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Rural retreats (43071)

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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Communaute d'Agglomeration du Pays Ajaccien / Sarrola-Carcopino

Studio 2 7 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £26 / night

£180 - £404 / week

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from £26 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Davenport

Central Florida / Davenport

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Swimming pool

from £50 / night

£400 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Silloth holiday apartment rental

Cumbria / Silloth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place” Booked this at short notice and Lorna was very flexible and welcoming. Superbly kitted out, spotless, comfortable and private with excellent wi-fi and SKY TV in a superb location virtually on the seafront at the charming resort of Sil  …see more

from £50 / night

£270 - £350 / week

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from £50 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Burgau

Faro District / Burgau

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous villa in a wonderful location” This is a fabulous villa, with a great pool and very well equipped. My children spent most of their time in the pool when we weren't at the beach. It's a suoer size and very well looked after. The views  …see more

from £115 / night

£500 - £1550 / week

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from £115 / night

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Holiday bungalow in Brinlack

County Donegal / Brinlack

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £90 / night

£300 - £500 / week

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from £90 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Huntsville

Muskoka District / Huntsville

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly

from £473 / night

£4490 - £6166 / week

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from £473 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Province of Brescia / Salo

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £113 / night

£776 - £1207 / week

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from £113 / night

(54) Excellent 

105

Cottage rental in Banham

Norfolk / Banham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Didn't want to leave and cannot wait to return again!” Once again a most wonderful stay, last year we stayed in The Borrowers and we couldn't wait to come back and experience the other cottage, The Bee's Knees. We were not disappointed, once again we  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Belmullet

County Mayo / Belmullet

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £87 / night

£345 - £518 / week

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from £87 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Keswick

Lake District / Keswick

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfectly placed, comfortable bungalow” we enjoyed a great week over Christmas this year. A very comfortable, home from home, bungalow. Not far from centre of Keswick but quiet and off street parking a big plus. The beds were exceptionally comfortabl  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £650 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Devon / Appledore

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £125 / night

£400 - £975 / week

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from £125 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Home rental in Angmering on Sea

East Preston / Angmering on Sea

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fabulous house, amazing value” We had a wonderful stay in Sussex and loved the house. It couldn't have been more perfect. Highly recommended.  …see more

from £400 / night

£2300 - £3150 / week

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from £400 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Biggin-by-Hartington

Peak District National Park / Biggin-by-Hartington

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Christmas getaway” Good base camp. Cosy and comfortable cottage. Wife liked the fire. Children liked the games and named the hedgehog hand puppet Snuffles.  …see more

from £55 / night

£380 - £500 / week

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from £55 / night

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Apartment rental in Ansedonia with golf nearby

Orbetello / Ansedonia

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly

from £65 / night

£453 / week

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from £65 / night

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Rostrevor holiday home rental

County Down / Rostrevor

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Callao Salvaje

Adeje / Callao Salvaje

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool

from £81 / night

£565 - £1070 / week

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from £81 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

La Rochelle holiday farmhouse rental

Charente-Maritime / La Rochelle

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Farmhouse was a comfortable, peaceful hideaway for our R&R” Nigel and Suzanne made us very welcome again and our stay in the Farmhouse was exactly what we wanted. The house is well appointed with everything we needed for a comfortable holiday and  …see more

from £78 / night

£500 - £1250 / week

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from £78 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Raiatea / Uturoa

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets

from £51 / night

£328 / week

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from £51 / night

(16) Excellent 

22

Sanary-sur-Mer holiday home rental

Var / Sanary-sur-Mer

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect accomodation” A beautiful, romantic house in close proximity to coastal cliffs. Very well equipped - very good mattresses, very good kitchen facilities, beautiful, well-kept garden and a beautiful pool. Here's something for everyone! And per  …see more

from £161 / night

£1121 - £2802 / week

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from £161 / night

(25) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Taormina

Province of Messina / Taormina

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful view and posh apartment!” We loved this place. Francesco was helpful and available. The caretakers were available if we needed them and were friendly. They helped us out in a bind when we needed a quiet place to stay and responded quickly en  …see more

from £198 / night

£1380 - £2759 / week

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from £198 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Apokoronas

Chania Prefecture / Apokoronas

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A little paradise” This place is just fantastic. It's in a quiet little village in the hills with splendid sunset and sunrise on the scenary around. The welcome is so kind that it really set the highest standard for cretan hospitality. The house is  …see more

from £67 / night

£466 - £992 / week

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from £67 / night

(11) Excellent 

25

Caravan/mobile home rental in Cloghane

Dingle Peninsula / Cloghane

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Secret escape” Have stayed here many many times over the years. Its a magical spot full of peace and quiet. The mobile home is warm and draft free. Has everything you need for holiday getaway. At the end of the garden path you can take a beach stroll  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £351 / week

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from £50 / night

(37) Excellent 

22

Holiday cottage in Lauragh

County Kerry / Lauragh

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely holiday location!” This was our first holiday as a family with our 10-month old babygirl and we're so happy to have booked with Eileen O'Shea in Lauragh! We came in quite late but the welcome with a roaring fire and a pot of fresh tea was a nic  …see more

from £35 / night

£173 - £328 / week

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from £35 / night

20

Holiday gite rental

Ariege / Foix

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £65 / night

£302 - £475 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Sligo / Lisadell

4 6 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A Perfect holiday for Young Families in any weather. Home from home.” We had one of the most relaxing holidays I've ever experienced at Corner House. The Cottage is beautifully renovated and has everything you could possibly need. Endless hours of fun  …see more

from £190 / night

£302 - £363 / week

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from £190 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Namur Province / Vresse-sur-Semois

10 18 2 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £3018 / night

£17914 / week

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from £3018 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Chalet rental in Atlantic Bays Holiday Park, St Merryn

Padstow / Atlantic Bays Holiday Park, St Merryn

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Well equipped, clean and comfortable chalet, great base for exploring the area” We have just returned from a wonderful week away which we all enjoyed immensely. The chalet was very comfortable and clean and had all that we needed. The owner was ver  …see more

from £28 / night

£190 - £490 / week

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from £28 / night

(24) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Trearddur Bay

Anglesey / Trearddur Bay

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A slice of untamed paradise” This is a fantastic location with incredible views. We had a large family reunion and the house gave us space to share time together but also give us time out if we needed it. The large garden was a hit with everyone, flin  …see more

from £160 / night

£900 - £2000 / week

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from £160 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Province of South Tyrol / Vipiteno

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £74 / night

£462 - £923 / week

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from £74 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Secret Valley Resort

Paphos / Secret Valley Resort

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wow a fantastic family friendly villa” From the moment of making my enquiry with Ellie (owner) what a great experience. Ellie is so organised, I felt like I knew her personally. The villa is fantastic, so clean, spacious, a brilliant pool and garden a  …see more

from £100 / night

£600 - £1100 / week

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from £100 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Buckie

Moray / Buckie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Holiday cottage by the sea” A super cottage with sea views and walking distance to shops and interesting harbour. Buckie is a small town with a variety of shops and plenty of activities. You need to be prepared for any weather!! It is an ideal place t  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday penthouse with shared pool, golf nearby in Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus / Los Flamingos

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Spacious apartment and great views” Apartment was well equipped, very clean and perfect for our family to spend New Year. The balcony is huge and views over the golf course, hills and out to sea could not be better. Bathrooms, bedrooms and Kitchen al  …see more

from £156 / night

£863 - £1164 / week

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from £156 / night

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £262 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £262 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Troutbeck Bridge

Lake District / Troutbeck Bridge

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £125 / night

£695 - £995 / week

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from £125 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Glen Roy

Fort William / Glen Roy

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in stunning location” Fabulous cottage with all you need for a great stay. Adored seeing Woody the woodpecker daily on the birdfeeder! The location is amazing and the views stunning  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Frehel / Pleherel Plage

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly

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from £66 / night

£457 - £630 / week

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from £66 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Isleham / Riverside Island Marina

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

from £95 / night

£490 - £678 / week

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from £95 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Collioure holiday apartment rental

Pyrenees-Orientales / Collioure

2 6 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely apartment in a great location” We stayed here for a week in September 2016. The booking process was simple and communication with Alison prior to arriving was excellent. The apartment itself was extremely;y clean and very well equipped with eve  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £575 / week

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from £58 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Aberdaron holiday barn rental

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly

from £175 / night

£800 - £1675 / week

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from £175 / night

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