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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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Haut-Rhin / Wettolsheim

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; No pets allowed;
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(28) Excellent 

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Copperfield - Upper Largo cottage sleeps 4

Fife / Upper Largo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Copperfield is a detached, single storey, two bedroomed whitewashed cottage in the quiet conservation area of this lovely village. Much of the cottage has been renovated recently and is warm, inviting and very comfortable. It has a large well fitted kitchen and large co  …see more

from £80 / night

£460 - £590 / week

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from £80 / night

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Ferienhaus Zempow - kleine Wgh - Zempow apartment sleeps 4

Brandenburg / Zempow

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Die kleine Wohnung befindet sich im Dachgeschoss der rechten Haushälfte. Über eine Holztreppe erreicht man die etwa 50 qm große Wohnung. Eine Küchenzeile bietet alles, was Sie zum Kochen brauchen. Wasserkocher, Kaffeemaschine, Toaster. Ein großer Esstisch und ein C  …see more

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Marina Beach Apartments - Marina Smir apartment sleeps 4

Tetouan / Marina Smir

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.3 km; Swimming pool;
This luxury apartment is beautifully furnished having a good sized lounge with dining area, which leads to the balcony with pool, garden or mountain views.The apartment is situated just two minutes walk from the golden beach of Tamuda Bay. Two bedrooms - one double and  …see more

from £42 / night

£294 - £889 / week

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from £42 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Lee Penn - Cardrona apartment sleeps 2

Peebles / Cardrona

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 48 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
This fully modernized and beautifully furnished self-contained apartment forms the rear part of a listed Georgian farmhouse dating back to the 1800's. Located in the village of Cardrona by the River Tweed, the apartment is ideally located for enjoying mountain biking a  …see more

from £45 / night

£280 - £350 / week

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from £45 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Modern Apartment Close to Nantwich Town Centre - Nantwich apartment sleeps 6

Cheshire / Nantwich

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Newhaven Court is a comfortable and relaxing home to explore Cheshire, North Wales and the Peak District. It is a 5 minute walk to the local Morrisons supermarket and Nantwich town centre, wherein you can peruse the local boutiques and recharge at one of the tea or coff  …see more

from £68 / night

£476 / week

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from £68 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Little Isemonger Apartment - Tenterden apartment sleeps 2

Kent / Tenterden

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 23 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
This attractively furnished property is complete with cooking facilities, en-suite bathroom, free satellite widescreen television, electric heating and WI-FI facilities. Separate washroom. With its use of a privately shared garden and off-road parking and a pleasant sh  …see more

from £30 / night

£385 / week

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from £30 / night

(26) Excellent 

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The Low Barn - Martin cottage sleeps 4

Lincolnshire / Martin

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 64 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The Low Barn at Holmdale House has been created from two original barns, used to house farm equipment when Holmdale House was a fully functioning village farm.Our conversion has sought to retain all the character of the original buildings whilst offering the best of mod  …see more

from £105 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £105 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Stable Cottages - Rochester cottage sleeps 5

Kent / Rochester

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The property is set in a beautiful country location, conveniently located with easy access to all motorways and ports. Situated 15 minutes from historic Rochester. London, Canterbury and the coast are all 45 minutes away. The cottages provide a perfect getaway from th  …see more

from £100 / night

£350 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Excellent 

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UPPER BRAY COTTAGE - Badby cottage sleeps 5

Daventry / Badby

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 214 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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 - £540 / week

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from £85 / night

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Bearn / Arudy

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 110 km; Not suitable for children;
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(53) Excellent 

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Moonshine - Pagham bungalow sleeps 5

West Sussex / Pagham

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Straight onto the beach! A beach-side bungalow converted from an early 1900's southern railway carriage, complete with etched glass and the old slam doors. Often described as quirky it has been extended to provide cozy accommodation, with an easy living, open plan  …see more

from £80 / night

£540 - £1000 / week

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from £80 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Altenkirchen / Helmeroth

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Ask about pets;
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from £57 / night

£268 / week

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from £57 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Cysgod Bach Cottage for 2 - Llanfor cottage sleeps 2

Bala / Llanfor

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 45 km; Not suitable for children;
Cysgod Bach is situated in the sleepy village of Llanfor, just one mile out of the town of Bala within the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. We are ideally situated for an activity break or for touring the National Park. Bala is steeped in Welsh history and culture an  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 - £480 / week

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from £50 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Windsor Cottage - Winchcombe cottage sleeps 4

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
Windsor Cottage is situated in the centre of Winchcombe, with its wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants. Sudeley Castle is on your doorstep and there are numerous walks in the surrounding area.This comfortable cottage has a wood burner, and is attractively decora  …see more

from £70 / night

£390 / week

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from £70 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Saxony / Elterlein

2 4 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £35 / night

£242 / week

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from £35 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Well Cottage - Beckington cottage sleeps 4

Frome / Beckington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 60 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
• Well Cottage is ideally located for those wishing to explore the beautiful countryside of Somerset and Wiltshire or the historic towns of Bath, Wells or Glastonbury to name a few. • Country walks can begin from the front door with pub stops en-route or picnic s  …see more

from £95 / night

£595 - £870 / week

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from £95 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Batchcott Hall - Picklescott house sleeps 14

Shropshire / Picklescott

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
This gorgeous family home with very spacious accommodation to suit everyone catch up with friends, family endless options all self catering. Within easy reach of historic Ludlow and 15 minutes from friendly market town of Church Stretton less than an hour from World H  …see more

from £350 / night

£1200 / week

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from £350 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Yellowcraig Loft - Dirleton apartment sleeps 6

North Berwick / Dirleton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
Luxury self catering loft style holiday apartment on the edge of Archerfield Golf Course and Spa, close to North Berwick and Gullane. Close to the best beaches and Championship golf courses of Muirfield and Gullane, yet less than half an hour by train or car to the cent  …see more

from £110 / night

£550 - £750 / week

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from £110 / night

(77) Excellent 

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Chapel House - Brassington cottage sleeps 5

Derbyshire / Brassington

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Grade II listed former Methodist chapel (1834) with commanding views of open countryside, located along a sleepy single-track lane. The ground floor is an extensive open-plan, split-level, light and airy living space which, by night can be transformed into a cosy, war  …see more

from £62 / night

£431 - £775 / week

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from £62 / night

(60) Excellent 

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Marlanes Holiday Villa - Corton villa sleeps 5

Lowestoft / Corton

3 5 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
Owned and managed by Marlane and Graham Carter one self-catering villa located at Waterside Park on Corton clifftops, near Lowestoft in Suffolk. New from May 2014 the pool has a roof making it both indoor pool The property is modern home from home, and maintained in t  …see more

from £40 / night

£249 - £599 / week

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from £40 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Coldingham Cottage - "Balfron" - Coldingham cottage sleeps 6

Borders / Coldingham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ;
NO BOOKING FEE Coldingham Cottage is a newly modernised three bedroom cottage situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Coldingham. It is one of the few cottages for rent that are actually in the village, 30m from the Spar shop and 2 bar/restaurants. The cot  …see more

from £115 / night

£495 - £765 / week

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from £115 / night

(21) Excellent 

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River Lark Lodge - Riverside Island Marina lodge sleeps 6

Isleham / Riverside Island Marina

3 6 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
Peacefully set on the banks of the River Lark, this dog friendly detached Scandinavian style lodge lies in a quiet marina teaming with fish and natural wildlife.River Lark Lodge boasts unrivalled views on the Marina with views of the Lake and fen as well as views of the  …see more

from £90 / night

£480 - £748 / week

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from £90 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Nimrod Lodge - Biddenden log cabin sleeps 4

Kent / Biddenden

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 33 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
This stunning Visit England Graded 4* holiday home has been decorated with light and air in mind. The vaulted living area with white walls and floor and original artwork has many windows to enjoy the uninterrupted views across the fields and pond. French doors open onto  …see more

from £100 / night

£420 - £748 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Les Naturelles, Leukerbad - Leukerbad apartment sleeps 5

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
This spacious one-bedroom apartment is located on the 5th floor. The apartment comfortably sleeps 5 people and is well-suited to a family. The large living/dining room has two sofa beds and a pull-out bed, and a new large-screen HD-television. The well-equipped kitch  …see more

from £75 / night

£360 - £1950 / week

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from £75 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Upper Bavaria / Tegernsee

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Ski;
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from £129 / night

£898 / week

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from £129 / night

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Hesse / Schlangenbad

1 4 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
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from £48 / night

£332 / week

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from £48 / night

(33) Very Good 

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La Cascina Langa - Denice farmhouse sleeps 42

Province of Alessandria / Denice

9 42 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 42
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 40 km; Swimming pool;
A dream location for holidays in the countryside, La Cascina Langa is a large beautiful farmhouse surrounded by the green Piedmontese hills, with 5 hectares of woods and fields. Amazing views on the green, peace and silence all around: La Cascina - only few km away fr  …see more

from £400 / night

£2000 - £5000 / week

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from £400 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Apartment F - Jardim do Mar apartment sleeps 4

Calheta / Jardim do Mar

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 0.3 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Two bedrooms, one with double bed, one with twin beds. Two bathrooms each with WC, bidet, handbasin, bath and shower. Lounge with balcony and view of sea and mountains. Fully fitted and equipped modern open plan kitchen with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, refr  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Chelona - Speyside cottage sleeps 4

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Located 1.5 miles from the stunning Moray Firth coast with its shingle beaches and a golf course offering spectacular views out to sea.A quiet and peaceful location yet only a 5 minute drive to Fochabers which has a good range of pubs and shops. The larger towns of Elgi  …see more

from £65 / night

£300 - £500 / week

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from £65 / night

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Durrie Cottage - Torridon cottage sleeps 4

Ross and Cromarty / Torridon

2 4 3 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 0.1 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Durrie Cottage (known locally as Blue Chimneys) is a cosy traditional croft house in the West Highland village of Torridon with stunning views over Upper Loch Torridon. The cottage sleeps four people and has two bedrooms (one double, one twin), a large bathroom, shower  …see more

from £55 / night

£380 - £400 / week

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from £55 / night

(49) Excellent 

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No.3 The Old Convent - Fort Augustus apartment sleeps 4

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pet friendly;
No.3,The Old Convent is a 1st floor apartment which is situated in the picturesque village of Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness, which is virtually the geographical center of the Highlands. A perfect base for exploring the spectacular scenery and amenities  …see more

from £65 / night

£385 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Glen Cottage (4 star) - Castle Bytham cottage sleeps 4

Lincolnshire / Castle Bytham

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 90 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Welcome to our romantic, cosy cottage, set in the delightful south Lincolnshire village of Castle Bytham. Our lovingly restored barn conversion offers bags of character, combined with comfort and style. Exposed stone walls and natural oak are set off by luxurious furn  …see more

from £75 / night

£455 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Agni studio, North Evia, Greece - Limni studio sleeps 4

Euboea Region / Limni

Studio 4 5 nights min stay

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 6 km; Child friendly ;
STUDIO IN NORTH EVIA, GREECE CLOSE TO SMALL TOWN LIMNIIntroduction ----------------- Do you feel tired and would you like to have a quiet holiday, under the bright Mediterranean sun? But you don't like the noisy Greek nights that you find generally close to beaches  …see more

from £20 / night

£139 - £233 / week

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from £20 / night

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Smithy Cottage, Bellanoch, By Lochgilphead - Bellanoch cottage sleeps 4

Argyll and Bute / Bellanoch

4 4 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
Have you ever looked at a house on a postcard and and thought 'I wish I could go there for a holiday'?Well, now you can!Smithy Cottage is idyllically situated by the water in the tiny Argyllshire village of Bellanoch, which is at the western end of the Crinan  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 / week

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from £80 / night

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Luxury Finca with view to sea - Cala Millor finca sleeps 5

Majorca / Cala Millor

3 5 7 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
The Finca is in a rural environment. Large garden with pool, lawn and many flowers. It takes you within 5 minutes to the sandy beach and the supermarkets. As we are living here most of the time it has central heating, airconditioning, and is equiped and furnisherd state  …see more

from £189 / night

£1240 - £1317 / week

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Emmy's Cottage - Schoorl cottage sleeps 5

North Holland Province / Schoorl

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Emmy's Cottage is very suitable for tourists who are looking for a private and quiet place at the same time it has the advantage of being close to the centre of Schoorl. By bicycle, you reach the beach in 20 minutes, while the biggest dune area of the Netherlands is clo  …see more

from £100 / night

£496 - £841 / week

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(24) Excellent 

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Grove Barn - Corsham barn sleeps 6

Wiltshire / Corsham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
*** NEW AVAILABILITY IN JULY & AUGUST *** Grove Barn is a stunning new self-catering holiday home with probably the best views in Wiltshire. Set in the grounds of a beautiful 40-acre Cotswolds farm, Grove Barn looks out across the valley towards Bath. With three en-s  …see more

from £190 / night

£1100 - £1650 / week

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from £190 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Eagles Rest - Geary chalet sleeps 2

Isle of Skye / Geary

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Child friendly ;
Catrina and John welcome you to get away from it all and relax in comfort and style in our newly built self catering accommodations for two. Situated in an elevated position overlooking the Ascrib Islands you have uninterrupted views across Loch Snizort and the Minch to  …see more

from £100 / night

£375 - £600 / week

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Ain / Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Air conditioning;
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