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Rural retreats (370)

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) Excellent 

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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

(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

(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

(56) Very Good 

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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

(33) Excellent 

33

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

£525 - £995 / week

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from £110 / night

(5) Excellent 

28

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
“Amazing place” Booked the manor for the weekend for my partners 30th! We had such an amazing time! The house and grounds were lovely. We are looking to book again for next summer! I would definitely recommend booking this place!  …see more

from £892 / night

£6244 / week

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from £892 / night

(43) Excellent 

18

Holiday cottage rental

Dartmoor National Park / Ashburton

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Private garden
“A truly magical place to stay” It's hard to describe in words how much we enjoyed staying at Lurcombe. Not only did it live up to very high expectations we'd developed (derived from the photos, description & other reviews) but actually exceeded them!  …see more

from £109 / night

£763 / week

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from £109 / night

(1) Excellent 

26

South Moravian Region / Znojmo

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £44 / night

£246 - £834 / week

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from £44 / night

(67) Excellent 

26

Biggin 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
“Fantastic find!” We stayed for two nights in this lovely cottage. It is superbly renovated with much more facilities and little touches than you would expect with a typical self catering accommodation. The location is perfect, in the heart of the p  …see more

from £73 / night

£364 - £490 / week

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from £73 / night

(8) Excellent 

20

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

(25) Excellent 

23

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/fre  …see more

from £89 / night

£560 - £799 / week

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from £89 / night

24

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 £211 / night

£1316 - £2150 / week

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from £211 / night

(21) Excellent 

28

Filey holiday home rental

Scarborough District / Filey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful” A wonderful cottage in a wonderful setting, made even more comfortable after meeting the lovely owners on our arrival. There was a welcome goodie bag and the cottage has everything you could wish for, not like some other places where there  …see more

from £56 / night

£315 - £845 / week

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from £56 / night

24

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.<br />Villa Mercuri is the perfect place for families to spend their holidays together. Plenty of space!  …see more

from £308 / night

£1404 - £2939 / week

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from £308 / night

(6) Excellent 

41

Tincleton holiday cottage rental

Dorchester / Tincleton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Feels like a better version of home as soon as you arrive” We have stayed for two weeks for the last few summers and have already booked next year. The cottage is lovely, with a beautiful enclosed garden. It has been thoughtfully equipped and has ma  …see more

from £95 / night

£495 - £1495 / week

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from £95 / night

(42) Excellent 

23

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

(58) Excellent 

17

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 £77 / night

£400 - £490 / week

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from £77 / night

(40) Excellent 

24

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

(9) Excellent 

18

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 £514 / night

£1974 - £3948 / week

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from £514 / night

(11) Excellent 

20

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 £650 / night

£2850 - £6900 / week

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from £650 / night

(39) 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 - £695 / week

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from £110 / 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 £63 / night

£439 - £1229 / week

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from £63 / 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

(8) Excellent 

41

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

28

Caleta De Velez holiday apartment rental

Costa del Sol / Caleta De Velez

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Baviera Golf is situated in Caleta de Velez, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain. Caleta de Velez is 40 minutes drive from Malaga International airport. The apartment is privately owned and is available for short break, holidays and longer winter lets. Although the apar  …see more

from £106 / night

£395 - £746 / week

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from £106 / night

(10) Excellent 

57

Holiday chalet with swimming pool, tennis court in Gondomar

Gondomar / Melres

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Incredible Chalet along the valleys of River Douro, sleeps 8Ideal for families, fishing, boat trips, beach, hiking, walking or just relaxingAn excellent getaway from everyday life<br />It boasts magnificent Views, beautiful gardens,a swimming pool,a complete Bar/B  …see more

from £136 / night

£935 - £1185 / week

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from £136 / night

(3) Excellent 

24

Martignargues holiday home rental

Martignargues / Mas des Hirondelles

9 22 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Mas des Hirondelles on 12000m², heated swimming-pool, private tennis court, near Uzès (10 to 23 persons). in the south of France, surrounded by its vineyards and its oak woods. The Mas is composed 450m² with 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 7 separate toilets,  …see more

from £201 / night

£1404 - £5176 / week

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from £201 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Croyde with tennis court

Braunton / Croyde

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“highly recommended...excellent accomodation” This has to be one of the finest locations in North Devon-only a few minutes from Devon's best beach- and wonderful walks close by. Jon and Claire have a superb location here, made all the more special  …see more

from £80 / night

£399 - £1450 / week

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from £80 / 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 £314 / night

£1755 - £3597 / week

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from £314 / night

(57) 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

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Stratford-upon-Avon

Warwickshire / Stratford-upon-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
“A most beautiful, restful place” In the country, but very close to Stratford upon Avon for grocery/restaurant needs. Beautiful view of the hills and countryside, beautiful grounds to explore, fun walk to the village by fields and through a sheep farm  …see more

from £90 / night

£280 - £570 / week

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from £90 / night

(1) Average 

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Savoie / La Giettaz

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £132 / night

£167 - £430 / week

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from £132 / night

(1) Very Good 

22

Allier / Commentry

1 3 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £52 / night

£351 - £443 / week

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from £52 / night

(66) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Biggin-by-Hartington

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
“Everything needed, and more...” My husband and I stayed at the Cheese Press Cottage for two nights and we absolutely loved it. Jane was there to give us a warm welcome when we arrived, and show us around the cottage. There were freshly baked cookies f  …see more

from £74 / night

£380 - £490 / week

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from £74 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Redon holiday lodge rental

Redon / Saint Just

6 17 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
“Birthday Celebration of a lifetime” What can I say! We have just spent a wonderful week-end at The Lodge, Château du Val to celebrate my husbands 70th Birthday. Our family all came over from England,and we needed a special place for all of us to st  …see more

from £425 / night

£1500 / week

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from £425 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Tincleton

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

£895 - £2395 / week

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from £156 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Home rental in Gartocharn with tennis court

Alexandria / Gartocharn

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Collalis has spectacular views towards Ben Lomond. 35 minutes from Glasgow and 55 minutes from Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park on the doorstep. Hillwalking, cycling and many more sports all in close proximity.  …see more

from £223 / night

£955 - £2345 / week

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from £223 / night

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Dordogne / Doissat

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £62 / night

£325 - £808 / week

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from £62 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Galashiels / Fountainhall

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely house” We had a lovely stay... The house was perfect for us, plenty of room and everything we needed. The kids absolutely loved having the play area and tennis court in the doorstep...Margaret was lovely and very helpful. We will definitely be  …see more

from £57 / night

£460 - £700 / week

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from £57 / 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 £132 / night

£395 - £1229 / week

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