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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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Drome / Chateauneuf-de-Galaure

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ;
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from £65 / night

£388 / week

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from £65 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday Apartment Anstruther - East Neuk apartment sleeps 6

Anstruther / East Neuk

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Beautifully modernised apartment in the historic and picturesque James Street in Anstruther. FREE UNLIMITED WIFI, BT VIsion and FREE BT Sport !!! A complimentary welcome pack of wine, chocolates and a selection of personal toiletries awaits you on arrival !! The ap  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

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Salzburg Region / Weisspriach

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Pet friendly; Private garden;
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from £156 / night

£1087 / week

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from £156 / night

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Casa Visitar - Butler bungalow sleeps 7

Quinns Rocks / Butler

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Swimming pool;
Casa Visitar is a few minutes walk to the large Kingsbridge boulevard park with it's abundance of birds and ducks.The home comprises kids play area with Wii & Play station bring your games! Lounge area,kitchen & dining indoors and out. Wireless internet bro  …see more

from £146 / night

£518 - £1078 / week

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from £146 / night

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Gironde / Beychac-et-Caillau

1 4 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 45 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £65 / night

£363 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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The Little Barn - Penne barn sleeps 6

Tarn / Penne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Situated in a rural hamlet between Saint Antonin Noble Val and Penne, on the border of Tarn and Tarn et Garonne. There is a large garden with a wide choice of places to sit and enjoy the scenery. The private swimming pool has a pool alarm with plenty of room for sunbath  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £800 / week

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from £72 / night

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Rhineland-Palatinate / Bad Bergzabern

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £57 / night

£393 / week

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from £57 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Farm View Cottage Cosy 17th Century Cottage for 2

Peak District National Park / Parwich

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pet friendly;
One of the oldest cottages in Parwich built in limestone and containing many exposed beams. The cottage is located in a prime position on a quiet lane very close to the centre of the village just a few minutes stroll to the Sycamore Pub and Shop.Farm View Cottage was  …see more

from £60 / night

£285 - £440 / week

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from £60 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Pebble - Sandsend apartment sleeps 2

Whitby / Sandsend

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Not suitable for children;
Pebble apartment is located just two minutes' walk from the beach, in the centre of the little valley at Sandsend, often referred to as one of the area's best kept secrets. Quiet and peaceful, yet only 2.5 miles from the centre of Whitby. The apartment is situ  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £800 / week

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from £125 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Luxury Coach House, Nr Wells. Walk to fab pub.

Wells / Dinder

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Need a quick pick me up at this time of the year? Then this is the peaceful and relaxing break you are looking for. A luxury self catering converted coach house in the picturesque village of Dinder, within walking distance of the beautiful city of Wells. Within easy  …see more

from £82 / night

£535 - £555 / week

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from £82 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holly Tree Cottage - Upper Largo cottage sleeps 4

Fife / Upper Largo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Holly Tree Cottage is a warm and welcoming cottage sleeping 2 to 4 people in an area of Scotland where there is plenty of holiday activities to partake in. The beach is a short walk away through a Woodland Trust property. Golf courses are in abundance and there are man  …see more

from £65 / night

£250 - £460 / week

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from £65 / night

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Thuringia / Hoerselberg-Hainich

2 1 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 1
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £138 / night

£1164 / week

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from £138 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Pyrenees-Orientales / Corneilla del Vercol

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 8 km; Child friendly ;
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from £87 / night

£604 / week

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from £87 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Dordogne Limousin Gite - Dournazac gite sleeps 5

Haute-Vienne / Dournazac

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
Gite- Regional Natural Park Périgord Limousin in France. Video on altavaux.blogspot.fr. The cottage of Tavaud is located near Dournazac, South of the Haute-vienne, on the border with Dordogne. The fully detached house is surrounded by nature. On the terrace : garden fu  …see more

from £31 / night

£151 - £216 / week

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from £31 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Shave farm cottage - Ilminster barn sleeps 6

Somerset / Ilminster

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Shave farm cottage has a large open plan living area and two large en suite bedrooms. A modern fully equipped kitchen complements the contemporary design of the new barn conversion. The cottage has its own large garden complete with trampoline and slide, and its very o  …see more

from £130 / night

£490 - £890 / week

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from £130 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Mc Evoy's Self Catering - Kilnaleck cottage sleeps 12

County Cavan / Kilnaleck

6 12 2 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 90 km; Child friendly ;
Situated in peaceful countryside 1 mile from Kilnaleck village, 8 miles from Cavan town and 60 miles from Dublin. This spacious home offering 4* self catering accommodation, with a large fully enclosed garden, patio area, basketball area, games room and large lockup gar  …see more

from £87 / night

£603 - £906 / week

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from £87 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Anvil Cottage - Winchcombe cottage sleeps 2

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Anvil Cottage is a lovely one bedroom self-catering holiday cottage located in the heart of Winchcombe. This quirky holiday cottage makes a great base for a short break or longer holiday whilst exploring the Cotswolds. The cottage is well equipped - we hope to offer eve  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

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Maison Bleue - Hauteluce apartment sleeps 6

Savoie / Hauteluce

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Maison Bleue is the first floor of a two hundred year old village property in Hauteluce in the Beaufortain Alps. It is a ten minute walk to the chairlift serving the Les Saisies/ Espace Diamant ski area. Hauteluce itself is a small unspoilt village with a hotel and rest  …see more

from £40 / night

£350 / week

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from £40 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Laurels Holiday Cottage - Barley bungalow sleeps 3

Royston / Barley

1 3 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
A beautifully presented, comfortable holiday cottage from which to explore Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, North Essex and East Anglia beyond. The Cottage is a detached single storey apple store conversion and is situated in the garden of the owners 16th Century thatched  …see more

from £86 / night

£425 / week

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from £86 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Peak Cottage, Hayfield. - Hayfield house sleeps 4

Peak District National Park / Hayfield

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
A beautifully-presented, bright and spacious stone-built terraced cottage suitable for 4 people at the foot of Kinder Scout in the pretty Peak District village of Hayfield. Well appointed throughout to provide cosy yet contemporary living, Peak Cottage is the perfect pl  …see more

from £80 / night

£420 - £540 / week

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from £80 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Arrondissement of Saint-Paul / Trois Bassins

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
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from £61 / night

£345 / week

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from £61 / night

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Hautes-Alpes / Molines-en-Queyras

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £34 / night

£233 - £345 / week

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from £34 / night

(49) Excellent 

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No.3 The Old Convent - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pet friendly;
No.3,The Old Convent is a 1st floor apartment which is situated in the picturesque village of Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness, which is virtually the geographical center of the Highlands. A perfect base for exploring the spectacular scenery and amenities  …see more

from £65 / night

£385 - £495 / week

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(9) Excellent 

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Mill Cottage, Hartsop - Glenridding cottage sleeps 3

Lake District / Glenridding

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
This lovely historical cottage, recently developed to a high standard, has great character and magnificent views. Located within the Lake District National Park, in a quiet, peaceful and picturesque hamlet named Hartsop, the cottage offers relaxation away from life  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £560 / week

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from £75 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Jasmine Cottage and Bunk House - Montrose cottage sleeps 6

Angus / Montrose

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Child friendly ;
Jasmine Cottage offers a 5* 'home from home' experience and provides a base for many activities. Ideal family holidays with Scotland's finest beaches - Lunan Bay, St. Cyrus and Montrose for great walks in the sand dunes, by the sea and rock pools, all great fun for th  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Malachi Luxury Apartment - Coleraine house sleeps 6

County Londonderry / Coleraine

3 6 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Child friendly ;
This large self catering apartment (1260 sq ft ) has 3 bedrooms one en-suite and sleeps six with Super king, King and two Single beds, all deep mattresses for your comfort. It is on the Atlantic Road Coleraine and has all the modern touches you would expect in a luxury  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £55 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holmen, Annex to Hillrise - Mawnan Smith apartment sleeps 2

Falmouth / Mawnan Smith

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Not suitable for children;
Holmen is a self contained annexe to the owners house next door. The property has a contemporary kitchen containing a fridge freezer, washing machine with tumble dryer, dish washer, oven and microwave. There is a separate dining area within the kitchen. The comfortable  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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(12) Excellent 

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Chantagrele - Issoire gite sleeps 6

Puy-de-Dome / Issoire

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Perfect for families or a group of friends Chantagrele is ideally situated for exploring this unspoiled region. Chantagrele has a very special ambiance for a completely relaxing holiday, there is no passing traffic accept ''La poste'' and the bread v  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £80 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Marlanes Holiday Villa - Corton villa sleeps 5

Lowestoft / Corton

3 5 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
Owned and managed by Marlane and Graham Carter one self-catering villa located at Waterside Park on Corton clifftops, near Lowestoft in Suffolk. New from May 2014 the pool has a roof making it both indoor pool The property is modern home from home, and maintained in t  …see more

from £40 / night

£249 - £599 / week

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Casa les Olives - Benigembla townhouse sleeps 11

Costa Blanca / Benigembla

6 11 7 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 20 km; Swimming pool;
Caa les Olives is a tastefully restored town house situated in the heart of a traditional spanish village in the beautiful Jalon Valley.The property has been thoughtfully furnished and stocked to provide a home from home atmosphere with comfortable beds and en suite be  …see more

from £108 / night

£690 - £8578 / week

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Upper Bavaria / Reit im Winkl

1 2 5 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £50 / night

£350 / week

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from £50 / night

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Rhineland-Palatinate / Selters (Westerwald)

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed; Private garden;
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from £50 / night

£278 / week

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(3) Excellent 

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Maison Sol Y Ben, Corbère. Village house, views.

Pyrenees-Orientales / Corbere

3 6 5 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 12 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Corbère is situated between the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean and the magnificent mountains of the Pyrenees. It is close to the capital of the Pyrenees Orientales, Perpignan, and a short drive south to Spain. The village offers the best of all worlds, quiet  …see more

from £40 / night

£260 - £410 / week

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from £40 / night

(1) Excellent 

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CASABELA II - Todoque villa sleeps 4

La Palma / Todoque

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
Bonita y amplia casa de construccion tipica canaria con techos de madera y materiales de primera calidad, totalmente equipadas y decoradas, 2 habitacion con 4 camas individuales, salon comedor con TV satelite, cocina con menaje y pequeños electrodomesticos, baño compl  …see more

from £52 / night

£363 / week

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from £52 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Wychert Cottage - Haddenham cottage sleeps 4

Buckinghamshire / Haddenham

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
The cottage is a converted bake-house built over 300 years ago. It combines modern convenience with period charm. Located in the village of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire, it is 16 miles from Oxford and 50 minutes from London Marylebone. The cottage is within the village  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £480 / week

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from £75 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Balvaig Log Cabin - Strathyre log cabin sleeps 5

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Strathyre

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ;
This well appointed log cabin can sleep up to 5 people and is well suited to families. There's just SO much to see and do in this beautiful part of Scotland. The cabin is situated in a wonderful setting, right by a river in a small picturesque estate, a stroll from th  …see more

from £100 / night

£495 - £958 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Thurnham Keep Stables - Thurnham apartment sleeps 2

Maidstone / Thurnham

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Situated in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the historic Pilgrim's Way in the quiet hamlet of Thurnham, Thurnham Keep Stables is perfectly located for peaceful sanctuary, whilst still being within easy access of Kent's many places to visit.With woo  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Rhone / Poule-les-Echarmeaux

1 5 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £69 / night

£388 - £569 / week

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from £69 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Beach House - Enniscrone bungalow sleeps 5

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
The Beach House which has Four Star Self Catering classification, is a beautiful, well-appointed,three bedroomed house located at the entrance to the beach and overlooking the dunes in Enniscrone County Sligo. Its location is the ideal setting for people who wish to en  …see more

from £130 / night

£388 - £604 / week

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(14) Excellent 

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Putsborough Manor Barn - Putsborough barn sleeps 4

Devon / Putsborough

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.4 km; Child friendly ;
A beautiful listed thatched barn located it its own private secure garden in the the picture perfect hamlet of Putsborough (Manor) 400 m from Putsborough Sands and only 15 mins walk from Croyde. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty a couple of minutes walk f  …see more

from £89 / night

£375 - £1295 / week

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from £89 / night

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