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Top 10 romantic holiday homes

4th October 2010 Print
Property 448680 in France - Jacuzzi

What better way to escape the stresses of everyday life than to take a relaxing break with your loved one and enjoy some uninterrupted time together in your own perfect ‘home away from home’?

To help you find the ideal couple’s retreat, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, has selected ten of the best romantic holiday homes available to rent in secluded spots in Europe and further afield. Whatever your budget, thanks to the huge range of properties available it’s easy to find your own idyllic love-nest, whether it’s an exotic villa, rustic cottage, cosy chalet or fabulous room with a view.

Romantic holidays offer the ideal opportunity for couples to re-connect, so whether you love going on long country hikes together, strolling down the beach at sunset, sipping cocktails on the balcony, or simply enjoying an intimate candlelit meal beside your own private pool, on you’ll be spoilt for choice. With 32,000 romantic holiday homes available to rent worldwide, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals provides plenty of choice for couples, honeymooners, or second honeymooners! A breathtaking villa in Santorini and a cosy apartment in the Moroccan fishing port of Essaouira are just two of the properties detailed below.

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Prices quoted are per property per week and properties are arranged in order of price.

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A unique wooden chalet apartment on a quite cobbled street in Zermatt
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2. From £1,299 per week
A rare opportunity to enjoy a truly unique property situated in the centre of 'Old Zermatt'. The building dates back to 1865 but was lovingly renovated by a local craftsman in 2007 combining elements of traditional and contemporary styles. The property boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, open plan kitchen with dining room table for six and wood burning stove. Upstairs there is a loft style sitting room with audio visual gadgets, comfortable English furniture, south facing French windows and a balcony. Property 432549

Traditional villa with pool and sun terraces, Santorini
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £1,293 per week
This is a fantastic restored villa in the village of Exogonia with private plunge pool, sun terraces and breathtaking sunrise views to the beach resort of Kamari and the island of Anafi. The property features two double bedrooms both en-suite and private parking for three cars and is ideal for two couples wishing to holiday together. Property 412043

Hilltop villa with infinity pool, Manuel Antonio
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2. £1,063 per week
Exceptionally light, airy, and serene, this exclusive and private, hilltop villa is lovingly furnished in sunny yellows, sky blues and billowy whites. Accented with original art and surrounded by the delightful sights and sounds of Costa Rican bird, butterfly and exotic animal life, the villa offers breathtaking ocean views by day, romantic sunsets and starry nights. Five minutes from the world famous white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio, the villa offers one of the few spectacular ocean-mountain views and is totally private, featuring a secluded infinity swimming pool, waterfall and wrap-around veranda for breezy and outdoor living. Property 178336

Luxury country house with pool in stunning Andalusian countryside
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £905 per week
Casa Cascada is a large recently reformed country mansion nestled in the Andalusian countryside close to the white village of Villanueva de la Concepcion. With a wide sweeping view of El Torcal National Park, the property lies in a beautiful landscaped garden, with palms, fig and olive trees. Step out from the large open living space to the pool area, with daybeds, gas barbecue and sun lounges. And after a long day in the sun, fall asleep in the four-poster bed listening to the frogs and hear the goat bells in the distance. Property 468227

Romantic Istrian house with private pool, Central Istria
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £827 per week
Little Haystack Villa is a beautifully renovated house, refurbished to a high standard and using reclaimed material giving it a rustic feel. Located on the edge of a quiet village of Koromani near Barban with 6000 sqm of land, including meadow and vineyards, the villa offers a peaceful retreat for two couples being however well positioned as a base from which to visit all the delights that Istria has to offer. Property 470833

Luscious private villa in the heart of Seminyak with huge private pool
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. From £797 per week
Located on a quiet residential street of owner occupied villas, free of huge villa complexes and mass tourist accommodation, the villa is set in 500 sqm of gardens and 180 sqm of living space. The property has Balinese high ceilings, two bedrooms, fully enclosed en-suite bathrooms, one with walk in dressing room. The living room and kitchen are open plan onto the patio pool but can be totally enclosed for security. The outside area with private pool and gazebo is fully equipped with outdoor shower, four pool loungers, two umbrellas, patio table and chairs and BBQ. Property 424677

Penthouse apartment with panoramic views, Tuscany
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. £647 per week
Part of a rural Tuscan country house, the penthouse apartment offers panoramic views of the hills of Camaiore in the Lucca province. The loft apartment features original bullseye windows on the top floor, backed by an inviting kitchen; the little breakfast spot in front of the house is just as charming, opening directly out of the bedroom. Pale ceiling beams, wooden and terracotta floors, freshly whitewashed walls and a bright interior are features of the house’s rural Tuscan style. The cosy living area is decorated in classic style with a large antique fireplace to complete the welcoming atmosphere. Here and there, antique rural artefacts add a tasteful note to the design. Property 517254

17th Century cottage with heated pool, Jacuzzi hot tub and gym in Dordogne
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. From £453 per week
The Butterfly Cottage is located in the heart of the Dordogne, just 20 minutes to the wonderful medieval town of Sarlat. It overlooks a courtyard with a beautiful mulberry tree that provides shade on a hot summer day. Inside the gite there are beautiful wood floors and all the modern conveniences of home. There is a quaint fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast table and bar stools. The living and dining room is one great room and has a wood burning stove. The spacious master bedroom is upstairs with a beautiful wood beam ceiling, wood floors, and a king size bed. You can relax in the hammock in the garden surrounded by mature trees, plants, and flowers, go for a swim in the swimming pool, enjoy the new Jacuzzi hot tub, or work out in the state of the art gym. Property 448680

Beautiful bay view holiday apartment in the Lake District
2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £414 per week
This spacious apartment set in an impressive Victorian terrace, offers luxurious accommodation on the edge of the charming Edwardian sea-side town of Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. The apartment has been stylishly furnished to provide an ideal getaway retreat. There are stunning views from the lounge and dining areas across Morecambe Bay, and the town centre is just a short walk away. Property 731704

Cosy apartment in the heart of Essaouira's medina
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. From £211 per week
Dar Mellah is a one bedroom apartment situated on the first floor of a typical medina house built around the turn of the twentieth century. It is decorated in traditional Moroccan and Berber styles and consists of one double bedroom with four poster bed, a well equipped kitchen, shower room with traditional tadelekt shower and Moroccan salon. Essaouira is a small fishing town on the Atlantic Coast. Property 99762

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