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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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Drepano holiday villa rental

Patras / Drepano

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £79 / night

£548 / week

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from £79 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Casaglia

San Gimignano / Casaglia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“An awesome villa in the Tuscan hills” A wonderfully restored church with plenty of character. Privacy with trees and hedges. Fab and accessible pool. Well equipped kitchen. An amazing welcome pack. We cycled from here to San Gimignano and to Monterigg  …see more

from £131 / night

£870 - £2000 / week

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from £131 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in L'Escala

L'Escala / Riels

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £132 / night

£1922 - £2703 / week

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from £132 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Domme

Dordogne / Domme

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The best ever.” After 40 years of holidaying in various regions of France, we decided 6 years ago that the Sarlat/Domme area was our favourite. This year we stayed at Les tournesols, and were absolutely delighted. The gite had everything we wanted, do  …see more

from £74 / night

£518 - £1735 / week

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from £74 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Moraira

Costa Blanca / Moraira

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Need to be fit to carry luggage in the view is breathtaking!” Really enjoyed our time here. The kitchen is well equipped and there's plenty of room for two people to relax. Pool well maintained and clean. Lots of storage space and coat hangers! The ap  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Gracciano holiday cottage rental

Montepulciano / Gracciano

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Really worth staying!” My partner and I spent a glorious week this spring at agriturismo Il Salarco surrounded by vineyards and idyllic rolling countryside. The owner, an English lady called Laura, made us both feel really welcome, was fabulously know  …see more

from £70 / night

£383 - £1792 / week

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from £70 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Kommetjie holiday villa rental

Cape Town / Kommetjie

2 6 Min stay varies

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

from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Bedous

Bearn / Bedous

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 139 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Excellent characterful French house in great location.” Great property in excellent location for visiting nearby locations in Pyrenees, especially as we found for us, the mountain walking area of Lescun. Lots of space inside house, only two of us so w  …see more

from £70 / night

£420 - £900 / week

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from £70 / night

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Holiday cottage in Entraygues-sur-Truyere

Aveyron / Entraygues-sur-Truyere

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £120 / night

£780 - £1540 / week

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from £120 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Gironde / Saint-Caprais de Blaye

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £218 / night

£1522 / week

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from £218 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Obidos

Obidos / Bom Sucesso

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“A beautifully located, well maintained & very spacious villa” The villa itself is on a fairly small development on the shores of a large lagoon. There is plenty of space round each villa and the feel is very open. The development was very quiet. Th  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £1040 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Hautefort / Cherveix-Cubas

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £80 / night

£420 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Quy Nhon

Quy Nhon / Song Cau

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Amazing experience!” We have traveled extensively throughout this part of the world and chalk our stay at Villa Relax as one of the best. Our review below will speak for itself.  …see more

from £79 / night

£505 - £644 / week

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from £79 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday villa in Casarabonela

Province of Malaga / Casarabonela

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Swimming pool
“An ideal rural retreat” We arrived for a short stay on the 6th Jan and were amazed at the beautiful setting. The rooms were very comfortable ,lovely kitchen and a very spacious lounge with a log fire. Took in many walks and visited nearby lakes. Alt  …see more

from £240 / night

£1305 - £2392 / week

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from £240 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Gale

Albufeira / Gale

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool

from £200 / night

£1000 - £2900 / week

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from £200 / night

(10) Excellent 

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La Roche Chalais holiday cottage rental

Dordogne / La Roche Chalais

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Swimming pool

from £53 / night

£522 - £1000 / week

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from £53 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro / Monte Carvoeiro

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great villa” Beautiful villa in a prime location. The photos do not do it justice. Spacious and well stocked this villa is ideal for large families or 2 families/ larger parties. It has great outdoor space, plenty of seating, sunbeds and umbrellas an  …see more

from £150 / night

£995 - £1495 / week

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from £150 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Apokoronas

Chania Prefecture / Apokoronas

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A little paradise” This place is just fantastic. It's in a quiet little village in the hills with splendid sunset and sunrise on the scenary around. The welcome is so kind that it really set the highest standard for cretan hospitality. The house is  …see more

from £67 / night

£470 - £1000 / week

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from £67 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Symonds Yat

Ross-on-Wye / Symonds Yat

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £224 / night

£1595 - £3295 / week

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from £224 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Lovina Beach

Bali / Lovina Beach

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £74 / night

£518 - £1600 / week

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from £74 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with swimming pool in Witheridge

Tiverton / Witheridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Miss” We have just returned home after a wonderfully relaxing seven days at Pond Cottage. It really is a special place, perfect for spending time with family in the beautiful surroundings and made all the more welcoming by John and Renate. Thank you J  …see more

from £110 / night

£500 - £800 / week

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from £110 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Amed

Abang / Amed

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £70 / night

£435 - £1096 / week

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from £70 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Almadena holiday villa accommodation

Faro District / Almadena

3 9 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous heated pool and a lovely villa” Spent a week in casa Sandra there was a few minor hiccups but nothing serious. The villa is spacious clean and all the appliances you might need: washing machine, iron which actually worked vac etc. TV DVD etc  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £2000 / week

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from £50 / 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
“Lovely Dorset house” Lovely, big and well equipped house, swimming pool and games room a huge hit with the kids and adults!! Surprised with a welcome pack, the biscuits went down well! Only issue was the lighting in the swimming pool and kitchen at ni  …see more

from £382 / night

£1639 - £3300 / week

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from £382 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse with swimming pool in Riberac

Dordogne / Riberac

5 8 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
“Brilliant place, stunning location, great holiday!” My wife and two grown up sons have spent the last two years at Chez Dizier for a week’s holiday. Apart from the stunning scenery of the surrounding area the property has all that you could wish for w  …see more

from £56 / night

£392 - £1400 / week

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from £56 / night

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Holiday chalet letting

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £289 / night

£1050 - £1850 / week

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from £289 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Villa rental in Turunc with swimming pool

Mugla Province / Turunc

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful, tranquil, relaxing holiday in Turkey” We had a really nice time in Turunc and the Olive Villa was amazing. The villa has everything you could need and the views are spectacular. The swimming pool was excellent and Turunc itself is very rela  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 - £800 / week

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from £70 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Greve in Chianti / Panzano in Chianti

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £392 / night

£2609 - £3348 / week

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from £392 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Moraira with swimming pool, golf nearby

Moraira / San Jaime

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent Villa, great location” The villa had everything you need to be very comfortable, bedrooms both with modern and very nice en-suites, bedrooms had great air conditioning, lounge area was comfortable with good tv selection. Outside area aga  …see more

from £178 / night

£695 - £1250 / week

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from £178 / night

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Aveyron / Saint-Affrique

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool

from £51 / night

£357 - £944 / week

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from £51 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Quinns Rocks

Quinns Rocks / Quinns Beach

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £87 / night

£513 - £1212 / week

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from £87 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday barn with swimming pool in Coustouge

Aude / Coustouge

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Great location for visiting Carcassonne, the Med. or lazing in pool” Gite was good esp. pool for teenage grandchildren. Very friendly & helpful villagers. Lots of places to visit nearby. Carcassonne & Canal du Midi a must. Lots of nice villages & Cath  …see more

from £100 / night

£699 - £1599 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in La Cellette

Creuse / La Cellette

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“A little piece of heaven” I would highly recommend staying at les chirons. We had such a relaxing time. It is surrounded by the most amazing scenery for beautiful walks, and a short distance from the local shops and the lakes. The owners Keith and Ter  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Poppi

Province of Arezzo / Poppi

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 160 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Perfect view” Very nice Location on the top of a small hill. Very friendly and responsive Family. Fantastic house for two families. We were 4 adults and 4 children. We only used 4 of the 5 bedrooms. Many different outside Areas suitable for all tim  …see more

from £150 / night

£1044 - £2435 / week

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from £150 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Vinca

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vinca

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Truly excellent villa” Lovely well kept villa. Everything you could need, plus a couple of bottles of wine on arrival! Very spacious, secluded, lovely pool. As good as it looks, which is not always the case. Secure gated driveway with shaded place fo  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 - £1800 / week

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from £90 / night

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Yvelines / Orgerus

5 11 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £435 / night

£2087 / week

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from £435 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Clara

Pyrenees-Orientales / Clara

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £75 / night

£500 - £1400 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Kolymbari

Platanias / Kolymbari

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Mr” Really lovely villa, fantastic swimming pool. All very private, lovely rural location. Peaceful. Exceeded expectations  …see more

from £43 / night

£295 - £1095 / week

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from £43 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Elounda

Lasithi Prefecture / Elounda

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great villa with outstanding views” We fell in love with the villa from the moment we climbed down the steps from the car parking area. We never tired of the view which constantly changes. The location is also peaceful - all you can hear is birdsong &  …see more

from £215 / night

£1500 - £1700 / week

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from £215 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in St Medard

Cahors / St Medard

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“One of my two favourite places to holiday” My wife and I have holidayed in the villa 'Eire' in St. Medard approximately 6-7 times in the past 12 years or so - which, in itself, says a lot about how much we like it. We have mostly stayed in the upper o  …see more

from £87 / night

£305 - £609 / week

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from £87 / night

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