Unusual rural retreats – quirky countryside homes

Unusual rural retreats (194)

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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Tiddington holiday yurt rental

Stratford-upon-Avon / Tiddington

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
In a meadow looking out towards the River Avon is the quirky little Hobbit hut. This wooden equivalent to a tent has a lockable door which means you can go out and explore, feeling more secure. The Hobbit Hut has exclusive access to a private toilet and shower block  …see more

from £26 / night

£175 - £250 / week

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from £26 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday tower rental

Charente / Brossac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing and peaceful - a hidden gem!” My husband and I were looking for a quiet and relaxing place to holiday somewhere in Southern France where we could chill out and unwind. We found The Tower House and it was perfect. The accommodation was just r  …see more

from £61 / night

£294 - £432 / week

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from £61 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill with shared pool in Baza

Province of Granada / Baza

3 10 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Swimming pool
“Couldnt have chosen better if I tried!” After several different unforseen circumstances, I ended up travelling alone to Spain. Despite a couple of upsets before I even got to the apartment (completely unconnected to this booking) I finally arrived a  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 - £604 / week

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from £44 / 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

(1) Excellent 

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Faro District / Alte

5 11 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £81 / night

£563 - £1200 / week

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from £81 / 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

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin rental

Evesham / Offenham

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Pleasantly surprised, good location for sightseeing” We were pleasantly surprised by the size of the lodge (much bigger than we expected). Tea Coffee, cake and milk on arrival and lots of extras you don't always get with self catering properties (line  …see more

from £65 / night

£430 - £600 / week

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from £65 / night

21

Ardeche / Lamastre

3 30 1 night min

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

 …see more

from £95 / night

£625 / week

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from £95 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Filzmoos

Filzmoos / Pongau

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Newly built guest house/apartments located at the foot of the ski slopes where you can ski in and out from the house. Centrally located for restaurants, bars and shops.  …see more

from £100 / night

£694 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Breckenridge

Colorado / Breckenridge

3 10 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Grand timber lodge is fantastic” My stay at grand timber lodge was one of the best holidays of my life. The location was amazing with the snowflake lift being a 30 second ski around the corner. The free shuttle service into town made getting into town  …see more

from £218 / night

£1496 - £3602 / week

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from £218 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Audierne / Beuzec Cap Sizun

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Swimming pool
Modern wooden chalet style mobile homes 2 & 3 bedroom models with deckings and UK TV available on a traditional campsite with new covered heated swimming pool FREE wifi 300 metres from a beautiful sandy cove. For more information about our site, Safari Tents, Mobile  …see more

from £44 / night

£182 - £677 / week

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from £44 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Balquhidder holiday log cabin accommodation

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Balquhidder

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
“What more could you ask for?” Apart from 30 degree heat there is nothing more we could have asked for from our stay. 6 of us stayed over a weekend for my girlfriends birthday. The lodge was stunning and had everything we needed the area was pictur  …see more

from £95 / night

£450 - £850 / week

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from £95 / night

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Le Beausset holiday tower rental

Var / Le Beausset

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
La Daby is a magical, tranquil, and fun place to have a holiday. The houses can be rented separately, as they have their own terraces and privacy surrounded by pine trees; or rented together. This works well if you are a group of families or friends.<br />Four Pea  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday manor house in Easkey

County Sligo / Easkey

5 12 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
It took 10 years to restore this 200 year old boutique country house. Set on 9 acres of land overlooking one of Ireland's best surf breaks. Have a relaxing evening by the open fireplace, a glass of wine in our private bar or a game of pool.<br />chiropractic  …see more

from £69 / night

£483 - £2897 / week

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from £69 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Bratton Fleming

Devon / Bratton Fleming

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Mockham Down Farm is situated off a quiet Devon lane on the edge of Exmoor but close to Barnstaple and surrounding areas,There is gated off parking for cars. The garden overlooks farm land and the sea view in the distance The Log Cabin has Large Decking area and fully  …see more

from £70 / night

£300 - £1360 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Charente-Maritime / Saint-Jean-d'Angely

6 17 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This fabulous Maison de Maitre (Master's House) dates back to 1825. The house has over 600 square metres of living space with high ceilings, shutters and all that you would expect from a property of the calibre but with mod cons such as internet, SONOS sound sy  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3900 / week

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from £272 / night

(15) Excellent 

21

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
“The perfect rural retreat! Highly Recommended” We have found an absolute gem of a property at Le Moulin De La Combe, an idyllic property and grounds where we all enjoyed a fantastic stay. The Property is a wonderfully restored Watermill, complete w  …see more

from £100 / night

£495 - £1295 / week

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from £100 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Reillanne

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Meublé de tourisme **** Accréditation ; N° 3-0758. Sur www.cofrac.fr Code du Tourisme Article L.324-1  …see more

from £75 / night

£518 - £949 / week

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from £75 / 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

 …see more

from £61 / night

£13 - £1117 / week

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from £61 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

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

(56) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Plockton

Ross and Cromarty / Plockton

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“A gateway to wilderness of Skye” An excellent cottage in the middle of a forest, a few miles from the see and the mountains. Well equipped, with lots of birds just outside the window. Good food in Plockton.  …see more

from £100 / night

£500 - £640 / week

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from £100 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday yurt in Dolanog

Powys / Dolanog

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 66 km
Each of our two bespoke yurts has a beautiful hand made king-size bed with sumptuous bedding, candles, and a romantic and cosy log-burner to keep things toastie; a home-from-home, complete with the opulence one expects from a romantic break. Yurty weekend? Champagne, f  …see more

from £110 / night

£690 - £742 / week

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from £110 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Province of Catania / Milo

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children

 …see more

from £18 / night

£113 / week

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from £18 / 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 £55 / night

£381 / week

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from £55 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Holiday castle in Campello sul Clitunno

Province of Perugia / Campello sul Clitunno

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Umbrian castle tower with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, dining terrace, garden, living room with fireplace, 30 minutes to airport Perugia-Assisi. Self-catering holiday home near Spoleto, Montefalco, Spello, Bevagna, Campello. Nature walks and museum tours.&  …see more

from £78 / night

£544 / week

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from £78 / night

(13) Very Good 

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Offenham holiday log cabin rental

Evesham / Offenham

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Fully equipped cabin and a very attentive host, couldn't ask for more!!” Our family stayed for 3 nights in John's Primrose Lodge and it was outstanding. The cabins (there were 3) were ideally located for us to travel the Cotswold region in our car. Pr  …see more

from £65 / night

£430 / week

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from £65 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Selkirk

Selkirk / Yarrow Valley

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
sleeps 10 with extra flexible accommodation available to sleep up to an extra 10 guests.Large log fireShort breaks welcome i hr form Edinburgh games room with snooker table  …see more

from £275 / night

£1500 - £2500 / week

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from £275 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Fleckney

Leicestershire / Fleckney

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
“Excellent lodge and facilities, peaceful yet loads to do.” We had a brillant stay here for 1 week in August and our 9 and 8 year old children were upset to leave and i have to admit so where we. The accommodation is just like home from home and there'  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Excellent 

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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 £246 / night

£1720 - £2113 / week

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from £246 / 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 £56 / night

£325 - £877 / week

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from £56 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Porto holiday narrowboat rental

Porto District / Porto

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Unique way to see a beautiful part of Portugal” We spent a fantastic week exploring the upper Douro Valley on two boat. Our party of 11 hired two boats with skippers. Jose Alberto was an excellent guide and host and is very knowledgable about the regi  …see more

from £164 / night

£561 / week

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from £164 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Biddenden holiday log cabin rental

Kent / Biddenden

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 33 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This stunning Visit England Graded 4* holiday home has been decorated with light and air in mind. The vaulted living area with white walls and floor and original artwork has many windows to enjoy the uninterrupted views across the fields and pond. French doors open onto  …see more

from £100 / night

£420 - £748 / week

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from £100 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Glastonbury holiday log cabin rental

Somerset / Glastonbury

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Private garden
Self catering back to basics lakeside hut. No electricity, Glamping style accommodation. Within the stunning grounds of Redlake Farm. Eat and sleep by candle light, we supply your romantic accommodation, you supply your camping equipment and bedding. Shared bathroom wit  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 / week

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from £30 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Upper Carniola Region / Dovje

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

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from £77 / night

£489 / week

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from £77 / 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

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house rental

Manche / Sainte-Mere-Eglise

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
JacuzziSpaGalleried Summer SalonLocated near D Day beaches - UtahQuiet garden<br />Prices are per night, including breakfast. No damage deposit required.  …see more

from £138 / night

£949 / week

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from £138 / 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 £45 / night

£225 - £335 / week

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from £45 / night

(8) Very Good 

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Bantham holiday beach hut rental

Devon / Bantham

1 4 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“Great little hideaway retreat.” A great little find. Lovely peaceful setting and quirky place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of life. Enjoyed breakfast sat outside in the beautiful surroundings. Superb location with bamforth beach just over a  …see more

from £65 / night

£518 - £616 / week

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from £65 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Campello sul Clitunno holiday castle accommodation

Province of Perugia / Campello sul Clitunno

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
August 2015--new reliable WiFi!  …see more

from £91 / night

£561 - £647 / week

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from £91 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in L'Isle-en-Dodon

Haute-Garonne / L'Isle-en-Dodon

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
In early 1814, en route to the Battle of Toulouse, Wellington's army marched along the Save Valley following what is now the D17. At that time they would have passed the recently built Moulin de Samaran. After a century and a bit of grinding wheat into flour. the  …see more

from £36 / night

£250 - £460 / week

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from £36 / night