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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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Aisne / Bourg-et-Comin

3 15 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £73 / night

£385 / week

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from £73 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Tidelands Boathouse on the waterfront - Combeinteignhead boathouse sleeps 2

Devon / Combeinteignhead

1 2 Min 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 £100 / night

£500 - £900 / week

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from £100 / night

(24) Very Good 

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La Tour - Montreuil tower sleeps 2

Montreuil-sur-Mer / Montreuil

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 13 km; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
Arranged over three floors built against the massive stonework of a 13th century watch tower, La Tour provides a small sitting room with kitchen facilities and breakfast bar, a double bedroom and a fabulous bathroom with large shower and double sunken bath set at the fo  …see more

from £95 / night

£599 / week

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from £95 / night

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(45) Excellent 

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Beach Sun Retreat - Dymchurch villa sleeps 6

Kent / Dymchurch

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.001 km; Child friendly ;
"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

(25) Excellent 

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The Chancel - Wareham converted chapel sleeps 6

Dorset / Wareham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
The church was converted into residential dwellings in 1994 and consists of three houses - the Tower, the Nave and the Chancel. The Chancel still retains the large East window just beyond the alter area, which is now one of the many features adorning this unique house.  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £860 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Canton of Thurgau / Bischofszell

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
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from £45 / night

£258 - £636 / week

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from £45 / night

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Province of Varese / Comabbio

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Ask about pets;
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from £77 / night

£513 / week

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from £77 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Old St Johns Church - Gamblesby converted chapel sleeps 8

Penrith / Gamblesby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Pet friendly;
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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Camping La Source - Aspres-sur-Buech tipi/teepee sleeps 4

Hautes-Alpes / Aspres-sur-Buech

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Fully furnished Tipi hidden in our woodland on our 2 hectare, 25 pitch Aire Naturelle campsite.Enjoy Glamping with beautiful views, comfortable beds, wooden floor, fridge, electric lighting, Gas BBQ and everything you need for your stay.Tipi 2 has a double bed, two sing  …see more

from £65 / night

£342 / week

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from £65 / night

(4) Excellent 

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

County Antrim / Ballymena

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 34 km; Child friendly ; 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

£1260 / week

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from £180 / night

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Cotes-d'Armor / Saint-Brieuc

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 300 km; Not suitable for children;
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from £103 / night

£718 / week

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from £103 / night

(22) Excellent 

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The Old Kirk - Dalguise converted chapel sleeps 9

Perth and Kinross / Dalguise

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
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 - £1200 / week

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from £150 / night

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socotra Guide Travel & Tours - Qashio tented camp sleeps 50

Socotra Island / Qashio

50 50 Min stay varies

  • 50 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 14 km; Ski;
Those with love for both adventure and untouched nature; Socotra Island is the right adventure waiting for you. Camping is perhaps the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature given to Socotra Island and sharing the warmth of its people. If you have a thirst of advent  …see more

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Lagavulin Hall - Islay converted chapel sleeps 8

The Hebrides / Islay

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Child friendly ;
Probably the most interesting holiday-let house in the Hebrides, Lagavulin Hall was built in the first years of the 1900’s as a parish church. It is on the South East of Islay in an attractive sheltered position, with views across Surnaig Bay to the ruins of the 14th  …see more

from £94 / night

£580 - £660 / week

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from £94 / night

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Sarthe / Aubigne-Racan

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
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from £82 / night

£377 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Calvados / Surrain

1 5 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 3 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £52 / night

£428 - £787 / week

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from £52 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Lake District Ullswater Far Boathouse - Ullswater boathouse sleeps 2

Lake District / Ullswater

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
All the character of a spacious historic boathouse with private mooring. And inside, a luxury fully equipped apartment, with incredible waterfront view and ample room for two guests. Situated on the water's edge of Ullswater, Far Boathouse is secluded luxury roman  …see more

from £180 / night

£1551 - £2310 / week

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from £180 / night

(56) Excellent 

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Craufurdland Castle- Tower Hse - Kilmarnock castle sleeps 16

East Ayrshire / Kilmarnock

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
Craufurdland Castle is one of the oldest in Scotland, in same family for nearly 800 years. Set in 600 acres of stunning Ayrshire countryside surrounded by woodlands. The 6 double bedrooms are all unique and beautiful, the Georgian Drawing room stunning with spectacula  …see more

from £364 / night

£1970 - £3650 / week

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from £364 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Glamping - Snug Shepherd Hut Spring Dale near Yor - Bishop Wilton shepherds hut sleeps 3

East Riding of Yorkshire / Bishop Wilton

1 3 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Spring Dale Shepherd's Hut is a beautiful hand crafted shepherd's hut. It offers unique accomodation for up to 3 people. Our shepherd's hut is perfect for an over night stay or a relaxing glamping style holiday.The Shepherd's hut has a small woodburn  …see more

from £105 / night

£385 / week

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from £105 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Canton of Thurgau / Romanshorn

1 4 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
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from £43 / night

£43 - £946 / week

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from £43 / night

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Baden-Württemberg / Buehlertann

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
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from £69 / night

£359 / week

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from £69 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Balnakeil Beach Bothy - Durness beach hut sleeps 2

Caithness and Sutherland / Durness

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Not suitable for children; Car not necessary;
A fabulous little beachside bothy. Waken in the morning and step out of the door and onto the beach, walk a mile & a half along the amazing white sands, walk through some of the most spectacular dunes, you will ever find to be surrounded by an abundance of wildlife  …see more

from £70 / night

£484 - £847 / week

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from £70 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Rebecca - Clunderwen shepherds hut sleeps 2

Pembrokeshire / Clunderwen

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 17 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
Rebecca is idyllically situated on the banks of a mountain stream in the heart of the Preseli hills, with the Pembrokeshire coast never far away. With the simple luxury of ethical eco-sustainability & no mod cons, Rebecca offers something truly different.The absence  …see more

from £45 / night

£250 - £310 / week

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from £45 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Shepherds Retreat - Ledbury shepherds hut sleeps 2

Herefordshire / Ledbury

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Are you looking for an unusual and sweet little place to stay? Shepherd's Retreat is our delightful Shepherd's Hut for two adults, situated in our woodland gardens overlooking the duck pond. It is fully self contained, having the luxury of a separate shower room with  …see more

from £57 / night

£342 - £390 / week

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from £57 / night

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Souss-Massa-Draa Region / Ouarzazate

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £60 / night

£419 / week

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from £60 / night

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Escape To Charente - Luxe yurt sleeps 4

Charente / Luxe

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Our authentic Mongolian Yurt is situated in a peaceful french rural setting within our orchard on a large timber deck extending to the outside to give a terrace area with BBQ & private parking.The Yurt is approximately 6 metres across giving 27m3 of living space all  …see more

from £70 / night

£395 - £600 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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The Old Boathouse in Gweek Cornwall - Helford River boathouse sleeps 2

Helston / Helford River

1 2 7 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
The property has a very warm cosy feel and has a nautical theme with pictures of boats, sea and surf. The interior is very modern with solid oak floors and white leather furniture. The high ceiling gives an impression of much space and airiness. The patio slabbed area h  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 / week

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from £71 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Irishman's Tower at Hoghton Tower - Hoghton castle sleeps 2

Preston / Hoghton

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
Built in 1565, the Irishman's Tower is an idyllic rural retreat and the perfect base for exploring the richness and diversity of local Lancashire countryside, food and culture.The Tower occupies one of the former garrisons that interrupt the ramparts at the front o  …see more

from £204 / night

£1008 / week

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from £204 / night

(48) Excellent 

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The Welsh Gatehouse - Mathern tower sleeps 2

Chepstow / Mathern

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Not suitable for children; Car advised; No pets allowed;
A luxury award winning period property, built in the time of Edward I, (we think it was built approx 1270). This Grade II* medieval hideaway boasts seven hundred years of history - and with its towers it feels like you are living in a fairy tale castle. Stay from 1  …see more

from £135 / night

£490 / week

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from £135 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Le Roc - Ille-sur-Tet tower sleeps 2

Pyrenees-Orientales / Ille-sur-Tet

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Swimming pool; Not suitable for children;
Possibly the smallest B&B in France?An old water tower converted to offer accommodation for two persons.Our property is situated in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty less than 1 km from the medieval village of Montalba le Chateau and is set in 3.2 Hectares  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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Un Snowdonia Glamping - Bethesda tented camp sleeps 4

Bangor / Bethesda

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; No pets allowed;
Snowdonia Glamping at Pant Hwfa farm offers glamping bell tents. Nestled within the "Snowdonia National Park" providing the ideal retreat for couples or families. Set in 50 acres of beautiful private hillside farm land. We have direct access to the Caerneddau mountain  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 - £630 / week

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from £80 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Castel d'Escales - history with modern serenity - Celra castle sleeps 14

Province of Girona / Celra

7 14 7 nights min stay

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 33 km; Swimming pool;
Enjoy your own private castle with an inviting and relaxed way of living. Perfectly suited to travelers wanting to spark their imagination with a sense of place and contact with locals. The castle is adjacent to a pristine nature reserve yet within walking distance to  …see more

from £48 / night

£4701 - £5129 / week

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from £48 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Watersedge hottub kayaking fishing on Rudyard lake - Rudyard boathouse sleeps 7

Staffordshire / Rudyard

3 7 3 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
On the edge of the Peak District lies Rudyard lake, it's a bit of a secret in a stunning location, see the changing seasons in this woodland and lake setting. A perfect escape from the rigors and demands of modern living, you can slow life down if you appreciate th  …see more

from £258 / night

£1344 - £1544 / week

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from £258 / night

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Dordogne / Saint-Cernin-de-l'Herm

4 14 1 night min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Ask about pets; Private garden;
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from £171 / night

£1189 / week

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from £171 / night

(41) Excellent 

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Leginn Cornmill & Cottage - Enniskillen watermill sleeps 6

County Fermanagh / Enniskillen

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 65 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
Leginn Corn Mill & Millers CottageEnjoy a unique holiday experience in this recently renovated 19th Centaury Cornmill; a modern cottage has been tastefully adjoined to the old Mill building, this combines the quaint charm of the old with the conveniences of the new.  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £550 / week

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from £75 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Into The Woods Treehouse - Whippingham tree house sleeps 6

Isle of Wight / Whippingham

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 2 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Come and stay in a cosy and exciting little house in the trees. Fantastic for adventurous families, but equally wonderful as a romantic break for couples, or a quirky treat for groups of friends. Enjoy the privacy and peace of living right in the heart of nature.The Tr  …see more

from £150 / night

£550 - £1300 / week

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from £150 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Hop Pickers Hideaway Luxury Shepherds Hut - Brockamin shepherds hut sleeps 2

Worcester / Brockamin

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Not suitable for children; No pets allowed;
Opening 24 October 2015 this beautiful bespoke Shepherds Hut is tucked away in the woodland with views across the paddocks towards the magnificent Malvern Hills. An idyllic retreat perfect for a romantic break, soak in the hot tub,enjoy the peace and quiet. This luxury  …see more

from £110 / night

£600 - £750 / week

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from £110 / night

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Correze / Espagnac

2 6 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
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from £180 / night

£1257 / week

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from £180 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Trulli Sant'Oronzo - Macchia di Monte trullo sleeps 6

Province of Bari / Macchia di Monte

3 6 30 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 30 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 4 km; Swimming pool;
The 200-year-old trulli have been lovingly restored to the highest standards and maintain all of the original features. With no direct neighbours, the property is surrounded by acres of ancient olive trees and is ideal for a quiet holiday in the beautiful countryside o  …see more

from £2 / night

£9 / week

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from £2 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Compass Corner Shepherds Hut - TurnersHill shepherds hut sleeps 2

East Grinstead / TurnersHill

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 50 km; Not suitable for children; Car advised;
Compass Corner Shepherds Hut is nestled in the Sussex countryside at Yew Tree Barn in Worth near Turners Hill. The hut itself is a traditional, converted by design shepherding hut which sleeps two comfortably, located on an idyllic piece of pastureland. We are bordered  …see more

from £95 / night

£665 / week

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from £95 / night

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