Unusual rural retreats – quirky countryside homes

Unusual rural retreats (935)

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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935 Holiday homes

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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

(1) Very Good 

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Savoie / La Norma

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £125 / night

£869 - £1308 / week

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from £125 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Kahl am Main

Lower Franconia / Kahl am Main

4 4 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Comfortable accommodation with lake and sandy beach at the campsite for the best time of year, right on the lake, a real hotel alternative for your holiday  …see more

from £56 / night

£387 / week

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from £56 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Manor house letting in Sao Vicente

Madeira / Sao Vicente

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Private garden
Holiday at this wonderful XVII century Madeiran Manor House surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and only 3 Km from the ocean, ideal for combining walking holidays and sun.  …see more

from £37 / night

£258 - £584 / week

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from £37 / night

(5) Excellent 

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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

(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

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Landes / Parentis-en-Born

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool

 …see more

from £101 / night

£457 - £930 / week

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from £101 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Huntly holiday log cabin rental

Aberdeenshire / Huntly

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Deveron Lodge is not like your normal log cabin complex, all set in a row. It is on it's own set in 2.5 acres of private wood overlooking the river Deveron and fields.So if it is peace and quiet you are looking for this is the log cabin for you. Coin meter for elec  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £650 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

Holiday watermill in Ponte de Lima

Viana do Castelo District / Ponte de Lima

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Built in the 17th century next to a Romanesque bridge on the banks of the Estorãos River, this pretty watermill has been authentically restored, retaining the old water wheel and grindstone.  …see more

from £75 / night

£483 / week

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from £75 / night

(6) Excellent 

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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

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Caravan/mobile home rental in La Palmyre-Les Mathes with golf nearby

La Palmyre-Les Mathes / Les Mathes

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Welcome to the 4-star Bonne Anse Plage holiday park and this charming mobile home, set within 200 metres of the nearest restaurant, bar and grocery shop. It also enjoys access to a 15 x 20 metre pool, plus activities including mini golf, volleyball, mountain biking, cli  …see more

from £57 / night

£331 - £893 / week

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from £57 / night

(2) Excellent 

24

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

(12) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Elgin

Moray / Elgin

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Terrific place to stay and people would recommend to anyone” Myself, my new husband and two dogs stayed here for a week in April. The cabin was excellent everything we expected and Sheila and Sandy were great hosts. The hot tub just topped off what wa  …see more

from £63 / night

£435 - £625 / week

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from £63 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Hautes-Alpes / Risoul

3 7 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski

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from £69 / night

£483 - £702 / week

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from £69 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Log cabin rental in Carnforth with shared pool

Lancashire / Carnforth

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
Family Lakeside selfcatering, Chill on the Balcony overlooking the lake,  …see more

from £85 / night

£495 - £895 / week

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from £85 / night

(54) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Calstock

Calstock / Harewood

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Car not necessary
“Another wonderful birthday treat” Stayed for a weekend in The Count House, really cosy and comfy, complete with Christmas tree. Great to drink tea in the morning and look out over the river Tamar. Wonderful location for a pre-Christmas chill out.  …see more

from £35 / night

£290 - £630 / week

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from £35 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Trullo rental in Ostuni with swimming pool

Province of Brindisi / Ostuni

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
Beautiful trullo with private swimming pool (5m x 10m) situated in Ostuni (Contrada Chiobbica, 8 kms from Ostuni city center), surrounded by 10.000 m2 of land (olive trees, almond trees, fig trees etc...). The trullo has 7 cones : 2 bedrooms (one bedroom with a double b  …see more

from £123 / night

£702 - £1404 / week

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from £123 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Yacht rental in San Sebastián de la Gomera

La Gomera / San Sebastián de la Gomera

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Yacht La Gomera Marina San Sebastian Luxury Fiestas Holiday Accommodation Garajonay National Park. Comfortable. Sea. Beach. Valle Gran Rey. Sea view.  …see more

from £47 / night

£329 / week

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from £47 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Old Hunstanton

Old Hunstanton / Holme-next-the-Sea

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Willow Lodge is our luxury wooden lodge, tucked away down a small village lane, only a short walk from both the beach and the local pub/restaurant. It is excellently positioned to enjoy the north Norfolk Coast and its many beautiful villages and beaches<br />Luxu  …see more

from £130 / night

£560 - £885 / week

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from £130 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

Holiday log cabin in Troutbeck

Lake District / Troutbeck

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Heaven” Enjoyed a 3 night stay with my husband to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Could not have asked for a better place, the lodge is cosy, warm and has all the facilities you need to provide a comfortable stay. The location is so peacefu  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £775 / week

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from £58 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Lossiemouth

Moray / Lossiemouth

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.75 km
  • Child friendly
“Superb caravan” A superb caravan, very well equipped, clean and very comfortable. Located a stones throw from a beautiful sandy beach and close to the facilities on the site. The location of the site is ideally suited to exploring the area and is on  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £561 / week

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from £50 / 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

(2) Very Good 

23

Holiday trullo rental

Monopoli / Capitolo

2 6 5 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
An oasis of peace created for people who love the colors: Trullo Ca' del Fico  …see more

from £122 / night

£843 - £2106 / week

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from £122 / night

25

Ski chalet in Lenk im Simmental

Bernese Oberland / Lenk im Simmental

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Ski
SKI TO DOOR (CONDITIONS PERMITTING) Chalet Halten is a typical swiss chalet situated in a peaceful alpine setting a short walk above the centre of the traditional village of Zweisimmen. The Superpass Alpes Vaudoises.Gstaad.Aldelboden-Lenk includes 630km of wonderful sk  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 - £1260 / week

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from £100 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Saint-Cyprien holiday manor house rental

Dordogne / Saint-Cyprien

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
This 245m2 four-storey house near Sarlat has been recently refurnished to ensure that the living areas are comfortable and modern. A spacious home with a fully equipped kitchen,grand dining room,spacious living area,4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, large balcony and a patio  …see more

from £176 / night

£834 - £1386 / week

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from £176 / night

(2) Average 

24

Laax ski chalet rental

Canton of Graubunden / Laax

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Laax Treetops is the place to stay; sophisticated enough for discerning skiers, welcoming to beginners, radical enough for snowboarders, lively enough for night owls, peaceful enough for those seeking serenity, perfect for winter skiing, summer hiking and biking.  …see more

from £113 / night

£790 - £1974 / week

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from £113 / 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 £790 / night

£5483 / week

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from £790 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Valle d'Aosta / Gressoney-la-Trinité

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £176 / night

£1229 / week

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from £176 / 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

(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

£369 - £12439 / week

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from £25 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

Charente / Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
A unique site with its 7 acres property, a 500 m2 Manor, a private river bank and island, with multiple activities : swimming, Kayaking, fishing, biking, and nearby, a medieval village, golfing and last but not least the burgundy region and its famous wines .  …see more

from £251 / night

£1755 - £3509 / week

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from £251 / night

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Dordogne / Le Buisson-de-Cadouin

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet friendly

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from £49 / night

£233 - £417 / week

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from £49 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Montourtier

Mayenne / Montourtier

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“More than a Caravan” LOVED IT..... Sue and Ian are very welcoming and friendly. The massive welcome pack was a really nice surprise. I loved watching the deer in the next field grazing whilst I ate breakfast outside. The caravan was brilliant, so big  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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from £50 / night

14

Hautes-Pyrenees / Peyragudes

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £176 / night

£606 - £2097 / week

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from £176 / night

(1) Excellent 

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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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Holiday castle accommodation

Province of Livorno / Venturina

10 20 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Castello Gran Duca is a wonderful 16th Century castle in a perfect position enjoying a lovely panorama over the countryside with views to the Elba Island and the sea beyond. This unique ancient castle, once the abode of Leopold II Grand Duke of Tuscany, is in a peacef  …see more

from £1255 / night

£8772 - £17544 / week

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from £1255 / night

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Hautefort holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Dordogne / Hautefort

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
3 Berth Equipped Caravan with lovely views of the Chateau de Hautefort which is illuminated at night.  …see more

from £46 / night

£229 - £341 / week

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from £46 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Mezieres-sur-Issoire

Haute-Vienne / Mezieres-sur-Issoire

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Country house with style” A country house with style. We were thrilled as we drove up to the house and discovered one salon with fireplace, then another, and an office, all with a good feeling. Upstairs are four big rooms and three bathrooms. All we  …see more

from £132 / night

£702 - £878 / week

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from £132 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Kilkhampton

Bude / Kilkhampton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
This contemporary log cabin is based 3 miles from the sandy beaches of the North Cornwall coastline. It boasts an open plan living area, two generous bedrooms with modern bathroom and stunning views of the Cornish countryside.  …see more

from £70 / night

£392 - £896 / week

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from £70 / night

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Savoie / Peisey-Vallandry

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

 …see more

from £111 / night

£772 - £1992 / week

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from £111 / night