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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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(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely country cottage” My wife and I spent a week here in June. A lovely secluded cottage in middle of forest just 5 minutes from Killybegs. Comfortable interior and cozy bed. Kitchen a bit dark but otherwise great!  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Fairford

Cotswolds / Fairford

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful cottage, great location” Wool Cottage is a charming renovation, providing well-appointed accommodation. Each bedroom has an en suite, which worked well for us - my mother was in her own room and I shared the other with my three-year old son.  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £600 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Louth

Lincolnshire / Louth

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £40 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £40 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage letting

Aberdeenshire / Banchory

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden

from £55 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £55 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Stratton

Bude-Stratton / Stratton

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

from £37 / night

£260 - £490 / week

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from £37 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Wellow holiday cottage rental

Nottinghamshire / Wellow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy welcoming house full of character & history” We loved the house and the facilities, the rooms were spacious and cosy, with big family kitchen. The bath was amazing and big enough for two, the history and books were really interesting. Well equipp  …see more

from £78 / night

£390 - £696 / week

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from £78 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay and really helpful owners!” Just returned from a two week stay at the delightful Valerian Cottage with my wife and daughters (aged 6 and 4). The cottage is beautifully presented and extremely comfortable - more like a proper hom  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £255 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £255 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wilmcote

Warwickshire / Wilmcote

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Second stay just as special as the first! A real treasure.” After a short stay at The Cider House in April 2013, we booked The Cider House for two weeks in October 2014 as a base from which to explore the countryside as well as a two-day trip to Live  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Parthenay

Deux-Sevres / Parthenay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Forget any apprehensions.” Have recently returned from an extremely pleasant week spent at Eeyores Corner. The location was excellent - quiet and restful, which was exactly what we wanted. Property was very comfortable and obviously maintained to a ve  …see more

from £40 / night

£200 - £580 / week

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from £40 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Swanage Bay

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable family house in very convenient location” This was a very comfortable house with all of the facilities that you would want in a home from home. The owners left some milk in the fridge and other items, which was handy. They were friendly in  …see more

from £70 / night

£300 - £975 / week

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from £70 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Ventnor / St Lawrence, Ventnor

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful home in peaceful setting” Breakers Sound is a stunning house in lovely gardens with sea views. It contained everything we needed for a relaxing week. The location is very peaceful without being isolated, and lovely walks straight from the ho  …see more

from £150 / night

£525 - £1345 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Akureyri holiday cottage rental

Northeast Region / Akureyri

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £173 / night

£1035 - £2478 / week

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from £173 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Little Bavington holiday cottage rental

Northumberland / Little Bavington

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A perfect getaway” I booked my parents a very much needed short break at The Bothy. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay. They described the cottage as home from home. It was fully equipped and so cosy and welcoming. The surrounds are so relaxing and  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £55 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Stiffkey

Wells-next-the-Sea / Stiffkey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £70 / night

£295 - £695 / week

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from £70 / night

(56) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mosfellsbaer

Reykjavik / Mosfellsbaer

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Amazing stay, fabulous cottage in beautiful setting. Hard to beat.” we had an absolutely amazing stay. The views are fabulous, the house is beautiful so warm inside with everything you could possible need for a self catering holiday in Iceland. Lots o  …see more

from £173 / night

£1035 - £1826 / week

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from £173 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Church Stretton

Shropshire / Church Stretton

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“brilliant” as with most other reviews we had a fantastic stay.Sylvie and Mark were most welcoming and the care package was great.cottage beautifully set out and fantastic views to be had.walking distance to town for meals and supermarket.  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Wow! An exceptional cottage, excellent location - home from home.” We travel to Scotland every other year, to stay for Christmas and New Year - this was by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Everything you needed was there, plus little extras. T  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £580 / week

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from £75 / night

(24) Excellent 

21

Holiday cottage in Worfield

Bridgnorth / Worfield

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
“A lovely cottage!” Stayed 2 nights and found the cottage had everything you could need. Fantastic location with plenty to see. Lovely views, would love to return!  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Nant Gwynant holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Nant Gwynant

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Great weekend in a great cottage” Lovely cottage ideal for larger groups with the 5 bedrooms including the 3 twin rooms with space for everyone in the lounge and kitchen which is often overlooked. Great location for mountain biking.  …see more

from £150 / night

£790 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

East Riding of Yorkshire / Patrington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Great retreat to relax and enjoy.” Beautiful cottage with added extras.Very clean with all mod cons needed for a break away.Host very welcoming.Will definatly book again.  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Belper holiday cottage rental

Belper / Blackbrook

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
“Captain” It was the perfect xmas break for me and my family,the cottage was beautifully equipped ,clean ,and with the perfect level of privacy. I would highly recommend this cottage  …see more

from £70 / night

£320 - £540 / week

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from £70 / night

(53) Very Good 

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Corfe Castle holiday cottage rental

Corfe Castle / Kingston, Dorset

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic location, lovely cottage with everything you need.” The cottage is conveniently located just above corfe castle within easy reach of swanage beach and studland bay. The cottage is safe and well equipped with everything you need. The owner is  …see more

from £130 / night

£830 - £990 / week

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from £130 / night

(9) Excellent 

21

Holiday cottage accommodation

County Kerry / Dingle Peninsula

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect! Coming back.” Only 6 miles from Dingle town and yet a historic, rural idyll, walking distance from an expansive beach and a hamlet with two pubs. Quiet, private, home-like.  …see more

from £75 / night

£430 - £800 / week

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from £75 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Abriachan holiday cottage rental

Inverness / Abriachan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“not to be missed” Lovely cottage,arrived on a very cold day into very warm comfortable accommodation,endless supply of logs was a big bonus, faultless, everything just as described. lovely views- wonderful scenery- excellent walks and Lock Ness on t  …see more

from £74 / night

£420 - £1200 / week

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from £74 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Southwold

Suffolk / Southwold

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage” Great location for access into southwold, lovely homely feel for this well kept cottage. Will book again.  …see more

from £70 / night

£425 - £845 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Mortehoe

Woolacombe / Mortehoe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Lovely, cosy weekend stay” Wykeham Cottage is gorgeous - lovely rooms, beautifully kept. There is a log fire which, in February after a dip in the sea, was perfect. Catherine and Toby were great to deal with, really easy. The scones, cream and j  …see more

from £74 / night

£296 - £754 / week

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from £74 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage letting

Aberaeron / Felin Fach

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic accommodation in a fantastic location!!” We booked the cottage along with other accommodation at Gilfach to accommodate our large family for my birthday. The cottage is so well equipped we managed to cater for 9 each night (only 5 of us sta  …see more

from £100 / night

£1045 / week

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from £100 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Central Whitby

Whitby / Central Whitby

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Car not necessary
“Ideal location, superb cottage” The cottage was comfortable, very clean and in an ideal location. Surrounded by great restaurants and excellent bakeries. Car park is close by and only cost £5 for 24 hours. Kaaren is very helpful, friendly and willing  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £530 / week

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from £70 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Hartington

Peak District National Park / Hartington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £34 / night

£260 - £450 / week

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from £34 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Winchcombe

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Very today and all things you need catered.” The cottage is very clean and very comfortable. In the town centre. Walking distance to everything. Everything needed, such as internet, TV, kitchen, fridge catered for. Highly recommended.  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cemaes Bay

Anglesey / Cemaes Bay

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful week!” We've just spent a wonderful week in the cottage. We had a very warm, informative welcome to such a delightful place, the cottage was everything we hoped it would be and whilst we took every day essentials, we were pleased to find tha  …see more

from £45 / night

£285 - £470 / week

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from £45 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

Dordogne / Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect holiday house” Fantastic location, quite but not isolated and perfect for exploring the various sights the local area has to offer. The house itself has spacious rooms that have been furnished to a very good standard and a well equipped kitche  …see more

from £68 / night

£475 - £1250 / week

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from £68 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“A great get-away in stunning countryside” Comfortable cottage with everything you could want. Lovely views and cosy log stove for wet winter days.  …see more

from £57 / night

£275 - £412 / week

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from £57 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Betws-y-Coed holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Betws-y-Coed

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Private garden

from £50 / night

£250 - £420 / week

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from £50 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Gracciano holiday cottage rental

Montepulciano / Gracciano

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Really worth staying!” My partner and I spent a glorious week this spring at agriturismo Il Salarco surrounded by vineyards and idyllic rolling countryside. The owner, an English lady called Laura, made us both feel really welcome, was fabulously know  …see more

from £69 / night

£380 - £1776 / week

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from £69 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely” Really cosy traditional cottage...very warm ..extremely comfortable bed ...very relaxing break and everything on your doorstep  …see more

from £56 / night

£316 - £700 / week

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from £56 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Tangasdale

Isle of Barra / Tangasdale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly

from £80 / night

£390 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Walcott holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Walcott

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“A fabulous cottage in a lovely location” We stayed in this lovely cottage over October half term. The cottage is very spacious and the interior is of a very high standard. There are two spacious bedrooms with lovely comfortable beds and a further  …see more

from £68 / night

£475 - £900 / week

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from £68 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Waternish

Waternish / Lusta

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly

from £99 / night

£495 - £620 / week

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