Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77864)

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 cottage rental

Shepton Mallet / Evercreech

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Evergreen Cottage is a natural stone building completed in early 2013 and adjoins the owners main property. The cottage offers high quality fixtures and fittings throughout which gives it a real 'home from home' feeling. The cottage benefits from underfloor he  …see more

from £65 / night

£325 - £375 / week

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from £65 / night

(25) 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
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast.  …see more

from £125 / night

£600 - £1300 / week

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from £125 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Holyhead

Holyhead / Trefor, Holyhead

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Child friendly
“a little piece of heaven !” We stayed here for a week at the end of may. Our group of 5 adults, one child, two greyhounds and a dalmation had a wonderful time. Lovely house, kind owner who could not have been more helpful. There were tears when we h  …see more

from £125 / night

£515 - £1300 / week

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from £125 / night

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(64) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dereham

Dereham / East Tuddenham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic farm holiday, ideal for children, great hosts - highly recommended!!” We spent a fantastic two weeks at Amanda and Andy's farm. The children were collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and goats, and they were taken for hay rides. We also wen  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £960 / week

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from £100 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Zell am See

Salzburg Region / Zell am See

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski
Local ski hire shop makes it easy to hire equipment. English owner is on hand to give advice and help.  …see more

from £51 / night

£353 - £975 / week

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from £51 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Almadena holiday villa accommodation

Faro District / Almadena

3 9 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Highly recommended Villa” We stayed at Villa Sandra in October 2014. It is always a risk to book accommodation from a description and pictures. You can rest assured this is a luxury villa. Gary has done a great job of providing first class facilities  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £2000 / week

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from £50 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Kalavasos

Larnaka District / Kalavasos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Total relaxation” We stayed in this really luxurious housd near Zygi .( it is actually a lot closer to Zygi than it is to Kalavasos) It was just perfect ! Every amenity was provided and even though it was in January we were still able to lie on the fa  …see more

from £85 / night

£547 - £1009 / week

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from £85 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Gwynedd

Caernarfon / Talysarn

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great house in beautiful location with helpful and considerate owner” My family and I really enjoyed our stay in Ty Capel and found it very reasonably priced. The house was as described; the rooms were spacious, clean and well-equipped, as well as bei  …see more

from £42 / night

£295 - £495 / week

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from £42 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Exeter / Topsham

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely place to stay” Excellent base for my husband, me and our teenage son. Lovely apartment to relax in, very well decorated and furnished and centrally located in Topsham. This was our second visit.  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £629 / week

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from £55 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Plazac / Perigord Noir

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
“A lovely place to stay in the most beautiful countryside.” The gite was lovely, clean and very well equipped. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and helpful with everything from recommending places to visit, to the best local restaurants, even provid  …see more

from £83 / night

£575 - £795 / week

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from £83 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Windermere

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
Self-catering 1 bedroom cottage in a quiet location on the prestigious Birthwaite Road. Just minutes walk from both Lake Windermere and Windermere town centre. Full use of garden and terrace with views towards the Lake.  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £450 / week

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from £80 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Kingsbarns

St Andrews / Kingsbarns

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“lovely stay” Lovely cottage, great surroundings, wonderful stay! We stayed at the Stackyard for 6 nights and we really appreciated the place; It is very clean, comfortable and cosy. It is big enough for 4 people. A real home away from home! It was  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Pilar de la Horadada holiday bungalow rental

Pilar de la Horadada / Mil Palmeras

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect” This was the first time that we visited this property and it was better than what we could have imagined. The apartment caters for all your needs and the setting is within walking distance to the beach (10 mins) and restaurants. The apa  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £395 / week

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from £40 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Northern England

Northumberland / Hexham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms with three bathrooms. Two double bedrooms, one en-suite and a twin bedroom. There is a modern, well-equipped kitchen and a peaceful, comfortable sitting room overlooking the garden.  …see more

from £110 / night

£375 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise ski chalet rental

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent stay” We are a family of 4 and stayed for a week at the chalet de l'ours. It is very cosy and confortable, with beautiful and quality furnishings. The beds are very comfy too and the kitchen is very well furbished. During the day there i  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £4650 / week

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from £150 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Dale

Pembrokeshire / Dale

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great location and very comfortable” We have just returned from a lovely week in Coldstream Cottage. It is a very well situated cottage, just minutes walk from the beach, cafe and pub. Dale is a fantastic place with lots of walking opportunities, Wes  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £900 / week

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from £58 / night

(73) 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  …see more

from £135 / night

£825 - £1295 / week

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from £135 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Itteringham holiday cottage rental

Aylsham / Itteringham

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
“Lovely place to stay for a quiet break” Excellent location for a quiet break in a lovely cottage overlooking the mill pond. Friendly, helpful hosts too. There are plenty of interesting places to visit within easy reach. Would quite happily recommend  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 / week

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from £75 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Central Scotland/Strathclyde holiday apartment rental

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely Bay Apartment” We thoroughly enjoyed our three night break at Little Bay Apartment. It's in a great location for enjoying Oban, particularly for the ferry terminal. The decor and cleanliness were impeccable while the owners Jane & Kevin could n  …see more

from £69 / night

£294 - £645 / week

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from £69 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Cahors holiday gite rental

Lot / Cahors

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Superb accommodation and hostess” After a long hot drive, arrived to a warm welcome and a cool glass of fizz. Beautiful and tranquil location. Fab downstairs room with own courtyard garden, room immaculate with everything one could want - all very tas  …see more

from £54 / night

£383 - £505 / week

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from £54 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Kincraig holiday bungalow rental

Badenoch and Strathspey / Kincraig

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Miss” Had an amazing week, the house is stunning and very well equipped. We will definitely be back again.  …see more

from £85 / night

£405 - £695 / week

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from £85 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Joyford

Forest of Dean / Joyford

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic for the Forest Of Dean” Lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome. The house is part of the farm, with sheep, horses and friendly dogs for children to enjoy.The accommodation is very comfortable with large bedrooms, a decent kitchen  …see more

from £55 / night

£320 - £774 / week

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from £55 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge rental

Lochinver / Baddidarrach

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“great house in great situation” everything about this house is excellent. We enjoyed all the facilities it had to offer and the situation was spectacular. It is close to all village amenities and a Michelin starred restaurant - what better way to spen  …see more

from £129 / night

£900 - £2150 / week

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from £129 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Whitwell

Isle of Wight / Whitwell

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely house, beautiful garden and surroundings, brilliantly equipped.” We stayed at Ferndale with our 2 year old and tiny baby. It's a challenging travelling with small children but arriving a Ferndale we breathed a huge sigh of relief as it was so  …see more

from £150 / night

£500 - £1400 / week

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from £150 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Shiplake

Henley-on-Thames / Shiplake

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Lovely Break” Stayed for 3 nights in this lovely new apartment. Very quiet location with a friendly pub down the road serving good food.We will be back!!  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £510 / week

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from £75 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse in West Country

Ilfracombe / Torrs

5 9 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent base for group of 9 friends and family including baby.” We were a varied party - from 11 months to mid-fifties, 4 young adults - everyone loved the house - there was a room to suit everyone. The location was perfect for wandering around the  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £1395 / week

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from £72 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Brittas Bay

County Wicklow / Brittas Bay

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great time had by all” We stayed for a week in July weather was fantastic 5 minutes stroll to Brittas Bay Beach which is a beautiful white sandy beach. House itself sleeps 8 there was 6 of us plenty of room nice decor nice decking area outside with 2  …see more

from £68 / night

£337 - £757 / week

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from £68 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £156 / night

£1086 / week

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from £156 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Bottom Bay holiday villa rental

Bottom Bay / Apple Hall

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A great place to stay in this Caribbean paradise” A lovingly maintained and managed villa that we enjoyed throughout our 2 week stay. The owners have clearly taken great care to create a comfortable, elegant home for their guests. Although we ar  …see more

from £90 / night

£595 - £1015 / week

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from £90 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Wotton-under-Edge holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Wotton-under-Edge

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage” We rented this cottage over Christmas to be closer to the family. The woodburniing stove was alight when we arrived in the evening making the cottage very welcoming, there was also a small Christmas tree which was a very nice touch. T  …see more

from £80 / night

£470 - £970 / week

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from £80 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in St Martins

Guernsey / St Martins

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely First Class !” Spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated with lovely furniture, well equipped kitchens, spacious well appointed bedrooms. Very friendly and helpful staff and an excellent location with shops close by. One the best holiday lets  …see more

from £79 / night

£549 - £1129 / week

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from £79 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Portscatho holiday bungalow rental

Portscatho / Gerrans

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent - Highly Recommended” We have been visiting Portscatho and Gerrans for many years and I can honestly say this is the nicest place we have stayed. It is very comfortable,spacious and well equipped. Beautiful and clean. Ray,the owner, was v  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £780 / week

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from £66 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Beaumaris

Anglesey / Beaumaris

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Exceeded expectations!” Clean. comfortable and close to town. Quality furniture and furnishings. Thoughtfully equipped. Returned home today and want to go back now!  …see more

from £60 / night

£299 - £429 / week

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from £60 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
“Still a wonderful comfortable accommodation” This was our 2nd visit to Biggins Grange Barn in 2 years. We loved it the first time which is why we returned. It is still a comfortable, well maintained, clean accommodation. The additional extras were ver  …see more

from £39 / night

£270 - £410 / week

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from £39 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Northern England

Sheffield / High Bradfield

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Defenitely a place to go back” Great hospitality, nice hide out in the country side, beautiful surroundings for long walks. Very well organized cottage with all accommodation you need. Perfect place to take children.  …see more

from £60 / night

£330 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Kirkby Lonsdale

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional cottage in beautiful countryside.” We stayed in the cottage for a week and were greeted with a most welcome bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The cottage was spotless with outstanding fixtures and fittings. The cottage contained everyt  …see more

from £119 / night

£499 - £799 / week

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from £119 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Beadnell holiday bungalow rental

Northumberland / Beadnell

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent holiday accommodation” Excellent holiday accommodation. It easily accommodated 2 adults, 3 children and a dog. Property was very clean and tidy on arrival. Very quiet and peaceful location. Very close to local beaches (within a 5 min walk)  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £715 / week

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from £65 / 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 £85 / night

£564 - £1429 / week

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from £85 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Holetown

Saint James Parish / Holetown

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Car not necessary
Stunning new apartments 4 minutes walk to the fabulous settlers beach.There are numerous bars/restaurants within walking distance for a variety of budgets. There are restaurants specialising in Italian, Indian or Thai as well as traditional Bajan food.Holetown is approx  …see more

from £81 / night

£567 - £800 / week

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from £81 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Somerset / Yeovil

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Well appointed; convenient for town & park” This apartment was our 'home' for 3 months whilst starting a new job & house hunting in Yeovil. It is only a few minutes walk from the town centre & from Ninesprings Country Park so there is very little need  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £525 / week

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from £55 / night