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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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The Doghouse, Wicken, near old Stratford - Old Stratford bungalow sleeps 2

Northamptonshire / Old Stratford

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; Ask about pets;
The Doghouse is self-contained with a double bedroom, open plan kitchen-sitting room and a shower room. There is heating and a small log burner; we supply the wood. Parking is free and on the property. There is a gravelled courtyard to enjoy the British weather in!. T  …see more

from £70 / night

£420 / week

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from £70 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Foxglove Cottage in Southern Brittany - La Gacilly gite sleeps 2

Morbihan / La Gacilly

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 53 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Foxglove Cottage is a traditional stone cottage with its own enclosed garden. Downstairs there is an open plan living area with sofa,coffee table, sideboard & television, dinning table and chairs A fully fitted kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric k  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £300 / week

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from £50 / night

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Delightful Cottage Dunallican - Pech-Luna farmhouse sleeps 3

Aude / Pech-Luna

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Dunallican is a tastefully converted barn dating from the early 19th century. Set in beautiful countryside with is own private terrace is ideal for a romantic holiday for two. The property boasts a large range cooker, dishwasher and washing machine and woodburning stove  …see more

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La Tarrade - Dussac cottage sleeps 2

Excideuil / Dussac

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Situated in a peaceful hamlet, 3km from Doussac and 6 km from Sarrazac, La Tarrade is furnished to a high standard for your comfort, with a well-equipped kitchen. Set within open country surrounded by fruit and walnut orchards, the cottage offers a ‘get away from it a  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £640 / week

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from £43 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Mistletoe Cottage - 4STAR - Yoxford cottage sleeps 2

Saxmundham / Yoxford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 13 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
This charming red brick 18th century cottage is set in pretty gardens providing a quiet and peaceful retreat. It has achieved the Visit England 4STAR rating. There is a lovely patio with garden furniture and BBQ to be enjoyed. The sitting room with its traditional wood  …see more

from £65 / night

£265 - £415 / week

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from £65 / night

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Province of South Tyrol / Scena

1 1 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 1
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £65 / night

£449 / week

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from £65 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Deep Dale Lodge, near York - Bishop Wilton lodge sleeps 4

East Riding of Yorkshire / Bishop Wilton

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Deep Dale Lodge is close to the historic city of York. Nestled at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds in the peaceful and beautiful village of Bishop Wilton. Follow the beck winding down through the village, past the Fleece pub with its open fires, good food and walkers we  …see more

from £90 / night

£580 / week

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from £90 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Manor Farm Cottage - Teversal cottage sleeps 6

Nottinghamshire / Teversal

3 6 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Manor Farm Cottage is located in the historic village of Teversal in the Nottinghamshire countryside. Formerly part of Manor Farm now a separate residence, Manor Farm Cottage welcomes you with an open plan, fully equipped kitchen, and lounge, complete with log burning  …see more

from £60 / night

£320 - £760 / week

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from £60 / night

(19) Excellent 

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ShoreFront Luxury Holiday Home_Wild Atlantic Way - Redcastle house sleeps 8

Moville / Redcastle

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
As its name suggests, this truly superb, luxury holiday home is located at the water's edge on the western shore of Lough Foyle along Ireland's stunning Wild Atlantic Way. The extensive deck area to the front takes full advantage of the panoramic sea views - i  …see more

from £196 / night

£1368 - £1539 / week

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from £196 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Garden Cottage - Egerton cottage sleeps 4

Kent / Egerton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The Garden Cottage at Iden Barn, in the heart of Kent countryside can be found along a peaceful village lane. This beautiful conversion is attached, yet independent to a 300 year old oak barn (the owner's family home) that overlooks rolling fields. The perfect base  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £600 / week

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from £100 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Moonshine - Pagham bungalow sleeps 5

West Sussex / Pagham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Straight onto the beach! A beach-side bungalow converted from an early 1900's southern railway carriage, complete with etched glass and the old slam doors. Often described as quirky it has been extended to provide cozy accommodation, with an easy living, open plan  …see more

from £80 / night

£540 - £1000 / week

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from £80 / night

(22) Excellent 

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The Stables at St. James Farm - Deddington apartment sleeps 4

Banbury / Deddington

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
The Stables is a part stone, part timber framed traditionally converted cottage above old stables in the courtyard of St James Farm within Clifton village, near Deddington in North Oxfordshire. The Stables has been comfortably furnished and well equipped, and has everyt  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 / week

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from £80 / night

(51) Excellent 

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Moughton Cottage - Austwick cottage sleeps 5

Settle / Austwick

3 5 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Moughton Cottage is a beautiful, grade II listed, stone property in the peaceful village of Austwick in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It sleeps up to 5 people in 3 bedrooms. Furnished in country chic style, the cottage is light, spacious and airy. Upstairs there  …see more

from £78 / night

£550 / week

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from £78 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ferndale Manor Apartment - Belchford apartment sleeps 2

Horncastle / Belchford

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Not suitable for children; Pet friendly;
Set in the heart of the tiny hamlet of Bag Enderby our first floor apartment is the perfect base from which to explore the Lincolnshire Wolds. The location is ideal if you enjoy peace and quiet in a very rural setting but with easy access to all main road routes to expl  …see more

from £40 / night

£300 / week

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from £40 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Crown Cottage Exford - Exford cottage sleeps 4

Exmoor National Park / Exford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
A picture postcard thatched cottage overlooking Exford village green, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park. The area is ideal for lovers of both the coast and the countryside. Crown Cottage is located in the centre of Exford village which has a Post Office, shop, ga  …see more

from £56 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £56 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Vouni Hideaway - Vouni house sleeps 2

Limassol District / Vouni

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 20 km; Swimming pool;
This romantic hideaway is located in the remote village of Vouni at the foot of the Troodos mountains. Mixing modern luxury within a traditional setting, this beautiful guest house offers unrivalled peace and tranquility for couples wanting to get away from it all!A tra  …see more

from £116 / night

£808 / week

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from £116 / night

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Vineyard cottage - Zidanica Drazumeric - Crnomelj cottage sleeps 4

Lower Carniola Region / Crnomelj

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Located in the middle of Mavrlen vineyards, which are just couple of kilometers away from Crnomelj. It is possible to go hiking, cycling or to swim in the Kolpa River (5 km away), take a hike. It is perfect spot for couples, families who are looking for peace, hiking, c  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 / week

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from £42 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Baden-Württemberg / Meersburg (Bodensee)

1 2 4 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £82 / night

£569 / week

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from £82 / night

(16) Excellent 

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The Cottage - Walesby cottage sleeps 4

Nottinghamshire / Walesby

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This self catering holiday cottage is situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. It is ideal for exploring the myths of Robin Hood. The beautifully restored early Victorian cottage is situated in the conservation area on the edge of a quiet village and  …see more

from £70 / night

£275 - £740 / week

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from £70 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Cheese Press Cottage - Biggin-by-Hartington cottage sleeps 2

Peak District National Park / Biggin-by-Hartington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Luxury, peaceful cottage, restored and converted to a very high standard, set within 130 acres of private grounds. Spacious open plan, beamed excellently equipped kitchen with fireplace and seating area, leads out onto south facing private patio area, with tables, chair  …see more

from £68 / night

£341 - £450 / week

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from £68 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Tweed Cottage - Peebles cottage sleeps 3

Borders / Peebles

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 60 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary;
Situated down a quiet close off Peebles High Street. Semi detached , 100 plus year old cottage. Compact , newly refurbished, modern interior . Longer month lets available too. Living room with real log fire. Logs nearby garage .Contemporary Kitchen. Microwave, washi  …see more

from £60 / night

£330 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

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Vaucluse / Seguret

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 150 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £68 / night

£471 - £727 / week

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from £68 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Province of South Tyrol / Brunico

4 5 5 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £69 / night

£509 / week

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from £69 / night

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APT SEA & MOUNTAIN VIEW - Trikomo apartment sleeps 3

Famagusta District / Trikomo

1 3 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Sea & Mountain view apartment in luxurious resort. Caesar Resort is a wonderful self contained complex with excellent facilities. A place where you could spend your whole holiday. If you would rather get out and about, there are many places to visit.The resort has a won  …see more

from £45 / night

£260 / week

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from £45 / night

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Indre / Valencay

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
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from £69 / night

£479 / week

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from £69 / night

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16th Cent. LOFT APPARTMENT CLOSE TO SAINT EMILION - Bellefond apartment sleeps 4

Gironde / Bellefond

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 120 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
For 2 adults plus a couple of small children for no extra cost NOTE, NOT FOR 4 ADULTS, maximum 2 adults and 2 children. Main double bed upstairs, plus a fold out sofa bed downstairs, where children can sleep. Possibility of 1 extra adult to stay on sofa bed for a smal  …see more

from £82 / night

£496 / week

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from £82 / night

(23) Excellent 

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The Granary - Pateley Bridge barn sleeps 2

North Yorkshire / Pateley Bridge

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 104 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Dallow Hall Barns consists of two luxury, pet friendly, self-catering Holiday Apartments lying within the Nidderdale area in North Yorkshire. They are surrounded by fields, woods and moors.The Barns are situated only six miles from the Dales town of Pateley Bridge and t  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £495 / week

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from £50 / night

(33) Excellent 

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The Nest ,Whitby: timeless , romance or a rest. - Castleton cottage sleeps 2

North Yorkshire / Castleton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 13 km; Child friendly ;
The Nest Castleton, near Whitby , Traditional ,cozy, timeless, romantic, all the things you would want on a holiday,The Nest at Castleton North Yorkshire Moors National Park is an 18th century weavers cottage,It is based at the top of Primrose hill, John Wesley is named  …see more

from £65 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £65 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Hillside Cottage - Yaverland cottage sleeps 6

Sandown / Yaverland

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
Hillside Cottage is a semi detached, 17th Century cottage, which has been modernised, yet retains many original features. Many of the rooms have original beams. The cottage is comfortably furnished to provide you with a home from home feel for your holiday.On the groun  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £1030 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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The Snug - Haworth cottage sleeps 3

Keighley / Haworth

2 3 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Pet friendly;
The Snug is a grade 2 listed, 200 year old weavers cottage in a block of 6 tucked away at the top of the historic village of Haworth. It has been fully renovated in 2014 to provide a very comfortable, modern yet cosy and traditional living space. The galley kitchen with  …see more

from £52 / night

£364 / week

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from £52 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Primrose Cottage - Sturminster Newton cottage sleeps 2

Dorset / Sturminster Newton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
NEW renovation of a stunning 16th century cottage perfect for couples looking for a luxury countryside break or a UK honeymoon. Oak beams, WOODBURNER with logs provided, king size bed and roll top bath. FREE WI-FI and Baby Friendly. Secluded garden good for al fresco di  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Red Tiles - Evercreech barn sleeps 4

Shepton Mallet / Evercreech

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
The late 19th century barn (with its red tiled roof) lies about 1 mile from Evercreech, on the outskirts of the farming hamlet of Stoney Stratton. The area is very rural, predominantly dairy farming, with rolling hills and rich pasture all around. There are many local f  …see more

from £45 / night

£320 - £520 / week

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from £45 / night

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Vaucluse / Malemort-du-Comtat

2 2 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+;
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from £44 / night

£308 / week

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from £44 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Raasay - Gairloch bungalow sleeps 4

Scottish Highlands / Gairloch

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
In Designated National Scenic Area, whale watching northern light in winter with picture windows giving magnificent views over the sea and Skye, Harris and Lewis. Enjoy private beach access and the unique location of the cottage means you can see Basking sharks, Whales  …see more

from £50 / night

£265 - £1020 / week

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from £50 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Taigh Nan Con Cabin - Dalavich log cabin sleeps 4

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Child friendly ;
Newly renovated (Spring 2015), Taigh Nan Con Cabin has a wealth of character and charm and provides guests with a true log cabin experience. It is situated in a peaceful woodland setting, positioned in a secluded forest glade with a small stream running along the back.  …see more

from £69 / night

£399 - £749 / week

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from £69 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Willow Cottage - Saxtead cottage sleeps 5

Framlingham / Saxtead

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
A sympathetically restored16th Century cottage with original oak beams throughout, set in the Ore Valley with a large private garden and patio area, Willow Cottage offers the perfect country escape whilst being conveniently located for easy access to coast or countrysid  …see more

from £90 / night

£525 - £595 / week

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(38) Excellent 

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Laurel Place, Windermere - Windermere cottage sleeps 3

Lake District / Windermere

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceLaurel place is a beautifully modern yet cosy cottage in the village of Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. This idyllic base is perfect for couples or families with small children at any time of the year with spectac  …see more

from £60 / night

£320 - £480 / week

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from £60 / night

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Bwthyn Siwan - Aberffraw cottage sleeps 5

Anglesey / Aberffraw

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Bwthyn Siwan is a traditional Welsh cottage names after an historical figure, the wife of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, a character from the Welsh tales of the Mabinogi. The cottage is furnished to a very high standard and is graded by the Wales Tourist Board as three star acco  …see more

from £70 / night

£405 - £680 / week

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(20) Excellent 

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Craobh Haven Cottage - Craobh Haven cottage sleeps 4

Argyll and Bute / Craobh Haven

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Situated right beside the sea, Craobh Haven Cottages combine the warmth and comfort of home with wonderful, unspoilt views of many West Coast islands from Jura to Mull. Traditionally built for local character and charm, our cottage has timber beams and an open fireplace  …see more

from £108 / night

£750 / week

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Vintage-style Norfolk Retreat with Cottage Garden - Snettisham cottage sleeps 3

Norfolk / Snettisham

2 3 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pet friendly;
Traditional vintage-style cottage with a secluded flower-filled garden and views over the cricket pitch and the medieval church of St Mary in the village of Snettisham, Norfolk. The cottage is best suited to those seeking a rural retreat as there is no TV or wifi but a  …see more

from £53 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £53 / night

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