Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10399)

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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Cottage rental in Norfolk

Norfolk / Burnham Market

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
Stunning holiday cottage. Refurbished & tastefully decorated 1850s flint cottage. Features include Wood burning stove, d/washer, Freesat, brodband wifi, & secluded garden. Close to sandy beaches; shops, pubs, and restaurants only 200yds. Perfect for families or  …see more

from £49 / night

£298 - £730 / week

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from £49 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Devon / Appledore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Quaint , comfy and convenient” Sinbad cottage was ideal for myself,my husband and our two small dogs. The kitchen was well equipped and the living room was cosy, however , there is a steep staircase to the bedrooms . The main bedroom was comfortable  …see more

from £60 / night

£335 - £695 / week

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from £60 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in West Country

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect in Every Way” This cottage was a wonderful surlprise. It was beautifully and practically decorated, and its location really excellent...very close to all facilities. The owner, Ashley was both very friendly and helpful, and her thoughtfullness  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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from £57 / night

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Enniscrone

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful house, perfect location ... right on the beach, great surfing” Absolutely beautiful beach house, so well equipped and well furnished. It had everything we could possibly have ever needed. The location is amazing, right on the beach! Great su  …see more

from £127 / night

£379 - £589 / week

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from £127 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

St Austell / Charlestown, St Austell

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great house in a great location” We only had a short stay here. We arrived quite late on Friday night, and the owners had very thoughtfully left tea, coffee and milk (and a bottle of wine). The house is in a fantastic location. Charlestown is bea  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £800 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Broadstairs

Isle of Thanet / Broadstairs

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house in quiet location” House is comfortable in a quiet road 5 - 10 minutes walk from Viking Bay, Stone Bay and the High Street. The beaches are sandy and child friendly especially Viking Bay. There are many places to eat in the town centre and  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £93 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

North Yorkshire / Whitby

2 2 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A very comfortable stay” We could not fault Balcony Cottage as a place for 2 people and we have paid more for less in the past. We had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. The attention to detail is important and everything we used worked, the sh  …see more

from £70 / night

£300 - £510 / week

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from £70 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment letting

West Sussex / Shoreham-by-Sea

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“spotlessly clean, great location, very accessible to londan and brighton” We travelled from the south of ireland to the uk in august and had a wonderful holiday from our base at apt. 11 shoreham by sea, waters edge. We had our own parking space. Al  …see more

from £100 / night

£560 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Topsham holiday cottage rental

Exeter / Topsham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Excellent cottage” What a beautiful cottage with a lovely courtyard. Really hospitable owner, who has created a comfortable and friendly environment.  …see more

from £59 / night

£380 - £520 / week

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from £59 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Maentwrog holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Maentwrog

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An excellent place to stay” What a place. An excellent location in the wood, well-appointed with washer-dryer, dishwasher and plenty of crockery. Loads of room for four although may be a squash with eight. Great for drying wet clothes due to open-plan  …see more

from £55 / night

£260 - £835 / week

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from £55 / night

(13) Excellent 

18

Holiday home in Ancroft

Northumberland / Ancroft

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
A spacious and traditional farmhouse located in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Complete with Aga oven, WiFi, 7 seater Hot Tub, Very large garden suitable for ball games, Xbox 360, snooker & secure bike storage. A great house for family and friends!  …see more

from £300 / night

£2000 / week

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from £300 / night

(4) Excellent 

28

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Frangokastello

Sfakia / Frangokastello

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven  …see more

from £81 / night

£565 - £1977 / week

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from £81 / night

(26) Excellent 

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West Country holiday cottage let

Cornwall / St Ives

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic, homey, well equipped and spotless - loved it !” The cottage is beautiful - we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. The views of Porthminster beach are impressive. My 18month old granddaughter also felt right at home. Have b  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £70 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday home in West Country

Somerset / Castle Cary

3 5 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Relaxed, contemporary, design-led home. Dog and child friendly. A home away from home with great pubs, beautiful walks and plenty of somerset cider to aid your relaxation. Golf, fishing, horse riding or water sports are all available nearby.Castle Cary is a popular mar  …see more

from £160 / night

£1120 / week

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from £160 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Dunbar

East Lothian / Dunbar

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house in an excellent location.” The Granary is a beautiful seaside themed home looking onto the harbor and Bass Rock in the distance. Great location for the beach and local pub and shops with 20 minute train journey into Edinburgh. Lovely  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 - £800 / week

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from £71 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Baslow holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Baslow

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
“Great cottage for a short stay” Really nicely done out cottage. Looks great, clean and definitely cosy!! Liz was great at getting in touch and we really appreciated the little things like the coffee waiting. If you're a couple looking for a place  …see more

from £55 / night

£235 - £400 / week

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from £55 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Assos

Cephalonia / Assos

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Ideal” Assos is deservedly known as one of the best places in Kefalonia. On top of that, Blue Note House has the best location in Assos. Simply can not ask for more.  …see more

from £208 / night

£935 - £3119 / week

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from £208 / night

(21) Excellent 

18

Holiday apartment in South East England

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Superb Apartment” Stayed in this beautiful apartment and had a wonderful stay. The property is stylish and has all the home comforts provided. Bed was super comfortable and i had a wonderful peaceful sleep. Everything was perfect and a box of suppl  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(22) Very Good 

24

Holiday home in St Abbs

Borders / St Abbs

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house with smashing surrounding” Very nice house to accomodate a family with three children and a friend. At a stone throw from a picturesque sandy beach with rock outcrops on both sides. The views from the cliff (one minute's walk from the hou  …see more

from £60 / night

£310 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in South East England

Worthing / Goring-by-Sea

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic apartment - light, airy and spotlessly clean.” I stayed at Seascape in July 2014 with my husband and aged parents. We had a great welcome from Tim and found the apartment very well appointed, clean and airy. It had everything you might nee  …see more

from £96 / night

£670 - £955 / week

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from £96 / 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

(3) 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
An above average sized one bedroomed property situtated in a private courtyard in the centre of the highly regarded village of Hartington, just yards from the River Dove. The most famous area of the Peak District, Dovedale is just a short distance downriverThe Cottage  …see more

from £34 / night

£260 - £450 / week

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from £34 / night

(12) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday home rental

Fife / St Monans

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful” Seascape is an amazing base for exploring the East Neuk and beyond. The view is breathtaking, the house immaculate and St Monan's is as picturesque as you can get. The amenities in the house are excellent. My husband, young son and family t  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

(25) Excellent 

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South East England holiday cottage rental

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“An absolute dream” I can only say positive things about our stay. Tracey has obviously worked hard to make the cottage as welcoming as she can. Roses, muffins, a local paper, milk in the fridge and a welcoming card are a lovely touch. The cottage itse  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £925 / week

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from £60 / 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 £85 / night

£400 - £1261 / week

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from £85 / night

(29) 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 £85 / night

£595 - £910 / week

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from £85 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Burry Port

Carmarthenshire / Burry Port

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“A hidden gem!” Struggling to find somewhere with a good location AND reasonably priced we were delighted to find Amelia Cottage. My husband and I, his parents and our 2 (small) dogs stayed for a week and loved it. We are not fussy travellers but so of  …see more

from £50 / night

£290 - £835 / week

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from £50 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Ms” What a truly wonderful comfortable place. Susie is a pleasure to deal with and it tops any other holiday accommodation I have stayed in. Second time back and will continue to return. The view, the comfort, the hospitality- all wonderful.  …see more

from £130 / night

£840 - £1265 / week

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from £130 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Les Gets ski chalet to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Les Gets

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A home from home in a perfect location.” Thank you Richard, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Eglantine. I would definitely recommend it for a family or group stay, it has everything needed for a great ski holiday, and the location could not be better  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £2500 / week

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from £143 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski apartment to rent.

Upper Bavaria / Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom apartment in Bavarian style chalet with beautiful mountain views. Ideally located in Germany's most famous winter and summer resort offering recreational and cultural attractions for all ages.  …see more

from £97 / night

£580 - £912 / week

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from £97 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Northern England

Northumberland / Hexham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms with three bathrooms. Two double bedrooms, one en-suite and a twin bedroom. There is a modern, well-equipped kitchen and a peaceful, comfortable sitting room overlooking the garden.  …see more

from £110 / night

£375 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“A high quality cabin of Luxury” We were really impressed with the quality and comfort of the Salt Cabin, it had everything we needed for a luxurious break. We were made to feel very welcome. We hope to return to the cabin in the future.  …see more

from £110 / night

£650 - £895 / week

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from £110 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in West Country with golf nearby

Newquay / Pentire

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Sea viewsAllocated parking spaceVisitor Parking3 bedrooms2 bathroomsPentireRiver GannelFistral BeachThis is a beautiful apartment in a superb location.  …see more

from £165 / night

£825 - £1500 / week

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from £165 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in West Country

Falmouth / Port Pendennis

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Even better than the photographs.” This property comes with everything you may need in terms of cleaning materials, cooking accessories like kitchen towels, soap in all washing areas, and if the is anything else you need there is a Spar shop a level w  …see more

from £110 / night

£525 - £1500 / week

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from £110 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Braunston

Northamptonshire / Braunston

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
The New Lodge is a one storey self-catering holiday let with its own large garden. A large lawn area is fenced off, making it very safe for small children. There is a patio area and garden furniture where you can relax and enjoy the garden or a barbecue. Lots to do on s  …see more

from £106 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £106 / night

(12) Very Good 

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West Country holiday home rental

Cornwall / Padstow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” Great location in town and close to a car park. Good facilities in the house and it is nice and clean and the owner provided some nice welcome goodies. Slight downside that as the owner was unable to provide a parking pass I was advised that the  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £1395 / week

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from £100 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Beadnell holiday bungalow rental

Northumberland / Beadnell

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent holiday accommodation” Excellent holiday accommodation. It easily accommodated 2 adults, 3 children and a dog. Property was very clean and tidy on arrival. Very quiet and peaceful location. Very close to local beaches (within a 5 min walk)  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £715 / week

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from £65 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / North Walsham

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A quiet and comfortable retreat” Lovely to arrive to a welcome pack including tea and coffee making stuff, milk in fridge. Janet and Roger made us really welcome and were very helpful throughout our stay. The annexe was warm and more spacious than it  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £480 / week

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from £55 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Bradford-on-Avon

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent apartment in central location.” Generally well equipped and spacious apartment in busy central location. The owner is easily contacted by email or phone and is responsive. Parking is generally difficult in BoA, but we found that the longer  …see more

from £70 / night

£540 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Tewkesbury with golf nearby

Cotswolds / Tewkesbury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“lovely property in great location” The house was really lovely and well furnished. There was a small courtyard where my young children could play outside and the owner who was nearby was very friendly and helpful. The location was ideal in centre of T  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night