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Rural retreats (44987)

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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Cottage rental in Trimiklini

Limassol District / Trimiklini

2 5 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful and peaceful village house” Such a wonderful welcome from Mandy, who prepared the house and plenty of kind attentions for us. The house is marvellous and situated in a quiet street of the village. You can easily drive to Limassol or to the m  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday home in St Margaret's Bay

Dover / St Margaret's Bay

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing Holiday” We stayed at Bienvenue with our friends from Austria for a week and a half in September. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay. The Holiday home was supurb (as was the weather!). When you book a holiday home you always worry if it is act  …see more

from £64 / night

£448 - £720 / week

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from £64 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
Book in confidence with us, we have been advertising on Holiday Lettings since 2005. We offer you this beautiful detached villa has been furbished to a high standard. This property includes brand new stylish and upmarket furniture. The villa and terrace is situated all  …see more

from £81 / night

£565 - £1070 / week

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from £81 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Cottage letting in Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness / Drumnadrochit

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely Little Cottage” Myself and my two, very young, children enjoyed our stay at River View Cottage. As it was only myself and two small people the cottage was adequate for our needs. River View has everything you need included, washing maching/d  …see more

from £75 / night

£285 - £418 / week

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from £75 / night

(44) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in Torbeg

Isle of Arran / Torbeg

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house in a peaceful location.” This property is in a quiet location within the Torbeg lodges development, a short drive from Blackwaterfoot. It is very well equipped, clean and warm. A bright open plan living / dining / kitchen was a nice socia  …see more

from £75 / night

£600 - £910 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Porth

Newquay / Porth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing” Amazing week, amazing apartment, amazing memories. The apartment was 5 star home from home, beach right on our doorstep will definitely be back.  …see more

from £120 / night

£1200 - £1900 / week

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from £120 / night

(22) Excellent 

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High Burnside ski home to rent.

Aviemore / High Burnside

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Getaway - Beautiful Home” I arranged a birthday surprise for my partners birthday for us and his close friends to attend the Carn Mhor Lodge in Aviemore. Organising with Sarah was straightforward and I found her extremely helpful throughout  …see more

from £230 / night

£1354 - £2943 / week

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from £230 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Luberon / Bonnieux

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £48 / night

£330 - £569 / week

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from £48 / night

(80) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 6 Min stay varies

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

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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from £90 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Pateley Bridge

North Yorkshire / Pateley Bridge

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The Holiday Apartment Sleeps 2/4 people In two acres of garden with views, peacefull wildlife garden with private terrace, BBQ and TV / DVD. Only 5 minutes walk to shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Ashfield House is situated in rural Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale in the  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £395 / week

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from £32 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Tofo holiday home rental

Inhambane Province / Tofo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful beach house and surroundings” We had an amazing stay at the Praia da Rocha house during our 5 days there. Not only is the house beautiful with lots of space, light and air, it has a ridiculously spectacular view of the ocean. The bedrooms  …see more

from £166 / night

£1162 / week

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from £166 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Grindelwald

Grindelwald / Kirchbuhl

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag  …see more

from £385 / night

£2800 / week

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from £385 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Nailsworth holiday barn rental

Cotswolds / Nailsworth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Recently converted single storey farm building located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a working cattle farm in the Cotswolds. Beautifully renovated to a high standard with eco-friendly air source underfloor heating and woodburner. Large comfortable open pl  …see more

from £75 / night

£390 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Sheringham

Norfolk / Sheringham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Just 5 minutes walk to the blue flag beach and 3 minutes walk to the wonderful High Street and the famous Poppy Line Railway, Kit's Beck is available for both weekly and short break hire throughout the year. Built in 1895 as a Fisherman's Cottage, Kit's B  …see more

from £99 / night

£400 - £795 / week

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from £99 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Pelynt

Looe / Pelynt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Would highly recommend” Just arrived back from our lovely holiday at the Court, We were met on our arrival by Tracy who made us very welcome. The cottage was homely and very comfortable with everything we needed, the added bonus was the hamper left  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £620 / week

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from £60 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Dalfaber ski bungalow to rent.

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,  …see more

from £85 / night

£525 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / night

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Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry ski home to rent.

Basque Country / Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Medical service : 2 kmRailway station : 6 kmPharmacy : 1.5 kmBakery : 1.5 kmSupermarket : 2 kmBeach : 45 kmOutdoor swimming pool : 2 kmTennis court : 2 km  …see more

from £49 / night

£342 - £582 / week

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from £49 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Melplash

Bridport / Melplash

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“The Greatest Christmas ever !” A wonderful place to spend Christmas, Roe barn was beautiful, very warm with everything provided ! great :)  …see more

from £93 / night

£414 - £1129 / week

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from £93 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Studio rental in Porto de Mos with swimming pool

Lagos / Porto de Mos

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
beach, sea, ocean, golf, water sports, Portugal, Algarve, vacation, praia, vista mar, oceano, golf, desportos aquaticos, Portugal, Algarve, férias  …see more

from £26 / night

£171 - £513 / week

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from £26 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Nerja holiday apartment rental

Costa del Sol / Nerja

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“ideally located 2 mins from the beach and a short walk to nerja centre” this is our third time in this apt, and as always we were not disappointed. Its ideally situated close to the beach with a good choice of restaurants right on the doorstep, or a l  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 - £750 / week

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from £40 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Plenee-Jugon

Cotes-d'Armor / Plenee-Jugon

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine waking up in your very own 16th century French Farmhouse, full of character and charm yet with a contemporary & luxurious twist. You lay under the soft sheets listening to the sound of birds singing and owls toowwoing. Enjoy a fresh cup of Nespresso coffee a  …see more

from £271 / night

£1900 - £3960 / week

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from £271 / night

(5) Excellent 

25

Holiday apartment letting

Heraklion Prefecture / Gouves

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
Nearby yo will find Beaches, Golf-course, Water Parks, Horse riding, Jeep Safari, shopping possibilities etc. If you like to walk we can help you with some nice ideas for walking tours. Gouves is centrally located from where you can explore the Island of Crete. We welc  …see more

from £21 / night

£144 / week

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from £21 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Quinns Rocks

Quinns Rocks / Quinns Beach

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
"La Mer" features a stroll to the Quinns Beaches and the largest rectangle salt water pool available in the northern coastal suburbs. A large villa-style, child friendly holiday home for families and friends up to 6 guests.<br />Enjoy the 180 degrees va  …see more

from £87 / night

£510 - £1204 / week

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from £87 / night

(5) Excellent 

15

Barn rental in Kewstoke

Weston-super-Mare / Kewstoke

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
Delightful and very popular cottage in Kewstoke close to Weston-super-Mare<br />Now with Wi-fi  …see more

from £70 / night

£320 - £720 / week

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from £70 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 Min stay varies

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

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Collaroy Beach holiday apartment rental

Warringah / Collaroy Beach

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Car not necessary
Our newly renovated, spacious 70sqm apartment including private courtyard, is located within 300 metres walk to the beach and 450metres to the Lake, where there is a 8km path around to cycle or walk, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on the lake is popular there are  …see more

from £92 / night

£525 - £803 / week

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from £92 / night

(30) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Yarmouth

Isle of Wight / Yarmouth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“fabulous location” Within walking (coastal walk) distance of the lovely town of Yarmouth with its charming shops, pubs and restaurant the cottage is an ideal place to stay. Would definately recommend Saltys Restaurant and the one next to it overlookin  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £1245 / week

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from £75 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Elgin holiday cottage rental

Moray / Elgin

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant” What Can I Say Absolutely Lovely Little Cottage Perfect Location very Peaceful Really Homely Thank You Fiona The Little Xmas Tree And Crackers Was The Perfect Touch Hope Too Be Back Again All Going Well And I Finish My Treatment x  …see more

from £33 / night

£215 - £280 / week

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from £33 / night

(26) Excellent 

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St Keverne holiday cottage rental

Helston / St Keverne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A good place to stay” Palm Cottage has a welcoming atmosphere about it, and is a splendid place in which to spend a holiday. It is old and characterful, and blends well with its beautiful surroundings. When not in use as a holiday cottage, it is cle  …see more

from £90 / night

£340 - £865 / week

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from £90 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Dundee

Dundee / Broughty Ferry

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Mrs” We had a wonderful 3 days in this lovely, well equipped cottage. Excellent location. We all agreed that we would definitely book again. Of note, a mirror placed on back of door in one of bedrooms upstairs would be helpful  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool, golf nearby in Sparrebosch Golf Estate

Knysna / Sparrebosch Golf Estate

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A private spa!” This is a magical place. It is beautifully equipped and beautifully furnished. It has a very welcoming atmosphere. I would go there again and again!  …see more

from £280 / night

£1960 / week

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from £280 / night

(54) Excellent 

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Ballydehob holiday cottage rental

County Cork / Ballydehob

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir  …see more

from £86 / night

£338 - £684 / week

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from £86 / night

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Holiday chalet in Burany

Jablonec nad Jizerou / Burany

5 24 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
This Sport Chalet is a classic mountain dwelling in the Giant Mountains. It is situated in a very quiet and sunny valley near a stream, 2.5 km from the Jizera River. A new addition (in the same style) was built onto the original house. The five spacious and comfortable  …see more

from £105 / night

£647 - £966 / week

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from £105 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Teguise holiday villa accommodation

Teguise / Oasis de Nazaret

3 7 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent villa with stunning views” Had a wonderful time at Casa Vista Del Mar from 23/03 - 05/04 2014. Everything about the villa is first class. Views are superb and the villa is well equipped and comfortable. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortab  …see more

from £110 / night

£675 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Flookburgh

Grange-over-Sands / Flookburgh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Everything you need and more!” What a lovely cottage! Very charming and modern interior...super clean and tidy with lots of little extras that you might need..Wifi, toys, books and DVDs for the little ones, wine and biscuits on arrival! Very close to  …see more

from £85 / night

£325 - £550 / week

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from £85 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Gite rental in Bergerac

Dordogne / Bergerac

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A beautiful house in a beautiful area” We have just got back from a week's stay in this beautiful house and there really is nothing I can add to comments already made by previous reviewers, except they are all true.. Tracy has designed a really beauti  …see more

from £150 / night

£800 - £2640 / week

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from £150 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Ennistymon

County Clare / Ennistymon

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“We spent enjoyable week's holiday in Ennistymon.” Ennistymon is a very attractive and characterful place, with dramatic falls and an intriguing history. There are also interesting places to visit in the surrounding area. While staying there we wen  …see more

from £95 / night

£283 - £599 / week

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from £95 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Rotonda West

Rotonda West / Broadmoor

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Marbari Villa- 5Star Holiday Villa” We have just returned from a three week trip to Floida staying in this property for the final week of our vacation. We are all agreed that this property was the most well appointed, and comfortable villa we have sta  …see more

from £66 / night

£460 - £500 / week

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from £66 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Brecon holiday cottage rental

Brecon Beacons National Park / Brecon

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
“Fantastic Accommodation, Location and Hosts” The cottage was beautifully presented, well stocked and very well placed to explore the Beacons. Views from the patio were fantastic. Hosts were very welcoming and were able to provide very good useful advi  …see more

from £60 / night

£275 - £370 / week

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from £60 / night