Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (77797)

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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(9) Excellent 

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Morbihan / Pontivy

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£223 - £291 / week

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from £52 / night

(32) Excellent 

18

Bideford holiday barn rental

Torridge / Bideford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Newly converted in 2014, Raleigh Barn is a Grade II Listed detached barn which sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (both have ensuites). It is set in a peaceful, rural part of North Devon, but is only 15 minutes drive from the coast. There is a wide range of activities nearby.  …see more

from £52 / night

£367 - £799 / week

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from £52 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Farmhouse letting in Vanxains with swimming pool

Dordogne / Vanxains

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Holiday” A superb gite in a great location. The gite was everything we hoped for and more. We both felt so at home and relaxed there and would highly recommend Le Regnac to all. Jan was a brilliant host who ensured our stay was very enjoyabl  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(53) Excellent 

21

Rockbourne holiday barn rental

New Forest / Rockbourne

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 33 km
“Amazing place to stay....” Sweetslade was just as lovely as in the photos on the website. It's a beautiful place with a stunning view to wake up to each morning. It had everything you could possibly need for a very comfortable stay. As it was Novembe  …see more

from £72 / night

£412 - £564 / week

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from £72 / night

(19) Excellent 

28

Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Ban Tai

Ko Samui / Ban Tai

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
Baan Tai Beach is only 300 meters flat walk to the villa, we offer airport transfers, can arrange chef service, breakfast delivered, personal shopping and all while you relax around the fresh water pool and tropical sourroundings.  …see more

from £135 / night

£925 / week

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from £135 / night

(66) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Skipton

North Yorkshire / Skipton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Comfortable accommodation in a good location for discovering the southern Yorkshire Dales and surroundings” Gemma was a friendly, helpful host, dealing promptly with any queries both before and during our stay. The property which is next to the own  …see more

from £55 / night

£380 - £690 / week

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from £55 / night

(17) Very Good 

15

Holiday cottage in Penmaenpool

Dolgellau / Penmaenpool

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great value cottage in beautiful location, recommended” Our family had a wonderful holiday staying here - the cottage had everything we needed; traditional, cozy, clean and functional, everything we hoped it would be. Superb location and a wonderful  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £425 / week

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from £40 / night

(5) Excellent 

21

Holiday barn in Bamford

Hope Valley / Bamford

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful family holiday in beautiful location” We had the most beautiful time at Beavers Croft for a family holiday. Three generations were with us and everyone found plenty to do and enjoy in this brilliant property. The barn is very tastefull  …see more

from £190 / night

£1330 - £1540 / week

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from £190 / night

(11) Excellent 

19

Lingwood holiday cottage let

Norfolk / Lingwood

1 2 7 nights min

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

from £55 / night

£337 - £395 / week

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from £55 / night

(12) Excellent 

52

Holiday apartment in Fornells

Fornells / Playas de Fornells

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent situation” Interior well furnished, 2 bathrooms. Outside - a terrace with a wonderful sea, hill and lighthouse view and an adjoining patio completely sheltered from any sea breezes. Sunshine all day. The "chic" seaside town of Fornell  …see more

from £48 / night

£334 - £883 / week

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from £48 / night

(21) Excellent 

21

Barn rental in Westbury

Shropshire / Westbury

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“What a gem” This barn is hidden in rolling hills in a beautiful area of Shropshire with stunning views. The accommodation is of a very high spec. and the owners are very approachable and friendly. Dogs are welcomed at this barn with water bowls and t  …see more

from £90 / night

£290 - £340 / week

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from £90 / night

(12) Excellent 

21

Holiday bungalow in Castlegregory

Dingle Peninsula / Castlegregory

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Trip down memory lane” We had a great long weekend in this gorgeous newly renovated house close to Castlegregory. The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated. It is a home from home. For us it was a trip down memory lane as we visited this area  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £599 / week

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from £55 / night

(8) Excellent 

13

Holiday cottage in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“We had a lovely stay” Salt Air Cottage was lovely and Miriam had thought of everything to make our stay pleasant. The cottage was well kitted out and there were lots of little touches like phone charges, games to play, DVDs to watch and music to list  …see more

from £75 / night

£475 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Portsoy

Aberdeenshire / Portsoy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Mrs” Had a super time. Lovely clean and warm Home a Home from home. I can not think of one thing that's was not there. Ian and Maureen were very welcoming. Would stay there again  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Burry Port

Carmarthenshire / Burry Port

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.9 km
  • Child friendly
“A hidden gem!” Struggling to find somewhere with a good location AND reasonably priced we were delighted to find Amelia Cottage. My husband and I, his parents and our 2 (small) dogs stayed for a week and loved it. We are not fussy travellers but so of  …see more

from £50 / night

£295 - £835 / week

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(41) Excellent 

21

Helensburgh holiday cottage rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Helensburgh

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A wonderful place to unwind in a beautiful part of Scotland.” I was looking for a place to stay so that I could attend a wedding in Helensburgh and from the moment I found the Coach House, I couldn't have been happier. Upon first contact the owne  …see more

from £80 / night

£440 - £650 / week

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from £80 / night

16

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Aljezur

Faro District / Aljezur

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
At this tastefully designed villa Casa Touro you will feel as if you have landed in an oasis surrounded by the amazing nature of this Natural Park. The views over the lake and the Atlantic Ocean will make you stop and take in the beauty of it. I believe Casa Touro is o  …see more

from £77 / night

£556 - £1112 / week

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from £77 / night

17

Puy-de-Dome / Sauxillanges

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

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from £129 / night

£385 - £864 / week

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from £129 / night

(7) Very Good 

20

Clacton-on-Sea holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Essex / Clacton-on-Sea

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“very happy” very happy lovely place to stay every thing you need is there caravan was lovely the people very friendly  …see more

from £22 / night

£129 - £343 / week

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from £22 / night

(9) Excellent 

19

Holiday cottage in Lydney

Forest of Dean / Lydney

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage, ideal location.” We stayed for 3 nights with our dog , the location was ideal for exploring, cottage was very clean and comfy and having the Forest at the bottom of the garden was amazing.  …see more

from £41 / night

£238 - £390 / week

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from £41 / night

(21) Excellent 

12

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

£470 - £995 / week

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from £78 / night

(25) Very Good 

26

Gerani holiday studio rental

Chania Prefecture / Gerani

Studio 3 1 night min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“My paradise on Crete” Stavros Studios is definitely my favorite place. I stayed there the first time in 1995 and have been coming back ever since, with a few longer breaks. There I find everything I expect and need for a holiday on Crete. Because it i  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(29) Excellent 

28

Cottage rental in Whittlesey

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Touch of Class!” A beautiful period cottage which was very homely, well kept with everything you would wish for and more. Owners are very accommodating and could not do enough to make our stay a special one. Would highly recommend.  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £475 / week

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from £75 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Cotmore holiday barn rental

Kingsbridge / Cotmore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Very high quality cottage in beautiful countryside” Spent a lovely week here in June 2016. The cottage is in excellent condition with high quality fittings and furniture, and is well equipped. It would have been even nicer if the weather had been bett  …see more

from £105 / night

£475 - £950 / week

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from £105 / night

(4) Excellent 

17

Holiday cottage in Buxworth

Peak District National Park / Buxworth

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
Well appointed and deceptively spacious pretty country cottage located just yards from a historic canal basin and country pub. Ideal for walking and exploring Cheshire and the Peak District National Park. Open fire, wonderful views, spacious bedrooms and futon or cot  …see more

from £95 / night

£240 - £580 / week

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from £95 / night

16

Savoie / Villaroger

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £37 / night

£257 - £428 / week

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from £37 / night

(13) Excellent 

16

St Merryn Holiday Park holiday chalet rental

Padstow / St Merryn Holiday Park

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” We had a great week 2 granddaughters did not want to come home neither did we.local shop on site sold everything we needed. Stargazey have a great selection of meals. Accomodation superb for our extended family.  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Skelwith Bridge holiday log cabin rental

Lake District / Skelwith Bridge

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Mr” Great location for access to the fells, valley walks and wanderings through the woods. Log cabin was very clean, warm and good specification. Highly recommended.  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £600 / week

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from £43 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Sandgate holiday apartment rental

Folkestone / Sandgate

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
Just 55 mins from London, this is the perfect place to retreat to and it's only 1 minute from the beach! Located in the seaside village of Sandgate, our home has a private patio garden to the front and allocated off-road parking. This is a gorgeous garden flat on  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £580 / week

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(16) Excellent 

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Benllech holiday home rental

Anglesey / Benllech

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely home from home property in a beautiful village.” Had a brilliant few days in this wonderful home from home property. Village of Benllech is ideal place to holiday with a beautiful beach. Both are perfect for families or couples alike. Would def  …see more

from £75 / night

£520 - £880 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Los Alcazares with shared pool

Los Alcazares / Pueblo Patricia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely villa, very private, close to everything for a perfect s/c holiday” We stayed in this villa last year, this year, and have rebooked for next year! It is very comfortable and clean, with very private garden and roof terrace. Lovely clean, smal  …see more

from £50 / night

£295 - £625 / week

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from £50 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow letting

Essex / Dovercourt

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“As if you come home...” The overall experience was excellent. The property ist clean and tidy. The garden was very inviting and well looked after. The property had everything we really needed. The master bedroom was equipped with a flatscreen and a el  …see more

from £65 / night

£426 - £597 / week

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from £65 / night

15

Ski cottage to rent in Jamsa

Central Finland / Jamsa

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Four modern cottages in the best location of the resort Himos Each cottage has a sauna, full kitchen,TV and free internet. All the fun within walking distance : restaurants, equipment rental, golf, skiing, fishing, etc. Wonderful views of the lake and mountain slopes. N  …see more

from £85 / night

£427 / week

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from £85 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Milford Haven

Pembrokeshire / Milford Haven

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable and relaxing location with plenty to get out and see” My wife and I stayed at this lovely modern apartment in November 14 with our young daughter and I was not able to find fault with anything. The whole apartment is modern, clean and feel  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £600 / week

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(6) Excellent 

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Sfinari holiday villa rental

Kissamos / Sfinari

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
Relax your mind, refresh your body, align with your soul.Renew your connection to nature in this remote, romantic and very peaceful villa located in the fisherman village Sfinari in West Crete, Greece.There are no souvenirs shops, no Jet Skies and no night clubs in the  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £898 / week

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from £86 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Sneem

County Kerry / Sneem

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Pretty cottage with beautiful views of mountains/valley” Bridget's cottage is comfortable and has fantastic views. A great place to kick back and relax. The owners, Sue and Gary, are really welcoming & helpful. We will be returning next year!  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Llanynis holiday farmhouse rental

Builth Wells / Llanynis

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 54 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Ideal weekend break” I had a fantastic weekend break with my friends. The owners kept in contact with us, and were constantly helpful. The house itself is appointed with everything you could need, it's got a great kitchen, wonderful comfortable  …see more

from £20 / night

£800 - £1520 / week

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(17) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Castlerock

County Londonderry / Castlerock

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb place for a quiet & peaceful getaway” We found the holiday home with ease as the roads are all very well sign posted so we arrived in plenty of time to enjoy our first day. The appt is spacious clean and well equipped with everything you need  …see more

from £80 / night

£470 - £550 / week

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(120) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water / Kineton, Bourton on the Water

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Most memorable and perfect stays we've ever had!” If you are looking for somewhere beautiful, peaceful, and perfectly located close to a wealth of quaint views and villages then look no further. Lavender Cottage offers you this and so much more, and i  …see more

from £95 / night

£725 - £1000 / week

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Pedreguer holiday villa rental

Province of Alicante / Pedreguer

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
Beautiful modern villa on the slopes of Monte Solana. Pristine clean, fully equipped includes dishwasher, air-con, large TV, CD & DVD player. Large private pool & terrace enjoy all-day sun & covered terrace overlooking the pool is the perfect place to eat a  …see more

from £65 / night

£375 - £800 / week

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from £65 / night