Rural retreats ❘ Holiday cottages in the UK and abroad

Rural retreats (79659)

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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Holiday townhouse with golf nearby in Silverdale

Lake District / Silverdale

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Peaceful stay” A wonderfully quiet location with country views and comfortable lounge and bed. Ideal for a few nights away with walks on the doorstep.
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from £65 / night

£450 - £570 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Burgau

Faro District / Burgau

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous villa in a wonderful location” This is a fabulous villa, with a great pool and very well equipped. My children spent most of their time in the pool when we weren't at the beach. It's a suoer size and very well looked after. The views
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from £129 / night

£850 - £1550 / week

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from £129 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in San Diego, Sotogrande

Sotogrande / San Diego, Sotogrande

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £165 / night

£1150 - £2600 / week

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from £165 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Castleton

North York Moors National Park / Castleton

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful stay...” We've just returned from a lovely stay in The Nest. We thoroughly explored the area around Castleton and beyond and it was a great base from which to do so. It had everything we needed. Gorgeous wood burner, comfy sofa and a fab h
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from £70 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £70 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Ban Tai holiday villa rental

Ko Samui / Ban Tai

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Great Villa and Location” We stayed at this beautiful villa with two other couples and it was just perfect. Comfortable accommodation with everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one. The pool was non-chlorine and just what you need in the
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from £135 / night

£925 - £1150 / week

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from £135 / night

(9) Excellent 

21

Les Vans holiday home rental

Ardeche / Les Vans

2 5 Min stay varies

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

from £40 / night

£231 - £653 / week

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avg. 1 hour 55 minutes

from £40 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Home rental in Torridon

Ross and Cromarty / Torridon

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Absolutely stunning area and views” The cottage was excellent and could not be faulted. For a group of mountaineers, more used to staying at climbing huts, the extra space made so much difference and having TV, a Jacuzzi and internet made it a real
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from £150 / night

£600 - £1200 / week

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avg. 2 hours 38 minutes

from £150 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Fornells / Playas de Fornells

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
“A wonderful location” This apartment suited us perfectly; close to the pool and the beach, fabulous views from the terraces, lovely safe gardens and easy to walk to some great, friendly restaurants. We spent the first week exploring the island, and th
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from £60 / night

£375 - £775 / week

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avg. 2 hours 22 minutes

from £60 / night

(18) 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

from £120 / night

£700 - £1300 / week

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avg. 3 hours 57 minutes

from £120 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Winterton-on-Sea holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“I love this place” the weather was not as kind to us this time but that does not stop us enjoying the peace and tranquility. The house as always has everything we need and the woodburner in the lounge gives a wonderful sense of well being at the end o
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from £100 / night

£595 - £975 / week

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from £100 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Nenagh holiday cottage rental

Nenagh / Dromineer

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“OMGoodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Upon arrival, around 11pm, every light inside and outside was on to welcome us to 'our' charming vacation home! Not 10 minutes after our arrival, Jeanette popped in to give us a warm welcome and to answer any questio
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from £122 / night

£653 - £766 / week

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from £122 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Portsalon / Croaghross

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly

from £63 / night

£416 - £854 / week

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avg. 2 hours 51 minutes

from £63 / night

(2) Average 

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Trois Rivieres holiday bungalow rental

Basse-Terre Island / Trois Rivieres

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £55 / night

£345 - £388 / week

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avg. 2 hours 59 minutes

from £55 / night

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Piolenc holiday home rental

Vaucluse / Piolenc

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £105 / night

£696 - £1392 / week

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from £105 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ingbirchworth

South Yorkshire / Ingbirchworth

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A wonderful place to stay, fantastic for family celebrations.” I hired this place to celebrate my father's 80th birthday with family and believe we could not have found anywhere better. The property was perfectly maintained containing everything you r
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from £150 / night

£620 - £1000 / week

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from £150 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Plazac / Perigord Noir

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
“An Excellent Base” The gite was a perfect base for exploring the local area. We felt we were in rural France away from the tourist spots. The accommodation had everything we needed and our hosts were always ready to help and offer suggestions if neces
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from £83 / night

£575 - £795 / week

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avg. 1 hour 13 minutes

from £83 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Central Newquay

Newquay / Central Newquay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Apartment in a prime location with a great view.” Great apartment located in the center of Newquay and 2 minutes walk from beach. The views from the front of the apartment are breath taking and we were able to find amble free parking at the front of t
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from £85 / night

£400 - £1120 / week

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from £85 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” Fabulous apartment. Very comfortable couldn't fault it. Great position for beach and Croyde centre. Relaxing stay, can't wait to return!
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from £155 / night

£685 - £1375 / week

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from £155 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Broadstairs

Isle of Thanet / Broadstairs

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great Property for multi generational holiday” This was our second visit to this property and this time our sons and their families joined us. The weather wasn't great but we were able to get the little ones on the beach in minutes when the sun did sh
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from £120 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £120 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Blockley holiday cottage rental

Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“A great cosy cottage in Blockley for two.” This was the fourth property we have rented in the Cotswolds area in the last 12 months. We rate this number "one" based on property facilities, welcoming treats, location, and for the time of the year we boo
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from £65 / night

£700 / week

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avg. 2 hours 49 minutes

from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Puy-Sanieres

Hautes-Alpes / Puy-Sanieres

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly

from £96 / night

£418 - £757 / week

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from £96 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday gite rental

Flers / St Quentin les Chardonnets

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 68 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £25 / night

£174 - £402 / week

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from £25 / night

(11) 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
“wow I wanna go back The Tenas on Tour” Myself and 9 female friends spent 2 nights in these 2 beautiful cottages to celebrate my 50th..the owner Susan was very easy to keep in touch with and catered for our every need.on arrival we were blown away with
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from £350 / night

£1960 / week

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avg. 2 hours 42 minutes

from £350 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Domme

Dordogne / Domme

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The best ever.” After 40 years of holidaying in various regions of France, we decided 6 years ago that the Sarlat/Domme area was our favourite. This year we stayed at Les tournesols, and were absolutely delighted. The gite had everything we wanted, do
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from £174 / night

£1214 - £1735 / week

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from £174 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“a very comfortable cottage” Spent 3 days at Rowan cottage and found it delightful. The cottage is very well-equipped and very comfortable. Sitting in the garden was a particular pleasure
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from £70 / night

£360 - £600 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Rethymnon Prefecture / Agia Paraskevi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“We stepped off the spinning world and re-discovered ourselves” The Villa exceeded our expectations, the location and the views are to die for we spent many hours on the roof terrace just watching the world go buy. Rush hour consisted of 6 cars leaving
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from £70 / night

£500 - £750 / week

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avg. 2 hours 50 minutes

from £70 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Westport

County Mayo / Westport

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
“Great weekend” Bertra Strand apartment is perfect for two - beautifully appointed with everything you could need. Very close to the Croagh Patrick climbing trail and a few miles to Westport . Hilary is a great host, so very pleasant and helpful. We h
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from £40 / night

£240 - £414 / week

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(6) Excellent 

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Limoux holiday home rental

Limoux / Roquetaillade

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £50 / night

£350 - £865 / week

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from £50 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Falkland

Fife / Falkland

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 33 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“great holiday in a scenic area and wonderful stay in a warm and cosy house” Falkland is a very scenic, touristic place, with nice people, crafty shops, restaurants, tearooms and a great pub. For everyone of our family ( aged 19- 57) the best place to
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from £129 / night

£799 - £899 / week

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from £129 / night

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St Vincent les Forts holiday apartment rental

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / St Vincent les Forts

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £61 / night

£392 / week

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from £61 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Adelianos Kampos with swimming pool

Rethymnon Prefecture / Adelianos Kampos

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £216 / night

£1328 - £2414 / week

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from £216 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Brantome

Dordogne / Brantome

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Great holiday, beautiful location in terrific Gite” Our family really enjoyed our stay at La Maison d'Amis near Brantome. The Gite was very welcoming, well equipped and nicely furnished with generously sized rooms all in a beautiful setting in the gro
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from £81 / night

£609 - £870 / week

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from £81 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Nympsfield

Gloucestershire / Nympsfield

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £72 / night

£375 - £540 / week

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avg. 3 hours 55 minutes

from £72 / night

(52) Excellent 

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Castlerock holiday bungalow rental

County Londonderry / Castlerock

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location” This lovely bungalow is ideally situated for exploring the northern coast of Ireland. Large enough for two families to share, and the enclosed garden large enough for the children to play for hours. One little complaint was the lack
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from £55 / night

£310 - £565 / week

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avg. 1 hour 16 minutes

from £55 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Benllech

Anglesey / Benllech

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy cottage” Lovely cottage , clean and welcoming . Had a great stay nice and quiet and close to all the local attractions
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from £83 / night

£525 - £740 / week

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avg. 1 hour 10 minutes

from £83 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Wath

Ripon / Wath

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Attractive,tasteful,spacious apartment in quiet village of Wath” The apartment is part of an old building.The rooms are large and comfortable with plenty of space.The heating was good and we were very cosy.The owner is obviously artistic as the décor
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from £65 / night

£455 / week

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avg. 3 hours 29 minutes

from £65 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Ski cottage to rent in Newtonmore

Badenoch and Strathspey / Newtonmore

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £80 / night

£270 - £440 / week

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avg. 2 hours 0 minutes

from £80 / night

(1) Excellent 

66

Holiday home in Banjole

Istria / Banjole

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £87 / night

£609 - £914 / week

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from £87 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

5 14 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“The children thought they were in Paradise!” With 4 lively grandsons, their parents and my disabled husband to cater for, this luxury villa ticked pretty much all the boxes. The kitchen was spacious and well equipped; there was seating in a variety of
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from £309 / night

£2160 - £8000 / week

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from £309 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Frehel

Frehel / Pleherel Plage

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“A first class Gite” The accommodation was clean and spacious and situated in quiet surroundings. It was well equipped with pretty modern utensils (knives, forks, crockery etc.) The garden was extensive. The location was convenient for visiting sever
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from £66 / night

£457 - £630 / week

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avg. 2 hours 22 minutes

from £66 / night

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