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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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Province of South Tyrol / Lagundo

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
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from £95 / night

£659 - £1018 / week

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from £95 / night

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Schleswig-Holstein / Glucksburg

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £38 / night

£264 / week

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from £38 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Tullyvar Cottage - Ballygawley cottage sleeps 10

County Tyrone / Ballygawley

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Child friendly ;
Stunning 5 star cottage with fabulous views of Tyrone Countryside.Tullyvar Cottage is a stunning self-catering cottage decorated to the highest specification. It is located between Ballygawley and Aughnacloy with fabulous mountain views. This is a perfect luxurious coun  …see more

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(3) Excellent 

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The Garden Lodge - Boiscommun gite sleeps 2

Loiret / Boiscommun

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Situated in its own building behind Villa Cedrus, the accommodation is suitable for two people, and comprises a comfortable double bedroom. A fully furnished sitting room including, English books, videos, DVDs, sound system, television with video and DVD players suitabl  …see more

from £40 / night

£220 - £240 / week

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from £40 / night

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Baden-Württemberg / Buehlertann

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £69 / night

£359 / week

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from £69 / night

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Canton of Ticino / Magliaso

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car not necessary;
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from £94 / night

£657 / week

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from £94 / night

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Eben am Achensee / Pertisau

8 2 7 nights min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £69 / night

£509 / week

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MOUNTAIN VIEW COTTAGES & RESTAURANT - Binjai bungalow sleeps 3

North Sumatra / Binjai

4 3 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Our 4 rooms at Mountain View Cottages are decorated in the traditional styleof the country, with fine Indonesian textile and furnished with teak woodand bamboo reproductions of antique furniture. If necessary, we can help you find  …see more

from £9 / night

£13 / week

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Two-bedroom house with heated pool - Sallertaine house sleeps 4

Vendee / Sallertaine

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The historical commune of Sallertaine welcomes you to the sunlit Pays de la Loire countryside and this cheerful two-bedroom house, with a combination of brightly coloured exterior accents and luxurious interior design.The house is centrally heated and also features a be  …see more

from £25 / night

£174 - £431 / week

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from £25 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Piglets - Lingwood cottage sleeps 2

Norfolk / Lingwood

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;
Piglets is a modern conversion on one level consisting of one bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The property has its own separate enclosed private garden. The owners bungalow is situated next to the cottage and access to the rest of 3 1/2 acre grounds is permitted.Pigle  …see more

from £55 / night

£317 - £485 / week

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from £55 / night

(15) Excellent 

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The Beach House Lodge - Salt Rock house sleeps 8

Ballito / Salt Rock

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
This luxurious award winning beach house offers you all amenities and has 24 hour patrolled security. Friendly staff make it the most chilled and memorable holiday. It is the perfect base to venture out from. World heritage sites and big five game reserves within 2 hrs  …see more

from £255 / night

£1785 / week

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from £255 / night

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Fire Fly - Moraitika guest house sleeps 2

Corfu / Moraitika

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Fire-Fly is a 2 storey accommodation, a family run business with excellent services and friendly atmosphere. It is situated in an olive grove with plenty of space to relax and for children to play.The distance from the sandy beach of Moraitika is only 80 m and about 20  …see more

from £32 / night

£222 - £282 / week

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from £32 / night

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Saxony / Oybin

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Ask about pets;
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from £39 / night

£270 / week

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from £39 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Pant - Aberdaron cottage sleeps 8

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 4 km; Child friendly ;
Pant is detached traditional Welsh stone cottage, extended and renovated to an exceptionally high standard. It sits in a peaceful countryside setting lying to the North coastal side of the beautiful Llyn Peninsula, standing within its own extensive grounds enjoying ope  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 - £1000 / week

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from £125 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Villa Seeka - Petalidi villa sleeps 3

Messenia Region / Petalidi

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Swimming pool;
Villa Seeka is one of 3 fabulous villas that comprise 'Kolpos Thea Villas' . It is a peaceful, rural small holiday retreat set in an acre of beautiful terraced gardens and surrounded by fig and olive trees and with breathtaking views of the sea and mountains b  …see more

from £81 / night

£570 / week

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from £81 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hesse / Eschwege

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £35 / night

£240 / week

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from £35 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Small and cosy studio apartment near Saint Emilion - Saint-Seurin-sur-l'Isle apartment sleeps 2

Gironde / Saint-Seurin-sur-l'Isle

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Small and cosy independent studio apartment in a early 19th century stone house in the heart of Saint Seurin sur l'Isle, a particularly beautiful French village surrounded by vineyards and just a short drive away from Saint Emilion.The studio has been recently full  …see more

from £30 / night

£171 / week

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from £30 / night

(21) Excellent 

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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

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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

(15) Excellent 

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Small hamlet 5* Gold cottages, lovely countryside - Preston cottage sleeps 50

Lancashire / Preston

19 50 3 nights min stay

  • 19 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 32 km; Child friendly ;
Barnacre Cottages are winners of many local and national awards. The first 5* Gold cottages in Lancashire, North West England. Our small, private hamlet of five luxury stone cottages, are in a superb rural setting, fields surrounded by woodland in the Forest of Bowland,  …see more

from £200 / night

£1500 / week

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from £200 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Casa Viola - Lovere house sleeps 5

Province of Bergamo / Lovere

2 5 4 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Charming cottage overlooking Lake Iseo. Two floors consisting of sitting room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms (1 accessible from the outside), utility room, large terrace and cosy garden overlooking the lake. Private offstreet parking . Panoramic view of the marina an  …see more

from £116 / night

£659 / week

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from £116 / night

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Delightful Cottage Dunallican - Pech-Luna farmhouse sleeps 3

Aude / Pech-Luna

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Dunallican is a tastefully converted barn dating from the early 19th century. Set in beautiful countryside with is own private terrace is ideal for a romantic holiday for two. The property boasts a large range cooker, dishwasher and washing machine and woodburning stove  …see more

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Baden-Württemberg / Zaberfeld

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
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from £22 / night

£150 / week

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from £22 / night

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Usedom Island / Karlshagen

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £78 / night

£503 / week

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from £78 / night

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GITE PANDORA MEILLONNAS FRANCE - Sanciat gite sleeps 2

Meillonnas / Sanciat

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 8 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Gite Pandora, 40 m2, is the old servants quarters that have been fully renovated. My farm dates from 1731.Situated on the terrace opposite the maison bourgeois. Independent property with panoramic windows overlooking the decorative garden and horses field and chapel. It  …see more

from £69 / night

£394 / week

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(30) Excellent 

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Puffin Hollow - Pittenweem apartment sleeps 4

Fife / Pittenweem

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Pet friendly;
Puffin Hollow is a beautiful 1 bedroom ground floor apartment directly on the harbour. This 18th century listed property has been completely modernised and it now offers open plan living with a luxury kitchen. The property is just a short walk to the small sandy beach  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Corfu / Boukari

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £27 / night

£186 - £210 / week

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from £27 / night

(6) Excellent 

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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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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Canton of Thurgau / Bischofszell

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
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from £45 / night

£258 - £636 / week

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from £45 / night

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Corfu / Boukari

2 4 5 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £56 / night

£389 - £539 / week

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from £56 / night

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Las Vencias - Fuentiduena villa sleeps 10

Province of Segovia / Fuentiduena

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
The cottage, Las Vencías, is located on the slope of the dam of the same name, formed by the waters of the river Duratón downstream of the Natural Park of the "Hoces del Duratón". This part of the river is between the villages of San Miguel de Bernuy and Fu  …see more

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Le Studio - Tournissan gite sleeps 4

Aude / Tournissan

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 35 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Ideally located Gite with all modern facilities, a perfect place from which to explore the beauty of the Languedoc Roussillion area. Incredible outside space perfect for a relaxing self catering holiday.A self contained Gite on the edge of a beautiful village, with amaz  …see more

from £65 / night

£449 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Lavender Barn - Dersingham barn sleeps 6

King's Lynn / Dersingham

2 6 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
Lavender Barn was originally built in 1750 and recently reconstructed using its original hand cut Norfolk carstone and chalk .The Barn is wonderfully presented and superbly equipped to offer an idyllic hideaway for you to relax in real luxury and enjoy the dramatic Norf  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 - £895 / week

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from £71 / night

(58) Excellent 

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The Retreat - East Tuddenham barn sleeps 6

Dereham / East Tuddenham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 41 km; Child friendly ;
Set within 23 acres of farmland fronting the River Tudd with private lake and pets corner; ideal for the young. The Retreat is in an ideal location for country pursuits; walking, cycling, birdwatching, horse riding, golf and is the perfect base for exploring neighbourin  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £520 / week

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(37) Excellent 

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The Oast - Mayfield cottage sleeps 4

East Sussex / Mayfield

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 35 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
A lovely little traditional Oast House on owners' 17th century working farm. There are 60 acres of rolling farmland to explore, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This unique self-catering property has been sympathetically refurbished to a high st  …see more

from £65 / night

£420 - £615 / week

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Salon-de-Provence / Lancon-Provence

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; No pets allowed;
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from £30 / night

£171 / week

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from £30 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday Flat Lake of Constance - Radolfzell am Bodensee apartment sleeps 4

Baden-Württemberg / Radolfzell am Bodensee

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ;
Ferien in RuheEinen Kilometer vom Unterseeufer entfernt, am nordwestlichen Stadtrand von Radolfzell mit freiem Blick aus dem 2. OG/DG – das bietet Ihnen diese 3-Zimmer-Wohnung mit 65 qm Wohnfläche.Sie wurde Anfang 2014 renoviert und vollständig neu eingerichtet. Ei  …see more

from £73 / night

£419 - £599 / week

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from £73 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Burnbank Lodges - Spean Bridge lodge sleeps 2

Lochaber / Spean Bridge

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The perfect hideaway for two at any time of year!Well appointed 1 bedroom lodges, idyllically set in spacious natural woodland on the banks of the River Spean, 9 miles north of Fort William at Spean Bridge. Tastefully decorated, comfortably furnished and well equipped,  …see more

from £49 / night

£340 / week

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from £49 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Rhineland-Palatinate / Stadtkyll

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £22 / night

£137 - £294 / week

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from £22 / 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 £65 / night

£385 / week

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from £65 / night

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