Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77451)

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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Kirkby Lonsdale holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing holiday rental - everything you could possibly need is here” The cottage was the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in. It was just amazing. We will definitely be back. It is a great place for a large family. We hired 2 next door  …see more

from £129 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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from £129 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Snainton

Scarborough / Snainton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely little cottage, perfect location” This lovely little cottage is in a perfect location for visiting the seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough & Whitby. The cottage itself is very cosy, has everything you need for a short stay. Beds were very com  …see more

from £39 / night

£265 - £545 / week

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from £39 / night

(4) Excellent 

21

Holiday chalet rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
Award-winning - Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015; for the 5th year with over 180 reviews  …see more

from £122 / night

£400 - £560 / week

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from £122 / night

(11) Excellent 

21

Holiday cottage in Teversal

Nottinghamshire / Teversal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Superb stay! Beautiful cottage on the inside and lovely location” We enjoyed a wonderful weekend in this delightful cottage. It has been finished to a very high standard, everything has been thought of. The wood burner in the lounge makes for a lovely  …see more

from £66 / night

£315 - £755 / week

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from £66 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Badby

Daventry / Badby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 214 km
  • Child friendly
My brand new eco cottage is built in the heart of the lovely village of Badby. Built to a very high standard it uses natural material finishes where possible. It has two bedrooms with flexible sleeping layout (twin or super king to master bedroom), two bathrooms, comfor  …see more

from £85 / night

£510 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Very Good 

35

Holiday apartment in Wasdale Head

Wasdale Head / Wasdale Head

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“What a wonderful place!” We stayed at the seatalion apartment this week. We have only been to the lake district a fee timed over the past couple of years but we have fallen in love with the place. The apartment is beautiful with everything you need an  …see more

from £72 / night

£335 - £515 / week

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from £72 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Ski townhouse to rent in St. Wolfgang

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Ski
“What a great location” the town the area and the house where perfect. The instructions given by Sandra were great and the advice was very useful. Heidi met us on arrival and helped us settle in.  …see more

from £43 / night

£275 - £350 / week

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from £43 / night

(72) Excellent 

26

Whitby holiday cottage rental

Scarborough District / Whitby

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“A superb cottage prefectly positioned on the estate” A great location with views of the river Esk and the Larpool Viaduct which I could sit and look at all day. All enhanced by lots of birdlife and the occasional steam train passing by across the riv  …see more

from £100 / night

£575 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

(13) Excellent 

21

Holiday bungalow in Dawlish

Dawlish / Dawlish Warren

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Refreshing change,a home from home” just come back from a short break at Beaches. Myself,daughter and grand daughter were visiting my Mum. The bungalow was very clean and fresh which made such a change from usually having to clean as soon as you open  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £750 / week

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from £60 / night

(6) Excellent 

21

Holiday penthouse with golf nearby in Gower Peninsula

Gower Peninsula / Langland Bay

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Great accommodation in brethtaking surrounding” Perfect, you can fully trust to all that was said in the advertisement. The place was even better than expected! I can fully recommend the penthouse. You´ll get great value for your money and the managem  …see more

from £143 / night

£995 - £1795 / week

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from £143 / night

(16) Very Good 

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Bungalow rental in Pennal

Snowdonia National Park / Pennal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely bungalow, lovely area” We arrived after a long wet drive and luckily we had a torch with us to be able to find our way to the keybox. The bungalow was lovely and clean and bright and we made ourselves at home very quickly (after unpacking in th  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £665 / week

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from £50 / night

(14) Very Good 

24

Holiday apartment in Barton-on-Sea

New Milton / Barton-on-Sea

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Absolutely Fantastic apartment in a lovely quiet setting” The Apartment was all we needed and wanted. We were very close to the beach and the atmosphere was great. Would recommend this to anyone as we truly enjoyed every minute!!  …see more

from £77 / night

£475 - £695 / week

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from £77 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Whiting Bay holiday home let

Isle of Arran / Whiting Bay

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent house in a stunning part of Scotland” We visited over the New Year week as part of a group consisting of 3 couples and 7 kids. The house exceeded expectations. Lots of space, very well equipped, beautiful art on pretty much every wall, ve  …see more

from £271 / night

£1160 - £2010 / week

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from £271 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Carbost holiday cottage rental

Isle of Skye / Carbost

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Just perfect.” 1) The cottage was clean, tidy, cosy and well equipped. 2) The location is very suitable for a relaxing holiday/break, walking and viewing nature. 3) There is a local pub (The Old Inn), with good food and a relaxed atmosphere, about  …see more

from £95 / night

£425 - £525 / week

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from £95 / night

(47) Excellent 

23

Holiday bungalow in Poulton Le Fylde

Lancashire / Poulton Le Fylde

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“excellent accomodation ,hosts, facilities, location, parking, and fenced private garden” Carol and Lee were more than helpful providing a welcome pack, logs and two newly laid eggs.The accommodation was spacious and clean and the facilities were more  …see more

from £67 / night

£370 - £430 / week

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from £67 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chateauroux-les-Alpes

Hautes-Alpes / Chateauroux-les-Alpes

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Ski
Situated in a beautiful calm, peaceful spot but only short distance from multiple activities, both summer and winter in the Hautes Alpes, a little-known corner of France unspoiled by mass tourism. Many available summer and winter activities.<br />Ideal for holid  …see more

from £44 / night

£305 - £347 / week

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from £44 / night

(10) Excellent 

19

Tortosa holiday cottage rental

Terres de l'Ebre / Tortosa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The cottage is set in 3000sqm of planted gardens. This is the place to come and relax but is close to the areas attractions. An ideal place as hub for cycling,climbing,bird watching and canoeing.There is a play area for children. At the end of the gardens the River Ebr  …see more

from £35 / night

£250 - £550 / week

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from £35 / night

(16) Excellent 

23

Brandesburton holiday home rental

Driffield / Brandesburton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Beautiful Cottage” The cottage has been renovated to an incredibly high spec & the decor is beautiful. John & Katy really have thought about everything. From the welcome hamper including fresh (warm!) mince pies to an endless supply of fresh eggs.  …see more

from £115 / night

£600 - £1250 / week

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from £115 / night

(16) Very Good 

23

Cottage letting in Newnham-on-Severn

Forest of Dean / Newnham-on-Severn

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent hideaway near The Forest of Dean” This cottage is a gem. It is close to the Forest of Dean and all its attractions, and Gloucester. An easy drive along the Severn to Bristol, or Wales. The cottage is well maintained and well-provisioned. The  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £375 / week

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from £70 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Castara holiday villa rental

Castara / Englishman's Bay

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Very peaceful and spacious home in a great location.” Everything was well prepared when we arrived. Jango (the master gardener and our greeter when we arrived) was very patient and waited for 4 hours as our flight was delayed. The house was well equi  …see more

from £114 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £114 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Witheridge

Tiverton / Witheridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“I wish I could move in!” We just got back from a blissful 5 days at Pond Cottage and I wish I could have stayed forever. The property is finished to a beautiful standard and very well equipped with everything you could want for a truly relaxing break  …see more

from £110 / night

£500 - £800 / week

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from £110 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Glinado

Naxos / Glinado

6 16 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing Naxos holiday in large family house with great swimming pool.” It was an indulgence for just my wife and I to occupy this large villa but from the moment we were met from our ferry by Lesley with our hire car until we departed we enjoyed the  …see more

from £87 / night

£609 - £2435 / week

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from £87 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“A Beautiful Cottage” We had a fantastic time in your cottage everything was so nice and clean. A perfect location. The food at the Kings Head was excellent and the staff. They had a Halloween party for the children. We had a lovely walk along the beac  …see more

from £85 / night

£460 - £685 / week

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from £85 / night

(12) Excellent 

18

Holiday home in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro / Colina Verde, Carvoeiro

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect location and accommodation” Having stayed here previously, we were more than keen to return. The house is extremely well cared for and welcoming. All fixtures and fittings are modern and above the standard of many holiday property rentals, thi  …see more

from £55 / night

£295 - £825 / week

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from £55 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Church Stretton

Shropshire / Church Stretton

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“brilliant” as with most other reviews we had a fantastic stay.Sylvie and Mark were most welcoming and the care package was great.cottage beautifully set out and fantastic views to be had.walking distance to town for meals and supermarket.  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Excellent 

25

Holiday villa in Playa Blanca

Lanzarote / Playa Blanca

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Beautifully furnished Villa set in a small, quiet development just short walk from small sandy coves. This lovely property has been furnished to the high standard with beautiful modern furniture and art work. The master bedroom & the 2nd bedroom is upstairs with it  …see more

from £105 / night

£800 - £1183 / week

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from £105 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Villa letting in Chulilla with swimming pool

Province of Valencia / Chulilla

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
Summary: If you are looking for something a bit different - to truly relax and unwind with your family and friends in the REAL Spain...then this is it! Casa Níspero is a beautiful traditional Spanish villa hidden away among the pine trees on the edge of Parque N  …see more

from £120 / night

£700 - £1300 / week

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from £120 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Shirwell holiday cottage rental

Barnstaple / Shirwell

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
Rye Cottage has a 4 poster double bed in an alcove of the sitting are with separate bathroom. Log burner and wooden beams and great south facing views. Indoor heated swimming pool, spa bath and Sauna. Dog friendly. Very close to great beaches, walking and cycling  …see more

from £45 / night

£245 - £560 / week

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from £45 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Nerja

Costa del Sol / Nerja

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Idyllic accommodation in an idyllic location” This apartment on the second floor, which is easily accessible by lift or stairway, is spacious, pleasantly decorated and is extremely light and airy. The apartment has all the amenities you would requir  …see more

from £21 / night

£150 - £375 / week

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from £21 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Scarborough District / Filey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“High standard accommodation in a good location” A quiet location within 15 minutes walking distance of Filey and its amenities The accommodation is of a high standard and a lot of thought and effort has been given by the owner to furnishings and deco  …see more

from £65 / night

£190 - £750 / week

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from £65 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Nailsworth holiday barn rental

Cotswolds / Nailsworth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Recently converted single storey farm building located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a working cattle farm in the Cotswolds. Beautifully renovated to a high standard with eco-friendly air source underfloor heating and woodburner. Large comfortable open pl  …see more

from £75 / night

£390 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Stratford-upon-Avon holiday lodge rental

Warwickshire / Stratford-upon-Avon

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing” Five stars all round. The location, Cleanliness and comfort of this lodge is just faultless. The Swans, Geese & Ducks are an added bonus. Everybody that walks by are just so friendly which is nice to see this day and age. I cannot wait to ret  …see more

from £120 / night

£655 - £895 / week

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from £120 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Semoussac holiday gite rental

Charente-Maritime / Semoussac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
“Everything we wanted - and more!” We were met on arrival by Chris & Martin, owners of the gite, & welcomed with a hamper of goodies: food for a quick supper & breakfast next day, a bottle of wine & flowers! The house was spacious & very well equi  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

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Cottage rental in Mailhac-sur-Benaize

Haute-Vienne / Mailhac-sur-Benaize

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
Limousin-Cottage is a charming stone-built holiday cottage, dating back to 1750, in a quiet village location in the Haute Vienne, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France. This beautiful region of SW is known as the French 'Lake District.' The cottage is available through  …see more

from £33 / night

£231 - £292 / week

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from £33 / night

(33) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Waternish

Waternish / Lochbay

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“special” if you want a holiday with exceptional surroundings and wildlife on your doorstep this is for you. Thankyou Lusta cottage for being there !!! A lovely homely feel just what you want for relaxation and warm comfortable place to rest your head  …see more

from £150 / night

£495 - £935 / week

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from £150 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Sheringham

Norfolk / Sheringham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Just 5 minutes walk to the blue flag beach and 3 minutes walk to the wonderful High Street and the famous Poppy Line Railway, Kit's Beck is available for both weekly and short break hire throughout the year. Built in 1895 as a Fisherman's Cottage, Kit's B  …see more

from £99 / night

£400 - £795 / week

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from £99 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Tetbury holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Tetbury

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The Coach House is situated in a area of outstanding beauty directly opposite Westonbirt Arboretum a great location for Tetbury and those wishing to attend Badminton Horse Trials. This is an ideal property for those seeking to escape to the country.  …see more

from £150 / night

£550 - £650 / week

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from £150 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Portaferry holiday cottage let

County Down / Portaferry

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Terrific.” Completely thought through; a very comfortable stay. Everything catered for from beach towels to drinks flasks. Fresh, clean. A must.  …see more

from £58 / night

£405 - £495 / week

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from £58 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
“excellent cottage, very well equipped, good location” stayed for 5 nights at Clare Cottage, everything was excellent. Great location in Ambleside, central to exploring the Lake District. Cottage location right in town, but very quiet in a little lan  …see more

from £87 / night

£500 - £825 / week

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from £87 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Anglesey / Beaumaris

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Most beautiful holiday cottage we have ever stayed in!” Beau Cottage was just gorgeous......each room beautifully furnished and decorated with so many lovely features. Added to that was good central heating (essential on a chilly November weekend), a  …see more

from £150 / night

£650 - £1250 / week

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from £150 / night