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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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Rhosneigr holiday bungalow rental

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

from £103 / night

£519 - £1014 / week

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from £103 / night

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Holiday home in Dingle

Dingle Peninsula / Dingle

3 8 Min stay varies

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

from £127 / night

£884 / week

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from £127 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Skeabost Bridge

Portree / Skeabost Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Ms” This place is spectacular - a luxurious warm and comfortable cottage with A lovely view - we were lucky enough to have good weather and wanted to explore .. there's plenty of books and travel tips giving information on the best places to go but t
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from £100 / night

£650 - £2500 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Seine-Maritime / Criquetot-l'Esneval

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly

from £60 / night

£293 - £386 / week

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from £60 / night

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Cottage rental in Loddiswell

Devon / Loddiswell

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Child friendly

from £56 / night

£392 - £567 / week

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from £56 / night

(28) 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
“THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE IN WALES” There is an amazing spacious house with everything what you need to lead everyday live. House is very atractive located close to most popular attractions in Snowdonia. We had been visited Criccieth and Cearnarfon Cas
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from £42 / night

£295 - £449 / week

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from £42 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Mulranny

County Mayo / Mulranny

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £75 / night

£320 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

21

Holiday home in Shillelagh

County Wicklow / Shillelagh

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Very clean and good value for money.” We all had a fantastic time staying at this property. Close to other towns, so not a long time driving. We would defiantly stay here again or recommend this property to family and friends.
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from £85 / night

£424 / week

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from £85 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Dundee

Dundee / Broughty Ferry

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Broughty Magic” Cosy Fishermans Cottage, perfect harbour location, stunning views,near all amenities in a superb village environment close to Dundee. Would recommend everytime.
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from £90 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(3) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

10 20 1 night min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

from £59 / night

£411 / week

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from £59 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Broadstairs

Isle of Thanet / Broadstairs

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great Property for multi generational holiday” This was our second visit to this property and this time our sons and their families joined us. The weather wasn't great but we were able to get the little ones on the beach in minutes when the sun did sh
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from £93 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £93 / night

(2) Excellent 

14

Holiday apartment in Rovinj

Rovinj / Rovinj Old Town

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £47 / night

£327 / week

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from £47 / night

(5) Excellent 

12

Mahe Island / Anse Royale

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £73 / night

£505 / week

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from £73 / night

(3) Excellent 

20

Dizzasco holiday apartment rental

Lake Como / Dizzasco

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Home from home.” Excellent in every way. Two small points to note. One, the swimming pool is small if you want to have a proper swim. However good if you just want to cool off. Secondly, the approach road to the house is very narrow. Could be off putt
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from £204 / night

£1356 - £1780 / week

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from £204 / night

(33) Excellent 

17

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Wow! An exceptional cottage, excellent location - home from home.” We travel to Scotland every other year, to stay for Christmas and New Year - this was by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Everything you needed was there, plus little extras. T
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from £70 / night

£360 - £580 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Excellent 

12

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Balchik

Dobrich Province / Balchik

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Great villa, town and weather!” The Whiterocks villa was superb with all the amenities you would need, in particular the pool was extremely clean and we used it every day in our 2 week stay. The views from the villa were breathtaking! Balchik is
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from £65 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £65 / night

(28) Excellent 

21

Holiday home with golf nearby in Kenmore

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Mrs” We had a brilliant time here. The location is spot on, accommodation was spotless and the view from the window is beautiful. Would definitely visit again, every turn has another fantastic view and numerous walks to go on. Didn't quite make it up
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from £85 / night

£495 - £515 / week

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from £85 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Killarney holiday home rental

County Kerry / Killarney

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £254 / night

£1695 - £2288 / week

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from £254 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Cala Gonone

Dorgali / Cala Gonone

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent stay” lovely part of the wold to visit ; the apartment was really cosy and well furnished . The position is ideal for a quite and relaxing holiday and also very close to all amenities and conforts: shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach is
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from £47 / night

£327 - £441 / week

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from £47 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday home in St. Andrews

Fife / St Andrews

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Staggeringly lovely” Such a good location and a lovely house. It was perfect for our family group and was an ideal base for a long weekend enjoying all that St Andrews has to offer.
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from £125 / night

£700 - £2000 / week

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from £125 / night

(44) Excellent 

20

Bognor Regis holiday cottage rental

Arun District / Bognor Regis

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Cottage” This cottage was lovely so well equipped and tea and coffee milk to get us started. Bed really comfy and peaceful night's sleep had thanks to it being in a private road. Cosy and warm. Parking could be and issue but vouchers supplied
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from £45 / night

£325 - £595 / week

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from £45 / night

(7) Excellent 

15

Cawsand holiday apartment accommodation

Cornwall / Cawsand

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent accommodation in a lovely village” The accommodation was very comfortable and included everything we needed for our stay in Cawsand. The owners were friendly and helpful.
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from £80 / night

£365 - £475 / week

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from £80 / night

(53) Excellent 

30

Holiday cottage in Foyers

Loch Ness / Foyers

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Just Amazing!” The Wee Residence was really cosy and nice to stay in, we had no problems with it. Not very far from the residence there's the Foyers Falls which are beautiful. We visited many places such as Inverness, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, the Tom
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from £60 / night

£300 - £380 / week

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from £60 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Cabo Roig

Costa Blanca / Cabo Roig

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £28 / night

£149 - £276 / week

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from £28 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Rhosneigr holiday home rental

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Anglesey Short Break” Excellent few days at the beach house, ideally located for amenities and the beach. Easy to find and the welcome pack ensured that we had no queries.
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from £85 / night

£475 - £740 / week

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from £85 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Domme

Dordogne / Domme

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The best ever.” After 40 years of holidaying in various regions of France, we decided 6 years ago that the Sarlat/Domme area was our favourite. This year we stayed at Les tournesols, and were absolutely delighted. The gite had everything we wanted, do
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from £109 / night

£759 - £1691 / week

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from £109 / night

(23) Excellent 

24

Holiday lodge rental

Isleham / Riverside Island Marina

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

from £95 / night

£490 - £678 / week

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from £95 / night

(43) Very Good 

12

Holiday apartment in St Leonards on Sea

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” We had a wonderful stay in this fabulous apartment. Loved the space & views - the weather was beautiful too!
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from £80 / night

£450 - £575 / week

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from £80 / night

(32) Very Good 

27

Holiday cottage rental

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Very comfortable and cosy cottage” Just arrived back from four nights in Wye Gate Cottage great locations and beautiful view from cottage, people very friendly lots of place to go, loved the hand pull boat. Definitely go back again.
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from £58 / night

£291 - £505 / week

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from £58 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Fenit

County Kerry / Fenit

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £37 / night

£255 - £704 / week

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from £37 / night

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Apartment rental in Ansedonia with golf nearby

Orbetello / Ansedonia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly

from £64 / night

£445 / week

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from £64 / night

(32) Excellent 

39

Lodge rental in Lochinver

Lochinver / Baddidarrach

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
“Waterloo House” Enjoying our 7 night stay here in Lochinver. The house is gorgeous, well equipped and very comfortable. It's open plan layout works well for family time. Wish I could have this at home! Lots of essential extras left for use such as toi
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from £125 / night

£750 - £4100 / week

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from £125 / night

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Vendee / Mervent

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

from £77 / night

£534 / week

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from £77 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Home rental in Borth with golf nearby

Ceredigion / Borth

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £122 / night

£850 - £1350 / week

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from £122 / night

(8) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage rental

Devon / Appledore

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £58 / night

£400 - £975 / week

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from £58 / night

(7) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa letting

Naxos / Melanes

2 4 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool

from £89 / night

£623 - £1899 / week

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from £89 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz / La Paz

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant Holiday” My daughter and I loved Villa Sara. It was fully equiped and very clean and comfortable. We were 15 mins away from a very large supermarket, that had taxis parked so we were able to get the shopping back to the villa no problem.
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from £110 / night

£766 - £1181 / week

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from £110 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Buckie

Moray / Buckie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Holiday cottage by the sea” A super cottage with sea views and walking distance to shops and interesting harbour. Buckie is a small town with a variety of shops and plenty of activities. You need to be prepared for any weather!! It is an ideal place t
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from £60 / night

£380 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Criccieth holiday home rental

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £150 / night

£630 - £1150 / week

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from £150 / night

(5) Excellent 

21

Holiday boathouse in Waternish

Isle of Skye / Waternish

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £115 / night

£800 - £1385 / week

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from £115 / night

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