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Rural retreats (45804)

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 chalet in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £193 / night

£700 - £1092 / week

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from £193 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Boulbon

Bouches-du-Rhone / Boulbon

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 62 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home away from home” We are 4 friends who decided to explore Provence and live there for 2 weeks. Our trip was wonderful mainly because of La Maison du Puits and Boulbon. The house is extremely well appointed and comfortable. We had more than enou
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from £85 / night

£512 - £827 / week

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from £85 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Skala with swimming pool

Cephalonia / Skala

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £133 / night

£930 - £3036 / week

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from £133 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Conwy with golf nearby

Conwy / Conwy Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Great breakfast deck!” Facing northeast gives the breakfast deck wonderful sunshine in the mornings! It was convenient to the castle wall walks. The kitchen, living and bedroom spaces were roomy, but the bathroom was on the small side. Parking was tri
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from £85 / night

£610 / week

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from £85 / night

(57) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in North Berwick

East Lothian / North Berwick

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Super accommodation with great views.l” Great flat, spacious, well equipped and very comfortable. Ideal location with stunning views over North Berwick. Torquil was very helpful and informative.
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from £104 / night

£520 - £906 / week

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from £104 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Padstow / Tregonce

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mr” Absolutely devine location and cottage. Traditional with touches of comtempory, which sums up Padstow as well really. If you are a fan of Padtow as we are and also partial to walking, then you will be in heaven. Cannot recommend highly enough!
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from £150 / night

£900 - £2000 / week

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avg. 2 hours 17 minutes

from £150 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Brixham holiday apartment let

English Riviera / Brixham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect” We have just returned from 2 week stay at seldom seen. Rachael was a perfect host. Rachel kept in contact on the day of arrival which made meeting easy, Rachael gave us a tour of the town on the way to Seldom Seen pointing out places of inter
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from £71 / night

£390 - £895 / week

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from £71 / night

(61) Excellent 

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Home rental in Valley

Anglesey / Valley

7 18 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Views” I have just spent 4 nights at Trefonen House With my family to celebrate my birthday. We had an amazing time. The house was beautiful with gorgeous sea views. The younger members (and some of the older ones) thoroughly enjoyed the
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from £232 / night

£1497 - £3999 / week

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avg. 1 hour 4 minutes

from £232 / night

(59) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Giant's Causeway

Bushmills / Giant's Causeway

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely stay” We had a lovely stay here! Great house, really clean and great location. The house has everything you need. We loved our time here.
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from £75 / night

£470 - £720 / week

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avg. 2 hours 6 minutes

from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic cottage in the most amazong place” My partner and I stayed in Bobtail cottage for a week with our 3 dogs and absolutely loved it. We stayed there 2 years ago but loved it even more this time. The cottage is very clean, perfect location and i
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from £90 / night

£545 - £845 / week

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from £90 / night

(17) Excellent 

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14

Holiday chalet in Caeathro

Caernarfon / Caeathro

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“peace fully” It was very nice had a lovely time the cabin was very nice and clean had every thing you need. The camp was small but good had a heated swimming pool out said .dogs are welcome in the camp plenty to do .will be going back next year as we
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from £59 / night

£390 - £470 / week

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avg. 1 hour 27 minutes

from £59 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Rhiw holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Rhiw

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £80 / night

£550 / week

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from £80 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Yetholm

Borders / Yetholm

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 44 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

from £90 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £90 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Gardone Riviera

Province of Brescia / Gardone Riviera

4 7 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £288 / night

£1815 - £2390 / week

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from £288 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Almadena holiday villa accommodation

Faro District / Almadena

3 9 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Mrs” We have just returned from a wonderful holiday staying at Casa Sandra. Almadena is lovely and peaceful with enough local amenities to get by, and a great selection of towns, beaches and supermarkets all within 20 minute drive. The villa is lovel
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from £50 / night

£350 - £2000 / week

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avg. 2 hours 58 minutes

from £50 / night

(10) Very Good 

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14

Holiday apartment with shared pool in Cabo Roig

Costa Blanca / Cabo Roig

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

Certificate of Excellence

from £30 / night

£155 - £288 / week

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from £30 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday home rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Well equipped homely cottage” Snowden Cottage is a lovely 3 bed cottage with parking for three cars up the hill above Llanberis high street. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay a comfortable one, from a very well equipped kitchen t
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from £110 / night

£595 - £845 / week

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from £110 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Dizzasco holiday apartment rental

Lake Como / Dizzasco

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Home from home.” Excellent in every way. Two small points to note. One, the swimming pool is small if you want to have a proper swim. However good if you just want to cool off. Secondly, the approach road to the house is very narrow. Could be off putt
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from £195 / night

£1328 - £1682 / week

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from £195 / night

(11) Excellent 

14

Holiday apartment rental

Borders / Melrose

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent Apartment” We booked this when visiting family. The accommodation is excellent and furnishings are a very high standard. Quiet area with lovely grounds around the building. Having stayed in the Melrose area several times this is by far the b
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from £80 / night

£445 - £650 / week

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avg. 1 hour 42 minutes

from £80 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Alloway

Ayrshire / Alloway

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“NICE COTTAGE IN A PICTURESQUE LOCATION” Situated near to the coast and many of the tourist locations.We had good weather and enjoyed the holiday.Plenty of crockery/utensils.All we needed.Double bedroom,lots of storage.Twin bunk bedroom (full size bunk
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from £70 / night

£445 - £530 / week

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from £70 / night

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Concarneau holiday home rental

Finistere / Concarneau

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £110 / night

£765 - £1040 / week

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avg. 2 hours 24 minutes

from £110 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Tenerife / Puerto de la Cruz

4 7 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A beautiful villa in beautiful grounds, although fairly remote location.” Well, where shall I start? I stayed here with 3 of my friends for my best friends 40th birthday. And what a wonderful choice it was! The grounds are spectacular! Avocado trees,
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from £131 / night

£917 - £1346 / week

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avg. 2 hours 7 minutes

from £131 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Wotton-under-Edge holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Wotton-under-Edge

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Tranquil stay” Vineyard cottage in Waterly Bottom was an exceptional find. Very quiet and peaceful surrounded by forests. We had many walks around the area and found our cottage the perfect retreat to come home to at day's end. To sit by the wood fire
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from £80 / night

£480 - £1070 / week

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avg. 2 hours 38 minutes

from £80 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Naxxar

Island of Malta / Naxxar

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
“An accommodation to travelers wanting to experience the real and genuine Malta's culture” Saveria house has a very good location - when renting a car it is almost in the middle of the island and easy to go around. I would suggest that house to anyone
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from £58 / night

£403 - £682 / week

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from £58 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Barn letting in Winterton-on-Sea

Norfolk / Winterton-on-Sea

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful cottage hen do stay” Hi Great place.beautiful cottage with great facilities. Perfect mixture of old and new and in great condition. We visited for my friends Weekend hen do and as organiser found Richard to be very straightforward and
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from £100 / night

£595 - £1095 / week

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avg. 41 minutes

from £100 / night

(5) Very Good 

22

Carnforth holiday chalet rental

Lancashire / Carnforth

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect getaway” Beyond expectations staff very friendly and helpful, could not take full advantage of South Lakeland due to the weather but are determined to go again in 2017.
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from £85 / night

£495 - £870 / week

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from £85 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Zell am See

Salzburg Region / Zell am See

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski

from £51 / night

£354 - £1027 / week

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from £51 / night

(68) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Sambrook

Newport / Sambrook

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Even nicer than I remembered” We stayed at Sambrook Manor Cottages again this April and it was even better than we remembered. Spotlessly clean, fantastic views and everything you need to make a stay comfortable. We had lovely weather so we all enjoye
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from £95 / night

£480 - £750 / week

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avg. 2 hours 49 minutes

from £95 / night

(2) Excellent 

22

Villefranche-de-Rouergue holiday cottage rental

Aveyron / Villefranche-de-Rouergue

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £212 / night

£1480 / week

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avg. 3 hours 25 minutes

from £212 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Thingvellir

South Region / Thingvellir

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Nice vacation home in a beautiful place. Pay attention tot he key pickup/dropoff rules” A charming home in a really nice area. Close to the park and the Golden Circle attractions. Please note that key pickup and dropoff is an hour drive from the house
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from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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(2) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage in Llangollen

Denbighshire / Llangollen

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden

from £70 / night

£330 - £400 / week

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avg. 1 hour 26 minutes

from £70 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Southwold

Suffolk / Southwold

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent property in an ideal location” Loom Cottage is located near the centre of Southwold within comfortable walking distance of the sea front, the pier, shops and numerous restaurants. We were only 2 adults in a property that sleeps 4 so lack of
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from £75 / night

£435 - £835 / week

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avg. 29 minutes

from £75 / night

(12) 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
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful, comfortable villa with magnificent views.” We stayed in this lovely villa in July/Aug. it delivered everything promised and more. It is well equipped and comfortable with a brilliant outside area with pool and outstanding views over Tsilivi
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from £100 / night

£600 - £1600 / week

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from £100 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Coimbra District / Arganil

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect!” If I could i would give extra stars! We stayed in this beautiful place for 2 weeks with two teenagers, 15 and 17. The house and surrounding gardens are amazing, no expense has been spared with the fixtures, fittings, furniture etc, and ther
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from £120 / night

£850 / week

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from £120 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Gite rental in Eygalieres

Bouches-du-Rhone / Eygalieres

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden

from £98 / night

£443 - £664 / week

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from £98 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Loddiswell

Devon / Loddiswell

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Gamekeepers Lodge, Yeo Farm” We had a wonderful week at Gamekeepers. The Lodge was beautifully clean and we were looked after well by George and Zandra when we needed anything. The weather was glorious and the valley was beautiful and peaceful. Th
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from £125 / night

£645 - £895 / week

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avg. 3 hours 31 minutes

from £125 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Thyon ski chalet to rent.

Canton of Valais / Thyon

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £250 / night

£2250 - £3500 / week

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from £250 / 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 £82 / night

£615 - £878 / week

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from £82 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Alvescot

Burford / Alvescot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely Cottage, wonderful stay” Me, my girlfriend and our puppy stayed at Granary Cottage for the evening. The Cottage was perfect for the three of us, spacious and homely at the same time. Great for dog owners as there is dog walking paths and meadow
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from £95 / night

£550 - £775 / week

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from £95 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Worfield

Bridgnorth / Worfield

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
“A lovely cottage!” Stayed 2 nights and found the cottage had everything you could need. Fantastic location with plenty to see. Lovely views, would love to return!
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from £60 / night

£420 - £560 / week

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