Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.
Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.
If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.
Stone cottage in Tuscan countryside, wonderful views, peaceful location but easily accessible. Perfect for walking, cycling and nature. Very close to Arezzo, Sansepolcro, Monterchi, Cortona, Perugia, Adriatic Coast, Assisi, 1 1/2 hours Florence and Siena, 2 hrs Lucca. National park, mountain bikes for hire. Log burners living room and kitchen. Explore the real Italy. …see more
TIN MINE - 2 unusual romantic riverside retreats. Log fires, river views, wildlife, ruins. Each sleeps 2. The Smithy was the workshop of the mine & The Count House the mine captain's office. Both are Grade II Listed within 16 acres of woodland on the banks of The Tamar. …see more
Beautiful two bedroom villa with large sea facing balconies situated in the heart of rural Madeira. Bedrooms are private with ensuite bathrooms. A fully equipped kitchen leads onto patio with BBQ. A well appointed luxury property with full internet, wi-fi and cable TV. Enjoy panoramic sea views in a calm and tranquil setting. Be among the locals and explore the real Madeira. …see more
Located in the old part of town, it has a beautiful roof terrace with panoramic views over Bosa, the river and the sea. Lovingly restored to maintain original features (stone steps, barrel-vaulted ceilings) with antique furniture and traditional Sardinian decor. …see more
3 bed gîte, sleeps 6 (2 dble & 1 twin), private patio & shared plunge pool. Peaceful countryside location, walking distance to village & a short drive from the picturesque village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne with its monolithic church, restaurants, cafés and shops. Centrally placed for Bergerac, Cognac & Bordeaux. …see more
A traditional stone built house in a quiet village location offering fabulous views and sunsets of both the Troodos mountains and the sea. Pentakomo is an exceptionally well located village for those people who want to have a base from which to explore the island. …see more
Villa in Bagni di Lucca, Lucca Province, Tuscany, Italy
Hillside Villa with Breathtaking Panoramic Views and Private Infinity Pool with Roman Steps
Rural Location Short Walk from a Beautiful Hamlet and Stunning Views all Around the Property
Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) The villa is centrally heated and also there is a wood burning (glass fronted) fire for winter …see more
Comfortable holiday accommodation for up to 4 people set in beautiful gardens with terrace and BBQ, this is the ideal location for either a relaxing time on nearby beaches or to easily visit the sites of Galicia and sample the excellent seafood freshly caught daily. Well placed for Galicia's coastal regions, many of its cities, plus natural beauty areas like Ribeira Sacra …see more
Traditional French 18th C farmhouse Modern facilities Tranquil but Superbly located for many activities all year round. Walking Kayaking White water rafting Bird watching Art Health & Well-being Yoga Meditation & Art
1 spacious bedroom en-suite shower room & double bed Our Farmhouse has 2 bedrooms only one is available to guests your privacy is totally respected at all times …see more
France countryside - self-catering vacation - near northwest beaches / Paris / Disney / Asterix / Nature / calm/ tranquility/ rural / small French village / Amiens / Jules Verne / Picardie / Picardy / Somme / WW1 / WWII/ route to Calais, Paris, Normandy, southern France …see more
Villa Palm offers a delightful quiet setting on the hillside overlooking Kalkan bay. Private pool and superb, uninterrupted sea views from all levels and all within walking distance of the town. Free wi-fi. Excellent guest reviews. Discount for 2 person occupancy. …see more
Simple,traditional,pretty house for 1- 4 people.South facing roof terrace,superb views & big garden.1.5km from lovely village of Puivert and its sandy,swimming/fishing lake. Ideal for bird watchers,ramblers,nature lovers & summer/winter sports. Wi Fi available. …see more
Cottage with wonderful sea views, St Helens, Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare, Wexford, Co Wexford. Private sth facing garden Beach /Golf 100 yards
Golf, tennis, basketball, football, playground & adventure centre on site. Great for families, walkers, cyclists, fishing.
St Helens is a great place to stay for the famous Wexford Opera Festival 22nd October - 2nd November …see more
Whiteshoots self catering cottage is well equipped for all guests to enjoy, as well as being beautifully presented it is very comfortable. Also being just on the outskirts of the town centre it makes it that bit easier to explore the Cotwolds and its surrounding area. To add the cherry on top there is always a fresh milk and a homemade cake waiting your arrival!! …see more
Katric, a rustic Slovenian farmhouse lovingly restored retaining old features but incorporating modern facilities. Located at the heart of the charming village of Kamno between Tolmin & Kobarid it's ideally located for visitors who wish to enjoy the Soca valley. Fly-fishing equipment and permits available.
Personally met at the house by the owners (Hannah and Shaun). …see more
Penthouse apartment, spacious roof terrace for all day sunbathing and fantastic views.Very large swimming pool with pool bar and plenty of sunbeds. Ideally suited to families and couples. Discounts for stays of over 3 weeks, ask for quote. Arrival and departure time is flexible depending on other bookings at that time. …see more
Warm welcome. B&B/Gites in beautiful countryside with owner on site, 5mins village. Family friendly.Lge garden with children's activities/bbq. Sep flower garden. Bikes,swimming pool july/august. . Horse riding, fishing, golf nearby. WIFI. …see more
Luxury townhouse on a small complex with spectacular views in the hills above Pedreguer close to Denia and the stunning beaches of the Costa Blanca. Two large swimming pools and gardens. Ideal property to also explore inland Spain towards the famous Jalon valley. Ideal location to explore both the Costa Blanca and Inland Spain …see more
Comfortable, well-equipped two-bedroom apartment with patio terrace. 3 minutes walk from local shops, restaurants and the harbour of the pretty fishing port of Audierne. Beach- 15 minute walk.
Audierne is well placed for cultural, sporting and leisure activities.
Peaceful, self-catering, refurbished studio for 2 with optional extra bedroom with private shower room, panoramic views, in the stunning Ardeche. Lovely pool and private balcony for al fresco dining. Perfect for relaxation or an active holiday. …see more
This charming gite has three bedrooms, bathroom, separate shower and wc downstairs, lounge and kitchen. It has a courtyard garden, and a sun terrace where you can look over the rolling hillside. There is wifi and satellite TV - with all the English and French channels. The gite is in the centre of the village within easy walking distance of supermarket, bars and small shops. …see more
Large kitchen with a range cooker and an island and a pantry next to the kitchen for the ultimate farmhouse experience. Underfloor heating for those chiller days and a quiet, back terrace for a drink in the sun when the weather is that bit kinder. Wifi available. …see more
2 Bedroom Cottage in Calvados with swimming pool located 10 minutes from the market town of Vire and easy access to Mont St Michel, Bayeux, Caen and the landing beaches of Normandy. Local lake with fishing, kayaks, sail boats. Bungy jumping close by. small dogs welcome Ideal for familys of 2 adults and 2/3 children. We can provide toys and bikes for children to play with …see more
**New Property** Craigdarroch Cottage
Newly refurbished coachman's cottage. Excellent base for exploring the Scottish countryside. Enjoy the loch and mountain view while relaxing in front of the wood burning stove. Ideally located for the Ryder Cup 2014. …see more
Town Centre Luxury for walking, climbing, cycling, horse-riding, gliding, caving, canoeing, fishing, caving, star gazing, it can all be done from Mortimer House. Hay on Wye Festival, Brecon Jazz, Green Man and Abergavenny Food Festival all in reach. Private parking. Linen, towels, toiletries, hairdryers, free Wi-Fi, welcome pack, iron, ironing board, high chair, cot etc. …see more
A warm welcome form Mike and Carol. Four Star Quality grading this cottage is perfect for couples and overlooks fabulous gardens, lovely relaxing atmosphere. The cottage has attractive open plan feel and is conveniently all on one level, with one double bedroom, Need something bigger, try Beal Croft cottage, our two cottages are located together in Warkworth. …see more
Chateau du Bois is in a quiet rural location, perfect for a relaxing break with a large indoor heated pool for your sole use during your stay. The region offers something for everyone and is an ideal base from which you can explore the area. …see more
'Da nonna' is located in a romantic park on a historical site. A romantic getaway and a perfect place for people seeking peace and quiet, such as nature lovers, writers, composers, readers, musicians etc.
Ideal for walks, enjoyable meals, city treasures.
The silence of the spot is striking, you only hear the sounds of wild life. Here you can clear your head. …see more
Villa to rent
Medieval villa to rent in picturesque mountain village in Liguria Italy close to the French Riviera. Experience staying in the friendly historic Italian village of Pigna as well as enjoying days out to the French coast towns of Monaco, Menton, San Remo. The villa sleeps 7/8 comfortably and is very charming and unique with lots of sunny outside space. …see more
A quiet apartment adjoining our Cortijo that has direct access from the car park up a short flight of steps to your private patio furnished with table and chairs, sun loungers and a gas barbecue leading onto your front door that opens into your en-suite bedroom …see more
Quiet and secluded, yet a 10 min. drive from 3 villages with major amenities, 20 min. from the historical town of Antequera. Private swimming pool and large garden, boules piste, .BQ., outdoor kitchen. Log fire and Wi fi available, private parking. Beach at Isnajar.
Bird watching, walking, painting,golf, horse riding, sightseeing, in house fans and electric,oil fired rads …see more
Le Heron 1 studio provides extremely affordable but comfortable accommodation for 2 people (more is possible) within the Le Cormier holiday facility, set in 10 acres of unspoilt countryside and formerly a working farm dating back to around the 17th century. NO INCREASE ON 2013 RATES FOR OTHER PERIODS DURING 2014. …see more
A fantastic homely farmhouse-edge of Los Romanes-overlooking olive groves. Peaceful location. Max 4 adults 2 kids UNDER 10. Walk to village bars/shops/restaurant. Perfect for ramblers/country lovers, birdwatchers, or a beach/totally relaxed chilled holiday. We have a sunbathing area by the pool for quiet peaceful relaxing times. With Pagoda for shade - Bliss!! …see more
Carrigeen Cottage is nestled in the beautiful Kilkenny countryside & only 10 minutes from the medieval city of Kilkenny. Whether it's a quiet country retreat for you & your partner, a fun filled family getaway or a weekend away with the girls you'll love Carrigeen! …see more
Former railway house, located in secluded, rural setting. This freshly renovated, charming stone property with private garden, is ideal for couples or small families. It provides an idyllic location for relaxing, with good access to the many attractions in the area. …see more
A new house with garden, suitable for 3 guests in Tuscany. We are near the seaside (20 kms) and we offer free wi fi connection, TV and air conditioning. Not far from Cinque Terre oven, washing machine, satellite TV, internet wi - fi,kitchen towels and diches, electric iron …see more
Red Kite Lodge is one of 4 recently converted cottages set in the delightful and unspoilt rolling countryside of West Wales with far-reaching views over the surrounding hills, farmland, woodlands and the famous river Teifi Valley, renowned for its fishing and scenery. The cottage is 4 star rated, sleeps up to 6 plus cot and has its own enclosed garden, patio area & BBQ. …see more
If you like walking and horseback riding in a calm and paisible area, only 2h30' driving from Paris, you are more than welcome to spend your holidays or simply a week-end in l'Oisellerie.
A place to relax in a protected environment to forget the stress of your daily life just 2h30 from Paris! …see more
The cottage is easily found, but quietly tucked away above the hamlet of Henshaw in the South Tyne Valley. The views of the beautiful valley spread out before it are as good as any in the North Pennines and Northumberland National Park on the other. Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and Vindolanda Fort and Settlement. only a Roman stone's throw away. …see more
Give yourself a well deserved holiday break and spend a relax at Seastar. Come to Xlendi and enjoy the sea, the sun and all the history, culture and sights which the island of Gozo can offer. Malta is beautiful but Gozo is even more!
Large, spacious and quiet country house set in 4 hectares of its own grounds on outskirts of village. Lovely views over the valley in the heart of the wine growing region of Piemonte. Covered portico for al fresco dining. Elegant spa town Acqui Terme 5km away. The famous Truffle Festival is held annually in Alba, about 40 minutes drive away …see more
Experience the Old Spain. Beautifully restored traditional Casa de Campo. Comfortable 2 bedroomed country house on the hill among the olive groves, overlooks the peaceful hamlet of Las Cuevas. Sun all day. Shady terrace. Splash pool. Walk to bar. Beach 30mins. Rural, Great Value & Experiencing the Real Spain all words that sum up a holiday at La Loma. …see more
Apartment is great value for money in a wonderful location within a very short walk of ski lift, ski hire, bars, restaurants and shops and with the advantage of being able to ski right back to the door. It has most beautiful views of Lake Geneva from its two balconies. The apartment is superbly situated very close to the ski lift, ski school and ski hire. …see more
Looking up the Dourbie valley, our gites are perched on an outcrop of rock that is home to the medieval fortified village of Cantobre. It's a perfect place to explore the countryside and Templar villages, take part in adventurous outdoor sports or just relax.
In the Cévennes National Park near the world famous Millau viaduct and home of Roquefort cheese!
A charming traditional stone house with a private swimming-pool located on the outskirts of the village of Kritou Terra, near the holiday beach resort of Polis. The restored farmhouse enjoys complete quietness and privacy, with the nearest house over 250m away. Rates include a free car with comprehensive insurance and free airport transfers to/from Pafos Airport. …see more