Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

Rural short breaks (17460)

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 cottage in Vouvant

Vendee / Vouvant

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Riverside Cottage in the beautiful village of Vouvant, Vendee. Historic beamed Cottage with 3 bedrooms and large garden with river frontage  …see more

from £150 / night

£550 / week

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from £150 / night

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Holiday apartment in Zaton

Sibenik / Zaton

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Apartment B2 (A4+1) - 1 double / triple room, 1 single room, kitchen with dining room (sofa bed) and bathroom. The apartment has a terrace, view of the countryside.Air conditioning, satellite TV and wireless internet access included in price.The distance fro  …see more

from £26 / night

£180 / week

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from £26 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Nenagh

County Tipperary / Nenagh

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The beautiful modern Irish cottage sits on the border of County Clare and Tipperary, with stunning views across Lough Derg. Surrounded by rolling farmland, this is a place to enjoy the peaceful rural life, within easy distance of more lively villages and towns, and just  …see more

from £86 / night

£385 - £449 / week

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Holiday home in Prades

Pyrenees-Orientales / Prades

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Perfect for peaceful summer holidays and winter sun. Wonderful for walking, cycling or riding.  …see more

from £60 / night

£385 - £539 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday villa in Pefkos

Rhodes / Pefkos

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
4 bedroom fully equipped villa in a group of villas with shared swimming pool. Sleeps 8/12. Set in the heart of Pefkos resort. Free Maid service six times a week. Internet access. Restaurants, shops and cash dispensers within short walk. Beach 150m. Lindos village 3km.  …see more

from £206 / night

£1436 / week

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from £206 / night

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Tavira / Cabanas

2 10 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £60 / night

£385 - £1257 / week

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from £60 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in Alligny en Morvan

Nievre / Alligny en Morvan

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely location, well presented and equipped gite, wonderful hospitality” The gite is an attractively converted section of an old farmhouse in the Parc de Morvan. The scenery is beautiful, and the nearby lake provides many leisure opportunities. Saul  …see more

from £40 / night

£230 / week

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from £40 / night

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Etang Sale Les Bains holiday chalet rental

Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre / Etang Sale Les Bains

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Située dans jardin tropical, 140m d'altitude, au cœur du village d'Etang-Salé Les Hauts (97427), Le Z'oiseau Vert vous propose dans un jardin tropical de 1200 m2 arboré, des locations meublées de qualité.  …see more

from £51 / night

£353 - £371 / week

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from £51 / night

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Hautes-Alpes / Veynes

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £73 / night

£513 - £582 / week

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from £73 / night

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Province of Reggio Calabria / Marina di Caulonia

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
This apartment is part of a new residential complex, Vista Sila, with 36 luxury one bedroom apartments, situated in the charming town of Caulonia Marina. The complex has its own private well maintained swimming pool, landscaped gardens and less than 1 km to the beach.  …see more

from £38 / night

£266 / week

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from £38 / night

(3) Average 

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Province of Imperia / Dolceacqua

2 6 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £104 / night

£727 / week

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from £104 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Dordogne / Sainte Mondane

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £99 / night

£453 - £812 / week

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from £99 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Terres de l'Ebre / L'Ametlla de Mar

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £77 / night

£300 - £1283 / week

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from £77 / night

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Cottage rental in Cynghordy

Carmarthenshire / Cynghordy

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 55 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Self Catering Cottage Sleeping 6 people based 7 miles from Llandovery with spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons, perfect base for exploring Mid & South Wales  …see more

from £75 / night

£581 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Province of Lecce / Neviano

1 5 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £43 / night

£300 / week

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from £43 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Le Grand-Bornand

Haute-Savoie / Le Grand-Bornand

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 34 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
“Great stay in a super appartment!” We enjoyed our stay in Chalet le 4 very much. The appartment was very luxurious and finished with eye for detail. We traveled with three young kids and were amazed of all the available baby equipment (built in baby i  …see more

from £107 / night

£556 - £1710 / week

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from £107 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Tenby holiday home rental

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Five Star luxurious two bedroomed house with private parking in harbour town of Tenby in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Quiet location yet only five minutes walk to beaches , town centre , harbour and the medieval Town Wall. Peace, but close to the centre.Five S  …see more

from £80 / night

£260 - £820 / week

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from £80 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Chipping Campden

Cotswolds / Chipping Campden

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
Ideal for a family gathering, friends meeting up or a reunion. 2 bottles wine included with each booking.  …see more

from £531 / night

£1800 - £3000 / week

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from £531 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Suffolk holiday farmhouse rental

Bury St Edmunds / Nowton

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Had a wonderful time in Nowton” My friends and I had a wonderful time in Nowton, the owner was really friendly, welcoming and helpful and as she lives next door so always on hand to assist us. The farmhouse was lovely, the bedrooms larger than we wer  …see more

from £367 / night

£1150 - £3693 / week

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from £367 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Corse-du-Sud / Propriano

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £48 / night

£325 - £736 / week

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from £48 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Peak Forest holiday barn let

Peak District National Park / Peak Forest

5 10 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Excellent house, beautiful views and a great hot tub” 8 of us stayed at this property for a hen weekend and it was exactly what we were after. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen well equipped and plenty of space for us all. We particularly enjoy  …see more

from £400 / night

£2800 / week

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from £400 / night

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Mexilhoeira Grande holiday farmhouse rental

Portimao / Mexilhoeira Grande

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
Quiet, relaxing apartment on an organic citrus farm, close to the sea.The apartment is nestled in a tranquil valley that forms part of an ecological reserve.  …see more

from £69 / night

£488 - £599 / week

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from £69 / night

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Pont-Saint-Martin ski b&b to rent.

Valle d'Aosta / Pont-Saint-Martin

3 4 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
La Maison de Grand Maman is the perfect choice for those looking for relax and peace in a little mountain village on the Italian Alps, in the Valle d'Aosta area. It is simply unique choice for those passionate about nature, winter sports as well as Italian food and  …see more

from £154 / night

£847 / week

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from £154 / night

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Holiday townhouse with shared pool in Villanueva de la Concepcion

Province of Malaga / Villanueva de la Concepcion

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Casa Jessica is a modern townhouse with a large communal pool, air-conditioning, heating, free wifi internet, and UK tv as an optional extra; guests pay for the electricity consumed during their stay at a fair price.The house is conveniently located on the edge of Villa  …see more

from £33 / night

£200 - £584 / week

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from £33 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday home accommodation

Costa del Sol / Ojen

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Excellent relaxing break” Casa Granadillos is a lovely little place, easily accessible with short journey time from the UK, very close to the facilities at Marbella and the coast, yet in the heart of a very authentically Spanish town, surrounded by m  …see more

from £35 / night

£205 / week

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from £35 / night

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Province of Messina / Mistretta

3 9 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £35 / night

£240 - £718 / week

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from £35 / night

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Hautes-Alpes / Saint-Bonnet en Champsaur

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £52 / night

£304 / week

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from £52 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Alston

Cumbria / Alston

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Four star gold award cottage situated in a secluded corner of historic Alston, in the heart of the North Pennines, furnished to a very high standard, with balcony & patio. Ideally situated for local shops and pubs but just 5 minutes walk to beautiful open countryside  …see more

from £100 / night

£385 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Melrose

Borders / Melrose

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic stay” The flat was wonderful, very clean and in a superb location. We couldn't have asked for more and the whole stay was an absolute bargain. I would highly recommend staying here.  …see more

from £80 / night

£480 - £630 / week

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from £80 / night

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Villa rental in Denia with golf nearby

Denia / Monte Pego

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
Luxury 4 Bedroom villa Private large heated pool 11m x 6m and commanding a breathtaking panoramic view of sea and mountains,  …see more

from £55 / night

£375 - £1214 / week

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from £55 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Calpe

Costa Blanca / Calpe

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
Marvelous rustic villa, with private swimming pool, in Calpe. located in the country side of Calpe. Recommended for people who want to spend a relaxing holidays. The villa has a large garden with grass. Fenced pool, air-conditioning. Just 7 min driving to Calpe Beach.  …see more

from £91 / night

£635 - £2172 / week

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from £91 / night

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Holiday home in Obidos

Obidos / Bom Sucesso

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
A beautiful two bedroom house, both bedrooms with en-suite bath/shower room in a quiet location with sea views. Decorated in the traditional Portuguese style, the villa has its own pool (6 metres by 2.5 metres), large patio and covered BBQ area.Inside th  …see more

from £49 / night

£342 - £663 / week

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from £49 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday b&b in Sant'Andrea di Compito

Province of Lucca / Sant'Andrea di Compito

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
“Wonderful B & B” I recently stayed at Il Rifugio and would like to thank the owners Bill and John for their wonderful hospitality. The B & B is just perfect . It is situated in the middle of a very quaint typically Tuscan village with beautiful sce  …see more

from £159 / night

£1022 / week

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from £159 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Jonzac holiday gite let

Charente-Maritime / Jonzac

9 23 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 23
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Offering 4 gites in total, La Pommeraie is a 19th. century farm house, set in peaceful countryside yet only 5 mins from Jonzac.The 12 metre pool has a large open barn adjacent which offers needed shade in the summer and also has a shower and wc. This area is ideal f  …see more

from £350 / night

£2080 - £3800 / week

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from £350 / night

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Castro Marim / Sao Bartolomeu

2 5 2 nights min

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

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from £69 / night

£428 / week

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from £69 / night

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Lozere / La Malene

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden

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from £85 / night

£582 / week

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from £85 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Ingoldisthorpe

Norfolk / Ingoldisthorpe

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
Character cottages with lots of lovely original features. Over looks fields. Private garden and patio. Parking. Victorian style double bed. 2 twin beds. Well equipped. Very comfy beds. Beautiful, tasteful decor. Pets allowed - extra cost.  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Bahceli holiday apartment rental

Esentepe / Bahceli

2 4 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
10% DISCOUNT when you book 2 weeks - book by 30 June 2016. Our apartment is situated near Esentepe and enjoys superb mountain views on two sides. It is on a small and quiet development and comes with a feeling of spaciousness because of this. The site benefits from a la  …see more

from £22 / night

£150 / week

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from £22 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Guajar Faraguit

Province of Granada / Guajar Faraguit

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location, wonderful facilities - a very relaxing week” We had a fantastic stay at La Cueva in April. The roof terrace was perfect for soaking up the sunshine with beautiful views across the surrounding hills and the pool was perfect to cool of  …see more

from £45 / night

£312 - £689 / week

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from £45 / night

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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence / Beauvezer

2 14 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £86 / night

£248 - £1069 / week

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from £86 / night

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