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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 villa in Cailhavel

Aude / Cailhavel

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect place for a relaxing holiday.” Villa Marina is a lovely property, very private with great outdoor eating and a very good size pool. Cailhavel is very small with few facilities but the villa is close to many lovely towns, 20 minutes drive from  …see more

from £98 / night

£684 - £1325 / week

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from £98 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in L'Escala

L'Escala / Riels

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
HUTG-012385 Special villa for holidays in L´Escala, in 300m from the beach with private pool and large garden. Villa del Sol is located in the best area of L´Escala. This area is surrounded by Riells Beach and the magnificent promenade overlooking to the bay  …see more

from £130 / night

£1889 - £2657 / week

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from £130 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(12) Excellent 

8

Hout Bay holiday home rental

Cape Town / Hout Bay

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A very relaxing home from home.....” A lovely property that felt very comfortable and was like a home from home. Extremely clean and lots of extras including a much welcomed grocery pack. Glen and Joan were very helpful when we needed advice on touris  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £825 / week

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from £75 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Almyrida

Chania Prefecture / Almyrida

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic views” Many thanks for our fortnights stay in your superb villa (23/09/16-7/10/16). Everything as stated in description with quick and helpful responses from owner. Superb location with easy access to sites and ammenities.  …see more

from £25 / night

£175 - £990 / week

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from £25 / night

(1) Very Good 

29

Lodge rental in Bilene with shared pool

Gaza Province / Bilene

10 28 1 night min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 28
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
Lux villa that sleeps 8 $720 per night4xLux tents sleeps 2 $90 per night.4 sleeper lux tent sleeps4 $100  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(2) Average 

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Penthouse rental in Roche Caiman with shared pool

Eden Island / Roche Caiman

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Location, fabulous views, style and elegance - this beautifully built and decorated one bedroomed penthouse is in the exclusively designed purpose built marina of Eden Island connected to the breathtaking island of Mahe, situated in the shimmering turquoise Indian Ocean  …see more

from £125 / night

£850 / week

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from £125 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Quinns Rocks

Quinns Rocks / Quinns Beach

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
"La Mer" features a stroll to the Quinns Beaches and the largest rectangle salt water pool available in the northern coastal suburbs. A large villa-style, child friendly holiday home for families and friends up to 6 guests.<br />Enjoy the 180 degrees va  …see more

from £87 / night

£510 - £1204 / week

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from £87 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Ban Tai

Ko Samui / Ban Tai

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
Baan Tai Beach is only 300 meters flat walk to the villa, we offer airport transfers, can arrange chef service, breakfast delivered, personal shopping and all while you relax around the fresh water pool and tropical sourroundings.  …see more

from £135 / night

£925 / week

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from £135 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Almoradi

Province of Alicante / Almoradi

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
“excellent Apartment” The Apartment was excellent in good order and nice and clean .There was plenty of bedding and utensils plats cups pots and pans if you want to stay in and do your own cooking but it is well positioned in walking distends to the t  …see more

from £15 / night

£105 - £133 / week

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from £15 / night

(6) Excellent 

18

Villa accommodation in Los Romanes with swimming pool

Vinuela / Los Romanes

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £82 / night

£575 - £1100 / week

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from £82 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Sucina holiday apartment rental

Murcia / Sucina

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Great apartment in perfect location” I stayed at the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort with a group of friends on a break from the UK weather and the standard of the accommodation and location of the apartment was perfect. The apartment included all th  …see more

from £35 / night

£215 - £275 / week

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from £35 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Corse-du-Sud / Bonifacio

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £73 / night

£505 - £1060 / week

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from £73 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lelant holiday cottage rental

St Ives / Lelant

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent Chalet, wonderful owner and exceptionally good value” I booked this chalet on behalf of friends who were staying with us at John Fowler Holiday Village. The owner Gail was fantastic from start to finish, lovely and exceptionally accommodatin  …see more

from £23 / night

£160 - £650 / week

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from £23 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Mexilhoeira Grande

Portimao / Mexilhoeira Grande

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing villa, wonderful place, just perfect :-)” The villa is beautiful, and the owners and frank wentout if their way to be helpful, we arrived late at night so frank met us on main road so we could follow him to villa as it was dark. When we arrive  …see more

from £137 / night

£958 - £1197 / week

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from £137 / night

(12) Very Good 

21

Vilamoura holiday villa rental

Quarteira / Vilamoura

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Holiday and Stay at Casa Nova” We stayed at Casa Nova with our 2 young children aged 4 and 1 and sister and brother in law. The villa was of an excellent condition with excellent facilities, lots of space and a fantastic pool and bbq area,  …see more

from £112 / night

£633 - £1744 / week

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from £112 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Symonds Yat

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Riversdale Lodge is set in the heart of Symonds Yat overlooking the River Wye. Riversdale Lodge was built circa.1910. It is a six bedroom house that has in it's time been a small hotel - hence it has 6 bedrooms and six bathrooms!Riversdale Lodge is on the banks  …see more

from £224 / night

£1295 - £3900 / week

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from £224 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Grande-Terre Island / Sainte-Anne

1 4 3 nights min

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

 …see more

from £35 / night

£240 - £389 / week

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from £35 / night

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Villa rental in Mai Khao with swimming pool

Thalang District / Mai Khao

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
Welcome to our one bedroom Garden Pool Villa at the exclusive SALA Phuket Resort and Spa in Thailand. Phuket is the largest island and one of the famous beach destinations in Thailand. SALA Phuket Resort and Spa is a stunning villa resort located on pristine Mai Khao be  …see more

from £452 / night

£3158 / week

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from £452 / night

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Holiday villa in Gata de Gorgos

Gata de Gorgos / Gata Residencial

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
CASA KERR, GATA DE GORGOS, DENIA/ JAVEA, ALICANTE.This 3 bedroom house with community swimming pool, situated on Gata Residential. It is 10 minutes by car to the first beach. Sleeps 6 persons  …see more

from £59 / night

£411 - £428 / week

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from £59 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Charente / Sers

7 15 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £428 / night

£2565 - £3710 / week

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from £428 / night

(10) Excellent 

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La Roche Chalais holiday cottage rental

Dordogne / La Roche Chalais

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Swimming pool
If you are looking for a beautiful holiday home in the heart of French culture then look no further......This gite is situated in a very pleasant rural setting in Dordogne.This is a quietly located property, with a park and a large swimming-pool.  …see more

from £52 / night

£513 - £983 / week

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from £52 / night

(33) Excellent 

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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

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with golf nearby in Bergerac

Dordogne / Bergerac

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“The perfect family holiday” The Gite at Rigal is simply perfect for a relaxing family holiday... the gite itself provides great accommodation, three big bedrooms and loads of living space. We have great memories of sitting in the wonderful 'farmhouse  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 - £1275 / week

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from £80 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Amarilla Golf

Amarilla Golf / La Quinta

4 8 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“An amazing two weeks in an amazing villa” We have just spent two weeks in this villa with my family and I can honestly say it was the best two weeks I've had on holiday. The villa was spotlessly clean and everything we needed was available for us. You  …see more

from £120 / night

£840 / week

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from £120 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Los Montesinos

Los Montesinos / Entre-Naranjos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Excellent value” We had a great stay here. This place is very well looked after. Very clean and looked exactly like the pictures on display. Great value. Very nice local restaurants.  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 / week

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from £30 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Rethymnon Prefecture / Agia Paraskevi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“We stepped off the spinning world and re-discovered ourselves” The Villa exceeded our expectations, the location and the views are to die for we spent many hours on the roof terrace just watching the world go buy. Rush hour consisted of 6 cars leaving  …see more

from £70 / night

£500 - £750 / week

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from £70 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Puerto Princesa holiday villa rental

Palawan Island / Puerto Princesa

5 12 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The villa is in the middle of the forest, fronting a beautiful beach and a stone throw away from the world famous Palawan Subterranean River. A place for families, friends, lovers, adventurous people and those who prefer the quietness of nature. The villa can house 12 p  …see more

from £276 / night

£1932 / week

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from £276 / 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
“Ticked all the boxes and more!” Having stayed in many villas there is always something i think 'Oh I wish they had this' but I honestly cannot say this on this occasion! From beach towels, hair dryer, cool bags, beer, wine and lunch on arrival I thin  …see more

from £180 / night

£1250 - £1350 / week

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from £180 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Tofo holiday home rental

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful beach house and surroundings” We had an amazing stay at the Praia da Rocha house during our 5 days there. Not only is the house beautiful with lots of space, light and air, it has a ridiculously spectacular view of the ocean. The bedrooms  …see more

from £166 / night

£1162 / week

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from £166 / night

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Holiday townhouse in Villanueva de Tapia

Province of Malaga / Villanueva de Tapia

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Looking for somewhere typically Spanish? Then this sympathetically restored Andalucian Townhouse with private swimming pool may just be the holiday home for you.  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 - £1015 / week

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from £70 / night

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Cottage rental in Saint-Didier with swimming pool

Vaucluse / Saint-Didier

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Old house in the heart of the village of Saint Didier renovated with taste. Inside the old village, you will enjoy the village life in Provence. You will be charmed by its two terraces overlooking the countryside and its shaded garden with swimming-pool where you can re  …see more

from £112 / night

£659 - £1283 / week

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from £112 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Arta

Majorca / Arta

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Stylish property, perfect for a relaxing holiday” We saw lots of pictures of Villa Sa Font Calenta before our holiday and wondered if it could possibly be as good as it looked. Well it was everything we hoped for and more. Situated just outside of Art  …see more

from £215 / night

£1500 - £4500 / week

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from £215 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Les Diablerets

Canton of Vaud / Les Diablerets

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Perfect!” This is a lovely apartment, conveniently located opposite the station. Les Diablerets is very friendly, clean, and has all the amenities you want for a perfect holiday. Our weather was not as good as we had hoped for, so the indoor pool came  …see more

from £158 / night

£1100 - £1850 / week

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from £158 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Plenee-Jugon

Cotes-d'Armor / Plenee-Jugon

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine waking up in your very own 16th century French Farmhouse, full of character and charm yet with a contemporary & luxurious twist. You lay under the soft sheets listening to the sound of birds singing and owls toowwoing. Enjoy a fresh cup of Nespresso coffee a  …see more

from £271 / night

£1900 - £3960 / week

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from £271 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Sfinari

Kissamos / Sfinari

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Pericles Beach Villa: the place to be on W. Crete!” We really enjoyed our stay at this spacious and very comfortable beach villa. Its location is superb - the 24 hour sound of the waves, the rural area, the quietness (but not lonelyless) of the spot.  …see more

from £99 / night

£749 - £2443 / week

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from £99 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent !” This lodge was brilliant and we really enjoyed our time unfortunately we only booked a week and would have loved to have stayed for 2. The lodge was perfect for 2 families with young children (between us we had 4 children aged 6 months, 1  …see more

from £93 / night

£575 - £1100 / week

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from £93 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Teuillac

Gironde / Teuillac

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
The Chai apartment is totally self-contained and is situated within our b&b. It was originally the old wine store and still has the old stone walls and double height ceilings renovated into a charming place to spend your holiday.It has a king size bed with showe  …see more

from £69 / night

£424 / week

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from £69 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Skopelos Town

Skopelos / Skopelos Town

4 8 7 nights min

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

from £158 / night

£1100 - £2895 / week

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from £158 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Colmenar holiday cottage rental

Province of Malaga / Colmenar

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“A lovely relaxing retreat” We couldn't fault the Casita and it is exactly as described. A lovely rural retreat perfect for our honeymoon. You do need a car as the property is very isolated but once on the main roads it is easy to access Cordoba and th  …see more

from £33 / night

£197 / week

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from £33 / night