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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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La Maison D'Anna - Marcilhac-sur-Cele cottage sleeps 4

Lot / Marcilhac-sur-Cele

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
La Maison d'Anna is a charming house in the picturesque village of St Sulpice sur Cele in Le Lot region of south west France. The house is typical of the area and is situated on a quiet single track road that leads from the village church to the river valley road. The  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Very Good 

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The Old Sweetie Shop,cottage in village location,

Maybole / Crosshill

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
A self-contained, pet friendly holiday apartment: • One bedroom, with ensuite shower room and toilet • Open plan lounge and kitchen area with bed settee • Cottage now has private decked area to the rear. Located in the small village of Crosshill, a remote vi  …see more

from £35 / night

£240 / week

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Maagevej - Nykobing Sjaelland farmhouse sleeps 15

Odsherred Municipality / Nykobing Sjaelland

7 15 3 nights min stay

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.9 km; Child friendly ;
The house, dating back to 1777 (2600 sq.ft) , is tranquilly situated  in woodland in North West Sjaeland  and close to some of the best blue flag beaches in Denmark. They stretch for miles and even in the high season one can always find a quiet spot in the dunes.  Th  …see more

from £161 / night

£963 / week

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The Croft Winster - Winster cottage sleeps 5

Peak District National Park / Winster

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Pet friendly;
The Croft is an idyllic 19th century stone cottage located in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. The cottage is situated in a quiet part of the Heritage Village, Winster. Located high in the village, it enjoys stunning picturesque views across t  …see more

from £61 / night

£330 - £669 / week

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from £61 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Modern Apartment Close to Nantwich Town Centre

Cheshire / Nantwich

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Newhaven Court is a comfortable and relaxing home to explore Cheshire, North Wales and the Peak District. It is a 5 minute walk to the local Morrisons supermarket and Nantwich town centre, wherein you can peruse the local boutiques and recharge at one of the tea or coff  …see more

from £68 / night

£476 / week

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(43) Excellent 

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2 The Stackyard Kingsbarns - 2 Bedroom Cottage

St Andrews / Kingsbarns

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
Property extensively upgraded February / March 2015. New Kitchen, Woodburner, Furniture & oak floor.This is a beautiful little cottage in the picturesque village of Kingsbarns. The property is ideal for a family holiday or equally would make a great base for golfers wis  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Red Lion Cottage Blockley - Blockley cottage sleeps 4

Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Red Lion Cottage is a beautiful Grade II listed property and one of the most perfectly located cottages in the Cotswolds, situated on a quiet lane overlooking the surrounding countryside. Despite the tranquil setting, the cottage is in the heart of historic Blockley  …see more

from £90 / night

£665 - £1100 / week

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from £90 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Foxton Locks Lodges - Foxton log cabin sleeps 6

Market Harborough / Foxton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Pet friendly;
Foxton Locks lodge provides the perfect getaway from the stresses of every day life. You'll find a perfect retreat from which you can explore the glorious surrounding countryside and numerous local gems, including the famous Foxton Locks.Our stunning log cabin is a  …see more

from £103 / night

£420 / week

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from £103 / night

(152) Excellent 

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Godremamog Mill - Boncath gite sleeps 16

Pembrokeshire / Boncath

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Godremamog watermill offers a fantastic way to get away from it all in a beautiful secluded valley. It's wheel has been in place since 1885. Its four apartments each sleep 4, allowing lots of flexibility from couples to parties of 16 (sorry, no stags). Please go  …see more

from £263 / night

£1680 - £3000 / week

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from £263 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Lovejoy Cottage Embsay Skipton - Embsay cottage sleeps 2

North Yorkshire / Embsay

2 2 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
Sleeps 2 ideally - Rates are shown for the cottage for 2 people in the Master Bed, however an extra flat charge is made to make up a single bed in the second bedroom when booked as 2 or when used as 3 or a double for 4 total ocupancy. We do not recommend 4 occupancy, bu  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Moleside Cottage (8 mins to mainline station)

Kent / Marden

2 5 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 41 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Delightful single storey cottage, attached to a converted coach house, with a large garden which backs on to farmland and orchards in the outskirts of a Wealden village. Having recently been completely renovated with a large comfortable open plan lounge/dining room, a  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £695 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Kaufungen

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £66 / night

£392 / week

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from £66 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Luxury 8 bed beach house - Tofo house sleeps 8

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.02 km; Swimming pool;
A real beach house as it is really close to the beach ie 20 metres. Cassa Bitonga is on a private, secure and unspoilt small estate. To get to Praia da Rocha you have a sandy 6 km road and will require a 4 wheel drive vehicle or a city SUV. It can be done with a high c  …see more

from £120 / night

£840 / week

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from £120 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Clachtoll Cottage - Stoer house sleeps 6

Scottish Highlands / Stoer

3 6 6 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 6 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car essential;
The artistic owners have created a house of considerable charm filled with an extensive collection of books, paintings and unusual objects of considerable interest. The interior is extraordinarily comfortable.The house is situated in a stunning location just yards from  …see more

from £133 / night

£800 / week

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from £133 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ballaghaderreen - 7771 - Charlestown cottage sleeps 6

County Mayo / Charlestown

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
This beautiful renovated stone cottage is set in a quiet, peaceful setting 3 miles from Ballaghadereen 14 miles from Charlestown.Ideal for fishing being close to the Lung River (1 mile away) and Lough Gara (2 miles away) noted for its course fishing ( no license needed)  …see more

from £71 / night

£313 - £428 / week

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from £71 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Lovely High Street Cotswolds Cottage - Moreton-in-Marsh cottage sleeps 4

Cotswolds / Moreton-in-Marsh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
The grade II listed cottage dates from around the early 17th century and many of the original features remain intact today. It has a large and welcoming open fire in the living room and exposed beams throughout the ground floor. There is a fully fitted kitchen with dini  …see more

from £99 / night

£700 - £750 / week

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from £99 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Paddlers - Bexhill-on-Sea apartment sleeps 4

East Sussex / Bexhill-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
A newly refurbished two bedroomed ground floor apartment with private entrance, just around the corner from the beach and town with many restaurants and cafes, 2 minutes from the world famous De La Warr Pavilion and about 5 minutes walk from Bexhill railway station.Ou  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Duke's Cottage, Aberfoyle - Aberfoyle cottage sleeps 2

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Aberfoyle

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Pet friendly;
The perfect retreat for a couple visiting the beautiful Trossachs region of Scotland, Duke's Cottage offers cosy accommodation near the centre of the popular village of Aberfoyle. Within easy reach of both the amenities of Aberfoyle and the stunning surrounding cou  …see more

from £60 / night

£270 - £490 / week

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(8) Very Good 

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Bwythyn Bach - Llantrisant cottage sleeps 4

Rhondda Cynon Taff / Llantrisant

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 28 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Bwthyn Bach is a lovely bolt-hole to stay in the small historical town of LLantrisant. It has recently been fully renovated to a high standard with wooden floors throughout, central heating and a modern comfortable interior. A great location to explore all that the area  …see more

from £85 / night

£400 / week

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from £85 / night

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Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola / Gravellona Toce

1 1 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £40 / night

£274 / week

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from £40 / night

(34) Very Good 

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48 Eversfield Place - St Leonards on Sea apartment sleeps 4

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
This 1st floor apartment is located on the seafront directly opposite the beach & within easy walking distance of both Hastings & St Leonards town centers, & mainline train stations. Beautiful contemporary decor with large light airy living area & balcony overlooking th  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £575 / week

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(42) Excellent 

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Samhach Holiday Apartment - Loch Ness apartment sleeps 4

Scottish Highlands / Loch Ness

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 16 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Whether you are looking for time on your own, a romantic getaway, a week-end away or a family holiday Samhach is the perfect Holiday Let for you. Samhach has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence for 2015, we are one of the first holiday lets to achiev  …see more

from £55 / night

£275 - £467 / week

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from £55 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cysgod Bach Cottage for 2 - Llanfor cottage sleeps 2

Bala / Llanfor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 45 km; Not suitable for children;
Cysgod Bach is situated in the sleepy village of Llanfor, just one mile out of the town of Bala within the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. We are ideally situated for an activity break or for touring the National Park. Bala is steeped in Welsh history and culture an  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £480 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Rugen Island / Sassnitz

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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Lavender Blue Cottage - Melrose cottage sleeps 4

Borders / Melrose

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Lavender Blue is a lovely detached cottage with private parking and enclosed garden right in the centre of Melrose and within 2 minutes walking distance from shops, cafes and bars. The River Tweed is a five minute walk with many historic abbeys, homes and areas of inte  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £625 / week

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(9) Excellent 

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Drumfaskey Cottage Cushendun The Glens of Antrim

County Antrim / Cushendun

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Child friendly ;
A splendid two storey, three bedroom cottage nestling in the hollow of the hill, situated four miles from the pretty seaside village of Cushendun. From inside and out, the cottage enjoys spectacular views of the glen.Great base for anyone who wants to be surrounded by a  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £475 / week

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Schleswig-Holstein / Eckernforde

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £79 / night

£548 / week

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from £79 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Talwrn Glas - Llandegla barn sleeps 5

Denbighshire / Llandegla

3 5 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Croeso / Welcome to Talwrn Glas, a recently completed comfortable 3 bedroom self-catering accommodation with views of the Clwydian Range, the Dee Estuary and beyond.The cottage is part of a traditional Welsh longhouse that dates from the 18th Century, with the Roberts f  …see more

from £95 / night

£665 / week

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from £95 / night

(21) Very Good 

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Lakeview House - Portumna house sleeps 9

County Galway / Portumna

4 9 3 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Child friendly ;
Tucked away in east Galway, Lakeview House is nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Aughty Mountains with the lake literally on its doorstep. This family run enterprise has the highest star rating that Failte Ireland can award. Bicycles are available for those who wis  …see more

from £87 / night

£609 / week

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from £87 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Paradis Villa - C4 - Ko Kho Khao house sleeps 6

Phang Nga Province / Ko Kho Khao

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
C4 is one of 30 villas in a privately owned resort right at the Thung Tuek beach at the pristine west coast of Koh Kho Khao. The houses are owned by ordinary people who have invested in a holiday home, and the resort is run by a company owned by the house owners. The ow  …see more

from £31 / night

£186 - £846 / week

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from £31 / 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

(29) Excellent 

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Finca Alessandra, villa on the river Ebro, Spain

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool;
Finca Alessandra is located in a peaceful rural setting outside the village of Mora La Nova in Catalunya. It is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun while relaxing by the pool, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life.It is a 3 twin, air conditi  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £1315 / week

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from £90 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Brasov County / Rucar

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £174 / night

£1044 - £1470 / week

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from £174 / night

(52) Excellent 

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Kinkell Holiday Apartment - Glenhinnisdal apartment sleeps 4

Isle of Skye / Glenhinnisdal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 17 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
**TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Winner**Purpose built first floor holiday apartment. Kingsize bedroom and twin bedroom with ample room for a travel cot. Situated in the quite township of Glenhinnisdal, just 10 miles from the island capital of Portree and  …see more

from £80 / night

£410 - £580 / week

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from £80 / night

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Bearn / Louvie-Juzon

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 150 km; Swimming pool; Ask owner if suitable for children;
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from £131 / night

£392 / week

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from £131 / night

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Saarland / Illingen

1 3 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £38 / night

£235 / week

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from £38 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Upper Bavaria / Feldafing

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
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from £74 / night

£518 / week

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from £74 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Pear Tree Garden - Maidstone house sleeps 2

Kent / Maidstone

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 46 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This one-bedroom holiday home is ideally placed in the middle of a strawberry farm within the picture-perfect village of West Peckham, with it's Saxon church, village green and pub, The Swan On The Green serving delicious, freshly-prepared food, excellent wines and real  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £510 / week

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from £43 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Dartmoor - The Lodge at Bedford Cottage - Yelverton cottage sleeps 2

Dartmoor National Park / Yelverton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 18 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Dartmoor beckons. There are two rental properties at Bedford Cottage; The Lodge (548563) and The Forge (1345376) and both are located in the centre of Buckland Monachorum, a small village near Yelverton on the western edge of Dartmoor. A warm welcome awaits you but ha  …see more

from £45 / night

£225 - £570 / week

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from £45 / night

(3) Very Good 

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CASA MAESTRALE - wonderful lakeview - Cannobio apartment sleeps 6

Lake Maggiore / Cannobio

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
This well furnished home basks in its sunny position enjoying majestic lake views.This beautiful apartment has two master bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room, allowing for accommodation of up to 6 people. Every master bedroom has one confortable double bed. There  …see more

from £96 / night

£670 - £792 / week

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from £96 / night

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