Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10234)

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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(13) Excellent 

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Brecon holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Brecon

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
“Fantastic Accommodation, Location and Hosts” The cottage was beautifully presented, well stocked and very well placed to explore the Beacons. Views from the patio were fantastic. Hosts were very welcoming and were able to provide very good useful advi  …see more

from £60 / night

£275 - £370 / week

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from £60 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Pelynt holiday cottage rental

Looe / Pelynt

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time. The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £800 / week

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from £66 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Whaley Bridge

Derbyshire / Whaley Bridge

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely cosy cottage with everything we needed for holiday” Communication from owners was clear and prompt. We have 4 dogs and they arranged a stair gate for us on request and the wine and chocolate was a nice welcome. Cottage was perfect with a lovel  …see more

from £60 / night

£230 - £465 / week

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from £60 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Stockland

Axminster / Stockland

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect place” We stayed here the week before Easter had glorious weather. Cottage is beautiful, comfy full of mod cons with a hooooooge bed! In a lovely setting ideally placed for exploring all counties think we touched on Dorset Devon and Somerset i  …see more

from £60 / night

£325 - £785 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Verteuil-sur-Charente

Charente / Verteuil-sur-Charente

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 145 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“rural, rustic and very relaxing - all you can want from a break in France” two weeks in rural France is just what we were looking for with 3 children under 15 - relaxing, enjoying the sunshine and the local area - wifi was a great hit the oldest of th  …see more

from £25 / night

£175 - £615 / week

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from £25 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Coldingham

Borders / Coldingham

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding stay in a fabulous cottage and stunning location” Whitfield Bothy Cottage is in my opinion an outstanding property and well worth a trip. Emma's attention to detail is faultless, even down to a very considerate and generous welcome pack o  …see more

from £105 / night

£518 - £900 / week

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from £105 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Filey holiday cottage rental

Scarborough District / Filey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“cant wait to go back!!!” the house was fantastic. very clean and in lovely surroundings. took our son who is 4. weather not to great the first couple of days so the use of the swimming pool was brilliant. had a fantastic time and hopefully returning s  …see more

from £42 / night

£291 - £695 / week

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from £42 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Pentraeth holiday cottage rental

Pentraeth / Red Wharf Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent minimoon stay” Stayed at Arwelfa for 4 nights in November. The place is amazing. It's very new and lovely decorated. It's clean and cosy. The owners have thought of everything for a good stay. There are books DVDs binoculars radios and tv's.  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £850 / week

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from £80 / night

(120) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water / Kineton, Bourton on the Water

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Most memorable and perfect stays we've ever had!” If you are looking for somewhere beautiful, peaceful, and perfectly located close to a wealth of quaint views and villages then look no further. Lavender Cottage offers you this and so much more, and i  …see more

from £95 / night

£725 - £1000 / week

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from £95 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Hexham

Northumberland / Hexham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 49 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect in every way!” We had a first class experience from first contact with the owner through the stay at Seal Cottage to our leaving at the end of our stay. The cottage has a lovely location, in reach of all the amenities of Hexham, yet on the ed  …see more

from £100 / night

£623 - £728 / week

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from £100 / night

(36) Very Good 

29

Hill Head holiday cottage rental

Fareham / Hill Head

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Enjoyable stay in a cosy characterful cottage” We arrived on a dark wet evening and it was lovely to walk into a cosy welcoming room. All the facilities we needed were there and, of course, the view was spectacular. We used it as a base to watch the l  …see more

from £120 / night

£450 - £865 / week

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from £120 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Moelfre

Anglesey / Moelfre

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Peace and tranquility at Lavender Cottage” We stayed at Lavender Cottage over Christmas 2013. What a lovely welcome,the owner was there to greet us and show us around. The cottage had Christmas lights on and even a decorated tree outside the fron  …see more

from £53 / night

£365 - £830 / week

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from £53 / night

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Cottage rental in Fron

Pwllheli / Fron

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
This 5-star Quality Detached Stone Cottage is situated in the sleepy hamlet of Pentreuchaf, being within easy reach to the beaches at Abersoch, Nefyn/Morfa Nefyn and convenient for the marina at Pwllheli. Stunning cottage is situated in the rural hamlet of Pentreuchaf  …see more

from £78 / night

£540 - £830 / week

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from £78 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Winchcombe

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Home away from home” We stayed at Anvil Cottage for 4 nights in August and what a wonderful little cottage it is. Beautifully decorated with everything we needed for our stay - including a bottle of wine and some milk! Thanks to Julia for her thought  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Perranporth

Cornwall / Perranporth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Private garden
“Great cottage, nice people and beautiful scenery, we would love to stay again.” Nice, quiet and relaxing stay, the only thing wrong, we stayed for a week and that passed to quickly, hopefully we will be able go back. Lovely cottage, very comfortable,  …see more

from £40 / night

£299 - £675 / week

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from £40 / night

(23) Excellent 

24

Cottage rental in Lindale

Lake District / Lindale

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely bolt hole” Hidden in a small village (Lindale) is a veritable retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Every need is catered for with a kitchen and cosy lounge easily warmed by a lovely wood burner. For those needing more modern comfor  …see more

from £45 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £45 / 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
Detached stone cottage, quiet and secluded, in 1.6 acres of natural wooded landscape and garden about 1½ miles from the colourful village of Sneem with its six pubs and excellent restaurants. Parknasilla (about a mile) has 12-hole golf course and subtropical gard  …see more

from £34 / night

£236 - £514 / week

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from £34 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wilmcote

Warwickshire / Wilmcote

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Perfect holiday rental” Harpe Cottage was incredibly charming and lovely. The size was perfect for two, and the cottage had everything we needed. It was wonderfully decorated and we loved the wood stove. The crazy old stairs up to the second floor b  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £80 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Moffat

Dumfries and Galloway / Moffat

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 64 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect peace and quiet” We were looking for a quiet base to explore southern Scotland. The Hillend cottage was perfect. The owners were helpful if you needed them, bur left you alone if you wanted peace and quiet. Everything we needed was there, love  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 - £430 / week

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from £30 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Dunfanaghy holiday cottage rental

County Donegal / Dunfanaghy

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Peaceful, calm, relaxed retreat.” Beautiful house and location. All you could want if you seek a stress free retreat. House is surprisingly spacious.  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £425 / week

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from £50 / night

(109) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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from £80 / night

(36) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Holywood

County Down / Holywood

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb location, great hosts, real attention to detail and wonderful arrival package” This was almost certainly the best holiday rental we have had in NI in the last 10 years, and we have been frequent visitors. From the arrival package that contained  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 / week

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from £90 / night

(33) Excellent 

23

Nant Gwynant holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Nant Gwynant

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Large, beautifully equipped cottage in a perfect mountain location.” Glyn Awel is superbly located just half a mile from the start of the Watkin path up Snowdon. Access to the high peaks is easy, and there is also excellent walking from the door. The  …see more

from £150 / night

£790 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Pinhal Novo

Setubal District / Pinhal Novo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Pinhal Novo has great connections from Lisbon, it is only 10 kilometers away from Palmela and the wonderful beaches of Setubal. Calm and peaceful Location great to unwind and relax. <br />For smaller children there is protective fencing available for the pool.  …see more

from £42 / night

£270 - £353 / week

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from £42 / night

(23) Excellent 

13

Cottage rental in Chipping Campden

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Cotswold Cottage Private Parking central location Chipping Campden. Fully equipped kitchen with Microwave, Oven, Gas Hob, Dishwasher, Washing Machine/Dryer and fridge Private garden with seated area. Large bed and modern ensuite facilities walking distance of pubs and  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

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Holiday cottage accommodation

Istria / Pazin

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Studio apartment (cottage in authentic Istrian style) for 2 persons is situated near Gracisce, one of the most beautiful medieval small towns, rich in cultural attractions and natural beauties.<br />We will welcome our esteemed guests with a glass of Istrian Teran  …see more

from £36 / night

£246 / week

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from £36 / 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 £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Fordingbridge holiday cottage rental

New Forest / Fordingbridge

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A family retreat” A very beautiful impressive building and grounds. Everything available that you would require and more if travelling with a young family. The games room is an added bonus. Very comfortable furniture. The house ideally located for tr  …see more

from £56 / night

£354 - £806 / week

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from £56 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Litton holiday cottage accommodation

Peak District National Park / Litton

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A beautiful cottage” We've just returned from a relaxing week at tub cottage, you will not be disappointed with this lovely, clean, beautifully renovated cottage set in the village of litton. The facilities were amazing and the owners have provided ev  …see more

from £100 / night

£400 - £700 / week

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from £100 / 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
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

(1) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Shillelagh

County Wicklow / Shillelagh

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Stone cottage (near to cottages 309 and 331), tastefully restored, in wooded setting and 4 acres of mature gardens and enjoying fine outlook across the rolling countryside to Slieveboy, close to the border with Wexford and Carlow.  …see more

from £38 / night

£265 - £576 / week

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from £38 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Inkberrow

Worcestershire / Inkberrow

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Great stay in a lovely house” Great house in a great location. Really friendly welcome. House just as expected from photos. Well equipped and very comfortable. Pretty private garden a real bonus. Very dog friendly. Enjoyed making friends with the  …see more

from £135 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £135 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Southwold

Suffolk / Southwold

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy cottage in great location for a perfect relaxing break.” We stayed in Kerry and Steve's charming Weaver's Cottage during February half term. As soon as we opened the front door, we were greeted with warmth and the cottage had a lovely feel. It h  …see more

from £65 / night

£425 - £845 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Polzeath holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Polzeath

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Happy days in Polzeath” Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at tides reach, the great location is a stones throw from the beach, shops and restaurants. The cottage has all you would have in your own home, with very comfy, quality beds. I can't remember sleepi  …see more

from £99 / night

£295 - £1250 / week

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from £99 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Deal

Kent / Deal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Beach Cottage” Absolutely 5 star, so well equipped .beds very comfy. we had such a relaxing time. nice walking from the cottage. shops,pubs take aways all without needing the car. we would certainly book again.  …see more

from £79 / night

£525 - £665 / week

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from £79 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Dulverton

Exmoor National Park / Dulverton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Fantastic place great location and a home made cake on arrival” 3 of us stayed for a weekend whilst we did the Exmoor ironman , nice relaxing surroundings only a short drive away from Dulverton plenty of places to eat and a co-op super market On arr  …see more

from £52 / night

£322 - £574 / week

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(87) Excellent 

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Cotmore holiday cottage rental

Kingsbridge / Cotmore

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Ask about pets
“Wonderful cottage for a quick break” We stayed at Rose Cottage for a week and we found it to be a wonderful place. The cottage itself has been decorated to a high standard and it was very warm, especially since the weather was quite cold. We really en  …see more

from £90 / night

£375 - £550 / week

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(29) 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
“Amazing holiday in a beautiful cottage” We really enojoyed our stay here. Very relaxing holiday in a beautiful and well equipped cottage. Great location in the village, and lots to do in the area ( even when it rains!). Attention to detail in the cott  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £635 / week

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(38) Excellent 

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Maentwrog holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Maentwrog

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“An excellent place to stay” What a place. An excellent location in the wood, well-appointed with washer-dryer, dishwasher and plenty of crockery. Loads of room for four although may be a squash with eight. Great for drying wet clothes due to open-plan  …see more

from £60 / night

£260 - £835 / week

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(14) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Snainton

Scarborough / Snainton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely little cottage, perfect location” This lovely little cottage is in a perfect location for visiting the seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough & Whitby. The cottage itself is very cosy, has everything you need for a short stay. Beds were very com  …see more

from £46 / night

£265 - £545 / week

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from £46 / night