Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (44415)

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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Welford on Avon holiday studio rental

Stratford-upon-Avon / Welford-on-Avon

Studio 2 2 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Hidden gem, fantastic value.” My husband and I were visiting Stratford-upon-Avon for a friends wedding and found this accommodation when we discovered most of the hotels were fully booked - and we were exceptionally glad we did! Sheelagh was except  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £50 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Santa Teresa Gallura

Province of Olbia-Tempio / Santa Teresa Gallura

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great Location” Amazing location so close to the beaches. 8 of us stayed here very comfortably. We loved the large verandah and wild boar outside the garden and the star gazing from the upper terrace. Santa Theresa is definitely worth a visit. A love  …see more

from £76 / night

£547 - £1496 / week

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from £76 / night

(104) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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(31) Excellent 

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Edinbane holiday studio rental

Isle of Skye / Edinbane

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
The Snug situated just 12 miles from Portree, perfectly located for exploring Skye. Dunvegan is 10 miles away with its historic castle and it's 19 miles to Uig . There are places of interest, forest walks and fine restaurants nearby.Whether you want a relaxing roma  …see more

from £79 / night

£553 - £623 / week

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from £79 / night

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Holiday chalet rental

Haute-Vienne / Nexon

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Set in 2 ha of private grounds and Quiet Valley set in the Park Perigord Limousin Close to all amenities Porcelain City of Limoges (airport) 1 of 3 Houses, with 3 bedrooms ensuite Fishing Permitted on Lake Walking, Cycling (Bike Hire ) Relax by the pool with Family or  …see more

from £85 / night

£421 - £622 / week

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from £85 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin with golf nearby in South East England

Maidstone / Leeds Castle

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“Enchanted country lodge” In the quant village of bearstead, Kent sits this secluded lodge. Myself and my partner stayed for three nights for a romantic get away. From the outside you expect the lodge to be small, however it is nothing but spacious  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 / week

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from £90 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Bangor

County Down / Bangor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Pet friendly
Described as a hidden gem this rural retreat offers the best of both worlds. Peace and tranquility of being in the heart of the countryside whilst being a short distance to all the conveniences of Donaghadee, Bangor and Newtownards. Strangford Lough closeby. Titanic, U  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in St. Wolfgang

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Fantastic Apartment Rental on St. Wolfgang” This duplex apartment on St. Wolfgang is simply fantastic. Three bedrooms on the lower floor and the kitchen and living room on the upper floor. It is completely renovated, charmingly decorated, and has a  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 - £2065 / week

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from £180 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Narberth

Pembrokeshire / Narberth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Child friendly
“Found our perfect 5* holiday accommodation” Having recently returned from holiday at The Barn we can only reiterate the comments that other visitors have made. The accommodation was definitely 5* we could not fault it at all. Everything was of a ver  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1450 / week

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from £150 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Mayo / Cong

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Home away from home.” My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home.  …see more

from £120 / night

£500 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1800 / week

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from £135 / night

(9) Excellent 

21

Holiday log cabin rental

Rathdrum / Greenane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“repeat visit will return!” stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. such a lovely touch.  …see more

from £90 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £90 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wilmcote

Warwickshire / Wilmcote

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Second stay just as special as the first! A real treasure.” After a short stay at The Cider House in April 2013, we booked The Cider House for two weeks in October 2014 as a base from which to explore the countryside as well as a two-day trip to Live  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £475 / week

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from £50 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Cosy cottage in a beautiful location” Lovely and comfortable little cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean. . We really liked the location, easy to get to but away from it all. Nice secluded place with unspoilt views and access to paths and walkin  …see more

from £57 / night

£275 - £412 / week

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from £57 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Kommetjie holiday villa rental

Cape Town / Kommetjie

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great place and Location” Great place to stay in an idyllic spot. Watching the sun go down from the verandah and lovely walks on the beach are just some of the highlights. Maiselle and Jo are very efficient and wonderful to deal with. Mist Mornings  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Apartment letting in West Country with golf nearby

St Ives / Porthminster

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Apartment Right by the Beach” The Apartment is located in just the right place for a great holiday by the beach. It is set back from the hustle and bustle but near enough to pop out with a young child to eat out in the evening. If you want to  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £1680 / week

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from £150 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Aberdaron

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect - Spacious, Luxurious. Loved by all!” We Visited here for my Sister in laws Hen Party - For a fun chilled weekend rather than a wild weekend (8 Girls) Everything was great! The kitchen was a great place for drinks and food. The hot Tub was fan  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £125 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Widecombe in the Moor holiday cottage rental

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A truly relaxing and comfortable little haven” We have visited this cottage several times now. It is warm and comfortable and we once again, felt wonderfully looked after. It is a true haven of peace and quiet - you really don't need the car and if  …see more

from £90 / night

£250 - £640 / week

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from £90 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Cabo Roig / Cala Capitan Beach

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The Perfect Getaway” We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the apartment had undergone a complete refurbishment between booking and arrival. The Complex is situated right on the beach. It's a low rise gated development, with nice gardens.  …see more

from £51 / night

£337 - £547 / week

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from £51 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It  …see more

from £48 / night

£254 - £384 / week

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from £48 / night

(123) Very Good 

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St. Pierre du Bois holiday apartment rental

Guernsey / St Pierre du Bois

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
La Pointe Farm is set in one of the most idyllic parts of a beautiful island. This 11 acre property sits on a hill in the parish of St. Peter in the Wood (St. Pierre du Bois) with sea views to the front and a peaceful green valley behind. La Pointe Farm consists of four  …see more

from £100 / night

£510 - £1225 / week

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from £100 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Lindale

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Perfect comfortable stay” We have stayed here now for 3 holidays and we return because of the comfort, warmth and cosiness of this lovely cottage in the South Lakes. The cottage a great balance for us of traditional character with modern comfort and t  …see more

from £69 / night

£318 - £580 / week

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from £69 / night

(91) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Norfolk / Holt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Peaceful haven has all you need” Stayed 20-27 July 2013. I would recommend 8 Carpenters to any couple looking for a quiet getaway and who want to access what North Norfolk has to offer. Holt is a beautiful Georgian town and offers fantastic hospital  …see more

from £75 / night

£295 - £495 / week

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from £75 / night

(26) Excellent 

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South East England holiday home rental

Hampshire / Burley

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“In an ideal location.” We spent 4 lovely days at Brackenwood, shame about the weather! The cottage is ideally located, for exploring Burley, the whole of the Forest and beyond. Unfortunately it rained most of the time we were there, but the cottage w  …see more

from £87 / night

£435 - £820 / week

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from £87 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Tenterden

Kent / Tenterden

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“lovely” This is a beautifull 3 bed cottage in the ideal location for visiting places in Kent. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay, as well as being close to all the amenities in Tenterden. I would highly recommend this property  …see more

from £185 / night

£395 - £675 / week

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from £185 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Lower Mill

Cirencester / Lower Mill

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent - exceeded expectations!” This property was excellent. We visited as a group of friends and this holiday offered the perfect relaxing holiday. The middle floor with kitchen, living room and dining room was fantastic - its well decorated and  …see more

from £220 / night

£1300 - £2200 / week

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from £220 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Central Scotland/Strathclyde

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

1 5 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming country cottage on the Isle of Bute” We stayed here for 5 days over New Years Eve. The cottage was immaculate - so clean & tidy - and it had everything we needed. The views on Bute are gorgeous. You are 10 minutes from the beach & local pub.  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Rhossili

Swansea County / Rhossili

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This detached log cabin is located on a quiet site in a rural location, half a mile from the centre of the picturesque village of Rhossili, (Britain's Best Beach 2013 as voted by TripAdvisor) on the Gower peninsula. This two bedroom log cabin is beautifully furnished a  …see more

from £100 / night

£525 - £1200 / week

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from £100 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Tsilivi

Zakynthos / Tsilivi

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great villa!” Lovely and clean, very well equipped, great pool, views - I cannot recommend it enough! We loved the barbeque, the pool, the villa - it was often hard to muster up the energy to go out to eat! Nice welcome pack. Can't recommend this vill  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £1000 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Augan

Morbihan / Augan

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful place with beautiful surroundings, perfect location.” We are an extended British family who travelled from Brisbane, Singapore and Portsmouth to gather here for a 10-days holiday. It is our first time in France. We touched down at Rennes ai  …see more

from £509 / night

£1780 - £3856 / week

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from £509 / night

(10) 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
“Amazing!” We had a lovely week end at the The Old Smithy & River Cottages to celebrate my husband's 30th Birthday! Both cottages are great and perfect for a big group (we were 11) because there is so much space outside and inside. The rooms are per  …see more

from £350 / night

£1400 - £2100 / week

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from £350 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Blairgowrie holiday cottage let

Perth and Kinross / Blairgowrie

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect cottage and owner could not have been more pleasant or helpful” The cottage was stunning with a beautiful court yard to sit in the sun with BBQ. The cottage had two beautiful spacious rooms with a lovely shower room. Upstairs is the open pla  …see more

from £75 / night

£430 - £525 / week

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from £75 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Fife / St Andrews

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous, spacious and central accommodation” Once again enjoyed our annual stay in St Andrews with friends. This was our first time at the Boot Room and would definitely stay here again. It is a spacious, bright and welcoming accommodation. It had ev  …see more

from £130 / night

£650 - £970 / week

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from £130 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Kippford holiday home rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Kippford

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“A great location, house was like home from home, highly recommend.” Was surprised by how much I enjoyed our stay, a tranquil setting, everything you needed was in the house. Lots of visitors about but relaxing, the tides going out and being able to w  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 - £1200 / week

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from £80 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Garmouth

Moray / Garmouth

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Very relaxing...” I stayed in the Heatherlea holiday cottage with my 3 daughters during the February school break and we all appreciated the comfortable surroundings inside the cottage, especially the big bath and modern kitchen. The real fire was a w  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £575 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Hayton holiday cottage rental

Brampton / Hayton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
We are on the C2C cycle route and a wonderful base for exploring The Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, The Scottish Borders and Northumberland. Nearby there are Golf Courses, Woodland walks, Castles and Museums, fishing, water sports, horse riding, cycling and shopping  …see more

from £45 / night

£230 - £2800 / week

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from £45 / night

(13) Excellent 

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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 - £1000 / week

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from £75 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Glencoe Village

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Would definitely stay here again!” 4 Bayview is located in a really beautiful place where the view from the front changes alot depending on the weather. It is situated between Oban and Fort William and for us was ideally placed so we can visit lots of  …see more

from £37 / night

£250 - £475 / week

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from £37 / night

(23) Excellent 

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North Elmham holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / North Elmham

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect holiday” Our short break in this cottage could not have been better. The owners were friendly and helpful, making us feel more than welcome. The cottage itself was well presented and warm despite the snow outside, and had all of the facilities  …see more

from £95 / night

£375 - £550 / week

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(30) Excellent 

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Home rental in Roundstone

County Galway / Roundstone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“You will not want to leave this unique and beautiful spot.” We were here with my elderly mother and also our dog, this house worked brilliantly for all our various needs. What a beautiful spot and friendly well functioning holiday house. its clear the  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 - £1093 / week

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from £101 / night