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After something a bit different for your next rural retreat?Take a break from the norm with our range of quirky holiday accommodation. We’ve got the lot: rustic shepherd huts, cute caravans, glorious converted chapels, unique cottages and more.



Whether you want to lose yourself deep in the countryside in a cosy log cabin, bed down in a peaceful poolside windmill or take in the sea views from one of our off-beat coastal lets, we can help make your escape to the country truly extraordinary.



For UK stays, try the grandeur of a castle in the Scottish Highlands or vertical living in a West Country treehouse. Or, to keep your feet firmly on the ground, consider a luxury yurt in the Peak District. Your search for unusual holidays in the countryside could also take you further afield: try troglodyte life in a warren-like Spanish cave house or check in to a charming stone trullo in Italy.

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Boathouse rental in Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe / Moorehall

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
The chalet at Moorehall was built in 1964 as a holiday retreat by the current owner's grandfather. It sits on the edge of Lough Carra in South Mayo and is surrounded by forest.  …see more

from £58 / night

£351 / week

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from £58 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house with swimming pool in Seillans

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Seillans

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Grande dame” The property was equipped with everything we needed to have a truly great experience in the French countryside. The bedrooms all comfortably furnished, with bathrooms on each sleeping level. The kitchen is small but serviceable. The gra  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 - £3230 / week

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from £250 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Hautes-Alpes / Gap

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £66 / night

£461 / week

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from £66 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Grand Massif / Samoens

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

 …see more

from £62 / night

£13 - £1241 / week

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from £62 / night

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Savoie / Peisey-Vallandry

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £111 / night

£772 - £1992 / week

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from £111 / night

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Trullo rental in Alberobello with swimming pool

Province of Bari / Alberobello

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
I TRULLIIt 'a large apartment built in a series of trulli. Living room with kitchenette with cooker, fridge, oven and dishes complete, a room with two beds from which you access the bedroom and after a wide bathroom with shower too  …see more

from £220 / night

£439 - £873 / week

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from £220 / night

(5) Excellent 

16

Holiday manor house in Selkirk

Selkirk / Yarrow Valley

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
sleeps 10 with extra flexible accommodation available to sleep up to an extra 10 guests.Large log fireShort breaks welcome i hr form Edinburgh games room with snooker table  …see more

from £275 / night

£1500 - £2500 / week

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from £275 / night

(40) Excellent 

59

Holiday manor house with tennis court in King's Lynn

Norfolk / King's Lynn

8 18 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
“Outstanding House, with high attention to detail!” The Grange Manor House is amazing we stayed here for my mums 'hen do'. Everybody (aged 23-50+) was amazed by the house. It is huge and luxurious with everything you could possibly need! We wish we cou  …see more

from £249 / night

£2490 - £5295 / week

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from £249 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Trullo rental in Ostuni with swimming pool

Province of Brindisi / Ostuni

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
Beautiful trullo with private swimming pool (5m x 10m) situated in Ostuni (Contrada Chiobbica, 8 kms from Ostuni city center), surrounded by 10.000 m2 of land (olive trees, almond trees, fig trees etc...). The trullo has 7 cones : 2 bedrooms (one bedroom with a double b  …see more

from £123 / night

£702 - £1404 / week

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from £123 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Huntly holiday log cabin rental

Aberdeenshire / Huntly

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Deveron Lodge is not like your normal log cabin complex, all set in a row. It is on it's own set in 2.5 acres of private wood overlooking the river Deveron and fields.So if it is peace and quiet you are looking for this is the log cabin for you. Coin meter for elec  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Province of Brindisi / Ceglie Messapica

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £42 / night

£289 / week

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from £42 / night

(18) Excellent 

22

Hannington Wick holiday manor house rental

Swindon / Hannington Wick

7 13 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Picture perfect weekend away” We had a wonderful stay at Yew Tree Farmhouse, made even better by a good spell of weather, although it's the kind of house which you would happily lock yourself away in and stay by the fire. We were all lost for words  …see more

from £635 / night

£2570 - £5100 / week

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from £635 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Province of Huesca / Alquezar

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £119 / night

£829 / week

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from £119 / night

(16) Excellent 

22

Manor house rental in Argoules

Somme / Argoules

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Spacious, history-steeped tranquility” This is a very special property indeed. A converted stables set around an enclosed, beautifully planted garden, the owners are on site in another converted historic building, and are beyond welcoming and helpful  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £850 / week

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from £72 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Filzmoos

Filzmoos / Pongau

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Newly built guest house/apartments located at the foot of the ski slopes where you can ski in and out from the house. Centrally located for restaurants, bars and shops.  …see more

from £101 / night

£707 / week

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from £101 / night

18

Holiday chateau in Argentat

Correze / Argentat

8 23 2 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 23
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal for Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Tennis, Motorcycle Touring, Swimming, Water Sports, Families and Sightseeing.  …see more

from £505 / night

£3729 - £6123 / week

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from £505 / night

(40) Excellent 

20

Holiday log cabin in Sherwood Forest

Newark / Sherwood Forest

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Beautiful accommodation in a great location.” Lodge is immaculate and has been done to a very high spec. It is well appointed, has a great decking area and the hot tub was fab! Owners are close at hand, are extremely helpful yet respect the privacy of  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £1630 / week

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from £100 / night

(9) Excellent 

25

Holiday watermill with shared pool in Baza

Province of Granada / Baza

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing, peaceful, away from it all holiday.” Just had a week in La Amapola with my husband and 3 grown up children. We had a wonderful time and particularly enjoyed the peaceful setting. The table tennis kept the family happy whilst I enjoyed the su  …see more

from £36 / night

£246 - £430 / week

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from £36 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Caherdaniel holiday manor house rental

County Kerry / Caherdaniel

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“A Jewel on the Ring of Kerry” We rented the entire property - the House, Cottage, Stables and Pier Cottage - for an Irish heritage (American) family reunion of more than 40 family members. The high quality of the accommodations, the incomparable beau  …see more

from £205 / night

£2106 - £3246 / week

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from £205 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Les Contamines-Montjoie ski chalet rental

Haute-Savoie / Les Contamines-Montjoie

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, superb food with warm hospitality” As we can only travel during half term, my wife being a teacher, we normally go to the highest snow sure resorts, preferably ski out ski in. However when booking the cost of catered chalets was so exp  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Sennen

Cornwall / Sennen

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“What a credit to Real Cornwall!” Being Cornish we didn't have far to come to stay at "The Old Vic". The occasion was to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary with ALL the family - my son, his wife and their 2 children aged 7 and 4 and my daughter and her hus  …see more

from £400 / night

£1250 - £3175 / week

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from £400 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Ski chateau to rent in Plaigne

Aude / Plaigne

10 20 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“I love this place” We spend a whole week in the Chateau de la Commanderie for a seminar. Rebecca (the owner) made our stay very pleasant by taking care of us. The Castel is very nice, clean and we really enjoyed it (as well as the swimming pool).  …see more

from £1404 / night

£4913 - £5790 / week

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from £1404 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Savoie / La Norma

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £125 / night

£869 - £2360 / week

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from £125 / night

44

Holiday castle accommodation

Province of Livorno / Venturina

10 20 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Castello Gran Duca is a wonderful 16th Century castle in a perfect position enjoying a lovely panorama over the countryside with views to the Elba Island and the sea beyond. This unique ancient castle, once the abode of Leopold II Grand Duke of Tuscany, is in a peacef  …see more

from £1255 / night

£8772 - £17544 / week

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from £1255 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house with swimming pool in Mauvezin

Gers / Mauvezin

10 20 3 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“The most beautiful, peaceful and welcoming place I have stayed in and all done with great taste and style.” Angela and Derek have created a very special place to stay in a glorious part of France. The rooms are all very beautifully designed and nothin  …see more

from £790 / night

£5483 / week

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from £790 / night

(2) Very Good 

37

Holiday manor house in Meneac

Morbihan / Meneac

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Property Type - Second French Empire - Napoléon III - Manoir House Interior Style - Pre-Raphaelite, William Morris inspired, Farrow and Ball - Working Village location - Great amenities - Large Gardens - with Apple, Pear, Bay, Hazel, Walnut and other mature speci  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool, tennis court in Cherval

Verteillac / Cherval

6 12 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
The Château du Bourbet is steeped in history, dating back to the 15th Century and beyond, from its origins as a Templar fortress to its forced occupation by the German Army and partial demolition at the end of the Second World War. Now lovingly renovated, the Ch&a  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Ski caravan/mobile home to rent in Boat of Garten

Aviemore / Boat of Garten

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Ski
“Excellent stay” Superb new caravan very comfortable with everything we needed provided first class very clean great outlook well situated for all local attractions, Our two grandchildren enjoyed the stay very much near to Landmark and Mountain railwa  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 / week

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from £80 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Zweisimmen ski chalet rental

Canton of Bern / Zweisimmen

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Great chalet and location with skiing to match!” Really loved the location and chalet, which was extremely clean and very well equipped, with ample space for ski's and boots in a large area underneath the Chalet. Short walk to the piste in the morning  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £1260 / week

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from £100 / night

19

Watermill rental in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Le Moulin de St Blaise is just a 15 minute stroll from the local village where you can drop into the local cafe/restaurant for a coffee on the pavement terrace or take a leisurely lunch. The quaint town of La Chartre sur le Loir is just a 5 minute drive away, with bars  …see more

from £300 / night

£2100 / week

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from £300 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Dienten am Hochkönig

Salzburg Region / Dienten am Hochkönig

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
New for 2013/14, a 300 year old wooden beamed self catering chalet with tons of character, sleeps up to 10. Just an hour from Salzburg airport. 3 minutes drive to ski lifts. Close to the village of Dienten. Sauna, boot dryer, ski / bike storage, BBQ all included.<br  …see more

from £163 / night

£873 - £1838 / week

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from £163 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Richelieu

Indre-et-Loire / Richelieu

10 12 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau de Milly is a fairytale castle in the Loire valley nestled in more than 30acres of private grounds and woodland walks. Luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests.Huge Outdoor Pool area - 15mx5m heated pool  …see more

from £489 / night

£3422 - £5259 / week

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from £489 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great cabin” Had a lovely long weekend relaxing in front the the fire which was great. The cabin although small was very comfortable. Had a great meal onsite. Owners very helpful.  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £390 / week

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from £40 / night

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Montalbert ski chalet rental

Savoie / Montalbert

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
A great 4 bedroomed chalet apartment in the resort of Plagne Montalbert, a great French village in one of the world biggest ski areas  …see more

from £143 / night

£999 - £3299 / week

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from £143 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Orta San Giulio holiday manor house rental

Province of Novara / Orta San Giulio

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
17th century villa.Recently renovated with luxurious furnishings.Intimate garden and spa overlooking lake Orta.Indoor pool with hydro jets.Turkish bath. Privacy.Stunning views.Conveniently located for easy access to Expo 2015 without needing to cross Milan.<br />B  …see more

from £878 / night

£5088 / week

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from £878 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Brasov ski chalet rental

Brasov County / Brasov

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Carpathian lodge” Had a warm welcome to CArpathian house by the owner. My husband, grown up family x4 and partners joined us with our 1st grandchild of 4 weeks. The Xmas decorations were up, the turkey in the fridge and wine on the house. All was w  …see more

from £115 / night

£702 - £1439 / week

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from £115 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Allier / Arfeuilles

7 10 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
The holiday home is surrounded by a park-like garden with a private swimming pool. Besides the pool are lovely terraces (with sun beds), and when the heat is too much, there is always the possibility of cooling off in the pool or the shade of large trees. In the walled  …see more

from £182 / night

£1272 - £1623 / week

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from £182 / night

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Holiday chateau in Sers

Charente / Sers

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Charming historic chateau with large private heated pool, enclosed garden, stunning view at 1mn walk to the shop . Perfect for families with children..<br />The chateau's large estate is fully enclosed and accessed by large wooden gates.  …see more

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Holiday castle in Thiesi

Province of Sassari / Thiesi

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A 17th century historical building in the heart of Sardinia, in the middle of the Nuraghi towers Valley, at less than one hour by car from Alghero beaches.Thiesi village is well known for its food and cheese, you will be welcome in the cottages, farms and Riding Club.&l  …see more

from £26 / night

£176 - £308 / week

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from £26 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Charente-Maritime / Saint-Jean-d'Angely

6 17 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This fabulous Maison de Maitre (Master's House) dates back to 1825. The house has over 600 square metres of living space with high ceilings, shutters and all that you would expect from a property of the calibre but with mod cons such as internet, SONOS sound sy  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3900 / week

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from £272 / night