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Rural retreats (76805)

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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(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Armagh

County Armagh / Armagh

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful” Beautiful house ,spotlessly clean.very spacious.Had a very relaxing stay and will definitely be returning .  …see more

from £75 / night

£430 - £490 / week

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from £75 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Carlingford holiday cottage rental

County Louth / Carlingford

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage” We had a very pleasant stay in this pretty and well equipped cottage. Great attention to detail has been paid to the restoration of the house and every effort has been made to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. Also vey convenient  …see more

from £68 / night

£403 - £488 / week

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from £68 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ardnamurchan Peninsula holiday cottage rental

Lochaber / Ardnamurchan Peninsula

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Salen Cottage is in just a perfect location for all types of holidays We are surrounded by local forestry paths and walksWe have an abundance of wild life in Ardnamurchan .....Red deer,pine martins sea and golden eagles  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £450 / week

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from £65 / night

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Maur holiday farmhouse rental

Canton of Zurich / Maur

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
A room in a 200 year old house. Bathroom and kitchen shared. Don't expect too much and stay away if you are very picky  …see more

from £30 / night

£192 - £334 / week

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from £30 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Port Charlotte

Islay / Port Charlotte

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Rosgorm has a 5* quality assurance award from the Scottish tourist board. The house was completely renovated in 2014 and provides luxurious holiday accommodation for up to 6 people in a traditional cottage in the heart of the village, just a few minutes' walk from all l  …see more

from £135 / night

£800 - £1575 / week

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from £135 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Whittlesey

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Touch of Class!” A beautiful period cottage which was very homely, well kept with everything you would wish for and more. Owners are very accommodating and could not do enough to make our stay a special one. Would highly recommend.  …see more

from £70 / night

£330 - £495 / week

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from £70 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It  …see more

from £48 / night

£254 - £384 / week

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from £48 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Lechlade

Cotswolds / Lechlade

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wish we could have stayed longer” This was an amazing retreat for our family of 5. The owners was incredibly nice and helpful before and during our stay. Our three young children had a wonderful time on the grounds and thoroughly enjoyed the basketbal  …see more

from £100 / night

£875 - £1120 / week

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from £100 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Whaley Bridge holiday cottage rental

Derbyshire / Whaley Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“We had a great stay!” I stayed at Carr Cottage for one week with my two friends and my daughter. We had a great stay! The cottage is very comfortable, clean and very well equipped. It is only a ten-minute walk to the town centre and the bus stop is ne  …see more

from £50 / night

£289 - £510 / week

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from £50 / night

(80) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning!” A stunning apartment in a stunning location! This apartment is thoughtfully furnished and finished to a very high standard with all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. The views from the apartment never tire, whatever the wea  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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from £90 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in East Malling

West Malling / East Malling

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
Delightful 1 bedroom cottage with lovely rural views located amongst orchards near the picturesque village of West Malling. The tastefully decorated accommodation includes ground floor open plan kitchen, sitting room / dining area, hall and cloakroom. Stairs to f  …see more

from £80 / night

£525 / week

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from £80 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Mount Irvine

Tobago / Mount Irvine

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Mot Mot Lodge has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, with double hight ceilings and full width sliding doors, opening out on to a large upper patio,with outdoor dining facilities. This dining area links the interior and the garden seamlessly.  …see more

from £230 / night

£1610 / week

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from £230 / night

(16) Excellent 

15

Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Langport

Langport / Long Sutton, Langport

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Hodgehay Cottage is a charming Quaker cottage built at the start of the 20th Century. It has been lovingly restored, retaining many period features, to give you a comfortable and cosy home from home.  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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from £50 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Rowdale cottages comprise of three adjacent cottages in the converted traditional stone farm buildings. the cottages sleep up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms; there are also 5 bathrooms for convenience too. These spacious cottage can seat 12 guests for dining together and  …see more

from £340 / night

£2380 / week

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from £340 / night

(12) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday home rental

Fife / St Monans

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful” Seascape is an amazing base for exploring the East Neuk and beyond. The view is breathtaking, the house immaculate and St Monan's is as picturesque as you can get. The amenities in the house are excellent. My husband, young son and family t  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

(105) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Pwllgwaelod

Newport / Pwllgwaelod

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“A pretty, cosy and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location.” This cottage was as described, and provided us with a pleasant, cosy base to be with friends and explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.  …see more

from £34 / night

£240 - £600 / week

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from £34 / night

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Corse-du-Sud / Sagone

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £194 / night

£1356 - £2916 / week

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from £194 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Stanton holiday lodge rental

Suffolk / Stanton

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Contemporary yet homely, modern yet rural, these two eco-friendly lodges combine high energy efficiency with the luxuries of modern living. In a large garden setting amidst established trees and shrubs, they provide a peaceful and relaxing hideaway for two.Just 8 miles  …see more

from £59 / night

£239 - £499 / week

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from £59 / night

(29) Excellent 

15

Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Private garden
“fantastic retreat” A truly outstanding place.Wondeful views over the estuary from almost every window. The owners were great and gave us tips on where to eat etc as well as providing us with wine and cake!!. Soo peaceful! With the availability of usin  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Brentor

Devon / Brentor

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful Cottage” Such a lovely Cottage in a great location. Cottage equipped with everything you could need. Lovely beds, bedding and furniture. 4* standard. Cream tea on arrival was lovely. Would highly recommend. Will be back again.  …see more

from £65 / night

£395 - £695 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

Killybegs / Fintragh

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
Set in a rural location, but yet 5 minutes drive from Killybegs, (Irelands premier fishing port), The Old Farmhouse is perfect for touring Donegal, and is ideal for those Hillwalking enthusiasts as Slieve League and Blue Stack Mountains are just a short drive away.  …see more

from £60 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent !” This lodge was brilliant and we really enjoyed our time unfortunately we only booked a week and would have loved to have stayed for 2. The lodge was perfect for 2 families with young children (between us we had 4 children aged 6 months, 1  …see more

from £88 / night

£525 - £1100 / week

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from £88 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dereham

Dereham / East Tuddenham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic farm holiday, ideal for children, great hosts - highly recommended!!” We spent a fantastic two weeks at Amanda and Andy's farm. The children were collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and goats, and they were taken for hay rides. We also wen  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £960 / week

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from £100 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Denbigh/Flint/Conwy with golf nearby

Llandudno / Penrhynside

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect.” We stayed from Wednesday night through to Saturday day. I came to this cottage with my husband, three year old daughter and my in law parents. My daughter absolutely loved the surrounding gardens. it was magical to her and lots of hiding  …see more

from £95 / night

£600 - £850 / week

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from £95 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Bathgate

West Lothian / Bathgate

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Modern property with lots of style and space” Very good property with everything you need clean and well presented good central location between Edinburgh and Glasgow very peaceful and quiet location and very good hosts who were friendly and helpful I  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £90 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Home accommodation in South East England

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 £120 / night

£695 - £1595 / week

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from £120 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Westerham holiday apartment rental

Sevenoaks District / Westerham

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home from Home” Beautiful accommodation, clean and spacious with great facilities. Far enough away from the main road to allow peace and quiet but close enough to all links to not be isolated. The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful without b  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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from £50 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Bangor

County Down / Bangor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Pet friendly
Described as a hidden gem this rural retreat offers the best of both worlds. Peace and tranquility of being in the heart of the countryside whilst being a short distance to all the conveniences of Donaghadee, Bangor and Newtownards. Strangford Lough closeby. Titanic, U  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“A high quality cabin of Luxury” We were really impressed with the quality and comfort of the Salt Cabin, it had everything we needed for a luxurious break. We were made to feel very welcome. We hope to return to the cabin in the future.  …see more

from £110 / night

£650 - £895 / week

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from £110 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Hemswell

Hemswell Cliff / Hemswell

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Self catering holiday cottage, sleeps 5 in Lincolnshire rural village, near Hemswell Antique centre, historic Lincoln, Louth, Gainsborough and Market Rasen. Forty minutes from the Lincolnshire coast. Pets welcome. Calm, serene walled garden. Short or long stays.Typical  …see more

from £70 / night

£365 - £395 / week

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from £70 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
“Still a wonderful comfortable accommodation” This was our 2nd visit to Biggins Grange Barn in 2 years. We loved it the first time which is why we returned. It is still a comfortable, well maintained, clean accommodation. The additional extras were ver  …see more

from £39 / night

£270 - £410 / week

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from £39 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Pelynt holiday cottage rental

Looe / Pelynt

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time. The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £800 / week

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from £66 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cheddar / Draycott

2 5 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“LOVELY STAY” My husband and adult son stayed at the Courthouse in September. The accommodation was excellent. The apartment is very large with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. All the comforts of home were supplied. There was even a large selection of  …see more

from £60 / night

£225 - £350 / week

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from £60 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Lindale

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Perfect comfortable stay” We have stayed here now for 3 holidays and we return because of the comfort, warmth and cosiness of this lovely cottage in the South Lakes. The cottage a great balance for us of traditional character with modern comfort and t  …see more

from £69 / night

£318 - £580 / week

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from £69 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Groomsport holiday home rental

County Down / Groomsport

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
NITB approved spacious 4 bedroom seaside self-catering property with sea facing sun room. Suitable for up to 6 people, 4 bedrooms, modern kitchen/diner with all appliances, bathroom, shower room, downstairs toilet, garden. TV, video, stereo, washing machine, drier  …see more

from £100 / night

£575 - £795 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kelso

Borders / Kelso

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Amazing!” We had a lovely week end at the The Old Smithy & River Cottages to celebrate my husband's 30th Birthday! Both cottages are great and perfect for a big group (we were 11) because there is so much space outside and inside. The rooms are per  …see more

from £350 / night

£1400 - £2100 / week

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from £350 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Matlock Bath

Matlock / Matlock Bath

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Had everything we could have wanted.... plus more!” Great location. Very homely. Very clean. Very well equipped. Would definitely return. Lovely to have king size beds. Was 8 of us and we had plenty of space. Welcome pack was perfect!  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £900 / week

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(3) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Davos Klosters

Klosters / Davos Klosters

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Awesome Place, Great Owners” We stayed there for a week this July and the owners Amanda and Kevin were incredibly helpful and hospitable. We had a very late arrival yet they waited up and helped us get everything situated. Haus Arve is in a great lo  …see more

from £122 / night

£848 - £2967 / week

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from £122 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Bowness-on-Windermere holiday apartment rental

Lake District / Bowness-on-Windermere

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect Getaway” Fantastic apartment, everything you could possibly need and some. What a place to come back to after a day's walking, and having the opportunity to sit out on the balcony with a glass of wine watching the sunset. Doesn't get much bett  …see more

from £100 / night

£475 - £1022 / week

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from £100 / night