Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (20041)

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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Ski apartment to rent in Maria Alm

Salzburg Region / Maria Alm

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“The secret ski area” Having skied for 25 years within Europe, 5 years ago we were given the opportunity to experience Maria Alm and we have not looked back! The apartment is very well appointed and within 5 minutes of all amenities required for a gre  …see more

from £80 / night

£420 - £1400 / week

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from £80 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Levenwick holiday apartment let

Mainland / Levenwick

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This recently converted self-catering Apartment is set on a working croft, has stylish contemporary furnishings and is a well equipped peaceful home from home. Ideal to explore coastline, beaches, wildlife and archaeology. 20 minutes from Lerwick. Free WiFi. FreeSat TV.  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 / week

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from £65 / night

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Holiday apartment in Muhlbach am Hochkonig

Salzburg Region / Muhlbach am Hochkonig

13 36 Min stay varies

  • 13 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 36
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Sonnblick Apartments & Chalet Your charming place for mountain holidays in summer and winter.... On my place you find a spacious , luxury Chalet for up to 15 persons with jacuzzi and outdoor sauna with panoramic mountain view And 7 cosy aprtments of different size  …see more

from £22 / night

£202 - £6639 / week

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from £22 / night

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Apartment rental in Sant Miquel de Fluvia with swimming pool

Province of Girona / Sant Miquel de Fluvia

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Large house with 5 double bedrooms, 2 kitchens and 3 bathrooms, private garden with swimming pool and barbecue, in a beautiful natural environment, only 10 minutes from the beach, Costa Brava, railway station in the village, great for hiking and cycling  …see more

from £93 / night

£588 - £1471 / week

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from £93 / night

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Port de Pollenca

Majorca / Port de Pollenca

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A spacious apartment on the modern Bellesreguard complex, just to the rear of the exclusive ‘Pine Walk’. Standing in beautiful landscaped gardens with a large three-tier swimming pool and sun terrace. This first floor apartment is privately owned and is ideal for fa  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £1500 / week

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from £86 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Croyde holiday apartment rental

Braunton / Croyde

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, well appointed flat close to the beach” We have just come back from a lovely stay in Croyde at 4 Point view. The flat is very well appointed, clean and has everything you could need for your stay. We had a toddler with us and felt the flat was  …see more

from £150 / night

£670 - £1375 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Thurnham holiday apartment rental

Maidstone / Thurnham

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
Whether travelling by car or train, Thurnham Keep Stables offers the ideal sanctuary for that short break in beautiful, unspoilt Kent countryside yet being situated in mid Kent is an ideal base from which to explore everything Kent has to offer.  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £600 / week

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from £80 / 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

(27) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday apartment rental

Whitby / Central Whitby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Do not miss the opportunity of this fabulous classy apartment.” The most up to date apartment we have ever stayed in. Was a pleasure to get back from our lovely happy days in Whitby. Complimentary pack was awesome. Thanks again Glenda  …see more

from £90 / night

£485 - £875 / week

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from £90 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Perranporth holiday apartment rental

Cornwall / Perranporth

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
ALL THE BENEFITS OF BEACHSIDE LOCATION. 60 seconds from your door to the sand. Beautiful views. On site parking. Pets welcome. 3 min level walk to town centre.TV in bedrooms. Early check-in by arrangement. TripAdvisor voted into Top-10 UK beaches  …see more

from £68 / night

£299 - £1280 / week

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from £68 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“The nearest place to heaven” So close to the ocean that on a wild day the spray splashes on the windows. The flat is very cosy and comfortable. Everything you need is right there. The owners have thought of everything from crab nets to a great selecti  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £1700 / week

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from £80 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Dollar holiday apartment rental

Dollar / Dollarbeg

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A Luxury Scottish Retreat” The apartment has the wow factor and is absolutely lovely set in beautiful grounds with a relaxing laid back atmosphere. It is beautifully maintained and very well equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay.  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 - £785 / week

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from £70 / night

(2) Excellent 

25

Holiday apartment in Angus/Dundee

Angus / Arbroath

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Recently built luxury apartment with open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. Two bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, one with an en-suite. There is also a family bathroom.The apartment is furnished to a high standard and has a large balcony which is south facing with a  …see more

from £75 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £75 / night

(63) Excellent 

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Taormina holiday apartment accommodation

Province of Messina / Taormina

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“A Pearl in the hills over the Ionian Sea (Sicily)” We spent 2 weeks at this delightful specialty guest house in the hills above the beautiful Ionian Sea. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like family by Debora and Salvo and their beautiful d  …see more

from £47 / night

£318 - £678 / week

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from £47 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Loch Ness

Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“The greatest holiday let we've ever been in!” We had a fantastic honeymoon in Samhach! The house was very clean and literally everything was provided, even a bottle of wine in the fridge! The view from the house and the surrounding countryside are ast  …see more

from £55 / night

£275 - £467 / week

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from £55 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Santa Maria Estate holiday apartment rental

Mellieha / Santa Maria Estate

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Rent 1 of 3 holiday apartments in malta sharing a fantastic swimming pool and with some fantastic exotic sea views (can book apartment ref 272910 to rent two apartments).  …see more

from £54 / night

£379 - £879 / week

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from £54 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Province of Brescia / Gargnano

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
St Loe is a luxury, two bedroomed apartment, set right on the picturesque western shore of Lake Garda , within the small village of Gargnano, in “Parco Alto Garda Bresciano”, Northern Italy. Although a part of the ancient , stone village of Gagnano the interior of  …see more

from £75 / night

£490 - £770 / week

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from £75 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing amazing amazing!!!” I totally loved everything about the accommodation! The host was amazing, the facilities were fantastic and the location is superb. I cannot fault the holiday and will be returning. Highly recommended. Particularly if you h  …see more

from £72 / night

£359 - £812 / week

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from £72 / night

(19) Excellent 

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West Country holiday apartment rental

Cornwall / Padstow

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Superb cottage in a perfect location” This was our second stay in Driftwood. However, our first since it became self catering. The accommodation has been very beautifully adapted to incorporate a fully functioning kitchen, that has everything you wi  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £800 / week

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from £100 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Glenridding

Lake District / Glenridding

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
A comfortable and spacious Lake District apartment for two people, with walking from the door and water based sports on Ullswater. A real home from home with views of Grisedale Beck and the Lakeland fells.  …see more

from £80 / night

£315 - £530 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Hutton le Hole

North York Moors National Park / Hutton le Hole

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The Green offers beautiful views over the village and stream. It has flexible accommodation for families or friends and can be combined with Flat A (2 beds) and the self-contained Annexe to offer accommodation for a large family or group of friends. Dogs are welcome.  …see more

from £60 / night

£295 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park / Cortes de la Frontera

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A wonderful relaxing place to stay with wonderful convivial owners” This is a wonderful base to explore the mountains and hill towns of Andalucia. The accomodation was extremely comfortable, especially the beds, and my 11 year old son enjoyed the exp  …see more

from £43 / night

£280 / week

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from £43 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Chessy

Marne-la-Vallee / Chessy

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Apartment House, 9 min from Disneyland Paris, Chessy and 30 minutes from Paris Marne la Vallée area,QuietTo see:- Disneyland Paris- Paris- Park felines- Asterix Park- Sea sand- Provins Medieval City  …see more

from £51 / night

£379 - £631 / week

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from £51 / night

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Finse ski apartment to rent.

Ulvik Municipality / Finse

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Steinboligen is located at Finse, a famous winter resort for mountain skiing and walking - 1.222 meters above sea level on the Bergen- Oslo railway. Only accessible by rail, foot or bike - no cars. These days it is also quite popular to go biking along the old Navvy roa  …see more

from £169 / night

£925 - £1093 / week

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from £169 / night

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State of Santa Catarina / Itajai

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

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from £71 / night

£512 / week

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from £71 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Douglas holiday apartment rental

Isle of Man / Douglas

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Comfortable and convenient apartment in a central location” The courtyard is a newly built or refurbished apartment block facing the sea front on the Central Esplanade in Douglas. It is warm and comfortable, with lovely kitchen, all mod cons and plent  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 - £975 / week

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from £80 / night

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Ski apartment to rent in Chamonix

Haute-Savoie / Chamonix

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Studio E is ideally located in a central part of Chamonix, just a few minutes walk away from all the local amenities; bakeries, supermarkets, ski hire shops, clothing shops, restaurants and bars. The town's main bus stop, where free busses will take you to all of the lo  …see more

from £27 / night

£175 - £564 / week

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from £27 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely apartment and great location.” My girfriend I stayed here during the first week of September. We travelled from the UK across the plains of France from Calais. It took us about 10 hours including stops and so the apartment is easily accessed fr  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £1950 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

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West Country holiday apartment rental

Newquay / Central Newquay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Wow factor location, Great views a short walk will take you to any one of Newquay's fabulous beaches, the harbour, the headland or Golf course. If you want to relax and unwind the Penthouse is an ideal choice. Suitable for families + children or couples.Free car  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1700 / week

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from £100 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great little apartment. Very well equipped” Very nice, clean apartment. Plenty of storage space. Very well equipped kitchen with lots of utensils etc. with 2 very young children who are fussy eaters, we were self catering most days and we had everythi  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £600 / week

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from £40 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Fiumelatte

Lake Como / Fiumelatte

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
Contemporary lake view living in the grounds of the historic Villa Capoana!Modern apartment to sleep 4 guests located in Fiumelatte near Varenna, ideal for for couples or small groups.  …see more

from £155 / night

£774 - £1068 / week

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from £155 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Neston

Cheshire / Neston

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Well equipped, very clean, quiet - excellent base for a couple to explore The Wirral” Neatly converted and attractive stone built property, well equipped and decorated, and very clean and well-kept. The main room is arranged with a lounge area (includ  …see more

from £80 / night

£490 / week

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from £80 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Westerham holiday apartment rental

Sevenoaks District / Westerham

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home from Home” Beautiful accommodation, clean and spacious with great facilities. Far enough away from the main road to allow peace and quiet but close enough to all links to not be isolated. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful without b  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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from £50 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Poole

Poole / Poole Quay

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
VisitBritain 4* Gold Award achieved - June 2010 and May 2011 and November 2012! A fabulous front line apartment located in the prestigious Dolphin Quays development on Poole Quay on the second floor benefitting from a large balcony area. This is a luxurious 2 bedroom, 2  …see more

from £95 / night

£660 - £1200 / week

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from £95 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Itter

Tirol / Itter

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Absolutely fabulous!” Words cannot express the great time we had in Haus Maya! Where on earth can you find a place to stay with so much luxury, such cosyness, and space for the whole family. Great kitchen isle (you never want to go out for eating) wit  …see more

from £85 / night

£505 - £2416 / week

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from £85 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

East Lothian / North Berwick

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect house and location” Great house for a large group. Plenty of space for 10 adults and the view is amazing. Very well equipped for self catering. Beds are flexible and very comfortable. Would highly recommend the house.  …see more

from £200 / night

£900 - £1500 / week

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from £200 / night

(25) Excellent 

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St. Paul's Bay holiday apartment rental

Island of Malta / St. Paul's Bay

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“This is a superb oasis” This apartment is almost perfect in every way. The view from the front balcony stretches along the coast road past Wignacourt Tower along Bugibba promenade to Qwara Point. To the left is St. Paul's Island and a friendly cafe/b  …see more

from £43 / night

£253 - £463 / week

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from £43 / night

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Holiday apartment in Acton Turville

Gloucestershire / Acton Turville

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment in a lovely quiet rural position, looking over countryside. It is attached to the owners' house but is completely self contained and has central heating. The apartment comprises: living /dining room, kitchen with small utility  …see more

from £40 / night

£300 / week

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from £40 / night

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Lower Austria / Mautern an der Donau

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £106 / night

£736 / week

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from £106 / night

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North West Italy holiday apartment rental

Stresa / Someraro

1 4 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
Open for the first time in 2015, we are so proud to introduce Bella Vista Apartments! Brand-new apartments, each with a completely private terrace with full, unobstructed views of Lago Maggiore. We have built these apartments with your holiday in mind. Designed with hi  …see more

from £68 / night

£471 - £565 / week

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from £68 / night