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 place for a special event” We stayed at the Manor House for the weekend for my dad's surprise 80th birthday and had an amazing time. The house has everything you need for a comfortable stay regardless of the time of year. We were there in Jan
“Great place for a lovely holiday.” Hi, we stayed at the Maison and Apartment in August 2013. Both properties were fantastic and the outside pool, gardens and riverside were beautiful. The property is based in a lovely little town with supermarket and
“Just abandon your car on arrival......so many views & walks straight from this amazing house” Our dream location, proper Poldark scenery from every single window. How wonderful to be able to walk straight from the house in every direction. No need to
“Beautiful relaxing stay right by stunning coastal scenery”
Reviewed 25 Jan 2016
We stayed for two nights and would have liked to stay longer. The location is amazing, we could see and hear the sea from our room. The house is very comfortable and spacious and whilst we stayed as a… More
“I can't wait to go back!”
Reviewed 19 Jan 2016
What a beautiful house and the views are stunning from every single window.
We stayed at the Old Vic in January with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. I couldn't have wished for a better p… More
“What a credit to Real Cornwall!”
Reviewed 30 Sep 2012
Being Cornish we didn't have far to come to stay at "The Old Vic". The occasion was to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary with ALL the family - my son, his wife and their 2 children aged 7 and 4 and my da… More
“Thanks for a lovely holiday again!” We all enjoyed another relaxing holiday at this lovely house; mainly relaxing around the pool but also bike rides through the countryside and a day out by train to Les Sables d’Olonne. Diana & Graham were great host
We had a really Beautiful Escape at La Belle Echappee. Excellent facilities - beautiful pool, table-tennis, badminton, football, bikes, cricket.... and more. Very rural location which was perfect fo… More
Thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review for us, it was lovely meeting you all and hope to see you again.
“A wonderful large child friendly home with fantastic outside space”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Belle Echappee. The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful and have created a home that is ideal for big families or even two families with large , c… More
Thank you so much for submitting such a wonderful review about La Belle Echappee. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday so much and look forward to you visiting again.
“Well equipped house and large garden”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2014
We arrived in the middle of the night to a warm welcome from Diane. Our welcome pack meant we could immediately make hot drinks of tea and coffee and when our toddlers woke up early next morning we ha… More
Thank you very much for writing this wonderful, very detailed review for us which gives future guests a great insight. We are so pleased that you had such a relaxing family holiday and enjoyed all that La Belle Echappee has to offer. It was lovely to meet you all and we hope you will visit us again.
“Excellent well equiped family house in quiet village with an super pub” I booked the house for myself and 10 others (French) for a walking Holiday. It was the first time in England for all, apart from my wife and me. They all loved the house, the walk
“A Beautiful House in a fantastic location - perfect for a big get together”
Reviewed 20 Dec 2012
I organised for a large group of 14 to stay at the Manor House. We stayed for 2 nights and all had a brilliant time.
The Manor House is a beautiful old house, with really beautiful period feature… More
Thank you very much for writing this review. We are so delighted that you all enjoyed your time at the house and that you found it so relaxing. Many thanks also for recommending the house to your friends! Mark and I look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit.
“Spacious, comfortable, well equipped and well located - lovely!”
Reviewed 31 Dec 2012
We booked to celebrate a 60th birthday with the full family and were delighted to find a spacious but homely venue for the weekend celebration. The owners were very helpful in making preparations for … More
We are so glad you enjoyed the 60th birthday celebrations and thank you so much for writing a review. We are delighted that you had such a good time at The Manor as we love the house to be filled with people enjoying themselves. Good news about the shower - we are fitting a shower room shortly! You also chose some really good places to visit - Mark and I (and the family) also love trips to The Tan Hill Inn and a little antiquing in Barnard Castle.
“Beautiful French Manor House in the heart of the Pyrenees.” Spent two weeks here with another family. Efficient booking process and Dominique there to greet us when we arrived. Very comfortable house, beautifully furnished and well equipped, children
“Fantastic house” Stanton Guildhouse provided the perfect setting for my friend's hen weekend. It is absolutely stunning, full of character and in a great position for lovely views, walks along the Cotswold Way, and the pub next door. Manager Susan was
“Five stars doesn't quite seem enough...” What a fantastic week!
The owners were lovely and couldn't have been more helpful
The pool was amazing! Nice temperature and lots of fun inflatable toys and floats available.
The garden was just perfec
“Idyllic family gîte, everything you could need for the whole family! 11 month twins in utter toy & exploration heaven!”
Reviewed 6 Oct 2014
Having looked at a few gîtes we decided Manoir de Bolu looked ideal. On arrival we were completely bowled over by the complete attention to detail not only in decor but with equipment and facilities … More
Reviewed 11 Aug 2014
Rented the 2 properties for a week for a family get together. There were 8 adults and 5 children (all under the age of 5.) We had a fantastic stay. The houses were beautifully renovated , extremely we… More
“Beautiful place to stay”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2016
We had a fantastic holiday here and have booked up for next year!
Excellent facilities, beautiful location, friendly hosts and exceptionally clean.… More
“A great place to rest, relax and have fun” The Manor House is a fantastic place for holiday with family. There was something for all to do and the golf provided hours of fun for 10 yearolds to 60 yearolds. The accommodation was superb and there was p
We spend a wonderful week in the Ludlow Manor House. The house was very comfortable with plenty of room for our party of six adults and two children and we were warmly welcomed by the house manager, … More
“Great place with bags of character” We chose this place as I always like to go somewhere quirky and interesting at the February half term, and we weren’t disappointed. The photographs do not do the character of this building justice in any way. Down
“Super location for exploring the Serra da Estrella” This sensitively-restored property is full of character and offers fine views of the village, valley and distant hills. It was larger than we expected from the photos. We enjoyed al-fresco dining b