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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 Stockland

Axminster / Stockland

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
“February stay” We have had a great time. The cottage was beautiful and furnished well. Great kitchen with everything you could need. The owners were friendly and most helpful. It was a great place to relax and unwind. We will definitely be making  …see more

from £60 / night

£295 - £785 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Hartington

Peak District National Park / Hartington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £34 / night

£260 - £450 / week

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from £34 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Ventnor

Isle of Wight / Ventnor

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous place to stay and really helpful owners!” Just returned from a two week stay at the delightful Valerian Cottage with my wife and daughters (aged 6 and 4). The cottage is beautifully presented and extremely comfortable - more like a proper hom  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £950 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

County Kerry / Castleisland

3 5 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £35 / night

£233 / week

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from £35 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Killybegs

County Donegal / Killybegs

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely country cottage” My wife and I spent a week here in June. A lovely secluded cottage in middle of forest just 5 minutes from Killybegs. Comfortable interior and cozy bed. Kitchen a bit dark but otherwise great!  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £420 / week

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from £40 / night

(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

from £90 / night

£365 - £845 / week

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from £90 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Wellow holiday cottage rental

Nottinghamshire / Wellow

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Cosy welcoming house full of character & history” We loved the house and the facilities, the rooms were spacious and cosy, with big family kitchen. The bath was amazing and big enough for two, the history and books were really interesting. Well equipp  …see more

from £78 / night

£390 - £696 / week

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from £78 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Winchcombe

Cotswolds / Winchcombe

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
“Very today and all things you need catered.” The cottage is very clean and very comfortable. In the town centre. Walking distance to everything. Everything needed, such as internet, TV, kitchen, fridge catered for. Highly recommended.  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £500 / week

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from £60 / night

(23) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Challock

Kent / Challock

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Very relaxing” Stayed in Oak cottage August bank holiday week and have to say it was very relaxing, Wendy & Nigel were there to meet us nad were very friendly and welcoming. Oak cottage is perfect to just chill and relax in. It is also very convenie  …see more

from £65 / night

£365 - £565 / week

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from £65 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

Matlock / Matlock Bath

2 3 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £60 / night

£260 - £395 / week

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from £60 / night

(67) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Skipton

North Yorkshire / Skipton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Mini moon retreat” We stayed here for our wedding day and for a few days after and it couldn't have been better! The house was beautifully fernished with amazing beds,super comfy sofas and even the carpet was nice. Kitchen was fantastic and bathroo  …see more

from £55 / night

£380 - £690 / week

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from £55 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Snainton

Scarborough / Snainton

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely little cottage, perfect location” This lovely little cottage is in a perfect location for visiting the seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough & Whitby. The cottage itself is very cosy, has everything you need for a short stay. Beds were very com  …see more

from £43 / night

£265 - £545 / week

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from £43 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Leigh, Dorset

Sherborne / Leigh, Dorset

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Private garden

from £108 / night

£463 - £757 / week

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from £108 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Upper Slaughter

Cotswolds / The Slaughters

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Lovely new year stay” Absolutely gorgeous cottage, very cosy and comfortable. We were a mixed party of 6 adults ranging in age from late 20s to mid 80s - there to celebrate the new year. Found it really suitable for our disabled elderly person as it  …see more

from £118 / night

£670 - £1190 / week

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from £118 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in New Seabury

Cape Cod / New Seabury

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect vacation” We enjoyed our vacation in this holiday home very much. We found everything we needed and it was perfect. Our little son (1,5 years old) loved the garden and the nice beaches in the surrounding area. The supermarket and the restauran  …see more

from £116 / night

£796 - £2156 / week

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from £116 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Moniaive

Dumfries and Galloway / Moniaive

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 46 km
  • Private garden
“Faultless” If you are looking at this review I'll have a guess that you are looking to book somewhere - look no further and get it booked! Mark and Sarah have done a tremendous job and we had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. The cottage is perfectly s  …see more

from £130 / night

£550 - £850 / week

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from £130 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Curracloe holiday cottage rental

County Wexford / Curracloe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Wonderful cottage - beautiful dunes and beaches right on your doorstep” We stayed with two little children (2 and 6) and had a wonderful time! Although it was already too cold to take advantage of the big garden, we cuddled up in front of the open fir  …see more

from £87 / night

£432 - £776 / week

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from £87 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Betws-y-Coed holiday cottage rental

Snowdonia National Park / Betws-y-Coed

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Private garden

from £50 / night

£250 - £420 / week

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from £50 / night

(47) 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
“Ms” This place is spectacular - a luxurious warm and comfortable cottage with A lovely view - we were lucky enough to have good weather and wanted to explore .. there's plenty of books and travel tips giving information on the best places to go but t  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Cottage letting in Cutthorpe

Chesterfield / Cutthorpe

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“One man and his two dogs” I had a weeks stay with my two Yorkies in Sept 2011 and i could not have been better treated by Mr and Mrs Campbell. They made sure all my needs were met before I arrived and while i was staying in The Robins, My two Yorkie  …see more

from £65 / night

£270 - £380 / week

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from £65 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Tarbert

Isle of Harris / Tarbert

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Charming cottage” We had a lovely week in Kelpie Cottage. It is cosy and homely. The owners have provided lots of heaters so it is easy to get it really warm very quickly when you come in from a wet walk! The lounge is really comfortable, as is the be  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 - £595 / week

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from £70 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent location, a real 'Home from home'” Location great for all of Moray. House has all you need, and would have at your own home. We've been a couple of times now and will return again. Ian keeps in touch and we find him very helpful.  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £550 / week

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from £60 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Brighton

Brighton / Hurstpierpoint

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
“Absolutely perfect” We had an amazing week here, we only left the property twice in the whole weeks stay, the pool is amazing and the property oozes quality, superbly equipped. The cinema room is fantastic with the added bonus of soundproofing so as n  …see more

from £210 / night

£1050 - £1982 / week

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from £210 / night

(2) Very Good 

30

Holiday cottage in Thingvellir

South Region / Thingvellir

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Nice vacation home in a beautiful place. Pay attention tot he key pickup/dropoff rules” A charming home in a really nice area. Close to the park and the Golden Circle attractions. Please note that key pickup and dropoff is an hour drive from the house  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

(36) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Cullen

Moray / Cullen

4 6 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful coastal property” My wife and I have just enjoyed a wonderful weeks holiday in Hilllcrest Cottage Cullen. The owners, Selma and Rob, were there to greet us and show us around. They had left us a welcome pack and had also given us flowers, an  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £850 / week

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from £90 / night

(56) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mosfellsbaer

Reykjavik / Mosfellsbaer

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Amazing stay, fabulous cottage in beautiful setting. Hard to beat.” we had an absolutely amazing stay. The views are fabulous, the house is beautiful so warm inside with everything you could possible need for a self catering holiday in Iceland. Lots o  …see more

from £173 / night

£1035 - £1826 / week

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from £173 / night

(30) Excellent 

21

Glencoe Village ski cottage to rent.

Glencoe / Glencoe Village

2 4 Min stay varies

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

from £95 / night

£395 - £650 / week

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(14) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Mohill

County Leitrim / Mohill

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £52 / night

£259 - £345 / week

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from £52 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Brecon holiday cottage let

Brecon Beacons National Park / Brecon

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 76 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“As Good as It Gets” I had to quote J. L. Brooks for the title because the cottage is one of the best we ever visited. It provides a unique opportunity to experience the countryside with stunning views and many animals for your children to get in touch  …see more

from £85 / night

£370 - £535 / week

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from £85 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Abriachan holiday cottage rental

Inverness / Abriachan

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
“not to be missed” Lovely cottage,arrived on a very cold day into very warm comfortable accommodation,endless supply of logs was a big bonus, faultless, everything just as described. lovely views- wonderful scenery- excellent walks and Lock Ness on t  …see more

from £74 / night

£420 - £1200 / week

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from £74 / night

(33) 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

£360 - £580 / week

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from £75 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Little Bavington holiday cottage rental

Northumberland / Little Bavington

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A perfect getaway” I booked my parents a very much needed short break at The Bothy. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay. They described the cottage as home from home. It was fully equipped and so cosy and welcoming. The surrounds are so relaxing and  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £400 / week

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from £55 / night

(106) 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
“Mrs” Lovely cottage with everything you could want. A warm welcome and a hammer on arrival. The location is ideal for walking and mountain biking.  …see more

from £95 / night

£455 - £595 / week

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from £95 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Teversal

Nottinghamshire / Teversal

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Delightful cottage” We travelled up from Kent at the weekend for a family wedding and were lucky enough to stay at this delightful cottage. Wonderful location with fabulous views overlooking fields, well equipped kitchen, beautifully furnished, comfor  …see more

from £66 / night

£315 - £755 / week

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from £66 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Nercwys

Mold / Nercwys

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Mr” An excellent cottage, excellent for walks in Wales, or the shops in Chester. Really cosy. This is the second time we have been.  …see more

from £55 / night

£400 - £450 / week

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from £55 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Speyside

Elgin / Speyside

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Amazing!” The property was absolutely brilliant can't fault it one bit. The hot tub was pre heated for our arrival & we had a brilliant welcome package. I would definitely stay again and recommend it to friends & family. Me & my partner felt so welc  …see more

from £125 / night

£660 - £920 / week

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from £125 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage in Collioure

Pyrenees-Orientales / Collioure

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“The perfect place for a relaxing stay in Collioure” The St Margaret’s cottage is everything a fisherman’s cottage should be: cosy, practical and relaxing. We fell in love with the cottage as soon as we walked in the door. The master bedroom is spaciou  …see more

from £65 / night

£430 - £820 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Adrigole holiday cottage rental

County Cork / Adrigole

4 7 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly

from £54 / night

£247 - £630 / week

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from £54 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Pelynt

Looe / Pelynt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing Place” We stayed at The Court for 3 nights over New Year and could not have asked for more. Tracey is extremely welcoming and makes you feel like you have known her forever. On arrival we were left an abundance of goodies which included eg  …see more

from £60 / night

£300 - £635 / week

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from £60 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Whitby

Scarborough District / Whitby

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Charming cottage, so warm & inviting!” We've just returned from a three day break in Whitby & we stayed at this charming, quirky cottage. It is absolutely spotless & so central to Whitby & all your possible needs. On arriving there was a very though  …see more

from £65 / night

£400 - £600 / week

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