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Rural retreats (379)

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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379 Holiday homes

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Seine-Maritime / Fecamp

4 15 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £191 / night

£585 - £1102 / week

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from £191 / night

(2) Very Good 

15

Pas-de-Calais / Wimereux

2 6 Min stay varies

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

from £73 / night

£297 - £399 / week

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from £73 / night

(19) Excellent 

24

Carelles holiday gite rental

Mayenne / Carelles

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fab fortnight in a lovely part of France” We stayed at La Grande Salle Verte in August 2013 as a party of three including our 14 year old daughter. We had a lovely relaxing holiday and Angela, John and Selina were wonderful hosts. The gite is excell
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from £70 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £70 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Province of Perugia / Bettona

7 21 1 night min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 21
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £43 / night

£212 / week

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from £43 / night

(24) Excellent 

21

Cushendun holiday cottage rental

County Antrim / Cushendun

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £88 / night

£440 - £648 / week

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from £88 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Bungalow rental in Castlewellan

County Down / Castlewellan

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £150 / night

£850 - £1000 / week

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from £150 / night

(44) Very Good 

24

Mayfield holiday bungalow rental

East Sussex / Mayfield

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic Place” Thank you to Madeleine and Fred for your warm welcome and spending time showing us and our kids around your farm. The barn conversion was comfortable and clean and a great space for our family. The local area has alot of days out. We
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from £110 / night

£550 - £850 / week

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from £110 / night

(13) Excellent 

21

Holiday farmhouse rental

Dingle Peninsula / Cloghane

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Absolutely grand!” We'd such a great time at sheehys farmhouse even if the weather wasn't great stuff. But the house is cosy, large, comfortable and the playroom for children (we had our four grandchildren there) was a never ending adventure. The pla
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from £122 / night

£848 / week

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from £122 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Pardaillan holiday cottage rental

Duras / Pardaillan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Best Gite in last 10 years” Excellent property with great grounds and pool situated close to Duras. Ideal for our group of four adults and two teenagers. All the bedrooms are a good size with plenty of storage space. The main living areas are light an
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from £65 / night

£450 - £1300 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Saint-Amand-Montrond

Cher / Saint-Amand-Montrond

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic wildlife without moving from the house” We had an excellent time at this property. Pool, tennis and cycling kept us all fit and teenagers entertained. Watching butterflies, birds, insects and other creatures made every day a fantastic wildl
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from £153 / night

£721 - £1170 / week

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from £153 / night

(4) Excellent 

21

Grimentz ski penthouse to rent.

Canton of Valais / Grimentz

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A wonderful comfortable stylish roomy quiet ski apartment” We have just returned from an amazing week at Drake's Drum. We we extremely pleasantly surprised to find it far roomier than expected. It was wonderfully quiet yet a very short distance to the
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from £130 / night

£2000 - £4200 / week

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from £130 / night

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Holiday bungalow rental

County Cork / Castletownroche

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £77 / night

£255 - £467 / week

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from £77 / night

(2) Very Good 

10

Pas-de-Calais / Sailly sur la Lys

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

from £33 / night

£223 / week

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from £33 / night

(4) Excellent 

25

Holiday villa in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

5 14 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“The children thought they were in Paradise!” With 4 lively grandsons, their parents and my disabled husband to cater for, this luxury villa ticked pretty much all the boxes. The kitchen was spacious and well equipped; there was seating in a variety of
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from £309 / night

£2160 - £8000 / week

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from £309 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

The Burren / Ballyvaughan

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“A Holiday of Luxury” What an amazing house and setting, and wonderfully friendly owners. Nothing was too much trouble. The house was equipped with everything you could possibly want, and more. Little touches around the house made us realise just how m
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from £212 / night

£1187 / week

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from £212 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cashel

County Tipperary / Cashel

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets

from £61 / night

£424 - £678 / week

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from £61 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Argeles-Gazost / Val d'Azun

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £56 / night

£386 - £1145 / week

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from £56 / night

40

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Castiglione di Garfagnana

Province of Lucca / Castiglione di Garfagnana

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £229 / night

£1495 - £2795 / week

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from £229 / night

(2) Very Good 

11

Gironde / Moulis-en-Medoc

5 2 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £85 / night

£594 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

11

Amandola holiday farmhouse rental

Amandola / Taccarelli

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £85 / night

£492 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Very Good 

12

Maine et Loire / Le Fuilet

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 89 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £62 / night

£239 - £513 / week

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from £62 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Hautes-Pyrenees / Arras-en-Lavedan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £98 / night

£505 - £695 / week

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from £98 / night

21

Seine-Maritime / Dieppe

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £250 / night

£301 - £566 / week

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from £250 / night

(3) Excellent 

31

São Miguel / Candelaria

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool

from £54 / night

£373 - £742 / week

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from £54 / night

(1) Excellent 

15

Province of Girona / Llivia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

from £73 / night

£505 / week

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from £73 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Caherdaniel

Caherdaniel / Glanbeg

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Ireland fulfilled our dreams” fantastic air, fantastic sites, views and landscapes, fantastic places on the beach. We enjoyed fantastic rides along the beach with the Eagle Equestrian Center. Special advices: the Skellig Ring with Skellig Chocolate a
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from £73 / night

£323 - £636 / week

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from £73 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Riberac holiday manor house accommodation

Dordogne / Riberac

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Magnificent location, great facilities and very very peaceful” If you are looking to be away from it all, this place will suit. the house is very well equipped, totally secluded in it's own beautiful grounds but within a 20 minute drive of Riberac. Tr
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from £267 / night

£1865 - £2882 / week

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from £267 / night

(25) Excellent 

29

Holiday cottage rental

Durham / Barnard Castle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely rural location, comfy well equipped cottage.” This was our second stay at Swallows Nest which kind of says it all. Everything we were looking for, peaceful, comfy and well equipped. The cottage has a very homely feel. The owners were friendly
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from £39 / night

£200 - £410 / week

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from £39 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Sales De Llierca

Province of Girona / Sales De Llierca

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 44 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful location, super-friendly hosts and an authentic apartment with very good facilities” Can Cruanyes could not be better situated. It is within walking distance of the national park, which is blissfully quiet with only the sound of eagles and t
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from £187 / night

£1119 - £1704 / week

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from £187 / night

(9) Excellent 

30

Seine-Maritime / Forges-les-Eaux

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £106 / night

£467 - £500 / week

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from £106 / night

(1) Excellent 

16

Drapia / Gasponi

2 5 2 nights min

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

from £51 / night

£255 - £678 / week

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from £51 / night

(13) Excellent 

20

Holiday gite rental

Argenton-les-Vallees / Sanzay

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Excellent facilities and quiet out of season” My husband, student daughter, and I stayed at La Baie in September 2012. We appreciated the wide range of facilities on site including the pool and excellent DVD library. The beds were comfy, the showers g
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(4) Excellent 

20

Holiday barn accommodation

Dordogne / Thiviers

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic! Wheelchair accessible holiday home in perfect settings.” I cannot recommend this holiday "home from home" highly enough! Being a wheelchair user, access is always a big consideration when booking any accommodation. The friendly and informat
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from £120 / night

£800 - £1600 / week

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from £120 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Aldeburgh holiday studio let

Suffolk / Aldeburgh

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Child friendly

from £100 / night

£550 / week

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from £100 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Gironde / Ruch

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £78 / night

£540 / week

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from £78 / night

(4) Excellent 

18

Pas-de-Calais / Auxi-le-Chateau

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £56 / night

£238 - £390 / week

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from £56 / night

(1) Excellent 

8

Province of Belluno / Borca di Cadore

2 3 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 4 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £60 / night

£382 - £509 / week

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from £60 / night

(19) Excellent 

15

Eure-et-Loir / Dreux

5 2 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £55 / night

£292 / week

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from £55 / night

(4) Excellent 

8

Holiday cottage rental

Chipping Norton / Swerford

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £80 / night

£475 / week

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from £80 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Province of Brescia / Iseo

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski

from £229 / night

£1568 / week

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from £229 / night

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