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Rural retreats (18072)

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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Kippford holiday home rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Kippford

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“A great location, house was like home from home, highly recommend.” Was surprised by how much I enjoyed our stay, a tranquil setting, everything you needed was in the house. Lots of visitors about but relaxing, the tides going out and being able to w  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 - £1200 / week

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from £80 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with swimming pool in Competa

Competa / Venta de Palma

10 20 3 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A very special setting, wonderful hosts, beautiful views, exiting holiday” I stayed at Finca Los Pinos with my daughter and grandchildren. It was such a special place - truly 'an oasis' in the Almajera mountains, as they say. Exhilarating walks in the  …see more

from £276 / night

£1681 - £2353 / week

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from £276 / 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
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on  …see more

from £93 / night

£253 - £547 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite rental

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

5 10 Min stay varies

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

from £110 / night

£550 - £1500 / week

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from £110 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Baslow

Peak District National Park / Baslow

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“a fantastic cottage in perfect location!!! minutes from Chatwsworth Estate” Thankyou for such a fantastic stay, the cottage is so beautiful and the finishing touches like the log fire and french white style dining room made it a wonderful experience.  …see more

from £143 / night

£595 - £1185 / week

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from £143 / night

(5) Excellent 

9

Canton of Valais / Susten

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £74 / night

£466 / week

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from £74 / night

(51) Excellent 

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Ballydehob holiday cottage rental

County Cork / Ballydehob

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir  …see more

from £64 / night

£332 - £673 / week

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from £64 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kilnaleck

County Cavan / Kilnaleck

6 12 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Child friendly
Situated in peaceful countryside in the Lake District of Cavan, 1 mile from Kilnaleck village, and just 1 hours driving from Dublin via M3. This spacious home sleeps 12 offers a large garden & patio area basketball net, games room and all modern conveniences.Mc Evo  …see more

from £85 / night

£588 - £883 / week

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from £85 / night

(12) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday home rental

Fife / St Monans

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful” Seascape is an amazing base for exploring the East Neuk and beyond. The view is breathtaking, the house immaculate and St Monan's is as picturesque as you can get. The amenities in the house are excellent. My husband, young son and family t  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Kendal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“exceeded expectations” The attention to detail and generous extra touches make for a very enjoyable home from home stay. Cottage was very clean and tidy. Good communication with the owner.  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Dulverton

Exmoor National Park / Dulverton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Fantastic place great location and a home made cake on arrival” 3 of us stayed for a weekend whilst we did the Exmoor ironman , nice relaxing surroundings only a short drive away from Dulverton plenty of places to eat and a co-op super market On arr  …see more

from £50 / night

£322 - £574 / week

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from £50 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Lamlash

Isle of Arran / Lamlash

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“perfect place to chill, recharge the batteries, with enough room for everyone.” My husband and I went here with our 2 daughters age 10 and 13, and my mum. My mum and I had spent most of our childhoods in Lamlash, but hadn't been for years, so we were  …see more

from £140 / night

£980 - £1050 / week

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from £140 / night

(11) Very Good 

21

Holiday home in Tenterden

Kent / Tenterden

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“lovely” This is a beautifull 3 bed cottage in the ideal location for visiting places in Kent. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay, as well as being close to all the amenities in Tenterden. I would highly recommend this property  …see more

from £185 / night

£395 - £675 / week

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from £185 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

West Yorkshire / Wetherby

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
The bus from Leeds to Wetherby and Harrogate stops right outside so city trips are easy! Stay in for the evening and have a delicious homemade dinner delivered to your door complete with a bottle of wine from £10 pp. Walking around the historic village of Clifford you  …see more

from £50 / night

£360 / week

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from £50 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Mount Irvine

Tobago / Mount Irvine

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Mot Mot Lodge has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, with double hight ceilings and full width sliding doors, opening out on to a large upper patio,with outdoor dining facilities. This dining area links the interior and the garden seamlessly.  …see more

from £230 / night

£1610 / week

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(2) Excellent 

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South Shore holiday apartment rental

Southampton Parish / South Shore

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Southampton has the distinct advantage of being close to ferry stops, and the charming village of Somerset where shops and cafes makes lingering for a while a very pleasant diversion. The remarkable renovated installation at the Naval Dockyard property (a British Navy  …see more

from £233 / night

£1626 / week

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from £233 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Ballycastle holiday cottage rental

County Mayo / Ballycastle

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Ask about pets
“Edge of Paradise” We found this cottage on an earlier trip to the area, not knowing it would be available to rent, and took photos of it because we loved it so much! To our delight, this year we were able to rent it for a week. We found the inter  …see more

from £118 / night

£736 - £883 / week

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from £118 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home with shared pool in Blaye

Gironde / Blaye

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable, charming and very relaxed.” This place is an old chateau in a little town. The appartments still has the spirit and soul eventhough it is all rebuild and new. The owners has thought of every little detail, that just makes it all work out  …see more

from £74 / night

£517 - £610 / week

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from £74 / night

(25) Excellent 

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St. Paul's Bay holiday apartment rental

Island of Malta / St. Paul's Bay

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“This is a superb oasis” This apartment is almost perfect in every way. The view from the front balcony stretches along the coast road past Wignacourt Tower along Bugibba promenade to Qwara Point. To the left is St. Paul's Island and a friendly cafe/b  …see more

from £43 / night

£253 - £463 / week

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from £43 / night

(25) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage in Melrose

Borders / Melrose

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“A fantastic stay in a beautiful cottage.” A lovely cosy cottage, full of everything you would even need. Perfect location for exploring Melrose and surrounds. Gorgeous fully enclosed garden, great for young children. The owner was incredible friendly  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £625 / week

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from £80 / night

(21) Excellent 

21

Holiday home rental

County Mayo / Cong

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Home away from home.” My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home.  …see more

from £120 / night

£500 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(19) Excellent 

21

Probus holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Probus

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“The style and thoughtful extras make a difference” Our family have just enjoyed a weeks stay at 2 The Court; having stayed some 4 years ago and always said we would like to go back should we return to Cornwall. We felt we knew what we would be getting  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £775 / week

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from £75 / night

(57) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Kinghorn

Fife / Kinghorn

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Loathe to leave” Apartment so comfortable our group were hesitant to go out during our visit to Kinghorn. Owner provided nice touch with her welcome pack, also lots of useful 'tourist' information within apartment for immediate and surrounding area.  …see more

from £90 / night

£490 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(21) Excellent 

24

High Burnside ski home to rent.

Aviemore / High Burnside

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Getaway - Beautiful Home” I arranged a birthday surprise for my partners birthday for us and his close friends to attend the Carn Mhor Lodge in Aviemore. Organising with Sarah was straightforward and I found her extremely helpful throughout  …see more

from £230 / night

£990 - £2943 / week

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from £230 / night

(36) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Cullen

Moray / Cullen

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding, lovingly maintained cottage with spectacular views of Cullen Bay.” Beautifully decorated, furnished, well equipped and maintained cottage. The owners go that extra mile to ensure their guests have everything they could possibly need. Lot  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Broadford

Isle of Skye / Broadford

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect spot with amazing views” I have already recommended this place to several friends, it is such a perfect place to stay. The views from the house are stunning and the large window area with plenty of seating and long, light evenings meant it was  …see more

from £125 / night

£690 - £1125 / week

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from £125 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Kinlochbervie holiday cottage rental

Kinlochbervie / Sheigra

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

(65) Excellent 

21

Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“A Lovely relaxing place to stay” Great little cottage, ideal for a quite weekend for two. Spotlessly clean and well presented. A friendly welcome from the owners. Well located for looking around this lovely area. Great local pub for a pint and a bite  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £475 / 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
“Lovely character cottage in a beautiful location, we would move here if we could!” Lovely larger than average cottage in a picturesque location, close to eateries and specialised local shops tea rooms etc. I travelled with my husband two children aged  …see more

from £65 / night

£375 - £885 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kidderminster

Worcestershire / Kidderminster

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask about pets
“EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS” lovely spacious airy cottage with a cosy feel. ideally situated for either countryside or city pursuits. had a wonderful week. cottage spotlessly clean and well equiped with everything and more. will definately be back a  …see more

from £70 / night

£290 / week

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from £70 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Home letting in Llangors

Brecon / Llangors

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Glass house set in the rural country” The Glass House had more than enough space it set in the middle of the beacons it had space in abundance. I recommend the RED KITE feeding centre as a must see you'll be blown away by these magnificent birds. If t  …see more

from £100 / night

£286 - £1526 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Rethymnon with swimming pool

Rethymnon Prefecture / Rethymnon

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Stavros is a fully-furnished traditional architecture stone building, covering an area of 170 sq.m. The ground floor covers 110 sq.m. On the ground floor there is a spacious open plan living/dining room with kitchen and a small balcony at the entrance, and a big  …see more

from £135 / night

£942 - £1353 / week

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from £135 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Pols

Styria / Pols

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
For skiing enthusiasts there are various ski slopes in the region, Lachtal, Kreischberg,Grebenzen, Gaal.  …see more

from £34 / night

£219 - £496 / week

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from £34 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Widecombe in the Moor

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Hideaway in the moor” Excellent, secluded little cottage. The perfect location to get away from your everyday hassle. Its quite, situated in a wonderful landscape and you can walk into the moor directly from your doorstep. The cottage is perfectly equ  …see more

from £90 / night

£315 - £445 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Exo Gonia

Santorini / Exo Gonia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Fantastic villa in the village of Exogonia, private pool, sun terraces, sunrise views to the beach resort of Kamari and the island of Anafi, 2 double bedrooms both en suite, sleeps 6 (sofa bed in lounge), all new furniture and features.  …see more

from £211 / night

£1093 - £2059 / week

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from £211 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Castletownshend

County Cork / Castletownshend

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Well equipped and great location” We have stayed here both in Spring and Summer and the house is cosy in the cold weather due to a lovely log fire and great in the summer too with a sun trap of a garden. The kitchen is very well equipped - love the a  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £850 / week

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(13) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Excellent accommodation, would recommend a holiday in this Apt” We stayed in this Apt over New Year 2013/14. from the moment we arrived the accommodation far exceeded our expectations. The accommodation was clean and had all the comforts of home. The  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £1200 / week

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from £75 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Sedbergh

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Sedbergh

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ask about pets
A small one bedroom cottage converted from a stable situated in the heart of Sedbergh. It is a few minutes' walk from the local pubs, restaurants, bookshops and amenities and five minutes' walk from Sedbergh School. Ideal for visiting Sedbergh or as a base for  …see more

from £55 / night

£220 - £380 / week

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from £55 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / North Walsham

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A quiet and comfortable retreat” Lovely to arrive to a welcome pack including tea and coffee making stuff, milk in fridge. Janet and Roger made us really welcome and were very helpful throughout our stay. The annexe was warm and more spacious than it  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £480 / week

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from £55 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in South Cerney

Cotswolds / South Cerney

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Perfect accomodation and space” Spacious, comfortable and well finished. Full to the brim with facilities and just an excellent space to be in. The field/garden/lawn is a perfect space to play games (what we did), relax or just look at. Beds were comf  …see more

from £250 / night

£1800 - £2500 / week

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from £250 / night