Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77828)

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 apartment with shared pool in Village Marina

Olhao / Village Marina

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful” Stayed here with my family we loved it great apartment so much room great location and views short stroll into town lots of restaurants to choose from and easy access to get to ferry  …see more

from £54 / night

£372 - £646 / week

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from £54 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Collaroy Beach holiday apartment rental

Warringah / Collaroy Beach

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Car not necessary
Our newly renovated, spacious 70sqm apartment including private courtyard, is located within 300 metres walk to the beach and 450metres to the Lake, where there is a 8km path around to cycle or walk, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on the lake is popular there are  …see more

from £92 / night

£525 - £803 / week

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from £92 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Pateley Bridge

North Yorkshire / Pateley Bridge

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The Holiday Apartment Sleeps 2/4 people In two acres of garden with views, peacefull wildlife garden with private terrace, BBQ and TV / DVD. Only 5 minutes walk to shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Ashfield House is situated in rural Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale in the  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £395 / week

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from £32 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Northumberland / Corbridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A truly lovely cottage” This beautifully presented 2 bedroom cottage provided a great location to visit Alnwick, Durham, and Hadrian's Wall. It was clean and well equipped including tea and coffee in the kitchen and milk in the fridge. Detailed instru  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

(59) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Chester

Cheshire / Chester

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Modern, well equipped cottage.” Lovely, modern, well equipped cottage, great for a weekend stay. Each of the 3 bedrooms are beautifully done, each with a great sized bathroom. Only negative was the small living area which we struggled to fit 6 people  …see more

from £86 / night

£700 - £1200 / week

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from £86 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday studio letting

Argyll and Bute / Kilmartin

Studio 2 2 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“A cosy base for exploring the area” The perfect place to explore Kilmartin. A good base for walking, cycling and kayaking and lots of archaeology in the area. The property is cosy, with good parking and and a lovely sheltered garden to use at any tim  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £45 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wedmore

Somerset / Wedmore

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Private garden
“Well worth a stay, excellent all round” A first class retreat in a beautiful location. The owners are very welcoming and even leave a breakfast of local produce and cake when you arrive. The open fire is cosy. The accommodation is very well maintain  …see more

from £60 / night

£295 - £495 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Province of Brescia / Salo

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £112 / night

£770 - £1197 / week

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from £112 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Freshwater

Isle of Wight / Freshwater

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable, Affordable and Amazing Location” My partner and myself wanted to take our 3 young children aged 3, 6 and 9 on a week's break somewhere during half term and decided on the Isle of Wight. After looking at various accommodation options we bo  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £450 / week

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from £36 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with swimming pool in Greve in Chianti

Province of Florence / Greve in Chianti

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Tuscan magic!” Having travelled some in the Greve region of Tuscany, we knew what to expect in terms of scenic beauty. Casalone fitted right in to the Magic of Tuscany! The house is suitable for two close families, and comfortably sleeps 6 adults and  …see more

from £342 / night

£2137 / week

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from £342 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Le Lavandou

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Le Lavandou

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect holiday letting” From the views, to the house, to the location, I really couldn't fault this property. From the time we arrived until the day that we left we soaked up the sweeping views over the bay and surrounding hills of Le Lavandou. Eve  …see more

from £86 / night

£573 - £1453 / week

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from £86 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Villa accommodation in Los Romanes with swimming pool

Vinuela / Los Romanes

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great lake views and great location” The villa was very easy to find just off the main. A lovely private location overlooking the lake. The property was very well kept inside and out with all the usual utilities provided. It was only a 10 minute driv  …see more

from £82 / night

£575 - £1100 / week

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from £82 / night

(78) Excellent 

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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
“Cosy and relaxing” Ideal for short break or holiday, close to River Cottage and the Jurassic Coast. The breakfast basket was superb every taste catered for.  …see more

from £120 / night

£700 - £1120 / week

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from £120 / night

(61) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing again!” Just back from a fab week in seaview, this was our 4th visit to this apartment and have already booked for next year! It's like home from home with everything you need for a relaxing week, it's in a very quiet area right next to the tr  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £1225 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Hallsands holiday home rental

Kingsbridge / Hallsands

5 9 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
Orchard house has wireless broadband  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 - £1400 / week

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from £93 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely” Really cosy traditional cottage...very warm ..extremely comfortable bed ...very relaxing break and everything on your doorstep  …see more

from £56 / night

£316 - £700 / week

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from £56 / night

(45) 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
“Wonderful” The cottage was excellent in every respect and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The property is very well appointed and has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, our 3yr old loved the toys and running around in the garden.  …see more

from £100 / night

£595 - £975 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Greenhithe

Kent / Greenhithe

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The Bluewater Holiday Abode is a beautiful and stylish 3 bedroom house set on 2 floors and situated in a secured gated development which is located at Greenhithe, Kent, in the South East of England. There is secured parking outside the front door. • ABOUT THE PROP  …see more

from £95 / night

£665 / week

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from £95 / 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

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Aljezur

Faro District / Aljezur

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
At this tastefully designed villa Casa Touro you will feel as if you have landed in an oasis surrounded by the amazing nature of this Natural Park. The views over the lake and the Atlantic Ocean will make you stop and take in the beauty of it. I believe Casa Touro is o  …see more

from £77 / night

£556 - £1112 / week

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from £77 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Limavady

County Londonderry / Limavady

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Drumcovitt Barn is over 200 years old and has been skilfully converted into three separate self-catering cottages, of which Foyle Cottage is one. The cottage is formed in an individual style and have been equipped to a very high standard. The special setting of a tranqu  …see more

from £70 / night

£360 - £440 / week

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from £70 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Castle Combe holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Castle Combe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Picturesque peaceful pet friendly pretty cottage” The location was ideal for walks in a beautiful part of the countryside and for visiting the cotswolds villages. The cottage is very well equipped, cosy and comfortable. We were welcomed very warmly  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Aberdaron

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful place” We enjoyed a fantastic week at Bryn Du. This is a beautifully appointed cottage which has recently been renovated. The photos look great, but it is even better in person. Stunning location and views. Plenty to keep young children occu  …see more

from £200 / night

£750 - £1720 / week

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from £200 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Mallaig holiday bungalow rental

Lochaber / Mallaig

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Davaar is a spacious well equipped four bedroomed detached bungalow. It stands on an elevated secluded position providing panoramic views of the islands of Eigg, Rhum and Skye and as far as the Knoydart peninsula. In the summer months you can watch the Harry Potter st  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £800 / week

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from £100 / night

(80) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Fordingbridge

New Forest / Fordingbridge

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 33 km
“Perfect weekend for some R&R!” My boyfriend and I have just returned from a lovely stay at Greenbanks whilst celebrating my birthday. As soon as we got there we were greeted with a warm welcome from Carol, she showed us around the apartment which was  …see more

from £75 / night

£480 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Crieff holiday cottage rental

Perth and Kinross / Crieff

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Top choice for a family get together” We stayed at the Strathview cottage for a family get together and couldn't have been more impressed. Ailsa was so helpful with the booking and also during our stay. The accommodation is chic and contemporary with  …see more

from £180 / night

£1080 - £1800 / week

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from £180 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Skopelos Town

Skopelos / Skopelos Town

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Villa Elia - tranquil high quality villa, ideally positioned on stunning island” Set within a large olive grove in an elevated position and a gentle 20 minute downhill walk into Skopelos town, Villa Elia didn't disappoint on any level. This thoughtful  …see more

from £158 / night

£1100 - £2895 / week

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from £158 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Bamford

Hope Valley / Bamford

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful family holiday in beautiful location” We had the most beautiful time at Beavers Croft for a family holiday. Three generations were with us and everyone found plenty to do and enjoy in this brilliant property. The barn is very tastefull  …see more

from £190 / night

£1330 - £1540 / week

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from £190 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk / Wells-next-the-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Heaven on earth” Beautiful appt wonderful sea views a special holiday appartment. Great restaurants on the harbour with stunning sea views.ib Va  …see more

from £127 / night

£551 - £950 / week

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from £127 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Positano

Amalfi Coast / Positano

3 7 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Villa located in the centre of the Amalfi Coast, it is the perfect destination for a peaceful and unforgettable stay.  …see more

from £253 / night

£1530 - £2176 / week

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from £253 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday penthouse with shared pool in Vilamoura

Vilamoura / Laguna Golf, Vilamoura

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Vilamoura has the best Marina on the Algarve coast with many excellent restaurant,cafe/bars and Casino/nightlife activity.It enjoys a great sandy beach ,sporting activities including sailing,golf,tennis,cycling,water sports including a great water fun park,horse riding  …see more

from £90 / night

£595 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Dalavich holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent wee get away” Electric hot tub was amazing, constantly warm. sauna heats up quickly too. well equipped warm cabin in a secluded setting.  …see more

from £79 / night

£399 - £899 / week

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from £79 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Alvor

Alvor / Marachique

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic stay” The apartment and the complex in general were first class and made for a very relaxing holiday. We were met and shown round the apartment by Francisca who was very helpful and friendly. The apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 - £500 / week

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from £30 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Skopelos Town

Skopelos / Skopelos Town

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
Villa Kerasi is a gorgeous new villa designed in traditional Skopelos style with the most stunning views and easy access to Skopelos town. The villa has many windows and doors that open up to allow the pine scented breeze to flow through. The al fresco dining area ove  …see more

from £163 / night

£1026 - £2565 / week

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from £163 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Solva

Pembrokeshire / Solva

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Great location and well organised apartment for a family holidays!” Besides St. David being one of the best place to be if you love nature, I'd just say 4 things about this ground floor apartment that we, family of 4, rented for 4 days in June 2016:  …see more

from £50 / night

£310 - £645 / week

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from £50 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Clun

Shropshire / Clun

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
This is an idyllic retreat for two people. It is far away from the noise of passing traffic and provides a relaxing and tranquil place from which to explore the surrounding countryside and villages.  …see more

from £55 / night

£260 - £360 / week

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from £55 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Bungalow letting in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The Relaxing Retreat” My 89 year old Mother and I enjoyed a very comfortable 6 night holiday at "The Retreat". The bungalow was very clean, comfy leather sofa's and good beds. Towels and bed linen clean and fresh. Also there were a few essential suppl  …see more

from £45 / night

£275 - £440 / week

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from £45 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Widemouth Bay holiday barn rental

Bude-Stratton / Widemouth Bay

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful cottages, lovely setting, friendly owners” My family and I stayed here for a week in October 2012 and had a fantastic time. The cottages is as lovely as the pictures and the front room with its wooden beams and log fire was brilliant. We've  …see more

from £120 / night

£425 - £1225 / week

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from £120 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Los Cristianos holiday apartment rental

Arona / Los Cristianos

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
BeachApartmentLos CristianosAronaModernSwimming PoolBaby Pool  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Newquay / Central Newquay

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant apartment a great find” Just got back from a weeks stay at Lakeside Apartment and what can I say other than brilliant... It was clean, modern and well equipped. The balcony was great overlooking Trenance Lake there was a good overhang so yo  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £50 / night