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Rural retreats (10547)

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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(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Ullapool

Scottish Highlands / Ullapool

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage” A very comfortable cottage with everything you need to self cater. Ullapool is a great base for a holiday in this area.
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from £70 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £70 / night

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Porto Cesareo holiday villa rental

Province of Lecce / Porto Cesareo

2 9 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £87 / night

£388 - £1419 / week

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from £87 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic location, Fantastic apartment” Location and apartment was amazing, lovely throughout. Comfortable beds, plenty of room in all of the rooms, highly recommended.
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from £113 / night

£565 - £1400 / week

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avg. 3 hours 17 minutes

from £113 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Sheringham

Norfolk / Sheringham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely apartment in a fantastic location.” 3 The Promenade is a lovely cosy warm and clean apartment with stunning views over the sea. Everything we needed was provided. Sheringham is a lovely town with good local shops and many places to eat. The own
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from £70 / night

£385 - £560 / week

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avg. 3 hours 17 minutes

from £70 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Hinterthal ski apartment to rent.

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent, exceedingly spacious accommodation in beautiful surroundings.” This is one of the best holiday accommodation I have ever been in (and I work in the business). Masses of space, modern, good quality furnishings and fittings, very clean and se
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from £145 / night

£1013 - £4289 / week

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from £145 / night

(27) 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
“Lovely cottage” Great location for access into southwold, lovely homely feel for this well kept cottage. Will book again.
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from £70 / night

£425 - £835 / week

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avg. 28 minutes

from £70 / night

(131) 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
“Beautiful return visit” As beautiful as ever on our second visit. Gorgeous location, fantastic cottage everything has been thought of spotlessley clean & excellent hosts couldn't ask for more. Would not hesitate in recommending this cottage a perfect
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from £100 / night

£760 - £1000 / week

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avg. 2 hours 15 minutes

from £100 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Porto Petro holiday apartment rental

Majorca / Porto Petro

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £57 / night

£388 - £992 / week

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from £57 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“fantastic” beautiful appartment everything here that you need, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer! beautiful views and clean + tidy!
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from £100 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Torrevieja Area / Lago Jardin

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Sunny spot” Modern apartment within walking distance to shops/bars/swimming pool. weather beginning of February was hot for around 6.5 hours a day 70/80 deg, but dropped to around 55/60 degrees in the evening. Quite pleasant for the time of year. Ta
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from £25 / night

£175 - £260 / week

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from £25 / night

(10) 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
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from £120 / night

£520 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(19) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa in Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz / La Paz

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant Holiday” My daughter and I loved Villa Sara. It was fully equiped and very clean and comfortable. We were 15 mins away from a very large supermarket, that had taxis parked so we were able to get the shopping back to the villa no problem.
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from £77 / night

£658 - £1201 / week

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avg. 55 minutes

from £77 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Sveti Vlas holiday apartment rental

Sveti Vlas / Dinevi Resort

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent - fully recommended” We had an excellent holiday in Starfish. Really great location- very close to beach and village. Apartment was great and the pool and gardens were kept lovely. Owner was helpful and arranged transfers. We were met at
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from £23 / night

£160 - £190 / week

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from £23 / night

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Meribel ski apartment to rent.

Les Allues / Meribel

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £37 / night

£259 - £1207 / week

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from £37 / night

(30) Very Good 

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Chipping Campden holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Cosy, well equipped, great location” Quaint, cosy cottage with everything you could need. David has thought of everything! Lovely garden, great location, very quiet and relaxing but close to the village. Handy for Stratford upon Avon too
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from £140 / night

£550 - £820 / week

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from £140 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Ancient Medina holiday riad rental

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful riad, great location and amazing hospitality” We had a fantastic stay at Dar Leila this Easter. It was a perfect retreat made even more special by the fantastic hospitality shown by both Abdaul and Aicha. Travelling with three children under
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from £72 / night

£500 - £1340 / week

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from £72 / 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
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from £100 / night

£695 - £795 / week

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avg. 3 hours 2 minutes

from £100 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Opio

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Opio

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“A great vacation in fantastic setting” We were a party of seven who stayed at this villa for a week in mid June 2016. It had everyting we could ask for and more. Indoor, we enjoyed the big dining room table when we wanted to dine inside, and outside
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from £345 / night

£3621 / week

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avg. 3 hours 37 minutes

from £345 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Bury St. Edmunds

Suffolk / Bury St Edmunds

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely Lodge, Peaceful and relaxing retreat” Arrived to find a lovely welcoming note from Debbie and Ian with some local cordial, milk and biscuits for us to nibble on as we unpacked. We went to the local fish and chip shop that night as we had done p
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from £99 / night

£499 - £599 / week

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avg. 2 hours 25 minutes

from £99 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Levanto

Italian Riviera / Levanto

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

from £45 / night

£311 - £690 / week

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from £45 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Boscastle

Cornwall / Boscastle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely well equipped cottage” Cottage very well presented, decor good, modern with a spacious living and kitchen area. Well situated for the harbour, beautiful walks around the area. Local pub makes you feel very welcome, there is a restaurant across
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from £60 / night

£285 - £635 / week

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avg. 3 hours 27 minutes

from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Cotswolds / Moreton-in-Marsh

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £110 / night

£770 - £850 / week

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from £110 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Les Carroz-d'Araches ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Les Carroz-d'Araches

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great base for a ski holiday” The apartment is perfectly situated in the heart of a small traditional ski village. Everything is on the doorstep including restaurants, ski hire, shops, cinema, tourist information and beginners' ski practise area. The
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from £56 / night

£388 - £690 / week

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from £56 / night

(13) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

25

Holiday apartment in Xlendi

Island of Gozo / Xlendi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Clean, comfortable appartment with magnificent view.” Went away for Christmas, and spent ten days in this apartment. It's nice and clean, the double bed was very comfy (didn't try sleeping in the other room....) and had nice balconies front and back.
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from £26 / night

£173 - £318 / week

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avg. 1 hour 17 minutes

from £26 / night

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Villa letting in Carry-le-Rouet with swimming pool

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 - £1444 / week

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from £71 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Beadnell holiday home rental

Northumberland / Beadnell

3 4 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Beadnell break” This was are second visit to Beadnell this year but not at this property. This is by far the best property we have stayed at. The house is in a excellent location for the fantastic dog friendly beaches. Very well equipped and very clea
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from £50 / night

£285 - £650 / week

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avg. 1 hour 7 minutes

from £50 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Town Centre, Scarborough

Scarborough / Town Centre, Scarborough

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Child friendly
“A great home away from home” A clean, modern, spacious and cheap apartment is hard to find. But this ticked all those boxes and more. The property is immaculate and was a perfect place to stay. The owner paula went out of her way to make us welcome an
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from £57 / night

£352 - £642 / week

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avg. 2 hours 31 minutes

from £57 / 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 £156 / night

£888 - £2087 / week

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avg. 3 hours 57 minutes

from £156 / 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.
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from £15 / night

£120 - £310 / week

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avg. 1 hour 3 minutes

from £15 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage accommodation

Isle of Wight / Bembridge

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely Cottage” We stayed here for a week over the Easter break. The cottage is in an ideal location, very comfortable and well equipped. A short walk down the lane brings you to the beach where there is the lifeboat station and café. The beach has
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from £72 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £72 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Palm-Mar holiday apartment rental

Tenerife / Palm-Mar

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect holiday apartment” This apartment is just about perfect in every way for a relaxing holiday. Everything you could need is provided, with the rooftop pool a real bonus. .Palm Mar is a quiet resort but with a surprising number of good bars and
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from £93 / night

£650 - £850 / week

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avg. 2 hours 34 minutes

from £93 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Torrox Costa holiday studio rental

Province of Malaga / Torrox Costa

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Why go anywhere else !!” Well where to start... from the very quick response from the owners, answering my initial enquiry to receiving the comprehensive information pack. The owners Dave and Fleur are both friendly, professional and totally honest. T
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from £24 / night

£168 - £578 / week

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avg. 2 hours 45 minutes

from £24 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“fantastic!” I visited Ty Haf and Llandudno during Eastern. The homeowners are very kind and willing to welcome their guests. The cottage is fully equipped and has amazing views over the North Promenade, Great and Little Orme. You can see the sheep go
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from £55 / night

£380 - £670 / week

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avg. 41 minutes

from £55 / night

(14) 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 £369 / night

£2582 - £8449 / week

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avg. 40 minutes

from £369 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Whitby / Central Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £87 / night

£440 - £750 / week

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avg. 2 hours 19 minutes

from £87 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Mevagissey

Cornwall / Mevagissey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect week away!” The cottage was everything I'd hoped for, all the equipment you'd ever need, very clean, very cozy. Looking out of the window each day seeing the sun come up over the harbour and watching the boats bobbing up and down in the water
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from £80 / night

£360 - £730 / week

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avg. 1 hour 55 minutes

from £80 / night

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Holiday apartment in Aix-les-Bains

Savoie / Aix-les-Bains

1 2 7 nights min

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

from £62 / night

£432 - £690 / week

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avg. 2 hours 51 minutes

from £62 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday home rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Miss” Very comfortable. Lots of room for a couple. The property was in a great position for walking and touring the national park.
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from £65 / night

£325 - £475 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bournemouth

Bournemouth / Sandbanks

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing Easter weekend at Sandbanks” We stayed at Sandhills over the Easter weekend. We just wanted a chilled out relaxing weekend without any rushing around and that’s exactly what we got. Sandhills is a lovely modern apartment with plenty of spac
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from £105 / night

£745 - £1120 / week

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avg. 2 hours 49 minutes

from £105 / night

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Holiday cottage in Seahouses

Northumberland / Seahouses

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £53 / night

£370 - £620 / week

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from £53 / night

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