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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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Saxony / Gorlitz

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £52 / night

£359 / week

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from £52 / night

(34) Excellent 

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The Oast - Mayfield cottage sleeps 4

East Sussex / Mayfield

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 35 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
A lovely little traditional Oast House on owners' 17th century working farm. There are 60 acres of rolling farmland to explore, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This unique self-catering property has been sympathetically refurbished to a high st  …see more

from £65 / night

£420 - £615 / week

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from £65 / night

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State of Parana / Morretes

2 2 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car not necessary;
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from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

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Canton of Appenzell / Schönengrund

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £44 / night

£307 / week

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from £44 / night

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Brandenburg / Trebbin

1 4 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
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from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

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Schleswig-Holstein / Büsum

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
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from £26 / night

£150 - £479 / week

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from £26 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Moulin d'Arrodets - Arrodets gite sleeps 8

Hautes-Pyrenees / Arrodets

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
spacieuse maison(180m²),3chambres,2salles de bain,8 personne(s),animaux acceptésAncien Moulin situé entre les villages d' Arrodets et Bulan, au bord de l' Arros.Loin des grands flux touristiques les baronnies ont su préserver leur purété, leur authentici  …see more

from £71 / night

£496 - £932 / week

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from £71 / night

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Drome / Chateauneuf-sur-Isere

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
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from £73 / night

£334 / week

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from £73 / night

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Bramble Cottage - Airds cottage sleeps 4

Port Appin / Airds

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 12 km; Child friendly ;
Bramble Cottage is situated in the hotel grounds of The Airds Hotel in the stunningly beautiful hamlet of Port Appin. Whilst not directly facing the loch it is only a couple of minutes walk to see the beautiful scenery of Loch Linnhe and the Morvern Mountains and it is  …see more

from £135 / night

£940 / week

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from £135 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Easedale Tarn - Skelwith Bridge log cabin sleeps 4

Lake District / Skelwith Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Neaum Crag is a secluded estate of individually privately owned properties at the Heart of the English Lake District and is set in 18 acres of south facing wooded hillside. Located a short walk from Skelwith Bridge in an area of complete seclusion at the foot of the Lan  …see more

from £60 / night

£285 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Mas Frigola - close to beach - Ordis farmhouse sleeps 11

Province of Girona / Ordis

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 20 km; Child friendly ;
***** ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONFormer country house of 18th century to hire for your holiday. We are hiring this gorgeous 380m² dwelling with 5 bedrooms (up to 8-10people) and 3000m² garden. Located at 10min from Figueres and highway AP-7, Ordis is a small village keeping i  …see more

from £124 / night

£770 - £1069 / week

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from £124 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Wool Cottage - Lavenham cottage sleeps 2

Suffolk / Lavenham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 40 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Wool Cottage is one part of a medieval wool merchants house. It is in the heart of this stunning mediaeval village and has been fully restored and luxury facilities provided- English Tourist Board 5 star gold- exposed original oak beams- large luxury upstairs bedroom fe  …see more

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Baden-Württemberg / Rickenbach

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £65 / night

£413 - £557 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Horse Mill Cottage - Auchtermuchty cottage sleeps 6

Fife / Auchtermuchty

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 34 km; Swimming pool;
Horse Mill Cottage is a warm and most comfortably furnished cottage, with thick stone walls and feature windows. It is a lovely quiet place for family and friends to enjoy a relaxing holiday and explore the local area. Spacious kitchen/dining room and large sitting ro  …see more

from £150 / night

£625 - £1100 / week

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from £150 / night

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Marina Beach Apartments - Marina Smir apartment sleeps 4

Tetouan / Marina Smir

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.3 km; Swimming pool;
This luxury apartment is beautifully furnished having a good sized lounge with dining area, which leads to the balcony with pool, garden or mountain views.The apartment is situated just two minutes walk from the golden beach of Tamuda Bay. Two bedrooms - one double and  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 - £889 / week

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from £42 / night

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Libyan Breeze sea view villa - Sfakia villa sleeps 8

Chania Prefecture / Sfakia

3 8 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
Our place has magnificent view and we are located in an area of arts and civilization. Our villa is ideal for couples, persons that like nature and sports, professional travelers and of course for families with kids. If you are a big group you are also welcome. Pets are  …see more

from £73 / night

£509 / week

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from £73 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Liddel Water Lodge, Log Cabin, Cumbria - Penton log cabin sleeps 4

Carlisle / Penton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Enjoy a romantic rural getaway in a newly built log cabin situated in the peaceful English Liddel Valley, Penton, Cumbria. The cabin is constructed from locally felled larch trees and has a cedar shingle roof, it is in a truly fantastic private location on the banks of  …see more

from £220 / night

£1200 - £1650 / week

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from £220 / night

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Lakeside cottage - Marval cottage sleeps 2

Rochechouart / Marval

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Perfect brand new granny annexe over looking our lake, perfect for a quiet week away or a place to stay if you are house hunting, beautifully furnished and new, 35 mins South from Limoges airport, lake for fishing too, carp upto 27 pounds, located in the park natural fo  …see more

from £50 / night

£230 / week

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from £50 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Nampara Barn - St Just barn sleeps 4

Cornwall / St Just

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Nampara Barn is a charming detached granite self catering property located on the owners small farm in the quiet and rural hamlet of Bosorne which sits on the edge of the stunning Cot Valley, National Trust protected with its green slopes leading to the beautiful histor  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £710 / week

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from £70 / night

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Aveyron / Saint Geniez d'Olt

1 5 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
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from £52 / night

£342 / week

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from £52 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Lovely High Street Cotswolds Cottage - Moreton-in-Marsh cottage sleeps 4

Cotswolds / Moreton-in-Marsh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
The grade II listed cottage dates from around the early 17th century and many of the original features remain intact today. It has a large and welcoming open fire in the living room and exposed beams throughout the ground floor. There is a fully fitted kitchen with dini  …see more

from £99 / night

£700 - £750 / week

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from £99 / night

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Province of Viterbo / Tessennano

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Pet friendly;
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(3) Excellent 

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Ferienhaus Zempow - große Whg - Zempow apartment sleeps 7

Brandenburg / Zempow

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Die große Wohnung umfasst die Hälfte des Doppelhauses. Hier stehen über 100 qm Raum über zwei Etagen zur Verfügung. Unter dem First gibt es eine weitere dritte Ebene mit Schlafplätzen. Sechs bis sieben Personen können hier wohnen. Aufbettungen sind möglich. Die  …see more

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Barn Cottage - Killin cottage sleeps 5

Loch Tay / Killin

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Delightful cottage in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Barn Cottage is to be found tucked down a secluded private farm estate road, just metres from the centre of the bustling highland village of Killin at the south end of Loch Tay. The property couldn'  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(77) Excellent 

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Chapel House - Brassington cottage sleeps 5

Derbyshire / Brassington

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Grade II listed former Methodist chapel (1834) with commanding views of open countryside, located along a sleepy single-track lane. The ground floor is an extensive open-plan, split-level, light and airy living space which, by night can be transformed into a cosy, war  …see more

from £62 / night

£431 - £775 / week

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from £62 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Apartment Strobl Lake Wolfgang Austria - Strobl apartment sleeps 2

Salzburg Region / Strobl

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.25 km; Swimming pool;
Large studio apartment in Strobl, with pool, central location, close to Wolfgangsee. Walk to all amenities. Sleeps 2 (plus children) sitting, dining and bedroom areas, attractive kitchen with full cooking facilities, bathroom and hallway. Good sized balcony with seat  …see more

from £52 / night

£359 / week

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from £52 / night

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Savoie / Brides-les-Bains

Studio 2 3 nights min stay

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £37 / night

£258 / week

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from £37 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Piglets - Lingwood cottage sleeps 2

Norfolk / Lingwood

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Piglets is a modern conversion on one level consisting of one bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The property has its own separate enclosed private garden. The owners bungalow is situated next to the cottage and access to the rest of 3 1/2 acre grounds is permitted.Pigle  …see more

from £55 / night

£317 - £485 / week

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from £55 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Lost Valley of Ramila Marvao Natural Park Paradise - Santo Antonio Das Areias apartment sleeps 3

Marvao / Santo Antonio Das Areias

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
We are the 'Lost Valley of Ramila" . Top quality Eco-friendly Studio-apartments with private terrace in a FABULOUS Natural Park setting close to the Spanish border and the old smugglers route. There's also a lovely restored Mill and Mill Cottage down by the River Seve  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £705 / week

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from £60 / night

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Thuringia / Ilmenau

5 20 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Pet friendly;
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from £103 / night

£479 / week

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from £103 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Sandford Cottage - Hawkchurch cottage sleeps 2

Devon / Hawkchurch

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Sandford Cottage, located on Southmoor Farm close to the attractive village of Hawkchurch and only 6 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. This secluded and recently refurbished cottage set within 40 acres with wonderful views over the Devon countryside, offers  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £545 / week

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from £47 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Forest Syde Cottage - Cadnam cottage sleeps 5

New Forest / Cadnam

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Offering exceptional home comforts including open fire, central heating, stunning bathroom, family eating area, downstairs shower room with Sky TV and wireless broadband. Offers secure rustic gardens with sun-house and decked area and off street parking for 4 cars.The p  …see more

from £105 / night

£655 - £975 / week

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from £105 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Riverside Retreat - Great Cornard house sleeps 6

Suffolk / Great Cornard

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 47 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
Nestling in the heart of beautiful East Anglia ,in stunning Suffolk, one of the UK’s most picturesque counties.Set in a quiet and beautiful location,a few steps from the River Stour,Riverside Retreat is an ideal location for a family holiday or that quiet getaway for  …see more

from £286 / night

£2000 - £2500 / week

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from £286 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Apartment rental Flaine - Flaine apartment sleeps 5

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Ski; Child friendly ;
Built in 2008, Luxurious Ski-in, ski-out, apartment, access to 265km of slopes, 18 hole golf course, Summer & Winter resort, Wellness & Fitness centre, Shops & restaurants, Pierre y vacances 4 star luxury development at the base of the French Alps with excellent snow re  …see more

from £122 / night

£850 - £1500 / week

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from £122 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Viseu District / Sao Joao da Pesqueira

4 2 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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Zeeland Province / Veere

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
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from £77 / night

£548 / week

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from £77 / night

(57) Excellent 

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Sambrook Manor Cottages - Sambrook barn sleeps 10

Newport / Sambrook

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
The Old Shippon at Sambrook Manor Farm is situated in an ideal location to explore the delights of both Shropshire & Staffordshire. The cottage has 4 bedrooms (two double & two twin room's) two bathrooms, a large kitchen diner and a spacious living room with an up  …see more

from £90 / night

£465 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

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Schleswig-Holstein / Oldenswort

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £69 / night

£479 / week

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from £69 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Villa El Nogal with private swimming pool - Torres chalet sleeps 6

Province of Jaen / Torres

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 205 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Although the house is set in a rural area, it is a relative new construction with comfortable furniture throughout. On the ground floor you'll find open-plan living/dining room with 2 sofas, open fireplace, satellite-TV and DVD. There is a bar/kitchen area, provide  …see more

from £171 / night

£577 - £1053 / week

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from £171 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Westwinds - Melvich cottage sleeps 6

Caithness and Sutherland / Melvich

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Fishermans cottage in beautiful village of Portskerra with outstanding views encapsulating North coast-line and over Pentalnd Firth to Orkney Islands beyond. Living Room, kitchen, sun room, Dining Room, Bathroom, ( Bath/Shower Combo) 3 Bed Rooms, 2 double beds, 1 Twin ,  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £700 / week

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from £58 / night

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