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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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(46) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Skeabost Bridge

Portree / Skeabost Bridge

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful Spot” Cottage is as good as it looks in the pictures with great outlook across green fields. It's well equipped and maintained and we would be happy to stay there again. Good location for touring the northern part of Skye  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(52) Very Good 

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Corfe Castle holiday cottage rental

Corfe Castle / Kingston, Dorset

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic location, lovely cottage with everything you need.” The cottage is conveniently located just above corfe castle within easy reach of swanage beach and studland bay. The cottage is safe and well equipped with everything you need. The owner is  …see more

from £130 / night

£830 - £990 / week

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from £130 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Elgin holiday cottage rental

Moray / Elgin

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
“Brilliant” What Can I Say Absolutely Lovely Little Cottage Perfect Location very Peaceful Really Homely Thank You Fiona The Little Xmas Tree And Crackers Was The Perfect Touch Hope Too Be Back Again All Going Well And I Finish My Treatment x  …see more

from £33 / night

£215 - £280 / week

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from £33 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Portpatrick with golf nearby

Dumfries and Galloway / Portpatrick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Beautifully restored, charming 18th Century cottage located in the picturesque unspoilt fishing village of Portpatrick on the Rhinns Peninsula in South West Scotland.<br />A short drive from the Village is The Mull Of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly poin  …see more

from £95 / night

£350 - £500 / week

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from £95 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Rosemarkie

Ross and Cromarty / Rosemarkie

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Wow! An exceptional cottage, excellent location - home from home.” We travel to Scotland every other year, to stay for Christmas and New Year - this was by far the best cottage we have stayed in. Everything you needed was there, plus little extras. T  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £580 / week

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from £75 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Staithes holiday cottage rental

North York Moors National Park / Staithes

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Best short break ever” Driftwood Cottage is immaculate and decorated to a high degree.It is extremely comfortable and we felt at home there. Everything is to hand and we certainly didn't miss not being able to get a mobile signal in the area. A pay  …see more

from £80 / night

£460 - £620 / week

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from £80 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Allonby

Cumbria / Allonby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Beautifully appointed and beautiful location” The cottage is beautifully furnished, well thought out and tastefully done. The setting is just as beautiful with a stunning view across the Firth. Stunning, comfortable and great place to stay. Can't w  …see more

from £79 / night

£395 - £645 / week

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from £79 / night

(40) Excellent 

60

Holiday cottage accommodation

East Riding of Yorkshire / Patrington

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect for us” My two daughters and I are graduating this year and we wished to combine calling at my father's on the east coast with a relaxing yet celebratory break along with my three-year old granddaughter. The luxury east coast cottage with hot  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Newport -Trefdraeth

Pembrokeshire / Newport

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
"Thank you Mark, this is the best cottage we have been in in thirty four years in Newport. We will almost certainly return next year after staying again in September." Jan and Ron - Liverpool - June 2015 Camelot is a conversion of a 300-year old slate-built  …see more

from £90 / night

£365 - £845 / week

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from £90 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Quinns Rocks

Wanneroo / Quinns Rocks

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Beach Beauty” Short beach break turned into long holiday as we decided to extend our stay. It was a great getaway and all of us loved this funky home. Great garden area for our kids and fenced property has kept he dog safe inside. We might consider mo  …see more

from £102 / night

£430 - £602 / week

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from £102 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Oban

Argyll and Bute / Oban

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Private garden
“An excellent property in a impressive location” One of the best properties we have ever stayed in. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a very high standard ,with lots of extras and was spotlessly clean throughout,. The position of the property ov  …see more

from £105 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £105 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Sedgefield

Durham / Sedgefield

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
“Beautiful cottage and perfect base to visit Durham and surrounding area” We stayed for three nights in June 2016 to avoid congregation crowds in Durham. It was a perfect base for my family to attend the ceremony, being only 20 minutes from Durham city  …see more

from £75 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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from £75 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Edwinstowe

Nottinghamshire / Edwinstowe

8 16 3 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Even more beautiful than the pictures” We stayed at the cottages for a family holiday, and it exceeded our expectations. They are spacious, well equipped, and furnished to a very high standard. All the furniture is very good quality and in immaculate  …see more

from £270 / night

£1200 - £2980 / week

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from £270 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Cheddar / Draycott

2 5 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
“LOVELY STAY” My husband and adult son stayed at the Courthouse in September. The accommodation was excellent. The apartment is very large with 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms. All the comforts of home were supplied. There was even a large selection of  …see more

from £60 / night

£225 - £350 / week

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(19) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Inkberrow

Worcestershire / Inkberrow

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Great stay in a lovely house” Great house in a great location. Really friendly welcome. House just as expected from photos. Well equipped and very comfortable. Pretty private garden a real bonus. Very dog friendly. Enjoyed making friends with the  …see more

from £135 / night

£475 - £750 / week

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from £135 / night

(47) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Llandudno Town

Llandudno / Llandudno Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly
“Relaxing, cosy and worth re-visiting.” We had a lovely time. The house was clean and comfortable. The owner is very friendly and amenable. Instructions to the house were clear and we found it easily. There is no WIFI (which is quite nice!) but, when w  …see more

from £60 / night

£380 - £610 / week

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from £60 / night

(105) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Llandegla

Denbighshire / Llandegla

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“More than a home from home!” What a delightful, cosy and very comfortable cottage this was. We absolutely loved our weekend in the Bell Ringers Cottage and staying in the Llandegla area. We have never come across a self catering cottage that was as we  …see more

from £95 / night

£455 - £595 / week

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from £95 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Colmenar holiday cottage rental

Province of Malaga / Colmenar

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“A lovely relaxing retreat” We couldn't fault the Casita and it is exactly as described. A lovely rural retreat perfect for our honeymoon. You do need a car as the property is very isolated but once on the main roads it is easy to access Cordoba and th  …see more

from £31 / night

£198 - £255 / week

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from £31 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Kington St Michael with golf nearby

Chippenham / Kington St Michael

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“Charming cottage, fantastic location” We couldn't have asked for a better spot to enjoy our week exploring the Cotswolds and the Wiltshire Downs - the likes of Bath, Badminton, Lacock, Marlborough, Tewkesbury and more are all within easy driving dista  …see more

from £80 / night

£440 - £537 / week

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from £80 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Upper Largo holiday cottage rental

Fife / Upper Largo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Warm and inviting detached cottage in conservation area of a lovely village. It is close to beautiful beaches and the stunning old fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife. Only 10 miles from St Andrews & Edinburgh only an hour away. Lots of things to see and do.&l  …see more

from £90 / night

£370 - £680 / week

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from £90 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Kippen holiday cottage rental

Stirling / Kippen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous holiday destination with great hosts.” My teenage daughters and I stayed at Garrique Cottage in January 2013. The farmhouse is beautiful with every amenity you could wish for. The scenery is breathtaking and yet you are only 10 - 15 minutes f  …see more

from £90 / night

£495 - £795 / week

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from £90 / 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 £60 / night

£350 - £625 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in La Cellette

Creuse / La Cellette

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Le Chirons: Fantastic” The house was superb, extremly spacious with all amenaties whilst retaining the true appeal of a French house. The gardens are very large and child friendly, with the pool a delight on hot summer days. Terri and Kieth were gre  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £525 / week

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from £60 / 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

(18) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Deal

Kent / Deal

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Beach Cottage” Absolutely 5 star, so well equipped .beds very comfy. we had such a relaxing time. nice walking from the cottage. shops,pubs take aways all without needing the car. we would certainly book again.  …see more

from £90 / night

£525 - £560 / week

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from £90 / night

(39) Very Good 

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Bognor Regis holiday cottage rental

Arun District / Bognor Regis

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely fab!!!” Suited us down to the ground. Lovely cottage,clean and well equipped. Will be back and would highly recommend.  …see more

from £42 / night

£325 - £595 / week

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from £42 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Castleton

Hope Valley / Castleton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy Cavern” The cottage is located in the lovely village of Castleton and right near the entrance of Peak cavern one of many in the area. The cottage itself is well kitted out, kitchen has everything you need. Lovely open fire in the living room, T  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 - £1075 / week

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from £90 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Moffat holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Moffat

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Ideally located in centre of the historic Spa town of Moffat, this traditional two bedroom cottage is close to amenities and happily accommodates visitors with dogs.  …see more

from £49 / night

£275 - £420 / week

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from £49 / night

(26) Excellent 

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St Ives holiday cottage let

Cornwall / St Ives

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic, homey, well equipped and spotless - loved it !” The cottage is beautiful - we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. The views of Porthminster beach are impressive. My 18month old granddaughter also felt right at home. Have b  …see more

from £85 / night

£500 - £1500 / week

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from £85 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Whaley Bridge holiday cottage rental

Derbyshire / Whaley Bridge

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“We had a great stay!” I stayed at Carr Cottage for one week with my two friends and my daughter. We had a great stay! The cottage is very comfortable, clean and very well equipped. It is only a ten-minute walk to the town centre and the bus stop is ne  …see more

from £50 / night

£289 - £510 / week

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from £50 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Marazion / Trescowe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Friendley welcome where nothing was too much trouble.” From the moment we walked through the door we were made to feel like we were long lost friends. The cream tea which was waiting for us was wonderful and very welcomed after a long journey. We had  …see more

from £95 / night

£395 - £720 / week

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Cottage rental in Linosa

Islands of Sicily / Linosa

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The villa is located a few meters from the Faraglioni of Linosa along the road that leads to Calcarella, the tip of the island. The house is very cozy, functional and well equipped for romantic meal under the stars. The location is enviable, less than 100 meters away is  …see more

from £44 / night

£308 - £615 / week

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from £44 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Saundersfoot

Pembrokeshire / Saundersfoot

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely Cottage, Handy Location!” The Cottage is in a lovey quiet street within a great distance of the beach and short drive to tourist destinations such as Folly Farm and Oakwood. Equipped with some little additions that kept us entertained while the  …see more

from £90 / night

£395 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Padstow Harbour holiday cottage rental

Padstow / Padstow Harbour

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“A most delightful place to chill out relax and enjoy” We can highly recommend staying at this recently modernised holiday cottage in a quiet part of Padstow. Decorated and furnished to a very high standard, clean and comfortable with all modern ameni  …see more

from £105 / night

£725 / week

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(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Lamberhurst

Royal Tunbridge Wells / Lamberhurst

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
“Country cottage in a calm and peaceful setting” The cottage was clean and well equipped. The location is central to towns and country houses, castles and picturesque villages. The owners prepared helpful advice about places to visit, including the ver  …see more

from £110 / night

£350 - £580 / week

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from £110 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Crianlarich

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay” Perfect location, great lodge, plenty to do would go back again in the summer and bring the children. Facilities excellent owner very friendly and helpful. Be it a quiet weekend or action packed activities the lodge catered for  …see more

from £262 / night

£995 - £1300 / week

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from £262 / night

(106) 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

(17) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Stockland

Axminster / Stockland

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect place” We stayed here the week before Easter had glorious weather. Cottage is beautiful, comfy full of mod cons with a hooooooge bed! In a lovely setting ideally placed for exploring all counties think we touched on Dorset Devon and Somerset i  …see more

from £60 / night

£295 - £785 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Ballymahon holiday cottage rental

County Longford / Ballymahon

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
The cottage sits on an elevated site with views for many miles over the surrounding countryside The site is quiet and peaceful with lovely bird sounds from the garden.A holiday in the cottage can be totally relaxing with walks through the local forest or along the canal  …see more

from £88 / night

£281 - £422 / week

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from £88 / night

(58) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Dumfries and Galloway / New Abbey

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage and perfect quiet location - all we needed” The cottage is located metres away from the local pub which was great for us as it meant we could pop in and get to know some of the locals (all very friendly and welcoming, and eager to share  …see more

from £59 / night

£350 - £446 / week

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from £59 / night