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Unusual rural retreats (272)

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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Trullo Giardino - Cisternino trullo sleeps 4

Province of Brindisi / Cisternino

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Bed & Breakfast holiday home Trullo Giardino is located in the heart of Itria Valley, in Cisternino. It can accommodate a maximum of 4 people in complete autonomy, plus the possibility to arrange one baby bed.Trullo Giardino is composed by two double rooms, one  …see more

from £87 / night

£604 - £1078 / week

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from £87 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Chez Yurt - Bussiere-Poitevine yurt sleeps 6

Haute-Vienne / Bussiere-Poitevine

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Welcome to Chez Yurt – luxury yurt camping in the beautiful Limousin region of France. If you love the romance and adventure of camping but also enjoy the comforts of home (proper beds, fresh linen, hot showers, a flushing loo!), then a stay at Chez Yurt could be the  …see more

from £74 / night

£464 - £860 / week

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from £74 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Chateau de Meouilles - Saint Andre Les Alpes chateau sleeps 18

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
Authentic 12th century Templar Castle set on more than 11 acres of fossil rich land, in the heart of Haute Provence.Secluded on its own knoll, yet only 100 km from Nice and the Cote d'Azur, and two kilometres from the town of Saint Andre les Alpes, come and enjoy t  …see more

from £622 / night

£4348 / week

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from £622 / night

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Chateau de Vigner - Saumur chateau sleeps 14

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 self-catering holiday chateau is beautifully set in lush and extensive grounds. The Chateau De Vigner can sleep up to 14 guests. On-site facilities include an impressive (12x6m) floodlit swimming pool  …see more

from £954 / night

£2725 - £3145 / week

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from £954 / night

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Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Private garden

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from £62 / night

£432 / week

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from £62 / night

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Luxury Villa on Banks of Ganga - Gwaldam beach hut sleeps 10

Uttarakhand / Gwaldam

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
The SpaceITS AN APARTMENT RIGHT ON THE BANKS OF HOLY RIVER GANGA AT HARIDWAR (INDIA). WE HAVE A PRIVATE GHAT. THIS IS THE SECOND HOUSE ON THE RIVER BANK AFTER THE HOLY GANGES ENTERS HARIDWAR. WATER IS CLEAR AND CLEAN AND PRISTINE. FACILITIES INCLUDE HOME COOKED FOOD, WA  …see more

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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

 …see more

from £53 / night

£366 - £453 / week

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from £53 / night

(34) Excellent 

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Il Mulino - Badia Tedalda watermill sleeps 5

Province of Arezzo / Badia Tedalda

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 72 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Il Mulino stands solid and comfortable, perched on a rock where the sound of the river flowing beneath your windows will lull you to sleep at night. The Mill was fully modernised in 2000 but many original features have been retained: cotto and wooden floors, beams and  …see more

from £79 / night

£550 / week

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from £79 / night

(4) Very Good 

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The Cotswold Manor Lodge - Hot Tub and Games Barn - Oxford manor house sleeps 22

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

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Province of Bari / Alberobello

4 10 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets

 …see more

from £69 / night

£432 - £1054 / week

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from £69 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Chapel House - Malmesbury converted chapel sleeps 10

Cotswolds / Malmesbury

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
A beautifully converted detached five double bedroom, five bathroom Chapel. Situated in the conservation area of Malmesbury, the oldest borough in England and very Cotswold 'chocolate box', is Chapel House. A stunning detached five double bedroom, five bathroom convert  …see more

from £450 / night

£1500 - £2000 / week

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from £450 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Sirocco au Moulin de Predelles - Reillanne watermill sleeps 5

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
SIROCCO LE MOULIN DE PREDELLESIl est situé entre APT et FORCALQUIER près de l'ancienne voie romaine Domitienne ; dans le parc régional du LUBERON.Sur un domaine de 8,00 ha (19,77 acres), dans une nature préservée loin de toute circulation, cet ancien moulin de  …see more

from £74 / night

£518 - £690 / week

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from £74 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Westcove House - Caherdaniel manor house sleeps 10

County Kerry / Caherdaniel

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
. Westcove House is an early Georgian manor house nestled in southern tip of the famous 'Ring of Kerry' , overlooking Castlecove harbour, the beautiful Kenmare estuary & with lovely views of the mountains on Cork's Beara peninsula beyond. Inside the  …see more

from £203 / night

£2087 - £3218 / week

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from £203 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Attractive maison bourgeoise - Mansle manor house sleeps 8

Charente / Mansle

4 8 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
A delightful feature of this property is that it is a haven of peace and wildlife yet only a 5-minute amble to shops etc, while set in a beautiful large private garden with tiled pool with proper steps.Self-catering house (sleeps 8 + cot) with separate apartment (sleeps  …see more

from £240 / night

£1680 / week

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from £240 / night

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Norfolk County / Delhi

7 20 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 24 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £339 / night

£1015 / week

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from £339 / night

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Abondance / Chatel

4 9 Min stay varies

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

 …see more

from £35 / night

£604 - £2414 / week

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from £35 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Wonderful Mountain Chalet With Fabulous Views - Wengen ski chalet sleeps 6

Jungfrau Region / Wengen

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Brunner is ideally situated, just 8 minutes' walk from all amenities in a sunny position with views of the Jungfrau from its terrace and of the wonderful Lauterbrunnen Valley from its balconies. It has three spacious bedrooms, two of which can either be doubles o  …see more

from £256 / night

£1794 - £2620 / week

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from £256 / night

(5) Excellent 

50

Chez Helene - Ski Chalet French Alps - Montagny ski chalet sleeps 16

Savoie / Montagny

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
SEE NEW LISTING - Ski Chalet for La Plagne, Courchevel or Meribel Property ref 6839225. SKI IN LA PLAGNE, COURCHEVEL AND MERIBEL - in the 3 Vallees and Paradiski with Ski lifts just 15-20 mins drive away.***** CHRISTMAS WEEK 2016 CHALET SKIING STILL AVAILABLE FOR 8-  …see more

from £150 / night

£600 - £3280 / week

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from £150 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Bansha Castle - Bansha castle sleeps 18

County Tipperary / Bansha

7 18 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. Once owned by General Sir William Butler, the Butlers of Ormond crest is still evident on  …see more

from £718 / night

£3044 / week

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from £718 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Amazing Luxury Trullo private Pool, shared Jacuzzi - Martina Franca trullo sleeps 5

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
La Luxury Suite is a new creature of Il Borgo delle Querce. A very private holiday home with a amazing view over the countryside and very quite place. Restored in stone according to local tradition and new thermal isolation techniques. Relax, an amazing very private Poo  …see more

from £95 / night

£638 - £1509 / week

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from £95 / night

33

Saxony / Leipzig

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £60 / night

£388 - £755 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Cuevas Al Jatib charming resort - Baza cave house sleeps 6

Province of Granada / Baza

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
In this typical cave house of Andalusia, located in the middle of the country there are two rooms with double beds, each one with its own door and a room with two fixed single beds with a curtain, one bathroom for everybody, a kitchen, a living room with fire place and  …see more

from £87 / night

£538 / week

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from £87 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Yew Tree Farmhouse, on the edge of Cotswolds. - Hannington Wick manor house sleeps 13

Swindon / Hannington Wick

7 13 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
This magnificent period home is one of the region's most desirable holiday homes offering the very best in self catering accommodation, set within spacious surroundings and in complete privacy.Internally, we have made the most of the classic features, including two  …see more

from £625 / night

£2495 - £4950 / week

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from £625 / night

15

Lake Shkodra Resort Glamping - Lake Shkodra Resort tented camp sleeps 4

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
Listed as one of the `Best Top 10 Camp Sites in Europe' by Stunning Places Magazine & Website. Awarded a TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence for continuous 5 star feedback. Lake Shkodra Resort is an Albanian and English family owned camp site and holiday  …see more

from £34 / night

£232 / week

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from £34 / night

(6) Very Good 

20

Willowbank Lodges - Pewsey log cabin sleeps 19

Wiltshire / Pewsey

8 19 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 89 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Willowbank Lodges nestle in a small hamlet in the heart of the Pewsey Vale bordering the Kennet and Avon canal. The five luxury log cabins have been solidly built from Russian redwood and are situated in three and a half acres including a private lake and are surrounde  …see more

from £402 / night

£1686 - £3249 / week

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from £402 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Chateau de la Place - Mortagne-sur-Gironde chateau sleeps 22

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
This beautiful 19th century chateau dominates the small village square of Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde in the sunny Charente Maritime. Enjoy the wonderful original features, period furnishings, high ceilings, lovely south facing garden, heated swimming pool, hot tub and panor  …see more

from £500 / night

£2000 - £5250 / week

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from £500 / night

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Castello Gran Duca - Venturina castle sleeps 20

Province of Livorno / Venturina

10 20 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A cypress and pine tree lined drive leads you to the imposing iron gate which introduces you to the magnificent ivy-covered Castello Gran Duca and to the fabulous scenery that opens in front of you. This will be just the beginning of your dream holiday. From its privil  …see more

from £1864 / night

£13044 - £17392 / week

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from £1864 / night

(1) Excellent 

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The Chateau at Petit Champagne - Saint-Jean-d'Angely chateau sleeps 17

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

(3) Excellent 

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Le Bobo - Gîte/Chambre d'hôtes - Bize-Minervois manor house sleeps 10

Aude / Bize-Minervois

4 10 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.06 km
  • Child friendly
Le Bobo is a grand 3 story stone maison de maître in the heart of Bize-Minervois. The property gives you the feeling of being in a 'petit chateau' with it's 12th century rampart walls, wide hallway and landings, high ceilings, and original tiled floors. You can rent L  …see more

from £157 / night

£1096 / week

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from £157 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Trullo Patrizia with Stunning Pool - Alberobello trullo sleeps 6

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
Trullo Patrizia is simply stunning in every respect!The most beautiful romantic trullo with a gorgeous pool, in a very private secluded location.Unlike many other recently renovated properties, Patrizia has not been extended with modern extensions and is completely orig  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 / week

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from £136 / night

(8) Excellent 

20

Château de Lamostonie - Frayssinet chateau sleeps 24

Lot / Frayssinet

12 24 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Château de Lamostonie is one of the loveliest Châteaux in the Midi-Pyrénées region, located between the Dordogne and Lot rivers. It is surrounded by 35 acres of its own land and is let on an exclusive basis, providing complete privacy. Château de Lamostonie looks o  …see more

from £900 / night

£3500 - £11360 / week

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from £900 / night

(3) Very Good 

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32 Camping Port Meleu, Corniche de Port Meleu - Pornic caravan/mobile home sleeps 4

Loire-Atlantique / Pornic

2 4 4 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
Situated at gorgeous Camping Port Meleu. Check out the website camping le port meleuWell-equipped, pristine, cottage-style, white, mobile home complete with well-maintained decking and blue and white stripey awning, within 200 metres of a sandy, swimming beach. Set in  …see more

from £61 / night

£423 / week

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from £61 / night

(3) Very Good 

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The Wheelhouse - L'Hermenault watermill sleeps 12

Vendee / L'Hermenault

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
Thue is an 18th century converted Water Mill set in six acres of private land, located in the Vendee region of Western France. Recently converted into The Mill and The Wheelhouse which can be interconnected giving a very large 11 bedroom property, or rented individually  …see more

from £175 / night

£800 - £1595 / week

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from £175 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Manoir Seguinet - Bonaguil chateau sleeps 12

Fumel / Bonaguil

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
With the spring fast approaching here in the Lot & Garonne, now's the time to book your holiday here at Seguinet.We are offering a fabulous 10% discount on all Early Bird bookings - book this amazing manor house soon and we'll drop the price from £3,  …see more

from £286 / night

£2000 / week

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from £286 / night

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35 Les Granges - Montalbert ski chalet sleeps 10

Savoie / Montalbert

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Our apartments in Les Granges are located one minute away from the main chairlift and one minute away from the village centre. This stunning apartment is a duplex with an upstairs and downstairs and is on the third (top) floor with has spectacular views over the Tarenta  …see more

from £143 / night

£999 - £3299 / week

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from £143 / night

(38) Excellent 

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Foxton Locks Lodges - Foxton log cabin sleeps 6

Market Harborough / Foxton

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Foxton Locks lodge provides the perfect getaway from the stresses of every day life. You'll find a perfect retreat from which you can explore the glorious surrounding countryside and numerous local gems, including the famous Foxton Locks.Our stunning log cabin is a  …see more

from £103 / night

£420 / week

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from £103 / night

(10) Excellent 

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La Forge - Les Houches ski chalet sleeps 14

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 - £8556 / week

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from £500 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Wurda - Kötschach-Mauthen log cabin sleeps 8

Carinthia / Kötschach-Mauthen

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 31 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
The Home SummaryWurda is a secluded mountain chalet in the eastern end of the Lesachtal valley, near the Tyrol / Carinthia border. The property is at approx. 1100m asl on the southern side of the Lienz Dolomites, towering over 300m above the valley floor, it sleeps 6 to  …see more

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Normandy mansion with pond and stables - Saint-Valery-en-Caux castle sleeps 8

Seine-Maritime / Saint-Valery-en-Caux

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 17 km
  • Child friendly
A sprawling estate containing a pond, private stables and an apple orchard in addition to other scenic views make Manor de Vertot the picture-perfect holiday retreat, combining historic architecture with luxurious interior furnishings. The house is classified as a histo  …see more

from £313 / night

£1905 - £4044 / week

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from £313 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Belmullet Coastguard Station - Erris lighthouse sleeps 7

Belmullet / Erris

3 7 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
Belmullet CGS was beautifully restored in 2010 to the highest standards. It is set in the heart of a working beef farm on Claggan Island.The island offers a relaxed atmosphere that is both private and secluded and yet we are only 12kms (10 minute drive) from Belmullet t  …see more

from £109 / night

£392 - £653 / week

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from £109 / night

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