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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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(17) Excellent 

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Mersea Island holiday cottage rental

Mersea Island / West Mersea

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Central location on small holiday island only 10 minutes walk from sandy beach. 5 minutes from shops, pub and restaurants. Famous for seafood and oysters. Good area for yachting, fishing and nearby country park. Colchester Zoo and Castle 10 miles. Golf/Spa resort 7 mile  …see more

from £62 / night

£400 - £750 / week

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from £62 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Nusa Dua Peninsula / Nusa Dua

2 5 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £94 / night

£653 - £950 / week

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from £94 / night

(14) Excellent 

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St Helens holiday lodge rental

Isle of Wight / St Helens

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
“beautiful property nice location” As described it was a perfect location with sea view .Clean park .well sited near complex. The lodge was very nice well equipped. Only disappointment we didn't book long enough!  …see more

from £65 / night

£395 - £1295 / week

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from £65 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Coral Bay

Paphos / Coral Bay

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool
“The ideal location for a relaxing holiday” We found Villa Coralie to be the ideal location for the type of relaxing holiday we want. This delightful villa is in a peaceful yet convenient setting with stunning views from the back garden to Coral Bay, t  …see more

from £70 / night

£495 - £945 / week

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from £70 / night

(18) Excellent 

22

Holiday studio in Collioure

Collioure / Faubourg

Studio 4 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
“excellent apartment, fantastic location, pet friendly” Apartment was spotlessly clean with everything provided. The owners, Chrissie & Paul were there to meet us and gave us a full and comprehensive handover.They also provided a folder full of useful  …see more

from £39 / night

£254 - £759 / week

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from £39 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Santa Maria Estate

Mellieha / Santa Maria Estate

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Practically perfect in every way!” The 3 bedroom apartment exceeded all our expectations upon arrival! Huge, spacious, all mod cons and with the unexpected coolness inside that didn't require the a/c on all the time! My husband is quite picky about th  …see more

from £43 / night

£297 - £1119 / week

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from £43 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Sairee Beach

Koh Tao / Sairee Beach

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
We are a perfect retreat for couples, families or friends wanting to enjoy the tranquility of island life combined with spacious living at a reasonable price. Our location is ideal, with Sairee Beach and Village just a 5 min stroll away.  …see more

from £69 / night

£457 - £854 / week

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from £69 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Knokke-Heist / Knokke

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary

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from £28 / night

£170 - £356 / week

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from £28 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

Province of Alicante / Playa Flamenca

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Ideal location for winter sun for couples and families alike. First floor apartment with easy access via the stairs and lift. Entertainment in a five minute walk away with beaches, restaurants and bars. Balcony overlooks a beautifully maintained swimming pool.<br /&g  …see more

from £22 / night

£155 - £409 / week

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from £22 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Central Bath

Bath / Central Bath

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Ms” Beautiful, clean, comfortable and well equipped apartment, perfectly situated for strolling around the city.  …see more

from £125 / night

£700 - £800 / week

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from £125 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Saint Julian's

Saint Julian's / Spinola Bay

1 3 6 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Car not necessary
“Total satisfaction all round!” Echoing all the other reviews! Have just returned from a stay here and have had a wonderful week in this apartment. We are in the 76/82 years age group and it suited us perfectly, The views from the balcony and lounge a  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £594 / week

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from £64 / night

(17) Excellent 

22

Bruges holiday home rental

West Flanders Province / Bruges

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Huize Ewoud is a spacious and charming house within walking distance of the historic centre of Bruges, UNESCO world heritage. It is the ideal place for a relaxing and romantic holiday. Huize Ewoud can accommodate up to 7 people and is equipped with all facilities such a  …see more

from £162 / night

£1128 / week

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from £162 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Advie ski cottage to rent.

Aviemore / Advie

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“excellent property” The cottage was warm and well stocked. Our family of 6 stayed for Christmas 2016 and had a wonderful holiday. The cottage was very cosy and homely and the kitchen had everything needed to prepare our Christmas lunch. The location t  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 - £895 / week

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from £90 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik / Dubrovnik Old Town

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Great apartment in great location” Barcelona is a great apartment in a very convenient location – just a few minutes flat walk from the Pile Gate. It’s very well equipped with a large comfortable bed, an additional sofa bed, a great shower and kitchen  …see more

from £47 / night

£327 / week

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from £47 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Los Cristianos holiday apartment rental

Arona / Los Cristianos

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
BeachApartmentLos CristianosAronaModernSwimming PoolBaby Pool  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Surbiton

Kingston upon Thames / Surbiton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“comfortable, convenient and quiet” Stayed for 4 nights and would have happily stayed longer. Travelled with husband, teenage daughter and her friend and found this apartment a good base with easy access to central London, which suited the girls, whi  …see more

from £121 / night

£755 - £990 / week

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from £121 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Central London/Zone 1 holiday home rental

Central London/Zone 1 / Paddington

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
Address Details provided when booking is made Description for studio A well proportioned unit which is about 34 square meters with all that you would expect from a 1 bedroom property. The kitchen is fully fitted including washer dryer and dishwasher. The bedroom area i  …see more

from £99 / night

£693 / week

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from £99 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widcombe

Bath / Widcombe

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely, clean, quiet and comfortable barn just a short walk to Bath” We loved our stay in this great barn, the pictures do not do it justice and were surprised with the size of it. On the first night we discovered how easy it was to walk to Bath when  …see more

from £110 / night

£910 / week

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from £110 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Porth

Newquay / Porth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous” Absolutely perfect, house had everything we needed for 2 adults and 3 teenagers. The welcome package was most welcome, beds really comfy being right on the beach we all enjoyed lazy mornings, no rushing and beautiful sunsets. The cage for  …see more

from £120 / night

£1200 - £1900 / week

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from £120 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment with shared pool in Candolim

Bardez / Candolim

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
The complex is just two minute walk to the main road with 20 - 30 restaurants providing all kinds of food.  …see more

from £40 / night

£250 - £840 / week

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from £40 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Ljubljana

Upper Carniola Region / Ljubljana

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Apartment Hiska is completely furnished and equipped. It has everything you might need during your stay and is self-catered. If you have any special needs, we will be happy to help you. You will find lots of useful information about Ljubljana already in the apartment.&l  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £795 / week

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from £50 / night

(44) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Rome

Rome / Prati

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 31 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Wonderful and superbly located flat in Rome” My husband and I had a great stay in Rome. Thanks to the amazing location of this flat (a 2 minute walk to the Vatican and St Peter's) we were able to walk to all the main sights and everything felt as thou  …see more

from £60 / night

£382 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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North Rhine-Westphalia / Nideggen

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £65 / night

£407 / week

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from £65 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Port de Pollenca / Puerto Pollensa Marina

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Great location with pleanty of room and lovely view.” Lovely appartment with pleanty of room for family of 5. Lady that met us there English speaking and Very helpful with local information to help make our stay easier. Although on the main strip it  …see more

from £108 / night

£750 - £1950 / week

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from £108 / night

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Holiday villa in Stintino

Stintino / Capo Falcone

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Child friendly
In posizione irripetibile, a 50 mt dalla meravigliosa spiaggia “La Pelosa”, villino indipendente di circa 70 mq con una bellissima vista mare e 600 mt di giardino privato. La casa si sviluppa su un unico livello con il soggiorno con zona pranzo, che si apre  …see more

from £64 / night

£424 / week

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from £64 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Unawatuna holiday apartment rental

Galle / Unawatuna

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
How do you imagine your next holiday in Sri Lanka? Relaxing in the nature, of course. Marked by the slow pace of life and pleasure of Asian Lands, enriched by fragrances and tastes which awake your souls. Dionis Villa is a good place to relax: located in Unawatuna, jus  …see more

from £32 / night

£206 - £279 / week

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from £32 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment in Swanage Bay

Swanage / Swanage Bay

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“The nearest place to heaven” So close to the ocean that on a wild day the spray splashes on the windows. The flat is very cosy and comfortable. Everything you need is right there. The owners have thought of everything from crab nets to a great selecti  …see more

from £80 / night

£390 - £1700 / week

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from £80 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Prines

Rethymnon / Prines

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“A lovely house, a gorgeous setting and every amenity we needed. Highly recommended!” We loved staying at Aloe villa. It offered every convenience for a family holiday, such as easy access to beautiful beaches (5 mins drive), to the village supermarket  …see more

from £118 / night

£825 - £1395 / week

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from £118 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Central Cambridge

Cambridge / Central Cambridge

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect” We visited Cambridge as a small group of friends and found the apartment to be perfect for our needs. It was clean, cosy, very well equipped and the owners were really welcoming and helpful. It is located a short distance from the centre via  …see more

from £165 / night

£924 / week

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from £165 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Province of Buenos Aires / Villa Gesell

6 6 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Excellent Front Beach Apartment, accomodates 6 guests 1 Double room with great sea view Another room accomodates 1 people in a single bed, and bunk bed for other 3 people, also with a great sea view. 2 Cable TV Located at Villa Gesell downtown just in front of the Beac  …see more

from £48 / night

£360 - £724 / week

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(9) Excellent 

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Italian Riviera / Sanremo

9 25 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 25
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.4 km
  • Child friendly

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from £34 / night

£297 - £594 / week

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from £34 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Arrondissement of La Trinite / Le Robert

2 7 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £111 / night

£772 / week

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from £111 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Patterdale holiday apartment rental

Lake District / Patterdale

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Romantic getaway for two in the heart of the Lake District National Park with inspiring mountain scenery and walks from the door. Deepdale combines all the modern comforts you could need with the charm of the Lake District National Park. A wonderful getaway.  …see more

from £80 / night

£335 - £550 / week

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from £80 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool, golf nearby in Tattershall

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Amazing & relaxing- Tally Ho 2” Me and my partner had a lovely 2 night break during February half term, the caravan was immaculate and the hot tub was a lovely way to relax and unwind! The pub just down the road serves beautiful food! Thankyou for suc  …see more

from £80 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(26) 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
“Ms” Lovely accommodation which is centrally located. Beautifully furnished with everything you'd need and more.  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £540 / week

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from £80 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge letting

Powys / Machynlleth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“A beautiful chalet in a wonderful location.” This was our fourth visit to Tan y Coed and it was as enjoyable and relaxing as ever. Tan y Coed is quite small but is beautifully furnished. The view from the balcony is so picturesque that we generally  …see more

from £70 / night

£385 - £650 / week

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from £70 / night

(40) Excellent 

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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
“Lovely Cottage” This cottage was lovely so well equipped and tea and coffee milk to get us started. Bed really comfy and peaceful night's sleep had thanks to it being in a private road. Cosy and warm. Parking could be and issue but vouchers supplied  …see more

from £42 / night

£325 - £595 / week

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from £42 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Holiday villa in Calheta

Madeira / Calheta

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Not enough superlatives.............” We (4 adults, 2 children) stayed in August 2016 and I am still sulking that we had to return home. Pegging my laundry out in Somerset just isn't cutting it........no sea views for starters !! This villa is beaut  …see more

from £191 / night

£1183 - £2250 / week

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from £191 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Arroyo de la Miel holiday apartment rental

Benalmadena / Arroyo de la Miel

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Swimming pool
“Excellent Apartment !” Stayed at this one bedroom apartment for over two weeks and was pleasantly surprised , all you need is on your doorstep in the "Bonanza" area. We have stayed in this area on numerous occasions and at various apartments but would  …see more

from £24 / night

£170 - £375 / week

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from £24 / night

(70) Excellent 

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New Town holiday apartment rental

Edinburgh / New Town

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
“A Great Base to Explore Edinburgh” We spent 5 days in Edinburgh and were lucky enough to discover this apartment. Most of the apartments to rent are small but not all are cosy and this one definitely is! We traveled with a toddler and a friend so tota  …see more

from £75 / night

£690 - £1200 / week

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from £75 / night