A sun-soaked holiday in the Netherlands? Trust us, once you've enjoyed a barefoot escape along the sandy shores that run from the Belgian border to the Wadden Sea Islands, you'll have your friends convinced to switch the Algarve for Ameland every year. This clapboard property in Buren is just 500m from the expansive beaches edging the West Frisian isle. A group of eight will have the run of four sharp, contemporary bedrooms, a breezy, open-plan living space and an outdoor terrace. Worried about grey days? The basement cinema room will keep you busy if the weather refuses to play ball. The cosy gas fireplace helps with keeping warm post-swims in the - admittedly - chilly sea, but we'd play it safe and stick to beach strolls exploring the picturesque island, taking in the handsome lighthouse, taste-testing the loca Nobeltje liqueur and scampering across the sand dunes for fresh seafood at Stranders.
What it costs: From £63pp per night