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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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Holiday apartment in South East England

New Forest / Fordingbridge

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 33 km
“Perfect weekend for some R&R!” My boyfriend and I have just returned from a lovely stay at Greenbanks whilst celebrating my birthday. As soon as we got there we were greeted with a warm welcome from Carol, she showed us around the apartment which was  …see more

from £75 / night

£480 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(123) Very Good 

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St. Pierre du Bois holiday apartment rental

Guernsey / St Pierre du Bois

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
La Pointe Farm is set in one of the most idyllic parts of a beautiful island. This 11 acre property sits on a hill in the parish of St. Peter in the Wood (St. Pierre du Bois) with sea views to the front and a peaceful green valley behind. La Pointe Farm consists of four  …see more

from £100 / night

£510 - £1225 / week

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from £100 / night

(57) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Kinghorn

Fife / Kinghorn

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Loathe to leave” Apartment so comfortable our group were hesitant to go out during our visit to Kinghorn. Owner provided nice touch with her welcome pack, also lots of useful 'tourist' information within apartment for immediate and surrounding area.  …see more

from £90 / night

£490 - £750 / week

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(80) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning!” A stunning apartment in a stunning location! This apartment is thoughtfully furnished and finished to a very high standard with all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. The views from the apartment never tire, whatever the wea  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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from £90 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in West Country with golf nearby

Cornwall / St Ives

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Christmas mini break.” We stayed at Lower Talland between Christmas and new year for a couple of days. The apartment was perfect for the two of us. Just a couple of mins walk into the Center, and easy access out of st Ives when we went exploring. Co  …see more

from £80 / night

£320 - £675 / week

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from £80 / night

(31) Excellent 

25

Apartment rental in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

1 5 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming country cottage on the Isle of Bute” We stayed here for 5 days over New Years Eve. The cottage was immaculate - so clean & tidy - and it had everything we needed. The views on Bute are gorgeous. You are 10 minutes from the beach & local pub.  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in West Country with golf nearby

Newquay / Pentire

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Sea viewsAllocated parking spaceVisitor Parking3 bedrooms2 bathroomsPentireRiver GannelFistral BeachThis is a beautiful apartment in a superb location.  …see more

from £165 / night

£825 - £1500 / week

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from £165 / night

(17) Very Good 

15

Holiday apartment in West Country

Somerset / Yeovil

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Well appointed; convenient for town & park” This apartment was our 'home' for 3 months whilst starting a new job & house hunting in Yeovil. It is only a few minutes walk from the town centre & from Ninesprings Country Park so there is very little need  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £525 / week

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from £55 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Tayside/Perthshire

Perth and Kinross / Pitlochry

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely cottage in beautiful location” Just returned from a week at The Old Armoury Annex .The cottage is a home from home , very comfortable & spacious ,two lovely big settees , lots of books , games ,DVD's Aileen & David were very welcoming & frien  …see more

from £75 / night

£475 - £750 / week

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from £75 / night

(19) Excellent 

25

Holiday apartment accommodation

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb, Fantastic, covenient, great place to stay” We visited in July 2013 when weather was super warm, It was a last minute booking for 3 nights. To start the communication with the owner was top notch, I received an email and a phone call giving al  …see more

from £98 / night

£425 - £980 / week

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from £98 / night

(14) Excellent 

14

Holiday apartment in West Country

Cornwall / Mevagissey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Clifftop Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Harbour. Luxury first floor Apartment with outstanding sea views with access to Look-out platform.  …see more

from £120 / night

£499 - £979 / week

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from £120 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Central Scotland/Strathclyde holiday apartment rental

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely Bay Apartment” We thoroughly enjoyed our three night break at Little Bay Apartment. It's in a great location for enjoying Oban, particularly for the ferry terminal. The decor and cleanliness were impeccable while the owners Jane & Kevin could n  …see more

from £69 / night

£294 - £645 / week

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from £69 / night

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State of Santa Catarina / Gravatal

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £40 / night

£256 - £816 / week

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from £40 / night

(20) Excellent 

24

Apartment rental in Bradford-on-Avon

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent apartment in central location.” Generally well equipped and spacious apartment in busy central location. The owner is easily contacted by email or phone and is responsive. Parking is generally difficult in BoA, but we found that the longer  …see more

from £70 / night

£540 / week

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from £70 / night

(18) Excellent 

14

North East Italy holiday apartment rental

Province of Trento / Riva Del Garda

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“The perfect family apartment, magnificently situated in a beautiful town” Our young family and extended family had a great time in Riva. After travelling with young children (2,4 & 6) for a couple of weeks around the USA, arriving in Italy without sl  …see more

from £120 / night

£800 - £1400 / week

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from £120 / night

(23) Excellent 

17

Holiday apartment rental

Portree / Skeabost Bridge

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Gorgeous” Gorgeous place at a fantastic price, perfect for a couple. Just close enough to amenities without feeling touristy and too close to town, great distance to all the best locations on the island and utterly recommend to anyone visiting Skye.  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 - £920 / week

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from £90 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with swimming pool in Moraira

Moraira / Montimar

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Air conditioning
“A slice of paradise” We stayed in casa Solandra for 10 magical days, it's a gorgeous apartment a lovely location. We spent our days exploring and chilling, the pool was simply perfect after a day out. Jenny was brilliant and helpful. We wouldn't hes  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £575 / week

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from £55 / night

(33) Excellent 

23

Holiday apartment in Bradford-on-Avon

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“A perfect holiday!” Spent a wonderful six weeks in June/July at 10 Tory and it really was a perfect holiday - the accommodation is just as good as the other reviewers have described, the town as beautiful and the weather, of course, was amazing - six  …see more

from £70 / night

£390 - £650 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

8

Valle d'Aosta / Saint-Rhemy-en-Bosses

2 4 1 night min

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

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from £60 / night

£300 / week

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from £60 / night

(23) Very Good 

58

Holiday apartment in Bahia Feliz

Gran Canaria / Bahia Feliz

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Simply wonderful” The apartment is very well located and comfortable. The washing machine and dishwasher a bonus. We loved sitting on the balcony watching the world go by. The pool on site is well maintained and has plenty of sun beds and parasols. We  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £700 / week

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from £100 / night

(14) Excellent 

23

Apartment rental in Snowdonia/Gwynedd

Gwynedd / Barmouth

2 2 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
“Fantastic, very warm welcome from Danny and Lisa with an added surprise of cake and wine on arrival.” Our apartment was luxury with everything you needed. Clean and decorated to a very high standard, with brilliant views over the harbor. We highly  …see more

from £100 / night

£475 - £725 / week

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from £100 / night

(35) Excellent 

24

Holiday apartment in Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex / Bexhill-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Very nice property close to the sea and everything else !” Diane & Simon are the nicest people and own this very nice & unusual property in Bexhill. We chose it for long weekend to Chill out, get some sea air and check out a few of the places and res  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(12) Excellent 

21

Apartment rental in Berkshire with golf nearby

Berkshire / Newbury

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic stay” We had a wonderful holiday in England. The appartment was great, very comfortable, well appointed and very well located (just 10 min from the city center, 20 min from the railway station on foot and opposite a Waitrose supermarket). T  …see more

from £140 / night

£675 - £725 / week

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from £140 / night

15

Holiday apartment rental

Fife / Anstruther

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Ideal coastal getaway” Chesterhill is perfectly situated beside the beach with views over the harbour mouth. The sandy beach and rock pools provide endless play for a 3 and 5 year old. Patio doors from a suntrap conservatory out into the garden made p  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

(55) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Northern England

Northumberland / Alnwick

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect apartment” We stayed in the apartment for a week whilst visiting family nearby, the apartment was perfect for our needs and with easy walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in Alnwick. After our long journey from North Wales the 'w  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £525 / week

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from £70 / night

15

Province of Udine / Tarvisio

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £86 / night

£599 - £855 / week

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from £86 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Bowness-on-Windermere holiday apartment rental

Lake District / Bowness-on-Windermere

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect Getaway” Fantastic apartment, everything you could possibly need and some. What a place to come back to after a day's walking, and having the opportunity to sit out on the balcony with a glass of wine watching the sunset. Doesn't get much bett  …see more

from £100 / night

£475 - £1022 / week

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from £100 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £158 / night

£1103 / week

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from £158 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Eynsham

Oxfordshire / Eynsham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Barn Court apartment is part of a barn complex and is situated in the grounds of an historic manor farmhouse on the River Thames set in a rural position yet close to Oxford. Thames Path walks on the doorstep and fishing in season. Pubs and shops close by.  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £75 / night

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Valle d'Aosta / Antagnod

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £129 / night

£1137 / week

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from £129 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!  …see more

from £75 / night

£375 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wiseman's Bridge

Saundersfoot / Wiseman's Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great flat, excellent location” We had a great time at pinewood with our 2 sons, 2 and 6 months old and our dog. Flat is well equipped if a little dated but has everything you need. Rooms are big and there is plenty of space for the kids to set up the  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £695 / week

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from £47 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Shiplake

Henley-on-Thames / Shiplake

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Lovely Break” Stayed for 3 nights in this lovely new apartment. Very quiet location with a friendly pub down the road serving good food.We will be back!!  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £510 / week

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from £75 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bourton-on-the-Water

Cotswolds / Bourton-on-the-Water

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Lovely apartment - just what we needed” A fantastic apartment in a quite area that's only a 10 minute walk from Bourton-on-the-Water. Felt very safe. Very well kept and clean. Extremely comfortable bed and sofa. Good TV with DVDs and CDs - also bo  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £490 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Lagos / Porto de Mos

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Luxury 2 bedroom air conditioned apartment on the exclusive Porto de Mos estate, with pool, 400 yards from the beach 5 mins to the nearest golf club.  …see more

from £50 / night

£400 - £695 / week

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from £50 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Praiano

Amalfi Coast / Praiano

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Authentic, spacious, clean apartment with a view” We stayed here in September and really enjoyed our time here. Praiano was the perfect location for us, much quieter and more authentic than the larger towns of Positano and Amalfi. The apartment was of  …see more

from £55 / night

£400 - £930 / week

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from £55 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Silloth holiday apartment rental

Cumbria / Silloth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“lost for words” Well what can we say wonderful place house is extreamly clean and tidy home from home I feel the house has everything you need right down to tennis rackets. you couldnt need another thing we had a fab warm welcome from the owners the h  …see more

from £50 / night

£270 - £350 / week

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from £50 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Ms” What a truly wonderful comfortable place. Susie is a pleasure to deal with and it tops any other holiday accommodation I have stayed in. Second time back and will continue to return. The view, the comfort, the hospitality- all wonderful.  …see more

from £130 / night

£840 - £1265 / week

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from £130 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Snowdonia/Gwynedd

Snowdonia National Park / Harlech

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location for exploring Snowdonia” My wife and I stayed for one month at Dros-Y-Mor and found it to be a perfect location for exploring Snowdonia and North West Wales. The apartment is well presented and has all the amenities one could possibly  …see more

from £55 / night

£260 - £500 / week

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from £55 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Edzell holiday apartment rental

Brechin / Edzell

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
Located within the beautiful village of Edzell with just 700 inhabitants, Oakbank is the only 4* self-catering property in Edzell and offers a real home from home! The village has all the amenities a holiday maker can wish for. A superb golf course is within walking di  …see more

from £80 / night

£375 - £750 / week

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from £80 / night

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