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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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Haute-Savoie / Thollon-les-Memises

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Ski

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from £112 / night

£642 - £1026 / week

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from £112 / 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

(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 £200 / night

£2052 - £3163 / week

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from £200 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Martina Franca

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
“A Puglian gem” We stayed at Il Borgo del Querce for the Autumn Half Term week with our two young sons. The rural setting was stunning and the two-bedroomed villa that we stayed in was very comfortable and clean and beautifully restored from its origi  …see more

from £95 / night

£633 - £1496 / week

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from £95 / 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

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

15

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

(11) Excellent 

24

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 seasons<  …see more

from £958 / night

£6700 / week

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from £958 / night

(1) Excellent 

15

Tented camp rental in Shkoder

Shkoder / Lake Shkodra Resort

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Lake Shkodra Resort is directly on the beautiful Lake Shkodra, surrounded by mountains, in a rural location, yet close to the city centre. On-site facilities; Beach bar & restaurant, free sunbeds & umbrellas, free wi-fi, shop, reception, sports area, swimming &a  …see more

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(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

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Carinthia / Zedlitzdorf

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly

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from £92 / night

£642 - £1120 / week

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from £92 / 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

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Reillanne

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Meublé de tourisme **** Accréditation ; N° 3-0758. Sur www.cofrac.fr Code du Tourisme Article L.324-1  …see more

from £74 / night

£513 - £941 / week

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from £74 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Oxford holiday manor house rental

Oxfordshire / Oxford

7 22 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The Cotswold Manor Lodge features a stunning orangery/dining room with southerly views over the parkland, and a sitting room with a Cotswold stone fireplace. The contemporary kitchen enjoys granite worktops, a breakfast island, an American style fridge freezer with ice  …see more

from £625 / night

£5000 - £11000 / week

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from £625 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Les Houches

Haute-Savoie / Les Houches

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
This beautiful mountain lodge is located close to the ski lifts at Prarion and the ski pistes of Les Houches (Chamonix Valley)..... and in the summer, the stunning Mountain bike and hiking trails. The chalet has excellent facilities which include a sauna and exterior h  …see more

from £500 / night

£1800 - £6056 / week

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from £500 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday tower with shared pool in Spoleto

Province of Perugia / Spoleto

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Tower (120 sqm) is a X Century watching military tower. Ideal accommodation for a family of 4 or 5 persons or 2 couples travelling togheter. 2 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens (1 with fireplace), 2 living area and a Roof Terrace overlooking the valley<br /  …see more

from £112 / night

£855 - £1176 / week

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from £112 / night

(5) Excellent 

50

Ski chalet in Montagny

Savoie / Montagny

6 16 3 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful, cosy chalet with incredible views” I stayed in Chez Helene with family on a skiing holiday and can not recommend it highly enough! The chalet is warm and inviting and was well equipped with everything that we needed. Our host David was so  …see more

from £240 / night

£1200 - £3280 / week

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from £240 / 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 £770 / night

£5342 / week

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from £770 / night

(56) Very Good 

20

Holiday log cabin in Plockton

Ross and Cromarty / Plockton

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A gateway to wilderness of Skye” An excellent cottage in the middle of a forest, a few miles from the see and the mountains. Well equipped, with lots of birds just outside the window. Good food in Plockton.  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £640 / week

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from £100 / night

16

Holiday log cabin rental

Somerset / Taunton

3 12 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Quiet beautiful are on working farm,lots of wildlife,nearby market towns,coast only half hour by car,woodburner,level entry and parking,large fence garden,plenty of places to visit within a hours drive and nearby.Wheelchair friendly , Mobile hoist ,profiling beds .Wifi  …see more

from £180 / night

£580 - £1140 / week

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from £180 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Otranto holiday trullo rental

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Construction typical Salento "Pajare" in a charming rural area surrounded by olive trees just minutes from the sea ... Ideal for those who want to spend a pleasant and relaxing holiday surrounded by beautiful nature ..  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / 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 £215 / night

£1500 - £2650 / week

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from £215 / night

20

Holiday manor house in Penpont

Brecon / Penpont

6 15 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
The Courtyard Wing is part of Penpont - a Grade 1 house in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 40 acres of grounds right next to the River Usk. A unique place to stay with family/ friends: Tennis court, fishing, farmshop, a Maze and plenty of walks.<br />The house  …see more

from £575 / night

£1750 / week

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from £575 / 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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Holiday manor house rental

Gers / Montreal-du-Gers

9 12 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 165 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Property is 5 minutes from beautiful village w/ shops, restaurants, bar & café. 15 minutes from large towns.  …see more

from £684 / night

£4787 / week

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from £684 / 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

 …see more

from £67 / night

£265 - £385 / week

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from £67 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Alberobello

Province of Bari / Alberobello

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
“Peace, Tranquility & great surroundings” I stayed here with my partner early October for 12 nights. Booking was easy direct with the owner, keys dispatched before we left the Uk and the Trulli is fabulous, exactly as you see in the pictures. Blissfu  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £1990 / week

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from £136 / night

(28) Excellent 

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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

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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
  • Pet friendly
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 £285 / night

£1995 - £2000 / week

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from £285 / night

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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

18

Holiday castle rental

Ardennes / Haybes

5 15 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
5 large rooms with private bath each and toilets, the small castle is situated along the river where bikes pass (85 KMS). We also have a restaurant just near to Le Clos Belle Rose,private parties catered for. We speak English. We can use the kitchen if you need<br /&  …see more

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(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

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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.<  …see more

from £145 / night

£730 / week

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from £145 / night

(19) Excellent 

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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

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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

(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
Christmas Special - see our website for details - www.chaletheidi.eu Please note Winter prices are for HALF-BOARD Chalet Heidi is a large, very comfortable, 3 Star, Tirolean Guesthouse in the farming village of Scheffau. The chalet offers 12 bedrooms, all with en-suit  …see more

from £25 / night

£359 - £13571 / week

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from £25 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Falaise holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Calvados / Falaise

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Very beautifull, gipsy van, colored wood carved outside and warm, modern and welcoming inside. large bed in the cosy romantic alcove, living room, effective kitchenette, italian shower. Large terrace with barbecue, flowers, appletree, donkeys, horses and the church in  …see more

from £69 / night

£385 / week

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from £69 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Fiesch in Valais

Canton of Valais / Fiesch in Valais

2 10 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Stadel Stable Aletsch gezellig Cosy gemütlich<br />Outside you will find a large dining table with BBQ with a perfect view on Belalp.  …see more

from £334 / night

£1872 / week

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from £334 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Saint Andre Les Alpes holiday chateau rental

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence / Saint Andre Les Alpes

6 18 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine a Luxury medieval château on a 360 degree vantage point overlooking a turquoise coloured alpine lake. Officially rated 5 star lodging for up to 18. Imagine..  …see more

from £611 / night

£4274 / week

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from £611 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Manor house rental in Otmuchow

Opole Province / Otmuchow

10 30 1 night min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
first mentioned in 1300, the palace has been rebuilt once every 100 years since. Owners have included barons, and a Prince-Bishop of Wroclaw. It's now owned by British-Polish couple, Jim and Anna Parton, who have rescued the house from near-dereliction. There'  …see more

from £26 / night

£180 / week

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from £26 / night