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Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.



Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.



Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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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

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from £18 / night

£88 / week

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from £18 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Wells-next-the-Sea

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“What a lovely cottage” This cottage is like a tardis plenty of room and storage although we only stayed a few days we could easily stayed a lot longer . Great position very close to coastal paths we had a brilliant stay  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £495 / week

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from £43 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Costa Papagayo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Feel at home” Perfect vacation villa,everything is how it should be,a really feel home villa.If you rent a car it's a plus.Confortable,quiet,full sunexposed,quality.Afther many villas this was the best till now!!I rate this property 5 stars but there  …see more

from £100 / night

£695 - £795 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Ballygarrett

Gorey / Ballygarrett

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Second year on the Irish holiday market, recently renovated and refurbished three double bedroomed cottage/house situated on the coastal headland of Cahore, Co. Wexford Accommodation:- Entrance/dining area with patio sliding doors, separate kitchen with breakfast bar,  …see more

from £58 / night

£386 - £597 / week

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from £58 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Mayfield

East Sussex / Mayfield

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Newly refurbished 3 bedroom holiday cottage in the rural countryside setting of East Sussex with views over adjoining fields and woodland, The property is accessed from meres lane between Five Ashes and the historic village of Mayfield and is situated down a long driv  …see more

from £85 / night

£550 - £895 / week

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from £85 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Gavalochori with swimming pool

Apokoronas / Gavalochori

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Air conditioning
“Everything you hope for.” This was our third visit to the Vamos area,had driven through Gavalochori many times,even stopped for meals, always thought it would be a nice spot to stay.Discovered Villa Sonia,booked, what a fabulous location, with all th  …see more

from £55 / night

£185 - £525 / week

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from £55 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Bungalow rental in Oxwich

Swansea County / Oxwich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“beautifully presented chalet” Great weather- must admit it did help! Probably 10mins to beach- however impeccable chalet which all mod cons ` great walks around and good pub food at the King Arthur Hotel in Reynoldston. We hope to pop back for a short  …see more

from £50 / night

£375 - £615 / week

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from £50 / night

(9) Excellent 

21

Cottage rental in Trimiklini

Limassol District / Trimiklini

2 5 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful and peaceful village house” Such a wonderful welcome from Mandy, who prepared the house and plenty of kind attentions for us. The house is marvellous and situated in a quiet street of the village. You can easily drive to Limassol or to the m  …see more

from £44 / night

£308 / week

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from £44 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Hout Bay holiday home rental

Cape Town / Hout Bay

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A very relaxing home from home.....” A lovely property that felt very comfortable and was like a home from home. Extremely clean and lots of extras including a much welcomed grocery pack. Glen and Joan were very helpful when we needed advice on touris  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £825 / week

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from £75 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on  …see more

from £97 / night

£264 - £571 / week

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from £97 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
Ptarmigan is one of the most popular properties on the Portnellan Estate. With breath taking views to the East I often see people taking in the amazing sunrise from their private balcony. With a spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining area the property benefits f  …see more

from £157 / night

£500 - £730 / week

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from £157 / night

(7) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in La Cellette

Creuse / La Cellette

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Le Chirons: Fantastic” The house was superb, extremly spacious with all amenaties whilst retaining the true appeal of a French house. The gardens are very large and child friendly, with the pool a delight on hot summer days. Terri and Kieth were gre  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Ilfracombe Harbour holiday apartment rental

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Car not necessary
“Illfracombe's 4 star secret” After having a stressfull few months since my husbands stroke, we had an all too short stay (4 nights), in this wonderful apartment. I am a very fussy "renter" - the first impression for me is the smell of a rental. The sm  …see more

from £75 / night

£375 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Larnaka District / Pentakomo

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Air conditioning
“A first rate village apartment” We stayed here for a week over Christmas. For us two it was ideal. It is designed for couples without children. The owner provided us with comprehensive instructions of how to find her place by e-mail before we left  …see more

from £37 / night

£246 - £264 / week

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from £37 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Advie ski cottage to rent.

Aviemore / Advie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A great place to stay” I stayed here with my son and partner for 5 nights from 16th June and this is a lovely cottage with plenty of room, a homely feel and in a nice quiet location. Everything you could need is there, it is clean, bright, comfortable  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 - £890 / week

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from £90 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in St. Fillans

Perth and Kinross / St Fillans

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Can we live here?” Tarken Lodge is just lovely nestled in the woods above Loch Earn. We enjoyed a great week exploring this part of Scotland and the scenery and wildlife in the area is amazing. The lodge itself is exactly as described and does not dis  …see more

from £67 / night

£400 - £495 / week

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from £67 / night

(3) Excellent 

22

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 £126 / night

£878 - £3071 / week

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from £126 / night

(8) Excellent 

25

Home rental in Tombeboeuf with swimming pool, golf nearby

Tombeboeuf / Villebramar

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Great location and facilities for a relaxing holiday” Bel Air is a lovely property in a wonderful location, the swimming pool and grounds are excellent as is the games room. The house itself is well appointed, comfortable and clean. Tombebouf has a v  …see more

from £172 / night

£1200 - £1375 / week

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from £172 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Tsilivi

Zakynthos / Tsilivi

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great villa!” Lovely and clean, very well equipped, great pool, views - I cannot recommend it enough! We loved the barbeque, the pool, the villa - it was often hard to muster up the energy to go out to eat! Nice welcome pack. Can't recommend this vill  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £1000 / week

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from £65 / night

(16) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Cinderford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Great forest accommodation!” Liz and Alan were extremely attentive landlords, providing a welcome basket and local information. We were visited by friends and family while there and Liz very kindly brought around crayons and paper and a dolls house.  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £588 / week

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from £75 / night

(68) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Threlkeld

Keswick / Threlkeld

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate  …see more

from £101 / night

£510 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Jelsa

Hvar Island / Jelsa

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Aparthouse Hvar was built year 2013 and run by the owner and her family.Situated just 5 meters from the sea with beautiful seawiew,and 150 meters to the Jelsa center.Aparthouse Hvar is 3 apartment building.Apartments are newly furnished and well equipped.  …see more

from £88 / night

£615 / week

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from £88 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Home rental in Valley

Anglesey / Valley

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning views from a stunning house” We stayed at this house for my 40th birthday, it really was a perfect location with stunning views over the estuary, my personal favourite was sitting with a cuppa first thing in the morning on the sofa in the mas  …see more

from £212 / night

£1425 - £4035 / week

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from £212 / night

(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

(11) Excellent 

23

Holiday villa rental

Rethymnon Prefecture / Panormos

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
Close to Bali, Olive Grove Villa is a perfect place for a quiet, relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. It will comfortably accommodate two or a family of five and is equipped with all you need for an enjoyable stay.Bali has five lovely, gently sloping sandy beach  …see more

from £62 / night

£430 - £553 / week

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from £62 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in St Julien le Faucon

Lisieux / St Julien le Faucon

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Discover the calm and beautiful rural Normandy!” This was just a perfect start for a two weeks travel around the historic Normany. Our family of four, two adults and two ten year olds, had a fantastic week in the romantic cottage. Even though the weat  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £70 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Portinscale

Keswick / Portinscale

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Middle Cottage is a traditional 18th Century lakeland cottage, which has been renovated to provide comfortable and sophisticated accommodation for up to 4 people, plus one well behaved dog.Situated in a prime location in the village of Portinscale, Middle Cottag  …see more

from £105 / night

£395 - £585 / week

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from £105 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Exeter / Topsham

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely place to stay” Excellent base for my husband, me and our teenage son. Lovely apartment to relax in, very well decorated and furnished and centrally located in Topsham. This was our second visit.  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £629 / week

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from £60 / night

(61) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Pagham

Arun District / Pagham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Real family memories” Everything you could dream of' great location, on the beach, wonderful house, all you could want and more from a holiday home and to top it all weather amazing, can't wait to go back. Thank you so much The Woodleys  …see more

from £85 / night

£570 - £1000 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wiseman's Bridge

Saundersfoot / Wiseman's Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great flat, excellent location” We had a great time at pinewood with our 2 sons, 2 and 6 months old and our dog. Flat is well equipped if a little dated but has everything you need. Rooms are big and there is plenty of space for the kids to set up the  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £695 / week

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from £47 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Collaroy Beach holiday apartment rental

Warringah / Collaroy Beach

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Car not necessary
Our newly renovated, spacious 70sqm apartment including private courtyard, is located within 300 metres walk to the beach and 450metres to the Lake, where there is a 8km path around to cycle or walk, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on the lake is popular there are  …see more

from £92 / night

£525 - £803 / week

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from £92 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Upper Sapey holiday cottage rental

Worcester / Upper Sapey

1 4 2 nights min

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

from £120 / night

£725 - £950 / week

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from £120 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Casarabonela holiday townhouse rental

Casarabonela / Calle de la Jarea

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Lovely house with stunning views” I stayed at Casa Alegria for 7 days in early September. It's a traditional house in a village, situated at the top of the village with an incredibly easy and straightforward drive up to the house (often in small whit  …see more

from £32 / night

£175 - £225 / week

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from £32 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Dordogne / Beynac-et-Cazenac

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly

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from £59 / night

£291 - £474 / week

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from £59 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Ballymahon holiday cottage rental

County Longford / Ballymahon

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
The cottage sits on an elevated site with views for many miles over the surrounding countryside The site is quiet and peaceful with lovely bird sounds from the garden.A holiday in the cottage can be totally relaxing with walks through the local forest or along the canal  …see more

from £88 / night

£281 - £422 / week

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from £88 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Llangynidr holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Llangynidr

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Hidden treasure in the heart of Brecon Beacons” We stayed 3 nights in the beautiful cottage and left with a lots of lovely memories. We were welcomed with complimentary welsh cakes and bottle of white wine. Cottage was spotless and located in a lovely  …see more

from £65 / night

£341 - £456 / week

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from £65 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Tofo holiday home rental

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful beach house and surroundings” We had an amazing stay at the Praia da Rocha house during our 5 days there. Not only is the house beautiful with lots of space, light and air, it has a ridiculously spectacular view of the ocean. The bedrooms  …see more

from £165 / night

£1155 / week

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from £165 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Loch Ness

Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“The greatest holiday let we've ever been in!” We had a fantastic honeymoon in Samhach! The house was very clean and literally everything was provided, even a bottle of wine in the fridge! The view from the house and the surrounding countryside are ast  …see more

from £55 / night

£275 - £467 / week

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from £55 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Elgin

Moray / Elgin

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous holiday cottage with all mod cons” A beautiful holiday cottage with everything we required for the perfect holiday. The owners provided excellent customer service and care throughout the whole process. We will definitely stay here again. One  …see more

from £107 / night

£750 - £900 / week

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from £107 / night