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Rural retreats (381)

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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(8) Excellent 

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Thurnham holiday apartment rental

Maidstone / Thurnham

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
Whether travelling by car or train, Thurnham Keep Stables offers the ideal sanctuary for that short break in beautiful, unspoilt Kent countryside yet being situated in mid Kent is an ideal base from which to explore everything Kent has to offer.  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £600 / week

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from £80 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Milton Under Wychwood

Burford / Milton Under Wychwood

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful little cottage” I booked the little white cottage for my friends hen do as she requested as relaxing break away! We had an absolutely amazing time and have already recommended the cottage to my friends and family. It's the perfect location t  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £110 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa letting

Province of Barcelona / Vilafranca del Penedes

7 19 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional Villa” The surrounding area is very beautiful - the views from the property looking out to the local mountains was lovely. We would definitely recommend this property.The villa was beautiful with lots of space in the garden to find a peace  …see more

from £332 / night

£1677 - £3778 / week

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from £332 / night

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(14) Very Good 

53

Cambridge holiday cottage rental

Cambridgeshire / Cambridge

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This excellent Cambridgeshire self catering holiday cottage in a rural setting is perfect both as a weekend retreat but as a comfortable holiday home for visitors in Cambridge on business or for pleasure.InsideThe Lodge boasts 3 double bedrooms all comfo  …see more

from £245 / night

£695 - £800 / week

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from £245 / night

(19) Excellent 

23

Cottage rental in Fontainebleau with tennis court

Seine-et-Marne / Fontainebleau

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wonderful hostess and delightful location” A great setting and excellent accommodation. Our hostess was most helpful and gracious. There was an initial problem with WiFi access but that has now been permanently resolved and works extremely well. M  …see more

from £59 / night

£290 / week

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from £59 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Westfield with tennis court

East Sussex / Westfield

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Pet friendly
“Delightful” The welcome was warm...the home grown fruit and vegetables delicious...the location peaceful but well placed for exploring...the byre charming and well equipped...Julia, Paul and Ghilly delightful hosts!  …see more

from £75 / night

£520 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“This a very nice place to stay” Have enjoyed our return trip to Putsborough and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Garden Cottage. Well done Claire and John for a great place.  …see more

from £145 / night

£795 - £2500 / week

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from £145 / night

(20) Excellent 

28

Northern England holiday home rental

North Yorkshire / Filey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
Harlequin is set amongst acres of peaceful wild flower meadows with direct access to an award winning stunning beach. The resort facilities are endless, offering indoor swimming pools, fully equipped gym, spa, tennis courts, archery, fishing, mini football, water sport  …see more

from £42 / night

£315 - £845 / week

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from £42 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Saxlingham Nethergate holiday manor house let

Norfolk / Saxlingham Nethergate

8 18 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Ruby wedding celebration with friends.” Wonderful old house with splendid grounds and facilities, and very well equipped. In particular, we enjoyed the feeling of space, the beauty and comfort of the living rooms, wildlife, heated swimming pool and g  …see more

from £750 / night

£4500 - £7450 / week

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from £750 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Chateau letting in Journet with golf nearby, tennis court

Haute-Vienne / Journet

10 16 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau Jautrudon has all that is needed for a relaxing family holiday in the rural Limousin region of France. Set in a 40 hectare estate, the chateau offers a peaceful and secluded vacation with several kilometers of walkways through our forest, private fenced pool, te  …see more

from £492 / night

£1891 - £3782 / week

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from £492 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Anghiari holiday villa rental

Province of Arezzo / Anghiari

7 12 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect balance between relaxation and activity” Villa Seccarille is the perfect hide away for rest and relaxation while offering enough to keep you busy and active providing the perfect balance for indulging guilt free in the local food and wine duri  …see more

from £358 / night

£2500 - £4500 / week

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from £358 / night

(10) Excellent 

45

Villa rental in Alhaurin el Grande with swimming pool, golf nearby

Costa del Sol / Alhaurin el Grande

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic family holiday” The house is big and spacious with a bathroom in every room .We enjoyed the tennis and batmington courts, pin pon table , playing darts and pool in the playing room and the hot tub and swimming pool ,it also had a gym but we  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £2600 / week

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from £100 / night

(44) Excellent 

22

Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous holiday destination with great hosts.” My teenage daughters and I stayed at Garrique Cottage in January 2013. The farmhouse is beautiful with every amenity you could wish for. The scenery is breathtaking and yet you are only 10 - 15 minutes f  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £90 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Sucina holiday apartment rental

Murcia / Sucina

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Great apartment in perfect location” I stayed at the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort with a group of friends on a break from the UK weather and the standard of the accommodation and location of the apartment was perfect. The apartment included all th  …see more

from £35 / night

£215 - £275 / week

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from £35 / night

(2) Very Good 

16

Elba Island / Rio Marina

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £61 / night

£421 - £1177 / week

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from £61 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in West Country

Dorchester / Tincleton

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic facilities, lovely homely accomodation, great holiday.” My 3 brothers and partners and me and hubby all met up in September for a weeks holiday. This is difficult as I am wheelchair bound and need a hoist. We bought or own hoist and the disa  …see more

from £156 / night

£795 - £2395 / week

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from £156 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Province of Belluno / Zoldo Alto

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 110 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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(56) Very Good 

24

Holiday caravan/mobile home in Lichfield

Staffordshire / Lichfield

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Could not have been better” Stayed at KingFisher for 3 nights, beautiful location, stunning park & lovely welcoming staff. The caravan was like new, we were so very pleased. Swimming pool was a special extra treat. Will definitely return for a longer  …see more

from £73 / night

£545 / week

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from £73 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Framlingham

Suffolk / Framlingham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
LUXURY 5* barn. Framlingham. PRIVATE HOT TUB +Parking. WOODBURNER. Half an acre of garden. Superkingsize bed. Roll top bath. Shower. Bespoke kitchen. Tennis Court. Stylish decor. Underfloor heating thoughout. 37"TV. Blu-Ray/DVD player. Ipod dock. SMEG fridge/freezer.  …see more

from £99 / night

£625 - £799 / week

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from £99 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday barn in Hemingby

Lincolnshire / Hemingby

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Relax an unwind in picturesque countryside in a converted barn on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds in a secluded, undisturbed location. Stylishly furnished and equipped to a high standard with free wifi, use of a private tennis court and a dishwasher - how to chill!  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £395 / week

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from £75 / night

(55) Excellent 

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Winchcombe holiday log cabin rental

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Idyllic setting for a get away” Comfortable and well equipped cabin, perfect setting Would have been nice as a suggestion to have had a hot tub outside possibly  …see more

from £85 / night

£550 - £600 / week

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from £85 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Penallt

Monmouthshire / Penallt

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“peaceful getaway” Lovely peaceful location, spectacular views local walks. We took our 2 small dogs and they loved every minute. The hosts live next door and greet you on arrival but after that they are just there if you need them. Everything you coul  …see more

from £65 / night

£290 - £450 / week

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from £65 / night

(13) Very Good 

12

Gortin holiday cottage rental

County Tyrone / Gortin

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“An olde worldewell-appointed cottage situated in peaceful, idyllac location” Mr McGregor's cottage was easily located and more-than-lived up to its advertised attributes. It provided perfect, Paradisic peace in a charming location yet was within wal  …see more

from £65 / night

£250 - £300 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday home with swimming pool, tennis court in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Large suburban Mas” This villa was ideally situated 20 mins walk from the centre of Sorgue where there were plenty of restaurants for eating out.The Villa was large with plenty of activity facilities,a good large pool (in the shade in the morning)Plen  …see more

from £300 / night

£1681 - £3446 / week

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from £300 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Brockamin

Worcester / Brockamin

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful, spotlessly clean, friendly owners, perfect!” There were 5 in our party, 4 adults, 1 child and 3 very well behaved dogs. The barn is superbly equipped, and, like I said in my title of the review it was spotlessly clean. The owners were  …see more

from £110 / night

£520 - £995 / week

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from £110 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Holiday home rental

Cornwall / Bude

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at Fentrigan Manor Farm, tucked away amidst peaceful countryside, a quarter mile down its own private drive. Just a few miles away are Crackington Haven / Bude/ Boscastle and Padstow and Polzeath. Pony riding / Coarse fishing / te  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £2250 / week

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from £72 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Crayke

Easingwold / Crayke

10 16 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Located in an AONB, an original Tudor manor built in 1690 with stone mullion windows, thick oak beams and yorkstone flags. Lovingly restored into a family home, where tradition meets mod cons, from Chalon Kitchen to Linn room-to-room surround sound. Sitting in 17 acres.  …see more

from £595 / night

£4165 / week

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from £595 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Monthou-sur-Cher holiday chateau rental

Loire Valley / Monthou-sur-Cher

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Large, charming little castle, full of character, for 14 people : the castle and the outbuilding : 7 rooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, private swimming pool, tennis, lake. situation : At the heart of the prestigious Loire valley, on the border of the Sologne and th  …see more

from £364 / night

£606 - £2101 / week

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from £364 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday villa rental

Antigua / Triquivijate

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Home from home” I wouldn't usually consider going back to the same place twice however with Villa Cora I'd almost certainly make an exception. The owners live and breathe 'customer service' from the moment we made first contact to the moment we left  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £1631 / week

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from £86 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with tennis court in Crulai

Orne / Crulai

4 9 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A very peaceful holiday” A lovely place to stay -so peaceful and quiet. Very relaxing. The garden is beautiful with pool, tennis court and other games all close by. The house was just right for us with evrything you might need. We were made to feel ve  …see more

from £127 / night

£379 - £1177 / week

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from £127 / night

(57) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Biggin-by-Hartington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“Perfect getaway” Another perfect and cosy weekend in the Old Farrowings. Everything you could need for a couple of days or a week. Excellent equipment-even down to a torch for the walk to the village pub should you need it! Plenty of logs and coal for  …see more

from £73 / night

£364 - £490 / week

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from £73 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Great Hockham holiday home rental

Norfolk / Great Hockham

9 15 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous, well appointed house” I took my extended family to Vicarage House in April 2013. It is a great place for a group of people, and brilliantly well stocked with games, dvds, outdoor equipment, wii/xbox, bikes - you name it. Even in cold weather  …see more

from £500 / night

£2700 - £6900 / week

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from £500 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Hemingby holiday cottage rental

Lincolnshire / Hemingby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Set among the Lincolnshire Wolds Bainvalley Cottages are a charming retreat and ideal base for keen walkers and cyclists to explore this unspoilt area of the UK. We have a tennis court 70m from the Cottage for guests to use. Golfers can visit the world class golf course  …see more

from £95 / night

£405 / week

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from £95 / night

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Dordogne / Thenon

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £202 / night

£1261 - £2059 / week

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from £202 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby, tennis court in Prendergast

Haverfordwest / Prendergast

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent” A beautiful location and fantastic place to stay - high standard of accommodation and very welcoming hosts - the kids absolutely loved it. We will be back.  …see more

from £85 / night

£500 - £1800 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday cottage in Ruciane-Nida

Polish Lakelands / Ruciane-Nida

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
The vicinity of many tourist attractions, astonishing lakes as well as great forest complexes encourage to active time spending during your holiday. Do not hesitate and check why this region applied for the title of one of the wonders of the world!  …see more

from £55 / night

£379 / week

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, tennis court in Sitges

Province of Barcelona / Sitges

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Private Pool, private tennis courts, perfect for children with outdoor playhouse, all ensuite.Villa Mercuri is the perfect place for families to spend their holidays together. Plenty of space!  …see more

from £295 / night

£1345 - £2816 / week

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from £295 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Burton-in-Kendal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
Small family estate incorporating an idyllic rural retreat one bedroom cottage within the walled Thomas Mawson garden, with bathroom, kitchen and open plan sitting room, and access to roof terrace. The estate tennis court has just been resurfaced, so please feel  …see more

from £45 / night

£250 - £400 / week

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from £45 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Plaxtol

Kent / Plaxtol

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Stable Cottage at Hamptons Farmhouse is located in the beautifully rural area between the villages of Plaxtol and West Peckham in Kent, the Garden of England. Amazingly quiet and peaceful, set in 9 acres of land, all that can be seen is rolling countryside, yet we are j  …see more

from £60 / night

£399 - £899 / week

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from £60 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, tennis court in Mirabeau

Vaucluse / Mirabeau

1 3 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 73 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Highly recommended” This was our second visit to Le Suyet, it remained very unchanged from our previous visit (in a good way). We had the swimming pool to ourselves for the whole 2 weeks, and enjoyed the peace & quiet. Ron & Anne the owners are around  …see more

from £43 / night

£295 - £421 / week

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from £43 / night