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Holiday cottages in Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to relax in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. With an abundance of culture, fantastic heritage, stunning cities and a wealth of activities to suit all ages and interests, you’ll find more than enough to entertain all kinds of holidaymakers. So, whether you’re on two feet or two paws, a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to have something to offer, and we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best things to see and do in the region.

With such a rich history, Scotland’s past is all but unavoidable. Thankfully, it’s equally fascinating, and some of the country’s best attractions combine the colourful tale of Scotland with some stunning landscapes. The Speyside Whisky Trail is just one such example. One of the main reasons so many choose Scottish holiday cottages, the trail takes in some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, offering a history lesson, a ‘wee dram’ and a showcase of stunning views. If you fancy a more vibrant experience from your holiday in Scotland then you may prefer to stay in and around Edinburgh. The capital city offers an intoxicating mix of medieval history, Georgian architecture and contemporary culture. A wealth of festivals and some fantastic shopping opportunities are just the icing on the cake, but if you fancy a more tranquil view then the views from Arthur’s Seat are unrivalled. Scotland’s wilder side is justly celebrated through the Cairngorms National Park. Larger than the Lake District, and boasting beautiful moorland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it’s an unforgettable journey taking in some of Scotland’s most iconic topography. If you’d like to experience the more mythical side of Scottish history then our final recommendation is the legendary Loch Ness. Admire the dramatic ruins of Urqhart Castle and gaze over the loch’s gentle lapping waters to see if you can spot Nessie!

Thanks to a prevalence of wide-open expanses, many choose to enjoy Scottish cottages for a wealth of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, boating, cycling, horse riding and more are all perfectly suited for making the most of your stunning surroundings. Pet owners will be equally spoilt for choice with a wealth of fantastic locations to treat their four-legged friends. If you fancy somewhere to relax and explore at your own pace then you will be equally satisfied with Scotland. There are plenty of beautiful heritage attractions and a wealth of city break destinations offering a fun-filled and vibrant urban experience.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.

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  • Dunans Lodge

    Glendaruel, near Dunoon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5118
    This historical lodge dating back to 1825 has large gardens and a stunning barbecue hut, and offers a peaceful retreat. It is located amidst a glorious landscape of unspoilt wooded glens, fragmented coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking bays, and provides a great base from which to explore this stunningly beautiful area and sample the wide range of activities on offer. The Argyll Forest, part of the simply gorgeous Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, is on the doorstep and has numerous forest tracks, marked walks, cycle ways and wonderful waterfalls to explore. Walkers should seek out the Cowal Way, a long distance walk running from Portavadie to Arrochar. A number of public gardens are located in the area such as Ardkinglas, Crarae and Benmore Botanic Gardens with its avenue of giant Redwood trees. There are three golf courses available locally and many opportunities for a spot of fishing. At Colintraive there is a short ferry crossing over to the picturesque Isle of Bute and a visit to the fabulous Victorian Gothic Mount Stuart House is a must. Tighnabruaich has a RYA sailing school and a selection of small shops. Dunoon has a good centre for shopping, leisure facilities and a small cinema. Inveraray is also a great day out with the castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and the 19th-century Inveraray Jail all well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 10 miles.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance.
    Living room: With multi-fuel burner, 42" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ hut. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river and stream in the grounds, 10 yards away, and there is a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Heatherlea

    Elgol, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 24404

    This unique holiday property set against a rocky hillock enjoys lovely open views and total privacy. Located towards the end of one of the most scenic roads on the Isle of Skye, Heatherlea is comfortably furnished and equipped with your every need in mind. A super area for climbing, walking, fishing, mountain biking or just exploring this unspoilt corner of Skye. Boat trips to some of the outer isles can be taken from the small jetty in the fishing village of Elgol, just a mile away. Shop and pub 15 miles, restaurant 200 yards.

    Entrance to first floor. Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet.

    NSH, partial underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small natural unspoilt garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced retaining wall in garden and significant drops within the grounds.

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  • Craobh Marina Cottages - Shuna

    Craobh Haven, by Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 31081

    With spectacular views overlooking the inner islands, the infamous Corryvreckan Whirlpool and towards Mull, Jura and Scarba, Craobh Marina Cottages (refs 31076, 31077, 31078, 31079, 31080 and 31081) are less than 100 yards from the sea, and have been carefully designed to capture the atmosphere and character of the West Highlands. All properties are terraced, except for Seil which is semi-detached. In the immediate area, there is wildlife to watch, boat trips to be experienced, fish to be caught, great walks to be explored and there are also horse riding opportunities. If you are an energetic walker, you can cross the Craignish Peninsula by walking to Ardfern, or even further to Craignish Point, with its views of the Dorus Mhor and Crinan. There is wonderful sailing around this part of the coast, with numerous safe anchorages. Craobh Marina offers facilities for the launching and recovery of boats, and also offers chandlery and marine diesel. Excellent food is available in the local pub, and also at a nearby hotel, about 2 miles away. Going further afield, there are monroes to be climbed, museums to be visited and even the opportunity to experience Inveraray Jail. Oban is only half an hour away, with its range of shops and major ferry terminus, with trips available to Mull, Iona, Colonsay and other islands. Other ferry services operate from Tayvallich, Kennacraig and Tarbet, giving access to further exciting locations. There is plenty of space for children to play around the cottages, and they can also explore the little wood and stream at the rear as well as the foreshore immediately in front of the cottages. The Mull of Kintyre, Fort William, Mallaig, Skye and even Inverness are all within a comfortable day’s drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. First 21 units per day electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Economy 7 central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out areas and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from reservoir. No smoking. NB: 8 steps and sloping banks to sea in grounds. Sea, 100 yards.

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  • Beech Cottage

    Crawfordjohn, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SOOC

    Enjoying an idyllic situation on the 33,000-acre Douglas Estate, surrounded by open countryside and panoramic views, these three attached holiday cottages, set within a courtyard, have been renovated and furnished to a 5 star standard and provide excellent accommodation from which to explore the surrounding areas. Woodland walks are available direct from the door, and the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s coast to coast long distance walk, runs close by. It is an ideal base for hill walking, fishing, wildlife and bird-watching, sightseeing or one of the many country estate pursuits available locally. Nearby Biggar has an array of specialist shops, pubs, eateries, Victorian-style puppet theatre, museums, boating and paddling pools, tennis courts and the famous Hogmanay bonfire and street party. Within easy reach are the cities of Edinburgh, with Scotland’s most famous castle dominating the city skyline, world-class museums, galleries, restaurants and bars, and Glasgow, a vibrant bustling city and home to the Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. Shops 7 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor and French doors. Large well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor and seating area with wooden floor. Three double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link bed; one with TV and fully tiled en-suite shower room and toilet. Fully tiled bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet with tiled floor.

    • Washer/dryer

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, eco-friendly biomass district central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Two digital TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Broadband connection
    • Shared, landscaped courtyard garden, each cottage with separate seating area with furniture
    • Set in natural woodland and surrounded by rolling countryside in 33,000-acre estate
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • Wheelchair access
    • NB: Small unfenced stream in woodland

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  • Melness Cottage

    Tongue, Sutherland

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511315
    Melness Cottage is a traditional croft cottage situated in a stunning location with panoramic views across the Kyle of Tongue. This detached two storey cottage is situated in the quiet hamlet of Skinnet in North West Sutherland. Just a short walk from the sea and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, awe inspiring beaches and pretty harbour villages, the cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore this wonderful and totally unspoilt region. The cottage has been upgraded and refurbished whilst retaining its original charm. There is a cosy lounge, a separate dining room and a small but well equipped kitchen. On the first floor are two good sized bedrooms and a bright, modern family bathroom. The views across the bay with the mountains beyond are simply stunning. There is a large garden, mainly laid to lawn, bounded by an original low stone wall. Whilst this far North West coastline seems wild and remote, there are a good selection of amenities and facilities in the immediate area. There is also a local bar and restaurant just 1/2 mile from the cottage. Perched on a promontory overlooking the magnificent Kyle of Tongue, the nearby village of Tongue enjoys spectacular views across the sea, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Ben Loyal in the distance. The village has a good selection of local amenities including a general store, two hotels with restaurants, post office, petrol station, craft shops and village church. There is a slipway and harbour for small boats within a mile of the property.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises;
    Lounge: With satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 2 )
    Dining Room: With stunning views across the bay
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, washing machine, fridge with ice box
    Conservatory: Overlooking the garden with stunning views

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and wash basin. Stunning views
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and stunning views
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Large lawn area bounded by low stone walls. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Seaview Cottage

    Sandhaven, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC512053
    Seaview Cottage is a traditional fisherman’s cottage that enjoys superb views across the sea. The cottage has been completely refurbished in recent years and now offers bright, spacious accommodation for 6. The ground floor has been transformed from the original small rooms into two large living areas. The spacious lounge is dual aspect, with views to the front and full length windows to the rear that overlook the gardens. The kitchen/dining room runs the full length of the cottage and provides plenty of room for families and larger groups. Upstairs all the bedrooms are beautifully presented and enjoy superb sea views. There is a good sized bathroom and a second ground floor shower room.

    Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD with sea views across the bay
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box
    Utility: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super king size 6ft bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom; With bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Garden on two levels enclosed by fence. Patio area with steps leading up to lawned area with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for one small car at rear. NB: Unprotected drop from higher level in garden onto patio level below.

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  • Seaview

    Easdale, by Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 26026

    With spectacular uninterrupted sea views across the Atlantic to the islands of Easdale, Mull, Luing and beyond, this holiday property has an enviable shore side location. Situated on the Isle of Seil and linked to the mainland by the famous ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ it is an ideal base for touring. Coastal and hill walks, watersports, fishing, golf, sea-fari adventure and ferry trips are all close by. Visit archaeological sites, beautiful gardens and castles. For wildlife enthusiasts, a variety of birds, otters, seals, porpoises, dolphins and even whales have been spotted from the property. Shops, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). First £10 electricity and NSH included, remainder by key meter. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Glenview

    Appin, nr. Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W41355

    Open fire

    Ideal base to explore area

    Situated in Appin, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this delightful single storey holiday home boasts spacious accommodation throughout. Set in its own large grassed garden area, ideal for children and pets, this also affords ample parking. Walking, running and cycling are popular activities, and the official Glencoe to Oban cycle/walking path (Route 78) passes nearby. Cycle hire, boat hire and horse riding are also available locally. The foot ferry, 3 miles, takes visitors to the beautiful island of Lismore via a short crossing. Set almost midway between Oban and Fort William, it is an ideal base from which to explore the beauty of the surrounding area. Golf courses can be found in Oban, Ballachulish and Fort William. Glencoe and Fort William offer mountain climbing, walking and skiing in season. Oban offers boat trips to the Islands, including Mull and Iona. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    3 steps to entrance (with handrails). All on ground floor: Living room with patio door/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Clunnie Mor

    Aviemore

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: S4615

    Set on the fringes of Aviemore village, a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degree of comfort. Sitting in a quiet cul de sac, they are ideal for family gatherings. All of the four properties (refs S4401, S4402, S4615 and S4538) enjoy their own private hot tub (each for 4 people) and three have a digital, infrared sauna with music and colour system, Freeview TVs and hairdryers in all bedrooms. All four properties enjoy corporate membership for 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years) to Dalfaber Country Club offering swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and 9 hole golf course. At extra charge, badminton, squash court, indoor and outdoor tennis court, table tennis, snooker and carpet bowls. Aviemore is a renowned centre for outdoor pursuits – excellent climbing and hill walking, competition standard mountain bike tracks, water sports on Lochs Morlich and Insch and, of course, skiing and snow boarding in season are just some of the activities on offer. The fishing and golf are similarly excellent, with trout fishing available all year at Rothiemurchus Estate, 2 miles, or hire equipment (at cost, licence required) for salmon fishing at the River Spey (seasonal). Sled dog rides, train trips to the resort at the top of the mountain, and the Strathspey steam railway are also found here and Britain’s only freely roaming reindeer herd can be spotted against the stunning backdrop of Glenmore. Shops, good restaurants, themed bars, live music are all within 0.5 miles. Other great attractions in the area are The Highland Wildlife Centre with Amur tigers, wolves and polar bear, The Landmark Centre, Tree Zone; an incredible aerial adventure and Aviemore Highland Resort Leisure Centre with its own wavepool, water slides and cinema.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with additional Z bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor) included. DVDs. Private parking for 2 cars; additional on road parking.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (full package). Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone – honesty box. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Private hot tub. Sauna. No smoking.

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  • Eland

    Nr Auchtermuchty, Fife

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UEB

    "Close to sandy beaches and picturesque villages – with golf at St Andrews nearby . . ."

    Ideal for family gatherings, special occasions, select weddings or corporate events, Pitcairlie House can accommodate up to 21 guests in five delightful properties (all graded Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ and awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award) - each apartment being entirely individual and self-contained. All five splendid holiday properties enjoy shared use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool and sauna - they all have an internal access to the swimming pool (except Kudu UED, reached along the verandah).
    They are set in a lovely rural situation, 3 miles south of Newburgh on the Firth of Tay, and 18 miles from Perth, in a 120-acre wildlife haven of woods, streams and rolling hills. Eland (UEB, sleeps 6), Sable (UEC, sleeps 4), Kudu (UED, sleeps 4), The Garden Apartment (UEE, sleeps 3) have been formed within a large Victorian wing of the owners’ 16th-century country mansion, while the Lodge (SBK, sleeps 4) is set on the edge of woodland by the end of the drive. Just 2 miles away is the attractive village of Auchtermuchty, while medieval Falkland with its historic palace is only 2 miles farther on. Both villages offer a selection of shops, inns and restaurants. Shops 2 miles.

    Created from the original drawing room of the house, Eland is an extremely spacious apartment, elegantly furnished to the Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard, with beautiful wooden flooring and delightful views over the grounds and surrounding countryside. It has internal access to the swimming pool. Accessed from the ground floor with stairs to first floor: Spacious, open-plan sitting/dining room and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating included
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Microwave
    • Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone by meter reading
    • Shared grounds of 120 acres
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Privte parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (23ft x 12ft) and sauna available all year round
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Hamper by arrangement
    • NB: Small unfenced lake

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  • Sgurr Mor Lodge

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, nr. Plockton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: SMMD

    These three adjoining holiday properties (refs SMMC, SMMD and UVO) are set in beautiful, landscaped grounds with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye and are only 500 yards away from the shoreline and village of Balmacara. The properties are ideally placed for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery in the West Highlands and visitors can enjoy private fishing on hill lochs during their stay. Minutes away by car is the enigmatic Isle of Skye dominated by the Cuillins, Eilean Donan Castle, the pretty village of Plockton and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The breathtaking drive across the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ leads to the village of Applecross, recently featured in Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC television. Experience wildlife safaris such as marine life, sea/loch fishing, water sports and magnificent mountains for hill walking, climbing and biking. A network of National Trust paths, signposted from the grounds of Sgurr Mor, affords views of the surrounding area. Shop and pub 500 yards and excellent restaurants in and around Plockton.

    Entrance hall. Three steps up to double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip & link) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite Jack and Jill bathroom with bidet and toilet (access also from hall). Further large double bedroom with 6ft bed, access to Jack and Jill bathroom, rosewood floor and feature panoramic windows. Split level to stunning, spacious living room with feature stone wall with open fire, rosewood floor and panoramic windows. Superb, large kitchen/breakfast room. External access via stairs to basement utility.

    • Private lawned garden to rear

    • Open fire - initial fuel included (November-March)
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Large shared lawned garden at front
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • May House

    Crail

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 24743

    This semi detached, contemporary holiday home is on the edge of the picturesque village of Crail just 9 miles from St Andrews. Within easy reach of the little beach at Roome Bay and close to the links golf courses of Balcomie and Craighead. Light, spacious and elegantly furnished this is a delightful holiday base from which to enjoy the East Neuk. Take boat trips from Anstruther to the Isle of May to see puffins, porpoises and seals, the Sea Life centre in St Andrews along with interesting shops, café bars and the excellent Byre Theatre. Golf clubs and fishing rods are available. Shop ½ mile, pub 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. Games room with pool table. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and towels included. Bed linen hire. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Playstation. Wii. Gas hob. Electricity double oven. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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