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Unusual rural retreats (936)

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.



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19

Soldeu ski chalet rental

Canillo Parish / Soldeu

7 14 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 195 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic simple gem of a place, ideally located” Stayed here with a group of 8 and it was perfect for us. We were self catered, and there's a supermarket beneath the chalet/apartment. The supermarket is a bit pricey but fairly well stocked and fri  …see more

from £301 / night

£2106 - £3505 / week

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from £301 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Log cabin rental in Dalavich

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

3 9 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Charming log cabin. Wood burning stove. Lovely woodland setting, close to loch shore. Wood burning stove<br />- Free fishing- Dog friendly accommodation- Boat & bike hire available nearby  …see more

from £80 / night

£385 - £838 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday chateau in Fecamp.

Seine-Maritime / Fecamp.

9 18 2 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
Chateau Sommeil is a historic chateau situated in the Seine Maritime area of Normandy. It is a beautiful and historical part of France. The Chateau has been restored to a very high standard and is available for short stays, family holidays and special events.  …see more

from £790 / night

£3158 - £5158 / week

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from £790 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Log cabin rental in Stuston with golf nearby

Suffolk / Stuston

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Diss train station is 1 mile away with a direct line to london. The small market town of diss is a short drive and has supermarkets, banks, restaurants and many food outlets. Perfect base for visiting..Norwich,Ipswich, Bury st eds and its only 35 min drive to the coast.  …see more

from £85 / night

£450 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Nouzerolles

Gueret / Nouzerolles

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful place for a relaxing, family holiday” The chateau was perfect for the four of us, comfortable without feeling too show home and the August weather was great so we didn't stray far. The rural location is very peaceful but does mean that a c  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £85 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Aviemore ski log cabin to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Aviemore

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
The Ardlogie Bothy is a traditional luxury timber built cabin, with great self catering facilities providing all year round accommodation for 2 people. Positioned alongside the Ardlogie Guest House & centrally located within Aviemore. In a quiet location yet close t  …see more

from £80 / night

£490 - £560 / week

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from £80 / night

21

Ardeche / Lamastre

3 30 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £97 / night

£636 / week

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from £97 / night

(31) 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

(4) Excellent 

24

Riberac holiday manor house accommodation

Dordogne / Riberac

5 13 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Magnificent location, great facilities and very very peaceful” If you are looking to be away from it all, this place will suit. the house is very well equipped, totally secluded in it's own beautiful grounds but within a 20 minute drive of Riberac. Tr  …see more

from £250 / night

£1579 - £2808 / week

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from £250 / night

(1) Excellent 

58

Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in Fréjus

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Fréjus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
A beautifully situated holiday home with it’s own private garden, which is perfect for sunbathing and taking in the breath taking views. Enjoy the resort’s facilities as well as some of the World’s most famous places and historic sites nearby. Our 6 b  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Average 

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Ariege / Ax-les-Thermes

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £44 / night

£299 - £588 / week

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from £44 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

Holiday chateau rental

Ille-et-Vilaine / Sixt-Sur-Aff

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 63 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Rez de Jardin, chateau de Bézyl, is situated in the mids of a 96 ha of countryside, its fields, heaths and woodlands are managed as a nature reserve, its native flora and fauna can be enjoyed by walking its many paths and tracks. There is a small lake. We ha  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 - £2150 / week

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from £250 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Ski chalet in Filzmoos

Salzburg Region / Filzmoos

2 12 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Beautifully appointed self-catering ski chalet in a central but peaceful area of Filzmoos, we are within 150m of the supermarket and restaurants, and within a 5 minute walk of the Papageno gondola. The South facing apartments are spacious, comfortable and warm.  …see more

from £58 / night

£707 - £1382 / week

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from £58 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin with shared pool in Borwick

Lake District / Borwick

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
“Modern and clean lodge with wifi in great location.” Modern and clean lodge in great location and fully equipped, wife very pleased with shower pressure! and kids happy the lodge had wifi. Site itself was secure and clean with lovely restaurant and le  …see more

from £65 / night

£325 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Very Good 

24

Holiday caravan/mobile home in Mynachlogddu

Pembrokeshire / Mynachlogddu

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 22 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A beauty in the heart of the Preseli hills, we will be returning” We had a wonderful stay at Ashvale Holiday and Livery Stables whilst visiting Pembroke and Brecon Beacons by motorbike. A very warm welcome on arrival from hosts Anita and Charlie, the  …see more

from £55 / night

£250 - £420 / week

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from £55 / night

(7) Very Good 

11

Holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Fife / St Andrews

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
“Enjoyed my stay” Excellent caravan it was nice and clean. The park is fantastic. The site is itself is lovely and quiet.  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

(12) Excellent 

13

Holiday watermill letting

Llangefni / Bodffordd

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Amazing location, amazing cottage, amazing holiday!” What a fantastic cottage! Very well equipped, very clean and tidy, plenty of space for our large group. The location is stunning and fantastic for children, so much for them to explore and enjoy- ve  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £975 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with golf nearby in Lossiemouth

Moray / Lossiemouth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Luxury 2 bedroom(2014 model) caravan located less than 5 minutes from the beach, golf course and equestrian centre located at Silver Sands Lossiemouth.Lossie is favoured by the mild Gulf Stream air, miles of excellent beaches and beautiful countryside.<br />Bed li  …see more

from £90 / night

£550 - £600 / week

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from £90 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Blaich

Fort William / Blaich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“One of Best Hoildays Ever” Wonderful Chalet .Everything we needed was at hand & caretakers brilliant.The plot had great views all round & lots to see. We had nightly visits from Deer & plenty of birds The Jacobite Steam train passes each day on far s  …see more

from £99 / night

£390 - £690 / week

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from £99 / night

(2) Very Good 

21

Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £132 / night

£922 / week

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from £132 / night

(16) Excellent 

23

Converted chapel rental in St. Fillans with golf nearby

Perth and Kinross / St Fillans

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
“Excellent cottage” Excellent cottage in every aspect, comfortable, clean and everything you could require at your fingertips. A pure pleasure to have stayed at this wonderful gem. St Fillans itself is a quiet little location with great walks around th  …see more

from £121 / night

£520 - £800 / week

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from £121 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Charente-Maritime / La Palmyre-Les Mathes

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £41 / night

£179 - £858 / week

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from £41 / night

(2) Very Good 

20

Canton of Ticino / Ludiano

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £57 / night

£395 / week

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from £57 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Zakopane ski chalet rental

Lesser Poland Province / Zakopane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
A cozy wooden cottage situated in direct vicinity (1km) of Polish Tatras, offering breathtaking vista of nearby mountain ranges. The cottage combines the best in local wooden architecture with modern convenience and practicality. Up to 6 persons can be accommodated in 2  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Excellent 

41

Manor house letting in Baiao with swimming pool

Porto District / Baiao

4 7 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Awesome View of the Douro. Great House.” We have been at Palmira's Home for some days. The House is well located near the Douro River, in a quite area where you can see an awesome view over the Douro Valley. The Swimming pool is very nice and well loc  …see more

from £132 / night

£860 - £1470 / week

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from £132 / night

(10) Excellent 

24

Holiday log cabin in Cockburnspath

Cockburnspath / Cove Village

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy cottage by the sea” Nice place, even in the freezing winter weekend. The only faults - Not enough seats to sit round the fire comfortably for four people - and the double bed were a little uncomfortable. Apart from that perfect as a perfect thi  …see more

from £125 / night

£700 / week

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from £125 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Savoie / Aigueblanche

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Private garden

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from £53 / night

£351 / week

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from £53 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with tennis court in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

Sarthe / Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

9 15 6 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 6 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Les Noes Blanches is a stunning white classic country chateau in the Loire Valley region of France. Only 20 minutes from the centre of le Mans, and under 5 hours from London by Eurostar, the house sleeps 14 people comfortably inside an estate of 450 acres of woodland.  …see more

from £345 / night

£2500 - £3895 / week

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from £345 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Landry

Peisey-Vallandry / Landry

4 14 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
Enjoy affordable luxury at our loft-style ski chalet in the heart of Paradiski (les Arcs + La Plagne). You'll love the chic alpine décor, stunning mountain views and quaint village setting. It's the perfect base for self-catered skiing, walking and cycl  …see more

from £250 / night

£595 - £2000 / week

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from £250 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Tind holiday log cabin rental

Lofoten Islands / Tind

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic!” Beautifull "rorbu" in the south part of the Lofoten Island, a paradis on earth! Perfect for a familly with 2 kids. This Rorbu is not situated by the sea but ON the sea! It is actually possible to fish from the balcony... It is the most a  …see more

from £123 / night

£688 - £1057 / week

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from £123 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in St Leonards on Sea

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Situated close to the Saxon Centre, this ABI Horizon is a bright and surprisingly spacious holiday home that the whole family will enjoy. The lounge with gas fire and wood surround compliment the 'L' shaped seating, with pull-out bed, and matching dinette area  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Monthou-sur-Cher holiday chateau rental

Loire Valley / Monthou-sur-Cher

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Large, charming little castle, full of character, for 14 people : the castle and the outbuilding : 7 rooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, private swimming pool, tennis, lake. situation : At the heart of the prestigious Loire valley, on the border of the Sologne and th  …see more

from £380 / night

£632 - £2193 / week

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from £380 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Saint-Valery-en-Caux holiday castle rental

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 £332 / night

£2022 - £4293 / week

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from £332 / night

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Pedrogao Grande holiday yurt rental

Leiria District / Pedrogao Grande

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
From our Vintage Ariba Hymer Caravan enjoy most stunning view of Rio zezere. The caravan is fitted with a kitchen; including gas hob, kettle and utensils. Sofas which fold out to king size bed. A hand crafted pine patio with garden furniture. A private and unique  …see more

from £18 / night

£106 - £185 / week

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from £18 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Moelfre holiday caravan/mobile home accommodation

Anglesey / Moelfre

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Lovely Mobile Home, In Tranquil Setting, Walking Distance To Sea, Pubs And Restaurants. Pet Friendly. Sleeps 6 (or up to 11 if booked with Vista Mobile Home)  …see more

from £75 / night

£550 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Chateau rental in Grandcourt

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

8 20 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Living like a lord.” The house and grounds are lovely and take two days just to explore. Add in the fact it has a lovely pool and is all fenced including the grounds so kids can have a little freedom to play. You may even find a den we built in the wo  …see more

from £304 / night

£1520 - £2995 / week

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from £304 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Hautes-Alpes / Gap

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool

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from £62 / night

£395 / week

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from £62 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Aisne / Suzy

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £70 / night

£393 - £486 / week

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from £70 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau in Grandcourt

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous Chateau in an idyllic setting” We spent a wonderful relaxing weekend in this fabulous chateau which is just as splendid as it looks in the photos. The tranquil village setting provides a lovely backdrop for this magnificent country house.  …see more

from £152 / night

£760 - £1495 / week

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from £152 / night

(46) Very Good 

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Chideock holiday log cabin rental

Bridport / Chideock

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice, quiet site - well maintained.” Nice clean chalet with all amenities needed. Shops were fairly close by but a car was needed. Didn't have a bath only a walk in shower room which wasn't ideal but was in working order. Overall, had a very comf  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £570 / week

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from £65 / night