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Rural retreats (3447)

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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Bunavoneader holiday cottage rental

Isle of Harris / Bunavoneader

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
5 star self-catering for couples on the beautiful Isle of Harris. Overlooking a sea loch perfect for a relaxing, romantic break. With sauna, cinema room, multi-room music system, ideal for staying in as well as exploring.  …see more

from £140 / night

£550 - £980 / week

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from £140 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with indoor pool in West Country

Cornwall / Bude

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Rented tumbles lodge as a surprise holiday for my husbands 60th birthday party with our 3 children and partners and 6 grandchildren. It was perfect especially the pool which was very popular with the children. The house was very spacious wi  …see more

from £240 / night

£1400 - £3600 / week

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from £240 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Val Gardena / Ortisei

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

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from £102 / night

£712 - £1424 / week

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from £102 / night

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(11) 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 - £2200 / week

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from £220 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kirkkonummi

Uusimaa / Kirkkonummi

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Cottage by the sea, sauna, swim, fishing, sea  …see more

from £79 / night

£712 / week

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from £79 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £157 / night

£1094 / week

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from £157 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday penthouse with shared pool in Vilamoura

Vilamoura / Laguna Golf, Vilamoura

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Vilamoura has the best Marina on the Algarve coast with many excellent restaurant,cafe/bars and Casino/nightlife activity.It enjoys a great sandy beach ,sporting activities including sailing,golf,tennis,cycling,water sports including a great water fun park,horse riding  …see more

from £90 / night

£595 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Strathpeffer holiday home rental

Strathpeffer / Strathconon

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic, spacious accommodation in a beautiful setting.” The house is fitted out to a very high standard and it was great to find a place that toiletries already on hand. We had some great walks straight out of the house and features like freesat a  …see more

from £200 / night

£800 - £1000 / week

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from £200 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Keose

Isle of Lewis / Keose

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
*** Easter Availability *** (Short Breaks available throughout March & April.)Eagle Bay Cottages have a real hideaway feel for a relaxing and restorative holiday.  …see more

from £290 / night

£1440 - £2110 / week

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from £290 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Troutbeck Bridge

Lake District / Troutbeck Bridge

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful - cabin excellent, and location of park very good!” This cabin is a real home from home, with all you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Very cosy with the fire lit on a cool evening, and when the weather is good, eating on the balcon  …see more

from £65 / night

£343 - £729 / week

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from £65 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Log cabin rental in Brithdir

Dolgellau / Brithdir

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Perfect Honeymoon” Milk Wood Lodge was the perfect place to spend our honeymoon! The garden is beautiful and the hot tub is a real luxury! The cabin in very homely and was spotless when we arrived. There is a log burner and a sauna which we loved! The  …see more

from £128 / night

£665 - £924 / week

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from £128 / night

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Borris-in-Ossory holiday home rental

County Laois / Borris-in-Ossory

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
2 double bedroom self-contained semi-detached traditional bungalow with 1 bathroom (including sauna), open plan kitchen / living area, lots of outside space, and parking for at least 2 cars - don't miss out on the opportunity to stay in the Heart of the Hill, as Camross  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Mersham

Ashford / Mersham

5 14 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Expectations exceeded!!” This was the perfect place to celebrate my 30th birthday with close friends. The house was amazing; a perfect size for 12 people. The kitchen was ideal for cooking for a large group of people and we made full use of the large  …see more

from £200 / night

£1400 / week

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from £200 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Dalavich holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent wee get away” Electric hot tub was amazing, constantly warm. sauna heats up quickly too. well equipped warm cabin in a secluded setting.  …see more

from £69 / night

£399 - £749 / week

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from £69 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin accommodation

Lake District / Borwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
A budget family friendly pine lodge with partial Lake Views,Situated on a 5* award winning leisure village. A large TV with built in freeview + DVD. A cloakroom and a family bathroom, Leather sofas. Child friendly enclosed decking and outdoor furniture.Entertainment in  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £1110 / week

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from £75 / night

(59) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Somerton

Somerset / Somerton

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect setting for my fiance's 30th surprise birthday with all his close friends” We stayed over a weekend as a group of 13 adults. Upon arrival Gill came in to show us around (played along perfectly with the fact my fiancé had no idea 11 of his  …see more

from £315 / night

£1995 - £3750 / week

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from £315 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in St Merryn with golf nearby

Padstow / St Merryn

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“great location” host very pleasant and extremely trusting to let someone unknown stay in their cottage. sat tv a bonus given the weather was not all that great to put it mildly.padstow was a little further than the 5 mins suggested but thats a minor c  …see more

from £122 / night

£850 - £1395 / week

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from £122 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Aberdaron holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage, great rural location with fantastic views” This was our second year back to Ysgubor Bach and, once again, we were very happy with our choice. The cottage is in a great location. Less than a mile from Whistling Sands. A beautiful, qui  …see more

from £95 / night

£645 - £1384 / week

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from £95 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Apartment accommodation in Bennettsbridge

Kilkenny / Bennettsbridge

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
Original stable converted into a cozy double bedroom apartment with everything you need. TV, WiFi, stove, oven, hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, iron, bathroom with electric shower, dishwasher, fridge. Outdoor area with garden furniture. Comes complete with fully equipp  …see more

from £51 / night

£356 / week

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from £51 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Thyon ski chalet to rent.

Canton of Valais / Thyon

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chalet Feiler is a 5 star luxurious boutique-styled chalet with a sauna and hot tub. Perched at 1700 metres, with uninterrupted views of the Rhone valley and southern Swiss Alps, it is but minutes from the lifts and slopes of the world-renowned Verbier 4 Valleys.  …see more

from £250 / night

£2250 - £3500 / week

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from £250 / night

(45) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Bonsall

Matlock / Bonsall

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a friendly village in a beautiful part of our country.” This cottage is spacious, comfortable, a little quirky and very well equipped. We stayed for New Year, with some other friends staying nearby in another holiday cottage. On comp  …see more

from £50 / night

£360 - £600 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Tampere

Pirkanmaa / Tampere

1 6 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
High quality cottage with lake view and own beach only 30 minutes from Tampere.  …see more

from £55 / night

£382 / week

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from £55 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Davos Klosters

Klosters / Davos Klosters

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Awesome Place, Great Owners” We stayed there for a week this July and the owners Amanda and Kevin were incredibly helpful and hospitable. We had a very late arrival yet they waited up and helped us get everything situated. Haus Arve is in a great lo  …see more

from £122 / night

£848 - £2967 / week

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from £122 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet letting

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
5 star, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom self catering holiday property sleeping up to 8 people on a stunning Highland estate with loch and river fishing, boats, Canadian canoes, Wifi, BBQ, mountain bikes and much more. Over 140 reviews on Tripadvisor being awarded a 'Certifi  …see more

from £313 / night

£1050 - £1850 / week

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from £313 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday farmhouse rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Special house in an amazing location” Eleven adults stayed at Snowden House, from Friday to Monday, early February for which the house was easily big enough. We had an amazing time and spent much of it soaking up the awe-inspiring views all around us.  …see more

from £200 / night

£1395 - £1625 / week

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from £200 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Brithdir

Dolgellau / Brithdir

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“WONDERFUL” What a fantastic Lodge - So Fabulous we are going to book again. Love the attention to detail. The hot tub is amazing. Cant wait to go back. total HEAVEN : )  …see more

from £128 / night

£630 - £938 / week

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from £128 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in South East England

Hayling Island / Eastoke

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Compact and great” Very clean and comfortable location. Great communications with Freda who met us at the park and gave us lots of great local tips. The bedrooms are certainly compact ( but we knew this before we booked) but the lounge are surprising  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £500 / week

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from £50 / 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

(36) Excellent 

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Tattershall holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing weekend getaway” Would highly recommend this place for a break anytime during the year. It feels like a home rather than a holiday let due to all the little homely touches the owner has added. The hot tub was great to relax in the evening and  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Norfolk / Thetford

7 13 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Self catering cottage in beautiful Norfolk next to Thetford Forest. Sleeps 12/13 plus 2 cots, hot tub, sauna, family friendly, playroom, play area, games room, pets welcome. Close to High Lodge Forest Centre, home of Go Ape and Segway.This cottage is ideal for familys,  …see more

from £225 / night

£1400 - £2800 / week

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from £225 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Chateau-d'Oex ski apartment to rent

Canton of Vaud / Chateau-d'Oex

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful Mountain Scenery” Our stay at La Soldanelle was our best family holiday ever. The location surrounded by mountains is still vividly imprinted in my mind. You could see the mountains from the kitchen and bedroom windows of the apartment and w  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin with indoor pool in Ryde

Isle of Wight / Ryde

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Brilliant Holiday” We have just returned from our first family holiday on the Isle Of Wight with our two children aged 9 and 6. The Cabin is an amazing place to stay for a holiday, very clean and has everything you need. The swimming pool seemed bigge  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 - £1400 / week

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from £93 / night

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Ski cottage to rent in Jamsa

Central Finland / Jamsa

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Four modern cottages in the best location of the resort Himos Each cottage has a sauna, full kitchen,TV and free internet. All the fun within walking distance : restaurants, equipment rental, golf, skiing, fishing, etc. Wonderful views of the lake and mountain slopes. N  …see more

from £84 / night

£423 - £1263 / week

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from £84 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Dalfaber ski bungalow to rent.

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,  …see more

from £85 / night

£465 - £875 / week

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from £85 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Le Lindois

Charente / Le Lindois

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Lovely Gite well appointed and with excellent facilities. If you feel like doing nothing but lazing around by the pool, playing boules, tables tennis and volleyball, walking in the woods it's perfect. If you want an action holiday there is  …see more

from £78 / night

£545 - £1495 / week

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from £78 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b in Westernieland

Groningen Province / Westernieland

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“We loved the quietness and we totally destressed in one week” We stayed in The Waddenstee in may last summer. My wife and I both have busy jobs, and we really had to take a break. The house is nice and cosy and the jacuzzi is truly stunning. The owner  …see more

from £77 / night

£454 - £1522 / week

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from £77 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Zell am See ski chalet to rent.

Salzburg Region / Zell am See

5 11 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“There were ten adults in our party and we all enjoyed our holiday at Chalet Peter!” Winter or summer chalet Peter makes a perfect holiday base. We went in winter for skiing and there was plenty of variety of ski slopes for all levels of competence. A  …see more

from £149 / night

£933 - £2543 / week

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from £149 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Newby Bridge

Lake District / Newby Bridge

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ask about pets
Private Hot tub, terrace and gas BBQOn site restaurant and room serviceComplimentary use of the Swan Hotel's spa ( only one mile away)Walks on the doorstepGuests please note the kitchen has a small hob and combi microwave oven grill only.  …see more

from £160 / night

£750 - £950 / week

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from £160 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Brithdir holiday log cabin rental

Dolgellau / Brithdir

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely lodge in a beautiful part of the world” We really enjoyed our stay here. Some really good local walks, and if you want to drive a bit further, then you are in within reach of Mount Snowdon etc. The lodge itself catered for our every need, a  …see more

from £124 / night

£595 - £938 / week

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from £124 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic property in good location” Would strongly recommend. Well equipped and decorated, clean, tidy property with all that we needed for a nice stay. Good to sit outside on the decked area to enjoy a meal and Pimms. We made a lot of use of the b  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £70 / night

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