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Rural retreats (10464)

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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Holiday apartment in Rovinj

Rovinj / Rovinj Old Town

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £48 / night

£332 / week

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from £48 / night

(41) Excellent 

17

Salisbury holiday studio rental

Wiltshire / Salisbury

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary

from £40 / night

£200 - £350 / week

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from £40 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Wow! An exceptional cottage, excellent location - home from home.” We travel to Scotland every other year, to stay for Christmas and New Year - this was by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Everything you needed was there, plus little extras. T  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £580 / week

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from £75 / night

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Apartment rental in Ansedonia with golf nearby

Orbetello / Ansedonia

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £65 / night

£453 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Province of Syracuse / Syracuse

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £48 / night

£315 - £557 / week

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from £48 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Taormina

Province of Messina / Taormina

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful view and posh apartment!” We loved this place. Francesco was helpful and available. The caretakers were available if we needed them and were friendly. They helped us out in a bind when we needed a quiet place to stay and responded quickly en  …see more

from £198 / night

£1380 - £2759 / week

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from £198 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Menton holiday apartment rental

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Menton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Stay in Menton!” My husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter stayed in this apartment for one week. We found the accommodations to be very comfortable and in a great location. The apartment is very child friendly which was important  …see more

from £87 / night

£410 - £949 / week

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from £87 / night

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Holiday gite rental

Ariege / Foix

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £65 / night

£302 - £475 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Hartington

Peak District National Park / Hartington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £34 / night

£260 - £450 / week

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from £34 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

Holiday log cabin in Troutbeck Bridge

Lake District / Troutbeck Bridge

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £125 / night

£695 - £995 / week

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from £125 / night

(5) 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

from £91 / night

£519 - £793 / week

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from £91 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Bansko ski studio to rent.

Bansko / Bansko Royal Towers

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“5 star complex” A very great experience in a good clean complex, very close to lifts. Management staff and owners very helpful on all questions. Golf and horse riding not to far away and far cheaper than the UK.  …see more

from £15 / night

£120 - £310 / week

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from £15 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in North Berwick

East Lothian / North Berwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing wee find!” This apartment has everything you need for a fantastic break in North Berwick. Great location, spacious, well equipped. Would definately recommend.  …see more

from £90 / night

£455 - £675 / week

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from £90 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Port de Pollenca holiday penthouse rental

Port de Pollenca / Sandy Beach

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £124 / night

£863 - £1595 / week

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from £124 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Cala Llonga

Ibiza / Cala Llonga

2 4 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great apartment, great view” A well equipped and comfortable apartment. The complex has a great number of amenities on site and is in a resort that is convenient for getting anywhere on the island within 45mins, give or take....it is well worthwhile g  …see more

from £36 / night

£246 - £515 / week

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from £36 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Swanage Bay holiday townhouse rental

Swanage / Swanage Bay

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean and comfortable, spacious” Our only complaint is the bed in the master bedroom was too hard and low as we are a older couple but apart from that it was a lovely holiday home  …see more

from £130 / night

£690 - £1650 / week

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from £130 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Tenterden

Kent / Tenterden

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful cottage” This lovely cottage is in a perfect location, close to all the shops and restaurants. It is very well equipped and homely. Thank you .  …see more

from £185 / night

£395 - £675 / week

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from £185 / night

(63) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Latchi

Latchi / Arsinoe Beach

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great villa for couples and families. The heated pool is fantastic” Having rented several villas in Cyprus, we have to say that this is excellent value for money. The close location to Latchi (10 mins easy walk) makes it ideal for couples and families  …see more

from £100 / night

£625 - £1275 / week

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from £100 / night

(22) Excellent 

24

Bray holiday apartment rental

County Wicklow / Bray

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely accommodation and terrific hosts” I can't possibly say enough about this accommodation. The apartment was so lovely (and spotless!) with a terrific outdoor space. And I loved having the fireplace - nothing like a turf fire on a chilly night!  …see more

from £61 / night

£414 - £699 / week

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from £61 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful” We enjoyed our stay in Les Naturelles. Studio was nice, comfortable and clean. Balcony and view from it was amazing. It is quiet place so you can have a good rest. Hope to stay in Les Naturelles in winter.  …see more

from £25 / night

£150 - £500 / week

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from £25 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful stay” Stayed here on honeymoon with my wife and it was absolutely fantastic, a quent little apartment which we found comfortable and relaxing. Sarah and Gary were so kind to us leaving us a starter hamper for our stay including butter and mi  …see more

from £50 / night

£260 - £389 / week

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from £50 / night

(8) Excellent 

22

Holiday apartment in Moretonhampstead

Dartmoor National Park / Moretonhampstead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 23 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary

from £60 / night

£360 - £480 / week

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from £60 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Snainton

Scarborough / Snainton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely little cottage, perfect location” This lovely little cottage is in a perfect location for visiting the seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough & Whitby. The cottage itself is very cosy, has everything you need for a short stay. Beds were very com  …see more

from £43 / night

£265 - £545 / week

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from £43 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Tideswell

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Midweek break” What a great little cottage so dog friendly has everything you need very clean and well kept.the village and surrounding area very dog friendly making it a relaxed holiday for both dogs and their families.  …see more

from £110 / night

£330 - £540 / week

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from £110 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Swanage Bay

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable family house in very convenient location” This was a very comfortable house with all of the facilities that you would want in a home from home. The owners left some milk in the fridge and other items, which was handy. They were friendly in  …see more

from £70 / night

£300 - £975 / week

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from £70 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Portballintrae holiday cottage accommodation

Bushmills / Portballintrae

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £65 / night

£325 - £675 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Very Good 

21

Holiday apartment in Dysart

Kirkcaldy / Dysart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Looking Forward to Returning” We spent an enjoyable two weeks here, the flat was clean and very well equipped and had the most delightful view from the lounge window. Having travelled from New Zealand to visit our new grandchild the flat was large en  …see more

from £57 / night

£295 - £440 / week

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from £57 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Freshwater holiday bungalow rental

Isle of Wight / Freshwater

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” This was everything promised and more a lovely holiday and great value for money clean and a nice location the road on the way in was a little bumpy but that is just being picky lots of piece and quite with a lovely view  …see more

from £33 / night

£233 - £555 / week

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from £33 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Jaywick Sands holiday cottage rental

Clacton-on-Sea / Jaywick Sands

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly

from £26 / night

£179 - £304 / week

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from £26 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Hampshire / Emsworth

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“delightful holiday home” We really enjoyed our short family break and found the cottage to be very comfortable and the owners very helpful. It is in a lovely peaceful spot,( great looking out on the water watching the swans in the morning, ) but only  …see more

from £120 / night

£520 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Bowness-on-Windermere holiday apartment rental

Lake District / Bowness-on-Windermere

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect Apartment” Great location....excellent accommodation.....all you need is on site....just fantastic....what more can I say....  …see more

from £110 / night

£485 - £1022 / week

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from £110 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday studio rental

Villefranche-sur-Mer / Villefranche Old Town

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic Holiday” The studio was great well equiped overlooking square in centre of village. Location excellent close to shops, bars, beach and Marina. We had a great time and look forward to going again.  …see more

from £45 / night

£315 - £475 / week

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from £45 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Ban Tai

Ko Samui / Ban Tai

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £135 / night

£925 / week

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from £135 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Downham Market with golf nearby

Norfolk / Downham Market

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage in the beautiful Norfolk countryside” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the coach house. A very warm welcome, with delicious scones and homemade jam. The cottage is decorated to a very high standard with all the comforts of a 5 star hot  …see more

from £214 / night

£1499 - £3800 / week

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from £214 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Puerto Calero

Lanzarote / Puerto Calero

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £227 / night

£1395 - £2155 / week

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from £227 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Isle of Portland holiday home rental

Dorset / Isle of Portland

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house in a beautiful place” Very well presented house with great sea views from 2 of the 3 bedrooms. Small park, local shop and beach all within 5 minute walk.  …see more

from £75 / night

£500 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wilmcote

Warwickshire / Wilmcote

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Second stay just as special as the first! A real treasure.” After a short stay at The Cider House in April 2013, we booked The Cider House for two weeks in October 2014 as a base from which to explore the countryside as well as a two-day trip to Live  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £90 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Tewkesbury holiday townhouse rental

Cotswolds / Tewkesbury

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Fabulously located, spotlessly clean and stylishly well equipped property.” Wharf house is located with stunning views of the river Avon and landscape beyond yet right in the heart of the beautiful town of Tewkesbury. The property was ample for a fami  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Teignmouth holiday home rental

Devon / Teignmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Area” Thank you for a lovely holiday. Home away from home, clean and comfortable with all you need. Off road parking worked a treat even with two cars for a short time. House was in the perfect position to leave the car and amble into Tei  …see more

from £85 / night

£450 - £1065 / week

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from £85 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Bagneres-de-Luchon ski apartment to rent.

Haute-Garonne / Bagneres-de-Luchon

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Totally awesome!” Thoroughly enjoyed our week in this very well catered apartment. We stayed with teenage children for a week's skiing. The apartment is a 10 minute walk from the ski-lift to the ski-station. All shops you need en-route. Everything  …see more

from £31 / night

£216 - £302 / week

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from £31 / night

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