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Unusual rural retreats (243)

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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Log cabin rental in Carnforth with shared pool

Lancashire / Carnforth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool

from £85 / night

£495 - £895 / week

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from £85 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Belton holiday caravan/mobile home let

Norfolk / Belton

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
“The perfect "Hideaway"” We absolutely loved this holiday with our 3 boys, Jack (8) and twins George & Harry (3). The location of the "Hideaway" was great and the caravan was excellent, had everything we needed. The Wild Duck site itself is lovely an  …see more

from £55 / night

£380 - £850 / week

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from £55 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Mortagne-sur-Gironde holiday chateau rental

Charente-Maritime / Mortagne-sur-Gironde

10 22 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
“We had a great time - you should all go!” I went on holiday with 19 family and friends raning in age from 6 mths to 59 yrs old. We all had a great time with lots of things to do from going to the zoo, beach or sightseeing. The pool and hot tub were a  …see more

from £500 / night

£2000 - £5250 / week

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from £500 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo in Alberobello

Province of Bari / Alberobello

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £150 / night

£1050 - £2100 / week

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from £150 / night

(2) Excellent 

14

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

from £57 / night

£348 / week

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from £57 / night

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Ski chalet in Lenk im Simmental

Bernese Oberland / Lenk im Simmental

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski

from £100 / night

£700 - £1230 / week

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from £100 / 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

from £123 / night

£861 - £2340 / week

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from £123 / night

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Macot-la-Plagne ski chalet rental

Aime / Macot-la-Plagne

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £86 / night

£599 - £1299 / week

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from £86 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £68 / night

£270 - £392 / week

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from £68 / 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

from £122 / night

£696 - £1392 / week

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from £122 / night

(2) Very Good 

25

Province of Catania / Milo

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

from £18 / night

£114 / week

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from £18 / night

17

Abondance / Chatel

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £35 / night

£609 - £2174 / week

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from £35 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Locorotondo

Province of Bari / Locorotondo

4 10 6 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 6 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Good example of a trullo and great location for exploring the Puglia countryside” The trullo is located in tranquil surroundings with spectacular views over the Puglia countryside. The accommodation is traditional and offers everything you need for a  …see more

from £166 / night

£1041 - £1437 / week

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from £166 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

Tirol / Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

12 27 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 27
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski

from £26 / night

£366 - £13807 / week

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from £26 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Plazac

Plazac / Perigord Noir

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £131 / night

£435 - £1740 / week

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from £131 / 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

from £157 / night

£1099 - £3499 / week

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from £157 / night

(7) Excellent 

13

Holiday watermill rental

Vendee / L'Hermenault

7 20 3 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great family holiday” Whole family with six grandchildren, (9 to 16) two of whom said it was their best holiday ever. The bikes were well used, as was the pool. As it was an Olympic week we also made good use of the television! The garden had p  …see more

from £200 / night

£1000 - £2600 / week

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from £200 / night

(14) Excellent 

21

Watermill rental in Confolens with swimming pool

Charente / Confolens

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Great time with great friends” Lovely relaxing time . Very rural and quiet. Lovely house . Great fete in Saint Christophe with an amazing firework display . Great walks with the children all set in beautiful surroundings.  …see more

from £172 / night

£1200 / week

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from £172 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau in Biron

Biron / La Capelle Biron

7 18 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“How a holidays is ment to be.” If you are looking for an atmospheric house with character and the possibility to play golf, swim or to make long walks on the property, we would strongly recommend a stay at Manoir de Montauriol. We enjoyed the estate,  …see more

from £1957 / night

£2827 - £4653 / week

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from £1957 / 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
“Truly Excellent Property in fantastic location.” We have this morning left this glorious house busy discussing what we will do next time we are there! Three generation of Knowles 8 adults and 2 babies, plus a couple of extra friends who dropped in fo  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 - £4825 / week

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from £250 / night

18

Haute-Garonne / Juzet-de-Luchon

4 10 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £105 / night

£731 / week

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from £105 / night

(10) Excellent 

21

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 £203 / night

£2087 - £3218 / week

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from £203 / night

(3) Very Good 

13

Chateau rental in Libourne

Gironde / Libourne

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £240 / night

£1044 - £1218 / week

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from £240 / night

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Isere / Le Bourg-d'Oisans

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £53 / night

£366 - £453 / week

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from £53 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Hautes-Alpes / Gap

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £118 / night

£475 - £780 / week

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from £118 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Wengen

Jungfrau Region / Wengen

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Heaven on earth - did not want to leave!” A BEAUTIFUL, luxurious and SUPERBLY CLEAN apartment within one of the most breath taking places in the world! There is no traffic except for the taxi that is easy to find once you get there and the skiers of c  …see more

from £260 / night

£1823 - £2662 / week

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from £260 / 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

from £500 / night

£3783 - £6070 / week

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from £500 / night

(1) Excellent 

31

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

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3900 / week

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from £272 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Holiday chateau in Grandcourt

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous Chateau in an idyllic setting” We spent a wonderful relaxing weekend in this fabulous chateau which is just as splendid as it looks in the photos. The tranquil village setting provides a lovely backdrop for this magnificent country house.  …see more

from £152 / night

£760 - £1495 / week

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from £152 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday castle in Newtonmore

Badenoch and Strathspey / Newtonmore

8 14 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“The perfect holiday” We stayed at Glentruim with family and friends to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. It was fantastic. The castle is beautiful, unspoilt and homely, you can feel the warmth of the place as soon as you walk through the door. It  …see more

from £1100 / night

£4200 - £5250 / week

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from £1100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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San Michele Salentino holiday trullo let

Province of Brindisi / San Michele Salentino

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly

from £61 / night

£427 - £609 / week

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from £61 / night

(28) Excellent 

21

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
“Peacfull,City escape” Booking, info , arrival & departure process was easy and organised . Amazing value with everything you need for a stay . Small shop and social club beautiful food. Amazing views . Perfect comfy beds and plenty hot water. Didn't n  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £390 / week

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from £40 / 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

(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

from £100 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in L'Isle-en-Dodon

Haute-Garonne / L'Isle-en-Dodon

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

from £36 / night

£250 - £460 / week

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from £36 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Llandrinio holiday manor house rental

Powys / Llandrinio

8 16 2 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A magnificent place to stay with your family and friends.” We had the time of our lives at Llandrinio Hall. It was a truly magnificent place with fantastic facilities and highly comfortable accommodation. The massive kitchen was conducive to many a fa  …see more

from £495 / night

£2595 / week

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from £495 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Kilkhampton

Bude / Kilkhampton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly

from £70 / night

£392 - £896 / week

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from £70 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Lighthouse rental in Belmullet

Belmullet / Erris

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“a remote location of truly beautiful landscape, and a wonderful welcome!” a remote location of truly beautiful landscape, surrounded by sandy beaches, a superb farm and a wonderful welcome!  …see more

from £109 / night

£392 - £653 / week

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from £109 / night

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Holiday manor house in Doorn

Utrecht Province / Doorn

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly

from £148 / night

£1035 / week

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from £148 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau in Fumel

Fumel / Bonaguil

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Holiday of a lifetime” We booked the main house and the coach house with a group of 16 for a special occasion through ownersdirect.com, some of us flew to Bergerac and some to Bordeaux. The short hours drive from berjarac was beautiful, extremely pict  …see more

from £286 / night

£2000 - £3750 / week

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from £286 / night

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