Rural retreats | Holiday cottages in the UK and abroad

Rural retreats (1937)

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 farmhouse in Threlkeld

Keswick / Threlkeld

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate  …see more

from £101 / night

£510 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Farmhouse letting in Vanxains with swimming pool

Dordogne / Vanxains

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Holiday” A superb gite in a great location. The gite was everything we hoped for and more. We both felt so at home and relaxed there and would highly recommend Le Regnac to all. Jan was a brilliant host who ensured our stay was very enjoyabl  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with golf nearby in Bergerac

Dordogne / Bergerac

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“The perfect family holiday” The Gite at Rigal is simply perfect for a relaxing family holiday... the gite itself provides great accommodation, three big bedrooms and loads of living space. We have great memories of sitting in the wonderful 'farmhouse  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 - £1275 / week

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from £80 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Holyhead

Holyhead / Trefor, Holyhead

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Child friendly
“a little piece of heaven !” We stayed here for a week at the end of may. Our group of 5 adults, one child, two greyhounds and a dalmation had a wonderful time. Lovely house, kind owner who could not have been more helpful. There were tears when we h  …see more

from £125 / night

£515 - £1300 / week

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from £125 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in South Wingfield

South Wingfield / Oakerthorpe

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
This barn conversion consists of 6 bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, 2 en-suite shower rooms and a large living area with kitchen diner for 12. As the lounge, kitchen and dining area on the upper level guests are able to enjoy beautiful views of the grassed areas. The Oak  …see more

from £217 / night

£1519 / week

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from £217 / night

(34) Very Good 

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Holiday farmhouse in Joyford

Forest of Dean / Joyford

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic for the Forest Of Dean” Lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome. The house is part of the farm, with sheep, horses and friendly dogs for children to enjoy.The accommodation is very comfortable with large bedrooms, a decent kitchen  …see more

from £55 / night

£320 - £774 / week

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from £55 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Mervent

Vendee / Mervent

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Look no further you have found the perfect gite in the perfect location” Well what can I say, this gite exceeded all my expectations and I can honestly tell you that I will be back next year. The owners will give you the warmest welcome and not only  …see more

from £78 / night

£585 - £875 / week

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from £78 / night

(5) Very Good 

16

Holiday farmhouse in Vire-Normandie

Calvados / Vire-Normandie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
A century-old restored stone 3 bedroom farmhouse set on an acre of lush land & gardens. A peaceful & child-friendly retreat in the French countryside. Only 10 minutes from the bustling market town of Vire, with easy access to many attractions & activities  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £509 / week

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from £65 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Ennis

County Clare / Ennis

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
An Tí Glas a fully restored 200 year old cottage on a smallholding in rural County Clare. It is a unique place to relax and get away from the stress and strain of modern living. With peace and quiet, wholesome food, country walks and great comfort this is the pla  …see more

from £65 / night

£351 - £522 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Amlwch

Amlwch / Bull Bay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great holiday home” Great house with good amenities. Very peaceful location, the walk along the coastal path was beautiful. All of Anglesey was easy to access from here. We had a lovely holiday and would return without hesitation.  …see more

from £94 / night

£579 - £750 / week

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from £94 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Downham Market with golf nearby

Norfolk / Downham Market

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic Getaway” I planned a surprise birthday getaway for my girlfriend with her friends. The place was everything we could have hoped it to be. It was a perfect escape from our regular surroundings. The owners are friendly and very helpful.  …see more

from £199 / night

£1397 - £3800 / week

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from £199 / night

(23) Excellent 

28

Holiday farmhouse in Hawes

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Hawes

4 6 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Best cottage we have ever stayed in!” The cottage was perfect, the views amazing. Owners very friendly. We loved it so much we have rebooked for next year, first time we have gone back to the same place twice.  …see more

from £66 / night

£460 - £980 / week

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from £66 / night

(46) Excellent 

24

Holiday farmhouse in Teviothead

Hawick / Teviothead

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic house” Dear Ian Thank you for your note dated 31st October regarding our stay at Branxholm Knowe House. I am delighted to confirm that our family group had a superb stay in your lovely house and enjoyed the large garden area and woodland w  …see more

from £300 / night

£1200 - £2600 / week

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from £300 / night

(34) Excellent 

28

Farmhouse accommodation in Elgin

Moray / Elgin

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Really comfortable, well equipped house in great location” Would recommend a stay in this lovely farmhouse. Comfortable and well equipped in an great location with lovely views of a ruined castle. Loads to do in surrounding area for people of all ages  …see more

from £115 / night

£700 - £995 / week

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from £115 / night

(1) Excellent 

25

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania / Alt Jargenow

3 12 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 23 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £43 / night

£300 - £684 / week

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from £43 / night

(9) Excellent 

25

Farmhouse rental in Madiran with swimming pool

Hautes-Pyrenees / Madiran

5 14 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“All you need for relaxing holiday” We stayed for a week, 6 adults and 6 teenagers. We had plenty to do, with the table tennis and pool table very popular. There is a fridge by the pool for cold beers, and plenty of sunloungers with parasols. In the  …see more

from £285 / night

£1300 - £2500 / week

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from £285 / night

(6) Excellent 

19

Holiday farmhouse in Bovey Tracey

Dartmoor National Park / Bovey Tracey

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Simply superb” We joined members of our extended family for a week long stay at Dunley Farm and were absolutely delighted with the farmhouse, it's facilities but most of all the absolute warmth and hospitality of Geoff and Rebecca......and their assor  …see more

from £195 / night

£750 - £2300 / week

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from £195 / night

(3) Excellent 

20

Santa Coloma de Farners holiday farmhouse rental

Province of Girona / Santa Coloma de Farners

6 15 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Another VillasBarcelona property, trusted online local villa experts since 1997. The owners speak English but prefer to have me, Charlie, as their booking agent. Intro: Can Saladrigas is a gorgeous property especially recommended for groups with children! This is a ve  …see more

from £257 / night

£1676 - £2513 / week

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from £257 / night

(25) Excellent 

26

Holiday farmhouse rental

Costa del Sol / Riogordo

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous” A a beautiful spacious house, very clean and well equipped with idyllic views.It includes all the necessities required to have an enjoyable stay. There is a swimming pool and a lovely gardened outside area which provides both sun and shade  …see more

from £98 / night

£684 - £1436 / week

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from £98 / night

(7) Excellent 

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St. Clement holiday farmhouse rental

Jersey / St Clement

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Jersey farmhouse and is ideally placed for touring the whole of the island.  …see more

from £258 / night

£1800 - £2200 / week

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from £258 / night

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Cotes-d'Armor / Carnoet

5 9 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool

 …see more

from £86 / night

£556 / week

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from £86 / night

7

Maur holiday farmhouse rental

Canton of Zurich / Maur

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
A room in a 200 year old house. Bathroom and kitchen shared. Don't expect too much and stay away if you are very picky  …see more

from £32 / night

£202 - £349 / week

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from £32 / night

(2) Excellent 

14

Holiday farmhouse rental

Seine-Maritime / Saint-Vaast-d'Equiqueville

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
'La Grange' is a misnomer - the house has taken its name from the large barn ('en colombage') which is part of the property. The farmhouse is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure g  …see more

from £120 / night

£600 - £975 / week

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from £120 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Hawsker

North Yorkshire / Hawsker

5 14 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Grange Farm Cottage was an excellent place to celebrate my 7Oth Birthday.” We very much enjoyed our stay at Grange Farm. The house is so spacious and warm and comfortable, and it was an ideal place for my family and friends to stay and help me celebra  …see more

from £240 / night

£882 - £2090 / week

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from £240 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Bevagna holiday farmhouse rental

Province of Perugia / Bevagna

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 130 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
In Bevagna, which is located in the heart of Umbria and on the road leading to the famous Sagrantino wine region, you will find the house OLIVO.<br />The house offers the ideal holiday for those who want peace and quite and to visit Assisi, Spello, Spoleto.  …see more

from £43 / night

£317 / week

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from £43 / night

(13) Excellent 

25

Llanerchymedd holiday farmhouse rental

Anglesey / Llanerchymedd

6 15 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“What a gem!!!” What a find! This cottage is gorgeous, stayed here with friends and had a relaxing few days. Everything was perfect, the cottage has been beautifully renovated and the owners have thought of everything. There is even a wine cabinet to k  …see more

from £388 / night

£1314 - £3301 / week

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from £388 / night

(23) Excellent 

32

Loddiswell holiday farmhouse rental

Devon / Loddiswell

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing!” Beautiful property, stunning countryside/estate. Groundsman was incredibly friendly and gave us a tour of the estate on the back of his 'truck'. Will be coming back again for sure!  …see more

from £279 / night

£1950 - £3250 / week

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from £279 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Gensac

Gensac / Claribes

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Peaceful setting among the vineyards” What a lovely weekend we had visiting Chateau Claribes! Nestled in the quiet village of Claribes, population 10, we drank the award winning organic wines of the chateau and relaxed between canoe trips on the Dordo  …see more

from £171 / night

£684 - £1026 / week

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from £171 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Province of Savona / Stellanello

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £53 / night

£371 / week

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from £53 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Xaghra

Island of Gozo / Xaghra

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A peacefull place in a magic island” Ginette's rental is really nice, in the walls of several centuries, we were welcomed in the best comfort. Full kitchen, perfect for cooking Mediterranean food, a refreshing swimming pool with sun beds to rest, a ba  …see more

from £112 / night

£770 - £1368 / week

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from £112 / night

(8) Excellent 

21

Fleurance holiday farmhouse accommodation

Fleurance / Saint Clar

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A beautiful home, garden and location. We couldn’t ask for more.” We have had the luxury of spending time at Les Guillamaux in 2003/4. The house, garden and pool were wonderful then - they are even better now. There are more beds to accommodate mor  …see more

from £150 / night

£1050 - £1600 / week

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from £150 / night

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Holiday farmhouse accommodation

Province of Lucca / Pieve Fosciana

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This is a traditional Tuscany country house located on top of a sunny and very panoramic hill near the medieval borough of Sillico. It rises on a terraced area surronded by grazing sheep and very ancient chestnust forests. The wonderful panorama, look the Garfagnana V  …see more

from £77 / night

£449 - £1197 / week

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from £77 / night

(19) Excellent 

45

Farmhouse rental in Portlaoise with golf nearby

County Laois / Portlaoise

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“An exceptional house” The farmhouse is amazing! Pictures online really do not do it justice. We really love Morette House and would stay then again in a second. The home is well situated close to the centre of Portlaoise, but is private and gated so y  …see more

from £98 / night

£684 - £872 / week

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from £98 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Invergordon

Scottish Highlands / Invergordon

4 7 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Glorious countryside on a private lane just off the North Coast 500 tourist route. Fishing All heating, linen and towels provided. Easy access to golf courses at Dornoch, Tain, Invergordon, Alness and Fortrose, history lovers will enjoy Dunrobin or Urquhart Castles.  …see more

from £70 / night

£340 - £790 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Saint-Antonin Noble Val holiday farmhouse let

Tarn-et-Garonne / Saint-Antonin Noble Val

2 6 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A charming and traditional rustic farmhouse, with dovecote/pigeonnier, dating from 1760.Au Ciel Bleu is a house full of character situated in the heart of the Gorges de L'Aveyron - beautiful rivers, medieval towns, limestone cliffs and rolling hills. Extremely  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 - £350 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Average 

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Lechlade holiday farmhouse rental

Cotswolds / Lechlade

7 14 3 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Old Farmhouse, is a stunning Eighteenth Century, Grade Two listed farmhouse located on the edge of this picture postcard hamlet. This magnificent period home is one of the region's most desirable holiday homes offering the very best in self catering accommodation,  …see more

from £631 / night

£2510 - £5200 / week

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from £631 / night

(31) Excellent 

40

Holiday farmhouse in Cheltenham

Cheltenham / Cheltenham

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic location, beautiful house.” We stayed at Bushcombe House Farm for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period. We were over from Perth Australia and met up with our three grown up children and extended family at the house. It was a bril  …see more

from £250 / night

£1199 - £2000 / week

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from £250 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with shared pool in Rocchetta

Fabriano / Rocchetta

2 7 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
5 minutes drive to reach the center of Fabriano, a beautiful medieval city renown for the production of paper and watermark. Do not miss a visit to the Museum of Paper and Watermark. 15 minutes you can reach the beautiful Frasassi caves.<br />Staying at “La  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £744 / week

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from £55 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Ski farmhouse to rent in Lannemezan

Hautes-Pyrenees / Lannemezan

10 28 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 28
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
“Good for larger groups and families - in a great area” We stayed here in February with friends and our respective teenage children. The trip was for skiing in St Lary, which is quite close, and we have stayed before, in the summer, for cycling, walkin  …see more

from £450 / night

£1450 - £4950 / week

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from £450 / night

(2) Excellent 

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West Witton holiday farmhouse rental

Leyburn / West Witton

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
4 star self-catering - farm house conversion situated in the delightful village of West Witton in the heart of Wensleydale with commanding uninterrupted views over the Dale from the rear of the property - Ideal for families or groups looking for a bolt hole to 'chi  …see more

from £195 / night

£699 - £1400 / week

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from £195 / night