Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

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Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.



Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.



Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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Holiday cottage in Winchcombe

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect holiday cottage, centrally located” Lovely cottage, close to centre of winchcombe, and shops, nice walks nearby. Very clean and Spacious rooms. Central for visiting Cotswold attractions.  …see more

from £100 / night

£790 - £1400 / week

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from £100 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Wotton-under-Edge holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Wotton-under-Edge

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage” We rented this cottage over Christmas to be closer to the family. The woodburniing stove was alight when we arrived in the evening making the cottage very welcoming, there was also a small Christmas tree which was a very nice touch. T  …see more

from £80 / night

£470 - £970 / week

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from £80 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Hill

Moreton-in-Marsh / Bourton-on-the-Hill

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Idyllic Country Cottage” Slatters Cottage is a perfect picture book character cottage. We had a lovely stay. The owners caters for all needs and the village has many beautiful features. The cottage is in a unique and beautiful setting with very friend  …see more

from £101 / night

£465 - £710 / week

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from £101 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Stow-on-the-Wold holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a great location” Stonecot is a lovely cottage very close to the centre of Stow on the Wold, which is itself a great place to stay. We stayed as a couple but the cottage was comfortably big enough to accommodate a family or a group  …see more

from £100 / night

£360 - £575 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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Widecombe in the Moor holiday cottage rental

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A truly relaxing and comfortable little haven” We have visited this cottage several times now. It is warm and comfortable and we once again, felt wonderfully looked after. It is a true haven of peace and quiet - you really don't need the car and if  …see more

from £90 / night

£250 - £640 / week

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from £90 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ascog

Isle of Bute / Ascog

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Cosy cottage with picturesque views, we will be back!!” Six of us had a very comfortable stay at Montford Cottage for New Year 2011-2012. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed. It has good sized rooms, wonderful views and is a cosy geta  …see more

from £100 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £100 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kilnaleck

County Cavan / Kilnaleck

6 12 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Child friendly
Situated in peaceful countryside in the Lake District of Cavan, 1 mile from Kilnaleck village, and just 1 hours driving from Dublin via M3. This spacious home sleeps 12 offers a large garden & patio area basketball net, games room and all modern conveniences.Mc Evo  …see more

from £85 / night

£593 - £890 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in West Country

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Excellent!” Stayed at Summer Lodge for a week in October. Very nicely appointed, quiet residential area, and conveniently located within a five minute walk from the town centre, supermarkets (Tesco and Budgens), local restaurants, pubs etc. Hostess Da  …see more

from £56 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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from £56 / night

(19) 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, private traditional cottage” This lovely, thatched cottage is up in the hills and woods and very private. It is beautifully updated, comfortable, and has a lot of personal touches. We were welcomed with a bouquet of fresh flowers. The beddi  …see more

from £60 / night

£180 - £420 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire / Saundersfoot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage, Handy Location!” The Cottage is in a lovey quiet street within a great distance of the beach and short drive to tourist destinations such as Folly Farm and Oakwood. Equipped with some little additions that kept us entertained while the  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Portmeirion holiday cottage let

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“homely cottage” we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this homely cottage, it is quiet and peaceful but not far from all amenities. it was also pet friendly and everything was clean and tidy.  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £690 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Maughold

Isle of Man / Maughold

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Traditional Manx. Cottage - set in a stunning location , two minutes from the Manx electric tram stop. Ten minutes walk to the beach and 5 minutes drive into Ramsey town. The perfect choice is you want to kick back and relax yet close enough to bars, shops ,restauran  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 / week

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from £80 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Alstonefield holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Alstonefield

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect New Years break” We had a lovely stay at Bankside cottage to welcome in the New year. The cottage was located in a lovely snowy hamlet with scenic walks close by and even a local coffee shop. The cottage itself was well equipped with everyth  …see more

from £75 / night

£500 - £975 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Minehead holiday cottage rental

Somerset / Minehead

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“a very enjoyable stay” A very comfortable, well equiped cottage within easy reach of many places .We would stay again Lovely walks and a good pub next door but one  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £460 / week

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from £43 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Lincoln

Lincolnshire / Lincoln

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“The perfect restful retreat in an immaculate beautiful cottage.” The cottage is set in a beautiful location within easy reach of the historic city of Lincoln. Our situation was that we were relocating back to the UK and needed a base while we sorted o  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £480 / week

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from £75 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Widecombe in the Moor holiday cottage rental

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Private garden
“Enjoy the wonders of nature at this blissful cottage.” If you are seeking a place to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature, Widecombe Cottage is the place for you. Beck’s wonderful homemade cake, wine eggs and milk welcomed us as we arrived. The cotta  …see more

from £120 / night

£355 - £650 / week

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from £120 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Guemene-sur-Scorff

Morbihan / Guemene-sur-Scorff

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
“A peaceful, beautiful and relaxing place to stay” Le Vieux Moulin is an incredibly tranquil house, set beside a stream in a peaceful valley where birds singing is about the loudest noise. There are good walks on the doorstep. The house itself is delig  …see more

from £85 / night

£525 - £875 / week

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from £85 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Central Southern England

Princes Risborough / Bledlow

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful, peaceful, cosy cottage. Recommend.” We had a very pleasant stay here for the weekend. Very well stocked, nice touches like the colour coordinated towels in each room! Open fire was real treat and there was plenty of fire wood! The landlor  …see more

from £125 / night

£600 - £800 / week

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from £125 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Berkshire

Windsor and Maidenhead / Windsor

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Quality accommodation with high specification fitments” Only a mile or so from Junction 7 of the M4, this cottage has a rural feel tucked away with a small number of other properties. The accommodation has been delightfully decorated throughout with  …see more

from £105 / night

£763 - £973 / week

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from £105 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Beaumaris

Anglesey / Beaumaris

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
A beautiful end cottage set in the idyllic town of Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey. Just a 5 minute walk to the beach and centre of town where you can sample the delights of the many local restaurants and pubs whilst talking in the dramatic views across the very pic  …see more

from £46 / night

£318 - £755 / week

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from £46 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Blockley holiday cottage rental

Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“Perfect Christmas getaway in the Cotswolds” Had a fantastic time five days over Christmas at Arlington Cottage in Blockley. The cottage had everything we could possibly need - we even cooked Christmas dinner in the new kitchen which, like the rest  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £75 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Gargunnock

Stirling / Gargunnock

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Very high quality and well thought out by a really nice host family” This beautiful old converted coach house is ideally placed for trips to a whole range of interesting places but we enjoyed the weekend entirely on the farm pottering about and bumpin  …see more

from £93 / night

£500 - £795 / week

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from £93 / night

(3) 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
An above average sized one bedroomed property situtated in a private courtyard in the centre of the highly regarded village of Hartington, just yards from the River Dove. The most famous area of the Peak District, Dovedale is just a short distance downriverThe Cottage  …see more

from £34 / night

£260 - £450 / week

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from £34 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Sedbergh

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Sedbergh

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ask about pets
A small one bedroom cottage converted from a stable situated in the heart of Sedbergh. It is a few minutes' walk from the local pubs, restaurants, bookshops and amenities and five minutes' walk from Sedbergh School. Ideal for visiting Sedbergh or as a base for  …see more

from £55 / night

£220 - £380 / week

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from £55 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Seglien

Morbihan / Seglien

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
A complete get away from the madding crowd! Sounds tempting? Read on......A stunning cottage, on the edge of a small, picturesque rural village, Croquignolet boasts absolute peace and quiet.  …see more

from £43 / night

£297 / week

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from £43 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Isle of Harris holiday cottage rental

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautifully designed cottage in the most stunning location” We had a wonderful two weeks staying in Cuckoo Cottage. It's location is perfect, each morning I could go for walks on the beach (with new born baby) and my husband could do a good training  …see more

from £80 / night

£480 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Winster

Peak District National Park / Winster

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous Cottage” A lovely cosy cottage with a fantastic view in a beautiful spot in Winster. The cottage has every thing you need as a home from home. Clean, comfortable, cosy and well decorated. Winster is a lovely village with lovely friendly local  …see more

from £83 / night

£315 - £525 / week

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from £83 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Eglwyswen

Crymych / Eglwyswen

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Very nice but be aware of a few things” This cottage has so much to offer its remote location, facilities, quirkiness are all great, it is a brilliant place to stay. However there is a couple of things you need to be aware of. The drive up is a track  …see more

from £78 / night

£330 - £485 / week

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from £78 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Skeabost Bridge

Portree / Skeabost Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful Spot” Cottage is as good as it looks in the pictures with great outlook across green fields. It's well equipped and maintained and we would be happy to stay there again. Good location for touring the northern part of Skye  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £900 / week

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(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Widecombe in the Moor

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Hideaway in the moor” Excellent, secluded little cottage. The perfect location to get away from your everyday hassle. Its quite, situated in a wonderful landscape and you can walk into the moor directly from your doorstep. The cottage is perfectly equ  …see more

from £90 / night

£315 - £445 / week

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from £90 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Reeth holiday cottage rental

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Reeth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Cosy cottage newly refurbished to a very high standard. Set in beautiful countryside with stunning views. Ideal for walking, mountain biking or just escaping from it all. Two great pubs within walking distance.  …see more

from £60 / night

£325 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Advie ski cottage to rent.

Aviemore / Advie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A great place to stay” I stayed here with my son and partner for 5 nights from 16th June and this is a lovely cottage with plenty of room, a homely feel and in a nice quiet location. Everything you could need is there, it is clean, bright, comfortable  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £910 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday cottage in Nordestinho

São Miguel / Nordestinho

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Tradicampo, Casas de Campo Tradicionais, Lda. is a company whose business purpose is to provide temporary accommodation, tourist entertainment and rural tourism services.  …see more

from £60 / night

£374 - £683 / week

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from £60 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Winterton-on-Sea holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing break” Spacious clean cottage in perfect location , 3 mins to pub , 5 mins leisurely stroll to unspoilt dog friendly beach. Cottage has all you would need , master bedroom is huge with a really comfortable bed.  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £995 / week

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from £75 / night

(30) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in West Country

Somerset / Glastonbury

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Comfortable and Clean in a good location for exploring Somerset” Spent 5 nights in Lilac cottage in July 13 during very hot weather and the house was clean, comfortable and thankfully nice and cool during the heatwave. The cottage is a converted outbu  …see more

from £65 / night

£325 - £950 / week

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from £65 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Hayton holiday cottage rental

Brampton / Hayton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
We are on the C2C cycle route and a wonderful base for exploring The Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, The Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Nearby there are Golf Courses, Woodland walks, Castles and Museums, fishing, water sports, horse riding, cycling and shopping  …see more

from £45 / night

£230 - £2800 / week

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(38) Excellent 

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Robin Hoods Bay holiday cottage rental

North York Moors National Park / Robin Hood's Bay

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Private garden
“Fabulous cosy cottage with sea view” Pine Cottage is beautifully situated overlooking the bay of Robin Hoods Bay. The decor and furnishings are first class and all the equipment is in excellent condition, in fact looks brand new. An easy to light log  …see more

from £105 / night

£595 - £695 / week

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from £105 / night

(26) Excellent 

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West Country holiday cottage let

Cornwall / St Ives

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic, homey, well equipped and spotless - loved it !” The cottage is beautiful - we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. The views of Porthminster beach are impressive. My 18month old granddaughter also felt right at home. Have b  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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(31) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Northern England

Cheshire / Chester

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Everything we hoped for....and more” The property was very clean, extremely well equipped and cosy. We came for a Graduation in Chester and left resolved to return to spend more time looking round the area. The location of the property lends itself to  …see more

from £70 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cheddar / Draycott

2 5 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“LOVELY STAY” My husband and adult son stayed at the Courthouse in September. The accommodation was excellent. The apartment is very large with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. All the comforts of home were supplied. There was even a large selection of  …see more

from £60 / night

£225 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night