Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (44904)

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 cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Blaenau Ffestiniog

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“A great place to stay in snowdonia at a reasonable price!” My partner and I really enjoyed our stay. The cottage itself has its own unique character, is well kept and clean, as where the utilities and . The owners Ian & Sheena couldn't of been more he  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £480 / week

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from £32 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse rental

Province of Alicante / Ciudad Quesada

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“A winter stay” This town house is undoubtedly well equipped and well cared for. It benefits particularly from having an owner that really cares that your hoilday should be a success! We were confident that this stay would be great and it was! Here  …see more

from £28 / night

£195 - £350 / week

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from £28 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Thornton-in-Craven

Skipton / Thornton-in-Craven

2 3 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 4 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“A perfect little get away” We booked this cottage to visit the Yarndale show in nearby Skipton and found it to be just perfect for us. The cottage is very well presented with everything you could need and spotlessly clean. We were very comfortable and  …see more

from £60 / night

£270 - £380 / week

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from £60 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Killin holiday cottage rental

Loch Tay / Killin

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Warm homely cottage in a brilliant location” from our first enquiry everything was perfect.The cottage was as described and had everthing that you could want Location good for Killin with nice Walks on doorstep.and eating places.Killin a good place t  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £1060 / week

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from £90 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Tewkesbury with golf nearby

Cotswolds / Tewkesbury

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely place - convenient but just out of the hustle bustle” Enjoyed our stay at the barn. Convenient to Tewkesbury, but also just a few metres off the motorway. We stayed 3 nights and found this to be central for a day trip to South Wales and anoth  …see more

from £95 / night

£425 - £550 / week

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from £95 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Challock

Kent / Challock

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Tranquil location with lots of space” We really enjoyed our stay at Hop Cottage. Nigel and Wendy made everything perfect and we wanted for nothing, even providing us with yummy duck eggs! The views from the conservatory are beautiful and we spent a go  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £800 / week

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from £75 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Gloucestershire / Leigh

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“Nice place” My husband and I stayed few days at the Chestnuts in April 2013. The place is very nice, clean and light, very well organised. The cottage is of good size and has everything you need. I had few questions before the trip and sent emails to  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in West Thirston

Alnwick / West Thirston

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A marvellous base from which to explore the south of Northumberland” Riverside Cottage offers quality accommodation, perfect for a couple. All the amenities are there and especially helpful are the many laminated guidance notes for the electrical appl  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £685 / week

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from £43 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Isleham / Riverside Island Marina

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly
River Lark Lodge also offers Camping at Karma Farm Eco-Campside if required.  …see more

from £95 / night

£490 - £678 / week

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from £95 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“This a very nice place to stay” Have enjoyed our return trip to Putsborough and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Garden Cottage. Well done Claire and John for a great place.  …see more

from £145 / night

£795 - £2500 / week

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from £145 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Oxwich

Swansea County / Oxwich

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Slade Barn is just 5 minutes from a quiet, clean sandy beach. Great for walkers and lovers of the outdoors. We supply guests with a welcome pack including wine, fresh organic bread, Welsh cakes, locally made jam, tea, coffee and milk. We also provide REN toiletries.  …see more

from £85 / night

£500 - £1300 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Croyde holiday apartment rental

Braunton / Croyde

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, well appointed flat close to the beach” We have just come back from a lovely stay in Croyde at 4 Point view. The flat is very well appointed, clean and has everything you could need for your stay. We had a toddler with us and felt the flat was  …see more

from £155 / night

£685 - £1375 / week

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from £155 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Penrith holiday cottage rental

Eden District / Penrith

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A wonderful place to stay” The cottage had everything we needed and was comfortable and clean. The WIFI was excellent. Orton is a lovely village to walk in and enjoy the scenic beauty. If you get a chance, try to attend one of the church services at t  …see more

from £55 / night

£225 - £450 / week

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from £55 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Saint-Laurent-des-Hommes

Dordogne / Saint-Laurent-des-Hommes

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Beautiful little riverside chalet set in charming surroundings, 1 double bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge to accommodate up to 4 persons. Bed linen, Gas, water and Electric included. Shared swimming pool, fishing/boating lake and tennis court.  …see more

from £35 / night

£250 - £299 / week

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from £35 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Gibbes holiday apartment rental

Saint Peter Parish / Gibbes

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
New self-catering Caribbean apartment with stunning sea views, only minutes away from the spectacular beaches at Gibbs and Mullins Bay in the parish of St. Peter. A large communal pool and balcony for al fresco dining. Ideal for families seeking relaxation.<br />F  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £960 / week

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from £115 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Newtonmore ski cottage to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Newtonmore

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“The Perfect Honeymoon Retreat!” We stayed in Pipers Cottage for the second leg of our Scottish Honeymoon. A perfect secluded getaway with all you need to kick back and relax. With all the added extras of hot tub, sky movies, the local Dalwhinnie whisk  …see more

from £99 / night

£595 / week

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from £99 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Haute-Savoie / Les Houches

1 4 3 nights min

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

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from £69 / night

£475 / week

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from £69 / night

(38) Excellent 

17

Salisbury holiday studio rental

Wiltshire / Salisbury

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary
Wheelwright Cottage is a modern cosy, well equipped cottage on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. West Dean is an ideal location for walking, cycling and sightseeing. Car not necessary as village station only 5 minutes walk.  …see more

from £40 / night

£200 - £350 / week

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from £40 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Polperro holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Polperro

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Child friendly
“A fantastic holiday home” Hide 'N Seek cottage is superbly maintained, comfortable, well equipped, spotlessly clean, and located centrally in the picturesque village of Polperro. The fishing harbour is only a couple of minutes away, as are a variety o  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £440 / week

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from £45 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in Milford on Sea

Lymington / Milford on Sea

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Swimming pool
“Super break” Great place to stay to explore the surrounding area. Clean tidy lodge. Loved getting into the Jacuzzi with a glass of wine. Kids loved the facilities and went swimming on a wet morning. Evening entertainment was good for our 2 little  …see more

from £40 / night

£390 - £999 / week

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from £40 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Strathyre holiday log cabin rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Strathyre

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A fantastic, cosy cabin in a picture perfect setting” Greeted on arrival by Karen who gave us a helpful tour of the cabin and tips on what there is to do and where to go in the area, many of which we visited. The cabin is everything we imagined a log  …see more

from £100 / night

£495 - £955 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Alcobaca

Leiria District / Alcobaca

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Spacious detached modern villa built 2012 with swimming pool in the village of Acipreste, near Alcobaca (8 minutes drive) surrounded by fruit trees and grapevines, views over beautiful countryside and the Serra dos Candeeiros hills in the distance make this the perfec  …see more

from £95 / night

£625 - £950 / week

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from £95 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Studio rental in Finikounda

Pylos-Nestor / Finikounda

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Finikounda!” We were staying at the villa Olivia for about two weeks. It was pretty convenient studio nicely located with very warm hearted owners. Bruno found us out on the road when we helplessly tried to search for the villa in the dark f  …see more

from £26 / night

£182 - £345 / week

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from £26 / 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

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Roseland Peninsula / St Mawes

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Glorious views and beautifully appointed” We spent two wonderful weeks at this apartment during the last week of September and beginning of October. The apartment was beautifully appointed and the owners could not have done more to make you feel welc  …see more

from £120 / night

£555 - £1295 / week

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from £120 / 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

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Norfolk / North Walsham

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A quiet and comfortable retreat” Lovely to arrive to a welcome pack including tea and coffee making stuff, milk in fridge. Janet and Roger made us really welcome and were very helpful throughout our stay. The annexe was warm and more spacious than it  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £480 / week

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from £55 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet letting

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
5 star, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom self catering holiday property sleeping up to 8 people on a stunning Highland estate with loch and river fishing, boats, Canadian canoes, Wifi, BBQ, mountain bikes and much more. <br />Over 140 reviews on Tripadvisor being awarded a &  …see more

from £313 / night

£1050 - £1850 / week

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from £313 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Chalet rental in Atlantic Bays Holiday Park, St Merryn

Padstow / Atlantic Bays Holiday Park, St Merryn

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“absolutely lovely and couldnt have been nicer,fantastic” This chalet was perfect and cant find anything negative to say it was a lovely site and the chalet itself was clean, comfortable and high quality.the reception staff were very helpful.we had a r  …see more

from £28 / night

£190 - £490 / week

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from £28 / night

(21) 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 £78 / night

£465 - £995 / week

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from £78 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Carbis Bay

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The view from Fairfield Apartment is absolutely beautiful - to wake up every morning 300m from the beach is amazing and makes you realise what a holiday is all about. The Apartment is very luxurious and finished to a very high standard giving a 'hotel feel.'  …see more

from £59 / night

£410 - £1050 / week

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from £59 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Brithdir holiday log cabin rental

Dolgellau / Brithdir

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely lodge in a beautiful part of the world” We really enjoyed our stay here. Some really good local walks, and if you want to drive a bit further, then you are in within reach of Mount Snowdon etc. The lodge itself catered for our every need, a  …see more

from £124 / night

£595 - £938 / week

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from £124 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Apartment rental in Ilfracombe Harbour

Ilfracombe / Ilfracombe Harbour

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“chilled out..quiet and carefree.” A wonderful stay...Met by the lovely Owner who also offered me an upgrade to another apartment at no extra charge...wish was so kind....A beautiful..spotlessly clean apartment...everything maintained to a very high st  …see more

from £53 / night

£265 - £700 / week

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from £53 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Coleford

Forest of Dean / Coleford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy cottage in good location” The bedrooms were spacious, comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Location was excellent. The cottage was at the end of a (very narrow) lane, so no through traffic. Table and chairs provided outside on the lawn.  …see more

from £88 / night

£435 - £630 / week

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from £88 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Criccieth

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean characterful comfortable cosy quiet!” A beautifully restored and presented cottage, with spacious grounds and in an idyllic quiet secluded setting. Very comfortable beds,nice finishing touches, including a tray of 'goodies' to get us started. Ev  …see more

from £80 / night

£525 - £925 / week

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from £80 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Hartington holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Hartington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
The Hay Store is one of seven non-smoking and pet free holiday lets at Cotterill Farm. This letting is situated on the first floor of a converted barn,above the milking parlour, From the outside stone steps leading to the entrance door , there are some wonderful vi  …see more

from £50 / night

£273 - £565 / week

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from £50 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Orton

Eden District / Orton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Cumberland Cottage is a beautifully presented, pet friendly, property located in the heart of the tranquil Cumbrian village of Orton. Built in 1632 the cottage is one of the oldest properties in the village. Formerly part of the Duke of Cumberland Inn and more recently  …see more

from £60 / night

£265 - £430 / week

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from £60 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Wootton Bridge

Isle of Wight / Wootton Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely property” Had a great week at kipper cottage, cant wait to get back next year. Boat house was a real treat. House was clean and tidy. Lovely quite spot  …see more

from £135 / night

£695 - £1395 / week

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from £135 / 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

£2700 / week

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from £280 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Trevone with golf nearby

Padstow / Trevone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Breathtaking views as well as beautiful rooms” Me and my partner were looking for a relaxed Cornish getaway but wanted the privacy and comfort of an apartment rather than a B&B as well as a touch of modernity in quirky old Kernow. At Atlanta Apartment  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £1175 / week

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from £70 / night