Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (20415)

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 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

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Cabo Roig / Cala Capitan Beach

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The Perfect Getaway” We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the apartment had undergone a complete refurbishment between booking and arrival. The Complex is situated right on the beach. It's a low rise gated development, with nice gardens.  …see more

from £52 / night

£342 - £556 / week

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from £52 / night

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Holiday apartment in Australia & New Zealand

Queensland / Magnetic Island

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
SENSATIONAL FAMILY HOLIDAY APARTMENT - WATERFRONT - VIEWS - POOL - GREAT LOCATION to suit up to 6 people. The Terrace is a New Waterfront luxury holiday Apartment in a quiet location on the Great Barrier Reef s Magnetic Island . Beautiful views , spacious , light and  …see more

from £113 / night

£1006 - £1342 / week

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from £113 / night

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(31) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water / Kineton, Bourton on the Water

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“a peaceful oasis” This one-bedroom flat is self-contained within a larger house on the edge of the tiny village of Kineton in the Cotswolds. The accommodation is very spacious with a large bedroom, separate living area with kitchenette and a modern b  …see more

from £80 / night

£435 - £625 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bere Regis

Dorset / Bere Regis

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Excellent cottage, very comfortable and well equipped” We managed to get this lovely cottage at very short notice and the owner was very helpful and welcoming. It is very well equipped (with manuals for appliances) and had everything we needed. We lov  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £60 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Collioure

Pyrenees-Orientales / Collioure

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Do you want to holiday in a place with stunning sea views? Sunbathe on a terrace with the sound of the sea beside you? This apartment is unique with unparallelled views to the sea and across to Collioure.  …see more

from £111 / night

£763 - £1187 / week

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from £111 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Alverstone Garden Village

Sandown / Alverstone Garden Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“A fab holiday in a great place” The apartment was very well maintained and the welcome basket is a nice touch. The beach and pier are within easy reach, only a short walk to both which makes the apartments location ideal. The beds are very comfy and t  …see more

from £46 / night

£265 - £690 / week

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from £46 / night

(19) Excellent 

21

Les Bossons ski apartment to rent.

Chamonix / Les Bossons

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Beautiful, spacious, recently refurbished apartment in quiet location, with spectacular views of Mont Blanc from the terrace. 55 minute drive from Geneva, & very close to station and bus stop for travel in the Chamonix valley. Cave with boot warmer. Directly from ow  …see more

from £102 / night

£467 - £1323 / week

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from £102 / night

(8) Excellent 

17

Apartment rental in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Beaulieu-sur-Mer

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
The apartment is located in a safe and quiet area. From the terrace you have a real amazing view of the sea in front of Saint Jean Cap-Ferrat.The flat is about a 15 minutes walk to the beach and downtown area where all the cafes, restaurants and shops are.Yo  …see more

from £86 / night

£556 - £889 / week

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from £86 / night

(17) Excellent 

14

Rossnowlagh holiday apartment rental

County Donegal / Rossnowlagh

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Ask about pets
Self catering for two in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal with stunning view and close to beach, restaurants and bar. Ideal for surf, fishing or walking break or for simply relaxing.The lodge is non-smoking and damage deposit will be forfeited if traces of smoking are evident.  …see more

from £43 / night

£231 - £283 / week

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from £43 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Praia da Luz

Luz / Praia da Luz

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Just what we wanted” travelling; myself, husband and four year old son. It was our first time abroard since having a child. I wanted a family friendly place with a home from home feel, suitable for toddlers but not a "family resort" full of kids. The  …see more

from £73 / night

£467 - £958 / week

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from £73 / night

(55) Excellent 

24

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

20

Etroubles ski apartment to rent.

Valle d'Aosta / Etroubles

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Cute and confortable mountain apartment in the heart of Étroubles a beautiful village located next to the Swiss border. Close to the ski slopes of Crevacol and several mountain hikes. Pila 70 km of ski slopes is at about 30 minutes the cablecar from AostA. Aosta cente  …see more

from £69 / night

£479 / week

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from £69 / night

22

Savoie / Flumet

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £37 / night

£257 - £868 / week

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from £37 / night

(8) Excellent 

14

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

(21) Excellent 

17

Holiday apartment rental

Cumbria / Whitehaven

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Truely outstanding accommodation” Fantastic stay at a simply wonderful apartment. Very nicely furnished. Comfortable and welcoming. Stunning views regardless of the weather. Relatively quiet despite being centrally located. Great for all ages; wo  …see more

from £80 / night

£380 - £570 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Rauris

Salzburg Region / Rauris

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Elisabeth 4 is a superb FRONT ROW apartment within the luxurious Schönblick Mountain Resort & Spa.With stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and a luxurious interior to match. A perfect summer or winter retreat. ~ Free use of the Resort Pool & Spa. ~ Free  …see more

from £85 / night

£441 - £1861 / week

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from £85 / night

(5) Excellent 

17

Holiday apartment in Marsalforn

Island of Gozo / Marsalforn

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great appartment” Me and my family had an amazing weekend in this apartment. A very good location in Marsalforn and close to many amenities. Owner was a very nice and help full. Thank you for making our stay at your lovely apartment so enjoyable.  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £599 / week

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from £43 / night

(4) Excellent 

19

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Cavelossim

Cavelossim / Mobor

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
WHISPERING PALMS- Our Modern and luxurious Apartment is most perfectly located a mere 600 meters from the quiet and unspoilt beach of of Zalor-Varca. The Swimming Pool, Indoor Entertainment options such as books, DVDs etc are all available for your use.Every detail in t  …see more

from £40 / night

£255 - £410 / week

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from £40 / night

(17) Excellent 

17

Los Cristianos holiday apartment rental

Arona / Los Cristianos

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
BeachApartmentLos CristianosAronaModernSwimming PoolBaby Pool  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bournemouth

Bournemouth / Sandbanks

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“The Perfect Holiday” We stayed at 4 Sandhills with our 2 children and had a fantastic time. The apartment is lovely and in a perfect location for a family beach holiday. We spent most days on the beautiful sandy beach which is very close to the apa  …see more

from £135 / night

£695 - £1120 / week

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from £135 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Waedenswil

Canton of Zurich / Waedenswil

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
The apartment is suitable for 4 people and consists of a living room, one large bedroom and one smaller bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. It is tastefully furnished, color TV, bed linen and towels are provided. A sunny terrace, garden with BBQ, free parking, free Internet  …see more

from £73 / night

£505 / week

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from £73 / night

(8) Very Good 

21

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

(17) Very Good 

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Les Carroz-d'Araches ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Les Carroz-d'Araches

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Great holiday lots of wonderful snow” The apartment was warm and cozy and very well equipped for the six of us. Our family and friends have stayed in the village centre for a number of years so we were a little concerned before our arrival that the ch  …see more

from £98 / night

£490 - £1819 / week

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from £98 / night

(19) Excellent 

22

Apartment rental in Cassis

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Cassis

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect Location, We fehlt like home” I can definetly recommend this property, nothing more you need. Only the cleaning could have been better.  …see more

from £170 / night

£1145 / week

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from £170 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment letting

West Sussex / Shoreham-by-Sea

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“spotlessly clean, great location, very accessible to londan and brighton” We travelled from the south of ireland to the uk in august and had a wonderful holiday from our base at apt. 11 shoreham by sea, waters edge. We had our own parking space. Al  …see more

from £100 / night

£560 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Irsina holiday apartment rental

Province of Matera / Irsina

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Apartment, villa, in historic town.Spacious bright rooms with balconies, fully fitted kitchen, relaxing living room, calm ensuite bedrooms. Traditional authentic Italy on the doorstep, from the back views across rolling wheat fields, groves of oilive, grapes and fig.Lan  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 / week

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from £55 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Kirkby Malham holiday apartment rental

North Yorkshire / Kirkby Malham

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
Grade 2-listed, riverside mill apartment; 2 bedrooms, bathroom & shower room; fishing rights; secluded location in mature gardens; views over river Aire & Pennine Way; good pub food & shops nearby; conveniently located for many attractions and activities; parking for 1  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 / week

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from £75 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Apartment letting in West Country with golf nearby

St Ives / Porthminster

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Apartment Right by the Beach” The Apartment is located in just the right place for a great holiday by the beach. It is set back from the hustle and bustle but near enough to pop out with a young child to eat out in the evening. If you want to  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £1680 / week

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from £150 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Pittenweem

Fife / Pittenweem

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Puffin Hollow provides the perfect environment for a relaxing break.” Puffin Hollow is a quaint cottage, cleverly and tastefully modernised with real thoughtfulness. The decor reflects the location - lovely coastal walks and living right on the harbo  …see more

from £80 / night

£415 - £570 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

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East Wemyss holiday apartment rental

Fife / East Wemyss

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
This area would appeal to anyone, offering relaxed village life as well as a base to go out and explore the many historic castles, theatres, leisure centres, golf courses etc in the surrounding area.This apartment is strictly no smoking.It is also unsuitable for people  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 / week

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from £42 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in North Wales

Denbighshire / Rhyl

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful relaxing stay” The holiday apartment was spotless and luxurious ! It had everything we needed to thoroughly enjoy our weekend! It truly was the most relaxing chilled place we have ever stayed! Will definitely be returning! Xxx  …see more

from £68 / night

£400 / week

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from £68 / 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

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Pizzo

Province of Vibo Valentia / Pizzo

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“This apartment, this location...ticks all the boxes for a wonderful holiday” I recommend you choose this apartment in this location for it's perfect charm and absolutely gorgeous italian authenticity! We are a family of six. The apartment is just ma  …see more

from £100 / night

£465 - £595 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Burgau with shared pool

Faro District / Burgau

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic apartment located on a beautiful complex” I would highly recommend this apartment. The apartment was excellent, everything you needed,. very spacious and well kept The children loved the indoor pool which was small but clean and heated,  …see more

from £54 / night

£375 - £1030 / week

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from £54 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Province of Siena / Siena

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Just as expected!” From our first enquiry, the owners were always so helpful and our stay at the Muricce was everything we wanted it to be. This is a wonderful place to stay, and to tour from. There is something to see or to visit in all directions.  …see more

from £82 / night

£445 - £924 / week

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from £82 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in West Country

Devon / Dartmouth

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“1st class” had a wonderful break in Dartmouth ,we were welcomed very warmly by Di, the accommodation and views over the Dart is 1st class, I can thoroughly recommend this holiday letting. note there is a uphill walk back to the flat,  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / 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

(13) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Excellent accommodation, would recommend a holiday in this Apt” We stayed in this Apt over New Year 2013/14. from the moment we arrived the accommodation far exceeded our expectations. The accommodation was clean and had all the comforts of home. The  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £1200 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with swimming pool in Australia & New Zealand

Queensland / Airlie Beach

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“The ultimate getaway retreat, peaceful and relaxing” The location is stunning, over looking islands, yachts and across to the untouched hills. The infinity pool was amazing and refreshing and the spa was hot and inviting when it got cooler in the even  …see more

from £288 / night

£2012 / week

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from £288 / night

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