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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.



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(5) Excellent 

14

Wagrain ski chalet rental

Wagrain / Kirchboden

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Excellent Choice” This is our second visit to this wonderful detached chalet. It is a good choice of accommodation for either a winter ski holiday or a summer holiday as we have done both and will definitely be booking again. The chalet itself is extr  …see more

from £61 / night

£388 - £1380 / week

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from £61 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Valle d'Aosta / Gressoney-la-Trinité

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £174 / night

£1218 / week

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from £174 / night

(21) Excellent 

29

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

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Kvistbu is a lovely logged cabin which can be rented for couples, friends and families. Underfloor heating and tiled bathroom are standard as well as a good equipped kitchen. Dishwasher, Sauna, TV. Firewood is included. Car free area.<br />Staying in the middle o  …see more

from £186 / night

£930 - £1475 / week

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from £186 / night

(6) Very Good 

14

Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

4 12 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Ski La Source : FOR PEACE OF MIND ALL HOLIDAYS CAN BE PAID FOR BY CREDIT CARD IN EUROS Chalet En-Piste is ski-in/ski-out detached, stone and timber Chalet. Ideal for families and young mixed adult groups. It is perfectly positioned on by the piste just above the mo  …see more

from £125 / night

£865 - £2900 / week

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from £125 / night

(10) 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 £148 / night

£1035 - £7670 / week

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from £148 / night

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Macot-la-Plagne ski chalet rental

Aime / Macot-la-Plagne

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
A great on piste chalet apartment with 2 bedrooms. Spacious and with most of the things you would want in a chalet holiday  …see more

from £72 / night

£499 - £1299 / week

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from £72 / night

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Savoie / Champagny-en-Vanoise

6 13 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning

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from £580 / night

£2387 - £3772 / week

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from £580 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Free bed linen on all 7 night bookings up to 6 people Free private parking Free gas and electric No dogs allowed unless by prior agreement  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £735 / week

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from £60 / night

(1) Very Good 

9

Boathouse rental in Kumarakom

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
Houseboat with TWO A/C bedrooms with en suite toilet .All our prices are on Full Meals Plan.Experience the lake village life by cruising through narrow canals .  …see more

from £122 / night

£853 / week

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from £122 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Les Contamines-Montjoie ski chalet rental

Haute-Savoie / Les Contamines-Montjoie

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Ideal location, superb food with warm hospitality” As we can only travel during half term, my wife being a teacher, we normally go to the highest snow sure resorts, preferably ski out ski in. However when booking the cost of catered chalets was so exp  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Average 

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Laax ski chalet rental

Canton of Graubunden / Laax

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Laax Treetops is the place to stay; sophisticated enough for discerning skiers, welcoming to beginners, radical enough for snowboarders, lively enough for night owls, peaceful enough for those seeking serenity, perfect for winter skiing, summer hiking and biking.  …see more

from £112 / night

£783 - £1957 / week

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from £112 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday converted chapel in Barmouth

Gwynedd / Barmouth

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
'Ebenezer' Formerly the main part of the chapel vestry, this quirky spacious first floor 2 bedroom apartment features a contemporary living area with a spectacular extra high ceiling & large mezzanine, creating a wonderful light-filled space. The lovely  …see more

from £63 / night

£350 - £599 / week

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from £63 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday beach hut rental

Province of Trapani / San Vito lo Capo

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house, perfect location” The house is nice - big and clean. Not perfect for small children with a lot of stairs but we managed to keep 3 kids alive so it's not that big of an issue. Definitely the best part is location - one entrance is from the  …see more

from £112 / night

£783 - £2609 / week

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from £112 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday converted chapel in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Excellent!!” Very enjoyable long weekend break at 'The Retreat'. The converted chapel had everything we needed and the underfloor heating kept us nice & warm. The views were amazing and the hill-walking was just what we needed to get some fresh air. T  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 / week

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from £75 / night

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Holiday yurt with golf nearby in Tiddington

Stratford-upon-Avon / Tiddington

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Luxury Camping Snug, located near the river with lovelly viewsStunning new Bar, Restaurant & Childrens Play GroundEntertainment most weekendsStratford upon Avon (One Mile)ParkingNo SmokingWalking distance of Tiddington Village & Bus StopPets Welcome (Max 2)  …see more

from £30 / night

£200 - £300 / week

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from £30 / night

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Abondance / Chatel

4 9 Min stay varies

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

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from £35 / night

£609 - £2174 / week

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from £35 / night

(3) Very Good 

14

Holiday caravan/mobile home in Skegness

Lincolnshire / Skegness

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
“Good value for money” Our first family caravan trip, a great caravan and site with plenty on offer. We found the evening entertainment on site busy/crowded/limited seating unless you got there really early and our 3 children aged 6,10,14 years were no  …see more

from £70 / night

£400 - £540 / week

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from £70 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool, golf nearby in Filey

Scarborough District / Filey

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This Caravan is personally cleaned by myself, not Haven. Sat - Sat & Mon - Fri Bookings Only (with the exception being Easter) If you require a Mon - Fri Booking then contact me for rates. This is a Brand New Willerby Salsa Eco 35ft x 12ft Caravan, sited on a wel  …see more

from £45 / night

£315 / week

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from £45 / night

22

Les Arcs ski chalet rental

Bourg Saint Maurice / Les Arcs

10 25 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 25
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
Large ensuite eco-friendly ski chalet, ideal for big groups, in a quaint alpine village at the heart of snowsure Paradiski (La Plagne + Les Arcs). Available catered or self-catered, flexible start date & length of stay. Relaxed, stylish surroundings include 9 ensuit  …see more

from £75 / night

£395 - £11500 / week

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from £75 / night

15

Ski log cabin to rent in Venabygd

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Venabu Hytter is situated close to Venabu Fjellhotell. The unique location allows you to combine a self-catering cabin with the option of meals in the hotel. Car-free area. Short distance to well stocked supermarket, café & church.<br />Staying in the m  …see more

from £110 / night

£580 / week

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from £110 / night

(3) Very Good 

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State of Mato Grosso / Poconé

2 8 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary

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from £90 / night

£627 / week

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from £90 / night

13

State of Santa Catarina / Sao Francisco do Sul

3 10 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £165 / night

£1191 / week

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from £165 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Norrbotten County / Kvikkjokk

6 7 3 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Ski

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from £131 / night

£783 / week

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from £131 / night

(2) Excellent 

22

Holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Gwynedd / Tywyn

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
Lounge holidays are very pleased to be offering this well really presented, spacious 3 bed caravan enjoying a quite position on this popular site. This holiday caravan is just a 1 minute stroll to a sweeping safe & sandy beach, where you can watch spectacular sunse  …see more

from £49 / night

£199 - £499 / week

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from £49 / night

(2) Excellent 

14

Boathouse rental in Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe / Moorehall

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
The chalet at Moorehall was built in 1964 as a holiday retreat by the current owner's grandfather. It sits on the edge of Lough Carra in South Mayo and is surrounded by forest.  …see more

from £57 / night

£345 / week

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from £57 / night

12

Upton upon Severn holiday shepherds hut rental

Malvern Hills / Upton upon Severn

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Car not necessary
With such a chores romantic break for two ,if some like camping and some do not you can incorporate the two by using the shepherds hut with the facilities which includes the barbeque and seating and open space .you can bring your dog<br />As the weather gets colde  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Chamonix Town Centre ski chalet rental

Chamonix / Chamonix Town Centre

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet PrimeroseThis lovely character chalet is only minutes walk from center of Chamonix and set in private grounds with ample parking. Sleeping up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms it is ideal for families or large groups of friends on winter ski or alpine summer holidays.  …see more

from £289 / night

£1445 - £3296 / week

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from £289 / night

(31) Excellent 

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Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Our best Ski Holioday yet” In our 20 years skiing this was the best chalet we have been to. It was warm and welcoming. The rooms were all a good size, and comfortably furninshed, with good bathroom facilites.The lounge area could seat most of us in o  …see more

from £49 / night

£339 - £9500 / week

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from £49 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Another great stay in Vallandry!” It was our second stay in Vallandry with PVR - and it was again an excellent vacation! The house is in a great condition and perfectly equipped. Even though it is not "ski in/ski out": the walking distance to the slop  …see more

from £86 / night

£600 - £2392 / week

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from £86 / night

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Ski log cabin to rent in Venabygd

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Kilebu is a lovely logged cabin which can be rented for singles or couples. Underfloor heating and tiled bathroom as well as a good equipped kitchen. TV, DVD. Firewood is included. Car free area.<br />Staying in the middle of Norway's best hiking and skiing  …see more

from £125 / night

£640 / week

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from £125 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Wengen

Jungfrau Region / Wengen

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Heaven on earth - did not want to leave!” A BEAUTIFUL, luxurious and SUPERBLY CLEAN apartment within one of the most breath taking places in the world! There is no traffic except for the taxi that is easy to find once you get there and the skiers of c  …see more

from £260 / night

£1823 - £2662 / week

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from £260 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Cockburnspath

Cockburnspath / Cove Village

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Cosy cottage by the sea” Nice place, even in the freezing winter weekend. The only faults - Not enough seats to sit round the fire comfortably for four people - and the double bed were a little uncomfortable. Apart from that perfect as a perfect thi  …see more

from £125 / night

£700 / week

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from £125 / night

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Ski log cabin to rent in Venabygd

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 3 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Venabu Hytter is situated close to Venabu Fjellhotell. The unique location allows you to combine a self-catering cabin with the option of meals in the hotel. Car-free area. Short distance to well stocked supermarket, café & church.  …see more

from £115 / night

£580 / week

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from £115 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Beautiful views, perfect location.” The chalet is perfectly located close to the ski lift and amenities and the views across the valley from the chalet are beautiful. The kitchen is well equipped with all the essentials and the owner has recently inst  …see more

from £106 / night

£740 - £2104 / week

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from £106 / night

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Lyngbu is a lovely logged cabin which can be rented for single, couples, friends and families. Underfloor heating and tiled bathroom are standard as well as a mini kitchen. Dishwasher, Sauna, TV. Firewood is included. Car free area.<br />Staying in the middle of  …see more

from £140 / night

£700 / week

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from £140 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Conceicao de Tavira with swimming pool, golf nearby

Tavira / Conceicao de Tavira

1 3 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
EASTERN ALGARVE GOLFERS PARADISE WALKERS . SUN WORSHIPPERS Our 29ft long american travel trailer with super slide out. with air con. lounge with couch .(sleeps i) has concertine music centre has limited sky tv .glass table seats 4 . kitche  …see more

from £25 / night

£275 / week

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from £25 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“lovely chalet next to the slopes” We stayed in this chalet in January 2015. The chalet is as described in the PVR website. It is very comfortable and ideal if you like a lounge/dining table to sit around exchanging stories after a day on the slopes. T  …see more

from £261 / night

£1822 - £4279 / week

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from £261 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect vacation. As usual.” We go to Peisey-Vallandry with kids and friends every year from 2006. I think this is the best rate I can give. Nice, cozy chalets. Perfect location. Good service (thanks, Hana and your team). But if one wants to have a ch  …see more

from £286 / night

£1996 - £4344 / week

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from £286 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house rental

Charente / Mansle

4 8 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
“Great place for a lovely holiday.” Hi, we stayed at the Maison and Apartment in August 2013. Both properties were fantastic and the outside pool, gardens and riverside were beautiful. The property is based in a lovely little town with supermarket and  …see more

from £240 / night

£1680 / week

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from £240 / night