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Rural retreats (79511)

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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(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Tsilivi

Zakynthos / Tsilivi

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful, comfortable villa with magnificent views.” We stayed in this lovely villa in July/Aug. it delivered everything promised and more. It is well equipped and comfortable with a brilliant outside area with pool and outstanding views over Tsilivi
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from £100 / night

£600 - £1600 / week

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from £100 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Staithes holiday cottage rental

North York Moors National Park / Staithes

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“The Reviews say it all...!!!!” Driftwood cottage is true to all trip advisor reviews & the Guest Book comments We have stayed in Saithes 4 times now & return every year in the winter for Birthday weekends, most other cottages are natty/quirky but ca
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from £85 / night

£480 - £650 / week

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from £85 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Balchik

Dobrich Province / Balchik

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Splendid Holiday” We travelled with a group of friends and stayed at Villa Vista. The villa is very spacious and has all modern amenities including a BBQ situated on the lower terrace. The views from the villa, are uninterrupted, and breathtaking
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from £50 / night

£320 - £640 / week

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from £50 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Praia da Luz

Luz / Praia da Luz

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Just perfect!!” We brought our 1 year old to stay in this apartment for a week - they have everything you would ever need, very well kitted out, comfortable beds, lovely sunny balcony with mountain views. The pool area is fantastic with a adult pool a
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from £75 / night

£483 - £992 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

21

Holiday home in Shillelagh

County Wicklow / Shillelagh

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Very clean and good value for money.” We all had a fantastic time staying at this property. Close to other towns, so not a long time driving. We would defiantly stay here again or recommend this property to family and friends.
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from £88 / night

£439 / week

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from £88 / night

(42) Excellent 

21

Silloth holiday apartment rental

Cumbria / Silloth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fab Accomodation” We spent 4 nights at the Grey House Annexe and found it to be very comfortable, a real home from home and I liked the little extra touches, like a bottle of wine and milk in the fridge plus sweets and biscuits. The location is great
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from £50 / night

£270 - £350 / week

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from £50 / night

(11) Excellent 

33

Valbonne holiday villa rental

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Valbonne

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect location to explore the Cote d'Azure” Lovely, spacious, secluded villa with excellent facilities in a prime location. Charming, friendly and genuinely hospitable hosts. Everything and everywhere seems to be within 30 minutes driving time !
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from £417 / night

£1351 - £3071 / week

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from £417 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Barmouth holiday cottage let

Gwynedd / Barmouth

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“So impressed and happy we've already booked 2018!!!!” Absolutely delightful property and location. Superbly finished with all facilities and amenities required for a break. Short stroll to the beach, shops, and all local dog friendly hostelries. Debbi
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from £82 / night

£575 - £1099 / week

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from £82 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday farmhouse in Vire-Normandie

Calvados / Vire-Normandie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £66 / night

£329 - £522 / week

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from £66 / night

(29) Excellent 

20

Holiday home rental

Amalfi Coast / Conca dei Marini

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“lovely big apartment and lovely owners” this apartment is lovely. we spent many nights just sitting on the balcony looking at the beautiful views of the amalfi coast eating tomatoes from the owners garden with mozzerella and drinking the local wine. t
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from £44 / night

£439 - £878 / week

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from £44 / night

(17) Excellent 

24

Gite letting in Arricau-Bordes

Bearn / Arricau-Bordes

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
“Just lovely!” My husband and I were looking for somewhere to spend a peaceful few days in the sun with beautiful surroundings - this is exactly what we found. Apart from a minor quibble about the sofa being a tad uncomfortable, everything else was jus
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from £75 / night

£480 - £490 / week

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from £75 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Polzeath holiday home rental

Polzeath / Roserrow

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect holiday home” A wonderful week at The Haven, the house was exceptionally spacious for 8 of us and the facilities were great. Having an en-suite in every bedroom was a definite bonus. Great location within 5 min drive of Polzeath where the kids
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from £150 / night

£1075 - £2050 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Excellent 

12

Holiday home in Donegal Town

County Donegal / Donegal Town

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £150 / night

£650 / week

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from £150 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kyleakin

Isle of Skye / Kyleakin

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Great location.” The cottage was everything we could ever want in a holiday let and then some. It was clean, warm and very comfortable. Lot's of little touches to make our stay one of the best we've had in Scotland. The location was great for explorin
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from £85 / night

£595 - £975 / week

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(9) Very Good 

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Brittas Bay holiday cottage rental

County Wicklow / Brittas Bay

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, quiet, clean accommodation in the Countryside” This is a lovely house, it is well equipped and clean with modern furnishings. We had a great holiday 2 adults and 2 Children (10 & 13). The beach is 5 minutes away but we choose to drive due to a
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from £132 / night

£439 - £878 / week

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(25) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Wingham-Well

Canterbury / Wingham-Well

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Quiet and peaceful” A lovely cottage that met all expectations. It was well presented and maintained. The cottage was well situated for Canterbury and the Kent coast. There were several very nice local pubs if you fancy eating out. We visited in Nove
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from £90 / night

£375 - £872 / week

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from £90 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Madeira / Funchal

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“The best Villa we have ever stayed in.” Only two of us but would very well equipped & spacious for six. Very well maintained with high quality fittings. Outside the gardens are lovingly attended by Joao who is the owner's on-site very helpful manager
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from £78 / night

£540 - £904 / week

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from £78 / night

(44) Excellent 

36

Mevagissey holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Mevagissey

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Delightful Cottage in a great location” Seafarer's Watch is a beautifully appointed and well-maintained cottage with plenty of thoughtful touches. This was our third visit with a fourth already booked which probably says it all. The cottage is clean,
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from £60 / night

£415 - £925 / week

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avg. 1 hour 19 minutes

from £60 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Sneem

County Kerry / Sneem

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“How can you imagine such a wonderful place” Very comfortable new home with all needed equipments. Wonderful place in an amazing area with a tremendous view over Kenmare river (ocean part). Very quiet place a bit difficult to find (kind of exploration,
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from £120 / night

£725 - £1200 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Leran

Ariege / Leran

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A beautiful house in a lovely area of France.” We had a fantastic time at La Maison du Jardin Secret which really does have a secret garden! We loved the garden and spent a lot of time there just relaxing, eating and drinking. The house is spacious,
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from £66 / night

£461 - £943 / week

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avg. 1 hour 41 minutes

from £66 / night

(58) Excellent 

60

Holiday lodge with shared pool, golf nearby in Tattershall

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing” Pictures don't do it justice it's stunning and donna is absolutely amazing we shall definitely be coming back one day!
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from £100 / night

£725 - £980 / week

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from £100 / night

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Holiday apartment in Umbertide

Province of Perugia / Umbertide

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min

from £27 / night

£172 - £202 / week

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(21) Excellent 

22

Holiday studio in Collioure

Collioure / Faubourg

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous caring hosts, very comfy apartment with beautiful views, parking and pool” Very caring and helpful hosts, Paul and Chrissie. I was met at the train station and taken back when I left, great start to my holiday and helpful on my return trip. N
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from £44 / night

£308 - £786 / week

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from £44 / night

(6) Very Good 

25

Holiday bungalow in Torrevieja

Costa Blanca / Torrevieja

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” We had a great time at this property. The whole complex was fab. The property could do with some updating but on saying that it had everything we needed for our 2 weeks stay. Sally Bramble was great every step of the way and organised airport tra
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from £31 / night

£220 - £334 / week

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(50) Excellent 

21

Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous family holiday yet again!” This was our 3rd visit to Garrique with our three young children (now 8, 5 and 2). The cottage is perfectly located to explore the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond area as well as being close to all the amenities
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from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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avg. 3 hours 36 minutes

from £90 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Massouri

Kalymnos / Massouri

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Sublime” Aegan Village Beach appartment definitely added to our brilliant climbing holiday. The big terrace to chill out on with direct access to the beach and within walking distance of shops/bars/restaurants is a welcoming luxure after a day in the
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from £86 / night

£596 / week

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from £86 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Barn letting in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful cottage hen do stay” Hi Great place.beautiful cottage with great facilities. Perfect mixture of old and new and in great condition. We visited for my friends Weekend hen do and as organiser found Richard to be very straightforward and
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from £100 / night

£595 - £1095 / week

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from £100 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Bungalow rental in Rhoscolyn

Anglesey / Rhoscolyn

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Another perfect stay in this bungalow. Beautiful spot” The bungalow is well equipped and ideally situated. 10 minute walk to lovely beach. In my opinion the best beach on Ang,esey
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from £100 / night

£550 - £1140 / week

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from £100 / night

(49) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic property, location and hosts” Just what we needed for our break in the peak district. It is a very comfortable apartment and great base for exploring the local area. The owners of the property could not have provided us with any more to ma
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from £60 / night

£260 - £389 / week

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(15) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Castlegregory

Dingle Peninsula / Castlegregory

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Quiet and well equipped” Ignore the map when looking at this property, it's not accurate. The directions are good though and you can find it on Google earth. It has a lovely view of mountains and countryside. At times the weather was awful but it was
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from £57 / night

£395 - £615 / week

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from £57 / night

(8) Excellent 

22

Holiday gite in Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq

Vendee / Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent & charming Gite - well equipped” We really enjoyed our 2 weeks here - the gite was full of charm and character, but very well equipped with all modern appliances in the kitchen, etc - all the extra things which really make a difference to a
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from £42 / night

£290 - £610 / week

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from £42 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Sovereign Harbour North

Eastbourne / Sovereign Harbour North

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic appartment” My Mum and i had a weekend away in this appartment in November and the location was fantastic for us, a short walk to the marina restaurants and retail park and a bus ride into the town centre. The appartment itself was clea
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from £100 / night

£495 - £700 / week

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from £100 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with golf nearby in Dawlish

Dawlish / Dawlish Warren

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“The Lady May” We had the best time in this caravan an look forward to going back next year. It was just like being at home so comfortable and homely. It was great having lie ins every day.
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from £50 / night

£550 - £700 / week

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from £50 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Isle of Harris

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £122 / night

£850 - £1195 / week

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from £122 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Schull

County Cork / Schull

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“A little piece of heaven!” My sister and I stayed in Molly Cottage in early June. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Robin & Helen and found the cottage spotless, the wood pellet stove alight, and very well equipped with everything to make our st
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from £62 / night

£303 - £417 / week

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Cayenne holiday home rental

Arrondissement of Cayenne / Cayenne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden

from £86 / night

£506 - £677 / week

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from £86 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday gite with golf nearby in Baden

Morbihan / Baden

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £23 / night

£158 - £299 / week

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avg. 2 hours 41 minutes

from £23 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Uppingham holiday home rental

Rutland / Uppingham

5 14 2 nights min

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

£5600 / week

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from £840 / night

(71) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Ostuni

Province of Brindisi / Ostuni

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
“Quiet and relaxing” Had a great holiday here. Keith was really helpful both before we arrived and once we were there. The directions to get there were perfect. There is loads of space and so our son loved running around and cooling off in the pool. Th
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from £199 / night

£1390 - £1975 / week

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from £199 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb, Fantastic, covenient, great place to stay” We visited in July 2013 when weather was super warm, It was a last minute booking for 3 nights. To start the communication with the owner was top notch, I received an email and a phone call giving al
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from £105 / night

£450 - £1050 / week

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from £105 / night