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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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Holiday home with golf nearby in Armoy

County Antrim / Armoy

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful house in a convenient location” A group of us spent a very enjoyable weekend here recently. We were four couples and the four large double rooms upstairs were ideal for our group size. However, the house could comfortably hold more than eigh  …see more

from £125 / night

£650 - £1390 / week

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from £125 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Ballater

Aberdeenshire / Ballater

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Excellent holiday home.” We spent a most relaxing and enjoyable week in this lovely holiday home which was tasefully decorated and had absolutely everything we needed including television and internet access. It has a lovely big garden at the rear a  …see more

from £80 / night

£400 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(26) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

South Yorkshire / Barnsley

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 136 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect stop-off point” This apartment was perfect for our needs. Lovely to find two singles rather than the usual twin - son/daughter understandably reluctant to share now they are older. Apartment was beautifully clean and had everything we needed  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £620 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday gite in St Quentin les Chardonnets

Flers / St Quentin les Chardonnets

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 68 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Le Pressoir is a detached cottage with rustic charm. You will know that you are in the heart of the country when you wake up to the sound of birdsong and you look out over the orchard to the rolling fields beyond. Suitable for a couple or for a family this gite has a me  …see more

from £35 / night

£236 - £368 / week

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from £35 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday studio in Bradpole

Bridport / Bradpole

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ask about pets
“2nd visit loved everything about it and didnt want to go home” Stayed here in Sept last year in the Farrows which was fantastic so as soon as we got back booked our week in May staying in The Pressing Room which was even better because the patio had a  …see more

from £70 / night

£235 - £495 / week

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from £70 / night

(41) Excellent 

22

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

(2) Very Good 

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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

£582 - £924 / week

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from £77 / 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

(54) 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 £86 / night

£338 - £684 / week

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from £86 / 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
“A comfortable, relaxing stay.” La Vista was perfect for our extended family of 5 adults and 3 young kids. Well equipped and comfortable, the roof terrace and hot tub were fantastic. The area was nice and quiet, albeit the start of the season, but this  …see more

from £95 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £95 / night

(22) 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

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Mayfield

East Sussex / Mayfield

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Newly refurbished 3 bedroom holiday cottage in the rural countryside setting of East Sussex with views over adjoining fields and woodland, The property is accessed from meres lane between Five Ashes and the historic village of Mayfield and is situated down a long driv  …see more

from £95 / night

£650 - £895 / week

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from £95 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Whitby

Scarborough District / Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, excellent accommodation with a homely feel !” We would highly recommend this home to all our friends and family, there is everything you need and more, including homely touches ! It is immacutely clean and modernised to a very high s  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Velez de Benaudalla holiday apartment rental

Velez de Benaudalla / Las Terrazas del Jardin Nazari

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Fantastic holiday apartment in the Spanish Costa Tropical. Situated on a luxury gated development in the heart of Velez de Benaudalla, just 15 mins from the beach or just over 1 hour to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unspoilt location in a lively village. Car recommended.  …see more

from £26 / night

£182 / week

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from £26 / 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
HUTG-012385 Special villa for holidays in L´Escala, in 300m from the beach with private pool and large garden. Villa del Sol is located in the best area of L´Escala. This area is surrounded by Riells Beach and the magnificent promenade overlooking to the bay  …see more

from £130 / night

£1889 - £2657 / week

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from £130 / 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

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday home in St Margaret's Bay

Dover / St Margaret's Bay

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing Holiday” We stayed at Bienvenue with our friends from Austria for a week and a half in September. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay. The Holiday home was supurb (as was the weather!). When you book a holiday home you always worry if it is act  …see more

from £64 / night

£448 - £720 / week

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from £64 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Middleham

North Yorkshire / Middleham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Middleham cottage” We booked this cottage last minute for Christmas. It was warm and cosy in absolutely awful weather. We would have liked to look around more at Middleham but will have to come back and try again when the weather is better. Would d  …see more

from £85 / night

£495 - £540 / week

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from £85 / night

(16) Excellent 

24

Holiday cottage rental

Cornwall / Portreath

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Glenfeadon Villa, is a beautifully present, cosy 100yr old end of terrace, 3bed stone built Cornish cottage which provides a real home-from-home, family property. It is only a very short level walk to the beach and village facilities, giving you the option of parking<  …see more

from £70 / night

£345 - £1090 / week

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from £70 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay” Perfect location, great lodge, plenty to do would go back again in the summer and bring the children. Facilities excellent owner very friendly and helpful. Be it a quiet weekend or action packed activities the lodge catered for  …see more

from £262 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £262 / night

(19) 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, private traditional cottage” This lovely, thatched cottage is up in the hills and woods and very private. It is beautifully updated, comfortable, and has a lot of personal touches. We were welcomed with a bouquet of fresh flowers. The beddi  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Torrevieja Area / Jardin del Mar

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A very appealing apartment on the outskirts of Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, set within the peaceful urbanisation of Jardin del Mar. The apartment is fully equipped for a relaxing holiday and is within five minutes drive of some of this coast's most beautiful, white, s  …see more

from £25 / night

£160 - £250 / week

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from £25 / 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
“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

£525 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / 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 £95 / night

£257 - £556 / week

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from £95 / night

(9) 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

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Tonbridge

Kent / Tonbridge

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 49 km
  • Child friendly
“Wonderful home away from home!” Waters Edge was a wonderful home away from home for my family of 4 for 10 days. It is very spacious and beautifully furnished. The kitchen is very well stocked for anyone wanting to cook their meals or even have friends  …see more

from £152 / night

£645 - £1355 / week

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from £152 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing, cosy and worth re-visiting.” We had a lovely time. The house was clean and comfortable. The owner is very friendly and amenable. Instructions to the house were clear and we found it easily. There is no WIFI (which is quite nice!) but, when w  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(59) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / New Abbey

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage and perfect quiet location - all we needed” The cottage is located metres away from the local pub which was great for us as it meant we could pop in and get to know some of the locals (all very friendly and welcoming, and eager to share  …see more

from £59 / night

£385 - £430 / week

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from £59 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Flaine ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Flaine

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski locker<br />On o  …see more

from £129 / night

£900 - £1500 / week

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from £129 / night

(44) 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
“Lovely” Really cosy traditional cottage...very warm ..extremely comfortable bed ...very relaxing break and everything on your doorstep  …see more

from £56 / night

£316 - £700 / week

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from £56 / night

(69) 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

£510 - £1420 / week

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from £101 / 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
Riversdale Lodge is set in the heart of Symonds Yat overlooking the River Wye. Riversdale Lodge was built circa.1910. It is a six bedroom house that has in it's time been a small hotel - hence it has 6 bedrooms and six bathrooms!Riversdale Lodge is on the banks  …see more

from £224 / night

£1295 - £3900 / week

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from £224 / 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 £48 / night

£231 - £283 / week

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from £48 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire / Saundersfoot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Delightful,superbly equipped,extremely relaxing,super location.” Pebbles was better than described, brilliant facilities, really comfortable and welcoming.Felt instantly relaxed and at home, helped by the thoughtfulness of the owners,with whom commun  …see more

from £85 / night

£399 - £855 / week

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from £85 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mayenne

Mayenne / Montreuil Poulay

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
“very cosy indeed” A very homely little cottage. Warm and inviting. We spent a week in a cold January on a house hunting trip and were out most days so it was nice to come back to a warm house, open a bottle of wine, light the fire and relax. There is  …see more

from £44 / night

£264 - £335 / week

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from £44 / 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

(35) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Settle

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Excellent - home form home, great location, hot tub fab” Went to Victoria cottage with my wife for a weeks break, first visit and we'll be back. Lovely, clean high standard cottage, with everything you need in the kitchen. Hot tub is fantastic a  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £90 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Deal

Kent / Deal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Beach Cottage” Absolutely 5 star, so well equipped .beds very comfy. we had such a relaxing time. nice walking from the cottage. shops,pubs take aways all without needing the car. we would certainly book again.  …see more

from £79 / night

£525 - £665 / week

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from £79 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Finistere / Le Cloitre-Saint-Thegonnec

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £30 / night

£206 - £462 / week

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from £30 / 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

£390 - £650 / week

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from £65 / night