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Rural retreats (23)

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 houseboat in Marigot Bay

Castries Quarter / Marigot Bay

3 2 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
This is an opportunity to experience life in our private classic 41 foot yacht which is moored to the dock in beautiful Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia. We also have a 4x4 jeep available if you wish to go out and explore the island. The boat has a classic teak wood interior  …see more

from £65 / night

£452 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Excellent 

23

Oost-knollendam holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Oost-knollendam

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.” We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting  …see more

from £214 / night

£855 - £941 / week

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from £214 / night

(33) Excellent 

14

Holiday houseboat in Srinagar

Kashmir / Srinagar

6 15 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Our houseboats are sitiuated on the tranquil Dal Lake, offering stunning views with the Himalaya providing a beautiful mountain backdrop, yet the town centr is within easy reach for all your needs.<br />Our experienced chef serves up delicious home cooked food eve  …see more

from £49 / night

£339 / week

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from £49 / night

(9) Excellent 

17

Holiday houseboat rental

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Moored on 5 acres of lake and wetland habitat, each houseboat has a private jetty with onshore boathouse and parking. Fishing for Rainbow Trout, with wildlife in abundance. Proximity to North coast makes this a great base for exploring Cornwall and Devon.  …see more

from £81 / night

£500 - £830 / week

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from £81 / night

12

Srinagar holiday houseboat rental

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
My.hosue Boat is located in peace and quiet place..and five minutes from Ghat .07 Dal Lake..you will get completry pickup from ghat no.07,till my hosue boat..and i am good reviews in tripadvisor highlly recomended..and we are very polite with guests..thanks for chosing  …see more

from £13 / night

£85 - £113 / week

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from £13 / night

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Holiday houseboat in Holsworthy

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Swallow Tail is the sister boat to The Painted Lady. She is moored at Blagdon Water, a 35 acre wildlife and natural habitat located not far from the North Devon coast. Visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity of sharing the environment with the wildlife, local walking  …see more

from £81 / night

£450 - £830 / week

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from £81 / night

(20) Excellent 

7

Holiday houseboat with golf nearby in Loch Ness

Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
Self charter boating holidays on Loch Ness & the Caledonian Canal. Weekly and shortbreak hire available from April to October. No previous experience required as comprehensive instruction provided.Cruise through the spectacular scenery of Loch Ness and The Great G  …see more

from £167 / night

£770 - £1362 / week

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from £167 / night

18

Syracuse / Ortigia

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation

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from £77 / night

£539 / week

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from £77 / night

(5) Excellent 

20

Ille-et-Vilaine / Chevaigne

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £166 / night

£1157 / week

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from £166 / night

11

Holiday houseboat in Montauban

Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
Cruisebarge 'easyvie' is leaving France in 2017 and moving her cruise routes to Holland and Germany starting early 2018. Take advantage of special prices for her repositioning cruise in 2017 along the Canal Deux Mer, the Canal du Midi, the Petit Rhone Canal a  …see more

from £1466 / night

£10257 / week

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from £1466 / night

4

Holiday houseboat in Srinagar

Kashmir / Srinagar

20 2 1 night min

  • 20 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Houseboats in Srinagar, Kashmir Houseboats, Deluxe Houseboats in Srinagar, best houseboats in Srinagar, Deluxe Houseboats in Kashmir, Luxury houseboats in Srinagar, Boathouse in Srinagar  …see more

from £57 / night

£339 / week

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from £57 / night

12

Holiday houseboat in Damazan

Lot-et-Garonne / Damazan

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
We can offer cruises on Connie at an extra cost depending on amount of days/nights. The skipper would not be on board over night.There is also a dinghy available for rowing on the canal.Excellent cycling on the canal tow path, bikes are available here.<br />We can  …see more

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Province of Cagliari / Cagliari

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £51 / night

£359 - £988 / week

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from £51 / night

(152) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolute value for money..!!!” We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thoroughly relaxing cruise  …see more

from £246 / night

£1452 / week

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from £246 / night

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10

Saxony-Anhalt / Bitterfeld

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £95 / night

£665 / week

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from £95 / night

8

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania / Freest

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £111 / night

£772 / week

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from £111 / night

20

Province of La Spezia / Bocca di Magra

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £471 / night

£2565 / week

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from £471 / night

(1) Excellent 

12

Brandenburg / Lindow

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £153 / night

£983 - £1222 / week

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from £153 / night

7

Srinagar holiday houseboat rental

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
New York Houseboat offers comfort at 5 star level in Rooms and facilities in Bath rooms are at par. All rooms are fitted with all weather AC's (Hot & Cold) with 32" LED TV with Satellite Channels. The Houseboat has a private Chef who cooks according to the  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

8

Maine et Loire / Grez Neuville

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £171 / night

£1026 / week

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from £171 / night

6

Pravia / Somado

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation

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from £39 / night

£300 / week

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from £39 / night

4

Kashmir / Srinagar

6 14 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £18 / night

£121 - £488 / week

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from £18 / night

13

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £37 / night

£226 / week

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from £37 / night