Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

Rural short breaks (17055)

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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Holiday home in West Wittering

West Sussex / West Wittering

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
Situated in the corner of a small close in this popular residential area just to the west of East Wittering village and within approx. 300m of the beach, this 3 bedroom, detached bungalow has delightful, established, private gardens and is proving to be a popular addit  …see more

from £59 / night

£410 - £895 / week

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from £59 / night

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Holiday gite in Saint Germain du Seudre

Charente-Maritime / Saint Germain du Seudre

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful peaceful country retreat” We arrived to a beautifully spacious gite with lofty ceilings and crisp linen-sheeted beds. Despite it being a heat wave of 35 degrees or so, the gite remained cool day and night thanks to those ceilings! The surrou  …see more

from £89 / night

£585 - £772 / week

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from £89 / night

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Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola / Premosello Chiovenda

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £47 / night

£327 / week

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from £47 / night

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Holiday apartment rental

Faro District / Burgau

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
Searching for an apartment in a quaint village to spend a few restful days? Dappan Blue Apartment will give you great moments!  …see more

from £39 / night

£267 - £505 / week

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from £39 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Argaka

Paphos District / Argaka

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Just what was needed” Just what was needed, a quiet restful holiday. Very nice accommodation with an ideal pool. Very good directions to villa, car required. All in all a very satisfactory holiday in a nice part of Cyprus.  …see more

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Holiday villa rental

Îles d'Hyères / Ile du Levant

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Note: No parties. If you would like to host an event, please enquire. BUILDING Sunset Cove is a beautiful two-story house, delightfully niched in a tranquil and private garden setting. It is in fact, one large villa separated into two different living areas with thei  …see more

from £1145 / night

£8009 - £9640 / week

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from £1145 / night

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Vaucluse / Uchaux

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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Abondance / Chatel

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £89 / night

£475 / week

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from £89 / night

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Home rental in St Florence with shared pool, golf nearby

Tenby / St Florence

9 24 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
Ivy Tower Cottages consist of 3 houses situated in a child friendly holiday village. Ivy Tower House sleeps up to 12 and two other smaller houses up to 6 each. Guests enjoy free use of an on site indoor swimming pool, tennis court, play area and sauna.  …see more

from £157 / night

£516 - £4340 / week

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from £157 / night

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Apartment accommodation in Molyvos

Lesbos / Molyvos

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
A spacious two-level two-bedroom town-home on the South Eastern corner of the Heliades complex, Aegiale accommodates four guests in the two upstairs bedrooms and up to two of their friends or family in the living-room's comfortable fold-out couch<br />Check  …see more

from £85 / night

£831 - £890 / week

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from £85 / night

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Lezay holiday home rental

Deux-Sevres / Lezay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 119 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The gîte is very spacious and modern but has still retained the character of the barn with the exposed beams and stone walls. A private courtyard garden with above ground private pool .<br />The gite is very spacious we wanted it to be accessible to all so w  …see more

from £85 / night

£325 - £550 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday home with shared pool in Arcos de Valdevez

Viana do Castelo District / Arcos de Valdevez

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
A powerfull landscape provides a family environment, cozy and healthy.  …see more

from £81 / night

£564 - £695 / week

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from £81 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage just felt as it hadn't been cleaned” Needed dusting and cobwebs removed also lacked cooking utensils Location was great though and definitely would return  …see more

from £125 / night

£630 - £905 / week

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from £125 / night

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Province of Ogliastra / Bari Sardo

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

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from £81 / night

£221 - £700 / week

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from £81 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Saint Sever

Landes / Saint Sever

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect relaxing family holiday” We've just returned from the most relaxing holiday in a long time. This is the perfect location for young children where they can have freedom to explore the lovely grounds and enjoy Jack the Border Collie. This was th  …see more

from £65 / night

£475 - £675 / week

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from £65 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Alpirsbach

Baden-Württemberg / Alpirsbach

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Modern house with spacious floor plan, completed in February 2011 in wood construction with approximately 170 sqm living space for their exclusive use for up to 12 people (plus additional space for children after consultation with and for adults) Beautiful solid  …see more

from £60 / night

£416 / week

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Tarn / Brens

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £47 / night

£327 / week

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from £47 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Aberdyfi (Aberdovey)

Snowdonia National Park / Aberdovey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Loved the chalet” I would highly recommend this chalet Gary is a really friendly person and was very helpful. The chalet is a very cosy and lovely place and you have a great view of the scenery.  …see more

from £50 / night

£319 - £599 / week

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from £50 / night

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Bansko ski apartment to rent.

Bansko / Mountain Dream Complex

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
We have a 2 bedroom apartment in the Mountain Dream Apart/Hotel complex sleeping up to 6 people . The apartment is fully furnished to a luxury standard with all modern facilities, comfortable funiture and a beautiful log burning fire to add the authentic Bulgarian fee  …see more

from £22 / night

£110 - £220 / week

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from £22 / night

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Holiday home rental

Province of Terni / Macerino

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Comfortable and pleasant house in the little ancient village of Macerino di Acquasparta, situated in the hills at 700 meters above sea level, not far from Spoleto, Assisi, Todi ( 100 Kilometres northern of Rome ).  …see more

from £47 / night

£297 - £492 / week

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from £47 / night

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Gite rental in Fuilla

Pyrenees-Orientales / Fuilla

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
Luxurious two bedroom gite (stone barn conversion) with open plan living area leading onto a courtyard. The property abounds with exposed stone walls and tiled floors complemented by clean modern lines.  …see more

from £68 / night

£339 - £551 / week

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from £68 / night

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Ayia Napa holiday villa rental

Ayia Napa / Ayia Thekla

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
This modern and spacious 3 bedroom villa is located just 20 metres from the sea and enjoys fabulous views of the Ayia Thekla coastline. it is an excellent villa choice for families looking for a relaxing stay in a great location. As you enter the villa there is a large  …see more

from £128 / night

£848 - £2077 / week

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from £128 / night

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Holiday apartment in Saint-Brevin-l'Ocean

Loire-Atlantique / Saint-Brevin-l'Ocean

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Charming holiday apartment 3-room beachfront in St-Brevin the ocean, south of Brittany on the coast of Jade, near La Baule and Pornic, located 200m from the large sandy beach bordered by wooded dunes , Ocean beach area, near the outdoor market and shops, close to the be  …see more

from £111 / night

£577 - £916 / week

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from £111 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Culverden ski cottage to rent.

Canterbury Region / Culverden

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Pahau Downs is a tranquil hill farm set amidst stunning scenery in the Amuri Basin an hour from Christchurch. The farm stay is a self-contained cottage superbly furnished for your exclusive use as a base to explore North Canterbury.There is a heated swimming pool (s  …see more

from £133 / night

£928 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Malfa

Isola di Salina / Malfa

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
Didyme is a holiday house in the typical Aeolian style. Located at the centre of Malfa, just few minutes from Scario beach. Private vearnda with sea landscape. Ideal for families and young couple seeking relaxation.  …see more

from £26 / night

£339 - £1145 / week

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from £26 / night

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Gosau ski apartment to rent.

Upper Austria / Gosau

1 3 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
Our sunny and spacious studio apartment is located within the prestigious 4-star Vitalhotel, the main sport-leisure and spa centre in the valley, the premier resort of the Dachstein-West ski area. And a well located base for summertime exploring of the lakes region and  …see more

from £43 / night

£280 / week

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from £43 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Home rental in Trory Bay

Enniskillen / Trory Bay

9 18 2 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
“A week was not enough” We wanted to go to Donegal but couldn't source a one-building property to suit our diverse 3-generation family so as a last resort we phoned Rossahilly. The advertised price was much higher than we have previously paid in many U  …see more

from £950 / night

£3500 / week

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Yalikavak holiday villa rental

Bodrum / Yalikavak

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Sleeps 4/6 large 2 bedroom villa + private roof terrace. Beautiful gardens with shared pool, sun bathing area and tennis courts. Sea views and within easy access of the beach, local town with many shops, restaurants and bars a short trip to the busier resort of Bodrum.&  …see more

from £55 / night

£450 / week

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from £55 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Malona

Rhodes / Malona

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
Beautifully restored old village houses next to each other in quiet corner of village.Terrace views to village and countryside. A real Greek life experience! 5 minute drive to sandy beach or small fishing harbour, and 15 mins to Lindos. 'Fourno' Sleeps 4 (1 ro  …see more

from £62 / night

£424 / week

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from £62 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Winster holiday cottage rental

Peak District National Park / Winster

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 165 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful period cottage. Cosy” Super little cottage nestled in the heart of Winster. Every comfort catered for. A lovely period cottage with stylish, contemporary kitchen and bathroom. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Great little pubs nearby with p  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Aldeburgh

Suffolk / Aldeburgh

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning location within walking distance of the seafront.” Beaver Cottage is attached to the owner's Cob House and is situated in over 11 acres of grounds leading down to the River Alde. The cottage could do with updating but it is comfortable; the  …see more

from £100 / night

£490 - £840 / week

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from £100 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Province of Agrigento / Agrigento

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly

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Dervaig holiday lodge rental

Isle of Mull / Dervaig

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Great accomodation in ideal location for exploring the isle of mull” We spent 3 days at cill mhoire beech lodge this August and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The accomodation was clean, spacious and perfectly suited to our family group. Beech lod  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £90 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Pedreguer holiday villa rental

Province of Alicante / Pedreguer

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“FANTASTIC !!!!” Cannot recommend this villas enough. House had everything but the highlight is the outside area which is amazing. We have been in lots of villa but never spent so much time just lazing round a pool. There was a lovely breeze which m  …see more

from £39 / night

£255 - £1145 / week

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from £39 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Portsoy / Sandend

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Beach Cottage is a large 2 bedroom property with picture windows overlooking one of the loveliest beaches in the country.The cottage sits on the edge of the beach in an elevated position and the enduring memory of a visit there is the sound of the waves breaking on to t  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Litton Mill

Peak District National Park / Litton Mill

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful apartment in a stunning location” We love this property! This year was our second visit and we have already booked for next summer. We now live abroad, but like to go back to Derbyshire every summer to visit friends and family. This prope  …see more

from £87 / night

£415 - £835 / week

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from £87 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Orta San Giulio holiday apartment rental

Province of Novara / Orta San Giulio

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
AMAZING VIEW OF THE LAKE, A 5 METERS FROM THE LAKE  …see more

from £79 / night

£552 / week

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from £79 / night

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Arganil holiday farmhouse rental

Coimbra District / Arganil

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Local Portugal in beautiful mountain district” Casa Alagoa is off the beaten track, while at the same time, close to all amenities. Alagoa village gives you a great flavour of local Portugal. Surrounded by smallholdings, you can sit and while away the  …see more

from £43 / night

£255 - £467 / week

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from £43 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Brecon

Brecon Beacons National Park / Brecon

7 15 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The riverbank barn conversion (dated 1770) offers luxury group accommodation for up to 15 people. located at the Happy Horse Retirement Home , a stunning 100 acre farm in a secluded valley, set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, in spectacular coun­tryside<br /  …see more

from £525 / night

£2195 / week

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from £525 / night

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Moelfre nr Abergele holiday barn rental

Abergele / Moelfre nr Abergele

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
Very pretty 5* star (WTB) converted barn conveniently located for coast and mountains. Ideal base for families wanting to explore north wales, romantic breaks or just to recharge the batteries. Great location with coast 4 miles and Snowdonia 15 miles. **Wi-Fi**  …see more

from £70 / night

£335 / week

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from £70 / night