Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

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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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Ballycastle holiday cottage rental

County Mayo / Ballycastle

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Pet friendly
“Edge of Paradise” We found this cottage on an earlier trip to the area, not knowing it would be available to rent, and took photos of it because we loved it so much! To our delight, this year we were able to rent it for a week. We found the inter  …see more

from £122 / night

£761 - £914 / week

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from £122 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Masham

North Yorkshire / Masham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Super Cottage & hosts” We had a super holiday at Rowan Cottage, the owners were lovely, a welcome hamper on our arrival was great, the cottage was warm felt home from home, the views amazing and the weather was kind to us, we visited some super place  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £575 / week

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from £70 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Suffolk / Bury St Edmunds

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 59 km
  • Private garden
“Lovely relaxing break away” We loves staying in this fantastic barn conversion. Really lovely quiet location, but close enough to the centre of bury and surrounding areas. Accommodation is brilliant, didn't want to leave after the two days, would love  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £610 / week

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from £80 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in North Berwick

East Lothian / North Berwick

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great Apartment” Excellent apartment, high quality, great location and everything you could need was provided. Only a 5 minute walk from the great beaches of North Berwick!  …see more

from £98 / night

£490 - £906 / week

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from £98 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in St. Wolfgang

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Fantastic Apartment Rental on St. Wolfgang” This duplex apartment on St. Wolfgang is simply fantastic. Three bedrooms on the lower floor and the kitchen and living room on the upper floor. It is completely renovated, charmingly decorated, and has a  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 - £2065 / week

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from £180 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Llanfaethlu

Anglesey / Llanfaethlu

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Wonderfully peaceful break!” A short 3 night break at this wonderful property lived up to all my expectations. A beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with not one, but two beaches just minutes walk away. I was welcomed by  …see more

from £60 / night

£230 - £455 / week

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from £60 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Beussent holiday cottage rental

Pas-de-Calais / Beussent

4 7 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Thouroughly enjoyed it.” This was our third visit to this lovely traditional cottage as before we were delighted with the accomadition we found it very clean and welcoming with plenty of space. Our family consisted of different age groups and we all t  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

(69) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect Weekend” Where do I start? From start to finish our stay was thoroughly enjoyable. Located within a golf resort - you feel you are miles away from Tenby town, when you are actually a 5 minute drive away. The lodge itself was comfortable and lu  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £1200 / week

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from £100 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Portree

Isle of Skye / Portree

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” I fell a little bit in love with this property. Top class all the way. Everything we needed and more... loved the wild horses in the adjoining fields& how friendly and kind the neighbour was.Would definitely return to this property and thoroughly  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(62) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday farmhouse rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Special house in an amazing location” Eleven adults stayed at Snowden House, from Friday to Monday, early February for which the house was easily big enough. We had an amazing time and spent much of it soaking up the awe-inspiring views all around us.  …see more

from £200 / night

£1395 - £1600 / week

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from £200 / night

(61) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Pagham

Arun District / Pagham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Real family memories” Everything you could dream of' great location, on the beach, wonderful house, all you could want and more from a holiday home and to top it all weather amazing, can't wait to go back. Thank you so much The Woodleys  …see more

from £85 / night

£570 - £1000 / week

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from £85 / night

(10) Excellent 

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La Roche Chalais holiday cottage rental

Dordogne / La Roche Chalais

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Swimming pool
If you are looking for a beautiful holiday home in the heart of French culture then look no further......This gite is situated in a very pleasant rural setting in Dordogne.This is a quietly located property, with a park and a large swimming-pool.  …see more

from £53 / night

£522 - £1000 / week

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from £53 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Broadway holiday barn let

Cotswolds / Broadway

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely stay...” John was a very gracious host...always on hand if you needed anything but equally non-intrusive and his cottage is great. The place itself is very well appointed, perfectly clean, and surprisingly spacious and nowhere more so than tha  …see more

from £90 / night

£410 - £640 / week

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from £90 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

The Burren / Ballyvaughan

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“An ideal place to get away from it all!” We chose to stay in Ballyvaughan, having been before, and desperate for a bit of wilderness and fresh air. We could not have found a better place. The McGraths did everything to make us feel very welcome, commu  …see more

from £174 / night

£1218 - £1261 / week

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from £174 / night

(3) Excellent 

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North Rhine-Westphalia / Nideggen

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £67 / night

£418 / week

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from £67 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Erlestoke

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Beautiful Cottage” We found the Milk House to be excellent in all ways. Newly modernised (late 2011) all the fittings are of very good quality - the kitchen in particular was practical and well appointed. The cottage itself is very spacious; we we  …see more

from £140 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £140 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Eceptional five star barn.” It was our first stay at the barn and we stayed for 7 nights. The owners were fantastic hosts, with a great welcome and milk and juice ready on arrival. The barn has a great layout with enough space for me, my husband and d  …see more

from £85 / night

£325 - £825 / week

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from £85 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Broadford

Isle of Skye / Broadford

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect spot with amazing views” I have already recommended this place to several friends, it is such a perfect place to stay. The views from the house are stunning and the large window area with plenty of seating and long, light evenings meant it was  …see more

from £125 / night

£690 - £1125 / week

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from £125 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet in Welcombe

Devon / Welcombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
On a small site of 12 chalets, with own parking space, Little Nod is very comfortable and well equipped. Electricity is payable by £1 meter. Second bedroom has bunk beds. Garden furniture for patio. Cot and highchair. We welcome one well behaved dog. Lovely, unspo  …see more

from £35 / night

£170 - £545 / week

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from £35 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Kommetjie holiday villa rental

Cape Town / Kommetjie

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great place and Location” Great place to stay in an idyllic spot. Watching the sun go down from the verandah and lovely walks on the beach are just some of the highlights. Maiselle and Jo are very efficient and wonderful to deal with. Mist Mornings  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

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Hautes-Alpes / Les Vigneaux

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

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from £48 / night

£335 - £392 / week

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from £48 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Glencoe Village

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Would definitely stay here again!” 4 Bayview is located in a really beautiful place where the view from the front changes alot depending on the weather. It is situated between Oban and Fort William and for us was ideally placed so we can visit lots of  …see more

from £37 / night

£250 - £475 / week

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from £37 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Carvoeiro / Monte Dourado

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Spacious, well presented apartment in a lovely resort.” The apartment has 2 large bedrooms, a lovely big lounge and a balcony that you can just about see the see from! There are lots of pools to choose from and we would wander down at 10 or 11am and h  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £700 / week

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from £35 / 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 £90 / night

£525 - £560 / week

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from £90 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby, tennis court in Prendergast

Haverfordwest / Prendergast

4 8 Min stay varies

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

from £85 / night

£500 - £1800 / week

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from £85 / night

(30) Excellent 

25

Gargunnock holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Gargunnock

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Amazing setting!” The cottage is beautiful. Everything is like new. The en suite is huge and the bed was really comfy. The best part was the hot tub which has a spectacular view and sitting in it at night with the lights on is amazing. The games r  …see more

from £150 / night

£800 - £1500 / week

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from £150 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Cottage accommodation in Merrymeet

Liskeard / Merrymeet

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Very comfortable, fine location, relaxed setting.” Venton House Cottage ticked all of our boxes. It was clean, comfortable, attractive, well positioned for local beaches, villages and places of interest. Hosts were extremely welcoming and friendly.  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

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Evora District / Evora

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £33 / night

£218 - £261 / week

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from £33 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Heraklion Prefecture / Keratokampos

Studio 3 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £27 / night

£183 / week

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from £27 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Comares holiday villa rental

Costa del Sol / Comares

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely villa in a stunning location” We stayed at Casa Holly for 5 weeks in Feb/March and it was a perfect winter getaway. The wood burning stove kept us warm in the cool evenings and the sun shone on the terraces all day long. The villa is private  …see more

from £64 / night

£450 - £1114 / week

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from £64 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Home rental in Mortehoe with golf nearby

Woolacombe / Mortehoe

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house, great position, lovely walks to Morte Point, great surfing beaches nearby.” The house is ideally located up in the village of Mortehoe. Views across fields of sheep at the back. You can walk along the cliff tops and if you are lucky  …see more

from £123 / night

£699 - £1989 / week

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from £123 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Kirkcolm

Dumfries and Galloway / Kirkcolm

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
Dundream winner of best accommodation provider in west regional Scottish Thistle Awards 2016/17 is situated in the unspoiled, rugged, North Rhins of Galloway in South West Scotland with spectacular sea views to the Mull of Kintyre, Northern Ireland and Arran. Dundream  …see more

from £180 / night

£1470 / week

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from £180 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Home rental in Downderry

Cornwall / Downderry

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful family holiday!” We had the pleasure of staying at Shore View at the end of May. The house is wonderful, with everything a family could possibly need on hand. Kate’s communication before arrival was amazing and certainly made the start of  …see more

from £125 / night

£850 - £1400 / week

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from £125 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Newport -Trefdraeth

Pembrokeshire / Newport

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“dream location” amazing cottage fully equipped with everything, stunning views from the balcony fields to the back and the sea to the side. massive garden which our dog loved, 10 minute walk to the beach, milk and welsh cakes on arrival. management  …see more

from £80 / night

£401 - £1430 / week

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from £80 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Apartment letting in Finikounda

Pylos-Nestor / Finikounda

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“"very relaxing and calm holiday with a beautiful view from the balcony"” I would definitely recomend it. The hosts are very friendly and helpful and always willing to talk. If we were to visit Peloponese again we would stay in that place for sure. The  …see more

from £35 / night

£244 - £522 / week

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from £35 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Almunecar

Province of Granada / Almunecar

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great views, marvellous amenities and a very relaxing time” Lets get the negative our of the way first, access is a bit scary (no barriers on the upper streaches of the road), although you do get used to it. Other than that the villa is all that it  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £1800 / week

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from £143 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Costa Esuri

Ayamonte / Costa Esuri

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The local touch” The apartment is in a safe, secure complex with a mixture of families and holiday rentals so the surrounds and apartments are maintained very well. A very comfortable and spacious two bedroomed apartment with all the facilities to sel  …see more

from £37 / night

£257 - £587 / week

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from £37 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dolgellau / Penmaenpool

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great cottage in beautiful area” We had a great stay in this cosy cottage. The cottage is very well equipped with nearby parking. Due to steps to the cottage and the garden it is not suitable for people with mobility issues. There is a five minute wal  …see more

from £63 / night

£350 - £599 / week

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from £63 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Argyll and Bute / Strachur

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice time in a nice house in a nice area” We spent 6 days with 8 persons (4 adults, 4 children). The house was very comfortable for us 2 families.The 3 bedrooms in the first floor were great, the one in the groundfloor (bed and bathroom) average. The  …see more

from £195 / night

£745 - £1625 / week

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from £195 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Croyde

Braunton / Croyde

3 8 Min stay varies

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

from £145 / night

£795 - £2500 / week

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from £145 / night