Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77874)

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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77,874 Holiday homes

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Seaton

Devon / Seaton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” 2nd time we've stayed at Hydrangea Cottage, once again not disappointed. Liz had left "many supplies", so there was no need to rush out to the shops, cottage was clean and lovely and warm, plenty of clean towels, bedding was freshly laundered.  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £690 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Albufeira / Guia

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £182 / night

£1272 - £4026 / week

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from £182 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“What a lovely cottage.” What a find!! Went with friends, really ejoyed. Great location and beautiful cottage, loved it Laura was really helpful right from booking the cottage to greeting us on arrival. Would totally recommend and would definitely ret  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“FABULOUS APARTMENT, LOCATION, AND LANDLORDS..........” I stayed in the apartment for 3 weeks and wish it could have been longer. A friend joined me after the first week. You can not beat the location of this absolutely beautiful apartment in this wo  …see more

from £85 / night

£573 - £763 / week

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from £85 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Bodiam

East Sussex / Bodiam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“If only it had Sky Sports......” I think this was the most relaxing break I've ever had. The accommodation is amazing, loads of space, really comfortable, kitted out brilliantly and very thoughtfully - I could easily live there! It was total peace  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £630 / week

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from £70 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Maire-Levescault

Deux-Sevres / Maire-Levescault

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent” What a lovely Gite, small but excellent facilities , a real home from home. It was well placed for us as we own a let out house in Lezay, so we check our house and see old friends. We will certainly be booking again .  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £581 / week

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from £47 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
“perfect relaxation” Stayed in Hillview cottage last year and came back for more this year. Perfect just as we remembered it. Wonderfully situated for the coast , Dartmoor and other tourist attractions in Devon and Cornwall. Lovely indoor pool to come  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £80 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Criccieth

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean characterful comfortable cosy quiet!” A beautifully restored and presented cottage, with spacious grounds and in an idyllic quiet secluded setting. Very comfortable beds,nice finishing touches, including a tray of 'goodies' to get us started. Ev  …see more

from £80 / night

£525 - £925 / week

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from £80 / night

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Xylofagou holiday villa rental

Larnaka District / Xylofagou

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Large family villa with three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin) and a professionally maintained private pool. Looking out onto farmers fields gives you privacy whilst the kitchen has all modern appliances. The lounge has TV/DVD player and there is also an extra WC.<  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lelant holiday cottage rental

St Ives / Lelant

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Comfy, cosy , fully equipped ground floor apartment in wooded country setting and disabled friendly” Tiny but adequate bathroom proved awkward for husband but we coped. Everything was supplied you could possibly need including DVD player incorporated  …see more

from £23 / night

£160 - £650 / week

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from £23 / night

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Creissan holiday home rental

Herault / Creissan

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A beautifully restored village house for vacation rental between the Mountains and the sea Renovated and furnished village house for holiday rental and situated in the sunny wine region of Languedoc, in the South of France. Just 25 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches  …see more

from £37 / night

£255 - £400 / week

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from £37 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Newstead holiday cottage rental

Melrose / Newstead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent cottage - very clean” Very clean - comfortable - near to our friends who live around the corner and who recommended it - near to excellent fishing  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £540 / week

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from £75 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Gamblesby

Eden District / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect family weekend, location and unique accommodation” A surprise weeks for my husband which tuned out to be perfect. Plenty of room, all home from home comforts. We had two dogs with us and they loved the garden and walks close by. 6 adults, 1  …see more

from £115 / night

£650 - £1380 / week

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from £115 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Ashbourne

Derbyshire / Ashbourne

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Great holidaye cottage” Cottage was clean and spacious. Came for the weekend with family including baby. Had struggled to find the perfect sized cottage in a good location. This was spacious enough for all. Had all equipment we needed. Hot tub was gr  …see more

from £255 / night

£1475 - £1995 / week

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from £255 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Isle of Harris

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Tucked away just a short drive from Tarbert, the main town on Harris, in a secluded bay is Mol Bàn a traditional Hebridean croft house. Mol Bàn nestles in a quarter acre of landscaped gardens, slightly wild as you would expect on this untamed island and as  …see more

from £110 / night

£770 - £1150 / week

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from £110 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet accommodation

Gwynedd / Nefyn

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful stay” What a place! Loved every minute. Gorgeous and cosy little place with stunning views, fantastic walks and everything there for you. Immaculate inside with the comfiest bed ever and great shower. Really felt spoilt and very lucky to sta  …see more

from £99 / night

£510 - £900 / week

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from £99 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Hout Bay holiday home rental

Cape Town / Hout Bay

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A very relaxing home from home.....” A lovely property that felt very comfortable and was like a home from home. Extremely clean and lots of extras including a much welcomed grocery pack. Glen and Joan were very helpful when we needed advice on touris  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £825 / week

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from £75 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Trunch

Norfolk / Trunch

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
“Great Getaway” Perfect getaway for a quite relaxing break, comfortable, cosy & peaceful. Good quick location for Cromer & Wroxham, would recommend to anyone.  …see more

from £65 / night

£375 - £485 / week

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from £65 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Robin Hoods Bay

North York Moors National Park / Robin Hood's Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“very good” lovely clean and well equiped caravan on a working farm well situated for both robin hoods bay and whitby. Very friendly owners. Nice views over open countryside and the animals in the fields. Will certainly be going again.  …see more

from £50 / night

£180 - £325 / week

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from £50 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Almunecar

Province of Granada / Almunecar

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great views, marvellous amenities and a very relaxing time” Lets get the negative our of the way first, access is a bit scary (no barriers on the upper streaches of the road), although you do get used to it. Other than that the villa is all that it  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £1800 / week

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from £143 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Perfect for 2” A lovely cottage in the centre of the village with everything you need. No need to use the car as there are plenty of walks close by.  …see more

from £34 / night

£187 - £419 / week

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from £34 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
Modern well equipped apartment close to the centre of Ambleside. Sleeps 2 in a king sized bed. Allocated parking space. Available for short breaks all year round.  …see more

from £72 / night

£383 / week

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from £72 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Kingsbarns

St Andrews / Kingsbarns

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“So lucky to find this place!” Very, very good accommodation. Everything you could possibly need is to hand. The owners are welcoming and they keep the cottage immaculately clean. The wood burning stove was a big bonus - very easy to light and a joy to  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £575 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Glencoe Village ski cottage to rent.

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Brilliant” The location of the cottage is ideal for days out and about in glenco Oban or fortwilliam plenty to do Also the cottage is a great place to relax and wind down every thing you need and more. Well maintained a credit to Gabrielia & Geo  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £635 / week

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from £95 / 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

(16) Excellent 

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Gyrngoch holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Gyrngoch

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“A Welsh gem” This is our second visit to Rosemary cottage (see my previous review) A wonderful mountain backdrop with beautiful farmland in front reaching out to views of the sea, what more could you possibly want? We arrived with friends who stayed  …see more

from £120 / night

£685 - £787 / week

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from £120 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool, golf nearby in Pokolbin

Greater Newcastle / Pokolbin

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
The Hunter Valley Getaway is a Holiday Rental at The Vintage Golf & Spa Resort & Wedding Venue in the Hunter Valley Vineyards. The home features modern styling with open plan living areas, gourmet kitchen, overlooking a large Alfresco Dining & BBQ area and s  …see more

from £371 / night

£2346 - £2778 / week

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from £371 / night

(120) 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 £95 / night

£725 - £1000 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Hautes-Pyrenees / Cauterets

1 5 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly

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from £34 / night

£238 - £348 / week

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from £34 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Tincleton

Dorchester / Tincleton

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Family weekend” Friendly welcome & quick resolution of minor problems. Clean, well equipped property with comfortable beds. Quiet farm location but close to Dorset's attractions.  …see more

from £156 / night

£995 - £2395 / week

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from £156 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Bantry

County Cork / Bantry

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“A great base to explore W Cork” This family of 4 enjoyed a great fortnight in the house. The location is great as it is quite close to the town centre and makes access for all the penisulas easy. The owners are very friendly and helpful.  …see more

from £42 / night

£348 - £407 / week

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from £42 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb, Fantastic, covenient, great place to stay” We visited in July 2013 when weather was super warm, It was a last minute booking for 3 nights. To start the communication with the owner was top notch, I received an email and a phone call giving al  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £980 / week

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from £110 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Blaenau Ffestiniog

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Long cottage” An unusual layout which has the living area at one end and the kitchen at the other. You have to walk through 2 bedrooms to get from one to the other. An enjoyable stay.  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £480 / week

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from £32 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in West Chilla

Holsworthy / West Chilla

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
Primrose has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The open plan living / dining room with beamed ceilings opens out onto a large deck with views over a picturesque lake. Peace and quiet with plenty of wildlife. Walks over 38 acre site and woodlands. In addition to Primrose we a  …see more

from £75 / night

£510 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Rovinj

Rovinj / Rovinj Old Town

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Our apartment is recommended for by airplane coming guests because the Pula airport is 30 km distant and the bus from the airport carry you straith to the destination. Good for bikers because the bike parking is in front.<br />You can rent bikes by us(5 euro per d  …see more

from £47 / night

£327 / week

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from £47 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Saint Fort sur Gironde with swimming pool

Charente-Maritime / Saint Fort sur Gironde

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Absolute Bliss” Back again, last here in 2013. We traveled with our 7 year old son and another couple. While the weather was disappointing Chez Chavlier was not. A great base to head for for day trips. We went to a near by Le Chateux des Enigmes in Po  …see more

from £74 / night

£520 - £1280 / week

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from £74 / night

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Baden-Württemberg / Feldberg

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £68 / night

£475 / week

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from £68 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Uppingham

Rutland / Uppingham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Moss Cottage is an ideal base to explore the activities in and around Uppingham which itself is an historic Market Town boasting fine Restaurants, Pubs and Bistros all within walking distance of Moss Cottage. The Town of Stamford is not to be missed and only 20 minutes  …see more

from £120 / night

£495 - £675 / week

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from £120 / night

(70) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Ostuni

Province of Brindisi / Ostuni

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
“Quiet and relaxing” Had a great holiday here. Keith was really helpful both before we arrived and once we were there. The directions to get there were perfect. There is loads of space and so our son loved running around and cooling off in the pool. Th  …see more

from £199 / night

£1390 - £1975 / week

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from £199 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Bellapais

Kyrenia District / Bellapais

3 4 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful villa, great host, highly recommend.” From start to finish this was a fantastic experience. We have done many private villa stays and Rodney is far and away the most helpful considerate owner that we've ever dealt with, making the whole expe  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night