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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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La Maison D'Anna - Marcilhac-sur-Cele cottage sleeps 4

Lot / Marcilhac-sur-Cele

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
La Maison d'Anna is a charming house in the picturesque village of St Sulpice sur Cele in Le Lot region of south west France. The house is typical of the area and is situated on a quiet single track road that leads from the village church to the river valley road. The  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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Maagevej - Nykobing Sjaelland farmhouse sleeps 15

Odsherred Municipality / Nykobing Sjaelland

7 15 3 nights min stay

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.9 km; Child friendly ;
The house, dating back to 1777 (2600 sq.ft) , is tranquilly situated  in woodland in North West Sjaeland  and close to some of the best blue flag beaches in Denmark. They stretch for miles and even in the high season one can always find a quiet spot in the dunes.  Th  …see more

from £161 / night

£963 / week

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from £161 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Modern Apartment Close to Nantwich Town Centre

Cheshire / Nantwich

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Newhaven Court is a comfortable and relaxing home to explore Cheshire, North Wales and the Peak District. It is a 5 minute walk to the local Morrisons supermarket and Nantwich town centre, wherein you can peruse the local boutiques and recharge at one of the tea or coff  …see more

from £68 / night

£476 / week

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Red Lion Cottage Blockley - Blockley cottage sleeps 4

Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Red Lion Cottage is a beautiful Grade II listed property and one of the most perfectly located cottages in the Cotswolds, situated on a quiet lane overlooking the surrounding countryside. Despite the tranquil setting, the cottage is in the heart of historic Blockley  …see more

from £90 / night

£665 - £1100 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Moleside Cottage (8 mins to mainline station)

Kent / Marden

2 5 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 41 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Delightful single storey cottage, attached to a converted coach house, with a large garden which backs on to farmland and orchards in the outskirts of a Wealden village. Having recently been completely renovated with a large comfortable open plan lounge/dining room, a  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £695 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Kaufungen

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £66 / night

£392 / week

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from £66 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Oakleaves - West Mersea apartment sleeps 2

Mersea Island / West Mersea

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.7 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
Oakleaves is a very comfortable self-contained annex within the owner's home in a quiet leafy road leading down to the sea. The self-catering accommodation has its own drive and is accessed through its own front door into a porch and hallway. The large bedroom, with e  …see more

from £55 / night

£330 - £390 / week

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from £55 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Paddlers - Bexhill-on-Sea apartment sleeps 4

East Sussex / Bexhill-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
A newly refurbished two bedroomed ground floor apartment with private entrance, just around the corner from the beach and town with many restaurants and cafes, 2 minutes from the world famous De La Warr Pavilion and about 5 minutes walk from Bexhill railway station.Ou  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(34) Very Good 

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48 Eversfield Place - St Leonards on Sea apartment sleeps 4

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
This 1st floor apartment is located on the seafront directly opposite the beach & within easy walking distance of both Hastings & St Leonards town centers, & mainline train stations. Beautiful contemporary decor with large light airy living area & balcony overlooking th  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £575 / week

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from £80 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Lavender Blue Cottage - Melrose cottage sleeps 4

Borders / Melrose

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Lavender Blue is a lovely detached cottage with private parking and enclosed garden right in the centre of Melrose and within 2 minutes walking distance from shops, cafes and bars. The River Tweed is a five minute walk with many historic abbeys, homes and areas of inte  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £625 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Drumfaskey Cottage Cushendun The Glens of Antrim

County Antrim / Cushendun

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Child friendly ;
A splendid two storey, three bedroom cottage nestling in the hollow of the hill, situated four miles from the pretty seaside village of Cushendun. From inside and out, the cottage enjoys spectacular views of the glen.Great base for anyone who wants to be surrounded by a  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £475 / week

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from £80 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Lily's Cottage - Crail cottage sleeps 4

Fife / Crail

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Child friendly ;
Lily's Cottage is a traditional built stone cottage (c1750) in the the beautiful seaside village of Crail. It was probably originally a weaver's cottage (not a fisherman's cottage as some people assume) but it has recently been extensively refurbished wi  …see more

from £69 / night

£295 - £565 / week

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from £69 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Finca Alessandra, villa on the river Ebro, Spain

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool;
Finca Alessandra is located in a peaceful rural setting outside the village of Mora La Nova in Catalunya. It is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun while relaxing by the pool, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life.It is a 3 twin, air conditi  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £1315 / week

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Lower Saxony / Verden (Aller)

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed; Private garden;
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from £53 / night

£305 / week

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from £53 / night

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Saarland / Illingen

1 3 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £38 / night

£235 / week

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from £38 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Upper Bavaria / Feldafing

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
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from £74 / night

£518 / week

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from £74 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Pear Tree Garden - Maidstone house sleeps 2

Kent / Maidstone

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 46 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This one-bedroom holiday home is ideally placed in the middle of a strawberry farm within the picture-perfect village of West Peckham, with it's Saxon church, village green and pub, The Swan On The Green serving delicious, freshly-prepared food, excellent wines and real  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £510 / week

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from £43 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Dartmoor - The Lodge at Bedford Cottage - Yelverton cottage sleeps 2

Dartmoor National Park / Yelverton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 18 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Dartmoor beckons. There are two rental properties at Bedford Cottage; The Lodge (548563) and The Forge (1345376) and both are located in the centre of Buckland Monachorum, a small village near Yelverton on the western edge of Dartmoor. A warm welcome awaits you but ha  …see more

from £45 / night

£225 - £570 / week

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from £45 / night

(3) Very Good 

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CASA MAESTRALE - wonderful lakeview - Cannobio apartment sleeps 6

Lake Maggiore / Cannobio

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
This well furnished home basks in its sunny position enjoying majestic lake views.This beautiful apartment has two master bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room, allowing for accommodation of up to 6 people. Every master bedroom has one confortable double bed. There  …see more

from £96 / night

£670 - £792 / week

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from £96 / night

(47) Excellent 

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LUISÍN, Castle Hill - Carlingford cottage sleeps 2

County Louth / Carlingford

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
A spacious 1-bedroom cottage located in a tranquil coastal setting - breathtaking views of Slieve Foy mountain, Carlingford harbour and surrounding countryside. A little haven with a large living/dining room with fire/stove, leading to separate kitchen with small wall  …see more

from £70 / night

£414 - £500 / week

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Ain / Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Air conditioning;
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Baden-Württemberg / Amtzell

1 3 14 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 14 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 25 km; Not suitable for children;
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from £28 / night

£196 - £257 / week

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from £28 / night

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Casa Cato - Link Villa Sleeps 6 Private Pool

Costa Blanca / Sagra

3 6 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 8 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
A beautiful modern three bedroom link villa with its own private pool within two minutes walk of all the amenities of the lovely village of Sagra. Casa Cato is fitted with all new furnishings and fittings. This beautiful villa makes a perfect, home from home, holiday  …see more

from £107 / night

£748 - £834 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Casas Patacho - Praia do Patacho house sleeps 10

Porto de Pedras / Praia do Patacho

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
- Modern architecture and furniture- Porches and terraces with hammocks and barbecue- Sea view and constant sea breeze- Large living room with sofa-bed open kitchen and eating area- Suite with queen size bed, air conditioner, closet and own bathroom- Bedroom with two si  …see more

from £115 / night

£726 - £840 / week

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from £115 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Poundgate Park Cottage - Crowborough cottage sleeps 4

East Sussex / Crowborough

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 38 km; Child friendly ;
Poundgate Park is a beautiful two bedroom holiday home for four people. Set in an Edwardian walled garden enjoying a private patio and decking area and large area of lawn with an orchard and mature trees. The rooms have glorious garden views or far reaching views of rol  …see more

from £105 / night

£595 - £735 / week

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from £105 / night

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Finistere / Concarneau

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
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from £63 / night

£435 / week

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from £63 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Glendarragh Self Catering - Cushendall cottage sleeps 6

County Antrim / Cushendall

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed; Private garden;
Glendarragh 4 Star Cottage is located in the beautiful unspoilt Glen of Glenann, 2 miles from Cushendall, in the centre of the Glens of Antrim. The cottage has been beautifully restored and modernised and is located at the heart of a working hill farm commanding beauti  …see more

from £70 / night

£380 - £545 / week

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Casa Heyning - Gran Alacant townhouse sleeps 6

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Three bedroom townhouse, with private swimming pool, Wi Fi, satellite TV system, full Aircon, located in a quiet urbanisation at the top of the hill in the Gran Alacant area. Stunning, breath taking views of Santa Pola, and the countryside area, great for cycling or mo  …see more

from £79 / night

£547 - £673 / week

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from £79 / night

(24) Excellent 

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The Den - Millbridge lodge sleeps 6

Farnham / Millbridge

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 58 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Self-Catering - Dragon Lodge, A Peaceful rural retreat - originally an old Coaching Inn during the eighteenth century, the stable block has now been converted into a spacious two bedroom lodge called The Den, with it's own private decking overlooking the tranquil garde  …see more

from £235 / night

£560 - £750 / week

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from £235 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Warren Cottage Holiday Let - Wifi and Parking

Ross-on-Wye / Bridstow

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Affectionately known as 'the little house', Warren Cottage is full of character and was part of a converted bakery which has been lovingly renovated with free wifi, new furnishings and a modern Italian spiral staircase. Many of the traditional features have been retain  …see more

from £60 / night

£310 - £380 / week

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from £60 / night

(118) Excellent 

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Dukes Farm Holiday Cottages, Craswall, Hereford

Herefordshire / Craswall

7 15 3 nights min stay

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
We have stunning mountain views in one of the most remote and scenic part of southern Britain. The accommodation has wifi throughout, and is spacious & stylish to a luxurious standard: underfloor heating, English oak fittings, antique furniture, high quality white good  …see more

from £375 / night

£1595 - £2150 / week

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from £375 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Mill Street cottage - Puddletown cottage sleeps 4

Dorchester / Puddletown

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 12 km; Child friendly ;
This Grade 2 listed cottage offers a quiet, peaceful base for exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside and coast with its dramatic cliff top walks, sand and shingle beaches and the World Herritage Jurassic Coast. A 19th Century estate cottage in the heart of Puddletow  …see more

from £60 / night

£315 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

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Marina Beach Apartments - Marina Smir apartment sleeps 4

Tetouan / Marina Smir

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.3 km; Swimming pool;
This luxury apartment is beautifully furnished having a good sized lounge with dining area, which leads to the balcony with pool, garden or mountain views.The apartment is situated just two minutes walk from the golden beach of Tamuda Bay. Two bedrooms - one double and  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 - £889 / week

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from £42 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Apartment 'Hanne' Bruckberg, Zell am See.

Zell am See / Zellermoos

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Ski; Child friendly ;
This modern apartment sits in a sunny position on a wooded mountain side at Bruckberg just outside Zell am See. From the South facing front balcony there are truly panoramic views towards Kaprun and the surrounding mountains of the Hohe Tauern National Park. At the c  …see more

from £88 / night

£600 - £1105 / week

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from £88 / night

(31) Very Good 

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Whitecaps - Eastoke house sleeps 6

Hayling Island / Eastoke

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.3 km; Child friendly ;
Whitecaps is a 3 bedroom detached house in a 1930's private estate. The house is only a 2 minute walk from the sea and 5 minutes from the Hayling Island Sailing Club and marina. With a roof terrace with stunning views across Chichester Harbour and the Solent, this  …see more

from £125 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £125 / night

(3) Excellent 

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The Priory Cottages - Hoolet - Awre cottage sleeps 2

Forest of Dean / Awre

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Pet friendly; Private garden;
A delightful cottage in a stunning position with views of the River Severn. The cottage is beautifully furnished, with underfloor heating, a cosy wood burning stove, a well equipped kitchen and a luxuriously comfortable bed (which can be set up as a twin or a super-kin  …see more

from £63 / night

£270 - £435 / week

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(3) Very Good 

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Bethany Cottages- Brick Cottage and Cellar Cottage

Barossa Valley / Tanunda

3 4 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 70 km; Child friendly ; Air conditioning;
We have two, adjacent Bed and Breakfast cottages in the village of Bethany in the centre of the beautiful Barossa Valley; surrounded by vineyards & with views of the Barossa Ranges. Cellar Cottage has 2 bedrooms, one of which is a cosy, dry cellar bedroom, suitable for  …see more

from £100 / night

£498 / week

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Goslar / Hahnenklee-Bockswiese

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
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from £31 / night

£196 / week

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from £31 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Applecroft Cottage - Mawdesley cottage sleeps 5

Lancashire / Mawdesley

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 17 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Applecroft Cottage is a well appointed 4 star log holiday cottage situated in the peaceful, country village of Mawdesley, Lancashire. Applecroft offers all the amenities needed for an enjoyable and relaxing self catering holiday including a fully equipped kitchen, two s  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £520 / week

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from £80 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Barnyards - Largo house sleeps 8

Fife / Largo

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 1 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
We are in a wonderful, peaceful spot to relax and watch the world go by, but if you are feeling energetic then take a walk up Largo Law, or along Largo beach and then relax in the ambient temperature of your own private hot tub. For your entertainment we have installed  …see more

from £180 / night

£780 - £1200 / week

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from £180 / night

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