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Rural retreats (54922)

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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(49) Excellent 

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Broadstairs holiday home rental

Isle of Thanet / Broadstairs

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Birthday celebrations” Had a lovely long weekend perfect place to stay Gina was very helpful and easy to contact Tea coffee sugar and milk there ready plus a packet of biscuits which was much appreciated after 6 hour journey Would definitely rec
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from £65 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £65 / night

(13) Excellent 

22

Stroud holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Stroud

2 4 3 nights min

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

from £123 / night

£699 - £999 / week

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from £123 / night

(1) Very Good 

15

Holiday cottage in Spiddal

Spiddal / Inveran

3 7 7 nights min

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

from £81 / night

£561 / week

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from £81 / night

(40) Excellent 

16

Timberscombe holiday cottage rental

Exmoor National Park / Timberscombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“A Wonderful Holiday” We spent two weeks at Yew Tree Cottage with our two very young boys, aged 3 and 2. It was a real home-from-home; very comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. The children settled quickly and enjoyed the games and puzzles in the t
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from £65 / night

£275 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage letting

Cotswolds / South Cerney

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly

from £139 / night

£740 - £1140 / week

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from £139 / night

(37) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage in Broadway

Cotswolds / Broadway

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Cosy cottage” We had a most enjoyable stay at The Old House which is on the High Street and very convenient for walking into the lovely town. The cottage is small but adequate for 2 couples to enjoy with 2 lovely enusites. A little more equipment, inc
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from £130 / night

£600 - £831 / week

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from £130 / night

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Ski apartment to rent in Flumet

Savoie / Flumet

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £35 / night

£242 - £1130 / week

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from £35 / night

(41) Excellent 

32

Holiday lodge in Tiverton

Devon / Tiverton

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Our stay at Eden” Always have fantastic time here and it's great to get away from a busy life! We go here every January and each time we visit we don't want to leave! Hot tub is amazing and Rob and corin are fantastic hosts..highly recommend!
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from £99 / night

£595 - £895 / week

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from £99 / 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

10

Holiday apartment letting

Province of A Coruna / O Freixo

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £52 / night

£341 - £423 / week

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from £52 / night

(3) Excellent 

26

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

(31) Excellent 

29

Holiday villa in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Costa Papagayo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Feel at home” Perfect vacation villa,everything is how it should be,a really feel home villa.If you rent a car it's a plus.Confortable,quiet,full sunexposed,quality.Afther many villas this was the best till now!!I rate this property 5 stars but there
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from £100 / night

£695 - £795 / week

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from £100 / night

(45) Excellent 

46

Holiday apartment in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic location, Fantastic apartment” Location and apartment was amazing, lovely throughout. Comfortable beds, plenty of room in all of the rooms, highly recommended.
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from £113 / night

£565 - £1400 / week

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from £113 / night

(22) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

21

Holiday apartment in Rookhope

Durham / Rookhope

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“I'll be back!” It was already the end of Jan 2015 and I'd felt as though I'd crammed two months work into one! A break was called for and as luck would have it, Rookhope Terrace cottage was available. I could not have been happier! The warmth of
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Certificate of Excellence

from £45 / night

£290 - £490 / week

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(2) Excellent 

16

Holiday condo in Telgte

North Rhine-Westphalia / Telgte

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

from £69 / night

£474 - £1198 / week

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from £69 / night

(7) Very Good 

18

Cottage rental in Blacklion

County Cavan / Blacklion

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Unforgetable!” The cottage at Roo/Rua is warm and welcoming with all modern faciliteswhich made our stay very comfortable. The location overlooking Lough Melvin and beyond is stunning. The changing light constantly reveals a new part of the amazing pa
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from £78 / night

£561 - £785 / week

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from £78 / night

10

Savines-le-Lac holiday villa rental

Hautes-Alpes / Savines-le-Lac

2 7 5 nights min

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

from £69 / night

£477 / week

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from £69 / night

(30) Excellent 

13

Converted chapel accommodation in Dalguise

Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect for a quiet break” Just returned after a 3 day break with friends over New Year. Well kitted out kitchen with everything you need. Comfortable lounge area. Good sized bedrooms. Good location 5 minutes from A9, with easy access to forest walks,
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from £150 / night

£510 - £1255 / week

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from £150 / night

(25) Excellent 

45

Holiday townhouse rental

Province of Alicante / Ciudad Quesada

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A winter stay” This town house is undoubtedly well equipped and well cared for. It benefits particularly from having an owner that really cares that your hoilday should be a success! We were confident that this stay would be great and it was! Here
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from £28 / night

£195 - £350 / week

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from £28 / night

(21) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

43

Holiday apartment in Monticchiello

Pienza / Monticchiello

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Certificate of Excellence

from £65 / night

£319 - £778 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Very Good 

10

Holiday apartment in Wath

Ripon / Wath

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Attractive,tasteful,spacious apartment in quiet village of Wath” The apartment is part of an old building.The rooms are large and comfortable with plenty of space.The heating was good and we were very cosy.The owner is obviously artistic as the décor
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from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

(32) Excellent 

34

Holiday cottage in Stockland

Honiton / Stockland

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
“Hidden Gem” Cosy cottage set in beautiful surroundings and perfectly equipped. It felt like home instantly ,especially with the wonderful welcome from our lovely hosts Steve & Angela. Really reluctant to write this review as so want to keep this hidde
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from £42 / night

£300 - £500 / week

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from £42 / night

24

Holiday windmill letting

Cape Cod / Centerville

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £958 / night

£6700 / week

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from £958 / night

(22) Excellent 

14

Aylesbury holiday cottage rental

Aylesbury Vale / Aylesbury

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting, with a warm welcome” We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Manor Farm - the cottage was perfect - pleasant and comfortable, overlooking a lovely garden and on the doorstep of picturesque English countryside. Ra
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from £85 / night

£475 - £650 / week

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from £85 / night

(15) Very Good 

17

Ski chalet to rent in Banavie

Fort William / Banavie

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“What a fantastic place” We stayed in the cabin for the 2nd time,it's a lovely place set in beautiful surrounding with spectacular views of Ben Nevis.Joan the owner is very friendly and made us feel very welcome.We 'll definitely be going back again.
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from £90 / night

£590 / week

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from £90 / night

(28) Excellent 

15

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent location, a real 'Home from home'” Location great for all of Moray. House has all you need, and would have at your own home. We've been a couple of times now and will return again. Ian keeps in touch and we find him very helpful.
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from £55 / night

£280 - £550 / week

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21

Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in New Romney

New Romney / Greatstone on Sea

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £45 / night

£315 - £815 / week

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from £45 / night

(9) Excellent 

35

Seefeld in Tirol ski apartment to rent.

Tirol / Seefeld in Tirol

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Love Haus Wiesenruh!!” The house is beautiful and well maintained with a fabulous kitchen as well as a fantastic view. Located in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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from £112 / night

£761 - £1388 / week

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from £112 / night

(15) Excellent 

30

Uppingham holiday home rental

Rutland / Uppingham

5 14 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful for a family get together!” So impressed by this house! It was perfect for my 50th birthday family celebration. So much space! Great to have the pool, sauna and hot tub..even the gym facilities and darts were used. The cinema room was brilli
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from £840 / night

£5600 / week

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from £840 / night

(9) Very Good 

22

Holiday cottage in Brantome

Brantome / Saint-Crepin-de-Richemont

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A place to unwind and relax and get away from it all” The house is lovely and big with lots of games, dvd's and loads of books all in English to read while you are there. The pool is lovely and was well used for the week that we were there as we had g
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from £165 / night

£1150 - £1295 / week

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from £165 / night

(42) Excellent 

35

Gite rental in Bergerac

Dordogne / Bergerac

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“perfect family destination” As numerous other reviews stated a lovely villa and location with owners who go out their way to assist. Couldn't fault anything and look forward to returning.
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from £150 / night

£800 - £4590 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday gite in Eymet

Dordogne / Eymet

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 145 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Can't wait to return” Having just spent a memorable week ( with husband and springer spaniel ... Ellie) at Gites du Capulet, we moved north as the Gite was fully booked for our second week( am not surprised!). The accomodation was exceptionally spaci
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from £90 / night

£550 - £695 / week

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(7) Very Good 

18

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 £48 / night

£332 - £449 / week

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(19) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Cinderford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely” Myself, partner and teenage son stayed at this lovely cottage and what a treat it was. From the minute we walked through the door it was relaxing. Tea+chocolate biscuites greeted us after our long journey. The lounge has a log burner with logs
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from £75 / night

£350 - £588 / week

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from £75 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” Fabulous apartment. Very comfortable couldn't fault it. Great position for beach and Croyde centre. Relaxing stay, can't wait to return!
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from £155 / night

£685 - £1375 / week

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from £155 / night

(32) Excellent 

24

Cottage rental in Isle of Bute

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, well equipped cottage” Ambrisbeg is sited in a lovely area of Bute. The cottage is very comfortable and really well equipped with everything needed. Cathy was very welcoming and helpful. A great place for a holiday stay.
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from £60 / night

£410 - £574 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Salema

Faro District / Salema

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £53 / night

£375 - £775 / week

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from £53 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau with indoor pool in Ruppichteroth

North Rhine-Westphalia / Ruppichteroth

3 12 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £117 / night

£634 - £2746 / week

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(15) Excellent 

21

Holiday home in Porthtowan

Cornwall / Porthtowan

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable home, Lovely Views, Beautiful Area” I had a beautiful stay with my girlfriend, the local beach, restaurants and villages were exactly what we wanted for our romantic weekend getaway. I would definitely go back and I would definitely stay i
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from £85 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday cottage letting

Pembrokeshire / St. Dogmaels

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £65 / night

£360 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

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