Unusual rural retreats – quirky countryside homes

Unusual rural retreats (940)

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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(8) Excellent 

31

West Country holiday converted chapel rental

Great Torrington / Beaford

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Somewhere & something different for us.” We usually stop out on the coast but fancied a change as we only stopped for 3 nights. Will never get tired of the Devon scenery even though a few of the roads about can test your patience. The property is set  …see more

from £100 / night

£425 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Very Good 

8

Hautes-Pyrenees / Gedre

4 4 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £82 / night

£334 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

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California / Georgetown

4 10 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £120 / night

£800 - £1736 / week

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from £120 / night

(3) Very Good 

19

Soldeu ski chalet rental

Canillo Parish / Soldeu

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 195 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic simple gem of a place, ideally located” Stayed here with a group of 8 and it was perfect for us. We were self catered, and there's a supermarket beneath the chalet/apartment. The supermarket is a bit pricey but fairly well stocked and fri  …see more

from £171 / night

£1449 - £5723 / week

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from £171 / night

(8) Excellent 

24

Chamberet holiday watermill rental

Correze / Chamberet

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Surrounded by acres of forest, next to a river and out of sight of any neighbours our old mill is a great place to get away from it all. It is very spacious, has two fireplaces, two double bedrooms (plus a bunk-bed for children) and a great kitchen.The old mill  …see more

from £69 / night

£471 - £838 / week

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from £69 / night

(3) Very Good 

22

Gironde / Cerons

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £59 / night

£411 - £812 / week

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from £59 / night

(3) Excellent 

17

Holiday log cabin in Mid Wales

Powys / Newtown

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Luxury log cabin with hot tub Free Wifi in secluded Vale of Kerry. 4 Cottages, wood burning stove, gardens, games room, tennis court, children of all ages. Pets not allowed in lodge. 1 mile village pub, wifi, Offa's Dyke, Powis Castle, Montgomery, Welshpool. Luxury log  …see more

from £118 / night

£427 - £99999 / week

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from £118 / night

(1) Very Good 

14

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 Inte  …see more

from £256 / night

£1791 - £5548 / week

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from £256 / night

(29) Excellent 

24

Jard-sur-Mer holiday caravan/mobile home rental

Vendee / Jard-sur-Mer

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic value, helpful staff, very clean accommodation” I can't fault James and Trevor for their attention to detail and friendly service. We were a couple staying with our dog in September, a quiet time of year for the French season. The mobile hom  …see more

from £30 / night

£180 - £825 / week

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from £30 / night

(2) Excellent 

19

Holiday trullo in Putignano

Province of Bari / Putignano

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
Availability of 5 beds Trulli completely renovated, located in a hilly fresh; surrounded by green olive trees and fruit, with a large green area of 10,000 sq. extending from the driveway up to surround the building, the area in front of the trulli equipped with two terr  …see more

from £56 / night

£274 / week

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from £56 / night

(13) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin letting

Plitvice Lakes National Park / Rakovica

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Mrs” Fabulous accommodation in a lovely quiet area, within walking distance of 2 restaurants and a supermarket.  …see more

from £137 / night

£958 - £2394 / week

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from £137 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Le Mans holiday manor house let

Sarthe / Le Mans

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“perfect!” fantastic property with everything you need. Very comfortable, beautifully decorated, enchanting gardens.  …see more

from £136 / night

£950 - £1250 / week

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from £136 / night

(53) Excellent 

38

Tattershall holiday log cabin rental

Tattershall / Tattershall Lakes Country Park

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Absolutely stunning lodge” Well where do I start Absolutely stunning lodge which was spotless on arrival . The lodge had been trimmed up for Xmas so made our stay even more special. 7 of us stayed on a girlie weekend away and we were all surprised ho  …see more

from £149 / night

£795 - £2045 / week

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from £149 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

Manor house letting in Sao Vicente

Madeira / Sao Vicente

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Private garden
Holiday at this wonderful XVII century Madeiran Manor House surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and only 3 Km from the ocean, ideal for combining walking holidays and sun.  …see more

from £30 / night

£210 - £569 / week

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from £30 / night

(8) Excellent 

14

Kilmory holiday yurt rental

Isle of Arran / Kilmory

1 6 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Runach Arainn ('Secret or Beloved Arran' in Gaelic) is a small, intimate glamping (glamorous camping) site on the south end of the Isle of Arran, Scotland. We offer luxury self-catering accommodation in 20ft diameter yurts accompanied by private bathrooms. We are an ide  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £600 / week

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from £60 / night

(11) Excellent 

26

Holiday boathouse in Chesterfield

Derbyshire / Chesterfield

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
A wonderful lakeside converted boathouse /log cabin set in its own grounds of over 2 acres with its own private trout lake including boat and pedalo.Situated in a beautiful small hamlet on the border of the historic market town of Chesterfield. Close to Bakewell, Chats  …see more

from £115 / night

£600 - £1010 / week

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from £115 / night

(3) Very Good 

19

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 £183 / night

£1278 - £4060 / week

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from £183 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo in Southern Italy

Province of Bari / Alberobello

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
“Lovely Trullo, lovely area” Beautiful trullo, refurbished really well with an amazing outside space and pool area. Very well equiped for self catering. The area is a perfect mix of town and country.  …see more

from £125 / night

£760 - £1430 / week

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from £125 / night

(11) Very Good 

14

Holiday converted chapel in Wirksworth

Derbyshire / Wirksworth

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Excellent!!” Very enjoyable long weekend break at 'The Retreat'. The converted chapel had everything we needed and the underfloor heating kept us nice & warm. The views were amazing and the hill-walking was just what we needed to get some fresh air. T  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £500 / week

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from £75 / night

(21) Very Good 

19

Holiday log cabin in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 7 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Child friendly
“Perfect Family Holiday” Our cabin was well-equipped and comfortable. The scenery is magnificent. There is plenty to see and do - the only downside is a long drive on single-track lanes to get to the main roads. Lovely, friendly & helpful people. T  …see more

from £62 / night

£307 - £761 / week

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from £62 / night

(3) Excellent 

21

Boathouse rental in Lochearnhead

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Lochearnhead

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Lochside, beautiful views from the lounge and master bedroom in a stunning setting with views of mountains and Loch. Close to restaurants and bars in the village. In the outstandingly beautiful area of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.a great choice of golf c  …see more

from £119 / night

£827 - £1299 / week

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from £119 / night

(4) Excellent 

20

Holiday watermill in Aurignac

Haute-Garonne / Aurignac

5 8 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Spacious and comfortable holiday home or B&B with mini farm for children. Small river to swim and to play with private beach, nicer than a swimming pool. Sun and shade with a nice hammock to relax in a private setting in the countryside.  …see more

from £48 / night

£419 - £2394 / week

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from £48 / night

(2) Very Good 

12

Martina Franca holiday trullo rental

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Rural chic - Il Torchio Trullo” The Torchio Trullo was absolutely lovely. The recent renovations have created a beautifully modern but sympathetically completed accommodation. The outdoor space is ideal for those seeking absolute solace, peace and qu  …see more

from £100 / night

£1000 / week

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from £100 / night

(12) Excellent 

10

Holiday log cabin with golf nearby in Felton

Felton / Eshottheugh

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly
Five star luxury log cabin, lakeside position, hot tub, covered veranda, sleeps six, dogs welcome, Rustic furniture, granite kitchen, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, cast iron fire, central heating. woodland area, parking for 3 cars.Rustic furniture,  …see more

from £112 / night

£650 - £1100 / week

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from £112 / night

(40) Excellent 

20

Holiday log cabin in Sherwood Forest

Newark / Sherwood Forest

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Beautiful accommodation in a great location.” Lodge is immaculate and has been done to a very high spec. It is well appointed, has a great decking area and the hot tub was fab! Owners are close at hand, are extremely helpful yet respect the privacy of  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £1630 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Province of Brindisi / Ceglie Messapica

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £53 / night

£342 - £575 / week

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from £53 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Pewsey

Wiltshire / Pewsey

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 89 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Fantastic accomodation in the most beautiful and tranquil setting you could ask for” If you are looking for a tranquil and peaceful location then this is the place for you. Set in a stunning part of the UK these lodges provide everything you could ask  …see more

from £66 / night

£276 - £531 / week

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from £66 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in L'Hermenault

Vendee / L'Hermenault

11 32 3 nights min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 32
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
“Perfect well-maintained large house” Thue was the perfect location for our party of 16 adults and we could easily have housed many more! Two great heated pools, table tennis, well equipped kitchen, a football pitch, 10 bikes, 2 villages, a garden stre  …see more

from £300 / night

£1600 - £3995 / week

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from £300 / night

35

Holiday manor house in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

Charente / Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
A unique site with its 7 acres property, a 500 m2 Manor, a private river bank and island, with multiple activities : swimming, Kayaking, fishing, biking, and nearby, a medieval village, golfing and last but not least the burgundy region and its famous wines .  …see more

from £245 / night

£1710 - £3419 / week

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from £245 / night

(18) Excellent 

28

Watermill rental in Busserolles with swimming pool

Dordogne / Busserolles

14 30 Min stay varies

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic! A wonderful place for families” We were a family group of 17 adults and 4 children, the place was perfect for us. Beautiful setting, great pool and facilities for small children. Dining room and terrace with seating for us all, but also e  …see more

from £950 / night

£6650 / week

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from £950 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Landry

Peisey-Vallandry / Landry

4 14 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
Enjoy affordable luxury at our loft-style ski chalet in the heart of Paradiski (les Arcs + La Plagne). You'll love the chic alpine décor, stunning mountain views and quaint village setting. It's the perfect base for self-catered skiing, walking and cycling holidays, an  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £1800 / week

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from £85 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Manor house letting in Bressuire

Deux-Sevres / Bressuire

5 15 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 110 km
  • Swimming pool
“A wonderful large child friendly home with fantastic outside space” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Belle Echappee. The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful and have created a home that is ideal for big families or even two famili  …see more

from £172 / night

£1200 - £2200 / week

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from £172 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Filzmoos

Filzmoos / Pongau

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Newly built guest house/apartments located at the foot of the ski slopes where you can ski in and out from the house. Centrally located for restaurants, bars and shops.  …see more

from £99 / night

£689 / week

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from £99 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill rental

Camporgiano / Casatico

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Delightful property” We spent 5 days at this converted water mill and were very pleased with our stay. It is well situated in a peaceful location with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. We particularly liked the swimming pool in the garden a  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £860 / week

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from £100 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Saint Andre Les Alpes holiday chateau rental

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence / Saint Andre Les Alpes

6 18 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
Imagine a Luxury medieval chteau on a 360 degree vantage point overlooking a turquoise coloured alpine lake. Officially rated 5 star lodging for up to 18. Imagine..  …see more

from £611 / night

£4274 / week

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from £611 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Vosges / Gerardmer

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Ski

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from £52 / night

£359 - £496 / week

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from £52 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Zakopane ski chalet rental

Lesser Poland Province / Zakopane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
A cozy wooden cottage situated in direct vicinity (1km) of Polish Tatras, offering breathtaking vista of nearby mountain ranges. The cottage combines the best in local wooden architecture with modern convenience and practicality. Up to 6 persons can be accommodated in 2  …see more

from £68 / night

£476 / week

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from £68 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Caherdaniel holiday manor house rental

County Kerry / Caherdaniel

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“A Jewel on the Ring of Kerry” We rented the entire property - the House, Cottage, Stables and Pier Cottage - for an Irish heritage (American) family reunion of more than 40 family members. The high quality of the accommodations, the incomparable beau  …see more

from £200 / night

£2052 - £3163 / week

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from £200 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Log cabin rental in Dalavich

Argyll and Bute / Dalavich

3 9 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
Charming log cabin. Wood burning stove. Lovely woodland setting, close to loch shore. Wood burning stove- Free fishing- Dog friendly accommodation- Boat & bike hire available nearby  …see more

from £75 / night

£354 - £871 / week

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from £75 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Bearn / Accous

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £40 / night

£513 / week

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from £40 / night

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