Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10297)

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 Whitby

Scarborough District / Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, excellent accommodation with a homely feel !” We would highly recommend this home to all our friends and family, there is everything you need and more, including homely touches ! It is immacutely clean and modernised to a very high s  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

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Holiday cottage in Great Longstone

Derbyshire / Great Longstone

2 3 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 5 nights min
Our lovely 18th Century cottage was completely renovated to the highest standard in 2016 with solid oak fittings throughout offering guests luxury and homely accommodation. The cottage easily accommodates 3 people with one double boutique bedroom with king size bed and  …see more

from £77 / night

£480 - £660 / week

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from £77 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Barao de Sao Joao

Lagos / Barao de Sao Joao

1 2 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“Our ultimate holiday experience” Cottage Florestal is located in a tranquil & idyllic setting in a perfectly natural environment. Surrounded by the beautiful Barao de Sao Joao wood, bird song is your only sound. It is well-equipped & beautifully furn  …see more

from £35 / night

£225 - £395 / week

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from £35 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Timberland

Lincolnshire / Timberland

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 64 km
  • Private garden
“Brilliant Love to go back anytime.” We he had a great break away although it was only for four days, its was so relaxing, The Low Barn was wonderful with everything we ever needed. Quality of the barn facilities were great and the owner very helpful  …see more

from £96 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £96 / night

(36) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Nantlle

Caernarfon / Nantlle

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent value for money” We found this property was absolutely fine for our requirements. The beds were comfortable and the bathroom was a very good size. The weather was amazing and we had a whole week of sunshine so were able to visit many places.  …see more

from £24 / night

£168 - £300 / week

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from £24 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stanley

Durham / Stanley

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely holiday home.” Very warm, clean and comfortable house. Close to all amenities and Asda nearby. Ideal for Beamish, Durham and Metro centre. Beds very comfortable and quiet overnight.  …see more

from £49 / night

£300 / week

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from £49 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Flamborough

Bridlington / Flamborough

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Cliff edge cottage overlooking Thornwick Bay. One of the finest views in Yorkshire. Watch gannets, puffins, razorbills, auks, cormorants, gulls and short-eared owls from your living room. Breathtaking sea views. Nature walk. Idyllic sunset. Tranquil escape.<br />V  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £895 / week

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from £57 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Thornton-in-Craven

Skipton / Thornton-in-Craven

2 3 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 4 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“A perfect little get away” We booked this cottage to visit the Yarndale show in nearby Skipton and found it to be just perfect for us. The cottage is very well presented with everything you could need and spotlessly clean. We were very comfortable and  …see more

from £60 / night

£270 - £380 / week

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from £60 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Langport

Langport / Long Sutton, Langport

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Hodgehay Cottage is a charming Quaker cottage built at the start of the 20th Century. It has been lovingly restored, retaining many period features, to give you a comfortable and cosy home from home.  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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from £50 / night

22

Holiday cottage in Novo Mesto

Lower Carniola Region / Novo Mesto

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
Vineyard Cottage Pokorny is located on the sunny side of very scenic Grcevje vineyards, near Novo Mesto and Otocec. Perfect for couples searching for peace. As a sign of welcome you are treated to wine and cold cuts. Animals and smoking are not allowed inside the buildi  …see more

from £69 / night

£479 / week

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from £69 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Newcastle

County Down / Newcastle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fabulous cottage holiday” Beautiful cottage, tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean. Fully equipped kitchen made cooking Christmas dinner easy, comfortable bedrooms, cosy living room with open fire. Good heating system and excellent wifi. Panoramic  …see more

from £95 / night

£455 - £525 / week

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from £95 / night

(83) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Ventnor

Ventnor / Niton Undercliff

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic cottage” We had a fabulous week at Camellia Cottage at the beginning of March. Well deserving of its gold award, this cottage is very well equipped, very clean and has a very home-from-home feel. We particularly enjoyed the resident wi  …see more

from £120 / night

£570 - £1475 / week

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from £120 / night

(49) Excellent 

24

Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It  …see more

from £48 / night

£254 - £384 / week

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from £48 / night

(11) Very Good 

22

Holiday cottage in Tobermory

Isle of Mull / Tobermory

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A homely experience in a great location” Staying in Tobermory is a good choice especially if the weather is bad. The cottage is on the hill with lovely views and walking distance in to Tobermory. The house is well thought out and we didn't lack anythi  …see more

from £100 / night

£400 - £850 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Iznajar

Province of Cordoba / Iznajar

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great villa in a perfect location. Everything you want close to everything you need.” A wonderful villa with everything you could possibly need. We arrived very late at night and were met by the owners with a beer and a smile. The start of a great hol  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £325 / week

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(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Gloucestershire / Leigh

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“Nice place” My husband and I stayed few days at the Chestnuts in April 2013. The place is very nice, clean and light, very well organised. The cottage is of good size and has everything you need. I had few questions before the trip and sent emails to  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £60 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect location with great view of the Wallace Monument” Being located on a quiet road, only mnutes from a main traffic circle, gave us quick, easy and unparalleled access to all the site seeing we planned during our stay. The cottage was bright and  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £745 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

12

Holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Crickhowell

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cosy cottage” The owners Mike and Sue were friendly and helpful. The cottage for us was very easy to find, ideally situated and contained everything we needed. It was cosy warm and clean . For the two of us and the dog it was wonderful and we r  …see more

from £75 / night

£310 - £485 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Waldringfield

Woodbridge / Waldringfield

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
SUFFOLK'S SECRET. COSY HOLIDAY COTTAGE CLOSE TO THE RIVER DEBEN IN WALDRINGFIELD. IVYDENE is a stylish luxury cottage, close to a sandy beach, boating, golf, cycling and good walks.It is just five miles from Woodbridge. Sleeping four people in one double room and  …see more

from £54 / night

£300 - £660 / week

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from £54 / night

(55) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Over Haddon

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Best place we've ever stayed!” This place was a little slice of heaven, with the most amazing views: lovely large garden, fields all around and a beautiful church at the bottom of the garden! Inside the cottage was perfect with everything we needed: g  …see more

from £70 / night

£495 - £695 / week

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from £70 / night

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Llandinam holiday cottage rental

Powys / Llandinam

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 58 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The Lodge at Broneirion is grade II listed cottage set in grounds of Broneirion estate in the village of Llandinam. Sleeps 6 in double & twin bedrooms (zip and link beds to king). Lounge/Dining Room seating for 6 with TV/Freeview, Lounge with sofa bed (double), TV/F  …see more

from £65 / night

£295 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(36) Excellent 

22

Cottage rental in Castletownbere

County Cork / Castletownbere

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely charming!” A cottage right out of the movie The Holiday, staying here made my first trip to Ireland just right. Nicely appointed, stunning ocean view from the private garden, and smartly decorated for Christmas (I stayed here the week befor  …see more

from £53 / night

£259 - £465 / week

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from £53 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Singleton

Chichester / Singleton

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 24 km
“Spacious 1 bed accomodation in ideal location” This property was ideally situated for walking in the Downs as well as visiting local attractions ( including one just around the corner) local pub in the village served good food and beer. all rooms we  …see more

from £51 / night

£300 - £475 / week

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from £51 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ingleton

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Ingleton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“Fantastically fitted out, really comfortable.” Our long weekend at Merlin cottage was very pleasant, the cottage is fitted out to a high standard and was warm and well equipped. The location is excellent being only a couple of minutes walk from the l  …see more

from £51 / night

£250 - £410 / week

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from £51 / night

(9) Very Good 

30

Cottage letting in Champagnac-le-Vieux

Haute-Loire / Champagnac-le-Vieux

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ask about pets
“Idyllic Gite...perfect little get-away” We loved this cosy little Gite. Just perfect for what we wanted....a week of peace & tranquillity...walking, cycling and running in the hills of the Auvergne. Wendy & Michael are lovely hosts and are always ther  …see more

from £48 / night

£334 - £474 / week

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from £48 / 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
“Excellent but beware if you do not like really steep stairs” Spotlessly clean, very comfortable, well equipped. Would have very happily given 5 stars except for the stairs which are really (!) steep. It did not matter too much to us although one of  …see more

from £78 / night

£390 - £696 / week

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from £78 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Bodfari holiday cottage rental

Denbighshire / Bodfari

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
“Perfect” Absolutely AMAZING, could not find anything wrong, as people have said, it's home from home, you do need a car as, you are in the middle of no where, we brought lots of alcohol , with us so we didn't need, to go to the pub, as it was at leas  …see more

from £75 / night

£300 - £485 / week

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from £75 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Marazion

Cornwall / Marazion

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE” We found this cottage very clean and everything you wanted was provided....yummy scones from local shop and bottle of wine waiting for our arrival. The location is great to explore most of south cornwall. Some fab beaches for the do  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £1250 / week

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from £75 / night

(57) Excellent 

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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
Cariad Cottage is an attractive cottage set in surrounding farmland with amazing sea views. Just yards from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path above Caerbwdy and Caerfai Bays, it offers breathtaking views across the bay to Skomer and Skokholm. Visit Wales 4 star grading<  …see more

from £70 / night

£600 / week

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(4) 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
Nestling as it does at the gateway to Royal Deeside, Banchory is a beautiful place to enjoy a holiday. Visitors are invited to explore Deeside's historical connections. There is a wealth of beautiful castles to visit including Balmoral Castle, which is home to the  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Lacock holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Lacock

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Child friendly
Surrounded by fields, Maple Cottage, close to the National Trust village of Lacock is near Bath. A superb location for visiting Stonehenge, Longleat and the Cotswolds. Architect-designed and 4 star rated with exposed oak beams.Changeover days are FRIDAYS and MONDAYS  …see more

from £58 / night

£330 - £550 / week

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from £58 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Great Eccleston holiday cottage rental

Lancashire / Great Eccleston

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming Cottage” This is a wonderful, cosy cottage, in a lovely village, and within easy access to all the nearby attractions. It has everything you could possibly require for a comfortable self catering stay, I believe a B&B service is also availab  …see more

from £83 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £83 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Windermere

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
Self-catering 1 bedroom cottage in a quiet location on the prestigious Birthwaite Road. Just minutes walk from both Lake Windermere and Windermere town centre. Full use of garden and terrace with views towards the Lake.  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £450 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Lingwood holiday cottage let

Norfolk / Lingwood

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“lovely” Was a very nice cosy little cottage. However we got the impression we were not going to be welcomed back as we had a puppy that barked every time the owners walked past. She didn't bark for long. as we stopped them.. So if you have a dog th  …see more

from £55 / night

£337 - £395 / week

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from £55 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in New Seabury

Cape Cod / New Seabury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect vacation” We enjoyed our vacation in this holiday home very much. We found everything we needed and it was perfect. Our little son (1,5 years old) loved the garden and the nice beaches in the surrounding area. The supermarket and the restauran  …see more

from £118 / night

£809 - £2192 / week

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from £118 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Charlecote, Warwickshire

Stratford-upon-Avon / Charlecote, Warwickshire

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Private garden
“Lovely relaxing holiday cottage with lots to do nearby” I visited here in February With my mother and stayed for two nights. The cottage is fantastic very well equipped. The owners couldn't have been more helpful. The cottage is set in a beautiful vil  …see more

from £90 / night

£525 - £550 / week

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from £90 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Okeford Fitzpaine

Blandford Forum / Okeford Fitzpaine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely cottage” Stayed here over Christmas week and it is a absolutely beautiful cottage. The reason why it hasn't got 5 stars is because cooking xmas dinner for 6, we struggled with baking trays and had to buy more. Also the garden wasn't totally sec  …see more

from £150 / night

£390 - £1030 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Leven

Levenmouth / Leven

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Viewfoth Cottage comfortably sleeps 2 people in the double bedroom. Situated a short walk from the sandy beach with shops and restaurants within minutes, this delightful single-storey detached holiday cottage is tastefully furnished and provides a cosy base from which t  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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(5) Very Good 

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Ludgvan holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Ludgvan

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ask about pets
St Ives with the Tate Gallery and the wild north coast are 6 miles away  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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(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
Tucked away just a short drive from Tarbert, the main town on Harris, in a secluded bay is Mol Bàn a traditional Hebridean croft house. Mol Bàn nestles in a quarter acre of landscaped gardens, slightly wild as you would expect on this untamed island and as  …see more

from £110 / night

£770 - £1150 / week

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from £110 / night