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Rural short breaks (9404)

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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Hautes-Alpes / Embrun

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ski

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from £77 / night

£577 - £916 / week

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from £77 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Isleham / Riverside Island Marina

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly
River Lark Lodge also offers Camping at Karma Farm Eco-Campside if required.  …see more

from £95 / night

£490 - £678 / week

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from £95 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Llanfaethlu

Anglesey / Llanfaethlu

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Wonderfully peaceful break!” A short 3 night break at this wonderful property lived up to all my expectations. A beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with not one, but two beaches just minutes walk away. I was welcomed by  …see more

from £60 / night

£230 - £455 / week

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from £60 / night

(20) Excellent 

19

Portstewart holiday apartment rental

County Londonderry / Portstewart

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent views of ocean and coast.” Great apt, clean and roomy. Great views from comfy sofa and big arm chairs. Has all emenities for self catering.  …see more

from £75 / night

£420 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Elgin holiday cottage rental

Moray / Elgin

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant” What Can I Say Absolutely Lovely Little Cottage Perfect Location very Peaceful Really Homely Thank You Fiona The Little Xmas Tree And Crackers Was The Perfect Touch Hope Too Be Back Again All Going Well And I Finish My Treatment x  …see more

from £33 / night

£215 - £280 / week

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from £33 / night

(20) Very Good 

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Portmeirion holiday cottage let

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £60 / night

£250 - £690 / week

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from £60 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Oban

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Private garden
“Week of relaxation” What an amazingly place to stay. The cottage is beautiful with breathtaking views from both decking areas. Fantastic hosts as well with every little thing thought of . We have booked to stay again we are so taken .  …see more

from £105 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £105 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Vernet-Les-Bains

Pyrenees-Orientales / Vernet-Les-Bains

4 6 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Great village house” 4 of us stayed for a wedding. The house was just what we wanted - comfortable and lovely views. The extra relaxation space, compared to an hotel room, was very welcome and the house had all the facilities we needed.  …see more

from £56 / night

£370 - £550 / week

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from £56 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Colonia de Sant Pere holiday villa rental

Colonia de Sant Pere / Bay of Alcudia

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £95 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £95 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

Lake District / Windermere

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
Self-catering 1 bedroom cottage in a quiet location on the prestigious Birthwaite Road. Just minutes walk from both Lake Windermere and Windermere town centre. Full use of garden and terrace with views towards the Lake.  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £450 / week

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from £80 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Allonby

Cumbria / Allonby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wonderful cottage in an ideal location” Just returned from a brilliant holiday staying at Captains Cottage which really was the 'icing on the cake'. Allonby is lovely with scenic walks along the beach. The cottage is located close enough to use as a  …see more

from £79 / night

£395 - £645 / week

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from £79 / night

(21) 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
“Mr” The house was fantastic. It had everything we needed and more. A beautiful peaceful location only minutes from the village and many lovely walks and lochs to go to only a short drive away. Would definitely go back again.  …see more

from £85 / night

£525 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / night

(25) 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 £127 / night

£551 - £950 / week

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from £127 / 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

(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

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Plenee-Jugon

Cotes-d'Armor / Plenee-Jugon

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine waking up in your very own 16th century French Farmhouse, full of character and charm yet with a contemporary & luxurious twist. You lay under the soft sheets listening to the sound of birds singing and owls toowwoing. Enjoy a fresh cup of Nespresso coffee a  …see more

from £271 / night

£1900 - £3960 / week

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from £271 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Rossnowlagh holiday apartment rental

County Donegal / Rossnowlagh

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Ask about pets
Self catering for two in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal with stunning view and close to beach, restaurants and bar. Ideal for surf, fishing or walking break or for simply relaxing.<br />The lodge is non-smoking and damage deposit will be forfeited if traces of smoking ar  …see more

from £47 / night

£229 - £280 / week

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from £47 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Waternish holiday cottage rental

Waternish / Gillen

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Luxury detached cottage with amazing sea views, set in 6 acres of land overlooking the sea with views to the Outer Hebrides. Ideal for couples or small family wanting to get away from it all. Perfect for outdoor activities.<br />Modern kitchen, huge rain shower in  …see more

from £95 / night

£350 - £875 / week

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from £95 / night

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Holiday villa with swimming pool, tennis court in Sitges

Province of Barcelona / Sitges

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Private Pool, private tennis courts, perfect for children with outdoor playhouse, all ensuite.<br />Villa Mercuri is the perfect place for families to spend their holidays together. Plenty of space!  …see more

from £297 / night

£1356 - £2839 / week

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from £297 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Georgeham

Braunton / Georgeham

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely location and so helpful and friendly. Can't recommend enough” We had a fantastic break. The bungalow was clean and well equipped. Lovely quiet village and fantastic views from the garden - very friendly cows visited the back fence each evening.  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £795 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Home rental in Chichester

West Sussex / Chichester

6 13 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Peaceful location” We stayed at this property for a 70th birthday surprise and had a great time as there was plenty of room for a 9 adult, 2 children party. The big dining table was excellent for a good party spread and there was plenty of crockery to  …see more

from £371 / night

£1900 - £2600 / week

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from £371 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in St. Fillans

Perth and Kinross / St Fillans

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Gorgeous lodge” Myself and my wife are just back from a lovely relaxing week at this beautiful lodge. Immaculate and well equipped, overlooking some gorgeous scenery. I have to take a moment to say how amazing the whirlpool bath is.......I really want  …see more

from £69 / night

£410 - £495 / week

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from £69 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 42 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing week” Had a lovely relaxing week. Stayed here with my husband, son and 3 year old basset hound. Had everything you needed. The hot tub was perfect which was checked daily by the owner but you were never disturbed. Loved watching the jets flyi  …see more

from £90 / night

£370 - £860 / week

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from £90 / night

(31) Excellent 

23

Littlestone-on-Sea holiday studio rental

Kent / Littlestone

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
“Love this place, it is a little treasure.” We love paddock house, it has all you need for a relaxing stay. Near Dungeness, Hyth and beautiful Romney marsh.  …see more

from £35 / night

£257 / week

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from £35 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in New Seabury

Cape Cod / New Seabury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect vacation” We enjoyed our vacation in this holiday home very much. We found everything we needed and it was perfect. Our little son (1,5 years old) loved the garden and the nice beaches in the surrounding area. The supermarket and the restauran  …see more

from £116 / night

£796 - £2156 / week

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from £116 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Home rental in Carloway

Isle of Lewis / Carloway

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A welcome start to the holiday season” We were very pleased with the cottage. Only inconvenience was no lock on bathroom door and more hooks on doors would be handy  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £560 / week

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from £90 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Studio rental in Finikounda

Pylos-Nestor / Finikounda

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful Finikounda!” We were staying at the villa Olivia for about two weeks. It was pretty convenient studio nicely located with very warm hearted owners. Bruno found us out on the road when we helplessly tried to search for the villa in the dark f  …see more

from £26 / night

£178 - £339 / week

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from £26 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dolgellau / Penmaenpool

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great cottage in beautiful area” We had a great stay in this cosy cottage. The cottage is very well equipped with nearby parking. Due to steps to the cottage and the garden it is not suitable for people with mobility issues. There is a five minute wal  …see more

from £63 / night

£350 - £599 / week

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from £63 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Glenarm

Glenarm / Glenarm

4 6 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
This modern bungalow is located in the beautiful coastal village of Glenarm in the picturesque Glens of Antrim. This cosy house is tastefully furnished with all mod cons offering a pretty enclosed BBQ patio area to the rear and commands stunning views to the front, from  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Angmering on Sea

East Preston / Angmering on Sea

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“A great family weekend in a beautiful, well appointed and spacious family friendly house” The service we received from the owner and house manager could not be faulted. Coriander Beach House is a stunning, large family house. Extremely spacious accom  …see more

from £300 / night

£3000 - £30000 / week

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from £300 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday villa rental

Faro District / Burgau

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Swimming pool
SPECIAL OFFER - 2016 PRICES!! This superb 3/4 bedroom Burgau villa is rented at the price of a 2/3 bedroom villa representing fantastic value for money. Also, this year we've decided to fix the rates at 2016's rates. Set in national park and just seconds from  …see more

from £138 / night

£970 - £1950 / week

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from £138 / night

(58) Excellent 

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Marazion holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Marazion

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Car not necessary
“Bliss!” Stayed for 5 nights and wanted to stay longer. Shame about the weather but to be honest we didn't go for the weather. We went for a break and it definately ticked all the boxes. Stunning location, cottage, 5* service......we couldn't fault a  …see more

from £57 / night

£399 - £1125 / week

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from £57 / night

(20) 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 country cottage” My wife and I spent a week here in June. A lovely secluded cottage in middle of forest just 5 minutes from Killybegs. Comfortable interior and cozy bed. Kitchen a bit dark but otherwise great!  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude-Stratton / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Sally” This cottage was ideal for our needs, lovely location, it had everything we needed. Nice and cozy and warm, with comfortable furniture and fixtures. Yvonne and John have their work cut out trying to maintaining the grounds and the other 4 cott  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Semoussac holiday gite rental

Charente-Maritime / Semoussac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 39 km
  • Swimming pool
“Friendly,relaxing home from home” Spent a very enjoyable & peaceful two weeks at La Vielle Grange. The gite was spacious & very well equipped with everything you need. A wonderful terrace room looked out on the lovely, large garden & pool with a vie  …see more

from £50 / night

£325 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

(21) Very Good 

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Holiday townhouse with golf nearby in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

8 18 Min stay varies

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

from £150 / night

£850 - £3970 / week

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from £150 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Seine-Maritime / Criquetot-l'Esneval

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly

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from £60 / night

£293 - £386 / week

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from £60 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Alvor

Alvor / Marachique

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic stay” The apartment and the complex in general were first class and made for a very relaxing holiday. We were met and shown round the apartment by Francisca who was very helpful and friendly. The apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 - £500 / week

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from £30 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Wiseman's Bridge

Saundersfoot / Wiseman's Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Child friendly
“Great flat, excellent location” We had a great time at pinewood with our 2 sons, 2 and 6 months old and our dog. Flat is well equipped if a little dated but has everything you need. Rooms are big and there is plenty of space for the kids to set up the  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £695 / week

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from £47 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Dorset / Weymouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Car not necessary
“A Gem of a Holiday” We have just returned from a two week stay at Little Gem and have had a great time. The views were amazing, everything was just as advertised. And the bed was so comfortable. So much to see and do,we would love to come back again ,  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £645 / week

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from £80 / night