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Rural retreats (79535)

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 Bard

Valle d'Aosta / Bard

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £49 / night

£246 - £308 / week

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from £49 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Boathouse letting in Etretat

Seine-Maritime / Etretat

4 10 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £246 / night

£1812 - £2027 / week

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from £246 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Sandyhills holiday chalet rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Sandyhills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect family rural escape.” We had a lovely week in this wooden chalet located amidst farmland and golf course within easy reach of the beach at Sandyhills. The chalet is spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. 1 week in this beautiful part of
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from £65 / night

£260 - £586 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay” Perfect location, great lodge, plenty to do would go back again in the summer and bring the children. Facilities excellent owner very friendly and helpful. Be it a quiet weekend or action packed activities the lodge catered for
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from £262 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £262 / night

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Inzell ski condo to rent.

Upper Bavaria / Inzell

1 4 6 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 6 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £41 / night

£283 / week

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from £41 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Port Isaac

Cornwall / Port Isaac

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Very Nice Cottage, Great Location” Beautiful cottage with a great location and view. We really enjoyed our stay here, especially the extra family room at the top entrance.
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from £98 / night

£440 - £1200 / week

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avg. 3 hours 45 minutes

from £98 / 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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avg. 1 hour 16 minutes

from £120 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Barn letting in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful cottage hen do stay” Hi Great place.beautiful cottage with great facilities. Perfect mixture of old and new and in great condition. We visited for my friends Weekend hen do and as organiser found Richard to be very straightforward and
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from £100 / night

£595 - £1095 / week

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avg. 39 minutes

from £100 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Isleham / Riverside Island Marina

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

from £95 / night

£490 - £678 / week

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from £95 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Gite rental in Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne

Ardeche / Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £44 / night

£264 / week

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from £44 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Ingelfingen

Baden-Württemberg / Ingelfingen

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Air conditioning

from £84 / night

£584 / week

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from £84 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Les Bossons ski apartment to rent.

Chamonix / Les Bossons

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £106 / night

£483 - £1413 / week

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avg. 1 hour 58 minutes

from £106 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Salema

Faro District / Salema

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

from £110 / night

£770 - £875 / week

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from £110 / night

(63) Very Good 

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Brixham holiday home rental

English Riviera / Brixham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“What a cottage!” Location and convenience to sea front; to all types of shopping and transportation. Bright clean kitchen Private and cozy patio Friendly neighborhood pub!
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from £45 / night

£320 - £700 / week

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avg. 1 hour 6 minutes

from £45 / night

(67) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse rental

Suffolk / Southwold

6 15 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“A great holiday destination” A warm comfortable house - beautifully decorated with character and charm. Good location - close to high street and seafront. A great holiday destination. Suffolk is a lovely uncrowded and unspoilt county with many pretty
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from £265 / night

£1200 - £4000 / week

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avg. 1 hour 47 minutes

from £265 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Zermatt ski apartment to rent.

Zermatt / Schluhmatten

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £143 / night

£995 - £2395 / week

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from £143 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Massouri

Kalymnos / Massouri

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Sublime” Aegan Village Beach appartment definitely added to our brilliant climbing holiday. The big terrace to chill out on with direct access to the beach and within walking distance of shops/bars/restaurants is a welcoming luxure after a day in the
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from £86 / night

£596 / week

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avg. 1 hour 26 minutes

from £86 / night

(11) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

17

Holiday cottage in Newchapel

Pembrokeshire / Newchapel

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely little cottage” Really nice little cottage suitable for couples, it has got everything you need, lots of attraction nearby.
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from £29 / night

£203 / week

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avg. 44 minutes

from £29 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Little Haven holiday apartment rental

Pembrokeshire / Little Haven

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly

from £73 / night

£335 - £745 / week

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avg. 3 hours 53 minutes

from £73 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Faro Park

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Charming well-equipped villa with stunning heated pool” La Casa Blanca is absolutely perfect villa for a small group or family. Even though it is located in residental area, it offers a good possibility for a private holiday. There were some construct
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from £135 / night

£945 - £1410 / week

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avg. 2 hours 36 minutes

from £135 / night

(9) Excellent 

25

Holiday watermill with shared pool in Baza

Province of Granada / Baza

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing, peaceful, away from it all holiday.” Just had a week in La Amapola with my husband and 3 grown up children. We had a wonderful time and particularly enjoyed the peaceful setting. The table tennis kept the family happy whilst I enjoyed the su
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from £44 / night

£308 / week

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avg. 1 hour 3 minutes

from £44 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Shaftesbury

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Excellent!” Stayed at Summer Lodge for a week in October. Very nicely appointed, quiet residential area, and conveniently located within a five minute walk from the town centre, supermarkets (Tesco and Budgens), local restaurants, pubs etc. Hostess Da
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from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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avg. 1 hour 11 minutes

from £57 / night

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Lahinch

County Clare / Lahinch

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £88 / night

£176 - £571 / week

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avg. 2 hours 17 minutes

from £88 / night

(26) Excellent 

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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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avg. 1 hour 34 minutes

from £80 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Herdade dos Salgados with shared pool, golf nearby

Albufeira / Herdade dos Salgados

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool

from £61 / night

£369 - £1886 / week

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avg. 3 hours 56 minutes

from £61 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Pila-Canale holiday gite let

Corse-du-Sud / Pila-Canale

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool

from £71 / night

£483 - £869 / week

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from £71 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Almyrida

Chania Prefecture / Almyrida

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic views” Many thanks for our fortnights stay in your superb villa (23/09/16-7/10/16). Everything as stated in description with quick and helpful responses from owner. Superb location with easy access to sites and ammenities.
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from £50 / night

£350 - £990 / week

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avg. 33 minutes

from £50 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Swanage Bay holiday townhouse rental

Swanage / Swanage Bay

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic property” Great house. Everything you could need, really well appointed. Quiet location, 15 min walk into town centre. 3 min walk to beach. Would highly recommend The White House.
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from £130 / night

£690 - £1690 / week

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avg. 1 hour 25 minutes

from £130 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday home rental

Western Cape / Breede River

5 18 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £229 / night

£1755 / week

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from £229 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Cala Gonone

Dorgali / Cala Gonone

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent stay” lovely part of the wold to visit ; the apartment was really cosy and well furnished . The position is ideal for a quite and relaxing holiday and also very close to all amenities and conforts: shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach is
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from £44 / night

£308 - £457 / week

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from £44 / night

(21) Very Good 

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Holiday townhouse with shared pool in Fitts

Saint James Parish / Fitts

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect family friendly villa” Ajoupa villa is set in a quiet and peaceful location, with easy access to the nearby beach and restaurants. The pool was a great place to cool off in after days spent on the beach. Their was a welcome pack on arrival whi
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from £70 / night

£490 - £590 / week

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avg. 3 hours 23 minutes

from £70 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in San Pedro de Alcantara

Costa del Sol / San Pedro de Alcantara

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £308 / night

£1404 - £2808 / week

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avg. 1 hour 8 minutes

from £308 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Bognor Regis holiday cottage rental

Arun District / Bognor Regis

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Cottage” This cottage was lovely so well equipped and tea and coffee milk to get us started. Bed really comfy and peaceful night's sleep had thanks to it being in a private road. Cosy and warm. Parking could be and issue but vouchers supplied
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from £45 / night

£325 - £595 / week

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avg. 2 hours 44 minutes

from £45 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Port Elizabeth holiday home rental

Eastern Cape / Port Elizabeth

4 14 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £80 / night

£560 / week

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from £80 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Begur

Costa Brava / Begur

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“highly recomendable” We are definitively coming back! The location of the villa Iris is perfect, peaceful with stunning seaviews, and only a 5-7 minutes stroll away from the most beautiful mountain village we have ever visited. Begur har fabulous rest
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from £242 / night

£1316 - £2281 / week

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avg. 3 hours 25 minutes

from £242 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Fuengirola ski apartment to rent.

Fuengirola / Cerros del Aguila

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely 2 Bed Apartment in Quite Location” We stayed in this Apartment for 6 weeks and it was just great. Clean and comfortable with everything you need and very good value.Nice Patio overlooking the swimming pool with views of the local hillside. Wifi
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from £25 / night

£176 - £351 / week

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from £25 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Kas with shared pool

Antalya Province / Kas

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £53 / night

£737 / week

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avg. 3 hours 13 minutes

from £53 / night

(23) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Apokoronas

Chania Prefecture / Apokoronas

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A little paradise” This place is just fantastic. It's in a quiet little village in the hills with splendid sunset and sunrise on the scenary around. The welcome is so kind that it really set the highest standard for cretan hospitality. The house is
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from £68 / night

£474 - £1009 / week

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avg. 2 hours 45 minutes

from £68 / night

(54) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Foyers

Loch Ness / Foyers

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Wee stay at Wee Residence” We had a lovely short 3 night break at the 'wee residence '. It's a real home from home and everything is provided. We took our 2 dogs and there is a small secure garden which is a bonus. Lots of lovely walks down to Loch Ne
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from £60 / night

£300 - £380 / week

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avg. 3 hours 17 minutes

from £60 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Portsoy holiday cottage rental

Portsoy / Sandend

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic place to stay” What a lovely time we had in April, We were so fortunate with the weather, & even though it was a bit cold outside the house was so cosy & welcoming. It is the first time we have stayed in a cottage that had everything you
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from £75 / night

£375 - £700 / week

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avg. 1 hour 37 minutes

from £75 / night

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