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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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(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 £162 / night

£551 / week

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from £162 / night

(14) Excellent 

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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 rent all  …see more

from £102 / night

£641 - £1353 / week

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from £102 / night

24

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 £282 / night

£1113 - £3676 / week

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from £282 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

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.Staying i  …see more

from £200 / night

£1000 / week

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from £200 / night

16

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

(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 £252 / night

£1766 - £2579 / week

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from £252 / night

(1) Excellent 

17

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 £306 / night

£1530 - £3626 / week

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from £306 / night

20

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 wi  …see more

from £363 / night

£2539 - £7700 / week

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from £363 / night

(2) Excellent 

25

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

9

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

15

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.Stay  …see more

from £145 / night

£730 / week

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from £145 / night

(120) Excellent 

19

Ski chalet in Chatel

Abondance / Chatel

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Really great catered chalet for family mountain bike trips!” We spent a week at Chalet Lac de Vonnes in August to do some mountain biking as a family in Chatel. The chalet is well located, with fantastic views of the mountains, safe bike storage and a  …see more

from £64 / night

£445 - £745 / week

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from £64 / night

(1) Average 

14

Montana / Polson

2 8 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £197 / night

£1099 / week

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from £197 / 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

(8) Excellent 

23

Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Roanne

Roanne / La Pacaudiere

10 20 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Bienvenue at Chateau Les Bardons!Authenticity, history, warmth, romance, good wine, delicious dinners, good conversations around the fireplace. You want to enjoy a wonderful holiday, together with your friends or your family? For a week or more or maybe for a lo  …see more

from £343 / night

£2395 - £4280 / week

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from £343 / night

(29) Excellent 

24

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

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.Staying in the middle of Norways be  …see more

from £110 / night

£580 / week

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from £110 / night

(18) Excellent 

39

Aviemore ski manor house to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Aviemore

10 17 3 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 3 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Warm, wonderful with loads of character” We booked Inshriach house for the Easter weekend as we were a group of 13 travelling for the long holiday to visit a few distilleries in the highlands. The experience was out of a storybook. Inshriach is tucked  …see more

from £600 / night

£4200 / week

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from £600 / night

33

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

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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

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 ensuite be  …see more

from £600 / night

£1800 - £14665 / week

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from £600 / night

(3) Excellent 

9

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 £65 / night

£450 - £695 / week

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from £65 / night

(2) Very Good 

13

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

20

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

11

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

(24) Excellent 

14

Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Luxury catered chalet in the heart of the Paradiski / ski-in/ski-out (ski from front door!) / hot tub / stunning views of Mont Blanc / fully en suite, all with bath & shower / gourmet dining by professional chef / 425kms+ skiingManaged by Alpine365, we will also arr  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 - £9298 / week

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from £170 / night

(1) Excellent 

15

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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(4) Very Good 

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Holiday converted chapel in Snowdonia/Gwynedd

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 arched sash wi  …see more

from £63 / night

£350 - £599 / week

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from £63 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house in Bialogard

Western Pomerania Province / Bialogard

7 14 1 night min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Child friendly
The house was rebuilt in 2009; the objective was to create a luxurious family residence of 1000m2. Nawino is a protcted heritage site. There are five double rooms with big and nice bathrooms and one suite with two rooms and big bathroom. We have three well trained and  …see more

from £195 / night

£759 / week

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from £195 / 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 £278 / night

£1945 - £4234 / week

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from £278 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Northern England with shared pool, golf nearby

Filey / Primrose Valley

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • 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 £96 / night

£675 / week

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from £96 / night

(1) Excellent 

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New York / Warrensburg

4 8 4 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

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from £256 / night

£1536 / week

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from £256 / night

18

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 needPossibili  …see more

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(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 - £8556 / week

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from £500 / night

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Province of Nuoro / Santa Lucia

10 50 3 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £26 / night

£178 / week

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from £26 / 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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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 £106 / night

£594 - £1094 / week

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from £106 / night

(2) Excellent 

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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 sunsets a  …see more

from £49 / night

£199 - £499 / week

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from £49 / 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 £112 / night

£445 - £1153 / week

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from £112 / night

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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 £1399 / night

£9790 - £21890 / week

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from £1399 / night