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Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.



Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.



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Kippford holiday home rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Kippford

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“A great location, house was like home from home, highly recommend.” Was surprised by how much I enjoyed our stay, a tranquil setting, everything you needed was in the house. Lots of visitors about but relaxing, the tides going out and being able to w  …see more

from £80 / night

£550 - £1200 / week

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from £80 / 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

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Blockley

Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
“Beautiful Cottage” The cottage was so beautiful, very welcoming and warm. The chocolate cake was a lovely addition, as was the bottle of bucks fizz. It really was like home from home.. the weather wasn't too great and so we ended up relaxing in the co  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £830 / week

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(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Badby

Daventry / Badby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 214 km
  • Child friendly
My brand new eco cottage is built in the heart of the lovely village of Badby. Built to a very high standard it uses natural material finishes where possible. It has two bedrooms with flexible sleeping layout (twin or super king to master bedroom), two bathrooms, comfor  …see more

from £85 / night

£510 / week

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from £85 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Newport -Trefdraeth

Pembrokeshire / Newport

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
"Thank you Mark, this is the best cottage we have been in in thirty four years in Newport. We will almost certainly return next year after staying again in September." Jan and Ron - Liverpool - June 2015 Camelot is a conversion of a 300-year old slate-built store bui  …see more

from £90 / night

£365 - £845 / week

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from £90 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Foulksmills

County Wexford / Foulksmills

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on  …see more

from £93 / night

£253 - £547 / week

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from £93 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Descartes holiday gite rental

Descartes / St Remy sur Creuse

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A most enjoyable stay with delightful and friendly owners” A superbly appointed gite with ROGER and KATH delightful and friendly owners Something for eveyone young or old. Outdoor acilities were excellent and the gite is an exellent base for exploring  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £1500 / week

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from £110 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Canton of Valais / Susten

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £74 / night

£466 / week

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from £74 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Gamblesby

Penrith / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic & unusual holiday home.” I had looked forward to this holiday for many months as I had never been to a church for a holiday before ! It was every thing I had imagined and more. The old church from 1868 built of red sandstone with a gree  …see more

from £110 / night

£600 - £1320 / week

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from £110 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Converted chapel accommodation in Dalguise

Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely spacious house in a fantastic location with great facilities for children” We had a lovely relaxing week in a great location. We rented the property as two families with four small children and a dog. There was plenty of space both inside and o  …see more

from £150 / night

£504 - £1255 / week

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from £150 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Icklesham

East Sussex / Icklesham

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Pet friendly
“Relaxing getaway” Loved the cottage; not huge but very comfy. Very small kitchen, but we already knew that, OK for snacks, not for serious cooking. Enjoyed staying opposite the Livery stables with beautiful horses, friendly dogs and a few chickens p  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £490 / week

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from £60 / night

(51) Excellent 

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Ballydehob holiday cottage rental

County Cork / Ballydehob

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir  …see more

from £64 / night

£332 - £673 / week

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from £64 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Kilnaleck

County Cavan / Kilnaleck

6 12 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Child friendly
Situated in peaceful countryside in the Lake District of Cavan, 1 mile from Kilnaleck village, and just 1 hours driving from Dublin via M3. This spacious home sleeps 12 offers a large garden & patio area basketball net, games room and all modern conveniences.Mc Evo  …see more

from £85 / night

£588 - £883 / week

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from £85 / night

(80) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning!” A stunning apartment in a stunning location! This apartment is thoughtfully furnished and finished to a very high standard with all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. The views from the apartment never tire, whatever the wea  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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(37) Excellent 

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Blairgowrie holiday cottage let

Perth and Kinross / Blairgowrie

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfect cottage and owner could not have been more pleasant or helpful” The cottage was stunning with a beautiful court yard to sit in the sun with BBQ. The cottage had two beautiful spacious rooms with a lovely shower room. Upstairs is the open pla  …see more

from £75 / night

£430 - £525 / week

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from £75 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Dale

Pembrokeshire / Dale

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely conversion set in perfect location for visiting area” We stayed here 2nd week in July with our 4year old son. It was a perfect setting for us for break away. Accommodation is truly 1st class with 2 ensuite twins and a master with ensuite with v  …see more

from £60 / night

£395 - £1025 / week

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from £60 / night

(21) Excellent 

21

Holiday home rental

County Mayo / Cong

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Home away from home.” My family, including my husband, my 13 yr old son and my 11 yr old daughter, stayed with my sister, her 15 yr old daughter and her 13 yr old son. The kids loved the Ping pong and pool tables, kept them busy whenever we were home.  …see more

from £120 / night

£500 - £1080 / week

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from £120 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
“Cosy cottage in a beautiful location” Lovely and comfortable little cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean. . We really liked the location, easy to get to but away from it all. Nice secluded place with unspoilt views and access to paths and walkin  …see more

from £57 / night

£275 - £412 / week

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from £57 / night

(45) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Bonsall

Matlock / Bonsall

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a friendly village in a beautiful part of our country.” This cottage is spacious, comfortable, a little quirky and very well equipped. We stayed for New Year, with some other friends staying nearby in another holiday cottage. On comp  …see more

from £50 / night

£360 - £600 / week

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from £50 / night

(31) Excellent 

17

Edinbane holiday studio rental

Isle of Skye / Edinbane

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden
The Snug situated just 12 miles from Portree, perfectly located for exploring Skye. Dunvegan is 10 miles away with its historic castle and it's 19 miles to Uig . There are places of interest, forest walks and fine restaurants nearby.Whether you want a relaxing roma  …see more

from £79 / night

£553 - £623 / week

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from £79 / 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

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Robertstown

County Kildare / Robertstown

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
ROBERTSTOWN SELF CATERING COTTAGES ARE LOCATED ON THE GRAND CANAL IN THE VILLAGE OF ROBERTSTOWN, 10 MILES FROM NAAS IN COUNTY KILDARE JUST 30 MINUTES FROM DUBLIN All our self-catering cottages are on ground level - suitable for wheelchair users. The cottage comprises of  …see more

from £46 / night

£319 - £504 / week

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from £46 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cullen

Moray / Cullen

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding, lovingly maintained cottage with spectacular views of Cullen Bay.” Beautifully decorated, furnished, well equipped and maintained cottage. The owners go that extra mile to ensure their guests have everything they could possibly need. Lot  …see more

from £90 / night

£625 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Challock

Kent / Challock

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £65 / night

£365 - £565 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Kinlochbervie holiday cottage rental

Kinlochbervie / Sheigra

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Narberth

Pembrokeshire / Narberth

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Child friendly
“Found our perfect 5* holiday accommodation” Having recently returned from holiday at The Barn we can only reiterate the comments that other visitors have made. The accommodation was definitely 5* we could not fault it at all. Everything was of a ver  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1450 / week

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from £150 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Province of Cosenza / Lorica

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly

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from £76 / night

£379 - £589 / week

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from £76 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Dalwhinnie holiday home rental

Scottish Highlands / Dalwhinnie

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful cottage with friendly owner” We stayed at this beautiful house with my extended family, 3 young children & 4 adults. This house had everything you would need for our holiday. Plenty of space, Breathtaking views and friendly & pleasant owner.  …see more

from £120 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £120 / night

(65) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Threlkeld

Keswick / Threlkeld

5 9 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate  …see more

from £101 / night

£505 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Stanton holiday lodge rental

Suffolk / Stanton

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Contemporary yet homely, modern yet rural, these two eco-friendly lodges combine high energy efficiency with the luxuries of modern living. In a large garden setting amidst established trees and shrubs, they provide a peaceful and relaxing hideaway for two.Just 8 miles  …see more

from £59 / night

£239 - £499 / week

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from £59 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Leek / Bradnop

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
With spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, relax and unwind in a wonderful peaceful setting.  …see more

from £90 / night

£410 - £730 / week

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from £90 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Isle of Skye / Carbost

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Stunning house with gorgeous views 5 star” We had 1 week in june in the house and wish it were more. The house is well equipped (very well) and was spotless when we arrived. The scenery is stunning, and the house is well placed centrally on skye. Ab  …see more

from £200 / night

£550 - £825 / week

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from £200 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Ardglass holiday townhouse rental

County Down / Ardglass

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“1 Harbour Loft” 1 Harbour Loft is a very well presented and maintained holiday home. It was beautifully clean and very well equipped. The bedrooms all extremely comfortable and the welcome package second to none. The hosts are very welcoming and fr  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £550 / week

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from £100 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Fish Hoek holiday home rental

Cape Town / Fish Hoek

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great House - Perfect Location for Exploring Cape Town” My family stayed at David and Lyn's place in Fish Hoek, South Africa for a week in July. The house was perfect. The view out onto False Bay was magnificent. The home was well equipped and spaciou  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £980 / week

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from £85 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment accommodation

Roseland Peninsula / St Mawes

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Glorious views and beautifully appointed” We spent two wonderful weeks at this apartment during the last week of September and beginning of October. The apartment was beautifully appointed and the owners could not have done more to make you feel welc  …see more

from £120 / night

£555 - £1245 / week

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from £120 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Enniscrone

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful house, perfect location ... right on the beach, great surfing” Absolutely beautiful beach house, so well equipped and well furnished. It had everything we could possibly have ever needed. The location is amazing, right on the beach! Great su  …see more

from £127 / night

£379 - £589 / week

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from £127 / night

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Vaucluse / L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“Wonderful apartment in the heart of Provence” We had a fantastic stay at this apartment in Isle sur la Sorgue. The apartment is very well located and has everything you could need. The town is lovely and really bustles on market days which we loved! I  …see more

from £76 / night

£429 - £606 / week

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from £76 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Wiltshire / Erlestoke

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A Beautiful Cottage” We found the Milk House to be excellent in all ways. Newly modernised (late 2011) all the fittings are of very good quality - the kitchen in particular was practical and well appointed. The cottage itself is very spacious; we we  …see more

from £140 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £140 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday home with golf nearby in Northern England

Filey / Hunmanby Gap

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic house in a great location” We have just returned from our holiday, Blossom house was fantastic. Everything you need and more (even a potty which was great as we forgot our 2 year old's!) When we arrived we were greeted by the owners daughter  …see more

from £80 / night

£530 - £1185 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Castletownshend

County Cork / Castletownshend

4 9 Min stay varies

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

from £80 / night

£350 - £850 / week

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from £80 / night