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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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Maur holiday farmhouse rental

Canton of Zurich / Maur

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
A room in a 200 year old house. Bathroom and kitchen shared. Don't expect too much and stay away if you are very picky  …see more

from £30 / night

£192 - £334 / week

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from £30 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Mitcheldean holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Mitcheldean

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It  …see more

from £48 / night

£254 - £384 / week

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from £48 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Barn rental in Lechlade

Cotswolds / Lechlade

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Wish we could have stayed longer” This was an amazing retreat for our family of 5. The owners was incredibly nice and helpful before and during our stay. Our three young children had a wonderful time on the grounds and thoroughly enjoyed the basketbal  …see more

from £100 / night

£875 - £1120 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Rowdale cottages comprise of three adjacent cottages in the converted traditional stone farm buildings. the cottages sleep up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms; there are also 5 bathrooms for convenience too. These spacious cottage can seat 12 guests for dining together and  …see more

from £340 / night

£2380 / week

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from £340 / night

(105) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Talybont

Barmouth / Talybont

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 km
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £680 / week

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from £80 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Sitio de Calahonda

Sitio de Calahonda / Jardines de Calahonda

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Beautiful apartment, great location” We have just returned from a lovely 10 night stay in caserio de calahonda, the apartment is in a fantastic location and is very tastefully decorated with everything you could possibly need for your stay. Our part  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £798 / week

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from £60 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Fulbourn holiday cottage rental

Cambridge / Fulbourn

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Discover Cambridge and England” An excellent stay :the house is very comfortable and very clean, the environment beautiful (un delicious garden !) and shops are not far away.The owners' reception was very cordial.  …see more

from £85 / night

£520 - £610 / week

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from £85 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Australia & New Zealand

Greater Melbourne / Yarra

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Gorgeous apartment - ideal location!” Just stayed in this gorgeous apartment in South yarra...the apartment was pristine. We had plenty of towels, and the bedding was soft and fresh. Washer/dryer was handy - so was the hair dryer! Amazing location - w  …see more

from £106 / night

£736 - £824 / week

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from £106 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Bathgate

West Lothian / Bathgate

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Modern property with lots of style and space” Very good property with everything you need clean and well presented good central location between Edinburgh and Glasgow very peaceful and quiet location and very good hosts who were friendly and helpful I  …see more

from £90 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £90 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Pefkohori

Kassandra / Pefkohori

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
This is a beautiful 2-bedroom beach apartment in the popular resort town of Pefkohori in Chalkidiki Greece. The property is part of a luxury residential condominium ideally located 100metres (!!!) away from the award-winning Pefkohori beach, in the quiet residential out  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Bangor

County Down / Bangor

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Pet friendly
Described as a hidden gem this rural retreat offers the best of both worlds. Peace and tranquility of being in the heart of the countryside whilst being a short distance to all the conveniences of Donaghadee, Bangor and Newtownards. Strangford Lough closeby. Titanic, U  …see more

from £60 / night

£390 - £590 / week

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from £60 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Hemswell

Hemswell Cliff / Hemswell

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Self catering holiday cottage, sleeps 5 in Lincolnshire rural village, near Hemswell Antique centre, historic Lincoln, Louth, Gainsborough and Market Rasen. Forty minutes from the Lincolnshire coast. Pets welcome. Calm, serene walled garden. Short or long stays.Typical  …see more

from £70 / night

£365 - £395 / week

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from £70 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Pelynt holiday cottage rental

Looe / Pelynt

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time. The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter  …see more

from £66 / night

£330 - £800 / week

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from £66 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Laghey holiday home rental

County Donegal / Laghey

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“wonderful” My husband and I fancied a break in Donegal just to get away from it all for a few days and relax Carraig Gorm done just that for us,the cottage was first class very comfortable and clean and very well equipped for all your needs,the rustic  …see more

from £56 / night

£356 - £420 / week

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from £56 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Northern France holiday gite rental

Calvados / Falaise

4 11 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 64 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A lovely combination of calmness, activities, and authentic charm” We stayed at Gite Double Espoir forEaster 2015 and found the whole experience very enjoyable. The villa and estate offer a lovely combination of calmness, activities, and authentic cha  …see more

from £132 / night

£648 - £2034 / week

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from £132 / night

(6) Excellent 

22

Holiday home rental

County Sligo / Enniscrone

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Terrific !” Loved the cottage ! Cathy was wonderful and very helpful. Had some issues with running certain appliances but after a day or 2 we had them all sorted out. The cottage is very well equipped, wonderful working fireplace where we enjoyed nigh  …see more

from £77 / night

£403 - £657 / week

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from £77 / night

(123) Very Good 

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St. Pierre du Bois holiday apartment rental

Guernsey / St Pierre du Bois

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
La Pointe Farm is set in one of the most idyllic parts of a beautiful island. This 11 acre property sits on a hill in the parish of St. Peter in the Wood (St. Pierre du Bois) with sea views to the front and a peaceful green valley behind. La Pointe Farm consists of four  …see more

from £100 / night

£510 - £1225 / week

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from £100 / night

(6) Excellent 

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South Queensferry holiday apartment rental

Edinburgh / South Queensferry

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding!” We have stayed here several times. This is a superb apartment. The location is outstanding......10 yds from the River Forth, brilliant views of both bridges, 5 minutes walk into Sth Queensferry village with some great pubs and restaura  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £750 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Langebaan

Western Cape / Langebaan

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
“So much more than a home away from home” My mother and I - both of whom have travelled extensively - stayed at Pano Avli, which we came across by word of mouth, and were expecting no more than a very run-of-the-norm self-catering unit. What we found o  …see more

from £70 / night

£435 - £525 / week

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from £70 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday home with shared pool in Blaye

Gironde / Blaye

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The property is a more than 100 years old small chateau, originally wine producing. An old barn has been newly renovated with a great sense of charm and demand of high quality. We offer a vacation in a quiet charming village, next to the vineyard in a beautiful region w  …see more

from £75 / night

£522 - £615 / week

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from £75 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Cushendall

County Antrim / Cushendall

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Super house, super view” We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Antrim Abode in Cushendall. As we wanted somewhere on the coast to use as a base for seeing the area it was ideally situated, only a short drive from the ferry at Larne. The house definitely  …see more

from £85 / night

£425 - £795 / week

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from £85 / night

(64) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dereham

Dereham / East Tuddenham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic farm holiday, ideal for children, great hosts - highly recommended!!” We spent a fantastic two weeks at Amanda and Andy's farm. The children were collecting eggs, feeding the chickens and goats, and they were taken for hay rides. We also wen  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £960 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Lagos / Porto de Mos

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Luxury 2 bedroom air conditioned apartment on the exclusive Porto de Mos estate, with pool, 400 yards from the beach 5 mins to the nearest golf club.  …see more

from £50 / night

£400 - £695 / week

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from £50 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ballymena holiday watermill rental

County Antrim / Ballymena

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 34 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Old restored mill with waterwheel and other charming characteristics. The three level property is nestled in a wooded area with river view and an abundance of wildlife. There are four double bedrooms, including one four-poster super-kingsized bed. The house has a large  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

(68) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Northern England

York / Central York

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“A Real Treasure in the heart of York.” Myself, my husband & our 18 yr old daughter went to York for a 2 nights stay at 4 Talbot Court in the heart of York. We regularly stay in York ( 20 times at least) & have stayed in different apt's, hotels etc ov  …see more

from £148 / night

£670 - £675 / week

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from £148 / night

(16) Very Good 

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Apartment rental in Javea with shared pool

Javea / Arenal

2 6 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Nice clean apartment, close to the beach, bars and shops.” The owner Liz was very helpful and booking the apartment was an easy process and good value for money. The apartment was clean, tidy and very spacious. The weather was a bit up and down for M  …see more

from £37 / night

£250 - £700 / week

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from £37 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Glassan

Athlone / Glassan

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
4 star holiday homes and is situated close to beautiful village of Glasson and beside the tranquil shores of Lough Ree.  …see more

from £68 / night

£323 - £551 / week

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from £68 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Nayland holiday home rental

Babergh District / Nayland

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“would stay again: great holiday cottage” lovely welcome pack great cottage, every thing we needed for a family stay slept very well in comfy beds and loads of space great views of country side would stay here again loads of local places to visit  …see more

from £110 / night

£750 - £1200 / week

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from £110 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Val Gardena / Ortisei

2 6 Min stay varies

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

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from £102 / night

£712 - £1424 / week

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from £102 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Parkend holiday cottage rental

Forest of Dean / Parkend

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Mrs” The accommodation was great and just as expected from the description. The owners were on hand and very helpful. The kids loved the access to the garden with trampoline and swings. The location was great for cycling, being able to get onto the cy  …see more

from £112 / night

£440 - £1010 / week

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from £112 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Newquay / The Barrowfields

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect family apartment” Excellent, modern apartment with great views. 3 large spacious bedrooms one with en-suite. Close to Tesco Express, Aldi and Sainsburys. Parking bay just outside main door. Wi-fi, freeview tv and ipod docking station so my tee  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £1495 / week

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from £150 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Mevagissey / West Wharf

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“if carlsberg did holiday rentals....” Excellent location,the apartment is built above harbour wall. Very well equiped, everything you need apart from towels. Modern, clean and a nice size for a couple or family of 3 or 4. Parking underneath building -  …see more

from £100 / night

£399 - £799 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Haute-Savoie / Marin

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £153 / night

£763 - £1017 / week

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from £153 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Ski apartment to rent in Andermatt

Canton of Uri / Andermatt

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great apartment in classic Swiss ski village” Highly recommend this apartment if you look to stay in Andermatt. Modern, well appointed and a place you easily feel comfortable. Very central to village, train, lifts, restaurants, etc.  …see more

from £168 / night

£1172 - £2422 / week

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from £168 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in West Country

Cornwall / Mevagissey

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Clifftop Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Harbour. Luxury first floor Apartment with outstanding sea views with access to Look-out platform.  …see more

from £120 / night

£499 - £979 / week

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from £120 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday apartment rental

York / Central York

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful apartment short walk into city centre” Really enjoyed our two night stay in Maurice's court apartments. Not far from all the sights of york. Would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for that little bit extra in luxury and comfort. Co  …see more

from £95 / night

£510 - £575 / week

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from £95 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Buxton with golf nearby

Derbyshire / Buxton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Comfortable and Spacious” The flat is spacious, comfortable and well equiped. The weather was quite cold when we were there and the heating worked well. We found the neighbourhood quite and peaceful (at least, until our children arrived !). Be warned  …see more

from £80 / night

£320 - £540 / week

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from £80 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday studio letting

Argyll and Bute / Kilmartin

Studio 2 2 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
“A cosy base for exploring the area” The perfect place to explore Kilmartin. A good base for walking, cycling and kayaking and lots of archaeology in the area. The property is cosy, with good parking and and a lovely sheltered garden to use at any tim  …see more

from £45 / night

£300 - £350 / week

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from £45 / night

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Holiday villa in Kira Panagia

Kárpathos / Kira Panagia

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Everything in the studio is built by hand, giving the feel of a traditional Greek home. Once you walk outside, there is a 50 square meter patio with a large pine tree providing shade. Outside you will find a variety of accommodations:BBQ, a sink, counter space, a spacio  …see more

from £60 / night

£416 / week

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from £60 / 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

 …see more

from £34 / night

£238 / week

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from £34 / night