Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (10474)

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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(39) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Southwold

Suffolk / Southwold

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Looks cottage” We had a fabulous new year in southwold ... it's definitely the place to be New Year's Eve brilliant firework display on beach ... this cottage has everything you need for a warm &. COsy stay , very clean & well furnished with lovely f  …see more

from £70 / night

£435 - £835 / week

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from £70 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“FABULOUS LOCATION” This was our second visit to Eliabeth House and we would hapily return there because the location is perfect, being close to both the sea and town centre. The views of the sea are brilliant. I spent most of my time there watching  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £795 / week

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from £50 / night

(28) Very Good 

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Holiday chalet in Balloch

West Dunbartonshire / Balloch

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Car not necessary
“Just what we were looking for” A few quiet days away to ourselves is what we wanted and that's exactly what we got. The cottage is very clean and very well kitted out. We had no disturbances and felt very relaxed. The weather was pretty bad (but th  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £460 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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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
“Absolutely wonderful!” We had the pleasure to stay at Chalet Arve for a week over Christmas (December 2015). The apartment is in a superb location in the center of Klosters, walking distance to everything including the train station, main supermarket  …see more

from £124 / night

£863 - £3018 / week

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from £124 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Port Pendennis

Falmouth / Port Pendennis

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • 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 £78 / night

£545 - £1500 / week

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from £78 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire / Saundersfoot

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Another heavenly stay at Wogan Lodge” I have just returned from my second stay at Wogan Lodge, this time I travelled with three girlfriends and we had a thoroughly indulgent time! We enjoyed afternoons sitting in the sunshine on the terrace drinking f  …see more

from £125 / night

£650 - £1975 / week

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from £125 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dacre

Eden District / Dacre

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Simply excellent” We had high expectations before we arrived but these were exceeded from the moment we got there until we went home. The Barn is quite simply a really nice place in a great location, tastefully decorated it is very warm and inviting.  …see more

from £120 / night

£480 - £630 / week

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from £120 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Swanage / Swanage Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“We enjoyed it so much I have already paid my deposit for next year.” We had a good week and the flat was great. I enjoyed looking out of the window in the morning at the sea whilst drinking my coffee.  …see more

from £60 / night

£345 - £785 / week

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from £60 / 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
“Great Property for multi generational holiday” This was our second visit to this property and this time our sons and their families joined us. The weather wasn't great but we were able to get the little ones on the beach in minutes when the sun did sh  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £93 / night

(37) 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
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Perfect holiday rental” Harpe Cottage was incredibly charming and lovely. The size was perfect for two, and the cottage had everything we needed. It was wonderfully decorated and we loved the wood stove. The crazy old stairs up to the second floor b  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £80 / 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

(6) Excellent 

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Pilar de la Horadada holiday bungalow rental

Pilar de la Horadada / Mil Palmeras

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect” This was the first time that we visited this property and it was better than what we could have imagined. The apartment caters for all your needs and the setting is within walking distance to the beach (10 mins) and restaurants. The apa  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £395 / week

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from £40 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Blaenau Ffestiniog

Snowdonia National Park / Blaenau Ffestiniog

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect home from home in the heart of snowdonia” We had a amazing stay in this little house in the centre of Snowdonia. The house is located in a quiet little town with not very much going on, but a perfect location to travel and explore the regional  …see more

from £39 / night

£278 - £599 / week

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from £39 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Calheta

Madeira / Calheta

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Not enough superlatives.............” We (4 adults, 2 children) stayed in August 2016 and I am still sulking that we had to return home. Pegging my laundry out in Somerset just isn't cutting it........no sea views for starters !! This villa is beaut  …see more

from £194 / night

£1203 - £2289 / week

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from £194 / 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

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Edwinstowe

Nottinghamshire / Edwinstowe

8 16 3 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fabulous” A group of 16 friends stayed here for 4 days as a break before exams started. It was fabulous, all the rooms were lovely, the location was perfect and the owner was as lovely as you can get! Would 100% stay here again!  …see more

from £270 / night

£1200 - £2980 / week

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from £270 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Barmouth holiday cottage let

Gwynedd / Barmouth

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A beautifully maintained Cottage with fantastic sunsets. Just perfect!” We arrived early afternoon to find an immaculately presented property. Our every need was catered for in order to make our stay perfect. We completely relaxed from the moment w  …see more

from £82 / night

£575 - £1079 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Puerto de la Cruz / Puerto Town Centre

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £26 / night

£182 / week

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from £26 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Arroyo de la Miel holiday apartment rental

Benalmadena / Arroyo de la Miel

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Car not necessary

from £19 / night

£117 - £311 / week

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from £19 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Bridport holiday bungalow rental

Dorset / Bridport

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly

from £80 / night

£485 - £750 / week

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from £80 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Bradford-on-Avon holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic cottage, great location and wonderful attention to detail.” This is was our second stay at the this quaint cottage. The attention to detail is something that stays with you. from lovely cupcakes on arrival, bottle of prosecco and milk what m  …see more

from £99 / night

£499 - £695 / week

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from £99 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Treignac holiday cottage rental

Correze / Treignac

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £69 / night

£302 - £518 / week

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from £69 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Baska

Krk Island / Baska

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly

from £38 / night

£260 - £544 / week

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from £38 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Porto

Porto / Ribeira Historical Centre

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Gem of a find in Porto” For a start the apartment has great views over the River Douro. It has everything you need for a city break. There is a lounge area with all mid cons and a very comfortable sofa bed. There is a small well equipped kitchen area  …see more

from £65 / night

£423 - £453 / week

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from £65 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Lassi holiday studio rental

Cephalonia / Lassi

Studio 3 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning

from £39 / night

£272 / week

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from £39 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in La Chapelle-D'Abondance

Abondance / La Chapelle-D'Abondance

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £85 / night

£425 - £1395 / week

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from £85 / 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

(39) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Peisey

Peisey-Vallandry / Peisey

5 13 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing skiarea, great chalet and fantastic hosts with a relaxed atmosphere” Jodi and Renato were the best hosts. A great team:) The meels were perfect and well prepared. It was not a problem to adjust the menu during the stay. Great that kids got a s  …see more

from £75 / night

£299 - £400 / week

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from £75 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Bakewell holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Bakewell

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in ideal location” We decided to get away with our daughter for the bank holiday and chose the Peak District as the destination. After looking at many properties for rent in the area, we came across this really lovely cottage in Bakewel  …see more

from £85 / night

£380 - £545 / week

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from £85 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Cornwall / St Ives

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect!” Thanks for a wonderful stay - the house is perfect and is in a fabulous location within easy walking distance to everything. We will be back again.  …see more

from £200 / night

£900 - £3400 / week

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from £200 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cawsand holiday apartment accommodation

Cornwall / Cawsand

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent accommodation in a lovely village” The accommodation was very comfortable and included everything we needed for our stay in Cawsand. The owners were friendly and helpful.  …see more

from £80 / night

£365 - £475 / week

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from £80 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Aylesbury holiday cottage rental

Buckinghamshire / Aylesbury

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting, with a warm welcome” We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Manor Farm - the cottage was perfect - pleasant and comfortable, overlooking a lovely garden and on the doorstep of picturesque English countryside. Ra  …see more

from £85 / night

£475 - £650 / week

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from £85 / 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

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer / Villefranche Old Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly

from £140 / night

£950 - £1575 / week

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from £140 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Killin holiday cottage rental

Loch Tay / Killin

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Barn cottage killin” We had a fantastic time at the cottage. We spent the new year there with our grandchildren. The cottage was well equipped we didn't need to take anything with us. The cottage was a five minute walk into the village. Two minute wa  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £1060 / week

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from £90 / night

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Bouches-du-Rhone / Carry-le-Rouet

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool

from £71 / night

£500 - £2851 / week

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from £71 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Playa San Juan

Guia de Isora / Playa San Juan

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £43 / night

£285 - £468 / week

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from £43 / night

(124) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water / Kineton, Bourton on the Water

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“The perfect base for a family holiday in the Cotswolds” Our family of four - children ages four and eleven - have just returned from our holidays in the UK. Lavender Cottage was an ideal home-away-from-home while visiting the Cotswolds. The cottage -  …see more

from £100 / night

£760 - £1000 / week

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from £100 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Alvor

Alvor / Marachique

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic stay” The apartment and the complex in general were first class and made for a very relaxing holiday. We were met and shown round the apartment by Francisca who was very helpful and friendly. The apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated  …see more

from £31 / night

£217 - £500 / week

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from £31 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Chateau-d'Oex ski apartment to rent

Canton of Vaud / Chateau-d'Oex

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Comfort in an attractive area with excellent transport,” Not our first visit and hope to return to this beautiful area. Apartment very easy to live in. Very good to have other facilities e.g pool,gym, laundry etc. very good village shops etc and trans  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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