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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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(35) Excellent 

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Segrwyd Mill Holiday Home - 4* Converted Mill - Bylchau watermill sleeps 4

Denbigh / Bylchau

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
**** Visit Wales 4 star rated Accomdation **** Perfect location to explore beautiful Snowdonia and North Wales. Segrwyd Mill is an 18th century grade II listed water mill, steeped in history and located in the heart of the North Wales countryside, between Nantglyn and  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

(42) Excellent 

25

Burnbrae Mill - Castle Douglas watermill sleeps 6

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
Converted Mill located in a beautiful rural location within a converted farm steading. Excellent base for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, or just relaxing. The mill is approximately 2.5 miles from the villages of Lochfoot, Crocketford and Haugh of Urr and 8 mi  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £734 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

4

La Chiquita - Gor watermill sleeps 3

Province of Granada / Gor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
La Chiquita apartment is fully equipped for self-catering and has been lovingly restored and finished to a high standard. The apartment is mainly on one level although there are a short set of stairs to both the terrance and entrance. The open plan kitchen and lounge  …see more

from £31 / night

£212 - £302 / week

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from £31 / night

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(8) Excellent 

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Moulin D'Enval - Chamberet watermill sleeps 6

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 has been  …see more

from £69 / night

£475 - £647 / week

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from £69 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Moulin de la Ronde.....an exceptional location. - Bonnes - Chauvigny watermill sleeps 4

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+
Moulin de la Ronde with its toes in the Vienne, occupies 4 acres of river frontage with a private island accessible through the mill, where you can fish, bird watch or just relax. Friends, visitors and locals describe it as stunning. La Ronde consists of the owners�  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

13

Puy-de-Dome / Blot-l'Eglise

4 3 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£281 / week

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from £52 / night

15

Lovely Converted Watermill in Quiet Rural Setting - Villedieu-les-Poeles watermill sleeps 6

Manche / Villedieu-les-Poeles

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • 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 £89 / night

£625 / week

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from £89 / night

12

Sarthe / Aubigne-Racan

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £82 / night

£380 / week

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from £82 / night

14

Le Muelin du Guer - Mur-de-Bretagne watermill sleeps 6

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

(3) Excellent 

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The Tranquil Water Mill - Languidic watermill sleeps 6

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 £89 / night

£599 - £850 / week

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from £89 / night

(6) Excellent 

18

Moulin des Gobards - Savigny-en-Revermont watermill sleeps 4

Saone-et-Loire / Savigny-en-Revermont

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 34 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The holiday home is actually the 100 square meter attic of our 200 year old watermill. It is fully furnished to a high standard.When you rent our home, you will have the whole front garden to enjoy. It includes a trampoline, a flying fox (zip line), a slack line, a swin  …see more

from £100 / night

£647 / week

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from £100 / night

(7) Very Good 

14

Pyrenees-Atlantiques / Lagor

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £130 / night

£561 / week

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from £130 / night

20

Finistere / Landerneau

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £138 / night

£475 / week

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from £138 / night

(20) Excellent 

44

Luxury Apartment in listed water mill dover kent - Dover watermill sleeps 3

Kent / Dover

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Can accomadate 2 adults , child and a baby most suited to young couples and small families Children welcome Check in after 3 pm Check out 11 am 1 hour from London 21 minutes walk to town centre/ 8 minute drive ( marks and Spencer's ) Close to historic Ca  …see more

from £70 / night

£330 - £399 / week

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from £70 / night

(8) Excellent 

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The Old Mill - Donegal Town watermill sleeps 8

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
The Old sawmill is a recently converted 16th century saw mill set in the woodland near Lough Eske in beautiful County Donegal. The stone building is full of character and the sound of water rushing past the mill just adds to the feeling of peace and tranquility. Its a l  …see more

from £147 / night

£845 / week

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from £147 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Melinsoch - Abersoch watermill sleeps 8

Gwynedd / Abersoch

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This property was the former mill situated on the tributary into the river Soch , and has been tastefully converted into a delightful cottage that retains many original features. If you know Abersoch, you would never believe this stunning , historic, old mill house tuck  …see more

from £125 / night

£650 - £995 / week

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from £125 / night

(6) Excellent 

20

Moulin de la Regie, Eymet - Eymet watermill sleeps 4

Dordogne / Eymet

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
This Mill House is a rustic rural retreat in the form of spacious and comfortably furnished gite. It is situated on its' own small river island and is set in a truly peaceful paradise. It can only be accessed on foot by crossing a narrow causeway bridge [this is origin  …see more

from £86 / night

£602 / week

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from £86 / night

(46) Excellent 

25

Leginn Cornmill & Cottage - Enniskillen watermill sleeps 6

County Fermanagh / Enniskillen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Leginn Corn Mill & Millers CottageEnjoy a unique holiday experience in this recently renovated 19th Centaury Cornmill; a modern cottage has been tastefully adjoined to the old Mill building, this combines the quaint charm of the old with the conveniences of the new.  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Melin Frogwy - Bodffordd watermill sleeps 12

Llangefni / Bodffordd

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
Melin Frogwy has been a water mill since the 18th century. There has been a mill on the site since 1574. It stopped milling in 1948 and was converted into a house that provides self-catering five bedroom accommodation for 10/12 people. Renovations completed in 2013 mean  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £975 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Hutton Mill - Berwick upon Tweed watermill sleeps 8

Northumberland / Berwick-upon-Tweed

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
At Hutton Mills we can offer you luxury self-catering accommodation in a wonderful setting. The Mill has been renovated to a very high standard and can sleep up to 8 making it ideal at any time of year for a family holiday or for a group of friends. We have a well equip  …see more

from £145 / night

£725 - £6075 / week

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from £145 / night

19

Relaxing riverside B&B - La Chartre-sur-le-Loir watermill sleeps 10

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • 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 £70 / night

£400 / week

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from £70 / night

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Le Moulin de Pattus - Salinelles watermill sleeps 9

Gard / Salinelles

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
Le Moulin de Pattus is a beautiful 17th century stone watermill in the heart of the Gard countryside in the sunny South of France.It lies on the Vidourle river nearest to the pretty village of Salinelles and 3km from the picturesque medieval town of Sommieres which is h  …see more

from £148 / night

£1035 / week

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from £148 / night

(18) Excellent 

28

Tribal Holiday - Busserolles watermill sleeps 30

Dordogne / Busserolles

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
4 separate houses around a courtyard sleeping 14, 6, 6 and 4. Indoor dining hall with hand made oak tables and wooden tables outside, under a large covered terrace and on the lawn so your group can have meals together. Each house also has it's own "private&quo  …see more

from £950 / night

£6650 / week

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from £950 / night

(7) Very Good 

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the hidden mill - New Galloway watermill sleeps 10

Dumfries and Galloway / New Galloway

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
The hidden mill is a 400 year old A listed historic mill in a magical location.Set in 14 acres of rivers, waterfalls, ancient woodland with abundant wildlife, all under the famous Galloway night skies. Fabulous, hiking biking and watersports are on your doorstep in the  …see more

from £130 / night

£650 - £950 / week

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from £130 / night

(18) Excellent 

25

La Mariposa - Baza watermill sleeps 10

Province of Granada / Baza

3 10 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
La Mariposa apartment is fully equipped for self-catering and has been lovingly restored and finished to a high standard. The apartment is mainly on one level although there are a short set of stairs at both entrances. The open plan kitchen and lounge area turn a very  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 - £604 / week

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from £44 / night

(9) Excellent 

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The Millers House 15C Riverside Mill House - Saint-Clementin watermill sleeps 6

Deux-Sevres / Saint-Clementin

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
New owners Tony & Suzy Welcome you to The Millers House a traditional three-storey miller's home dating from the 15th Century. It adjoins the watermill dating from the 11th Century, situated on the beautiful River Argenton. The tranquil setting offers a relaxin  …see more

from £75 / night

£280 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(4) Excellent 

20

Le Moulin Eoux - Aurignac watermill sleeps 8

Haute-Garonne / Aurignac

5 8 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
There are no neighbours, there's only a very small country road. Next to an authentic house in an original setting you'll get to know an unknown region. In an undiscovered part of the south of France, in a beautiful setting, staying at the Watermill or the Old Bakery,  …see more

from £48 / night

£423 - £2414 / week

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from £48 / night

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Finistere / Concarneau

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£363 / week

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from £52 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Mistral au Moulin de Predelles - Reillanne watermill sleeps 5

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Votre meublé de tourisme dans le Moulin de Predelles est situé entre APT et FORCALQUIER près de l'ancienne voie romaine Domitienne ; dans le parc régional du LUBERON.Sur un domaine de 8,00 ha (19,77 acres), dans une nature préservée loin de toute circulation  …see more

from £63 / night

£432 - £604 / week

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from £63 / night

15

Dordogne / Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm

4 14 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £172 / night

£1199 / week

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from £172 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Casa Azenha. Romantic Watermill with pool. - Colares watermill sleeps 2

Sintra Municipality / Colares

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
Lovely little Watermill in unique location The Casa Azenha is comprised of one bedroom, living area and bathroom with self-catering kitchen and private patio and pool .5 minute drive to the best local beaches, restaurants, market and village. 10 min drive to Sintra, The  …see more

from £95 / night

£604 - £690 / week

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from £95 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Le Moulin - Tiffauges watermill sleeps 8

Vendee / Tiffauges

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 77 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
A truly idyllic rural location on the banks of the river Sevre. Sumptuous accommodation combining the charm of an authentic historic mill with an outrageously modern interior decoration. You won't find anything like this elsewhere ! A unique holiday experience. Breakfas  …see more

from £164 / night

£944 - £1289 / week

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from £164 / 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

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from £117 / night

£819 - £2113 / week

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from £117 / night

16

Stylish Barn Conversion - Mouliherne watermill sleeps 8

Maine et Loire / Mouliherne

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
Beautiful location for this stylishly converted barn. Sharing a hectare of grounds with the owners lovely old water mill in a clearing in the forest with miles of walks and cycle paths. 3 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Extremely spacious living area and terraces North  …see more

from £216 / night

£1121 - £1294 / week

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from £216 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Moinho de Estorão - Ponte de Lima watermill sleeps 2

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. The visitors' book bears poignant witness to the many enjoyable holidays  …see more

from £74 / night

£475 / week

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from £74 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Le moulin De La Combe - Paizay-le-Tort watermill sleeps 6

Melle / Paizay-le-Tort

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
REDUCTIONS FOR 2 WEEK BOOKINGS A very unique accommodation based in an ancient Water Mill with helpful/discreet owners on site. Set in acres of landscaped gardens in a little village, minutes from the medieval town of Melle, within 1hrs easy reach of Golden Beaches, Co  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £995 / week

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from £80 / night

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Stunning watermill on the River Neiva - Viana do Castelo watermill sleeps 6

Viana do Castelo District / Viana do Castelo

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
This traditional watermill is fully restored and remarkably well maintained in order to provide an unforgettable stay for its users. Delightfully located on the right bank of the Rio Neiva, this mill consists of two distinct but interconnected sections. A social area wi  …see more

from £95 / night

£647 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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La Amapola - Baza watermill sleeps 6

Province of Granada / Baza

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
La Amapola apartment is fully equipped for self-catering and has been lovingly restored and finished to a high standard. This apartment has the living area and shower room with WC on the ground floor with the 2 bedrooms on the 1st floor. The open plan kitchen and lounge  …see more

from £35 / night

£242 - £423 / week

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from £35 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Le Moulin - Saint James watermill sleeps 8

Manche / Saint James

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Le Moulin is situated in Hamelin, two miles from St Martin des Landelles. It is within two hours drive from Caen/Cherbourg and 2 and a half hours from Le Havre and just over an hour from St Malo. It is a charming property built approximately 200 years ago that has been  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £650 / week

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from £86 / night

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Braga District / Amares

2 10 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

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from £104 / night

£725 / week

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from £104 / night

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