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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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Wroxham holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Wroxham

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Child friendly
“Super” What a fantastic holiday, excellent location, Excellent, well equipped property with a really nice welcome package. It's the little things sometimes that go a long way. The property was clean and presented well, my husband sat out fishing an
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from £90 / night

£500 - £1170 / week

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from £90 / night

(22) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Weston, Sidmouth

Sidmouth / Weston, Sidmouth

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” Very nice cottage, everything you need and more! Nice location and only 10mins from seafront. Thank you
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from £60 / night

£420 - £550 / week

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from £60 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Abriachan holiday cottage rental

Inverness / Abriachan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“not to be missed” Lovely cottage,arrived on a very cold day into very warm comfortable accommodation,endless supply of logs was a big bonus, faultless, everything just as described. lovely views- wonderful scenery- excellent walks and Lock Ness on t
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from £74 / night

£420 - £1200 / week

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from £74 / night

(37) Very Good 

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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
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from £120 / night

£450 - £865 / week

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from £120 / night

(19) 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
“Lovely Cottage” Beautiful cottage with every amenity you could want. Lovely location. Very welcoming owner Morag and the welcome pack was very much appreciated. We will definitely be returning.
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from £50 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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avg. 1 hour 43 minutes

from £50 / night

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Holiday cottage rental

Isle of Skye / Torrin

1 2 Min stay varies

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

from £60 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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(36) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Swansea County / Swansea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful, peaceful with an awesome kitchen” The place was perfect. A little out of the way but this just adds to the charm and tranquility. The owner couldn't be more helpful. The kitchen has everything you could want or need.
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from £100 / night

£550 - £895 / week

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avg. 1 hour 22 minutes

from £100 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Troutbeck

Lake District / Troutbeck

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Stunning views from fantastic accomodation in the Northern Lake District with easy access from the A66.” We had a family gathering in Beckwood for 5 nights and the house was all we could have wished for. It was well appointed, clean, spacious and with
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from £118 / night

£590 - £1490 / week

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from £118 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

County Kerry / Dingle Peninsula

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect! Coming back.” Only 6 miles from Dingle town and yet a historic, rural idyll, walking distance from an expansive beach and a hamlet with two pubs. Quiet, private, home-like.
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from £80 / night

£450 - £800 / week

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avg. 3 hours 46 minutes

from £80 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Saint Teath holiday cottage rental

Saint Teath / Newhall Green

1 2 Min stay varies

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

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from £70 / night

£300 - £525 / week

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avg. 2 hours 14 minutes

from £70 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Eglwyswen

Crymych / Eglwyswen

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A gorgeous cottage with everything provided in a beautiful area” We stayed in the old pottery for a week with a dog and a baby. Everything had been thought of. There was a cot and high chair for the baby, a bowl and towel for the dog, plenty of storag
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from £78 / night

£330 - £485 / week

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from £78 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

Dorset / Wimborne

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
“Lovely” We used the old exchange as our base for a 4day trip during which we explored both the local surroundings and the Dorset coast. It's a Tardis of a place, and we found it really relaxing with all we needed to be home from home, Sarah was deli
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from £50 / night

£275 - £375 / week

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(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Chipping Campden

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Quirky cottage in great location” Great cottage, quirky and full of character, with everything you need and very comfortable beds. Perfect location, with pubs, restaurants and shops all within easy walking distance. Very helpful owners, we would s
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from £180 / night

£780 - £990 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kersey

Suffolk / Kersey

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Location...location...location.” My wife and I, along with another couple, stayed for the month of July at Cressland by the Splash. The owners, Louise and Pascoe, could not have been nicer; greeting us with a generous welcome basket, keeping us supp
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from £259 / night

£798 - £1465 / week

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from £259 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Inverness

Scottish Highlands / Inverness

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Great week at Rowan Cottage” Just had a great week at Rowan Cottage. Lovely quiet peaceful area with brilliant surrounding walks which kept the dogs very happy. Made to feel very welcome by Janet the owner including a wee dram, fresh eggs from her chi
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from £85 / night

£385 - £620 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Church Stretton

Shropshire / Church Stretton

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage” Good location, lovely walks from the cottage. Cottage was lovely, had everything you needed, very clean and excellent condition
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from £55 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £55 / night

(26) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Alvescot

Burford / Alvescot

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely, well equipped cottage” Just returned from a short stay in The Stables, which I chose for its convenient locatation for visiting Oxford and Blenheim Palace. Communication through all stages of booking was excellent. The cottage was beautiful an
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from £110 / night

£625 - £975 / week

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avg. 1 hour 47 minutes

from £110 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“a very comfortable cottage” Spent 3 days at Rowan cottage and found it delightful. The cottage is very well-equipped and very comfortable. Sitting in the garden was a particular pleasure
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from £70 / night

£360 - £600 / 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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(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Buckie

Buckie / Findochty

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Delightful little cottage” A lot of thought has gone into renovating this cottage making it a comfortable, cosy place to stay. It is spotlessly clean and has probably everything you could want. There are even towels to dry the dog offer a swim in the
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from £75 / night

£300 - £490 / week

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avg. 2 hours 36 minutes

from £75 / night

(41) 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
“Cosy welcoming house full of character & history” We loved the house and the facilities, the rooms were spacious and cosy, with big family kitchen. The bath was amazing and big enough for two, the history and books were really interesting. Well equipp
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from £82 / night

£410 - £696 / week

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from £82 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Criccieth holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Everything we expected, and more. Perfect.” Very comfortable and safe for children or grannies, lovely position and views as described. Extremely well equipped cottage with hotel style care, welcome goodies and including midweek clean, very much appre
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from £50 / night

£695 - £1095 / week

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avg. 3 hours 28 minutes

from £50 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Porth

Newquay / Porth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable and stylish in a stunning location” This beach fronting holiday accommodation is perfectly presented and conveniently located. It is new and beautifully furnished with comfort and style. Porth beach is between Watergate Bay and Newquay to
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from £90 / night

£570 - £1690 / week

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from £90 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Bridgwater / Stogursey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Outstanding, Quirky Cottage” Lovely Cottage,very relaxing, lovely open log fire. Central Location close to all amenities. Very Comfortable
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from £60 / night

£350 - £590 / week

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(12) Excellent 

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Noss Mayo holiday cottage rental

Devon / Noss Mayo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Lovely cottage in perfect location” This was a lovely cottage. Perfectly situated in the beautiful village of Noss Mayo with stunning cliff-top walks and easy access to the historic city of Plymouth and its amenities. The cottage was full of character
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from £52 / night

£360 - £800 / week

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(31) Very Good 

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Chipping Campden holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Well equipped and comfortable cottage in premier location” This was our second visit and we enjoyed our stay as much as before. David is a welcoming and helpful host. The cottage is just a very short walk from the High Street in Chipping Campden so no
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from £140 / night

£550 - £820 / week

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from £140 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Sankt Goarshausen holiday cottage rental

Rhineland-Palatinate / Sankt Goarshausen

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“wonderfull place and wonderfull owner” The cottage is kept in tip top condition and Monica will be only to pleased to help. The grounds are a quiet retreat, the village and the rhine 5 mins by car.
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from £89 / night

£531 / week

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(9) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Brantome

Brantome / Saint-Crepin-de-Richemont

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A place to unwind and relax and get away from it all” The house is lovely and big with lots of games, dvd's and loads of books all in English to read while you are there. The pool is lovely and was well used for the week that we were there as we had g
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from £165 / night

£1150 - £1295 / week

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from £165 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Sidmouth

Devon / Sidmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautifully presented property in a lovely village” The property is beautifully presented with everything you need for a comfortable self catering holiday. It is located in a quiet village with easy access to all the major attraction in East Devon. I
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from £58 / night

£379 - £886 / week

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(9) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Brithdir

Dolgellau / Brithdir

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely spot to explore North Wales from” A lovely welcome from the hosts, fresh flowers and scones on arrival Spacious rooms, kitchen a bit dated and small but not a priority for holiday cooking. Grounds lovely - ideal for our 2 older children to ex
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from £68 / night

£440 - £590 / week

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from £68 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Lulworth Cove

Wareham / Lulworth Cove

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb Holiday” We had 3 generations of our family stay here for a week and all agreed that the stay was wonderful. A beautiful 18th century ( I think? ) cottage just a few minutes from the seafront and the start of spectacular walks along the coast a
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from £140 / night

£900 - £1700 / week

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from £140 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Moelfre

Anglesey / Moelfre

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“5 STAR QUALITY WRAPPED UP + TIED WITH A BOW!!” Visited Anglesey for the first time and booked our stay at White Pebble Cottage in Moelfre, so glad I came across this hidden gem as this was more than we all expected. Firstly the cottage is breaktaking
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from £75 / night

£289 - £639 / week

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avg. 51 minutes

from £75 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage letting

Tarn / Albi

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £50 / night

£240 - £390 / week

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(31) Excellent 

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Gargunnock holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Gargunnock

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Amazing setting!” The cottage is beautiful. Everything is like new. The en suite is huge and the bed was really comfy. The best part was the hot tub which has a spectacular view and sitting in it at night with the lights on is amazing. The games r
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from £150 / night

£800 - £2080 / week

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(5) Very Good 

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Cottage letting in Middleton

Suffolk / Middleton

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely settng” I stayed at Lilac cottage with my husband and 88 year old Mother. We all found the cottage to be very comfortable, clean and was in a great position for visiting the attractions of the area. The cottage was well equiped with the except
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from £80 / night

£480 - £760 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Pittenweem with golf nearby

Fife / Pittenweem

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly
“Wish this cottage was ours” This is the fourth time we have stayed at kirkgate and I think that itself says a lot about the cottage,it's cosy it has all you need in the kitchen the bedroom is lovely and snug and has a bath in it not an ordinary bath I
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from £70 / night

£300 - £490 / week

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from £70 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Thornhill holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Thornhill

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Private garden
“Go Local: Perfect studio cottage on edge of Lowther Hills” Delightful hideaway at the end of the road. The studio is bright, cheerful and calming, and has everything you need and no clutter. Plus lovely details - china cups for tea (and nice ceramics
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from £50 / night

£350 / week

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(13) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Bontddu

Snowdonia National Park / Bontddu

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly

from £65 / night

£255 - £695 / week

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(16) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Portpatrick with golf nearby

Dumfries and Galloway / Portpatrick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Immaculately clean, comfortable cottage in a quiet location but easy access to the harbour and village facilities” The location was perfect - the cottage was in a quiet street near all the amenities. No problem with parking immediately outside the fr
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from £95 / night

£350 - £700 / week

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from £95 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Sheffield

South Yorkshire / Sheffield

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Could not be better” Beautiful cottage, well furnished and decorated even down to Christmas decorations and lights. Peaceful setting for the perfect break. Local recommende eateries are well worth a visit. Wonderful people providing wonderful accommod
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from £80 / night

£520 - £625 / week

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