Escape to the country – book a beautiful rural retreat! Choose from cosy country cottages, exquisitely converted farmhouses and Mediterranean-style fincas bursting with character.
Rural retreats provide the perfect setting for total relaxation. See our holiday cottages in Cornwall, the Cotswolds and the Lake District, or find a cottage with a mesmerising backdrop in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands. Further afield, explore the tranquillity and native wildlife in France, Italy or Spain from your own gite or trullo.
Some of our rural retreats come complete with private pools, BBQs, Jacuzzis and real log fires. They make perfect bases for hiking, cycling, fishing, or simply enjoying the peace and fresh air of the great outdoors.
“Amazing skiarea, great chalet and fantastic hosts with a relaxed atmosphere” Jodi and Renato were the best hosts. A great team:) The meels were perfect and well prepared. It was not a problem to adjust the menu during the stay. Great that kids got a s
“Excellent 5 star quality with amazing hosts!! Best holiday experience!!”
Reviewed 20 Jan 2013
What an amazing chalet!! First class service with personalized touch and exceptional food. They cater for everything including vegetarian food ( which is a huge bonus!!) that is absolutely delicious! … More
Thanks so much! We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us - and that you enjoyed our vegetarian dishes. You had some great snow while you were here - what a way to start snowboarding!! Come back for more anytime. xx
“More than we ever expected - a truely wonderful experience.”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2013
Renato and Jodi, for newbies in hospitality, have surpassed what others have tried to do for years. Their personal attention to every detail from our on-line enquiries, to booking and to a personal gr… More
Thank you so much for your lovely words! We couldn't have asked for nicer guests than you to start our season off! So relaxed and happy - we loved having you to stay! Please do come and visit us again - next time we'll be welcoming you back as friends!
“Excellent Lodge, Excellent Food, Excellent Hospitality & Skiing was also Excellent”
Reviewed 9 Jan 2013
Jodi & Renato were excellent host's during our stay in this lovely lodge. The Ski resort is a 5 minute drive, however this is no hassle as Renato drops you off right at the main lifts and this provide… More
Thank you G! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us ... and really happy that you had some great snow and fantastic skiing! We loved having you to stay ... just sorry we didn't get to meet the whole family! Maybe next time? We're busy stocking up the Nutella supplies for your next visit! :-)
“Best holiday EVER” We stayed at Ratnakara for one week in May. In the lead up to our holiday, the owner was exceptionally helpful and communicative, making sure we had every bit of information to plan our holiday and make the most of it. We travelled
“Relaxing, wonderful stay with all the trimmings :-)”
Reviewed 18 May 2013
We stayed at Ratnakara for only 3 nights and wished it could have been longer! The villa is wonderful and charming on a grand scale. It sleeps 10 with enough space for privacy if you are travelling wi… More
“most luxurious stay in Sri Lanka”
Reviewed 10 May 2013
My girlfriend and I only spend a couple of nights in this amazing villa and had the entire place to ourselfs. This had defnitiely been the most luxurious stay in Sri Lanka and we couldn't help ourself… More
“An amazing place to stay!”
Reviewed 10 Feb 2013
We were fortunate to be the first guests to stay in this amazing property, which is spacious, well laid out with an great pool too.
The staff are very attentive to your every need and nothing is to… More
“Le Castelet is a magnificent place for your dream holiday” Le Castelet is a magnificent place for a relaxed but stylish holiday. We were a group of six families with 12 adults and 12 children ranging from 4 to 16 years of age. The property is so large
“Wow - yet again Le Castelet gave my family the most magical holiday”
Reviewed 16 Nov 2012
This was our fourth stay at Le Castelet and in all respects it was perfect.The Bastide is stunning and has been beautifully finished and has the most breath taking views.The accomodation is of an exce… More
“Absolutely Fabulous Property”
Reviewed 12 Nov 2012
We stayed for a week at Le Castelet in mid August. We were a large extended family group ranging in age from 11 to very old! (my mother would not thank me if I put her age on the internet). The proper… More
“Edd Tide - heaven on earth!” When I come across an emphatic holiday review on a web site I used to think to myself “come on – it can’t be THAT good…there must have been something that wasn’t quite as perfect as you’re making out?!”. But, now I’ve stay
Our family of five adults and 3 young children have just spent a wonerful 10 days at Ebb Tide. We have had many holidays in Barbados over the years mainly staying at Sandy Lane so after our initial r… More
“The Ultimate in relaxation”
Reviewed 4 Jul 2011
We stayed at Ebbtide for 10 days from the 4th June 2011. It was absolutely fantastic. We've rented many villas over the years and are often disappointed on arrival as they can be tied,poorly maintaine… More
“Everything and more!”
Reviewed 27 Jan 2016
We stayed at Ebb Tide for a special celebration..... The house was everything and more that you could have asked for.... The location, luxury, staff and setting were amazing.
You couldn't ask for … More
“Warm , friendly , special” On a cycling tour of Normandy and France Helen and Steve offered just what we wanted . I couldn't fault the place , from the warm welcome , excellent evening meal and breakfast. Would strongly recommend .
“High quality residence, very sociable family. An ideal choice!”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2012
From initial booking contact, we had very good response from Helen to any questions or requests.
On arrival we were made to feel welcome and shown the rooms which were to a very high standard, as … More
“Perfect for our long weekend discovering northern Normandy and Brittany”
Reviewed 22 May 2012
La Petite Ferme is a delightful smallholding in a little hamlet only minutes from Pontorson. It's a great location for touring along the northern parts of Britanny and Normandy and was very easy to g… More
“A typical French gite at the edge of a friendly village.” The gite is on the outskirts of a village with local shops (bakers, butchers, grocers and a small Casino supermarket). A bigger supermarket could be found 10 mins away. We enjoyed a meal at the
“Very welcoming.” This property does exactly what it says on the tin. The owners could not have been more helpful and every query/request was met with a cheerful response.
We used it as a B&B before catching a flight home and it met our needs perfectl
We were so delighted to have found this gem in El Medano. Our stay, albeit only 3 nights, was made even more perfect by the fact that we were upgraded to a villa on arrival - complete with hammock an… More
“We had the best time” The guys who worked here were over the top service minded. They did everything and a little more. And the best thing is that it wasn't expensive at all. I would definetely stay here again and recommend it to everyone else.
Set in lovely grounds with a little pool, we found it so so relaxing. The bed was so comfy we slept the best we've slept our whole time in Indonesia! (And we've been here for 2 months). It is close to… More
Thank you for your review, it really helps our business.
“Stunning scenery, stress free and total relaxation to the sound of the sea.” A car is a necessity to explore and enjoy the surrounding towns an villages, restaurants and historical sites. A trip to Arachova and Delphi is a must via the long straight
“Lovely accomodation, perfect for a relaxing weekend” This was exactly what we had hoped for if not a little bit better!
Lovely furnishings, welcoming hosts and a lovely area to stay for a quiet weekend away. The Stables was lovely and clean and ha
“Cosy, clean and attractively furnished, this was ideal for a relaxing break for two in rural Dorset.”
Reviewed 17 Nov 2012
We enjoyed our week at 'The Stables'. Attractively decorated, with good quality furniture, including a comfortable king-size bed, this is an imaginative conversion of a stable block. The living area… More
Thank you for your lovely informative review, we enjoyed having you and hope to see you again if you are down this way, there is still much more to see!
“Nice cosy place”
Reviewed 8 Sep 2012
It was a very nice place was friendly atmosphere and the owner was easily approachable and helpful, all the information needed was available including attractions close by and local pubs etc. The prop… More
Thank you for you very informative review. I think I may leave information on the mattress make in The Stables as so many people comment on how comfortable it is. I felt you really got the juice out of your stay as you did so many things – glad you enjoyed yourselves. Sorry I couldn’t fix the weather for you!
“Friendly homely and good location for a quiet break”
Reviewed 13 Jun 2012
High standard of accomodation; good position for days out and walks;owners very friendly and helpful but not intrusive;… More
Thank you for your kind review . We are pleased the accommodation and location were to you liking.
“Ideal B+B for us” We had a lovely couple of days at Defoe House as our first proper holiday with our 11 month old baby. It's tucked away in the gardens of a pretty house which is also tucked away in a quiet village, and feels more like a self-caterin
Myself, wife and 18 month old daughter stayed here for two nights and had a wonderful stay. We came down to visit Peppa pig world and stayed at Defoe House for a great little trip.
Vanessa cannot do… More
“A memorable stay, cosy cottage, lovely location”
Reviewed 19 May 2013
My partner and I have just returned from a 2 night stay with our daughter who turned 2 during our stay. Vanessa and her family made all of us feel very welcome and we would like to extend a warm than… More
Thank you for your review,it was lovely meeting you all last weekend too!.
“Cosy New Forest hide away with relaxed and friendly hosts and a top breakfast.”
Reviewed 6 May 2013
Norleywood is a charming New Forest village which is off the beaten track but convenient for Beaulieu, Lymington and the New Forest itself. Super walks from the door. Very relaxed and friendly hosts. … More
“Lovely friendly Gite in beautiful surroundings” Our stay here was lovely; the gite is very comfortable and perfect for a couple or a small family. There was an area outside the gite just for our use, and the whole farm setting was idyllic.
Ruelle du Pressoir is a beautiful small gite ideal for solo travels, couples and small families. I stayed for four nights in July and was warmly welcomed by Mr and Mrs Hery whose own home is next doo… More
“Stunning mansion set into the Welsh hills” This place really does have the "wow" factor. Driving up the hill to the Fron you won't be disappointed. Sauna, hot tub, log burner, BBQ, widescreen TV - there is a feeling of luxury in this renovated farm ho
lovely barn conversion cottage, with all the amenities which make it a home from home.
Very clean and spacious. Ideal location for a getaway break with stunning scenery from every window and the hot… More
“Beautiful house, well equipped, glorious views, especially from the hot tub, the most perfect week”
Reviewed 13 Nov 2013
We really enjoyed our stay at The Fron last week. We had a great holiday, and will return to the house and area in the near future.
The house was ideal for two families. We were very impressed with h… More
We stayed for Christmas 2014 week in this beautifully appointed chalet in Montorlin, just a 2 min drive or 10 min walk from Montchavin. In the winter this is a fully catered chalet and you will get th… More
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We enjoyed our Christmas too with a houseful of such nice guests; a really fun start to this winter season! I hope we get to welcome you back again soon.
“Great Chalet, lovely hosts”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2014
We stayed here as an extended family group, there were 11 of us including an 8month old baby and 3 non-skiers. Despite having such a mixed group with mixed requirements for the week Liza, Andy, Jamie … More
We take our business very much to heart; and it is heartwarming to get such lovely reviews! Thank you.
“Perfect chalet holiday - winter and summer!”
Reviewed 24 Sep 2013
We've been before for a ski-ing holiday, but an August summer visit is hard to beat. Breathtaking views at breakfast set you up for the day and a delicious home cooked 3 course meal is a perfect way t… More
Thank you so much for such positive feedback. We greatly enjoyed your week with us too and look forward to welcoming you back, winter or summer!
“peaceful and relaxing” This is our third time we have spent our holidays at this villa, we come just to chill out in the peaceful and relaxing surroundings. About 40 minutes from Larnaca airport we hire a car as we love driving around visiting the vi
This was exactly what we were looking for...
Carpe Diem is a very comfortable, modern and spacious villa. Quietly located on a hill, the views were superb. Niki and Andy are really nice hosts and ver… More
Thank you so much for your kind words. You were both delightful guests to have here and we enjoyed your company immensely. I'm so glad we were able to give you the kind of holiday you wanted, a mixture of activity and relaxation, and we really look forward to seeing you again!
“A MEMORABLE VACATION IN A WONDERFUL COUNTRY SIDE LOCATION, WITH HOSTSMAKING YOU FEEL LOKE YOU ARE AT HOME.” We had a very warm welcome and found our apartment very comfortable, well equipped and spotlessly clean. A few steps to the pool and garden wit
“A perfect place to get away from it all and explore a beautiful region”
Reviewed 16 Jun 2012
The property has been beautifully renovated and two self contained apartments have been installed which open onto poolside. The service was fantastic and very friendly.
The breakfast was great featur… More
Thank you for your comments, we look forward to seeing you again.
“A lovely base to explore a lovely area.”
Reviewed 23 Aug 2012
We found this a delightful and secluded base from which to explore this lovely area. The owners were both welcoming and accomodating and you would be hard pressed to guess that previous residents of o… More
Thanks for your kind comments. We listen to our visitors to ensure that we maintain standards for the next guests. We look forward to seeing you again!
“Fantastic accommodation and Hosts”
Reviewed 22 Aug 2012
My wife and I had a very relaxing break at Villa Rosmarino. The accommodation is very spacious, well thought out, and of high quality. Graham and Leslie looked after us extremely well - nothing was… More
Thank you very much for your kind words. We appreciate the feedback to know that what we provide at Villa Rosmarino is what our visitors require and expect. We hope to welcome you here again sometime soon.
“Beautiful views in a tranquil setting” The views were simply breathtaking over the river. Many mornings and evenings spent on the private balcony just watching the birds and a few locals fishing. There was no one else, very peaceful. The river is safe
“Beyond our expectations” If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in the French Alps, without breaking the bank, then this is it. The ultimate in both accommodations and food. Nikki and Hugh are the hosts, and speak both English and French.
“My two sons of 7 and 4 now want me to build a luxurious house and learn how to cook like aunty Nikki!!!”
Reviewed 2 Jan 2014
Amazing experience in a luxurious, relaxing and down to earth atmosphere.. With two very active boys we kept busy and there is so much to do in such a quaint village. We cycled up to the top where we… More
Thanks for the lovely response, l could think of nothing better than to have the family back to play in the kitchen and climb the rock walls,
See you again soon,
Nikki and Hugh
“Great chalet, great food, great walks, great views and great company ... We couldn't of asked for anything more”
Reviewed 12 Sep 2013
Thank you Nikki and Hugh for a perfect 2 days.
You were so welcoming, we felt at home from the moment that we arrived. And what a home!
We stayed as part of our trip though Europe and on our tra… More
“Rural France with art tuition if desired” I really enjoyed staying at this farmhouse just outside a tiny hamlet in a very rural area of France. The views of the Pyrenees arer stunning and I found Paul and Asha to be very caring hosts. I spent my days
“Wonderful days in Fez” We came for the music festival, so we had 10 days to spend in Fez, in between concerts. And we did! Discovering the medina was lots of fun...but also exhausting. It was always so good to get home and just relax in the silence an
Dar Eva is a great success, the house is splendid. Hello to Nadia, always smiling and helpful. Was very nice!… More
Reviewed 21 Nov 2011
you can't imagine how is fantastic Dar Eva, it's one of the most wondrful place I've ever been in my life. It's True, nothing Touristic, you can improve the quality of your trip in Fes.
“Un beau séjour”
Reviewed 8 Jun 2013
Un beau séjour
Le riad de dar Eva donne tout de suite une impression merveilleuse dès l’entrée ! C’est plus spacieux et plus sophistiqué que les photos laisse supposer, avec de magnifiques pe… More