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Rural retreats (77379)

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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(5) Excellent 

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Province of Catanzaro / Guardavalle

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Pet friendly

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from £18 / night

£88 / week

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from £18 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Gavalochori with swimming pool

Apokoronas / Gavalochori

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Air conditioning
“Everything you hope for.” This was our third visit to the Vamos area,had driven through Gavalochori many times,even stopped for meals, always thought it would be a nice spot to stay.Discovered Villa Sonia,booked, what a fabulous location, with all th  …see more

from £55 / night

£185 - £525 / week

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from £55 / night

(44) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in Torbeg

Isle of Arran / Torbeg

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house in a peaceful location.” This property is in a quiet location within the Torbeg lodges development, a short drive from Blackwaterfoot. It is very well equipped, clean and warm. A bright open plan living / dining / kitchen was a nice socia  …see more

from £75 / night

£600 - £910 / week

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from £75 / night

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Mirca holiday apartment rental

Brac Island / Mirca

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
This magnificant private apartment is a part of the villa Annabell which has a pool and a beautifully landscaped garden. Actually you are the only ones who will be stying at the villa except for the gardener coming watering the plants and flowers making sure that  …see more

from £301 / night

£2106 / week

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from £301 / night

(26) Very Good 

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Holiday home rental

Gwynedd / Dinas Dinlle

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“wonderful retreat,beautiful area with everything you need supplied in the cottage for a stress free holiday.” We stayed at the cottage for a week in October and it was lovely. When I walked in the front door i was so relived to find that it was just a  …see more

from £110 / night

£500 - £995 / week

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from £110 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Petersfield holiday cottage rental

Hampshire / Petersfield

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A delightful cottage in a glorious setting adds up to a lovely holiday.” This cottage has it all - comfort, convenience, location and excellent management. And, this year, a wonderful summer! Set in the beautiful English countryside beneath the South  …see more

from £60 / night

£325 - £495 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Yoxford

Saxmundham / Yoxford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
Southwold, Self-Catering, beams, wood burner, logs, open fire, log burner, Aldeburgh, Minsmere, Halesworth, garden, car paking, patio, bbq, bar-b-q, cycling, fishing, walking, golf, cosy, suffolk, cottage, warm, central heating, patio furniture, upstairs bathroom, wifi  …see more

from £51 / night

£275 - £425 / week

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from £51 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Oban

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Private garden
“An excellent property in a impressive location” One of the best properties we have ever stayed in. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a very high standard ,with lots of extras and was spotlessly clean throughout,. The position of the property ov  …see more

from £105 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £105 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Whittlesey

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Touch of Class!” A beautiful period cottage which was very homely, well kept with everything you would wish for and more. Owners are very accommodating and could not do enough to make our stay a special one. Would highly recommend.  …see more

from £75 / night

£340 - £495 / week

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from £75 / night

(20) Excellent 

19

Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(44) Very Good 

24

Mayfield holiday bungalow rental

East Sussex / Mayfield

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“warm English hospitality at countyside” We enjoyed our week at The Games Barn, felt like coming home to friendly, open and interesting hosts in a spacious comfortable house. The farm was an adventure for town peoples, like we are and it was calming  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £850 / week

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from £110 / night

(14) Excellent 

20

Correze / Neuvic

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Private garden

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from £75 / night

£522 / week

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from £75 / night

(40) Excellent 

60

Holiday cottage accommodation

East Riding of Yorkshire / Patrington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect for us” My two daughters and I are graduating this year and we wished to combine calling at my father's on the east coast with a relaxing yet celebratory break along with my three-year old granddaughter. The luxury east coast cottage with hot  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

(30) Excellent 

41

Polperro holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Polperro

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Child friendly
“A fantastic holiday home” Hide 'N Seek cottage is superbly maintained, comfortable, well equipped, spotlessly clean, and located centrally in the picturesque village of Polperro. The fishing harbour is only a couple of minutes away, as are a variety o  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £440 / week

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from £45 / night

(8) Excellent 

14

Aisne / Vervins

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £31 / night

£250 - £334 / week

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from £31 / night

(37) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa with golf nearby in Fludir

South Region / Fludir

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic place - extraordinary country” I highly recommend this house to everyone who wants to visit south of Iceland. Location in Fludir is very convinient - it is very central to major attractions in the south of Iceland (within circle of 2h drive  …see more

from £211 / night

£1053 - £2597 / week

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from £211 / night

(16) Excellent 

22

Fahan holiday caravan/mobile home rental

County Donegal / Fahan

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutey beautiful place!!!” Loved every moment of our stay! The area is so beautiful, just like your very own island, peace and quiet and no one around to bother you. The dogs absolutely loved the freedom. Thanks once again Micheal we will def be ba  …see more

from £65 / night

£260 - £300 / week

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from £65 / night

(27) 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
“Brilliant!” Our recent stay at The Old Post Office was lovely! It was very clean, well laid out and catered for everything. The location was great too, very near to loads of beaches. And a couple of pubs!  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £975 / week

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from £60 / night

(9) Excellent 

15

Flaine ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski locker<br />On o  …see more

from £129 / night

£900 - £1500 / week

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from £129 / night

(13) Excellent 

22

Albanella holiday villa rental

Province of Salerno / Albanella

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic villa in wonderful location.” This was our second stay at Villa Con Vista - stayed here last year as well. Spacious and airy, beautifully decorated, extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean. Tranquil location in rural Italy. Ideal for a  …see more

from £132 / night

£702 - £2106 / week

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from £132 / night

(72) Excellent 

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Whitby holiday cottage rental

Scarborough District / Whitby

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“A superb cottage prefectly positioned on the estate” A great location with views of the river Esk and the Larpool Viaduct which I could sit and look at all day. All enhanced by lots of birdlife and the occasional steam train passing by across the riv  …see more

from £100 / night

£575 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Moelfre holiday home rental

Anglesey / Moelfre

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great location. Modern bungalow” Lovely place to stay. Perfect. The bungalow had all we needed and very clean and modern. Communication from the owner was also excellent. Will be returning for sure!! :-)  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £65 / night

(17) Excellent 

25

Semoussac holiday gite rental

Charente-Maritime / Semoussac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
“Everything we wanted - and more!” We were met on arrival by Chris & Martin, owners of the gite, & welcomed with a hamper of goodies: food for a quick supper & breakfast next day, a bottle of wine & flowers! The house was spacious & very well equi  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Grindelwald

Grindelwald / Kirchbuhl

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag  …see more

from £385 / night

£2800 / week

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from £385 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Langport

Langport / Long Sutton, Langport

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Hodgehay Cottage is a charming Quaker cottage built at the start of the 20th Century. It has been lovingly restored, retaining many period features, to give you a comfortable and cosy home from home.  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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from £50 / night

(9) Excellent 

21

Holiday log cabin rental

Rathdrum / Greenane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“repeat visit will return!” stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. such a lovely touch.  …see more

from £90 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Cailhavel

Aude / Cailhavel

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect place for a relaxing holiday.” Villa Marina is a lovely property, very private with great outdoor eating and a very good size pool. Cailhavel is very small with few facilities but the villa is close to many lovely towns, 20 minutes drive from  …see more

from £101 / night

£702 - £1360 / week

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from £101 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Bridstow

Ross-on-Wye / Bridstow

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
Self catering Cottage near Ross on Wye Herefordshire, on a working farmBed & Breakfast also available  …see more

from £60 / night

£275 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday apartment in All Saints

All Saints / Buckleys Heights

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
The Buckleys Country Club has its own distinctive flavour that will exceed your expectations and transform your moments on the island into everlasting memories. Land, water, wind and sun in perfect harmony as nature intended will greet you daily. Indulge yourself and d  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £490 / week

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from £55 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Kent / Staplehurst

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great Cottage !!” We stayed here for six weeks and it was wonderful. Staplehurst is a great place to stay to get away from it all yet close to London with great transport links. John and Judy the owners went out of there way to help with anything nee  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £410 / week

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from £36 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Lechlade

Cotswolds / Lechlade

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wish we could have stayed longer” This was an amazing retreat for our family of 5. The owners was incredibly nice and helpful before and during our stay. Our three young children had a wonderful time on the grounds and thoroughly enjoyed the basketbal  …see more

from £100 / night

£875 / week

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from £100 / night

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State of Goias / Cavalcante

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £50 / night

£345 / week

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from £50 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Mayo / Cong

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Home away from home.” My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home.  …see more

from £120 / night

£500 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Allonby

Cumbria / Allonby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully appointed and beautiful location” The cottage is beautifully furnished, well thought out and tastefully done. The setting is just as beautiful with a stunning view across the Firth. Stunning, comfortable and great place to stay. Can't w  …see more

from £79 / night

£395 - £645 / week

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from £79 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Alozaina

Province of Malaga / Alozaina

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Total relaxation!” This is the second time we have stayed at this villa, and we hope to return again soon. The villa is very private and peaceful, not overlooked but not isolated. We have seen eagles on both visits and a wide variety of wildlife. The  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £1280 / week

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from £90 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Westport

County Mayo / Westport

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
Located under Croagh Patrick on Bertra Strand - a short walk to beach. Modern, bright, comfortable apartment with bedroom ensuite. Private deck with Hammock. Wild Atlantic Way. Nearby villages with pubs/restaurants.Adventure sports. Hillwalking and Greenway cycling.  …see more

from £40 / night

£242 - £417 / week

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from £40 / night

(79) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Brockenhurst

New Forest / Brockenhurst

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent and very high quality to every detail.” Very new, clean and spacious cottage. Upon arrival Katrin and Ashley were there to welcome us. Amazing welcome pack with goodies. We will certainly be going back! Strongly recommended.  …see more

from £120 / night

£595 - £1595 / week

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from £120 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Nailsworth holiday barn rental

Cotswolds / Nailsworth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Recently converted single storey farm building located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a working cattle farm in the Cotswolds. Beautifully renovated to a high standard with eco-friendly air source underfloor heating and woodburner. Large comfortable open pl  …see more

from £75 / night

£390 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on  …see more

from £97 / night

£264 - £571 / week

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from £97 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Largo holiday home rental

Fife / Largo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“A wonderful property and view” We have been going on holiday together for ten years now and this is one of the best places we have stayed in. The location was great for sightseeing, walking and golf. The property was lovely. Ver clean and had all of  …see more

from £200 / night

£950 - £1800 / week

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from £200 / night