Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10267)

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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(22) Excellent 

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Aylesbury holiday cottage rental

Buckinghamshire / Aylesbury

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting, with a warm welcome” We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Manor Farm - the cottage was perfect - pleasant and comfortable, overlooking a lovely garden and on the doorstep of picturesque English countryside. Ra  …see more

from £85 / night

£475 - £650 / week

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from £85 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in West Thirston

Alnwick / West Thirston

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A great space in a beautiful village that has helped us to explore Northumberland” This cottage is a definite must, it has everything you could want and more from the amazing welcome hamper to the great friendly local welcome. The beds are so comfy  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £685 / week

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from £43 / night

(13) Excellent 

27

Cottage rental in Winchelsea

Rye / Winchelsea

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £199 / night

£786 - £1739 / week

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from £199 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Argyll and Bute / Inveraray

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £56 / night

£390 - £610 / week

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from £56 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Portscatho

Roseland Peninsula / Portscatho

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Warm welcoming restful and peaceful cottage in perfect location” I stayed here with my husband and two small children for a week. Instantly felt relaxed on arrival as the village is so peaceful and the cottage so near to beach, shop and pub - ideal wi  …see more

from £65 / night

£275 - £865 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Gunnerside

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Gunnerside

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £50 / night

£350 - £525 / week

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from £50 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kirkconnel

Dumfries and Galloway / Kirkconnel

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £55 / night

£395 - £525 / week

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from £55 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
“Mr kenneth Dunn” Great place clean tidy and very quiet exelent base for fishing and walking pet friendly going back again in summer  …see more

from £41 / night

£223 - £412 / week

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from £41 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Aglish holiday cottage let

County Waterford / Aglish

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £48 / night

£255 - £337 / week

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from £48 / night

(11) Very Good 

20

Holiday cottage letting

Dorset / Isle of Portland

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Very Comfortable cottage, well equipped and good position” My husband and I with our 2 grown up boys stayed here to celebrate my youngest's 30th birthday. It was a perfect location for us to discover the island on our bikes and also the Jurassic coast  …see more

from £90 / night

£595 - £665 / week

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from £90 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Carbost holiday cottage rental

Carbost / Satran

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £95 / night

£425 - £530 / week

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from £95 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Bognor Regis holiday cottage rental

Arun District / Bognor Regis

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Cottage” This cottage was lovely so well equipped and tea and coffee milk to get us started. Bed really comfy and peaceful night's sleep had thanks to it being in a private road. Cosy and warm. Parking could be and issue but vouchers supplied  …see more

from £42 / night

£325 - £595 / week

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from £42 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Domme

Dordogne / Domme

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The best ever.” After 40 years of holidaying in various regions of France, we decided 6 years ago that the Sarlat/Domme area was our favourite. This year we stayed at Les tournesols, and were absolutely delighted. The gite had everything we wanted, do  …see more

from £74 / night

£513 - £1720 / week

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from £74 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Huntsville

Muskoka District / Huntsville

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly

from £473 / night

£4490 - £6166 / week

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from £473 / night

(10) Excellent 

19

Holiday cottage in Romaldkirk

Durham / Romaldkirk

4 9 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £233 / night

£1000 - £1700 / week

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from £233 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

County Mayo / Charlestown

3 7 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Charming home in idyllic setting” I stayed here with my husband, baby, parents, siblings and their partners in July and had the most wonderful and relaxing holiday. The home is a beautiful country cottage, which we felt very cost and at home in. The v  …see more

from £61 / night

£345 / week

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from £61 / night

(41) Excellent 

21

Helensburgh holiday cottage rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Helensburgh

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Great family cottage.” Very nice well equipped cottage in great gardens. The kids caught their first fish in the Gareloch (at the end of the garden). Very Happy with our stay.  …see more

from £80 / night

£440 - £675 / week

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from £80 / night

(32) Excellent 

31

Melplash holiday cottage rental

Bridport / Melplash

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
“Everything we were looking for.” We have just returned from a lovely week at Bluebell Cottage. The cottage was immaculate and very well equipped. We were warmly welcomed by Alistair and Lisa and enjoyed the home baked cakes on arrival! Our children lo  …see more

from £74 / night

£332 - £855 / week

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from £74 / night

(3) Excellent 

19

Holiday cottage in Gower

Swansea County / Gower

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £75 / night

£475 - £795 / week

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from £75 / night

(36) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Cullen

Moray / Cullen

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful coastal property” My wife and I have just enjoyed a wonderful weeks holiday in Hilllcrest Cottage Cullen. The owners, Selma and Rob, were there to greet us and show us around. They had left us a welcome pack and had also given us flowers, an  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(31) Excellent 

19

Cottage rental in Cotleigh

Devon / Cotleigh

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
“Lovely Annex” Just the right size for the 2 of us Nicely placed for walking and the south coast We had lovely weather and - whilst not warm - the pool was a great addition - ideal in the late afternoon sun Julia and David are lovely hosts - v  …see more

from £55 / night

£375 - £560 / week

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from £55 / night

(21) Excellent 

22

Cottage rental in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo with swimming pool

Tavira / Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“RELAXING, LOVELY AND FULL OF CHARM” The villa was exactly as described, spotlessly clean and had every facility you would ever want and more! It is so comfortable and so quiet and peaceful. The grounds are filled with a huge variety of fruit trees and  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 - £647 / week

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from £44 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Isle of Harris

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £110 / night

£770 - £1150 / week

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from £110 / night

(28) Very Good 

20

Holiday cottage in Gwynedd

Caernarfon / Talysarn

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE IN WALES” There is an amazing spacious house with everything what you need to lead everyday live. House is very atractive located close to most popular attractions in Snowdonia. We had been visited Criccieth and Cearnarfon Cas  …see more

from £42 / night

£295 - £449 / week

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from £42 / night

(21) Excellent 

12

Holiday cottage in Aviemore

Badenoch and Strathspey / Aviemore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent *****” We stayed in no7 for a long weekend with 2 adults 2kids & our dog, the owners were friendly & helpful gave us all the info needed. Great location for all local ammenitties, we travelled up for the santa train & also visited landmark a  …see more

from £90 / night

£590 - £855 / week

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from £90 / 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

(3) Excellent 

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Penrith holiday cottage rental

Eden District / Penrith

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“superb, Fantastic, Excellent” Lovely cosy cottage very comfortable, well equipped, A great base for exploring Cumbria Very helpful owner AAA+++  …see more

from £65 / night

£295 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

(44) Excellent 

22

Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous family holiday yet again!” This was our 3rd visit to Garrique with our three young children (now 8, 5 and 2). The cottage is perfectly located to explore the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond area as well as being close to all the amenities  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £90 / night

(58) Excellent 

13

St. Davids holiday cottage rental

St Davids Peninsula / St Davids

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.46 km
  • Pet friendly

from £70 / night

£600 / week

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from £70 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Colinsburgh

Colinsburgh / Charleton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £55 / night

£380 - £420 / week

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from £55 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Kelso holiday cottage rental

Borders / Kelso

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Excellent holiday Cottage” The Old Smithy is a superb holiday cottage. As it is all on one level, it is ideal for less abled people. The kitchen is very well equipped, the sitting room is large and has deep leather sofas, the bedrooms are spacious and  …see more

from £180 / night

£595 - £900 / week

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from £180 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Broadway holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Broadway

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Comfortable peaceful cottage” I visited Broadway with two friends on a garden and gallery getaway break! We found The Old Grocery clean, comfortable and located on a very quiet and pretty road. It was great to have the outside space as we were lucky  …see more

from £134 / night

£629 - £800 / week

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from £134 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Brasov County / Bran

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £87 / night

£604 / week

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from £87 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Llangynidr holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Llangynidr

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Hidden treasure in the heart of Brecon Beacons” We stayed 3 nights in the beautiful cottage and left with a lots of lovely memories. We were welcomed with complimentary welsh cakes and bottle of white wine. Cottage was spotless and located in a lovely  …see more

from £65 / night

£347 - £367 / week

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from £65 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Glencoe Village ski cottage to rent.

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“"Home from home in breath taking location"” Excellent location to visit the stunning Scottish highlands. The cottage is first class, cosy and warm and tastefully furnished with all the amenities you'll need for a self catering holiday, the added littl  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £650 / week

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(16) Excellent 

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Northumberland National Park holiday cottage let

Northumberland / Northumberland National Park

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent Holiday” We have just returned from our weeks holiday at Brackenlea with our wee Westie. The cottage exceeded our expectations its so tastefully appointed and decorated no "damp holiday cottage" feel. The area was great for our walking and  …see more

from £70 / night

£260 - £520 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cullen

Moray / Cullen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“A fantastic place to be.” Wow! The most fantastic place you want to spend your holiday and wish it would never end. Everything from the friendly welcome and food package to the amazing spaces in the house and beautiful wall art and ornaments made our  …see more

from £75 / night

£600 - £700 / week

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from £75 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Trimiklini

Limassol District / Trimiklini

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful and peaceful village house” Such a wonderful welcome from Mandy, who prepared the house and plenty of kind attentions for us. The house is marvellous and situated in a quiet street of the village. You can easily drive to Limassol or to the m  …see more

from £52 / night

£363 / week

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from £52 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Sneem

County Kerry / Sneem

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £34 / night

£236 - £514 / week

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from £34 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Sligo / Lisadell

4 6 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A Perfect holiday for Young Families in any weather. Home from home.” We had one of the most relaxing holidays I've ever experienced at Corner House. The Cottage is beautifully renovated and has everything you could possibly need. Endless hours of fun  …see more

from £190 / night

£302 - £363 / week

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from £190 / night

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