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Rural retreats (79526)

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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(5) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday home in Shillelagh

County Wicklow / Shillelagh

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Very clean and good value for money.” We all had a fantastic time staying at this property. Close to other towns, so not a long time driving. We would defiantly stay here again or recommend this property to family and friends.
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from £89 / night

£443 / week

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from £89 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Minster on Sea

Isle of Sheppey / Minster on Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly

from £50 / night

£250 - £400 / week

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avg. 3 hours 57 minutes

from £50 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Teversal

Nottinghamshire / Teversal

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Delightful cottage” We travelled up from Kent at the weekend for a family wedding and were lucky enough to stay at this delightful cottage. Wonderful location with fabulous views overlooking fields, well equipped kitchen, beautifully furnished, comfor
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from £66 / night

£315 - £755 / week

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from £66 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Parwich

Peak District National Park / Parwich

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Excellent would certainly return” The location is very great between Ashbourne and Matlock. We really enjoyed a walk around Ilam and dovedale. The cottage itself is lovely, everything you need if you want to stay in and cook for yourself. The cottag
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from £64 / night

£260 - £460 / week

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from £64 / night

(113) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Clyro

Hay-on-Wye / Clyro

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“A peaceful get away in comfort.” Thank you so much for a wonderful time in a marvellous setting. A warm welcome on arrival and with your local knowledge it was all simply perfect. The only down side was we couldn't have stayed longer!
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from £75 / night

£420 - £520 / week

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from £75 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Home rental in Carloway

Isle of Lewis / Carloway

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A welcome start to the holiday season” We were very pleased with the cottage. Only inconvenience was no lock on bathroom door and more hooks on doors would be handy
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from £95 / night

£540 - £560 / week

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avg. 2 hours 26 minutes

from £95 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Buxton

Derbyshire / Buxton

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic location, Fantastic apartment” Location and apartment was amazing, lovely throughout. Comfortable beds, plenty of room in all of the rooms, highly recommended.
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from £113 / night

£565 - £1400 / week

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avg. 3 hours 17 minutes

from £113 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Skelwith Bridge holiday log cabin rental

Lake District / Skelwith Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Mrs” We had a fabulous time at Neam Crag and the cabin was very comfortable and clean. Had everything we needed. Some beautiful walks from nearby even our nearly 6 year old boy was kept well entertained and enjoyed the walks. Thank you Susan and we wi
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from £65 / night

£325 - £600 / week

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avg. 2 hours 14 minutes

from £65 / night

(16) Excellent 

21

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
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from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Moreton-in-Marsh

Cotswolds / Moreton-in-Marsh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect , comfortable ,traditional Cotswold cottage .” Spent a lovely last minute weekend at The Cottage. Convenient location as walking distance to train station. Ideally placed for family get together, as we are all spread around the country. It wa
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from £99 / night

£700 - £725 / week

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from £99 / night

(12) Excellent 

22

Holiday villa in Corfu

Ionian Islands / Corfu

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £130 / night

£600 - £2400 / week

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avg. 2 hours 20 minutes

from £130 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Beausemblant

Drome / Beausemblant

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £119 / night

£579 - £1097 / week

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avg. 3 hours 6 minutes

from £119 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kersey

Suffolk / Kersey

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Location...location...location.” My wife and I, along with another couple, stayed for the month of July at Cressland by the Splash. The owners, Louise and Pascoe, could not have been nicer; greeting us with a generous welcome basket, keeping us supp
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from £259 / night

£798 - £1465 / week

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avg. 1 hour 43 minutes

from £259 / night

(15) Very Good 

Certificate of Excellence

18

Betws-y-Coed holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Betws-y-Coed

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Private garden

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from £50 / night

£250 - £420 / week

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avg. 1 hour 47 minutes

from £50 / night

(3) Average 

17

Holiday cottage in Brithdir

Dolgellau / Brithdir

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £84 / night

£390 - £690 / week

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from £84 / night

(2) Excellent 

22

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 

22

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 

23

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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avg. 2 hours 8 minutes

from £133 / night

(8) Excellent 

21

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

(17) Excellent 

13

Carbost holiday cottage rental

Carbost / Satran

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Ideal base for exploring Skye.” Stunning views in a relaxed rural setting yet reasonable access to varied activities such as local inn, distillery, historical sites, hiking, restaurants, galleries, etc. by car. The cottage was comfortably furnished/d
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from £95 / night

£425 - £530 / week

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avg. 3 hours 28 minutes

from £95 / night

(57) Excellent 

21

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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avg. 2 hours 11 minutes

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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avg. 44 minutes

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 

21

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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avg. 41 minutes

from £90 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Bruny Island

Tasmania / Bruny Island

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

from £120 / night

£715 - £1131 / week

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from £120 / night

(17) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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 

10

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

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Malaga

Costa del Sol / Malaga

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £65 / night

£448 - £629 / week

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from £65 / night

(14) Very Good 

Certificate of Excellence

20

Holiday apartment in Bad Goisern

Upper Austria / Bad Goisern

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

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from £36 / night

£177 - £266 / week

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avg. 1 hour 14 minutes

from £36 / night

(2) Very Good 

22

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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avg. 56 minutes

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 

Certificate of Excellence

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

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from £30 / night

£155 - £288 / week

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from £30 / night

(44) Excellent 

21

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

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Porthmadog

Gwynedd / Porthmadog

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £173 / night

£1300 - £2750 / week

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from £173 / night

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