Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (76593)

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 

13

Lodge rental in Blair Atholl with shared pool, golf nearby

Perth and Kinross / Blair Atholl

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic log cabin wanted for nothing!” We loved this chalet it was perfect for my husband and I yet room for our extended family the next time. The owner could not have been more pleasant in his correspondence with me and very professional yet fri  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Leverburgh holiday cottage rental

Isle of Harris / Leverburgh

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“Mr” Fab cottage!!! Very tasetefully decorated, has all mod cons and is lovely and warm to boot. Although it's located in South Harris it's a great base as Scarista, Horgabost and Luskentyre beaches are close by amongst other smaller beaches. It's also  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £585 / week

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from £50 / night

7

Hesse / Schlangenbad

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £47 / night

£327 / week

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from £47 / night

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(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Villemorin

Charente-Maritime / Villemorin

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Spacious accommodation with lots of character and original features, This is a superb and relaxing family base to explore the Charente Maritime. Within easy reach of all the Charente's attractions including La Rochelle, La Palymyre Zoo, Futuroscope and beaches.  …see more

from £79 / night

£550 / week

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from £79 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Port Isaac

Cornwall / Port Isaac

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“This cottage ticked all the boxes and more” We have just returned from a most enjoyable stay at Little Hendra. Andrew and Colette, the owners, made us feel very welcome on our arrival with even a cream tea and bottle of wine in the fridge. Many other  …see more

from £70 / night

£425 - £1030 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in Carnforth

Carnforth / Carnforth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“well equipped” had a lovely short stay, thank you. the lodge is extremely well equipped, very clean and comfortable. the owners clearly have a good eye for detail and all the little extras that are provided make it feel like you've rented the lodg  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £695 / week

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from £90 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Glenmoriston

Loch Ness / Glenmoriston

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“Fabulous” If you want to relax away from the crowds in unspoilt nature just come here...cottage has everything on offer, walks outside of door, wildlife to watch close by and amazing waterfall 5 mins away.. Place is well equipped, very clean.. You can  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(12) Very Good 

7

Bungalow rental in Maybole

Maybole / Crosshill

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“One to Highly Recommend” The House was clean and tidy excellent service from owner . Cant fault it would stay there again. Pub across the road which also serves food Only 15 mins form Ayr . Bonus was groceries that were in the fridge on our arriv  …see more

from £35 / night

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

(2) Very Good 

12

Ricadi / San Nicolo

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £68 / night

£678 / week

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from £68 / night

(3) Very Good 

16

Holiday apartment in Le Grazie

Porto Venere / Le Grazie

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Sunrise Home dispone di TV con digitale terrestre,Forno ,lavatrice,wifi connection .Nella Sunrise Home fin dall arrivo sarete avvolti da una piacevole sensazione di benvenuto.  …see more

from £73 / night

£416 / week

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from £73 / night

(10) Excellent 

24

Cottage rental in Kelso

Borders / Kelso

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Amazing!” We had a lovely week end at the The Old Smithy & River Cottages to celebrate my husband's 30th Birthday! Both cottages are great and perfect for a big group (we were 11) because there is so much space outside and inside. The rooms are per  …see more

from £350 / night

£1400 - £2100 / week

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from £350 / night

10

Valle d'Aosta / Antagnod

2 5 Min stay varies

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

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from £128 / night

£1128 / week

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from £128 / night

(6) Excellent 

7

Holiday cottage accommodation

Lake District / Glenridding

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
For weddings at the Inn on the lake glenridding this is an ideal cottage to base yourselves for the week.  …see more

from £100 / night

£725 / week

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from £100 / night

(30) Very Good 

11

Holiday cottage in West Country

Somerset / Glastonbury

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Comfortable and Clean in a good location for exploring Somerset” Spent 5 nights in Lilac cottage in July 13 during very hot weather and the house was clean, comfortable and thankfully nice and cool during the heatwave. The cottage is a converted outbu  …see more

from £65 / night

£325 - £950 / week

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from £65 / night

(35) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in South Petherton

Somerset / South Petherton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“Wonderful again” This was the second time we stayed in this lovely cottage and it was just as great as the first time. The cottage is well equipped an there are lots of possibilities for walking and sightseeing in the area. Our hosts were very friendl  …see more

from £40 / night

£245 - £490 / week

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from £40 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Bleadon

Weston-super-Mare / Bleadon

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £65 / night

£382 - £619 / week

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from £65 / night

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Province of Udine / Tarvisio

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £85 / night

£594 - £848 / week

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from £85 / night

(37) Excellent 

30

Home rental in Valley

Anglesey / Valley

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning views from a stunning house” We stayed at this house for my 40th birthday, it really was a perfect location with stunning views over the estuary, my personal favourite was sitting with a cuppa first thing in the morning on the sofa in the mas  …see more

from £212 / night

£1425 - £4035 / week

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from £212 / night

(35) Very Good 

33

Tostock holiday cottage rental

Suffolk / Tostock

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A characterful retreat” We were very well looked after by Carol and Ron. It is overlooking open fields on the edge of an idyllic Suffolk village. Wildlife was plentiful and varied. The pub -''The Gardener's Arms'' was in one corner of the village gr  …see more

from £79 / night

£460 - £600 / week

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from £79 / night

(17) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage in Wootton Bridge

Isle of Wight / Wootton Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely property” Had a great week at kipper cottage, cant wait to get back next year. Boat house was a real treat. House was clean and tidy. Lovely quite spot  …see more

from £135 / night

£695 - £1395 / week

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from £135 / night

(3) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage rental

Ross and Cromarty / Strathpeffer

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Truly An Idyllic Piece of Scottish Heaven” Our third stay at this wonderful house and garden which provides everything we need for a totally relaxing, and private, break away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. We hope to visit again in the not  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £775 / week

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from £75 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Freshwater

Isle of Wight / Freshwater

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“very clean, well equipped bungalow” we had a great holiday. The location was very good (sea view from the lounge). The bungalow was very well equipped and very clean. Ideally located for children - lots of space to run around outside - 3 - 4 mins wal  …see more

from £79 / night

£550 - £595 / week

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from £79 / night

(29) Very Good 

40

Alton holiday home rental

Staffordshire / Alton

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent house for visit to Alton with large group” Great locationf for Alton Towers. Plenty of room and toys in house for our 3 families of 2 adults and 2 young children. Great pub across the road, great food. They allowed us to carry the food on pl  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1600 / week

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from £100 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Obidos

Obidos / Bom Sucesso

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“lovely Villa” The Villa was everything it said, well equiped, verylarge and very clean, there was eveything needed and more, booking with the Villa owner was easy and he provided exact information regarding getting to the Villa, things to do around th  …see more

from £30 / night

£250 - £1040 / week

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from £30 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Craobh Haven

Argyll and Bute / Craobh Haven

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect!” I stayed at Highclere house with my partner, mum and dad , my brother and our 2 dogs for a week and it was nowhere near long enough, none of us wanted to leave. Simone and Nick are perfect hosts, always on hand if you need them but never int  …see more

from £70 / night

£900 - £1300 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Very Good 

24

Holiday lodge in Central Southern England

Hitchin / St Pauls Walden

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 160 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“the place was lovely and we had a great time!:)” Me and my friends really enjoyed the weekend in Church Lodge cottage. We would definitely like to come and spend the perfect time making BBQ, playing volleyball, having few drinks or listen to music and  …see more

from £165 / night

£700 - £1650 / week

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from £165 / night

(27) Excellent 

11

Holiday bungalow rental

Derbyshire / Melbourne

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“a very nice holiday home and a friendly welcome” We stayed at Donington Den with our 2 small children and enjoyed it very much. We received a very nice welcome. The house was very clean and cosy with all the necessary appliances. It's a nice base to  …see more

from £52 / night

£305 - £570 / week

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from £52 / night

(14) Very Good 

24

Cottage rental in Mallow

County Cork / Mallow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Offering all guests on arrival a tray of home baking to be enjoyed during their stay, the 4-star Park South Cottage sits on a large, elevated site in the Blackwater Valley with beautiful, panoramic views. Ideal base for touring the famous attractions of Cork and Kerry.H  …see more

from £85 / night

£424 - £594 / week

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from £85 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

East Lothian / North Berwick

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely apartment with a great view” Very comfortable and well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Torquil is very helpful and easy to deal with. I am sure we will be back to stay here again in the future.  …see more

from £92 / night

£460 - £770 / week

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from £92 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Province of Cosenza / Lorica

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly

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from £77 / night

£382 - £594 / week

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from £77 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Home rental in Downderry

Cornwall / Downderry

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful family holiday!” We had the pleasure of staying at Shore View at the end of May. The house is wonderful, with everything a family could possibly need on hand. Kate’s communication before arrival was amazing and certainly made the start of  …see more

from £110 / night

£850 - £1400 / week

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from £110 / night

(43) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage rental

Keighley / Haworth

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Great cottage, perfect location” This was a special trip... our 20th wedding anniversary and our first attempt to introduce our three boys to Haworth and the Brontës. So we did pay a little more than we usually would to get this cottage, right in the  …see more

from £99 / night

£545 - £956 / week

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from £99 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Carrbridge

Aviemore / Carrbridge

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A perfect retreat for all the family!” We had 3 generations of our family stay for a long weekend and not once did anyone feel they were on top of one another. A great place with loads of room for everyone and very clean and comfortable. Everything we  …see more

from £160 / night

£850 - £1400 / week

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from £160 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Gaucin

Costa del Sol / Gaucin

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Stunning views in a beautiful village” I stayed at Casa Muneca for 2 weeks in July of 2013 and loved every minute of it. The house while compact was in a beautiful position high up in the village of Gaucin and from the terrace you could see the rock o  …see more

from £27 / night

£164 - £272 / week

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from £27 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in Xativa

Province of Valencia / Xativa

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“a great easter stay” We stayed over easter and had a lovely time. We had good weather in the day and the lodge was cosy and warm with the heating in the evening. The accomodation had everything we needed and was in a great location, very peaceful but  …see more

from £50 / night

£299 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with swimming pool in Saint Colomb de Lauzun

Lot-et-Garonne / Saint Colomb de Lauzun

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“perfect place for a quiet getaway” We arrived after a 6 hour drive to a very warm welcome from Geraldine. She quickly showed us around and left us to unpack enough to enjoy the fabulous pool! There was a very welcome baguette, cheese and wine put out  …see more

from £125 / night

£650 - £1470 / week

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from £125 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Chateau letting in Journet with golf nearby, tennis court

Haute-Vienne / Journet

10 16 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau Jautrudon has all that is needed for a relaxing family holiday in the rural Limousin region of France. Set in a 40 hectare estate, the chateau offers a peaceful and secluded vacation with several kilometers of walkways through our forest, private fenced pool, te  …see more

from £496 / night

£1907 - £3814 / week

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from £496 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Mount Irvine

Tobago / Mount Irvine

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Mot Mot Lodge has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, with double hight ceilings and full width sliding doors, opening out on to a large upper patio,with outdoor dining facilities. This dining area links the interior and the garden seamlessly.  …see more

from £230 / night

£1610 / week

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from £230 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Kinsale

County Cork / Kinsale

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
'Number 57' is new to the market after a complete renovation to a very high standard.The house dates back to the 1800's and has an interesting history. 'Number 57' is located right in the heart of the Marina Quarter and is on the doorstep to  …see more

from £121 / night

£848 - £1314 / week

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from £121 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Beamish holiday home rental

Durham / Beamish

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Private garden
“Sheer bliss” A wonderful cottage lacking for nothing. A peaceful location but close to all amenities. A perfect place to chill; comfortable sofas and an enchanting garden. The bed to die for. The finest self catering holiday we have ever taken.  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £880 / week

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from £65 / night