Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77419)

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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Villa rental in Hersonissos

Heraklion Prefecture / Hersonissos

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Absolutely Faultless” An absolutely amazing holiday villa. If you have any doubt in booking this villa then don't. The owner Stefani was absolutely amazing. She would do anything for you. You could not ask for a more beautiful setting. You are ne  …see more

from £261 / night

£1827 - £3957 / week

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from £261 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Scarlino / Puntone

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly

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from £70 / night

£293 - £1169 / week

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from £70 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with indoor pool in Bude

Cornwall / Bude

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Rented tumbles lodge as a surprise holiday for my husbands 60th birthday party with our 3 children and partners and 6 grandchildren. It was perfect especially the pool which was very popular with the children. The house was very spacious wi  …see more

from £280 / night

£1400 - £3600 / week

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from £280 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Perranuthnoe

Cornwall / Perranuthnoe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Quiet, cosy, characterful cottage” Lovely cottage in a typical Cornish village, with great coastal walks and lovely beach. The cottage had all that was required. The village was quiet although close to Marazion which had great pubs and shops, as di  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £700 / week

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from £70 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in St Peter Port

Guernsey / St Peter Port

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
This quaint bungalow sits comfortably on the grounds of a family home and once served as staff accommodation for the main property. A quiet and idyllic detached home with easy access by bus to town centre makes this an ideal holiday or weekend away. The bungalow sleeps  …see more

from £110 / night

£600 / week

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from £110 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Forres holiday cottage rental

Moray / Forres

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful, relaxing week in a beautiful and peaceful location” I stayed for a week in January when the snow was on the ground. I walked for at least an hour every day through the beautiful scenery which surrounds this location. I returned to a log f  …see more

from £50 / night

£258 - £350 / week

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from £50 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Peebles

Borders / Peebles

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Top marks” Great flat in a lovely town All mod cons, well fitted kitchen Light and airy all fitted out to a high standard (Fishing was good as well) 5 stars from us, We will be back.  …see more

from £55 / night

£250 - £395 / week

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from £55 / night

(28) 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 £75 / night

£340 - £495 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Stanton in Peak

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This 18th century cottage lies in the Heart of the Peak District next to Bakewell, Matlock and Chatsworth House and is packed with period charm. Enjoy Derbyshire's best tea rooms, walking treks and golf courses. Plus UNLIMITED WIFI and all the modern conveniences.  …see more

from £59 / night

£410 - £625 / week

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from £59 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Poppi

Province of Arezzo / Poppi

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 160 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Warm welcome, fabulous villa, idyllic setting.” Fantastic welcome from the family. Clean, spacious and full of character. Surrounded by woodland but also great views. On white road about 5km uphill from Poppi, roads a little narrow at times. Pool on  …see more

from £150 / night

£1044 - £2435 / week

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from £150 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Nievre / Clamecy

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £41 / night

£287 - £374 / week

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from £41 / night

(18) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage in Eye

Suffolk / Eye

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy ,clean cottage.” A very well cared for cottage. Clean and cosy. So convenient to the local shops in the attractive village of Eye. Comfortable bedrooms. Wonderful kitchen( although a dishwasher would have made it home from home). Sarah ,the owner  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £495 / week

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from £43 / night

(6) Excellent 

33

Holiday lodge rental

Lake District / South Lakeland Leisure Village

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic break” Just come back from a 3 night break - and I loved it !!! The lodge was nice and comfortable, had everything you need for your stay. The rabbits running around were amazing to see, and the ducks too. If I was to be brutally honest,  …see more

from £29 / night

£203 - £525 / week

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from £29 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Downham Market with golf nearby

Norfolk / Downham Market

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic Getaway” I planned a surprise birthday getaway for my girlfriend with her friends. The place was everything we could have hoped it to be. It was a perfect escape from our regular surroundings. The owners are friendly and very helpful.  …see more

from £199 / night

£1397 - £3800 / week

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from £199 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Llanuwchllyn

Bala / Llanuwchllyn

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 37 km
  • Child friendly
“A fabulous barn in beautiful surroundings” Our group of 4 adults and 5 teenagers adored our time in this wonderful barn. The owners have obviously taken time and effort to make this such a warm and welcoming place to stay. Kelly was incredibly frie  …see more

from £200 / night

£1000 - £1500 / week

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from £200 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Trunch

Norfolk / Trunch

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
“Excellent property great location.” We really enjoyed our stay at Homefield Barn, well equipt and nicely furnished, quiet and peaceful we were lucky the weather was beautiful. A weekend break wasn't long enough so we will be back for another visit.  …see more

from £65 / night

£375 - £485 / week

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from £65 / night

(2) Very Good 

25

Lauterbrunnen ski apartment to rent.

Jungfrau Region / Lauterbrunnen

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
English speaking local host. Rates are for 2 persons sharing. Max 4 pax. Extra persons add CHF 30 per person  …see more

from £79 / night

£548 / week

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from £79 / night

(22) Very Good 

21

Newby Bridge holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Newby Bridge

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Just wonderful” We have had a delightful bank holiday weekend at Low Mill Cottage. It is perfect and we would love to stay again. The cottage was immaculate and bigger than i expected and location is great. We dined at the Swann a couple of times w  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £825 / week

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from £80 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Hexham

Northumberland / Hexham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms with three bathrooms. Two double bedrooms, one en-suite and a twin bedroom. There is a modern, well-equipped kitchen and a peaceful, comfortable sitting room overlooking the garden.  …see more

from £110 / night

£375 - £950 / week

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from £110 / 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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from £100 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Bungalow rental in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A Lovely Place to Stay!” We had a wonderful stay at Hawkstone, its a well maintained property, with a good amount of space in each room. The kitchen was nice, it had everything we needed in it (utensils, cutlery, toaster, microwave and more, it was e  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £924 / week

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from £65 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Holetown

Saint James Parish / Holetown

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Car not necessary
Stunning new apartments 4 minutes walk to the fabulous settlers beach.There are numerous bars/restaurants within walking distance for a variety of budgets. There are restaurants specialising in Italian, Indian or Thai as well as traditional Bajan food.<br />Holeto  …see more

from £81 / night

£567 - £800 / week

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from £81 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Charlestown, St Austell

St Austell / Charlestown, St Austell

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.35 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent Cottage in a beautiful town called Charlestown” Had a fantastic stay at the Pebbledrift Cottage. The accommodation is very nicely laid out with ample room to have a relaxing break. Plenty of restaurants and shopping amenities near bye. On  …see more

from £78 / night

£70 - £950 / week

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from £78 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Villa letting in Chulilla with swimming pool

Province of Valencia / Chulilla

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
Summary: If you are looking for something a bit different - to truly relax and unwind with your family and friends in the REAL Spain...then this is it! Casa Níspero is a beautiful traditional Spanish villa hidden away among the pine trees on the edge of Parque N  …see more

from £120 / night

£700 - £1300 / week

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from £120 / night

(25) Excellent 

21

Lymington holiday cottage rental

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“An absolute dream” I can only say positive things about our stay. Tracey has obviously worked hard to make the cottage as welcoming as she can. Roses, muffins, a local paper, milk in the fridge and a welcoming card are a lovely touch. The cottage itse  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £1100 / week

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from £64 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Ski townhouse to rent in St. Wolfgang

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Ski
“What a great location” the town the area and the house where perfect. The instructions given by Sandra were great and the advice was very useful. Heidi met us on arrival and helped us settle in.  …see more

from £43 / night

£275 - £350 / week

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from £43 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Alozaina

Province of Malaga / Alozaina

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Total relaxation!” This is the second time we have stayed at this villa, and we hope to return again soon. The villa is very private and peaceful, not overlooked but not isolated. We have seen eagles on both visits and a wide variety of wildlife. The  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £1280 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Keratokampos

Heraklion Prefecture / Keratokampos

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing, comfortable villa” The Stonehouse is an extremely comfortable, quiet and relaxing villa. is situated in a quiet, friendly, picturesque area of Crete. The villa is excellently equipped and very clean. We had a welcome pack of olive oil, wine  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £770 / week

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from £65 / night

(49) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Bernisdale

Portree / Bernisdale

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
“A gem on the Isle of Sky” We had a great week and the weather was very kind to us. Everything about the croft was excellent! The views were spectacular especially watching the seals whilst having breakfast, and the Croft itself so comfortable you se  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £90 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Axmouth

Devon / Axmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant!” Our recent stay at The Old Post Office was lovely! It was very clean, well laid out and catered for everything. The location was great too, very near to loads of beaches. And a couple of pubs!  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £975 / week

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from £60 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Broadway holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Broadway

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Comfortable peaceful cottage” I visited Broadway with two friends on a garden and gallery getaway break! We found The Old Grocery clean, comfortable and located on a very quiet and pretty road. It was great to have the outside space as we were lucky  …see more

from £134 / night

£629 - £1026 / week

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from £134 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Wellington holiday cottage rental

Somerset / Wellington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect!” We stayed at The Byre this weekend (7th-10th June) and me and my partner loved everything about it. The cottage itself its very well furnished with good taste very homely. The area around The Byre is unspoilt and the views are stunning. Well  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £800 / week

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from £70 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Boulbon

Bouches-du-Rhone / Boulbon

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 62 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Gorgeous, fabulous location, can't recommend enough” The house is beautiful, nicely furnished, and was built out of the ruins of a medieval well house abutting a medieval wall - hard to get cooler than that! Parking in the town parking lot a couple s  …see more

from £85 / night

£512 - £723 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay and really helpful owners!” Just returned from a two week stay at the delightful Valerian Cottage with my wife and daughters (aged 6 and 4). The cottage is beautifully presented and extremely comfortable - more like a proper hom  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Fordingbridge

New Forest / Fordingbridge

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a lovely part of the world” Little Terraces was a wonderful place to spend some time at the start of the new year. Perfectly located for trips into the New Forest and to nearby Salisbury, we also enjoyed exploring the local village.  …see more

from £48 / night

£340 - £595 / week

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from £48 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Amantea holiday apartment rental

Province of Cosenza / Amantea

1 4 7 nights min

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

from £36 / night

£250 - £537 / week

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from £36 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Lossiemouth

Moray / Lossiemouth

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Back Again.” This is the 3rd year running we have stayed in this superb cottage in beautiful Lossiemouth,and its still 5*. Everything we needed in the kitchen.Excellent welcome pack,so good we had a pack of bacon,pack of butter,tea,sugar,milk(litre b  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £675 / week

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from £75 / night

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Lower Austria / Mautern an der Donau

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £109 / night

£761 / week

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from £109 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful cottage with beautiful views.” The upside down cottage was more than comfortable for my family, home from home. Only a 5 min drive from the beach plus a large area on site for the children to run around on and play games. The owners were als  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Padstow / Tregonce

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful modern property in a peaceful location” We booked this property for week in June to celebrate my Dad's 50th Birthday. The property was stunning and certainly the best that we've stayed in. It was very clean with modern appliances throughout.  …see more

from £150 / night

£900 - £2000 / week

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from £150 / night