Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (76981)

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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(6) Excellent 

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Tetbury holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Tetbury

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The Coach House is situated in a area of outstanding beauty directly opposite Westonbirt Arboretum a great location for Tetbury and those wishing to attend Badminton Horse Trials. This is an ideal property for those seeking to escape to the country.  …see more

from £150 / night

£600 - £800 / week

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from £150 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

North Yorkshire / Whitby

2 2 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A very comfortable stay” We could not fault Balcony Cottage as a place for 2 people and we have paid more for less in the past. We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. The attention to detail is important and everything we used worked, the sh  …see more

from £70 / night

£300 - £510 / week

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from £70 / night

(11) Excellent 

21

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
“Lovely cottage, had a wonderful stay” We stayed in Bobtail Cottage for one week. The cottage was very spacious, well equipped and was spotlessly clean. Would definitely recommend. We plan to return next year!  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

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(22) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Cornwall / Polperro

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“With young kids, all you need is bunnies...” This was the first family holiday we have ever had, and first time that my wife and children (twin 2 year old girls) had ever been to Cornwall or on a "British" holiday. Weather was a bit hit and miss, but  …see more

from £47 / night

£305 - £1050 / week

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from £47 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Vik

South Region / Vik

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
A cozy litle house that is located in the heart of Vík in Mýrdalur. The house (Lækjarmót) was build 1904.There are 2 bedrooms, a comfortable living room, bathroom, a kitchen and an outside area to enjoy your morning coffee.Includin WiFi internet.  …see more

from £160 / night

£958 / week

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from £160 / 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

(27) Excellent 

13

Converted chapel accommodation in Dalguise

Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely spacious house in a fantastic location with great facilities for children” We had a lovely relaxing week in a great location. We rented the property as two families with four small children and a dog. There was plenty of space both inside and o  …see more

from £150 / night

£504 - £1255 / week

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from £150 / night

(14) Excellent 

14

Faux-la-Montagne holiday gite rental

Creuse / Faux-la-Montagne

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
River Cottage is a unique, detached self-contained gite located within the grounds of Le Moulin de Villesaint , a family run business. Dated back to the Middle Ages Le Moulin de Villesaint is a converted water mill and outbuildings sat on the river Feuillade and is  …see more

from £50 / night

£280 - £420 / week

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from £50 / night

(28) Excellent 

31

Holiday apartment in Northern England

Lake District / Ambleside

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
Modern well equipped apartment close to the centre of Ambleside. Sleeps 2 in a king sized bed. Allocated parking space. Available for short breaks all year round.  …see more

from £43 / night

£305 - £458 / week

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from £43 / night

(13) Excellent 

18

West Country holiday cottage let

Dorset / Bridport

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant, well equipped cottage, very comfortable for a quiet and relaxing holiday.” The cottage was wonderful, very comfortable and the owners were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. We had an excellent, relaxing holiday.The only downside we foun  …see more

from £80 / night

£380 - £790 / week

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from £80 / night

(25) Excellent 

24

Wotton-under-Edge holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Wotton-under-Edge

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage” We rented this cottage over Christmas to be closer to the family. The woodburniing stove was alight when we arrived in the evening making the cottage very welcoming, there was also a small Christmas tree which was a very nice touch. T  …see more

from £80 / night

£470 - £970 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Very Good 

20

Holiday cottage in Pwllgwaelod

Newport / Pwllgwaelod

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“A pretty, cosy and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location.” This cottage was as described, and provided us with a pleasant, cosy base to be with friends and explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.  …see more

from £34 / night

£240 - £600 / week

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from £34 / night

6

Holiday apartment in All Saints

All Saints / Buckleys Heights

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
The Buckleys Country Club has its own distinctive flavour that will exceed your expectations and transform your moments on the island into everlasting memories. Land, water, wind and sun in perfect harmony as nature intended will greet you daily. Indulge yourself and d  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £490 / week

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from £55 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday tented camp in Amboseli Eco-system

Rift Valley Province / Amboseli Eco-system

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Located on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro this rustic bush camp enjoys fantastic views. 3 classic safari tents accommodate 6 people comfortably. A kitchen, outdoor fireplace and a comfortable lounge makes this the ideal base to discover the Amboseli area. Two caretaker  …see more

from £75 / night

£394 - £725 / week

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from £75 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stackpole

Pembroke / Stackpole

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“A lovely, spacious house and garden in walking distance of great beaches.” This house is even better than it looks, and that's rare. Lots of space for everyone inside and out, with a great farmhouse kitchen. Comfortable in every way, the owner (who is  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1985 / week

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from £150 / night

12

Holiday home in Groomsport

County Down / Groomsport

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Seascape House is a newly refurbished luxury holiday home on the beautiful County Down coast. Set in extensive gardens with direct sea views across the Irish sea to Scotland. Ideally situated only 30 minutes from Belfast, and 5 minutes from the bustling sea side resort  …see more

from £95 / night

£675 - £775 / week

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from £95 / night

(16) Excellent 

17

Villa letting in Chulilla with swimming pool

Province of Valencia / Chulilla

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
Summary: If you are looking for something a bit different - to truly relax and unwind with your family and friends in the REAL Spain...then this is it! Casa Níspero is a beautiful traditional Spanish villa hidden away among the pine trees on the edge of Parque Natural  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £1300 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Very Good 

19

Holiday cottage in Stiffkey

Wells-next-the-Sea / Stiffkey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Lavender cottage is a grade II listed period brick and flint cottage.Access is via the rear enclosed gravel courtyard in to the dining kitchen which is equipped with an electric oven/hob, large fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and microwave. Ther  …see more

from £70 / night

£295 - £695 / week

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from £70 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Lacock holiday home rental

Wiltshire / Lacock

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful!” Beautiful cottage, highly recommended. Fiona was incredibly helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay. The children loved the outdoor space, farm animals and the very friendly dogs. Great location. We will be visiting agai  …see more

from £180 / night

£750 - £1170 / week

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from £180 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Kournas

Apokoronas / Kournas

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fab villa, lovely location” Lovely villa and pool in quiet peaceful location very close to Lake Kournos. Clean and nicely decorated, helpful caretaker. Well equipped,; bedrooms downstairs but in heat of Summer this works well. Garden could do with  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £1250 / week

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from £86 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic apartment in a stunning location” We were met upon our arrival by the caretaker and he very kindly provided a tour of the resort facilities and the apartment itself. The apartment is exceptionally well appointed and more than lived up to ou  …see more

from £145 / night

£480 - £1343 / week

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from £145 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment letting

West Sussex / Shoreham-by-Sea

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“spotlessly clean, great location, very accessible to londan and brighton” We travelled from the south of ireland to the uk in august and had a wonderful holiday from our base at apt. 11 shoreham by sea, waters edge. We had our own parking space. Al  …see more

from £100 / night

£560 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Excellent 

25

Topsham holiday cottage rental

Exeter / Topsham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Excellent cottage” What a beautiful cottage with a lovely courtyard. Really hospitable owner, who has created a comfortable and friendly environment.  …see more

from £59 / night

£380 - £520 / week

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from £59 / night

(16) Excellent 

20

Holiday bungalow in Suffolk

Stowmarket / Middlewood Green

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
“Perfect peace in country hideaway.” We were met on arrival by the owner, who made us aware of everything that we needed to know. The cottage was warm and extremely comfortable. A welcome pack was waiting for us, including wine and chocolate cake!!  …see more

from £45 / night

£280 - £300 / week

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from £45 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Nant Peris

Gwynedd / Nant Peris

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Breathtaking Location, fantastic house.” The pictures simply don't do justice to the location of this house. The view out the front of the Welsh cliffs opposite is amazing, and the fact that it is set a decent distance from another house means that no  …see more

from £77 / night

£630 - £1190 / week

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from £77 / night

(49) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Bernisdale

Portree / Bernisdale

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
“A gem on the Isle of Sky” We had a great week and the weather was very kind to us. Everything about the croft was excellent! The views were spectacular especially watching the seals whilst having breakfast, and the Croft itself so comfortable you se  …see more

from £85 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse in Donaghadee

County Down / Donaghadee

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“House full of character with all the comforts from home.” Lovely Victorian house within walking distance of a sleepy fishing village. Plenty of room and space for our teenagers to be with us or be with the wifi. Nice of the owner to come and say hello  …see more

from £91 / night

£585 - £960 / week

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from £91 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Carbost

Isle of Skye / Carbost

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent Value for Money” The cottage is really well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The property on arrival was really clean and bed linen / towels immaculate. A very high standard. We were a party of 2 adults, 2 teenagers and a we  …see more

from £75 / night

£490 - £695 / week

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from £75 / night

(37) Excellent 

23

Maentwrog holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Maentwrog

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An excellent place to stay” What a place. An excellent location in the wood, well-appointed with washer-dryer, dishwasher and plenty of crockery. Loads of room for four although may be a squash with eight. Great for drying wet clothes due to open-plan  …see more

from £55 / night

£260 - £835 / week

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from £55 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in High Burnside

Aviemore / High Burnside

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Very comfortable” Lovely comfortable house and very well equipped. From luxuries such as the hot tub down to the basics like loads of crockery and cutlery. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thanks very much.  …see more

from £113 / night

£785 - £2300 / week

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from £113 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Largo holiday home rental

Fife / Largo

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“A wonderful property and view” We have been going on holiday together for ten years now and this is one of the best places we have stayed in. The location was great for sightseeing, walking and golf. The property was lovely. Ver clean and had all of  …see more

from £180 / night

£780 - £1200 / week

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from £180 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Minehead holiday cottage rental

Somerset / Minehead

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“a very enjoyable stay” A very comfortable, well equiped cottage within easy reach of many places .We would stay again Lovely walks and a good pub next door but one  …see more

from £49 / night

£340 - £460 / week

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from £49 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Portaferry holiday cottage let

County Down / Portaferry

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Terrific.” Completely thought through; a very comfortable stay. Everything catered for from beach towels to drinks flasks. Fresh, clean. A must.  …see more

from £54 / night

£375 - £495 / week

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from £54 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Alton holiday home rental

Staffordshire / Alton

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent house for visit to Alton with large group” Great locationf for Alton Towers. Plenty of room and toys in house for our 3 families of 2 adults and 2 young children. Great pub across the road, great food. They allowed us to carry the food on pl  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1600 / week

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from £100 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Eceptional five star barn.” It was our first stay at the barn and we stayed for 7 nights. The owners were fantastic hosts, with a great welcome and milk and juice ready on arrival. The barn has a great layout with enough space for me, my husband and d  …see more

from £85 / night

£325 - £825 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Ancroft

Northumberland / Ancroft

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
A spacious and traditional farmhouse located in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Complete with Aga oven, WiFi, 7 seater Hot Tub, Very large garden suitable for ball games, Xbox 360, snooker & secure bike storage. A great house for family and friends!  …see more

from £300 / night

£2000 / week

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from £300 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Rathdrum / Greenane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“repeat visit will return!” stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. such a lovely touch.  …see more

from £90 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £90 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Eyam

Hope Valley / Eyam

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
“A delightful cottage in the heart of Eyam” The cottage was clean and very handy for the village of Eyam as well as numerous attractions in the area. The parking was adequate for one car. The welcome basket was a lovely idea and really made us feel tho  …see more

from £95 / night

£520 - £750 / week

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from £95 / night

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Cottage rental in Rakovnik

Central Bohemian Region / Rakovnik

3 14 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
8 beds and 4 sofa-beds. The Cottage has a spacious courtyard, enought privacy and tranquility. Attractions in Pavlikov and countless opportunities for trips in the area. Small farm at the cottage - fresh, homemade products (eggs, honey, rabbit meat, seasonal products)  …see more

from £169 / night

£1009 / week

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from £169 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Kilmore Quay

County Wexford / Kilmore Quay

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Idyllic Location-Fabulous cottage” Kilmore Quay has always been a favorite location of ours, but this cottage was the best we have ever stayed in in this area. The terrace around two thirds of the property with panoramic sea views and lovely garden fu  …see more

from £68 / night

£295 - £463 / week

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from £68 / night