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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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North East Italy holiday apartment rental

Province of Trento / Riva Del Garda

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“The perfect family apartment, magnificently situated in a beautiful town” Our young family and extended family had a great time in Riva. After travelling with young children (2,4 & 6) for a couple of weeks around the USA, arriving in Italy without sl  …see more

from £120 / night

£800 - £1400 / week

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from £120 / night

(80) Excellent 

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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

(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 £167 / night

£1163 - £2404 / week

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from £167 / night

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(55) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Northern England

Northumberland / Alnwick

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect apartment” We stayed in the apartment for a week whilst visiting family nearby, the apartment was perfect for our needs and with easy walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in Alnwick. After our long journey from North Wales the 'w  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £525 / week

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from £70 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Pols

Styria / Pols

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
For skiing enthusiasts there are various ski slopes in the region, Lachtal, Kreischberg,Grebenzen, Gaal.  …see more

from £34 / night

£219 - £496 / week

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from £34 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Roseland Peninsula / St Mawes

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Glorious views and beautifully appointed” We spent two wonderful weeks at this apartment during the last week of September and beginning of October. The apartment was beautifully appointed and the owners could not have done more to make you feel welc  …see more

from £120 / night

£555 - £1245 / week

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from £120 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“Wonderful apartment in the heart of Provence” We had a fantastic stay at this apartment in Isle sur la Sorgue. The apartment is very well located and has everything you could need. The town is lovely and really bustles on market days which we loved! I  …see more

from £76 / night

£429 - £606 / week

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from £76 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic apartment in a stunning location” We were met upon our arrival by the caretaker and he very kindly provided a tour of the resort facilities and the apartment itself. The apartment is exceptionally well appointed and more than lived up to ou  …see more

from £145 / night

£480 - £1343 / week

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from £145 / 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

(15) Very Good 

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Breuil-Cervinia ski apartment to rent.

Valle d'Aosta / Breuil-Cervinia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic apartment for skiing in Cervinia!” The perfect location for skiing in cervinia, just a short walk from the ski shops and the lift. We decided to go at short notice and the owner and the management agency went to great lengths to ensure we ha  …see more

from £85 / night

£1177 - £1471 / week

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from £85 / night

(58) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

St Ives / Carbis Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing again!” Just back from a fab week in seaview, this was our 4th visit to this apartment and have already booked for next year! It's like home from home with everything you need for a relaxing week, it's in a very quiet area right next to the tr  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £1225 / week

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from £75 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Edzell holiday apartment rental

Brechin / Edzell

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
Located within the beautiful village of Edzell with just 700 inhabitants, Oakbank is the only 4* self-catering property in Edzell and offers a real home from home! The village has all the amenities a holiday maker can wish for. A superb golf course is within walking di  …see more

from £80 / night

£375 - £750 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Apartment letting in West Country with golf nearby

St Ives / Porthminster

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely Apartment Right by the Beach” The Apartment is located in just the right place for a great holiday by the beach. It is set back from the hustle and bustle but near enough to pop out with a young child to eat out in the evening. If you want to  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £1680 / week

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from £150 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wiseman's Bridge

Saundersfoot / Wiseman's Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great flat, excellent location” We had a great time at pinewood with our 2 sons, 2 and 6 months old and our dog. Flat is well equipped if a little dated but has everything you need. Rooms are big and there is plenty of space for the kids to set up the  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £695 / week

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from £47 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire / Saundersfoot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent accomadation” Great location, spotless and really comfortable, ideal for weekend breaks, really friendly owners and excellent value for money, will definitely re visit  …see more

from £54 / night

£380 - £830 / week

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from £54 / night

(437) Excellent 

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Francavilla d'Ete holiday apartment rental

Province of Fermo / Francavilla d'Ete

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
Find out why in 2016 52% of our guests had stayed with us before!  …see more

from £99 / night

£690 - £858 / week

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from £99 / night

(38) Excellent 

25

Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Malvern Wells

Malvern / Malvern Wells

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
“Top Notch Malverns Retreat” Have to highly recommend this apartment which is located in a quiet, tranquil setting and is high quality. Modern, clean, comfortable and well kitted out, this is a perfect retreat from which to explore this beautiful area.  …see more

from £65 / night

£395 - £630 / week

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from £65 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Central Scotland/Strathclyde holiday apartment rental

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely Bay Apartment” We thoroughly enjoyed our three night break at Little Bay Apartment. It's in a great location for enjoying Oban, particularly for the ferry terminal. The decor and cleanliness were impeccable while the owners Jane & Kevin could n  …see more

from £69 / night

£294 - £645 / week

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from £69 / 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 £156 / night

£1086 / week

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from £156 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Llanfaethlu

Anglesey / Llanfaethlu

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Wonderfully peaceful break!” A short 3 night break at this wonderful property lived up to all my expectations. A beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with not one, but two beaches just minutes walk away. I was welcomed by  …see more

from £65 / night

£230 - £499 / week

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from £65 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Ventnor holiday apartment rental

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
“Wow! What a view.” An amazing place to just relax and watch the world go by. Seashells is clean, comfortable and very good value for money. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday is here, even a welcoming bottle of wine. Lots of places to eat clos  …see more

from £70 / night

£420 - £720 / week

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from £70 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Cornwall / Falmouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Car not necessary
“Outstanding property” We stay in Falmouth every year and I have to say this is the best property we have stayed in .Wonder full welcome pack very comfy a real home from home  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Hinterthal ski apartment to rent.

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The Austrian Alps are a special place, full of beauty and fresh air. We come to the mountains to recharge our souls, and in Hinterthal you are in the best place to do it all. Relax, spend time with your family and friends, have fun and laugh what more can you ask for!  …see more

from £156 / night

£1093 - £3152 / week

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from £156 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Bexhill-on-Sea

East Sussex / Bexhill-on-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Very nice property close to the sea and everything else !” Diane & Simon are the nicest people and own this very nice & unusual property in Bexhill. We chose it for long weekend to Chill out, get some sea air and check out a few of the places and res  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Nerja with shared pool

Nerja / Torrecilla Beach

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic apartment” Antonella met us and let us leave our luggage in the apartment before the apartment was ready for us, she was very helpful. the apartment is fantastic with a beautiful view from the balcony it is also very close to everything in N  …see more

from £51 / night

£353 / week

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from £51 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Norfolk / Wells-next-the-Sea

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
Superb one bedroom 4 STAR GOLD apartment, with stunning views over harbour and salt marshes and to the sea.Bookings are friday - friday, with short breaks out of peak season. We ask that you vacate by 10.30 am. The apartment will be ready for you to arrive by 3pm.Welcom  …see more

from £100 / night

£310 - £640 / week

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from £100 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Seaford

East Sussex / Seaford

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxed” Beautiful & relaxed tidy little place on the edge of the cliffs. Lots of space for the kids to run and play outside, close to beautiful trails.  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!  …see more

from £75 / night

£375 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Soldeu ski apartment to rent.

Soldeu / Soldeu Village

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“good stay” we had a good stay. the apartment was clean, well appointed and easy check in / out. will consider staying there again.  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £1250 / week

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from £50 / night

(64) 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

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Fiumelatte

Lake Como / Fiumelatte

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
Contemporary lake view living in the grounds of the historic Villa Capoana!Modern apartment to sleep 4 guests located in Fiumelatte near Varenna, ideal for for couples or small groups.  …see more

from £155 / night

£774 - £1068 / week

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from £155 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great little apartment. Very well equipped” Very nice, clean apartment. Plenty of storage space. Very well equipped kitchen with lots of utensils etc. with 2 very young children who are fussy eaters, we were self catering most days and we had everythi  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £600 / week

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from £40 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Glenridding

Lake District / Glenridding

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
A comfortable and spacious Lake District apartment for two people, with walking from the door and water based sports on Ullswater. A real home from home with views of Grisedale Beck and the Lakeland fells.  …see more

from £80 / night

£315 - £530 / week

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from £80 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Apartment accommodation in Cranhill with golf nearby

Stratford-upon-Avon / Cranhill

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“A warm welcome and cozy flat.” The warm welcome I received made me feel right at home. I knew the hosts were there if I needed them but they weren't intrusive. Being a single lady, it was nice to know they were just next door. The flat felt home-li  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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from £65 / 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

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous apartment in the heart of Tenby - with parking!” The Coburg in Tenby is a wonderful modern spacious apartment which has been finished to a high standard. There is wood flooring throughout and has been decorated in a clean white colour with lo  …see more

from £92 / night

£425 - £1160 / week

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from £92 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Vallelarga

Sulmona / Vallelarga

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Holiday” We came to Abruzzo for the walking and to look at the wild flowers and both exceeded our expectations. It is an unspoilt part of Italy, little English is spoken, so brush up on your Italian before you come! However Stuart and Hila  …see more

from £55 / night

£365 - £395 / week

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from £55 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in West Country with golf nearby

Cornwall / St Ives

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Christmas mini break.” We stayed at Lower Talland between Christmas and new year for a couple of days. The apartment was perfect for the two of us. Just a couple of mins walk into the Center, and easy access out of st Ives when we went exploring. Co  …see more

from £80 / night

£320 - £675 / week

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from £80 / 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

(8) Very Good 

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West Algarve holiday apartment rental

Lagos / Porto de Mos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful apartment, fantastic location” This was our third year at the Porto Mos complex - and this was by far the best apartment we have stayed in. As with all of them the location is great - close to the beach and the great restaurants and bars the  …see more

from £90 / night

£475 - £725 / week

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from £90 / night