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Unusual rural retreats (16)

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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16 Holiday homes

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(15) Excellent 

21

Chalet Heidi - Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser ski chalet sleeps 27

Tirol / Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser

12 27 1 night min

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 27
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski
Please note prices are PER PERSON 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-suite facilities, Balcony, Satellite TV, clock radio with Ipod dock, Telephone, WiFi  …see more

from £25 / night

£169 / week

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from £25 / night

(4) Excellent 

22

CATERED CHALET SOLNEIGE - Vaujany ski chalet sleeps 16

Isere / Vaujany

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Catered chalet Solneige is located next to the beautiful alpine village of Vaujany, directly connected with the snow secure Alpe d'Huez ski area, which combines the charm of a real mountain village with modern, up-to-date facilities. Staying in one of the most beautif  …see more

from £75 / night

£384 - £11005 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

32

Château du Bourbet - Cherval chateau sleeps 12

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 Château  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / night

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Pajara (trullo) in Salento - Diso-Marittima trullo sleeps 2

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
For those who enjoy a wonderful holiday in the green of nature, among olive trees and all kinds of vegetation, this is the place! In the most beautiful countryside of Salento, where huge, fabulous beaches, a magnificent beach and a hot sun are the masters. . . Our featu  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Pajare (Trulli) salentine - Diso-Marittima trullo sleeps 2

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Immersed in the olive trees there is a stone building (Pajara) on the outskirts of the village (Maritime), about 10 minutes from the sea, in a quiet area surrounded. The area has easy access to all the comforts (local market, supermarkets and restaurants) .. An ideal ar  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / night

(10) Excellent 

31

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

(14) Excellent 

26

Riad DAR BÔ - stylish house in Essaouira/Morocco - Ancient Medina riad sleeps 12

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 12 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
DAR BÔ is a typical Moroccan Riad situated byside a small and quiet square in the heart of the Medina of Essaouira. This charming house to rent in exclusivity is close to restaurants and markets. It is suitable for couples, families and groups. The house is to rent all  …see more

from £104 / night

£652 - £1376 / week

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from £104 / night

20

Tipiche Pajare(trulli) Salento - Diso-Marittima trullo sleeps 4

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
For those who enjoy a wonderful holiday in the green of nature, among olive trees and all kinds of vegetation, this is the place! In the most beautiful countryside of Salento, where huge, fabulous beaches, a magnificent beach and a hot sun are the masters..A 1 kilometer  …see more

from £76 / night

£755 / week

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from £76 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Marquis Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 5

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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(120) Excellent 

19

Chalet Lac de Vonnes (Close to village and lifts) - Chatel ski chalet sleeps 8

Abondance / Chatel

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Chalet Lac de Vonnes is a spacious 4 bedroom chalet with all the home luxuries plus much more. Specialist in Ski and Mountain Bike holidays offering bespoke fully catered packages at our luxury chalet for Summer and Winter ski holidays. Our excellent reviews corroborate  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £745 / week

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from £64 / night

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Villa Val Lemme - The Lemme Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 4

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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(29) Excellent 

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Ski-La Source Chalet Mathilde Catered, Les Coches - Les Coches ski chalet sleeps 14

Savoie / Les Coches

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Ski-La Source : FOR PEACE OF MIND ALL HOLIDAYS CAN BE PAID FOR BY CREDIT CARD IN EUROS Lovely chalet - great location - great service * 20m from the piste * ensuite twin bedrooms (2 with baths) * relax by the crackling fire * spacous comfortable lounge * free w  …see more

from £49 / night

£339 - £9500 / week

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from £49 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Marquess Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 6

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £190 / night

£1190 / week

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from £190 / night

17

Villa Val Lemme - The Artist Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 4

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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Villa Val Lemme - Entire castle - Gavi castle sleeps 30

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

12 30 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £1130 / night

£6035 / week

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from £1130 / night

(24) Excellent 

14

Luxury Chalet Pisteside - Les Coches ski chalet sleeps 9

Savoie / Les Coches

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
This luxury, ski-in, ski-out chalet is offered fully catered (breakfast, afternoon tea & 4-course gourmet dinners) with a professional, restaurant-trained chef & chalet host looking after you during your stay. Chalet Pisteside offers everything you'd expect  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 - £9298 / week

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from £170 / night

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