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Looking for something outrageously different for your next holiday? Then take a look at these holiday castles, windmills, yurts and manor houses that are all available for you to book and make your holiday an extraordinary one.


And there’s plenty to choose from: you could set your loved one's heart racing with a fairy-tale break to a French chateau or rent a houseboat in Amsterdam with your pals. Or how about escaping to a cosy log cabin in the mountains, or going glamping on a yurt holiday in Devon or Cornwall.


If stunning and unusual architecture is for you, rent a regal castle in the Scottish Highlands, a quirky lighthouse by the sea or return to a bygone age on a windmill holiday in Greece.

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Beach Sun Retreat - Dymchurch villa sleeps 6

England / Kent / Dymchurch

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.001 km; Great for children of all ages ;
"Sunshine 247365", as featured in the Guardian and the Daily Mail Beach Sun Retreat uniquely offers the 'perfect beach and summer holiday' with guaranteed sunbathing 365 days a year! Occupying the ground floor of this former hotel, the property has  …see more

from £260 / night

£1200 - £2450 / week

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from £260 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Old St Johns Church - Gamblesby converted chapel sleeps 8

England / Cumbria / Lake District / Penrith / Gamblesby

3 bedroomsSleeps 8Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Pets welcome;
A rural retreat in the peaceful village of Gamblesby set in the backdrop of the Eden Valley. A perfect place to relax, explore, escape from it all and more…..An antidote to the hectic daily routine, but home a from home with all of the modern creature comforts you mig  …see more

from £110 / night

£650 - £1320 / week

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from £110 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Austrian Alps / Carinthia / Gnesau

3 bedroomsSleeps 82 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Pets welcome;
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from £58 / night

£0 / week

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from £58 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Burnbrae Mill - Castle Douglas watermill sleeps 6

Scotland / Dumfries and Galloway / Castle Douglas

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 15 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
Converted Mill located in a beautiful rural location within a converted farm steading. Excellent base for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, or just relaxing. The mill is approximately 2.5 miles from the villages of Lochfoot, Crocketford and Haugh of Urr and 8 mi  …see more

from £59 / night

£350 - £650 / week

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from £59 / night

(10) Excellent 

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The Petrongonas Castle in Mani - Pagkia castle sleeps 8

Peloponnese / Laconia Region / Pagkia

2 bedroomsSleeps 8Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 7 km; Great for children of all ages ;
An authentic, fully furnished, recently renovated castle with great views.Around 2 centuries ago, our grandparents decided to build a castle for their winter stays and to protect themselves from enemies, from the war. On the ground floor you can find the olive press tha  …see more

from £67 / night

£459 - £500 / week

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from £67 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Anglesey-yurts - Rhydwyn yurt sleeps 4

Wales / North Wales / Anglesey / Rhydwyn / Rhydwyn

1 bedroomSleeps 42 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Great for children of all ages ;
A single yurt set in private enclosed area on a smallholding adjacent to an Area Of Outstanding Beauty and Heritage Coastline, walking distance to sandy cove, or 5 minute drive (free parking).The yurt has it's own shower room and kitchen with full-size cooker, frid  …see more

from £70 / night

£450 - £540 / week

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Port Lincoln Caravan Park - North Shields beach hut sleeps 6

South Australia / North Shields

2 bedroomsSleeps 61 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
We are located on South Australia's Lower Eyre Peninsula, in the small historic town of North Shields. We are on the coast of beautiful protected Boston Bay and only about 8 kms North of Port Lincolns CBD We also offer 60 powered sites and a range of cabins. Absolute be  …see more

from £40 / night

£277 - £436 / week

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from £40 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Red Sky Shepherd's Hut - Broadway shepherds hut sleeps 2

England / Cotswolds / Broadway

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; Pets welcome;
The newest addition to Manor Farm Glamping is Red Sky, our stunning Shepherd's Hut. Tucked away amidst a range of traditional brick farm buildings the shepherds hut benefits from its own private walled garden, patio, hot tub and BBQ shelter. Within this bespoke craftsm  …see more

from £70 / night

£350 - £450 / week

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from £70 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Tidelands Boathouse on the waterfront - Combeinteignhead boathouse sleeps 2

England / Devon / Combeinteignhead

1 bedroomSleeps 2Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
The boathouse is located right on the shore of the Teign estuary, with stunning views of the river and surrounding landscape. Waterfront patio for outdoor living, private launching for a boat and doorstep access for any kind of water sports make the boathouse a totally  …see more

from £90 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £90 / night

(8) Excellent 

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PRINCESS apartment - Castello di Gaiche - Piegaro castle sleeps 4

Umbria / Province of Perugia / Piegaro

2 bedroomsSleeps 47 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
It's a very emotional place in which you can relax body, mind and you can feel your soul. The old Castle of Gaiche has been very well restored 14 years ago and now is a luxury private property. Gaiche merits to be remembered not only for its historical vicissitudes bu  …see more

from £150 / night

£542 - £625 / week

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from £150 / night

(3) Excellent 

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The Tranquil Water Mill - Languidic watermill sleeps 6

Brittany / Morbihan / Languidic

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 30 km; Great for children of all ages ;
This picturesque water mill is set in 6.5 acres of a tranquil park-like garden. A gentle stream flows through it. The natural woodland surrounding the garden provides complete privacy. Perfect for a writers retreat or for relaxing in peace and quiet in beautiful natural  …see more

from £55 / night

£400 - £950 / week

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from £55 / night

(22) Excellent 

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The Old Kirk - Dalguise converted chapel sleeps 9

Scotland / Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 bedroomsSleeps 9Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; Pets welcome;
The Old Kirk is very large with lots of interesting different areas within a mezzanine open-plan structure, which gives guests a quiet, peaceful experience even with larger parties. The inside is tastefully, and modestly decorated to make the most of the orifinal church  …see more

from £150 / night

£525 - £1210 / week

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from £150 / night

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South Aegean / Cyclades / Santorini / Pyrgos

2 bedroomsSleeps 83 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
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from £159 / night

£0 / week

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from £159 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Aquitaine / Dordogne / Sarlat-la-Canéda / Vitrac

3 bedroomsSleeps 8Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Swimming pool;
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from £84 / night

£750 - £1084 / week

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from £84 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Alaska / Wrangell

1 bedroomSleeps 21 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car not necessary; No pets allowed;
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from £88 / night

£500 / week

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from £88 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Casa Azenha. Romantic Watermill with pool.

Central Portugal / Lisbon District / Sintra Municipality / Colares

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Swimming pool;
Lovely little Watermill in unique location The Casa Azenha is comprised of one bedroom, living area and bathroom with self-catering kitchen and private patio and pool .5 minute drive to the best local beaches, restaurants, market and village. 10 min drive to Sintra, The  …see more

from £92 / night

£584 - £667 / week

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from £92 / night

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Peloponnese / Lakonia

2 bedroomsSleeps 63 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Air conditioning; Pets welcome;
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from £100 / night

£617 - £880 / week

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from £100 / night

(12) Excellent 

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The perfect trullo for up to 3 in Puglia with pool

Puglia / Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

2 bedroomsSleeps 3Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 25 km; Swimming pool;
Situated in a characteristic street of the countryside, 3 minutes away from the center of Martina Franca, this “trullo” stands for its romantic atmosphere and calm that you breathe outside, where you can dive in the swimming pool and admire the breathtaking view. A  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £812 / week

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from £43 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Fairytale Castle: Private Lake, Pool, Gym & Cinema

Pays de la Loire / Mayenne / Meslay-du-Maine

6 bedroomsSleeps 14Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 150 km; Swimming pool;
**JUST NAMED ONE OF THE TIMES' TOP 20 CHATEAUX HOLIDAYS! Live a fairytale dream in this 19th century romantic castle (sleeps up to 12 -- Please inquire for the possibility of extra guests) with its own private lake, swimming pool set within a formal rose garden, and ev  …see more

from £580 / night

£3500 - £4584 / week

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Enchanting mansion with private pool - Neuille castle sleeps 16

Pays de la Loire / Maine et Loire / Neuille

10 bedroomsSleeps 16Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
France's peaceful Pays de la Loire countryside, with its charming villages and famous castles, surrounds this magnificent ten-bedroom mansion. Beautiful stone exteriors mixed with modern amenities create an atmosphere of sophisticated luxury, perfect for a dream ho  …see more

from £387 / night

£2070 - £3008 / week

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from £387 / night

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Palazzo Portole castle in private garden with pool

Istria / Oprtalj

5 bedroomsSleeps 10Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Palazzo Portole is a large property on the edge of the charming, historic town of Oprtalj. Standing in a beautifully landscaped private walled garden with a secluded swimming pool, outdoor dining room, a tower with roof terrace, 5 stunning bedrooms, large living room &  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 - £2900 / week

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from £250 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Puglia / Province of Lecce / Patu / Marina San Gregorio

1 bedroomSleeps 2Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
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from £34 / night

£167 - £434 / week

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from £34 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Mani Castle Experience - Pagkia castle sleeps 10

Peloponnese / Laconia Region / Pagkia

4 bedroomsSleeps 107 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
For prices please email us! About the castle: An authentic, fully furnished, just recently renovated traditional castle with great views. Around 2 centuries ago, our grandparents decided to build a castle for their winter stays and to protect themselves from rivalries  …see more

from £66 / night

£459 - £969 / week

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from £66 / night

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North Carolina / North Carolina Mountains / Jackson County / Tuckasegee

2 bedroomsSleeps 62 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
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from £91 / night

£606 / week

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from £91 / night

(32) Excellent 

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The Old Chapel, Slad - Slad converted chapel sleeps 10

England / Cotswolds / Stroud / Slad

4 bedroomsSleeps 10Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Welcome to the Old Chapel in Slad, Gloucestershire; a luxury self catering Cotswolds holiday rental, with a stylish, contemporary interior.Described by The Guardian (December 2013) as 'one of the best cool holiday self-catering accommodations in the Cotswolds...it&  …see more

from £140 / night

£985 - £2622 / week

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from £140 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Houseboat Pride of Leyden. - Leiden houseboat sleeps 3

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 bedroomsSleeps 33 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 27 km; Great for children of all ages ;
PLEASE CONTACT OWNER FOR EXACT PRICES FOR 1, 2 AND 3 PERSONS Houseboat Pride of Leyden is fully equipped with every comfort, from a well stocked kitchen, to central heating and air conditioning, a TV and Wifi internet, and a veranda with a spectacular view. The main be  …see more

from £99 / night

£663 / week

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from £99 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Cantabria / Pamanes

1 bedroomSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
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from £33 / night

£205 - £335 / week

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from £33 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Barleywood Shepherds Hut South Creake Norfolk

England / East Anglia / Norfolk / South Creake

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Luxury Shepherds Hut with ensuite and kitchen area oak floors and vintage fittings mains water and electric situated near the North Norfolk Coast welcome hamper and all bed linen, hairdryer and towels provided. For those chilly evenings there is a wood burning stove wit  …see more

from £80 / night

£420 / week

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from £80 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Kellswater Mill in the heart of Ulster - Ballymena watermill sleeps 8

Northern Ireland / County Antrim / Ballymena

4 bedroomsSleeps 8Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 34 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
Old restored mill with waterwheel and other charming characteristics. The three level property is nestled in a wooded area with river view and an abundance of wildlife. There are four double bedrooms, including one four-poster super-kingsized bed. The house has a large  …see more

from £180 / night

£1300 / week

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South Aegean / Cyclades / Milos / Plaka

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 2 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car advised;
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from £34 / night

£0 / week

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from £34 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Segrwyd Mill Holiday Home - 4* Converted Mill

Wales / North Wales / Denbighshire / Denbigh / Bylchau

2 bedroomsSleeps 42 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 20 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
**** Visit Wales 4 star rated Accomdation **** Perfect location to explore beautiful Snowdonia and North Wales. Segrwyd Mill is an 18th century grade II listed water mill, steeped in history and located in the heart of the North Wales countryside, between Nantglyn and  …see more

from £70 / night

£480 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Runach Arainn - Kilmory yurt sleeps 6

Scotland / Isle of Arran / Kilmory

1 bedroomSleeps 62 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 1 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Runach Arainn ('Secret or Beloved Arran' in Gaelic) is a small, intimate glamping (glamorous camping) site on the south end of the Isle of Arran, Scotland. We offer luxury self-catering accommodation in 20ft diameter yurts accompanied by private bathrooms. We are an ide  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £60 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Normandy

8 bedroomsSleeps 15Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 16 km; Swimming pool;
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from £750 / night

£5834 - £7084 / week

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from £750 / night

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Midi-Pyrénées / Lot / Cajarc

3 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
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from £59 / night

£409 - £1125 / week

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from £59 / night

(2) Excellent 

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The Boathouse, Lochearnhead, fantastic loch views

Scotland / Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochearnhead

3 bedroomsSleeps 87 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
A unique Lochside self catering property in Lochearnhead, sleeping up to 8 guests. A large picture wiindow with stunning views of Loch Earn towards Edinample Castle and Glen from the master bedroom. Watch the Opsrpey dive for fish or fish from the banks your self. Moori  …see more

from £119 / night

£827 - £1299 / week

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from £119 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Maison Melrose - Vouvray cave house sleeps 6

Centre / Loire Valley / Vouvray

3 bedroomsSleeps 62 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Pets welcome;
This charming cottage is located in the French Touraine region surrounded by historic Middle-Age and Renaissance castles and world-renowned wineries. The house has 3 double rooms and can be rented throughout the year for 2, 4 or 6 people. A minimum of 2 nights is requir  …see more

from £167 / night

£917 - £1084 / week

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from £167 / night

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Brittany / Finistere / Landerneau

2 bedroomsSleeps 6Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; Pets welcome;
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from £134 / night

£459 - £921 / week

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from £134 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Florida / Homosassa

3 bedroomsSleeps 4Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 20 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
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from £46 / night

£531 - £750 / week

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from £46 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Extraordinary Tower in the Tuscan hills with pool,

Tuscany / Province of Arezzo / Sansepolcro

1 bedroomSleeps 33 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 110 km; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
Torre the Brancialino nestles beautifully in the Tuscan Hills some 10 kilometres from the Renaissance town of Sansepolcro.Being part of a remarkably restored medieval castle (where the owner lives) the tower offers the perfect romantic hideaway with comfortable accommod  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £455 / week

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from £50 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Skye Shepherd Huts - Beileag - Broadford shepherds hut sleeps 2

Scotland / The Hebrides / Isle of Skye / Broadford

1 bedroomSleeps 22 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 10 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Skye is a fascinating place to holiday, so why not make it unforgettable by staying in one of our two beautifully appointed shepherd huts? Located on the croft in Heaste, Isle of Skye, the huts are very special small space retreats, and unique to the area. I have 2 huts  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £80 / night

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