Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

Rural short breaks (17209)

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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Veliko Tarnovo holiday cottage rental

Veliko Tarnovo Province / Veliko Tarnovo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
Rural family cottage holidays / retreat groups / art festivals / cultural tourism / musical performance / education / conservation / bird watching / photography / walking / relaxation <br />The village is car and smoke free.  …see more

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San Miniato holiday home rental

San Miniato / Stibbio

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
We really care about our guests and we try to satisfy any request. So please feel free to contact and ask.  …see more

from £79 / night

£553 / week

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from £79 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Agello

Magione / Agello

6 14 6 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Self catering villa.Excellent location for trips.Air conditioning, swimming pool with lovely view.Friendly for families with childrens.  …see more

from £430 / night

£2509 / week

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Holiday cottage rental

Varazdin County / Marusevec

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
15 minute drive from center of Varazdin.Our traditional, oak-built house has accommodation for a total of 8 people (2 apts + 2 twin-bedded rooms). Stara Kucha 1 is the main apartment - large double bedroom with seating area and TV/DVD, ensuite shower ro  …see more

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(5) Excellent 

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Speyside holiday villa rental

Elgin / Speyside

9 17 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
Golfing, Fishing, Clay shooting, Outdoors, Beaches, Hiking, Single Malt Whisky Trail, Castles and Gardens. We have a minimum stay of 3 nights and 4 nights during high season.  …see more

from £493 / night

£2535 - £3520 / week

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(3) Very Good 

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Brignoles holiday cottage rental

Brignoles / Chateauvert

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Situated in the main building, for 6 to 12 persons. 150 sqm at your disposal for winter or summer holidays.A very nice terrace under the shade of creeping wines with a stone barbacue, very nice outdoor furniture.A fully equipped kitchen, 1 bedroom with  …see more

from £133 / night

£930 - £1579 / week

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(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in East Guldeford

Rye / East Guldeford

6 11 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
Unique country home 1 mile outside the Ancient town of Rye, East Guldeford. Three large reception rooms laced in 16th Century history and 6 quirky bedrooms. Walking and cycling paths to Rye, the beach and golf links nearby. In house catering is available upon request&  …see more

from £171 / night

£1050 - £1400 / week

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from £171 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Broadford holiday home rental

Broadford / Lower Breakish

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
Tranquil cottage with spectacular sea views with colourful sunrise and sunsets. Unrestricted access to the seashore and mountains make this an ideal location for an activity holiday. Hill Walking, climbing, sailing and boat trips all available locally. <br />Gues  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £595 / week

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from £75 / night

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Apartment letting in Colle di Val d'Elsa with shared pool

Province of Siena / Colle di Val d'Elsa

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
We are an old Tuscan farm half way between Siena and Florence, a few miles of a drive from Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Chianti. We are lThe best place to enjoy the real tuscan life: nice food and wine, wonderful landscape,history, art and nice people!  …see more

from £88 / night

£527 - £965 / week

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Orosei / Cala Liberotto

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

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from £46 / night

£320 - £1093 / week

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from £46 / night

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Upton upon Severn holiday shepherds hut rental

Malvern Hills / Upton upon Severn

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Car not necessary
With such a chores romantic break for two ,if some like camping and some do not you can incorporate the two by using the shepherds hut with the facilities which includes the barbeque and seating and open space .you can bring your dog<br />As the weather gets colde  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 / week

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Holiday home accommodation

Finistere / Landevennec

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Ask about pets
Located close to the Crozon Morgat seaside resort, this charming, wood-framed house is south-facing and equipped with 3 beautiful bedrooms, sleeping 6.  …see more

from £95 / night

£569 - £1090 / week

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(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Alora

Alora / Laja Prieta

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
A very peaceful, beautifully restored apartment within our Farmhouse. Away from the noisy, crowded, coastal resorts, we offer a tranquil alternative - a 'get away from it all' holiday - near Alora, just 40kms north of Malaga, we may well be what you're lo  …see more

from £40 / night

£300 - £400 / week

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from £40 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Ballyvary

County Mayo / Ballyvary

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 26 km
  • Child friendly
Tranquil Holiday Cottage, Mayo West of Ireland, 3km from Ballyvary. 3 Bedrooms sleeps 6. All modern covneniences - central heating, modern kitchen and bathroom. Solid fuel stove.40 minutes from Knock Airport, 2.5 hours from Shannon Airport, 3.5 hours from Dublin.<br  …see more

from £41 / night

£283 - £369 / week

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from £41 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Buzet

Istria / Buzet

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Restored Stone Villa in an Istrian mountain village. Your apartment is modern, private and fully equipped. You are right in Ucka Nature Park with hiking and mountain biking trails. Also mountain climbing, road biking, horse riding and nearby beaches. Relax/great dining.  …see more

from £71 / night

£492 / week

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Gard / Nimes

9 20 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £132 / night

£922 - £3641 / week

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from £132 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Dunoon

Cowal Peninsula / Dunoon

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Myrtlebank Villa is a lovely Victorian Villa on the edge of Dunoon. Stylish and warmly decorated this well appointed ground floor apartment has everything you require to ensure a comfortable and contented stay. There are stunning views from the front window out  …see more

from £75 / night

£366 - £514 / week

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from £75 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in La Celada

Province of Cordoba / La Celada

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining room with chimney, whole kitchen, terrace with beautiful views to the lake and barbecue, swimming pool, parking, Air conditioning, heating, may take pets - please enquire. Equipped with everything you need to relax and unwind  …see more

from £88 / night

£615 - £1185 / week

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from £88 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Candidasa with swimming pool

Candidasa / Jasri

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
A unique Villa with self design by the Owner, friendly staff and high motivated, tradition and culture knowledge.  …see more

from £351 / night

£2457 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with swimming pool in Coin

Costa del Sol / Coin

7 15 1 night min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Peaceful Paradise well situated to view the best of Inland Andalucia & Costa del Sol” Outstanding Hospitality, Warmth & Generosity from delightful Owners, Angela & Martin (& comfortable beds) in this peaceful, beautiful location made Cortijo Carranque  …see more

from £176 / night

£1097 / week

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from £176 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday gite rental

Dordogne / Brantome

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool
Set on a hilltop with wonderful views La Roche Chabrelle has 3 gîtes in converted barns near the large heated swimming pool (12mx6m) and 1 secluded gîte in the original farmhouse with its own private garden. You can explore the 5 acres (2 ha) of terraced gar  …see more

from £60 / night

£345 - £845 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Basse-Terre Island / Bouillante

Studio 2 1 night min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Air conditioning

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from £44 / night

£246 / week

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from £44 / night

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Home rental in Struisbaai

Cape Agulhas / Struisbaai

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
The beach front house in Beach Road Struisbaai: Close to Cape Agulhas the Southernmost Tip of Africa A Short walk away from the harbour and the main beach in Struisbaai. • 4 Bedrooms (One bedroom with a double bed, two bedrooms with 2 single/three quarter beds,  …see more

from £53 / night

£368 - £613 / week

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from £53 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Gairloch holiday bungalow rental

Scottish Highlands / Gairloch

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Breathtaking location (- if you like whale-watching from the sofa!)” This is a beautiful, well-presented & fully-equipped cottage in the most stunning location imaginable - whether it's the private beach-access, the view (literally) over the sea to Sk  …see more

from £50 / night

£275 - £495 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Noto / Lido di Noto

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £49 / night

£308 / week

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from £49 / night

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Holiday cottage in Alston

Cumbria / Alston

6 13 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
3 four star gold award cottages situated in a secluded corner of historic Alston, in the heart of the North Pennines, furnished to a very high standard, 2 with balconies. Ideally situated for local shops and pubs but just 5 minutes walk to beautiful open countryside.  …see more

from £275 / night

£995 - £1729 / week

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from £275 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Noyant

Noyant / Auverse

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Lovely small Gite” We recommend this cottage for couples. It's a lovely peaceful place, comfortable accommodation, great scenery and accessible for the Loire and Saumur. Hosts very friendly and helpful, dogs, horses and cats friendly too!  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 / week

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Visnjan holiday apartment rental

Visnjan / Labinci

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
Istrian countryside apartments with pool. Furnished in clasical istrian style. Situated in small cute village, sorounded by olive trees and wineyards. Nearby the property there is a pizzeria, a small shop, and a few typical istrian restaurant. Olive oil, local wine, and  …see more

from £32 / night

£220 - £872 / week

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(18) Excellent 

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B&b rental in Castalla with swimming pool

Costa Blanca / Castalla

3 9 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
“A hidden Spanish gem” Set in stunning views 10/10 for hospitality 10/10 for cleanliness 10/10 for the excellent breakfast but 11/10 for the home made marmalade .thanks for great stay ann and Jon x  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 / week

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from £58 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Gambassi Terme

Province of Florence / Gambassi Terme

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Splendid villa located in the heart of Chianti near Certaldo, decorated with taste and elegance. Ideal villa accommodation for a unique relaxing holiday.  …see more

from £88 / night

£615 - £2983 / week

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from £88 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Aude / Pech-Luna

7 23 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 23
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £351 / night

£1141 - £2193 / week

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from £351 / night

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Minturno / Scauri

6 12 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km

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from £237 / night

£1316 / week

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from £237 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Salema

Faro District / Salema

5 10 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
Villa Paraíso is a new villa built to a stunning contemporary design. Situated on Portugal’s Algarve coast an hour’s drive from Faro airport, it is in a beautiful, peaceful setting overlooking the ocean and nestled in between the scenic villages of B  …see more

from £215 / night

£1500 / week

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from £215 / night

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Carvoeiro holiday villa rental

Carvoeiro / Vale do Milho

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This beautiful luxury 4 bedroom ground floor villa with heated pool is situated in the residential area of Vale do Milho, only a stones throw from Vale do Milho Golf Club. Close to all amenities, shops, bars, restaurants and the beaches at Carvoeiro and Centeanes.  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £1765 / week

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from £90 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Dahab holiday apartment rental

Dahab / Eel Garden

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
If you are looking for a clean, comfortable base for your holiday, then these apartments are ideal. The beach is 2 minutes away and some of the best local restaurants and bars are just round the corner.  …see more

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Carvoeiro holiday villa rental

Carvoeiro / Quinta do Paraiso

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Casa Vale Verde is a stunning 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom villa located in the popular resort of Quinta do Paraiso within easy walking distance of the village of Carvoeiro where you will find numerous shops, bars, restaurants and a beach. The resort itself also has a restaura  …see more

from £186 / night

£1300 - £3350 / week

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Guimaraes

Braga District / Guimaraes

2 3 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Another cottage is available "Cazal da Lamella - Casa do Forno".  …see more

from £79 / night

£474 / week

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from £79 / night

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Vila Nova de Foz Coa / Castelo Melhor

4 10 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £158 / night

£965 / week

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from £158 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Newchapel

Pembrokeshire / Newchapel

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
Owl Cottage is one of 4 recently converted cottages set in the delightful and unspoilt rolling countryside of West Wales with far-reaching views over the surrounding hills, farmland, woodlands and the famous river Teifi Valley, renowned for its fishing and scenery.<b  …see more

from £44 / night

£308 / week

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from £44 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Willersey holiday cottage rental

Broadway / Willersey

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful cottage that made for a magical weekend break” We arrived at the cottage at night and felt at home the second we walked through the door. There was a welcome cake which was much appreciated after our long journey (!) logs to make a fire in t  …see more

from £150 / night

£575 - £1050 / week

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from £150 / night