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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

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

(38) Excellent 

32

Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1800 / week

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from £135 / night

(29) Excellent 

20

Advie ski cottage to rent.

Aviemore / Advie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A great place to stay” I stayed here with my son and partner for 5 nights from 16th June and this is a lovely cottage with plenty of room, a homely feel and in a nice quiet location. Everything you could need is there, it is clean, bright, comfortable  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £910 / week

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from £85 / night

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(1) Excellent 

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Valle d'Aosta / Saint-Rhemy-en-Bosses

2 4 1 night min

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

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from £60 / night

£300 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Zell am See

Salzburg Region / Zell am See

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski
Local ski hire shop makes it easy to hire equipment. English owner is on hand to give advice and help.  …see more

from £49 / night

£342 - £992 / week

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from £49 / night

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Province of Udine / Tarvisio

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £86 / night

£599 - £855 / week

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from £86 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Dalfaber

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Excellant location” We stayed for a weekend with friends and the location and facilities were excellent , the cottage was clean and fully equipped with all items required. The owners were very approachable and accommodating The location is a short w  …see more

from £35 / night

£240 - £745 / week

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from £35 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £158 / night

£1103 / week

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from £158 / night

10

Valle d'Aosta / Antagnod

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £129 / night

£1137 / week

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from £129 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in High Burnside

Aviemore / High Burnside

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
"Craigellachie Retreat" is a beautiful 3 bedroom self–catering holiday house based in a quiet location surrounded by woodland walks and views of the nearby mountains. It benefits from a private garden with a summer house, drying room and shed for bike storage.  …see more

from £115 / night

£650 - £850 / week

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from £115 / night

(4) Excellent 

18

Ski apartment to rent in Andermatt

Canton of Uri / Andermatt

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great apartment in classic Swiss ski village” Highly recommend this apartment if you look to stay in Andermatt. Modern, well appointed and a place you easily feel comfortable. Very central to village, train, lifts, restaurants, etc.  …see more

from £169 / night

£1182 - £2441 / week

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from £169 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Peisey

Peisey-Vallandry / Peisey

6 19 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“This was my 10th return trip - its that good!” Cathy and Mark are excellent hosts with an excellently positioned warm and comfortable home (endless hot water), and their welcome and attention to detail is equally warm. We had great food again, thank  …see more

from £43 / night

£850 - £7330 / week

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from £43 / night

(1) Excellent 

16

Province of Cuneo / Pontechianale

1 5 6 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 6 nights min
  • Ski
  • Ask about pets

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from £52 / night

£359 / week

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from £52 / night

(9) Excellent 

25

Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great little apartment. Very well equipped” Very nice, clean apartment. Plenty of storage space. Very well equipped kitchen with lots of utensils etc. with 2 very young children who are fussy eaters, we were self catering most days and we had everythi  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £600 / week

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from £40 / night

(31) Excellent 

8

Ski cottage to rent in Denbigh/Flint/Conwy

Conwy County / Llandudno

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Little Gem.....” We have just returned from the most wonderful stay at Conwy Lodge, Llandudno. The picturesque surroundings complemented this high quality cottage, which has all the amenities you require for a relaxing, comfortable holiday. On our arr  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £725 / week

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from £50 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Ski chalet to rent in Pribylina

Zilina Region / Pribylina

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Birthday week in Slovakia” The Tatras Chalet is a gorgeous and modern chalet perfectly situated close to many great outdoor activities. After walking to a nearby restaurant for amazing Slovakian Piwo we spent the next couple of days exploring the moun  …see more

from £137 / night

£958 - £1496 / week

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from £137 / night

(3) Excellent 

15

Hinterthal ski apartment to rent.

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The Austrian Alps are a special place, full of beauty and fresh air. We come to the mountains to recharge our souls, and in Hinterthal you are in the best place to do it all. Relax, spend time with your family and friends, have fun and laugh what more can you ask for!  …see more

from £159 / night

£1112 - £3206 / week

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from £159 / night

(13) Excellent 

13

Megève ski apartment to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Megève

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic apartment in a fantastic peaceful location!” Fantastic apartment in a fantastic peaceful location, we had a great stay in the apartment in Mont d'Arbois, an excellent location for walking/cycling in the summer months. Very well appointed.  …see more

from £150 / night

£1350 / week

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from £150 / night

(8) Excellent 

15

Flaine ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski lockerOn our other sit  …see more

from £122 / night

£850 - £1500 / week

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from £122 / night

(14) Excellent 

28

Kirchbach ski chalet to rent.

Carinthia / Kirchbach

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“comfortable & cosy” The Bear's Den is a converted barn, and the online description pictures are realistic, so it met our expectations. There were only a couple of downsides; the lack of washing machine (plus line etc), and the link for the TV wa  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 - £910 / week

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from £80 / night

(21) Excellent 

24

High Burnside ski home to rent.

Aviemore / High Burnside

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Getaway - Beautiful Home” I arranged a birthday surprise for my partners birthday for us and his close friends to attend the Carn Mhor Lodge in Aviemore. Organising with Sarah was straightforward and I found her extremely helpful throughout  …see more

from £230 / night

£990 - £2943 / week

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from £230 / night

(45) Excellent 

17

Newtonmore ski cottage to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Newtonmore

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“The Perfect Honeymoon Retreat!” We stayed in Pipers Cottage for the second leg of our Scottish Honeymoon. A perfect secluded getaway with all you need to kick back and relax. With all the added extras of hot tub, sky movies, the local Dalwhinnie whisk  …see more

from £94 / night

£595 - £1000 / week

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from £94 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Dalfaber ski bungalow to rent.

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,  …see more

from £85 / night

£465 - £875 / week

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from £85 / night

(2) Excellent 

7

Province of Modena / Sestola

1 6 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £43 / night

£300 - £855 / week

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from £43 / night

(7) Very Good 

18

Ski apartment to rent in Itter

Tirol / Itter

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Absolutely fabulous!” Words cannot express the great time we had in Haus Maya! Where on earth can you find a place to stay with so much luxury, such cosyness, and space for the whole family. Great kitchen isle (you never want to go out for eating) wit  …see more

from £86 / night

£513 - £2458 / week

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from £86 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Excellent accommodation, would recommend a holiday in this Apt” We stayed in this Apt over New Year 2013/14. from the moment we arrived the accommodation far exceeded our expectations. The accommodation was clean and had all the comforts of home. The  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £1200 / week

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from £75 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise ski chalet rental

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent stay” We are a family of 4 and stayed for a week at the chalet de l'ours. It is very cosy and confortable, with beautiful and quality furnishings. The beds are very comfy too and the kitchen is very well furbished. During the day there i  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £4650 / week

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from £150 / night

(1) Average 

34

Ski apartment to rent in St Gilgen

St Gilgen / Laim

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
A stunning and spacious two bedroom luxury apartment, close to the centre of St Gilgen. Tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard, this apartment offers the utmost in comfort and luxury during your holiday. As well as two bedrooms, there are two bathrooms  …see more

from £99 / night

£663 / week

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from £99 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in High Burnside

Aviemore / High Burnside

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Very comfortable” Lovely comfortable house and very well equipped. From luxuries such as the hot tub down to the basics like loads of crockery and cutlery. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thanks very much.  …see more

from £113 / night

£785 - £2300 / week

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from £113 / night

10

Valle d'Aosta / Champoluc

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £76 / night

£441 / week

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from £76 / night

(19) Excellent 

33

Boat of Garten ski home to rent.

Aviemore / Boat of Garten

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic highland holiday home!” Balvattan Farmhouse surpassed our expectations. In a beautiful location just outside Aviemore the farmhouse provided everything we needed and more, from a roaring log fire to a superbly equipped luxury kitchen. Styli  …see more

from £250 / night

£1100 - £1900 / week

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from £250 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Bagnes / Le Chable

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £155 / night

£1069 - £1124 / week

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from £155 / night

(8) 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 £77 / night

£428 - £787 / week

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from £77 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Kincraig ski apartment to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Kincraig

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Ski
A beautiful stone cottage in the Scottish Highlands at the center of the National Park, with local Post Office, shop, restaurants and pubs within walking distance. A quite private setting for a romantic getaway, with an abundance of wildlife for nature lovers and a play  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

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Isere / Allevard

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £30 / night

£129 - £171 / week

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from £30 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

Savoie / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Luxurious, comfortable and great location” We were really delighted with the apartment. We stayed for a week over half-term with our 2 children aged 12 and 9 and another family with a child age 9. The chalet is located right on the slopes, so its ver  …see more

from £116 / night

£812 - £3932 / week

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from £116 / night

(9) Excellent 

21

Ramingstein ski cottage to rent.

Salzburg Region / Ramingstein

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Great cottage with really good location.” Riverside Retreat was recommended to me through a friend who's already been there. We visited in summer and had a great time. The cottage is small and cosy - perfect as a base for exploring the surrounding are  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 / week

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from £58 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Nancroix ski chalet to rent.

Nancroix / Nancroix

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Cosy, full of character and great views.” A much improved chalet since being converted from 4 to 3 bedrooms, all with en suite facilities. Having L'Ancoli restaurant next door is a big bonus. Only 5-10 mins drive from Vanoise Express and the Valandr  …see more

from £108 / night

£750 - £1200 / week

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from £108 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Badia / La Villa

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £82 / night

£898 / week

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from £82 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Chateau-d'Oex ski apartment to rent

Canton of Vaud / Chateau-d'Oex

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful Mountain Scenery” Our stay at La Soldanelle was our best family holiday ever. The location surrounded by mountains is still vividly imprinted in my mind. You could see the mountains from the kitchen and bedroom windows of the apartment and w  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

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