Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (78032)

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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Home rental in Carloway

Isle of Lewis / Carloway

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Brill cottage and great owner” Cottage was brillant on arriving Elanor had the aga on for us to take the chill out as it was a windy day.The view is amazing i saw golden eagles a few times flying in front of cottage,all the things that you want to se  …see more

from £90 / night

£475 - £540 / week

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from £90 / night

(63) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Cumbria / Allithwaite

5 14 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic Spacious House - Great for a Big Group” A group of 10 friends stayed at Bankfield house. We had a fantastic time. The house was very well equipped and spacious. The beds were very comfortable, including the sofa bed downstairs. We'd all reco  …see more

from £130 / night

£800 - £1700 / week

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from £130 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Reeth holiday cottage rental

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Reeth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Cosy cottage newly refurbished to a very high standard. Set in beautiful countryside with stunning views. Ideal for walking, mountain biking or just escaping from it all. Two great pubs within walking distance.  …see more

from £60 / night

£325 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

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(6) Excellent 

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Nayland holiday home rental

Babergh District / Nayland

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“would stay again: great holiday cottage” lovely welcome pack great cottage, every thing we needed for a family stay slept very well in comfy beds and loads of space great views of country side would stay here again loads of local places to visit  …see more

from £110 / night

£750 - £1200 / week

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from £110 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in West Country with golf nearby

Cornwall / St Ives

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Christmas mini break.” We stayed at Lower Talland between Christmas and new year for a couple of days. The apartment was perfect for the two of us. Just a couple of mins walk into the Center, and easy access out of st Ives when we went exploring. Co  …see more

from £80 / night

£320 - £675 / week

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from £80 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Topsham

Exeter / Topsham

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This idyllic, detached former lodge dates back to 1840 and offers charming and spacious accommodation. It's pretty terraced and secluded garden has steps leading to a raised lawn and landscaped patio with furniture and BBQ to enjoy the summer sun.  …see more

from £70 / night

£485 - £910 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Broadstairs

Isle of Thanet / Broadstairs

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house in quiet location” House is comfortable in a quiet road 5 - 10 minutes walk from Viking Bay, Stone Bay and the High Street. The beaches are sandy and child friendly especially Viking Bay. There are many places to eat in the town centre and  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £93 / night

(2) Excellent 

5

Holiday cottage in Maughold

Isle of Man / Maughold

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Traditional Manx. Cottage - set in a stunning location , two minutes from the Manx electric tram stop. Ten minutes walk to the beach and 5 minutes drive into Ramsey town. The perfect choice is you want to kick back and relax yet close enough to bars, shops ,restauran  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 / week

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from £80 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Home rental in Villeneuve la Comtesse

Charente-Maritime / Villeneuve la Comtesse

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Columba ( 2 bedrooms) You enter via a glass door into the open plan lounge, dining & kitchen area, the stairs lead from the rear to the first floor which has a has a double bed in room 1, three singles in room 2, there is a bed sofa in the lounge. Sleeps 5, In the bathr  …see more

from £65 / night

£310 - £875 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Excellent 

24

Belmullet holiday home rental

Belmullet / Erris

4 7 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“A great find in a beautiful area!” We stayed at this holiday home in July this year. The online booking was first class with questions answered by return and the directions given were spot on. The house has everything you need and more, very nicely  …see more

from £95 / night

£599 - £684 / week

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from £95 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Rambures

Somme / Rambures

7 14 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect Family Holiday Retreat” We have been at the house 3 times now which says it all really! A huge house set in a very peaceful location with a large garden for young children to have great fun in. The house is always immaculate and has great fa  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £1500 / week

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from £143 / night

(31) Excellent 

25

Apartment rental in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

1 5 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming country cottage on the Isle of Bute” We stayed here for 5 days over New Years Eve. The cottage was immaculate - so clean & tidy - and it had everything we needed. The views on Bute are gorgeous. You are 10 minutes from the beach & local pub.  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(64) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in West Country

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic House and Location” We've always loved coming to Swanage but in the past have stayed out of town. This fantastic location made it so easy to walk to shops,food,beach,everything! The car was hardly touched all weekend! The decor in the hous  …see more

from £90 / night

£425 - £1050 / week

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from £90 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Pelynt holiday cottage rental

Looe / Pelynt

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time. The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £800 / week

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from £66 / night

(65) 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
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in South East England

New Forest / Brockenhurst

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely accommodation in a superb location for the New Forest.” Perfect holiday home, fully equipped and spotlessly clean. The location couldn't have been better everything on your doorstep yet lovely and peaceful. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to fam  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £950 / week

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from £100 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Pelynt

Looe / Pelynt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Would highly recommend” Just arrived back from our lovely holiday at the Court, We were met on our arrival by Tracy who made us very welcome. The cottage was homely and very comfortable with everything we needed, the added bonus was the hamper left  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £620 / week

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from £60 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Lodge rental in North Walsham

Norfolk / North Walsham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Absolutely first class!” Booked a long weekend at Woodpecker Lodge as wanted to treat my wife & daughter to something special and this ticked all the boxes, and we were not disappointed. The lodge is absolutely fantastic, high spec, spotless, spacious  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £890 / week

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from £100 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Somerset / Yeovil

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Well appointed; convenient for town & park” This apartment was our 'home' for 3 months whilst starting a new job & house hunting in Yeovil. It is only a few minutes walk from the town centre & from Ninesprings Country Park so there is very little need  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £525 / week

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from £55 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Amed

Abang / Amed

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Wake up with the view's over the Strait of Lombok, the private infinity swimming pool and beautiful landscaped tropical garden. A delicious and healthy breakfast in the sun on your terrace or in the shade of the original Balinese “bale benong“, the roofed terrace .A  …see more

from £65 / night

£428 - £1077 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Hampshire / Emsworth

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“delightful holiday home” We really enjoyed our short family break and found the cottage to be very comfortable and the owners very helpful. It is in a lovely peaceful spot,( great looking out on the water watching the swans in the morning, ) but only  …see more

from £120 / night

£520 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Llowes

Hay-on-Wye / Llowes

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
Gorgeous, remote, historic Welsh Cottage. Breath-takingly spectacular views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Beautifully restored and modernised to the highest standard. Just a few miles from Hay-on- Wye, Glasbury-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons National Park.  …see more

from £200 / night

£1200 / week

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from £200 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Dalavich holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent wee get away” Electric hot tub was amazing, constantly warm. sauna heats up quickly too. well equipped warm cabin in a secluded setting.  …see more

from £69 / night

£399 - £749 / week

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from £69 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Northern England

Filey / Hunmanby Gap

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic house in a great location” We have just returned from our holiday, Blossom house was fantastic. Everything you need and more (even a potty which was great as we forgot our 2 year old's!) When we arrived we were greeted by the owners daughter  …see more

from £80 / night

£530 - £1185 / week

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from £80 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb, Fantastic, covenient, great place to stay” We visited in July 2013 when weather was super warm, It was a last minute booking for 3 nights. To start the communication with the owner was top notch, I received an email and a phone call giving al  …see more

from £98 / night

£425 - £980 / week

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from £98 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Fife

Fife / St Andrews

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Welcome to our fabulous 4 double/twin bedroom home in the heart of St Andrews, the Home of Golf. Situated on a cobbled lane, this comfortable town house is on one of St Andrews main streets, South Street, making it very close to everything this unique town has to offer.  …see more

from £125 / night

£700 - £1500 / week

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from £125 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Sheringham

Norfolk / Sheringham

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful accomodation” Our extended family had a wonderful week at Rosehaven, which is by far the best rental property we have stayed in for many years. It is superbly equipped for all your needs and is ideally situated just a stroll down the hill an  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1295 / week

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from £150 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Matlock Bath

Matlock / Matlock Bath

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Everything you need for a pefect stay” Thoroughly enjoyed my stay in this wonderful cottage. Communication with the owner was excellent from the outset and the house is exactly as described. On top of a steep hill, the cotteage offers wonderful views  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Glassan

Athlone / Glassan

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
4 star holiday homes and is situated close to beautiful village of Glasson and beside the tranquil shores of Lough Ree.  …see more

from £69 / night

£325 - £556 / week

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from £69 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Portreath holiday home let

Cornwall / Portreath

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Exceptionally well kept property :)” We had a plan set out in advance of showing up to the Cornwall area and it involved a lot of walking. We decided to on a house that would accommodate 4 adults and 4 kids with a little extra room and this house fit  …see more

from £160 / night

£895 - £2495 / week

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from £160 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kyleakin

Isle of Skye / Kyleakin

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Base camp” Located right on the waters edge the Anchorage proved to be a tranquil spot even though it is at the harbour. Nestled away you can enjoy watching the wildlife and boats go by, the view at the Anchorage from bathroom, 2 bedrooms and lounge a  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1250 / week

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from £115 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite rental

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A most enjoyable stay with delightful and friendly owners” A superbly appointed gite with ROGER and KATH delightful and friendly owners Something for eveyone young or old. Outdoor acilities were excellent and the gite is an exellent base for exploring  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £1500 / week

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from £110 / night

(21) 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

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Bangor

County Down / Bangor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Pet friendly
Described as a hidden gem this rural retreat offers the best of both worlds. Peace and tranquility of being in the heart of the countryside whilst being a short distance to all the conveniences of Donaghadee, Bangor and Newtownards. Strangford Lough closeby. Titanic, U  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Koycegiz

Mugla Province / Koycegiz

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
Amber villa has private pool with spacious garden with shaded area and sun beds for 6 people. Air Conditioning throughout, Fully equipped to a High Standard including; Satellite TV, Large Dining Table/Area, 3 Large Spacious Bedrooms, 2 Bedrooms with Terraced Balcony, K  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Chetnole

Sherborne / Chetnole

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 33 km
  • Private garden
“A home from home” Needing a break, and also obliged to visit family in Dorset, we booked Clockmaker's Cottage for the two of us and our seven month old son. It is a surprisingly spacious property, with absolutely beautiful setting. To the rear is a  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £850 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Augan

Morbihan / Augan

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful place with beautiful surroundings, perfect location.” We are an extended British family who travelled from Brisbane, Singapore and Portsmouth to gather here for a 10-days holiday. It is our first time in France. We touched down at Rennes ai  …see more

from £513 / night

£1795 - £3889 / week

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from £513 / night

(14) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday cottage rental

Fife / St Monans

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
The cottage provides an excellent base for families and couples alike who wish to enjoy the local beaches and amenities of the East Neuk or golfers with top rated courses nearby at Kingsbarns and St Andrews; with an award winning restaurant 50 yards from the cottage.  …see more

from £95 / night

£475 - £700 / week

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from £95 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Bathgate

West Lothian / Bathgate

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Stop searching and choose this one....especially if you are a family travelling to Scotland” The Goose Cottage is a wonderful accommodation in a perfect location. The set-up is simple but very, very comfortable...not an easy feat when you are travelli  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £680 / week

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from £58 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Cornwall / Mevagissey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Clifftop Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Harbour. Luxury first floor Apartment with outstanding sea views with access to Look-out platform.  …see more

from £120 / night

£499 - £979 / week

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from £120 / night

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