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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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(51) Excellent 

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Castle Douglas holiday watermill rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Castle Douglas

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful” absolutely fantastic place, we loved every minute of our stay and would recommend to everyone. In the middle of nowhere, just perfect.  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £734 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday watermill with shared pool in Colares

Sintra Municipality / Colares

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfection in a romantic quiet setting.” This was a magical and fantastic way to start our journey of Portugal. Paola, was a magnificent host and her little cottage was beautifully appointed and the bed divine. There was a food market with the best wi  …see more

from £111 / night

£594 - £763 / week

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from £111 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Chauvigny

Chauvigny / Bonnes, Chauvigny

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“A beautiful, peaceful location” The Moulin is in an idyllic location, perfect for a relaxing holiday. The owners are warm and welcoming and the accommodation has everything you could wish for. We loved the area, with interesting places to visit - loc  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Saint-Clementin holiday watermill rental

Deux-Sevres / Saint-Clementin

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A very peaceful rural location ideal for walking, cycling, fishing, boating, bird watching and artists. A travel cot with bedding & pushchair are available on request. Games room with table tennis and darts also a selection of toys for children . Stone BBQ, Peaceful  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 - £550 / week

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from £40 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Enniskillen

County Fermanagh / Enniskillen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
19th Centuary Listed Cornmill newly renovated to include 4 Star Accomodation. Situated close to two National Trust Properiies - Crom Castle and Florencecourt House. In the heart of Fermanagh Lakeland close to Upper Lough Erne. Activities include walking, fishing etc&  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Bylchau

Denbigh / Bylchau

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Relaxing weekend” Excellent clean & lovely place to stay , just perfect for a restful few days ,would certainly recommend the mill to friends & family x  …see more

from £70 / night

£460 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Languidic

Morbihan / Languidic

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
This picturesque water mill is set in 6.5 acres of a tranquil park-like garden. A gentle stream flows through it. The natural woodland surrounding the garden provides complete privacy. Perfect for a writers retreat or for relaxing in peace and quiet in beautiful natural  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £750 / week

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from £86 / night

(10) Excellent 

9

Holiday watermill in Blairgowrie

Perth and Kinross / Blairgowrie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
“A great place to stay in Scotland” The Jute store is a very well kept home away from home. It has all the modern amenities and then some. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and it was great to come back "home" after a day of touring. Much more comfo  …see more

from £130 / night

£550 - £920 / week

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from £130 / night

20

Finistere / Landerneau

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £136 / night

£467 - £670 / week

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from £136 / night

(22) Very Good 

48

Holiday watermill in Dover

Kent / Dover

1 3 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Extremely comfortable” Really lovely apartment - light and bright and airy. Beautiful decorative accoutrements, very luxurious looking. We loved the massive corner bath, my son thought it was like a swimming pool! The sofa and the huge bed were incred  …see more

from £85 / night

£360 / week

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from £85 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill letting

Llangefni / Bodffordd

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing location, amazing cottage, amazing holiday!” What a fantastic cottage! Very well equipped, very clean and tidy, plenty of space for our large group. The location is stunning and fantastic for children, so much for them to explore and enjoy- ve  …see more

from £125 / night

£575 - £975 / week

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from £125 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Sarlat-la-Canéda / Proissans

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

 …see more

from £116 / night

£806 - £2077 / week

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from £116 / night

(26) Very Good 

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Holiday watermill in Wareham

Dorset / Wareham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Ideal base for Wareham and surrounding area” Situated just a short walk from the centre of Wareham, North Mill is a charming house which provided four of us with comfortable, warm accommodation during a cold winter break. The owner, Sally, was most w  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

16

Holiday watermill rental

Maine et Loire / Mouliherne

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
Want to fish ? we have exclusive fishing rights to the river. Want to do some winetasting - we are 20 minutes to Bourgeuil and St Nicolas and the same to Saumur vineyards. Want to play golf - excellent course at Baugé some 20 minutes away. Want to walk, cycle o  …see more

from £97 / night

£678 - £1060 / week

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from £97 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Santiago de Compostela

Province of A Coruna / Santiago de Compostela

3 7 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Child friendly
The main house is an old mill for seven people. The upper floor has three double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom with shower (complete furniture for beds and bathrooms). Downstairs has a kitchen with induction hob, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, wood stove, pantry  …see more

from £123 / night

£746 - £839 / week

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from £123 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Tiffauges

Vendee / Tiffauges

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 77 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Exceded expectations” The 'Moulin de la Roche' is even more amazing than it looks in the photos. The setting is idyllic; next to the river which you can cross by the footbridge, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The sound of the water wheel is very  …see more

from £162 / night

£928 - £1267 / week

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from £162 / night

(4) Excellent 

20

Holiday watermill in Aurignac

Haute-Garonne / Aurignac

5 8 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Spacious and comfortable holiday home or B&B with mini farm for children. Small river to swim and to play with private beach, nicer than a swimming pool. Sun and shade with a nice hammock to relax in a private setting in the countryside.  …see more

from £47 / night

£416 - £2373 / week

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from £47 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Pyrenees-Atlantiques / Lagor

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £128 / night

£416 - £636 / week

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from £128 / night

(3) Excellent 

25

Holiday watermill rental

Camporgiano / Casatico

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Delightful property” We spent 5 days at this converted water mill and were very pleased with our stay. It is well situated in a peaceful location with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. We particularly liked the swimming pool in the garden a  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £860 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Chamberet holiday watermill rental

Correze / Chamberet

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Surrounded by acres of forest, next to a river and out of sight of any neighbours our old mill is a great place to get away from it all. It is very spacious, has two fireplaces, two double bedrooms (plus a bunk-bed for children) and a great kitchen.The old mill  …see more

from £68 / night

£594 - £831 / week

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from £68 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Melle

Melle / Paizay-le-Tort

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Lovely accommodation, beautiful weather and ideal location.” Thankyou for a lovely visit. Not only were we incredibly lucky with the weather, we also found an absolute gem in staying at the old mill. It has been renovated beautifully and offered every  …see more

from £100 / night

£495 - £1295 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Excellent 

11

Donegal Town holiday watermill let

County Donegal / Donegal Town

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
5 mins from Soils Lough Eske and 10 mins from Harveys point hotel. The mill is a great base for walking fishing or exploring the beautiful Donegal countryside. The mill is full of charm and has a great well equipped kitchen for those who like to cook.  …see more

from £153 / night

£941 / week

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from £153 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Sarlat-la-Canéda / Carsac-Aillac

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £64 / night

£441 - £763 / week

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from £64 / night

14

Mur-de-Bretagne holiday watermill rental

Morbihan / Mur-de-Bretagne

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
18th century Mill House in rural location set in several acres of mature gardens with 2 double bedrooms on first floor and a large bathroom, gallery landing with door leading out onto private lake, ground floor is a very large 840 square foot open plan living area with  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 / week

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from £70 / night

(14) Excellent 

21

Watermill rental in Confolens with swimming pool

Charente / Confolens

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Great time with great friends” Lovely relaxing time . Very rural and quiet. Lovely house . Great fete in Saint Christophe with an amazing firework display . Great walks with the children all set in beautiful surroundings.  …see more

from £172 / night

£1200 / week

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from £172 / night

24

Watermill rental in Salinelles

Gard / Salinelles

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
Old stone WaterMill with heated infinited edge pool - walk to boulangerie and 3 restaurants - Kayaks, bikes, games room and children's playpark  …see more

from £148 / night

£1035 / week

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from £148 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Reillanne

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Meublé de tourisme **** Accréditation ; N° 3-0758. Sur www.cofrac.fr Code du Tourisme Article L.324-1  …see more

from £73 / night

£509 - £933 / week

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from £73 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Watermill rental in Busserolles with swimming pool

Dordogne / Busserolles

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
“Brilliant” We were a family party of 28 ranging from 18 months to 60 plus. The accommodation was ideal with sufficient bedrooms. The covered dining terrace was brilliant and with excellent weather we were able to have our lunch and dinner outside ever  …see more

from £950 / night

£6650 / week

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from £950 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Gor holiday watermill rental

Province of Granada / Gor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Beautiful apartment and surroundings, riverside garden with deck and pool. On the doorstep of the Parque Natural of Sierra de Baza, 3 minute walk to the village of Gor with friendly locals and superb bar tapas! Suitable for couples + 1 child. Other apartments available.  …see more

from £30 / night

£208 - £297 / week

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from £30 / night

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Holiday watermill in Brouains

Manche / Brouains

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Tranquil and secluded watermill surrounded by the beautiful river 'LSee' set In idyllic countryside. Stunning views and minutes away from a quaint French market town and in close proximity to famous landmark Mont St Michel.Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms)  …see more

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(1) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Ponte de Lima

Viana do Castelo District / Ponte de Lima

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Built in the 17th century next to a Romanesque bridge on the banks of the Estorãos River, this pretty watermill has been authentically restored, retaining the old water wheel and grindstone.  …see more

from £73 / night

£467 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill rental

Vendee / L'Hermenault

7 20 3 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great family holiday” Whole family with six grandchildren, (9 to 16) two of whom said it was their best holiday ever. The bikes were well used, as was the pool. As it was an Olympic week we also made good use of the television! The garden had p  …see more

from £200 / night

£1000 - £2600 / week

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from £200 / night

(18) Very Good 

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San Giustino holiday watermill let

Province of Perugia / San Giustino

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Charming, spacious house in tranquil, rural setting. Great place to relax.” Lovely house full of charm & character which looks to have been restored with much care. The beds are particularly comfortable and along with the large spacious lounge and wel  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £995 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Very Good 

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L'Hermenault holiday watermill rental

Vendee / L'Hermenault

4 12 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Gorgeous Country Retreat” I could not recommend this house enough, it was perfect for me and my group of friends and children. The house was more than spacious enough for 6 adults and 3 children, the grounds were kept in immaculate condition. The pool  …see more

from £175 / night

£800 - £1595 / week

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(2) Average 

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Holiday watermill rental

Cornwall / St Austell

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Swim - Surf - Walk - Sail - so many outdoor pursuits or just relax in the Mill - the choice is yours!  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £770 / week

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from £100 / night

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Watermill rental in Los Barrios with swimming pool

Costa de la Luz / Los Barrios

6 10 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal for families with young children - plenty of toys and activities on the farm and at the property. Central and unique location on an organic cattle and cork farm . Learn more about the fascinating cork industry. Enjoy the beaches of the Costa de la Luz - Tarifa, Bo  …see more

from £364 / night

£2543 / week

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from £364 / night

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Holiday watermill in Villedieu-les-Poeles

Manche / Villedieu-les-Poeles

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A beautiful and tastefully converted watermill, set next to a lake with its own streem and waterfalls. Originally built in 1643, converted in 1992 and fully updated recently. It enjoys a very quiet and peaceful setting. The mill is well equipped with modern essentials  …see more

from £99 / night

£625 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill rental

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Meublé de tourisme **** Accréditation ; N° 3-0758. Sur www.cofrac.fr Code du Tourisme Article L.324-1  …see more

from £61 / night

£424 - £848 / week

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from £61 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Watermill letting in Lozoya with swimming pool

Community of Madrid / Lozoya

5 14 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Beautiful romantic watermill, on the Banks of the Lozoya river. Off the beaten track surrounded by water and nature. Still only a short car drive away from the impressive historic herritage of Spain . Madrid (45 minutes), Segovia (45 minutes), El Escorial ( (60 minutes)  …see more

from £128 / night

£1017 / week

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Watermill rental in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Le Moulin de St Blaise is just a 15 minute stroll from the local village where you can drop into the local cafe/restaurant for a coffee on the pavement terrace or take a leisurely lunch. The quaint town of La Chartre sur le Loir is just a 5 minute drive away, with bars  …see more

from £300 / night

£2100 / week

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from £300 / night