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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.



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Yonne / Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

2 3 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

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from £45 / night

£212 - £229 / week

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from £45 / night

(17) Excellent 

25

Semoussac holiday gite rental

Charente-Maritime / Semoussac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
“Everything we wanted - and more!” We were met on arrival by Chris & Martin, owners of the gite, & welcomed with a hamper of goodies: food for a quick supper & breakfast next day, a bottle of wine & flowers! The house was spacious & very well equi  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £750 / week

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from £50 / 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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(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

(9) Excellent 

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Brantome holiday gite rental

Brantome / St Pardoux La Riviere

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
"Le Tilleul" gites provide the perfect family holiday to enjoy all that Dordogne has to offer. Situated within 6 acre gardens our 6 x 12 metre pool is surrounded by magnificent forests and countryside. Ideal for walking, cycling, canoeing or just relaxing !!  …see more

from £56 / night

£390 - £645 / week

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from £56 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite let

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

8 16 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Spacious, luxury barn conversion in rural France, swimming pool, private terrace/BBQ, large gardens, peace and tranquility.See also: Le Verger (sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms) and Le Potager (sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms).  …see more

from £190 / night

£925 - £2450 / week

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from £190 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Landes / Vicq-d'Auribat

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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(15) Excellent 

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Holiday gite rental

Loire Valley / La Guerche

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Totally relaxing stay, great outside space” Gite is quite rural but perfect if you want to relax The outdoor area at the back is fab. Great stay  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

18

Cahors holiday gite rental

Lot / Cahors

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Superb accommodation and hostess” After a long hot drive, arrived to a warm welcome and a cool glass of fizz. Beautiful and tranquil location. Fab downstairs room with own courtyard garden, room immaculate with everything one could want - all very tas  …see more

from £55 / night

£386 - £509 / week

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from £55 / night

(9) Excellent 

13

Coulommiers / Boissy-le-Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £128 / night

£373 / week

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from £128 / night

(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

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday gite with shared pool in Cassaniouze

Cantal / Cassaniouze

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
La Grange Fleurie is a spacious converted barn constructed of local schist stone with a slate fishtail tiled roof suitable for 2 guests. Shared pool with stunning views.1 of 4 lovely gtes this property is ideal for larger groups if booked with one of the other propertie  …see more

from £60 / night

£330 - £670 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Very Good 

4

Seine-et-Marne / Fontainebleau

2 7 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £49 / night

£337 - £439 / week

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from £49 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Fresnay sur Sarthe

Sarthe / Fresnay sur Sarthe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful, well equipped Gite in peaceful location.” We traveled with our two young children ( 1 & 3) looking for a relaxing break while remaining entertaining for the kids. This holiday ticked both boxes. The Gite is beautifully restored and is well  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £630 / week

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from £55 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Brouzet-les-Ales

Gard / Brouzet-les-Ales

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 98 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!” Beautiful gite in a perfect location -Spotlessly clean and extremely helpful hosts who helped to make our holiday one of the best!  …see more

from £68 / night

£435 - £1165 / week

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from £68 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Gite letting in Aquitaine/Dordogne

Dordogne / Perigueux

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly
Welcome to the south of France. Our studio is located in Savignac Les Eglises a village in the Perigord area of the departement of Dordogne. You will be greeted with peace and the mesmerizing tranquillity of the sounds of the river cascading. Lulling you into a restful  …see more

from £56 / night

£386 - £517 / week

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from £56 / night

(12) Excellent 

21

Holiday gite in Dieulivol

Gironde / Dieulivol

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 147 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“5 Star plus Gite in a stunning location” We have just returned from La Grange after a 2 week stay and want to go back immediately, the gite was everything you could want and more and the pool was tremendous. The views of the open countryside and valle  …see more

from £79 / night

£551 - £742 / week

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from £79 / night

(5) Excellent 

18

Exideuil holiday gite accommodation

Charente / Exideuil

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
Fabulous base for exploring the Charentes area, with 2 lakes on the doorstep offering kayaking, swimming, sunbathing (white sand beach), sailing and fishing. Wonderful ancient villages full of history abound. Cycling, horse riding, walking, sightseeing are available.Pet  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 / week

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from £55 / night

(12) Excellent 

24

Gite rental in Brion

Maine et Loire / Brion

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Little piece of paradise” Le Logis du Pressoir was wonderful! It is a little piece of paradise. It is set in beautiful grounds, which is very child friendly including pool, cubby house, and outdoor kids bikes and toys. The accommodation had metic  …see more

from £94 / night

£568 - £1263 / week

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from £94 / night

(10) Very Good 

14

Brantome holiday gite rental

Dordogne / Brantome

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
“Ideal venue for recharging your batteries.” This was the 3rd time we have stayed here, the gite is large and spacious and is excellent if you have young children or dogs, as the garden is fenced and secure. The pool is superb and always clean. Be awar  …see more

from £60 / night

£345 - £995 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Brantome

Dordogne / Brantome

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
Set on a hilltop with wonderful views La Roche Chabrelle has 3 gîtes in converted barns near the large heated swimming pool (12mx6m) and 1 secluded gîte in the original farmhouse with its own private garden. You can explore the 5 acres (2 ha) of terraced gardens, wood  …see more

from £60 / night

£345 - £995 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Very Good 

15

Holiday gite rental

Haut-Rhin / Gueberschwihr

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
“Great apartment in a lovely village, ideal for a few days.” Michael helped us whilst booking with extra pictures, as we struggled to understand which parts of the property were shared with the owner, who was not at home when we stayed. The apartment  …see more

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(1) Excellent 

24

Tarn / Lautrec

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £60 / night

£382 - £509 / week

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from £60 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday gite with pool in Le Lindois

Charente / Le Lindois

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“One word, Excellent!” I stayed here with my husband and two children for a week and we had a fantastic time. The owners are very friendly and so are their children. The Gite is light, airy and very comfortable. The grounds and communal areas are cle  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £1645 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Buthiers

Seine-et-Marne / Buthiers

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Climbing Trip” Lovely rooms and very clean and tidy. Would love to return again and very friendly family. Only 2 rings on the stove was the only issue and would have found cooking for 6 people difficult however for our group of 3 it was still excell  …see more

from £51 / night

£212 - £246 / week

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from £51 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday gite with shared pool in Sauze-Vaussais

Sauze-Vaussais / Clussais- la- Pommeraie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 110 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Newly renovated holiday home with exposed stonework, set in peaceful rural location, ideal for families, nature-lovers, ramblers and cyclists. Located in beautiful contryside yet close enough to tourist attractions and Atlantic Coast  …see more

from £34 / night

£235 - £435 / week

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from £34 / night

(7) Very Good 

24

Holiday gite in Los Masos

Pyrenees-Orientales / Los Masos

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views” The views from the sun terrace were fantastic, changing regularly depending on weather and the time of ay. The top bedroom was a real bonus, it was great to wake up in the morning and look over at the mountains from the bed. Also th  …see more

from £32 / night

£215 - £319 / week

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from £32 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Huelgoat

Finistere / Huelgoat

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 49 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
A refurbished Gite completed in 2013 ready for the 2014 seasonFully equipped modern kitchen, Perfectly located for touring Brittany and North West France  …see more

from £55 / night

£240 - £340 / week

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from £55 / night

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5

Cote d'Or / Beaune

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

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from £43 / night

£212 - £301 / week

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from £43 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Northern France

Flers / St Quentin les Chardonnets

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 68 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Le Pressoir is a detached cottage with rustic charm. You will know that you are in the heart of the country when you wake up to the sound of birdsong and you look out over the orchard to the rolling fields beyond. Suitable for a couple or for a family this gite has a me  …see more

from £34 / night

£234 - £365 / week

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from £34 / night

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Holiday gite rental

Ariege / Foix

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Located in the stunning Ariège Pyrénées Regional Nature Park in South Western France. Holiday Cottage Melanie is an ideal base to explore this wonderful region. Come and enjoy our beautiful scenery and wide range of outdoor activities! Holiday Cottage Melanie - Escape t  …see more

from £64 / night

£297 - £467 / week

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from £64 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Poitiers holiday gite rental

Vienne / Poitiers

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 125 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Lovely setting for a relaxing holiday” As a family of 4 was very happy with the spacious and clean accommodation. The owners were very helpful and friendly. The setting of the gite was in the countryside with lots of land where the children could play  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Northern France

Manche / Lithaire

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Gite!!!” We have always wanted to visit Normandy so when we decided to go in July 2013 we could not have found a better gite than Viefacile. Joanne and Sharon are very friendly and always willing to help, sadly we didn’t meet Hannah as she  …see more

from £64 / night

£339 - £818 / week

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from £64 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Agnez-les-Duisans holiday gite rental

Arras / Agnez-les-Duisans

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 92 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This renovated house was used to be a school. Anne-Claire and Mathieu wanted to create a chic and cosy atmosphere while keeping the history of the house. Located 10 min away from Arras, 20 min from Lens and 40 min from Lille.  …see more

from £58 / night

£373 - £1537 / week

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from £58 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Sarthe / Le Grand-Luce

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £64 / night

£306 - £636 / week

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from £64 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Piegut-Pluviers holiday gite rental

Dordogne / Piegut-Pluviers

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Completely renovated to an exceedingly high standard, the gite has spacious rooms, and plenty of modern amenities to enhance your stay, with everything you would expect to find in your own home. La Maison de Rebeyrat has three floors. The living room is on the ground fl  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £875 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Aquitaine/Dordogne holiday gite rental

Dordogne / Saint-Cyprien

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet friendly
La Boulangerie has an ensuite shower room, washing machine, satellite TV and private terrace, is very private, very comfy and ideal for couples wanting peace and quiet in the heart of this beautiful part of France.  …see more

from £81 / night

£551 - £1017 / week

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from £81 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Cajarc

Lot / Cajarc

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“Couldn't ask for a better welcome!” Arrived in wild weather the day before Badtille day and Caroline was extremely welcoming and helpful. The gite is in a great location to explore the delights of the Lot river valley. Cajarc is a great little town wi  …see more

from £43 / night

£297 - £382 / week

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from £43 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Seine-Maritime / Forges-les-Eaux

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £140 / night

£331 - £467 / week

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from £140 / night

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Dordogne / Thenon

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £204 / night

£1272 - £2077 / week

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from £204 / night