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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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Alpes Maritimes / Tourette-sur-Loup

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 14 km; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
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from £99 / night

£689 / week

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from £99 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Jerry's barn, North Norfolk retreat - Aylsham barn sleeps 3

Norfolk / Aylsham

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 9 km; Not suitable for children;
Jerry's barn is a stunning recent Barn conversion situated within a traditional Norfolk farmyard setting,the open plan contemporary styled interior is a light and calming space furnished to a high spec. The barn features a large mullioned window overlooking a meadow per  …see more

from £75 / night

£375 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lavender Cottage - North Wales - Gyrngoch cottage sleeps 4

Gwynedd / Gyrngoch

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
This beautifully-renovated stone cottage is nestled between mountains and sea on the Llyn Peninsula of North Wales, with views of Trefor Pier. The 400-year-old property has been lovingly restored over a number of years, with great care taken to preserve original period  …see more

from £105 / night

£520 - £599 / week

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from £105 / night

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Easter Cottage in the historic area of Shaftesbuy - Shaftesbury cottage sleeps 4

Dorset / Shaftesbury

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 45 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Easter cottageA beautiful mews cottage in the heart of the historic part of Shaftesbury with it's own courtyard parking, perfect for enjoying the town's atmosphere, an interesting and lovely location to holiday for all seasons, with so much to see and do, or j  …see more

from £57 / night

£395 - £745 / week

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from £57 / night

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GateKeepers Cottage & Pool - Blaymont gite sleeps 3

Lot-et-Garonne / Blaymont

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Delightful, detached 18th Century Stone Cottage where the interior has been carefully designed providing a fully fitted kitchen, luxury shower room, comfortable seating area with flat screen TV (UK Sky available) and leads out to a large furnished terrace which overlook  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £1199 / week

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from £86 / night

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Tirol / Gran

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Ski;
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from £48 / night

£321 / week

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from £48 / night

(5) Excellent 

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The Firs - Perranwell Station house sleeps 7

Cornwall / Perranwell Station

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Pet friendly;
The Firs is a well-appointed, comfortable family house in an excellent location to explore Cornwall. Recently renovated to a high standard, the owners have made the most of this handsome granite building. Through sympathetic restoration and complete updating they have c  …see more

from £120 / night

£745 / week

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from £120 / night

(22) Excellent 

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House in Meursault - Meursault house sleeps 4

Cote d'Or / Meursault

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
The property is located in Meursault, the white wine capital of the Cote D'Or. It is on the edge of the village and on the edge of the vineyards, which you can see from the bedroom windows. The house is comfortable and spacious and has all the facilities you need  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £750 / week

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from £125 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Milk Wood Lodges; Milk Wood - Brithdir log cabin sleeps 4

Dolgellau / Brithdir

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Featured in The Guardian’s “Britain’s Top 10 Cutest Log Cabins”, Milk Wood Lodge is our Pet Friendly Snowdonia retreat with private Hot Tub, Sauna, woodburner and WiFi, hidden in a clearing on the edge of the woods on the slopes of the Wnion Valley, within an  …see more

from £128 / night

£560 - £938 / week

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from £128 / night

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Saxony / Lauenstein

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ski; Child friendly ;
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from £30 / night

£189 / week

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from £30 / night

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Saxony / Bad Duben

2 3 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Aisne / Bourg-et-Comin

3 15 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £73 / night

£385 / week

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from £73 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Nimrod Lodge - Biddenden log cabin sleeps 4

Kent / Biddenden

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 33 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This stunning Visit England Graded 4* holiday home has been decorated with light and air in mind. The vaulted living area with white walls and floor and original artwork has many windows to enjoy the uninterrupted views across the fields and pond. French doors open onto  …see more

from £100 / night

£420 - £748 / week

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from £100 / night

(28) Excellent 

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The Stables, Wolverley - Wolverley apartment sleeps 4

Worcestershire / Wolverley

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Ask about pets; Private garden;
The Stables is a converted barn set in a super rural setting, yet close to many amenities. It is a perfect base to access the huge amount of activities which can be found locally. Whilst The Stables is a modern conversion, with many home comforts, we have tried to retai  …see more

from £65 / night

£320 / week

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from £65 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Waterfront Apartment - Lossiemouth apartment sleeps 4

Moray / Lossiemouth

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Waterfront Apartment located in Lossiemouth also known as the 'Jewel of Moray', This traditional fishing village has two Beautiful beaches one of which is right on the apartment's doorstep. Just a two minute walk from the Apartment is The Moray Golf Club  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £80 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday Flat Lake of Constance - Radolfzell am Bodensee apartment sleeps 4

Baden-Württemberg / Radolfzell am Bodensee

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ;
Ferien in RuheEinen Kilometer vom Unterseeufer entfernt, am nordwestlichen Stadtrand von Radolfzell mit freiem Blick aus dem 2. OG/DG – das bietet Ihnen diese 3-Zimmer-Wohnung mit 65 qm Wohnfläche.Sie wurde Anfang 2014 renoviert und vollständig neu eingerichtet. Ei  …see more

from £73 / night

£419 - £599 / week

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from £73 / night

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North Rhine-Westphalia / Dahlem

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £35 / night

£214 / week

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from £35 / night

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Humble Bee Holidays - Vagamon house sleeps 3

Kerala / Vagamon

7 3 1 night min stay

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
If you are a traveler with a difference. You are looking for a vacation with a purpose. Or no purpose at all. You want a place that gives you the inner silence and peace that defies definition.Or you are looking for a honeymoon location that nurtures beautiful moments t  …see more

from £127 / night

£1137 / week

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from £127 / night

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Flat with private yard in Historical Fontainebleau - Buthiers apartment sleeps 2

Seine-et-Marne / Buthiers

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
Large (70 sq. m) flat in Fontainebleau Historic Town center. Centered around small private yard. This apartment is ideal for a couple. 5 minutes walk from Fontainebleau Castle and gardens. 5 minutes walk from the forest. Just opposite a bakery and 30 seconds walk from m  …see more

from £103 / night

£428 / week

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from £103 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holmebeck Hut - Whashton shepherds hut sleeps 2

Richmond / Whashton

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Ask about pets; Private garden;
Holmebeck hut is situated on the outskirts of Ravensworth in North Yorkshire. This idyllic bolt hole is only 10 minutes journey by car from Scotch corner which makes it an easily accessible location for a short break. Set within a private garden this self contained hu  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

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Rhineland-Palatinate / Sankt Goar

2 4 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £49 / night

£342 - £521 / week

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from £49 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Bay View Cottage, Port Erin, Isle of Man - Port Erin house sleeps 4

Isle of Man / Port Erin

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Bay View Cottage is 4 star, gold award accommodation. It is in a wonderful location opposite Port Erin beach, with breathtaking views of Bradda Head and stunning sunsets. The property has been renovated throughout to extremely high standards. A sun lounge has been creat  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £950 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Excellent 

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The Old Inn, Pittenweem - Pittenweem cottage sleeps 6

Fife / Pittenweem

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.4 km; Child friendly ;
The Old Inn is a beautiful holiday home in Pittenweem, in the heart of the East Neuk of Fife. Pittenweem is one of the most painted and photographed villages in the UK due to its unspoiled picture postacard townscape. It has become famous for its annual arts festival  …see more

from £93 / night

£650 / week

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from £93 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Thatch End Cottage - Baslow cottage sleeps 10

Peak District National Park / Baslow

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
Thatch End Cottage is a lovingly restored cottage which has been in the same family for over 50 years. Located in the pretty village of Baslow, on the path which leads directly to Chatsworth park, it is ideal for groups of all ages and interests. Whether walking in the  …see more

from £145 / night

£595 - £1350 / week

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from £145 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Vine Cottage - Great Eccleston cottage sleeps 4

Lancashire / Great Eccleston

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 13 km; Child friendly ;
Vine Cottage is a charming two bedroom period cottage located in a secluded backwater just a few minutes walk to the centre of the popular village of great eccleston. The charming cottage sleeps up to four people with one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, a cosy lo  …see more

from £83 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £83 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Hill Crest Cottage - Traditional Seaside Charm - Cullen cottage sleeps 6

Moray / Cullen

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Hill Crest Holiday Cottage is a traditional period cottage superbly located in a prime elevated site with stunning, unobstructed sea views overlooking Cullen Bay in the Royal Burgh of Cullen, a charming and historic fishing village on the Moray Firth in Scotland. Hill C  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £850 / week

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AGISTRI HOUSE - Angistri house sleeps 4

Saronic Gulf Islands / Angistri

2 4 6 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 6 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 0.1 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car not necessary;
A wonderful traditional 100 sq.m. house with unique & stunning views to the port and the village of Agistri. The house features 2 spacious bedrooms (1 one with double bed and 1 with 2 single beds) with 2 en-suite bathrooms and an open plan living area with a full equipp  …see more

from £154 / night

£1077 / week

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Gard / Issirac

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £35 / night

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

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Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola / Gravellona Toce

1 1 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
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from £39 / night

£270 / week

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from £39 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Fielden Farm Cottages - Blackstone Edge cottage sleeps 3

Littleborough / Blackstone Edge

1 3 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Cottage 1 was finished in September 2010 and Cottage 2 March 2011. Formerly part of the shippon and barn, they provides spacious accommodation mixing traditional features with all mod cons. Cottage 1 accommodates two and Cottage 2 up to three guests. Nearby Littlebor  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Eschwege

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £35 / night

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

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Province of South Tyrol / Scena

1 1 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 1
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £65 / night

£449 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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La Lande - Puycelci gite sleeps 2

Tarn / Puycelci

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
A self contained studio apartment in an old farmhouse.. The owners live next door in the converted barn. The property is situated 2 kms above the pretty bastide village of Puycelsi on the edge of the Foret de Gresigne and with stunning views down to the Pyrenees. The le  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £490 / week

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from £60 / night

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Garden Apartment - Irsina apartment sleeps 2

Province of Matera / Irsina

1 2 4 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 80 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
Built into the walls of this once fortified town, the garden apartment opens onto a wonderful vista of rolling wheat fields, olive groves & vineyards. The large living-dining room opens onto a large terrace & like the double bedroom has a barrel-vaulted ceiling.  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Honeyway Cottage Period Holiday Rental - Whittlesey cottage sleeps 4

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 60 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Honeyway Cottage, built in 1650, is a charming thatched cottage with a tranquil quality located in Whittlesey nr Peterborough Cambridgeshire, England.Honeyway Cottage is set along a quiet lane 5 minutes walk from the town centre. The Cottage has a lovely quiet garden ar  …see more

from £72 / night

£405 - £495 / week

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from £72 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Sea Breeze Apartment - Olimp apartment sleeps 4

Constanta County / Olimp

1 4 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ;
A lovely ground floor flat comprised of a bedroom and a living room, 5 minutes walk from the beach. The bedroom has a king size bed and the living room has an extendable sofa bed The apartment has a private garden and is close to the local shops. It is perfect for famil  …see more

from £25 / night

£170 / week

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from £25 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Chesterhill House Garden Apartment with sea views - Anstruther apartment sleeps 6

Fife / Anstruther

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ;
A luxurious 3 bedroomed self catering property. Very spacious ground level apartment with spectacular sea views looking towards the Isle of May and Anstruther harbour. 2 minutes walk from Anstruther Golf club. 15 minutes from St Andrews, the home of golf and historic U  …see more

from £150 / night

£750 - £900 / week

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from £150 / night

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House at Pico Island & sea - Calheta De Nesquim house sleeps 3

Azores / Calheta De Nesquim

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 0 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Garden flat / holiday house with sea views in a quiet location.House with 60 sqm floor area. Living room with TV. Kitchen with dining area for 4 people, 4 ring hob, oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine and microwave. Bathroom. Double bedroom with double bed. Terrace w  …see more

from £52 / night

£359 - £449 / week

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from £52 / night

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Pertuis / La Tour d'Aigues

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £43 / night

£257 / week

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from £43 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Mot Mot Lodge Tobago - Mount Irvine villa sleeps 12

Tobago / Mount Irvine

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
As soon as you walk through the front door you are struck by the sheer tranquillity and elegance of your surroundings. Mot Mot Lodge is beautifully appointed with everything you could wish for to make your stay a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. A short walk throug  …see more

from £230 / night

£1610 / week

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