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Unusual rural retreats (261)

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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Haute-Savoie / Marnaz

3 10 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £257 / night

£513 / week

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from £257 / 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 £350 / night

£1250 - £3175 / week

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from £350 / night

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Laax / Surselva

3 6 6 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski

 …see more

from £197 / night

£1536 / week

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from £197 / night

(18) Excellent 

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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

(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 system,  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3900 / week

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from £272 / night

(25) 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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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

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Gorron

Mayenne / Gorron

5 20 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great house in the middle of nowhere” Just returned from a two week holiday in Le Moulin the house is wonderful loads of space lovely bedrooms and bathrooms, great kitchen. We were a group of 9 ranging from 10years through teens to adults we all enjoy  …see more

from £300 / night

£1400 - £2200 / week

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from £300 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Hautes-Alpes / Gap

2 4 Min stay varies

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

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from £112 / night

£449 / week

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from £112 / night

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Holiday log cabin in Westbury

Shropshire / Westbury

6 15 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
sleep 15 Shropshire self catering great for reunions family celebrations well behaved hen and stag groups welcome rural retreat we can include a package in your stay or just stay and arrange your own and use long mountain centre as a blank canvas to organise your own  …see more

from £270 / night

£1800 - £2800 / week

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from £270 / night

(4) Average 

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Gironde / Captieux

13 5 1 night min

  • 13 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £102 / night

£582 / week

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from £102 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Vaujany ski chalet rental

Isere / Vaujany

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Catared chaletStylish and hospitableFree wifi, log fire, hot tub, childfriendly, kids dinner, DVD/TV room, huge garden.Vaujany is part of the huge Alpe d'Huez ski region, snow secure slopes.In summer: cycling!Beautiful garden, old fruit trees, safe to play for chil  …see more

from £75 / night

£381 - £10911 / week

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from £75 / night

(24) 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 £112 / night

£684 - £1026 / week

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from £112 / night

(7) Excellent 

24

Gemozac holiday manor house rental

Gemozac / St Caprais, Gemozac

4 8 14 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 14 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“We had a lovely holiday and would happily spend our holiday there all over again!” Overall a lovely place to get away to, in a good location close enough to sea and some fantastic beaches yet not in the thick of it all. The property was in good order  …see more

from £245 / night

£1710 - £1881 / week

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from £245 / night

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Bonnieux holiday manor house rental

Bonnieux / Lacoste, Vaucluse

8 16 7 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 115 km
  • Swimming pool
Gardien is resident on the property for maintenance of garden, pool and house security.  …see more

from £1286 / night

£9000 / week

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from £1286 / 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

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from £121 / night

£847 - £1274 / week

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from £121 / night

(28) Very Good 

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Holiday converted chapel in Malmesbury

Cotswolds / Malmesbury

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Unique, comfortable and superbly furnished house” We were given a very warm welcome by the owners manager who explained everything we needed to know including the parking arrangements which, for long term, is a 10 minute walk away. This was no problem  …see more

from £450 / night

£1500 - £2000 / week

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from £450 / night

(16) Excellent 

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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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Grand Massif / Samoens

2 8 Min stay varies

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

 …see more

from £60 / night

£394 - £770 / week

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from £60 / night

(4) Excellent 

21

Holiday chateau in Iguerande

Saone-et-Loire / Iguerande

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A Holiday not to be missed” It’s time to book the holiday again and feel it will be hard to equal last year’s holiday in the Chateau Orange de Bolbec On arrival the setting, the Chateau and grounds looked stunning and inside did not let us down, full  …see more

from £379 / night

£2650 / week

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from £379 / night

(9) Excellent 

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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 £35 / night

£240 - £419 / week

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from £35 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Isle of Harris holiday log cabin rental

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great self-catering house; stunning views in a stunning place” Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Luskentyre and staying in the Old School, which is small and cosy, but has everything you need and was extremely comfortable for us. All good; thanks  …see more

from £79 / night

£550 / week

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from £79 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Manor house letting in Goulles with swimming pool

Correze / Goulles

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
L'ancienne cole, 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 natural b  …see more

from £74 / night

£513 - £1582 / week

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from £74 / 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 £254 / night

£1780 - £2599 / week

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from £254 / night

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Haute-Savoie / Thollon-les-Memises

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £112 / night

£642 - £983 / week

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from £112 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Locorotondo

Province of Bari / Locorotondo

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 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 £171 / night

£1197 - £1616 / week

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from £171 / night

(3) Very Good 

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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

(81) Excellent 

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Manor house accommodation in Le Quillio

Cotes-d'Armor / Le Quillio

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
“Idyllic family gîte, everything you could need for the whole family! 11 month twins in utter toy & exploration heaven!” Having looked at a few gîtes we decided Manoir de Bolu looked ideal. On arrival we were completely bowled over by the complete atte  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £2600 / week

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from £136 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday windmill letting

Cape Cod / Centerville

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Fernbrook Windmill is a unique residence located close to the beaches of Nantucket Sound in Centerville, a classic Cape Cod village. Sleeping 12, with a wrap-around terrace and private heated swimming pool, its the perfect place to enjoy the Cape through the seasons4400  …see more

from £1165 / night

£8150 - £11650 / week

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from £1165 / night

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Venabu Hytter is situated close to Venabu Fjellhotell. The unique location allows you to combine a self-catering cabin with the option of meals in the hotel. The cabins are built in 8 inch logs and have turf roofs. Underfloor heating and tiled bathroom are standard.Stay  …see more

from £145 / night

£730 / week

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from £145 / 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
This Trullo and Lamia are typical of the area and are close to a range of restaurants, bars and shops. There is a good selection of sandy beaches nearby.Our price also includes a welcome meal, a welcome pack and a lesson in making fresh pasta  …see more

from £60 / night

£419 - £599 / week

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from £60 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in West Country

Chard / Cricket St Thomas

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A peaceful relaxing and fun holiday can be enjoyed at Alpine Grove Log Cabins. From the tranquil setting of your own log cabin, you can discover the unique charm of a holiday in beautiful woodland. Here the delights of the outdoor life are on your doorstep, discover the  …see more

from £76 / night

£399 - £699 / week

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from £76 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in West Country

Devon / Holsworthy

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Swallow Tail is the sister boat to The Painted Lady. She is moored at Blagdon Water, a 35 acre wildlife and natural habitat located not far from the North Devon coast. Visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity of sharing the environment with the wildlife, local walking  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Very Good 

21

Ski chalet in Beuil

Alpes Maritimes / Beuil

8 16 2 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Dinner can be arranged in advance with the hosts being experienced cooks. He is English and she is french!  …see more

from £855 / night

£5129 / week

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from £855 / 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 £625 / night

£2495 - £5100 / week

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from £625 / night

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Province of Belluno / Cortina d'Ampezzo

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £86 / night

£428 - £2992 / week

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from £86 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel letting

Cumbria / Brampton

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“A beautiful appointed and maintained property set in stunning gardens” A beautiful converted chapel, with many original features and extensive garden to the rear of the property complete with summerhouse and stream. The chapel has a well equipped kitc  …see more

from £200 / night

£900 - £1200 / week

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from £200 / 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

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from £116 / night

£808 / week

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from £116 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house with tennis court in Norfolk

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

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 16 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Marie-Galante is a traditional Savoyard chalet, sleeps 14-16 people. You can ski directly to the door, there is a sauna and wellness area and log fire. The huge terrace makes the most of the stunning views down the Isere Valley.A traditionally decorated chalet wi  …see more

from £366 / night

£2560 - £7765 / week

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from £366 / night

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