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Unusual rural retreats (939)

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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939 Holiday homes

(51) Excellent 

13

Rodel Valley - Rodel log cabin sleeps 4

Isle of Harris / Rodel

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
Both cabins have been furnished to a very high standard with excellent facilities such as wood burning stove,sauna,spa bath,broadband and wi-fi internet,i pod dock. Rodel is a small peaceful village on the south end of the island it's a perfect base to explore Harr  …see more

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Le Manoir au Cèdre - Montreal-du-Gers manor house sleeps 12

Gers / Montreal-du-Gers

9 12 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 165 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
NEW TO THE MARKET. Le Manoir au Cèdre is a rare, if not unique, country manor in the heart of Gascony set on over 10 hectares of private grounds with views that go on forever. The property comprises of the original manor house, a bright & spacious restored chai for  …see more

from £690 / night

£4828 / week

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from £690 / night

11

Cruisebarge 'easyvie' on the Canals in SW France. - Montauban houseboat sleeps 8

Tarn-et-Garonne / Montauban

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
Cruisebarge 'easyvie' cruises the canals and rivers of South West France between the historic city of Montauban and the charming town of Moissac. Enjoy a unique cruise experience aboard 'easyvie' as she slowly makes her way between the towns and villages enroute stayin  …see more

from £1478 / night

£10345 / week

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(13) Excellent 

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Sunshine Coast / Halfmoon Bay

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £118 / night

£820 / week

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from £118 / night

(3) Very Good 

22

Perce Neige Chalet Apartment - Veysonnaz ski chalet sleeps 10

Canton of Valais / Veysonnaz

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Veysonnaz Chalets Perce Neige is a stunning modern apartment in a 6 apartment swiss chalet within walking distance to the centre of Veysonnaz and the main ski gondola. It is a 155m² duplex apartment. There are 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a stunning double height o  …see more

from £183 / night

£1280 - £4105 / week

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from £183 / night

(11) Excellent 

29

Santa Maria dei Grani: Holiday Rental Trulli Pool - Ceglie Messapica trullo sleeps 6

Province of Brindisi / Ceglie Messapica

3 6 5 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
Trulli Santa Maria dei Grani are a unique example of ancient architecture that still survives and currently offers our guests the opportunity to experience a truly and authentic holiday in Puglia, together with the luxury and comfort of a private pool.The wonderful swim  …see more

from £157 / night

£1094 - £2189 / week

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from £157 / night

(14) Excellent 

24

Cradle Mountain Love Shack - Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park log cabin sleeps 2

Tasmania / Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
Ours is a fully self-contained, private, alpine cabin, set on over 100 acres of wildlife-rich native bush, just 20ks from Cradle Mountain National Park in north-west Tasmania (Australia). An abundance of native flora, fauna and birdlife afford wonderful photographic opp  …see more

from £124 / night

£830 / week

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from £124 / night

(7) Excellent 

14

Trullo Azzurro - historic beauty in lovely setting - Locorotondo trullo sleeps 10

Province of Bari / Locorotondo

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Amazing, tranquil, spectacular - just some of the words our previous guests have used to describe Trullo Azzurro and its setting. It is a beautiful trullo, which we lovingly restored and maintain, employing traditional methods and materials to retain its magical charact  …see more

from £200 / night

£1400 - £1940 / week

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from £200 / night

9

Gypsy Wagon - Sulgrave tipi/teepee sleeps 2

Banbury / Sulgrave

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Car not necessary
Why not come and enjoy a romantic break in our beautiful hand crafted Gypsy Wagon. We are situated on a very pretty georgian farm on the Northamptonshire/North Oxfordshire boarder and provide the ideal hideaway and rural retreat taking you back in time for a truly relax  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 / week

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from £85 / night

(2) Very Good 

22

Il Volo dell' upupa - Martina Franca trullo sleeps 9

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

4 9 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
This house is magical inside and out; the area is like the land of hobbits - its unique charm imparted by the 'cones' (of the roofs) nestling amongst the olives, vines and fruit trees and the red earth. Note that there is room for up to 9 to sleep, using the s  …see more

from £85 / night

£550 / week

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from £85 / night

31

Chateau with private Pool envolved by Nature - Vieira do Minho chateau sleeps 10

Braga District / Vieira do Minho

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Romantic castle in a freestanding location with private pool 20x4 and beautiful panoramic views over the river and the mountains. In the countryside, in a quiet location.Plot of 15 hectares of vineyards. Holiday house on 3 levels with 250 m² floor area.2 living rooms w  …see more

from £210 / night

£1466 - £1897 / week

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from £210 / night

(3) Excellent 

7

Trullo La Canonica - Martina Franca trullo sleeps 9

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
With two double rooms, an alcove with a double bed, one single room and a double sofa bed, the La Canonica trullo can comfortably accommodate up to nine people. All the rooms have handy wardrobes and chests of drawers. The two bathrooms are fully equipped, and the washi  …see more

from £225 / night

£1569 / week

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from £225 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Authentic and lovely trulli in Monopoli - Monopoli trullo sleeps 5

Province of Bari / Monopoli

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Authentic and lovely trulli in Monopoli’s countryside surrounded by garden and olive trees. The trulli are comfortably furnished and sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms. You are welcomes you to the heart of Apulia, in the fantastic village near Alberobello. Al  …see more

from £38 / night

£238 - £513 / week

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from £38 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Beautiful Chateau near coast - Grandcourt chateau sleeps 20

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

8 20 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
Le Chateau de la Vallee is idyllically set in beautiful rolling countryside.next to the beautiful Forest of Eu and nestling on the edge of the pretty village of Grandcourt. It is divided into two wings, each sleeping up to 10 people, and the wings can be rented separat  …see more

from £304 / night

£1520 - £2995 / week

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from £304 / night

12

Morbihan / Penestin

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £87 / night

£604 / week

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from £87 / night

(2) Excellent 

32

Grand Massif / Samoens

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £61 / night

£380 - £794 / week

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from £61 / night

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tamarack lodge - Taunton log cabin sleeps 12

Somerset / Taunton

3 12 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The log cabin is a ranch house style hand built real log construction,with extensive views over the delightful Yarty valley.The cabin was designed for self-catering holidays for both able and disabled guests.It sleeps eight in real beds plus a sofa bed and two temp beds  …see more

from £180 / night

£580 - £1760 / week

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from £180 / night

(9) Excellent 

20

Chalet in Les Contamines Chamonix valley - Les Contamines-Montjoie ski chalet sleeps 9

Haute-Savoie / Les Contamines-Montjoie

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Chalet Concluses is a detached chalet in Les Contamines Montjoie, France. We offer Catered and self catered (winter) and self catered (summer) accommodation for up to 9 people. The village is typical Savoyard with superb skiing over 450 Kms of spectacular terrain. In th  …see more

from £77 / night

£535 - £1850 / week

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from £77 / night

(1) Excellent 

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California / Fallbrook

3 16 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 37 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £220 / night

£1424 - £2634 / week

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from £220 / night

17

Chateau Beaucharm - Epernay chateau sleeps 8

Marne / Epernay

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This charming house, a private part of the Chateau Beaucharm, is situated in a beautiful and peaceful rural setting. The surrounding area is characterized by rolling hills. The house comfortably sleeps up to 8 guests in 3 double beds and 2 singles. Directly behind the h  …see more

from £189 / night

£754 - £1518 / week

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from £189 / night

33

Savoie / Peisey-Vallandry

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £96 / night

£669 - £1957 / week

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from £96 / night

31

Ocean Point Maroc direct ocean beach access - Imsouane boathouse sleeps 2

Souss-Massa-Draa Region / Imsouane

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.001 km
  • Child friendly
Artistic, Creative, Stylish and Comfortable are just a few of the comments from the first clients to stay in the boats and take a look from your terrace. Talk about ocean/Beach front accomodation you can not get any closer 180 degree view of uninterupted ocean panorama  …see more

from £25 / night

£175 / week

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from £25 / night

9

Bay View 24 - Primrose Valley caravan/mobile home sleeps 4

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. Fully double glazed and centrally heated.Bigger than average secluded lounge, fitted out with a traditional 3 piece suit, TV stand, wall mounted display cabinets and gas fire with a traditional fireplace. French doors to the front  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £675 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Good 

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Castello di Gabiano - Gabiano castle sleeps 16

Province of Alessandria / Gabiano

8 16 1 night min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
You are very welcome to come and stay at our house, a charming hunding lodge located in the grounds of the 1000 years-old castle, built with the traditional Middle Age style of the area. Unmissable chance for travelers who want to experience how it feels like to live in  …see more

from £361 / night

£2523 / week

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from £361 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Château les Noës Blanches - Malicorne-sur-Sarthe chateau sleeps 15

Sarthe / Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

9 15 Min stay varies

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Les Noes Blanches is a stunning white classic country house in the Loire Valley region of France. Recently refurbished in 2013, it has been lovingly restored it to the highest standards to provide a place where you can relax and enjoy company in beautiful surroundings.  …see more

from £345 / night

£2500 - £5495 / week

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from £345 / night

10

Beech Rise C12 - Primrose Valley caravan/mobile home sleeps 6

Filey / Primrose Valley

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Cosalt Eclipse 37 x 12 x 3 Bedrooms. The Eclipse has it all, comfort, luxury! One end of the home houses the master bedroom with its own en-suite shower room. The opposite end houses 2 twin rooms with their own en-suite shower room too! In the middle you have a spaciou  …see more

from £79 / night

£550 / week

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from £79 / night

(24) Excellent 

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UK oldest continuously inhabited house. Est 1016 - Wonersh manor house sleeps 12

Guildford / Wonersh

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Swimming pool
Great Tangley Manor a Grade I listed 11th Century Moated Manor house lovingly restored by Glyn & Anne Powell-Evans. The house is surrounded by beautiful Victorian gardens and is situated on the edge of the Surrey Hills. We are able to offer seclusion and tranquillity wi  …see more

from £980 / night

£4000 - £5600 / week

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from £980 / night

(7) Excellent 

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The Old Mill - Pigna watermill sleeps 6

Province of Imperia / Pigna

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
The old mill has two large bedrooms, one with a double bed and windows over the river and a door to the outside terrace, both bedrooms have an ipod stand to bring yor music.The second bedroom has two single beds and a window overlooking the waterfall made by the rivulet  …see more

from £99 / night

£690 - £1294 / week

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from £99 / night

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Beautiful 17th Century Chateau near St Emilion - Saint-Etienne-De-Lisse manor house sleeps 14

Gironde / Saint-Etienne-De-Lisse

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
La Mouleyre is a stunning Chateau set in 3 acres of beautiful grounds surrounded by some of the world famous vineyards and Chateaux of St Emilion. Positioned at the head of a lovely small valley it has exquisite views over the tranquil landscape of the surrounding viney  …see more

from £190 / night

£1300 - £2350 / week

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from £190 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Trullo Serena with solar heated pool - Alberobello trullo sleeps 6

Province of Bari / Alberobello

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Perfect place, perfect peace, perfect Puglia.Trullo Serena is a delightful renovated ancient trullo situated in Capo di Gallo on a hilltop a few kilometres from Alberobello with wonderful far reaching views across the Itria Valley. It is so peaceful and quiet, somethin  …see more

from £164 / night

£1150 - £1750 / week

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from £164 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Creaggan Lodge - Kippford log cabin sleeps 8

Dumfries and Galloway / Kippford

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly
Luxurious Lodge with stunning coastal views over the estuary and picturesque Kippford area. Creaggan Lodge is a beautiful 3 bedroomed lodge with a sauna sleeping 6-8 people.You can enjoy the views of the coast & rolling hills from the large open plan lounge or on a sunn  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 - £975 / week

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from £75 / night

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Olive - Dartmouth yacht sleeps 8

Devon / Dartmouth

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
Why not stay on a beautiful Yacht instead?! Olive is a 46ft Bluewater Cruiser Irwin MkIII sailing yacht that is fully equipped with all the safety equipment required by the Maritime Coastguard Agency for sailing up to 60 miles Offshore. The Owners have small children a  …see more

from £71 / night

£495 - £1495 / week

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from £71 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Wisconsin / Hancock

5 17 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly

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from £154 / night

£924 - £3962 / week

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from £154 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Into The Wild - Wilderness Adventures in Lapland - Karigasniemi log cabin sleeps 6

Lapland / Karigasniemi

2 6 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
Escape Into The Wild! Come in to the pristine wilderness close to the wild nature in Lapland. Enjoy silence and tranquility during a peaceful stay at our lodge delighting in day trips in the surrounding area that is accessible also for a starting explorer. Expect stunni  …see more

from £130 / night

£906 - £7151 / week

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from £130 / night

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Haute-Savoie / Brizon

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £87 / night

£432 / week

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from £87 / night

(4) Very Good 

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'Naples' - Saint-Georges-de-Didonne caravan/mobile home sleeps 6

Royan / Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Super quality modern air-conditioned 'cottage-style' mobile home located on the 5 star Le Bois Soleil site in St Georges de Didonne, Charente Maritime, south-west France. Set amongst pine trees, the site offers something for everyone...a peaceful break by the sea or an  …see more

from £38 / night

£265 - £695 / week

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from £38 / night

(3) Very Good 

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The Firs Safari Tents - Great Malvern yurt sleeps 6

Worcestershire / Malvern

1 6 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
Stunning safari tents in a stunning location! The Firs is in a fantastic location at the foot of the Malvern Hills and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our safari tents have been furnished and equipped to a high standard offering true home from home comfor  …see more

from £90 / night

£550 / week

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from £90 / night

(26) Excellent 

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The Chancel - Wareham converted chapel sleeps 6

Dorset / Wareham

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
The church was converted into residential dwellings in 1994 and consists of three houses - the Tower, the Nave and the Chancel. The Chancel still retains the large East window just beyond the alter area, which is now one of the many features adorning this unique house.  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

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La Tête du Loup - Saint Severin manor house sleeps 16

Dordogne / Saint Severin

7 16 5 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Ask about pets
This elegant maison de maitre has high ceilings, large windows with beautiful views, broad corridors and the original oak staircase.It stands stands on a acre. At the courtyard there are a gated and sheltered swimming pool (5 by 10m) and a large covered terrace, here yo  …see more

from £259 / night

£1725 / week

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from £259 / night

(10) Very Good 

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Georgia / Cherry Log

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £54 / night

£324 - £424 / week

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from £54 / night

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