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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Accommodation: Family friendly, modern yet cosy chalet. 5 twin/double rooms. 3 Bathrooms (2 with Baths) Spacious lounge area with 3 sofa's, log fire, Dutch Satellite (many programs are in English with Dutch subtitles), DVD player and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Th  …see more

from £259 / night

£1807 - £5595 / week

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from £259 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Primrose Valley with shared pool, golf nearby

Filey / Primrose Valley

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
ABI Westwood, 2010 model, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Fully double glazed and centrally heated. Bigger than average secluded lounge, with French doors to the front end of the home leading to a wide veranda with sea views. Close to all amenities.  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £650 / week

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from £60 / 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

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Perfect, the chalet had everything that we needed / wanted” We were an extended family of 3 sixty year olds, 4 young adults and 2 children (6&8). One of very few chalets in Vallandry that genuinely had ski in and out this late in the season. We miss  …see more

from £228 / night

£1595 - £5341 / week

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from £228 / night

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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

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in Paignton

English Riviera / Paignton

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“First class accommodation in a great location” The accommodation was perfect - modern, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. There were even welcome drinks laid out for our arrival. Jenny and Rob were a delight to deal with. They couldn't ha  …see more

from £68 / night

£475 - £695 / week

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from £68 / night

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A very happy new year” Our group of 10 friends stayed at La Couronne over the new year 2013 for one weeks self-catering skiing holiday! The location for skiers of all abilities was excellent and the snow great! The chalet was in a good location (short  …see more

from £111 / night

£772 - £4182 / week

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from £111 / night

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 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. The cabins are built in 8 inch logs and have turf roofs. Underfloor heating and tiled bathroom are standard.<  …see more

from £145 / night

£730 / week

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from £145 / night

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Venabygd ski log cabin to rent.

Ringebu Municipality / Venabygd

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Malmbu is a lovely logged cabin which can be rented for couples, friends and families. Underfloor heating and tiled bathroom are standard. A corner in the living room has a with well equipped kitchen. Dishwasher, Sauna, TV. Firewood is included. Car free area.<br /&  …see more

from £200 / night

£1000 / week

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from £200 / 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

(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

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Just Wonderful” This was a fabulous chalet with views to take your breath away. PVR could not have been more helpful and really went out of their way to make our stay perfect. We arrived at 6.30 am and PVR were on hand to take our luggage up to th  …see more

from £207 / night

£1444 - £4785 / week

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from £207 / night

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Otranto holiday trullo rental

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Feature built in stone in a land of ancient traditions, sea and sun ... Surrounded by olive trees and a few minutes from the sea .. Ideal for nature lovers and for those who want to spend their holidays relaxing  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / night

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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 £283 / night

£1979 - £4307 / week

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from £283 / night

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Grand Massif / Les Carroz-d'Araches

2 4 Min stay varies

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

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from £113 / night

£647 - £1087 / week

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from £113 / night

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Le Bleuet sleeps 8-10 and has a second living room/games room in the basement, including a full size ping-pong table and a private garage. Le Bleuet is situated next to the Chalets de Vallandry Park  …see more

from £140 / night

£980 - £2906 / week

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from £140 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing stay with amazing host” We arrived as a group of 10 people - friends and family. Sarah and the rest of the guys at the reception were very helpful, and offered many tips for moving around. Sarah also helped us with booking a restaurant for our  …see more

from £228 / night

£1595 - £5341 / week

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from £228 / night

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Holiday beach hut in Gwaldam

Uttarakhand / Gwaldam

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Ganga Meditation Haridwar India Trekking Rafting Travel Tour adventure risikesh rock climbing camping  …see more

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Holiday castle rental

Ardennes / Haybes

5 15 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
5 large rooms with private bath each and toilets, the small castle is situated along the river where bikes pass (85 KMS). We also have a restaurant just near to Le Clos Belle Rose,private parties catered for. We speak English. We can use the kitchen if you need<br /&  …see more

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Tented camp rental in Shkoder

Shkoder / Lake Shkodra Resort

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Lake Shkodra Resort is directly on the beautiful Lake Shkodra, surrounded by mountains, in a rural location, yet close to the city centre. On-site facilities; Beach bar & restaurant, free sunbeds & umbrellas, free wi-fi, shop, reception, sports area, swimming &a  …see more

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(2) Very Good 

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Otranto holiday trullo rental

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Construction typical Salento "Pajare" in a charming rural area surrounded by olive trees just minutes from the sea ... Ideal for those who want to spend a pleasant and relaxing holiday surrounded by beautiful nature ..  …see more

from £100 / night

£750 / week

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from £100 / night

24

Ski chalet in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

Savoie / Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Merlo is a luxurious 6 bedroom catered retreat offering guests access to some of the best skiing the Alps have to offer. With five world-class ski resorts within easy reach, the chalet is the perfect destination for a party of up to 12 guests. Complete with hot t  …see more

from £1190 / night

£8325 - £21890 / week

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from £1190 / night

(14) Excellent 

26

Holiday riad in Ancient Medina

Essaouira / Ancient Medina

4 12 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
DAR BÔ is a typical Moroccan Riad situated byside a small and quiet square in the heart of the Medina of Essaouira. This charming house to rent in exclusivity is close to restaurants and markets. It is suitable for couples, families and groups. The house is to ren  …see more

from £104 / night

£652 - £1376 / week

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from £104 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday cave house in Urgup

Cappadocia / Urgup

1 3 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
Ortahisar is very nice and peacfull in hard of Cappadocia  …see more

from £35 / night

£216 / week

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from £35 / night

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Peisey-Vallandry / Vallandry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Number 4 sleeps 8 people and is situated in the car free Chalets de Bellecote park, nestled between 2 blue pistes and you can ski to the door! The chalet offers spectacular views across the valley towards Mont Blanc and down the Isere Valley.  …see more

from £185 / night

£1289 - £4095 / week

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from £185 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Kas holiday yacht rental

Kas / Kas center

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
All inclusive Crewed sailing yacht rental in Kas. Mediterranean Turkey Sailing Holidays set to your course, your destinations, your schedule. Special Mediterranean Turkey sailing holidays by Evita Yachting. Host your own Mediterranean Turkey sailing holiday in Kas - Kek  …see more

from £300 / night

£2000 - £3500 / week

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from £300 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday cave house with shared pool in Baza

Province of Granada / Baza

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
The kitchen is fully furnished with electric cooker, oven, fridge with freezer, dish machine, micro wave, washing machine. There is tv and Wifi. The terrace has part of garden and panoramic view on Natural park and landscape. South orientation and beautiful sunset.<  …see more

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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

(3) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Very comfortable chalet right next to the slopes” Two families enjoyed our stay in chalet Doggenstein. The chalet has a very homely feel with good living spaces, nice bathrooms and very comfortable beds. The chalet also scores highly on our Helpful  …see more

from £185 / night

£1289 - £4095 / week

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from £185 / night

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 16 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Marie-Galante is a traditional Savoyard chalet, sleeps 14-16 people. You can ski directly to the door, there is a sauna and wellness area and log fire. The huge terrace makes the most of the stunning views down the Isere Valley. A traditionally decorated chalet w  …see more

from £369 / night

£2582 - £6466 / week

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from £369 / night

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Peisey-Vallandry / Vallandry

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Ambience sleeps 10-12 and is located directly on the piste!! There are 4 bedrooms, a mezzanine and a large open plan living and dining area with huge balcony leading off.  …see more

from £216 / night

£1509 - £5095 / week

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from £216 / night

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Otranto holiday trullo rental

Otranto / Diso-Marittima

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Our pajaras are ideal for families with children who have available space to run and great fun for couples wishing to spend a romantic holiday or for the elderly who want to spend a relaxing holiday immersed in nature, breathing fresh air!  …see more

from £76 / night

£755 / week

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from £76 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

9 18 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Accommodation: Spacious yet cosy chalet, ideal for families or groups of friends. 9 Bedrooms, 2 with en-suite 6 Bathrooms 6 person sauna Spacious lounge area with 3 large sofa's, log fire, Dutch Satellite (many of the programs are in English with Dutch subtitles)  …see more

from £413 / night

£2888 - £7242 / week

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from £413 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Les Houches

Haute-Savoie / Les Houches

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
This beautiful mountain lodge is located close to the ski lifts at Prarion and the ski pistes of Les Houches (Chamonix Valley)..... and in the summer, the stunning Mountain bike and hiking trails. The chalet has excellent facilities which include a sauna and exterior h  …see more

from £500 / night

£1800 - £7056 / week

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from £500 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Montagny

Savoie / Montagny

6 16 3 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Beautiful, cosy chalet with incredible views” I stayed in Chez Helene with family on a skiing holiday and can not recommend it highly enough! The chalet is warm and inviting and was well equipped with everything that we needed. Our host David was so  …see more

from £240 / night

£1200 - £3280 / week

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from £240 / night

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Ski chalet in Borovets

Borovets / Madjare

5 15 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
ski snowboard chalet near Borovets ski center and at the foot of the mountain and National park.  …see more

from £200 / night

£1190 / week

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from £200 / night

(28) Excellent 

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Llangattock holiday narrowboat rental

Crickhowell / Llangattock

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
For a relaxing holiday, cruise the most picturesque canal in the UK, on one of our 17 luxury narrowboats. The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales is not joined to the rest of the UK's canal network so it remains uncrowded eve  …see more

from £213 / night

£1489 - £2330 / week

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from £213 / night

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State of Bahia / Chapada Diamantina National Park

4 20 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary

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from £285 / night

£1992 / week

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from £285 / night

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Savoie / Champagny-en-Vanoise

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning

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from £182 / night

£743 - £1173 / week

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from £182 / night

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Holiday tented camp in Taliwang

Sumbawa / Taliwang

4 16 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Our roaming campsites are featured in the most beautiful and secretive locations in Indonesia. Mile long beaches that feel private, beaches with breaks only ever surfed by the odd professional who knows of its whereabouts, untouched waterfalls and lagoons, the list goes  …see more

from £15 / night

£105 / week

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from £15 / night