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Rural retreats (10140)

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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Franschhoek holiday cottage rental

Franschhoek / Winelands

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £151 / night

£1057 / week

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from £151 / night

(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!
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from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Glen Roy holiday cottage rental

Fort William / Glen Roy

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“A truly excellent cottage accommodation set in wonderful surroundings” A fantastic base for all that there is so see in and around the Highlands. The cottage is equipped to a high standard. The minute you walk through the door you have that lovely hom
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from £130 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £130 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Morbihan / Pontivy

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £57 / night

£255 - £294 / week

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from £57 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Hautefort / Cherveix-Cubas

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £95 / night

£520 - £950 / week

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from £95 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“lilac Cottage” Had a lovely stay here while exploring the cotswolds. The open fire was perfect after a long days walking and cottage had everything you would need plus more. Kitchen well equipped and comfy beds. Lovely views of the hills from the bedr
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from £65 / night

£400 - £685 / week

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from £65 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Inveraray

Argyll and Bute / Inveraray

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect and tranquil cottage in very friendly village” It has taken a while to provide feedback about this cottage......but here goes! This is an extremely nice place to stay and explore the West Coast of Scotland. The location is excellent and the co
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from £45 / night

£298 - £442 / week

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from £45 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Britford

Salisbury / Britford

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £189 / night

£812 - £1350 / week

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from £189 / night

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Holiday cottage in Weston super Mare

Somerset / Weston-super-Mare

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Private garden

from £74 / night

£295 - £660 / week

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from £74 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Glenridding

Lake District / Glenridding

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £95 / night

£395 - £750 / week

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avg. 3 hours 10 minutes

from £95 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Girvan

South Ayrshire / Girvan

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Large comfortable cottage most suitable for a family holiday” As a frequent visitor to Girvan I enjoy the walking. It has a great beach for children and is dog friendly. There are many visitor attractions in the area. I will visit again
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from £65 / night

£380 - £560 / week

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avg. 2 hours 6 minutes

from £65 / night

(47) 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 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“I love this place” the weather was not as kind to us this time but that does not stop us enjoying the peace and tranquility. The house as always has everything we need and the woodburner in the lounge gives a wonderful sense of well being at the end o
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from £100 / night

£595 - £975 / week

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avg. 2 hours 13 minutes

from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

County Limerick / Ardpatrick

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely cottage in beautiful setting with very friendly and accommodating hosts” A lovely cottage for two, in a very peaceful location with beautiful views of mountains from lounge. Very nicely furnished and extremely comfortable bed. Owners are real
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from £44 / night

£276 - £328 / week

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avg. 1 hour 1 minutes

from £44 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wysall

Nottinghamshire / Wysall

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Cosy” A delightful and easily accessible cottage with everything needed to hand. Cry comfortable and warm on cold days. Quiet and undisturbed.
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from £62 / night

£420 - £430 / week

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from £62 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Omagh holiday cottage rental

Omagh / Broughderg

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“The best place ever!” absolutely no words...!! amazing place !fall in love with this house . will stay there again very soon
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from £75 / night

£350 / week

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avg. 3 hours 50 minutes

from £75 / 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
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from £150 / night

£390 - £1030 / week

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(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Exmoor National Park / Exford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Exford's little Gemma” The Olde Forge had everything we needed . It is immaculately clean , tastefully decorated and very well equipped . It's position right in the middle of the village overlooking the green means that it is close to to the village
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from £100 / night

£495 - £625 / week

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from £100 / night

(34) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

20

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
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from £55 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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avg. 1 hour 17 minutes

from £55 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Ardmore

County Waterford / Ardmore

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £41 / night

£281 - £453 / week

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from £41 / night

(12) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Cottage accommodation in Chamberet

Correze / Chamberet

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Just idyllic” My wife, myself and our dog stayed for 3 weeks in early June. The gite is perfect. The location is perfect. And the family, Andy, Sam, Rose, Ruby and Scampi are so welcoming. In fact it is so perfect we are considering living in the area
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from £40 / night

£260 - £350 / week

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(3) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Leenane

Leenane / Delphi

4 10 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £216 / night

£863 - £2156 / week

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from £216 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Brecon holiday cottage let

Brecon Beacons National Park / Brecon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 76 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“As Good as It Gets” I had to quote J. L. Brooks for the title because the cottage is one of the best we ever visited. It provides a unique opportunity to experience the countryside with stunning views and many animals for your children to get in touch
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from £85 / night

£370 - £535 / week

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avg. 3 hours 27 minutes

from £85 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Benllech

Anglesey / Benllech

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy cottage” Lovely cottage , clean and welcoming . Had a great stay nice and quiet and close to all the local attractions
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from £83 / night

£525 - £740 / week

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avg. 1 hour 10 minutes

from £83 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Hesdin

Hesdin / Tortefontaine

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful cottage” We had a lovely stay at Primrose cottage and hosts Irene and Norman were very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. Our children had a lovely holiday (2 1/2 & 4 month old) Shame about the rain as we didn't really get to
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from £60 / night

£295 - £398 / week

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from £60 / 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

(32) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Isle of Bute

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, well equipped cottage” Ambrisbeg is sited in a lovely area of Bute. The cottage is very comfortable and really well equipped with everything needed. Cathy was very welcoming and helpful. A great place for a holiday stay.
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from £60 / night

£410 - £574 / week

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avg. 2 hours 22 minutes

from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Cleeve Hill

Cheltenham / Cleeve Hill

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent” The photos don't do this place justice. It was a beautiful spacious cottage in the countryside, perfect for a large gathering. Well equipped kitchen. Lots of seating space in dining and lounge areas. Surpassed our expectations. Excelle
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from £160 / night

£750 - £1852 / week

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avg. 3 hours 58 minutes

from £160 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Lisnarick

County Fermanagh / Lisnarick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
“Really enjoyed our stay” We had a lovely time during our stay at Archdale Cottage. Marie, the owner was very helpful from our booking to our departure and beyond! The house is perfect for young children in a nice quiet location. A five minute drive fr
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from £40 / night

£230 - £416 / week

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avg. 1 hour 17 minutes

from £40 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kinloch Rannoch

Perth and Kinross / Kinloch Rannoch

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“excellent cottage” Great cottage will all things you would want. Even enough for a teenage to be entertained for 3 days. Very good for cycling around the Loch and mountain biking too. Bikes provided.
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from £130 / night

£595 - £800 / week

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avg. 1 hour 44 minutes

from £130 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stornoway

Stornoway / Coll

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect Easter Break” The cottage was perfect for our needs. We had taken our five grandchildren away for a break and to visit with their great grandparents. The facilties in the cottage met and exceeded our expectations and requirements. All the litt
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from £90 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“An absolutely beautiful cottage with fabulous sea view” We arrived on the day of the big snow so had the added benefit for the first day of a winters view. The cottage was cosy and warm and so beautifully decorated that we didn't feel the need to go o
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from £70 / night

£490 - £940 / week

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from £70 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Tai'n Lon / Clynnog Fawr

Caernarfon / Tai'n Lon / Clynnog Fawr

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Mr” Lovely clean cottage, fully equipped and the unexpected welcome pack was very welcome, especially the chocolate!! Local shop also a great bonus. We loved our stay, thank you.
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from £60 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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avg. 2 hours 54 minutes

from £60 / night

(64) 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
“Perfect retreat” Second visit as could not better it!! Views are stunning, no need to move from veranda but with so many stunning walks on the doorstep, you would be silly not to explore. The cottage is perfect,especially the log burner for the eve
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from £70 / night

£495 - £695 / week

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avg. 59 minutes

from £70 / night

(23) 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
“Another lovely week” Our second stay at Ostlers Cottage and just as good as the first. A very well appointed cottage in a perfect location for us. A great base for exploring the local area, whether that be Great Yarmouth, the Norfolk Broads or the wid
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from £78 / night

£470 - £995 / week

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from £78 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Mercaston

Derbyshire / Mercaston

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £150 / night

£650 / week

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from £150 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Tobermory

Isle of Mull / Tobermory

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • 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
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from £65 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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avg. 1 hour 29 minutes

from £65 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in West Bay

Bridport / West Bay

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Chill out” Had a wonderfull time , perfect position. Plently of room for dogs and grandchildren , spacious living accommodation for families.Beds,towels and linen provided comfortable nights sleep!will definitely be booking again .
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from £114 / night

£795 - £1295 / week

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avg. 2 hours 57 minutes

from £114 / night

(5) 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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avg. 3 hours 2 minutes

from £80 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Siran

Herault / Siran

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent stay in very well appointed cottage in lovely village” Our week-long stay at Hortensia Cottage was brilliant. The cottage itself comprises three floors with a fantasic top floor "suite" occupying the whole floor, including walk-in wardrobe a
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from £70 / night

£475 - £550 / week

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from £70 / night

(4) 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

from £46 / night

£318 - £662 / week

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