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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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Pournami Houseboats - Alappuzha houseboat sleeps 12

Kerala / Alappuzha

4 12 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
Pournami houseboats has been operating houseboat cruise since 2007 in Alleppey and Kumarakom. We are rated as one of the best houseboat operators in Alleppey. We focus on quality of service provided to our guest. Our new 4 bedroom houseboat is a full featured luxury hou  …see more

from £235 / night

£1385 / week

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from £235 / night

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Swallow Tail - Holsworthy houseboat sleeps 4

Devon / Holsworthy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Swallow Tail offers a unique opportunity to stay aboard a traditional canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. She is custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for 4 people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own shower/wc, the doubl  …see more

from £100 / night

£450 - £565 / week

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from £100 / night

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Cruisebarge 'easyvie' on the Canals in SW France. - Montauban houseboat sleeps 8

Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
Cruisebarge 'easyvie' cruises the canals and rivers of South West France between the historic city of Montauban and the charming town of Moissac. Enjoy a unique cruise experience aboard 'easyvie' as she slowly makes her way between the towns and villages enroute stayin  …see more

from £1491 / night

£10435 / week

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Painted Lady - Holsworthy houseboat sleeps 4

Devon / Holsworthy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Devon Houseboats offer a unique opportunity to stay aboard a wide beam canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. The barges are custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for four people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own en suite s  …see more

from £100 / night

£475 - £500 / week

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from £100 / night

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12

Brandenburg / Lindow

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £139 / night

£872 - £1243 / week

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from £139 / night

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Connie - Damazan houseboat sleeps 4

Lot-et-Garonne / Damazan

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Beautifully restored Dutch Barge with 2 double cabins, shower room with loo and basin.Open plan galley, dining area and saloon.Wheelhouse with dinette.Galley has double sink, 2 fridges, microwave, 4 burner hob, oven, kettle etc.There is a private garden with summer kitc  …see more

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