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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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Holiday apartment in Central Sorrento

Sorrento / Central Sorrento

3 7 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £247 / night

£1487 - £2204 / week

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from £247 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in New Seabury

Cape Cod / New Seabury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect vacation” We enjoyed our vacation in this holiday home very much. We found everything we needed and it was perfect. Our little son (1,5 years old) loved the garden and the nice beaches in the surrounding area. The supermarket and the restauran
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from £147 / night

£790 - £2139 / week

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from £147 / night

(63) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool, golf nearby in Tattershall

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Tally Ho 2” Just returned from a week in tally ho 2. Cannot fault it one bit. It's perfect and the welcome pack is perfect. We're already looking to book again this year as well as next year. Donna is a perfect host. And the hot tub is great as well j
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from £80 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday home in Tenterden

Kent / Tenterden

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful cottage” This lovely cottage is in a perfect location, close to all the shops and restaurants. It is very well equipped and homely. Thank you .
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from £185 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £185 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Criccieth

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean characterful comfortable cosy quiet!” A beautifully restored and presented cottage, with spacious grounds and in an idyllic quiet secluded setting. Very comfortable beds,nice finishing touches, including a tray of 'goodies' to get us started. Ev
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from £80 / night

£525 - £925 / week

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from £80 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Lydney

Forest of Dean / Lydney

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful house for a family re-union” Picture and description does not do it justice. Not fancy and luxurious but comfortable and homely. Large and roomy house with plenty of space for everyone, none of the rooms are too small. Nicely furnished and
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from £235 / night

£610 - £1499 / week

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from £235 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Axmouth

Devon / Axmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic!” Just returned from another stay at The Old Post Office in Exmouth........It was once again lovely! Very warm and cosy. Everything was so clean and comfortable. A fabulous Cottage very near to all the amenities.
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from £80 / night

£605 - £1100 / week

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from £80 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday farmhouse rental

Bangor / Llanllechid

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent” Had a fantastic stay, location was just what we wanted - very peaceful but not too far from all the attractions we wanted to visit. Owners are friendly and not intrusive. We even had freshly baked bread when we arrived, and as it was late t
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from £120 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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avg. 1 hour 35 minutes

from £120 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dordogne / Vergt

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £138 / night

£965 - £987 / week

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from £138 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Criquetot-l'Esneval

Seine-Maritime / Criquetot-l'Esneval

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly

from £62 / night

£303 - £400 / week

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from £62 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“Such attention to detail!” Previous travelers have covered this wonderful property extremely well. Ditto, ditto,ditto!! Nordlys had it all, wonderful location very close to the bus stop, leisurely 10 minute walk to the station, all amenities close b
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from £80 / night

£461 - £638 / week

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avg. 1 hour 40 minutes

from £80 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise ski chalet rental

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent stay” We are a family of 4 and stayed for a week at the chalet de l'ours. It is very cosy and confortable, with beautiful and quality furnishings. The beds are very comfy too and the kitchen is very well furbished. During the day there i
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from £135 / night

£650 - £4030 / week

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from £135 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Ravenshead

Nottinghamshire / Ravenshead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fab long weekend away” What a lovely place to stay for a long weekend. We stayed here with our 2 daughters, both are very keen horse riders, which was part of the reason for booking. Our eldest joined in the show they had running on the Sunday and c
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from £80 / night

£450 / week

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from £80 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Conwy

Conwy / Conwy Marina

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Wow, superb house and views” If you like watching boats this place is a must, the views over the marina and estuary are excellent with plenty of wildlife to watch. The house is lovely, very spacious, clean & very comfortable, good parking and lovely a
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from £133 / night

£475 - £1200 / week

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from £133 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Newborough holiday cottage rental

Newborough / Rhosyr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” Great location, owners very helpful, lodge spacious, loved the log burner and eco friendly. Ideal for walks and base to explore Angellsey and North Wales.
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from £71 / night

£480 - £839 / week

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from £71 / night

(67) Excellent 

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Holiday villa letting

Province of Siena / Sinalunga

12 26 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 170 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £527 / night

£3685 - £7895 / week

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from £527 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Bamburgh holiday cottage rental

Northumberland / Bamburgh

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 500 km
  • Child friendly
“Great Northumbria stay” Our family enjoyed this cottage near Bamburgh, perfectly situated for a walk through dunes to nearly deserted beach with great view of Bamburgh Castle. Walking distance from the village with great eating options & butcher plus
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from £150 / night

£675 - £1375 / week

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from £150 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Glen Roy holiday cottage rental

Fort William / Glen Roy

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“A truly excellent cottage accommodation set in wonderful surroundings” A fantastic base for all that there is so see in and around the Highlands. The cottage is equipped to a high standard. The minute you walk through the door you have that lovely hom
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from £130 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £130 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Dungarvan holiday cottage accommodation

County Waterford / Dungarvan

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“A Perfect Vacation” Because of my occupation, I have been to 117 countries. Ireland was one of three that I always wanted to experience and never had the chance. This trip to Ireland was fantastic. The Thatched Roof Cottage was amazing and the loca
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from £53 / night

£281 - £417 / week

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from £53 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Lower Mill

Cirencester / Lower Mill

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Weekend” A wonderful place to celebrate my 50th birthday with two other families. Sorry my helium balloon escaped to the ceiling of the living room so unable to get it down! The house is amazing with everything you might need and lovely vie
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from £90 / night

£1300 - £2199 / week

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from £90 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday home with swimming pool, tennis court in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Large suburban Mas” This villa was ideally situated 20 mins walk from the centre of Sorgue where there were plenty of restaurants for eating out.The Villa was large with plenty of activity facilities,a good large pool (in the shade in the morning)Plen
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from £316 / night

£1770 - £3629 / week

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from £316 / night

(55) Excellent 

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Winchcombe holiday cottage accommodation

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful!” The cottage is lovely! Some original features but with the luxury of central heating! We thought it was a fab touch to have wine and milk in the fridge, although we left it for the next guest as we'd already bought some with us. We then fo
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from £64 / night

£400 - £1000 / week

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from £64 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Peak District National Park / Hayfield

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £80 / night

£510 - £520 / week

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from £80 / night

(18) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday barn in Dacre

Eden District / Dacre

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Simply excellent” We had high expectations before we arrived but these were exceeded from the moment we got there until we went home. The Barn is quite simply a really nice place in a great location, tastefully decorated it is very warm and inviting.
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from £120 / night

£480 - £630 / week

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from £120 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Braunton

Devon / Braunton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“everything we wanted for a weeks getaway” The former Granny flat had everything we wanted and is beautifully decorated and comfortable. It is in a very quiet cul-de-sac, but only two minutes from the main road giving easy access to lovely N. Devon. Ve
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from £50 / night

£350 - £460 / week

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from £50 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Moray / Cullen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great stay on the coast” Fantastic value for money is a modern fully equipped house. Ideal for coastal walking. All Mod cons. Definitely recommended.
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from £84 / night

£550 - £820 / week

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avg. 2 hours 12 minutes

from £84 / night

(10) Excellent 

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La Roche Chalais holiday cottage rental

Dordogne / La Roche Chalais

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Swimming pool

from £54 / night

£797 - £1018 / week

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avg. 1 hour 48 minutes

from £54 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cheddar

Somerset / Cheddar

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Delightful cottage with amazing views” We were welcomed with a pack of essentials to tide us over until we could shop. The cottage was immaculate and very comfortable with the use of the owner's beautiful garden and a parking space in their driveway.
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from £110 / night

£485 - £635 / week

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from £110 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday gite in Argeles sur Mer

Argeles-sur-Mer / Argeles sur Mer

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

from £48 / night

£331 - £688 / week

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(23) Excellent 

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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
“An Amazing Place - return visit booked” I booked the stay for my wifes 40th birthday, firstly as a country get away and secondly because of the size of the property we could bring plenty of family and friends. I was looking forward to the break so muc
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from £279 / night

£1950 - £2750 / week

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avg. 3 hours 31 minutes

from £279 / night

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Rhosneigr holiday home rental

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £130 / night

£597 - £1695 / week

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from £130 / night

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Holiday manor house in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Dordogne / Beynac-et-Cazenac

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £343 / night

£2395 - £4790 / week

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from £343 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday home rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“An amazing oasis of style and comfort” From a non-descript, narrow street you step into a wonderful space. It is clean, well maintained and very well equipped. It is also incredibly spacious. Upstairs the high ceilings and skylights add to this sense
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from £100 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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avg. 1 hour 32 minutes

from £100 / night

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Holiday chalet in Mauriac

Cantal / Mauriac

2 6 1 night min

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

from £62 / night

£264 - £685 / week

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from £62 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Carrbridge

Aviemore / Carrbridge

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage” This was our second stay at birchtree cottage and we had another marvellous time. The property is lovely and the upgrades to en suite and family bathroom are lovely. We had friends join us this time and they very much enjoyed their
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from £180 / night

£1100 - £1800 / week

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from £180 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Tiverton

Devon / Tiverton

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Our stay at Eden” Always have fantastic time here and it's great to get away from a busy life! We go here every January and each time we visit we don't want to leave! Hot tub is amazing and Rob and corin are fantastic hosts..highly recommend!
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from £99 / night

£595 - £895 / week

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from £99 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge letting

Powys / Machynlleth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A beautiful chalet in a wonderful location.” This was our fourth visit to Tan y Coed and it was as enjoyable and relaxing as ever. Tan y Coed is quite small but is beautifully furnished. The view from the balcony is so picturesque that we generally
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from £70 / night

£385 - £650 / week

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from £70 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Praia da Luz

Luz / Praia da Luz

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Off the beaten track” My return to the algarve after 25 years, a lot had changed but the rough wildness still remains. It was the charm that I took with me from my last visit and although Lagos had changed from a small remote fishing village to a hol
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from £40 / night

£275 - £816 / week

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from £40 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Javea

Javea / La Guardia Park

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely villa great holiday” 5 of us came to stay, 4 adults, one child. Had a fantastic time. The pool was great, though quite deep if you aren't strong swimmers. We bought a load of cheap floats which did us nicely. The villa was clean and has everyth
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from £86 / night

£600 - £1610 / week

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from £86 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Rhosneigr holiday home rental

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Anglesey Short Break” Excellent few days at the beach house, ideally located for amenities and the beach. Easy to find and the welcome pack ensured that we had no queries.
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from £85 / night

£475 - £740 / week

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from £85 / night

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