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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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Pyrenees-Atlantiques / Lagor

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £131 / night

£566 / week

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from £131 / night

(6) Excellent 

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

Saone-et-Loire / Savigny-en-Revermont

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: 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

£653 - £696 / week

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from £100 / night

(7) 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
Key info: 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 £70 / night

£479 - £783 / week

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(17) Excellent 

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Tribal Holiday - Busserolles watermill sleeps 30

Dordogne / Busserolles

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
Key info: 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

(2) Excellent 

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Mulino Le Vigne - in peaceful natural location

Province of Perugia / Castel Rigone

3 6 5 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Swimming pool;
Le Vigne, a historic stone watermill, has been restored in recent years to a high standard. It sits in a peaceful, hilly, rural retreat setting alongside a crystal-clear brook, which flows much of the year. It is a great spot for a family holiday in a 'country co  …see more

from £110 / night

£770 / week

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from £110 / night

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Isere / Allemond

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £44 / night

£305 - £348 / week

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from £44 / night

(3) Excellent 

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The Tranquil Water Mill - Languidic watermill sleeps 6

Morbihan / Languidic

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: 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 £55 / night

£400 - £950 / week

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from £55 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Luxury Apartment in listed water mill dover kent

Kent / Dover

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
See our late offer prices during July Can accomadate 2 adults , and child and a baby Check in after 3 pm Check out 11 am 1 hour from London Close to historic Canterbury , Ashford designer outlet and 5 mins from Dover port day shopping trips to Calais Off  …see more

from £80 / night

£355 / week

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from £80 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Burnbrae Mill - Castle Douglas watermill sleeps 6

Dumfries and Galloway / Castle Douglas

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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 £59 / night

£350 - £734 / week

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from £59 / night

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Indre / La Chatre

3 5 4 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £70 / night

£435 / week

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from £70 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Le Moulin de St Blaise - La Chartre-sur-le-Loir watermill sleeps 4

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ;
Looking for a base for the Le Mans Moto GP 2015? We have had a late cancellation so have availability! Le Moulin de St Blaise is just a 15 minute stroll from the local village where you can pick up your morning croissants or lunchtime baguette. The quaint town of La C  …see more

from £200 / night

£250 / week

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from £200 / night

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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
Key info: 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 - £450 / week

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from £70 / night

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Finistere / Concarneau

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Pet friendly; Private garden;
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from £53 / night

£340 - £614 / week

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from £53 / night

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Sarthe / Aubigne-Racan

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £83 / night

£383 / week

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from £83 / night

(6) 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
Key info: Nearest beach 77 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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 £166 / night

£953 - £1300 / week

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from £166 / night

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Watermill, set in Idyllic Normandy Countryside

Manche / Brouains

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential; Pet friendly;
This beautiful old watermill is set on the river 'Le See' with idyllic views of the surrounding valley and river. The mill has been tastefully restored to offer comfortable accommodation including a modern and fully fitted kitchen complete with dishwasher, was  …see more

from £60 / night

£425 - £550 / week

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from £60 / night

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Braga District / Amares

2 10 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Pet friendly;
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from £105 / night

£731 - £974 / week

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from £105 / night

(1) Excellent 

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La Chiquita - Gor watermill sleeps 3

Province of Granada / Gor

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: 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

£214 - £305 / week

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Dordogne / Salignac-Eyvigues

5 15 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £53 / night

£366 / week

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from £53 / night

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Lovely Converted Watermill in Quiet Rural Setting

Manche / Villedieu-les-Poeles

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: 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 - £825 / week

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from £89 / night

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Rice Mill c/o castle complex - Strassoldo watermill sleeps 10

Province of Udine / Strassoldo

4 10 4 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 18 km; Child friendly ;
The lovely Rice mill (Pileria del Riso) of the Castle of Strassoldo di Sopra is in the heart of the castle complex and has access on the castle's wonderful gardens. It's the ideal place for a totally relaxing holiday in contact with nature, history and culture. You can  …see more

from £366 / night

£2174 - £4640 / week

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from £366 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Beautiful cosy watermill - Montpont-en-Bresse watermill sleeps 8

Saone-et-Loire / Montpont-en-Bresse

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
The beautiful old house is a restored, rustic watermill situated in the heart of the Bresse region in Southern Burgundy peacefully set between the mountains, lakes and waterfalls of the stunning Jura region on the one side and one of the powerhouses of French winemaking  …see more

from £166 / night

£1157 / week

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from £166 / night

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Le Moulin de Pattus - Salinelles watermill sleeps 9

Gard / Salinelles

3 9 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: 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 - £2275 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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The Millers House 15C Riverside Mill House

Deux-Sevres / Saint-Clementin

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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 £50 / night

£280 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

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Moulin de Record - Brassac watermill sleeps 2

Tarn / Brassac

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 95 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
Entre Castres et Lacaune, à 10 min de Brassac et 2 min de Ferrières, la montagne a offert une vallée verte et sauvage à 460m d'altitude au Moulin de Record, dont la propriété de 1.7ha s'étend sur environ 250m, du Pont de Ferrières jusqu'à 500m en  …see more

from £57 / night

£331 / week

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from £57 / 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
Key info: 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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(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
Key info: 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

(22) Very Good 

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North Mill - Wareham watermill sleeps 4

Dorset / Wareham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
North Mill has 1 double and 1 twin bedded room. The double has an ensuite power shower/loo and the twin has a bathroom attached with power shower and bath,loo etc. There is a sitting/dining room with a piano and antique furniture and paintings. There is a fully fitted  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

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Finistere / Landerneau

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
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from £140 / night

£479 - £961 / week

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from £140 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Moulin de la Ronde.....an exceptional location.

Chauvigny / Bonnes, Chauvigny

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: 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

(3) Very Good 

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Le Moulin De Guermeur - Guermeur watermill sleeps 8

Guern / Guermeur

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 80 km; Swimming pool;
A former 17th century watermill newly opened and rennovated in 2009 (see our website for photos and history of the rebuild - you will find the link at the bottom of this page). The Mill is set in 3 acres of landscaped gardens, a quiet rural location nestled within the  …see more

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Molino de la Horcajada - Lozoya watermill sleeps 10

Community of Madrid / Lozoya

5 10 7 nights min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: 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 £131 / night

£1044 / week

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Dordogne / Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm

4 14 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
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from £174 / night

£1209 / week

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from £174 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Le Moulin Eoux - Aurignac watermill sleeps 8

Haute-Garonne / Aurignac

5 8 2 nights min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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

£427 - £2435 / week

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Mill Cottage - Braunton watermill sleeps 5

Devon / Braunton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
Sleeping up to 5 guests, Mill Cottage is a 2 bedroom 17th Century converted Water Mill, with a wealth of character. It offers 2 double bedrooms, a lounge/diner, kitchen and bathroom. It's private sunny garden is perfect for al fresco dining and included is a gas ba  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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El Molino de San Luis - Los Barrios watermill sleeps 10

Costa de la Luz / Los Barrios

6 10 7 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
A fabulous old grain mill that dates back to before the 16th century that has been lovingly restored into a wonderful family home with character and charm. The buildings unique character has been emphasised in its re-design, combining traditional with contemporary; a gl  …see more

from £280 / night

£1957 - £2609 / week

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(17) Excellent 

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La Mariposa - Baza watermill sleeps 10

Province of Granada / Baza

3 10 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: 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

£305 - £609 / week

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(2) Excellent 

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Le Moulin - Saint James watermill sleeps 8

Manche / Saint James

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
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 - £750 / week

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from £86 / night

(8) Excellent 

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La Amapola - Baza watermill sleeps 6

Province of Granada / Baza

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: 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

£244 - £427 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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The Old Mill - Donegal Town watermill sleeps 8

County Donegal / Donegal Town

4 8 3 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: 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 £140 / night

£853 / week

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from £140 / night

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