Rural retreats – countryside holiday cottages

Rural retreats (79008)

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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(11) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Beauly

Scottish Highlands / Beauly

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £70 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Excellent 

15

Holiday home in Grampians

Victoria / Grampians

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden

from £148 / night

£1030 / week

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from £148 / night

(24) Excellent 

26

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+
“Brilliant bungalow” We have just arrived back from our short break visiting family. Bungalow was clean tidy and warm, lots of space for my little boy to run around and nice big garden for the dog. Great property in good location, easy to find, can't
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from £65 / night

£426 - £597 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

17

Cingoli holiday villa rental

Province of Macerata / Cingoli

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £270 / night

£1565 / week

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from £270 / night

(5) Very Good 

38

Holiday bungalow in Davenport

Central Florida / Davenport

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Swimming pool

from £50 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(30) Excellent 

32

Holiday home in Newcastle

County Down / Newcastle

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Great house for golfers!” We rented three houses on an extended golf trip around Ireland. Alex's house was the best one by far. It is very new and has plenty of room. Each person had their own bedroom and bath. Kitchen has everything we needed. W
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from £150 / night

£900 - £1075 / week

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from £150 / night

(20) Excellent 

24

Cottage rental in Flookburgh

Grange-over-Sands / Flookburgh

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Just Perfect!” My family and I have had a wonderful holiday at this pristine, stylish and well equipped cottage. Will definitely visit again in the near future.
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from £95 / night

£375 - £550 / week

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from £95 / night

(25) Excellent 

19

Monmouth holiday home rental

Monmouth / Trellech

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Very comfortable & clean” We very much enjoyed our stay at Brontes cottage. It had everything we needed. It was very comfortable and warm and we will certainly return.
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from £65 / night

£373 - £779 / week

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from £65 / night

(17) Excellent 

21

Blairmore holiday studio rental

Cowal Peninsula / Blairmore

Studio 2 7 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Car not necessary
“Stunning location” The property is very comfortable and for a studio apartment more than adequate for a short or long stay we rented for 11 nights ,we never tired of looking out over the ever changing view . I read the previous reviews before going wh
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from £28 / night

£195 - £295 / week

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from £28 / night

(22) Excellent 

11

Portballintrae holiday townhouse rental

Bushmills / Portballintrae

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house in excellent location” House had everything we needed. Only negatives I can think of are the dishwasher was very noisy and we were a bit short of wardrobe space. Location was ideal for exploring the Antrim coast. Would definitely recommend
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from £65 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £65 / night

(21) Excellent 

22

Belper holiday cottage rental

Belper / Blackbrook

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
“Captain” It was the perfect xmas break for me and my family,the cottage was beautifully equipped ,clean ,and with the perfect level of privacy. I would highly recommend this cottage
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from £80 / night

£320 - £540 / week

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from £80 / night

(3) Very Good 

8

Cappoquin holiday bungalow let

County Waterford / Cappoquin

3 5 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

from £30 / night

£208 / week

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from £30 / night

(5) Very Good 

20

Los Montesinos holiday villa rental

Los Montesinos / Entre-Naranjos

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable, well-equipped and an ideal base to explore from” We stayed here with another couple for a week in May 2013. All the facilities you would expect for self-catering were available and in good condition. We cooked indoors, and outdoors on th
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from £65 / night

£250 - £300 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

19

Cottage letting in Glen Roy

Fort William / Glen Roy

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in stunning location” Fabulous cottage with all you need for a great stay. Adored seeing Woody the woodpecker daily on the birdfeeder! The location is amazing and the views stunning
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from £60 / night

£420 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

8

Holiday cottage in Bath

Somerset / Bath

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
“An excellent rural location close to Bath” A very comfortable cottage in a quiet rural location with superb views over the surrounding countryside. We were made to feel very welcome and had a wonderful time visiting nearby Bath.
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from £58 / night

£360 - £395 / week

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from £58 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

4 11 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely stay in a brilliant house in a great location.” Large, bright house with plenty of space for our group to have a very relaxing weekend. On entry house found to be very clean & tidy, rooms nicely decorated & furnished. Good range of Bedroom opti
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from £155 / night

£620 - £1440 / week

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from £155 / night

(22) Excellent 

30

Cottage rental in Coldingham

Borders / Coldingham

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £110 / night

£525 - £765 / week

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from £110 / night

(3) Excellent 

23

Holiday villa in Burgau

Faro District / Burgau

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous villa in a wonderful location” This is a fabulous villa, with a great pool and very well equipped. My children spent most of their time in the pool when we weren't at the beach. It's a suoer size and very well looked after. The views
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from £129 / night

£850 - £1550 / week

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from £129 / night

(16) Excellent 

16

Holiday home with golf nearby in Villefranche-de-Lonchat

Dordogne / Villefranche-de-Lonchat

5 8 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful House, Quaint Village, Perfect Location and Wonderful Hosts.” My friend and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to stay in this beautiful 5 bedroom house in a quaint village in France but surrounding areas of interest are easily acce
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from £114 / night

£795 - £1795 / week

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from £114 / night

(7) Excellent 

27

Holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Perranwell Station

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Primrose Cottage is a delight” We spent 2 lovely weeks at Primrose Cottage. The owner was there to greet us and show us around the cottage. We came and went everyday, seeing a good deal of western Cornwall and appreciated the well presented and wel
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from £89 / night

£625 - £1295 / week

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from £89 / night

(20) Excellent 

15

Broadway holiday shepherds hut rental

Cotswolds / Broadway

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Just what we needed...” Red sky was the perfect place for us to get away from it all and relax. Everything we needed and more had been thought about. Its a beautiful hut, which was well equipped and very private. Our dog loved the garden and we loved
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from £80 / night

£360 - £460 / week

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from £80 / night

(38) Excellent 

23

Welford on Avon holiday studio rental

Stratford-upon-Avon / Welford-on-Avon

Studio 2 2 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Spacious & Comfortable Lodging” Sheelagh was an incredibly gracious host. She clearly enjoys meeting people and wants them to have the best stay possible. The modern and spotless studio was huge! We had everything we needed to cook breakfasts, pack lu
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from £60 / night

£400 / week

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from £60 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in New Seabury

Cape Cod / New Seabury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect vacation” We enjoyed our vacation in this holiday home very much. We found everything we needed and it was perfect. Our little son (1,5 years old) loved the garden and the nice beaches in the surrounding area. The supermarket and the restauran
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from £118 / night

£1012 - £2106 / week

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from £118 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, tennis court in Urrugne

Basque Country / Urrugne

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool

from £424 / night

£2967 / week

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from £424 / night

17

Puy-de-Dome / Sauxillanges

4 12 1 night min

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

from £128 / night

£382 - £856 / week

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from £128 / night

(11) Excellent 

24

Svoronata holiday villa let

Svoronata / Metaxata

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“stunning pool” We arrived at night the quickest transfer ever only 10 minutes to metexata and we were there. We arrived to a lovely surprise at Herakles 1. a very warm welcome table, chairs set out and a bottle of wine. Were can we start, Bedrooms
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from £35 / night

£250 - £750 / week

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from £35 / night

10

Stone Harbor holiday apartment rental

Cape May County / Stone Harbor

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £140 / night

£977 - £1133 / week

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from £140 / night

(33) Excellent 

23

Holiday cottage in Portree

Isle of Skye / Portree

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house with lovely views” My husband and I stayed at Bayview with our 4 young children at the start of April. We didn't want to leave! The house has been beautifully renovated and was very comfortable and cosy. The house has a great location,
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from £150 / night

£700 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(28) Excellent 

25

Farmhouse rental in Saint Fort sur Gironde with swimming pool

Charente-Maritime / Saint Fort sur Gironde

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Absolute Bliss” Back again, last here in 2013. We traveled with our 7 year old son and another couple. While the weather was disappointing Chez Chavlier was not. A great base to head for for day trips. We went to a near by Le Chateux des Enigmes in Po
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from £74 / night

£660 - £1280 / week

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from £74 / night

(45) Excellent 

20

Holiday apartment in Padstow

Cornwall / Padstow

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
“Cosy” It has been so nice to come back to The Police House after a few years away. And what an improvement! Really comfortable & compact, near enough to the shops but also far enough away not to be bothered by the crowds...& the dogs love it! Lovel
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from £60 / night

£300 - £520 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Excellent 

7

Chiavenna ski home to rent.

Chiavenna / Engadina

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £45 / night

£310 - £735 / week

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from £45 / night

(10) Very Good 

16

Holiday cottage in Cley Next the Sea

Holt / Cley Next the Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Every thing we hoped it would be” We had previously stayed at the Moss's other cottage (Sea Lavender) in Burham Market and as this was fully booked were delighted to take the option of some time to discover Cley Next the Sea, - its enchanting, a lovel
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from £79 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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from £79 / night

(1) Very Good 

34

Ardennes / Buzancy

2 8 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £43 / night

£187 - £238 / week

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from £43 / night

(23) Excellent 

21

Holiday lodge rental

Cornwall / Polperro

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“With young kids, all you need is bunnies...” This was the first family holiday we have ever had, and first time that my wife and children (twin 2 year old girls) had ever been to Cornwall or on a "British" holiday. Weather was a bit hit and miss, but
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from £49 / night

£280 - £1050 / week

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from £49 / night

(50) Excellent 

14

Holiday home rental

Ceredigion / Borth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Magical place” Just had a lovely weekend with my dog at this very special place. The top room is very romantic and you can sit in the bath and watch the waves. The house is furnished comfortably and thoughtfully. It's like home from home. Superb se
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from £100 / night

£700 - £1610 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

27

Gite rental in Fontainebleau

Seine-et-Marne / Fontainebleau

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Great house, great location” Very nice, comfortable, spacious gîte, had everything we needed for a family of six - parents, two teenagers, two younger. Owners were next door, friendly and helpful. Wonderful area in the Fontainebleau forest, handy fo
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from £80 / night

£560 - £806 / week

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from £80 / night

(10) Excellent 

20

Holiday home in Angmering on Sea

East Preston / Angmering on Sea

7 18 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £490 / night

£2790 - £6250 / week

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from £490 / night

(41) Excellent 

24

Barn rental in Dale

Pembrokeshire / Dale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely conversion set in perfect location for visiting area” We stayed here 2nd week in July with our 4year old son. It was a perfect setting for us for break away. Accommodation is truly 1st class with 2 ensuite twins and a master with ensuite with v
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from £75 / night

£410 - £1050 / week

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from £75 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Isle of Bute

Argyll and Bute / Isle of Bute

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, well equipped cottage” Ambrisbeg is sited in a lovely area of Bute. The cottage is very comfortable and really well equipped with everything needed. Cathy was very welcoming and helpful. A great place for a holiday stay.
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from £60 / night

£410 - £574 / week

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from £60 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly

from £40 / night

£260 - £370 / week

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from £40 / night

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