Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (93)

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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Elegant apartment within the walls of a National M - Porto Ercole castle sleeps 4

Province of Grosseto / Porto Ercole

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
This is a rare opportunity to stay in an elegant apartment within the walls of a pristine Tuscan National Heritage monument. La Rocca Spagnola, 1557, was built during the Spanish occupation of Tuscany and sits magnificently over the picturesque Marina of Porto Ercole. L  …see more

from £95 / night

£561 - £802 / week

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from £95 / night

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Castello di Galbino - A fairy tale castle - Anghiari castle sleeps 19

Province of Arezzo / Anghiari

9 19 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Tucked away into the hills of Arezzo lies the magic Castello di Galbino, a large and welcoming family castle surrounded by seemingly endless fields and hills covered olive groves and woods. The castle has a basic square shape with a raised central section and four roun  …see more

from £717 / night

£5018 - £6690 / week

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from £717 / night

49

LA TORRE DI PALANZO - Faggeto Lario castle sleeps 10

Lake Como / Faggeto Lario

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
The Tower Of Palanzo is a construction of the 17. century built on a military outpost of the 13. Century. The Watchtower is part of the castle walls and the only remaining structure of the outpost. The building is a protected monument and under national preservation ord  …see more

from £733 / night

£5130 / week

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from £733 / night

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Ancient castle in the heart of Tuscany, 6 bedrooms - Lecchi castle sleeps 14

Gaiole in Chianti / Lecchi

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
A dive into an ancient culture in the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti Classico.Il Castello Medievale is situated in a medieval hamlet, constructed of white stone, built around 1000AD, surrounded by forests and olive groves, immersed in a magical atmosphere of tranquility.  …see more

from £414 / night

£2897 - £3345 / week

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from £414 / night

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Luxury Castle "La Rocca" in Umbria - Capodacqua castle sleeps 10

Assisi / Capodacqua

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This Umbria luxury castle for rent is located in the countryside of Foligno, near the art towns of Nocera Umbra, Assisi, Spoleto and Perugia. Two National Parks (the Park of Monte Subasio and the Park of Monti Sibillini) and a beautiful lake (Lake Trasimeno) are within  …see more

from £566 / night

£3957 - £4966 / week

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from £566 / night

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Vendee / La Chataigneraie

9 15 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £185 / night

£1294 / week

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from £185 / night

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Luxembourg Province / La Roche-en-Ardenne

9 26 2 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden

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from £1000 / night

£2353 / week

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from £1000 / night

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Castle - Two bedroom townhouse in Umbria - Perugia castle sleeps 4

Province of Perugia / Perugia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Monte Lagello was until 20 years ago abandoned and is now a splendidly restored Castle. It is set on top of a hill and dates back to 1027. The Castle built in the 11th Century, has been completely restored with great care, winning first prize from the London Conservatio  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 - £460 / week

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from £65 / night

49

Aude / Mas-Saintes-Puelles

7 17 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £294 / night

£2156 - £2759 / week

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from £294 / night

(3) Excellent 

17

Schloss Moehren - Treuchtlingen castle sleeps 20

Middle Franconia / Treuchtlingen

7 20 1 night min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 1 night min
  • Private garden
In the middle of one of the largest nature parks in Germany (Naturpark Altmühltal) is an authentic, small hunting castle, where the real Pappenheimers (who does not ... know them) have lived. In this special atmosphere and beautiful surroundings there are four holidayh  …see more

from £513 / night

£513 / week

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from £513 / night

(7) Very Good 

28

Province of Syracuse / Portopalo di Capo Passero

11 45 1 night min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 45
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £173 / night

£1207 / week

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from £173 / night

(18) Excellent 

15

Bansha Castle - Bansha castle sleeps 18

County Tipperary / Bansha

7 18 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. Once owned by General Sir William Butler, the Butlers of Ormond crest is still evident on  …see more

from £718 / night

£3044 / week

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from £718 / night

(4) Excellent 

24

Palazzo Scagliae - Gubbio - Pisciano castle sleeps 8

Gubbio / Pisciano

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
You will have SOLE/PRIVATE use of the entire Palazzo and its grounds. No sharing with other guests!Palazzo Scagliae is a XIII Century listed Castle situated at the summit of a beautiful and peaceful 12 acre private estate in the locality of Pisciano, Gubbio. Surrounded  …see more

from £158 / night

£1108 - £1242 / week

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from £158 / night

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Villa Val Lemme - The Marquis Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 5

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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53

058-Restored Fortified Castle - Cupar castle sleeps 14

Fife / Cupar

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Exceptional medieval castle lovingly restored to its original splendour sleeping up to 12 adults and 2 children over four floors. Set within a beautiful rural area with plenty of outdoor open space for children to play. Mostly wooden and tiled floors throughout with  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3500 / week

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from £272 / night

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Sweet Garden Maison de Charme - Thiesi castle sleeps 4

Province of Sassari / Thiesi

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Thiesi village is situated in the north of Sardinia in an area full of testimonies of the prenuragic and nuragica ; nearby you can reach the Nuraghe Tower of Santu Antine (Torralba), the necropolis of S.Andrea Priu (Bonorva), the Domus de Janas ( fairies' house) of  …see more

from £25 / night

£173 - £302 / week

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from £25 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Casa al Castello - Campello sul Clitunno castle sleeps 5

Province of Perugia / Campello sul Clitunno

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
An elegant home with room for 3-5 in a spectacular setting. Enjoy the wonderful art, culture and nature of Umbria from this beautiful home within the ancient stone walls of the castle of Campello Alto. The tower property opens onto the magnificent old walls and a contem  …see more

from £91 / night

£561 - £690 / week

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from £91 / night

(1) Excellent 

56

Normandy mansion with pond and stables - Saint-Valery-en-Caux castle sleeps 8

Seine-Maritime / Saint-Valery-en-Caux

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Child friendly
A sprawling estate containing a pond, private stables and an apple orchard in addition to other scenic views make Manor de Vertot the picture-perfect holiday retreat, combining historic architecture with luxurious interior furnishings. The house is classified as a histo  …see more

from £313 / night

£1905 - £4044 / week

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from £313 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Marquess Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 6

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £190 / night

£1190 / week

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from £190 / night

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East Wing - Cardigan Castle Accommodation - 374090 - Cardigan castle sleeps 8

Ceredigion / Cardigan

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
Cardigan Castle East Wing / Yr Aden. A chance to stay within an historic Welsh Castle. On 3 floors this castle wing has a unique and stylish boutique style but also many original features. The Castle is a focal point in Welsh history and was home to the first ever Eiste  …see more

from £89 / night

£619 - £1860 / week

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from £89 / night

(19) Very Good 

12

Lunga House - Craobh Haven castle sleeps 40

Argyll and Bute / Craobh Haven

18 40 2 nights min

  • 18 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 40
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Little seaside castle hidden in the heart of Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland, surrounded by breathtaking views overlooking the Inner Hebridean Islands of Jura, Scarba, Shuna and the Gulf of Corryvrekan. We offer the full house for large groups of family or friends  …see more

from £1500 / night

£9000 / week

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from £1500 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Orba Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 6

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £190 / night

£1190 / week

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from £190 / night

17

Villa Val Lemme - The Artist Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 4

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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Castello Gran Duca - Venturina castle sleeps 20

Province of Livorno / Venturina

10 20 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A cypress and pine tree lined drive leads you to the imposing iron gate which introduces you to the magnificent ivy-covered Castello Gran Duca and to the fabulous scenery that opens in front of you. This will be just the beginning of your dream holiday. From its privil  …see more

from £1848 / night

£12932 - £17242 / week

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from £1848 / night

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Villa Val Lemme - The Lemme Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 4

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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Sant Feliu de la Garriga - Viladamat castle sleeps 6

Province of Girona / Viladamat

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
This is a Castel builded between the XVI and XVII centuries. At that time it was a fortification of the Empuries Compter, later on it became a farmland and currently is owned by a Catalan family.The place is sorrounded by the beautiful area of Alt Empurdà. From the Cas  …see more

from £99 / night

£690 - £863 / week

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from £99 / night

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Villa Val Lemme - Entire castle - Gavi castle sleeps 30

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

12 30 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £1130 / night

£6035 / week

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from £1130 / night

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Province of Siena / Poggibonsi

7 12 3 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £432 / night

£3018 / week

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from £432 / night

18

Le Clos Belle Rose - Haybes castle sleeps 15

Ardennes / Haybes

5 15 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
« Le Clos Belle Rose » welcomes guests all the year round in one of the most beautiful villages in the Ardennes next to the “Trans-Ardennes green track” ("La Voie Verte" 85kms of cycling paths) and the meanders of the River Meuse. Calm and relaxation ass  …see more

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Castello di Tassarolo - OS Castle - Tassarolo castle sleeps 5

Province of Alessandria / Tassarolo

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
Romantic appartment in the tower of Tassarolo Castle OS Castle, located in one of the four towers of the Castle of Tassarolo, is a special holiday home-from-home where you can enjoy the results of a thousand years of history and elegant living. Surrounded by meadows,  …see more

from £156 / night

£863 / week

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from £156 / night

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Meuse / Ligny-en-Barrois

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

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from £87 / night

£604 - £815 / week

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from £87 / night

10

Colliston castle - Arbroath castle sleeps 14

Angus / Arbroath

7 14 1 night min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
16th century medieval castle with private grounds allowing privacy and seclusion yet near to local amenities. The castle has many original feature along with modern day comforts. Large rooms provide the perfect backdrop to family and friend get togethers, providing th  …see more

from £500 / night

£2500 / week

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from £500 / night

18

1626 Jacobean Fortified Manor - Lismore castle sleeps 13

County Waterford / Lismore

6 13 5 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Glenbeg has been sensitively restored over a decade, preserving its historic value, whilst catering to the needs and comforts of family living. Glenbeg is situated on the maternal estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who visited frequently during his life and wrote some o  …see more

from £416 / night

£2770 / week

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from £416 / night

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Gorgeous chateau with swimming pool - Cazouls-les-Beziers castle sleeps 8

Herault / Cazouls-les-Beziers

4 8 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Swimming pool
Located in Cazouls-lès-Béziers, this well-appointed apartment in a chateau offers a romantic escape for up to 8 happy holidaymakers. This chateau can be rented with a neighbouring property to accommodate up to 14 guests. Inside the house, the lounge is perfect for un  …see more

from £199 / night

£1214 - £1832 / week

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from £199 / night

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Calvados / Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £130 / night

£906 / week

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from £130 / night

14

Chateau de la Vallee - East + West Wing + Cottage - Grandcourt castle sleeps 26

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

11 26 Min stay varies

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
Le Chateau de la Vallee is idyllically set in beautiful rolling countryside.next to the beautiful Forest of Eu and nestling on the edge of the pretty village of Grandcourt. It is divided into two halves each sleeping up to 10 (4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in each wing) w  …see more

from £371 / night

£1855 - £3755 / week

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from £371 / night

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Lot-et-Garonne / Nerac

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

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from £65 / night

£444 / week

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from £65 / night

23

Mansion near the French Riviera - Pezenas castle sleeps 10

Herault / Pezenas

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Located in Pézenas, just north of the French Riviera, this exquisite mansion offers a luxurious escape for up to 10 happy holidaymakers. Inside the property, the sunny lounge is perfect for unwinding after a day in the sun. Sink into one of the plush sofas and enjoy a  …see more

from £290 / night

£2029 - £4321 / week

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from £290 / night

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Lunga - Craobh Haven castle sleeps 40

Argyll and Bute / Craobh Haven

17 40 1 night min

  • 17 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 40
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Lunga House stands tall on green lawns with incredible sea views from the Corryvreckan to Loch Melford, encompassing the islands of Jura, Luing and Scarba and onto the Mountains of Mull. Lunga House is the ideal venue for a large family get-together, reunion or a bunch  …see more

from £1300 / night

£8000 - £10940 / week

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from £1300 / night

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Castello di Campello - Campello sul Clitunno castle sleeps 6

Province of Perugia / Campello sul Clitunno

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Child friendly
This picture-perfect fairy-tale castle has been restored to perfection, with your comfort in mind by its aristocratic owners,who have been there for centuries. The restored small castle has been divided into three by the three Campello brothers (the larger and higher c  …see more

from £121 / night

£772 / week

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from £121 / night

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