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Rural retreats (79459)

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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Holiday home rental

Cornwall / St Ives

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Organic Panda Stay” We have just returned from a stay at Organic Panda and I would highly recommend it, the house is great and good size rooms, very well equipped. The views are amazing and a quick walk to the beach. St Ives is very hilly but we didn'
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from £175 / night

£900 - £3500 / week

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from £175 / night

(41) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Comfortable and Cosy Cottage in a Great location” We stayed here with our two children and dog in May half term. The cottage is well equipped and has a wonderfully, cosy feel. We loved being able to catch the morning sun in the front garden whilst e
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from £50 / night

£300 - £525 / week

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(7) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Goldra

Loule / Goldra

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent stay” We stayed in villa vista 18-25 October and it was lovely the villa was amazing so big and spacious! We couldn't find bbq equipment but that was no bother, and it was a bit cold in the villa at night we couldn't find how to work the h
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from £167 / night

£957 - £2316 / week

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from £167 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cheddar

Somerset / Cheddar

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Delightful cottage with amazing views” We were welcomed with a pack of essentials to tide us over until we could shop. The cottage was immaculate and very comfortable with the use of the owner's beautiful garden and a parking space in their driveway.
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from £110 / night

£485 - £635 / week

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from £110 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Noss Mayo holiday cottage rental

Devon / Noss Mayo

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Lovely cottage in perfect location” This was a lovely cottage. Perfectly situated in the beautiful village of Noss Mayo with stunning cliff-top walks and easy access to the historic city of Plymouth and its amenities. The cottage was full of character
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from £52 / night

£360 - £800 / week

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from £52 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Pardaillan holiday cottage rental

Duras / Pardaillan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Best Gite in last 10 years” Excellent property with great grounds and pool situated close to Duras. Ideal for our group of four adults and two teenagers. All the bedrooms are a good size with plenty of storage space. The main living areas are light an
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from £65 / night

£450 - £1300 / week

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from £65 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Brantome holiday gite rental

Dordogne / Brantome

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Ideal venue for recharging your batteries.” This was the 3rd time we have stayed here, the gite is large and spacious and is excellent if you have young children or dogs, as the garden is fenced and secure. The pool is superb and always clean. Be awar
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from £60 / night

£345 - £995 / week

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(5) Very Good 

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Holiday home rental

Western Cape / Breede River

5 18 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £229 / night

£1755 / week

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from £229 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Llanberis

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“Unique and Beautifully Appointed Cottage in a Stunning Location” We spent a fabulous weekend at Blue Peris in June 2013 with our two children (aged 2 and 9). This characterful cottaged is beautifully appointed with some unique and quirky elements and
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from £60 / night

£415 - £615 / week

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avg. 1 hour 56 minutes

from £60 / night

(3) Average 

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Trois Rivieres holiday gite rental

Basse-Terre Island / Trois Rivieres

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £48 / night

£299 - £334 / week

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from £48 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Achiltibuie holiday home rental

Ross and Cromarty / Achiltibuie

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

from £72 / night

£500 / week

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from £72 / night

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Holiday manor house in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Dordogne / Beynac-et-Cazenac

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £343 / night

£2395 - £4790 / week

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from £343 / night

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Holiday chalet in Mauriac

Cantal / Mauriac

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £62 / night

£264 - £685 / week

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(35) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Javea

Javea / La Guardia Park

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely villa great holiday” 5 of us came to stay, 4 adults, one child. Had a fantastic time. The pool was great, though quite deep if you aren't strong swimmers. We bought a load of cheap floats which did us nicely. The villa was clean and has everyth
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from £86 / night

£600 - £1610 / week

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from £86 / night

(17) 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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(4) Excellent 

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Cowes holiday home rental

Cowes / West Cowes

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“An excellent house for a family Christmas, and a great location for summer visitors.” Twelve of us spent our family Christmas in Alban house and it was perfect. The house is lovely, great location, spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. Carol could
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from £500 / night

£2000 - £3500 / week

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avg. 3 hours 35 minutes

from £500 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous family holiday yet again!” This was our 3rd visit to Garrique with our three young children (now 8, 5 and 2). The cottage is perfectly located to explore the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond area as well as being close to all the amenities
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from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £90 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Sandyhills holiday chalet rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Sandyhills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect family rural escape.” We had a lovely week in this wooden chalet located amidst farmland and golf course within easy reach of the beach at Sandyhills. The chalet is spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. 1 week in this beautiful part of
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from £65 / night

£260 - £586 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Home rental in Azeitao

Setubal District / Azeitao

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
“Cozy spot in Azeitão” Great place, very cozy and confortable. Details to make you feel at home. Highly recommended for a city break, being very close to Lisbon still alows the feeling of escaping to the countryside. Hosts very helpful. To return!
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from £40 / night

£277 - £321 / week

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from £40 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Inverness holiday lighthouse rental

Scottish Highlands / Inverness

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Magnificent restoration resulting in a beautiful cosy cottage.” This historic monument has been lovingly restored to create a beautiful, cosy retreat. Stunning views down Loch Ness with fishing nearby and some enchanting walks in the district. We came
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from £120 / night

£600 - £1200 / week

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(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Tai'n Lon / Clynnog Fawr

Caernarfon / Tai'n Lon / Clynnog Fawr

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“The perfect location from which to explore North Wales.” The house was lovely and clean. Great amenities and lovely garden. We loved the location as it enabled us to explore further towards the North. The walk up to the beach was extremely enjoyable.
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from £60 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Symonds Yat

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £206 / night

£1295 - £3200 / week

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avg. 1 hour 54 minutes

from £206 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday barn in Briercliffe

Lancashire / Briercliffe

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wonderful, Relaxing Stay” We stayed in Delph Cottage in August 2012 for 7 nights. We had a great time, the cottage was all that was advertised and more. The cottage is very spacious, all the rooms were well furnished and clean. It was an ideal base
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from £140 / night

£490 - £610 / week

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avg. 3 hours 45 minutes

from £140 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday home with shared pool in Courrensan

Gers / Courrensan

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £62 / night

£242 - £465 / week

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(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Penmaenmawr

Conwy County / Penmaenmawr

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely clean well kept property and grounds” The property was lovely and clean and well kept including the grounds around the cottages. A peaceful setting as it's set up the hill away from the town centre and the main road, I would say that a car is n
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from £29 / night

£200 - £650 / week

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(66) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“fantastic holiday” me and my partner stopped here and was amazed how nice the apartment was. had everything you could ask for, love the area loads to do. we walked into st ives via the coastal path which was relaxing. weather was on our side apart fro
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from £75 / night

£400 - £1250 / week

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(28) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Monmouthshire / Abergavenny

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Amazing Barn in just the a beautiful setting.” We booked this three bedroom Barn for three nights when we went to a Wedding. It worked out a lot cheaper than buying three rooms for three nights at the local hotel and was a great move. It is in a perfe
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from £115 / night

£600 - £900 / week

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from £115 / night

(29) Excellent 

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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

£685 - £1280 / week

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(95) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Niton Undercliff

Ventnor / Niton Undercliff

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect” The cottage is beautiful and equipped with everything you could possibly need for a perfect family holiday, but what made it special was the extra thoughtful touches we would never have expected, like welcome gifts for us and for the children
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from £125 / night

£595 - £1550 / week

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(6) Excellent 

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Cascastel-des-Corbieres holiday home rental

Aude / Cascastel-des-Corbieres

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely wonderful apartment” The minute we arrived at Le gecko we instantly felt comfortable. The apartment was very modern and well equipped with lovely furnishings, Myself and my family loved the relaxing TV room on the top floor where we would
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from £53 / night

£369 - £461 / week

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(13) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Whitstable

Whitstable / West Beach

5 12 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A great family home, great views and a cool location.” The house is perfect to share with family and friends with lots of individual and sharing space to enjoy. The main living room/kitchen has great views and a spacious balcony with tables and chairs
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from £200 / night

£1800 - £2950 / week

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(15) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin with shared pool in Borwick

Lake District / Borwick

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Mr” Excellent location. Very clean and comfortable good view to the lakeside . Close to all good areas like blackpool and windermare also supermarket nearby. I would like to come back again.
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from £65 / night

£325 - £600 / week

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(17) Excellent 

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Alora holiday penthouse rental

Province of Malaga / Alora

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“This is a fantastic apartment!” The apartment is exactly as shown in the photos. It is modern, spotlessly clean, equipped and furnished to a very high standard. It is accessed by an elevator which takes you straight into the accommodation. There are
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from £50 / night

£350 - £590 / week

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(30) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Gwynedd

Caernarfon / Talysarn

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great location and great price” This is the second time we have stayed here. Perfect location and price. Spacious. It was ideal or us - 4 adults and 2 children. Andrew has always been really easy to deal with. Would stay again without hesitation.
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from £42 / night

£295 - £449 / week

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from £42 / night

(11) Excellent 

Certificate of Excellence

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Holiday cottage in Newchapel

Pembrokeshire / Newchapel

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely little cottage” Really nice little cottage suitable for couples, it has got everything you need, lots of attraction nearby.
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from £29 / night

£203 / week

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Holiday b&b with golf nearby in Gravellona Toce

Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola / Gravellona Toce

1 1 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £40 / night

£277 / week

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(26) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Troutbeck

Lake District / Troutbeck

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Stunning views from fantastic accomodation in the Northern Lake District with easy access from the A66.” We had a family gathering in Beckwood for 5 nights and the house was all we could have wished for. It was well appointed, clean, spacious and with
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from £118 / night

£590 - £1490 / week

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from £118 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Inkberrow

Worcestershire / Inkberrow

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Really good” I can not speak highly enough about are stay. The hole family including the dogs had a great time. The local is second to none and the owners were lovely. We are looking forward to going back some day.
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from £85 / night

£475 - £795 / week

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(28) Excellent 

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Villa letting in Conil

Lanzarote / Conil

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect villa in quiet area” The pictures of Villa Papaz on tripadvisor are really what you see, is what you get. The location of Villa Papaz was perfect for our family holiday (with 2 young children). Conil is a quiet area and from the villa you've a
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from £160 / night

£1090 - £1690 / week

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from £160 / night

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Holiday home in Orgiva

Province of Granada / Orgiva

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £36 / night

£246 / week

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from £36 / night

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