Rural short breaks in the UK and mainland Europe

Rural short breaks (17223)

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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Apartment rental in Glenridding

Lake District / Glenridding

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
A comfortable and spacious Lake District apartment for two people, with walking from the door and water based sports on Ullswater. A real home from home with views of Grisedale Beck and the Lakeland fells.  …see more

from £80 / night

£315 - £530 / week

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from £80 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Struan holiday home rental

Struan / Eabost

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Stunning, fantastic house” Spent a week here with my wife and friends. This house has everything you need for a short or even long stay. Fantastic kitchen/dining room/living room with views to the west of the nearby hills and sunsets. All the faciliti  …see more

from £150 / night

£650 - £1093 / week

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from £150 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski apartment to rent.

Upper Bavaria / Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom apartment in Bavarian style chalet with beautiful mountain views. Ideally located in Germany's most famous winter and summer resort offering recreational and cultural attractions for all ages.  …see more

from £98 / night

£585 - £920 / week

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from £98 / night

(55) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Northern England

Northumberland / Alnwick

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect apartment” We stayed in the apartment for a week whilst visiting family nearby, the apartment was perfect for our needs and with easy walking distance to all the shops and restaurants in Alnwick. After our long journey from North Wales the 'w  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £525 / week

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from £70 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Joyford

Forest of Dean / Joyford

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Fantastic for the Forest Of Dean” Lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome. The house is part of the farm, with sheep, horses and friendly dogs for children to enjoy.The accommodation is very comfortable with large bedrooms, a decent kitchen  …see more

from £55 / night

£320 - £774 / week

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from £55 / night

(36) Excellent 

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West Country holiday barn rental

Kingsbridge / Cotmore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Very high quality cottage in beautiful countryside” Spent a lovely week here in June 2016. The cottage is in excellent condition with high quality fittings and furniture, and is well equipped. It would have been even nicer if the weather had been bett  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £950 / week

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from £100 / 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

(22) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Coldingham

Borders / Coldingham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
NO BOOKING FEES WITH THIS PROPERTY We also have a Facebook page - Please search for Coldingham Cottage  …see more

from £110 / night

£525 - £765 / week

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from £110 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Grantshouse

Borders / Grantshouse

5 13 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb accommodation” Spent a weekend at Dunvegan to celebrate a family member's birthday. Our party was 9 adults and 1 child and the accommodation was spacious with a high quality finish. Everything was provided and we all had a great experience. Su  …see more

from £290 / night

£1400 - £1800 / week

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from £290 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Holiday home rental

Dorset / Weymouth

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“5 star, with personal touches, plenty of space and facilities for all ages” The owners were very welcoming when they showed us around and very quick to refund the deposit. The house was clean and well presented. It had all the equipment necessary in  …see more

from £273 / night

£1490 - £3300 / week

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from £273 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ousson-sur-Loire holiday home rental

Loiret / Ousson-sur-Loire

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Nice house in a beautiful location” We knew from the photos that the location would be good, but if anything the views were even better than expected. The house is conveniently located for supermarkets and has a good restaurant (but not cheap) at a ho  …see more

from £180 / night

£1200 - £2100 / week

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from £180 / night

(60) 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 £80 / night

£540 - £1000 / week

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from £80 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Eyam

Eyam / Eyam

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
ENJOY A PERFECT BREAK in our traditional stone cottage, full of rustic charm, with log fires, comfy beds and a large farmhouse kitchen. Perfect for relaxing, and entertaining friends and family. Located in the historic and picturesque village of Eyam - with lots to  …see more

from £51 / night

£285 - £599 / week

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from £51 / 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

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

St Ives / Porthmeor

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic accommodation in fantastic location” 2 Clodgy View delivers everything you see on the website and more. The accommodation was spotlessly clean, well decorated and very comfortable. The beds in particular! The lounge was spacious and with 4  …see more

from £99 / night

£499 - £1300 / week

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from £99 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Cutthorpe

Chesterfield / Cutthorpe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“One man and his two dogs” I had a weeks stay with my two Yorkies in Sept 2011 and i could not have been better treated by Mr and Mrs Campbell. They made sure all my needs were met before I arrived and while i was staying in The Robins, My two Yorkie  …see more

from £60 / night

£260 - £380 / week

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from £60 / night

(27) 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

(19) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Northern England

Sheffield / High Bradfield

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Defenitely a place to go back” Great hospitality, nice hide out in the country side, beautiful surroundings for long walks. Very well organized cottage with all accommodation you need. Perfect place to take children.  …see more

from £60 / night

£330 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Praa Sands

Cornwall / Praa Sands

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Comfortable Cottage in a great location” We booked the cottage for a long weekend with friends to use as a base to explore Cornwall. It was in a very convenient location just a short drive or walk away from the major attractions of St Ives, Penzance,  …see more

from £150 / night

£800 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Seaford

East Sussex / Seaford

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxed” Beautiful & relaxed tidy little place on the edge of the cliffs. Lots of space for the kids to run and play outside, close to beautiful trails.  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Boat of Garten ski home to rent.

Aviemore / Boat of Garten

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic highland holiday home!” Balvattan Farmhouse surpassed our expectations. In a beautiful location just outside Aviemore the farmhouse provided everything we needed and more, from a roaring log fire to a superbly equipped luxury kitchen. Styli  …see more

from £250 / night

£1100 - £1900 / week

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from £250 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Swalcliffe

Oxfordshire / Swalcliffe

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Sweetheart cottage has been sensitively renovated to preserve original period features whilst providing the best of modern convenience; it is self catering with a little hotel luxury! Welcome hamper provided to help you relax on arrival. Travel cot available.  …see more

from £85 / night

£535 - £630 / week

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from £85 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Crail

Fife / Crail

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“A great wee cottage literally a stone's throw from the harbour” A really homely cottage with two bedrooms (one double, one 2 bunk bed). Lovely little terrace to rear can be a real sun trap when weather plays nicely. Easy to park on street (no restrict  …see more

from £95 / night

£380 - £585 / week

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from £95 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ko Kho Khao holiday home rental

Phang Nga Province / Ko Kho Khao

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Paradise on earth!” This place is magical! Never have I felt more relaxed and at peace than here. This place is great for any kind of travel group, family, friends, couples, etc... You can litteraly do anything you want here no matter how old or young  …see more

from £31 / night

£186 - £846 / week

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from £31 / night

(45) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Stirling

Stirling / Stirling

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect location with great view of the Wallace Monument” Being located on a quiet road, only mnutes from a main traffic circle, gave us quick, easy and unparalleled access to all the site seeing we planned during our stay. The cottage was bright and  …see more

from £80 / night

£425 - £815 / week

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from £80 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Cragg Vale

Hebden Bridge / Cragg Vale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“just a superb relaxing beautiful place” Myself and two friends stayed here for three nights and its is stunning. beautifully decorated and the family that run it are friendly caring and just very nice people. we ordered the breakfast and the dinners  …see more

from £150 / night

£500 - £1250 / week

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from £150 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Croyde holiday apartment rental

Braunton / Croyde

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, well appointed flat close to the beach” We have just come back from a lovely stay in Croyde at 4 Point view. The flat is very well appointed, clean and has everything you could need for your stay. We had a toddler with us and felt the flat was  …see more

from £150 / night

£670 - £1375 / week

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from £150 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Long Compton

Warwickshire / Long Compton

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A great escape & perfect City timeout” The cottage is very well fitted out. It is decorated in a old, meets new way. And I have to say, that it's very well done! It's best described as very traditional building setup with all sorts of modern day conve  …see more

from £165 / night

£850 - £1320 / week

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from £165 / 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
“repeat visit will return!” stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. such a lovely touch.  …see more

from £90 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £90 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Ballydavid

Dingle Peninsula / Ballydavid

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Private garden
Saturday arrivals only after 1630. On day of departure please vacate the house by 1200 noon. Please note there are no hidden costs nor a damage deposit. The price you pay covers all. This is what we would expect when we book with others. WIFI is being installed for th  …see more

from £64 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £64 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Brantome holiday gite rental

Brantome / St Pardoux La Riviere

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
"Le Tilleul" gites provide the perfect family holiday to enjoy all that Dordogne has to offer. Situated within 6 acre gardens our 6 x 12 metre pool is surrounded by magnificent forests and countryside. Ideal for walking, cycling, canoeing or just relaxing !!  …see more

from £56 / night

£390 - £645 / week

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from £56 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Sedbergh

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Sedbergh

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ask about pets
A small one bedroom cottage converted from a stable situated in the heart of Sedbergh. It is a few minutes' walk from the local pubs, restaurants, bookshops and amenities and five minutes' walk from Sedbergh School. Ideal for visiting Sedbergh or as a base for  …see more

from £55 / night

£220 - £380 / week

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from £55 / night

(19) 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

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Mexilhoeira Grande

Portimao / Mexilhoeira Grande

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing villa, wonderful place, just perfect :-)” The villa is beautiful, and the owners and frank wentout if their way to be helpful, we arrived late at night so frank met us on main road so we could follow him to villa as it was dark. When we arrive  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £1187 / week

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from £136 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Killadoon

County Mayo / Killadoon

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful views of the Atlantic Sea Scape” We saw dolphins swimming from the house the first day . Bring Binoculars Hares & a friendly robin by the house. My sister who is an expert botanist! loved all the nature. Silver Strand & White strand near  …see more

from £162 / night

£1017 - £1356 / week

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from £162 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Dondra

Southern Province / Dondra

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Exceeded our expectations” The staff is very friendly to us and the children. Always smiling and creating a good atmosphere. The service is excellent. It is nice that we can decide the menu together with the chef. After a few days we just let the che  …see more

from £175 / night

£1225 - £3465 / week

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from £175 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Dalfaber ski bungalow to rent.

Aviemore / Dalfaber

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,  …see more

from £85 / night

£465 - £875 / week

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from £85 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Townhouse rental in Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds / Stow-on-the-Wold

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Private garden
“A charming oasis in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds” Veronica and I live in Australia and were planning a business/ holiday trip to UK and Europe. We had a vision of finding a character cottage in the centre of an historic village that had enough  …see more

from £118 / night

£561 - £996 / week

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from £118 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin accommodation

Lake District / Borwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
A budget family friendly pine lodge with partial Lake Views,Situated on a 5* award winning leisure village. A large TV with built in freeview + DVD. A cloakroom and a family bathroom, Leather sofas. Child friendly enclosed decking and outdoor furniture.Entertainment in  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £1110 / week

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from £75 / night

(21) 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 swiming pool.  …see more

from £293 / night

£2223 - £2632 / week

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from £293 / night