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Rural retreats (77856)

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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(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely country cottage” My wife and I spent a week here in June. A lovely secluded cottage in middle of forest just 5 minutes from Killybegs. Comfortable interior and cozy bed. Kitchen a bit dark but otherwise great!  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Beaumaris

Anglesey / Beaumaris

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Beautiful listed house in the historic town of Beaumaris. Deceptively spacious townhouse across 3 floors and benefiting from 4 large bedrooms, lovely living room with wood burning stove, dining room, well appointed kitchen and pretty, completely private courtyard. The i  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £950 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Sant Joan de Labritja holiday villa rental

Ibiza / Sant Joan de Labritja

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Ibicenco Marí: Vivienda Turistica: ETV-1059-E Property accommodates max. 6 adults + 2 children under 12 years in additional beds on request + 2 babies under 2 years in additional cots on request = 8 people/guests + 2 babies maximum _______ Rental rates are base  …see more

from £162 / night

£1130 - £4028 / week

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from £162 / night

(20) Excellent 

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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
“Excellent views of ocean and coast.” Great apt, clean and roomy. Great views from comfy sofa and big arm chairs. Has all emenities for self catering.  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Santarem with swimming pool

Santarem District / Santarem

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This is a spacious and well appointed traditional Portuguese Villa in the country with its own private pool and pretty garden. The Villa enjoys a lot of space both inside and out with 4 bedrooms, sleeping 9 people in total. Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 have a double bed in ea  …see more

from £46 / night

£318 - £700 / week

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from £46 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Grange-over-Sands

Lake District / Grange-over-Sands

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant!” Next time i go to lake district i would definitely be staying at heatherlea. Brilliant experience....very satisfied!  …see more

from £65 / night

£340 - £530 / week

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from £65 / night

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Upper Franconia / Egloffstein

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £39 / night

£267 / week

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from £39 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Louth

Lincolnshire / Louth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Such a peaceful getaway, just what we needed.” We have just spent two days here at Cygnus. What a comfortable and cosy little cabin. Jenny and Wayne were lovely. Gave us recommendations on places to eat which didn't disappoint. The Cross Keys is lovel  …see more

from £45 / night

£285 - £297 / week

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from £45 / night

(70) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Threlkeld

Keswick / Threlkeld

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Well worth a stay” Second stay at excellent farmhouse.ideal location to explore North Lakes.house well equipped with new kitchen a welcome addition.lovely cosy character to the place with plenty of room.like home from home.looking forward to the next  …see more

from £101 / night

£510 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lingwood holiday cottage let

Norfolk / Lingwood

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Dawn Middleton” Very good welcome,nice warm cottage. My dog had plenty of fun with the family dogs. We only wished we could have been able to stay longer. Hope to see piglets next year.  …see more

from £55 / night

£337 - £395 / week

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from £55 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Hautes-Alpes / Embrun

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ski

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from £77 / night

£577 - £916 / week

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from £77 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday studio in Collioure

Collioure / Faubourg

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“excellent apartment, fantastic location, pet friendly” Apartment was spotlessly clean with everything provided. The owners, Chrissie & Paul were there to meet us and gave us a full and comprehensive handover.They also provided a folder full of useful  …see more

from £39 / night

£254 - £759 / week

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from £39 / night

(43) Excellent 

8

Holiday cottage accommodation

East Sussex / Mayfield

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Tracy” Excellent weekend away. The oast house is so beautiful and has everything you need for a perfect stay. It's a place that feels homely as soon as you walked in. We were so shocked at how much space there was The welcome basket was also a beau  …see more

from £65 / night

£420 / week

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from £65 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Private garden
“Perfect couples hideaway” Can`t speak highly enough of this magnificent lodge ! It is a true home from home. Set down a quiet lane and in a location that is so very tranquil and peaceful. We have now stayed here many times and never get tired of the f  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Ballygarrett

Gorey / Ballygarrett

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Second year on the Irish holiday market, recently renovated and refurbished three double bedroomed cottage/house situated on the coastal headland of Cahore, Co. Wexford Accommodation:- Entrance/dining area with patio sliding doors, separate kitchen with breakfast bar,  …see more

from £56 / night

£373 - £577 / week

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from £56 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Villalonga

Province of Valencia / Villalonga

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal for large groups of friends or families, Casa del Che is a mountain paradise with a huge secluded garden and whopping private pool, enjoy peace, tranquillity and pure mountain spring water. Relax in the villa or enjoy life in the nearby Spanish towns and beaches.&  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Cupar holiday home rental

Fife / Cupar

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location for golfers” The house is situated perfectly for golfing breaks. Only 15 mins from St Andrews and no more than 30mins from Fife's other famous golf courses and its lesser known gems. Accommodation was clean, warm and quiet at night. C  …see more

from £75 / night

£475 - £575 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Province of Turin / Bardonecchia

1 7 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £51 / night

£339 - £424 / week

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from £51 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Alloway

Ayrshire / Alloway

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“NICE COTTAGE IN A PICTURESQUE LOCATION” Situated near to the coast and many of the tourist locations.We had good weather and enjoyed the holiday.Plenty of crockery/utensils.All we needed.Double bedroom,lots of storage.Twin bunk bedroom (full size bunk  …see more

from £70 / night

£430 - £530 / week

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from £70 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Poulton Le Fylde

Lancashire / Poulton Le Fylde

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent short stay” We were a group of 4 girls staying for 2 nights whilst attending a wedding at nearby Great Hall. Carole greeted us on arrival and ensured we had everything we needed. A welcome pack of essential food items had been left for us wh  …see more

from £67 / night

£300 - £470 / week

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from £67 / night

(32) 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  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £1455 / week

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from £86 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Jaffa

Tel Aviv / Jaffa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional Accommodation in Tel-Aviv Yaffo” We loved this accommodation. We are a family of four and my sister rented the adjacent one bedroom apartment for our family get together, The mosiac floors, high ceilings, comfortable furniture and updated  …see more

from £97 / night

£646 - £1057 / week

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from £97 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Ban Tai holiday villa rental

Ko Samui / Ban Tai

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Great Villa and Location” We stayed at this beautiful villa with two other couples and it was just perfect. Comfortable accommodation with everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. The pool was non-chlorine and just what you need in the  …see more

from £135 / night

£925 - £1150 / week

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from £135 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Advie ski cottage to rent.

Aviemore / Advie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“excellent property” The cottage was warm and well stocked. Our family of 6 stayed for Christmas 2016 and had a wonderful holiday. The cottage was very cosy and homely and the kitchen had everything needed to prepare our Christmas lunch. The location t  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Mortagua

Viseu District / Mortagua

2 6 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” This property is beautiful, excellent infinity pool and a fantastic view from the terrace. Local people very friendly and local food, wine fantastic. Lots of places of interest to visit but sadly we did not get to see them all. However, we  …see more

from £70 / night

£525 - £1008 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cheddar / Draycott

2 5 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“LOVELY STAY” My husband and adult son stayed at the Courthouse in September. The accommodation was excellent. The apartment is very large with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. All the comforts of home were supplied. There was even a large selection of  …see more

from £60 / night

£225 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Carbis Bay

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The view from Fairfield Apartment is absolutely beautiful - to wake up every morning 300m from the beach is amazing and makes you realise what a holiday is all about. The Apartment is very luxurious and finished to a very high standard giving a 'hotel feel.'  …see more

from £59 / night

£410 - £1050 / week

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from £59 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Apartment rental in Almunecar with shared pool

Province of Granada / Almunecar

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“This apartment was comfortable and homely and an ideal location and I loved it .” The location was ideal with sun on the balcony all day . The apartment was well equipped , very comfortable beds and sofa . I have been coming to Almunecar for a while n  …see more

from £24 / night

£165 - £325 / week

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from £24 / night

(36) Excellent 

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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  …see more

from £39 / night

£170 - £323 / week

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from £39 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Monovar

Province of Alicante / Monovar

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“excellent stay” the villa was even better than the photos lovely place to stay,kids loved the pool & games room .fantastic views of the area for the whole villa cannot beat sitting on the balcony eating breakfast .the owner was fantastic lovely welcom  …see more

from £43 / night

£297 - £382 / week

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from £43 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
Book in confidence with us, we have been advertising on Holiday Lettings since 2005. We offer you this beautiful detached villa has been furbished to a high standard. This property includes brand new stylish and upmarket furniture. The villa and terrace is situated all  …see more

from £81 / night

£565 - £1070 / week

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from £81 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous family holiday yet again!” This was our 3rd visit to Garrique with our three young children (now 8, 5 and 2). The cottage is perfectly located to explore the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond area as well as being close to all the amenities  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £90 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Instow

Bideford / Instow

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
ROSEMARY COTTAGE - Westleigh, North Devon Coast Get away from all of the stresses of modern life to the wonderful peace and tranquility of the picture postcard village of Westleigh, near Instow, Bideford. Set in the rolling Devon hills with views of the Torridge Estuar  …see more

from £125 / night

£775 - £1390 / week

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from £125 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Port de Pollenca holiday penthouse rental

Port de Pollenca / Sandy Beach

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Fantastic recently refurbished Penthouse apartment right on the seafront of Puerto Pollensa. With fantastic panoramic views over the Pollensa Bay, it's ideal for families looking for an apartment next to the beach yet only 10 minute walking distance from town cente  …see more

from £122 / night

£848 - £1568 / week

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from £122 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Los Cristianos holiday apartment rental

Arona / Los Cristianos

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
BeachApartmentLos CristianosAronaModernSwimming PoolBaby Pool  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Baden-Württemberg / Vogtsburg im Kaiserstuhl

2 2 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £64 / night

£416 / week

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from £64 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Addingham

Ilkley / Addingham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“Wonderful” Beckside Cottage is in an ideal location for walking in this lovely area. It's warm and cosy, very well equipped and tastefully furnished. The owner was very helpful and accommodating, and answered emails very promptly. Highly recomm  …see more

from £110 / night

£720 - £820 / week

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from £110 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Hemsby

Great Yarmouth / Hemsby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Second stay” This was our second stay in this chalet which the owners keep very clean and tidy and ideal for someone with a dog.  …see more

from £35 / night

£200 - £400 / week

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from £35 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Gigondas holiday chateau rental

Gigondas / Le Petit Montmirail

8 12 5 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Breathtaking Views, Charming Hosts” Just back from a stay at Villa Theophile and as with other guests I can't say enough complimentary things about the place and our host, Phillipa. The Villa is immense yet all rooms are extremely comfortable and well  …see more

from £611 / night

£4238 - £6356 / week

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from £611 / night