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If you are looking to simply get away from it all, stay in beautiful surroundings and do you own thing, then our accommodation only vacations may be just what you need. From traditional B&Bs and hotels to beachside retreats, jungle ecolodges or tipis & yurts we have options worldwide to suit all tastes and budgets. All of our accommodations are run by people that are committed to looking after their environment and supporting their local communities so you can rest assured your stay is as responsible as it can be.

Transylvania vacation accommodation
Stay at a Count's guesthouse, from 36 - 49 per person per night
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
A boutique beach front hotel with rustic charm., from 495 - 550 (7 days)
Dordogne self catering cabin sleeping 4
Off-grid, off-beat self catering cabin, from 580 - 850 per week (sleeps 2-4)
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
A small orchard resort on the edge of the rainforest, from MYR 400 - MYR 1000 per accommodation per night
Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Two traditional Spanish cave houses, from 400 - 600 per week
Gambia vacation accommodation
9 large African huts all with en-suite facilities, from 15 - 30 per person per night incl breakfast
Umbria hotel, 15th century country hotel, Italy
Modern comforts days gone by ambience, from 70 - 105 per double room per night
Lanzarote villa accommodation, Canary Islands
Converted farm building in beach setting with car, from 1540 - 2065 per villa per week (sleeps 6)
Tobago beach accommodation
Three lodges & four apartments in beautiful Tobago, from 85 - 225 per accommodation per night
Unusual accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Luxury eco apartment in Lanzarote, from 525 - 735 per couple per week
Atlas Mountains accommodation nr Imlil, Morocco
Berber guesthouse in the mountains, from 30 - 40 per person per night
Cirali beach accommodation, Turkey
Luxurious beach bungalows on Cirali's stunning beach front, from 650 - 700 per person per week
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
Guesthouse, in Sintra Natural Park, Portugal near beaches, from 65 - 110 per room per night
Devon self catering cottage in England
Cosy self catering cottage with woodburner in rural Devon., from 200 - 495 per week (sleeps 4)
Liguria vacation accommodation, self catering apartments
Stay in a restored medieval village, from 390 - 1200 per apartment per week (sleeps 2-6)
Houseboat vacations in Devon, England
Traditional houseboats, from 385 - 750 per week (sleeps 4-6)
Maasai Mara safari camp in Kenya
Live with a local Maasai tribe, from US $70 per person per night
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $145 - US $195 per room per night (sleeps 2)
East Sussex tree house accommodation, England
An open plan tree house in rural Sussex, from 141 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Sri Lanka eco lodges
Beautiful rubber and cinnamon estate in Kalutara, from US $35 - US $55 per accommodation per night
Freshwater Bay vacation cottage, Isle of Wight, England
Self-catering cottage near beach in West Wight, from 40 - 80 per cottage per night
Alpujarra cottages, Granada
Beautifully restored village house. Views, pool &, terrace, from 75 - 120 per room per night
La Gomera self catering accommodation for 2, Canary Islands
The best views over the sea and Tenerife from La Gomera, from 70 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Kangaroo Valley luxury cottage accommodation, Australia
Luxury eco cottages in beautiful Kangaroo Valley, from AU $280 - AU $340 per double room per night

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India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of my trip was the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. I was welcome by the owners of the land and taken around on night safaris by the son Ravindra. (more)Viveca Ott
Seeing all three cat species that live savely in the sanctuary was amazing (they where the reason for me wanting to go there). Jungle cat from up 15 m! (more)Yvonne Rijsdijk
We had a truly amazing vacation, we were looked after as if we were royalty by our hosts Gajendra and Ravi and wanted for nothing from the moment we were picked up at Jodhpur airport. (more)Philippa Marland
From 195 - 209 per cottage per night
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)
Bali eco lodge bungalows in Indonesia
I hesitate to write this review for selfish reasons. Why? Because this vacation is so wonderful I'd rather keep it a secret! Situated on the southern slopes of Mt Batakaru in remotest Bali, this place is a pocket of paradise, far removed from the ravages of the 21st century. Having spent a week there I did not want to leave. (more)Daphne Donkin
Most memorable was walking through the rice-fields... It was just great. (more)Astrid Dello
From US $85 - US $210 per house per night
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
Devon vacation loft apartment in farmhouse, England
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
East Devon farmhouse bed & breakfast, near Honiton
Memorable parts? The surroundings are beautiful. A very peaceful place to stay. Tips? Take your sat nav! Local benefits? Yes. Everything is locally sourced or made on site. Overall rating? Absolutely wonderful, the couple who run the farmhouse are such fabulous people. Very friendly and welcoming. (more)Paula Withers
From 85 - 95 per room per night (sleeps 2)
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 vacation 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 vacation should be. (more)Kirstin Robertson
From 275 - 450 per cottage per week (sleeps 4)
Umbria farmhouse B&B, Italy
Excellent....The beautiful location, warm friendly welcome, the happiness of our 2 year old son enjoying stroking the animals and the delicious, fresh tasty locally produced food. (more)Edith Finlay
We loved the view over the Umbrian hills from our cottage balcony - just like a movie set!....Wonderful stay helped by perfect weather. Would recommend to any animal loving friends. (more)Patricia Kiralfy
Absolutely brilliant! The best parts were the location coupled with a warm welcome and amazing food (more)Brian Cox
From 55 - 70 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Beach vacation in Cirali, Turkey
The rest and relaxation was wonderful... (more)Amy Coleman
Cirali is a beautiful area - breathtaking mountains surrounding the crystal clear water and pebble beach. I highly recommend rising one morning at dawn and heading to the beach to watch the loggerhead turtles hatching - an unforgettable experience and definitely worth an early start. (more)Edward Parker
Excellent; best vacation in years....Fantastic welcome and marvellous service in magical surroundings. Food absolutely excellent, and lots of it. Chimera is fascinating; visited twice in spite of the incredibly hot walk up the hill. Not to be missed. (more)Nic Tudge
From 495 - 550
Swedish Lapland vacation accommodation
Fantastic! Loved every minute of it. Excellent accommodation and food. Owners were extremely accommodating, helpful and knowledgeable. Great activities in an amazing setting. Would highly recommend it and would love to go back! (more)Amanda Ford
It was fantastic. Scenery and people made it all worth while...Staying in the wilderness cabin for 2 nights was an amazing experience. (more)Bolette Bruun
The most exciting part was finally seeing the Northern Lights the night before I left. (more)Natasha Cafane
From SKr795
Yorkshire cottage 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)
Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal
It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. (more)Jenni Malcolm
The location is perfect for sightseeing in Sintra, cliff walking, forest trails, beach visits, day trip to Lisbon or Cascais, good and reasonable eating options...the perfect cocktail of good accommodation , helpful hosts, location, scenic walking, sightseeing and food. (more)hina chandra
We had a relaxing vacation, James & Aasta made us very welcome and gave us lots of tips, advice and information on the local area. (more)David and Pauline Truelove
From 65 - 110 per room per night
Rural accommodation in Lanzarote, Spain
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 vacation. (more)Stuart Mackay
It really was a beautiful vacation. 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)
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 vacation (more)Robert Hale
From MYR400 - MYR1000 per accommodation per night
Knoydart bunkhouse accommodation, Scotland
Memorable parts? climbing LadhAR BHEINN Tips? COME PREPARED FOR ANY KIND OF WEATHER Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)May Diver
From 17 per person 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 vacation 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)
West Devon accommodation, B&B on organic farm, England
Staying in this farm you may feel you are staying at home. The farm owners are simple and friendly. (more)chanuan ratanawaraha
The most memorable part of the vacation was visiting the Eden Project, Rosemoor Gdns, other NT/RHS properties in the area. (more)Elisabeth Marciniw
The wonderful breakfasts that Rose cooked were made up of local produce and tasted delicious. Rose is a very good jam maker too! (more)Amanda Porter
From 3 - 45 per person per night
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 vacation 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
Transylvania vacation accommodation
It was all brilliant. Fantastic staff, extremely well looked after. The tour guides were great, the scenery amazing and the chance to see crafts being maintained was lovely. (more)Karen Booth
Most memorable part was seeing a bear!...Brilliant! (more)Tiffanie Houston
I would give it a 10. It is an experience that we will remember always and fondly. We have even invited members of the staff to visit us in the USA. (more)Linda Holt
From 36 - 49 per person per night
Pinasca accommodation, Piedmont, Italy
Gosh, difficult to say which part out of so many! I am reviewing the vacation five months later and still remember everything about our stay here. The delicious food and warm hospitality from the hosts, the beautiful scenery and the long walks will stay with me forever, I think. (more)Bill Reid
The kindness of our hosts, the nice balanced way they shared and included us in their individual enthusiasm and warmth, the pertinent information about local and Piemonte region, without coming too close were most memorable. Excellent vacation. (more)Anna Welsing
Whilst we have many very happy memories of our recent 5 weeks in Europe all involved voted that the week was 'the' most memorable. This was primarily a result of the passion that both Marla and Fabrizio bring to the running of the accommodation and to ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Of course this professionalism is ably supported by the fantastic scenery and interesting history of the area. (more)Neal Dalgliesh
From 60 per couple per night
Holiday cottage in Snowdonia, Wales
The most memorable part of the vacation 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 vacation (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)
Cirali villa vacation in Turkey
Really lovely, the accommodation was brilliant... The beautiful and serene location. Perfect for relaxing all week long! (more)Holly Roberts
Wonderful. I'd have no hesitation in recommending it to anybody. Its a beautiful part of the world, full of astounding wonders, and accommodation is the best way to enjoy all of them (more)Beth Taplin
It's not many places you go to and it feels like home. This villa is one of them. We had 3 children under 6 and they loved every bit of the stay. We all were made to feel so welcome and Serpil and her family are so warm and lovely. The orange blossom fragrance, the walks to the beach and ruins and the home cooked meals - lots of special memories! (more)chitra nagarajaiah
From 700 - 1030 per couple per week
Tenerife vacation 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 vacation 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
Italian Alps self catering accommodation
Our vacation 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 vacation 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)
Devon self catering cottage in England
The most memorable part of the vacation 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 vacation 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)
Andalucia self catering accommodation, 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 vacation. (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)
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)
Peak District Bed and Breakfast, England
Memorable parts? Seeing the farm and the animals and finding out about how they have converted to an organic farm. Tips? Make sure you book restaurants in advance as they get busy. Local benefits? Yes yes yes. Overall rating? Excellent, would go there again. (more)Sue Kerrigan
From 43 per person per night
Essaouira bed and breakfast accommodation
We had a fabulous time and can't wait to return to Morocco. Buying fresh local produce from the market on the way home to cook in the apartment absolutely made the vacation. It's great to be able to self-cater somewhere so different to home (more)Emma Slack
Staying in the heart of the medina in this wonderful and quirky house! We really loved the eclectic decor and having an entire house to ourselves, but with the benefit of breakfast delivered each morning, was great. (more)Emma Brown
Essaouira was easily the most relaxing part of our vacation. The accommodation was a lovely place to stay for a few days and Paolo, Hakin and Naima looked after us very well. (more)Jenny Preece
From 60 per house per night

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