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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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16 Holiday homes

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(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 £24 / night

£359 - £12120 / week

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from £24 / 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

(14) Excellent 

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Holiday riad in Ancient Medina

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 £103 / night

£647 - £1365 / week

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from £103 / night

(29) Excellent 

24

Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Our best Ski Holioday yet” In our 20 years skiing this was the best chalet we have been to. It was warm and welcoming. The rooms were all a good size, and comfortably furninshed, with good bathroom facilites.The lounge area could seat most of us in o  …see more

from £49 / night

£339 - £9500 / week

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from £49 / night

(120) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Really great catered chalet for family mountain bike trips!” We spent a week at Chalet Lac de Vonnes in August to do some mountain biking as a family in Chatel. The chalet is well located, with fantastic views of the mountains, safe bike storage and a  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £745 / week

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from £64 / 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 Château  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / night

16

Holiday castle rental

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Two double-rooms; one with direct entrance from main staircase, one bathroom, dressing room, park view, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Holiday castle with shared pool in Gavi

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Two double rooms, one bathroom. Beautiful wooden floors and fireplaces in both rooms. Balcony over terrace and park view, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Holiday castle rental

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Cosy rooms on the 3rd floor with the best view of all. One double room, two single rooms, bath & shower. Kitchen. Suitable for 4 people, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Holiday castle with shared pool in Gavi

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Three double rooms - two large rooms with balcony and lovely parkview, one smaller room with fireplace, one bathroom, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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(24) 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+ skiingManaged by Alpine365, we will also arr  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 - £9298 / week

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from £170 / night

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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
Feature built in stone in a land of ancient traditions, sea and sun ... Surrounded by olive trees and a few minutes from the sea .. Ideal for nature lovers and for those who want to spend their holidays relaxing  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / 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

20

Otranto holiday trullo rental

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Our pajaras are ideal for families with children who have available space to run and great fun for couples wishing to spend a romantic holiday or for the elderly who want to spend a relaxing holiday immersed in nature, breathing fresh air!  …see more

from £76 / night

£755 / week

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from £76 / night

(10) 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 - £8556 / week

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from £500 / night

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Holiday castle with swimming pool in Gavi

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

12 30 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
For total exclusivity and our fullest attention, hire the whole castle. Work groups, Birthdays, Weddings, Golfing Trips or just you and your family or friends; terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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