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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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(47) Excellent 

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Glen Roy holiday cottage rental

Fort William / Glen Roy

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“A truly excellent cottage accommodation set in wonderful surroundings” A fantastic base for all that there is so see in and around the Highlands. The cottage is equipped to a high standard. The minute you walk through the door you have that lovely hom
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from £130 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £130 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Tiddington holiday lodge rental

Stratford-upon-Avon / Tiddington

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £88 / night

£545 - £995 / week

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from £88 / night

(20) 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
“Fantastic cottage, will definitely be visiting again!” We booked this cottage as a base for a walking break (5 mums needing some peace and quiet) and upon arriving at the cottage we were overjoyed! It is very 'home from home' and had everything you co
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from £67 / night

£330 - £480 / week

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from £67 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Central Sorrento

Sorrento / Central Sorrento

3 7 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £244 / night

£1474 - £2185 / week

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from £244 / night

(7) Excellent 

20

Apartment letting in Calis Beach with shared pool

Fethiye / Calis Beach

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Very well located apartment” Lovely apartment on a very nice complex. Very good location as close to the sea front and a very good distance from the main resort, which is only a short stroll away. Well maintained gardens and the apartment has everythi
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from £47 / night

£315 - £330 / week

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(18) Excellent 

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Blairmore holiday studio rental

Cowal Peninsula / Blairmore

Studio 2 7 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Car not necessary
“Stunning location” The property is very comfortable and for a studio apartment more than adequate for a short or long stay we rented for 11 nights ,we never tired of looking out over the ever changing view . I read the previous reviews before going wh
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from £28 / night

£195 - £295 / week

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from £28 / night

(17) Excellent 

30

Holiday home in Porth

Newquay / Porth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“A week in porth” This was amazing time in porth in a lovely house that was so close to the beach. The views morning through to night were amazing. The house is stylish and has everything you could possibly want home from home and is kept to a very hig
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from £120 / night

£1000 - £1900 / week

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from £120 / night

(63) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Kinghorn

Fife / Kinghorn

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Loathe to leave” Apartment so comfortable our group were hesitant to go out during our visit to Kinghorn. Owner provided nice touch with her welcome pack, also lots of useful 'tourist' information within apartment for immediate and surrounding area.
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from £90 / night

£490 - £780 / week

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from £90 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“Great flat excellent location” Great location and good find in the centre of Tenby. All aspects of the flat are as per the description and everything worked out well from collecting the keys to leaving on the Sunday. Flat was clean spacious and had
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from £95 / night

£445 - £1095 / week

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avg. 2 hours 51 minutes

from £95 / night

(4) Excellent 

22

Sao Martinho do Porto holiday apartment rental

Alcobaca / Sao Martinho do Porto

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool

from £45 / night

£310 - £710 / week

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from £45 / night

(6) Very Good 

20

Apartment rental in Sao Martinho do Porto with shared pool

Alcobaca / Sao Martinho do Porto

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £30 / night

£207 - £470 / week

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from £30 / night

(28) Excellent 

18

Apartment rental in St Ives with golf nearby

Cornwall / St Ives

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Excellent location and furnishings.” We stayed in St Ives for New Year, it was a great success all round. The apartment is well located for the town and is very well furnished to a high standard. Everything that you need is available. Having on site p
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from £80 / night

£340 - £675 / week

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(28) Excellent 

33

St Ives 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
“Mr” Excellent place to stay,hope to stay again next time we go to St Ives. Brilliant decor excellent bathroom excellent bedrooms and kitchen
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from £85 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / night

(16) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

14

Beaminster holiday cottage rental

Dorset / Beaminster

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Ms” Beautiful cottage in a lovely spot . Very thoughtful information from the owner . More than met my expectations thank you .
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from £85 / night

£525 / week

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avg. 2 hours 47 minutes

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(27) Excellent 

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Akaslompolo ski log cabin to rent.

Lapland / Akaslompolo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski
“An amazing winter wonderland” Our stay in Finland, organised with Fun with Santa was fantastic. Jane was superb in organising everything so smoothly and making sure we had some excellent trips sorted out. Everything ran very smoothly. Akoslompolo
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from £76 / night

£532 - £1180 / week

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from £76 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Rhosneigr

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent” The property was excellent, it was clean and spacious, it had everything we need for a stay with grandparents, parents, children and dog. The 2 lounges catered for both age groups, the 3 bathrooms were excellent and also the large bedroo
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from £115 / night

£599 - £1180 / week

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(23) Excellent 

20

Villa rental in Sao Rafael with swimming pool

Albufeira / Sao Rafael

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Villa for All” Our family party consisted of an age range from 18-79 and we all commented on how lovely the villa was and how it suited everyone of us. The villa was larger than we thought from the photos and had absolutely everything needed for a
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from £150 / night

£1050 - £2350 / week

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avg. 2 hours 27 minutes

from £150 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Vilamoura

Quarteira / Vilamoura

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“lovely” On arrival we found the appartment very clean and comfertable. Was met and showed around. Having stayed at Al sakia twice before we knew the surroundings and what to expect. We do like it here from the large swimming pool, restuarant, and loc
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from £158 / night

£904 - £2123 / week

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(1) Average 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Ciudad Quesada

Province of Alicante / Ciudad Quesada

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool

from £20 / night

£165 - £260 / week

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avg. 1 hour 39 minutes

from £20 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Moraira holiday villa rental

Costa Blanca / Moraira

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“I can't wait to return again” I stayed at Villa Stellar in Moraira in February 2012 for my friend's 50th birthday party. There were seven of us staying at the house in total and we all had a wonderful time. All the comforts you can think of were provi
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from £376 / night

£2628 - £8597 / week

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from £376 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Dinard holiday apartment rental

Ille-et-Vilaine / Dinard

2 5 7 nights min

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

from £57 / night

£395 - £746 / week

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from £57 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Corton

Lowestoft / Corton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect” Really enjoyed our stay, everything was perfect. The property was very clean, homely, well equipped and the bed was very comfortable too. It was everything we needed for our weeks stay in Lowestoft babysitting our Grandchildren and an added b
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from £65 / night

£380 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Naxxar

Island of Malta / Naxxar

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
“An accommodation to travelers wanting to experience the real and genuine Malta's culture” Saveria house has a very good location - when renting a car it is almost in the middle of the island and easy to go around. I would suggest that house to anyone
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from £58 / night

£400 - £676 / week

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from £58 / night

(6) Excellent 

25

Carbis Bay holiday bungalow rental

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great place to stay” We have just returned from our stay at Foxgloves in Carbis Bay. Situated in a nice quiet cul-de-sac it was ideal for our stay as we have family close by. We stayed as a family of 4 with other family popping over for dinner a few t
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from £90 / night

£400 - £850 / week

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avg. 1 hour 38 minutes

from £90 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Ferring

West Sussex / Ferring

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £325 / night

£1750 - £2450 / week

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(11) Very Good 

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Apartment rental in Rhosneigr with golf nearby

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice weekend in the Lookout!” We had a very nice weekend in the Lookout! The apartment is very fresh, well equipped and has a very nice view. Thanks Jamie, we will definitely be back!
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from £72 / night

£361 - £672 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Province of Brescia / Gargnano

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £75 / night

£490 - £770 / week

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from £75 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Exmouth

Devon / Exmouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great stay” Lovely flat, spotlessly clean in a great location close to all of Exmouth's shops and amenities. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
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from £60 / night

£315 - £495 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Holetown

Saint James Parish / Holetown

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Car not necessary

from £82 / night

£570 - £805 / week

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from £82 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Denia holiday apartment rental

Costa Blanca / Denia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful apartment with everything close by” We stayed at the penthouse apartment in Denia July/ August 2013- my husband and I with our two small children. The swimming pool is huge with children's pool next to it. Beach is a 5 minute stroll away. Su
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from £60 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Mijas Pueblo

Mijas / Mijas Pueblo

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“A gem in the lovely village of Mijas Pueblo” We stayed in this Spainish house for 8 days it had everything you needed, and was a short walk from the many shops and restaurants. Or you could just sit on the terraces and admirer the view with a glass of
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from £82 / night

£571 - £1141 / week

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(12) Very Good 

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Holiday guest house with shared pool in Lombok Tengah

Kuta / Lombok Tengah

5 15 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Swimming pool
“We had the best time” The guys who worked here were over the top service minded. They did everything and a little more. And the best thing is that it wasn't expensive at all. I would definetely stay here again and recommend it to everyone else.
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from £15 / night

£100 / week

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(4) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Vaujany

Isere / Vaujany

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £150 / night

£575 - £1980 / week

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(1) Very Good 

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Staufen ski apartment to rent.

Baden-Württemberg / Staufen

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Shaftesbury

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Excellent!” Stayed at Summer Lodge for a week in October. Very nicely appointed, quiet residential area, and conveniently located within a five minute walk from the town centre, supermarkets (Tesco and Budgens), local restaurants, pubs etc. Hostess Da
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from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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(11) Very Good 

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Dawlish holiday apartment rental

Dawlish / Dawlish Warren

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely little flat - great location” just a 5 minute walk to the beach - good balcony - couldn't have been better! Perhaps if we didn't have to take our own bedding & towels would have been the only thing I would recommend. thanks for a great holida
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from £50 / night

£200 - £500 / week

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(13) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Bugibba

Island of Malta / Bugibba

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“superb apartment fantastic views worth every penny” This aprtment is probably one of the finest in the area superb views in a quiet area of st pauls bay expensive but well worth it
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from £104 / night

£723 - £1033 / week

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(1) Excellent 

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Serre-Chevalier ski studio to rent.

Saint-Chaffrey / Serre-Chevalier

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £40 / night

£246 - £606 / week

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from £40 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse rental

Province of Alicante / Ciudad Quesada

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A winter stay” This town house is undoubtedly well equipped and well cared for. It benefits particularly from having an owner that really cares that your hoilday should be a success! We were confident that this stay would be great and it was! Here
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from £28 / night

£195 - £350 / week

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from £28 / night

(9) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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St Ives holiday studio rental

Cornwall / St Ives

Studio 2 7 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Car not necessary
“100% Satisfied” The greeting was welcoming, the accommodation spotless and comfortable, and the host's helpful local information made this a memorable holiday.
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from £59 / night

£409 - £770 / week

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