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Rural short breaks (126)

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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126 Holiday homes

(37) Excellent 

23

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

(9) Excellent 

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Chateau letting in Journet with golf nearby, tennis court

Haute-Vienne / Journet

10 16 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau Jautrudon has all that is needed for a relaxing family holiday in the rural Limousin region of France. Set in a 40 hectare estate, the chateau offers a peaceful and secluded vacation with several kilometers of walkways through our forest, private fenced pool, te  …see more

from £496 / night

£1907 - £3814 / week

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from £496 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Framlingham

Suffolk / Framlingham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
LUXURY 5* barn. Framlingham. PRIVATE HOT TUB +Parking. WOODBURNER. Half an acre of garden. Superkingsize bed. Roll top bath. Shower. Bespoke kitchen. Tennis Court. Stylish decor. Underfloor heating thoughout. 37"TV. Blu-Ray/DVD player. Ipod dock. SMEG fridge/freezer.  …see more

from £99 / night

£625 - £799 / week

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from £99 / night

(55) Excellent 

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Winchcombe holiday log cabin rental

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Idyllic setting for a get away” Comfortable and well equipped cabin, perfect setting Would have been nice as a suggestion to have had a hot tub outside possibly  …see more

from £85 / night

£550 - £600 / week

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from £85 / night

(19) Excellent 

23

Cottage rental in Fontainebleau with tennis court

Seine-et-Marne / Fontainebleau

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wonderful hostess and delightful location” A great setting and excellent accommodation. Our hostess was most helpful and gracious. There was an initial problem with WiFi access but that has now been permanently resolved and works extremely well. M  …see more

from £60 / night

£293 / week

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from £60 / night

(14) Very Good 

53

Cambridge holiday cottage rental

Cambridgeshire / Cambridge

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
This excellent Cambridgeshire self catering holiday cottage in a rural setting is perfect both as a weekend retreat but as a comfortable holiday home for visitors in Cambridge on business or for pleasure.InsideThe Lodge boasts 3 double bedrooms all comfo  …see more

from £245 / night

£695 - £800 / week

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from £245 / night

(7) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa letting

Province of Barcelona / Vilafranca del Penedes

7 19 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional Villa” The surrounding area is very beautiful - the views from the property looking out to the local mountains was lovely. We would definitely recommend this property.The villa was beautiful with lots of space in the garden to find a peace  …see more

from £335 / night

£1691 - £3810 / week

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from £335 / night

(32) Excellent 

33

Holiday barn in Brockamin

Worcester / Brockamin

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful, spotlessly clean, friendly owners, perfect!” There were 5 in our party, 4 adults, 1 child and 3 very well behaved dogs. The barn is superbly equipped, and, like I said in my title of the review it was spotlessly clean. The owners were  …see more

from £110 / night

£520 - £995 / week

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from £110 / night

(44) Excellent 

22

Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous holiday destination with great hosts.” My teenage daughters and I stayed at Garrique Cottage in January 2013. The farmhouse is beautiful with every amenity you could wish for. The scenery is breathtaking and yet you are only 10 - 15 minutes f  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £90 / night

(42) Excellent 

23

Holiday bungalow in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“This a very nice place to stay” Have enjoyed our return trip to Putsborough and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Garden Cottage. Well done Claire and John for a great place.  …see more

from £145 / night

£795 - £2500 / week

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from £145 / 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

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Penallt

Monmouthshire / Penallt

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“peaceful getaway” Lovely peaceful location, spectacular views local walks. We took our 2 small dogs and they loved every minute. The hosts live next door and greet you on arrival but after that they are just there if you need them. Everything you coul  …see more

from £65 / night

£290 - £450 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

18

Monthou-sur-Cher holiday chateau rental

Loire Valley / Monthou-sur-Cher

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Large, charming little castle, full of character, for 14 people : the castle and the outbuilding : 7 rooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, private swimming pool, tennis, lake. situation : At the heart of the prestigious Loire valley, on the border of the Sologne and th  …see more

from £367 / night

£611 - £2119 / week

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from £367 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby, tennis court in Prendergast

Haverfordwest / Prendergast

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent” A beautiful location and fantastic place to stay - high standard of accommodation and very welcoming hosts - the kids absolutely loved it. We will be back.  …see more

from £85 / night

£500 - £1800 / week

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from £85 / night

(11) Excellent 

20

Great Hockham holiday home rental

Norfolk / Great Hockham

9 15 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous, well appointed house” I took my extended family to Vicarage House in April 2013. It is a great place for a group of people, and brilliantly well stocked with games, dvds, outdoor equipment, wii/xbox, bikes - you name it. Even in cold weather  …see more

from £500 / night

£2700 - £6900 / week

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from £500 / night

(11) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage rental

Cumbria / Burton-in-Kendal

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
Small family estate incorporating an idyllic rural retreat one bedroom cottage within the walled Thomas Mawson garden, with bathroom, kitchen and open plan sitting room, and access to roof terrace. The estate tennis court has just been resurfaced, so please feel  …see more

from £45 / night

£250 - £400 / week

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from £45 / night

(6) Excellent 

23

West Country holiday cottage rental

Dorchester / Tincleton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
“Feels like a better version of home as soon as you arrive” We have stayed for two weeks for the last few summers and have already booked next year. The cottage is lovely, with a beautiful enclosed garden. It has been thoughtfully equipped and has ma  …see more

from £95 / night

£495 - £1495 / week

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from £95 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with tennis court in Crulai

Orne / Crulai

4 9 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A very peaceful holiday” A lovely place to stay -so peaceful and quiet. Very relaxing. The garden is beautiful with pool, tennis court and other games all close by. The house was just right for us with evrything you might need. We were made to feel ve  …see more

from £128 / night

£382 - £1187 / week

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from £128 / night

24

Holiday villa with swimming pool, tennis court in Sitges

Province of Barcelona / Sitges

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Private Pool, private tennis courts, perfect for children with outdoor playhouse, all ensuite.Villa Mercuri is the perfect place for families to spend their holidays together. Plenty of space!  …see more

from £297 / night

£1356 - £2839 / week

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from £297 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in West Country

Dorchester / Tincleton

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic facilities, lovely homely accomodation, great holiday.” My 3 brothers and partners and me and hubby all met up in September for a weeks holiday. This is difficult as I am wheelchair bound and need a hoist. We bought or own hoist and the disa  …see more

from £156 / night

£795 - £2395 / week

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from £156 / night

(6) Excellent 

20

Holiday cottage rental

Galashiels / Fountainhall

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely house” We had a lovely stay... The house was perfect for us, plenty of room and everything we needed. The kids absolutely loved having the play area and tennis court in the doorstep...Margaret was lovely and very helpful. We will definitely be  …see more

from £57 / night

£460 - £700 / week

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from £57 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Hemingby holiday cottage rental

Lincolnshire / Hemingby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Set among the Lincolnshire Wolds Bainvalley Cottages are a charming retreat and ideal base for keen walkers and cyclists to explore this unspoilt area of the UK. We have a tennis court 70m from the Cottage for guests to use. Golfers can visit the world class golf course  …see more

from £95 / night

£405 / week

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from £95 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Plaxtol

Kent / Plaxtol

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 48 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Stable Cottage at Hamptons Farmhouse is located in the beautifully rural area between the villages of Plaxtol and West Peckham in Kent, the Garden of England. Amazingly quiet and peaceful, set in 9 acres of land, all that can be seen is rolling countryside, yet we are j  …see more

from £60 / night

£399 - £899 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Province of Reggio Calabria / Palmi

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly

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from £37 / night

£255 - £551 / week

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from £37 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house with golf nearby, tennis court in Brinsop

Hereford / Brinsop

18 33 1 night min

  • 18 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 33
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A superb place to stay” From the tasty cakes to the thoughtful little extras, Brinsop Court was so welcoming and certainly well worth the money. Everything was perfect and well thought out. The gardens were perfect for summer sports and the seats at  …see more

from £1999 / night

£13993 / week

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from £1999 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

Holiday villa with golf nearby, tennis court in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro / Areias Dos Moinhos

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
Fabulous 4 bedroom luxury villa with private heated pool and tennis court , set in a tranquil location with stunning sea views, and within walking distance of Carvoeiro with sandy beach and an array of bars, restaurants, cafés and boutiques.  …see more

from £109 / night

£760 - £1925 / week

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from £109 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home with tennis court in Saux

Lot / Saux

6 12 4 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
An enchanting country house which sleeps 6 ( 12 + 4 ), on three acres and with a sixteen meter heated pool and tennis courts South West France.Close to local vineyards, guests can enjoy wine tasting, excellent local cuisine and peaceful walks.  …see more

from £190 / night

£1100 - £3000 / week

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from £190 / night

(3) Excellent 

24

Bagneres-de-Bigorre ski chalet to rent.

Hautes-Pyrenees / Bagneres-de-Bigorre

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Villa Tamerza is a large, chalet-style house in the heart of the French Pyrenees. It can accommodate up to 12 guests in its five bedrooms and offers all the facilities expected of a high-quality holiday rental, including a swimming pool and tennis court.  …see more

from £165 / night

£995 - £2095 / week

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from £165 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Upton Noble with tennis court

Somerset / Upton Noble

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 74 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
SLEEPS 4SHORTER BREAK PRICES ARE BASED ON FULL WEEK RATES.  …see more

from £125 / night

£525 - £1650 / week

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from £125 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Farmhouse rental in Santa Maria de Merles with swimming pool, tennis court

Province of Barcelona / Santa Maria de Merles

10 20 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 130 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic place!” Stayed at this fantastic place for 2 weeks with a large group (6 families in total). Everything was fantastic, the house and the surroundings. The house seemed to have everything we needed, for both kids and adults, one could relax  …see more

from £424 / night

£2119 - £4662 / week

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from £424 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with indoor pool, tennis court in West Country

Devon / Barnstaple

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic, Welcoming.....caters for all the family...and pets if required!” The special Family Holiday (for 12 of us) I booked at Combrew Farm, Devon, to celebrate a 65th birthday, two 40th birthdays and an 18th birthday, turned out to be one of the  …see more

from £182 / night

£685 - £1865 / week

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from £182 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday barn with tennis court in Staunton on Wye

Herefordshire / Staunton on Wye

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 116 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A superb barn with everything you could want” A super barn conversion, beautifully fitted out with everything you need for a holiday or short break. Good quality equipment and nicely furnished. The owners are very attentive and obliging. The outside  …see more

from £110 / night

£650 - £1200 / week

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from £110 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Lincoln holiday cottage rental

Lincolnshire / Lincoln

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage, full of character, ideal for a week's holiday.” A superb cottage with every facility you could require, within a beautiful setting. The owners were friendly and helpful, and the welcoming cake, crisps and bottle of wine was an added (  …see more

from £100 / night

£360 - £550 / week

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from £100 / night

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Holiday home with shared pool, tennis court in Ozdere

Ozdere / Yakamoz Sitesi

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Situated on the Orange Blossom Coast of Turkey, between the towns of Gümülder and Özdere, south of Izmir and north of Küsadasi, the property is a 3 bedroomed semidetached house on 3 levels with gardens and sun patio. It is opposite the Greek Island of Samos and  …see more

from £35 / night

£280 / week

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from £35 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Stratford-upon-Avon

Warwickshire / Stratford-upon-Avon

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
“A most beautiful, restful place” In the country, but very close to Stratford upon Avon for grocery/restaurant needs. Beautiful view of the hills and countryside, beautiful grounds to explore, fun walk to the village by fields and through a sheep farm  …see more

from £90 / night

£280 - £570 / week

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from £90 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with tennis court in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

Sarthe / Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

9 15 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Les Noes Blanches is a stunning white classic country chateau in the Loire Valley region of France. Only 20 minutes from the centre of le Mans, and under 5 hours from London by Eurostar, the house sleeps 14 people comfortably inside an estate of 450 acres of woodland.  …see more

from £345 / night

£2500 - £5495 / week

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from £345 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with tennis court in Menerbes

Luberon / Menerbes

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful rustic farmhouse in a great location” We travelled to La Groumelle as a group of 8 friends. The house provided excellent accommodation and plenty of space for our group. The rustic, arched ceiling dining room was a particular highlight provi  …see more

from £255 / night

£2373 - £4068 / week

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from £255 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Monchique holiday villa rental

Faro District / Monchique

6 8 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A lovely family villa sleeping 8 + cots in the hills around Caldas de Monchique above the Algarve coast. Offering a large private heated swimming pool, private tennis court and set within two hectares of grounds. Close to many championship golf courses and beaches.Priva  …see more

from £372 / night

£2600 / week

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from £372 / night

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Caleta De Velez holiday apartment rental

Costa del Sol / Caleta De Velez

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Baviera Golf is situated in Caleta de Velez, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain. Caleta de Velez is 40 minutes drive from Malaga International airport. The apartment is privately owned and is available for short break, holidays and longer winter lets. Although the apar  …see more

from £102 / night

£382 - £721 / week

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from £102 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house rental

Guildford / Wonersh

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
“Wonderful” Great Tangley Manor is a wonderful property in a great location. The gardens are beautiful and the overall stay was a great experience for my family who travelled over from Germany for our wedding. I would strongly recommend the property fo  …see more

from £980 / night

£4000 - £5600 / week

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from £980 / night