Unusual rural retreats – quirky countryside homes

Unusual rural retreats (937)

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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937 Holiday homes

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Altenkirchen / Helmeroth

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

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from £56 / night

£265 / week

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from £56 / 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

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo with swimming pool in Martina Franca

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
“A Puglian gem” We stayed at Il Borgo del Querce for the Autumn Half Term week with our two young sons. The rural setting was stunning and the two-bedroomed villa that we stayed in was very comfortable and clean and beautifully restored from its origi  …see more

from £95 / night

£633 - £1496 / week

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from £95 / night

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Vendee / La Chataigneraie

9 15 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £184 / night

£1283 / week

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from £184 / night

(1) Average 

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Lot / Cajarc

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £60 / night

£419 - £1283 / week

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from £60 / night

(5) Excellent 

4

Holiday log cabin in Vranov

Pilsen Region / Vranov

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Brilliand and Beautiful” Such a great week away with the family! The hosts were amazingly accommodating and helpful with whatever we needed during our stay. We had lovely evenings spent in the barbecue hut by the fire, with games to play and dvds to w  …see more

from £32 / night

£214 / week

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from £32 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday castle rental

Province of Perugia / Spoleto

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“A perfect stay” We really enjoyed the stay very much. The property Is very well attended, the owners are very kind persons and the location of the place is perfect for a relaxing and romantic experience. The best: the views from the swimming pool and  …see more

from £86 / night

£556 - £642 / week

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from £86 / night

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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

£210 / week

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from £30 / night

17

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

£599 - £2137 / week

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from £35 / night

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Holiday chateau in Sers

Charente / Sers

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Charming historic chateau with large private heated pool, enclosed garden, stunning view at 1mn walk to the shop . Perfect for families with children..<br />The chateau's large estate is fully enclosed and accessed by large wooden gates.  …see more

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Correze / Argentat

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £171 / night

£1026 - £1462 / week

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from £171 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau in Duras

Lot-et-Garonne / Duras

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic and Wonderous” We were told about Chateau des Egrons by friends from Australia who raved about their stay a couple of years ago. We booked in September and arrived in force; 3 generations of us! The place surpassed all our expectations and  …see more

from £400 / night

£2800 - £3900 / week

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from £400 / night

(15) Very Good 

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Stamford holiday converted chapel rental

Lincolnshire / Stamford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 13 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“fantastic cottage” beautifully renovated cottage,with everything you need for a great holiday peacefull and tranquil surroundings,easy to find and central for the areas attractions and very helpful and friendly owners.Very well equipped including barb  …see more

from £100 / night

£380 - £500 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Holsworthy

Torridge / Holsworthy

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Swallow Tail is the sister boat to The Painted Lady. She is moored at Blagdon Water, a 35 acre wildlife and natural habitat located not far from the North Devon coast. Visitors can enjoy the rare opportunity of sharing the environment with the wildlife, local walking  …see more

from £81 / night

£450 - £830 / week

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from £81 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Metlika

Lower Carniola Region / Metlika

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Mobile homes are sited in the most southern and smallest region in Slovenia – Bela krajina. The surrounding lanes are ideal for cycling and hiking with several points of interest along the river Kolpa and in the nearby surroundings. <br />Not far from region  …see more

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(1) Very Good 

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Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region / Imlil

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 180 km
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

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from £22 / night

£129 / week

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from £22 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Kahl am Main

Lower Franconia / Kahl am Main

4 4 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Comfortable accommodation with lake and sandy beach at the campsite for the best time of year, right on the lake, a real hotel alternative for your holiday  …see more

from £54 / night

£377 / week

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from £54 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Lot / Frayssinet

12 24 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A perfect family get together” For an extended family get together we had a long list of requirements which were all provided by Chateau Lamostonie. Joanna couldn’t have been more patient and helpful during the booking process with all our requests fo  …see more

from £900 / night

£4500 - £11360 / week

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from £900 / night

(51) Excellent 

13

Rodel holiday log cabin rental

Isle of Harris / Rodel

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
“Fabulous sauna, spotless chalet with every detail well thought out” A wonderful chalet, so well planned, with everything of the highest quality (I'd never seen Harris Tweed curtains before). The sauna was the best place to unwind after a day's walki  …see more

from £80 / night

£350 - £700 / week

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from £80 / night

(11) Very Good 

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Holiday log cabin in Newcastle Emlyn

Carmarthenshire / Newcastle Emlyn

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Swimming pool
“Cosy cabin located in fantastic Welsh countryside ,handy for the beaches” During our stay during Easter we experienced bitter cold weather ,however we enjoyed the comfort of the cosy cabin to return to after a bracing walk on the local beaches with o  …see more

from £40 / night

£120 - £530 / week

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from £40 / night

28

Porto Cesareo / Torre Lapillo

6 8 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £129 / night

£855 - £2052 / week

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from £129 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday windmill letting

Cape Cod / Centerville

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Swimming pool
Fernbrook Windmill is a unique residence located close to the beaches of Nantucket Sound in Centerville, a classic Cape Cod village. Sleeping 12, with a wrap-around terrace and private heated swimming pool, its the perfect place to enjoy the Cape through the seasons<  …see more

from £958 / night

£6700 / week

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from £958 / night

6

Holiday watermill in Brouains

Manche / Brouains

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Tranquil and secluded watermill surrounded by the beautiful river 'LSee' set In idyllic countryside. Stunning views and minutes away from a quaint French market town and in close proximity to famous landmark Mont St Michel.Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms)  …see more

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(8) Very Good 

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Holiday watermill in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

Sarthe / La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Stunning converted watermill in the beautiful Loir valley . La Maison du Frere has 2 bedrooms and is at the opposite end of the mill buildings where the Mill House has 5. Available all year round for holiday lets, long weekends, short breaks and long lets.  …see more

from £200 / night

£250 / week

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from £200 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Lauzerte holiday watermill rental

Tarn-et-Garonne / Lauzerte

2 4 6 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 6 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
Wonderful scenery. Walking cycling motoring. Historic villages romanesque churches archaeology roman remains caves grottoes. Fishing angling horse riding golf parachuting canoeing. Nature wild flowers wild life. Gourmet restaurants markets. Concerts art galleries.&l  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / 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

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Holiday castle accommodation

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

11 26 Min stay varies

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 26
  • 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 halves each sleeping up to 10 (4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in each wing) w  …see more

from £371 / night

£1855 - £3755 / week

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from £371 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Breckenridge

Colorado / Breckenridge

3 10 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Grand timber lodge is fantastic” My stay at grand timber lodge was one of the best holidays of my life. The location was amazing with the snowflake lift being a 30 second ski around the corner. The free shuttle service into town made getting into town  …see more

from £217 / night

£1484 - £3170 / week

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from £217 / night

(1) Excellent 

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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 £86 / night

£428 / week

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from £86 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday tented camp in Pauri

Uttarakhand / Pauri

18 50 1 night min

  • 18 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The Garuda Adventure camp (Luxury Swiss Cottages) located in the picteresque surroundings of lush Paddy fields, Waterfalls, Forests, and Mountain villages, has sprouted from the roots of Garhwal, a reality by the efforts and passion of Manish Joshi, an experienced adve  …see more

from £24 / night

£150 / week

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from £24 / night

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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 £77 / night

£402 - £12394 / week

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from £77 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Pewsey

Wiltshire / Pewsey

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 89 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Delightful situation,very comfortable.” We stayed at Dragonfly in mid May.The log cabin was very comfortable, spacious and well equipped.There is a particularly attractive veranda which overlooks an area of water with swans, ducks and other wild life  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 - £728 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday trullo rental

Province of Bari / Alberobello

4 12 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Splash around in the pool, enjoy dinner under the moonlight in the private terrace, taste fruit, tomatoes and vegetables directly from the home garden, sunbath among the olive trees under the unique blue sky of Apulia  …see more

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(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 gîtes, tout est fourni, le moindre détail est soigné...normalement, vous ne serez pas déçus...  …see more

from £770 / night

£3718 / week

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from £770 / 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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(2) Excellent 

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Holiday tented camp in Leh

Ladakh / Leh

6 12 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
We are open for guest only between mid April to mid October.  …see more

from £73 / night

£509 / week

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from £73 / night

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Holiday chateau rental

Gers / Auch

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
The high-class interior design with a great love of detail, which above all gives Le Marteret its special charm is suitable for a recreative family holiday, business meetings as well as for seminars. The castle is very peacefully situated in the heart of Gascogne. The r  …see more

from £131 / night

£2992 - £4906 / week

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from £131 / night

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Metlika

Lower Carniola Region / Metlika

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Mobile homes are sited in the most southern and smallest region in Slovenia – Bela krajina. Mobile homes can be found by the Kolpa River, one of the most beautiful swimming rivers in Europe.<br />Not far from regional road heading from Novo mesto towards Kar  …see more

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(2) Excellent 

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Haute-Savoie / Cordon

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Ski

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from £68 / night

£419 / week

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from £68 / night

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Bagnault holiday manor house rental

Deux-Sevres / Bagnault

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 111 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Beautifully restored spacious 18th Century stone house set in a picturesque medieval hamlet in French countryside, ideal for families who wish to share a property. Sleeps 12, including separate gite, all very well kitted out. Beautiful large gardens and heated pool.<  …see more

from £215 / night

£1500 / week

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from £215 / night