Self catering holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

A great selection of self catering accommodation, ideal for couples, friends or families looking for a short break or longer holiday away. From Snowdonia to St. Lucia, all our self catering accommodation is provided by owners committed to supporting the local people & environment.
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
Cottage on Lake Padarn with wonderful views of Snowdonia, from £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
Private country estate by the sea on Greek island of Ithaca, from €2495 - €4950 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
A small orchard resort on the edge of the rainforest, from MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Troodos Mountains accommodation, Cyprus
Wake up in the country and breath the Troodos mountain air, from £40 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
Mountain hideaway in the Italian Alps, from £360 - £850 per week (sleeps 6)
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Award winning lodges on a wildlife-rich Devon farm., from £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
Tavira holiday cottages, Portugal
A country estate with original manor house & farm buildings, from £95 per accommodation per night
Algarve holiday accommodation
Enchanting manor in a 6 hectare rural estate close to beach, from €40 - €190 per accommodation per night
Lanzarote luxury accommodation, Canary Islands
The Eco Farmhouse, luxury family accommodation, from €2100 - €2205 per accommodation per week
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
Peace and Tranquility- 5 minute walk to shops & restaurants, from £390 per week (sleeps 2)
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
Beautifully located accommodation in the Mercantour, France, from £406 per week (sleeps 2)
Tobago beach accommodation
Three lodges & four apartments in beautiful Tobago, from £85 - £225 per accommodation per night
Liguria holiday accommodation, self catering apartments
Stay in a restored medieval village, from €390 - €1200 per apartment per week (sleeps 2-6)
Bavaria self catering apartments
Luxury village apartments by Bavarian Forest National Park, from €455 - €1260 per accommodation per week
Devon self catering cottage, England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Two self catering cottages in beautiful river valley, from €250 - €300 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
Quiet cottage near the beach, from £425 - £975 per week (sleeps 4)
Andalucian self catering apartment, sleeps 6, Spain
Spacious apartment with breathtaking views over Lake Vinuela, from €140 - €175 per apartment per night
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from €580 - €850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Family Friendly Loire Valley self-catering holiday cottages, from €550 - €850 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Alentejo self catering cottage, Portugal
Centuries-old cottages - sustainable and geo-tourism, from €80 - €100 per cottage per night
Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France
Perfect Loire Valley country cottage for two, from €550 - €650 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Idyllic Andalucian Farmhouse with Stunning Private Pool, from €799 - €1340 per accommodation per week
Cyprus self catering apartments
Village apartments fully furnished at Tochhni village, from €60 - €100 per accommodation per night
Lanzarote villa accommodation, Canary Islands
Converted farm building in beach setting with car, from €1540 - €2065 per villa per week (sleeps 6)
Powys self catering barn nr Knighton, Wales
Converted barn in smallholding, near pretty Knighton, from £46 - £65 per person per night
Lanzarote self catering apartments, Canary Islands
4 Studio apartments, and 2 Bedroom Cottage, from €90 - €155 per accommodation per night
Gozo farmhouse self catering accommodation, Malta
Quaint traditional farmhouse in Victoria Gozo, from €55 - €100 per house per night
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from £400 - £600 per week
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
Holiday apartments with elegance and character in Istanbul, from €90 - €270 per apartment per night

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Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family holiday. (more)Philip Burston
The most memorable part of the holiday was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. (more)Gabrielle Lorenz
Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday (more)Alex Nash
From £325 - £425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Algarve holiday accommodation
Great place, great people!... also perfect place to be with kids! (more)Monika Wolkers
We had a lovely time!...The accommodation is faultless and very beautiful and the hosts are welcoming and friendly. (more)Tracey Smith
The most memorable part was the location - so tranquil and perfect hosts. (more)Rachel Turner
From €40 - €190 per accommodation per night
Devon self catering cottage, England
Very good. Great for families and for getting away from it all. It was all lovely and relaxing. Borrowing the bikes and cycling around the countryside was great fun! (more)bronwen burgess
The most memorable part of the holiday was relaxing in a peaceful setting with buckets of very fresh air...Very good. (more)Bob Simmonds
Excellent....The peaceful comfortable cottage and surrounding green and fertile countryside, with a good variety of walks and small market towns nearby. Our first holiday with the dog who soon felt very much at home. (more)Bob Simmonds
From £200 - £495 per week (sleeps 4)
Houseboat holidays in Devon, England
Staying on the houseboat was the most memorable part!...I would give it an A+. (more)Cathy Halley
The most memorable part of the holiday was ...Spending a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings without a TV. (more)Amanda Curtis
Simply sitting back, enjoying the peace and tranquillity was the most memorable...We genuinely think we had very little impact on the environment. We spent money in local shops - although the nearby Waitrose was a temptation! (more)Tony Dunne
From £385 - £795 per week
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
Perfect..the best part was driving on the beautiful country roads. (more)Eve Piggott
It was all great: peace and quiet, made to feel welcome but left alone when you wanted privacy. The local market was crammed with excellent local produce. Local wildlife, stargazing, scenery. (more)Richard Needham
Absolutely excellent. The property was well kept but traditional and quirky too. (more)Suzi Staden
From £390 per week (sleeps 2)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
If you want to relax, this ticked all the boxes. We came back refreshed and fully benefitting from our week away. (more)jayne ellis
We had a nice, quiet break at the straw bale cabin. The cabin was well equipped with cooking ingredients, utensils, crockery etc so we were able to spend time preparing nice meals before curling up and reading or listening to our little radio. With the veranda, pond , apple trees, allotment and surrounding farm land we felt close to nature. (more)Michele Rogers
Although it was a short break, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and felt refreshed both physically and psychologically for it. (more)Carolyn Moore
From £264 per week (sleeps 2)
Bavaria self catering apartments
The village was very beautiful and the hosts friendly and welcoming. The opportunities to enjoy the natural environment were abundant. We especially loved our walks and bike rides through the forest. (more)Rainey Wikstrom
Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest was the most memorable part...An excellent holiday thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children aged between 9 and 16 years. (more)Diane Jones
Our day trip to Prague was just fantastic and could not have been improved....Wonderful!! (more)Susan Smith
From €455 - €1260 per accommodation per week
Yorkshire self catering accommodation sleeping 4, England
Fantastic. Lovely cottage, very well stocked and furnished. Very friendly and helpful owner. The cottage is spacious and in bad weather you can sit and gaze into the garden and listen to the birds. (more)Helena Poldervaart
We were intrigued to stay in a house made of straw bales and to see how recycling/ reuse can be put into practice and good effect.- we were not disappointed! We found the photo albums showing the building of the house really interesting. (more)C Sharkey
From £396 per cottage per week (sleeps 4-5)
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
My best holiday ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. (more)Matthew Murphy
Very good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. (more)Gisa Jaehnichen
Beautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! (more)Mervyn Hawe
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Carmarthenshire self catering cottage in Wales
We had a great time - relaxing, some beautiful experiences (beaches, hills, islands and all the above animals). We were in bed every night by 9.30pm - tired but blissfully comfortable after a day spent exploring. (more)Jayne Obeng
Perfect!....The best thing about the holiday was having no internet connection & very little mobile coverage. It made it a total break away & allowed us to appreciate everything about the location of cottage & the amazing surrounding area. It was a complete break away which is what a holiday should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From £275 - £450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
You couldn't ask for a more idyllic location, or more welcoming hosts. Shane met us at the villa when we arrived and gave us a quick run through the basics, while Bea would always let us know when she was around to water the plants (twice during the week), a much appreciated sign of the type of consideration they show towards their guests. (more)David Mervik
The peaceful setting, serene surroundings and the warm and gracious hospitality of our hosts, Shane and Bea, are our fondest memories. From the moment we arrived until the minute we left, two weeks later, we rarely thought of our hectic, fast-paced life back home. (more)Nancy Lipson
From €799 - €1340 per accommodation per week
Isle of Wight tree house accommodation, England
Memorable parts? The location Tips? Prepare for a lovely time Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? Fantastic (more)Edward Cossart
From £150 - £250 per accommodation per night
Istanbul holiday accommodation, Turkey
The most exciting part was just being in Istanbul...Brilliant holiday and very personable local contact. (more)Frances Smyth
Istanbul was a great place to stay, with so much to do. The accommodation was in a brilliant location to enjoy both the historic sights and going out. It has been beautifully restored and was perfect for a couple. (more)Eleanor Tomlinson
From €90 - €270 per apartment per night
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. (more)JOHN COLGAN
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the cottage for the first time as it was so much nicer than we had even hoped for! (more)Portia Dunmore
The most memorable part was the accommodation's location. It was great to be up in a little village, very peaceful, away from the pre-season warm up mode of Kalkan and surrounded by locals. (more)Amy Hill
From £350 - £450 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Austrian Alps summer chalet in Muhlbach
Wonderfully appointed cottage that more than lived up to our expectations. The weather was unusually mixed for August, but there is so much to see and do - plus relaxing indoors was such bliss - that we never felt at a loose end. Wonderful - thank you so much. Looking forward to visiting again I hope! (more)Norma Foster
Excellent...hiring bikes was the most memorable part. (more)Peter Ince
Very enjoyable... We really enjoyed a trip to a lake called 'Hintersee' nearby as it wasn't very touristy. Try to take the path less trodden. (more)Ruth Kitchener
From £700 - £990 per week (sleeps 6)
Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France
Five stars for getting the right amount of things done & rest. The countryside is beautiful, the gite and courtyard were lovely, the hosts wonderful and the chateaux have to be seen at least once in a lifetime. (more)Ilinca Anghelescu
It was the perfect family holiday with a 15 month old. With 3 separate cottages all surrounding one courtyard, it provides the perfect place for a shared family holiday, but still giving you your own space to retreat to! (more)Becky Reid
Despite some inclement weather on a few days, it was one of the best holidays we have ever had. We didn't want to leave. We would love to get back in the near future. (more)Valerie Guihen
From €550 - €650 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
WONDERFUL. Out first three generation family holiday in several years and it couldn't have been better. (more)Melissa Elliott
It was good, for a week we lived like Hobbits in our home under the hill. For fans of Bilbo Baggins this is the place to be. (more)Susan Clack
A wonderful peaceful relaxing experience but also great fun for our children as they found much to enjoy (more)Brian Boyle
From £400 - £600 per week
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
It is the best holiday we’ve had in France and that's from a perspective of over 40 years holidaying in France...The walking in the beautiful mountains in the Mercantour with snow,sun,isolation and good companions.Why did I reach 67 before finding this most beautiful place? (more)Tony Bell
The Alpes-Maritimes and Mercantour National Park is a fantastic area to visit and we would consider this to be one of our best holidays. (more)Lourdes Roffey
We loved the autumn walking in the Parc du Mercantour, in fact our walk to the Lac de Negre was probably the prettiest walk we have ever done. (more)Mary Dracup
From £406 per accommodation per week
Alentejo self catering cottage, Portugal
Memorable parts? Walking down to the spring-fed pool past a fig tree with fruit just coming into ripeness; picking and eating those figs straight off the tree. Tips? You need a car. The nearby town of Vila Vicosa is lovely, and the weekly farmer's market at Estremoz is really excellent. The little market in Borba is good too, but much smaller. Local benefits? Yes. probably in that order: definitely benefited local people, reduced impacts, and didn't have much effect on conservation.... (more)Richard Mansell
From €80 - €100 per cottage per night
Gozo farmhouse self catering accommodation, Malta
The house is beautiful, very comfortable and surprisingly spacious. It was a lovely place to spend time. Gozo is fantastic, it feels unspoilt and genuine and the people are friendly and kind. (more)Elaine Brown
The accommodation was perfect, a stone farm house sensitively restored by caring owners provided a haven of tranquility. (more)John Goddard
From €55 - €100 per house per night
Ghammar self catering accommodation, Gozo
Memorable parts? Lots! Sunset at the citadel in Victoria; snorkelling at Comino; sunset on the roof terrace of the gorgeous farmhouse. Tips? Do hire a car as Gozo has so many lovely places to visit (though the bus service is very good). Don't plan to be out every night as the farmhouse has amazing views from the roof terrace, and you'll want to see at least one sunset from there. Local benefits? We were self catering so bought all our food from local supermarkets, with as... (more)Sarah Shrubb
From €85 - €170 per accommodation per night (sleeps 4-6)
Mercantour Park self catering gite, France
A really worthwhile and memorable holiday: the self guided walks were well planned and gave us a great idea of the locality; the food was very good and the garden(s) excellent for relaxing on our days off. We were given a very warm welcome and a friendly stay. (more)Jon Nay
Amazing 360 degree views on the walks in the Maritime Alps and the relaxed but informative approach of our guide Mel. The gite is very comfortable and well equipped and the food which was prepared by Liz was delicious and varied. (more)Cathy Wiggins
The most memorable part of the holiday was the trip to Col de Fenetre (mountain pass between France and Italy, ca 2400 m ab. s. l.) where we admired numerous chamoises, marmots and even ibexes. (more)Jan Maca
From £406 per week (sleeps 2)
Luxury yurt accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
It is a wonderful place for a family holiday with small children and a great place to recharge your batteries. (more)Alison Brookes Day
Fabulously relaxing, beautiful island, relaxed yet very responsive hosts. A great experience...Great for kids with donkey rides, missions to collect eggs every day, and to hang out with other kids on the communal trampoline, pirate boat and playground. (more)Michelle Levene
Most memorable were the rural location with an opportunity to see the landscape and vegetation. The space, both our private area around our yurt and outside where the kids were free to play on the trampoline and meet the chickens and donkey. The smallness of the resort and the uncrowded beach. The morning bike ride into the village for bread. (more)Roos Eisma
From €1120 - €1330 per week (sleeps 4)
Devon eco lodge accommodation, England
Maggie, joint owner with Ian, took us on a walk through the wet grassland area of special scientific interest. Not only was it interesting from an ecological point of view it was such fun. (more)Jenny Brace
We'll remember the brightness of the stars on clear nights with no light pollution, watching bats flying around our lodge at sunset, waking late because it was so quiet and comfortable and the blackout blinds were so good, the ruby red cows really glowing like rubies at sunset, being content to just potter around the farm in the sunshine without getting bored. (more)Sue Stanwell
The most memorable part were the ...scones on arrival (they were the best I have ever tasted!), walking around the beautiful country side and the farm... (more)Jenna du Plessis
From £250 - £595 per accommodation per week
Fowey accommodation in Cornwall, sleeps 2, England
It is a lovely high spec cottage in a beautiful area. We were very sad to leave and we would be very happy to return or recommend it to friends. (more)GRAHAM WILSON
Excellent...Restorative peace and quiet and attention to detail in providing good facilities and information for guests by the owner. (more)Karina Martin
All the elements for a delightful holiday were there. We had returned after enjoying our previous stay and would do so more often if we did not live so far away. (more)Robyn McNiece
From £90 - £125 per cottage per night
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Excellent....Relaxing on the amazing patio of the property in the evening sun, listening to incredible bird song and enjoying the beautiful valley (more)Vicky Hildreth
Wonderful. We had a lovely time and came away feeling relaxed and stress-free. It was also nice to meet the hosts and their family, who live nearby, and chat to them about their way of life. (more)Elfie Burgess
We had a great time and would recommend it to families....Swimming in the river pools, visiting the Alhambra, picking figs and almonds straight from the tree, watching the sunset on the terrace, keeping track of the geckos, getting our water from the spring: many wonderful memories. (more)Julia Hutchinson
From €250 - €300 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Isle of Wight self catering accommodation, England
This is our second time (in as many years) at the granary and we love the village. (more)Lucia Whalley
Our lovely cottage was kitted out with everything you could wish for...It is a lovely cottage if you want some lovely walks and near to most things if you want to drive. We loved it. (more)Sue Adams
We loved it. We would definitely go back. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the fast boat out to the needles. (more)jo morris
From £425 - £975 per week (sleeps 4)
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
One of the best places I have been - hope to come again. (more)Martin Heimann
Our holiday with our family was very enjoyable. The house was clean and well maintained with mostly good facilities. (more)Robin Harvey
Most memorable? Really lovely family walks and we took our dog. Charm of the little house and village we stayed in. (more)Rosi Lewis
From £360 - £850 per week (sleeps 6)
Troodos Mountains accommodation, Cyprus
Just wonderful...The lodge is the most perfect place to stay when exploring the local area. It is clean and well equipped with lovely courtyard. (more)Carrie Howell
Excellent - I had a thoroughly relaxing time (more)Elayne Jackson
Very enjoyable...Cycling in the Troodos mountains was the most memorable part (more)Jean Wall
From £40 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Granada holiday accommodation, Spain
The hotel is in a beautiful setting, the owners are wonderful hosts and the surrounding countryside and local villages provided a wonderful experience. (more)Puveendran Harichandran
The scenery, the relaxation, the welcome at the hotel, the glorious setting, the range of locally run activities (canoeing horse riding swimming, mountain biking etc), the joy of the children as they explored and enjoyed the freedom, the hotel and it's amazing environment...good job this box is character limited - I would go on all day. (more)Jackie shears
Fantastic holiday: we all loved it and there were a few tears in our eyes as we left. (more)Mrs Harwood
From €54 - €105 per room per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
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Very enjoyable
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It was OK
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A bit disappointing really
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