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Get away from it all with a short break to a stunning weekend retreat. Whether you have a couple of nights or a long weekend to spare, a short break at one of these holiday homes is a sure fire way to recharge your batteries.



For long weekends away you could fill up on tapas from an apartment in Barcelona. Or hop on the Eurostar for city breaks in Paris, Brussels or Avignon.

Alternatively combine a mini break in one of the apartments in London with a show in the West End. Or live the good life in a choice of holiday cottages in the Cotwsolds, Cornwall or the Lake District.

Whatever you're looking for out of a short break, there's a villa, cottage or penthouse suite with your name on it!

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Cottage rental in Lindale

Lake District / Lindale

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely bolt hole” Hidden in a small village (Lindale) is a veritable retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Every need is catered for with a kitchen and cosy lounge easily warmed by a lovely wood burner. For those needing more modern comfor  …see more

from £45 / night

£245 - £350 / week

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from £45 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday chalet accommodation

Gwynedd / Nefyn

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Pet friendly
“Mrs” Exactly what other reviews said we needed a relaxed atmosphere good view comfortable place to unwind that fit the bill and more will be booking again soon  …see more

from £80 / night

£480 - £900 / week

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from £80 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Yoxford

Saxmundham / Yoxford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
Southwold, Self-Catering, beams, wood burner, logs, open fire, log burner, Aldeburgh, Minsmere, Halesworth, garden, car paking, patio, bbq, bar-b-q, cycling, fishing, walking, golf, cosy, suffolk, cottage, warm, central heating, patio furniture, upstairs bathroom, wifi  …see more

from £51 / night

£275 - £425 / week

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from £51 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday home with swimming pool in Kokkino Chorio

Chania Prefecture / Kokkino Chorio

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“The Best” The most amazing place I have ever stayed. The accommodation is perferct - the location is more than perfect - the view is stunning. You can not find anything wrong with this villa. This was our first time to Crete and we have already  …see more

from £115 / night

£800 - £1450 / week

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from £115 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Vilamoura holiday villa rental

Vilamoura / Pinhal Golf Course

7 14 4 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A lovely stay at a beautiful villa” A beautiful villa in a great location. An easy 15 minute walk from the lovely marina with brilliant shops, bars and restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. The villa was clean and tidy, well equipped and spacious and  …see more

from £244 / night

£1461 - £4000 / week

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from £244 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Massugas

Gironde / Massugas

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A tremendously relaxing, peaceful house - a perfect holiday” We stayed at Guillemassot in July 2012. 2 familes; 4 adults and 4 children under 5 and a baby. Despite the house only having 3 bedrooms, we had plenty of space and never felt cramped. The co  …see more

from £83 / night

£505 - £2261 / week

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from £83 / night

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Moraira holiday villa rental

Moraira / Benissa Costa

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
With views of the neighboring countryside and sea views to the Peñon de Ifach of Calpe, this villa is located within a ten minutes drive away to the shops, bars, restaurants and the coves of Baladrar and Abogat situated in Benissa coast.Stairs from the parking pl  …see more

from £58 / night

£405 / week

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from £58 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Poole / Poole Quay

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing cottage!!!” We stayed over Christmas, and it was amazing from the moment we arrived. The cottage was so clean and inviting really cosy with an open fire the kitchen was great with everything and more you could need the owners have really put a  …see more

from £185 / night

£950 - £1250 / week

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from £185 / night

(40) Excellent 

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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

(21) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Westbury

Shropshire / Westbury

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“What a gem” This barn is hidden in rolling hills in a beautiful area of Shropshire with stunning views. The accommodation is of a very high spec. and the owners are very approachable and friendly. Dogs are welcomed at this barn with water bowls and t  …see more

from £90 / night

£290 - £340 / week

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from £90 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Corsham

Wiltshire / Corsham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“stunning view, freedom and space.” We have already booked for next year, something we never do! With fields attached and woods right there, the kids and dogs were able to run free. Sitting on the terrace, sipping an early evening cocktail looking at t  …see more

from £200 / night

£900 - £1650 / week

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from £200 / 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

(112) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mockbeggar

New Forest / Mockbeggar

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing property in a great location” I booked this property after a search of the web to find a location suitable for 3 couple for a long weekend away to celebrate my Father's birthday. The booking process was excellent and I was provided with lots  …see more

from £70 / night

£399 - £1299 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mountrath

County Laois / Mountrath

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
Traditional Thatched Cottage. Private gardens. Loads of character and original features. Excellent touring base. Easy access to Dublin, Cork and Shannon (Limerick) airports.<br />Central location making it an Excellent Touring Base.  …see more

from £87 / night

£266 - £435 / week

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from £87 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Communaute de Communes de la Vallee du Prunelli / Tolla

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £53 / night

£287 - £522 / week

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from £53 / night

(43) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Bathampton

Bath / Bathampton

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Brilliant location” What a lovely cottage/apartment - were able to abandon the cars and walk into Bath via the canal toll path. Did return once by boat (trips ran from Bath to Bathampton mill) as too tired to walk back after full day sightseeing. A  …see more

from £89 / night

£679 - £999 / week

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from £89 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge with golf nearby in St. Fillans

Perth and Kinross / St Fillans

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Can we live here?” Tarken Lodge is just lovely nestled in the woods above Loch Earn. We enjoyed a great week exploring this part of Scotland and the scenery and wildlife in the area is amazing. The lodge itself is exactly as described and does not dis  …see more

from £67 / night

£400 - £495 / week

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from £67 / night

(28) Very Good 

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Central York holiday townhouse rental

York / Central York

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Fabulous house in a fantastic location” My husband and our two teenage children stayed here on a weekend break in February. The property is in a great location only a few minutes walk from the city centre and yet far enough away not to be bothered by  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £800 / week

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from £100 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Wiltshire / Warminster

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“family holiday-reunion” We couldn't have stayed in a nicer place, it was such a lovely warm welcome which included a lovely vase of Flowers. It was lovely to walk around all your garden, our granddaughter loved trying out safe steps for me to walk o  …see more

from £170 / night

£800 - £1200 / week

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from £170 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Drepano holiday villa rental

Patras / Drepano

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Private, quiet location. Private pool and beach just a few minutes away. Close proximity Nafplion, Tolo and archaeological sites of the Argolida & Peloponnese. High quality, traditionally built, well equipped.<br />Our villa has two bedrooms,one double and one  …see more

from £79 / night

£548 / week

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from £79 / night

(59) Excellent 

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Holiday castle in Kilmarnock

East Ayrshire / Kilmarnock

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Scottish Castle history laird self-catering countryside mountain bike walking fly fishing trout daffodils bluebells<br />Castle is on a 600 acre private estate, with mountain bike trails, woodland walk, trout fishery with cafe.  …see more

from £364 / night

£1970 - £3650 / week

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from £364 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Maentwrog holiday cottage rental

Gwynedd / Maentwrog

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An excellent place to stay” What a place. An excellent location in the wood, well-appointed with washer-dryer, dishwasher and plenty of crockery. Loads of room for four although may be a squash with eight. Great for drying wet clothes due to open-plan  …see more

from £60 / night

£260 - £835 / week

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from £60 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Calonge holiday villa rental

Costa Brava / Calonge

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
“Our paradise this summer - we did not want to leave!” The villa was spacious, pristine and beautifully cool. The layout suited us perfectly, with 4 adults and 2 children we had all the facilities you could possibly need. Having the Wi-Fi was a real b  …see more

from £131 / night

£566 - £1566 / week

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from £131 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Reeth holiday cottage rental

Yorkshire Dales National Park / Reeth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Cosy cottage newly refurbished to a very high standard. Set in beautiful countryside with stunning views. Ideal for walking, mountain biking or just escaping from it all. Two great pubs within walking distance.  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £525 / week

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from £60 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with golf nearby in Fludir

South Region / Fludir

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fantastic place - extraordinary country” I highly recommend this house to everyone who wants to visit south of Iceland. Location in Fludir is very convinient - it is very central to major attractions in the south of Iceland (within circle of 2h drive  …see more

from £209 / night

£1044 - £2574 / week

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from £209 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Cinderford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Great forest accommodation!” Liz and Alan were extremely attentive landlords, providing a welcome basket and local information. We were visited by friends and family while there and Liz very kindly brought around crayons and paper and a dolls house.  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £588 / week

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from £75 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Newborough holiday cottage rental

Newborough / Rhosyr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Our Little Hide Away..........” This wonderful lodge Isa, is a very special place to us. It is our escape, a place to relax, chill out and kick back. Our dogs love it here, so much space to run around in, a toasty log burning fire for cosy evenings in  …see more

from £71 / night

£480 - £790 / week

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from £71 / night

(23) 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 £99 / night

£650 - £890 / week

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from £99 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Central Monte Carlo

Monte-Carlo / Central Monte Carlo

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Car not necessary
luxurious villa at Monaco border line, private garden and shared heated swimming pool,...beautiful 13m boat (with skipper) available at request<br />all the confort is there....nespresso, air conditioned, wi-fi, barbacue, fresh flowers, quality bed...  …see more

from £261 / night

£1827 / week

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from £261 / night

(15) 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
“good stay” we had a good stay. the apartment was clean, well appointed and easy check in / out. will consider staying there again.  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £100 / night

(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 £90 / night

£350 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge rental

Wiltshire / Corsham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“it had all that we expected plus more” Lovely place, roomy and clean, and with all that we needed. Peaceful, and with beautiful views. A car is helpful as it is a bit out of the way. Very easy to get to Bath, and other thing of interest that that you  …see more

from £140 / night

£590 - £818 / week

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from £140 / night

(68) 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

(28) Excellent 

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Valley holiday cottage rental

Valley / Llanfair-yn-neubw

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Home From Home” We have stayed at Friars a few times now and every time we return it feels like you're coming home. Brian has created a wonderful holiday let with many personal touches which makes you feel like a VIP. From monogrammed robes and towe  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £625 / week

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from £65 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Home accommodation in Downings

Downings / Ardbane

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic location and Holiday home” We stayed in Ard Na Mara for one week in May 2014 and enjoyed the wonderful view and the comfortable house very much. It´s set back about 250 m from the altlantic drive and it has a wonderful view from the great wi  …see more

from £145 / night

£650 - £850 / week

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from £145 / night

(2) Average 

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Holiday cottage in Avenel

Victoria / Avenel

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
Cute 2 bedroom cottage retreat in the historical heart of Avenel situated on a large block with garden. Sunny sitting areas and decks. Full facilities includes reverse cycle air-conditioning, wood burner, well equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave. Outdoor BBQ  …see more

from £93 / night

£399 - £1688 / week

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from £93 / 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

(7) Excellent 

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Aberdaron holiday barn rental

Gwynedd / Aberdaron

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Proximity to many beautiful unspoilt beachesCoastal PathTrips to Bardsey IslandWithin 20 minute drive of Abersoch and LlanbedrogMicro climateClose to Aberdaron with its restaurants and pubs  …see more

from £175 / night

£750 - £1675 / week

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from £175 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Stackpole

Pembroke / Stackpole

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“A lovely, spacious house and garden in walking distance of great beaches.” This house is even better than it looks, and that's rare. Lots of space for everyone inside and out, with a great farmhouse kitchen. Comfortable in every way, the owner (who is  …see more

from £150 / night

£695 - £1985 / week

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from £150 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in White Beach

Tasmania / White Beach

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect house, ideal setting- we would go back anytime” We have only good memories of our two weeks at White Beach. The view each morning and evening from the deck was so absorbing, the house was well organised and the surrounding area has much to off  …see more

from £73 / night

£355 - £778 / week

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from £73 / night