Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

Rural short breaks (17054)

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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Holiday cottage in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing, cosy and worth re-visiting.” We had a lovely time. The house was clean and comfortable. The owner is very friendly and amenable. Instructions to the house were clear and we found it easily. There is no WIFI (which is quite nice!) but, when w  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(59) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / New Abbey

2 3 Min stay varies

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

from £59 / night

£385 - £430 / week

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from £59 / night

(10) 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 locker<br />On o  …see more

from £129 / night

£900 - £1500 / week

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from £129 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely” Really cosy traditional cottage...very warm ..extremely comfortable bed ...very relaxing break and everything on your doorstep  …see more

from £56 / night

£316 - £700 / week

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from £56 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Luxembourg Province / Leglise

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £52 / night

£206 - £334 / week

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from £52 / night

(69) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Threlkeld

Keswick / Threlkeld

5 9 Min stay varies

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

from £101 / night

£510 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Symonds Yat

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Riversdale Lodge is set in the heart of Symonds Yat overlooking the River Wye. Riversdale Lodge was built circa.1910. It is a six bedroom house that has in it's time been a small hotel - hence it has 6 bedrooms and six bathrooms!Riversdale Lodge is on the banks  …see more

from £224 / night

£1295 - £3900 / week

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from £224 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Rossnowlagh holiday apartment rental

County Donegal / Rossnowlagh

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Ask about pets
Self catering for two in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal with stunning view and close to beach, restaurants and bar. Ideal for surf, fishing or walking break or for simply relaxing.<br />The lodge is non-smoking and damage deposit will be forfeited if traces of smoking ar  …see more

from £48 / night

£231 - £283 / week

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from £48 / night

(22) 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
“Delightful,superbly equipped,extremely relaxing,super location.” Pebbles was better than described, brilliant facilities, really comfortable and welcoming.Felt instantly relaxed and at home, helped by the thoughtfulness of the owners,with whom commun  …see more

from £85 / night

£399 - £855 / week

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from £85 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mayenne

Mayenne / Montreuil Poulay

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
“very cosy indeed” A very homely little cottage. Warm and inviting. We spent a week in a cold January on a house hunting trip and were out most days so it was nice to come back to a warm house, open a bottle of wine, light the fire and relax. There is  …see more

from £44 / night

£264 - £335 / week

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from £44 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro / Monte Carvoeiro

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great villa” Beautiful villa in a prime location. The photos do not do it justice. Spacious and well stocked this villa is ideal for large families or 2 families/ larger parties. It has great outdoor space, plenty of seating, sunbeds and umbrellas an  …see more

from £150 / night

£995 - £1495 / week

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from £150 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Settle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Excellent - home form home, great location, hot tub fab” Went to Victoria cottage with my wife for a weeks break, first visit and we'll be back. Lovely, clean high standard cottage, with everything you need in the kitchen. Hot tub is fantastic a  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £90 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Faro District / Burgau

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Swimming pool
SPECIAL OFFER - 2016 PRICES!! This superb 3/4 bedroom Burgau villa is rented at the price of a 2/3 bedroom villa representing fantastic value for money. Also, this year we've decided to fix the rates at 2016's rates. Set in national park and just seconds from  …see more

from £138 / night

£970 - £1950 / week

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from £138 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Deal

Kent / Deal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Beach Cottage” Absolutely 5 star, so well equipped .beds very comfy. we had such a relaxing time. nice walking from the cottage. shops,pubs take aways all without needing the car. we would certainly book again.  …see more

from £79 / night

£525 - £665 / week

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from £79 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Finistere / Le Cloitre-Saint-Thegonnec

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £30 / night

£206 - £462 / week

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from £30 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Camber holiday home rental

Rye / Camber

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing real home from home experience” If you are visiting East Sussex then this is the place to stay. The owners have thought of everything. The property is very well cared for, with all mod cons. Some lovely treats awaited us upon arrival and were  …see more

from £145 / night

£640 - £1350 / week

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from £145 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Kinlochbervie holiday cottage rental

Kinlochbervie / Sheigra

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle  …see more

from £65 / night

£390 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Yoxford

Saxmundham / Yoxford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
Southwold, Self-Catering, beams, wood burner, logs, open fire, log burner, Aldeburgh, Minsmere, Halesworth, garden, car paking, patio, bbq, bar-b-q, cycling, fishing, walking, golf, cosy, suffolk, cottage, warm, central heating, patio furniture, upstairs bathroom, wifi  …see more

from £51 / night

£275 - £425 / week

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from £51 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Sorrento

Province of Naples / Sorrento

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
The two-bedroom Superior apartment accommodates 4-6 people and is located on the upper level of a two-storey resort complex and enjoys a private terrace and 180 degree views of Capri and the Gulf of Naples. Located in the heart of the Punta Campanella Natio  …see more

from £95 / night

£659 - £5983 / week

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from £95 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Villa accommodation in Los Romanes with swimming pool

Vinuela / Los Romanes

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great lake views and great location” The villa was very easy to find just off the main. A lovely private location overlooking the lake. The property was very well kept inside and out with all the usual utilities provided. It was only a 10 minute driv  …see more

from £82 / night

£575 - £1100 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Moraira

Costa Blanca / Moraira

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Need to be fit to carry luggage in the view is breathtaking!” Really enjoyed our time here. The kitchen is well equipped and there's plenty of room for two people to relax. Pool well maintained and clean. Lots of storage space and coat hangers! The ap  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Thornton-Le-Dale

North Yorkshire / Thornton-Le-Dale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely comfortable cottage!” This cottage is in a wonderful location right in the middle of a very nice village with lots of little shops to explore and some nice walking from the door. Forge View is comfortable and clean and has every amenity you co  …see more

from £85 / night

£350 - £790 / week

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from £85 / night

(59) Very Good 

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Brixham holiday home rental

English Riviera / Brixham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Just perfect!” I stayed in seabird cottage recently with my boyfriend and my parents. As soon as i entered the property i felt at home, Its so welcoming and comfortable,the decor is stylish and modern, without feeling sterile. Most importantly, the co  …see more

from £45 / night

£320 - £700 / week

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from £45 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect location with great view of the Wallace Monument” Being located on a quiet road, only mnutes from a main traffic circle, gave us quick, easy and unparalleled access to all the site seeing we planned during our stay. The cottage was bright and  …see more

from £85 / night

£400 - £745 / week

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from £85 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Drepano holiday villa rental

Patras / Drepano

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Private, quiet location. Private pool and beach just a few minutes away. Close proximity Nafplion, Tolo and archaeological sites of the Argolida & Peloponnese. High quality, traditionally built, well equipped.<br />Our villa has two bedrooms,one double and one  …see more

from £77 / night

£539 / week

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from £77 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Llandovery holiday barn rental

Carmarthenshire / Llandovery

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Lovely Barn, Beautiful area” The barn was warm and homely with fabulous surrounding views of the countryside and river. The barn is very well equiped with everything you'd need for a self catering holiday and the owners are very helpful. The mostly op  …see more

from £150 / night

£825 - £1150 / week

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from £150 / night

(120) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water

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

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £95 / night

£725 - £1000 / week

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from £95 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Gamblesby

Penrith / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic & unusual holiday home.” I had looked forward to this holiday for many months as I had never been to a church for a holiday before ! It was every thing I had imagined and more. The old church from 1868 built of red sandstone with a gree  …see more

from £115 / night

£650 - £1380 / week

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from £115 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Ardara

County Donegal / Ardara

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Great value” Comfortable house for a good price. Clean and well presented, towels were provided and turf for the fire.  …see more

from £52 / night

£120 - £342 / week

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from £52 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Home rental in Chichester

West Sussex / Chichester

6 13 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Peaceful location” We stayed at this property for a 70th birthday surprise and had a great time as there was plenty of room for a 9 adult, 2 children party. The big dining table was excellent for a good party spread and there was plenty of crockery to  …see more

from £371 / night

£1900 - £2600 / week

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from £371 / night

(44) Very Good 

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Mayfield holiday bungalow rental

East Sussex / Mayfield

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“warm English hospitality at countyside” We enjoyed our week at The Games Barn, felt like coming home to friendly, open and interesting hosts in a spacious comfortable house. The farm was an adventure for town peoples, like we are and it was calming  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £850 / week

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from £110 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Stirling holiday studio rental

Stirling / Stirling

Studio 2 2 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“swanswater wee house” dilys and I have stayed here many times before, being a keen fisherman could not ask for better surroundings, center of stirling just a short drive, dilys often walks there taking about 45mins, room is always clean and inviting,  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £320 / week

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from £40 / night

(50) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Darley Dale

Matlock / Darley Dale

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous” What a fabulous place to stay for Christmas and New Year. Nestled in the Derbyshire Dales on the edges of the Peak district. This home offers fantastic views across the valley. Easy access to Matlock and beyond. Walking distance to not one b  …see more

from £105 / night

£550 - £1100 / week

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from £105 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Moray / Cullen

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” My family and I had a great time in Cullen. The location was fantastic as right next to the harbour and beach. The house was immaculate and at a very high standard. We have even booked for next year already!  …see more

from £84 / night

£600 - £770 / week

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from £84 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Home rental in Carloway

Isle of Lewis / Carloway

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Brill cottage and great owner” Cottage was brillant on arriving Elanor had the aga on for us to take the chill out as it was a windy day.The view is amazing i saw golden eagles a few times flying in front of cottage,all the things that you want to se  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £560 / week

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from £90 / 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.<br />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

(28) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Dalfaber

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Excellant location” We stayed for a weekend with friends and the location and facilities were excellent , the cottage was clean and fully equipped with all items required. The owners were very approachable and accommodating The location is a short w  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £650 / week

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from £35 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chamonix Town Centre

Chamonix / Chamonix Town Centre

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“A perfect apartment for a short stay in Chamonix” Autumn walking long weekend to Chamonix. Lovely apartment in a great location. Everything we needed and more. Decided to rent an apartment instead of booking separate hotel rooms. What a good decision  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £1375 / week

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from £100 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
Modern well equipped apartment close to the centre of Ambleside. Sleeps 2 in a king sized bed. Allocated parking space. Available for short breaks all year round.  …see more

from £72 / night

£383 / week

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from £72 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Portpatrick with golf nearby

Dumfries and Galloway / Portpatrick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Beautifully restored, charming 18th Century cottage located in the picturesque unspoilt fishing village of Portpatrick on the Rhinns Peninsula in South West Scotland.<br />A short drive from the Village is The Mull Of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly poin  …see more

from £95 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £95 / night