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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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(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Alvescot

Burford / Alvescot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely Cottage, wonderful stay” Me, my girlfriend and our puppy stayed at Granary Cottage for the evening. The Cottage was perfect for the three of us, spacious and homely at the same time. Great for dog owners as there is dog walking paths and meadow
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from £90 / night

£500 - £775 / week

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from £90 / night

(6) Excellent 

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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

(19) Very Good 

20

Holiday cottage in Lydney

Forest of Dean / Lydney

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful house for a family re-union” Picture and description does not do it justice. Not fancy and luxurious but comfortable and homely. Large and roomy house with plenty of space for everyone, none of the rooms are too small. Nicely furnished and
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from £238 / night

£782 - £1512 / week

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from £238 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in St Just

Cornwall / St Just

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £70 / night

£325 - £710 / week

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from £70 / night

22

Holiday chalet in Burany

Jablonec nad Jizerou / Burany

5 24 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £106 / night

£652 - £844 / week

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from £106 / night

(2) Very Good 

14

St. Andrews holiday home rental

Fife / St Andrews

4 6 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly

from £95 / night

£560 / week

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from £95 / night

(23) Very Good 

15

Holiday cottage in Schull

County Cork / Schull

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“A little piece of heaven!” My sister and I stayed in Molly Cottage in early June. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Robin & Helen and found the cottage spotless, the wood pellet stove alight, and very well equipped with everything to make our st
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from £61 / night

£276 - £410 / week

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from £61 / night

11

Home rental in Dinard

Ille-et-Vilaine / Dinard

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £105 / night

£733 - £776 / week

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from £105 / night

(24) Excellent 

21

Cottage rental in Coleford

Forest of Dean / Coleford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Badgers End Cottage” Had a relaxing break at the cottage. A pretty cottage in a lovely area. Everything you need is supplied and the owners are friendly and welcoming, with great ideas of places that are worth visiting. Bryan the dog had endless fun i
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from £79 / night

£424 - £630 / week

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from £79 / night

(22) Excellent 

11

Portballintrae holiday townhouse rental

Bushmills / Portballintrae

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house in excellent location” House had everything we needed. Only negatives I can think of are the dishwasher was very noisy and we were a bit short of wardrobe space. Location was ideal for exploring the Antrim coast. Would definitely recommend
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from £65 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

27

Holiday villa in Oludeniz

Mugla Province / Oludeniz

4 11 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Mr” Great villa Great location excellent service Would return at the drop off a hat All the family loved the place
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from £65 / night

£453 - £1052 / week

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from £65 / night

(15) Excellent 

34

Carbis Bay holiday apartment rental

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £75 / night

£500 - £980 / week

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from £75 / night

6

Eging am See holiday condo rental

Lower Bavaria / Eging am See

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £18 / night

£121 / week

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from £18 / night

(14) Excellent 

23

Llanwrtyd Wells holiday barn rental

Powys / Llanwrtyd Wells

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful accommodation in a stunning setting” We had a wonderful time whilst staying in this very spacious and modern accommodation. There was plenty of room for the children to play inside and outside and the accommodation was well equipped. We part
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from £143 / night

£1000 / week

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from £143 / night

(3) Very Good 

24

Holiday home with swimming pool in Belves

Dordogne / Belves

5 7 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £308 / night

£2156 / week

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from £308 / night

(42) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

17

Holiday cottage in Carmel, Wales

Caernarfon / Carmel, Wales

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation

Certificate of Excellence

from £50 / night

£230 - £280 / week

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from £50 / night

(50) Excellent 

17

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
“Fantastic, cosy... A dream” We had à very nice stay in skeabost wood cottage. The place is really pratical, WE feel like we could stay here forever. The cottage is really well located to explore isle of skye. All the books and hike maps help us to cho
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from £100 / night

£700 - £2500 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Ski chalet to rent in Saint Jean d'Aulps

Haute-Savoie / Saint Jean d'Aulps

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“What a fantastic place to have a holiday!” This was our first summer holiday in the Alps having only previously enjoyed skiing holidays in the mountains. And what a great holiday it turned out to be. Saint Jean D'Aulps is a lively, pretty and typical
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from £125 / night

£600 - £2600 / week

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from £125 / night

(12) Excellent 

20

Great Hockham holiday home rental

Norfolk / Great Hockham

9 15 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant holiday.” Had a fantastic time with family aged from one to sixty eight. Pool, tennis courts, football pitch, bikes all used. Well equipped even supplied us with food bags, foil, coffee, tea, spices etc. Could not fault it, just be aware tha
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from £650 / night

£2750 - £6900 / week

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from £650 / night

(3) Excellent 

22

Holiday home in Broadstairs

Isle of Thanet / Broadstairs

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic family home from home in lovely location” I travelled with my family - 4 young children aged from 4 to 11, and it was a perfect home for us all. Set up is very like any family home, with all modern conveniences, plenty of bathroom space, an
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from £100 / night

£425 - £875 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

16

Holiday home in Corbere

Pyrenees-Orientales / Corbere

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“Happy Days” The house is exactly as described and a great choice for a get away. The veiws from the balcony are exactly as shown and the castle is a leisurely 20 minute walk to, with great views from the top. Corbere is an ideal location as it reall
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from £42 / night

£280 - £410 / week

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from £42 / night

24

Watermill rental in Meymac with shared pool

Correze / Meymac

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool

from £74 / night

£302 - £949 / week

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from £74 / night

(16) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

65

Holiday townhouse with shared pool in Anarita

Anarita / Anarita Chorio

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Absolutely amazing” We stayed with our 3 children for a week and the house is absolutely wonderful, I can find no fault at all, it was absolutely spotless and had everything to entertain our children from a Wii to DVDs, everything you need for self ca
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Certificate of Excellence

from £40 / night

£195 - £305 / week

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from £40 / night

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10

Turville holiday cottage rental

Buckinghamshire / Turville

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £95 / night

£595 - £795 / week

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from £95 / night

(23) Excellent 

16

Holiday apartment in Jaffa

Tel Aviv / Jaffa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional Accommodation in Tel-Aviv Yaffo” We loved this accommodation. We are a family of four and my sister rented the adjacent one bedroom apartment for our family get together, The mosiac floors, high ceilings, comfortable furniture and updated
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from £104 / night

£616 - £1008 / week

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from £104 / night

(3) Excellent 

13

Holiday home with swimming pool in Exideuil

Charente / Exideuil

2 7 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool

from £69 / night

£432 - £651 / week

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from £69 / night

(33) Excellent 

24

Holiday lodge with shared pool in Carnforth

Carnforth / Carnforth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
“Girls weekend” Return visit to Kellys Lodge with my family. Had a fab weekend, everyone loved the hot tub. Great lodge with plenty of space. Back again in June with my friends.
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from £115 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £115 / night

(16) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

24

Apartment rental in Glenridding

Lake District / Glenridding

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Lovely apartment” This was a lovely cosy apartment which had everything you could need. It is well equipped and very comfortable and the beautiful views were a real bonus. You can do lots of walks straight from the door which was perfect. We spent 4
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from £75 / night

£315 - £530 / week

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from £75 / night

(46) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage in Amlwch Port

Amlwch / Amlwch Port

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Magical” Had the most relaxing holiday the cottage is well equipped, comfortable and cosy and the views are amazing and the whole place is magical. The island is gorgeous and has lots of hidden gems to it that will take your breath away and then fin
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from £100 / night

£570 - £700 / week

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from £100 / night

19

Ski apartment to rent in Valfrejus

Savoie / Valfrejus

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £39 / night

£199 - £604 / week

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from £39 / night

(11) Very Good 

11

Holiday apartment in Central Newquay

Newquay / Central Newquay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Apartment in a prime location with a great view.” Great apartment located in the center of Newquay and 2 minutes walk from beach. The views from the front of the apartment are breath taking and we were able to find amble free parking at the front of t
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from £85 / night

£400 - £1120 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage in Carlingford

Cooley Peninsula / Carlingford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Highly recommended” Excellent as always!! Beautiful cottage, spectacular bedroom view and balcony view. Will be coming back again for more!
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from £72 / night

£388 - £496 / week

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from £72 / night

(7) Excellent 

24

Holiday gite in Cantobre

Aveyron / Cantobre

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £44 / night

£440 - £738 / week

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from £44 / night

(36) Excellent 

24

Holiday home in Massugas

Gironde / Massugas

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A tremendously relaxing, peaceful house - a perfect holiday” We stayed at Guillemassot in July 2012. 2 familes; 4 adults and 4 children under 5 and a baby. Despite the house only having 3 bedrooms, we had plenty of space and never felt cramped. The co
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from £82 / night

£500 - £2242 / week

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from £82 / night

(4) Excellent 

21

Holiday gite in Bourganeuf

Bourganeuf / St Junien la Bregere

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £45 / night

£225 - £275 / week

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from £45 / night

(33) 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

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Pula

Istria / Pula

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £31 / night

£272 / week

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from £31 / night

(15) Very Good 

Certificate of Excellence

15

Sankt Goarshausen holiday cottage rental

Rhineland-Palatinate / Sankt Goarshausen

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“wonderfull place and wonderfull owner” The cottage is kept in tip top condition and Monica will be only to pleased to help. The grounds are a quiet retreat, the village and the rhine 5 mins by car.
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from £87 / night

£518 / week

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from £87 / night

(28) Very Good 

11

Isle of Harris holiday cottage rental

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Weeks stayed at Cuckoo Cottage” My in-laws booked Cuckoo cottage for my partner & I, as they go to Harris every year (this being my first). Cuckoo cottage was everything we needed and more! Great location with a stunning beach just a short walk from t
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from £80 / night

£500 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Shaftesbury

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent!” Stayed at Summer Lodge for a week in October. Very nicely appointed, quiet residential area, and conveniently located within a five minute walk from the town centre, supermarkets (Tesco and Budgens), local restaurants, pubs etc. Hostess Da
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from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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from £57 / night

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