Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (76524)

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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(32) Excellent 

23

Holiday villa in Javea

Javea / La Guardia Park

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A Lovely Villa” Great accommodation, lovely size rooms, immaculately clean - would definitely recommend. Heated pool kept the kids entertained till late in the evening especially with the slide!  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £1455 / week

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from £86 / 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 £150 / night

£750 - £1675 / week

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from £150 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with indoor pool in West Country

Cornwall / Bude

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Rented tumbles lodge as a surprise holiday for my husbands 60th birthday party with our 3 children and partners and 6 grandchildren. It was perfect especially the pool which was very popular with the children. The house was very spacious wi  …see more

from £240 / night

£1400 - £3600 / week

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from £240 / night

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(4) Excellent 

40

Holiday lodge in Ightham

Sevenoaks / Ightham

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
This is a newly build large lodge house in Ightham on top of Oldbury Woods. It is double glazed throughout and has by-fold doors so that you can really enjoy the outside. It has modern furniture & underfloor heating throughout the property. The kitchen is a designer ki  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Excellent 

24

Dunster holiday cottage rental

Exmoor National Park / Dunster

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely character cottage in a beautiful location, we would move here if we could!” Lovely larger than average cottage in a picturesque location, close to eateries and specialised local shops tea rooms etc. I travelled with my husband two children aged  …see more

from £65 / night

£375 - £885 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Moffat holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Moffat

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Ideally located in centre of the historic Spa town of Moffat, this traditional two bedroom cottage is close to amenities and happily accommodates visitors with dogs.  …see more

from £49 / night

£275 - £420 / week

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from £49 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Central Scotland/Strathclyde holiday home rental

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic house in an ideal location” We had a great week staying in Bruichladdich. The whole family enjoyed very comfortable surroundings . The house is only a few minutes from the centre of town. Great views across the bay make it a pleasant stroll.  …see more

from £150 / night

£600 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

(21) Excellent 

24

Holiday lodge rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent accommodation in stunning surroundings” 6 of us and the dog stayed in Lochside Lodge for 3 nights in April. The Lodge is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and the views from the huge lounge windows are absolutely fantastic - mountains  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £950 / week

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from £125 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Port Eynon holiday bungalow rental

Swansea County / Port Eynon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Ideal place for great walks of the Gower” Very pleased with accommodation and location was great, but it was out of season so nice and quite. The local pub the Ship Inn was good for food and not far away, also recommended is the café/chipshop on sea  …see more

from £40 / night

£180 - £625 / week

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from £40 / night

(35) Excellent 

24

Holiday home in Warrenpoint

County Down / Warrenpoint

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“best holiday rental property ever!” Dolly's Cottage is a beautifully furnished and decorated property. The views from the front of the house are stunning. The owners exceeded every expectation we could have wished for. Hopefully we will be returnin  …see more

from £149 / night

£695 - £1007 / week

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from £149 / night

(48) Excellent 

24

Moelfre holiday home rental

Anglesey / Moelfre

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great location. Modern bungalow” Lovely place to stay. Perfect. The bungalow had all we needed and very clean and modern. Communication from the owner was also excellent. Will be returning for sure!! :-)  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £65 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday converted chapel in Fox Glacier

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) / Fox Glacier

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
Luxury self contained accommodation in the heart of Fox Glacier featuring a full European kitchen and bathroom, walk in shower, European furniture, architectural lighting, Wifi, Sky (cable) television and complimentary wine, mineral water and Nespresso coffee.Unique pro  …see more

from £160 / night

£900 / week

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from £160 / night

(12) Excellent 

24

Minchinhampton holiday cottage rental

Stroud / Minchinhampton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
country views, romantic break Cotswolds, honeymoon Cotswolds,walking holiday Cotswolds, Brimscombe, Stroud, Nailsworth, Minchinhampton, Tetbury, Badminton Horse trials, Gatcombe Eventing, Cheltenham Gold Cup, vacation gloucestershire  …see more

from £105 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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from £105 / night

(15) Excellent 

24

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
“Great forest accommodation!” Liz and Alan were extremely attentive landlords, providing a welcome basket and local information. We were visited by friends and family while there and Liz very kindly brought around crayons and paper and a dolls house.  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £588 / week

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from £70 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Boulbon

Bouches-du-Rhone / Boulbon

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 62 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Gorgeous, fabulous location, can't recommend enough” The house is beautiful, nicely furnished, and was built out of the ruins of a medieval well house abutting a medieval wall - hard to get cooler than that! Parking in the town parking lot a couple s  …see more

from £85 / night

£512 - £723 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

14

Dittisham holiday cottage rental

Dartmouth / Dittisham

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
Ollie's Cottage, Dittisham, has been cleverly arranged over three floors and is situated in the heart of the village next to the Red Lion Inn and opposite the church.  …see more

from £59 / night

£410 - £780 / week

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from £59 / night

(16) Excellent 

25

Holiday home in Fife

Fife / St Andrews

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderfully surprised by this house!” Our extended family traveled to Saint Andrews for my daughter's graduation from Saint Andrews and we all thought the house was excellent. The photo's, unlike most rental photo's, don't do it justice! Everything  …see more

from £220 / night

£1000 - £1950 / week

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from £220 / night

(2) Excellent 

17

Holiday cottage in Cottesmore

Rutland / Cottesmore

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Dick's Cottage is situated in the heart of Rutland in the village of Cottesmore which is near the market towns of Stamford, Oakham, Uppingham & only 5 miles from Rutland Water. A beautiful thatched grade two listed building, awards a 4 * Gold rating by Visit England, s  …see more

from £130 / night

£910 / week

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from £130 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

English Riviera / Brixham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
No expense has been spared on the refurbishment and furnishing of this spectacular modern apartment.  …see more

from £102 / night

£435 - £1050 / week

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from £102 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Mevagissey / West Wharf

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“if carlsberg did holiday rentals....” Excellent location,the apartment is built above harbour wall. Very well equiped, everything you need apart from towels. Modern, clean and a nice size for a couple or family of 3 or 4. Parking underneath building -  …see more

from £100 / night

£399 - £799 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Hudswell

Richmond / Hudswell

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Perfect Getaway!” A lovely place to spend a weekend. The Cabins are set in a lovely environment, you really do feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Local Tesco is only a 5 minute drive away in case you forget to bring anything. The local area i  …see more

from £175 / night

£545 - £721 / week

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from £175 / night

(1) Excellent 

11

North Rhine-Westphalia / Wassenberg

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £72 / night

£501 / week

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from £72 / night

(37) Excellent 

28

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Drymen

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Drymen

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Scenic, cozy, and great staff to boot” I stayed at Strathendrick house for new years 2012-2013 with a group of friends. Ker was extremely understanding while I arranged a complex trip involving people from all corners of the globe! He was flexible on  …see more

from £231 / night

£990 - £1795 / week

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from £231 / night

(70) Excellent 

12

Holiday cottage rental

East Sussex / Bodiam

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely!” The Cricket Pavilion was just as lovely as it looked in the photos on line! It was clean and freshly decorated, airy and light with great views of surrounding countryside. The welcome was warm and friendly and the cake, bread, eggs and milk  …see more

from £100 / night

£545 - £920 / week

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from £100 / night

(25) Very Good 

18

Kissimmee holiday townhouse rental

Kissimmee / Venetian Bay Villages

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 55 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great location and facilites” This house gave us everything we needed for a great holiday. Clean, well equipped and in a pleasant area. Pools and public areas very well kept. Would recommend for couples and families alike. Six adults would be easily a  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 - £357 / week

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from £42 / night

(21) Excellent 

24

High Burnside ski home to rent.

Aviemore / High Burnside

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Getaway - Beautiful Home” I arranged a birthday surprise for my partners birthday for us and his close friends to attend the Carn Mhor Lodge in Aviemore. Organising with Sarah was straightforward and I found her extremely helpful throughout  …see more

from £230 / night

£990 - £2943 / week

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from £230 / night

(34) Excellent 

15

Barn rental in Tewkesbury with golf nearby

Cotswolds / Tewkesbury

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely place - convenient but just out of the hustle bustle” Enjoyed our stay at the barn. Convenient to Tewkesbury, but also just a few metres off the motorway. We stayed 3 nights and found this to be central for a day trip to South Wales and anoth  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £550 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Snowshill

Cotswolds / Snowshill

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful cottage, great place for kids and in a stunning setting” I visited Willow Vale Cottage in the Cotswolds over Easter with my husband and 3 children aged 2,5 and 6. The Cottage was beautiful and in a perfect setting. It also had plenty of outd  …see more

from £150 / night

£600 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Balquhidder

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Balquhidder

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Accommodation Type cottage Self-catering, Location Type Secluded with a private river and pond. 2 minutes walk from Lock Voil and Balquhidder village. Space 2 floors - 3 bedrooms sleeps 6. Ground floor - Living room with log fire, Kitchen with dining table, Toilet wi  …see more

from £100 / night

£400 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

South Ayrshire / Troon

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
A truly desirable sunny holiday property with stunning sea views and amazing sunsets.Ninth bed is foldaway  …see more

from £220 / night

£1200 - £3500 / week

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from £220 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Flamborough

Bridlington / Flamborough

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Cliff edge cottage overlooking Thornwick Bay. One of the finest views in Yorkshire. Watch gannets, puffins, razorbills, auks, cormorants, gulls and short-eared owls from your living room. Breathtaking sea views. Nature walk. Idyllic sunset. Tranquil escape.Visit http://  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £895 / week

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from £57 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Sutton-on-Sea

Lincolnshire / Sutton-on-Sea

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Peaceful, clean and spacious for 5” Came to stay at this lovely lodge for a long weekend to celebrate my dad's 94th birthday. Every year my 2 sisters, myself and my partner look for someone new to take him. We all loved Anderby Creek. We even managed  …see more

from £75 / night

£540 - £610 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ousson-sur-Loire holiday home rental

Loiret / Ousson-sur-Loire

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Nice house in a beautiful location” We knew from the photos that the location would be good, but if anything the views were even better than expected. The house is conveniently located for supermarkets and has a good restaurant (but not cheap) at a ho  …see more

from £180 / night

£1200 - £2100 / week

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from £180 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse rental

Seine-Maritime / Saint-Vaast-d'Equiqueville

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
'La Grange' is a misnomer - the house has taken its name from the large barn ('en colombage') which is part of the property. The farmhouse is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure garden enclosing the  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £1000 / week

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from £110 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Achiltibuie

Ross and Cromarty / Achiltibuie

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
You will not be able to keep your eyes off the ever changing view from the cottage, trust us, we've tried! Our traditional cottage has been fully refurbished and recently extended to include a large sun lounge with wood burning stove to make the most of those stunning s  …see more

from £95 / night

£645 - £975 / week

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from £95 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Ballycastle

County Antrim / Ballycastle

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great location, great house and not even the miserable weather spoilt our stay!” Even though we were late due to traffic we still were greeted with a warm smile and shown round the house. The kids loved the free wifi and sky TV , the adults loved the  …see more

from £70 / night

£390 - £590 / week

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from £70 / night

(27) 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
“The Perfect Holiday” We stayed at 4 Sandhills with our 2 children and had a fantastic time. The apartment is lovely and in a perfect location for a family beach holiday. We spent most days on the beautiful sandy beach which is very close to the apa  …see more

from £135 / night

£695 - £1120 / week

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from £135 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Robertstown

County Kildare / Robertstown

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
ROBERTSTOWN SELF CATERING COTTAGES ARE LOCATED ON THE GRAND CANAL IN THE VILLAGE OF ROBERTSTOWN, 10 MILES FROM NAAS IN COUNTY KILDARE JUST 30 MINUTES FROM DUBLIN All our self-catering cottages are on ground level - suitable for wheelchair users. The cottage comprises of  …see more

from £46 / night

£319 - £504 / week

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from £46 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in South Cerney

Cotswolds / South Cerney

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“One of the best experiences ever!” Maria's communication and willingness to help was exemplary! The accommodation had everything we could think of. The lake was soothing! The ducks were welcoming! The games room/facilities on the grounds were excelle  …see more

from £125 / night

£600 - £950 / week

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from £125 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in West Country

Dorset / Lyme Regis

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Just what we were after…and more” Thanks Sam. We just got back from Lyme and we're reminiscing about what a lovely week we had. And in no small part thanks to your lovely cottage. It's in such an amazing spot – perfect for The Cobb, seafront, downtown  …see more

from £140 / night

£950 - £1450 / week

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from £140 / night