Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10281)

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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(43) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

North Yorkshire / Scarborough

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Absolutely stunning perfection at its best” WOW what can I say ... This holiday cottage is beautiful , peaceful and of an outstanding quality of accommodation . Beautiful location and immaculately clean inside and out . The owners Andrew and Tracy a  …see more

from £165 / night

£669 - £1506 / week

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from £165 / night

(26) Excellent 

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West Country holiday cottage let

Cornwall / St Ives

3 5 Min stay varies

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

from £70 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage rental

Aberdeenshire / Oldmeldrum

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Perfect Christmas” Thanks to Sharon and her family for making us all feel so welcome over our Christmas stay at the cottage. Being their first festive guests you made us all feel so welcome and the cottage was made very christmassy. We can only hi  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £465 / week

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from £57 / night

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(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Swalcliffe

Oxfordshire / Swalcliffe

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Sweetheart cottage has been sensitively renovated to preserve original period features whilst providing the best of modern convenience; it is self catering with a little hotel luxury! Welcome hamper provided to help you relax on arrival. Travel cot available.  …see more

from £85 / night

£535 - £630 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Very Good 

35

Holiday cottage in Bonchurch

Isle of Wight / Bonchurch

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Details to be aware of” Stable Cottage is in a lovely location and is well presented, clean and modern but has a few surprising omissions such as a microwave, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board although some of these are available in a shared laundr  …see more

from £10 / night

£1090 - £1990 / week

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(33) Excellent 

10

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

(38) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage rental

Arun District / Arundel

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage, great location” We had a lovely stay in Arundel, Benjamin Cottage was pretty and delightful. The only downside was that for two 55+ year olds, the steps to the bedroom were quite steep and small. Lack of washing machine was a minor pro  …see more

from £110 / night

£675 / week

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(22) Excellent 

21

Holiday cottage in Gloucester

Cotswolds / Gloucester

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Excellent house to stay” The house owner, John K is very kind and friendly person who was very welcome us on arriving day and explained how to use equipment. The house is very clean, and warm. We had great time to stay over the weekend. I strongly to  …see more

from £90 / night

£550 - £650 / week

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from £90 / night

(30) Very Good 

11

Holiday cottage in West Country

Somerset / Glastonbury

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £65 / night

£325 - £950 / week

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from £65 / night

(20) Excellent 

33

Holiday cottage in Stockland

Honiton / Stockland

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
“stunning” Great communications from owners, absolutely second to none. We arrived late afternoon and were greeted by Angela & Steve, who promptly made us very welcome and showed us around the property. Lane End Cottage sits within the grounds of  …see more

from £42 / night

£300 - £500 / week

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from £42 / night

(10) Excellent 

10

Holiday cottage in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fabulous Croft” Beautiful property in a peaceful location. The croft is immaculate throughout and extremely well equipped. A thoughtful welcome package, including free range eggs, butter and bread was provided. We loved the log burning hot tub unde  …see more

from £110 / night

£640 - £1000 / week

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from £110 / night

(9) Excellent 

7

Holiday cottage rental

Swanage / Swanage Bay

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Absolutely Fabulous” This is the first time we have rented a cottage, having usually stayed in hotels or our caravan, but this is the best holiday we have had in years. The cottage is just perfect and the photos are 100 per cent accurate. My little bo  …see more

from £80 / night

£325 - £695 / week

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from £80 / night

(19) Excellent 

15

Holiday cottage in Struan

Struan / Eabost

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect cottage in stunning location.” We were looking for a chance to get away and unwind for a week and this cottage on the west coast of Skye proved the perfect place. The photos on the website accurately show what you can expect; a lovely cottage  …see more

from £83 / night

£580 - £800 / week

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from £83 / night

(10) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“A fantastic, well-equipped, family and dog-friendly cottage in a perfect location” We went to Periwinkle with our friends - overall we comprised a group of 2 families, with 4 young children, and 2 dogs, I have to say that this cottage was perfect for  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 - £1650 / week

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from £93 / night

(7) Excellent 

12

Holiday cottage in Yoxford

Saxmundham / Yoxford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
Southwold, Self-Catering, beams, wood burner, logs, open fire, log burner, Aldeburgh, Minsmere, Halesworth, garden, car paking, patio, bbq, bar-b-q, cycling, fishing, walking, golf, cosy, suffolk, cottage, warm, central heating, patio furniture, upstairs bathroom, wifi  …see more

from £49 / night

£265 - £425 / week

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from £49 / night

(18) Very Good 

12

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Minehead

Somerset / Minehead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
Spectacular sea, beach and inland views across Minehead bay.One can sit and watch the boats from the decking or the bay window and listen to the waves lapping.  …see more

from £80 / night

£476 - £746 / week

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(30) Excellent 

15

Holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / North Walsham

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A quiet and comfortable retreat” Lovely to arrive to a welcome pack including tea and coffee making stuff, milk in fridge. Janet and Roger made us really welcome and were very helpful throughout our stay. The annexe was warm and more spacious than it  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £480 / week

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from £55 / night

(20) Excellent 

20

Elgin holiday cottage rental

Moray / Elgin

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage in peaceful setting” Short stay in this lovely well equipped cottage, felt very much at home right away. Wonderful view from front room and garden just perfect for 2 active dogs, ideal having the gate at the bottom of the garden for wal  …see more

from £65 / night

£375 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

12

Northern England holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Kendal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“exceeded expectations” The attention to detail and generous extra touches make for a very enjoyable home from home stay. Cottage was very clean and tidy. Good communication with the owner.  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £70 / night

(41) Excellent 

24

Cottage rental in Allonby

Cumbria / Allonby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully appointed and beautiful location” The cottage is beautifully furnished, well thought out and tastefully done. The setting is just as beautiful with a stunning view across the Firth. Stunning, comfortable and great place to stay. Can't w  …see more

from £79 / night

£355 - £645 / week

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from £79 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in West Country

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Delightful home from home by the sea” This is a truly lovely home from home, in the heart of Swanage and accessible to all the amenities the town and its surroundings has to offer. Everything at Baytree is beautifully thought out, it's comfortable, s  …see more

from £110 / night

£425 - £1050 / week

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from £110 / night

(17) Very Good 

20

Durban-Corbieres holiday cottage rental

Aude / Durban-Corbieres

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Child friendly
This old wine growers cottage benefits from a large living room with triple aspect views down the valley, across the village and towards the castle. It has two large double bedrooms that are located on separate floors. The ground floor bedroom has a Juliette balcony wit  …see more

from £55 / night

£245 - £495 / week

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from £55 / night

(24) Excellent 

12

Holiday cottage in Portsalon

County Donegal / Portsalon

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully welcoming cottage, all mod cons in a beautiful setting” Fantastic cottage, lovely flowers and welcoming gifts. House is very tastefully presented and modern. Set in stunning Donegal hills. Relaxed pace of life, great base for exploring or  …see more

from £40 / night

£300 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

24

Holiday cottage in Nordestinho

São Miguel / Nordestinho

1 3 3 nights min

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

from £59 / night

£371 - £677 / week

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from £59 / night

(9) Very Good 

20

Holiday cottage rental

Hampshire / Emsworth

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“delightful holiday home” We really enjoyed our short family break and found the cottage to be very comfortable and the owners very helpful. It is in a lovely peaceful spot,( great looking out on the water watching the swans in the morning, ) but only  …see more

from £120 / night

£520 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(11) Excellent 

17

Holiday cottage in Llanfairfechan

Conwy County / Llanfairfechan

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely cottage in a great location” Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this very clean and well equipped cottage. The views are lovely and the garden is spacious and well kept. The welcome tea and biscuits were a treat on arrival. The location is ideal  …see more

from £70 / night

£315 - £680 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Delamere holiday cottage rental

Northwich / Delamere

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Stunning location in Delamere Forest. 2 bedroom luxury self-catering cottage with Sky TV and Internet access. Your time here can be incredibly relaxing but also offers a variety of different activities for every age range. Simply perfect for everyone.  …see more

from £110 / night

£595 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Anglesey / Beaumaris

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Most beautiful holiday cottage we have ever stayed in!” Beau Cottage was just gorgeous......each room beautifully furnished and decorated with so many lovely features. Added to that was good central heating (essential on a chilly November weekend), a  …see more

from £150 / night

£650 - £1250 / week

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from £150 / night

(11) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in Shawhead

Dumfries / Shawhead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
This renovated former steading cottage is set amidst 70 acres of rolling farmland in glorious Galloway, yet lies only 4 miles from the busy country town of Dumfries and twelve miles from the food town of Castle Douglas in an ideal touring base.Ideal for families, walker  …see more

from £40 / night

£230 - £340 / week

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(27) Excellent 

21

Cottage rental in Church Stretton with golf nearby

Shropshire / Church Stretton

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“A truly perfect all round place to stay.” It pains me to praise the standard of the cottage as I feel that I may never be able to return, owing to the bookings this may generate. The cottage is perfectly placed right in the town centre. Don't let t  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £437 / week

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(5) Excellent 

21

Snowdonia/Gwynedd holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Dolgellau

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“The Weasley's Burrough” My friend and I enjoyed 3 nights in this enchanting cottage. I felt like I had just walked into Mrs. Weasley's kitchen from the Harry Potter stories. Everything about the 3 common rooms was comfortable and the kitchen was stock  …see more

from £99 / night

£595 - £1100 / week

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from £99 / night

(104) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • 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

(52) Excellent 

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Carlingford holiday cottage rental

County Louth / Carlingford

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage” We had a very pleasant stay in this pretty and well equipped cottage. Great attention to detail has been paid to the restoration of the house and every effort has been made to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. Also vey convenient  …see more

from £68 / night

£400 - £484 / week

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from £68 / night

(22) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Central Southern England

Princes Risborough / Bledlow

3 5 Min stay varies

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

from £125 / night

£600 - £800 / week

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from £125 / night

(12) Excellent 

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West Meon holiday cottage rental

Hampshire / West Meon

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Delightful stay at The Stables West Meon” Warm and comfortable with lots of thoughtful, elegant touches - I loved this place. The Wills made me feel very welcome. The sense of space inside and the beautiful window on to the Hampshire countryside in al  …see more

from £85 / night

£255 - £795 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday cottage in Maybole

Maybole / Crosshill

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
countryside retreat, walking holidays, cycling holidays, fishing, gardens, waterfront, self-catering, stunning views, free car parking,  …see more

from £105 / night

£440 - £765 / week

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from £105 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Franschhoek holiday cottage rental

Franschhoek / Winelands

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Luxury 1882 thatched cottage in a calm residential area in Franschhoek. 225 sqm on 750 sqm lanscaped property. Pool in garden. Mountain views. Master suite with huge terrasse and outdoor tub. Closed garage.Fully equipped to highest standart. Free WIFI & Platinum DS  …see more

from £219 / night

£1513 - £1597 / week

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(9) Very Good 

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Brittas Bay holiday cottage rental

County Wicklow / Brittas Bay

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable, modern, clean, great location and facilities, beautiful beach, perfect family holiday” Stayed there last wek in August with my wife and two kids (7 &4). We had a lovely time. House was perfect, easy to organise with the owners. 5 mins wal  …see more

from £127 / night

£421 - £841 / week

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from £127 / 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  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 - £880 / week

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(14) Very Good 

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Cambridge holiday cottage rental

Cambridgeshire / Cambridge

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This excellent Cambridgeshire self catering holiday cottage in a rural setting is perfect both as a weekend retreat but as a comfortable holiday home for visitors in Cambridge on business or for pleasure.InsideThe Lodge boasts 3 double bedrooms all comfo  …see more

from £245 / night

£695 - £800 / week

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from £245 / night