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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.



If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.

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(47) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It  …see more

from £48 / night

£254 - £384 / week

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from £48 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Rowdale cottages comprise of three adjacent cottages in the converted traditional stone farm buildings. the cottages sleep up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms; there are also 5 bathrooms for convenience too. These spacious cottage can seat 12 guests for dining together and  …see more

from £340 / night

£2380 / week

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from £340 / night

(105) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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from £80 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Pelynt holiday cottage rental

Looe / Pelynt

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time. The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £800 / week

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from £66 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Terrific !” Loved the cottage ! Cathy was wonderful and very helpful. Had some issues with running certain appliances but after a day or 2 we had them all sorted out. The cottage is very well equipped, wonderful working fireplace where we enjoyed nigh  …see more

from £77 / night

£403 - £657 / week

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from £77 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday home with shared pool in Blaye

Gironde / Blaye

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The property is a more than 100 years old small chateau, originally wine producing. An old barn has been newly renovated with a great sense of charm and demand of high quality. We offer a vacation in a quiet charming village, next to the vineyard in a beautiful region w  …see more

from £75 / night

£522 - £615 / week

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from £75 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Cushendall

County Antrim / Cushendall

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Super house, super view” We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Antrim Abode in Cushendall. As we wanted somewhere on the coast to use as a base for seeing the area it was ideally situated, only a short drive from the ferry at Larne. The house definitely  …see more

from £85 / night

£425 - £795 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Lagos / Porto de Mos

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Luxury 2 bedroom air conditioned apartment on the exclusive Porto de Mos estate, with pool, 400 yards from the beach 5 mins to the nearest golf club.  …see more

from £50 / night

£400 - £695 / week

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from £50 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Parkend holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Parkend

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Mrs” The accommodation was great and just as expected from the description. The owners were on hand and very helpful. The kids loved the access to the garden with trampoline and swings. The location was great for cycling, being able to get onto the cy  …see more

from £112 / night

£440 - £1010 / week

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from £112 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Andermatt

Canton of Uri / Andermatt

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great apartment in classic Swiss ski village” Highly recommend this apartment if you look to stay in Andermatt. Modern, well appointed and a place you easily feel comfortable. Very central to village, train, lifts, restaurants, etc.  …see more

from £168 / night

£1172 - £2422 / week

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from £168 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Saxony / Elterlein

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £34 / night

£238 / week

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from £34 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Townhouse rental in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“A charming oasis in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds” Veronica and I live in Australia and were planning a business/ holiday trip to UK and Europe. We had a vision of finding a character cottage in the centre of an historic village that had enough  …see more

from £118 / night

£561 - £996 / week

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from £118 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Allscott holiday barn rental

Telford / Allscott

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“simply the best” had a nice time and the welcome was was top class and house was clean and had every thing and more anyone would need on holiday had a small prob with wifi but it was sorted out right away loved it that much plan to return soon and to  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £400 / week

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from £50 / night

(37) Excellent 

25

Blairgowrie holiday cottage let

Perth and Kinross / Blairgowrie

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect cottage and owner could not have been more pleasant or helpful” The cottage was stunning with a beautiful court yard to sit in the sun with BBQ. The cottage had two beautiful spacious rooms with a lovely shower room. Upstairs is the open pla  …see more

from £75 / night

£430 - £525 / week

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from £75 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Teuillac holiday apartment rental

Gironde / Teuillac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
The loft apartment is on the first floor with it's own entrance from the garden. It has a bedroom with en-suite shower room and views over the swimming pool. There is a large open plan lounge, fully equipped kitchen/ dining area. The whole apartment is very br  …see more

from £68 / night

£420 / week

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from £68 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Glenhinnisdal

Isle of Skye / Glenhinnisdal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Our favorite apartment ever. Cozy and warm with beautiful views.” Beautifully decorate apartment. My kids loved the beanbags in front of the electric fire place, and also the swings on the front lawn. The beds were super comfortable with beautiful lin  …see more

from £80 / night

£410 - £580 / week

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from £80 / night

(65) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Lancashire / Morecambe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“exellent apartments very trendy and in lovely location” the apartment was very trendy and smart and all the amenites very good . enjoyed staying in the apartment the loaction was great and nice and quiet. very enjoyable Thankyou  …see more

from £65 / night

£320 - £640 / week

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from £65 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite accommodation

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful gites in a perfect setting with first class hosts!” Spotless, stylish, comfortable, airy, spacious and modern accommodation with all the facilities, gadgets, games and bikes you will need while on holiday. A peaceful location surrounded b  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £1000 / week

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from £75 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Frangokastello

Sfakia / Frangokastello

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven  …see more

from £82 / night

£570 - £1994 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse rental

Seine-Maritime / Saint-Vaast-d'Equiqueville

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
'La Grange' is a misnomer - the house has taken its name from the large barn ('en colombage') which is part of the property. The farmhouse is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure garden enclosing the  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £1000 / week

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from £110 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday studio in Mitcheldean

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“A bijou hideaway in a magical setting.” Enjoyed three nights at 'Little Owl', the perfect getaway for two to go. Excellent instructions from the hosts, which meant that the cottage was very easy to find despite arriving in the dark, with a very atmosp  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £368 / week

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from £35 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Cosy cottage in a beautiful location” Lovely and comfortable little cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean. . We really liked the location, easy to get to but away from it all. Nice secluded place with unspoilt views and access to paths and walkin  …see more

from £57 / night

£275 - £412 / week

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from £57 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Kirkby Lonsdale

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional cottage in beautiful countryside.” We stayed in the cottage for a week and were greeted with a most welcome bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The cottage was spotless with outstanding fixtures and fittings. The cottage contained everyt  …see more

from £119 / night

£499 - £799 / week

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from £119 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant

Powys / Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect place” Lovely welcome from Brian and Marian. Was a lovely place to stay with a very beautiful garden. me and my family had a very good time. Every thing was perfect and cottage was cosy and very welcoming would go again Thank you Brian an  …see more

from £68 / night

£459 - £548 / week

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from £68 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Lamberhurst

Royal Tunbridge Wells / Lamberhurst

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
“Country cottage in a calm and peaceful setting” The cottage was clean and well equipped. The location is central to towns and country houses, castles and picturesque villages. The owners prepared helpful advice about places to visit, including the ver  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £580 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Kirchbach ski chalet to rent.

Carinthia / Kirchbach

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“comfortable & cosy” The Bear's Den is a converted barn, and the online description pictures are realistic, so it met our expectations. There were only a couple of downsides; the lack of washing machine (plus line etc), and the link for the TV wa  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 - £910 / week

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from £80 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Thuringia / Katzhutte

3 5 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

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from £28 / night

£153 / week

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from £28 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin accommodation

Ironbridge Gorge / Ironbridge

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 130 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Absolutely Gorgeous” Will definitely be returning, went away for valentines weekend, also got engaged at the Willow Lodge. Can not fault the lodge or Tracy they are both absolutely amazing. Will be returning in the Summer.  …see more

from £75 / night

£375 - £430 / week

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from £75 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on  …see more

from £94 / night

£255 - £551 / week

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from £94 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Windermere

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
Self-catering 1 bedroom cottage in a quiet location on the prestigious Birthwaite Road. Just minutes walk from both Lake Windermere and Windermere town centre. Full use of garden and terrace with views towards the Lake.  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £450 / week

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from £80 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £157 / night

£1094 / week

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from £157 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Gyrngoch holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Gyrngoch

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great Location, great property” Enjoyed an autumnal break at this property. Really well equipped and lovely inside. This is out of the way but still near to everywhere. Can't fault the property or the break apart from not catching a fish in the lake.  …see more

from £120 / night

£685 - £799 / week

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from £120 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic property in good location” Would strongly recommend. Well equipped and decorated, clean, tidy property with all that we needed for a nice stay. Good to sit outside on the decked area to enjoy a meal and Pimms. We made a lot of use of the b  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £70 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Moray / Cullen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” My family and I had a great time in Cullen. The location was fantastic as right next to the harbour and beach. The house was immaculate and at a very high standard. We have even booked for next year already!  …see more

from £84 / night

£600 - £800 / week

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from £84 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski apartment to rent.

Upper Bavaria / Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom apartment in Bavarian style chalet with beautiful mountain views. Ideally located in Germany's most famous winter and summer resort offering recreational and cultural attractions for all ages.  …see more

from £98 / night

£585 - £920 / week

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from £98 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Gite rental in Le Claux

Cantal / Le Claux

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Lovely house for people who like to walk and love to be outside. The environment is all nature. You can spot a lot of animals like wild horses, who are most of all close to the lake. An old renovated farmhouse in the middle of the nature. You only hear the sound of the  …see more

from £60 / night

£289 - £691 / week

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from £60 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Central Scotland/Strathclyde holiday apartment rental

Oban / Argyll

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Picturesque, peaceful haven” I would highly recommend the accommodation at Loch Melfort pier and harbour. The location is beautiful and the commodore suite has a balcony and windows with views over the loch. It is a perfect location for singles or cou  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 - £900 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful” We enjoyed our stay in Les Naturelles. Studio was nice, comfortable and clean. Balcony and view from it was amazing. It is quiet place so you can have a good rest. Hope to stay in Les Naturelles in winter.  …see more

from £25 / night

£150 - £500 / week

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from £25 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Rauris

Salzburg Region / Rauris

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Elisabeth 4 is a superb FRONT ROW apartment within the luxurious Schönblick Mountain Resort & Spa.With stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and a luxurious interior to match. A perfect summer or winter retreat. ~ Free use of the Resort Pool & Spa. ~ Free  …see more

from £85 / night

£441 - £1861 / week

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from £85 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro / Colina Verde, Carvoeiro

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect location and accommodation” Having stayed here previously, we were more than keen to return. The house is extremely well cared for and welcoming. All fixtures and fittings are modern and above the standard of many holiday property rentals, thi  …see more

from £55 / night

£295 - £825 / week

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from £55 / night