Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (14189)

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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31

Bungalow rental in Cashel

County Galway / Cashel

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Spacious detached dormer bungalow on Wild Atlantic Way, in exceptional location, set in large gardens and enjoying magnificent outlook over Cashel Bay and the beautiful rugged Connemara coastline.  …see more

from £60 / night

£415 - £812 / week

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from £60 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Mulranny holiday cottage rental

County Mayo / Mulranny

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean, comfortable, warm and fantastic views.” A very enjoyable stay, we were welcomed by Lily the housekeeper who was very friendly and helpful. The house is very cosy, clean, comfortable and warm. Fantastic views from the upstairs living area.  …see more

from £74 / night

£268 - £561 / week

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from £74 / night

(13) Very Good 

8

Santa Maria Estate holiday apartment rental

Mellieha / Santa Maria Estate

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Rent 1 of 3 holiday apartments in malta sharing a fantastic swimming pool and with some fantastic exotic sea views (can book apartment ref 272910 to rent two apartments).  …see more

from £56 / night

£388 - £902 / week

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from £56 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Province of Catanzaro / Guardavalle

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £18 / night

£87 - £147 / week

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from £18 / night

(4) Excellent 

40

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Villalonga

Province of Valencia / Villalonga

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal for large groups of friends or families, Casa del Che is a mountain paradise with a huge secluded garden and whopping private pool, enjoy peace, tranquillity and pure mountain spring water. Relax in the villa or enjoy life in the nearby Spanish towns and beaches.&  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

16

Cottage rental in Nissaki

Corfu / Nissaki

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Air conditioning
Ideal for a romantic holiday for two, great for relaxing.Ideal for walking in nature.  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 - £513 / week

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from £44 / night

13

Holiday home in Aizenay

Vendee / Aizenay

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Spacious house with private heated pool. Rural location, superb view. 5 bedrooms for 10. Reduced rates for small groups outside high season. 3 miles / 5km from village amenities, 11 miles / 18km from bathing lake, 22 miles / 35km from the coast (St Gilles Croix de Vie).  …see more

from £110 / night

£768 - £2108 / week

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from £110 / night

(6) Excellent 

8

Holiday home rental

Carndonagh / Gleneely

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The Cottage has oil fired central heating and an open fire for turf burning which are free of charge.  …see more

from £30 / night

£220 - £250 / week

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from £30 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa in Loule Hills

Loule / Loule Hills

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
Lovely 3 bedroom villa all en-suite with air/ con,large open-plan lounge & dining room with stunning views to the coastline ,great kitchen/diner,large heated swimming pool set in a very private 3 acre plot.great sun terraces for alfresco dining,5 mins to village cen  …see more

from £200 / night

£995 - £1895 / week

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from £200 / night

(12) Excellent 

15

Ile d'Oleron / Le Chateau d'Oleron

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £78 / night

£647 / week

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from £78 / night

(2) Excellent 

24

Grand Massif / Samoens

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £44 / night

£250 - £406 / week

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from £44 / night

(7) Very Good 

22

Apartment rental in Badesi with shared pool

Province of Olbia-Tempio / Badesi

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great place to stay in Sardinia” Great location handy as a base for all of North Sardinia. The apartment is very clean and tidy. Well appointed with all the normal mod cons. The owners are also very friendly and helpful with suggestions for those new  …see more

from £18 / night

£121 - £363 / week

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from £18 / night

(4) Very Good 

27

Holiday cottage accommodation

Pylos-Nestor / Petrochori

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Luxury Residence 76 m2 consisiting of 2 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 kitchen and 1 toilet. It is the last residence near to Voidokilia beach only 400m far away. The closest beach is only 100m away ideal for summer and relax vacations. View to See.Voidokilia beach in 400m,  …see more

from £42 / night

£250 - £587 / week

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from £42 / night

(17) Very Good 

24

Holiday cottage in Marazion

Cornwall / Marazion

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE” We found this cottage very clean and everything you wanted was provided....yummy scones from local shop and bottle of wine waiting for our arrival. The location is great to explore most of south cornwall. Some fab beaches for the do  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £1250 / week

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from £75 / night

(4) Average 

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Holiday chalet in Azenhas do Mar

Sintra Municipality / Azenhas do Mar

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful” Isabel and Gonzalo were very helpful, attentive, punctual and kind. They thoughtfully provided breakfast and beverages for our whole family! Their rental property of Casal da Ponte Colares was a cute, antique home. Even in the off-season of  …see more

from £39 / night

£332 / week

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from £39 / night

12

Holiday cottage in Corpe

Vendee / Corpe

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
Comfortable accommodation with authentic charm. Sharing a superb heated pool with one other cottage. It's own terrace area in the attractive gardens. 3 bedrooms, sleeping 6 (the other similar cottage is also available for 6 to 8 people). Baby equipment supplied. F  …see more

from £95 / night

£578 - £940 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday home with shared pool in Stoupa

Messenia Region / Stoupa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
?t the beloved Stoupa, amidst 40 acres of verdant landscape overlooking the bay, discover a 2-storey stone house of 95 m2 with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a terrace of 20 m2 with great views, a private garden of 150 m2 and a shared pool of 100 m2  …see more

from £95 / night

£561 - £819 / week

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from £95 / night

(4) Very Good 

14

Holiday chalet rental

Seaton / harepath hill

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A detached chalet in Devon built of Cedarwood to a Canadian design. Inside, the accommodation consists of an open plan lounge/diner with breakfast bar, a kitchen area with electric cooker and refrigerator, sink unit and plenty of cupboard space. There are two bedrooms.  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 - £350 / week

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from £30 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse

Isere / Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse

5 14 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful, I wish I could buy the place!” We had a fantastic time at Villa Marie-Louise and our entire group were very sad to leave when our stay came to an end. The Chalet is perfectly situated in the heart of Saint Pierre De Chartreuse with panorami  …see more

from £185 / night

£1290 - £1550 / week

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from £185 / night

(1) Average 

13

Holiday cottage in Caherdaniel

Caherdaniel / Castlecove

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Traditional detached cottage, remote and secluded, in elevated position on 28 acres with fine southerly outlook and sea views. Staigue Fort, one of the finest stone forts in Ireland (about 2,500 years old) is about ½ mile. Sandy beach 2 miles. Blue flag beach, ho  …see more

from £34 / night

£236 - £514 / week

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from £34 / night

9

Holiday farmhouse in Ardfinnan

County Tipperary / Ardfinnan

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Traditional farmhouse in secluded country surroundings, looking out towards the Comeragh and Monavullagh Mountains about half a mile from the attractive village of Ardfinnan on the banks of the River Suir.  …see more

from £24 / night

£163 - £367 / week

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from £24 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ballina holiday home rental

County Mayo / Ballina

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
TV, DVD, CD player, iPod dock, CD & Book library. Chess & other board games. Open fires, oil central heating  …see more

from £78 / night

£544 / week

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from £78 / night

23

Holiday villa in Vourvourou

Sithonia / Vourvourou

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This villa comprises: Three Rooms (1 double Bed in the 1st room, 1 double bed in the 2nd room and 2 single beds in the 3rd room) 4 Air Condtions (At Bedrooms and Living room) Two Bathrooms – (WC- Shower) fully equipped kitchen with fridge, electric cooker & ov  …see more

from £87 / night

£604 / week

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from £87 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in La Faute sur Mer

La Faute sur Mer / St Denis du Payre

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal family holiday accommodation in a rural setting amongst pasture and woods, just 7 miles / 11km from the Vendee coast and the fabulous beaches of La Faute sur Mer. Heated fenced pool, huge grounds, games room and children’s facilities.  …see more

from £82 / night

£569 - £1311 / week

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from £82 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Pessada

Cephalonia / Pessada

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous place!” We had a great time. The place was gorgeous, fabulous balcony with stunning views. Clean, spacious pool and nice garden and patio for bbqs and dinners outside. We can't wait to get back to Villa Isadora next year!  …see more

from £120 / night

£875 - £1565 / week

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from £120 / night

(1) Excellent 

14

Fuerteventura / Costa de Antigua

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

 …see more

from £25 / night

£173 / week

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from £25 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

Holiday apartment in Vueltas

Valle Gran Rey / Vueltas

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“laid back at la condesa” I think we have visited 5 years in a row now - that must speak for itself! The flat is well equipped and the view amazing - if you like waves sparkling in the sunshine that is. The friendly, helpful and generous English owne  …see more

from £39 / night

£272 - £302 / week

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from £39 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Svoronata with swimming pool

Svoronata / Metaxata

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect choice” We were extremely happy with the villa which is beautifully presented and designed. Tony and Margaret met us at the airport, helping us manage the hire car arrangements and transport luggage as well as find the villa. We wondered if it  …see more

from £78 / night

£550 - £1100 / week

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from £78 / night

(6) Very Good 

23

Rodrigues Island / La Ferme

3 7 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £43 / night

£216 - £325 / week

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from £43 / night

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Haute-Marne / Droyes

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £52 / night

£302 / week

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from £52 / night

(31) 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 £283 / night

£1725 - £2414 / week

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from £283 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Fivizzano

Province of Massa Carrara / Fivizzano

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Blissful Winter Gettaway” I arrived with my family to a wonderful villa tucked away in a beautiful Italian village. The love and cosiness of the house radiated immediately and only grew once we lit a fire which was so lovely to be able to do. The hous  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

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Corfu / Boukari

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £52 / night

£363 / week

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from £52 / night

23

Basque Country / Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £87 / night

£285 - £561 / week

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from £87 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

Province of Lecce / Gagliano del Capo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £48 / night

£319 - £1138 / week

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from £48 / night

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Province of Brescia / Monno

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £69 / night

£259 - £1164 / week

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from £69 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Miramont-de-Guyenne

Lot-et-Garonne / Miramont-de-Guyenne

11 30 7 nights min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Hilltop setting, stunning views, Close to market town with supermarkets & restaurants. Heated pool, health spa inc. Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium, games area inc. Pool table, table tennis. internet access.  …see more

from £314 / night

£2195 - £4295 / week

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from £314 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Elba Island / Patresi

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets

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from £44 / night

£242 - £604 / week

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from £44 / night

24

Holiday bungalow with shared pool in Anse Jonchee

Grand Port District / Anse Jonchee

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This is an accredited eco-friendly property. A countryside location in a designated area of natural beauty.  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday chalet in Azenhas do Mar

Sintra Municipality / Azenhas do Mar

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming appartment in scenic surrounding” Extremely friendly owner, great (and not-so-touristy) location close-by the beach and some good restaurants - ideal for people who want to relax a bit and have a good starting point to sightseeing trips to  …see more

from £39 / night

£302 / week

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from £39 / night