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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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Hesse / Grundau

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; No pets allowed;
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from £33 / night

£171 / week

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from £33 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Luxury 8 bed beach house - Tofo house sleeps 8

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.02 km; Swimming pool;
A real beach house as it is really close to the beach ie 20 metres. Cassa Bitonga is on a private, secure and unspoilt small estate. To get to Praia da Rocha you have a sandy 6 km road and will require a 4 wheel drive vehicle or a city SUV. It can be done with a high c  …see more

from £120 / night

£840 / week

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from £120 / night

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Aero / Soeby

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
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from £69 / night

£449 / week

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from £69 / night

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Lavender Cottage - Stiffkey cottage sleeps 4

Wells-next-the-Sea / Stiffkey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 7 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Lavender cottage is a grade II listed period brick and flint cottage.Access is via the rear enclosed gravel courtyard in to the dining kitchen which is equipped with an electric oven/hob, large fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and microwave. There is an  …see more

from £60 / night

£269 - £695 / week

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from £60 / night

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Carinthia / Voelkermarkt

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
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from £50 / night

£342 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Poppenhausen

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £64 / night

£329 / week

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from £64 / night

(1) Excellent 

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State of Sao Paulo / Brotas

4 15 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
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from £107 / night

£750 / week

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from £107 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Millers Barn Downpatrick- so peaceful - Downpatrick cottage sleeps 4

County Down / Downpatrick

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed; Private garden;
Set in St Patrick's heartlands, 4 star Mill Barn is a distinctive, luxurious 370 year old stone cottage. Reclaimed pitch pine flooring, stone flags, wood burning stove, original fireplace, granite work tops, oak beams. Wonderful country views. A romantic location p  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £430 / week

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from £75 / night

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Province of Salta / Campo Quijano

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; Pet friendly;
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from £35 / night

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Dara-Bru na Mara - Carna house sleeps 8

County Galway / Carna

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Dara is a modern, four-star, fully furnished 4 bedroom, pine-floored house. It is scenically situated at the edge of the Atlantic, in a calm, peaceful, relaxing atmosphere overlooking a small harbour. It is ideal for family holidays or touring groups, as it is an ideal  …see more

from £68 / night

£471 - £744 / week

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from £68 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Canton of Thurgau / Bischofszell

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
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from £45 / night

£258 - £636 / week

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from £45 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Oak Tree Cottage Longhorsley - Longhorsley cottage sleeps 2

Morpeth / Longhorsley

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed; Private garden;
Oak Tree Cottage is a cosy holiday cottage located in the village of Longhorsley in Northumberland. It is an ideal base from which to explore the stunning Northumberland coastline with its beaches and castles. The cottage is ideal for couples, it is a cosy bungalow sty  …see more

from £47 / night

£245 - £395 / week

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from £47 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Cumberland Cottage, Orton - Orton cottage sleeps 2

Cumbria / Orton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Pet friendly; Private garden;
Cumberland Cottage is a beautifully presented, pet friendly, property located in the heart of the tranquil Cumbrian village of Orton. Built in 1632 the cottage is one of the oldest properties in the village. Formerly part of the Duke of Cumberland Inn and more recently  …see more

from £65 / night

£275 - £420 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Old Chapel - Hayton cottage sleeps 2

Brampton / Hayton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Pet friendly; Private garden;
Old Chapel is a pretty one bedroom cottage with stunning beams and all modern facilities. It is in the lovely Village of Hayton, which has a Pub and a fabulous Village community. An ideal base for a relaxing or adventurous holiday. The main living area of the cottage is  …see more

from £45 / night

£220 - £350 / week

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(27) Excellent 

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Tyddyn Plwm Isa - Rhosyr cottage sleeps 4

Newborough / Rhosyr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Tyddyn Plwm Isa is the former stables at Tyddyn Plwm, a smallholding set in a beautiful location has been lovingly converted into a luxurious two bedroomed retreat for your holidays. With fantastic views from the large windows overlooking Snowdonia, its location is quie  …see more

from £71 / night

£480 - £790 / week

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from £71 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Church Gate Cottage - South Perrott cottage sleeps 6

Dorset / South Perrott

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Church Gate Cottage is a very well appointed character cottage located in the delightful rural village of South Perrott. Situated on the West Dorset / Somerset border, our cottage offers a central location from which to explore the delights of the regions landmark town  …see more

from £114 / night

£516 - £1321 / week

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from £114 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Crickton Farm Cottage - Gower cottage sleeps 2

Swansea County / Gower

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 8 km; Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
Crickton Farm Cottage is beautiful four star modern one bed self catering Gower holiday cottage & holiday accommodation a working livery yard, in South Wales, situated in the heart of the Gower Peninsula at the foot of the impressive Cefn Bryn, the home of King Arth  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 / week

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from £75 / 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

(14) Excellent 

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L'Ancienne Laiterie - Lasseube cottage sleeps 4

Bearn / Lasseube

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 130 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
At Ancienne Laiterie we offer the perfect private and relaxing get away for families, honeymooners/couples, painters inspired by the countryside and views and activity seeking travellers. We are a farm with the dairy/hoilday Cottage joined to the main farmhouse at the b  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £950 / week

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from £86 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Chelona - Speyside cottage sleeps 4

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Located 1.5 miles from the stunning Moray Firth coast with its shingle beaches and a golf course offering spectacular views out to sea.A quiet and peaceful location yet only a 5 minute drive to Fochabers which has a good range of pubs and shops. The larger towns of Elgi  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £1200 / week

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from £65 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Jerry's barn, North Norfolk retreat - Aylsham barn sleeps 3

Norfolk / Aylsham

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 9 km; Not suitable for children;
Jerry's barn is a stunning recent Barn conversion situated within a traditional Norfolk farmyard setting,the open plan contemporary styled interior is a light and calming space furnished to a high spec. The barn features a large mullioned window overlooking a meadow per  …see more

from £75 / night

£375 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Easter Cottage in the historic area of Shaftesbuy - Shaftesbury cottage sleeps 4

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 45 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Easter cottageA beautiful mews cottage in the heart of the historic part of Shaftesbury with it's own courtyard parking, perfect for enjoying the town's atmosphere, an interesting and lovely location to holiday for all seasons, with so much to see and do, or j  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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from £57 / night

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GateKeepers Cottage & Pool - Blaymont gite sleeps 3

Lot-et-Garonne / Blaymont

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Delightful, detached 18th Century Stone Cottage where the interior has been carefully designed providing a fully fitted kitchen, luxury shower room, comfortable seating area with flat screen TV (UK Sky available) and leads out to a large furnished terrace which overlook  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £1199 / week

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(5) Excellent 

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The Firs - Perranwell Station house sleeps 7

Cornwall / Perranwell Station

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Pet friendly;
The Firs is a well-appointed, comfortable family house in an excellent location to explore Cornwall. Recently renovated to a high standard, the owners have made the most of this handsome granite building. Through sympathetic restoration and complete updating they have c  …see more

from £120 / night

£745 / week

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(22) Excellent 

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House in Meursault - Meursault house sleeps 4

Cote d'Or / Meursault

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
The property is located in Meursault, the white wine capital of the Cote D'Or. It is on the edge of the village and on the edge of the vineyards, which you can see from the bedroom windows. The house is comfortable and spacious and has all the facilities you need  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £750 / week

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from £125 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Milk Wood Lodges; Milk Wood - Brithdir log cabin sleeps 4

Dolgellau / Brithdir

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Featured in The Guardian’s “Britain’s Top 10 Cutest Log Cabins”, Milk Wood Lodge is our Pet Friendly Snowdonia retreat with private Hot Tub, Sauna, woodburner and WiFi, hidden in a clearing on the edge of the woods on the slopes of the Wnion Valley, within an  …see more

from £128 / night

£560 - £938 / week

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from £128 / night

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Saxony / Lauenstein

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ski; Child friendly ;
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from £30 / night

£189 / week

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from £30 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Nimrod Lodge - Biddenden log cabin sleeps 4

Kent / Biddenden

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 33 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This stunning Visit England Graded 4* holiday home has been decorated with light and air in mind. The vaulted living area with white walls and floor and original artwork has many windows to enjoy the uninterrupted views across the fields and pond. French doors open onto  …see more

from £100 / night

£420 - £748 / week

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from £100 / night

(28) Excellent 

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The Stables, Wolverley - Wolverley apartment sleeps 4

Worcestershire / Wolverley

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Ask about pets; Private garden;
The Stables is a converted barn set in a super rural setting, yet close to many amenities. It is a perfect base to access the huge amount of activities which can be found locally. Whilst The Stables is a modern conversion, with many home comforts, we have tried to retai  …see more

from £65 / night

£320 / 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

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Rhineland-Palatinate / Sankt Goar

2 4 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £49 / night

£342 - £521 / week

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from £49 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Bay View Cottage, Port Erin, Isle of Man - Port Erin house sleeps 4

Isle of Man / Port Erin

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Bay View Cottage is 4 star, gold award accommodation. It is in a wonderful location opposite Port Erin beach, with breathtaking views of Bradda Head and stunning sunsets. The property has been renovated throughout to extremely high standards. A sun lounge has been creat  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £950 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Excellent 

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The Old Inn, Pittenweem - Pittenweem cottage sleeps 6

Fife / Pittenweem

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.4 km; Child friendly ;
The Old Inn is a beautiful holiday home in Pittenweem, in the heart of the East Neuk of Fife. Pittenweem is one of the most painted and photographed villages in the UK due to its unspoiled picture postacard townscape. It has become famous for its annual arts festival  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 / week

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from £93 / night

(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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(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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(31) Excellent 

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Hill Crest Cottage - Traditional Seaside Charm - Cullen cottage sleeps 6

Moray / Cullen

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Hill Crest Holiday Cottage is a traditional period cottage superbly located in a prime elevated site with stunning, unobstructed sea views overlooking Cullen Bay in the Royal Burgh of Cullen, a charming and historic fishing village on the Moray Firth in Scotland. Hill C  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Fielden Farm Cottages - Blackstone Edge cottage sleeps 3

Littleborough / Blackstone Edge

1 3 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Cottage 1 was finished in September 2010 and Cottage 2 March 2011. Formerly part of the shippon and barn, they provides spacious accommodation mixing traditional features with all mod cons. Cottage 1 accommodates two and Cottage 2 up to three guests. Nearby Littlebor  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Eschwege

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £35 / night

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

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Garden Apartment - Irsina apartment sleeps 2

Province of Matera / Irsina

1 2 4 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 80 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
Built into the walls of this once fortified town, the garden apartment opens onto a wonderful vista of rolling wheat fields, olive groves & vineyards. The large living-dining room opens onto a large terrace & like the double bedroom has a barrel-vaulted ceiling.  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Honeyway Cottage Period Holiday Rental - Whittlesey cottage sleeps 4

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 60 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Honeyway Cottage, built in 1650, is a charming thatched cottage with a tranquil quality located in Whittlesey nr Peterborough Cambridgeshire, England.Honeyway Cottage is set along a quiet lane 5 minutes walk from the town centre. The Cottage has a lovely quiet garden ar  …see more

from £72 / night

£405 - £495 / week

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from £72 / night

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