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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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Lower Bavaria / Freyung

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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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

(1) Excellent 

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Haut-Rhin / Wettolsheim

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; No pets allowed;
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Tirol / St. Jakob in Haus

1 40 4 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 40
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £50 / night

£348 / week

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from £50 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Princes - Morecambe apartment sleeps 5

Lancashire / Morecambe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.05 km; Child friendly ;
Two bedroom modern apartment recently refurbished to a high standard. Spacious, comtemporary open plan living area with oak flooring, sea views, dining area that seats 6 leading to patio doors onto a small balcony. Large double bedroom, single bedroom, double sofa be  …see more

from £70 / night

£320 - £640 / week

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from £70 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lavender Cottage - North Wales - Gyrngoch cottage sleeps 4

Gwynedd / Gyrngoch

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
This beautifully-renovated stone cottage is nestled between mountains and sea on the Llyn Peninsula of North Wales, with views of Trefor Pier. The 400-year-old property has been lovingly restored over a number of years, with great care taken to preserve original period  …see more

from £105 / night

£520 - £599 / week

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from £105 / night

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GateKeepers Cottage & Pool - Blaymont gite sleeps 3

Lot-et-Garonne / Blaymont

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Delightful, detached 18th Century Stone Cottage where the interior has been carefully designed providing a fully fitted kitchen, luxury shower room, comfortable seating area with flat screen TV (UK Sky available) and leads out to a large furnished terrace which overlook  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £1199 / week

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from £86 / night

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Tirol / Gran

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Ski;
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from £48 / night

£321 / week

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from £48 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Nimrod Lodge - Biddenden log cabin sleeps 4

Kent / Biddenden

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 33 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This stunning Visit England Graded 4* holiday home has been decorated with light and air in mind. The vaulted living area with white walls and floor and original artwork has many windows to enjoy the uninterrupted views across the fields and pond. French doors open onto  …see more

from £100 / night

£420 - £748 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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La Lande - Puycelci gite sleeps 2

Tarn / Puycelci

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
A self contained studio apartment in an old farmhouse.. The owners live next door in the converted barn. The property is situated 2 kms above the pretty bastide village of Puycelsi on the edge of the Foret de Gresigne and with stunning views down to the Pyrenees. The le  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £490 / week

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from £60 / night

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State of Parana / Morretes

2 2 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 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 £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / 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

(4) Very Good 

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Apartment Strobl Lake Wolfgang Austria - Strobl apartment sleeps 2

Salzburg Region / Strobl

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.25 km; Swimming pool;
Large studio apartment in Strobl, with pool, central location, close to Wolfgangsee. Walk to all amenities. Sleeps 2 (plus children) sitting, dining and bedroom areas, attractive kitchen with full cooking facilities, bathroom and hallway. Good sized balcony with seat  …see more

from £52 / night

£359 / week

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from £52 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Lost Valley of Ramila Marvao Natural Park Paradise - Santo Antonio Das Areias apartment sleeps 3

Marvao / Santo Antonio Das Areias

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
We are the 'Lost Valley of Ramila" . Top quality Eco-friendly Studio-apartments with private terrace in a FABULOUS Natural Park setting close to the Spanish border and the old smugglers route. There's also a lovely restored Mill and Mill Cottage down by the River Seve  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £705 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Viseu District / Sao Joao da Pesqueira

4 2 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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(4) Excellent 

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Canton of Valais / Susten

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £75 / night

£469 / week

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from £75 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Maison des quatre niches - Blaye house sleeps 5

Gironde / Blaye

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: 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 £71 / night

£479 - £620 / week

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from £71 / night

(65) Excellent 

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The Old Creamery - South Wingfield cottage sleeps 4

Derbyshire / South Wingfield

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
This detached barn conversion offers comfortable accommodation in an area ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who just want to take it easy. The cottage is furnished & decorated to a high standard & incorporates many original features including exposed beams & stone w  …see more

from £80 / night

£395 - £520 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Seaview Coastal Holiday Apartment Aberporth - Aberporth apartment sleeps 4

Ceredigion / Aberporth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Set in the popular seaside village of Aberporth, overlooking the sea and enjoying a panoramic view of Tresaith, Penbryn and along to Llangrannog and Ynys Lochtyn Peninsula.At the foot of the garden, there is access to the Ceredigion coastal path which covers 63 miles of  …see more

from £69 / night

£449 - £749 / week

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from £69 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Traighuaine Ard - Craobh Haven apartment sleeps 5

Argyll and Bute / Craobh Haven

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
The apartment provides modern, comfortable accommodation perched high on a hillside overlooking Craobh Haven Marina, the entrance to the Gulf of Corrievreckan (the third biggest whirlpool in the world) and the Firth of Lorn and its many islands. PRICES If you're int  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £725 / week

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from £70 / 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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from £69 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Glen Cottage (4 star) - Castle Bytham cottage sleeps 4

Lincolnshire / Castle Bytham

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 90 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Welcome to our romantic, cosy cottage, set in the delightful south Lincolnshire village of Castle Bytham. Our lovingly restored barn conversion offers bags of character, combined with comfort and style. Exposed stone walls and natural oak are set off by luxurious furn  …see more

from £75 / night

£455 - £600 / week

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from £75 / 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

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Apartment Cottage - Liberec apartment sleeps 3

Liberec Region / Liberec

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Ski; Child friendly ;
New apartment in quite place close Krasna Lipa (20 min. walk to center). There are living room, kitchen with fridge, bathroom with shower and wc. WIFI free. Herb garden with terrace and lake for swimming, many attractions for kids (trampoline, slide, sendpit ...). Inclu  …see more

from £34 / night

£210 / week

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from £34 / night

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Hesse / Alsfeld

4 9 2 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
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from £86 / night

£599 / week

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from £86 / night

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Tirol / Hochfilzen

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
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from £77 / night

£539 / week

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from £77 / night

(20) Excellent 

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10 Ballaghmore Cottages - Portballintrae townhouse sleeps 6

Bushmills / Portballintrae

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
The property itself comprises three bedrooms, one with en-suite. The large open plan lounge dining and kitchen areas has wonderful views over the green Antrim countryside.Dishwasher, washing machine / tumble dryer, microwave, heating and bedding included. Portballintrae  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Schleswig-Holstein / Sankt Peter-Ording

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
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from £88 / night

£612 / week

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from £88 / night

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Gard / Allegre-les-Fumades

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £99 / night

£642 / week

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from £99 / night

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Mortagne-au-Perche / Le Theil

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 60 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
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Pierrepoint B&B Farm Stay Chardonnay Suite - Tarrington b&b sleeps 3

Grampians / Tarrington

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 88 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car essential;
The Pinot Suite & the Chardonnay Suite at the rear of the Edwardian homestead are available and very private. Both suites have direct, private access to the car park; an ensuite; basic kitchen facilities (small microwave, fridge, jug, toaster); a television and access t  …see more

from £70 / night

£347 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Excellent 

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5 Residenz Zwieselstein - Zwieselstein apartment sleeps 4

Tirol / Zwieselstein

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
‘Residenz Zwieselstein’ is a beautiful, luxury complex of 12 apartments perfectly set up for a fabulous skiing or summer holiday in the Tyrol. Apartment 5 is situated on the ground floor. The Lounge is stylishly furnished with quality fittings; a black leather L-sha  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £1200 / week

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from £75 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Antrim Abode - Cushendall cottage sleeps 5

County Antrim / Cushendall

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
City Chic meets Coastal Haven in this luxurious yet unpretentious, high-spec Irish seaside retreat, rated 5-Star by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Established in May 2013. Fancy a holiday cottage set in a picturesque village, overlooking a golf course on the sea  …see more

from £85 / night

£425 - £795 / week

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from £85 / night

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Bramley's Apple Cottage - Newtownbutler cottage sleeps 2

County Fermanagh / Newtownbutler

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 75 km; Not suitable for children;
Admits the beautiful country side of county Fermanagh lays Bramley's Appke Cottage. It's part of our farm yard. An old cut stone tatched cottage surrounded by 170 acres of forestry, apple orchards and farm land with walks.The cottage is close to Crom Estate/Lough Erne a  …see more

from £95 / night

£575 / week

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from £95 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Paradis Villa - C4 - Ko Kho Khao house sleeps 6

Phang Nga Province / Ko Kho Khao

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
C4 is one of 30 villas in a privately owned resort right at the Thung Tuek beach at the pristine west coast of Koh Kho Khao. The houses are owned by ordinary people who have invested in a holiday home, and the resort is run by a company owned by the house owners. The ow  …see more

from £31 / night

£186 - £846 / week

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from £31 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Mill Farm Cottages Foulksmills County Wexford Irel - Foulksmills house sleeps 6

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 8 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
New for 2016: Complimentary Wi-Fi, Fern Cottage (Holiday Home Reference 66658) is a smart, cosy and comfortable cottage furnished and decorated to FOUR STAR grading awarded by Tourism Ireland. Fern Cottage can sleep up to maximum of six guests however for larger groups  …see more

from £95 / night

£257 - £556 / week

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from £95 / night

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Kookaburra Apartment - Mariginiup apartment sleeps 2

Wanneroo / Mariginiup

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Short-term holiday accommodation - beautifully appointed, self-contained apartment with separate entrance. Kitchen/dining area and living, one bedroom, modern appliances.We live in a rural area and the apartment is approx. 56 sqm in size. It is only 15min from the beac  …see more

from £47 / night

£261 / week

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from £47 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Highland Glen Lodges Dornoch - Rogart house sleeps 4

Caithness and Sutherland / Rogart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 8 km; Child friendly ;
A lovingly cared for Lodge set on a hill side with views of the Sutherland mountains and glen below. Close to Dornoch and its famous golf course, the Lodge has easy access to sandy beaches, fishing lochs, birdwatching and walking. Inverness and Loch Ness are within eas  …see more

from £85 / night

£350 - £700 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Very Good 

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The Stable - Angle cottage sleeps 4

Pembrokeshire / Angle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.2 km; Child friendly ;
This property oozes character . An attractive stone conversion retaining the external steps to the first floor, the cottage is beautifully fitted out with handmade quilts. The enormous four poster bed is a seldom found luxury to complete your stay. One of two very co  …see more

from £48 / night

£335 - £715 / week

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from £48 / night

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Ferienhaus Zempow - kleine Wgh - Zempow apartment sleeps 4

Brandenburg / Zempow

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Die kleine Wohnung befindet sich im Dachgeschoss der rechten Haushälfte. Über eine Holztreppe erreicht man die etwa 50 qm große Wohnung. Eine Küchenzeile bietet alles, was Sie zum Kochen brauchen. Wasserkocher, Kaffeemaschine, Toaster. Ein großer Esstisch und ein C  …see more

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