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Rural retreats (79522)

Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.



Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.



Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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Holiday apartment in 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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from £104 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bargemon

Var / Bargemon

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £108 / night

£750 - £1500 / week

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avg. 3 hours 53 minutes

from £108 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Bressanone ski apartment to rent.

Province of South Tyrol / Bressanone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £88 / night

£615 - £737 / week

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from £88 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Birsay

Orkney Islands / Birsay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing cottage with breathtaking views” A comfortable, well-equipped, dog-friendly cottage in a very scenic part of north-west Orkney mainland. Beds are very comfortable. Sky TV and free wi-fi provided. Wonderful views. Cottage comes with a patio -
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from £70 / night

£375 - £450 / week

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from £70 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay” Perfect location, great lodge, plenty to do would go back again in the summer and bring the children. Facilities excellent owner very friendly and helpful. Be it a quiet weekend or action packed activities the lodge catered for
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from £262 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £262 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Okeford Fitzpaine

Blandford Forum / Okeford Fitzpaine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely cottage” Stayed here over Christmas week and it is a absolutely beautiful cottage. The reason why it hasn't got 5 stars is because cooking xmas dinner for 6, we struggled with baking trays and had to buy more. Also the garden wasn't totally sec
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from £150 / night

£390 - £1030 / week

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Holiday gite in Douarnenez

Finistere / Douarnenez

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £106 / night

£435 - £781 / week

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from £106 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Cinderford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely” Myself, partner and teenage son stayed at this lovely cottage and what a treat it was. From the minute we walked through the door it was relaxing. Tea+chocolate biscuites greeted us after our long journey. The lounge has a log burner with logs
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from £75 / night

£350 - £588 / week

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avg. 40 minutes

from £75 / night

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Stroppo ski gite to rent.

Province of Cuneo / Stroppo

1 8 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

from £101 / night

£702 / week

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from £101 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Gite rental in Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne

Ardeche / Saint-Cirgues-en-Montagne

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £44 / night

£264 / week

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from £44 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Brixham

English Riviera / Brixham

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Brilliant family location” We have had a fantastic week at Southdown Barns. Our wonderful family enjoyed each other's company and made good use of the amazing space both indoors and out. The games room was a great facility although not used as much as
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from £450 / night

£2300 - £3200 / week

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from £450 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday farmhouse with golf nearby in Eskdale

Lake District / Eskdale

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £217 / night

£1115 - £2295 / week

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from £217 / night

(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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avg. 1 hour 33 minutes

from £40 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Carnforth

Carnforth / Carnforth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool

from £80 / night

£475 - £775 / week

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from £80 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Townhouse rental in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Dordogne / Sarlat-la-Canéda

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“A lovely town house in the heart of Sarlat - perfect for living la vie francaise.” We wanted to be in the heart of a town so that we could get fresh bread every morning, go to the markets, visit little wine bars, potter around cobbled streets and gene
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from £76 / night

£529 / week

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from £76 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Clitheroe holiday apartment rental

Lancashire / Clitheroe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“great chalet does what it says on the tin” great chalet plenty of space warm and comfortable beautiful view hot tub is a lovely touch definitely recommend
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from £85 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £85 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Graffham

West Sussex / Graffham

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Wow! What a find this was ...” I suspect we were quite lucky to get this last-minute booking for our reunion because Yaffle Cottage has only just re-started as a holiday let - I imagine it will soon get quite busy! I have to admit we were wary that t
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from £250 / night

£1375 - £2395 / week

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from £250 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Rostrevor

County Down / Rostrevor

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Pet friendly

from £70 / night

£280 / week

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from £70 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday home rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Well equipped homely cottage” Snowden Cottage is a lovely 3 bed cottage with parking for three cars up the hill above Llanberis high street. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay a comfortable one, from a very well equipped kitchen t
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from £110 / night

£595 - £845 / week

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from £110 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Loddiswell holiday farmhouse rental

Devon / Loddiswell

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“An Amazing Place - return visit booked” I booked the stay for my wifes 40th birthday, firstly as a country get away and secondly because of the size of the property we could bring plenty of family and friends. I was looking forward to the break so muc
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from £279 / night

£1950 - £2750 / week

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avg. 3 hours 31 minutes

from £279 / 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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avg. 3 hours 9 minutes

from £28 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Aberdaron holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage, great rural location with fantastic views” This was our second year back to Ysgubor Bach and, once again, we were very happy with our choice. The cottage is in a great location. Less than a mile from Whistling Sands. A beautiful, qui
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from £95 / night

£664 - £1384 / week

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avg. 1 hour 22 minutes

from £95 / night

(8) Average 

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Holiday cottage in Dinas Cross

Newport / Dinas Cross

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £55 / night

£300 / week

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avg. 3 hours 23 minutes

from £55 / 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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avg. 1 hour 10 minutes

from £59 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Cabo Roig

Costa Blanca / Cabo Roig

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

Certificate of Excellence

from £29 / night

£154 - £286 / week

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from £29 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Cutthorpe

Chesterfield / Cutthorpe

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Excellent home from home.” We stayed at the swallows for a long weekend due to our daughter relocating to Cutthorp we couldn't have found a better place to stay, The house was great it had everything we needed well equipped and with lovely views of t
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from £75 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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avg. 1 hour 57 minutes

from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Hawes

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Hawes

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Pet friendly
“A pretty little cottage ideal for 2 people in the heart of the Dalrs” The cottage made full use of the space and provided a very homely environment ideal for 2 people. Central to many amenities, the location was perfect for our stay and the cottage ke
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from £55 / night

£299 - £340 / week

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from £55 / night

(78) Excellent 

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Whitby holiday cottage rental

Scarborough District / Whitby

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Great stay” We had a great weekend away. Easy access to Whitby. Approx £6 in a taxi. In a very peaceful setting.
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from £110 / night

£575 - £780 / week

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avg. 1 hour 45 minutes

from £110 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise ski chalet rental

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent stay” We are a family of 4 and stayed for a week at the chalet de l'ours. It is very cosy and confortable, with beautiful and quality furnishings. The beds are very comfy too and the kitchen is very well furbished. During the day there i
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from £135 / night

£650 - £4030 / week

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(27) Excellent 

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Kirkby Lonsdale holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing” Our 17th visit to the meadows, so must love it! :) What's not to love? Lark and Top Meadow are fabulous! Top Meadow has simply one of the best views anywhere. This is our 4th time at Top Meadow. We stayed with friends, wanted for nothing
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from £139 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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avg. 54 minutes

from £139 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Port de Pollenca holiday apartment rental

Port de Pollenca / Pine Walk Area

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great family friendly apartment” Really well equipped centrally located apartment with everything you need for a great family holiday. Close to beach, pine walk and town square. Pool plenty big enough for 8 and 6 year old, they were difficult to get o
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from £75 / night

£400 - £1500 / week

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avg. 1 hour 41 minutes

from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Vernet-Les-Bains

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vernet-Les-Bains

4 7 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Great village house” 4 of us stayed for a wedding. The house was just what we wanted - comfortable and lovely views. The extra relaxation space, compared to an hotel room, was very welcome and the house had all the facilities we needed.
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from £56 / night

£370 - £550 / week

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from £56 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Les Gets ski chalet to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Les Gets

7 17 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Skiing” Great holiday in Chalet Penot. Lovely authentic atmosphere but with all mod cons that made for a wonderful holiday. would definitely go again.
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from £178 / night

£750 - £15150 / week

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from £178 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Newcastle

County Down / Newcastle

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Great house for golfers!” We rented three houses on an extended golf trip around Ireland. Alex's house was the best one by far. It is very new and has plenty of room. Each person had their own bedroom and bath. Kitchen has everything we needed. W
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from £150 / night

£800 - £1100 / week

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from £150 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Whitstable

Whitstable / West Beach

5 12 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” We are a group of 10 friends away for a long weekend. We picked the best weekend for blazing hot sun and sitting outside looking out to sea, couldn't be more perfect. There was so much spare, it was lovely. All bedrooms are a good size. W
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from £200 / night

£1800 - £2950 / week

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from £200 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Faro Park

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Charming well-equipped villa with stunning heated pool” La Casa Blanca is absolutely perfect villa for a small group or family. Even though it is located in residental area, it offers a good possibility for a private holiday. There were some construct
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from £135 / night

£945 - £1410 / week

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from £135 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Banyalbufar holiday apartment rental

Majorca / Banyalbufar

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £48 / night

£329 - £915 / week

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from £48 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro / Colina Verde, Carvoeiro

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Seven weeks happily spent in Portugal” Beautiful house very well furnished no problems Olga was wonderful Mike and Emma where on hand at a moments notice I would recommend this property without hesitation
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from £55 / night

£355 - £825 / week

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avg. 3 hours 15 minutes

from £55 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Central Whitby

Whitby / Central Whitby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous stay at September cottage” Just returned from a fab stay at September cottage. The cottage was lovely and clean with everything we needed. The bedroom with four poster bed was stunning with lots of room. Our six year old son loved the porthol
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from £105 / night

£420 - £832 / week

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avg. 1 hour 38 minutes

from £105 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Cote d'Or / Santenay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 436 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Stunning garden and house in a fantastic setting” The garden is stunning with mature trees and lawn leading down to the canel. We spent most of our time eating outside in the sunshine. The house is very comfortable with plenty of local chracter and
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from £135 / night

£675 - £975 / week

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