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Rural short breaks (17049)

Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.



Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.



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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely country cottage” My wife and I spent a week here in June. A lovely secluded cottage in middle of forest just 5 minutes from Killybegs. Comfortable interior and cozy bed. Kitchen a bit dark but otherwise great!  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Grindelwald

Grindelwald / Kirchbuhl

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag  …see more

from £385 / night

£2800 / week

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from £385 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Home rental in Carloway

Isle of Lewis / Carloway

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A welcome start to the holiday season” We were very pleased with the cottage. Only inconvenience was no lock on bathroom door and more hooks on doors would be handy  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £560 / week

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from £90 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Seine-Maritime / Criquetot-l'Esneval

2 4 Min stay varies

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

 …see more

from £60 / night

£295 - £389 / week

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from £60 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Private garden
“Perfect couples hideaway” Can`t speak highly enough of this magnificent lodge ! It is a true home from home. Set down a quiet lane and in a location that is so very tranquil and peaceful. We have now stayed here many times and never get tired of the f  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(12) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday home rental

Fife / St Monans

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Did not recharge the batteries so much as took the battaries out.” The views from the cottage were mesmerising lots of time was spent just gazing at the sea while sitting in the living room or in the garden outside. The cottage is very well equipped w  …see more

from £190 / night

£595 - £900 / week

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from £190 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday studio in Bradpole

Bridport / Bradpole

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ask about pets
“Comfortable and cosy” Very nice, comfortable, cosy, beautiful, clean and spacious accommodation on a small quiet farm within an easy short drive to the coastal village of West bay....(broadchurch film location). There's enough room for a weeks clothe  …see more

from £70 / night

£235 - £495 / week

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from £70 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Flaine ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min

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

from £129 / night

£900 - £1500 / week

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from £129 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Home rental in Earnewald

Earnewald / Jistrum

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The Frisian lakes and the Wadden Islands are worth a visit for nature, swimming, boating, fishing and sports  …see more

from £33 / night

£179 - £388 / week

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from £33 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Bradford-on-Avon holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Bradford-on-Avon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic cottage, great location and wonderful attention to detail.” This is was our second stay at the this quaint cottage. The attention to detail is something that stays with you. from lovely cupcakes on arrival, bottle of prosecco and milk what m  …see more

from £99 / night

£499 - £695 / week

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from £99 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Home rental in Torridon

Ross and Cromarty / Torridon

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast.  …see more

from £125 / night

£600 - £1300 / week

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from £125 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Northumberland National Park holiday cottage let

Northumberland / Northumberland National Park

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent Holiday” We have just returned from our weeks holiday at Brackenlea with our wee Westie. The cottage exceeded our expectations its so tastefully appointed and decorated no "damp holiday cottage" feel. The area was great for our walking and  …see more

from £62 / night

£245 - £550 / week

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from £62 / night

(26) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

South Yorkshire / Barnsley

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 136 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Viewpoint stay” Lovely property Nice & warm & very friendly owner Easy to find & nicely located Will definitely use again  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £620 / week

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from £65 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Orlando

Orlando / Orange Tree

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Perfect” We were lucky enough to stay here for three weeks in October and from the beginning everything was perfect. Sandy was extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with, we especially appreciated her checking in with us during Hurricane Matthew to  …see more

from £95 / night

£675 - £895 / week

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from £95 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Finalpia

Finale Ligure / Finalpia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Ampio trilocale situato a Finalpia (Finale Ligure) vicinissimo alla spiaggia (50 metri!), composto da 2 camere da letto, cucina, bagno e uno spazioso corridoio per un totale di circa 80 metri quadrati. Ogni camera da letto ha un letto matrimoniale e uno singolo. Cucina  …see more

from £52 / night

£308 - £385 / week

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from £52 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Rathdrum / Greenane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful views” We had a brilliant time , there were loads to do althrough you gad to travel to get to them , kids enjoyed themselves weather was fantastic and the views from the cabin were beautiful  …see more

from £86 / night

£385 - £513 / week

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from £86 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Tournon-d'Agenais with swimming pool

Lot-et-Garonne / Tournon-d'Agenais

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully furnished villa with all home comforts in private secluded quiet location” Beautifully furnished villa with all home comforts in private secluded quiet location with two towns a short distance away with all necessary food shops and restaur  …see more

from £171 / night

£898 / week

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from £171 / night

(54) Excellent 

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Ballydehob holiday cottage rental

County Cork / Ballydehob

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir  …see more

from £85 / night

£335 - £678 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Mortagua

Viseu District / Mortagua

2 6 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” This property is beautiful, excellent infinity pool and a fantastic view from the terrace. Local people very friendly and local food, wine fantastic. Lots of places of interest to visit but sadly we did not get to see them all. However, we  …see more

from £70 / night

£525 - £1008 / week

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from £70 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Ski cottage to rent in Ballachulish

Glencoe / Ballachulish

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“One of the most beautiful places in Scotland - once visited - destined to return” Our second year with Sharon & Ian (2nd decade on Loch Leven) For those who love the great outdoors, peace and quiet and spectacular scenery - look no further. There is  …see more

from £155 / night

£950 - £1150 / week

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from £155 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Lindale

Lake District / Lindale

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Car not necessary
“Mrs” Loved it great cottage great spot central to everything wonderful week spent there owner made everything so easy  …see more

from £45 / night

£250 - £350 / week

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from £45 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Bad Goisern

Upper Austria / Bad Goisern

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
Well maintained self catering studio in a quiet and picturesque part of the Austrian Alps, with great views from the balcony. Ideal for walking, cycling, hiking or just relaxing. Large garden with BBQ area. Unlimited wifi and local tourist taxes are included.  …see more

from £35 / night

£171 - £214 / week

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from £35 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in St. Wolfgang

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Fantastic Apartment Rental on St. Wolfgang” This duplex apartment on St. Wolfgang is simply fantastic. Three bedrooms on the lower floor and the kitchen and living room on the upper floor. It is completely renovated, charmingly decorated, and has a  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 - £2065 / week

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from £180 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Grange-over-Sands

Lake District / Grange-over-Sands

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant!” Next time i go to lake district i would definitely be staying at heatherlea. Brilliant experience....very satisfied!  …see more

from £65 / night

£340 - £530 / week

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from £65 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Barao de Sao Joao

Lagos / Barao de Sao Joao

1 2 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“Our ultimate holiday experience” Cottage Florestal is located in a tranquil & idyllic setting in a perfectly natural environment. Surrounded by the beautiful Barao de Sao Joao wood, bird song is your only sound. It is well-equipped & beautifully furn  …see more

from £35 / night

£225 - £395 / week

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from £35 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dacre

Eden District / Dacre

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Simply excellent” We had high expectations before we arrived but these were exceeded from the moment we got there until we went home. The Barn is quite simply a really nice place in a great location, tastefully decorated it is very warm and inviting.  …see more

from £120 / night

£480 - £630 / week

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from £120 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Worfield

Bridgnorth / Worfield

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, lovely, lovely - cannot praise too highly” What a lovely cottage and what a lovely place to stay. We went ostensibly for the Severn Valley Railway Autumn Gala as the cottage is well placed to access Bridgnorth and the line generally, but had  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“An amazing family holiday” This cottage was one in a million, We have never stayed in such a beautiful homely luxurious loved cottage. Wendy And Ian are such lovely helpful kind people, nothing was too much trouble, Wendy had thought of every lovely  …see more

from £85 / night

£400 - £815 / week

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from £85 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Corsham

Wiltshire / Corsham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“An excellent, relaxing long weekend in the perfect setting” We had a fantastic weekend at the Barn - very comfortable and generous accommodation, beautifully finished throughout. Contact with the owners was prompt and very friendly and they really hav  …see more

from £210 / night

£1000 - £1650 / week

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from £210 / night

(84) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ventnor

Ventnor / Niton Undercliff

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“The best-equipped, beautiful cottage” We were six adults and two children (aged 1 years, and 3 months). We found the cottage very relaxing and spacious, with everything we could want/need for a weekend away, and a wide array of toys to keep our 1 year  …see more

from £120 / night

£570 - £1550 / week

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from £120 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Bad Goisern

Upper Austria / Bad Goisern

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
Well maintained self catering apartment in a quiet and picturesque part of the Austrian Alps with great views from the balcony. Ideal for walking, cycling, hiking or just relaxing. Large garden with BBQ area. Unlimited wifi and local tourist taxes are included.  …see more

from £39 / night

£189 - £300 / week

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from £39 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Winchcombe

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Very today and all things you need catered.” The cottage is very clean and very comfortable. In the town centre. Walking distance to everything. Everything needed, such as internet, TV, kitchen, fridge catered for. Highly recommended.  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Sorico

Lake Como / Sorico

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Absolutely stunning” What a place! I promise you will struggle to get a property or even surrounding area that comes anywhere close to the secluded and beautiful Villa Rustica. We arrived at the foot of the mountain after our journey from the airport  …see more

from £315 / night

£1630 - £2709 / week

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from £315 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Kirkcolm

Dumfries and Galloway / Kirkcolm

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
Dundream winner of best accommodation provider in west regional Scottish Thistle Awards 2016/17 is situated in the unspoiled, rugged, North Rhins of Galloway in South West Scotland with spectacular sea views to the Mull of Kintyre, Northern Ireland and Arran. Dundream  …see more

from £200 / night

£1400 / week

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from £200 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Ballinfull holiday apartment rental

Ballinfull / Raghly

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
“Great place to unwind and explore.” What a welcome. Great hosts. Ulrike went out of her way to ensure we had a wonderful time. Raghley Cottage is in a superb position with stunning views. Great pubs and eating places nearby. Fifteen minutes to Sligo  …see more

from £43 / night

£240 / week

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from £43 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Trimiklini

Limassol District / Trimiklini

4 9 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
A newly built villa located in Trimiklini village, 25km from Limassol, 20 km from Troodos mountain and the surrounding villages.The house has 3 bedrooms and a loft, double beds in every room and an extra sofa bed. There are 3 toilets, 2 showers, a dining room with woode  …see more

from £52 / night

£359 / week

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from £52 / night

(22) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Glencoe Village

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage by the Loch” Really enjoyed our stay. The cottage is perfect, cosy and has everything you need for a great highlands stay.  …see more

from £37 / night

£250 - £475 / week

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from £37 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
Ptarmigan is one of the most popular properties on the Portnellan Estate. With breath taking views to the East I often see people taking in the amazing sunrise from their private balcony. With a spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining area the property benefits f  …see more

from £157 / night

£500 - £730 / week

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from £157 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Oban

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Private garden
“Week of relaxation” What an amazingly place to stay. The cottage is beautiful with breathtaking views from both decking areas. Fantastic hosts as well with every little thing thought of . We have booked to stay again we are so taken .  …see more

from £105 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £105 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Dalfaber

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Great location” My family and I, had a great stay over the Christmas week. The cottage is really warm even with the snow down. Well equipped kitchen. And comfortable beds. You can walk into aviemore main strip in about 10 mins and you also have some s  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £650 / week

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from £35 / night