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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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Saxony / Elterlein

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £35 / night

£244 / week

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from £35 / night

(32) Excellent 

46

Twosibe - High Burnside house sleeps 8

Aviemore / High Burnside

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore is the ideal place to enjoy a family holiday or a full on outdoor adventure. Our Highland Home is the perfect luxury Aviemore self-catering accommodation and just 10 min's walk from the bustling village  …see more

from £109 / night

£760 - £2300 / week

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from £109 / night

(21) Excellent 

11

Creag Mhor - Dalfaber house sleeps 4

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Creag Mhor accommodates 4 people and consists of a comfortable lounge/dining area, fully fitted and equipped kitchen, large bathroom with bath and separate walk-in shower and two twin-bedded bedrooms.Creag Mhor has a dishwasher, washer-dryer, fridge freezer, microwave,  …see more

from £35 / night

£240 - £745 / week

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from £35 / night

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(30) Excellent 

8

Conwy Lodge - Llandudno cottage sleeps 5

Conwy County / Llandudno

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
CONWY LODGE is a unique cottage, previously a gatehouse for Gloddaeth Hall (now St. Davids College). Situated in a secluded location on the periphery of Llandudno, less that two miles from the town centre, theatre, shops, restaurants, pier and seaside.In a tranquill, t  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £725 / week

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from £50 / night

(8) Excellent 

17

Hameau de la Gare - Les Diablerets apartment sleeps 6

Canton of Vaud / Les Diablerets

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
A stylish and conveniently located ground floor apartment which consists of a large lounge with log fire, fully modern fitted kichen, three bedrooms, (two double, one twin) double bedrooms have access via double doors to a wrap-around terrace. Two modern bathrooms, one  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £2000 / week

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from £143 / night

(17) Very Good 

22

Chalet Tatras - Pribylina chalet sleeps 10

Zilina Region / Pribylina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chalet Tatras is a deluxe wooden house set amidst beautiful woodland close to the confluence of two rivers. It is perfectly located between the High and Low Tatras National Parks in Northern Slovakia offering access to excellent ski slopes in the winter as well as stun  …see more

from £140 / night

£974 - £1522 / week

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from £140 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Chalet Beinn - Saint Jean d'Aulps chalet sleeps 12

Haute-Savoie / Saint Jean d'Aulps

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Chalet Beinn is a charming barn conversion retaining many original features. It is a five bedroom all ensuite chalet situated in the small Alpine village of St Jean D'Aulps, 6km from the resort of Morzine in the Rhones-Alps region of France. The main living area (o  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £2600 / week

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from £125 / night

(20) Excellent 

21

Tiranui Cottage - Ballachulish cottage sleeps 8

Glencoe / Ballachulish

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Tiranui Lochside Cottage is a beautiful cottage in its own grounds looking out over Loch Leven with stunning views over to Glencoe. Situated in a very quiet location it is 6 miles form Glencoe village and 5 miles form Kinlochleven, with a superb restaurant within walk  …see more

from £155 / night

£895 - £1150 / week

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from £155 / night

(8) Excellent 

24

Chalet de l'Ours - Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise ski chalet sleeps 8

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet de l'Ours is a traditional farmhouse in the charming ski resort of Sainte Foy-Tarentaise. At 115sqm it is considerably larger than most 3 bedroom apartments and offers a very large open plan living/dining/kitchen area with some stunning mountain views. Please se  …see more

from £165 / night

£660 - £4600 / week

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from £165 / night

(3) Excellent 

15

Hinterthal Austria 3.2 - Hinterthal apartment sleeps 6

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
This 3 bedroom, apartment is situated in the beautiful village of Hinterthal, in the Austrian Alps. The apartment is set up perfectly for a family or friends wanting to go on vacation.The main apartment includes a Master suite with en suite bathroom, which includes a sh  …see more

from £149 / night

£957 - £3261 / week

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from £149 / night

(14) Excellent 

24

Chalet Feiler - Thyon chalet sleeps 12

Canton of Valais / Thyon

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chalet Feiler is a luxurious boutique chalet, sleeping up to 10-12 guests. It offers a genuine home from home experience, decorated with an eclectic mix of art and antiques and completely wired for sound and vision.While you're not out enjoying the local area, be  …see more

from £250 / night

£2250 - £3500 / week

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from £250 / night

(42) Excellent 

17

Pipers Cottage - Newtonmore cottage sleeps 4

Badenoch and Strathspey / Newtonmore

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
A Secret Highland Romantic Hideaway Pipers Cottage is set in a private position with beautiful country views of the Cairngorm Mountains.This is quite simply a unique property. The charming exterior belies the sumptuously appointed Boutique interior that awaits you. Desi  …see more

from £94 / night

£595 - £1000 / week

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from £94 / night

(18) Excellent 

24

Carn Mhor Lodge, Aviemore - High Burnside house sleeps 9

Aviemore / High Burnside

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Carn Mhor Lodge is a newly built, detached property located at the High Burnside development in Aviemore. Set back in a secluded location with forest walks to the rear of the house, the property boasts fantastic views of the Cairngorm mountains from the upstairs and dow  …see more

from £190 / night

£990 - £2487 / week

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from £190 / night

5

Salzburg Region / Tamsweg

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(19) Excellent 

35

Holiday Cottage with Free Swimming Pool + Golf 5* - Dalfaber bungalow sleeps 6

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
Our spacious holiday cottage has everything and more for a fantastic holiday. From the extra touches such as underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathroom to the complimentary bikes, golf clubs and sledges available our house will provide a comfortable holiday home. Fr  …see more

from £95 / night

£525 - £875 / week

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from £95 / night

7

Province of Brescia / Ponte di Legno

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £44 / night

£1305 - £1335 / week

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from £44 / night

(9) Very Good 

22

Porte de la Forêt - Les Praz apartment sleeps 6

Chamonix / Les Praz

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chamonix is a top alpine resort. Our accommodation has its own private garden. Natural shade is provided by large birch and fir trees. Ideal for BBQ'ing (Weber BBQ provided!) with views of famous alpine peaks. Forest walks begin practically right outside your doo  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £962 / week

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from £80 / night

(27) Excellent 

21

Ardachy - Glencoe Village cottage sleeps 4

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
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

(10) Very Good 

24

Le Mazot - Saint-Gervais-les-Bains chalet sleeps 6

Haute-Savoie / Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
An authentic 3 bedroom chalet over 3 levels which makes this property unique as it is as affordable as an apartment but you get your own stand-alone traditional chalet - ideal for a small group of friends, a romantic getaway for any couple or the perfect retreat for a f  …see more

from £85 / night

£550 - £1300 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Tirol / Kitzbühel

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski

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from £105 / night

£653 - £1200 / week

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from £105 / night

(12) Excellent 

23

Residence Les Pins 6 - Chatel apartment sleeps 6

Abondance / Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Les Pins is a truly spacious and comfortable apartment. Three double bedrooms - two of which can convert to twins - and a huge living room with two balconies offering panoramic views across the village. Excellent views and outside seating in summer. Underfloor heating k  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £1100 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

16

Family ski apartment plus free gondola ski locker - Soldeu Village apartment sleeps 7

Soldeu / Soldeu Village

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Home from home. This is our family ski apartment we have refurbished in 2014 and are now letting out for the first time. The apartment comprises of 3 double bedrooms with an open plan kitchen, living and dining space and a modern bathroom. The apartment is 65 M sq.  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £1250 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Excellent 

9

Province of Belluno / Sappada

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £61 / night

£348 - £870 / week

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from £61 / night

(2) Excellent 

18

Valle d'Aosta / Roisan

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £70 / night

£487 / week

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from £70 / night

15

Himos Villi cottages with sauna . Lake, Golf, Ski - Jamsa cottage sleeps 7

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 £87 / night

£434 - £1296 / week

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from £87 / night

(8) Excellent 

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St Wolfgang Duplex Apartment - St. Wolfgang apartment sleeps 6

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Light and spacious beautifully presented three double bedroom duplex apartment in the centre of picturesque St Wolfgang with views of the wonderful Wolfgangsee lake from the living area and two balconies. Large, modern kitchen with brand new appliances, including dishw  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 - £2065 / week

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from £180 / night

(9) Excellent 

24

An Cala, Nethy Bridge, Highlands - Nethy Bridge lodge sleeps 11

Badenoch and Strathspey / Nethy Bridge

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
An Cala, "the haven" in Scottish Gaelic, is an ideal place to spend the holidays. Situated in the quiet village of Nethy Bridge, the house overlooks the River Nethy and Abernethy Forest. The garden goes all the way down to the river, where herons and otters  …see more

from £300 / night

£1200 - £2500 / week

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from £300 / night

(17) Very Good 

19

Chalet Leon - Montriond chalet sleeps 6

Morzine / Montriond

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Chalet Leon is a beautifully positioned and well-appointed traditional wood built chalet located in the quiet picturesque old part of Morzine known as L'Ele. The Chalet was refurbished in 2011 and is on three floors. The mezzanine floor has a double and two single  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £995 / week

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from £90 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Balvattan Farmhouse, Boat of Garten near Aviemore - Boat of Garten house sleeps 10

Aviemore / Boat of Garten

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Recently modernised, Balvattan Farmhouse is set in a secure 1/2 acre garden and enjoys panoramic views across the Spey Valley to the Cairngorm Mountains. This charming 5 bedroom (downstairs bedroom ensuite), 3 bathrooms & WC home, which sleeps 10 provides an ideal holid  …see more

from £250 / night

£1100 - £1900 / week

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from £250 / night

24

Koho - Niseko-cho chalet sleeps 8

Abuta-gun / Niseko-cho

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Whether summer or winter, KŌHŌ is a wonderful chalet for an alpine getaway, a place to share time with family and friends, or just curl up with a book in front of the crackling wood fireplace. Located on the lower Hirafu bluff at the end of a quiet road, a person can  …see more

from £377 / night

£2639 / week

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from £377 / night

(7) Excellent 

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1 bedroom quintessential Tuscan cottage with lush gardens - Trebbio cottage sleeps 2

Pescaglia / Trebbio

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
Fully restored stone built cottage with marble and stone floors with exposed chestnut beams.Ground floor- Living room/dining area with kitchenette (including double sofa bed ). First floor-Double bedroom and bathroom. Modern conveniences (including Sky tv and internet  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £490 / week

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from £65 / night

18

Mountain View Holiday Cottage with fireplace - Zakopane cottage sleeps 8

Lesser Poland Province / Zakopane

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
House Michalowka Welcome to the House of Michalowka. Year of construction 2015 The house is situated in a quiet area in the complex of 4 small wooden houses, in a distance of 5 km from the Krupówki Street, on a plot with a beautiful view. From the windows of the house  …see more

from £94 / night

£637 - £2696 / week

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from £94 / night

6

Province of Sondrio / Aprica

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £74 / night

£392 / week

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from £74 / night

21

Apartment Hutton near Staubbach Falls - SKI OR SUN - Lauterbrunnen apartment sleeps 4

Jungfrau Region / Lauterbrunnen

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Swiss chalet direct from the owner, perfect for summer sun and winter ski. Stylish modern two bedroom apartment in the spectacular Lauterbrunnen valley, the most impressive troughed valley in the Swiss Alps. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with 72 waterfall  …see more

from £148 / night

£890 - £1190 / week

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from £148 / night

17

Jura / Les Rousses

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £52 / night

£314 - £540 / week

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from £52 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Saxony / Kurort Oberwiesenthal

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £35 / night

£244 - £366 / week

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from £35 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola / Santa Maria Maggiore

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £70 / night

£392 - £757 / week

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from £70 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Astre des Alpes Champoluc-AO- - Champoluc apartment sleeps 5

Valle d'Aosta / Champoluc

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The apartment is on the fourth floor of a condo (no elevator) and has a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a small balcony. Private garage space for one car and ski equipment storage is available in the back courtyard. The living room has a dining t  …see more

from £75 / night

£522 - £614 / week

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from £75 / night

(7) Very Good 

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St Wolfgang Duplex Apartment - St. Wolfgang apartment sleeps 6

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Luxury three double bedroom duplex apartment in the centre of picturesque St Wolfgang, just off the main square, with outside space and a balcony. Large, modern kitchen with brand new appliances, including dishwasher. Dining area comfortably seats six. Separate utili  …see more

from £140 / night

£980 - £1680 / week

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from £140 / night

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Landhaus Lilly Apartment - Obertraun apartment sleeps 2

Upper Austria / Obertraun

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
Landhaus Lilly Apartment is quietly located in Obertraun - offering peaceful and impressive views of the nearby River Traun, forest and Krippenstein Mountain. It has been awarded the highest category of 4 Edelweiss for hospitality. Just a 3 minute drive from the Kripp  …see more

from £66 / night

£457 / week

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from £66 / night

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