Short breaks - book a short stay - self-catering or B &B

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Need a bit of a break? Looking to book a short stay somewhere? Forget hotels - take a short break in a holiday home that suits your needs.



Many of the private properties listed on holidaylettings.co.uk are available out of season - or throughout the year for short breaks. Whether you are looking for a long weekend in a vibrant European city, or a couple of days peace and quiet in the countryside there are thousands of cottages, apartments and homes to choose from.



Select a country from the list below then browse through the properties on offer. Set up your own shortlist to can track of the properties you like the look of, then simply contact the owners to make a booking. It couldn't be simpler!

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(64) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Lytham St Anne's

Lytham St Anne's / Lytham

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy, comfortable stay in the perfect location” Stayed in Shrimpers Cottage for 5 nights with my family and dog. The cottage was in the perfect location literally minutes walk from the sea front, shops and places to eat. I would recommend the Queens f  …see more

from £95 / night

£595 - £850 / week

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from £95 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Port Charlotte

Islay / Port Charlotte

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Rosgorm has a 5* quality assurance award from the Scottish tourist board. The house was completely renovated in 2014 and provides luxurious holiday accommodation for up to 6 people in a traditional cottage in the heart of the village, just a few minutes' walk from all l  …see more

from £135 / night

£800 - £1575 / week

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from £135 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with golf nearby in Langport

Langport / Long Sutton, Langport

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Hodgehay Cottage is a charming Quaker cottage built at the start of the 20th Century. It has been lovingly restored, retaining many period features, to give you a comfortable and cosy home from home.  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £620 / week

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from £50 / night

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Holiday apartment in Waikawa

Picton / Waikawa

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Car not necessary
Two double bedroom flat, spacious, private, pleasant garden, off street parking, SKY TV, unlimited WiFi, self contained, quiet, 10 minutes walk to Waikawa Marina and Waikawa Bay and 5 minutes drive to Picton. Cafes and restaurants at Waikawa Marina and in Picton. Walkin  …see more

from £64 / night

£448 / week

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from £64 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Gweedore

County Donegal / Gweedore

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Near Glassagh Beach, Teach Jack, Swimming, Walking, Entertainment, Fishing,Golf,Glenveagh National Park,Bunbeg,Ards Forest Gweedore,Gaeltacht,This house is located between Bloody Foreland and the Gweedore village. You can either climb Cnoc or Errigal  …see more

from £103 / night

£364 - £590 / week

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from £103 / night

(91) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Norfolk

Norfolk / Holt

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Peaceful haven has all you need” Stayed 20-27 July 2013. I would recommend 8 Carpenters to any couple looking for a quiet getaway and who want to access what North Norfolk has to offer. Holt is a beautiful Georgian town and offers fantastic hospital  …see more

from £75 / night

£295 - £495 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Canton of Valais / Susten

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £75 / night

£473 / week

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from £75 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Lingwood holiday cottage let

Norfolk / Lingwood

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“lovely” Was a very nice cosy little cottage. However we got the impression we were not going to be welcomed back as we had a puppy that barked every time the owners walked past. She didn't bark for long. as we stopped them.. So if you have a dog th  …see more

from £55 / night

£337 - £485 / week

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from £55 / night

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Holiday home rental

Isere / Grenoble

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with American fridge, internal dining room with 6 chairs and 2.5m table, external dining area and living area. There are two separate bedrooms, WC and fully-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower. The apartment situated on the ground f  …see more

from £146 / night

£898 / week

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from £146 / night

(71) Excellent 

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Northern England holiday cottage rental

North Yorkshire / Whitby

3 7 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“A superb cottage prefectly positioned on the estate” A great location with views of the river Esk and the Larpool Viaduct which I could sit and look at all day. All enhanced by lots of birdlife and the occasional steam train passing by across the riv  …see more

from £105 / night

£575 - £750 / week

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from £105 / 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

(19) Very Good 

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Stamford holiday apartment rental

Lincolnshire / Stamford

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
“A characterful flat that is well-appointed, homely and central.” Two of us spent a weekend in Victoria's lovely basement flat, which had both period and modern features. On arrival we received a warm welcome and were in the flat in no time. The flat w  …see more

from £59 / night

£365 / week

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from £59 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Gamblesby

Penrith / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“A fantastic & unusual holiday home.” I had looked forward to this holiday for many months as I had never been to a church for a holiday before ! It was every thing I had imagined and more. The old church from 1868 built of red sandstone with a gree  …see more

from £110 / night

£600 - £1320 / week

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from £110 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Inverness City Centre holiday home rental

Inverness / Inverness City Centre

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Perfect house, perfect location.” We hired this house over Christmas and it was perfect! The location was ideal and the house was warm, welcoming and nicely decorated. Would love to make a return visit in the future.  …see more

from £110 / night

£600 - £950 / week

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from £110 / night

(79) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in South East England

New Forest / Fordingbridge

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 33 km
“Perfect weekend for some R&R!” My boyfriend and I have just returned from a lovely stay at Greenbanks whilst celebrating my birthday. As soon as we got there we were greeted with a warm welcome from Carol, she showed us around the apartment which was  …see more

from £75 / night

£480 - £650 / week

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from £75 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Portmeirion

Gwynedd / Portmeirion

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Private garden
“fantastic retreat” A truly outstanding place.Wondeful views over the estuary from almost every window. The owners were great and gave us tips on where to eat etc as well as providing us with wine and cake!!. Soo peaceful! With the availability of usin  …see more

from £150 / night

£595 - £945 / week

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from £150 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Perranuthnoe

Cornwall / Perranuthnoe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Quiet, cosy, characterful cottage” Lovely cottage in a typical Cornish village, with great coastal walks and lovely beach. The cottage had all that was required. The village was quiet although close to Marazion which had great pubs and shops, as di  …see more

from £70 / night

£325 - £700 / week

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from £70 / 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

(21) Excellent 

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Llanberis holiday home rental

Snowdonia National Park / Llanberis

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“5 star” the best self catering accommadation i have ever stayed in. i would recommend this to anyone.the place is spotles clean, plenty of cooking utensils. and nice garden the car was secure with goog secure gates plenty to do in llanberis and eas  …see more

from £47 / night

£325 - £475 / week

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from £47 / night

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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

£193 - £337 / week

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from £30 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Baden-Württemberg / Herrenberg

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly

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from £35 / night

£204 / week

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from £35 / night

(57) 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 - £416 / week

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from £59 / night

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Holiday b&b in Naussac

Aveyron / Naussac

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Peace and TranquilityRoom 30 euros 1 or 2 people Breakfast 7 euros per person Evening meal 15 euros per person.  …see more

from £28 / night

£171 / week

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from £28 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Kallaroo holiday apartment rental

Joondalup / Kallaroo

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
Access to Indian Ocean Great BeachesWhether it's for long weekend or for holiday, we are here to make your stay comfortable!  …see more

from £48 / night

£318 - £390 / week

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from £48 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Cottage accommodation in Peebles with golf nearby

Borders / Peebles

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect location.” Just returned from 1 week stay at Tweed Cottage and already missing Pebbles. Stayed with my wife and although the weather wasn't what we had hoped for, it certainly didn't spoil our stay. Cottage itself is cosy and fully equipped wi  …see more

from £55 / night

£275 - £450 / week

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from £55 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Cardiff Newport Glamorgan holiday studio rental

South Wales / Cardiff

Studio 2 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent little studio with everything you need, in a great location” We stayed in The Cwtch for 6 nights. Rob, the owner gave us a warm welcome and gave us plently on information on where to eat etc. The studio is quite small but has everything  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £330 / week

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from £40 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Lake County / Clermont

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 92 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely AMAZING” It was exactly what we were looking for! A relaxing, peaceful, cozy home with MAGNIFICENT views all around in a private, gated community. Our family had a chance to spend relaxing quality time enjoying nature at its best. At the  …see more

from £112 / night

£704 - £832 / week

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from £112 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Kommetjie holiday villa rental

Cape Town / Kommetjie

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great place and Location” Great place to stay in an idyllic spot. Watching the sun go down from the verandah and lovely walks on the beach are just some of the highlights. Maiselle and Jo are very efficient and wonderful to deal with. Mist Mornings  …see more

from £180 / night

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Home rental in Skegness with golf nearby

Lincolnshire / Skegness

8 15 3 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous house for our large family” We had a great time staying in this well equipped house. It was just as you see in the photos, clean, attractive and everything we needed for a good holiday. Many thanks  …see more

from £290 / night

£1620 - £2665 / week

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from £290 / 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

(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

(57) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with golf nearby in Kinghorn

Fife / Kinghorn

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Loathe to leave” Apartment so comfortable our group were hesitant to go out during our visit to Kinghorn. Owner provided nice touch with her welcome pack, also lots of useful 'tourist' information within apartment for immediate and surrounding area.  …see more

from £90 / night

£490 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Ballycastle holiday cottage rental

County Mayo / Ballycastle

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Ask about pets
“Edge of Paradise” We found this cottage on an earlier trip to the area, not knowing it would be available to rent, and took photos of it because we loved it so much! To our delight, this year we were able to rent it for a week. We found the inter  …see more

from £120 / night

£748 - £898 / week

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from £120 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Upper Slaughter holiday cottage rental

Cotswolds / The Slaughters

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
No 8 The Square forms part of the most photographed scene in the picturesque village of Upper Slaughter. The charm of this beautiful cottage will ensure a memorable stay for all ages.Located only 5-10 minutes drive from the very popular towns of Bourton-on-the-Water and  …see more

from £99 / night

£650 - £1570 / week

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from £99 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with tennis court in Milton Under Wychwood

Burford / Milton Under Wychwood

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Beautiful little cottage” I booked the little white cottage for my friends hen do as she requested as relaxing break away! We had an absolutely amazing time and have already recommended the cottage to my friends and family. It's the perfect location t  …see more

from £110 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £110 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Dundee

Dundee / Broughty Ferry

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Mrs” We had a wonderful 3 days in this lovely, well equipped cottage. Excellent location. We all agreed that we would definitely book again. Of note, a mirror placed on back of door in one of bedrooms upstairs would be helpful  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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from £90 / night

(80) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Perth and Kinross / Kenmore

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Stunning!” A stunning apartment in a stunning location! This apartment is thoughtfully furnished and finished to a very high standard with all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. The views from the apartment never tire, whatever the wea  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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from £90 / night

(49) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow with golf nearby in Kingsbarns

St Andrews / Kingsbarns

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“lovely stay” Lovely cottage, great surroundings, wonderful stay! We stayed at the Stackyard for 6 nights and we really appreciated the place; It is very clean, comfortable and cosy. It is big enough for 4 people. A real home away from home! It was  …see more

from £65 / night

£380 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Eglwyswen

Crymych / Eglwyswen

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Very nice but be aware of a few things” This cottage has so much to offer its remote location, facilities, quirkiness are all great, it is a brilliant place to stay. However there is a couple of things you need to be aware of. The drive up is a track  …see more

from £78 / night

£330 - £485 / week

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from £78 / night

(23) 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 £69 / night

£425 - £537 / week

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from £69 / night

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