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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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Holiday apartment rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning!” A stunning apartment in a stunning location! This apartment is thoughtfully furnished and finished to a very high standard with all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. The views from the apartment never tire, whatever the wea  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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from £90 / night

(57) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / New Abbey

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage and perfect quiet location - all we needed” The cottage is located metres away from the local pub which was great for us as it meant we could pop in and get to know some of the locals (all very friendly and welcoming, and eager to share  …see more

from £59 / night

£350 - £416 / week

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from £59 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Dale

Pembrokeshire / Dale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely conversion set in perfect location for visiting area” We stayed here 2nd week in July with our 4year old son. It was a perfect setting for us for break away. Accommodation is truly 1st class with 2 ensuite twins and a master with ensuite with v  …see more

from £60 / night

£395 - £1025 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite rental

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A most enjoyable stay with delightful and friendly owners” A superbly appointed gite with ROGER and KATH delightful and friendly owners Something for eveyone young or old. Outdoor acilities were excellent and the gite is an exellent base for exploring  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £1500 / week

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from £110 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Broadway holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / Broadway

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Comfortable peaceful cottage” I visited Broadway with two friends on a garden and gallery getaway break! We found The Old Grocery clean, comfortable and located on a very quiet and pretty road. It was great to have the outside space as we were lucky  …see more

from £130 / night

£650 - £810 / week

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from £130 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

Killybegs / Fintragh

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
Set in a rural location, but yet 5 minutes drive from Killybegs, (Irelands premier fishing port), The Old Farmhouse is perfect for touring Donegal, and is ideal for those Hillwalking enthusiasts as Slieve League and Blue Stack Mountains are just a short drive away.  …see more

from £60 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(28) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“large attractive house in perfect situation” our family of 5[5 adults+2 small children] found birch house a fabulous place to stay. the house was spotless,large and thoughtfully set up. a welcome package was on the table,shelves stacked with child and  …see more

from £145 / night

£845 - £1750 / week

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from £145 / 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
“Brill cottage and great owner” Cottage was brillant on arriving Elanor had the aga on for us to take the chill out as it was a windy day.The view is amazing i saw golden eagles a few times flying in front of cottage,all the things that you want to se  …see more

from £90 / night

£475 - £540 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Rowardennan holiday log cabin rental

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Rowardennan

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Hoot of a holiday” Great lodge, really well equipped. Plenty of room for 8 guests. Lovely location and views. We had a great holiday. Location is fairly remote with a 40 minute drive to the supermarket, however we would recommend having a delivery ser  …see more

from £140 / night

£650 - £1040 / week

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from £140 / 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 £76 / night

£400 - £652 / week

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from £76 / night

(117) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water / Kineton, Bourton on the Water

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Most memorable and perfect stays we've ever had!” If you are looking for somewhere beautiful, peaceful, and perfectly located close to a wealth of quaint views and villages then look no further. Lavender Cottage offers you this and so much more, and i  …see more

from £90 / night

£690 - £1000 / week

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from £90 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Erlestoke

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Beautiful Cottage” We found the Milk House to be excellent in all ways. Newly modernised (late 2011) all the fittings are of very good quality - the kitchen in particular was practical and well appointed. The cottage itself is very spacious; we we  …see more

from £140 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £140 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Almadena holiday villa accommodation

Faro District / Almadena

3 9 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Highly recommended Villa” We stayed at Villa Sandra in October 2014. It is always a risk to book accommodation from a description and pictures. You can rest assured this is a luxury villa. Gary has done a great job of providing first class facilities  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £2000 / week

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from £50 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Fludir

South Region / Fludir

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic place - extraordinary country” I highly recommend this house to everyone who wants to visit south of Iceland. Location in Fludir is very convinient - it is very central to major attractions in the south of Iceland (within circle of 2h drive  …see more

from £202 / night

£1009 - £2488 / week

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from £202 / 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

(25) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Broadford

Isle of Skye / Broadford

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect spot with amazing views” I have already recommended this place to several friends, it is such a perfect place to stay. The views from the house are stunning and the large window area with plenty of seating and long, light evenings meant it was  …see more

from £125 / night

£690 - £1125 / week

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from £125 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Santa Teresa Gallura

Province of Olbia-Tempio / Santa Teresa Gallura

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great Location” Amazing location so close to the beaches. 8 of us stayed here very comfortably. We loved the large verandah and wild boar outside the garden and the star gazing from the upper terrace. Santa Theresa is definitely worth a visit. A love  …see more

from £76 / night

£547 - £1496 / week

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from £76 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Coldingham

Borders / Coldingham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
NO BOOKING FEES WITH THIS PROPERTY We also have a Facebook page - Please search for Coldingham Cottage  …see more

from £110 / night

£525 - £765 / week

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from £110 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Whittlesey

Peterborough / Whittlesey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Touch of Class!” A beautiful period cottage which was very homely, well kept with everything you would wish for and more. Owners are very accommodating and could not do enough to make our stay a special one. Would highly recommend.  …see more

from £70 / night

£330 - £495 / week

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from £70 / night

(104) 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

(35) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Narberth

Pembrokeshire / Narberth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Child friendly
“Found our perfect 5* holiday accommodation” Having recently returned from holiday at The Barn we can only reiterate the comments that other visitors have made. The accommodation was definitely 5* we could not fault it at all. Everything was of a ver  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1450 / week

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from £150 / night

(25) Excellent 

28

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

(65) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Threlkeld

Keswick / Threlkeld

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1800 / week

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from £135 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kirkkonummi

Uusimaa / Kirkkonummi

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Cottage by the sea, sauna, swim, fishing, sea  …see more

from £79 / night

£706 / week

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from £79 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Broadway

Cotswolds / Broadway

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Location,location,location” The cottage is perfect for a relaxing Cotswolds break. It's position on the high street is great for pubs, etc and it is lovely and quiet. It is ideal for couples/friends sharing as both bedrooms are en-suite. Greg was ver  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £620 / week

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from £90 / night

(9) 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
“Comfortable, charming and very relaxed.” This place is an old chateau in a little town. The appartments still has the spirit and soul eventhough it is all rebuild and new. The owners has thought of every little detail, that just makes it all work out  …see more

from £74 / night

£517 - £610 / week

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from £74 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Sao Martinho do Porto

Alcobaca / Sao Martinho do Porto

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool
“Modern, spacious well appointed villa which manages to be warm and welcoming. Well located in this charming traditional Portugue” We returned to the villa for our 5th visit and left as satisfied as the first time we visited. We continued to enjoy swim  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £1150 / week

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from £100 / 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
“High-end house with superb lake view” We were 2 families - 5 people each- to rent the house. The house easily sleeps 10. We liked the location, the lake view, the personal access to the lake (the water is a bit cold dough), the nice garden. Actually w  …see more

from £304 / night

£1568 - £2686 / week

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from £304 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Portballintrae holiday townhouse rental

Bushmills / Portballintrae

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house in excellent location” House had everything we needed. Only negatives I can think of are the dishwasher was very noisy and we were a bit short of wardrobe space. Location was ideal for exploring the Antrim coast. Would definitely recommend  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £1300 / week

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from £65 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Ullapool

Scottish Highlands / Ullapool

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A little piece of heaven” Our first impression of Holly Cottage was that it was quaint and in the perfect location. Once we explored a bit more and found all the little extras that we were not expecting we realised that we had found an absolute gem o  …see more

from £70 / night

£340 - £500 / week

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from £70 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Carbost

Isle of Skye / Carbost

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Dec 2014, lovely woodburning stove added and winter short breaks now available. Contact owner for details.  …see more

from £55 / night

£395 - £450 / week

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from £55 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Milton Under Wychwood

Burford / Milton Under Wychwood

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful little cottage” I booked the little white cottage for my friends hen do as she requested as relaxing break away! We had an absolutely amazing time and have already recommended the cottage to my friends and family. It's the perfect location t  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £110 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kelso

Borders / Kelso

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Amazing!” We had a lovely week end at the The Old Smithy & River Cottages to celebrate my husband's 30th Birthday! Both cottages are great and perfect for a big group (we were 11) because there is so much space outside and inside. The rooms are per  …see more

from £350 / night

£1400 - £2100 / week

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from £350 / night

(37) Excellent 

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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

(24) Very Good 

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Kippford holiday home rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Kippford

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“A great location, house was like home from home, highly recommend.” Was surprised by how much I enjoyed our stay, a tranquil setting, everything you needed was in the house. Lots of visitors about but relaxing, the tides going out and being able to w  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 - £1200 / week

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from £80 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ingbirchworth

South Yorkshire / Ingbirchworth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 147 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A wonderful place to stay, fantastic for family celebrations.” I hired this place to celebrate my father's 80th birthday with family and believe we could not have found anywhere better. The property was perfectly maintained containing everything you r  …see more

from £150 / night

£620 - £900 / week

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from £150 / 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

(30) Excellent 

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Home rental in Roundstone

County Galway / Roundstone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“You will not want to leave this unique and beautiful spot.” We were here with my elderly mother and also our dog, this house worked brilliantly for all our various needs. What a beautiful spot and friendly well functioning holiday house. its clear the  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 - £1093 / week

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from £101 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Northern England

Filey / Hunmanby Gap

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic house in a great location” We have just returned from our holiday, Blossom house was fantastic. Everything you need and more (even a potty which was great as we forgot our 2 year old's!) When we arrived we were greeted by the owners daughter  …see more

from £80 / night

£530 - £1185 / week

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from £80 / night