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.
Ratnakara is an exclusive and private five bed villa built on the South Coast of Sri Lanka. The property is set in 1.5 acres of land on top of a small hill overlooking a quiet bay approximately 1km from Dondra Head Lighthouse. The house is ensures a get away from it al …see more
“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
'Les Hirondelles' is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Cuves, a farming community in the Seé Valley, Lower Normandy offering lovely views of the surrounding hills and countryside. Easy access from at least 3 ports (Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo - …see more
Absolute beach font villa with al luxury and private staff for your housekeeping and cooking wishes. Surrounded by a lush tropical garden you will be able to relax in one of the Bale's (typical balinese relax hut) or plunch in the infinity swimming pool . As the fr …see more
The Stables is a beautiful luxurious holiday let in is't own right standing apart from the other properties with patio area and views straight over our paddock. The Stables can also be combined with our other properties - The Hay Barn, Middle Stable and the Tack R …see more
“Lovely accomodation, perfect for a relaxing weekend”
Reviewed 23 May 2013
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 had … More
Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Do come and visit again soon.
We are converting our big barn and stables into holiday accomodation before next Spring, so we will have even more to offer you then - we will keep you posted!
“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!
Vineyard Cottage Majzelj with 3 rooms is located in the vineyards near Pleterje monastery and Sentjernej. Perfect spot for couples searching for peace, hiking and cycling in the countryside, horse riding in Hosta stud. There are several posibilities for hiking and cyc …see more
“Excellent Bed&Breakfast in a Slovenian countryside vineyard”
Reviewed 5 May 2013
We had a two night stay early April. We were the only guests at that time. The large room was comfortable with skylights giving a very pleasant atmophere.
The host arranged a dinner at our request e… More
Sandul Villa, situated in Beruwala, 56 km from Colombo and 87 km from International airport on the west-south coast of Sri Lanka. The Villa located in a very beautiful place. Just 5 minutes driving with tuk-tuk will bring you to the beach coast of Indian ocean (around 1 …see more
Our converted farmhouse lies in the valley of the Aso river, 20 minutes from beaches at Pedaso and 45 minutes from skiing in Sibilini mountains. We have two comfortable studio apartments with all facilities.
For those who like to self cater there is use of an adjacen …see more
“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 MEMORABLE VACATION IN A WONDERFUL COUNTRY SIDE LOCATION, WITH HOSTSMAKING YOU FEEL LOKE YOU ARE AT HOME.”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2013
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 with Olive,Persimmon and walnut trees. The views of the surr… More
Thanks for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you again here soon!
“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!
Originally built c1750, The Fron was renovated to an exceptionally high standard in 2007. It retains many of its original features such as oak beams and there are seasoned solid wooden floors throughout the light and spacious, open-plan lounge and dining area giving acc …see more
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… More
Many thanks for your lovely review. However I just want to clarify that the "summer house" is called Lily Pond Lodge, which sleeps 2, and has to be booked separately to The Fron. It is not automatically included in a booking for the main house - Many thanks
“beautiful cottage in stunning location”
Reviewed 23 Feb 2014
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
Sunrise villa is a modern and comfortable house designed and built by the owner to provide a relaxing quality of life style in beautiful tropical surroundings.High ceilings and natural ventilation offer a healthy change from busy cities.Verandas on 3 sides for shady out …see more
Douglas' house is situated in a beautiful area of North East Thailand. He is a very generous host and we felt very comfortable in his lovely sunny house. He arranged for our evening meals to be cook… More
Since Escrigas has a big capacity and we like offering the best commodity and exclusivity, we rent the house with chef service. The house has a very special Aga Kitchen where our chef will be cooking only for you our traditional dishes. We want you to discover our delic …see more
Stayed at this fantastic place for 2 weeks with a large group (6 families in total). Everything was fantastic, the house and the surroundings. The house seemed to have everything we needed, for both… More
Thank you loads for the review! Looking forward receiving you at some other point or maybe visiting you in Iceland! =) Best wishes
Apertment is on the ground level of the four floor house. It is 35 square meters big and consists of kitchen/dining room,sleeping room and bathroom.In a front of it there is big shady terrace of about 100 square meters.There You can enjoy a sea view and BBQ and it is a …see more
Malabar Cove Beach House on the shores of the Arabian Sea is a perfect hideaway.
Guests approach the Beach House on foot along simple paths which wind through the Coconut Grove.
There are no cars in the village. The nearest road and parking is three or four minutes from …see more
The Picasso apartment consists of the Picasso studio bedroom with pull-down Murphy bed that has a king-size fully sprung mattress. It has a well equipped kitchen area and en-suite bath/shower room +WC. The Gauguin bedroom is included with king-size bed and en-suite sho …see more
PureChalets specialise in offering fully catered ski & snowboarding holidays in the charming alpine village of Samoens. We also offer a range of catering options in the Summer. The company is privately run and owned by Andy & Liz. We have created a warm atmosphe …see more
We had a wonderful stay here. The chalet is very roomy clean and bright. Only problem was not having access to a washing machine during the summer break( there were 6 of us), otherwise superb. Loved t… More
Traditional French Farmhouse in South West France for 2 to 4 guests on a B&B basis in a calm and tranquil village offering peaceful picturesque landscape to provide peace and clear your mind & allow you to connect with your inner self a relaxing place perfect for walk …see more
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… More
With an excellent location at the northern end of Nuwara Eliya town overlooking the century-old golf course, the misty mountains and Single Tree Hill, Brockenhurst is in a wonderfully peaceful part of town. This excellently-maintained fully-restored century old property …see more
The farmhouse offers 230m2 of luxury comfort and ample space for 8 people. Built to high standards whilst keeping the charm of an authentic and rustic Savoyard home. You will be The views are amazing no matter which season you come and stay, you can walk, climb, bike a …see more
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… More
Thank you so much for your feedback, l hope to see you all again in the near future xx
“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
Beautiful property nestled in the green Tuscan hills, 3 km from the city of Arezzo and an hour's drive from Florence, Siena and Perugia. The apartment is ideal for a family that wants to spend the holidays in peace and relaxation, in fact there are a swimming pool …see more
The property is located down a very quiet track in the village of Antria about 5 kms from Arezzo with views over lush woodland and valley. The appartment is one of 5 in a converted farmhouse setting.… More
Chalet Calluna is one of two beautiful chalets from Book4Alps in Les Carroz, French Alps. It is a traditional wooden chalet, which has been fully modernised and all 5 bedrooms are en-suite with new bathrooms and beautiful mountain views. Chalet Calluna has a spacious l …see more
B&B suites available with 1, 2 or 3 rooms La Grande Maison is situated in three acres of wooded grounds that lead down to the river Dive. Perfectly situated for exploring the Loire Valley. We have the Bike Barn for storage of cycles or if you don't want to brin …see more
Nb: This listing is for FULL CHALET LETS ONLY. Please see "Bed+Breakfast bookings only " for individual nightly room bookings for 1-2 people, with breakfast.
Chalet Sérénité is situated in the centre of the friendly Haute Savoie village of Thollon Les Memises locate …see more
Chez Bobeau is a beautiful chalet which sleeps up to 26 guests in 11 bedrooms. Can also be rented as an 8 bedroom chalet for up to 20 or a 3 bedroom apartment for 6 people.
The chalet is in a great location, less than a 5 minute walk to the main ski lift and only a 6 m …see more
We stayed at Chalet Bobeau over the Easter holidays. We were a little worried about booking so late in the season as we thought there wouldn't be much snow. Luckily we didn't have anything to worry ab… More
“The Perfect Ski Holiday - Fabulous Chalet in Gorgeous Samoens”
Reviewed 25 Feb 2013
Stayed here with 13 friends for a week this January and had a brilliant ski holiday which we would wholeheartedly recommend!
Chez Bobeau is a gorgeous chalet in a great location with fab facilities i… More
Khomba House was designed by a leading young Sri Lankan architect and completed in 2009. With it's wide open spaces and high ceilings it combines the feeling of a cool beach house with a classic Sri Lankan colonial villa. Established in partnership with the neigh …see more
Thank you so very much for such a fantastic stay at Khomba. We had a simply amazing time. Best of all was the sea. It was so relaxing to be able to watch my grandchildren play in the water all day,… More
Reviewed 3 Jan 2014
We had a wonderful time at Khomba House, it was by far the best place to stay in Alankuda, you have created a little piece of paradise there. We were extremely comfortable and I slept like a child, lu… More
Many thanks for your review, delighted to hear you had such a good Christmas and New Year.
2 bedroom apartment with terrace, barbecue and wonderful views over the Adriatic sea. Brand new and beautifully redecorated, the apartment has wi-fi, air-con, satelite tv, and telephone. Nestled in the heart of the village with restaurants, bars, supermarkets, and a pos …see more
One of the best place to meet friends and enjoy untouched fantastic nature.
We stay here for two weeks and this vacation we will never forget.
For all people who looks for a silent place and friendl… More
Les Petites Charmilles offers comfortable friendly bed and breakfast accommodation in a Traditional Perigordine style house in the heart of the Dordogne countryside. Offering ideal holiday accommodation for a couple, Room 4 has a king-size bed, two comfortable cane armc …see more
Please note prices are PER PERSON
Chalet Heidi is a large, very comfortable, 3 Star, Tirolean Guesthouse in the farming village of Scheffau. The chalet offers 12 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, Balcony, Satellite TV, clock radio with Ipod dock, Telephone, WiFi …see more
A warm welcome awaits you in our tranquil two hundred year old restored farmhouse. La Cloue Bed and Breakfast is situated on our 15 acre smallholding with great views over the valley. 2Km Lassay Les Châteaux.
We have a large organic vegetable garden, an orchard and fr …see more
Main descriptionLocated in Nerano, Casale Villarena is located in the more exclusive and more relaxing section of the Sorrento Coast that is rarely seen by visitors and guests. Although it is only a few kilometers from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Nerano is worlds aw …see more
Villa Turquoise is located on the East coast of Zanzibar just outside the peaceful village Matemwe. The house has been designed to ensure optimal guests satisfaction. The owners stay in the house every three months and have brought the level of comfort, luxury and servi …see more
We vacationed here with friends from mainland Tanzania as well as friends from Australia who have literally traveled the world.I cant say enough about the house itself. Every room is a delight, ours w… More
“Even better than expected !”
Reviewed 8 Jan 2013
Everything was just perfect!
We spent a great time with my family (14 people)
House very comfortable, staff efficient and friendly, amazing view, an oasis in Zanzibar !
Hope to come back very… More
“Great place for Extended Family”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2011
We stayed with our parents and teens in this fabulous house post safari. It is a very beautiful and comfortable estate with a wonderful staff that ensures you haven't a thing to do but enjoy it. The… More
About our Studio:L'Escapade de Marijac is a Chambre d'Hôte (Bed and Breakfast). Situated on the first floor of converted barn dating back to at least the mid 19th century, the charming room features oak beams and beautiful views. This first floor studio bene …see more
“A Great place, immaculate room and lovely peopl, Lyons is a perfect place to unwind, highly recommended.”
Reviewed 24 May 2012
I stayed for just under a week with Alex and Shirley who done their best to make my stay enjoyable. The room and place is unique and immaculately turned out. Lyons and the surrounding area is a great … More
Casa Roja is located in the coastal countryside of the charming village of Aguilas in the Southeastern province of Murcia. Here you´ll find the best of both worlds - the peace and quiet of the countryside, yet just a few minutes drive to the sea. Many of our guests hav …see more
Restored mill with wooden beams and working fireplaces just 10 kms south of Fontenay le Comte. We have a 3 key rating with Clévacances. All of our bedrooms have a private shower and toilet, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities. All bed linen and towels are supplie …see more
Up the winding mountain road to the church square and the top of the village of Montorlin, and a beautiful old farmhouse owned and run by Liza and Andy as a catered ski chalet.
Alastair Sawday's Guides have featured this lovely place in The Guardian as one of 10 chale …see more
We found the same warm welcome, brilliant location, great service and wonderful food as the last 7 or so times we have been. Can't wait to be back!… More
Thank you; your comments are heartwarming. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
“Superb Mountain Chalet near Montchavin”
Reviewed 6 Jan 2015
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.
Holiday home Balsamina is a 2 bedroom apartment on the ground floor with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, sitting and dining area and woodstove. It has it's own spacious terrace overlooking the river. The apartment is nice and cool in summer and comfortable warm in w …see more
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 r… More
Hi Kat, thank you very much for your review! It was a pleasure to host you.
La Terrasse' is a small and friendly, owner-run property, ideally situated just one hour by road from Geneva airport, on the sunny slopes of the strikingly beautiful upper Giffre valley. Directly opposite are Morillon, 5 minutes, and Samoens, 10 minutes, which link easi …see more
- Modern architecture and furniture- Porches and terraces with hammocks and barbecue- Sea view and constant sea breeze- Large living room with sofa-bed open kitchen and eating area- Suite with queen size bed, air conditioner, closet and own bathroom- Bedroom with two si …see more
Our beautiful 17th century longere is open for Bed & Breakfast all year round. Ideally located in a small hamlet, yet only fifteen minutes from the world famous Le Mont St Michel, we provide an ideal base to discover the delights of the local area. All our guest rooms …see more
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 recomme… More
“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
DAR BÔ is a typical Moroccan Riad situated byside a small and quiet square in the heart of the Medina of Essaouira. This charming house to rent in exclusivity is close to restaurants and markets. It is suitable for couples, families and groups. The house is to rent all …see more
Just 50 mins from Carcassonne airport,you can be sure of a warm welcome in our well established chambres d'hotes (50-55 euros per night for 2 people including a big breakfast) (Single person 45 euros per night), (additional person in a bedroom, +15 euros per night) a …see more
Catered chalet Solneige is located next to the beautiful alpine village of Vaujany, directly connected with the snow secure Alpe d'Huez ski area, which combines the charm of a real mountain village with modern, up-to-date facilities.
Staying in one of the most beautif …see more