Rural retreats ❘ Holiday cottages in the UK and abroad

Rural retreats (79512)

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) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste / Campo de Golfe

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A perfect family week away in the sun!” This was our 9th time on the island and I can honestly say villa Amarillo, in particular the outside area and pool is the nicest we have encountered. We had a wonderful week, the weather was gorgeous and we were
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from £120 / night

£840 - £1246 / week

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from £120 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Maentwrog holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Maentwrog

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“8th year and still as good” We have been visiting the boathouse for 8 years and we love it. I love everything about the place and I'm always sad to leave. We always bring a bigger TV with us for when we are chilling out watching films at night but
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from £65 / night

£275 - £765 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Average 

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Holiday cottage in Brithdir

Dolgellau / Brithdir

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £84 / night

£390 - £690 / week

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from £84 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in St Leonards on Sea

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Superb Apartment” Stayed in this beautiful apartment and had a wonderful stay. The property is stylish and has all the home comforts provided. Bed was super comfortable and i had a wonderful peaceful sleep. Everything was perfect and a box of suppl
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from £90 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Witheridge

Tiverton / Witheridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Miss” We have just returned home after a wonderfully relaxing seven days at Pond Cottage. It really is a special place, perfect for spending time with family in the beautiful surroundings and made all the more welcoming by John and Renate. Thank you J
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from £110 / night

£500 - £820 / week

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from £110 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Padstow / Tregonce

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” Absolutely devine location and cottage. Traditional with touches of comtempory, which sums up Padstow as well really. If you are a fan of Padtow as we are and also partial to walking, then you will be in heaven. Cannot recommend highly enough!
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from £150 / night

£900 - £2000 / week

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avg. 2 hours 17 minutes

from £150 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Almoradi

Province of Alicante / Almoradi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“*********SUPERB APARTMENT**********” Stayed here for nineteen nights in may / june, the apartment was very easy to find not far off the exit of the AP7. We were met on arrival by (big) Colin who was a complete gent and very informative. The apartment
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from £17 / night

£117 - £182 / week

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from £17 / night

(5) Very Good 

24

Llanelltyd holiday cottage rental

Dolgellau / Llanelltyd

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely family holiday home, with a great view.” A great house In a lovely area. Clean, tidy property. Very pleasant/helpful owner. May benefit from a booklet to give info such as bin emptying etc. Enjoyed our stay. Good area for walking. No shops clo
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from £116 / night

£520 - £1004 / week

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avg. 2 hours 50 minutes

from £116 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Montrose holiday home rental

Angus / Montrose

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Cottage Wonderful views” Tastefully decorated & comfortably slept 8, with 2 bedrooms on ground floor helped with elderly relatives. Great views over the basin watching the wildlife.Very clean and well maintained cottage ( felt like new).A sm
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from £120 / night

£675 - £1100 / week

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from £120 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Home rental in Bowness-on-Windermere with golf nearby

Lake District / Bowness-on-Windermere

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £115 / night

£525 - £1095 / week

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from £115 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Westerham holiday apartment rental

Sevenoaks District / Westerham

1 4 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home from Home” Beautiful accommodation, clean and spacious with great facilities. Far enough away from the main road to allow peace and quiet but close enough to all links to not be isolated. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful without b
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from £55 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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from £55 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Brittas Bay holiday cottage rental

County Wicklow / Brittas Bay

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, quiet, clean accommodation in the Countryside” This is a lovely house, it is well equipped and clean with modern furnishings. We had a great holiday 2 adults and 2 Children (10 & 13). The beach is 5 minutes away but we choose to drive due to a
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from £133 / night

£443 - £885 / week

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from £133 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Masham

North Yorkshire / Masham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Super Cottage & hosts” We had a super holiday at Rowan Cottage, the owners were lovely, a welcome hamper on our arrival was great, the cottage was warm felt home from home, the views amazing and the weather was kind to us, we visited some super place
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from £70 / night

£350 - £575 / week

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avg. 2 hours 31 minutes

from £70 / night

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Holiday farmhouse rental

Swabia / Dietringen

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £58 / night

£403 / week

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from £58 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Iznajar holiday villa rental

Iznajar / La Cruz de Algaida

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A little corner of heaven in Southern Spain” This house is absolutely beautiful in every way. It is in a quiet, rural location with spectacular surroundings and amazing views (particularly from the top terrace). It is designed and finished to a really
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from £65 / night

£450 - £1100 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Pollenca

Pollenca / Son Toni

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool

from £100 / night

£700 - £1478 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Very Good 

21

Clohars-Carnoet holiday home rental

Finistere / Clohars-Carnoet

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool

from £35 / night

£239 - £461 / week

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from £35 / night

(2) Very Good 

30

Holiday cottage in Thingvellir

South Region / Thingvellir

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Nice vacation home in a beautiful place. Pay attention tot he key pickup/dropoff rules” A charming home in a really nice area. Close to the park and the Golden Circle attractions. Please note that key pickup and dropoff is an hour drive from the house
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from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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(59) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Giant's Causeway

Bushmills / Giant's Causeway

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely stay” We had a lovely stay here! Great house, really clean and great location. The house has everything you need. We loved our time here.
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from £75 / night

£470 - £720 / week

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avg. 2 hours 6 minutes

from £75 / night

(43) 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
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from £31 / night

£155 - £337 / week

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avg. 1 hour 23 minutes

from £31 / night

(13) 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+
“Great location” This apartment is in a great location. It is within a few minutes walk to the train station and the fabulous Carbis Bay beach. All local amenities are close by. The apartment is very well equipped, lots of great extras.
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from £59 / night

£410 - £1080 / week

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avg. 1 hour 35 minutes

from £59 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Sorico

Lake Como / Sorico

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Absolutely stunning” What a place! I promise you will struggle to get a property or even surrounding area that comes anywhere close to the secluded and beautiful Villa Rustica. We arrived at the foot of the mountain after our journey from the airport
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from £257 / night

£1505 - £2478 / week

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avg. 2 hours 53 minutes

from £257 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Dizzasco holiday apartment rental

Lake Como / Dizzasco

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Home from home.” Excellent in every way. Two small points to note. One, the swimming pool is small if you want to have a proper swim. However good if you just want to cool off. Secondly, the approach road to the house is very narrow. Could be off putt
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from £195 / night

£1328 - £1682 / week

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from £195 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Godolphin Cross

Helston / Godolphin Cross

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Feb half term” 4th visit and as always first rate accommodation, Debbie really thinks of everything Even the weather was fantastic
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from £70 / night

£450 - £1100 / week

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avg. 3 hours 23 minutes

from £70 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Salo

Province of Brescia / Salo

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £151 / night

£1054 - £2107 / week

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avg. 2 hours 31 minutes

from £151 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Fronsac holiday b&b rental

Gironde / Fronsac

4 10 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £70 / night

£443 - £1186 / week

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from £70 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Amarilla Golf

Amarilla Golf / La Quinta

4 8 4 nights min

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

£840 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Borders / Melrose

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent Apartment” We booked this when visiting family. The accommodation is excellent and furnishings are a very high standard. Quiet area with lovely grounds around the building. Having stayed in the Melrose area several times this is by far the b
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from £80 / night

£445 - £650 / week

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avg. 1 hour 42 minutes

from £80 / night

(68) Excellent 

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Log cabin letting in Tattershall with golf nearby

Lincolnshire / Tattershall

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“An absolute quaint little Gem with a beautiful view to boot.” We have stayed many times at the Lakes and having lets here ourselves that we're booked out we want to stay Easter weekend .So we booked this lodge 48 hrs before we arrived . Emma who was o
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from £120 / night

£695 - £1200 / week

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from £120 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Burgau holiday apartment let

Faro District / Burgau

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely Appartment in Burgau” This was our 11th trip to Burgau and as usual it didn't disappoint. We were met on arrival and the owners had kindly arranged for the fridge to be stocked with food and drink which was very welcome as we arrived late even
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from £40 / night

£245 - £866 / week

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avg. 1 hour 4 minutes

from £40 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Porthmadog

Gwynedd / Porthmadog

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £173 / night

£1300 - £2750 / week

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from £173 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Bouleternere

Pyrenees-Orientales / Bouleternere

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £75 / night

£500 - £1250 / week

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from £75 / night

(74) 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
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from £101 / night

£510 - £1420 / week

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avg. 1 hour 24 minutes

from £101 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Valbonne holiday villa rental

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Valbonne

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect location to explore the Cote d'Azure” Lovely, spacious, secluded villa with excellent facilities in a prime location. Charming, friendly and genuinely hospitable hosts. Everything and everywhere seems to be within 30 minutes driving time !
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from £421 / night

£1363 - £3098 / week

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from £421 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Carlingford

Cooley Peninsula / Carlingford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Highly recommended” Excellent as always!! Beautiful cottage, spectacular bedroom view and balcony view. Will be coming back again for more!
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from £73 / night

£395 - £505 / week

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from £73 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Carnforth holiday chalet rental

Lancashire / Carnforth

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect getaway” Beyond expectations staff very friendly and helpful, could not take full advantage of South Lakeland due to the weather but are determined to go again in 2017.
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from £85 / night

£495 - £870 / week

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Holiday home in Selters (Westerwald)

Rhineland-Palatinate / Selters (Westerwald)

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Private garden

from £52 / night

£285 / week

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from £52 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Log cabin letting in Tattershall with shared pool, golf nearby

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool

from £90 / night

£390 - £860 / week

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(17) Excellent 

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Gite letting in Arricau-Bordes

Bearn / Arricau-Bordes

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
“Just lovely!” My husband and I were looking for somewhere to spend a peaceful few days in the sun with beautiful surroundings - this is exactly what we found. Apart from a minor quibble about the sofa being a tad uncomfortable, everything else was jus
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from £75 / night

£480 - £490 / week

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from £75 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Llanynis holiday farmhouse rental

Builth Wells / Llanynis

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 54 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Comfortable Stay” Lovely peaceful cottage with good living space our 4 adults and 3 children, very well equipped and stunning views.
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from £30 / night

£800 - £1520 / week

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avg. 3 hours 44 minutes

from £30 / night

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