Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77858)

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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(79) Excellent 

33

Holiday apartment in Lyme Regis

Dorset / Lyme Regis

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Private garden
“Great location, great facilities, great welcome - highly recommended 4*” Easy to find and in a great location, I can highly recommend Acorns Garden Apartment at Hedgehog Corner if you;re looking for a luxurious, relaxing place to stay. Joy's welcome i  …see more

from £120 / night

£700 - £1120 / week

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from £120 / night

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Province of Trieste / Duino

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £111 / night

£509 / week

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from £111 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Province of Catanzaro / Guardavalle

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Pet friendly

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from £17 / night

£85 - £136 / week

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from £17 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Grange-over-Sands

Lake District / Grange-over-Sands

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant!” Next time i go to lake district i would definitely be staying at heatherlea. Brilliant experience....very satisfied!  …see more

from £65 / night

£340 - £530 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Central Newquay holiday apartment rental

Newquay / Central Newquay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Wow factor location, Great views a short walk will take you to any one of Newquay's fabulous beaches, the harbour, the headland or Golf course. If you want to relax and unwind the Penthouse is an ideal choice. Suitable for families + children or couples.Free car  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1700 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Betws

Ammanford / Betws

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy with great value for money” Everything was great except for the toilet door, which didn't close properly. Thumbs up! Good host, well equiped cottage.  …see more

from £42 / night

£200 - £290 / week

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from £42 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Lymington

New Forest / Lymington

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb in every respect” We had a wonderful time celebrating my husbands birthday with our children and four grandchildren all under 4. The accommodation was suitable for all of us and perfectly safe for the children. Such care and attention has been  …see more

from £210 / night

£1350 - £1750 / week

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from £210 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Bray holiday apartment rental

County Wicklow / Bray

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely accommodation and terrific hosts” I can't possibly say enough about this accommodation. The apartment was so lovely (and spotless!) with a terrific outdoor space. And I loved having the fireplace - nothing like a turf fire on a chilly night!  …see more

from £60 / night

£407 - £687 / week

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from £60 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” Fabulous apartment. Very comfortable couldn't fault it. Great position for beach and Croyde centre. Relaxing stay, can't wait to return!  …see more

from £155 / night

£685 - £1375 / week

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from £155 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Beadnell

Northumberland / Beadnell

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“4th visit to this property - says it all really!” We've visited The Sands 4 times and it is one of the best holiday properties we have stayed in. Everything we need is there, clean, tidy, well presented, friendly and helpful owners, and the little ad  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £650 / week

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from £58 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in St Quentin les Chardonnets

Flers / St Quentin les Chardonnets

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 68 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Le Pressoir is a detached cottage with rustic charm. You will know that you are in the heart of the country when you wake up to the sound of birdsong and you look out over the orchard to the rolling fields beyond. Suitable for a couple or for a family this gite has a me  …see more

from £34 / night

£234 - £365 / week

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from £34 / night

(14) Excellent 

24

Holiday barn in Acle

Norfolk / Acle

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“very nice hosts nice clean accomadation” I would rate this holiday home very highly very clean and every thing you could want for will go again.  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Downham Market with golf nearby

Norfolk / Downham Market

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage in the beautiful Norfolk countryside” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the coach house. A very warm welcome, with delicious scones and homemade jam. The cottage is decorated to a very high standard with all the comforts of a 5 star hot  …see more

from £199 / night

£1397 - £3800 / week

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from £199 / night

(16) Excellent 

24

Holiday apartment in Sucuraj

Hvar Island / Sucuraj

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Warm welcome and excellent view” We had a memorable holiday on the island.The villa, surroundings and host were excellent for spending qualitative holidays. We felt more like visiting loving relatives instead of impersonal tourists. Especially we app  …see more

from £68 / night

£441 - £721 / week

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from £68 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Perfect Stay” Delightful apartment which was very comfortable, well equipped with some very nice authentic touches. Felicity and Chris made us feel extremely welcome and made our stay all the more pleasurable. Fort Augustus is perfectly located for  …see more

from £75 / night

£435 - £525 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Bleadon

Weston-super-Mare / Bleadon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Exceeded all expectations we could gladly have stayed there forever” This cottage (Apple tree Cottage, Bleadon, Weston Super Mare), was totally fabulous. The cottage exceeded all expectations we could gladly have stayed there forever and if I won t  …see more

from £60 / night

£303 - £619 / week

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from £60 / night

(53) Excellent 

21

Mawddach Estuary holiday apartment let

Barmouth / Mawddach Estuary

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“A very nice stay yet again” Another great stay, been here quite a few times now and wouldn't consider anywhere else in Barmouth.  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 / week

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from £75 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Timberland

Lincolnshire / Timberland

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 64 km
  • Private garden
“Brilliant Love to go back anytime.” We he had a great break away although it was only for four days, its was so relaxing, The Low Barn was wonderful with everything we ever needed. Quality of the barn facilities were great and the owner very helpful  …see more

from £61 / night

£250 - £490 / week

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from £61 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Puy-de-Dome / La Bourboule

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £34 / night

£212 - £238 / week

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from £34 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Burgau holiday apartment let

Faro District / Burgau

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely Appartment in Burgau” This was our 11th trip to Burgau and as usual it didn't disappoint. We were met on arrival and the owners had kindly arranged for the fridge to be stocked with food and drink which was very welcome as we arrived late even  …see more

from £50 / night

£295 - £866 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Altea

Altea / Altea Hills

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Stayed with Coasta Blanca Direct 3 times and will be going back for a 4th” It is exactly what it looks like in the brochure, both apartments are clean and looked after. The views are worth the rent alone. Rent a small car as the roads are tight. Alt  …see more

from £57 / night

£399 - £651 / week

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from £57 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Fano / Metaurilia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £30 / night

£200 - £534 / week

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from £30 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in El Cotillo

La Oliva / El Cotillo

2 3 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“perfect christmas get-away” husband and I stayed over Christmas and enjoyed all the apartment had to offer. everything was as described. we especially liked the apartment's location, close to supermarket/restaurants, yet away from the touristy side o  …see more

from £46 / night

£320 / week

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from £46 / night

(26) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Whitby

Scarborough District / Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming cottage, so warm & inviting!” We've just returned from a three day break in Whitby & we stayed at this charming, quirky cottage. It is absolutely spotless & so central to Whitby & all your possible needs. On arriving there was a very though  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday home letting

Cornwall / Crantock

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house in perfect position” Had a great weeks stay in this lovely house. Central location walking distance to beautiful Crantock beach and the lovely village with tea rooms and pubs. Even completed the 500 piece jigsaw (although 6 pieces were mi  …see more

from £205 / night

£410 - £2400 / week

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from £205 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Charlestown

St Austell / Charlestown

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“The Cream of Cornwall” The house was perfect, well equipped and well suited to two couples and a toddler. We were a short walk to the harbour where we found excellent restaurants and cafes. The Bosun next to the smugglers' museum was great for a relax  …see more

from £84 / night

£321 - £1020 / week

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from £84 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Aberdaron holiday barn rental

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Proximity to many beautiful unspoilt beachesCoastal PathTrips to Bardsey IslandWithin 20 minute drive of Abersoch and LlanbedrogMicro climateClose to Aberdaron with its restaurants and pubs  …see more

from £175 / night

£800 - £1675 / week

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from £175 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Carmel, Wales

Caernarfon / Carmel, Wales

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
The one bedded cottage is situated on our small holding, and comprises of a fully equipped kitchen, including kitchen table and chairs, bedroom with one double bed, wardrobe chest of drawers and vanity mirror two comfortable cottage armchairs, flat screen TV.<br />  …see more

from £50 / night

£230 - £280 / week

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from £50 / night

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Province of Crotone / Crotone

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Car not necessary

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from £34 / night

£212 - £331 / week

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from £34 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Moelfre holiday home rental

Anglesey / Moelfre

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Enjoyable stay, comfortable, clean, lovely location” Five of us had a four day break, very relaxing, great location for coastal walks, 5 minuet walk to the beach and centre of village, nice pub serving good food also dog friendly. Ann's pantry serves  …see more

from £65 / night

£415 - £825 / week

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from £65 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Narin-Portnoo

County Donegal / Narin-Portnoo

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“great apartment in beautiful Portnoo” Would highly recommend this apartment we travelled with 3 kids & they loved it. Apartment has all the mod cons you need, this is our second year here & kids are already talking about next year. The beach is a s  …see more

from £73 / night

£424 - £458 / week

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from £73 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Poppi

Province of Arezzo / Poppi

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 160 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect view” Very nice Location on the top of a small hill. Very friendly and responsive Family. Fantastic house for two families. We were 4 adults and 4 children. We only used 4 of the 5 bedrooms. Many different outside Areas suitable for all tim  …see more

from £146 / night

£1017 - £2373 / week

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from £146 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“What a fantastic place to stay!” We stayed for February half term week in this wonderful cottage.It has been refurbished to a really high standard and is so spacious.It is a real home from home and couldn't be better located, with an excellent pub opp  …see more

from £171 / night

£780 - £1315 / week

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from £171 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Saxony / Elterlein

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £34 / night

£238 / week

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from £34 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ile d'Oleron / Saint-Denis d'Oleron

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

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from £43 / night

£212 - £424 / week

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from £43 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kirkby in Furness

Kirkby in Furness / Chapels

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely, cosy, everything you could need” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the cottage. It was very well equipped with everything we could need. The washing machine and tumble dryer proved very useful after a number of rather wet walks. The cottage wa  …see more

from £85 / night

£525 - £695 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Gas Central Heating1st floor Holiday Apartment Off road parking at the rear of property for one car. Additional cars can park on The Market Place opposite the apartment - payment on parking meter of £3 per day.Superb Views of market and surrounding hills.<br /&  …see more

from £85 / night

£285 - £618 / week

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from £85 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Assos

Cephalonia / Assos

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Ideal” Assos is deservedly known as one of the best places in Kefalonia. On top of that, Blue Note House has the best location in Assos. Simply can not ask for more.  …see more

from £189 / night

£878 - £2728 / week

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from £189 / night

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Holiday villa in Tragaki

Zakynthos / Tragaki

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
The lovely Sea Views villa set in the stunning location overlooking the beautiful crystal clear waters of Bouka Beach & Fishing Harbour is the perfect location to unwind, relax & enjoy your holiday in the sun!  …see more

from £128 / night

£748 - £1246 / week

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from £128 / night

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Rocca Pietore / Malga Ciapela

1 6 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £45 / night

£310 - £523 / week

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from £45 / night