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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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Inverlounin House - Lochgoilhead house sleeps 9

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochgoilhead

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.01 km; Swimming pool;
Fantastically located by the lochside in the heart of Argyll, the house sleeps up to 9 (plus infants) in 5 bedrooms.Spacious public rooms boast stunning loch views, and a great kitchen and utility room provide everything you need. Ideal for holidays, retreats and celebr  …see more

from £136 / night

£849 - £1750 / week

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from £136 / night

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Domaine de Respelido, 15 km from Nice and the sea - Carros villa sleeps 4

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Carros

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
Small holiday residence of eight 2 and 3-room villas each with private garden, Le Domaine de Respelido will welcome you in the quietness of the countryside, 15 km from Nice, Nice airport and the beaches. Jean-Paul my husband and I, Sabrina are landscapers and created a  …see more

from £70 / night

£488 - £940 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Terrible 

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Upper Bavaria / Berchtesgaden

5 14 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Ski;
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from £176 / night

£1227 / week

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from £176 / night

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(6) Excellent 

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La Maison D'Anna - Marcilhac-sur-Cele cottage sleeps 4

Lot / Marcilhac-sur-Cele

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
La Maison d'Anna is a charming house in the picturesque village of St Sulpice sur Cele in Le Lot region of south west France. The house is typical of the area and is situated on a quiet single track road that leads from the village church to the river valley road. The  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Luxury 8 bed beach house - Tofo house sleeps 8

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.02 km; Swimming pool;
A real beach house as it is really close to the beach ie 20 metres. Cassa Bitonga is on a private, secure and unspoilt small estate. To get to Praia da Rocha you have a sandy 6 km road and will require a 4 wheel drive vehicle or a city SUV. It can be done with a high c  …see more

from £120 / night

£840 / week

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from £120 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Villa Relax - Song Cau house sleeps 8

Quy Nhon / Song Cau

4 8 3 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
Welcome to our paradise on earth - perhaps even yours to be?Miles of beautiful beach, postcard palm trees and white sand is something you have to get used to.Take advantage of the incredible serenity that surrounds Gahn Do, without any loud discotheque or bar streetPut  …see more

from £77 / night

£496 - £633 / week

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from £77 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Mas des Gardies stone farmhouse, very large pool - Ales villa sleeps 16

Gard / Ales

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Swimming pool;
Luxurious accommodation in quiet rural southern France. Set in 17 acres of private land including an 18m Long and 2.8m deep saline system swimming pool. The house is suitable for all ages the different seating areas means it never feels crowded. All renters say it is be  …see more

from £300 / night

£1283 - £6650 / week

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from £300 / night

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Corfu / Boukari

2 4 5 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £56 / night

£389 - £599 / week

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from £56 / night

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Libyan Breeze sea view villa - Sfakia villa sleeps 8

Chania Prefecture / Sfakia

3 8 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
Our place has magnificent view and we are located in an area of arts and civilization. Our villa is ideal for couples, persons that like nature and sports, professional travelers and of course for families with kids. If you are a big group you are also welcome. Pets are  …see more

from £73 / night

£509 / week

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from £73 / night

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Marie-Galante / Grand Bourg

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Swimming pool;
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from £129 / night

£847 - £1458 / week

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from £129 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Casa Carbonaia - Vinci app. Le Scalette - Vinci apartment sleeps 4

Province of Florence / Vinci

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Casa Carbonaia is a farmhouse of 550 square metres which has been completely renovated for farm holidays at a height of 305 mt. above sea level, situated among the hills of Montalbano, in the municipal district of Vinci, 40 km from Florence and 35 km from Lucca.Casa Car  …see more

from £77 / night

£489 / week

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from £77 / night

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Luxury Finca with view to sea - Cala Millor finca sleeps 5

Majorca / Cala Millor

3 5 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
The Finca is in a rural environment. Large garden with pool, lawn and many flowers. It takes you within 5 minutes to the sandy beach and the supermarkets. As we are living here most of the time it has central heating, airconditioning, and is equiped and furnisherd state  …see more

from £189 / night

£1240 - £1317 / week

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from £189 / night

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Villa Nicholas - Xylofagou villa sleeps 6

Larnaka District / Xylofagou

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
A very well maintained and decorated three bedroom villa situated in the village of Xylofagou. The villa has its own private pool and it just a short 5/10 minute drive to the beaches of Dhekalia and Ayia Napa. Ideal for families wanting a relaxing holiday but close enou  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

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Seignosse villa with pool and walk to beach - Seignosse villa sleeps 12

Landes / Seignosse

6 12 7 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Contemporary villa totally modernised in 2012, enjoying a fantastic forest location near the beach Spacious & modern villa with 245m2 accommodation comprising a main house plus 1 bedroom annexe. Ground Floor - at a glance Entrance hall and W.C. 54m living room compris  …see more

from £379 / night

£2650 - £3185 / week

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from £379 / night

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Alouette - Bezolles gite sleeps 2

Gers / Bezolles

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Alouette sleeps two people in a beautiful room retaining original features and beams with a comfortable kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom (shower over bath) Alouette has a gorgeous open plan lounge/diner downstairs with a further WC. The traditional wood stove gives th  …see more

from £54 / night

£375 / week

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from £54 / night

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Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre / Ravine des Cabris

3 6 4 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
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from £73 / night

£599 / week

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from £73 / night

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Corfu / Boukari

2 4 5 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £56 / night

£389 - £599 / week

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from £56 / night

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Apartment Zuiderduin - Bergen - Netherlands hotel apartment sleeps 4

Alkmaar / Bergen, Netherlands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Swimming pool;
Apartment Zuiderduin is located in the four star hotel ''Hotel Zuiderduin''. This has as an advantage the many facilities which this hotel has to offer and also the short walk distance to the beach, dunes and town center. You can reach it all in 100-  …see more

from £107 / night

£748 - £988 / week

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from £107 / night

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apartment 2 - Nassfeld house sleeps 3

Kirchbach / Nassfeld

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Ski; Child friendly ;
The apartment has been lovingly restored in autumn 2013, with all modern comforts, in the typical Austrian country style, with lots of wood.It has a separate bedroom, bathroom with shower and bath, kitchen, living room and large south facing balcony Sofa bed for 2 in th  …see more

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(22) Very Good 

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Beachfront holiday apartment - Costa Calma apartment sleeps 3

Pajara / Costa Calma

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.05 km; Swimming pool;
Our one bedroomed apartment is a top floor apartment on the 2nd floor in the same brand new beachfront complex like our studio home, built according to the highest standards. From the large private balcony opens an amazing panoramic view over the turquoise blue Atlantic  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £359 / week

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from £43 / night

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Gard / Garrigues-Sainte-Eulalie

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 79 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £69 / night

£419 / week

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from £69 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Vingt-Deux - Maire-Levescault cottage sleeps 6

Deux-Sevres / Maire-Levescault

2 6 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 120 km; Swimming pool;
No.22 is located on a quite country lane near the tiny village of Mairie L'evescault, in the Deux-Sevres department of the Poitou-Charente region of France. The Stone cottage has been renovated and beautifully furnished to a very high standard yet still maintains its F  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £581 / week

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from £47 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Domaine de Cournet-Haut - Saint Pompon gite sleeps 6

Dordogne / Saint Pompon

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Domaine de Cournet-Haut, which was once a 17th century hunting lodge, is today home to a peaceful and beautifully restored holiday residence. Set on 13 acres of gardens, lawns and bright mature forest, it provides the space and serenity for great family holidays and rel  …see more

from £69 / night

£492 - £988 / week

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from £69 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Aspet / Soueich

3 2 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £77 / night

£488 / week

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from £77 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Pearl Bay Beach House - Yzerfontein house sleeps 8

Western Cape / Yzerfontein

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
The ultimate beach holiday house! Go for long beach walks on our 16 mile beach, do some fishing or whale watching. Pick mussels from the rocks directly in front of the house. The flow of the house is conducive to outdoor barbeques, and long lazy lunches by the pool.Th  …see more

from £189 / night

£1317 / week

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from £189 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Thurnham Keep Stables - Thurnham apartment sleeps 2

Maidstone / Thurnham

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Situated in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the historic Pilgrim's Way in the quiet hamlet of Thurnham, Thurnham Keep Stables is perfectly located for peaceful sanctuary, whilst still being within easy access of Kent's many places to visit.With woo  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Saxony / Schoneck

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Ski; Child friendly ;
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from £56 / night

£389 / week

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from £56 / night

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Eure / La Couture Boussey

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £99 / night

£692 / week

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from £99 / night

(10) Excellent 

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La Petite Maison Beautiful, Enchanting and loved - Chateauneuf-sur-Charente gite sleeps 2

Charente / Chateauneuf-sur-Charente

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 70 km; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
La Petite Maison with its calming decor and light oak furniture is the perfect place to relax and chill by the pool or just to sit and watch the world go by in this haven of tranquility. It is equipped to a very high standard and the pictures speak for themselves, alth  …see more

from £49 / night

£340 - £650 / week

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from £49 / night

(14) Very Good 

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HAYLOFT, CANNISTER HALL BARNS - Toftrees barn sleeps 6

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
The Hayloft is a beautiful converted barn on a small complex of other similar properties, in the countryside just outside of Fakenham, Norfolk. Fakenham which is a pretty and historic market town often referred to as the “Gateway to the North Norfolk Coast”. The lar  …see more

from £110 / night

£700 - £925 / week

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from £110 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Tarn / Lautrec

2 4 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £52 / night

£359 / week

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from £52 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Casita Antone - Frigiliana villa sleeps 2

Province of Malaga / Frigiliana

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 4 km; Swimming pool;
This charming house is set in a tropical garden with a fabulous private pool...a relaxing tranquil haven, with large private terraces. Casita Antone has breathtaking views to the sea and is a cosy comfortable spacious home away from home. The walls are hung with lots of  …see more

from £68 / night

£471 / week

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from £68 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Deanfield Coach House, Parkend, Lydney, Glos - Parkend cottage sleeps 8

Forest of Dean / Parkend

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Deanfield Coach House is in the heart of the magnificent historic Forest of Dean, in the village of Parkend, this characterful Visit England 4 star gold property combines superb modern comfort with lovely original features, it backs onto cycle/walking trails and the Nag  …see more

from £112 / night

£440 - £1010 / week

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from £112 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Eure-et-Loir / Champrond-en-Gatine

5 15 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £770 / night

£2394 / week

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from £770 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Le Chene - Sanzay house sleeps 10

Argenton-les-Vallees / Sanzay

5 10 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Built on the foundations of an old barn, Le Chene is one of 2 gites on site at La Charriere, and is designed to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for 10 guests (with the possibilty for one or two extras if they're small!). With a spacious kitchen and din  …see more

from £86 / night

£513 / week

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from £86 / night

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Yucatan / Izamal

1 3 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £60 / night

£363 - £443 / week

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from £60 / night

(16) Excellent 

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41 Gurnard Pines - Gurnard chalet sleeps 6

Isle of Wight / Gurnard

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Newly refurbished chalet with brand new fitted kitchen and bathroom. Fully equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, fridge with a freezer compartment, microwave oven, crockery, cutlery and utensils. Iron, folding clothes horse, and vacuum cleaner. Dining area with  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Casa de Sonho - lovely villa with heated pool - Canhas villa sleeps 6

Ponta Do Sol / Canhas

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
A lovely Villa with Heated Pool, in the sunny countryside close to the ocean. Set in a small tranquil complex of contemporary houses, the three bedroomed, modern and very well appointed. Casa de Sonho offers everything you could want from a tranquil holiday villa.Loca  …see more

from £176 / night

£599 - £1436 / week

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(3) Very Good 

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Moulin Battant Water Mill Bordeaux Region Pool - Moulon apartment sleeps 4

Gironde / Moulon

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
• Picturesque riverside setting amongst vineyards• 1 km to Dordogne river • Close to village with basic amenities (shops, bar, pizza parlour…)• Visible stonework, chimney and beams (central heating available for a surcharge)• Patio furniture, barbecue, pools  …see more

from £80 / night

£555 / week

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from £80 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Lost Valley of Ramila Marvao Natural Park Paradise - Santo Antonio Das Areias apartment sleeps 3

Marvao / Santo Antonio Das Areias

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
We are the 'Lost Valley of Ramila" . Top quality Eco-friendly Studio-apartments with private terrace in a FABULOUS Natural Park setting close to the Spanish border and the old smugglers route. There's also a lovely restored Mill and Mill Cottage down by the River Seve  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £705 / week

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from £60 / night

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