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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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Aegadian Islands / Marettimo

2 9 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
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from £18 / night

£120 / week

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from £18 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Connemara Artists Cottage - Maam Cross cottage sleeps 4

County Galway / Maam Cross

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 25 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
Set in the magnificent surroundings of the Maam Valley, the Connemara Artists Cottages offers self catering accommodation in a charming 100 year old cottage. The Cottage has been refurbished and extended to provide a peaceful retreat offering cosy living accommodation,  …see more

from £48 / night

£257 - £406 / week

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from £48 / night

(19) Excellent 

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The Granary at Dovehouse Farm - Shustoke cottage sleeps 5

Warwickshire / Shustoke

3 5 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Ideally situated for the NEC, Resort World, golfing (The Belfry, Forest of Arden and Maxstoke), and a variety of outdoor pursuits (e.g. sailing, cycling, walking). The Granary is an immaculately refurbished cottage set in the secure courtyard of Dovehouse Farm, which is  …see more

from £115 / night

£745 - £1015 / week

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from £115 / night

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BARN COTSWOLDS STRATFORD CHELTENHAM WORCESTERSHIRE - Dormston barn sleeps 5

Worcestershire / Dormston

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
IDEAL FOR: 1 COUPLE 2 COUPLES FAMILIES/PARTIES UP TO 5 DOGS WELCOME PLEASE NOTE WI-FI RECENTLY UPGRADED IN RESPONSE TO GUEST COMMENTS SPECIAL SERVICE DURING CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL - ASK ABOUT AIRPORT/RACECOURSE TRANSFERS DOVECOTE BARN AT MOAT FARM DORMSTON WR7 4JX. SE  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £847 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

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PILTON MOOR LODGE - Rhossili log cabin sleeps 4

Swansea County / Rhossili

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
This detached log cabin is located on a quiet site in a rural location, half a mile from the centre of the picturesque village of Rhossili, (Britain's Best Beach 2013 as voted by TripAdvisor) on the Gower peninsula. This two bedroom log cabin is beautifully furnished a  …see more

from £100 / night

£525 - £1200 / week

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(36) Excellent 

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Anneth Lowen - Lower Langford barn sleeps 2

Somerset / Lower Langford

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Anneth Lowen [Cornish for 'Happy Home'] is a recently converted self-contained barn within the grounds of Over Langford Manor. It is set in the heart of the North Somerset countryside on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills. The bijou property has all modern conve  …see more

from £79 / night

£525 / week

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from £79 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Ardachy - Glencoe Village cottage sleeps 4

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
With views to the surrounding hills lies Ardachy Cottage. A lovely spacious and bright cottage for 4. The entrance hall with lots of storage leads onto the living room with recliner leather sofas, widescreen television with FreeSat, music centre with I-pod dock, DVD pla  …see more

from £95 / night

£375 - £635 / week

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from £95 / night

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Pas-de-Calais / Courset

2 2 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £52 / night

£274 - £385 / week

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from £52 / night

(12) Very Good 

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The Lodge at Dovehouse Farm - Shustoke cottage sleeps 4

Warwickshire / Shustoke

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Ideally situated for the NEC, Resort World, golfing (The Belfry, Forest of Arden and Maxstoke), and a variety of outdoor pursuits (e.g. sailing, cycling, walking). The Lodge is an immaculately refurbished cottage set in the secure courtyard of Dovehouse Farm, which is a  …see more

from £69 / night

£447 - £609 / week

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from £69 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Yew Tree Cottage - Timberscombe cottage sleeps 4

Exmoor National Park / Timberscombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
Welcome to Yew Tree Cottage. Offering a wealth of old world charm, Yew Tree Cottage in the Exmoor National Park is only 3 miles from the medieval village of Dunster, with its castle, yarn market shops and restaurants. Only 5 miles away is the seaside resort of Minehead  …see more

from £65 / night

£275 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre / La Plaine des Cafres

3 9 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £85 / night

£436 / week

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from £85 / 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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Pas-de-Calais / Wissant

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £33 / night

£233 - £388 / week

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from £33 / night

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Lower Bavaria / Freyung

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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L'Impasse du Temple - Bed and Breakfast - Leran b&b sleeps 14

Ariege / Leran

5 14 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
L'Impasse du Temple is a bed and breakfast in the small village of Leran in South West France. It offers 5 extremely spacious bedrooms in a grand, beautifully proportioned 18th century house. What adds to the allure is the garden and salt water pool situated behi  …see more

from £69 / night

£404 / week

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(22) Excellent 

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Sea View overlooking Dungloe Bay/Arranmore Island - Dungloe cottage sleeps 8

County Donegal / Dungloe

4 8 7 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Child friendly ;
This very spacious holiday cottage stands in its own grounds with an open plan dining / conservatory / lounge area with doors on to a patio area, separate sitting room with open fire, kitchen and utility room all with excellent views to watch stunning sunsets. There are  …see more

from £58 / night

£406 - £556 / week

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from £58 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Hursey Gate Stables - Broadwindsor cottage sleeps 4

Dorset / Broadwindsor

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Beautifully converted stables using rustic reclaimed materials, a cosy luxurious two bedroom cottage that is spacious and very well equipped. Beautiful oak flooring has been laid throughout the whole cottage, and there are huge rustic re-claimed beams and vaulted ceilin  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £670 / week

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from £36 / night

(47) Excellent 

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LUISÍN, Castle Hill - Carlingford cottage sleeps 2

County Louth / Carlingford

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
A spacious 1-bedroom cottage located in a tranquil coastal setting - breathtaking views of Slieve Foy mountain, Carlingford harbour and surrounding countryside. A little haven with a large living/dining room with fire/stove, leading to separate kitchen with small wall  …see more

from £69 / night

£406 - £492 / week

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from £69 / night

(5) Excellent 

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UPPER BRAY COTTAGE - Badby cottage sleeps 5

Daventry / Badby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 214 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
My brand new eco cottage is built in the heart of the lovely village of Badby. Built to a very high standard it uses natural material finishes where possible. It has two bedrooms with flexible sleeping layout (twin or super king to master bedroom), two bathrooms, comfor  …see more

from £85 / night

£510 - £540 / week

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from £85 / night

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Apartman Nea - Brzac apartment sleeps 3

Krk Island / Brzac

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
Apartment is situated in place Brzac in Croatia. It is modern and clean and the owners are very polite. There are few terraces on Your disposal and a grill house; which is free to use. 800m from the apartment is a very nice beach, surrounded with vegetation. The owners  …see more

from £60 / night

£419 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Beach House - Enniscrone bungalow sleeps 5

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
The Beach House which has Four Star Self Catering classification, is a beautiful, well-appointed,three bedroomed house located at the entrance to the beach and overlooking the dunes in Enniscrone County Sligo. Its location is the ideal setting for people who wish to en  …see more

from £129 / night

£385 - £599 / week

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from £129 / night

(13) Excellent 

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The Beach House Lodge - Salt Rock house sleeps 8

Ballito / Salt Rock

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
This luxurious award winning beach house offers you all amenities and has 24 hour patrolled security. Friendly staff make it the most chilled and memorable holiday. It is the perfect base to venture out from. World heritage sites and big five game reserves within 2 hrs  …see more

from £255 / night

£1785 / week

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from £255 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Apartment F - Jardim do Mar apartment sleeps 4

Calheta / Jardim do Mar

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 0.3 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Two bedrooms, one with double bed, one with twin beds. Two bathrooms each with WC, bidet, handbasin, bath and shower. Lounge with balcony and view of sea and mountains. Fully fitted and equipped modern open plan kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, refr  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

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Haute-Marne / Riviere-les-Fosses

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 12 km; Child friendly ;
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from £24 / night

£167 / week

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from £24 / night

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Baden-Württemberg / Zaberfeld

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £22 / night

£151 / week

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from £22 / night

(31) Very Good 

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White Sheep Cottage - Peasenhall cottage sleeps 6

Saxmundham / Peasenhall

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ;
White Sheep forms the larger part of a gorgeous and immaculately restored Suffolk longhouse with beautiful gardens, in the delightful village of Peasenhall, close to the Heritage Coast and surrounded by quintessentially English countryside, great pubs, lovely villages a  …see more

from £111 / night

£636 - £1000 / week

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from £111 / night

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Lime House EcoLodge - Slane farmhouse sleeps 22

County Meath / Slane

6 22 2 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
The Lime House is an eco-lodge built from strawbales harvested and baled on the land. The building has been finished with natural clay plaster and paint inside and a beautiful lime render on the outside. You will find it hard to believe that the building is made from st  …see more

from £753 / night

£4107 - £4739 / week

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from £753 / night

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Lasithi Prefecture / Kritsa

2 3 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed;
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from £25 / night

£173 - £302 / week

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from £25 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Seal Cottage - Hexham cottage sleeps 5

Northumberland / Hexham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 49 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Tucked away down a quiet lane within the heart of the historic Abbey town of Hexham, Northumberland, the cottage offers secluded self catering holiday accommodation to an excellent standard, for two to five people + a baby.This is a three bedroom cottage, built in 1850  …see more

from £94 / night

£518 - £728 / week

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from £94 / night

(21) Very Good 

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Standlow Farm - Kniveton cottage sleeps 6

Derbyshire / Kniveton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
Standlow Farm is just a short drive from the market town of Ashbourne. Situated down a quiet country lane and yet well situated for all the attractions the Peak district has to offer. Clover cottage faces the stunning views over the valley of Kniveton and has a patio, f  …see more

from £200 / night

£600 - £715 / week

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from £200 / night

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Apartment La Terrasse - Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer apartment sleeps 5

Cotes-d'Armor / Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.05 km; Child friendly ;
Well appointed and equipped two bed spacious apartment in a superb location just next to a sandy beach in one of Brittany's most sought after resorts.This light and airy apartment is situated on the ground floor with a spacious living room / kitchen, two bedrooms a  …see more

from £60 / night

£321 - £834 / week

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(5) Excellent 

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Lomani - Matei house sleeps 2

Taveuni Island / Matei

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
Luxurious Lomani Cottage is nestled on two acres of tropical gardens. There is one bedroom, featuring a king-sized four poster bed. From the bedroom is a well-equipped bathroom, or step outside and luxuriate with your own outdoor natural stone shower, complete with two  …see more

from £152 / night

£910 / week

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from £152 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Goldings Spring Workshop, Aldbury - Aldbury studio sleeps 2

Tring / Aldbury

Studio 2 7 nights min stay

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Ask about pets;
The Workshop is a lovely, small ground level studio flat attached to the owner`s property located one mile outside of Aldbury, with fine country views in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Deer can often be seen crossing the fields in front of the property. It has  …see more

from £43 / night

£295 - £395 / week

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from £43 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Middle Cottage - Portinscale cottage sleeps 4

Keswick / Portinscale

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Middle Cottage is a traditional 18th Century lakeland cottage, which has been renovated to provide comfortable and sophisticated accommodation for up to 4 people, plus one well behaved dog.Situated in a prime location in the village of Portinscale, Middle Cottage has be  …see more

from £95 / night

£375 - £555 / week

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from £95 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Chalet Grouse - Ayer chalet sleeps 10

Canton of Valais / Ayer

5 10 5 nights min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Comfort is important to the owner and this is reflected in numerous personal touches. The lower floor has 3 en-suite bedrooms : two twin rooms and one double. French windows in one of the twin rooms and the double open onto the hillside (downhill, west facing). There  …see more

from £160 / night

£850 - £1800 / week

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from £160 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Seaside House in Dinas Dinlle with seaview balcony - Dinas Dinlle house sleeps 6

Gwynedd / Dinas Dinlle

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Parc Cefn Coed House is located just two minutes' walk from the blue flag beach of Dinas Dinlle. Quiet and peaceful, the house offers comfortable accommodation in a convenient location ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsular.The h  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(2) Good 

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Maine et Loire / Contigne

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £102 / night

£683 / week

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from £102 / night

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Modern and new flat with amenities - Belgrano apartment sleeps 3

Buenos Aires / Belgrano

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
Ideal apartment for your next visit to Buenos Aires. Lovely neighborhood , all the equipment is new and of excellent quality. Spacious living-room, integrated kitchen, bathroom with shower, bedroom , balcony and laundry. Fitness pool and Jacuzzi.AccommodationNew boutiqu  …see more

from £38 / night

£228 / week

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from £38 / night

(16) Excellent 

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The Tanhouse Studio Holiday Apartment - Culross apartment sleeps 2

Fife / Culross

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Culross in Fife is a unique survival, a village( town) which time has passed by; the most complete example in Scotland todayof a Burgh of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Fabulous scenery is a draw to walkers or to those who prefer a gentle stroll. A friendly,  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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Cafe Gästehaus Stefanie - Lohr am Main villa sleeps 14

Lower Franconia / Lohr am Main

8 14 1 night min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Ask about pets;
Liebe Gaste Treten Sie ein und erleben Sie das Gefühl von Behaglichkeit, Entspannung und Harmonie. Ob auf der Durchreise, im Familienurlaub oder als Businesskunde. Das Ristorante mit Café & Gästehaus Stefanie sowie die Lage und Umgebung haben viel zu bieten. Besuchen  …see more

from £52 / night

£302 / week

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from £52 / night

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