Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (79001)

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



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



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

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Holiday bungalow in Porthtowan

Cornwall / Porthtowan

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £130 / night

£1750 - £3150 / week

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from £130 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Wittingham

Alnwick / Wittingham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Amazing holiday in a gorgeous setting” Had a fantastic holiday at Overthwarts, the cottage is spacious, bright, airy and in a tranquill and beautiful area, 10 minute drive to Alnwick and the A1 which takes you to all that Northumberland has too offer,
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from £95 / night

£550 - £970 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Speightstown

Speightstown / Heywoods

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool

from £100 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Akureyri holiday cottage rental

Northeast Region / Akureyri

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £170 / night

£1017 - £2436 / week

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from £170 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Castleton

North York Moors National Park / Castleton

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
“Small, but perfectly formed in an ideal location” The Nest is ideal for two ( and a dog) in a great location with easy access to Whitby, Saltburn and other places. Clean and well equipped, we found it lacked for nothing despite it's compact size. Ca
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from £70 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Melanes

Naxos / Melanes

5 10 6 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool

from £153 / night

£1060 - £2373 / week

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from £153 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Barn letting in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful cottage hen do stay” Hi Great place.beautiful cottage with great facilities. Perfect mixture of old and new and in great condition. We visited for my friends Weekend hen do and as organiser found Richard to be very straightforward and
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from £100 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £100 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Descartes

Loire Valley / Descartes

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent Gite” I stayed at Sue and Trev's Gite earlier this month and very much enjoyed the experience. Sue and Trev were very welcoming as was the "welcome pack" including a bottle of sparkling wine! The Gite has lots of space and the gardens are
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from £88 / night

£464 - £1140 / week

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from £88 / night

(3) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

10 20 1 night min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £59 / night

£411 / week

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from £59 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Skouloufia holiday villa rental

Rethymnon Prefecture / Skouloufia

4 12 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £145 / night

£950 - £1513 / week

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from £145 / night

(30) Very Good 

21

Chipping Campden holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Cosy, well equipped, great location” Quaint, cosy cottage with everything you could need. David has thought of everything! Lovely garden, great location, very quiet and relaxing but close to the village. Handy for Stratford upon Avon too
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from £140 / night

£550 - £820 / week

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from £140 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Portnahaven

Islay / Portnahaven

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly

from £48 / night

£330 - £450 / week

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from £48 / night

(3) Excellent 

21

St. Andrews holiday bungalow rental

Fife / St Andrews

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £125 / night

£495 - £825 / week

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from £125 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Buckie

Buckie / Findochty

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly

from £78 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £78 / night

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State of Bahia / Cumuruxatiba

7 18 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £157 / night

£782 - £5196 / week

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from £157 / night

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Tetbury holiday home rental

Cotswolds / Tetbury

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £260 / night

£1200 - £1730 / week

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from £260 / night

(97) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in Holt

Norfolk / Holt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Peaceful haven has all you need” Stayed 20-27 July 2013. I would recommend 8 Carpenters to any couple looking for a quiet getaway and who want to access what North Norfolk has to offer. Holt is a beautiful Georgian town and offers fantastic hospital
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from £70 / night

£295 - £465 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Excellent 

24

Holiday apartment in Ramsgate

Isle of Thanet / Ramsgate

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Car not necessary
“Location, Location, Location.” If you are looking for a place in Ramsgate with a great location, then look no further. The view from the living room is worth the price alone. Lovely building with a frontage on to a small park, and views of the town a
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from £46 / night

£320 - £380 / week

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from £46 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bargemon

Var / Bargemon

3 6 7 nights min

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

from £115 / night

£800 - £1500 / week

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from £115 / night

(20) Excellent 

24

Holiday home with golf nearby in St. Fillans

Perth and Kinross / St Fillans

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Pet friendly
“Home from home” Great location in the heart of St Fillans, quiet and warm cottage with amazing views right down Loch Earn, super comfy bed and nice touches like a few basics in the kitchen. The Achray house hotel just a short walk around the corner is
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from £65 / night

£380 - £470 / week

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from £65 / night

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Holiday chalet rental

Haute-Vienne / Nexon

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £127 / night

£446 - £664 / week

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from £127 / night

(41) Very Good 

16

Holiday cottage in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Comfortable and Cosy Cottage in a Great location” We stayed here with our two children and dog in May half term. The cottage is well equipped and has a wonderfully, cosy feel. We loved being able to catch the morning sun in the front garden whilst e
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from £50 / night

£300 - £525 / week

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from £50 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Beaulieu-sur-Mer

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

from £89 / night

£579 - £1000 / week

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from £89 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Hambleton

Rutland / Hambleton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful!” A beautiful cottage in a stunning location Well equipped, clean and comfortable. Loved the little extras like bread from the local bakery. We will back!
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from £100 / night

£870 - £1150 / week

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from £100 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Chipping Campden holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A beautiful cottage in an excellent location. We will definitely be going back!” My partner and I recently stayed in this gorgeous thatched cottage. It is just a couple of minutes walk from Chipping Campden High Street yet it is in a really quiet spo
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from £89 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £89 / night

(5) Excellent 

21

Holiday boathouse in Waternish

Isle of Skye / Waternish

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £115 / night

£800 - £1385 / week

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from £115 / night

(2) Excellent 

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St. Davids holiday studio rental

St Davids Peninsula / St Davids

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £20 / night

£130 - £365 / week

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from £20 / night

(4) Very Good 

24

Basque Country / Mauleon-Licharre

3 7 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £68 / night

£424 - £780 / week

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from £68 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Ploubalay

Cotes-d'Armor / Ploubalay

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £67 / night

£467 - £780 / week

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from £67 / night

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Holiday cottage rental

Isle of Skye / Torrin

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £60 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £60 / night

(31) Excellent 

28

Cottage rental in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“fantastic!” I visited Ty Haf and Llandudno during Eastern. The homeowners are very kind and willing to welcome their guests. The cottage is fully equipped and has amazing views over the North Promenade, Great and Little Orme. You can see the sheep go
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from £55 / night

£380 - £670 / week

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from £55 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Home rental in Mortehoe with golf nearby

Woolacombe / Mortehoe

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house, great position, lovely walks to Morte Point, great surfing beaches nearby.” The house is ideally located up in the village of Mortehoe. Views across fields of sheep at the back. You can walk along the cliff tops and if you are lucky
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from £123 / night

£699 - £1989 / week

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from £123 / night

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Holiday chalet in Burany

Jablonec nad Jizerou / Burany

5 24 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £104 / night

£641 - £829 / week

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from £104 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Aglish holiday cottage let

County Waterford / Aglish

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £47 / night

£250 - £331 / week

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from £47 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Winterton-on-Sea holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“I love this place” the weather was not as kind to us this time but that does not stop us enjoying the peace and tranquility. The house as always has everything we need and the woodburner in the lounge gives a wonderful sense of well being at the end o
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from £100 / night

£595 - £975 / week

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from £100 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Inveraray

Argyll and Bute / Inveraray

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect and tranquil cottage in very friendly village” It has taken a while to provide feedback about this cottage......but here goes! This is an extremely nice place to stay and explore the West Coast of Scotland. The location is excellent and the co
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from £45 / night

£298 - £442 / week

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from £45 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Torrevieja Area with shared pool

Torrevieja Area / Los Altos/Punta Prima

2 6 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great Spanish Getaway, Great Modern Apartment” We have stayed here a few times now and would recommend anyone to go! It's a great modern Spanish apartment with a nice pool & close to shops restaurants and bars all just a short walk. The beach is just
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from £25 / night

£175 - £225 / week

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from £25 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Solva

Pembrokeshire / Solva

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Comfortable cottage in lovely location” Mill Cottage is well equipped and comfortable. The kitchen/living room being on the first floor gives views over the river to the front, and garden and woods to the rear. The coastal path is easily accessed
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from £70 / night

£350 - £1060 / week

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from £70 / night

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Cottage rental in Pittenweem

Fife / Pittenweem

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £130 / night

£875 - £1295 / week

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from £130 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Thornton-Le-Dale

North Yorkshire / Thornton-Le-Dale

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Craven Garth” Lovely warm and cosy accommodation - private location, nice enclosed garden. Suitable any time of year! Thornton le Dale very pretty village - all facilities at Pickering...only 20 miles or so to Scarborough, Danby Forest close by. Recom
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from £64 / night

£340 - £675 / week

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from £64 / night

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