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.
Salen Cottage is in just a perfect location for all types of holidays We are surrounded by local forestry paths and walksWe have an abundance of wild life in Ardnamurchan .....Red deer,pine martins sea and golden eagles …see more
“A Touch of Class!” A beautiful period cottage which was very homely, well kept with everything you would wish for and more. Owners are very accommodating and could not do enough to make our stay a special one. Would highly recommend.
My self and partner have just stayed for 2 nights. Cannot speak highly enough of this property. Is small but very well designed and furnished. Lovely little private garden. Was immaculately clean … More
Many thanks for the kind review . It was lovely to meet you and will try & organise some better weather for your next visit.
“Fantastic cosy character cottage”
Reviewed 19 Apr 2012
The very friendly, helpful and responsive new owner met us to give us the keys and show us around.
Once you are inside the cottage it's like being in another world. Really cosy, characterful (lots … More
Thank you so much for your kind review, so glad you enjoyed stay. Hope to see you again in the future, best wishes
“A Lovely Cottage”
Reviewed 5 Mar 2012
A wonderful place to stay overnight when exploring Cambridgeshire or surrounding market towns. The cottage is of a very high standard - lovely authentic decor, brilliantly equipped kitchen, good bath/… More
Thank you so much for your positive review, glad you enjoyed your stay!
“Fantastic views, cute cottage” We based our holiday around our dog, who loves a good forest, so this seemed the obvious choice. None of us were disappointed, we were right in the middle of the most stunning forest location with views to die for. It
We have just returned from 4 nights at Wren cottage.After parking the first thing that you notice is the fantastic view as you make your way down the path to the cottage. Inside it is small but everyt… More
Thank you very much for reviewing Wren Cottage. We are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday here and that you would like to come back and stay! Your comments are very helpful to those who are thinking about coming here and I am sure they will be appreciated. We are very much looking forwards to welcoming you back!
“Lovely and cosy dog friendly cottage in beautiful surroundings”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2015
For a getaway from hectic work schedules - this was a hidden gem in the Forest of Dean. Karen and Lis are impeccable hosts ensuring that all your needs are met. The cottage was extremely well equipp… More
Thank you fro your lovely comments and we're so glad that you had a relaxing time here. It was great to meet you both and Crumble too!
“I would happily live here.. its beautiful”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2014
Beautiful cottage, perfect for short weekend breaks. Would liked to have been nearer a local pub/food place so that i could walk there and back safely at night/evening.
The owners were really welco… More
Thank you for your great comments, we are please you and your dog enjoyed your stay.
“Stunning!” A stunning apartment in a stunning location! This apartment is thoughtfully furnished and finished to a very high standard with all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable. The views from the apartment never tire, whatever the wea
Just back home this afternoon, gutted to have spent a week in the apartment for our October break.
I'm not one to return to the same place twice but this is an exception as feel we feel at home the… More
Thank you so much for your review. It is always a pleasure to welcome you to our apartment and we look forward to your next visit!
Reviewed 9 Nov 2016
We were delighted to be able to book a Twixmas break at such a wonderful location. Booking was simple and cost reasonable (particulalry given the lovely wee touches - like a Christmas Tree!). The ac… More
Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. It was exceptional weather then - a shame for your return journey!
Delightful 1 bedroom cottage with lovely rural views located amongst orchards near the picturesque village of West Malling. The tastefully decorated accommodation includes ground floor open plan kitchen, sitting room / dining area, hall and cloakroom. Stairs to f …see more
Rowdale cottages comprise of three adjacent cottages in the converted traditional stone farm buildings. the cottages sleep up to 12 guests in 5 bedrooms; there are also 5 bathrooms for convenience too. These spacious cottage can seat 12 guests for dining together and …see more
“Wonderful” Seascape is an amazing base for exploring the East Neuk and beyond. The view is breathtaking, the house immaculate and St Monan's is as picturesque as you can get. The amenities in the house are excellent. My husband, young son and family t
Seascape was a lovely, warm and welcoming house. We loved staying there. The sea views are very beautiful. The house is so well equipped and very clean. This place would be perfect for our holiday!!! … More
“Did not recharge the batteries so much as took the battaries out.”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2016
The views from the cottage were mesmerising lots of time was spent just gazing at the sea while sitting in the living room or in the garden outside. The cottage is very well equipped whether that be i… More
“A very comfortable, welcoming family home.”
Reviewed 9 Oct 2015
This house sits in a fantastic position overlooking the Firth of Forth opposite the Bass Rock and Berwick Law. The hours of sunshine are amazing and the sunsets not too bad either. Check the shower ha… More
Thank you for leaving your review. We are delighted to hear that you found Seascape comfortable and welcoming. We have noted your comment about the shower and when you advised us of this problem during your stay we sent someone round to rectify the situation immediately. Please be assured the cleanliness of all our properties is of extreme importance to us and we apologise for this oversight on this occasion. We are strongly committed to providing the best services and amenities for our guests, therefore we thank you for your feedback that will help us continue to accomplish this.
“Wonderful honeymoon in a cute little cottage!” After getting married a couple of days before we were ready to spend some time relaxing and that was certainly what we did! It was out of season so everywhere was very quiet & peaceful. We were the only o
“Just perfect, stunning cottage and garden and lovely host”
Reviewed 17 Oct 2016
This stunning cottage & garden was the most perfect getaway, I only wish we could have stayed for longer. Linda was the perfect host with lots of local knowledge and recommendations. The wine and ext… More
"We could have stayed for longer" means you will definately be back so its something I love to hear, thank you so much for your lovely comments much appreciated, I do try! Linda :-)
Reviewed 31 Aug 2015
Just spent three nights at Llwynn Ynn cottage and enjoyed every minute. The cottage has everything you need and the hot tub is the cherry on the top. A ten minute stroll away and you are on the be… More
Oh thank you! its is so lovely when guests are so appreciative, hope to see you both back here soon. Linda :-)
Reviewed 30 Aug 2016
My girlfriend and I had booked white water rafting on the River Tryweryn and were looking for somewhere to stay in the area, we stumbled upon this cottage online and what a find it was!
The pictures … More
Thank you I am so pleased you did find the cottage and I am sure you will return, as you say so much to do that is why North Wales has come 4th in the Lonely planets best regions in the world to visit. Linda :-)
“A pretty, cosy and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location.” This cottage was as described, and provided us with a pleasant, cosy base to be with friends and explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.
“Fabulous cottage, great location, perfect break.”
Reviewed 30 May 2012
The cottage is immaculate, light, airy, quiet and totally relaxing. Its a 5-8 minute walk to your choice of two unbelievably picturesque beaches one with a good resturant/pub. Lots of great hiking a… More
Thank you so much for your kind review and I'm very pleased to hear that you want to come again.
“cosy, comfortable, full of character”
Reviewed 22 Apr 2012
Pencraig is a wonderful, get away from it all holiday cottage. It's well equipped, cosy and has a wealth of books, games and art to keep you amused inside, plus there are two tables to sit at outside… More
Thank you so much for the kind comments to myself and the property. So glad you enjoyed it sounds like you had a amazing time discovering what wales had to offer. Thank you.
“Lovely location and cute cottage”
Reviewed 10 Oct 2011
This spot was very nice, a great location. Also the house was lovely. There was nothing to complain about. Thank you for the stay.… More
Thank you for your positive review and thank you for staying. Hope that you come back again some time.
Contemporary yet homely, modern yet rural, these two eco-friendly lodges combine high energy efficiency with the luxuries of modern living. In a large garden setting amidst established trees and shrubs, they provide a peaceful and relaxing hideaway for two.Just 8 miles …see more
“fantastic retreat” A truly outstanding place.Wondeful views over the estuary from almost every window. The owners were great and gave us tips on where to eat etc as well as providing us with wine and cake!!. Soo peaceful! With the availability of usin
This is without doubt the best self catering property we have ever stayed in! Spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished. Fabulous location. Wonderful wildlife and great area for walking. Many thanks … More
Thanks for that lovely review and look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Outstanding country escape”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2012
We searched the dictionary to come up with the best word to describe our short stay at the Lodge: IDYLLIC is the best description we can apply. The Lodge is an ideal country getaway. The hours will go… More
Thanks for that lovely review and look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Silence is Golden”
Reviewed 17 Sep 2011
What an amazing place in an amazing location. The Lodge is superbly equipped and we couldnt have wanted for anything more. The views are simply stunning and waking up in such a comfy bed and being abl… More
Thanks for that lovely review and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Set in a rural location, but yet 5 minutes drive from Killybegs, (Irelands premier fishing port), The Old Farmhouse is perfect for touring Donegal, and is ideal for those Hillwalking enthusiasts as Slieve League and Blue Stack Mountains are just a short drive away. …see more
“Perfect.” We stayed from Wednesday night through to Saturday day.
I came to this cottage with my husband, three year old daughter and my in law parents. My daughter absolutely loved the surrounding gardens. it was magical to her and lots of hiding
“Incredible place to stay” This place was perfect ! We went for the Easter weekend and had such a lovely time.
The warm welcome we got from Tracey with the special touch of fresh home made bread , eggs , scones with cream and jam and a little Easter
“Absolutely fabulous place to stay, highly recommend.”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2016
Ashen Cross is a fantastic place to spend a holiday, very close to beautiful Looe and other lovely places to visit. Never had such a fantastic welcome as we've had here, the owners cannot do enough fo… More
Thank you for your kind feedback, Laura.
Looking forward to welcoming you and your family again very soon xx
“Beautiful, comfortable, spotlessly clean, dog friendly cottage”
Reviewed 27 Nov 2016
What a find! We absolutely loved staying in the Owl. Tracey and Geoff made us feel right at home from our very first telephone conversation until the day we left (although we didn't want to leave!) … More
So pleased you enjoyed your stay and really looking forward to welcoming you back again soon xx
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed 3 Aug 2016
Tracey the owner is warm & friendly. We had home made scones clotted cream & jam, home made bread waiting for us. Lovely place to stay. A lake with summer house, drinks available from the fridge, grea… More
Thank you for your kind comments. So pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon xx
“Perfect comfortable stay” We have stayed here now for 3 holidays and we return because of the comfort, warmth and cosiness of this lovely cottage in the South Lakes. The cottage a great balance for us of traditional character with modern comfort and t
This lovely cosy cottage was a pleasure to visit. The Kitchen was very well equipped with everything you could wish for. It is in a nice central area with two nearby pubs .TThe beds in the twin room … More
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at the Cottage. Thank you for your feedback as we appreciate the time and effort that goes into uploading any comments. The beds are actually very new so we will certainly look into your comments further to make sure that every guest gets a good nights sleep.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
“Amazing!” We had a lovely week end at the The Old Smithy & River Cottages to celebrate my husband's 30th Birthday!
Both cottages are great and perfect for a big group (we were 11) because there is so much space outside and inside.
The rooms are per
We celebrated New Year at both the Old Smithy and River Cottage and found it was the perfect location. The cottages were both beautiful and provided a large area for everyone to spend time together in… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is nice to know that out of all the cottages you have stayed at over the years,that you found ours to be the best. We hope that you will visit us again. Thanks
“wow I wanna go back The Tenas on Tour”
Reviewed 29 Sep 2015
Myself and 9 female friends spent 2 nights in these 2 beautiful cottages to celebrate my 50th..the owner Susan was very easy to keep in touch with and catered for our every need.on arrival we were blo… More
Thank you for your fantastic review. We are delighted that you had such a great time in the cottages, we are only too happy to help with guests particular wishes when we can. We are glad that you appreciated the lovely comfy beds and pillows and hope to see you back again soon.
Situated in peaceful countryside in the Lake District of Cavan, 1 mile from Kilnaleck village, and just 1 hours driving from Dublin via M3. This spacious home sleeps 12 offers a large garden & patio area basketball net, games room and all modern conveniences.Mc Evo …see more
“Terrific !” Loved the cottage ! Cathy was wonderful and very helpful. Had some issues with running certain appliances but after a day or 2 we had them all sorted out. The cottage is very well equipped, wonderful working fireplace where we enjoyed nigh
The property is a more than 100 years old small chateau, originally wine producing. An old barn has been newly renovated with a great sense of charm and demand of high quality. We offer a vacation in a quiet charming village, next to the vineyard in a beautiful region w …see more
“Comfortable peaceful cottage” I visited Broadway with two friends on a garden and gallery getaway break! We found The Old Grocery clean, comfortable and located on a very quiet and pretty road. It was great to have the outside space as we were lucky
“Fantastic Spacious House - Great for a Big Group” A group of 10 friends stayed at Bankfield house. We had a fantastic time. The house was very well equipped and spacious. The beds were very comfortable, including the sofa bed downstairs. We'd all reco
“Wonderful property with period features and large spacious rooms.”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2013
We had a wonderful stay at Bankfield. There were 8 adults and 4 children and each and everyone of us enjoyed the lovely spacious house, especially the teenagers who appreciated the many rooms where th… More
Thank you for your kind words,they are really appreciated,and hopefully we will be able to welcome you all back to our very special house,until then all health and happiness to you all,,
Eric and Helen
“Even better than I had hoped...”
Reviewed 10 Mar 2013
We spent a wonderful February week at Bankfield House with my family, husband, self, twin five year olds and a whole heap of friends who variously joined us over the week for 40th birthday celebration… More
Thank you for very kind words it means a lot to Helen and I to get such wonderful feedback from our Holidaymakers,we loved having you all stay with us and please come back whenever you can,you know there is a warm welcome awaiting you all
“A spacious and homely house with great views!”
Reviewed 20 Jan 2013
We would highly recommend a stay at Bankfield House. It is a warm, comfortable house that offers superb value for money. The owners, Helen and Eric, are very friendly and welcoming. They spent time ma… More
Thank you so much for your kind words,they are really valued by us and appreciate them very much.Hope to see you all again at Bankfield ,
Eric and Helen
Beautiful cottage set at the centre of the world heritage Jurassic Coast and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 10 mins walk to beach. 30 minutes walk to Golden Cap, the highest point on the SW coast. Broadchurch filmed just down the road in West Bay.
Comfortab …see more
“Super house, super view” We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Antrim Abode in Cushendall. As we wanted somewhere on the coast to use as a base for seeing the area it was ideally situated, only a short drive from the ferry at Larne. The house definitely
We are just back from a glorius 2 day break at Antrim Abode. Being regular hotel users the main attraction of this accomodation was both the quality of the accomodation and the central location along … More
Thank you so much for the comprehensive review of the accommodation and surroundings - this will be a great source of information and tips for future guests!
“Fantastic house in a great location. Perfect.”
Reviewed 26 May 2013
We arrived earlier than anticipated and phoned the Housekeeper, Bridget, who was more than happy to meet us at the house and show us around, making sure we knew where everything was and how everything… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review. So pleased you enjoyed the house and beautiful Cushendall. And we see you discovered some of the local gems!
“The Perfect Honeymoon Retreat!” We stayed in Pipers Cottage for the second leg of our Scottish Honeymoon. A perfect secluded getaway with all you need to kick back and relax. With all the added extras of hot tub, sky movies, the local Dalwhinnie whisk
Absolutely loved it. Had read reviews prior to going about low ceilings and shower head so was abut apprehensive I would be spending a wee like a half shut knife.. I'm 6ft never had a prob. My hubby … More
Reviewed 9 Nov 2016
Great cottage everything you need and more , wonderful place so much to do will be back again , did have a small issue getting deposit back but was returned in the end… More
Reviewed 30 Sep 2013
Clean, tidy with very good hot tub!
Lots of garden space & great for walks!
Has everything you need and is great for the price.
Would return again anytime!… More
Wake up with the view's over the Strait of Lombok, the private infinity swimming pool and beautiful landscaped tropical garden. A delicious and healthy breakfast in the sun on your terrace or in the shade of the original Balinese “bale benong“, the roofed terrace .A …see more
“Beautiful Cottage” The cottage was so beautiful, very welcoming and warm. The chocolate cake was a lovely addition, as was the bottle of bucks fizz. It really was like home from home.. the weather wasn't too great and so we ended up relaxing in the co
The Red Lion cottage is a great little gem. My wife, her folks and I had the pleasure of staying there for 3 nights while using it as a base to explore the surrounding Cotswolds.
The cottage itself… More
“A slice of countryside paradise”
Reviewed 13 Jun 2013
Myself and 2 friends booked to stay here for 3 nights as a girls mini break away from our busy London lives & Red Lion Cottage could not have provided a more perfect backdrop. Red Lion Cottage is loca… More
“A great place to stay.”
Reviewed 19 Sep 2016
A lovely property in a lovely quiet village. Well placed for travelling to nearby places of interest. We will definitely be returning again in the future to explore more of the Cotswolds.… More
“Amazing” Five stars all round. The location, Cleanliness and comfort of this lodge is just faultless. The Swans, Geese & Ducks are an added bonus. Everybody that walks by are just so friendly which is nice to see this day and age. I cannot wait to ret
Came for a relaxing stay and that's what I got. So nice and clean and tidy very well maintained everything you could ask for. We went out for our meals but wanted to come back and just sit and watch t… More
Thank you so much easier for your review. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Reviewed 15 Aug 2016
A wonderful place to stay. Very comfortable and maintained to a high standard. Loved the river taxi into Stratford. Great base for exploring Stratford and the surrounding area.… More
Thank you so much for your review, and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
“Fantastic log cabin wanted for nothing!” We loved this chalet it was perfect for my husband and I yet room for our extended family the next time. The owner could not have been more pleasant in his correspondence with me and very professional yet fri
We loved the lodge, it was perfect, home from home. So relaxing and in a beautiful spot with decking overlooking the river. The lodge itself had everything you wanted and was very clean. Will definite… More
“Mrs” The accommodation was great and just as expected from the description. The owners were on hand and very helpful. The kids loved the access to the garden with trampoline and swings. The location was great for cycling, being able to get onto the cy
If it's a peaceful, relaxing rural retreat you're after then The Bothy is the place for you. Perfectly placed for exploring all that the Scottish Highlands have to offer whether golf, fishing, walking, wildlife or whisky, it's all on your doorstep in beau …see more
“A great location, house was like home from home, highly recommend.” Was surprised by how much I enjoyed our stay, a tranquil setting, everything you needed was in the house. Lots of visitors about but relaxing, the tides going out and being able to w
Wonderful village, everything you could hope for. Great walks, fantastic views, peace and quiet and a lovely, friendly pub within walking distance.
The house was very well stocked and a real characte… More
“Fabulous house and beautiful location. I highly recommend it!”
Reviewed 24 Aug 2012
We loved our stay in this house. It is a beautiful large family home with wonderful panoramic views of the estuary. It is situated at the end of a private single track road right on the estuary, next … More
“First Rate Family Home”
Reviewed 23 Jul 2012
Great house in a stunning location. This is a traditional family home with large rooms and high ceilings. Very well presented and equipped. The views from the bedrooms and living rooms are over the la… More
“Outstanding, lovingly maintained cottage with spectacular views of Cullen Bay.” Beautifully decorated, furnished, well equipped and maintained cottage. The owners go that extra mile to ensure their guests have everything they could possibly need. Lot
Well appointed, great location with fabulous views, superb holiday house. Warm welcome from friendly owners. 300 yards from Co-op, cash machine, pub, chippie, chinese take-away and ice-cream shop.… More
Thanks for taking the time to provide a review of your stay at Hill Crest. We agree Hill Crest is a special home away from home in a great location and still convenient to all the local amenities. We hope to see you again for your next holiday in Cullen!
Selma & Rob
“The best appointed holiday cottage we've ever had”
Reviewed 18 Jul 2015
This was a really fantastic cottage. The place is wonderful: the sea is down below just outside the front door, or just outside the garden, and most of the rooms have views to it. The garden is deck… More
Thank so very much for reviewing your recent stay at Hill Crest. We do our best to provide a comfortable environment for holidaymakers and are so pleased that our visitors are enjoying the property and all it has to offer. I think having a well stocked kitchen just makes life a little easier when you are trying to prepare a meal in unfamiliar surroundings. Hope to see you again for your next Scottish getaway!
Selma & Rob
“New Year Break”
Reviewed 3 Jan 2015
The cottage was wonderful! So well equipped, tastefully decorated through-out, and ideally situated within walking distance from the harbour and beach. There is a lovely seating area in the garden wh… More
Thanks so much for the great review. We're glad you were able to accomplish your goal of having a few days to yourselves to just relax after the holiday chaos. Hope to see you again soon!
Selma & Rob
“Great apartment in classic Swiss ski village” Highly recommend this apartment if you look to stay in Andermatt. Modern, well appointed and a place you easily feel comfortable. Very central to village, train, lifts, restaurants, etc.
“Great base for south Wales and the Afan Valley MTB Trails” Comfortable accommodation.
Well situated for easy access to the Afan Forest park mountain bike trails - which are excellent.
Very friendly and helpful owners.
Ideal for a mountain bike geta
“Fantastic house in a great location” We have just returned from our holiday, Blossom house was fantastic. Everything you need and more (even a potty which was great as we forgot our 2 year old's!) When we arrived we were greeted by the owners daughter
“Great time had by all” We stayed for a week in July weather was fantastic 5 minutes stroll to Brittas Bay Beach which is a beautiful white sandy beach. House itself sleeps 8 there was 6 of us plenty of room nice decor nice decking area outside with 2
“Brill cottage and great owner” Cottage was brillant on arriving Elanor had the aga on for us to take the chill out as it was a windy day.The view is amazing i saw golden eagles a few times flying in front of cottage,all the things that you want to se
The best equipped holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. Very comfortable, warm and so quiet. A good base for exploring Lewis and Harris but great to spend a restful afternoon as well. So many nice t… More
“A welcome start to the holiday season”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2016
We were very pleased with the cottage. Only inconvenience was no lock on bathroom door and more hooks on doors would be handy… More
Thanks for your review and tips. Will sort out the lock on the bathroom door and get a few more hooks.
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast. …see more