Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (45099)

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 apartment in Bradford-on-Avon

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“A perfect holiday!” Spent a wonderful six weeks in June/July at 10 Tory and it really was a perfect holiday - the accommodation is just as good as the other reviewers have described, the town as beautiful and the weather, of course, was amazing - six  …see more

from £70 / night

£390 - £650 / week

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from £70 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Thornton-Le-Dale

North Yorkshire / Thornton-Le-Dale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely comfortable cottage!” This cottage is in a wonderful location right in the middle of a very nice village with lots of little shops to explore and some nice walking from the door. Forge View is comfortable and clean and has every amenity you co  …see more

from £85 / night

£350 - £790 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Limburg Province / Venlo

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
In the south east of The Netherlands, 20 km north of Venlo and 30 km south of Nijmegen and 4 km from the border with Germany, one finds this unique romantic cottage. Not more than 70 minutes away from major cities like Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Antwerp. Once a chickenho  …see more

from £64 / night

£276 / week

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from £64 / night

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(7) Very Good 

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Blackwood holiday cottage rental

Caerphilly County / Blackwood

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Holly cottage is a beautiful stone building, it has been lovingly decorated in keeping the character with all its history, first starting out as stables for the public house next door, (now residential)The old charm is captured with its stone walls and cosy feel.Well e  …see more

from £49 / night

£340 / week

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from £49 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Bradford-on-Avon

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent apartment in central location.” Generally well equipped and spacious apartment in busy central location. The owner is easily contacted by email or phone and is responsive. Parking is generally difficult in BoA, but we found that the longer  …see more

from £70 / night

£540 / week

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from £70 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in South East England

Worthing / Goring-by-Sea

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic apartment - light, airy and spotlessly clean.” I stayed at Seascape in July 2014 with my husband and aged parents. We had a great welcome from Tim and found the apartment very well appointed, clean and airy. It had everything you might nee  …see more

from £96 / night

£670 - £955 / week

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from £96 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Holywood

County Down / Holywood

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb location, great hosts, real attention to detail and wonderful arrival package” This was almost certainly the best holiday rental we have had in NI in the last 10 years, and we have been frequent visitors. From the arrival package that contained  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Isle of Skye / Carbost

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Stunning house with gorgeous views 5 star” We had 1 week in june in the house and wish it were more. The house is well equipped (very well) and was spotless when we arrived. The scenery is stunning, and the house is well placed centrally on skye. Ab  …see more

from £200 / night

£550 - £825 / week

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from £200 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with indoor pool in West Country

Cornwall / Bude

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Rented tumbles lodge as a surprise holiday for my husbands 60th birthday party with our 3 children and partners and 6 grandchildren. It was perfect especially the pool which was very popular with the children. The house was very spacious wi  …see more

from £240 / night

£1400 - £3600 / week

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from £240 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Widecombe in the Moor

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Hideaway in the moor” Excellent, secluded little cottage. The perfect location to get away from your everyday hassle. Its quite, situated in a wonderful landscape and you can walk into the moor directly from your doorstep. The cottage is perfectly equ  …see more

from £90 / night

£315 - £445 / week

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from £90 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lingwood holiday cottage let

Norfolk / Lingwood

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“lovely” Was a very nice cosy little cottage. However we got the impression we were not going to be welcomed back as we had a puppy that barked every time the owners walked past. She didn't bark for long. as we stopped them.. So if you have a dog th  …see more

from £55 / night

£337 - £485 / week

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from £55 / night

(5) Excellent 

12

Val Gardena / Ortisei

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

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from £102 / night

£712 - £1424 / week

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from £102 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Home accommodation in South East England

New Forest / Brockenhurst

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“home from home” Lovely house to stay in,we have stayed there the last 2 years over new year and its so cosy and homely. The owner is really helpful and leaves some nice welcome presents,wine and chocolates, bread and milk.There is so much space to sp  …see more

from £120 / night

£695 - £1595 / week

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from £120 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Whiting Bay holiday home let

Isle of Arran / Whiting Bay

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent house in a stunning part of Scotland” We visited over the New Year week as part of a group consisting of 3 couples and 7 kids. The house exceeded expectations. Lots of space, very well equipped, beautiful art on pretty much every wall, ve  …see more

from £271 / night

£1160 - £2340 / week

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from £271 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Malvern Wells

Malvern / Malvern Wells

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
“Top Notch Malverns Retreat” Have to highly recommend this apartment which is located in a quiet, tranquil setting and is high quality. Modern, clean, comfortable and well kitted out, this is a perfect retreat from which to explore this beautiful area.  …see more

from £65 / night

£395 - £630 / week

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from £65 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Pittenweem

Fife / Pittenweem

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Puffin Hollow provides the perfect environment for a relaxing break.” Puffin Hollow is a quaint cottage, cleverly and tastefully modernised with real thoughtfulness. The decor reflects the location - lovely coastal walks and living right on the harbo  …see more

from £80 / night

£415 - £570 / week

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from £80 / night

(20) 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 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing break” Spacious clean cottage in perfect location , 3 mins to pub , 5 mins leisurely stroll to unspoilt dog friendly beach. Cottage has all you would need , master bedroom is huge with a really comfortable bed.  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £995 / week

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from £75 / night

(79) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Well

North Yorkshire / Well

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Thoroughly enjoyable stay!” We had a lovely time at One Button Hideaway. The cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed. It was a great base for exploring Yorkshire. The local pub, which served good food, was just a 5 minute walk away. I  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 / week

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from £45 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in South Cerney

Cotswolds / South Cerney

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Perfect accomodation and space” Spacious, comfortable and well finished. Full to the brim with facilities and just an excellent space to be in. The field/garden/lawn is a perfect space to play games (what we did), relax or just look at. Beds were comf  …see more

from £250 / night

£1800 - £2500 / week

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from £250 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Joyford

Forest of Dean / Joyford

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic for the Forest Of Dean” Lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome. The house is part of the farm, with sheep, horses and friendly dogs for children to enjoy.The accommodation is very comfortable with large bedrooms, a decent kitchen  …see more

from £55 / night

£320 - £774 / week

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from £55 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Rowdale cottages comprise of three adjacent cottages in the converted traditional stone farm buildings. the cottages sleep up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms; there are also 5 bathrooms for convenience too. These spacious cottage can seat 12 guests for dining together and  …see more

from £340 / night

£2380 / week

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from £340 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday private room in Stanwell Tops

New South Wales / Stanwell Tops

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Air conditioning
YellotailStay - Stanwell Tops is set in a small acreage of stunning rolling lawns with a sandstone surrounded dam and encompassed by bush. We are 30 metres from the hang gliding and paragliding haven and stunning views of Bald Hill, Stanwell Park. The Top Room is a mote  …see more

from £53 / night

£367 / week

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from £53 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Menai Bridge holiday cottage rental

Anglesey / Menai Bridge

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ask about pets
“Perfectly formed!” Everything you could want to make your stay comfortable. Good location within easy reach of great walks and places to visit. Local pubs and amenities. Supermarket 2 mins on foot. Quiet. Owners very friendly and amenable.  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £65 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect location with great view of the Wallace Monument” Being located on a quiet road, only mnutes from a main traffic circle, gave us quick, easy and unparalleled access to all the site seeing we planned during our stay. The cottage was bright and  …see more

from £80 / night

£425 - £815 / week

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from £80 / night

(55) Excellent 

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St. Davids holiday cottage rental

St Davids Peninsula / St Davids

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.46 km
  • Pet friendly
Cariad Cottage is an attractive cottage set in surrounding farmland with amazing sea views. Just yards from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path above Caerbwdy and Caerfai Bays, it offers breathtaking views across the bay to Skomer and Skokholm. Visit Wales 4 star gradingWalk  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Bowness-on-Windermere holiday apartment rental

Lake District / Bowness-on-Windermere

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect Getaway” Fantastic apartment, everything you could possibly need and some. What a place to come back to after a day's walking, and having the opportunity to sit out on the balcony with a glass of wine watching the sunset. Doesn't get much bett  …see more

from £100 / night

£475 - £1022 / week

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from £100 / night

(25) Excellent 

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South East England holiday cottage rental

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“An absolute dream” I can only say positive things about our stay. Tracey has obviously worked hard to make the cottage as welcoming as she can. Roses, muffins, a local paper, milk in the fridge and a welcoming card are a lovely touch. The cottage itse  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £925 / week

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from £60 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Home rental in Valley

Anglesey / Valley

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning views from a stunning house” We stayed at this house for my 40th birthday, it really was a perfect location with stunning views over the estuary, my personal favourite was sitting with a cuppa first thing in the morning on the sofa in the mas  …see more

from £212 / night

£1425 - £4035 / week

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from £212 / 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

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in Carnforth

Carnforth / Carnforth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“well equipped” had a lovely short stay, thank you. the lodge is extremely well equipped, very clean and comfortable. the owners clearly have a good eye for detail and all the little extras that are provided make it feel like you've rented the lodg  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £695 / week

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from £90 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Londonderry / Coleraine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
Style, luxury and convenience in a beautiful location what more can be said about this apartment and its situation to Northern Ireland's world renowned North Antrim Coast. Activities abound, golfing, fishing, motorcycling, cycling, walking, swimming, canoeing, etc.  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £2100 / week

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from £55 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Kalavasos

Larnaka District / Kalavasos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Total relaxation” We stayed in this really luxurious housd near Zygi .( it is actually a lot closer to Zygi than it is to Kalavasos) It was just perfect ! Every amenity was provided and even though it was in January we were still able to lie on the fa  …see more

from £85 / night

£551 - £1017 / week

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from £85 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Lechlade

Cotswolds / Lechlade

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wish we could have stayed longer” This was an amazing retreat for our family of 5. The owners was incredibly nice and helpful before and during our stay. Our three young children had a wonderful time on the grounds and thoroughly enjoyed the basketbal  …see more

from £100 / night

£875 - £1120 / week

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from £100 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with golf nearby in Beaumaris

Anglesey / Beaumaris

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect holiday home, everything you could possibly need” Beautiful, spacious holiday home in an idyllic location. We spent 4 nights there over the the May school break with extended family and it was the perfect place to relax and enjoy all Anglesey  …see more

from £80 / night

£519 - £1499 / week

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from £80 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Fife

Fife / St Andrews

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Welcome to our fabulous 4 double/twin bedroom home in the heart of St Andrews, the Home of Golf. Situated on a cobbled lane, this comfortable town house is on one of St Andrews main streets, South Street, making it very close to everything this unique town has to offer.  …see more

from £125 / night

£700 - £1500 / week

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from £125 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Berkshire

Windsor and Maidenhead / Windsor

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Quality accommodation with high specification fitments” Only a mile or so from Junction 7 of the M4, this cottage has a rural feel tucked away with a small number of other properties. The accommodation has been delightfully decorated throughout with  …see more

from £99 / night

£693 - £973 / week

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from £99 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Shepton Mallet / Evercreech

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Evergreen Cottage is a natural stone building completed in early 2013 and adjoins the owners main property. The cottage offers high quality fixtures and fittings throughout which gives it a real 'home from home' feeling. The cottage benefits from underfloor he  …see more

from £65 / night

£325 - £375 / week

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from £65 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Les Praz ski apartment to rent.

Chamonix / Les Praz

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely little apartment - very friendly welcome” A group of 4 of us stayed here for our annual ski long weekend away. The welcome we received from the owners was fantastic with a few fresh bits and bobs (and a iced brioche that could clog arteries at  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £1022 / week

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from £80 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £158 / night

£1103 / week

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from £158 / night

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