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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Milton Under Wychwood holiday cottage rental

Burford / Milton Under Wychwood

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“fantastic holiday cottage” We had a wonderful stay at High Ridge for my birthday celebrations, I was slightly concerned as I had read a negative review for the property on trip advisor after we`d booked. However this is a wonderful house - extremely c  …see more

from £150 / night

£850 - £2250 / week

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from £150 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Londonderry / Coleraine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
Style, luxury and convenience in a beautiful location what more can be said about this apartment and its situation to Northern Ireland's world renowned North Antrim Coast. Activities abound, golfing, fishing, motorcycling, cycling, walking, swimming, canoeing, etc.  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £2100 / week

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from £55 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Evora / Herdade do Batoquinho

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary

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from £61 / night

£423 / week

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from £61 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Portsoy / Sandend

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £70 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Lacock holiday home rental

Wiltshire / Lacock

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful!” Beautiful cottage, highly recommended. Fiona was incredibly helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay. The children loved the outdoor space, farm animals and the very friendly dogs. Great location. We will be visiting agai  …see more

from £180 / night

£800 - £1150 / week

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from £180 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Saint Jean d'Aulps

Haute-Savoie / Saint Jean d'Aulps

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“What a fantastic place to have a holiday!” This was our first summer holiday in the Alps having only previously enjoyed skiing holidays in the mountains. And what a great holiday it turned out to be. Saint Jean D'Aulps is a lively, pretty and typical  …see more

from £150 / night

£600 - £2600 / week

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from £150 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ballycastle

County Antrim / Ballycastle

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
The Lodge offers the best of both worlds: an opportunity to rest and unwind and/or to engage with the vibrant events and life of the Causeway Coast and Glens. Situated between the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede, this is a place to feed the soul.<br />Guests fr  …see more

from £60 / night

£250 - £325 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Union Hall holiday apartment rental

County Cork / Union Hall

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Wonderful and so Peaceful” Wonderful area, we loved West Cork, the cottage was clean and very comfortable. The double bed was incredibly cosy and the showers were powerful and the en-suite was a real treat. The kitchen area / living area was minimal  …see more

from £52 / night

£345 - £414 / week

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from £52 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday home with shared pool in San Gimignano

Province of Siena / San Gimignano

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 55 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“So good we came back in 2013 - Terrific Villa, Pool, Views & Airconditioning” A lovely traditional style Villa, extremely well appointed with the luxury of Airconditioned bedrooms - which meant a comfortable nights sleep for all. With two young childr  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £900 / week

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from £90 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Ede / Otterlo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

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from £69 / night

£194 - £315 / week

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from £69 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Challock

Kent / Challock

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Very relaxing” Stayed in Oak cottage August bank holiday week and have to say it was very relaxing, Wendy & Nigel were there to meet us nad were very friendly and welcoming. Oak cottage is perfect to just chill and relax in. It is also very convenie  …see more

from £65 / night

£365 - £565 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Gite rental in Le Claux

Cantal / Le Claux

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Lovely house for people who like to walk and love to be outside. The environment is all nature. You can spot a lot of animals like wild horses, who are most of all close to the lake. An old renovated farmhouse in the middle of the nature. You only hear the sound of the  …see more

from £61 / night

£375 - £703 / week

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from £61 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Minchinhampton holiday cottage rental

Stroud / Minchinhampton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
country views, romantic break Cotswolds, honeymoon Cotswolds,walking holiday Cotswolds, Brimscombe, Stroud, Nailsworth, Minchinhampton, Tetbury, Badminton Horse trials, Gatcombe Eventing, Cheltenham Gold Cup, vacation gloucestershire  …see more

from £105 / night

£599 - £999 / week

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from £105 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Lower Franconia / Frammersbach

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £39 / night

£272 / week

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from £39 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Flaine ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski locker<br />On o  …see more

from £129 / night

£900 - £1500 / week

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from £129 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Callac

Cotes-d'Armor / Callac

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful, quiet, so relaxing” We had an amazing stay ear lie in the give earlier this summer, there are no words to describe the view from the garden and it being in the centre of Brittany made it great for visiting the beautiful coastlines around. V  …see more

from £52 / night

£295 - £595 / week

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from £52 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Armoy

County Antrim / Armoy

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house in a convenient location” A group of us spent a very enjoyable weekend here recently. We were four couples and the four large double rooms upstairs were ideal for our group size. However, the house could comfortably hold more than eigh  …see more

from £125 / night

£650 - £1390 / week

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from £125 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Villefagnan

Charente / Villefagnan

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
This complex is set in a very peaceful country area yet readily accessible to the large cities of Poitiers and Angouleme. Large 12x6 swimming pool.  …see more

from £44 / night

£259 - £561 / week

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from £44 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Indre-et-Loire / Genille

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £61 / night

£423 / week

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from £61 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Abondance / Chatel

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £44 / night

£259 - £466 / week

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from £44 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, private traditional cottage” This lovely, thatched cottage is up in the hills and woods and very private. It is beautifully updated, comfortable, and has a lot of personal touches. We were welcomed with a bouquet of fresh flowers. The beddi  …see more

from £60 / night

£180 - £420 / week

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from £60 / 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 £160 / night

£1121 - £2393 / week

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from £160 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“PERFECT Holiday Cottage” This is a PERFECT Holiday Cottage. Lovely Clean holiday home that is extremely well equiped. We arrived to find milk and a bottle of wine in the fridge and some frozen food in the freezer. There was a lovely bunch of fresh fl  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £550 / week

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from £60 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental with golf nearby

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 34 km
  • Swimming pool
“Amazing” Me & my family stayed here 4 a week at the beginning of September & I can't praise everything enough!! Lodge was very clean,nice quiet location on the lake. There is a raf base close by where the fighter jets take off, they are noisy, but am  …see more

from £96 / night

£460 - £960 / week

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from £96 / night

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Porlezza

Province of Como / Porlezza

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This lovely 2 bedroom apartment will sleep up to 6 guests, is situated in Porlezza and benefits from all the facilities available in this excellent complex.  …see more

from £95 / night

£664 - £1117 / week

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from £95 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Zell am See

Salzburg Region / Zell am See

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski
Local ski hire shop makes it easy to hire equipment. English owner is on hand to give advice and help.  …see more

from £52 / night

£363 - £742 / week

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from £52 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Cutthorpe

Chesterfield / Cutthorpe

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Cottages and B & B of high quality” Whilst this review refers to "The Swallows" we have also stayed in "The Robin" and enjoyed a bed and breakfast room in Barbara and Alan's House. We have been delighted with the quality and standards of accommodatio  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £75 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Kirkby Lonsdale

Cumbria / Kirkby Lonsdale

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Exceptional cottage in beautiful countryside.” We stayed in the cottage for a week and were greeted with a most welcome bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The cottage was spotless with outstanding fixtures and fittings. The cottage contained everyt  …see more

from £109 / night

£499 - £749 / week

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from £109 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Portreath

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Glenfeadon Villa, is a beautifully present, cosy 100yr old end of terrace, 3bed stone built Cornish cottage which provides a real home-from-home, family property. It is only a very short level walk to the beach and village facilities, giving you the option of parking<  …see more

from £70 / night

£345 - £1090 / week

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from £70 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Grindelwald

Grindelwald / Kirchbuhl

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag  …see more

from £385 / night

£2800 / week

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from £385 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Calasparra holiday villa rental

Murcia / Calasparra

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
The house has covered terrace on three sides. A music facility at the pool, covered dining area by the pool.  …see more

from £60 / night

£375 - £575 / week

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from £60 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Lodge rental in Praa Sands with shared pool, golf nearby

Cornwall / Praa Sands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Better then home from home.” Lovely area of cornwall. Very spacious lodge, high quality furnishings, very comfortable indeed. Lovely touch of the 'Cornish goods basket' with butter etc to greet me on arrival. I would defiantly go back again.  …see more

from £75 / night

£590 - £1250 / week

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from £75 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Finistere / Morlaix

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £26 / night

£173 - £475 / week

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from £26 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow in Towyn

Abergele / Towyn

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Family Treat” My Wife and I and our two children went on a visit down memory lane. We hadn't visited Abergele for some time. It was our home town many years ago and to show the children where we used to live was wonderful for us. Catref as a base co  …see more

from £75 / night

£300 - £580 / week

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from £75 / night

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B&b rental in Geinberg

Upper Austria / Geinberg

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
45 min drive between Salzburg, Munich and Linz  …see more

from £35 / night

£121 - £212 / week

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from £35 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Cellardyke

Fife / Cellardyke

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“the best holiday let I have stayed in, gorgeous!” I am really fussy so when we arrived at Salt Herring to a beautiful, warm, well furnished cottage we were really pleased. We arrived in the dark and with driving rain but the cottage was cosy and we s  …see more

from £89 / night

£410 - £725 / week

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from £89 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Castletownshend

County Cork / Castletownshend

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Well equipped and great location” We have stayed here both in Spring and Summer and the house is cosy in the cold weather due to a lovely log fire and great in the summer too with a sun trap of a garden. The kitchen is very well equipped - love the a  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(26) Excellent 

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St Keverne holiday cottage rental

Helston / St Keverne

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“A good place to stay” Palm Cottage has a welcoming atmosphere about it, and is a splendid place in which to spend a holiday. It is old and characterful, and blends well with its beautiful surroundings. When not in use as a holiday cottage, it is cle  …see more

from £90 / night

£340 - £865 / week

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from £90 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wells-next-the-Sea

Norfolk / Wells-next-the-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Heaven on earth” Beautiful appt wonderful sea views a special holiday appartment. Great restaurants on the harbour with stunning sea views.ib Va  …see more

from £123 / night

£533 - £950 / week

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from £123 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1300 / week

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from £135 / night