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Rural retreats (79520)

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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(46) Excellent 

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Alton holiday bungalow accommodation

Staffordshire / Alton

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Mrs” We love it the house is perfect and clean. The owner is really friendly and helpful. We will be back.
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from £60 / night

£290 / week

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from £60 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Sheringham with golf nearby

Norfolk / Sheringham

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Another happy week” This is the second time we have stayed at the cottage. Everything supplied that you could hope for. The weather was kind to us and so convenient for long walks with our dog. Would happily recommend canary cottage to friends. Thanks
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from £58 / night

£400 - £640 / week

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from £58 / night

(26) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

17

Clitheroe holiday apartment rental

Lancashire / Clitheroe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Nice little hideout” Lovely location & nicely tucked away. This was booked as a birthday gift for my husband and I. We had horrendous weather but it didn't bother us as we were cosy inside the lovely warm log cabin. We had a lovely chilled out weekend
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from £85 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Abondance ski apartment to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Abondance

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Ski

from £53 / night

£290 - £676 / week

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from £53 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Rethymnon / Maroulas

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Two wonderful weeks at Kivotos Villa” We had a perfect stay at Kivotos Villa with a wonderful view, spacious rooms and a great outdoor area. Many thanks to Eva for taking such good care of us. We where treated with fresh vegetables, cucumber pie and p
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from £119 / night

£829 - £1566 / week

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avg. 2 hours 34 minutes

from £119 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Solden ski apartment to rent.

Tirol / Solden

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent family Christmas in Zwieselstein” Travelled to Zwieselstein for 12 days over Christmas 2011. Have never spent Christmas away from home before, and we were not dissapointed. The apartment was spacious and well appointed. The view of the villa
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from £130 / night

£750 - £1400 / week

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from £130 / night

(6) Excellent 

25

Carbis Bay holiday bungalow rental

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great place to stay” We have just returned from our stay at Foxgloves in Carbis Bay. Situated in a nice quiet cul-de-sac it was ideal for our stay as we have family close by. We stayed as a family of 4 with other family popping over for dinner a few t
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from £90 / night

£400 - £850 / week

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avg. 1 hour 38 minutes

from £90 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killin

Loch Tay / Killin

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic” We had a lovely time at Pine Cottage, it really is a beautiful place to stay. The cottage was cosy and very clean and comfortable, with everything you could possibly need. We really appreciated the welcome pack, it was a lovely touch, som
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from £60 / night

£420 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

23

Holiday bungalow in Middleham

North Yorkshire / Middleham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent!” I endorse everything good that other reviewers have said about this cottage and would add that it's a few minutes (off road) walk from excellent bus routes to Leyburn, Richmond and Ripon - all of which are of interest, especially on market
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from £87 / night

£495 - £500 / week

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avg. 2 hours 32 minutes

from £87 / night

(2) Excellent 

13

Holiday gite with shared pool in Cognac

Cognac / Deuville

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £66 / night

£461 / week

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from £66 / night

(78) Excellent 

18

Holiday log cabin rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Second time here” This is the second time here and been absolutely brilliant good fishing days to and quite a lot caught kids enjoyed themselves to and Kim the owner helped us with any questions we asked her during our stay would recommend this place
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from £85 / night

£550 - £950 / week

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avg. 2 hours 3 minutes

from £85 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Kotor holiday apartment rental with shared pool

Kotor Municipality / Muo

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful location - superbly equipped - lovely decor. Would stay again...” Stunning views over Kotor bay. A lovely pool and barbeque area. A lovely location, with superb restaurants nearby. A bit of a trek into the town, so a car would be recomm
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from £45 / night

£575 - £675 / week

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from £45 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in L'Alpe-d'Huez

Isere / L'Alpe-d'Huez

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £58 / night

£354 - £1062 / week

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from £58 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“Great flat excellent location” Great location and good find in the centre of Tenby. All aspects of the flat are as per the description and everything worked out well from collecting the keys to leaving on the Sunday. Flat was clean spacious and had
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from £95 / night

£445 - £1095 / week

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avg. 2 hours 51 minutes

from £95 / night

(11) Very Good 

20

Holiday cottage in Ballymoney

County Antrim / Ballymoney

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“A quiet peaceful relaxing place to recharge!” A lovely little place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet!A great base from which to explore our beautiful coast.John and Helen are lovely friendly people so welcoming!I wouldn't hesitate to recommend
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from £60 / night

£350 / week

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avg. 3 hours 20 minutes

from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

40

Home rental in Bearsted with golf nearby

Maidstone / Bearsted

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Great relaxing weekend” The location is great, easy to find off the motorway and a short walk into the town where there are a couple lovely restaurants. We ate at Oak on the Green on Saturday evening which was lovely (would recommend booking, very bus
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from £80 / night

£560 / week

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avg. 1 hour 40 minutes

from £80 / night

(25) Very Good 

26

Gerani holiday studio rental

Chania Prefecture / Gerani

Studio 3 1 night min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Well organnised” Arrived Chania airport ,taxi arranged via Stavros ready and waiting ,took us to apartment .all clean and tidy better than expected .outside the pool area is very clean and well looked after ..we ate most days at resort and could not f
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from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(6) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

22

Holiday cottage in Kincasslagh

County Donegal / Kincasslagh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

Certificate of Excellence

from £70 / night

£275 - £450 / week

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avg. 1 hour 12 minutes

from £70 / night

(14) Excellent 

23

Holiday villa in Alozaina

Province of Malaga / Alozaina

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous villa, fantastic views” Very helpful owner from start to finish. A wonderful villa with everything you need for a great holiday. Views were tremendous, very pretty area, friendly locals and not too far from local amenities. Villa was spotl
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from £95 / night

£525 - £1280 / week

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from £95 / night

(68) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

27

Log cabin letting in Tattershall with golf nearby

Lincolnshire / Tattershall

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“An absolute quaint little Gem with a beautiful view to boot.” We have stayed many times at the Lakes and having lets here ourselves that we're booked out we want to stay Easter weekend .So we booked this lodge 48 hrs before we arrived . Emma who was o
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from £120 / night

£695 - £1200 / week

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avg. 2 hours 59 minutes

from £120 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Home rental in Rudyard Lake

Leek / Rudyard Lake

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wow ...” Our family had a fantastic few days staying at 'Hideaway'. It was a perfect place to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the decor is lovely. The kitchen is fitted out with everything you need and the
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from £198 / night

£1295 - £1495 / week

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from £198 / night

20

Apartment rental in Medulin

Istria / Medulin

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly

from £40 / night

£277 / week

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avg. 3 hours 15 minutes

from £40 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Pila-Canale holiday gite let

Corse-du-Sud / Pila-Canale

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool

from £71 / night

£487 - £877 / week

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from £71 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Greolieres

Greolieres / Greolieres les Neiges

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £71 / night

£443 - £903 / week

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from £71 / night

24

Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Ilfracombe

Devon / Ilfracombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £60 / night

£285 - £584 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste / Fuerteventura Golf

4 7 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“An amazing Villa” This Villa is absolutely fantastic! The quality of the decor and furniture are top class, the kitchen has a high standard of equipment and utensils. The agents, Julie and Steve, were very helpful and only a phone call away. Excellen
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from £150 / night

£1050 - £1350 / week

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avg. 1 hour 45 minutes

from £150 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge in South Cerney

Cotswolds / South Cerney

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Great find for the whole family no matter what the age” Really exceeded all expectations, the house was lovely and fitted 6 in quite comfortably, along with our two dogs. Our lake was one of the smaller ones which made it much more personal experien
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from £100 / night

£790 - £990 / week

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avg. 2 hours 4 minutes

from £100 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Positano

Amalfi Coast / Positano

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £262 / night

£1585 - £2253 / week

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from £262 / night

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Holiday gite in Dieulefit

Drome / Dieulefit

4 9 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £142 / night

£753 / week

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avg. 3 hours 13 minutes

from £142 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Falmouth

Cornwall / Falmouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Car not necessary
“A perfect spot” We stayed four days at 5 Porth Gwel, an immaculate little apartment overlooking the harbour in Falmouth. The owners, Jude and John, have gone out of their way to make it comfortable and cozy, and we felt right at home as soon as we wa
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from £62 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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avg. 57 minutes

from £62 / night

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Holiday apartment in Donnas

Valle d'Aosta / Donnas

1 3 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £36 / night

£246 / week

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from £36 / night

(77) Excellent 

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Newby Bridge holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Newby Bridge

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A most memorable 60th Birthday stay!” Every part of this stay was wonderful. Helen took care of everything with such thoughtfulness. The welcome tea tray with home made cake, the quality of everything in the house for our use, the logs provided and fi
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from £135 / night

£850 - £1295 / week

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avg. 2 hours 14 minutes

from £135 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Bournemouth holiday apartment rental

Bournemouth / Sandbanks

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £165 / night

£945 - £1850 / week

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from £165 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Coulaures

Dordogne / Coulaures

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic place! You will simply never want to leave!!” Le Marronnier is a beautiful haven of peace and tranquility. A fabulous barn conversion lovingly undertaken with great attention to detail throughout providing for an exceptionally comfortable
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from £130 / night

£500 - £3000 / week

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avg. 3 hours 12 minutes

from £130 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Home rental in Torridon

Ross and Cromarty / Torridon

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A loch-side haven of peace” We spent two glorious weeks at Ben View at the beginning of May. Almost a fortnight of sunshine helped, but we know from a previous visit that sitting in the sun room watching rain squalls blow up the loch offers far more d
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from £150 / night

£600 - £1200 / week

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avg. 2 hours 23 minutes

from £150 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Marazion

Marazion / St Michael's Mount

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Had a fabulous holiday here with friends” Lovely cottage , the cottage wasn't booked the week before we had booked it , so we emailed the owner to see if we could have the Friday night , he let us have the Friday night and left the key in a safety box
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from £85 / night

£595 - £2454 / week

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(34) 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
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
“50th birthday week away” Booked a week away in half term to celebrate my 50th birthday. Location was excellent, went to Gretna Green and Lake District which are within reasonable driving distance as well as more local destinations. Lodge is fantastic,
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from £115 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £115 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Camber

Rye / Camber

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Amazing” Never write reviews but we booked the ark for a surprise birthday weekend for my mums 60th birthday. There was plenty of rooms which catered for all our needs. A great place to spend quality time with family
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from £330 / night

£1750 - £2050 / week

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from £330 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Aberdaron holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage, great rural location with fantastic views” This was our second year back to Ysgubor Bach and, once again, we were very happy with our choice. The cottage is in a great location. Less than a mile from Whistling Sands. A beautiful, qui
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from £95 / night

£664 - £1384 / week

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avg. 1 hour 22 minutes

from £95 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Kas with shared pool

Antalya Province / Kas

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £54 / night

£744 / week

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from £54 / night

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