UK rural retreats – holiday cottages in the UK

UK rural retreats (4128)

From the quaint Cotswolds to the tranquil Lake District, we have thousands of rural retreats around the UK that will give you the perfect peaceful break.


Choose a charming holiday cottage in Cornwall, Devon or on the Isle of Wight, or find an exquisitely converted farmhouse in the Peak District or the Lakes. Snowdonia National Park and the Scottish Highlands both provide mesmerising backdrops for your stay.


Some of our UK rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.

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(33) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage with shared pool in Highampton

Devon / Highampton

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 29 km
  • Swimming pool
“perfect relaxation” Stayed in Hillview cottage last year and came back for more this year. Perfect just as we remembered it. Wonderfully situated for the coast , Dartmoor and other tourist attractions in Devon and Cornwall. Lovely indoor pool to come  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £770 / week

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from £80 / night

(15) Excellent 

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St Monans holiday cottage rental

Fife / St Monans

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Beautifully restored cottage by the sea” The cottage has been restored to a very high standard with tasteful decoration and quality furnishings. Enjoyed the log burner and separate snug,spacious for all the family. Stunning views from the window sea  …see more

from £95 / night

£475 - £700 / week

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from £95 / 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
“Perfect Getaway” We were delighted to be able to book a Twixmas break at such a wonderful location. Booking was simple and cost reasonable (particulalry given the lovely wee touches - like a Christmas Tree!). The accommodation is very spacious, comf  …see more

from £90 / night

£650 - £800 / week

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from £90 / night

(80) Excellent 

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Broadway holiday shepherds hut rental

Cotswolds / Broadway

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Perfection” I have recently returned from a 2 night stay in the Old Dairy Shepherd's Hut and it was absolutely incredible. It is a perfect place to escape to if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From booking the break to le  …see more

from £80 / night

£360 - £460 / week

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from £80 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Farmhouse rental in Downham Market with golf nearby

Norfolk / Downham Market

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Lovely cottage in the beautiful Norfolk countryside” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the coach house. A very warm welcome, with delicious scones and homemade jam. The cottage is decorated to a very high standard with all the comforts of a 5 star hot  …see more

from £199 / night

£1397 - £3800 / week

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from £199 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Dacre

Eden District / Dacre

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Simply excellent” We had high expectations before we arrived but these were exceeded from the moment we got there until we went home. The Barn is quite simply a really nice place in a great location, tastefully decorated it is very warm and inviting.  …see more

from £120 / night

£480 - £630 / week

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from £120 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Criccieth

Gwynedd / Criccieth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Clean characterful comfortable cosy quiet!” A beautifully restored and presented cottage, with spacious grounds and in an idyllic quiet secluded setting. Very comfortable beds,nice finishing touches, including a tray of 'goodies' to get us started. Ev  …see more

from £80 / night

£525 - £925 / week

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from £80 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Troutbeck holiday lodge rental

Lake District / Troutbeck

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Badger's Way is a wonderful self-catering pine lodge in the heart of the English Lake District. Badgers visit every evening and it's really exciting to watch them close up! Family friendly and ideal for Romantic Breaks and Birthday Treats.<br />The lo  …see more

from £99 / night

£693 / week

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from £99 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Swalcliffe

Oxfordshire / Swalcliffe

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Sweetheart cottage has been sensitively renovated to preserve original period features whilst providing the best of modern convenience; it is self catering with a little hotel luxury! Welcome hamper provided to help you relax on arrival. Travel cot available.  …see more

from £85 / night

£535 - £630 / week

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from £85 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday home in Whitstable

Whitstable / West Beach

5 12 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“A great family home, great views and a cool location.” The house is perfect to share with family and friends with lots of individual and sharing space to enjoy. The main living room/kitchen has great views and a spacious balcony with tables and chairs  …see more

from £200 / night

£1800 - £2950 / week

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from £200 / night

(22) Very Good 

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Llangollen holiday cottage rental

Denbighshire / Llangollen

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Miss” Lovely cottage clean and tidy Parking bit of a problem in the nights but apart from that great location  …see more

from £52 / night

£260 - £485 / week

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from £52 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Arthog

Gwynedd / Arthog

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house” We stayed at 7 St Mary's Terrece over the Easter Hols , 2 families with 3 teenagers and one slightly smaller one . The house is lovely and ideally placed for walking with lots of routes detailed in the visitors book . It was very clean,  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 - £1025 / week

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from £70 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Ski home to rent in Dalfaber

Aviemore / Dalfaber

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Great location” My family and I, had a great stay over the Christmas week. The cottage is really warm even with the snow down. Well equipped kitchen. And comfortable beds. You can walk into aviemore main strip in about 10 mins and you also have some s  …see more

from £35 / night

£245 - £650 / week

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from £35 / night

(34) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage rental

Alnwick / Alnmouth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely cottage” The cottage was surprisingly spacious and very well equipped. Being close to the beach was a bonus. Will definitely be back  …see more

from £80 / night

£375 - £725 / week

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from £80 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

County Londonderry / Coleraine

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
“5☆” My family stayed here whilst visiting from England for a long weekend .Local to where I live and all amenities at their doorstep. Beautiful holiday let , clean , tidy and a lovely homely feel.Would highly recommend..My family are looking to book a  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £2100 / week

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from £55 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Newborough holiday cottage rental

Newborough / Rhosyr

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Mrs” Great location, owners very helpful, lodge spacious, loved the log burner and eco friendly. Ideal for walks and base to explore Angellsey and North Wales.  …see more

from £71 / night

£480 - £790 / week

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from £71 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Fife / St Andrews

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous, spacious and central accommodation” Once again enjoyed our annual stay in St Andrews with friends. This was our first time at the Boot Room and would definitely stay here again. It is a spacious, bright and welcoming accommodation. It had ev  …see more

from £130 / night

£650 - £970 / week

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from £130 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday cottage letting

Grange-over-Sands / Cartmel

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Fab few days!” We had a lovely chilled time at Bridgelands Cottage with our Dogs - who were totally exhausted after long walks which were right on the doorstep! A very friendly village with a couple of good pubs and a great bakery supplying wonderful  …see more

from £50 / night

£275 - £850 / week

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from £50 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Gargunnock

Stirling / Gargunnock

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“Very high quality and well thought out by a really nice host family” This beautiful old converted coach house is ideally placed for trips to a whole range of interesting places but we enjoyed the weekend entirely on the farm pottering about and bumpin  …see more

from £93 / night

£500 - £795 / week

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from £93 / night

(51) Excellent 

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Castle Douglas holiday watermill rental

Dumfries and Galloway / Castle Douglas

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful” absolutely fantastic place, we loved every minute of our stay and would recommend to everyone. In the middle of nowhere, just perfect.  …see more

from £65 / night

£350 - £734 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Bungalow rental in Lelant with golf nearby

St Ives / Lelant

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Gorgeous” Lovely house, beautiful spot. Great for kids, in our group ages went from 7 to 13. We ate on the beach, went beachcombing, walking and kite flying. Decent pub close by in Lelant if you don't want to cook. Galley kitchen in the house perfec  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 - £3250 / week

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from £250 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Widemouth Bay

Bude-Stratton / Widemouth Bay

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Sally” This cottage was ideal for our needs, lovely location, it had everything we needed. Nice and cozy and warm, with comfortable furniture and fixtures. Yvonne and John have their work cut out trying to maintaining the grounds and the other 4 cott  …see more

from £90 / night

£350 - £825 / week

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from £90 / night

(29) Excellent 

25

Holiday cottage rental

Cirencester / Lower Mill

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A beautiful home away from home in a stunning location!” Cornerstone is a comfortable, extremely well-equipped 4-bed house, particularly suitable for families with children. The Wi-Fi was a really useful recent addition! The beds were particularly com  …see more

from £120 / night

£650 - £1725 / week

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from £120 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday barn rental

Leek / Bradnop

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
With spectacular views over the surrounding countryside, relax and unwind in a wonderful peaceful setting.  …see more

from £90 / night

£430 - £730 / week

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from £90 / night

(46) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Bonsall

Matlock / Bonsall

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Lovely cottage in a friendly village in a beautiful part of our country.” This cottage is spacious, comfortable, a little quirky and very well equipped. We stayed for New Year, with some other friends staying nearby in another holiday cottage. On comp  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £55 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Portree

Isle of Skye / Portree

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect Cottage, situated in a quite position with spectacular views” Spent Christmas with friends in this beautiful cottage. Everything was of a very high standard and beautifully presented. Lovely views across the bay to Portree, and the mountains  …see more

from £150 / night

£700 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

(58) Excellent 

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Fort Augustus holiday apartment rental

Loch Ness / Fort Augustus

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
“Large apt” Felicity and Chris are a Lovely couple. Everywhere you look you see the hard work and dedication they've put into renovating this place , that has so much history. It is wonderful how they modernized it but have not taken away the old charm  …see more

from £65 / night

£385 - £495 / week

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from £65 / night

(46) Excellent 

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Holiday home rental

Argyll and Bute / Strachur

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely house” We stayed at this lovely house for three nights and I would happily go back again. The house was clean and very spacious with everything you need for a self catering holiday. The views from every window are stunning and the house is in a  …see more

from £170 / night

£795 - £1625 / week

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from £170 / 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
“Wonderful cottage in an ideal location” Just returned from a brilliant holiday staying at Captains Cottage which really was the 'icing on the cake'. Allonby is lovely with scenic walks along the beach. The cottage is located close enough to use as a  …see more

from £79 / night

£395 - £645 / week

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from £79 / night

(48) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Gorthleck

Scottish Highlands / Gorthleck

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Excellent” We had an excellent holiday, and Jan and Paul were great hosts, every little detail was attended to and they were very helpful. The apartment was great and we loved it! Thank you!  …see more

from £55 / night

£275 - £467 / week

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from £55 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Timberland

Lincolnshire / Timberland

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 64 km
  • Private garden
“Brilliant Love to go back anytime.” We he had a great break away although it was only for four days, its was so relaxing, The Low Barn was wonderful with everything we ever needed. Quality of the barn facilities were great and the owner very helpful  …see more

from £61 / night

£250 - £490 / week

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from £61 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Blockley holiday cottage rental

Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Private garden
“A Country Cottage Escape” As a seniors couple we chose Arlington cottage in Blockley as a way of experiencing part of The Cotswolds away from the larger towns. Access to Morten in Marsh railway station by bus/taxi was a factor as we were not using a  …see more

from £69 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £69 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

Ceredigion / Aberporth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Tranquility” I would highly recommend this holiday destination, as you will not be disappointed , the apartment is outstanding and the sea view is breath taking , the only disappointment was I wish we had booked for a longer stay, so we will defiantly  …see more

from £85 / night

£545 - £749 / week

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from £85 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Llanddulas

Conwy County / Llanddulas

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Amazing, modern house with great views” We had an amazing holiday in August with family. Marc was there to welcome us with the added touch of a bottle of champagne. The pictures do not do this house justice was the perfect place to stay with great acc  …see more

from £225 / night

£1190 - £2230 / week

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from £225 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Dalavich holiday log cabin rental

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely stunning” Went to the cabin for 3 nights at valentines and it was amazing! So cosy and the most beautiful views. Sauna and hot tub were a fantastic addition to the stay, will definitely be back soon.  …see more

from £79 / night

£399 - £899 / week

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from £79 / night

(84) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Ventnor

Ventnor / Niton Undercliff

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“The best-equipped, beautiful cottage” We were six adults and two children (aged 1 years, and 3 months). We found the cottage very relaxing and spacious, with everything we could want/need for a weekend away, and a wide array of toys to keep our 1 year  …see more

from £120 / night

£570 - £1550 / week

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from £120 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Llanfaethlu

Anglesey / Llanfaethlu

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
“Wonderfully peaceful break!” A short 3 night break at this wonderful property lived up to all my expectations. A beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with not one, but two beaches just minutes walk away. I was welcomed by  …see more

from £60 / night

£230 - £455 / week

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from £60 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment in Falmouth

Cornwall / Falmouth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Car not necessary
“Outstanding property” We stay in Falmouth every year and I have to say this is the best property we have stayed in .Wonder full welcome pack very comfy a real home from home  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £650 / week

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from £60 / night

(70) Excellent 

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Ashford-in-the-Water holiday cottage rental

Bakewell / Ashford-in-the-Water

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Home from Home” We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage, it was very warm and comfortable. Good quality crockery and cutlery (not always the case in rented accommodation). We had very enjoyable meals in both the pubs in the village. The village shop  …see more

from £90 / night

£390 - £620 / week

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from £90 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Waternish holiday cottage rental

Waternish / Gillen

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Luxury detached cottage with amazing sea views, set in 6 acres of land overlooking the sea with views to the Outer Hebrides. Ideal for couples or small family wanting to get away from it all. Perfect for outdoor activities.<br />Modern kitchen, huge rain shower in  …see more

from £95 / night

£350 - £875 / week

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from £95 / night