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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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  • Lick Estate - Tummel Cottage

    Foss, near Pitlochry

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC576

    Blissfully set within the owner’s 2000-acre estate with beef cattle and sheep, these two idyllic, semi-detached cottages offer the ideal escape in Highland Perthshire. The views across Loch Tummel are simply breathtaking, and the surrounding countryside has an abundance of wildlife including ospreys, pine martens, grouse, red deer and golden eagles. Perfect for anglers, there is one mile of shoreline fishing with some accessible points for fishing, and two private fishing lochs within the estate. Outdoor pursuits abound in the area to suit all tastes, from walking and cycling, to sailing and even bungee jumping, making these properties ideal for adventurous holidaymakers.

    The Victorian holiday town of Pitlochry is only 10 miles away. The town’s festival theatre has a regular calendar of performances, and there are shops, restaurants, two whisky distilleries and a selection of popular organised events which take place all year round. These include Highland Games, The Enchanted Forest and the cycle race Etape Caledonia to name but a few.

    Immaculately presented for comfort and ease, these single-storey properties are in a perfect location for those seeking a tranquil retreat in a pretty setting. Shop, pub and restaurant 10 miles. Tummel Cottage (UKC576) can be booked together with Farragon Cottage (UKC577) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With open fire, 38" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee machine and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included November-April. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Shared 2000-acre grounds with woodland, open countryside and sitting-out area. Fishing on-site (licence included). Grazing for horses. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring. There are steps and sloping banks in the garden. There are sloping banks and a fenced loch in the grounds, 200 yards away.

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  • Oak View

    North Ballachulish, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
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    Ref: 27262

    In a peaceful setting with lovely mountain views, this cosy wooden holiday cottage is set on a small croft, 12 miles south of Fort William and 4 miles north of Glencoe. Forest trails offer leisurely walks and mountain biking, or Glencoe’s rugged mountains allow for excellent climbing. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of watersports are also available. Visit the Isles of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or cross on the Corran Ferry to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Inverness, Loch Ness, Oban and the Isle of Skye also make for great days out. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric ’coal-effect’ fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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    Ref: W43336


    Conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop, this holiday cottage offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys beautiful views across the River Spey. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday and within a short drive, the villages and towns of Glentruim, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore are easily accessible, and Laggan is just a short walk away. A mini haven for bird watchers, you may catch sight of an eagle soaring over the valley, and lots of river and marsh birds can be spotted from the windows. Recognised as one of the most popular walking areas of the Central Highlands, the scenery alone keeps people returning throughout the year. Shop, 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Brough Hall

    Paisley

    Grade
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    Ref: CC531121
    Brough Hall is a wonderful listed Victorian building located in the Oakshaw Conservation area within Paisley, just west of Glasgow. This first floor self catering apartment is ideal for a couple who want to enjoy all that Glasgow - the City of Culture - and the surrounding area have to offer, whilst staying in a charming historic property. The building is named after Peter Brough who was one of the wealthiest men in Paisley during the 1900’s and lived on this very site. Brough Hall was built after his death in Scottish Baronial style and was originally designated as a nursing home - this is carved above the front door - to day there are six privately owned apartments. Flat four is located on the first floor, looking out over the front of the property. Oakshaw Street is quiet, leafy and is a no through road. Inside the apartment there is an open plan living space with high ceilings and large windows. Everything leads off from the lounge, the kitchen is tucked round the corner and is galley style, the dining area sits within the tower alcove. The bedroom has a wonderful large super king bed. 
    Brough Hall really does make a fantastic holiday location from where to access both city life and countryside locations across Central and Southern Scotland alike

    First Floor: Property is all on first floor level has gas central heating and comprises;
    Open plan living space:-
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, selection of books/DVDs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washer/dryer
    Dining Area: Set within tower alcove with glass topped table and chairs
    Bedroom: With super king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included Wifi internet access available.Off road parking for one car.

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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: S4475

    Enjoying stunning views down Strathglass, across The Aird and over the nearby lochan from its elevated croft setting, this very comfortable property makes a peaceful base for couples to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Standing just 400 yards from the River Beauly and backed by historic woodlands, it adjoins the owners’ home 4 miles from the interesting shopping and choice of restaurants in flower bedecked Beauly village, a past winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Visitors can enjoy wonderful bird and wildlfe watching, gloriously scenic walking, fly fishing on the Beauly, climbing and canoeing as well as exploring castles and whisky distilleries. Majestic Glen Affric and Loch Ness (12 miles) are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Access to shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Steep slopes and pond in shared grounds.

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  • Auchendennan - Chestnut Cottage

    Arden, Alexandria

    Grade
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    Ref: SXXO

    "Stunning cottages in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park..."

    Situated in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park, these stunning holiday properties have been lovingly restored and furnished to provide wonderful retreats. Auchendennan Farm Cottage (SLLX) is a single-storey holiday cottage; within the house there is a large family sauna which can be used as an ideal way to unwind. Outside on the sun decking, there is a sunken hot tub which is large enough for all the family and powerful enough to give tired muscles a proper massage. Rose Cottage (SRRG) is a single-storey conversion adjoining the owner’s farmhouse. Combining modern and traditional furnishings, the property boasts a superb hot tub and external sun decked area for relaxing and unwinding. Burnbeag (SVVE) is a stunning, detached cottage to the rear of the steadings and has a stream running through its private enclosed garden, which has a decked area and hot tub. Courtyard Studio (SVVD) is a single-storey barn conversion set in the courtyard, behind the main house. Chestnut Cottage (SXXO), Willow Cottage (SXXP), Primrose Cottage (SXXQ) and Ivy Cottage (SXXR) are all pretty single-storey, semi-detached holiday cottages, with open-plan living areas and a cosy, wood-burning stove.
    In summer, Loch Lomond’s ancient oak woods ring with birdsong. Look out for redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers. Ospreys are summer visitors to the loch and nearby Lake of Menteith. In the high country of Breadalbane, golden eagles may be seen soaring over mountain slopes richly carpeted in alpine plants. Watch out for porpoises and seals and glimpse Loch Lomond’s herd of fallow deer as they bound through the trees. Loch Lomond and Loch Earn are some of Scotland’s prime venues for sailing and water-skiing, while the rivers Balvaig and Teith are popular with canoeists. The Teith is also a great salmon river and one of many places popular with anglers. For golfing enthusiasts, the famous courses of Loch Lomond are just a short distance from the property, with an abundance of courses for all standards within easy reach.
    Walking is a popular pursuit, from gentle low-level strolls to strenuous mountain climbs. Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Ben Ime and Ben Vorlich are among the 21 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet). The West Highland Way stretches from the edge of Glasgow to Fort William, hugging the banks of Loch Lomond and passing through the spectacular mountain scenery of Strathfillan. There are great opportunities for cycling on and off road on National Cycle Network Route 7, which passes through the National Park from Balloch to Killin. Cameron House, the 5 star golf/spa resort is just minutes from the property where one can enjoy fine dining, day spa packages and championship golf. Lomond Shores, again a short distance from the property, offers designer shopping, loch cruises and an aquarium. The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily accessible by car boasting award winning restaurants, theatres, galleries and concert venues, designer shopping as well as many tourist attractions including the breath-taking Edinburgh Castle. Shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, 5ft bed and kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Solid fuel (underfloor) heating included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine tumble dryer
    • Shared utility with freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 42-acre natural and wooded grounds
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in shared grounds

    Note: Auchendennan Farm Cottage ref SLLX may be booked with Rose Cottage ref SRRG to sleep 10 people

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511444
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Dairy Cottage can be booked together with Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Dining room/conservatory: With wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Horseshoe Cottage

    near Hume, by Kelso

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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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  • The Boat House

    Dalbeattie

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5060
    Perched above the water’s edge of Loch Fern, a secluded 16-acre loch and surrounded by 16 acres of woodland garden, this unique converted boat house is truly a magical place. It is an ideal getaway, sleeping two on a very good quality sofa bed, and with its own balcony overlooking the loch, the scenery is stunning and The Boat House just blends in beautifully with the landscape. The loch is home to some of the finest wild brown trout fishing in the South of Scotland and can be arranged directly with the owner. The mixed woodland adjoining the property is also home to many animals, and often seen are badgers, deer, otters, red squirrels and, if you are lucky, ospreys.

    If you can bear to tear yourselves away from The Boat House, the location is accessible to everything this lovely county has to offer, from historical sites, supreme mountain biking, to challenging hill walks and some of the darkest skies in the world, not to mention over 200 miles of stunning and dramatic coastline with secluded little bays and sandy beaches.

    Visit the many towns, including Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright with their variety of niche shops, art galleries and excellent restaurants. Or, take a wander round the picturesque little villages of Kippford, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground Floor: 12 external steps to entrance. All on the ground floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With double sofa bed, 21" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, MP3 player and French doors leading to balcony overlooking the loch
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Convector heater, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Balcony with garden furniture. 16-acre grounds with woodland, loch and various seating areas. Fishing on-site by arrangement with owner (no licence required). Bike store with freezer. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property is situated on the lochside and has a private water supply from the loch.

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  • Watergate

    Blairlogie near Stirling

    Grade
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    Ref: CC524081
    Escape to this quaint holiday cottage, part of the owner’s home but completely private. It is thoughtfully furnished for your comfort and ease, with spectacular views of the Ochil Hills and surrounding countryside. Watergate is a bright and welcoming cottage set in the historic conservation hamlet of Blairlogie, with its picturesque 16th century castle and 18th century cottages. The track that passes 1772 main house dates back to medieval times, and was originally the ’King’s Highway’ from Stirling Castle to Falkland Palace, the royal hunting place. Nowadays it is a pathway for leisurely walks in the countryside. It is just four miles from Stirling, with an ancient castle and historic buildings, parks, shopping centres, restaurants, bar and visitor attractions. There is plenty to do for all ages.
    There are several excellent golf courses in the town and local area including Gleneagles, just a 20-minute drive. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is close by and well known for the dramatic scenery and all year outdoor activities.
    There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen from the cottage and in the surrounding countryside, including many species of wild birds. Guests are welcome to wander in the well-tended garden, shared with the owner’s, the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the area.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and lovely views.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to king size - please advise when booking).
    Shower room: With underfloor heating, shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi.Large, lawned, shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: There are steps in the garden.

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  • Bruce Cottage

    Whithorn

    Grade
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    Ref: 24145

    Cosy cottage retreat for two

    Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac opposite the ancient priory site, this end terraced holiday cottage has original stonework forming the fire surround and wood panelling, which creates a cosy atmosphere. Whithorn is one of the interesting towns in the quiet Machars Peninsula, only 4 miles from the craggy coastline of Scotland’s most southerly point. Wigtown, known as book town, has 18 book shops and is 12 miles away. Bladnoch Distillery, 11 miles. Fishing, riding and golf all available locally. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Seal View

    Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC539040
    Situated on the Isle of Cumbrae, this ground floor villa has stunning views over the sea and is only 100 yards from the sandy beach with tropical palms fronting the promenade and yachts moored out in the sheltered bay. From here you can explore the charm of a seaside town with café’s, shops, bars and bistro.

    A haven for wildlife, Cumbrae attracts migrant birds from around the world and the flora of the island is equally varied with a visit to the island’s Marine Research Station with museum and aquarium is a must. Millport is also the home of Europe’s smallest cathedral and Britain’s narrowest house.

    An ideal location for cycling, walking and golf, and the National Watersports Centre offers courses to suit all aspects of water based activities. The main Newton Bay offers sheltered anchorages and secure moorings.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and sea views.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Patio and furniture. Large, shared, enclosed lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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