Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10399)

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 with golf nearby in Melrose

Borders / Melrose

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Stables cottage is a stone built detached cottage with private parking, patio & gardens. Fully centrally heated, double glazed & pet friendly. Renovated from a Victorian stable block. A VS 4 Star cottage equipped & furnished to a very high standard 1/2 mile from station  …see more

from £75 / night

£475 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(20) Excellent 

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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

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wootton Bridge

Isle of Wight / Wootton Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely property” Had a great week at kipper cottage, cant wait to get back next year. Boat house was a real treat. House was clean and tidy. Lovely quite spot  …see more

from £135 / night

£695 - £1395 / week

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from £135 / night

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Holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Blaenau Ffestiniog

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“A great place to stay in snowdonia at a reasonable price!” My partner and I really enjoyed our stay. The cottage itself has its own unique character, is well kept and clean, as where the utilities and . The owners Ian & Sheena couldn't of been more he  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £480 / week

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from £32 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Birsay

Orkney Islands / Birsay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great stay calm and refreshing” I really enjoyed our holiday in the. orkney the holiday cottage was clean and modern situated in the country with easy access from the owner how to get their. it was central to visiting all the history sights. The beds  …see more

from £70 / night

£375 - £425 / week

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from £70 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire / Saundersfoot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage, Handy Location!” The Cottage is in a lovey quiet street within a great distance of the beach and short drive to tourist destinations such as Folly Farm and Oakwood. Equipped with some little additions that kept us entertained while the  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Limavady

County Londonderry / Limavady

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Drumcovitt Barn is over 200 years old and has been skilfully converted into three separate self-catering cottages, of which Foyle Cottage is one. The cottage is formed in an individual style and have been equipped to a very high standard. The special setting of a tranqu  …see more

from £65 / night

£345 - £440 / week

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from £65 / night

(12) Very Good 

16

Holiday cottage in Ashford-in-the-Water

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent - clean, convenient, quiet, everything you could need for a weekend or week away! Beautiful spot too!” We were a party of five, three adults and two dogs. The Old Diary had everything that you could think of needing and it's location is bo  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £940 / week

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from £80 / night

(26) Excellent 

16

South East England holiday cottage rental

Hampshire / Petersfield

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A delightful cottage in a glorious setting adds up to a lovely holiday.” This cottage has it all - comfort, convenience, location and excellent management. And, this year, a wonderful summer! Set in the beautiful English countryside beneath the South  …see more

from £60 / night

£325 - £495 / week

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from £60 / night

(85) Excellent 

22

West Country 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 £80 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £80 / night

(19) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Criccieth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great as usual” A lovely cottage for two in private well tended grounds close to all amenities in Criccieth. The cottage was spotless, having recently been refurbished with many new furnishings, etc. The owners live nearby and made us very welcome. It  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £385 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

Kinlochbervie holiday cottage rental

Kinlochbervie / Sheigra

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Louth holiday cottage rental

Lincolnshire / Louth

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic weeks break” What a great time we had at the pigsty. There was plenty of space for us to unwind and relax, it has a private garden with a lovely view across the countryside. This was a lovely alternative to a hotel, it was very well equipp  …see more

from £65 / night

£420 - £655 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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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

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Whitwell

Isle of Wight / Whitwell

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely house, beautiful garden and surroundings, brilliantly equipped.” We stayed at Ferndale with our 2 year old and tiny baby. It's a challenging travelling with small children but arriving a Ferndale we breathed a huge sigh of relief as it was so  …see more

from £150 / night

£500 - £1400 / week

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from £150 / night

(19) Excellent 

17

Kirkby Lonsdale holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing holiday rental - everything you could possibly need is here” The cottage was the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in. It was just amazing. We will definitely be back. It is a great place for a large family. We hired 2 next door  …see more

from £129 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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from £129 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Parwich holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Parwich

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Relaxing break” Great cottage in a quiet village,def need a car to get ariund though,great facilities in cottage,loved new bathroom even if it was far from bedroom  …see more

from £60 / night

£285 - £440 / week

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from £60 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Freshford

Somerset / Freshford

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great accommodation in a wonderfully tranquil setting!” We spent a lovely weekend at Stable Cottage and The Stables. The houses are furnished to a high standard, have well-equipped kitchens and are in the picturesque village of Freshford. The houses a  …see more

from £170 / night

£895 - £950 / week

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from £170 / night

(29) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage rental

Cirencester / Lower Mill

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A beautiful home away from home in a stunning location!” Cornerstone is a comfortable, extremely well-equipped 4-bed house, particularly suitable for families with children. The Wi-Fi was a really useful recent addition! The beds were particularly com  …see more

from £120 / night

£650 - £1725 / week

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from £120 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Maracas Bay

Trinidad / Maracas Bay

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Private garden
Come experience cloud mist and rainforests, wildlife including rare toucans and ocelots, hikes to secluded beaches and pristine waterfalls, hidden caves and a barefoot, eco-friendly experience at La Vapeur Estate. Enjoy local organic fruits, wine and home cooking.Runner  …see more

from £80 / night

£555 / week

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from £80 / night

(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

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Upper Slaughter

Cotswolds / The Slaughters

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
No.1 The Square is a deceptively spacious, three bedroomed, Grade II listed, Cotswolds holiday cottage, just three miles from the beautiful market town of Stow on the Wold, in the peaceful village of Upper Slaughter. The cottage provides self catering holiday accommodat  …see more

from £115 / night

£660 - £1170 / week

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from £115 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kilnaleck

County Cavan / Kilnaleck

6 12 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Child friendly
Situated in peaceful countryside in the Lake District of Cavan, 1 mile from Kilnaleck village, and just 1 hours driving from Dublin via M3. This spacious home sleeps 12 offers a large garden & patio area basketball net, games room and all modern conveniences.Mc Evo  …see more

from £86 / night

£598 - £898 / week

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from £86 / night

(32) Excellent 

22

West Country 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
“Great for us and even greater for the dogs” The cottage was warm, welcoming and well equipped. The garden large, and very dog secure. Located near super walks and good pubs, what more can you ask for? Owners, Alistair and Lisa couldn't have been more  …see more

from £74 / night

£330 - £855 / week

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from £74 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Kilkenny holiday cottage rental

County Kilkenny / Kilkenny

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful” A wonderful week spent at this cottage. This is a relaxing coattage which is beautifully decorated and has a spacious garden. Breda is wonderful, very welcoming and is on hand if you need advice. Would def visit again. My boys had a fantast  …see more

from £90 / night

£325 - £488 / week

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from £90 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Northern England

North Yorkshire / Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, excellent accommodation with a homely feel !” We would highly recommend this home to all our friends and family, there is everything you need and more, including homely touches ! It is immacutely clean and modernised to a very high s  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(73) Excellent 

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Newby Bridge holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Newby Bridge

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A most memorable 60th Birthday stay!” Every part of this stay was wonderful. Helen took care of everything with such thoughtfulness. The welcome tea tray with home made cake, the quality of everything in the house for our use, the logs provided and fi  …see more

from £135 / night

£825 - £1295 / week

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from £135 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Very homely and comfortable” Very nice, very clean, good towels and bedding sheets. Good situation, very pretty house and Garden. Lots of nice details, detergent, coffee, tea, bread, butter, milk, chocolates, a welcome pack. No parking outside the ho  …see more

from £95 / night

£525 - £995 / week

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from £95 / night

(51) Excellent 

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Ballydehob holiday cottage rental

County Cork / Ballydehob

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir  …see more

from £65 / night

£338 - £684 / week

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from £65 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Bodiam

East Sussex / Bodiam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“One word: "perfect"!” We stayed for four nights at 4 Coopers Cottage, and we can only say it was a marvellous experience in every way! To start with, Terrie, Sharon and Mike were perfect hosts - no effort was spared to make us feel welcome, and to he  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £630 / week

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from £60 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cheddar

Somerset / Cheddar

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful cottage” We spent a wonderful time in Cheddar, we got a very warm welcome, where everything was already prepared for us. Andrew and his wife are lovely and really dog loving. The cottage is perfect equiped and clean and very cosy. Cheddar is  …see more

from £75 / night

£365 - £625 / week

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from £75 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Garhwal

Uttarakhand / Garhwal

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
A pristine Himalayan getaway. A quaint, quiet classy rural retreat home stay. Totally non-touristy. A unique guest home in Garhwal, Uttarakhand.  …see more

from £18 / night

£120 / week

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from £18 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Carrigart / Sheephaven Bay

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“5Star Cottage” Have just returned from 7 days at Tramore Cottage, the cottage is perfect, and has everything you need. The decor is bright and modern. The cottage has a lovely garden with a visiting hare in the evening. The owner Margaret was just  …see more

from £56 / night

£342 - £513 / week

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from £56 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Bowglass

Isle of Harris / Bowglass

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“This was one of the noicest self catering cottages we have stayed in” This is a lovely property in an idyllic location in North Harris. The property is beautifully furnishes and well equipped. Alistair and Irene who live next door are available to pr  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £770 / week

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from £75 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Pooley Bridge

Penrith / Pooley Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderfully cosy cottage” This is a delightful cottage! Well equipped with everything you might need for a peaceful stay in the lakes. The cottage is ideally situated just off the A66 and M6 with some lovely walks straight from the doorstep. The cotta  …see more

from £50 / night

£320 - £540 / week

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(3) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Ridsdale

Northumberland / Ridsdale

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A great experiance” Me and my parents stayed in the cottage for a week and really enjoyed it! there is a small village co-op 6 miles from the cottage in Bellingham which was easy to get to. very nice views from the cottage and when we arrived, set out  …see more

from £47 / night

£290 - £470 / week

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from £47 / night

(37) 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
  • Car not necessary
“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 £55 / night

£260 - £835 / week

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from £55 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Criccieth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Private garden
“Amazing place, fantastic home!” Wow, where to begin! The Coach House was just perfect for our 'Escape to the Country'. The location was perfect, remote but within easy reach of the beach and shops. There is so much to do in this part of Wales, th  …see more

from £65 / night

£390 - £525 / week

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(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Flamborough

Bridlington / Flamborough

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Cliff edge cottage overlooking Thornwick Bay. One of the finest views in Yorkshire. Watch gannets, puffins, razorbills, auks, cormorants, gulls and short-eared owls from your living room. Breathtaking sea views. Nature walk. Idyllic sunset. Tranquil escape.Visit http://  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £895 / week

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from £57 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Northern England

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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from £70 / night

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