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Scotland

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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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

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    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. Take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Coach House

    Girvan

    Grade
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    Ref: 29824

    This semi-detached, former coach house is situated in the coastal town of Girvan and lies only 100 yards from the harbour and a beautiful sandy beach. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, the holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, with its varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. There are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry and NT Culzean Castle Country Park. With transport links to Glasgow for a day out, day trips to Ireland from Cairnryan and Dumfries and Galloway within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pier Cottage

    Kilmun, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
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    Ref: 28385

    Situated on the shores of the Holy Loch, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this restored, former ticket office is ideal for a relaxing holiday. Standing detached at the end of Kilmun Pier, this property offers a variety of activities, including walking, fishing, cycling, golf, quad biking and a range of watersports. The area abounds with wildlife, and visitors can take a leisurely stroll through woodland gardens at nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens. Further afield, there are day excursions to Inveraray, Oban and Loch Lomond. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/kitchen with wooden floor. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Small sitting-out area and bench. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Loch 10 yards.

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  • The Old Church

    Sconser, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    Ref: 17488

    Built in the mid 1800s this splendid little church has been restored and furnished to a good standard. It has spiral stairs leading to a galleried area which overlooks the living room and off to a small snug bedroom which fits neatly into the attic. The property which is attached to the owner’s home is set in a garden with a stone bridge over the stream. A perfect central base for a holiday touring the Islands of Skye, Raasay and the Western Isles. Shop 10 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With open fire, digital TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Conservatory.
    Bathroom:
    With bath, shower attachment and toilet.
    Open tread spiral stairs to...
    Bedroom: Galleried with double bed and sloping ceiling.

    Electric storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Garden with garden furniture. Natural unspoilt croftland. Parking available. Smoking permitted. Please note: There is a stream and drops in garden.

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  • Ardlamont Estate - Dovecote

    Tighnabruaich

    Grade
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    Ref: 30412

    Amidst a stunning secluded location with a 1½ mile private beach, this really is the perfect place for relaxing holiday or family celebrations. Nestling in 640-acres of unspoilt natural woodland, Ardlamont Estate is ideal for large parties and weddings. It is located in an area of stunning natural beauty with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do, sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Abundant wildlife can be spotted such as deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and if you’re very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a Steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. Loch Lomond National Park is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls and hidden caves. Portavadie with its plush Marina and restaurant is approximately a 5-minute drive, you can catch the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the Islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. The historic Ardlamont House is a classical example of a Scottish country house, dating back to at least 1646 when it became the ancestral home of the Lamonts, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. Sumptuous public rooms with blazing open fires, and elegant four-postered bedrooms makes this ideal to enjoy the luxurious surroundings. Beaters Cottage is stone-built with many original features, The Dovecote and Doocot offers a romantic retreat for couples. Chauffers and Coachmans are situated in the east and west wings of Ardlamont House with their own private entrances. Beach 500 yards. Shop and pub 2 miles. Amidst a stunning secluded location with a 1½ mile private beach, this really is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or family celebrations and is just 4 miles from the nearest villages. Nestling in 460 acres of unspoilt natural woodland, Ardlamont Estate is ideal for large parties and weddings. It is located in an area of stunning natural beauty with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do; sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Abundant wildlife can be spotted such as deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and if you’re very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. Loch Lomond National Park is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls and hidden caves. Portavadie with its plush marina and restaurant is approximately 5 minutes’ drive away, or you can catch the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. The historic Ardlamont House is a classical example of a Scottish country house, dating back to at least 1646 when it became the ancestral home of the Lamonts, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. Sumptuous public rooms with blazing open fires, and elegant four-postered bedrooms makes this ideal to enjoy the fabulous surroundings. Beaters Cottage is stone-built with many original features, The Dovecote and Doocot offer a romantic retreat for couples. Chauffeurs and Coachmans are situated in the east and west wings of Ardlamont House with their own private entrances. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared 460-acre natural grounds. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced access to beach 500 yards.

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  • Mains Cottages - Colin’s Cottage

    Carradale, nr. Campbeltown

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    Ref: 30646


    Situated in the quiet village of Carradale these three charming, semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 30645, 30646 and 30647) offer an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Kintyre. Colin’s Cottage and Douglas Cottage offer cosy studio accommodation with the bedroom in the style of old Scottish bothies with the bed tucked against the wall in its own recess. The surrounding area is well known for its fine beaches, unspoiled countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of ’The Kintyre Way’ making this a good base from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula, including local landmarks of Skipness Castle, the Mull of Kintyre, the Isles of Arran and Gigha. Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip for visitors. Within a short distance there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura - all of which are well worth the visit. Jura, one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides, is an ideal place to go for peace and quiet and some great walking. Islay is a great place to visit for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a Wildlife Information Centre.
    The Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is the main centre of population in Kintyre. Glasgow is only 20-30 minutes’ flying time from Machrihanish airport, which in turn is 35 minutes’ driving time from the property.
    Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt - at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself ’the whisky capital of the world’. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and harbour, with a music festival. Another attraction in the burgh, is the recreation centre (fitness centre, swimming pool, cafe and library). The town is well served with supermarkets, independently owned local shops which sell a wide variety of goods with excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce.
    Beach 1/2 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards (10-minute walk).

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Curtained off bedroom area with double bed (accessed from one side only). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric central heating and electricity at cost. Bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511319
    The Ghillies Rooms forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with focal electric stove, deep leather sofas and a well equipped kitchen with dining table. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with The Tower House (CC511318), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Harbour Apartment

    Pittenweem near Anstruther

    Grade
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    Ref: CC526024
    Situated on the harbour front in Pittenweem, one of the prettiest fishing ports in Fife, Harbour Apartment is a first floor cosy apartment with spectacular views over the harbour, Bass Rock, Isle of May and Firth of Forth. Explore the quaint lanes of this picturesque village or visit St Fillan’s Cave, with its holy well, which at one time was used by smugglers. The village also has a bakery, cafes, restaurants, several craft shops and a fish and chip shop. Pittenweem is a renowned centre for artists and craftsmen, who celebrate their skills during the Arts Festival every August. Cycling and walking can be enjoyed along the Fife Coastal Path, which gives many opportunities to explore coastal villages and visit the excellent beach that this area is well known for. Historic St. Andrews, the home of golf, is only a short drive away. After a day exploring, relax in the apartment and enjoy the ever changing views with a glass of wine.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with Karndean floors.
    Lounge area: With 40" Freeview Apple TV, Blu-ray player, bluetooth speakers and sea views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and views of the sea.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Lochside

    Hosta, Lochmaddy, North Uist

    Grade
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    Ref: 24755

    Turf-roofed lodge/cabin

    On the shores of Loch Hosta with panoramic views, this turf-roofed lodge/cabin offers an idyllic holiday retreat. The incredible landscape surrounding the lodge is a paradise for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts. Loch Hosta is one of the best fishing lochs on the island and home to many visiting birds ranging from golden eagles to corncrakes. A gentle stroll takes you to the beautiful Hosta Beach with its rolling dunes, white sand and turquoise waters. Day trips to the islands of Harris, Lewis, Eriskay and Barra are all easily accessible. Shops and pubs 8 miles, restaurant 10 miles.

    All open plan on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor, double (5ft) bed and sofa bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed natural garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Snookies Cottage

    Milton, nr. Drumnadrochit

    Grade
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    Ref: 29360


    Nestling in the peaceful community of Milton, on the outskirts of the popular village of Drumnadrochit, Snookies is a cosy and charming, detached, traditional highland cottage that makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights and spectacular scenery of the Highlands of Scotland and the west coast. Set in a small glen with adjacent stream and being over 300 years old, this historic cottage retains many of its original features including open stonework. At the heart of Loch Ness there is much to see and do, including mountain biking, skiing, fishing, birdwatching, walking in the Great Glen, horse riding and golf. For the less energetic, take a gentle stroll along one of the many forest trails or the unspoilt beaches of the Moray Coast, relax on a boat trip down Loch Ness, or take in some of the historic sites the surrounding area has to offer. Inverness is just a short drive and Fort Augustus and Fort William, slightly further. The nearby village of Drumnadrochit is home to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Historic Urquhart Castle is situated nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, split-level garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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  • Arden

    Clovullin, near Fort William

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    Ref: UK5140
    In a quiet village setting with views towards Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond, this semi-detached, single-storey cottage is well equipped and offers comfortable accommodation with a lovely garden. Situated just south of Fort William, the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’, it is ideally located for exploring the Western Highlands and the Inner Hebrides. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, climbing, forest and hill walking, mountain biking, skiing and kayaking, and there are lovely forest walks from the doorstep. There is an abundance of wildlife with porpoises and minke whales often spotted at the Corran Narrows. Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the most westerly point in Britain, Glencoe with its magnificent mountain range, and Glenfinnan Viaduct (as depicted in the Harry Potter movie) all make for terrific days out. Oban, Loch Ness and the beautiful islands of Mull and Lismore are also easily accessible. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
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    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Horseshoe Cottage

    near Hume, by Kelso

    Grade
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    Ref: CC538030
    Horseshoe Cottage is delightfully positioned on the edge of a farm near the tranquil hamlet of Hume in the Scottish Borders. This detached cottage is deceptively spacious with the accommodation benefitting from being all on ground floor level. The open countryside views surrounding Horseshoe Cottage are simply stunning; a large mature garden is the idyllic spot to rest and relax.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and comprises:
    Lounge: With gas fire and TV
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob and microwave
    Utility: With fridge/freezer, washing machine; door to side of property
    Bedroom: With super king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, towels and bed linen included.Enclosed garden. Off road parking.

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