Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77843)

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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77,843 Holiday homes

(33) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Ballycastle

County Antrim / Ballycastle

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
The Lodge offers the best of both worlds: an opportunity to rest and unwind and/or to engage with the vibrant events and life of the Causeway Coast and Glens. Situated between the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede, this is a place to feed the soul.<br />Guests fr  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £325 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

22

Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“The Perfect Accomodation for our weekend stay.” We enjoyed a lovely weekend break at the Mill Farm Cottages. The accommodation was perfect for our family's needs. The electric blankets and fire in the grate ready to go were a lovely added touch for a  …see more

from £95 / night

£257 - £556 / week

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from £95 / night

(4) Very Good 

12

Playa de Mogan holiday apartment rental

Mogan / Playa de Mogan

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent apartment” This apartment is extremely well equipped and conveniently situated to the beach and the shops. We stayed for 25 days and as it had all the appliances, house contents and kitchen equipment we could wish for our holiday was stress  …see more

from £75 / night

£521 - £784 / week

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from £75 / night

(16) Excellent 

22

Sanary-sur-Mer holiday home rental

Var / Sanary-sur-Mer

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect accomodation” A beautiful, romantic house in close proximity to coastal cliffs. Very well equipped - very good mattresses, very good kitchen facilities, beautiful, well-kept garden and a beautiful pool. Here's something for everyone! And per  …see more

from £159 / night

£1112 - £2778 / week

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from £159 / night

(13) Excellent 

23

Holiday barn in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“The most perfect retreat for a couple” The pictures on the sites don't do this place any justice. It is so perfectly decorated, designed and furnished. I almost didn't make it to spout barn due to extreme weather conditions. When I phoned the owner sh  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £460 / week

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from £60 / night

(25) Excellent 

18

Apartment rental in St Ives with golf nearby

Cornwall / St Ives

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Excellent location and furnishings.” We stayed in St Ives for New Year, it was a great success all round. The apartment is well located for the town and is very well furnished to a high standard. Everything that you need is available. Having on site p  …see more

from £80 / night

£320 - £675 / week

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from £80 / night

(38) Very Good 

30

Dursley holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Dursley

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Springbank” We stayed at Springbank with our 9mth daughter as a mini first holiday. Dursley village is a short walk and Slimbridge Wetlands is a short drive. The house was well equipped, highchair and travel cot were great, just need own bedding for t  …see more

from £60 / night

£330 - £640 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

Haut-Rhin / Riquewihr

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

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from £51 / night

£205 - £299 / week

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from £51 / night

(1) Excellent 

17

Apartment rental in Vidiciatico

Province of Bologna / Vidiciatico

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Beautifully appointed house in the Apennine hills with stunning views, but also close to all the best Italy has to offer: peace, friendliness, woodland walks, and excellent food. Bologna exhibition, Tuscany and the Chianti region just an hour away.<br />Local peo  …see more

from £38 / night

£263 - £509 / week

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from £38 / night

9

Holiday b&b with golf nearby in Trentham

Victoria / Trentham

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
Nestled in soft, picturesque surrounding countryside and overlooking a serene lake in the heart of Trentham, Trentham Lake Villas allow you to relax and recalibrate within the wondrous joy of silence and solitude where the conflicts of the world seem beyond reach. <  …see more

from £124 / night

£865 / week

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from £124 / night

(7) Excellent 

21

Ardeche / Les Vans

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £39 / night

£227 - £642 / week

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from £39 / night

(25) Excellent 

59

Villa rental in Puerto Calero

Lanzarote / Puerto Calero

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
VILLA JOLE has Private Pool, Aircon (coin operatedand )a BRAND NEW TOP OF THE RANGE HOT TUB to Enjoy The Fantastic All Year Round WeatherGreat Location With All Amenities including the world class marina within A 5 Minute Walk Or 5 Minute Drive Further A Field.Sleeps 8  …see more

from £227 / night

£1395 - £2155 / week

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from £227 / night

(32) Excellent 

19

Holiday penthouse rental

Cornwall / Newquay

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!” You enter the apartment via a lift directly into the main hall. The lift open into a light, spacious, oasis. The living dining area has amazing views over the beach and is a great place to sit, eat and chat with friends and fami  …see more

from £230 / night

£995 - £3050 / week

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from £230 / night

(4) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

4 11 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Great for family and friend gatherings. Located only 7 miles from Stirling, in Central Scotland, and conveniently located for many visitor attractions, including Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond. Corshill Cottage offers high quality self-catering accommodation within wha  …see more

from £205 / night

£835 - £1690 / week

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from £205 / night

(10) Excellent 

21

Holiday apartment in Akyaka

Mugla Province / Akyaka

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great central location.” Great location near beach, shops and restaurants. Apartment very well equipped. Large fridge and full cooker. Owners very friendly and helpful. Very clean and spacious lounge. Two balconies.  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 / week

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from £30 / night

(10) Excellent 

36

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful apartment in an ideal location” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful apartment which is very cosy and well equipped. We loved the newly refurbished bathroom and the heated floor was very luxurious. All the main facilities in Am  …see more

from £85 / night

£475 - £715 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

19

Descartes holiday gite accommodation

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful gites in a perfect setting with first class hosts!” Spotless, stylish, comfortable, airy, spacious and modern accommodation with all the facilities, gadgets, games and bikes you will need while on holiday. A peaceful location surrounded b  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £990 / week

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from £75 / night

(23) Excellent 

12

Holiday apartment rental

City of Venice / Venice

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Awesome apartment!” Home from home in Venice! Massimo was an awesome host taking the time to show us the places we shouldn't miss and recommending places to eat and visit. The apartment is very well located 10 mins walk to rialto and not much further  …see more

from £77 / night

£653 / week

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from £77 / night

(40) Excellent 

32

Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Best option in Tremblant” The property is by far the best in the area. It is perfectly appointed and the photographs are completely accurate. 8 to 10 people fit perfectly. My family and I had a lovely Christmas and New Year's holiday at Tremblant and  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1300 / week

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from £135 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Perranarworthal

Truro / Perranarworthal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
The most recent barn conversion at "CORNISH BARN HOLIDAYS" A two storey barn conversion that we have converted from the original cow shed and hay loft beside the main farm house. Totally private and quiet, there are only the two of us living in the main far  …see more

from £120 / night

£390 - £790 / week

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from £120 / night

9

Meuse / Ligny-en-Barrois

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £95 / night

£665 - £850 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Excellent 

63

Villa rental in Montepulciano with swimming pool

Province of Siena / Montepulciano

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 115 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Bossona is an impressive villa which dates back to the eighteenth century. Ideal for quiet and relaxing holidays it is located in the sweet Montepulciano hills few minutes from the town. A small church with an enchanting bell tower is preserved in its original for  …see more

from £513 / night

£3334 - £3676 / week

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from £513 / night

(36) Excellent 

12

Holiday log cabin rental

Cornwall / St Austell

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Private garden
“Excellent” Even though we arrived a lot later then we intended we were met by Marilyn & Tom to be shown around, told where everything was, and given the keys,we thought this was a much more personal touch rather than an email or message to say where  …see more

from £30 / night

£200 - £396 / week

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from £30 / night

(11) Excellent 

26

Zell am See ski apartment to rent.

Zell am See / Zellermoos

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“A great place in a great location for a winter holiday.” Beautifully appointed and very comfortable apartment with fantastic south facing views catching the afternoon sun. Very well located for the Zell am See and Kaprun ski areas both downhill and cr  …see more

from £88 / night

£600 - £930 / week

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from £88 / night

(46) Very Good 

24

Cottage rental in Bonsall

Matlock / Bonsall

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a friendly village in a beautiful part of our country.” This cottage is spacious, comfortable, a little quirky and very well equipped. We stayed for New Year, with some other friends staying nearby in another holiday cottage. On comp  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £55 / night

(1) Excellent 

19

Holiday cottage in Buckie

Buckie / Findochty

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
The house: in a stunning location in Findochty, right on a small secluded sandy beach, built in 1873 as two fishermen's cottages, and now joined together to form a beautifully and fully renovated 4 bedroom family home. Inside: on the upper floor you will find th  …see more

from £78 / night

£500 - £650 / week

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from £78 / night

(40) Excellent 

22

Holiday caravan/mobile home rental

East Riding of Yorkshire / Patrington

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Great hideaway” What an amazing, relaxing break. My partner and I recently stayed at pear tree lodge for the first time. From the moment we got there we felt spoilt, Louise and her husband Stephen are absoloutly lovely and made us feel very welcome.  …see more

from £80 / night

£535 - £1145 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Casarabonela holiday townhouse rental

Casarabonela / Calle de la Jarea

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“worth every penny - an excellent villa” Just spent two weeks with my wife and two daughters aged 9 and 15. The villa is very comfortable, well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and pillows, everything you need including bbq and beach things. Libby h  …see more

from £32 / night

£175 - £225 / week

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from £32 / night

(28) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage in Sea Palling

Norfolk / Sea Palling

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Warm and welcoming, with all you need” The location couldn't be nearer to the beautiful beach. Of course this was December and very few people around but we had some gorgeous walks with my dog who was allowed to stay too! Cosy Corner provided us with  …see more

from £80 / night

£380 - £730 / week

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from £80 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Dolgellau

Snowdonia National Park / Dolgellau

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Ask about pets
Coedmor Cader Cottage is situated in the heart of the historic market town of Dolgellau, at the base of the Cadair Idris Mountain Range. This traditional 3 storey stone built one bedroomed cottage is an ideal place for that Welsh Retreat. Coedmor Cader Cottage has plent  …see more

from £65 / night

£230 - £345 / week

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from £65 / night

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Mecklenburg-West Pomerania / Ueckermunde

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £56 / night

£659 / week

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from £56 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Province of Turin / Bardonecchia

1 7 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £52 / night

£342 - £428 / week

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from £52 / night

(11) Excellent 

25

Trearddur Bay holiday apartment rental

Anglesey / Trearddur Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Situated only a few minutes stroll away from the well known village of Trearddur Bay, Valley Lodge is a luxurious Ground Floor apartment that we have fully refurbished early in 2015, it is located in private grounds with well kept Communal Garden Areas. The nearest cov  …see more

from £74 / night

£390 - £685 / week

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from £74 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Menton holiday apartment rental

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Menton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Stay in Menton!” My husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter stayed in this apartment for one week. We found the accommodations to be very comfortable and in a great location. The apartment is very child friendly which was important  …see more

from £103 / night

£492 - £1283 / week

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from £103 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Ennerdale Bridge holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Ennerdale Bridge

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“Lovely peaceful cottage with beautiful views” We had a wonderful short stay at Alexander Barn, which is a perfect place to wind down. Very comfortable, and spotlessly clean, with lovely views in to Ennerdale from the picture windows in the upstairs o  …see more

from £37 / night

£255 - £465 / week

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from £37 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Argyll and Bute / Inveraray

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
An immaculately and unique 18th century detached gate lodge full of character and charm. The cottage is surrounded by forest walks & cycle tracks. Inveraray the traditional county town of Argyll is 3 miles away. The beach is only a few minutes walk.<br />The R  …see more

from £56 / night

£390 - £610 / week

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from £56 / night

(38) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with shared pool in Cha-am

Phetchaburi Province / Cha-am

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine waking up in the morning to the sounds of the ocean and tweeting birds. Brew a coffee and relax on the huge balcony with recliner seats or even use the hammock if you havent really woken up yet.Once you are up for it take a stroll along the beach and wa  …see more

from £136 / night

£768 - £1135 / week

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from £136 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Portrush holiday apartment rental

County Antrim / Portrush

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant apartment with lovely decor” I booked this apartment not knowing where it would be. Easy to find, clean and beautiful decor. My boyfriend and I had a brilliant time here and I would like to book this again for a long weekend in Belfast.  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £520 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Essonne / Milly-la-Foret

1 5 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £51 / night

£255 - £339 / week

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from £51 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Barnes Ghaut

Nevis / Barnes Ghaut

4 6 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Large spacious house with beautiful scenery” The house for just beautiful, great scenery and what a view! The staff was wonderful. The road is horrible and it is getting worse everyone says. Pretty dangerous in some spots. It takes 15 minutes to get t  …see more

from £194 / night

£1331 - £1452 / week

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from £194 / night