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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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Venabu Hytter, Nørstebu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 3

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Nørstebu built 2000. 25m2. Accommodates 2-3 people. Cosy small cabins with combined living/sleeping area. Bunk bed with double (150cm) berth at bottom. Separate mini kitchen with two heating plates, coffee machine, fridge with small freezer compartment. TV, radio, WiFi  …see more

from £115 / night

£580 / week

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from £115 / night

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cave loft house - Ischia di Castro cave house sleeps 3

Province of Viterbo / Ischia di Castro

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 15 km; Child friendly ;
loft interamente ristrutturato con prodotti biologici, pubblicato su riviste specializzate, arredato in modo natural vintage, bellissimo panorama , zona archeologica, situato nel borgo medioevale di ischia di castro.dista 15 km dal mare di montalto di castro, 5 km dal l  …see more

from £86 / night

£342 / week

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from £86 / night

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Venabu Hytter, Kilebu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 2

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 2 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
At Venabu Hytter you have an excellent base for short and long trips by foot, ski, cycle or car. In the evenings you have a cosy cabin with a fireplace in a quiet car-free area. You also can enjoy offerings at the nearby Venabu Fjellhotell. (Horses, bicycle, guided tour  …see more

from £125 / night

£640 / week

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from £125 / night

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Calheta / Jardim do Mar

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Swimming pool;
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from £112 / night

£753 - £1227 / week

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from £112 / night

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Mobile home by the Kolpa River - Metlika caravan/mobile home sleeps 6

Lower Carniola Region / Metlika

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Child friendly ;
Mobile homes are sited in the most southern and smallest region in Slovenia – Bela krajina by the road running from Metlika to Crnomelj, just after the village of Gradac. It is pleasantly situated with a restaurant, children's playground and sports ground. Mobile  …see more

from £33 / night

£198 - £288 / week

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from £33 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Plav Municipality / Plav

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £38 / night

£240 - £946 / week

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from £38 / night

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Venabu Hytter, Heimbu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 3

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 3 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Heimbu built 2000. 25m2. Accommodates 2-3 people. Cosy small cabins with combined living/sleeping area. Bunk bed with double (150cm) berth at bottom. Separate mini kitchen with two heating plates, coffee machine, fridge with small freezer compartment. TV, radio, WiFi. H  …see more

from £110 / night

£580 / week

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from £110 / night

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Domaine des Aliberts - Martiel manor house sleeps 18

Aveyron / Martiel

8 18 7 nights min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car essential;
The origin of the Château dates back to the 16th c. . It was renovated once in the 19thc. and a second time in the 21st c.. It was the country mansion of Baron Alibert, the King's private doctor in the early 19thc.Located in South West France, in the region of Mid  …see more

from £379 / night

£2650 - £20599 / week

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from £379 / night

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CAN MAIET NOU - Escorca manor house sleeps 8

Majorca / Escorca

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.3 km; Child friendly ;
Beautiful 500 year old manor house restored, 300 m2 on four floors, built on a plot of 7200 m2 with olive trees and garden overlooking the valley. Sleeps 6 adults + 2 children.On the ground floor is the main entrance, kitchen with appliances, and a bathroom with bidet a  …see more

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Le Moulin de St Blaise - La Chartre-sur-le-Loir watermill sleeps 4

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ;
Looking for a base for the Le Mans Moto GP 2015? We have had a late cancellation so have availability! Le Moulin de St Blaise is just a 15 minute stroll from the local village where you can pick up your morning croissants or lunchtime baguette. The quaint town of La C  …see more

from £200 / night

£250 / week

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from £200 / night

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Province of Brindisi / Villa Castelli

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 30 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £62 / night

£428 - £599 / week

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from £62 / night

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Pajara (trullo) in Salento - Diso-Marittima trullo sleeps 2

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
For those who enjoy a wonderful holiday in the green of nature, among olive trees and all kinds of vegetation, this is the place! In the most beautiful countryside of Salento, where huge, fabulous beaches, a magnificent beach and a hot sun are the masters. . . Our featu  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Innis Chonnel Cabin with Hot Tub - Dalavich log cabin sleeps 5

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Innis Chonnel is a lovely cabin with luxury electric jacuzzi hot tub situated on a large balcony overlooking Loch Awe, there is also a decking area to the rear of the property with plenty of picnic tables and benches to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the a  …see more

from £69 / night

£399 - £799 / week

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from £69 / night

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Casa Blanca Rural Retreat - Tortosa caravan/mobile home sleeps 6

Terres de l'Ebre / Tortosa

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 12 km; Swimming pool;
Welcome to a real taste of Spain...Casa Blanca Rural Retreat is the perfect place for families to visit where the fishing fanatics can visit the Ebro and the sunbathers can stay by the pool. We have links with local fishing trips, and there are many places to fish in th  …see more

from £55 / night

£325 / week

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from £55 / night

(7) Excellent 

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La Couronne - La Tzoumaz ski chalet sleeps 12

Canton of Valais / La Tzoumaz

5 12 7 nights min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Chalet La Couronne is a modern, well equipped home from home with plenty of space for everyone to relax. Completed in 2008 the chalet has been fitted out to a high standard and provides all you might need for an enjoyable holiday. Ski in /Ski out convenience plus 300m  …see more

from £178 / night

£1240 - £8120 / week

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from £178 / night

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Chateau France Auvergne - Aurillac chateau sleeps 16

Cantal / Aurillac

5 16 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Ski;
Located in the heart of Auvergne and only 1 hour from Rodez Airport, this charming 12th Century Chateau is located in an exceptionally beautiful historic site. It is situated in a farmland estate just 4km from the town of Aurillac, the Capital of Auvergne, and convenien  …see more

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(118) Excellent 

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Chalet Lac de Vonnes (Close to village and lifts) - Chatel ski chalet sleeps 8

Abondance / Chatel

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Swimming pool; Ski; Child friendly ;
Chalet Lac de Vonnes is a spacious 4 bedroom chalet with all the home luxuries plus much more. Specialist in Ski and Mountain Bike holidays offering bespoke fully catered packages at our luxury chalet for Summer and Winter ski holidays. Our excellent reviews corroborate  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £745 / week

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from £64 / night

(2) Very Good 

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French mansion heart of France - Montboucher manor house sleeps 12

Bourganeuf / Montboucher

8 12 7 nights min stay

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
Holiday Cottage La Demeure du Bost in Creuse for 12 persons, opens its doors to you ...Located in the heart of Creuse in Limousin, La Demeure du Bost opens its doors to you for an unforgettable stay. The romantic charm of the mansion, as well as its pool and quietness,  …see more

from £269 / night

£1881 - £1966 / week

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from £269 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Chateau des Egrons - Dordogne - Duras chateau sleeps 11

Lot-et-Garonne / Duras

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Nearest beach 100 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
With a Private heated pool and tennis court, Chateau des Egrons is set in the Gironde Hills bodering the Dordogne, Gironde & Lot-et-Garonne in the heart of the vineyards of SW France. The Chateau is an elegant home that has lots of space and comfort . All linen is pro  …see more

from £400 / night

£2800 - £3900 / week

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from £400 / night

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Tiznit / Aglou-Plage

1 5 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £26 / night

£171 / week

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from £26 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Private Bush Camp - Amboseli - Amboseli Eco-system tented camp sleeps 8

Rift Valley Province / Amboseli Eco-system

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Pet friendly;
Located on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro this rustic bush camp enjoys fantastic views. 3 classic safari tents accommodate 6 people comfortably. A kitchen, outdoor fireplace and a comfortable lounge makes this the ideal base to discover the Amboseli area. Two caretaker  …see more

from £73 / night

£382 - £703 / week

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from £73 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Venabu Hytter, Malmbu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 6

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

2 6 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
At Venabu Hytter you have an excellent base for short and long trips by foot, ski, cycle or car. In the evenings you have a cosy cabin with a fireplace in a quiet car-free area. You also can enjoy offerings at the nearby Venabu Fjellhotell. (Horses, bicycle, guided tour  …see more

from £200 / night

£1000 / week

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from £200 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Dar Leila - Ancient Medina riad sleeps 10

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

5 10 3 nights min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Dar Leila is a fully restored 19th century riad, located at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina in Essaouira, Morocco. We purchased it 8 years ago and have loved every minute of the journey and sharing it with guests.The stylish, spacious and light-fill  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £1284 / week

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from £72 / night

(2) Excellent 

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La Cabane Du Pecheur - Flers log cabin sleeps 6

Orne / Flers

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 92 km; Child friendly ; Car advised;
Our log cabin and lake are located just on the outskirts of Flers at La Selle La Forge. And offer the perfect family holiday. In the well renowned Lower Normandy country side, very green very picturesque and very quiet. Although you will be in your own secluded accommod  …see more

from £62 / night

£400 / week

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from £62 / night

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Relaxing riverside B&B - La Chartre-sur-le-Loir watermill sleeps 10

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 10 km; Child friendly ;
Le Moulin de St Blaise is just a 15 minute stroll from the local village where you can drop into the local cafe/restaurant for a coffee on the pavement terrace or take a leisurely lunch. The quaint town of La Chartre sur le Loir is just a 5 minute drive away, with bars  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £450 / week

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from £70 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Pajare (Trulli) salentine - Diso-Marittima trullo sleeps 2

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
Immersed in the olive trees there is a stone building (Pajara) on the outskirts of the village (Maritime), about 10 minutes from the sea, in a quiet area surrounded. The area has easy access to all the comforts (local market, supermarkets and restaurants) .. An ideal ar  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / night

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Condom / Larressingle

3 8 2 nights min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Child friendly ; Car essential; Ask about pets;
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from £1283 / night

£3248 / week

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from £1283 / night

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Venabu Hytter, Lyngbu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 4

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 4 2 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
At Venabu Hytter you have an excellent base for short and long trips by foot, ski, cycle or car. In the evenings you have a cosy cabin with a fireplace in a quiet car-free area. You also can enjoy offerings at the nearby Venabu Fjellhotell. (Horses, bicycle, guided tour  …see more

from £140 / night

£700 / week

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(2) Very Good 

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Province of Catania / Milo

1 2 3 nights min stay

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 8 km; Ask owner if suitable for children;
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from £18 / night

£112 / week

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from £18 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Le Mouillage, Maison de Maitre - Ruffec manor house sleeps 12

Charente / Ruffec

5 12 1 night min stay

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Child friendly ;
Set in its own secure grounds close to the river, this beautiful country house offers peace of mind and seclusion to families with small children or for up to five couples that want a luxurious home from home appeal. The nearest bar/restaurant is just a 5 minute walk a  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £815 / week

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from £100 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Duras / Saint-Jean-de-Duras

6 4 2 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 120 km; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
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from £73 / night

£428 - £667 / week

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from £73 / night

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Trullo Giardino - Cisternino trullo sleeps 4

Province of Brindisi / Cisternino

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Child friendly ;
The Bed & Breakfast holiday home Trullo Giardino is located in the heart of Itria Valley, in Cisternino. It can accommodate a maximum of 4 people in complete autonomy, plus the possibility to arrange one baby bed.Trullo Giardino is composed by two double rooms, one  …see more

from £86 / night

£599 - £1069 / week

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from £86 / night

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State of Bahia / Pojuca

3 6 1 night min stay

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0 km; Swimming pool;
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from £86 / night

£599 / week

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from £86 / night

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Tipiche Pajare(trulli) Salento - Diso-Marittima trullo sleeps 4

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

2 4 1 night min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 1 km; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
For those who enjoy a wonderful holiday in the green of nature, among olive trees and all kinds of vegetation, this is the place! In the most beautiful countryside of Salento, where huge, fabulous beaches, a magnificent beach and a hot sun are the masters..A 1 kilometer  …see more

from £76 / night

£755 / week

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from £76 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Gironde / Cerons

2 4 7 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
Key info: Swimming pool; Child friendly ; Car advised;
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from £59 / night

£413 - £718 / week

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from £59 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

2 4 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Nearest beach 190 km; Child friendly ; Car essential;
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from £67 / night

£265 - £295 / week

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from £67 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / Saint-Nicolas-de-Veroce

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Ski; Ask owner if suitable for children;
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from £39 / night

£184 - £231 / week

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from £39 / night

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Viana do Castelo District / Lanhezes

6 14 3 nights min stay

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 3 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 16 km; Swimming pool;
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from £253 / night

£1582 / week

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Venabu Hytter, Kvistbu - Venabygd log cabin sleeps 10

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

4 10 2 nights min stay

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Ski; Child friendly ; Car not necessary;
At Venabu Hytter you have an excellent base for short and long trips by foot, ski, cycle or car. In the evenings you have a cosy cabin with a fireplace in a quiet car-free area. You also can enjoy offerings at the nearby Venabu Fjellhotell. (Horses, bicycle, guided tour  …see more

from £245 / night

£1240 / week

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from £245 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Dordogne / Paleyrac

2 5 2 nights min stay

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay
Key info: Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Swimming pool;
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from £43 / night

£189 - £214 / week

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from £43 / night

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