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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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Laytoure Apartment - Saint Victor Rouzaud apartment sleeps 2

Pamiers / Saint Victor Rouzaud

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
Laytoure is an Ariegeois farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, pleasantly situated in a tranquil rural area with rolling hills, sunflower fields and glimpses of the Pyrenees, but only 5 km from the town of Pamiers which has shops, restaurants and all facilities. Pa  …see more

from £45 / night

£265 / week

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from £45 / night

(3) Excellent 

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AQUA LODGE CAUSEWAY COAST - Ballycastle house sleeps 16

County Antrim / Ballycastle

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Large luxury house located close to seafront at Ballycastle. Finished to high standard with private rear back garden. Has disabled bedroom and en-suite downstairs. , modern living area. DVD/TV in 5 bedrooms. Sound system, BBQ area House as sea views of Rathlin Island an  …see more

from £140 / night

£750 - £1200 / week

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from £140 / night

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Finistere / Cast

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £30 / night

£146 / week

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from £30 / night

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Conscottage - Killybegs cottage sleeps 5

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
Con's cottage boasts authentic flagstone floors throughout the living room, separate kitchen and bathroom which includes a power shower. There is a stove set in an open hearth in the spacious living/dining room. Both bedrooms have wooden floors,fine Egyptian cotton  …see more

from £60 / night

£180 - £390 / week

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from £60 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Windsor Cottage - Winchcombe cottage sleeps 4

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
Windsor Cottage is situated in the centre of Winchcombe, with its wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants. Sudeley Castle is on your doorstep and there are numerous walks in the surrounding area.This comfortable cottage has a wood burner, and is attractively decora  …see more

from £70 / night

£390 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Dinas Cottage - Ponterwyd cottage sleeps 2

Aberystwyth / Ponterwyd

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 18 km; Child friendly ;
Situated in the small rural village of Ponterwyd, these 250 year old grade 2 listed traditional welsh cottages have recently been fully renovated to offer a high 4 star standard of accommodation by the welsh tourist board, with amazing views over the village, river Rhei  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 / week

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from £80 / night

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Courtyard Cottage - Sourzac cottage sleeps 3

Dordogne / Sourzac

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Les Hérissons Gîtes,/ Courtyard Cottage is an attractive farm complex renovation, nestling in the char,ming hamlet of Villeverneix, a few minuets south of the market town of Neuvic sur l'Isle. Offering guests the tranquillity of the countryside, but within easy  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 / week

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from £60 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Jasmine Cottage - West Runton cottage sleeps 3

Cromer / West Runton

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
Jasmine cottage is a pretty single storey thatched property in the grounds of our own home. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a very high standard with many extras to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. You only need to step outside the door to enter acres of Na  …see more

from £75 / night

£399 - £689 / week

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from £75 / night

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Beach new private room +ensuite #2 - Peregian Beach private room sleeps 2

Noosa / Peregian Beach

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
It is a tranquil home with no children or pets only 1 street from the beach with bus stop on the corner situated just behind 5 beach resorts, you can hear the waves break at night. Brand New just recently completed private room with own en suite, fan and Free Wi Fi. Yo  …see more

from £49 / night

£317 - £377 / week

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from £49 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Raiatea / Uturoa

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Ask about pets;
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from £51 / night

£325 / week

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from £51 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holly Tree Cottage - Upper Largo cottage sleeps 4

Fife / Upper Largo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Holly Tree Cottage is a warm and welcoming cottage sleeping 2 to 4 people in an area of Scotland where there is plenty of holiday activities to partake in. The beach is a short walk away through a Woodland Trust property. Golf courses are in abundance and there are man  …see more

from £65 / night

£250 - £460 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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A country cottage near Vire, sleeps 2/5 - St Quentin les Chardonnets gite sleeps 4

Flers / St Quentin les Chardonnets

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 68 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Le Pressoir is a detached cottage with rustic charm. You will know that you are in the heart of the country when you wake up to the sound of birdsong and you look out over the orchard to the rolling fields beyond. Suitable for a couple or for a family this gite has a me  …see more

from £35 / night

£236 - £314 / week

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from £35 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Nord / Bavay

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Ask about pets;
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from £57 / night

£253 / week

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from £57 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Forest Syde Cottage - Cadnam cottage sleeps 5

New Forest / Cadnam

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Offering exceptional home comforts including open fire, central heating, stunning bathroom, family eating area, downstairs shower room with Sky TV and wireless broadband. Offers secure rustic gardens with sun-house and decked area and off street parking for 4 cars.The p  …see more

from £105 / night

£655 - £975 / week

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from £105 / night

(6) Excellent 

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La Maison D'Anna - Marcilhac-sur-Cele cottage sleeps 4

Lot / Marcilhac-sur-Cele

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
La Maison d'Anna is a charming house in the picturesque village of St Sulpice sur Cele in Le Lot region of south west France. The house is typical of the area and is situated on a quiet single track road that leads from the village church to the river valley road. The  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Walnut Store, Holiday Gite for two, Perigord Noir - Peyzac-le-Moustier gite sleeps 2

Dordogne / Peyzac-le-Moustier

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The Walnut Store is a beautifully renovated barn, situated in the courtyard of our group of gites. It enjoys a private patio area with barbeque, dining table & chairs for alfresco dining. It has a very pretty, comfortably furnished lounge with satellite freeview TV  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 - £480 / week

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from £40 / night

(26) Excellent 

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The Low Barn - Martin cottage sleeps 4

Lincolnshire / Martin

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 64 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The Low Barn at Holmdale House has been created from two original barns, used to house farm equipment when Holmdale House was a fully functioning village farm.Our conversion has sought to retain all the character of the original buildings whilst offering the best of mod  …see more

from £105 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £105 / night

(3) Good 

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Maple Cottage - Quarriers Village apartment sleeps 2

Bridge of Weir / Quarriers Village

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 14 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This beautifully converted villa comprises two family apartments and two apartments ideal for couples. Maple Cottage has one bedroom and sleeps 2.This particular apartment sleeps 2 and is perfect for couples or individuals. Should you wish to book more than 1 apartment,  …see more

from £68 / night

£476 - £707 / week

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from £68 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Thurnham Keep Stables - Thurnham apartment sleeps 2

Maidstone / Thurnham

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Situated in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the historic Pilgrim's Way in the quiet hamlet of Thurnham, Thurnham Keep Stables is perfectly located for peaceful sanctuary, whilst still being within easy access of Kent's many places to visit.With woo  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £70 / night

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Saxony / Crottendorf

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £26 / night

£180 / week

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from £26 / night

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GateKeepers Cottage & Pool - Blaymont gite sleeps 3

Lot-et-Garonne / Blaymont

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Delightful, detached 18th Century Stone Cottage where the interior has been carefully designed providing a fully fitted kitchen, luxury shower room, comfortable seating area with flat screen TV (UK Sky available) and leads out to a large furnished terrace which overlook  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £1199 / week

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from £86 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Puffin Hollow - Pittenweem apartment sleeps 4

Fife / Pittenweem

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Puffin Hollow is a beautiful 1 bedroom ground floor apartment directly on the harbour. This 18th century listed property has been completely modernised and it now offers open plan living with a luxury kitchen. The property is just a short walk to the small sandy beach  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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from £70 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Pear Tree Garden - Maidstone house sleeps 2

Kent / Maidstone

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 46 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This one-bedroom holiday home is ideally placed in the middle of a strawberry farm within the picture-perfect village of West Peckham, with it's Saxon church, village green and pub, The Swan On The Green serving delicious, freshly-prepared food, excellent wines and real  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £510 / week

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from £43 / night

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Ile-de-France / Yvelines

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £112 / night

£778 / week

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from £112 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Happy Mountains Apartment 2 - Leutasch apartment sleeps 4

Tirol / Leutasch

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Apartment 2 is situated on the first floor (upstairs) in our traditional Austrian house. The area could not be more stunning, with the mountains providing a backdrop for any outdoor activity that takes your fancy. In Winter, skiing, cross-country skiing, walking, sno  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £684 / week

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from £43 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Hill Cottage - Dovercourt cottage sleeps 6

Essex / Dovercourt

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Hill Cottage is one of many types of accommodation that Valentine Holiday lets manage, with properties to suite all types of Budgets. This pretty cottage has been a private holiday home for more than thirty years and many generations, now it's your chance to see th  …see more

from £77 / night

£539 / week

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from £77 / night

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villino blu - Calci apartment sleeps 2

Province of Pisa / Calci

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
a nice house surrounded by a large garden, a small terrace and a wonderful view of the mountains, a large kitchen, a spacious living room and a cozy bedroom with bathroom. Private parking. the house is suitable for a couple with or without children.located in Valgrazios  …see more

from £29 / night

£274 - £351 / week

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from £29 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Smith Cottage, cosy Dales cottage, sleeps 2 - Appletreewick cottage sleeps 2

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Appletreewick

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed; Private garden;
Surrounded by glorious countryside and with stunning views Appletreewick makes an ideal base for a Yorkshire Dales holiday. The popular market town Skipton is 8 miles away and Grassington just 5 miles from the cottages. There are excellent walks from the doorstep in  …see more

from £60 / night

£290 - £495 / week

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from £60 / night

(16) Excellent 

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The Cottage at Andrew House - Stainton cottage sleeps 2

Penrith / Stainton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 60 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
You are guaranteed a warm welcome at The Cottage at Andrew House which is situated in idyllic rural surroundings on the edge of the village of Stainton in the Lake District. The Cottage offers very comfortable accommodation which is maintained to a very high standard by  …see more

from £75 / night

£300 - £450 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Granary Cottage - Llangynidr, Brecon Beacons - Llangynidr cottage sleeps 6

Brecon Beacons National Park / Llangynidr

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
A riverside cottage, originally part of a corn mill and built approximately 150 years ago on the banks of the Nant Cleisfer. Recently lovingly renovated into a contemporary mews style cottage in a peaceful courtyard setting. The cottage is located in the pretty Welsh v  …see more

from £75 / night

£394 - £507 / week

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from £75 / night

(13) Excellent 

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The Granary - Montreuil-sur-Mer cottage sleeps 5

Pas-de-Calais / Montreuil-sur-Mer

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 24 km; Swimming pool;
This delightful detached cottage with private swimming pool (open Easter to October) and games room is set in the lovely traditional village of Saulchoy and only a short walk to the nearby restaurant and bar. Relax and enjoy the countryside, visit the many historic sigh  …see more

from £70 / night

£270 - £590 / week

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from £70 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Villa Pio Luxury Apartment - Cong hotel apartment sleeps 2

County Mayo / Cong

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Located in the heart of the Quiet Man film locations In Cong, Co Mayo. Close to 12 century historic Ashford Castle, Cong Abbey, Caves, Dry Canel, lakes Corrib ,Mask and Carra famous for brown trout and Salmon storage and drying facility on site for fishing gear. Walking  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £402 / week

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from £60 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Rosan "The Annexe" - Lyme Regis apartment sleeps 2

Dorset / Lyme Regis

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
The property consists of a large, comfortably furnished, open-plan living room/double bedroom, with sliding doors leading to the enclosed patio with garden furniture. On the upper level is the kitchen area with breakfast bar, a separate modern tiled bathroom and loo, a  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £360 / week

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from £55 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Rustique Cottage Holidays - Malestroit gite sleeps 2

Morbihan / Malestroit

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Ask about pets;
PIC Cottage is a a restored French gite which is in the chaming hamlet of Fendrement in the Morbihan region of Southern Brittany France. It is one of three cottages on the same site and shares use of a solar heated pool and has a shared large patio for sun bathing with  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Baca Ruadh Cottage - Staffin cottage sleeps 6

Isle of Skye / Staffin

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Baca Ruadh Cottage. Is a newly Built Cottage on 1 floor finished to a very high standard. The cottage has a large open plan Kitchen/Dinning/Lounge, with fully equipped Kitchen. The room has solid oak flooring & furniture, 2 & 3 seat leather sofa's with the  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £680 / week

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Alouette - Bezolles gite sleeps 2

Gers / Bezolles

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Alouette sleeps two people in a beautiful room retaining original features and beams with a comfortable kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom (shower over bath) Alouette has a gorgeous open plan lounge/diner downstairs with a further WC. The traditional wood stove gives th  …see more

from £54 / night

£375 / week

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from £54 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Villa Olive Garden - Mesudiye villa sleeps 6

Datca / Mesudiye

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
This beautiful villa set in spacious gardens was built with hand cut stone, quarried locally to blend in with the traditional style of the region. Located in the Datca peninsula renowned for its natural beauty, unspoiled by tourism, and considered one of the worlds heal  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £1200 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

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The Doghouse, Wicken, near old Stratford - Old Stratford bungalow sleeps 2

Northamptonshire / Old Stratford

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; Ask about pets;
The Doghouse is self-contained with a double bedroom, open plan kitchen-sitting room and a shower room. There is heating and a small log burner; we supply the wood. Parking is free and on the property. There is a gravelled courtyard to enjoy the British weather in!. T  …see more

from £70 / night

£420 / week

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from £70 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Foxglove Cottage in Southern Brittany - La Gacilly gite sleeps 2

Morbihan / La Gacilly

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 53 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Foxglove Cottage is a traditional stone cottage with its own enclosed garden. Downstairs there is an open plan living area with sofa,coffee table, sideboard & television, dinning table and chairs A fully fitted kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric k  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £300 / week

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Delightful Cottage Dunallican - Pech-Luna farmhouse sleeps 3

Aude / Pech-Luna

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Dunallican is a tastefully converted barn dating from the early 19th century. Set in beautiful countryside with is own private terrace is ideal for a romantic holiday for two. The property boasts a large range cooker, dishwasher and washing machine and woodburning stove  …see more

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