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Rural retreats (79380)

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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Brittas Bay holiday cottage rental

County Wicklow / Brittas Bay

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, quiet, clean accommodation in the Countryside” This is a lovely house, it is well equipped and clean with modern furnishings. We had a great holiday 2 adults and 2 Children (10 & 13). The beach is 5 minutes away but we choose to drive due to a
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from £130 / night

£432 - £863 / week

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from £130 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Okeford Fitzpaine

Blandford Forum / Okeford Fitzpaine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely cottage” Stayed here over Christmas week and it is a absolutely beautiful cottage. The reason why it hasn't got 5 stars is because cooking xmas dinner for 6, we struggled with baking trays and had to buy more. Also the garden wasn't totally sec
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from £150 / night

£390 - £1030 / week

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from £150 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Sidi Ifni

Souss-Massa-Draa Region / Sidi Ifni

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“A perfect place to escape from it all” A truly amazing property, set in a wonderful location overlooking the sea! The space inside the property was phenomenal, with sea views from nearly every window! My husband and I occupied the Master Suite, with
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from £170 / night

£1190 / week

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from £170 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Salema

Faro District / Salema

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £100 / night

£500 - £1450 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Coutances

Manche / Coutances

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool

from £74 / night

£302 - £604 / week

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from £74 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Penton

Carlisle / Penton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Magical Christmas” Where to start,what a fantastic find this was the log cabin was amazing the setting overlooking the river liddle rapids in the hottub was breathtaking and the log burner(my favourite part of the stay) just stunning my 7 year old son
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from £205 / night

£1100 - £1275 / week

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from £205 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Rhosneigr holiday home rental

Anglesey / Rhosneigr

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Anglesey Short Break” Excellent few days at the beach house, ideally located for amenities and the beach. Easy to find and the welcome pack ensured that we had no queries.
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from £85 / night

£475 - £740 / week

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from £85 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Graiguenamanagh

Kilkenny / Graiguenamanagh

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Oh my Word!!!!” What can I say about Clarahawn... We love it, I want to live there, I want to sit at the kitchen table with my cuppa and gaze out at the totally amazing view for eternity. I want to wander around the beautiful house and enjoy the wonde
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from £133 / night

£925 - £1250 / week

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from £133 / night

(14) Excellent 

21

Holiday home rental

County Down / Strangford

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely location, great sized accommodation.” Liked best: Booking process and communication all straight forward. House ready on-time on the day, warm, friendly greeting by owners parents (including milk for tea and cakes) Property gardens, location
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from £150 / night

£515 - £750 / week

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from £150 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Beaumaris

Anglesey / Beaumaris

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home from home” Everything you needed from a holiday home plus more besides, only down side was the weather but that couldn't be helped
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from £58 / night

£299 - £579 / week

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from £58 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin accommodation

Lake District / Borwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool

from £75 / night

£450 - £825 / week

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from £75 / night

(3) Very Good 

22

Bellefontaine holiday gite rental

Manche / Bellefontaine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £35 / night

£225 - £375 / week

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from £35 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bargemon

Var / Bargemon

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £115 / night

£800 - £1500 / week

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from £115 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Widecombe in the Moor

Dartmoor National Park / Widecombe in the Moor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic!” We really loved staying here. The cottage is beautiful and rustic, with everything you could need for a comfortable, cosy, hassle free stay. Kitchen is well equipped, lovely bathroom, gorgeous comfy enormous bed, woodburner in the living r
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from £53 / night

£360 - £600 / week

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from £53 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Villaviciosa holiday apartment let

Villaviciosa / Valdedios

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Delightful area and lovely accommodation.” I would go again to this region anytime. It is one of the nicest parts of Spain. Casa Lavander where we stayed was a lovely apartment in keeping with the area. All mod cons, Very nice area for sitting o
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from £30 / night

£245 - £550 / week

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from £30 / night

10

Holiday home in Etain

Meuse / Etain

4 11 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £95 / night

£561 / week

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from £95 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday townhouse accommodation

Keighley / Haworth

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min

from £70 / night

£420 - £630 / week

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from £70 / night

24

Ski studio to rent in Villard-de-Lans

Isere / Villard-de-Lans

Studio 5 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £24 / night

£163 - £432 / week

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from £24 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Thong Nai Pan

Ko Pha Ngan / Thong Nai Pan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“"A Serene holiday experience"” We planned our holiday with friends to visit the full moon party but were looking for a place that would give us an essence of the island which was away from the party scene. The property lived up to it's expectation.
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from £75 / night

£470 - £630 / week

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from £75 / night

(37) Excellent 

30

Holiday boathouse in Combeinteignhead

Newton Abbot / Combeinteignhead

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Private garden
“Amazing Place a true getaway!” Tidelands boathouse is a fantastic location right on the water and the house is beautiful and has everything you could need catered for. Waking up to the sound of the birds and the water was idyllic and having morning co
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from £95 / night

£500 - £880 / week

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from £95 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Dingle holiday home rental

Dingle Peninsula / Dingle

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £113 / night

£475 - £819 / week

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from £113 / night

(27) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Buckie

Moray / Buckie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Holiday cottage by the sea” A super cottage with sea views and walking distance to shops and interesting harbour. Buckie is a small town with a variety of shops and plenty of activities. You need to be prepared for any weather!! It is an ideal place t
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Certificate of Excellence

from £60 / night

£380 / week

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from £60 / night

(17) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday cottage rental

Fife / St Monans

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautifully restored cottage by the sea” The cottage has been restored to a very high standard with tasteful decoration and quality furnishings. Enjoyed the log burner and separate snug,spacious for all the family. Stunning views from the window sea
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from £95 / night

£475 - £700 / week

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from £95 / night

21

Cascastel-des-Corbieres holiday gite rental

Aude / Cascastel-des-Corbieres

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £44 / night

£259 - £432 / week

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from £44 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Gale

Albufeira / Gale

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £200 / night

£1000 - £2900 / week

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from £200 / night

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Cotignac

Var / Cotignac

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £138 / night

£1121 / week

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from £138 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Costa Adeje

Adeje / Costa Adeje

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £450 / night

£2000 - £2500 / week

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from £450 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Skopelos Town

Skopelos / Skopelos Town

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool

from £163 / night

£1026 - £2565 / week

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from £163 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Porto da Cruz

Madeira / Porto da Cruz

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £61 / night

£423 / week

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from £61 / night

(4) Excellent 

24

Sao Vicente holiday villa accommodation

Madeira / Sao Vicente

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £31 / night

£411 - £580 / week

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from £31 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Pas-de-Calais / Montreuil-sur-Mer

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

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Ponte di Legno ski condo to rent.

Province of Brescia / Ponte di Legno

1 4 7 nights min

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

from £37 / night

£259 / week

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from £37 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Thurstonland

West Yorkshire / Thurstonland

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Yorkshire at its best” We stayed for 3nights and not disappointed ,very relaxing break very peaceful . The Barn is lovely very cosy with everything you may need ,Feels very homely good quality fixtures and fittings and spotlessly clean ,great for chi
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from £88 / night

£498 / week

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from £88 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Les Houches ski studio to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Les Houches

Studio 4 1 night min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Studio apartment with stunning view” Visited the apartment in June 2015. The apartment is well equipped and the view from the balcony is spectacular. It's location near the footpaths in and out of Les Houches is great for walkers. A great budget optio
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from £52 / night

£363 / week

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from £52 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday villa rental

Costa Blanca / La Marina

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“"made my wedding week fantastic"” My auntie stayed in this villa for my wedding in October. The villa was clean,spacious and everything she need. Sharon was very helpful and my Aunt reports that getting the keys was of ease and made everything plain s
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from £40 / night

£295 - £395 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Port-Louis holiday studio rental

Grande-Terre Island / Port-Louis

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool

from £44 / night

£260 - £441 / week

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from £44 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Bad Hofgastein

Salzburg Region / Bad Hofgastein

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £169 / night

£1078 - £3000 / week

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from £169 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Beadnell holiday home rental

Northumberland / Beadnell

3 4 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Beadnell break” This was are second visit to Beadnell this year but not at this property. This is by far the best property we have stayed at. The house is in a excellent location for the fantastic dog friendly beaches. Very well equipped and very clea
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from £50 / night

£285 - £650 / week

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from £50 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Converted chapel accommodation in Dalguise

Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect for a quiet break” Just returned after a 3 day break with friends over New Year. Well kitted out kitchen with everything you need. Comfortable lounge area. Good sized bedrooms. Good location 5 minutes from A9, with easy access to forest walks,
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from £150 / night

£510 - £1255 / week

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from £150 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Wow! An exceptional cottage, excellent location - home from home.” We travel to Scotland every other year, to stay for Christmas and New Year - this was by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Everything you needed was there, plus little extras. T
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from £70 / night

£360 - £600 / week

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