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Unusual rural retreats (247)

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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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

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Chateau rental in Saumur

Maine et Loire / Saumur

7 14 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Ideally situated for exploring the delights of the Loire valley. This fabulous holiday chateau is set in lush and extensive grounds. It can accommodate 14 guests and offers an impressive swimming pool, a secure walled garden and a large terrace ideal for entertaining.  …see more

from £954 / night

£2725 - £3145 / week

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from £954 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Creuse / Ahun

6 15 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly

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from £359 / night

£983 - £1411 / week

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from £359 / night

(19) Very Good 

15

Holiday manor house with golf nearby in Comrie

Perth and Kinross / Comrie

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Fabulous family weekend!” We booked Easter House of Ross for the weekend for my birthday. We thought it looked great online - & it didn't disappoint! It is such a lovely big house & very spacious. There were 11 of us, & 2 dogs, & there was plenty of s  …see more

from £225 / night

£1000 - £1140 / week

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from £225 / night

(8) Excellent 

15

Holiday chateau in Fontenay-le-Comte

Vendee / Fontenay-le-Comte

3 9 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
A Spacious gite situated in an annex of a 18th century chateau in a beautiful woodland surrounding ,perfect for a family holiday, long term stay ).Situated in the vendée,Close to the Puy du fou and the beautiful beaches of La faute , la Tranche sur mer or La R  …see more

from £195 / night

£1365 / week

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from £195 / night

(8) Excellent 

23

Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Roanne

Roanne / La Pacaudiere

10 20 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Bienvenue at Chateau Les Bardons!Authenticity, history, warmth, romance, good wine, delicious dinners, good conversations around the fireplace. You want to enjoy a wonderful holiday, together with your friends or your family? For a week or more or maybe for a lo  …see more

from £345 / night

£2415 - £4317 / week

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from £345 / night

(18) Excellent 

28

Watermill rental in Busserolles with swimming pool

Dordogne / Busserolles

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
“Brilliant” We were a family party of 28 ranging from 18 months to 60 plus. The accommodation was ideal with sufficient bedrooms. The covered dining terrace was brilliant and with excellent weather we were able to have our lunch and dinner outside ever  …see more

from £950 / night

£6650 / week

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from £950 / night

(3) Excellent 

6

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

(8) Excellent 

17

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
Perfect place, perfect peace, perfect Puglia - a comment from a recent guest  …see more

from £150 / night

£1050 - £2100 / week

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from £150 / 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 £214 / night

£428 - £851 / week

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from £214 / night

(14) Excellent 

23

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 £1453 / night

£4872 - £5727 / week

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from £1453 / night

15

Holiday manor house in Doorn

Utrecht Province / Doorn

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
Forests; rolling hills, countryside cosy, warm, friendely, comfortable, spaciaous, charming...<br />Occupancy1person: € 50,-; 2 persons: € 80- ; 3 persons: € 110,- ; 4 persons: €140; 5 persons €170 p. nt.  …see more

from £146 / night

£1018 / week

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from £146 / night

(13) Excellent 

15

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
This contemporary log cabin is based 3 miles from the sandy beaches of the North Cornwall coastline. It boasts an open plan living area, two generous bedrooms with modern bathroom and stunning views of the Cornish countryside.  …see more

from £70 / night

£392 - £896 / week

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from £70 / night

(3) Very Good 

15

L'Hermenault holiday watermill rental

Vendee / L'Hermenault

4 12 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Gorgeous Country Retreat” I could not recommend this house enough, it was perfect for me and my group of friends and children. The house was more than spacious enough for 6 adults and 3 children, the grounds were kept in immaculate condition. The pool  …see more

from £175 / night

£800 - £1595 / week

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from £175 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Holiday manor house in Montdoumerc

Lot / Montdoumerc

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Spacious manoir in French countryside” We spent a wonderful week in the Manoir which was spacious enough to accommodate our large group of 11. There was something for the older and younger members of our party. A splash in the pool or just a game o  …see more

from £712 / night

£4984 / week

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from £712 / 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 £492 / night

£3633 - £5966 / week

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from £492 / night

(2) Excellent 

18

Manor house letting in Goulles with swimming pool

Correze / Goulles

5 8 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
L'ancienne école, a beautifully restored Correziene country house lying on the edge of the tranquil village of Goulles, with its own shop,bakery, & restaurant.The surroundings offer plenty of sightseeing and activities, or simply immerse yourself in the  …see more

from £73 / night

£505 - £642 / week

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from £73 / night

(6) Very Good 

19

Holiday manor house with shared pool in Orton

Eden District / Orton

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Very Good” This is a great place to go if you're looking to have a nice quiet weekend away. Me and my partner were looking for somewhere to go to relax and get away and this was perfect for that. We stayed in the naseby suite and the first night did p  …see more

from £75 / night

£425 - £545 / week

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from £75 / night

(8) Excellent 

37

Monopoli / Santa Lucia, Monopoli

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Swimming pool

 …see more

from £10 / night

£359 - £1168 / week

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from £10 / night

23

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 £25 / night

£170 - £297 / week

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from £25 / night

(1) Excellent 

32

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

(1) Excellent 

12

Chateau rental in Villeneuve-sur-Lot with swimming pool

Lot-et-Garonne / Villeneuve-sur-Lot

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Chateaux Trieux is THE perfect location when planning your special event or holiday.Wedding, honeymoon, or luxurious holiday, the list of ideas is endless, but our enthusiam to make your stay memorable is not.Our staff will turn your dream into a reality!<br />Lux  …see more

from £580 / night

£4060 / week

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from £580 / night

(18) Excellent 

25

Holiday watermill with shared pool in Baza

Province of Granada / Baza

3 10 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldnt have chosen better if I tried!” After several different unforseen circumstances, I ended up travelling alone to Spain. Despite a couple of upsets before I even got to the apartment (completely unconnected to this booking) I finally arrived a  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £599 / week

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from £43 / night

(19) Excellent 

33

Holiday manor house with swimming pool in Lora del Rio

Province of Seville / Lora del Rio

11 25 7 nights min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 25
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“Weel equip, peacful and ideally situated” Many thanks to you and your family for your kind welcome and hospitality. The property was very well equip, having everything we needed for a great stay – the dog was a great bonus !! The pool table was a  …see more

from £195 / night

£1364 - £4163 / week

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from £195 / night

(2) Very Good 

20

Canton of Ticino / Ludiano

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £55 / night

£382 / week

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from £55 / night

(2) Very Good 

13

Chateau rental in Ventenac-en-Minervois with swimming pool

Narbonne / Ventenac-en-Minervois

6 20 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Château Ventenac, available to rent for self catering holidays is ideal for extended families, groups of friends or just a family who likes plenty of space. Located in the Languedoc region, this holiday house boasts spectacular views over the southern France coun  …see more

from £500 / night

£2500 - £4900 / week

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from £500 / night

18

Haute-Garonne / Juzet-de-Luchon

4 10 5 nights min

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

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from £103 / night

£718 / week

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from £103 / night

(8) Excellent 

20

Holiday chateau rental

Lot / Frayssinet

12 24 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A perfect family get together” For an extended family get together we had a long list of requirements which were all provided by Chateau Lamostonie. Joanna couldn’t have been more patient and helpful during the booking process with all our requests fo  …see more

from £900 / night

£4500 - £11360 / week

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from £900 / night

17

Abondance / Chatel

4 9 Min stay varies

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

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from £35 / night

£599 - £2137 / week

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from £35 / night

(1) Excellent 

33

Colombieres-sur-Orb holiday chateau rental

Herault / Colombieres-sur-Orb

14 36 2 nights min

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 36
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Dans nos gîtes, tout est fourni, le moindre détail est soigné...normalement, vous ne serez pas déçus...  …see more

from £770 / night

£3718 / week

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from £770 / 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 £855 / night

£4958 / week

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from £855 / night

(14) Excellent 

25

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

(14) Excellent 

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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

(28) Excellent 

14

Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Luxury catered chalet in the heart of the Paradiski / ski-in/ski-out (ski from front door!) / hot tub / stunning views of Mont Blanc / fully en suite, all with bath & shower / gourmet dining by professional chef / 425kms+ skiing<br />Managed by Alpine365, we w  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 - £9298 / week

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from £170 / night

(33) Excellent 

24

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 £107 / night

£385 - £642 / week

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from £107 / 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 £34 / night

£238 / week

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from £34 / night

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Montriond ski chalet rental

Morzine / Montriond

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Luxury spacious self catering ski chalet near Morzine, a short distance from Ardent parking and cabin lift. Easy access to all facilities. Beautiful views in quiet private location.  …see more

from £338 / night

£2360 / week

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from £338 / night

(2) Very Good 

12

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

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from £67 / night

£263 - £382 / week

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from £67 / night

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Vendee / La Chataigneraie

9 15 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £184 / night

£1283 / week

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from £184 / night

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Le Beausset holiday tower rental

Var / Le Beausset

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
La Daby is a magical, tranquil, and fun place to have a holiday. The houses can be rented separately, as they have their own terraces and privacy surrounded by pine trees; or rented together. This works well if you are a group of families or friends.<br />Four Pea  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night