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.
Nearest beach 5 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
Idyllic rural retreat in the green hills of County Down. Close to famous Mourne Mountains, the shores of Carlingford Lough, Newry, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor. Within 90 minute drive from Dublin and Belfast airports. …see more
Nearest beach 6 km; Ski; Suitable for children age 5+;
This newly rennovated lodge in Nethy Bridge, is located just a 15 minute drive from Aviemore. The private garden has relaxing views of the river and the forests, and is the perfect place from which to start enjoying the beautiful Cairngorm National Park. …see more
“Superb relaxing location”
Reviewed 18 Jul 2014
We had a great time in lovely surrounds the cottage was clean, kid friendly and right by the river - dear and grouse in the garden incredible
Reviewed 5 Sep 2015
Beautiful house, beautiful location. Private quiet soothing just what we needed. The beds were superb. Safe for the dogs and so many walks on the doorstep. So close to the many attractions in the Cair… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Falstaff is a superb 5 star newly refurbished cottage in the beautiful Malvern Hills, Private Hot tub, wifi, tv/dvd in lounge and bedrooms. private grounds, beautiful gardens, private fishing lake, Tucked away but only a few minutes to pubs, restaurants etc.Falstaff is …see more
“Totally fantastic place. Would definitely recommend it.”
Reviewed 30 Nov 2014
We had a really wonderful weekend here. The cottage is lovely, really homely and cosy. Hot tub and wood burner were amazing. Beautiful walks in the area. Clive was great. I'd highly recommend staying… More
Reviewed 16 Mar 2014
We wanted to get away from our normal hectic schedule to somewhere with peace & quiet and plenty of chill factor. We were not disappointed. The location was ideal for us. As you approach up the long … More
When we arrived Ren greeted us like old friends and made us feel instantly at home. The property was lovely and very spacious with a quaint spiral staircase leading up to the first floor. An outside s… More
“Best Gite ever”
Reviewed 31 Jul 2013
We have stayed here now 7 times and we love it more and more each time. The pool and gardens are immaculately kept as are both the Gites. Mairi, Ren and Rhona make you feel very welcome and are on s… More
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you all again in the near future!
Sleeping up to 14 + 4 (extra beds for children) + 2 cots, this spacious, comfortable villa with a spectacular, private pool, set in it';s own gardens on an exclusive, quiet urbanization is just a few minutes drive from the sea. Ideal for larger families or groups. …see more
Reviewed 13 Sep 2015
Buenas vacaciones, en un entorno fabuloso, y con unos propietarios muy amables y atentos.
Esperamos volver, y además lo hemos recomendado a varios amigos nuestros… More
Gracias por su revisión. Sería muy bienvenido a venir otra vez
“Delightful and Perfect”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2014
We were three sets of one family staying at Casa Case and having the individual "homes" provided flexibility and privacy, plus that all important own space!!!
The accommodation was spot on, clean, … More
Nearest beach 40 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
Old Oak Barn is perfect if you are looking to enjoy a luxurious stay with friends and/or family in peaceful and tranquil setting with uninterrupted views over the beautiful Suffolk countryside - you will not be disappointed. …see more
“Wow - Great place to get together with friends and family!”
Reviewed 13 Jan 2015
We were a group of friends with two little ones 6 & 2yrs getting together to celebrate my 40th birthday. I'm so glad we agreed on The Old Oak Barn, it was perfect. I was welcomed with bubbly, chops an… More
Hi - thanks a lot for the positive comments about the barn and your suggestion about the skylights - I have now fitted blackout blinds to all the skylights so 'light' sleepers will be able to enjoy a good nights sleep.
The nearest pub is 3.5 miles from the barn, either in Debenham or Thorndon - I have walked it before during the day and it takes a little over 1 hour. Alternatively, it is great to get out on bikes as there is very little traffic or there are some local taxi companies in the info file in the barn. Another trick I do myself, is drive to the pub in the evening, and collect the car(s) the next day using somebody else's. With 10 guests at the barn, there are usually 3 or 4 cars amongst the party. This also gives you the added advantage of going to other beautiful pubs in the area a little further away. The closest supermarket is also only 3.5 miles away in Debenham along with a butchers, bakers etc. This information is also in the info pack at the barn. Thank you for your stay and I hope you'll return to Old Oak Barn someday.
“Magnificent barn furnished to a very high standard.”
Reviewed 30 Oct 2014
We are a family of 9, ages from 5 to 70 and this is our second visit to this property. We all wholeheartedly recommend the barn, the owners were on hand and very helpful in sorting any minor problems … More
“Great place to get together and relax”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2014
The barn is a beautifully restored property in a very quiet area of Suffolk but still easily accessible form London. The owner has spared no expense in making it a great place to get together with fri… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 4 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Lovely 4 bed cottage. Peaceful, Dorset village location. Sleeps up to 8 adults. 3 toilets, 2 bathrooms. Child friendly. Beautiful surrounding countryside. Winter and summer destination. Outside dining. Off street parking. Good public transport links. …see more
“Shhhhhh! Dont tell anyone”
Reviewed 16 Oct 2013
This is a great place to stay in Dorset.
You have the quiet setting of Upwey but with the local activities just down the road.
The house was superb and enough for the 4 of us.
The host , could not … More
“excellent experience of staying”
Reviewed 30 Jul 2013
Property located very close to Weymouth beach, about 5min drive; also close to supermarket, very convenient.
Owner is very friendly, house is super clean and have home feeling. Great place to stay… More
Reviewed 28 Jun 2013
This was a great getaway from our busy life. We were totally unwound in this house with every convenience we could wish for. There was privacy at the rear to be able to dine in the evening or to go… More
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
The beautiful two storey Coach House sleeps 8 people and is situated in the picturesque grounds of the Bragborough Hall estate and is perfect for families or a group of friends to enjoy a special break together, with lots to do on the farm and in the surrounds.
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Hot tub cottage lovely romantic retreat 5 star totally refurbished cottage in the beautiful Malvern Hills, Private Hot tub, wifi, tv/dvd in lounge, 3 double bedrooms. private grounds, beautiful gardens, private fishing lake, quiet, few minutes to pubs, restaurants. Hot …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.8 km; Great for children of all ages ;
3 Bedroomed modern self catering cottage in Walberswick, Suffolk. Flexible sleeping for up to 5. Enclosed garden. Walking distance to beach and local amenities. Well equipped kitchen, phone & WIF available, wood burning stove in lounge and central heating throughout.Was …see more
Reviewed 2 Jan 2013
The cottage is all that it says. We loved it. The situation is beautiful, ideal for a family holiday, or as we are a couple. The wood burning stove is very efficient, the wi fi and broadband worked we… More
Luxury villa with Private Pool and panoramic sea views. Quiet location only 4 minutes drive away from sandy beaches Stoupa and Kalogria. Stylishly decorated is also equipped with all modern amenities for relaxed family holiday. Only 50 km from Kalamata Airport.Excellent …see more
Luxury detached villa with stunning panoramic sea views and private pool, sleeps 6 on Monte Pego, near Denia. Well equipped, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air conditioning and large sun terrace with dining area and BBQ. …see more
Reviewed 21 Sep 2015
Wow what a gorgeous villa, we cannot recommend this place enough for holidays with family or friends. We stayed in Casa Kathleen for 10 days with another couple and 2 babies. The facilities are great,… More
“******All I can Say is First Class*****”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2015
Just arrived back home from a weeks stay in this lovely First Class Villa. I would 100% recommend this Villa to everyone. We were met at the Villa and the welcome and service was excellent. Thank you … More
“Absolutely fantastic place to stay, in a great location with loads to do and see.”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2015
We stayed at Casa Kathleen in the last week in June and first week of July this year. The villa lived up to our expectations and was well kept and appeared to have recently been redecorated. The villa… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Ballyvaughan, Burren, Co. Clare, Wild Atlantic Way, Galway Bay, West of Ireland, Sea, Beach nearby
Family friendly, pet friendly, disabled accessible, romantic. Space, views, 4 bedrooms,deck, garden. Hot Tub, Sauna, Stove.Privacy, peace quiet. Walking routes, village. C …see more
“An ideal place to get away from it all!”
Reviewed 15 Apr 2014
We chose to stay in Ballyvaughan, having been before, and desperate for a bit of wilderness and fresh air. We could not have found a better place. The McGraths did everything to make us feel very welc… More
Reviewed 18 Jul 2015
We had a wonderful stay at this vacation rental. We traveled to Ireland to celebrate my mom's birthday and this accommodation was the perfect fit for us. It was very spacious and allowed us all to hav… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Stay at this stunning home in Denia (Las Marinas) with direct access to the beach. Just by jumping form the property 200 sqm.terrace you are stepping on the fine and sandy beach. This great residence leaves nothing to be desired.
Beautiful and direct SEA VIEWS …see more
Reviewed 13 Oct 2014
Travelled with a group of friends for a week during October. The house is perfect! It has everything you need, and you could not ask for a better location. Situated right on the beach, approx. 10km … More
“Amazing location and beautiful House”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2014
Some friends and I went to Denia for holidays and we were very lucky to find this house. We had an excellent time and part of it was thanks to the house and its location. The house is located just i… More
“Perfect! Stunning house and location, met all our expectations and more.”
Reviewed 17 Feb 2014
Hidden away slightly so needed the sat/nav to find the house initially but perfect location, for families and pets. House was spotlessly clean and comfortable. Kitchen was very well equipped. We were … More
“Fantastic Luxurious Villa with a great friendly host”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2013
Stayed at Villa Fucos. It was fantastic. The owner was very attentive and friendly (she even did the cleaning of the house every couple of days) Nothing was too much of a bother for her and she even b… More
I'm greatly appreciate your having taken the time to review my villa and I'm glad that you had fantastic vacations.
It is with pleasure to learn that you enjoyed your stay and you relaxed!! I'm happy to know that you liked the house and the pool and they met your expectations; I hope to welcome you back in the near future and thank you again for your review.
All the best,
Reviewed 9 Aug 2015
It was a very nice place, with a lot of facilities. The villa has a very nice view, a big and beautiful pool,
The owner was very friendly with us, helpful with all kind of informations and provides… More
thank you very much for spending some time to write such a nice review! I'm really glad that you find Villa Fuoco super and you enjoy the big swimming pool and the nice view as well. It was a real pleasure to have you as guests and I'll be happy to welcome you again in the future.
“Relaxing and Enjoyable”
Reviewed 9 Sep 2015
The villa is very nicely decorated, new, spacious and clean. We were a group of two families with young children and teenagers and we all liked the accommodation very much. It is very conveniently loc… More
thank you for taking some time to write a review about your stay. I'm very pleased to hear that you like the house and the location helped you explore the island and have relaxing and enjoyable vacation. It was really nice having you in Villa Fuoco and I will be glad to welcome you in the future.
All the best,
We are a family of seven (children from 11-20).
Villa Elena situated at a perfect location: a stand alone villa outside of a small peacefully viran episkopi village five minutes from several nice bea… More
Stunning contemporary holiday villa with four bedrooms/ four bathrooms, private garden with heated swimming pool. Scenic location within walking distance of Carvoeiro in the Algarve. Spacious accommodation ideal for families, groups of friends or a romantic breakComple …see more
“Forget the X Factor...this stunning Villa has the WOW factor!!”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2013
Loved loved loved everything about this villa. It really is amazing and felt like being at home in the Sunshine!!! Every single thing has been thought of and provided.
Excellent location, in the bea… More
“"WOW my own MTV crib"”
Reviewed 1 Jun 2013
Fantastic villa the previous reviews say it all. Very hard to think how you could improve a lovely place were no stone has been unturned and that comfort is paramount in every way and form such a rela… More
Reviewed 1 Jun 2013
A top quality villa in an excellent location,designed and fitted out with everything from home in mind.This villa has been so well planned down to travel adaptor's fitted to the hair dryer's located … More
Stunning private villa and gated pool with panoramic views of sea,mountains and lake Vinuela; adjoining the Sierra Tejada National Park and 4 minutes walk from beautiful Canillas de Aceituno.Swimmingpool, Free WiFi, large comfy beds, well equipped kitchen, SAT TV, BBQ …see more
Reviewed 29 Oct 2011
We stayed a week in Casa Beni, and loved every minut! We are a family with 3 boys aged 8, 13 and 15 and the house was perfect for us.
The house itself has 3 lovely bedrooms with wonderful beds, and … More
We stayed here for our honeymoon in August and we had a brilliant holiday. John and Tan were fantastic hosts and they made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived. The gite is beautiful and is very comf… More
Dear Natalie and Ben, Thanks to you both for the lovely review. We had a wonderful time hosting you and are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We do hope that one day you will return to see us. Tan and John
“Peaceful, relaxing, scenic and friendly”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2015
This is our second visit to the Gite as we loved it so much the first time. We don't usually go back to the same location twice as we like to explore new destinations but this place just hits the spo… More
Dear Richard, Karen and Dianne - It was lovely to have you stay with us again and we are now planning for your 3rd visit next year (and for that important birthday!) Thanks for the great comments and we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday. Tan and John
“Luxurious and peaceful holiday experience”
Reviewed 21 Oct 2014
We found Maison d'Iris to be the perfect location and setting as a base to explore this beautiful area. The accommodation is first class and our hosts, Tan and John provided a wonderful service, nothi… More
Hello Michelle and Michael - Thanks to you both for the great review and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in France, especially the Clermont rugby game. We are looking forward to seeing you both again when you are next in France and good luck with your new home in St Antonin Noble Val. Tan and John
Nearest beach 40 km; Swimming pool; Ask owner if suitable for children;
Luxury Cottage rental with stunning private pool and gardens - peace and tranquility guaranteed at this very special rural hideaway. New for 2014 Air conditioned gym and fitness facilities with onsite Personal Trainer and Masseuse
We visited Almond House in September 2012 and what a pleasure it was. From the moment we first enquired, Paul and Jules couldn't do enough for us. Even before arriving we were made to feel very welc… More
“The most wonderful hosts - would definitely recommend The Almond House.”
Reviewed 5 Feb 2013
The Almond House is situated in beautiful surroundings in a very rural part of Spain. The perfect place to unwind and relax with hardly another building in site. The property has been wonderfully de… More
“An oasis of calm. Lovely location. Well equipped, clean accomodation.”
Reviewed 5 Feb 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. If you're after nightlife, crowds and a supermarket on your doorstep, then this isn't the place for you. But if you want peace, relaxation, barbecues by your private p… More
The Torre di Belforti is a very unique and special holiday rental in a
less traveled, quiet and beautiful part of Tuscany. The Belforti Tower
stands high over an authentic medieval castle complex wh… More
“Lovely Place to Stay”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2013
The Belforti Tower is a beautiful place to stay, it feels like being in one's own fairy tale. The tower is surrounded by olive and fruit trees and sits in the midst of a charming village. The owner is… More
Nearest beach 163 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
Sitting room,woodburner full ch. Large kitchen+ double bedroom + en-suite shower room +wc. Upstairs 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. bathroom. Tv freeview with dvd . Wifi zone. All mod cons enclosed garden . Ample parking . 2 Pets.No smoking. Bed linen available
Idyllic f …see more
Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+; Car essential;
Casa de Olival is an ecological Wooden House offering self-catering Holidays for 2-4 people.Located in a small Hamlet in beautiful Central Portugal.Set in 1.5 acres of Olive Orchard.Includes shared use of 10X5 Pool but with private terraces for sunbathing and dining.Fab …see more
“Amazing!! Rebooked August 2014”
Reviewed 17 Jan 2014
We stayed at Casa De Olival in August 2013. After having a special holiday in Florida the year before with our 13 year old twin boys. My husband and I wondered if we would be able to match such a goo… More
Having holidayed ourselves with a young family in past years we found we preferred to stay in self catering accommodation set in more private settings, as opposed to commercial Hotels catering for the masses. Some of the best places we have stayed in had furnishings and personal items such as DVD's, books, local and Tourist information etc which really made it feel like you were staying in a home rather than an empty, sparsely furnished apartment. So, with all that in mind this is what we have set out to provide with our Holiday home and gardens. Reading reviews like this makes us feel like it is all worth while. We hope when this family returns we will have more information and improvements to further enhance their holiday experience here at home and in the surrounding areas. Cam and Brad ~ the dogs and pool are waiting for you !!!
“What you see is what you get and it is super.”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2014
You need a car to travel around.
I you are looking for rest and accepteble distances to interesting places, this is the place to be.… More
Definitely agree that a car is needed as there are so many places of interest to go and see. We try and provide as much information as possible for places from scenic river beaches to Towns and areas rich in Culture and Historical importance. We ask holiday makers what particularly interests them so we have as much information for them when they arrive.
Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; Air conditioning;
Stunning wooden chalet surrounded by beautiful Slovakian mountains.
Large, comfortable chalet ideally situated for all-year active holidays, or to just relax, unwind and take in the views.
Quiet, unique and authentic but very affordable place for your holiday.
“Dream Christmas in a beautiful chalet”
Reviewed 9 Jan 2014
Our family planned long ago to spend Christmas somewhere in the mountains. We started to search for a suitable house, and for the first sight we knew this one is going to be what we need. But reality … More
“the most romantic 5* chalet in Tatras; we loved the experience”
Reviewed 21 Aug 2013
The chalet Borovo sits on the top of the hill in a small Slovakian village, so it benefits from great views and is located 2 hours’ drive from the Krakow airport. This is the most amazing property m… More
“My dream house in the mountains”
Reviewed 14 Aug 2012
The chalet sits on the mountain side above the village of Male Borove, a charming, traditional, rural village in the Lower Tatras. From the large wooden terrace, you can enjoy fantastic views of the s… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Inside the finca you will find it tastefully furnished in a typical Mallorcan style. The bedrooms are spacious and all are en-suite. Most time will spent outdoors whether playing in the large swimming pool or relaxing on the terraces. The grounds are totally private. …see more
“An idyllic location - relaxing for parents and an adventure for children,”
Reviewed 22 Dec 2013
We stayed here in September and were blessed with gorgeous weather. The villa itself is in such a beautiful and peaceful setting, with mountains to one side, private gardens and a large pool and sun t… More
Reviewed 21 Aug 2013
I stayed at Las Rosas with a group of friends and we had the best holiday ever! The villa is well equipped for a big group and we were pleased that there was an ensuite to every double bedroom.
“Great Family Holiday”
Reviewed 20 Aug 2013
This villa is the perfect family get away. Feels secluded yet only 10 minute walk to the shops, bars and beach. The villa is great for children, my 20 month nephew had lots to explore but there was al… More
Nearest beach 80 km; Swimming pool; Suitable for children age 5+;
Two bedroom stylish apartment which can easily accommodate either two couples or a family of four, the property is on a working farm but tucked away on a quiet side of the house so guest will not be disturbed, the indoor heated swimming pool is available to guests. …see more
“The perfect garden room.”
Reviewed 8 Mar 2015
We have just come back from a lovely weekend break with friends staying at the garden room, bury St Edmunds.
We would like to thank Clare and Andrew for such a lovely stay. The garden room has every… More
Nearest beach 99 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
Gorgeous views from this spacious restored farmhouse on artisanal working farm. The views are gorgeous. It’s a very quiet and peaceful home in the countryside and staying there seems to take you back in the time. There is all the privacy you need.Ideal location to enj …see more
Reviewed 10 Oct 2013
If you are looking to experience the beautiful and laid back life of Tuscany, this is the place for you! My husband and I stayed at Villa Galardini for 2 weeks and it still wasn't enough. The views … More
“The place to stay to experience all of Central Tuscany!”
Reviewed 10 Oct 2013
If you're looking for a home base to see and experience Italy, especially Central Tuscany or just looking for a quiet getaway... this is it! The country setting is both gorgeous and serene. We are an … More
The villa was exactly what we dreamed it would be -- and more! The hosts gave us a very warm welcome, which included homemade cake, wine, and olive oil as well as fresh eggs from the chickens. We trul… More
Nearest beach 70 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
The house itself sits on the banks of the River Ettrick. We have a hot tub for your use and a playhouse for the children. The Garden is walled in where you can also enjoy yard games and the water garden which attracts all kind of wildlife. Guided hill walking and in hou …see more
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Air conditioning;
This 245m2 four-storey house near Sarlat has been recently refurnished to ensure that the living areas are comfortable and modern. A spacious home with a fully equipped kitchen,grand dining room,spacious living area,4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, large balcony and a patio …see more
Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
Park Cottage is beautifully equipped and accommodates 6 people. All bedrooms en-suite. It faces south and has stunning views over the grounds and swimming pool to the valley beyond it enjoys a high degree of privacy being situated in its own courtyard.. …see more
Reviewed 14 Feb 2013
Rarely in life do things exceed expectations. The photographs on the web site don't really do the 3 bedroom Park cottage or the view out over the countryside or grounds justice.
The cottage is very… More