Unusual rural retreats – quirky countryside homes

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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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(1) Excellent 

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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

from £65 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £65 / night

(27) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house rental

Guildford / Wonersh

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
“A wonderful weekend we"ll never forget” We stayed for a long weekend at the beginning of February to celebrate a 50th Birthday. We were extremely excited about having the pleasure of sharing this historical family home & having the opportunity to expe  …see more

from £980 / night

£3955 - £5600 / week

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from £980 / 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

from £173 / night

£906 - £1363 / week

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from £173 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Province of Brindisi / Ceglie Messapica

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £38 / night

£260 / week

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from £38 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin with golf nearby in Felton

Felton / Eshottheugh

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

from £112 / night

£650 - £1100 / week

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from £112 / night

(42) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Sherwood Forest

Newark / Sherwood Forest

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Lovely log cabin in a secluded forest location” Lovely log cabin in a secluded forest location ideal for walking and a relaxing romantic break. Hot tub and the log burning stove are fantastic. The cabin is really well equipped and very private. We wil  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £1630 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Castle rental in Meslay-du-Maine

Mayenne / Meslay-du-Maine

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool

from £533 / night

£3200 - £5300 / week

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from £533 / night

(52) Excellent 

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Cwmafan holiday converted chapel rental

Port Talbot / Cwmafan

3 13 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect for cycling and exploring with friends and families” Really loved Depot Rd, very creatively designed making the stay more memorable. The set up for mountain biking the Afan trails was ideal. We stayed with two other families, the fantastic k  …see more

from £200 / night

£900 - £1200 / week

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from £200 / 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

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

(11) 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

from £500 / night

£1800 - £8500 / week

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from £500 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Grand Massif / Samoens

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £61 / night

£13 - £1394 / week

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from £61 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Strae cabin” Very nice house Quite place Lovely owners We will use next time definitely Near lake,river.big park,amazing place in Scotland.we are from England and our trip was 1200miles but we definitely use this place for next year  …see more

from £58 / night

£258 - £546 / week

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from £58 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Bourg holiday chateau rental

Gironde / Bourg

1 5 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £108 / night

£432 / week

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from £108 / night

(7) 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+

from £49 / night

£343 / week

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from £49 / night

(13) 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

from £70 / night

£392 - £896 / week

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from £70 / 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

from £45 / night

£225 - £335 / week

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from £45 / night

(14) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Troutbeck

Lake District / Troutbeck

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Relaxing!” Myself, my partner and my dog all enjoyed a short weekend at Puddle Duck Lodge, the only complaint is that we couldnt get longer off work to enjoy more time there! We will be coming again next year without a doubt! There is enough room  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £775 / week

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from £58 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Karigasniemi

Lapland / Karigasniemi

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Magical Christmas” We were priviledged to have a memorable Christmas with Heikki and Anna in the wilderness. The nature is pristine and exceptional. We were lucky enough to see a wonderful Northern Lights display and enjoyed exploring under Heikki and  …see more

from £147 / night

£1026 - £7966 / week

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from £147 / night

(4) Excellent 

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
“Just prefect!” Stayed in Jan with a group of friends.. The chalet just made our holiday.. Spacious,warm, clean and fantastic location.. Small but well stocked shops beside you and the wonderful Kathy in Andorra Travel across the road to keep us in sup  …see more

from £296 / night

£2069 - £2151 / week

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from £296 / night

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Holiday shepherds hut in Broadford

Isle of Skye / Broadford

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 88 km
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

from £90 / night

£500 / week

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from £90 / night

(4) Excellent 

36

Landes / Gastes

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool

from £48 / night

£259 - £1207 / week

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from £48 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Trullo rental in Monopoli

Province of Bari / Monopoli

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

from £44 / night

£259 - £522 / week

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from £44 / night

(30) 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

from £170 / night

£1190 - £9298 / week

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from £170 / night

(25) Excellent 

69

Brasov ski chalet rental

Brasov County / Brasov

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Fantastic log home with spectacular views” This is a lovely log home, very warm, cosy and homely. Extremely well fitted and suitable for any age range but not for anyone with mobility problems. We were a group of 7 adults and spent Christmas there, u  …see more

from £113 / night

£690 - £1414 / week

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from £113 / night

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Savoie / Peisey-Vallandry

3 9 Min stay varies

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

from £108 / night

£492 - £1966 / week

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from £108 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Offenham

Evesham / Offenham

3 7 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Spacious comfortable accommodation” Well-equipped , comfortable with a spacious lounge area. The central heating was very effective and we were very cosy on one of the coldest weekends. The location was very convenient for visiting the Cotswolds an  …see more

from £75 / night

£500 / week

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from £75 / night

24

Landes / Gastes

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

from £60 / night

£301 - £1285 / week

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from £60 / night

(29) Excellent 

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Jard-sur-Mer holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Vendee / Jard-sur-Mer

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great First Stay.” This was the 1st time we have used Thomas James Holidays and found them very good.Booking was easy online and the caravan was lovely.James was always on hand and very helpful.Lovely holiday in a lovely area of France.  …see more

from £30 / night

£180 - £825 / week

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from £30 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Saxony / Leipzig

2 5 Min stay varies

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

from £60 / night

£388 - £875 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in March

Cambridgeshire / March

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Booked Again for Next Year” What more can you say, great base for cycling and the fishing is good, staff very helpful. Peaceful.  …see more

from £57 / night

£350 - £720 / week

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from £57 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Ostuni

Province of Brindisi / Ostuni

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £243 / night

£1700 - £2625 / week

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from £243 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo in Alberobello

Province of Bari / Alberobello

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

from £150 / night

£1050 - £2100 / week

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from £150 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Morlaix holiday manor house rental

Finistere / Morlaix

6 15 2 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fun, beautiful but musty” Really loved this house and the kids had a great time there. The area is pretty and many places within close drive- charming seaside towns and good seafood. The house is musty and could use a few dehumidifiers running-I had a  …see more

from £353 / night

£1411 - £2422 / week

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from £353 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Melle

Melle / Paizay-le-Tort

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Lovely accommodation, beautiful weather and ideal location.” Thankyou for a lovely visit. Not only were we incredibly lucky with the weather, we also found an absolute gem in staying at the old mill. It has been renovated beautifully and offered every  …see more

from £100 / night

£495 - £1295 / week

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from £100 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Ceglie Messapica

Province of Brindisi / Ceglie Messapica

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool

from £143 / night

£995 - £1990 / week

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from £143 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in La Molina

Alp / La Molina

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

from £207 / night

£1466 / week

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from £207 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Le Mans holiday manor house let

Sarthe / Le Mans

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“perfect!” fantastic property with everything you need. Very comfortable, beautifully decorated, enchanting gardens.  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £1250 / week

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from £136 / night

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Vosges / Gerardmer

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Car not necessary

from £138 / night

£544 - £759 / week

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from £138 / night

(33) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie / Rattray

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Exceeded expectations” We had a lovely stay at the lodge which was nice and clean,warm and cozy. it had everything we needed, lots of space and character! Lovely views and biggest chicken in the world wondering around on the property. We took our cat  …see more

from £125 / night

£875 - £980 / week

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from £125 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing stay with amazing host” We arrived as a group of 10 people - friends and family. Sarah and the rest of the guys at the reception were very helpful, and offered many tips for moving around. Sarah also helped us with booking a restaurant for our  …see more

from £228 / night

£1595 - £2371 / week

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from £228 / night

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