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Rural short breaks (1298)

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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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
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th  …see more

from £135 / night

£860 - £1300 / week

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from £135 / 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 £87 / night

£587 - £932 / week

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from £87 / night

(29) Excellent 

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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
“Amazing holiday in a beautiful cottage” We really enojoyed our stay here. Very relaxing holiday in a beautiful and well equipped cottage. Great location in the village, and lots to do in the area ( even when it rains!). Attention to detail in the cott  …see more

from £95 / night

£375 - £635 / week

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from £95 / 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
***** 2017 SKI SEASON PRICES REDUCED BY 10% ***** Elisabeth 4 is a superb FRONT ROW apartment within the luxurious Schönblick Mountain Resort & Spa.With stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and a luxurious interior to match. A perfect summer or winter r  …see more

from £87 / night

£449 - £1940 / week

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from £87 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Chateauroux-les-Alpes

Hautes-Alpes / Chateauroux-les-Alpes

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Ski
Situated in a beautiful calm, peaceful spot but only short distance from multiple activities, both summer and winter in the Hautes Alpes, a little-known corner of France unspoiled by mass tourism. Many available summer and winter activities.<br />Ideal for holid  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 - £344 / week

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from £44 / night

(9) 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

(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

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North Rhine-Westphalia / Schleiden

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £41 / night

£233 - £285 / week

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from £41 / 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

(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
This is a brand new two bedroom apartment on the first floor, in a chalet of just seven apartments, built in the traditional Savoyard style. The apartment has under floor heating throughout and a 23 metre balcony with magnificent views looking south to the local ski sl  …see more

from £85 / night

£425 - £1395 / week

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from £85 / night

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Pec pod Snezkou ski guest house to rent.

Hradec Kralove Region / Pec pod Snezkou

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
We are family guest house offering to you relax a litle bit far away from civilization bustle. You can take a rest with reading a book, take some trips or riding on the ski and after that you can realx in our wellness.<br />You will be wellcome all the year round.  …see more

from £28 / night

£194 - £294 / week

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from £28 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Saint Jean d'Aulps

Haute-Savoie / Saint Jean d'Aulps

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“What a fantastic place to have a holiday!” This was our first summer holiday in the Alps having only previously enjoyed skiing holidays in the mountains. And what a great holiday it turned out to be. Saint Jean D'Aulps is a lively, pretty and typical  …see more

from £150 / night

£600 - £2600 / week

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from £150 / 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

(13) Very Good 

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski apartment to rent.

Upper Bavaria / Garmisch-Partenkirchen

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom apartment in Bavarian style chalet with beautiful mountain views. Ideally located in Germany's most famous winter and summer resort offering recreational and cultural attractions for all ages.  …see more

from £104 / night

£776 - £921 / week

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from £104 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Province of Modena / Pievepelago

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £87 / night

£259 - £863 / week

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from £87 / night

(27) 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
“Excellant location” We stayed for a weekend with friends and the location and facilities were excellent , the cottage was clean and fully equipped with all items required. The owners were very approachable and accommodating The location is a short w  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £650 / week

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from £35 / 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

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from £69 / night

£324 - £729 / week

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from £69 / night

(14) 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 - £690 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Province of Modena / Sestola

1 6 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £44 / night

£302 / week

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from £44 / 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

(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
“Beautiful Mountain Scenery” Our stay at La Soldanelle was our best family holiday ever. The location surrounded by mountains is still vividly imprinted in my mind. You could see the mountains from the kitchen and bedroom windows of the apartment and w  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

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Ski studio to rent in Gosau

Upper Austria / Gosau

Studio 4 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
A comfortable and well equipped studio apartment in Gosau with a south facing balcony providing stunning views of the valley and surrounding peaks at any time of the year. A paradise for skiers in winter with 140 kms of ski runs and for walkers and cyclists in summer.  …see more

from £39 / night

£194 - £285 / week

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from £39 / night

(95) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Engelberg

Canton of Obwalden / Engelberg

2 8 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors  …see more

from £162 / night

£1130 / week

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from £162 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Haute-Savoie / Les Houches

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £69 / night

£475 / week

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from £69 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Thyon ski chalet to rent.

Canton of Valais / Thyon

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chalet Feiler is a 5 star luxurious boutique-styled chalet with a sauna and hot tub. Perched at 1700 metres, with uninterrupted views of the Rhone valley and southern Swiss Alps, it is but minutes from the lifts and slopes of the world-renowned Verbier 4 Valleys.  …see more

from £250 / night

£2250 - £3500 / week

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from £250 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Province of Trento / Molveno

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Ski

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from £82 / night

£518 - £1313 / week

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from £82 / night

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Puy-de-Dome / Avéze

4 13 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski

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from £259 / night

£949 - £2649 / week

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from £259 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Les Gets ski chalet to rent.

Haute-Savoie / Les Gets

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A home from home in a perfect location.” Thank you Richard, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Eglantine. I would definitely recommend it for a family or group stay, it has everything needed for a great ski holiday, and the location could not be better  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 - £2600 / week

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from £143 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Ski chalet to rent in Zell am See

Salzburg Region / Zell am See

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski
Local ski hire shop makes it easy to hire equipment. English owner is on hand to give advice and help.  …see more

from £52 / night

£363 - £742 / week

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from £52 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Les Carroz-d'Araches ski apartment to rent.

Grand Massif / Les Carroz-d'Araches

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Excellent Location” The apartment is a great location. Within a two minute walk to the centre of the village giving easy access to bars, restaurants and shops. The ski bus stop is 20 metres away and the buses run every 10 minutes. The apartment its  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £50 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Ski apartment to rent in La Salle

Valle d'Aosta / La Salle

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Affordable yet comfortable self-catering holiday apartments in the Italian Alps with exceptional views of Mont Blanc. Ideal for those wishing to go on a Skiing, Outdoor Adventure, Walking, or Wine tasting holiday.  …see more

from £52 / night

£311 - £388 / week

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from £52 / 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

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from £35 / night

£242 / week

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from £35 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Hinterthal ski apartment to rent.

Salzburg Region / Hinterthal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The Austrian Alps are a special place, full of beauty and fresh air. We come to the mountains to recharge our souls, and in Hinterthal you are in the best place to do it all. Relax, spend time with your family and friends, have fun and laugh what more can you ask for!  …see more

from £160 / night

£1121 - £2393 / week

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from £160 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Hautes-Pyrenees / Saint-Lary-Soulan

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £52 / night

£190 - £285 / week

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from £52 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski cottage to rent in Akaslompolo

Lapland / Akaslompolo

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Charming detached log cottage in Äkäslompolo, deep in Finnish Lapland - Sleeps 6 - Ideal for magical winter holidays  …see more

from £135 / night

£800 - £1800 / week

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from £135 / night

(16) Very Good 

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Breuil-Cervinia ski apartment to rent.

Valle d'Aosta / Breuil-Cervinia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fantastic apartment for skiing in Cervinia!” The perfect location for skiing in cervinia, just a short walk from the ski shops and the lift. We decided to go at short notice and the owner and the management agency went to great lengths to ensure we ha  …see more

from £61 / night

£604 - £1207 / week

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from £61 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Ski townhouse to rent in St. Wolfgang

Upper Austria / St. Wolfgang

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Ski
“What a great location” the town the area and the house where perfect. The instructions given by Sandra were great and the advice was very useful. Heidi met us on arrival and helped us settle in.  …see more

from £43 / night

£275 - £350 / week

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from £43 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Hautes-Alpes / Les Orres

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £87 / night

£604 - £906 / week

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from £87 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Areches

Beaufort / Areches

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Super place, lovely town, pretty valley!” A lovely apartment on 2 levels with good facilities, and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. A great lounge with a super views, and very quiet at the end of the road with no passing traffic. A very traditional bui  …see more

from £49 / night

£294 - £839 / week

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from £49 / night

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Ski apartment to rent in Chamonix Town Centre

Chamonix / Chamonix Town Centre

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Spacious, high quality 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, luxurious apartment in Chamonix with spectacular views, close to foot of Brevent lift and only a few minutes walk to town center.  …see more

from £173 / night

£996 - £2932 / week

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from £173 / night