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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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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

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Geiranger

Stranda / Geiranger

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Air conditioning
“Big Impression” Sometimes a holiday leaves such a deep impression that you can't stop thinking about it when you return home. The dramatic landscape of Norway and Geiranger fjord left us spellbound. Wildair was the perfect choice of accommodation -  …see more

from £379 / night

£2648 / week

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from £379 / 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

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(22) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Le Lindois

Charente / Le Lindois

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic” Lovely Gite well appointed and with excellent facilities. If you feel like doing nothing but lazing around by the pool, playing boules, tables tennis and volleyball, walking in the woods it's perfect. If you want an action holiday there is  …see more

from £78 / night

£545 - £1495 / week

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from £78 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Dalfaber ski bungalow to rent.

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,  …see more

from £85 / night

£465 - £875 / week

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from £85 / night

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Borris-in-Ossory holiday home rental

County Laois / Borris-in-Ossory

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
2 double bedroom self-contained semi-detached traditional bungalow with 1 bathroom (including sauna), open plan kitchen / living area, lots of outside space, and parking for at least 2 cars - don't miss out on the opportunity to stay in the Heart of the Hill, as Camross  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 / week

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from £60 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Kirkby Lonsdale

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

2 4 3 nights min

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

from £119 / night

£499 - £799 / week

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from £119 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow letting

Dover / St Margaret's at Cliffe

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“perfect ideal location” bungalow has every thing home from home ideal location for touring kent site has a lovely full size swimming pool complex 5 time we have stayed over the years and this was the best accomodation ideal quiet break still  …see more

from £65 / night

£220 - £520 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Gulval holiday apartment rental

Penzance / Gulval

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The Arundel Wing, An Absolute Delight!” We loved everything about this accomodation. The owner, Mary, provides customer service of the highest order; this should be the benchmark by which other organisations gauge their performance in this area!  …see more

from £52 / night

£360 - £1150 / week

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from £52 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday penthouse with shared pool in Gulval

Penzance / Gulval

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
Kenegie Manor Penthouse has impeccable decor and will appeal to the discerning guest seeking the definitive in comfort and refinement in a popular visitor location, less than 2 miles from Mount's Bay. Shared indoor heated pool, sauna, tennis courts, and Club House.  …see more

from £100 / night

£295 - £1200 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with indoor pool in Vranov

Pilsen Region / Vranov

5 22 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 584 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Spacious and comfortable villa near Prague ideally located for relax includes inside heated pool, sauna or go to visit magical city Prague, suitable for large families with children or groups for fun , children and pets friendly,privat garden and parking,car available.  …see more

from £85 / night

£589 - £1748 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday b&b with shared pool in Povoa de Midoes

Coimbra District / Povoa de Midoes

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
B&B Penedo Boavista is an original Portuguese granite shepherd's house built on a giant rock with great views on the river Mondego. The river and it's private beach is at a stone's throw, as is the saltwater swimming pool and the sanitary unit with 3 showers, 3 toilets  …see more

from £34 / night

£236 / week

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from £34 / night

(90) Excellent 

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Upper Sapey holiday cottage rental

Worcester / Upper Sapey

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A lovely birthday getaway.” The retreat was a lovely get away which was relaxing and quiet. We were met by stuart and taken on a tour of the place, the swimming pool and table tennis kept us busy during the day and there were enough options to chose f  …see more

from £115 / night

£700 - £950 / week

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from £115 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

2 5 Min stay varies

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

from £70 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £70 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Ronda

Costa del Sol / Ronda

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 47 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
4 Bedroom House with POOL, Sauna, Garage and stunning views, located in the centre of Ronda. It has underfloor heating and a log fire so is very comfortable all year round. Perfectly located within a few mins walk of Ronda's attractions and facilities.100s of resta  …see more

from £120 / night

£760 - £990 / week

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from £120 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday farmhouse rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Special house in an amazing location” Eleven adults stayed at Snowden House, from Friday to Monday, early February for which the house was easily big enough. We had an amazing time and spent much of it soaking up the awe-inspiring views all around us.  …see more

from £200 / night

£1395 - £1625 / week

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from £200 / 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

(36) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with shared pool in Cha-am

Phetchaburi Province / Cha-am

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine waking up in the morning to the sounds of the ocean and tweeting birds. Brew a coffee and relax on the huge balcony with recliner seats or even use the hammock if you havent really woken up yet.Once you are up for it take a stroll along the beach and wa  …see more

from £131 / night

£761 - £1092 / week

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from £131 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Strathpeffer holiday home rental

Strathpeffer / Strathconon

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic, spacious accommodation in a beautiful setting.” The house is fitted out to a very high standard and it was great to find a place that toiletries already on hand. We had some great walks straight out of the house and features like freesat a  …see more

from £200 / night

£800 - £1000 / week

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from £200 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Thyon ski chalet to rent.

Canton of Valais / Thyon

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chalet Feiler is a 5 star luxurious boutique-styled chalet with a sauna and hot tub. Perched at 1700 metres, with uninterrupted views of the Rhone valley and southern Swiss Alps, it is but minutes from the lifts and slopes of the world-renowned Verbier 4 Valleys.  …see more

from £250 / night

£2250 - £3500 / week

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from £250 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Dalavich holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“excellent wee get away” Electric hot tub was amazing, constantly warm. sauna heats up quickly too. well equipped warm cabin in a secluded setting.  …see more

from £69 / night

£399 - £749 / week

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from £69 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Chateau-d'Oex ski apartment to rent

Canton of Vaud / Chateau-d'Oex

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful Mountain Scenery” Our stay at La Soldanelle was our best family holiday ever. The location surrounded by mountains is still vividly imprinted in my mind. You could see the mountains from the kitchen and bedroom windows of the apartment and w  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £590 / week

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from £60 / 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

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Norfolk / Thetford

7 13 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Self catering cottage in beautiful Norfolk next to Thetford Forest. Sleeps 12/13 plus 2 cots, hot tub, sauna, family friendly, playroom, play area, games room, pets welcome. Close to High Lodge Forest Centre, home of Go Ape and Segway.This cottage is ideal for familys,  …see more

from £225 / night

£1400 - £2800 / week

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from £225 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Flaine ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski lockerOn our other sit  …see more

from £122 / night

£850 - £1500 / week

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from £122 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Lower Mill holiday home rental

Cirencester / Lower Mill

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Superbly relaxing” We stayed in Cuckoo's Nest in Mid November. The cottage is a really lovely estate with a spa and tennis courts on site. The house is beautifully located on the lake with a stunning view. Our party included 6 adults and one small  …see more

from £125 / night

£895 - £1895 / week

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from £125 / 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

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Lake District / Borwick

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
FREE WiFi An impressive spacious ultra modern lodge with incredable partial lake Views, Situated on a 5* award winning leisure village. A large TV with built in freeview + DVD. Ensuite showeroom and a family bathroom, Leather sofas. Large wrap around decking area.BBQf  …see more

from £80 / night

£475 - £1050 / week

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from £80 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Wellow holiday cottage rental

Nottinghamshire / Wellow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent but beware if you do not like really steep stairs” Spotlessly clean, very comfortable, well equipped. Would have very happily given 5 stars except for the stairs which are really (!) steep. It did not matter too much to us although one of  …see more

from £78 / night

£390 - £696 / week

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from £78 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Province of Ancona / Sassoferrato

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly

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from £76 / night

£404 - £757 / week

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from £76 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet letting

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
5 star, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom self catering holiday property sleeping up to 8 people on a stunning Highland estate with loch and river fishing, boats, Canadian canoes, Wifi, BBQ, mountain bikes and much more. Over 140 reviews on Tripadvisor being awarded a 'Certifi  …see more

from £313 / night

£1050 - £1850 / week

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from £313 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Peisey

Peisey-Vallandry / Peisey

6 19 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“This was my 10th return trip - its that good!” Cathy and Mark are excellent hosts with an excellently positioned warm and comfortable home (endless hot water), and their welcome and attention to detail is equally warm. We had great food again, thank  …see more

from £43 / night

£836 - £7206 / week

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from £43 / night

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Offida holiday villa rental

Province of Ascoli Piceno / Offida

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Carlo is a large luxury Villa among olives trees and wineyards with private heated swimming pool (13 x 4 mts), glass house in the garden with spa and hot tube (jacuzzi up to 6 people), sauna (up to 6 people). Nature, quiet, wonderful view. Free organic wine & ol  …see more

from £409 / night

£2858 - £3530 / week

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from £409 / night

(45) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Bonsall

Matlock / Bonsall

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a friendly village in a beautiful part of our country.” This cottage is spacious, comfortable, a little quirky and very well equipped. We stayed for New Year, with some other friends staying nearby in another holiday cottage. On comp  …see more

from £50 / night

£360 - £600 / week

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from £50 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Bunavoneader holiday cottage rental

Isle of Harris / Bunavoneader

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
5 star self-catering for couples on the beautiful Isle of Harris. Overlooking a sea loch perfect for a relaxing, romantic break. With sauna, cinema room, multi-room music system, ideal for staying in as well as exploring.  …see more

from £140 / night

£550 - £980 / week

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from £140 / night

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Australia & New Zealand

Queensland / Port Douglas

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
A Private Pool and an Oasis for your escape within the Pullman Sea Temple Resort.A cut above and with great style is what defines E´lan at Sea Temple. E´lan is a bespoke 3 bedroom private oasis for up to 6 guests within the Pullman Sea Temple Resort. Enjoy you  …see more

from £226 / night

£2191 / week

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from £226 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with shared pool in Carnforth

Carnforth / Carnforth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic!” Had a brilliant time here. The lodge is wonderfully equipped - simply a home from home. Hot tub a lovely addition to the beautifully kept lodge. A pleasure to deal with the owners who went out of their way to accommodate our needs. Will de  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £895 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Haut-Rhin / Soultzmatt

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £127 / night

£883 / week

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from £127 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Waterville / Lohar

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“a really lovely place, in a beautiful setting” The Ring of Kerry is just wonderful, and Waterville is a great base for visits to different parts of it, including Derrynane House (my ancestral home!) and the stunning Strand there, Skelling Michael, Val  …see more

from £253 / night

£757 - £1345 / week

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from £253 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Lodge rental in Praa Sands with shared pool, golf nearby

Cornwall / Praa Sands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Better then home from home.” Lovely area of cornwall. Very spacious lodge, high quality furnishings, very comfortable indeed. Lovely touch of the 'Cornish goods basket' with butter etc to greet me on arrival. I would defiantly go back again.  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £1250 / week

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from £65 / night