Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (78692)

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 cottage in Slaidburn

Lancashire / Slaidburn

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £69 / night

£297 - £658 / week

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from £69 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Villamartin / Las Violetas

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Las Violetas Apartment” Our stay in the apartment in Las Violetas was perfect from start to finish, perfectly situated for the Plaza just a few minutes walk from the apartment with lots of really nice restaurants to choose from. Lovely beaches a shor  …see more

from £31 / night

£180 - £388 / week

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from £31 / night

(4) Very Good 

15

Holiday gite rental

Haut-Rhin / Gueberschwihr

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
“Great apartment in a lovely village, ideal for a few days.” Michael helped us whilst booking with extra pictures, as we struggled to understand which parts of the property were shared with the owner, who was not at home when we stayed. The apartment  …see more

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(10) 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  …see more

from £16 / night

£110 - £175 / week

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from £16 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Acharavi

Corfu / Acharavi

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £102 / night

£707 - £2026 / week

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from £102 / night

(15) Very Good 

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South Cliff holiday apartment rental

Scarborough / South Cliff

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent Holiday Home” Very clean tidy and well equipped holiday apartment in a very convenient but quiet location on Scarborough's South Cliff.  …see more

from £55 / night

£200 - £340 / week

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from £55 / night

(30) 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
“Amazing Place” We stayed at The Court for 3 nights over New Year and could not have asked for more. Tracey is extremely welcoming and makes you feel like you have known her forever. On arrival we were left an abundance of goodies which included eg  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £635 / week

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from £60 / night

(44) Excellent 

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St Leonards on Sea holiday apartment rental

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Superior accommodation provided by accommodating hosts.” Great location near the sea and train station and bus routes. Our hosts went out of their way literally and figuratively to make our four-week stay into a memorable winter getaway. The apartm  …see more

from £95 / night

£600 - £695 / week

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from £95 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“The Perfect Accomodation for our weekend stay.” We enjoyed a lovely weekend break at the Mill Farm Cottages. The accommodation was perfect for our family's needs. The electric blankets and fire in the grate ready to go were a lovely added touch for a  …see more

from £95 / night

£259 - £561 / week

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from £95 / night

(5) Excellent 

43

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 £165 / night

£1155 / week

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from £165 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Bungalow rental in Iochdar

South Uist / Iochdar

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.9 km
  • Child friendly
“This is a very high quality holiday house in a central location for exploring the Uists.” Taigh Soillier is a very solid beautifully furnished & equipped property. Everything about it was of high quality. It was beautifully clean when we arrived and w  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £720 / week

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from £50 / night

(34) Very Good 

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Holiday farmhouse in Joyford

Forest of Dean / Joyford

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“NYE” Lovely place, really nicely kept and great access for walks and a local pub. Lots of places in the local area to visit as well. Hot tub is great and warm. Thank you Sarah.  …see more

from £55 / night

£320 - £774 / week

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from £55 / night

(7) Very Good 

21

Holiday apartment in Dysart

Kirkcaldy / Dysart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Looking Forward to Returning” We spent an enjoyable two weeks here, the flat was clean and very well equipped and had the most delightful view from the lounge window. Having travelled from New Zealand to visit our new grandchild the flat was large en  …see more

from £57 / night

£295 - £440 / week

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from £57 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Encamp Parish / Pas de la Casa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £83 / night

£580 / week

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from £83 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Arrondissement of Saint-Paul / Saint-Paul

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £33 / night

£216 / week

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from £33 / night

(26) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Whitby

Scarborough District / Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming cottage, so warm & inviting!” We've just returned from a three day break in Whitby & we stayed at this charming, quirky cottage. It is absolutely spotless & so central to Whitby & all your possible needs. On arriving there was a very though  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Nord / Bavay

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £57 / night

£255 / week

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from £57 / night

(14) Excellent 

20

Holiday chalet letting

West Sussex / Earnley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Lovely stay” I stayed with my Mum and her dog Molly for a short break at the beginning of December. We had a lovely stay, Mandy was very helpful and gave us lots of recommendations for places to visit and eat at. The accommodation was very homely and  …see more

from £46 / night

£350 - £490 / week

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from £46 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Saint-Amand-Montrond

Cher / Saint-Amand-Montrond

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic wildlife without moving from the house” We had an excellent time at this property. Pool, tennis and cycling kept us all fit and teenagers entertained. Watching butterflies, birds, insects and other creatures made every day a fantastic wildl  …see more

from £130 / night

£518 - £1190 / week

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from £130 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Brinlack

County Donegal / Brinlack

4 8 Min stay varies

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

from £90 / night

£300 - £500 / week

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from £90 / night

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Holiday chalet in Burany

Jablonec nad Jizerou / Burany

5 24 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £106 / night

£652 - £844 / week

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from £106 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Dunfanaghy holiday cottage rental

County Donegal / Dunfanaghy

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Amazing property in an amazing location!” Firstly we agree with all of the positive reviews which are 100% true! This is the most amazing property in the most amazing location with lovely owners who really make you feel welcome and at home. If you w  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £475 / week

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from £50 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Cotmore holiday barn rental

Kingsbridge / Cotmore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Everything we wanted from our holiday and more.” Piers and Sue could not have been better hosts - they had thought of everything you might need and even provided a wonderful welcome pack. My husband and I loved the peace and tranquility of the place.  …see more

from £105 / night

£475 - £950 / week

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from £105 / night

(29) Excellent 

25

Swanage Bay holiday cottage rental

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Cottage and location spot on!!” Me and my family spent the last week of the summer holidays at Taunton cottage. The location is perfect nestled up a quiet side street with your own gated entrance. Literally 1 minute walk and you are at the heart of sw  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1100 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Connel

Oban / Connel

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

from £65 / night

£395 - £565 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Lower Saxony / Doerverden

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £34 / night

£236 / week

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from £34 / night

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Holiday home in Arsie

Province of Belluno / Arsie

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £50 / night

£345 - £690 / week

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from £50 / night

(11) Excellent 

13

Teignmouth holiday home rental

Devon / Teignmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Area” Thank you for a lovely holiday. Home away from home, clean and comfortable with all you need. Off road parking worked a treat even with two cars for a short time. House was in the perfect position to leave the car and amble into Tei  …see more

from £85 / night

£450 - £1065 / week

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from £85 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Tofo holiday home rental

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful beach house and surroundings” We had an amazing stay at the Praia da Rocha house during our 5 days there. Not only is the house beautiful with lots of space, light and air, it has a ridiculously spectacular view of the ocean. The bedrooms  …see more

from £166 / night

£1162 / week

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from £166 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Cailhavel

Aude / Cailhavel

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Peaceful, relaxing, perfect holiday villa and location.” When we fist pulled up at the Villa we were so delighted it was everything we had hoped for and more from the moment we stepped out of the car we wished we had of booked for longer! The villa is  …see more

from £99 / night

£690 - £1337 / week

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from £99 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Los Alcazares with shared pool

Los Alcazares / Pueblo Patricia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect villa in a perfect location” We have just returned from our holiday stay in this villa and we had a great time. This is a comfortable, well equipped and spacious quality property which we wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It is situated on a qui  …see more

from £50 / night

£295 - £625 / week

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from £50 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Rauris

Salzburg Region / Rauris

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £82 / night

£423 - £1940 / week

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from £82 / night

(12) Excellent 

24

Holiday home in Moreton

Saundersfoot / Moreton

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent property” Stayed for a week seven adults. Whole party agreed that Neverlands was a great property to stop in. Location was great for getting around Pembrokeshire and was a quite and relaxing yet only a few second away from the main road. T  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £1135 / week

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from £50 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Whittlesey

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fab! Cozy, charming, unique, clean and warm!” Excellent! Great stay in a lovely cottage tucked away in Whittlesey. Excellent features, facilities and furniture throughout. Made our weekend very special! :-)  …see more

from £70 / night

£340 - £475 / week

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from £70 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Province of Catanzaro / Guardavalle

1 2 1 night min

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

from £18 / night

£87 - £138 / week

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from £18 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“A Very comfortable Cottage” Excellent location right near the beach. The cottage was very well kept and very clean with a small garden . The garden was very well maintained. The village of Winterton-on -Sea was a very quiet village with a shop , post  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Inveraray

Argyll and Bute / Inveraray

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect and tranquil cottage in very friendly village” It has taken a while to provide feedback about this cottage......but here goes! This is an extremely nice place to stay and explore the West Coast of Scotland. The location is excellent and the co  …see more

from £45 / night

£239 - £442 / week

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from £45 / night

(43) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in St Leonards on Sea

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” We had a wonderful stay in this fabulous apartment. Loved the space & views - the weather was beautiful too!  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £575 / week

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from £80 / night

(5) Average 

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Yonne / Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

2 3 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

from £45 / night

£216 - £233 / week

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from £45 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Dunster holiday cottage rental

Exmoor National Park / Dunster

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Gorgeous cottage” Lovely and warm. Very comfortable. Beautiful area. We had a lovely time here. Travelled with husband and four little children. All well catered for. Thank you x  …see more

from £70 / night

£375 - £895 / week

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from £70 / night

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