Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10237)

Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.



Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.



Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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Holiday cottage in Gardenstown

Aberdeenshire / Gardenstown

1 3 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Brilliant” Lovely cottage - very well equipped. We had a great time and the weather was good to us. We enjoyed some great walks with the dogs. Doing the walk from Gardenstown to Crovie along the beach and then taking the long road home was quite a w  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £325 / week

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from £40 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Hayfield

Peak District National Park / Hayfield

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage with great views” Stayed at Fairybank cottage, great setting for walking, very homely, fabulous views. Doug was very helpful. Good position for exploring the Peak District. Would consider staying again in the future. Would recommend to  …see more

from £80 / night

£475 - £733 / week

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from £80 / night

(35) Excellent 

12

Holiday cottage rental

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Settle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“A Perfect Country Getaway” We came here for a trip away after our A-Levels. We had a wonderful time, spent days out walking (ask tourist information for good local walks, we did 3: Malham Tarn, The Waterfalls Trail and one straight from the doorstep)  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Azay-le-Rideau holiday cottage rental

Loire Valley / Azay-le-Rideau

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Another fantastic week” Just returned from our second visit to this property. Returning to the same place twice is always a gamble but we were not disappointed. The house itself is very comfortable with new sofas and a new tv since last time we visite  …see more

from £22 / night

£150 - £1050 / week

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from £22 / night

(69) Excellent 

21

Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in nice setting” Very nice cottage in a small village. Clean and well equipped. Nice and friendly host. The home made cake was a pleasent suprise! Very nice! Together with fresh eggs! For us it was a lovely stay, very relaxing. We wi  …see more

from £45 / night

£325 - £475 / week

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from £45 / night

(26) Excellent 

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St Ives 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
“Mr” Excellent place to stay,hope to stay again next time we go to St Ives. Brilliant decor excellent bathroom excellent bedrooms and kitchen  …see more

from £85 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes

Ceredigion / Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Games/activity room with pool table, darts board and selection of table top games, jigsaws etc. Books, maps and attraction leaflets. Opportunity to observe a traditional working farm in the heart of mid Wales, we are always eager to explain about the farm and animals.&l  …see more

from £70 / night

£245 - £495 / week

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from £70 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Masham

North Yorkshire / Masham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Super Cottage & hosts” We had a super holiday at Rowan Cottage, the owners were lovely, a welcome hamper on our arrival was great, the cottage was warm felt home from home, the views amazing and the weather was kind to us, we visited some super place  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £575 / week

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from £70 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Perranarworthal

Truro / Perranarworthal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
The most recent barn conversion at "CORNISH BARN HOLIDAYS" A two storey barn conversion that we have converted from the original cow shed and hay loft beside the main farm house. Totally private and quiet, there are only the two of us living in the main far  …see more

from £120 / night

£390 - £790 / week

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from £120 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely” Really cosy traditional cottage...very warm ..extremely comfortable bed ...very relaxing break and everything on your doorstep  …see more

from £56 / night

£316 - £700 / week

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from £56 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Waltham St Lawrence

Berkshire / Waltham St Lawrence

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Delightful accommodation with high specification features” A light airy barn conversion with high quality fittings and design features, this property is close to major towns such as Maidenhead and Reading but has a truly rural feel. Situated on a sec  …see more

from £160 / night

£950 / week

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from £160 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage near Truro

Cornwall / Probus

3 4 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“What a great find – Waterlily cottage is stylish and comfortable in every way” What a great find – Waterlily cottage is stylish and comfortable in every way. Lots of thoughtful touches to make guests feel at home, including scrummy cupcakes / tea, co  …see more

from £53 / night

£369 - £810 / week

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from £53 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Nercwys

Mold / Nercwys

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Mr” An excellent cottage, excellent for walks in Wales, or the shops in Chester. Really cosy. This is the second time we have been.  …see more

from £57 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £57 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Melplash holiday cottage rental

Bridport / Melplash

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
“Everything we were looking for.” We have just returned from a lovely week at Bluebell Cottage. The cottage was immaculate and very well equipped. We were warmly welcomed by Alistair and Lisa and enjoyed the home baked cakes on arrival! Our children lo  …see more

from £74 / night

£332 - £855 / week

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from £74 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Central Whitby

Whitby / Central Whitby

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Car not necessary
“Ideal location, superb cottage” The cottage was comfortable, very clean and in an ideal location. Surrounded by great restaurants and excellent bakeries. Car park is close by and only cost £5 for 24 hours. Kaaren is very helpful, friendly and willing  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £530 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kenmore

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely holiday cottage” We had a lovely time at weaver's cottage. The house is very comfortable and spacious, very well situated to explore Scotland. The sound of the burn nearby was delightful in the mornings, we even managed to have drinks out in th  …see more

from £130 / night

£550 - £750 / week

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(17) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Tewkesbury with golf nearby

Cotswolds / Tewkesbury

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Great place to stay in Tewkesbury” We stayed for 10 days in March and the location was perfect. It was so nice being able to walk out the door, and be right in town. The cottage was lovely and spacious, and had everything in it that you could possib  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £80 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Colyton

Colyton / Northleigh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Daisy Cottage is a cosy 2 bedroom barn conversion nestling in a sheltered valley with beautiful views. Tucked away down a pretty Devon lane in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is the perfect location for a quiet get away from it all holiday in any season  …see more

from £44 / night

£265 - £532 / week

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from £44 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Upper Slaughter holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / The Slaughters

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
No 8 The Square forms part of the most photographed scene in the picturesque village of Upper Slaughter. The charm of this beautiful cottage will ensure a memorable stay for all ages.<br />Located only 5-10 minutes drive from the very popular towns of Bourton-on-t  …see more

from £99 / night

£650 - £1650 / week

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from £99 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Hathersage

Hope Valley / Hathersage

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Pond View Cottage, what a place!” This little cottage just outside Hathersage is absolutely fantastic. We arrived in darkness and was greeted by James who was grew and showed us around. The cottage itself is brilliantanly layed out upside down as to c  …see more

from £49 / night

£350 - £470 / week

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from £49 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Pittenweem

Fife / Pittenweem

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely stay” Had a great few days at this wonderful cottage. Felt at home straight away and the cottage had everything you could want.  …see more

from £130 / night

£650 - £950 / week

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from £130 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Hemswell

Hemswell Cliff / Hemswell

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic Cottage” We stayed at the cottage over New Year's Eve and had such a wonderful stay. The cottage is gorgeous, with a lovely outside area with lights and a heater. The cottage itself is lovely, perfect bedrooms and comfy beds. Cannot fault  …see more

from £70 / night

£355 - £420 / week

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from £70 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“A great get-away in stunning countryside” Comfortable cottage with everything you could want. Lovely views and cosy log stove for wet winter days.  …see more

from £57 / night

£275 - £412 / week

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from £57 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Rotherfield

East Sussex / Rotherfield

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Our thatched cottages can sleep up to 12 guests - perfect for family reunions, special occasions or groups of friends. No expense has been spared in preparing our luxury cottages for your enjoyment. There is much to do and see in the area. An abundance of sights and  …see more

from £372 / night

£2600 - £4340 / week

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from £372 / 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
“The perfect base for a family holiday in the Cotswolds” Our family of four - children ages four and eleven - have just returned from our holidays in the UK. Lavender Cottage was an ideal home-away-from-home while visiting the Cotswolds. The cottage -  …see more

from £95 / night

£725 - £1000 / week

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from £95 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Crackington Haven

Cornwall / Crackington Haven

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Much needed holiday!” Beautiful cottage, plenty of helpful information and recommendations provided, and lovely garden. Heated floor was amazing!The beach at crackington haven was gorgeous with lovely cafes and facilities.  …see more

from £49 / night

£259 - £895 / week

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from £49 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Ullapool

Scottish Highlands / Ullapool

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A little piece of heaven” Our first impression of Holly Cottage was that it was quaint and in the perfect location. Once we explored a bit more and found all the little extras that we were not expecting we realised that we had found an absolute gem o  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £70 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent location, a real 'Home from home'” Location great for all of Moray. House has all you need, and would have at your own home. We've been a couple of times now and will return again. Ian keeps in touch and we find him very helpful.  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £550 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in St. Margaret's Hope

South Ronaldsay / St Margaret's Hope

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Idyllic setting” Spotless and well equipped cottage. Instructions very clear and comprehensive. I would have no hesitation in recommending to this delightful cottage to others  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £425 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday cottage in Bisley

Gloucestershire / Bisley

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Romantic 1 bedroom grade 2 listed cottage. Beautiful, peaceful location, exposed stone and beams, wood burner, underfloor heating, fantastic welcome basket includes homemade bread, local cheeses, and homemade chutney. Great walking country - good access to The Cotswold  …see more

from £125 / night

£425 / week

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from £125 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Lamlash holiday cottage accommodation

Isle of Arran / Lamlash

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“A perfect week in a lovely cottage” Spent a week in this lovely cottage with fantastic views across Lamlash Bay to Holy Isle. The accommodation is exactly as described in the advert and provides a comfortable and homely base from which to mount severa  …see more

from £102 / night

£435 - £665 / week

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from £102 / night

(36) 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  …see more

from £120 / night

£450 - £865 / week

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(14) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Whitstable

Kent / Whitstable

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable and well equipped cottage in a great location” The cottage has been beautifully renovated and is in a great location just a few minutes walk from the harbour and sea wall. Cottage has its own parking space, although the on street parking  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £670 / week

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(12) Very Good 

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Betws-y-Coed holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Betws-y-Coed

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Private garden
Character cottage with wood-burning stove, sleeping 2 in 1 bedroom with balcony. Cosy accommodation all year round in the peaceful village of Penmachno, 4 miles from Betws-y-Coed; 1/2 mile to Penmachno bike trail; a great base for exploring Snowdonia. Patio, bike store.  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £420 / week

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from £50 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Pontardawe

Pontardawe / Cilybebyll

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Holiday cottage break” Absolutely fantastic lovely area views to die for especially when sitting in the hot tub in the evening very clean and the owners very helpful and friendly I would highly recommend this place my only issue was it was a short bre  …see more

from £90 / night

£390 - £860 / week

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(17) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Betws-y-Coed

Snowdonia National Park / Betws-y-Coed

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
“Absolutely recommendable” The place was spotlessly clean. All necessary kitchen equipment could be found. Lovely fireplace, bathroom with heating device, TV. Everything you can ask for. Upon arrival the place was already heated, so very considerate.  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £420 / week

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(34) Excellent 

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Kendal holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Kendal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect cottage for a Lake District trip” Firstly, Christine was very helpful in arranging everything for our stay and always responded to emails quickly which is always want you want when trying to arrange holidays. Secondly, the cottage itself is  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Winchcombe holiday cottage accommodation

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Lovely place to stay in.” Just a perfect little cottage, clean warm and comfortable in a perfect location to explore the Cotswolds. Winchcombe is a lovely place to be based in.  …see more

from £64 / night

£400 - £1000 / week

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from £64 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Bleadon

Weston-super-Mare / Bleadon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Exceeded all expectations we could gladly have stayed there forever” This cottage (Apple tree Cottage, Bleadon, Weston Super Mare), was totally fabulous. The cottage exceeded all expectations we could gladly have stayed there forever and if I won t  …see more

from £60 / night

£303 - £619 / week

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(10) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Betws

Ammanford / Betws

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy with great value for money” Everything was great except for the toilet door, which didn't close properly. Thumbs up! Good host, well equiped cottage.  …see more

from £42 / night

£200 - £290 / week

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from £42 / night