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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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(44) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in Torbeg

Isle of Arran / Torbeg

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house in a peaceful location.” This property is in a quiet location within the Torbeg lodges development, a short drive from Blackwaterfoot. It is very well equipped, clean and warm. A bright open plan living / dining / kitchen was a nice socia  …see more

from £75 / night

£600 - £910 / week

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from £75 / night

(22) Excellent 

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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

£1354 - £2943 / week

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from £230 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Luberon / Bonnieux

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £48 / night

£330 - £569 / week

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from £48 / night

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Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry ski home to rent.

Basque Country / Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Medical service : 2 kmRailway station : 6 kmPharmacy : 1.5 kmBakery : 1.5 kmSupermarket : 2 kmBeach : 45 kmOutdoor swimming pool : 2 kmTennis court : 2 km  …see more

from £49 / night

£342 - £582 / week

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from £49 / night

(4) Excellent 

13

Studio rental in Porto de Mos with swimming pool

Lagos / Porto de Mos

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
beach, sea, ocean, golf, water sports, Portugal, Algarve, vacation, praia, vista mar, oceano, golf, desportos aquaticos, Portugal, Algarve, férias  …see more

from £26 / night

£171 - £513 / week

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from £26 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Elgin holiday cottage rental

Moray / Elgin

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant” What Can I Say Absolutely Lovely Little Cottage Perfect Location very Peaceful Really Homely Thank You Fiona The Little Xmas Tree And Crackers Was The Perfect Touch Hope Too Be Back Again All Going Well And I Finish My Treatment x  …see more

from £33 / night

£215 - £280 / week

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from £33 / night

(54) 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 £86 / night

£338 - £684 / week

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from £86 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Teguise holiday villa accommodation

Teguise / Oasis de Nazaret

3 7 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent villa with stunning views” Had a wonderful time at Casa Vista Del Mar from 23/03 - 05/04 2014. Everything about the villa is first class. Views are superb and the villa is well equipped and comfortable. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortab  …see more

from £110 / night

£675 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Portscatho

Roseland Peninsula / Portscatho

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“SECRET OF THE ROSELAND PENINSULA” Portsscatho is a beautiful area of Cornwall to stay and explore with many beaches and lovely walks.We have hired Sunnyside for the last 2years and holidayed for the last 4 in this village. The accommadation is superb  …see more

from £65 / night

£275 - £865 / week

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from £65 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Ennistymon

County Clare / Ennistymon

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“We spent enjoyable week's holiday in Ennistymon.” Ennistymon is a very attractive and characterful place, with dramatic falls and an intriguing history. There are also interesting places to visit in the surrounding area. While staying there we wen  …see more

from £95 / night

£283 - £599 / week

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from £95 / night

(100) Excellent 

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Upper Sapey holiday cottage rental

Worcester / Upper Sapey

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A lovely birthday getaway.” The retreat was a lovely get away which was relaxing and quiet. We were met by stuart and taken on a tour of the place, the swimming pool and table tennis kept us busy during the day and there were enough options to chose f  …see more

from £120 / night

£725 - £950 / week

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from £120 / night

(10) Excellent 

24

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 £137 / night

£958 - £1377 / week

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from £137 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Lower Saxony / Doerverden

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets

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from £34 / night

£234 / week

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from £34 / night

(2) Excellent 

25

Holiday apartment in Arbroath

Angus / Arbroath

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Recently built luxury apartment with open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. Two bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, one with an en-suite. There is also a family bathroom.The apartment is furnished to a high standard and has a large balcony which is south facing with a  …see more

from £75 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

24

Holiday home in Vernet-Les-Bains

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vernet-Les-Bains

4 6 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“A perfect mixture of French and Spanish culture based in middle of Pyrennes” The owners, Paul and Jayne, had recently rennovated the property so it was clean and fresh, with modern fittings and plenty of power, water and comms availability. Access was  …see more

from £56 / night

£370 - £550 / week

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from £56 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Kos Town

Kós / Kos Town

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“stoned house in the nature with kind owner” Niko , the owner, is a very nice owner. Wanting to make your stay very nice. begin november the nights are cold so we recommend to go there in the summer because no heating system but a very nice open fire.  …see more

from £69 / night

£479 - £748 / week

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from £69 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Corsham

Wiltshire / Corsham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“stunning view, freedom and space.” We have already booked for next year, something we never do! With fields attached and woods right there, the kids and dogs were able to run free. Sitting on the terrace, sipping an early evening cocktail looking at t  …see more

from £210 / night

£1000 - £1650 / week

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from £210 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Adelianos Kampos with swimming pool

Rethymnon Prefecture / Adelianos Kampos

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
The villa can accommodate 12 people in beds and up to 14 people. If you want to taste the Cretan hospitality in a quiet family villa which is next to the sea and the living areas but simultaneously isolated from everything, our villa is what you are looking for! The v  …see more

from £214 / night

£1496 - £2394 / week

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from £214 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cheddar / Draycott

2 5 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“LOVELY STAY” My husband and adult son stayed at the Courthouse in September. The accommodation was excellent. The apartment is very large with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. All the comforts of home were supplied. There was even a large selection of  …see more

from £60 / night

£225 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Newcastle

County Down / Newcastle

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
A three bedroom dorma-bungalow that comfortably sleeps six guests in a prime location just a few hundred yards from the Royal County Down Golf Course and Newcastle Town Centre.  …see more

from £49 / night

£420 - £520 / week

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from £49 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lelant holiday cottage rental

St Ives / Lelant

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent Chalet, wonderful owner and exceptionally good value” I booked this chalet on behalf of friends who were staying with us at John Fowler Holiday Village. The owner Gail was fantastic from start to finish, lovely and exceptionally accommodatin  …see more

from £23 / night

£160 - £650 / week

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from £23 / night

(10) Excellent 

10

Holiday cottage in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fabulous Croft” Beautiful property in a peaceful location. The croft is immaculate throughout and extremely well equipped. A thoughtful welcome package, including free range eggs, butter and bread was provided. We loved the log burning hot tub unde  …see more

from £110 / night

£660 - £910 / week

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from £110 / night

(14) 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

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Hambleton

Rutland / Hambleton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb” A super house in a stunning location. Extremely well presented and very well equipped. The owner was very friendly and very helpful.  …see more

from £100 / night

£870 - £1250 / week

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from £100 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Lower Mill

Cirencester / Lower Mill

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent - exceeded expectations!” This property was excellent. We visited as a group of friends and this holiday offered the perfect relaxing holiday. The middle floor with kitchen, living room and dining room was fantastic - its well decorated and  …see more

from £220 / night

£1300 - £2199 / week

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from £220 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Blaenau Ffestiniog

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“A great place to stay in snowdonia at a reasonable price!” My partner and I really enjoyed our stay. The cottage itself has its own unique character, is well kept and clean, as where the utilities and . The owners Ian & Sheena couldn't of been more he  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £480 / week

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from £32 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Cajarc

Lot / Cajarc

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Couldn't ask for a better welcome!” Arrived in wild weather the day before Badtille day and Caroline was extremely welcoming and helpful. The gite is in a great location to explore the delights of the Lot river valley. Cajarc is a great little town wi  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £385 / week

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from £43 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Vinca

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vinca

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Property” My wife and I loved this property, it was an ideal location for us visiting family, it was very clean, and tidy, the property had all the comforts of home, but the icing on the cake is the roof terrace, where I have to say has the  …see more

from £32 / night

£215 - £399 / week

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from £32 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Home rental in Roundstone

County Galway / Roundstone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“You will not want to leave this unique and beautiful spot.” We were here with my elderly mother and also our dog, this house worked brilliantly for all our various needs. What a beautiful spot and friendly well functioning holiday house. its clear the  …see more

from £103 / night

£556 - £1112 / week

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from £103 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Province of Verona / Verona

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly

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from £69 / night

£300 - £428 / week

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from £69 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Camber holiday home rental

Rye / Camber

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing real home from home experience” If you are visiting East Sussex then this is the place to stay. The owners have thought of everything. The property is very well cared for, with all mod cons. Some lovely treats awaited us upon arrival and were  …see more

from £145 / night

£640 - £1350 / week

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from £145 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Afrata holiday villa rental

Platanias / Afrata

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Set amongst olive groves in the tranquil village of Afrata with mountain and sea views, the beach a mere two minutes away this beautiful two bedroom Villa with a large rooftop terrace gives panoramic views of the gorge. Ideal for friends and families with young childr  …see more

from £45 / night

£315 / week

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from £45 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Haute-Savoie / Chamonix

2 6 Min stay varies

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

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from £52 / night

£556 - £1197 / week

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from £52 / night

(69) 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

£325 - £475 / week

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from £45 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Pentire

Newquay / Pentire

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic location and great apartment” What a great place to stay .... very well appointed apartment .... close to two of our favourite beeches ... Crantock and Fistral beech . The apartment had just been refurbished to a very high standard , includ  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £900 / week

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from £50 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Cutthorpe

Chesterfield / Cutthorpe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“One man and his two dogs” I had a weeks stay with my two Yorkies in Sept 2011 and i could not have been better treated by Mr and Mrs Campbell. They made sure all my needs were met before I arrived and while i was staying in The Robins, My two Yorkie  …see more

from £65 / night

£270 - £380 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Loch Awe holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL,VIEWS SPECTACULAR.” Myself,hubby and 7yr old boy ,Jake the dog stayed at Memorial Caravan for a week we had amazing time, views are beautiful.We went fishing, walks and trips into Oban which is not to far away.Caravan was clean, c  …see more

from £45 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £45 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Cape Coral

Southwest Gulf Coast / Cape Coral

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent Villa, Fantastic Location” This is probably the best villa we've stayed in out of all those we've ever rented. It is located on a quiet residential street with everything you'd ever need within within a mile or so. A car is a must to get out  …see more

from £130 / night

£484 - £1006 / week

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from £130 / night

(36) Excellent 

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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

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Cartmel

Grange-over-Sands / Cartmel

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
It's the perfect place to stay to relax, enjoy the wonderful scenery and use as a base for exploring the area on foot, by bike or in the car.  …see more

from £56 / night

£315 - £595 / week

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from £56 / night