Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (53812)

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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Amantea holiday apartment rental

Province of Cosenza / Amantea

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Sunshine, relaxation and discovery” Although we'd travelled to Italy many times previously, this was our first visit to the South of the country and I have to say we were very impressed! Taking advantage of a strangely small fare from Stansted to L  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £537 / week

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from £36 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Benllech

Anglesey / Benllech

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” What a great find this place was! The property is absolutely immaculate and in a nice quiet location. Had great fun for the week we stayed and the weather was good. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends! I wish all properties we  …see more

from £80 / night

£399 - £740 / week

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from £80 / night

(16) Very Good 

13

Holiday cottage in Ilminster

Somerset / Ilminster

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
Lovely 2 bed cottage in the grounds of our thatched farmhouse with hot tub! Luxury fittings. Situated in a pretty Somerset village with beautiful views and complete tranquility and yet only 10 minutes from local Market towns. Hot tub, fabulous walking, great local pub  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £960 / week

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from £70 / night

(41) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Comfortable and Cosy Cottage in a Great location” We stayed here with our two children and dog in May half term. The cottage is well equipped and has a wonderfully, cosy feel. We loved being able to catch the morning sun in the front garden whilst e  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £525 / week

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from £50 / night

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Middle Franconia / Roth

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

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from £75 / night

£463 / week

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from £75 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Llangynidr holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Llangynidr

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Hidden treasure in the heart of Brecon Beacons” We stayed 3 nights in the beautiful cottage and left with a lots of lovely memories. We were welcomed with complimentary welsh cakes and bottle of white wine. Cottage was spotless and located in a lovely  …see more

from £65 / night

£341 - £460 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Home rental in Angmering on Sea

East Preston / Angmering on Sea

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fabulous house, amazing value” We had a wonderful stay in Sussex and loved the house. It couldn't have been more perfect. Highly recommended.  …see more

from £400 / night

£2300 - £3150 / week

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from £400 / 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

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Stiffkey

Wells-next-the-Sea / Stiffkey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Lavender cottage is a grade II listed period brick and flint cottage.Access is via the rear enclosed gravel courtyard in to the dining kitchen which is equipped with an electric oven/hob, large fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine and microwave. Ther  …see more

from £70 / night

£295 - £695 / week

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from £70 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Chamberet

Correze / Chamberet

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Just idyllic” My wife, myself and our dog stayed for 3 weeks in early June. The gite is perfect. The location is perfect. And the family, Andy, Sam, Rose, Ruby and Scampi are so welcoming. In fact it is so perfect we are considering living in the area  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £320 / week

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from £40 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Home rental in Matlock with golf nearby

Derbyshire / Matlock

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets
Highfield Peak District in the town of Matlock offers unique group self catering with six bedroom, three reception room accommodation in luxury surroundings, occupying an exceptional south-facing position with breath taking views towards historic Riber Castle, overlook  …see more

from £412 / night

£2290 - £3640 / week

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from £412 / night

(1) Excellent 

12

Chalet rental in O Freixo

Province of A Coruna / O Freixo

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“A quiet, comfortable, tranquil holiday in a magnificent rural setting” This is our second visit to this property. We love the area, the wonderful shellfish and the friendly people. Our accommodation was very comfortable and well equipped and we enj  …see more

from £102 / night

£551 - £1111 / week

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from £102 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Tavira

Faro District / Tavira

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent semi rural villa with ample room for 4-6 and a nice garden and pool” The villa is part way up a hillside,down a track, and is well maintained with a fairly large pool and garden with lots of trees and shade. The location provides easy access  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £1200 / week

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from £72 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Bacton holiday chalet rental

Norfolk / Bacton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely chalet so perfectly near to beach” The chalet was very nice and tidy and modern. I really liked the decking area out front which is great for sitting out on a night and listening to the sea waves break on the beach below. It was quite surreal a  …see more

from £60 / night

£370 - £600 / week

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from £60 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday riad accommodation

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
Spacious, elegant, newly reburbished traditional riad on a quiet street in the heart of the medina. 10 minutes walk from the beach, sea view from upper terrace. Open log fire. Suitable for groups, couples and families. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff wh  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £840 / week

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from £80 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Bradford-on-Avon holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic cottage, great location and wonderful attention to detail.” This is was our second stay at the this quaint cottage. The attention to detail is something that stays with you. from lovely cupcakes on arrival, bottle of prosecco and milk what m  …see more

from £99 / night

£499 - £695 / week

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from £99 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Stratford-upon-Avon holiday lodge rental

Warwickshire / Stratford-upon-Avon

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A cosy and warm welcome from a well appointed riverside lodge.” This lovely lodge is located on the quiet and beautiful river Avon. Stratford is wonderful with so many things to see and do, places to eat and within easy reach of Warwick Castle and the  …see more

from £120 / night

£655 - £895 / week

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from £120 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Vinca

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vinca

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Great place great stay” Lovely house in a small French town. Super roof terrace, great to have access to the two bikes. Swimming lake was beautiful. Easy access to coast and mountains. Would recommend it.  …see more

from £32 / night

£215 - £399 / week

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from £32 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Aylsham

Norfolk / Aylsham

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy, well-quipped cottage in a great location” We really enjoyed our stay at Mash's Row. The cottage is very cosy with clean, nicely furnished rooms and it has a well-equipped kitchen. Our kids (7 and 3) loved the bunk beds and appreciated the select  …see more

from £70 / night

£360 - £380 / week

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from £70 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Servies-en-Val

Aude / Servies-en-Val

5 14 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Serene” Have visited the property twice, both during druing the summer months, once as a couple and once with children. We found the house spacious, cool and very relaxing. The location means you are away from the noise of the city but still close eno  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £2300 / week

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from £272 / night

(4) Excellent 

24

Bamburgh holiday apartment accommodation

Northumberland / Bamburgh

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This very attractive purpose built ground floor apartment is situated in a excellent location in the village of Bamburgh, a short walk to the shops and beautiful sandy beach. Furnished and equippment to high standards.  …see more

from £46 / night

£320 - £635 / week

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from £46 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Augan

Morbihan / Augan

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful place with beautiful surroundings, perfect location.” We are an extended British family who travelled from Brisbane, Singapore and Portsmouth to gather here for a 10-days holiday. It is our first time in France. We touched down at Rennes ai  …see more

from £382 / night

£1526 - £2373 / week

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from £382 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Rhosneigr

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning apartment in an excellent location” This apartment is simply beautiful! We were absolutely over the moon from the moment we stepped in. The pictures, whilst very good, don't capture how spacious it is - we were both expecting it to be much sm  …see more

from £70 / night

£264 - £639 / week

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from £70 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

Dordogne / Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect holiday house” Fantastic location, quite but not isolated and perfect for exploring the various sights the local area has to offer. The house itself has spacious rooms that have been furnished to a very good standard and a well equipped kitche  …see more

from £67 / night

£467 - £1229 / week

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from £67 / night

(14) Very Good 

12

Holiday apartment rental

Calvia / Santa Ponsa

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great Appartment ,great location” Been in Santa Ponsa every year now for 20 yrs . Fab location . Beautiful appartment. Everything for a relaxing holiday across from our favourite place the beach. Alex was very helpful from first contact thanks Alex .  …see more

from £31 / night

£212 - £636 / week

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from £31 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Coniston holiday home rental

Coniston / Torver

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent!! Would highly recommend!!” We just spent 5 days and absolutely loved it. The house was spotless and very clean. Our 4 young children loved every minute of it and would come back and stay here again without hesitation. The card and bottl  …see more

from £125 / night

£645 - £995 / week

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from £125 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Home accommodation in Brockenhurst

New Forest / Brockenhurst

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“home from home” Lovely house to stay in,we have stayed there the last 2 years over new year and its so cosy and homely. The owner is really helpful and leaves some nice welcome presents,wine and chocolates, bread and milk.There is so much space to sp  …see more

from £130 / night

£695 - £1595 / week

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from £130 / 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

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Huntsville

Muskoka District / Huntsville

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
In search of privacy, stunning views, beautiful natural waterfront and outstanding accommodation? This impressive architect owned and designed cottage delivers. Watch heron fly into the wetlands or otter swim by. Relax ... you have found "Serenity".  …see more

from £485 / night

£4600 - £6318 / week

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from £485 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Home rental in Melbourne

Derbyshire / Melbourne

3 5 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Great location, great accommodation.” Great little cottage, in ideal location in beautiful Melbourne. Easy walk into the town of Melbourne. Great shops, restaurants and buildings. Most definitely recommended.  …see more

from £60 / night

£375 - £595 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Very Good 

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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
A large family residence (> a house, < a manor!) ideal for an active yet relaxing holiday in Belves in the Dordogne: visit the many Chateaux or: golf, canoeing, cycling, horse-riding, walking, swimming. Large terrace, wonderful countryside views, close to village  …see more

from £303 / night

£2119 / week

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from £303 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Melplash

Bridport / Melplash

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fabulous Roe Barn” Spent another fabulous time at Roe Barn in Dorset. The accommodation was outstanding as last year. Hope to return very soon.  …see more

from £93 / night

£414 - £1129 / week

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from £93 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Calbourne

Isle of Wight / Calbourne

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely and very well-equipped cottage” Had a great stay here during the IoW festival, it's a really comfortable property, very well-equipped and beautifully furnished. Only 10 mins to Newport but in a peaceful area surrounded by fields. We've alread  …see more

from £100 / night

£400 - £800 / week

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from £100 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Dorset / Weymouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Car not necessary
“A Gem of a Holiday” We have just returned from a two week stay at Little Gem and have had a great time. The views were amazing, everything was just as advertised. And the bed was so comfortable. So much to see and do,we would love to come back again ,  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £645 / week

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(12) Average 

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La Marina holiday home rental

La Marina / La Marina Complex

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Compact, but adequate. Well equipped and well situated.” A pleasant property. Well situated in La Marina Urb. The property is approximately a 5 minute walk to shops, supermarket , bars and restaurants. A 12 minute walk to the market. Other amenities a  …see more

from £22 / night

£136 - £162 / week

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from £22 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Rathdrum / Greenane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful views” We had a brilliant time , there were loads to do althrough you gad to travel to get to them , kids enjoyed themselves weather was fantastic and the views from the cabin were beautiful  …see more

from £85 / night

£382 - £509 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Brecon holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Brecon

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
“Fantastic Accommodation, Location and Hosts” The cottage was beautifully presented, well stocked and very well placed to explore the Beacons. Views from the patio were fantastic. Hosts were very welcoming and were able to provide very good useful advi  …see more

from £60 / night

£275 - £370 / week

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from £60 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Skipton

North Yorkshire / Skipton

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Nice Cottage” Spent a week here in rainy February with my wife and dogs and we loved it. Only five minutes walk into town down the main road or five minutes to Morrisons Supermarket over the canal. Kitchen well equipped but small. The washing machine  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £440 / week

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from £36 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Abondance / Chatel

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £43 / night

£255 - £458 / week

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from £43 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Great short break” I stayed here with my husband & 11 month old baby for 3 nights & it was great. The owner was v helpful prior to our stay & let us check-in early & leave late which was much appreciated. The cottage is v well equipped with things  …see more

from £65 / night

£390 - £685 / week

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from £65 / night