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Unusual rural retreats (938)

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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938 Holiday homes

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Province of Ragusa / Ispica

1 3 6 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £30 / night

£208 / week

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from £30 / 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 £250 / night

£1752 - £2559 / week

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from £250 / 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 wi  …see more

from £360 / night

£2517 - £7635 / week

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from £360 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday tented camp rental

Limpopo Province / Hoedspruit

15 30 1 night min

  • 15 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The only camp directly located on a Kruger Park main gate (Orpen). Direct access to big 5 game viewing. One can go on a self drive or we provide the guide and the open game viewer. The camp is a Mnisi Community operation and friendly staff look forward to welcome you!Th  …see more

from £34 / night

£238 / week

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from £34 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Colombieres-sur-Orb holiday chateau rental

Herault / Colombieres-sur-Orb

14 36 2 nights min

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 36
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Dans nos gtes, tout est fourni, le moindre dtail est soign...normalement, vous ne serez pas dus...  …see more

from £763 / night

£3687 / week

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from £763 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday castle with swimming pool in Pomarance

Pomarance / Rogheta

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
“Very nice house” Nice house, incredible wiews. The gravel road to the house was a bit bumpy and took a while...If you like a pieceful place and dont mind it take a while to get to the civilization you will be very satisfied with this place.  …see more

from £509 / night

£2373 - £3687 / week

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from £509 / night

19

Holiday chateau rental

Vendee / Pouzauges

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The historical Chateau de la Flacelliere is located in the Western Loire. Guest can stay in the stunning Keep building next to the main chateau. It is surrounded by extensive grounds of the estate house, a swimming pool and superb manicured gardens.  …see more

from £329 / night

£1370 - £1826 / week

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from £329 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Montana / Condon

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

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from £92 / night

£548 / week

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from £92 / night

11

Holiday yurt in Alyth

Perth and Kinross / Alyth

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Child friendly
We have now installed two beautiful yurts in the open wooded area behind the castle and they are available to let by the night, mini break or week. Our yurts were made in Mongolia, but adapted to suit the British climate. Special deals are available for lager parties  …see more

from £60 / night

£315 / week

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from £60 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday yurt in Dolanog

Powys / Dolanog

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 66 km
Each of our two bespoke yurts has a beautiful hand made king-size bed with sumptuous bedding, candles, and a romantic and cosy log-burner to keep things toastie; a home-from-home, complete with the opulence one expects from a romantic break. Yurty weekend? Champagne, f  …see more

from £110 / night

£690 - £742 / week

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from £110 / night

(2) Average 

11

Holiday log cabin in New Abbey

Dumfries and Galloway / New Abbey

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Child friendly
There are many places to stay in Galloway but not many holiday chalets can boast that they are right on the sea shore. Our Lodge has spectacular views over the Solway Firth to the hills beyond and across fields to Galloway's most beautiful mountain, Criffel.  …see more

from £125 / night

£500 / week

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from £125 / 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

(2) Excellent 

19

Holiday watermill in Reillanne

Luberon / Reillanne

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Meublé de tourisme **** Accréditation ; N° 3-0758. Sur www.cofrac.fr Code du Tourisme Article L.324-1  …see more

from £73 / night

£505 - £925 / week

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from £73 / night

(1) Excellent 

16

Holiday manor house in Aquitaine/Dordogne

Riberac / Chanterac

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A magnificent "Maison de Maitre" within a large closed courtyard, with a studio , barns, stables, beautiful gardens and heated swimming pool. There is an abundance of bedrooms and bathrooms,an ideal location to enjoy life in the heart of the Dordogne  …see more

from £300 / night

£2100 / week

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from £300 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Isle of Harris holiday log cabin rental

Lewis and Harris / Isle of Harris

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
“Great self-catering house; stunning views in a stunning place” Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Luskentyre and staying in the Old School, which is small and cosy, but has everything you need and was extremely comfortable for us. All good; thanks  …see more

from £79 / night

£550 / week

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from £79 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo rental

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“The most fantastic, relaxing and friendly place I have ever been.” This was a wonderful get away with the combination of peace and tranquility of the countryside and the closeness of the wonderful town of Martina Franca. The Trullo was fabulous, clean  …see more

from £194 / night

£1356 - £2246 / week

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from £194 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday watermill in Anghiari

Province of Arezzo / Anghiari

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Perfect!” Our family of four (two young children) stayed at the Mill for a week in August. We loved the place. The house is beautifully decorated - very tasteful and charming. Lovely bedrooms with really comfortable beds and nice bedlinen. Nice spaci  …see more

from £97 / night

£678 / week

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from £97 / night

(5) Excellent 

19

New South Wales / Bellingen

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 32 km

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from £133 / night

£883 - £1000 / week

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from £133 / night

19

Holiday watermill in Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo District / Viana do Castelo

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
Watermill with 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6 people.  …see more

from £94 / night

£636 / week

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from £94 / 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

(5) Excellent 

25

Virginia / Meadows of Dan

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £118 / night

£630 / week

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from £118 / night

(2) Very Good 

24

Holiday chateau letting

Ardeche / Joyeuse

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful stay !” Gorgeous house, beautiful rooms. We loved the atmosphere of the house and the decoration was particularly fine. We strongly recommand the rooftop and its view ! Nous revenons !  …see more

from £93 / night

£645 / week

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from £93 / night

16

Trullo rental in Southern Italy with swimming pool

Province of Bari / Alberobello

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
I TRULLI Two large apartments built in a series of trulli. We entrance, living room with kitchenette with cooker, fridge, oven and dishes complete, a room with two beds from which you access the bedroom and after a wide bathroom with shower too  …see more

from £379 / night

£841 - £1639 / week

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from £379 / 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

24

Dordogne / Sarlat-la-Canéda

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden

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from £194 / night

£1356 / week

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from £194 / night

(1) Excellent 

14

Holiday manor house in Chateaubriant

Loire-Atlantique / Chateaubriant

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
Beautiful old country house in 15 acres of parkland. South facing, all the rooms have gorgeous views of the lakes and ancient oaks and cedar. The ceilings are over 3m high. Bedrooms have parquet floors and working fireplaces. 3 of the 6 bedrooms have ensuite WCs and ba  …see more

from £182 / night

£1272 / week

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from £182 / night

16

Upper Peninsula / Shingleton

5 16 3 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets

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from £235 / night

£1639 / week

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from £235 / night

(8) Excellent 

4

West Country holiday log cabin rental

Somerset / Glastonbury

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Private garden
Self catering back to basics lakeside hut. No electricity, Glamping style accommodation. Within the stunning grounds of Redlake Farm. Eat and sleep by candle light, we supply your romantic accommodation, you supply your camping equipment and bedding. Shared bathroom wit  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 / week

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from £30 / night

11

Dordogne / Le Buisson-de-Cadouin

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet friendly

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from £47 / night

£223 - £400 / week

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from £47 / night

(1) Excellent 

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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / La Bastide

3 5 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £81 / night

£382 / week

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from £81 / night

(1) Excellent 

20

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 £258 / night

£1548 / week

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from £258 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday castle in Hoghton

Lancashire / Hoghton

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
Built in 1565, the Irishman's Tower is an idyllic rural retreat and the perfect base for exploring the richness and diversity of local Lancashire countryside, food and culture.The Tower occupies one of the former garrisons that interrupt the ramparts at the  …see more

from £150 / night

£475 / week

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from £150 / night

10

Isere / Le Bourg-d'Oisans

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £51 / night

£356 - £441 / week

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from £51 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Watermill rental in Confolens with swimming pool

Charente / Confolens

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A peaceful and authentically French experience” We were first attracted to the Moulin by the photos, and we were not disappointed. What you see is what you get. It is a magic property, in a beautiful, if unspectacular, part of rural France. We to  …see more

from £120 / night

£700 - £1200 / week

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from £120 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Vermont / Mount Tabor

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning

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from £142 / night

£768 - £1044 / week

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from £142 / night

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Holiday castle with shared pool in Gavi

Province of Alessandria / Gavi

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Two double rooms, one bathroom. Beautiful wooden floors and fireplaces in both rooms. Balcony over terrace and park view, terrace, park, pool, main salon, dining halls, library, and billiard hall.  …see more

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Province of Brindisi / Villa Castelli

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £61 / night

£424 / week

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from £61 / night

(16) Excellent 

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

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
56 Haven Crest, Lydstep Beach’ New for 2017 (Bedding, Towels & Park Passses included) Set within the tranquil Pembrokeshire Coast National Park close to Tenby with it’s Blue Flag beach right on the doorstep. Lydstep Beach is a refined retreat for visitors who are  …see more

from £71 / night

£500 / week

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from £71 / night

33

Saxony / Leipzig

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £59 / night

£382 - £861 / week

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from £59 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Noto / Lido di Noto

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly

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from £47 / night

£297 / week

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from £47 / night