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Rural retreats (57623)

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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(40) Excellent 

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Timberscombe holiday cottage rental

Exmoor National Park / Timberscombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“A Wonderful Holiday” We spent two weeks at Yew Tree Cottage with our two very young boys, aged 3 and 2. It was a real home-from-home; very comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. The children settled quickly and enjoyed the games and puzzles in the t
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from £65 / night

£275 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

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Holiday home in Eskdale

Lake District / Eskdale

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £104 / night

£725 - £925 / week

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from £104 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Central Newquay

Newquay / Central Newquay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Apartment in a prime location with a great view.” Great apartment located in the center of Newquay and 2 minutes walk from beach. The views from the front of the apartment are breath taking and we were able to find amble free parking at the front of t
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from £85 / night

£400 - £1120 / week

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from £85 / night

(5) Excellent 

19

Holiday cottage letting

Aberaeron / Felin Fach

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic accommodation in a fantastic location!!” We booked the cottage along with other accommodation at Gilfach to accommodate our large family for my birthday. The cottage is so well equipped we managed to cater for 9 each night (only 5 of us sta
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from £100 / night

£1045 / week

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from £100 / night

(31) Excellent 

40

Holiday farmhouse in Cheltenham

Cheltenham / Cheltenham

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Utterly perfect!” We chose Bushcombe for a joint 30th birthday party for a group of nine friends and had the most excellent stay. The house itself, as well as being beautiful, was extremely clean and well appointed. There was everything we needed in t
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from £250 / night

£1599 - £2000 / week

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from £250 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Hesdin

Hesdin / Tortefontaine

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful cottage” We had a lovely stay at Primrose cottage and hosts Irene and Norman were very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. Our children had a lovely holiday (2 1/2 & 4 month old) Shame about the rain as we didn't really get to
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from £60 / night

£295 - £398 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

45

Holiday villa rental

Province of Florence / San Casciano in Val di Pesa

8 16 1 night min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £1174 / night

£8674 - £9740 / week

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from £1174 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday condo in Telgte

North Rhine-Westphalia / Telgte

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

from £69 / night

£478 - £1208 / week

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from £69 / night

(1) Excellent 

18

Bansko ski studio to rent.

Bansko / Bansko Royal Towers

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“5 star complex” A very great experience in a good clean complex, very close to lifts. Management staff and owners very helpful on all questions. Golf and horse riding not to far away and far cheaper than the UK.
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from £15 / night

£120 - £310 / week

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from £15 / night

(2) Excellent 

27

Holiday b&b in Aubusson

Creuse / Aubusson

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation

from £44 / night

£305 / week

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from £44 / night

(7) Very Good 

18

Holiday apartment rental

Arrondissement of Saint-Paul / La Saline les Bains

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £44 / night

£261 / week

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from £44 / night

(22) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

21

Holiday apartment in Rookhope

Durham / Rookhope

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“I'll be back!” It was already the end of Jan 2015 and I'd felt as though I'd crammed two months work into one! A break was called for and as luck would have it, Rookhope Terrace cottage was available. I could not have been happier! The warmth of
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from £45 / night

£290 - £490 / week

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from £45 / night

(33) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Portree

Isle of Skye / Portree

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house with lovely views” My husband and I stayed at Bayview with our 4 young children at the start of April. We didn't want to leave! The house has been beautifully renovated and was very comfortable and cosy. The house has a great location,
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from £150 / night

£700 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(23) Excellent 

21

Holiday villa with golf nearby in Amarilla Golf

Amarilla Golf / La Quinta

4 8 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lauren Quinta Villa” This villa is exactly as described and has everything you could possibly need. Sunshine all day in different parts of the grounds. Fabulous location in quiet neighbourhood. We had a query about the pool so messaged owner who respo
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from £120 / night

£840 / week

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from £120 / night

(22) Excellent 

35

Holiday cottage with tennis court in Tincleton

Dorchester / Tincleton

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Tincleton lodge” A very comfortable cottage in a quiet location. It was well equipped and had plenty of space for the eight of us. We followed the nature trail to a fab bluebell wood. Wareham is nearby so good for a trip out. Highly recommended.
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from £248 / night

£995 - £2395 / week

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from £248 / night

(13) Excellent 

15

Teignmouth holiday home rental

Devon / Teignmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Area” Thank you for a lovely holiday. Home away from home, clean and comfortable with all you need. Off road parking worked a treat even with two cars for a short time. House was in the perfect position to leave the car and amble into Tei
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from £85 / night

£450 - £1050 / week

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from £85 / night

(31) Excellent 

20

Cottage rental in Chester

Cheshire / Chester

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent house with wonderful facilities made welcome from start to finish” Wonderful tranquil location - just what we needed. Close to Chester, Wales and of course located on the beautiful Wirral peninsular. We were made ever so welcome by Julie
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from £70 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £70 / night

(26) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Melrose

Borders / Melrose

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Home from Home” Just spend 4 nights at Lavender Blue cottage, it is a lovely place has everything you would need. Laura the owner has gone above and beyond to make sure that your stay is complete we arrived to find a lovely welcome tray with home made
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from £80 / night

£445 - £650 / week

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from £80 / night

(35) Excellent 

29

Central Whitby holiday apartment rental

Whitby / Central Whitby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous!!” Absolutely stunning apartment. Very well equipped and spotlessly clean. Extremely comfortable and very thoughtful welcome pack. The owners have thought of absolutely everything and we couldn't fault a thing. Great location and would defini
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from £95 / night

£570 - £875 / week

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from £95 / night

(3) Very Good 

24

Holiday home with swimming pool in Belves

Dordogne / Belves

5 7 7 nights min

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

from £311 / night

£2174 / week

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from £311 / night

(15) Very Good 

20

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

(27) Excellent 

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Wotton-under-Edge holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Wotton-under-Edge

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Tranquil stay” Vineyard cottage in Waterly Bottom was an exceptional find. Very quiet and peaceful surrounded by forests. We had many walks around the area and found our cottage the perfect retreat to come home to at day's end. To sit by the wood fire
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from £80 / night

£480 - £1070 / week

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from £80 / night

(8) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday cottage in Petham

Canterbury / Petham

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Value for money for those who do not expect a lot of luxuof.” For a decent price you get 4 large bedrooms, a large living/dining area and a reasonably sized kitchen. Three toilets to suit al the guests (we were a party of 6). The garden is also big en
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from £175 / night

£525 - £675 / week

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from £175 / night

(5) Excellent 

21

Insch holiday home rental

Aberdeenshire / Insch

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £145 / night

£950 - £1250 / week

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from £145 / night

(9) Excellent 

20

Boathouse rental in Llanbedrog

Abersoch / Llanbedrog

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £150 / night

£550 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

(20) Excellent 

29

Cottage rental in Stockland

Axminster / Stockland

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“February stay” We have had a great time. The cottage was beautiful and furnished well. Great kitchen with everything you could need. The owners were friendly and most helpful. It was a great place to relax and unwind. We will definitely be making
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from £60 / night

£295 - £785 / week

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from £60 / night

(40) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday cottage in Lauragh

County Kerry / Lauragh

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely holiday location!” This was our first holiday as a family with our 10-month old babygirl and we're so happy to have booked with Eileen O'Shea in Lauragh! We came in quite late but the welcome with a roaring fire and a pot of fresh tea was a nic
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Certificate of Excellence

from £31 / night

£153 - £331 / week

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from £31 / night

24

Holiday windmill letting

Cape Cod / Centerville

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £958 / night

£6700 / week

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from £958 / night

(2) Excellent 

22

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Salema

Faro District / Salema

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautifully located & furnished” We've used this apartment a number of times over the years, and whilst going elsewhere within Europe and Worldwide, aways hanker after the simplicity of Salema and this apartment: location and views cannot be bettered,
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from £53 / night

£375 - £775 / week

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from £53 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Morfa Nefyn

Gwynedd / Morfa Nefyn

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Good value, functional property in beautiful uncommercial coastal location with good local amenities.” For our budget this house served our purpose for 3 adults and 3 children aged 5,6 and 13. The kitchen/dining area was spacious for 5 people and the
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from £100 / night

£425 - £775 / week

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from £100 / night

(28) Excellent 

25

St Keverne holiday cottage rental

Helston / St Keverne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A good place to stay” Palm Cottage has a welcoming atmosphere about it, and is a splendid place in which to spend a holiday. It is old and characterful, and blends well with its beautiful surroundings. When not in use as a holiday cottage, it is cle
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from £110 / night

£345 - £855 / week

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from £110 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in La Calera

Valle Gran Rey / La Calera

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely!” We stayed here for 9 nights for our honeymoon and it was just what we were after. It was close enough to the local beaches and restaurants to walk down (about 15 minutes), and within easy driving distance of the national park too so it was a
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from £58 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £58 / night

(14) Very Good 

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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

(19) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday cottage in Llangynidr

Brecon Beacons National Park / Llangynidr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Certificate of Excellence

from £95 / night

£399 - £506 / week

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from £95 / night

(47) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic property, location and hosts” Just what we needed for our break in the peak district. It is a very comfortable apartment and great base for exploring the local area. The owners of the property could not have provided us with any more to ma
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from £60 / night

£260 - £389 / week

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from £60 / night

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Centuri holiday home rental

Communaute de communes du Cap Corse / Centuri

9 17 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £412 / night

£2876 - £3349 / week

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from £412 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Saint Jean d'Aulps

Haute-Savoie / Saint Jean d'Aulps

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“What a fantastic place to have a holiday!” This was our first summer holiday in the Alps having only previously enjoyed skiing holidays in the mountains. And what a great holiday it turned out to be. Saint Jean D'Aulps is a lively, pretty and typical
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from £125 / night

£600 - £2600 / week

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from £125 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Gap of Dunloe

Killarney / Gap of Dunloe

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly

from £118 / night

£566 - £653 / week

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from £118 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic location, Fantastic apartment” Location and apartment was amazing, lovely throughout. Comfortable beds, plenty of room in all of the rooms, highly recommended.
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from £113 / night

£565 - £1400 / week

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from £113 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Vinca

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vinca

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Truly excellent villa” Lovely well kept villa. Everything you could need, plus a couple of bottles of wine on arrival! Very spacious, secluded, lovely pool. As good as it looks, which is not always the case. Secure gated driveway with shaded place fo
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from £80 / night

£535 - £1530 / week

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from £80 / night

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