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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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14

Independent Tower in an Umbrian Castle - Campello sul Clitunno castle sleeps 4

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
This charming little tower lies within the ancient stone walls of a historic castle in the green heart of Umbria, just over half an hour from the Saint Francis of Assisi Umbrian International Airport of Perugia-Assisi. Restored in a contemporary style with full kitchen,  …see more

from £79 / night

£435 / week

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from £79 / night

(2) Excellent 

66

Fairytale Castle: Private Lake, Pool, Gym & Cinema - Meslay-du-Maine castle sleeps 14

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
**JUST NAMED ONE OF THE TIMES' TOP 20 CHATEAUX HOLIDAYS! Live a fairytale dream in this 19th century romantic castle (sleeps up to 12 -- Please inquire for the possibility of extra guests) with its own private lake, swimming pool set within a formal rose garden, and ev  …see more

from £500 / night

£2800 - £5300 / week

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from £500 / night

31

Enchanting mansion with private pool - Neuille castle sleeps 16

Maine et Loire / Neuille

10 16 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
France's peaceful Pays de la Loire countryside, with its charming villages and famous castles, surrounds this magnificent ten-bedroom mansion. Beautiful stone exteriors mixed with modern amenities create an atmosphere of sophisticated luxury, perfect for a dream ho  …see more

from £539 / night

£2245 - £3139 / week

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from £539 / night

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Glentruim Castle - Newtonmore castle sleeps 14

Badenoch and Strathspey / Newtonmore

8 14 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Glentruim Castle has been beautifully extended and fully renovated to create an intimate atmosphere that is welcoming throughout the year. Offering spacious rooms with great attention to style and detail yet still retaining many of its original features it is the ideal  …see more

from £900 / night

£3850 - £5775 / week

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from £900 / night

20

Unique holiday cottage in Tuscany, the Watch Tower - Stia castle sleeps 2

Province of Arezzo / Stia

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
Medieval Little Guard Tower situated in a beautiful and undiscovered corner of Tuscany, the Casentino Valley, between Arezzo and Florence. Enjoy the beauty and peace of the ancient hamlet of Porciano with its stone paved walkways, centuries old church and breathtaking v  …see more

from £47 / night

£327 - £348 / week

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from £47 / night

(3) Very Good 

17

Province of Salerno / Auletta

2 2 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets

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from £43 / night

£260 / week

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from £43 / night

(1) Excellent 

12

Logge di Silvignano SuiteHome Iride, Pool - WiFi - Spoleto castle sleeps 2

Province of Perugia / Spoleto

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The Apartment Iride (55 sqm) is part of Historic Hamlet Le Logge di Silvignano, one of the most significant examples of Medieval architecture in the Spoleto County. Apartment Iride is located 1st floor with view over the valley and sunset. You can dine outside using  …see more

from £82 / night

£522 - £653 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

10

Rhone / Regnie-Durette

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £114 / night

£731 - £1461 / week

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from £114 / night

(1) Excellent 

20

Palazzo Portole castle in private garden with pool - Oprtalj castle sleeps 10

Istria / Oprtalj

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Palazzo Portole is a large property on the edge of the charming, historic town of Oprtalj. Standing in a beautifully landscaped private walled garden with a secluded swimming pool, outdoor dining room, a tower with roof terrace, 5 stunning bedrooms, large living room &  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 / week

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from £250 / night

(1) Excellent 

7

Irishman's Tower at Hoghton Tower - Hoghton castle sleeps 2

Lancashire / Hoghton

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
Built in 1565, the Irishman's Tower is an idyllic rural retreat and the perfect base for exploring the richness and diversity of local Lancashire countryside, food and culture.The Tower occupies one of the former garrisons that interrupt the ramparts at the front o  …see more

from £204 / night

£1008 / week

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from £204 / night

(14) Excellent 

20

Chateau de Ranton - Chinon castle sleeps 8

Loire Valley / Chinon

7 8 4 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The medieval Château de Ranton is a fortified castle built in 1340 at the beginning of the Hundred Years War between England and France. The Château has two superbly furnished self-catering apartments and three additional comfortable double bedrooms with en-suite bath  …see more

from £209 / night

£1461 - £2922 / week

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from £209 / night

26

Castello di Galbino - A fairy tale castle - Anghiari castle sleeps 19

Province of Arezzo / Anghiari

9 19 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 19
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Tucked away into the hills of Arezzo lies the magic Castello di Galbino, a large and welcoming family castle surrounded by seemingly endless fields and hills covered olive groves and woods. The castle has a basic square shape with a raised central section and four roun  …see more

from £723 / night

£5061 - £6748 / week

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from £723 / night

23

Sweet Garden Maison de Charme - Thiesi castle sleeps 4

Province of Sassari / Thiesi

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Thiesi village is situated in the north of Sardinia in an area full of testimonies of the prenuragic and nuragica ; nearby you can reach the Nuraghe Tower of Santu Antine (Torralba), the necropolis of S.Andrea Priu (Bonorva), the Domus de Janas ( fairies' house) of  …see more

from £25 / night

£174 - £305 / week

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from £25 / night

(1) Excellent 

56

Normandy mansion with pond and stables - Saint-Valery-en-Caux castle sleeps 8

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 £315 / night

£1921 - £4080 / week

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from £315 / night

(1) Excellent 

23

Central north inland - Ta Noen castle sleeps 15

Chaiyaphum Province / Ta Noen

5 15 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This new modern castle offers you a lot of room and luxoury at the east side of a lake where you can sit by the pool and enjoy the colorful sunset over the lake mirrored from the waves in the water . This place is ideal for relaxing holidays and to explore the rives, la  …see more

from £27 / night

£183 - £451 / week

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from £27 / night

15

Vendee / La Chataigneraie

9 15 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £187 / night

£1305 / week

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from £187 / night

24

Castello Gran Duca - Venturina castle sleeps 20

Province of Livorno / Venturina

10 20 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A cypress and pine tree lined drive leads you to the imposing iron gate which introduces you to the magnificent ivy-covered Castello Gran Duca and to the fabulous scenery that opens in front of you. This will be just the beginning of your dream holiday. From its privil  …see more

from £1864 / night

£13044 - £17392 / week

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from £1864 / night

18

Le Clos Belle Rose - Haybes castle sleeps 15

Ardennes / Haybes

5 15 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
« Le Clos Belle Rose » welcomes guests all the year round in one of the most beautiful villages in the Ardennes next to the “Trans-Ardennes green track” ("La Voie Verte" 85kms of cycling paths) and the meanders of the River Meuse. Calm and relaxation ass  …see more

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64

Tuscan castle boasts 6 bedrooms, private pool and - Rogheta castle sleeps 16

Pomarance / Rogheta

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
Rogheta was an ancient hermitage and now is a charming country house with swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the very heart of the etrurian Tuscany, between Volterra and the sea. When you feel the need for some rest and relax, right when the rush in your life brings you to l  …see more

from £522 / night

£2435 - £3783 / week

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from £522 / night

4

Cotes-d'Armor / Saint-Brieuc

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 300 km

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from £105 / night

£731 / week

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from £105 / night

(1) Excellent 

22

Casa al Castello - Campello sul Clitunno castle sleeps 5

Province of Perugia / Campello sul Clitunno

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
An elegant home with room for 3-5 in a spectacular setting. Enjoy the wonderful art, culture and nature of Umbria from this beautiful home within the ancient stone walls of the castle of Campello Alto. The tower property opens onto the magnificent old walls and a contem  …see more

from £92 / night

£566 - £696 / week

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from £92 / night

(2) Very Good 

24

Elegant apartment within the walls of a National M - Porto Ercole castle sleeps 4

Province of Grosseto / Porto Ercole

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
This is a rare opportunity to stay in an elegant apartment within the walls of a pristine Tuscan National Heritage monument. La Rocca Spagnola, 1557, was built during the Spanish occupation of Tuscany and sits magnificently over the picturesque Marina of Porto Ercole. L  …see more

from £96 / night

£566 - £809 / week

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from £96 / night

(4) Excellent 

24

Palazzo Scagliae - Gubbio - Pisciano castle sleeps 8

Gubbio / Pisciano

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 85 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
You will have SOLE/PRIVATE use of the entire Palazzo and its grounds. No sharing with other guests!Palazzo Scagliae is a XIII Century listed Castle situated at the summit of a beautiful and peaceful 12 acre private estate in the locality of Pisciano, Gubbio. Surrounded  …see more

from £160 / night

£1118 - £1253 / week

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from £160 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Marquis Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 5

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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17

Sant Feliu de la Garriga - Viladamat castle sleeps 6

Province of Girona / Viladamat

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
This is a Castel builded between the XVI and XVII centuries. At that time it was a fortification of the Empuries Compter, later on it became a farmland and currently is owned by a Catalan family.The place is sorrounded by the beautiful area of Alt Empurdà. From the Cas  …see more

from £100 / night

£696 - £870 / week

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from £100 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Marquess Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 6

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £192 / night

£1200 / week

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from £192 / night

(18) Excellent 

15

Bansha Castle - Bansha castle sleeps 18

County Tipperary / Bansha

7 18 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. Once owned by General Sir William Butler, the Butlers of Ormond crest is still evident on  …see more

from £718 / night

£3044 / week

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from £718 / night

(2) Good 

13

Castello di Gabiano - Gabiano castle sleeps 16

Province of Alessandria / Gabiano

8 16 1 night min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
You are very welcome to come and stay at our house, a charming hunding lodge located in the grounds of the 1000 years-old castle, built with the traditional Middle Age style of the area. Unmissable chance for travelers who want to experience how it feels like to live in  …see more

from £364 / night

£2545 / week

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from £364 / night

(7) Very Good 

28

Province of Syracuse / Portopalo di Capo Passero

11 45 1 night min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 45
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £174 / night

£1218 / week

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from £174 / night

17

Villa Val Lemme - The Artist Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 4

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

3 4 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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Villa Val Lemme - The Orba Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 6

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £192 / night

£1200 / week

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from £192 / night

16

Villa Val Lemme - The Lemme Suite - Gavi castle sleeps 4

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

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Villa Val Lemme - Entire castle - Gavi castle sleeps 30

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

12 30 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Villa Val Lemme Castle is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and forests. A truly serene rural setting nestled among vineyards and authentic Italian villages in the beautiful Piedmont region, just an hour from Milan and 40 minutes from Genoa. Villa Val Le  …see more

from £1140 / night

£6087 / week

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from £1140 / night

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24

Province of Siena / Poggibonsi

7 12 3 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £435 / night

£3044 / week

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from £435 / night

14

Chateau de la Vallee - East + West Wing + Cottage - Grandcourt castle sleeps 26

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

11 26 Min stay varies

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
Le Chateau de la Vallee is idyllically set in beautiful rolling countryside.next to the beautiful Forest of Eu and nestling on the edge of the pretty village of Grandcourt. It is divided into two halves each sleeping up to 10 (4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in each wing) w  …see more

from £371 / night

£1855 - £3755 / week

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from £371 / night

18

1626 Jacobean Fortified Manor - Lismore castle sleeps 13

County Waterford / Lismore

6 13 5 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • 5 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Glenbeg has been sensitively restored over a decade, preserving its historic value, whilst catering to the needs and comforts of family living. Glenbeg is situated on the maternal estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who visited frequently during his life and wrote some o  …see more

from £416 / night

£2770 / week

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from £416 / night

(2) Excellent 

39

Castello di Tassarolo - OS Castle - Tassarolo castle sleeps 5

Province of Alessandria / Tassarolo

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
Romantic appartment in the tower of Tassarolo Castle OS Castle, located in one of the four towers of the Castle of Tassarolo, is a special holiday home-from-home where you can enjoy the results of a thousand years of history and elegant living. Surrounded by meadows,  …see more

from £157 / night

£870 / week

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from £157 / night

24

Splendid private Provencal Mas - Arles-Moules castle sleeps 20

Arles / Arles-Moules

10 20 5 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
You benefit from hotel-standard services: household linen, bed linen, towels provided, welcome basket, cosmetic products, concierge service, cleaning service included. Right in the heart of Provence, at the end of a path lined with cypress trees, you'll find our Pr  …see more

from £1409 / night

£9861 - £12283 / week

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from £1409 / night

(1) Very Good 

10

Isere / Villeneuve-de-Marc

4 14 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £435 / night

£3044 - £4261 / week

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from £435 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Correze / Argentat

9 20 3 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £348 / night

£2435 - £3409 / week

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from £348 / night

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