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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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Bansko ski studio to rent.

Bansko / Bansko Royal Towers

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“5 star complex” A very great experience in a good clean complex, very close to lifts. Management staff and owners very helpful on all questions. Golf and horse riding not to far away and far cheaper than the UK.  …see more

from £15 / night

£120 - £310 / week

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from £15 / night

(30) Excellent 

21

Glencoe Village ski cottage to rent.

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“"Home from home in breath taking location"” Excellent location to visit the stunning Scottish highlands. The cottage is first class, cosy and warm and tastefully furnished with all the amenities you'll need for a self catering holiday, the added littl  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £650 / week

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from £95 / 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

from £78 / night

£587 - £932 / week

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from £78 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Rauris

Salzburg Region / Rauris

3 6 Min stay varies

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

from £82 / night

£423 - £1940 / week

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from £82 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Hinterthal ski apartment to rent.

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £160 / night

£1121 - £2026 / week

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from £160 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Saxony / Elterlein

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £35 / night

£242 / week

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from £35 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in La Chapelle-D'Abondance

Abondance / La Chapelle-D'Abondance

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £85 / night

£425 - £1395 / week

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from £85 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Chateau-d'Oex ski apartment to rent

Canton of Vaud / Chateau-d'Oex

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Comfort in an attractive area with excellent transport,” Not our first visit and hope to return to this beautiful area. Apartment very easy to live in. Very good to have other facilities e.g pool,gym, laundry etc. very good village shops etc and trans  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £60 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Dalfaber

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Great location” My family and I, had a great stay over the Christmas week. The cottage is really warm even with the snow down. Well equipped kitchen. And comfortable beds. You can walk into aviemore main strip in about 10 mins and you also have some s  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £650 / week

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from £35 / 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

from £129 / night

£900 - £2300 / week

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from £129 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Peisey

Peisey-Vallandry / Peisey

6 19 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“This was my 10th return trip - its that good!” Cathy and Mark are excellent hosts with an excellently positioned warm and comfortable home (endless hot water), and their welcome and attention to detail is equally warm. We had great food again, thank  …see more

from £69 / night

£1509 - £7393 / week

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from £69 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Lozere / Le Pont-de-Montvert

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £33 / night

£216 - £675 / week

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from £33 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ariege / Ax-les-Thermes

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £69 / night

£324 - £729 / week

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from £69 / 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

(1) Excellent 

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Saint-Martin-de-Belleville ski barn to rent.

Savoie / Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden

from £185 / night

£1294 - £3018 / week

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from £185 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great little apartment. Very well equipped” Very nice, clean apartment. Plenty of storage space. Very well equipped kitchen with lots of utensils etc. with 2 very young children who are fussy eaters, we were self catering most days and we had everythi  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £600 / week

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from £40 / night

(16) Very Good 

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Ski gite to rent in Gerardmer

Vosges / Gerardmer

3 8 Min stay varies

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

from £61 / night

£363 - £414 / week

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from £61 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hautes-Alpes / Les Vigneaux

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £48 / night

£332 - £371 / week

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from £48 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Grindelwald

Grindelwald / Kirchbuhl

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag  …see more

from £385 / night

£2800 / week

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from £385 / night

(7) Very Good 

12

Abondance / Chatel

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £44 / night

£259 / week

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from £44 / night

(4) Excellent 

20

Ski chalet in Morillon

Grand Massif / Morillon

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic!” We stayed here with our three children 3, 8, 12 and had a great time! There is a run back from the Ski area that means you can ski back to the chalet. It had all utilities and was a home from home. We loved it  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1000 / week

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from £115 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ski
“A superbly positioned apartment for some fantastic skiing” We had a brief 4 day skiing holiday in Chatel staying in this superbly positioned apartment. Its great for the pistes at Super Chatel and Barbossine and a 5 minute drive to Pre La Joux. Barbos  …see more

from £50 / night

£150 - £700 / week

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from £50 / night

(40) Excellent 

32

Mont Tremblant ski home to rent.

Quebec / Mont Tremblant

4 10 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Best option in Tremblant” The property is by far the best in the area. It is perfectly appointed and the photographs are completely accurate. 8 to 10 people fit perfectly. My family and I had a lovely Christmas and New Year's holiday at Tremblant and  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1300 / week

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from £135 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Oslo ski chalet to rent.

Eastern Norway / Oslo

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £112 / night

£775 - £2069 / week

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from £112 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Province of Belluno / Sappada

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £61 / night

£345 / week

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from £61 / night

(4) Very Good 

20

Ski bungalow to rent in Lochan Mhor

Aviemore / Lochan Mhor

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £64 / night

£445 - £945 / week

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from £64 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Leukerbad

Canton of Valais / Leukerbad

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful” We enjoyed our stay in Les Naturelles. Studio was nice, comfortable and clean. Balcony and view from it was amazing. It is quiet place so you can have a good rest. Hope to stay in Les Naturelles in winter.  …see more

from £25 / night

£150 - £500 / week

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from £25 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Grand Massif / Samoens

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £44 / night

£250 - £406 / week

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from £44 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Niedernsill ski chalet to rent.

Salzburg Region / Niedernsill

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £108 / night

£647 - £1035 / week

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from £108 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Solden ski apartment to rent.

Tirol / Solden

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent family Christmas in Zwieselstein” Travelled to Zwieselstein for 12 days over Christmas 2011. Have never spent Christmas away from home before, and we were not dissapointed. The apartment was spacious and well appointed. The view of the villa  …see more

from £120 / night

£680 - £1400 / week

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from £120 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Soldeu ski apartment to rent.

Soldeu / Soldeu Village

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect stay” We have just returned from a ski holiday. The apartment was beautifully decorated with everything you need inside. Perfect location to the slopes with a 5 minute walk to the ski lift. There were 6 adults and 2 children, at times it did f  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Ski home to rent in Biesheim

Haut-Rhin / Biesheim

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £82 / night

£506 - £864 / week

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from £82 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Province of Trento / Folgaria

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

from £21 / night

£345 - £647 / week

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from £21 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Aviemore ski apartment to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Aviemore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £40 / night

£299 - £440 / week

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from £40 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Soldeu

Canillo Parish / Soldeu

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic!” We recently returned from Soldeu and stayed at the apartment (El Clos) and it was a fantastic experience. A huge thanks to Gary for being so helpful. The apartment now has fast internet and this is a huge improvement to the last time we st  …see more

from £180 / night

£700 - £1450 / week

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from £180 / night

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Salzburg Region / St. Michael im Lungau

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £125 / night

£875 - £1057 / week

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from £125 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Abondance ski apartment to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Abondance

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Ski

from £52 / night

£285 - £664 / week

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from £52 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Aviemore

Badenoch and Strathspey / Aviemore

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ski
“Perfect Location - Beautifully Kept” Travelled with a group of 5 friends to Aviemore & stayed in the Cairn View Chalet during the September weekend. We were really impressed with the interior of the chalet & also loved that we were out with the town c  …see more

from £100 / night

£775 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Les Coches

Savoie / Les Coches

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £93 / night

£650 / week

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from £93 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Zell am See ski apartment to rent.

Zell am See / Zellermoos

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“A great place in a great location for a winter holiday.” Beautifully appointed and very comfortable apartment with fantastic south facing views catching the afternoon sun. Very well located for the Zell am See and Kaprun ski areas both downhill and cr  …see more

from £88 / night

£600 - £930 / week

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from £88 / night

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