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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.



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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Holidayflat Dominika *** - Europa Park apartment sleeps 4

Baden-Württemberg / Europa Park

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Family-friendly apartment with separate entrance. Our house is in a very quiet position, 450 m above sea level with very good air. Excellent view of the city and the black forest. Close to Freiburg, Strasbourg, France, Switzerland and Europa Park. There is no need to b  …see more

from £69 / night

£479 / week

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from £69 / night

(26) Very Good 

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Bramble Barn - Huntingford - Gloucestershire barn sleeps 4

Wotton-under-Edge / Huntingford, Gloucestershire

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Set in 25 acres of untouched pasture and meadow land on the fringe of the Cotswolds and within easy reach of the Forest of Dean, the Spa towns of Cheltenham and Bath, the cities of Bristol and Gloucester and many historical towns.Activities available are abundant rangin  …see more

from £64 / night

£365 - £530 / week

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from £64 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Ghillie's Cottage - Thornhill cottage sleeps 8

Dumfries and Galloway / Thornhill

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 48 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Ghillie's is a 5 star luxury self catering cottage. Situated just five miles from the charming village of Thornhill, it enjoys a south facing position in its own large enclosed garden. The cottage sits within our own farmland and farm tours can be arranged.Ghillie  …see more

from £131 / night

£540 - £890 / week

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Hexham House Cottage - Wark cottage sleeps 3

Northumberland / Wark

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Our stunning stone built cottage in the heart of Northumberland is a perfect retreat and a great base from which to explore all that the area has to offer. Wark is a pretty village set on the River North Tyne and is just a few miles from Hexham, Hadrian's Wall and Kiel  …see more

from £70 / night

£425 - £525 / week

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(25) Excellent 

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The Chancel - Wareham converted chapel sleeps 6

Dorset / Wareham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
The church was converted into residential dwellings in 1994 and consists of three houses - the Tower, the Nave and the Chancel. The Chancel still retains the large East window just beyond the alter area, which is now one of the many features adorning this unique house.  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £860 / week

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Tirol / Flirsch

4 8 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £171 / night

£1197 - £1436 / week

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from £171 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Ferndale Studio Cottage - Thornhill cottage sleeps 2

Dumfries and Galloway / Thornhill

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Ferndale Studio lies at the end of the quiet conservation village of Durisdeer, at the feet of the Lowther hills where endless beautiful walks begin a few yards from the front door. Ferndale provides comfortable studio accommodation for one or two people and is ideal fo  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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from £50 / night

(11) Excellent 

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The Annexe @ Windrush - Rotherfield Greys apartment sleeps 2

Henley-on-Thames / Rotherfield Greys

1 2 4 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 4 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; No pets allowed;
A luxury holiday rental studio apartment offering ideal independent accommodation for a couple or individual. Almost new and finished to a high standard the apartment offers the comforts of modern living. It it is a lovely semi-rural location within easy reach of Henley  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 / week

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from £90 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Brasov County / Rucar

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
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from £171 / night

£1026 - £1445 / week

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from £171 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Modern Apartment Close to Nantwich Town Centre - Nantwich apartment sleeps 6

Cheshire / Nantwich

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Newhaven Court is a comfortable and relaxing home to explore Cheshire, North Wales and the Peak District. It is a 5 minute walk to the local Morrisons supermarket and Nantwich town centre, wherein you can peruse the local boutiques and recharge at one of the tea or coff  …see more

from £68 / night

£476 / week

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from £68 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence / Sisteron

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
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from £52 / night

£308 / week

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from £52 / night

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Fehu Container Loft - Villa La Angostura bungalow sleeps 2

Province of Neuquen / Villa La Angostura

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Not suitable for children;
CAPACIDAD PARA 2 PERSONAS (CAMA MATRIMONIAL).CALEFACCIÓN (ctz 6500 kcal tiro balanceado) TV SATELITAL (DTV).DVD.; MICROONDAS,COCINA / ANAFE.HELADERA; PARRILLA.VAJILLA COMPLETA.ROPA DE CAMA (Marca- Canon);Estacionamiento al Aire Libre, dentro del complejo-  …see more

from £50 / night

£341 / week

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from £50 / night

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Leiria District / Pataias

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
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from £60 / night

£419 - £479 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Villa Relax - Song Cau house sleeps 8

Quy Nhon / Song Cau

4 8 3 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
Welcome to our paradise on earth - perhaps even yours to be?Miles of beautiful beach, postcard palm trees and white sand is something you have to get used to.Take advantage of the incredible serenity that surrounds Gahn Do, without any loud discotheque or bar streetPut  …see more

from £77 / night

£496 - £633 / week

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from £77 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Mashay Cottage - Little Yeldham cottage sleeps 2

Halstead / Little Yeldham

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Mashay Cottage is a single storey property, (which is the original 250 year old part of the main house,) it provides guests with four star rated comfortable accommodation. Decorated and furnished in Laura Ashley fine fabrics, bed linen and accessories.Whether you are l  …see more

from £65 / night

£320 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Vila Real District / Mondim de Basto

2 5 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
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from £43 / night

£330 / week

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from £43 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Savoie / La Cote-d'Aime

5 2 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ski; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
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from £67 / night

£467 / week

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from £67 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Rowan Cottage, Healey, Masham - Masham cottage sleeps 4

North Yorkshire / Masham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Ask about pets;
Rowan Cottage is located in the heart of the village of Healey, in an elevated position overlooking part of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate with its fusion of rolling pasture, woodland and moorland dales. This conservation village is situated in the Nidderdale Area of Ou  …see more

from £70 / night

£385 - £555 / week

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Jura / Saint-Claude

2 5 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Not suitable for children;
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from £69 / night

£300 - £424 / week

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from £69 / night

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Aisne / Suzy

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £51 / night

£324 / week

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from £51 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Jurassic Coast Beach House - Charmouth cottage sleeps 4

Bridport / Charmouth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.3 km; Child friendly ;
The Hideaway is situated and the end of a private drive off the lane leading to Charmouth's famous Fossil Beach.Set in it's own walled garden it offers private parking for 2 cars. Both the beach and the Charming Village Street are within a couple of minutes level walk s  …see more

from £95 / night

£495 - £975 / week

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from £95 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Wheatsheaf Barn - Manningtree barn sleeps 10

Essex / Manningtree

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 0.8 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Wheatsheaf Barn was built in 1715 and carefully restored by the owners in 2011 to create a contemporary interior within the original fabric, using quality oak joinery and luxury fittings. The 60 foot open plan living area offers very spacious accomodation with a dramati  …see more

from £250 / night

£690 - £1355 / week

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from £250 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Cragowlet House East. - Kilcreggan cottage sleeps 6

Helensburgh / Kilcreggan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Cragowlet has been completely renovated over a period of 6 years and the work was completed during the summer of 2014. The renovation involved repair and restoration of most of its original features. During this restoration the opportunity was taken to upgrade the kit  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £660 / week

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(30) Excellent 

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The Acorns - Joyford farmhouse sleeps 6

Forest of Dean / Joyford

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
The Acorns is situated within the statutory Forest of Dean in Joyford, set within its own grounds of 10 acres, surrounded by farmland and woodland with direct access to the Forest. It is a scenic, tranquil location accessed from a single track no through lane but surpr  …see more

from £55 / night

£320 - £774 / week

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(19) Excellent 

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The Annexe at Rusper House - Piddlehinton apartment sleeps 4

Dorchester / Piddlehinton

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 21 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Private and modern annexe that has been recently refurbished to a high standard and provides a wonderful rural retreat for couples, young families or friends. The bedroom is a stylish sanctuary with a king size bed, sumptuous duvet and selection of pillows. There is a  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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Der Elbenhof - Sankt Peter-Ording cottage sleeps 2

Schleswig-Holstein / Sankt Peter-Ording

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Not suitable for children;
Romantic Hide-Away in a thatched roof cottage for singles/couples * Relaxation Retreat of a special kind.Experience true relaxation and recovery surrounded by nature. Enjoy a holiday for your body, soul a spirit right in the centre of a bathing paradise near the North S  …see more

from £60 / night

£419 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Guntles with a View - Old Blendworth apartment sleeps 2

Hampshire / Old Blendworth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 20 km; Child friendly ;
A unique luxury studio apartment ,with one main studio / bedroom for two guests,fully equipped kitchen and en suite with shower . (with further accomodation available for children etc. upon request,).. being the upper floor in a select country residence situated on th  …see more

from £45 / night

£380 / week

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from £45 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Forge Cottage - Horringer cottage sleeps 6

Bury St Edmunds / Horringer

2 6 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 80 km; Child friendly ;
The Cottage has recently been beautifully renovated and adjoins an historic 15th century courtyard surrounded by organic grassland, it is set in undulating open countryside with stunning views. Exceptionally quiet location with medieval terraced lakes (fishing available  …see more

from £120 / night

£550 - £725 / week

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from £120 / night

(12) Excellent 

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The Old Grocery at Bay House - Broadway cottage sleeps 6

Cotswolds / Broadway

3 6 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
The Old Grocery is situated on the upper high street Broadway and has recently been refurbished (July 2014) to a very high level giving en-suites to each bedroom with one containing a roll-top bath.It has a large lounge and dining room and a good kitchen. We switch the  …see more

from £150 / night

£750 - £800 / week

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from £150 / night

(4) Excellent 

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AlpinLodge Oetz - Oetz apartment sleeps 7

Tirol / Oetz

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Luxury apartments in the center of OetzAlpinLodges Oetz is located at the entrance of the Ötztal Valley. Placed only 30 minutes away from Innsbruck, at the entrance to the Tyrolean Oetz valley. Oetz is an ideal starting point for many activities in both summer and wint  …see more

from £250 / night

£1748 - £2789 / week

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from £250 / night

(11) Excellent 

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The Old Milking Parlour - Purton barn sleeps 4

Swindon / Purton

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds The Old Milking Parlour is in a peaceful rural hamlet yet is only minutes away from larger towns. This detached former milking parlour has been carefully converted and renovated to offer luxurious spacious and contemporary holiday  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £600 / week

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(23) Excellent 

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Green Farm Barn - Shadoxhurst barn sleeps 12

Kent / Shadoxhurst

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
"Luxury Barn, stunning decor, perfect for a weekend get away" (Michelle Feb 2015) "Very peaceful stay in stunning barn conversion. Great local pub within walking distance serving cracking food and real ale!" (Steve Sept 2014) "The barn was stunning, thoughtfully rest  …see more

from £400 / night

£1200 - £2750 / week

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from £400 / night

(13) Excellent 

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The Granary - Montreuil-sur-Mer cottage sleeps 5

Pas-de-Calais / Montreuil-sur-Mer

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 24 km; Swimming pool;
This delightful detached cottage with private swimming pool (open Easter to October) and games room is set in the lovely traditional village of Saulchoy and only a short walk to the nearby restaurant and bar. Relax and enjoy the countryside, visit the many historic sigh  …see more

from £70 / night

£270 - £590 / week

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from £70 / night

(26) Excellent 

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The Low Barn - Martin cottage sleeps 4

Lincolnshire / Martin

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 64 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The Low Barn at Holmdale House has been created from two original barns, used to house farm equipment when Holmdale House was a fully functioning village farm.Our conversion has sought to retain all the character of the original buildings whilst offering the best of mod  …see more

from £105 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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Venabu Hytter, Heimbu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 3

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Heimbu built 2000. 25m2. Accommodates 2-3 people. Cosy small cabins with combined living/sleeping area. Bunk bed with double (150cm) berth at bottom. Separate mini kitchen with two heating plates, coffee machine, fridge with small freezer compartment. TV, radio, WiFi. H  …see more

from £110 / night

£580 / week

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from £110 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Apt 11, Waters Edge - Shoreham-by-Sea apartment sleeps 4

West Sussex / Shoreham-by-Sea

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
The apartment is on the top floor of an attractive block built on Shoreham Beach in 2000. It sits on the south bank of the River Adur which links into Shoreham Harbour. Occasional coastal vessels visit the working quay opposite, and local sailing and other pleasure cr  …see more

from £100 / night

£560 - £650 / week

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(39) Excellent 

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BARN COTSWOLDS STRATFORD CHELTENHAM WORCESTERSHIRE - Dormston barn sleeps 5

Worcestershire / Dormston

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
IDEAL FOR: 1 COUPLE 2 COUPLES FAMILIES/PARTIES UP TO 5 DOGS WELCOME PLEASE NOTE WI-FI RECENTLY UPGRADED IN RESPONSE TO GUEST COMMENTS SPECIAL SERVICE DURING CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL - ASK ABOUT AIRPORT/RACECOURSE TRANSFERS DOVECOTE BARN AT MOAT FARM DORMSTON WR7 4JX. SE  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £847 / week

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from £80 / night

(7) Very Good 

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The Hayloft - Colchester barn sleeps 6

Essex / Colchester

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 14 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
*****August 13- 19th only £550 ****late deal Opened in Summer 2013 we are a Visit England 4 star rated 3 bedroomed self catering barn conversion with Wifi. Downstairs, an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with modern fully fitted kitchen including fridge freezer  …see more

from £95 / night

£350 - £625 / week

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(8) Excellent 

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Les Naturelles, Leukerbad - Leukerbad apartment sleeps 5

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
This spacious one-bedroom apartment is located on the 5th floor. The apartment comfortably sleeps 5 people and is well-suited to a family. The large living/dining room has two sofa beds and a pull-out bed, and a new large-screen HD-television. The well-equipped kitch  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £1950 / week

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from £75 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Camrose Cottage - Modern Spacious Seaside Getaway - Cullen cottage sleeps 6

Moray / Cullen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Camrose is a newly-renovated 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom modern home centrally located in the seaside Royal Burgh of Cullen. The house is built in the traditional style but has a unique split level interior design offering spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to  …see more

from £75 / night

£475 - £700 / week

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from £75 / night

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