Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

Rural short breaks (17059)

Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.



Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.



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Holiday bungalow in Middleham

North Yorkshire / Middleham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Middleham cottage” We booked this cottage last minute for Christmas. It was warm and cosy in absolutely awful weather. We would have liked to look around more at Middleham but will have to come back and try again when the weather is better. Would d  …see more

from £85 / night

£495 - £540 / week

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from £85 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Lodge rental in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Home from home” Second time at the Lodge,everything you could need ,supplied ,and a lovely welcome pack,including their own fresh eggs.Perfect base to visit all sort of attractions,from lovely beaches to castles and golf courses.Was here visiting fami  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £55 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Harlech

Snowdonia National Park / Harlech

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect location for exploring Snowdonia” My wife and I stayed for one month at Dros-Y-Mor and found it to be a perfect location for exploring Snowdonia and North West Wales. The apartment is well presented and has all the amenities one could possibly  …see more

from £60 / night

£290 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Seaton

Devon / Seaton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” 2nd time we've stayed at Hydrangea Cottage, once again not disappointed. Liz had left "many supplies", so there was no need to rush out to the shops, cottage was clean and lovely and warm, plenty of clean towels, bedding was freshly laundered.  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £690 / week

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from £60 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“What a lovely cottage.” What a find!! Went with friends, really ejoyed. Great location and beautiful cottage, loved it Laura was really helpful right from booking the cottage to greeting us on arrival. Would totally recommend and would definitely ret  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“FABULOUS APARTMENT, LOCATION, AND LANDLORDS..........” I stayed in the apartment for 3 weeks and wish it could have been longer. A friend joined me after the first week. You can not beat the location of this absolutely beautiful apartment in this wo  …see more

from £85 / night

£573 - £763 / week

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from £85 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
“perfect relaxation” Stayed in Hillview cottage last year and came back for more this year. Perfect just as we remembered it. Wonderfully situated for the coast , Dartmoor and other tourist attractions in Devon and Cornwall. Lovely indoor pool to come  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £80 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Criccieth

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean characterful comfortable cosy quiet!” A beautifully restored and presented cottage, with spacious grounds and in an idyllic quiet secluded setting. Very comfortable beds,nice finishing touches, including a tray of 'goodies' to get us started. Ev  …see more

from £80 / night

£525 - £925 / week

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from £80 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Newstead holiday cottage rental

Melrose / Newstead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent cottage - very clean” Very clean - comfortable - near to our friends who live around the corner and who recommended it - near to excellent fishing  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £540 / week

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from £75 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Gamblesby

Eden District / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect family weekend, location and unique accommodation” A surprise weeks for my husband which tuned out to be perfect. Plenty of room, all home from home comforts. We had two dogs with us and they loved the garden and walks close by. 6 adults, 1  …see more

from £115 / night

£650 - £1380 / week

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from £115 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Isle of Harris

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Tucked away just a short drive from Tarbert, the main town on Harris, in a secluded bay is Mol Bàn a traditional Hebridean croft house. Mol Bàn nestles in a quarter acre of landscaped gardens, slightly wild as you would expect on this untamed island and as  …see more

from £110 / night

£770 - £1150 / week

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from £110 / 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

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

1 2 3 nights min

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

from £72 / night

£383 / week

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from £72 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Kingsbarns

St Andrews / Kingsbarns

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“So lucky to find this place!” Very, very good accommodation. Everything you could possibly need is to hand. The owners are welcoming and they keep the cottage immaculately clean. The wood burning stove was a big bonus - very easy to light and a joy to  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £575 / week

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from £65 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Glencoe Village ski cottage to rent.

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Brilliant” The location of the cottage is ideal for days out and about in glenco Oban or fortwilliam plenty to do Also the cottage is a great place to relax and wind down every thing you need and more. Well maintained a credit to Gabrielia & Geo  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £635 / week

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from £95 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Gyrngoch holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Gyrngoch

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“A Welsh gem” This is our second visit to Rosemary cottage (see my previous review) A wonderful mountain backdrop with beautiful farmland in front reaching out to views of the sea, what more could you possibly want? We arrived with friends who stayed  …see more

from £120 / night

£685 - £787 / week

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from £120 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool, golf nearby in Pokolbin

Greater Newcastle / Pokolbin

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
The Hunter Valley Getaway is a Holiday Rental at The Vintage Golf & Spa Resort & Wedding Venue in the Hunter Valley Vineyards. The home features modern styling with open plan living areas, gourmet kitchen, overlooking a large Alfresco Dining & BBQ area and s  …see more

from £371 / night

£2346 - £2778 / week

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from £371 / night

(120) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water

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

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“The perfect base for a family holiday in the Cotswolds” Our family of four - children ages four and eleven - have just returned from our holidays in the UK. Lavender Cottage was an ideal home-away-from-home while visiting the Cotswolds. The cottage -  …see more

from £95 / night

£725 - £1000 / week

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from £95 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Tincleton

Dorchester / Tincleton

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
“Family weekend” Friendly welcome & quick resolution of minor problems. Clean, well equipped property with comfortable beds. Quiet farm location but close to Dorset's attractions.  …see more

from £156 / night

£995 - £2395 / week

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from £156 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Bantry

County Cork / Bantry

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“A great base to explore W Cork” This family of 4 enjoyed a great fortnight in the house. The location is great as it is quite close to the town centre and makes access for all the penisulas easy. The owners are very friendly and helpful.  …see more

from £42 / night

£348 - £407 / week

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from £42 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in West Chilla

Holsworthy / West Chilla

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
Primrose has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The open plan living / dining room with beamed ceilings opens out onto a large deck with views over a picturesque lake. Peace and quiet with plenty of wildlife. Walks over 38 acre site and woodlands. In addition to Primrose we a  …see more

from £75 / night

£510 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Uppingham

Rutland / Uppingham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Moss Cottage is an ideal base to explore the activities in and around Uppingham which itself is an historic Market Town boasting fine Restaurants, Pubs and Bistros all within walking distance of Moss Cottage. The Town of Stamford is not to be missed and only 20 minutes  …see more

from £120 / night

£495 - £675 / week

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from £120 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Colonia de Sant Pere holiday villa rental

Colonia de Sant Pere / Bay of Alcudia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant!” Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at La Vista villa. The rooftop terrace was simply wonderful, enjoying the beautiful sunset views. Thankyou  …see more

from £95 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £95 / night

(56) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Central Whitby

Whitby / Central Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful cottage, very comfortable and tastefully decorated and in a perfect location” Central location in the heart of Whitby, an ideal base for exploring the town and making the most that Whitby has to offer. No need to use the car unless you want  …see more

from £85 / night

£690 / week

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(10) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Guemene-sur-Scorff

Morbihan / Guemene-sur-Scorff

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
Hazel cottage is an ideal couple's getaway, it's also great for families with one child/baby where you can relax amongst the 30 acres of private grounds and large shared heated swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi and a 20% discount with Brittany Ferries.  …see more

from £34 / night

£243 - £492 / week

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from £34 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Marazion

Marazion / St Michael's Mount

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“A Really Lovely Apartment” We booked this apartment as a last minute break from Holiday Lettings and we certainly weren't disappointed. We were greeted by a welcome bottle of wine, and a sparkling clean apartment. The apartment had great facilities in  …see more

from £105 / night

£445 - £810 / week

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from £105 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Rathdrum / Greenane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 21 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful views” We had a brilliant time , there were loads to do althrough you gad to travel to get to them , kids enjoyed themselves weather was fantastic and the views from the cabin were beautiful  …see more

from £85 / night

£382 - £509 / week

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from £85 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in South Petherton

Somerset / South Petherton

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“A great area to stay” A lovely cottage with super facilities (save a washing machine) and our hosts were extremely helpful and friendly. We especially enjoyed the flowers and wine ! We had good weather during the week, and were very impressed with  …see more

from £40 / night

£245 - £490 / week

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from £40 / night

(32) 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
“Superb Accommodation and setting” We had a fabulous weekend at The Milk House with six adults and two teenage girls. It was was clean and tidy with everything we needed. Beautifully decorated. All the linen smelt lovely and fresh. Rebecca was a warm a  …see more

from £140 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £140 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Kelso holiday cottage rental

Borders / Kelso

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Excellent holiday Cottage” The Old Smithy is a superb holiday cottage. As it is all on one level, it is ideal for less abled people. The kitchen is very well equipped, the sitting room is large and has deep leather sofas, the bedrooms are spacious and  …see more

from £230 / night

£745 - £950 / week

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from £230 / night

(53) Excellent 

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Bayeux holiday gite accommodation

Calvados / Bayeux

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“P E R F E C T - What an amazing place!” We just spend the most amazing week at this beautiful place! What a fantastic house! Each and every detail is designed with taste and a great sense of style. The decor is fantastic and everything is of highes  …see more

from £120 / night

£839 - £1263 / week

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from £120 / night

(38) Excellent 

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West Stourmouth holiday cottage rental

Canterbury / West Stourmouth

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, lovely cottage.” Stayed in Little Impetts while attending a family wedding. The cottage was beautiful and ideal for a family of four. The location was beautiful and very idilic. The owners were wonderful and we couldn't have asked for  …see more

from £100 / night

£370 - £620 / week

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from £100 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Les Carroz-d'Araches ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Les Carroz-d'Araches

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Great holiday lots of wonderful snow” The apartment was warm and cozy and very well equipped for the six of us. Our family and friends have stayed in the village centre for a number of years so we were a little concerned before our arrival that the ch  …see more

from £98 / night

£490 - £1614 / week

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from £98 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Ballymahon holiday cottage rental

County Longford / Ballymahon

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
The cottage sits on an elevated site with views for many miles over the surrounding countryside The site is quiet and peaceful with lovely bird sounds from the garden.A holiday in the cottage can be totally relaxing with walks through the local forest or along the canal  …see more

from £85 / night

£272 - £407 / week

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(20) Excellent 

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La Chatre holiday cottage rental

Indre / La Chatre

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Private garden
“A special place to spend our 25th Wedding Anniversary” We chose La Maison Rose from the photographs, it looked nice and was close to a nice looking town, La Chatre, the google street view did worry us a bit but we thought that we would use the cottag  …see more

from £60 / night

£275 - £390 / week

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from £60 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Portmeirion holiday cottage let

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“homely cottage” we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this homely cottage, it is quiet and peaceful but not far from all amenities. it was also pet friendly and everything was clean and tidy.  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £690 / week

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from £60 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Oban holiday apartment rental

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“First Class Apartment in the heart of Oban with stunning views!” Little Bay ticked all the boxes for our family of four. Fantastic location; thoughtful welcome pack which made settling in very easy; everything you would want and need in an apartment w  …see more

from £69 / night

£315 - £645 / week

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from £69 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Newport -Trefdraeth

Pembrokeshire / Newport

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
"Thank you Mark, this is the best cottage we have been in in thirty four years in Newport. We will almost certainly return next year after staying again in September." Jan and Ron - Liverpool - June 2015 Camelot is a conversion of a 300-year old slate-built  …see more

from £90 / night

£365 - £845 / week

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from £90 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Hinterthal ski apartment to rent.

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The Austrian Alps are a special place, full of beauty and fresh air. We come to the mountains to recharge our souls, and in Hinterthal you are in the best place to do it all. Relax, spend time with your family and friends, have fun and laugh what more can you ask for!  …see more

from £157 / night

£1102 - £2352 / week

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from £157 / night

(21) Very Good 

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Holiday townhouse with golf nearby in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

8 18 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Good size, great location, lovely house” 11 of us stayed Friday-Sunday. There was a good space outside for parking as we had 4 cars between us which all fitted fine. When we arrived the house was spotless and we even had a bottle of prosecco left for  …see more

from £150 / night

£850 - £3970 / week

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from £150 / night