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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.

Cirali beach self catering wooden chalets, Turkey
Self catering beach chalets near the beautiful Cirali Beach, from 900 - 1100 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Lanzarote rural self catering accommodation, Canary Islands
Loose yourself in the quiet, idyllic landscape., from 60 per house per night (sleeps 4)
Alentejo self catering cottage, Portugal
Centuries-old cottages - sustainable and geo-tourism, from 80 - 100 per cottage per night
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
Peace and Tranquility- 5 minute walk to shops & restaurants., from 390 per week (sleeps 2)
Tavira holiday cottages, Portugal
A country estate with original manor house & farm buildings, from 95 per accommodation per night
Mercantour 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
Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
Private country estate by the sea on Greek island of Ithaca, from 2495 - 4950 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Algarve holiday accommodation
Enchanting manor in a 6 hectare rural estate close to beach, from 85 - 190 per house per night
Bavaria self catering apartments
Luxury village apartments by Bavarian Forest National Park, from 455 - 1260 per accommodation per week
Cyprus self catering apartments
Village apartments fully furnished at Tochhni village, from 60 - 100 per accommodation 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)
Self catering cottage in Alpujarras, Spain
Two self catering cottages in beautiful river valley, from 250 - 300 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Baby friendly family accommodation in France
Family Friendly Loire Valley self-catering holiday cottages, from 550 - 850 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
Mountain hideaway in the Italian Alps, from 360 - 850 per week (sleeps 6)
Pembrokeshire luxury barn accommodation in Wales
Stay at an unspoilt corner of Pembrokeshire, from 600 - 1365 per accommodation per week
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
Extremadura holiday accommodation, Spain
Rural houses in stunning scenery, walking and bird watching, from 95 - 250 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Idyllic Andalucian Farmhouse with Stunning Private Pool, from 799 - 1194 per accommodation per week
France gite accommodation, Mercantour
Beautifully located gite in the Mercantour, France, from 406 per accommodation per night (sleeps 4-6)
Rural self catering accommodation near Valencia, Spain
Experience the real Spain in rural splendour., from 225 - 275 (7 days) per person per week
Peak District self catering cottages, England
Organic hideaway for 2 & wheelchair access cottage for 6, from 270 - 740 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Troodos Mountains accommodation, Cyprus
Visit the picturesque village of Vouni, from 45 per apartment per night

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Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Memorable parts? Just being in such a remote location, no internet, no emails, no phone signal! Totally peace and tranquility! Having the raft was totally fab to play around on too! Also seeing the kingfisher, catching fish (returned safely to their watery home!) having deer as neighbours & listening to the stags rutting. Tips? The cabin can hold 2 adults & 2 children comfortably as the upstairs twin room is very low - if you are a grown up with back problems......ouch! But more than... (more)Sally Cowburn
From 580 - 850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Laguna Torca farmstay accommodation in Chile
Memorable parts? Soledad and Charles were incredible hosts. The surroundings were beautiful, the house was incredibly comfortable, and we enjoyed the serene nature all around us. We also enjoyed visiting the llamas, who were quite hospitable! Tips? The location is off the beaten path, but well worth the effort if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to visit. Local benefits? With the location in a small community, we definitely felt that we made a small contribution... (more)Sian Wayt Wingerup
From CLP70000 per villa per night (sleeps 4)
Devon self catering loft apartment in farmhouse, Honiton
Memorable parts? Very pleasant time on Sidmouth and Lyme Regis seafronts (easily accessible from the farmhouse) Tips? Buy all provisions at Greendale farm shop (a short drive away, open until 8pm), which has a superb fish counter. Also a good selection of seafood in Lyme Regis, from a fish stall which was open on Easter Sunday. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A superb location in West Devon, i.e. some of the best that the South West has to offer while relatively... (more)Andrew Jones
From 250 - 550 per cottage per week
Andalucia villa near Malaga, Spain
Memorable parts? 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. The villa is a one-of-a-kind gem and we feel very fortunate to have been able to spend two weeks relaxing there and being wowed by the beautiful vistas and sunsets that greeted us every day and every evening. ... (more)Nancy Lipson
From 799 - 1194 per accommodation per week
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)
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
This was an excellent short stay. I wish we could have had at least one extra night - but they were full !. We will go back. (more)Bill Blakemore
Everything was memorable from the the open Malaysian Hut we stayed in, the tropical rain, Fireflies, the swimming pool overlooking the rainforest and friendly staff through to the delicious food the chef prepared and we barbecued over the open fire. (more)Joshua Bacon
A hike in the jungle with a local guide from the aboriginal people was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Robert Hale
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
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)
Lanzarote rural self catering accommodation, Canary Islands
Couldn't have asked for more! This hideaway, hidden amongst Lanzaote's awesome landscape, made a perfect home from home for me and my young family. The added benefits were for me a hammock, my 2 boys a 'garden' to explore and my husband enjoyed the alfresco cooking. The owners left Great tips on best beaches and places to explore too. (more)Rachel Grevatte
Wonderful break in a Rural part of Lanzarote. The beaches at Costa De Papagayo are to be recommended for a relaxing in the sun and out of the wind...Excellent holiday. (more)Stuart Mackay
It really was a beautiful holiday. The location was wonderful; the landscape was amazing, nice and quiet, in contact with nature. We liked hiking in the beautiful Lanzarote volcanic areas and along the paths of La Geria wine region. (more)Chiara Zubelli
From 60 per house per night (sleeps 4)
Snowdonia self catering accommodation, Wales
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
We loved the cafe in the woods and the steam train at the bottom of the hill....9 out of 10 . Very peaceful and private with fabulous views of the mountains. (more)Katherine Dukes
From 325 - 425 per cottage per week (sleeps 5)
Tenerife holiday apartments, sleeps 2
Memorable parts? The magical scenery of the north western side of this beautiful island - Mount Teide, the Masca gorge and Garachico plus the area around the accomodation - Los Realejos, El Socorro beach etc. Driving on the almost vertical switchback roads was also a memorable experience! Tips? February was a brilliant time to go if you want to walk. Warm but not too hot, although be prepared for a few damp/cloudy days. Evenings were quite chilly in the accomodation and there was... (more)christine Preston
From 45 per apartment per night (sleeps 2)
Algarve holiday accommodation
Great place, great people!... also perfect place to be with kids! (more)Monika Wolkers
The most memorable part was the location - so tranquil and perfect hosts. (more)Rachel Turner
So relaxing! Excellent apartment with beautiful surroundings, chilled out owners who make u feel very welcome. Looking forward for a return. (more)emma scott
From 85 - 190 per house per night
Devon self catering cottage, England
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
Nice and relaxing..the best part was bike riding part of the Tarka trail and the Granite way, great fun! (more)Naomi Simcox
From 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
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
A lovely family holiday or romantic getaway, off the beaten track, true Italy at its best. Some fabulous restaurants in chiavenna and wonderful food and drink, simply gorgeous views, fresh air and zillions of places to go and see from lakes to quaint villages to deserted mountain treks (more)Sarah Porter
From 360 - 850 per week (sleeps 6)
Andalucia self catering accommodation, Almeria, Spain
The most memorable parts were the place, our hosts, the local people, the walks, the food, the weather (sun, and wind) the hilarious bus trip with locals and very funny driver. Pretty much everything. (more)David Maggs
Really superb... The beautiful scenery was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Bridget Waller
Very relaxing & peaceful...Rarely heard more than sounds of birds & insects. Wonderful views on the walks from the accomodation. John & Mair were very friendly & helpful, but not intrusive. Eating out in Lubrin unbelievably cheap & food pleasant & plentiful. (more)Jane Batstone
From 390 per week (sleeps 2)
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 - 750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Peak District self catering cottages, England
Very relaxing and the cottage was wonderful to come back too at the end of the day, or have a break during the day. (more)Colin Ingram
Exactly the relaxing break we needed and more....The cottage was wonderful and the views superb. We did some great walking and some amazing eating. The farmhouse breakfast has to be described as memorable -delicious! (more)Kathy Longford
Most memorable part was arriving at the beautiful cottage surrounded by glorious hillside views!...Amazing- we'd love to go back! (more)Hannah Merriman
From 270 - 740 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-6)
Eco self catering accommodation in Yorkshire
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
The cabin was beautifully constructed and we enjoyed a very relaxing time in an interesting part of the country. (more)Bob Simmonds
Most memorable? The building itself that we stayed in - a straw bale cabin. I'd never even heard of such constructions before and so I was intrigued at the prospect. I loved its comfort, location and overall kookiness. (more)Damian Slee
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
Ullapool self catering cottages, Scotland
Excellent! Exploring the local environment and seeing wild deer, seals and otters were the most memorable parts. (more)Lindy Brown
The 'Lochside Cottages' are in a beautiful spot, right on the shores of Loch Broom. Very peaceful and relaxing. Good access to hills in Assynt and Torridon for the more adventurous. (more)Elaine McAdam
The view from each window spectacular and so close to the loch that it was almost like being on a boat at times! Views changed with the stillness of the water or with the time of day and weather. Misty mountains at dawn to orange and red sunsets and each day and time different from dawn to dusk. (more)Julia Graham
From 190 - 600 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Luxury Greek Island holiday accommodation
Pretty much perfect!.....The tranquility, the love and care in every detail and the warmth and generosity of our hosts. (more)Michelle Aloof
The wonderful view of the sea from the cottage, and the fantastic swimming in the clearest, blue sea water i have ever seen ... Just go - you will be rejuvenated! (more)Raju Bhatt
The estate is absolutely beautiful and we really did feel at home. Overall - great holiday! The most exciting thing was hiring a boat and exploring and discovering deserted coves in this beautiful, unspoilt island. (more)Francesca Gill
From 2495 - 4950 per week (sleeps 4-6)
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
Polis, Cyprus villa & hotel accommodation
This has been the 3rd visit to this hotel. Definitely will return. A*. (more)Mike Biggs
Watching the sunset from the terrace of my room. Excellent view, great location., good local food. (more)Georgina Alexander
Excellent. A really relaxing break - I hope to make a return trip. Very encouraging to see a smaller-scale family hotel; well-organised, clean, comfortable, friendly and beautiful, with a positive impact on its local environment. (more)Judy Powell
From 70 - 115 per double room 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)
Lanzarote self catering cottage in the Canary Islands
We expected the finca to be lovely but it far exceeded our expectations. The Garden Cottage was perfect for a couple who wanted privacy but still all the facilities of the shared areas...Excellent! (more)Helen Wilson
Fantastic! Whilst we were there most of the other guests were couples with young children but as a childless couple we were catered for just as perfectly. The finca is a beautiful place, the owners are friendly and helpful, can't praise it enough! (more)Lisa Carver
Great experience, wonderful hosts and beautiful surroundings... (more)Sarah Slade
From 560 - 735 per week (sleeps 4)
Loire Valley self catering farm cottage, France
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
The most memorable part was cycling round tiny villages in the French countryside past fields of sunflowers, stopping off for some well earned coffee and pastries along the way! (more)Katy Fifield
This place is perfect for your French holiday: lots of things to do locally, excellent location for day trips to the loire valley attractions, soooo relaxing if you don't want to do anything at all! (more)Laura Taglioni
From 550 - 650 per cottage per week (sleeps 2-4)
Self catering gites in the Ardeche, France
IT was fantastic! good weather/food/wine and lots of adventures. (more)camilla alban davies
9 out of 10. A very beautiful, relaxing experience...The views and the food and drink in the area were most memorable. (more)Gabrielle Heyse-Moore
Most memorable? Activities around the area... Great. (more)Michel Rener
From 355 - 1780 per accommodation per week
Lanzarote villa accommodation, Canary Islands
Memorable parts? Going on a day trip to a remote island organised by owner Tila and swimming on an empty beach. Tips? Definitely rent a car and try arrive in day light as roads signs easily missed in dark Local benefits? Yes - completely. Overall rating? Excellent, cheap and cheerful, direct flights, lots to do...brilliant family holiday would have been equally good for a couple or friends. (more)Zara Stassin
From 1540 - 2065 per villa per week (sleeps 6)
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)
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

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
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Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
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Very enjoyable
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