120 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Sorico

Lake Como / Sorico

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“High-end house with superb lake view” We were 2 families - 5 people each- to rent the house. The house easily sleeps 10. We liked the location, the lake view, the personal access to the lake (the water is a bit cold dough), the nice garden. Actually w  …see more

from £306 / night

£1581 - £2709 / week

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from £306 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Tenterden

Kent / Tenterden

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • 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

(15) 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 £10 / night

£460 - £1960 / week

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from £10 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Saxony / Elterlein

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £34 / night

£238 / week

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from £34 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Stretton holiday cottage rental

Rutland / Stretton

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Short Stay 2 nights” Very comfortable. Good service nice location. great access to A1 for travelling home. Went to Rutland Water very nice. liked the local pub across the road but was full in the evening for a meal.  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £1220 / week

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from £60 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Darley Dale

Matlock / Darley Dale

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous” What a fabulous place to stay for Christmas and New Year. Nestled in the Derbyshire Dales on the edges of the Peak district. This home offers fantastic views across the valley. Easy access to Matlock and beyond. Walking distance to not one b  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £1100 / week

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from £100 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Coldingham

Borders / Coldingham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
NO BOOKING FEES WITH THIS PROPERTY We also have a Facebook page - Please search for Coldingham Cottage  …see more

from £110 / night

£525 - £765 / week

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from £110 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Townhouse rental in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“A charming oasis in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds” Veronica and I live in Australia and were planning a business/ holiday trip to UK and Europe. We had a vision of finding a character cottage in the centre of an historic village that had enough  …see more

from £118 / night

£561 - £996 / week

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from £118 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Dalavich holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent wee get away” Electric hot tub was amazing, constantly warm. sauna heats up quickly too. well equipped warm cabin in a secluded setting.  …see more

from £69 / night

£399 - £899 / week

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from £69 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Aberdaron

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect - Spacious, Luxurious. Loved by all!” We Visited here for my Sister in laws Hen Party - For a fun chilled weekend rather than a wild weekend (8 Girls) Everything was great! The kitchen was a great place for drinks and food. The hot Tub was fan  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £125 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Denbigh/Flint/Conwy

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing, cosy and worth re-visiting.” We had a lovely time. The house was clean and comfortable. The owner is very friendly and amenable. Instructions to the house were clear and we found it easily. There is no WIFI (which is quite nice!) but, when w  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Kirkcolm

Dumfries and Galloway / Kirkcolm

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
Dundream winner of best accommodation provider in west regional Scottish Thistle Awards 2016/17 is situated in the unspoiled, rugged, North Rhins of Galloway in South West Scotland with spectacular sea views to the Mull of Kintyre, Northern Ireland and Arran. Dundream  …see more

from £180 / night

£695 - £1680 / week

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from £180 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise ski chalet rental

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent stay” We are a family of 4 and stayed for a week at the chalet de l'ours. It is very cosy and confortable, with beautiful and quality furnishings. The beds are very comfy too and the kitchen is very well furbished. During the day there i  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £4650 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Bradnop holiday cottage rental

Leek / Bradnop

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
A detached barn conversion adjacent to the owner's property in a tranquil rural location in the Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Peak District, in an area of outstanding natural beauty with delightful views of the surrounding countryside. Set within 16 ac  …see more

from £88 / night

£372 - £895 / week

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from £88 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Ski chalet to rent in Pribylina

Zilina Region / Pribylina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Birthday week in Slovakia” The Tatras Chalet is a gorgeous and modern chalet perfectly situated close to many great outdoor activities. After walking to a nearby restaurant for amazing Slovakian Piwo we spent the next couple of days exploring the moun  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £1484 / week

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from £136 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday farmhouse rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Special house in an amazing location” Eleven adults stayed at Snowden House, from Friday to Monday, early February for which the house was easily big enough. We had an amazing time and spent much of it soaking up the awe-inspiring views all around us.  …see more

from £200 / night

£1395 - £1625 / week

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from £200 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Millers Dale holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Millers Dale

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Mrs” Lovely house right on Monsal Trail. Warm welcome from owner. House spacious and clean. Lots of great walks nearby.  …see more

from £100 / night

£780 - £1299 / week

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from £100 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Narberth

Pembrokeshire / Narberth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Child friendly
“Found our perfect 5* holiday accommodation” Having recently returned from holiday at The Barn we can only reiterate the comments that other visitors have made. The accommodation was definitely 5* we could not fault it at all. Everything was of a ver  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1450 / week

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from £150 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Tirril

Penrith / Tirril

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“An excellent cottage, home from home with everything you'll need.” Booked for Christmas week 2012. Arrived to find the cottage decorated, heating on and a hamper sitting on the table. The cottage was immaculate and catered for everyone in our group. I  …see more

from £56 / night

£395 - £750 / week

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from £56 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Teuillac holiday apartment rental

Gironde / Teuillac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
The loft apartment is on the first floor with it's own entrance from the garden. It has a bedroom with en-suite shower room and views over the swimming pool. There is a large open plan lounge, fully equipped kitchen/ dining area. The whole apartment is very br  …see more

from £68 / night

£420 / week

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from £68 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Bleadon

Weston-super-Mare / Bleadon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Exceeded all expectations we could gladly have stayed there forever” This cottage (Apple tree Cottage, Bleadon, Weston Super Mare), was totally fabulous. The cottage exceeded all expectations we could gladly have stayed there forever and if I won t  …see more

from £65 / night

£382 - £619 / week

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from £65 / 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 £189 / night

£878 - £2728 / week

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from £189 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Great Rissington

Gloucestershire / Great Rissington

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful cottage and facilities” A wonderful cottage. Four of us had a bedroom each, there were two bathrooms / toilets and an additional shower room with toilet on the ground floor. This was very important to us as one of our friends only has one le  …see more

from £220 / night

£720 - £780 / week

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from £220 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Rethymnon Prefecture / Agia Paraskevi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“We stepped off the spinning world and re-discovered ourselves” The Villa exceeded our expectations, the location and the views are to die for we spent many hours on the roof terrace just watching the world go buy. Rush hour consisted of 6 cars leaving  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 - £750 / week

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from £70 / night

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Seine-Maritime / Londinieres

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly

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from £60 / night

£356 - £382 / week

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from £60 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Husinish

Isle of Harris / Husinish

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Unique location with spectacular views over white sandy beaches, mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most peaceful settings on the island of Harris. Our well equipped and recently modernised home make for a truly magical holiday experience.Ideal for families lo  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night