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.
“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.
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 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 :-)
“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
“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
“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!
“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
“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.
“A charming oasis in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds” Veronica and I live in Australia and were planning a business/ holiday trip to UK and Europe. We had a vision of finding a character cottage in the centre of an historic village that had enough
Thank you Nick & Jenny for a wonderful stay!
4 of us spent 3 nights in the cottage over New Year and had a brilliant time. It was completely stressless from start to finish with booking, payment, arr… More
“simply the best” had a nice time and the welcome was was top class and house was clean and had every thing and more anyone would need on holiday had a small prob with wifi but it was sorted out right away loved it that much plan to return soon and to
Welcomed by Nadine and a beautiful bottle of Shrophire champagne from Wroxeter Roman Vineyard it was a fantastic start to a wonderful honeymoon.
A self contained, relaxing oasis based in lovely count… More
“Perfect cottage and owner could not have been more pleasant or helpful” The cottage was stunning with a beautiful court yard to sit in the sun with BBQ. The cottage had two beautiful spacious rooms with a lovely shower room. Upstairs is the open pla
Stella Cottage is a truly welcoming home. It's like being at home. It has all the amenities. Mary the owner makes it even more inviting for your kindness and sympathy. Thanks for everything Mary.… More
Thanks ever so much for your kind review. It's great that you found the cottage so homely. You are all welcome back anytime.
The loft apartment is on the first floor with it's own entrance from the garden. It has a bedroom with en-suite shower room and views over the swimming pool. There is a large open plan lounge, fully equipped kitchen/ dining area. The whole apartment is very br …see more
“Our favorite apartment ever. Cozy and warm with beautiful views.” Beautifully decorate apartment. My kids loved the beanbags in front of the electric fire place, and also the swings on the front lawn. The beds were super comfortable with beautiful lin
Kinkell is our best accomodation we had so far during our holiday in Scotland. It is comfortable and cosy. Very nice decorated and we had all we needed. We also had a warm welkom. Thank you Iona :-)… More
It was my pleasure to have you and your family stay with us. I try to make the apartment as welcoming as possible so I'm glad to hear you appreciated the efforts.
“we had a great time, we wish we could have stayed longer”
Reviewed 1 Jul 2013
Such a lovely, clean and spacious apartment. We received a hearty welcome with tea and shortbread and enjoyed the quiet scenery around the house a lot. A very good base to explore Isle of Skye. I can … More
We are glad you enjoyed staying in the apartment, and visiting the Isle of Skye. Thank you for your kind review.
“exellent apartments very trendy and in lovely location” the apartment was very trendy and smart and all the amenites very good .
enjoyed staying in the apartment the loaction was great and nice and quiet. very enjoyable
Excellent accommodation. Clean, comfortable and everything that we could possibly need all provided. Location perfect for us to attend a wedding and reception nearby, and it was good to have a base f… More
Thank you for your positive comments about Princes Apartment and I apologise for the confusion with the parking! I have now amended the directions regarding parking facilities to avoid any future confusion. Sorry I didn't get chance to meet you but glad all your plans went well.
“Well set up appartment with all mod cons, close to the promenade”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2013
We stayed at this property at the height of the heat wave. Whilst the upstairs bedroom (probably unusually) was quite hot, the rest of the flat was very pleasant. Whilst the balcony area did not hav… More
Reviewed 6 Jul 2015
What a wonderful apartment, very clean and comfortable, it was a real home from home. We would definitely stay again.… More
Thank you for your positive comments, and also for leaving the lovely thank you card. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
“Beautiful gites in a perfect setting with first class hosts!” Spotless, stylish, comfortable, airy, spacious and modern accommodation with all the facilities, gadgets, games and bikes you will need while on holiday.
A peaceful location surrounded b
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven …see more
'La Grange' is a misnomer - the house has taken its name from the large barn ('en colombage') which is part of the property. The farmhouse is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure garden enclosing the …see more
“A bijou hideaway in a magical setting.” Enjoyed three nights at 'Little Owl', the perfect getaway for two to go. Excellent instructions from the hosts, which meant that the cottage was very easy to find despite arriving in the dark, with a very atmosp
Stayed at Little Owl for 2 nights. Wish we had booked for longer. It was idyllic and gave us the peace and tranquillity we needed. Our neighbours were beautiful horses,sheep,goats,pigs and a donkey. L… More
It's great that you had such a good time at Little Owl and thank you for your kind comments about the studio. We were envious when we read in our visitors' book that you had seen the red moon! It is great for looking at the stars and planets as is is properly dark here at nightime. We're glad you want to return another time, and we look forward to welcoming you back.
“Love this place.”
Reviewed 21 Mar 2014
This is was our 4th visit to Little Owl and we never get tired of it. It's lovely to just switch off and chill out in this glorious place. Lovely walks on the door step for us and our dog to enjoy. Li… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We always look forward to seeing you and your dog too!
“Relaxing, comfortable and lovely views!”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2013
The studio was great for me and my boyfriend, we had everything we needed and were really comfortable. There are great views all around the studio and really lovely walks from your front door. Lis was… More
Thank you for your comments I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had such good weather.
“Cosy cottage in a beautiful location” Lovely and comfortable little cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean.
We really liked the location, easy to get to but away from it all. Nice secluded place with unspoilt views and access to paths and walkin
This has been one of my most favourite places to stay so far. The website pictures are exactly as they state and so is the promised peace and quiet. Listening to the owls in the forest late at night… More
Yes we like listening to the owls and enjoy all the wildlife around here and it is great to be able to share it with others who appreciate it too
Reviewed 19 Nov 2012
Lovely cosy cottage, exactly what I was hoping it would be! beautiful views with stunning walks nearby. The cottage came with everything we needed, the logs and firelighters and the refreshments provi… More
Glad you loved the ammenities as much as the cottage. Thank you.
“Regret we coudn't have stayed for longer”
Reviewed 21 Oct 2012
One of the easiest cottages we have ever had to book and one of the nicest , delightful owners . The cottage is in a peaceful location with wonderful views and it was spotlessly clean. Regret we coul… More
Thank you for your very positive comments we are so pleased that you loved the cottage as much as we do.
“Exceptional cottage in beautiful countryside.” We stayed in the cottage for a week and were greeted with a most welcome bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The cottage was spotless with outstanding fixtures and fittings. The cottage contained everyt
We had a fantastic time at Lark Meadow cottage. The facilities are brilliant with lots to keep everyone entertained. The swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room are great and only a very sh… More
“Peaceful, quiet, home from home!”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2014
We love Lark Meadow. It is a very peaceful place to stay on holiday with lots to see and do nearby. The cottage is equipped with everything you need to make it feel like home. It's immaculately kept a… More
“The only accommodation we have return to in years of holidaying”
Reviewed 31 Jul 2014
What's not to like about this quality and immaculate holiday home. This is the first time after 15 years of holidaying in the UK, with our family, that we have ever returned to exactly the same accomm… More
“Perfect place” Lovely welcome from Brian and Marian.
Was a lovely place to stay with a very beautiful garden. me and my family had a very good time. Every thing was perfect
and cottage was cosy and very welcoming would go again
Thank you Brian an
“Country cottage in a calm and peaceful setting” The cottage was clean and well equipped. The location is central to towns and country houses, castles and picturesque villages. The owners prepared helpful advice about places to visit, including the ver
Good food at a local pub. The owners were very welcoming and a great welcome basket was awaiting our arrival. There was always enough logs for us to light the wood burner each evening.
Lovely wal… More
Reviewed 12 Jul 2013
Lovely peaceful cottage - in fact we mentioned how we'd like to pick up the place and plonk it in Brighton...
The hosts were very welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. They might even … More
“gardens & log fire”
Reviewed 4 Apr 2015
Drove down the drive to the imposing frontage of this house. Welcomed warmly with clear advice, a basket of goodies and flowers on the window sill. The cottage is on the left of the photo and the bedr… More
“comfortable & cosy” The Bear's Den is a converted barn, and the online description pictures are realistic, so it met our expectations.
There were only a couple of downsides; the lack of washing machine (plus line etc), and the link for the TV wa
Yes, this house is completely delightful! (Ours was a February trip.) We were planning to search for my husband's ancestors when we discovered this cosy spot, and hoped we could combine the two. In f… More
“Cosiest Ski Lodge Ever!”
Reviewed 1 Mar 2012
The Bear's Den is located in a lovely quiet village about a 10 minute drive from the ski resort. You need a car for both getting to/from the slopes and supermarket, but it's worth the drive. The pro… More
Reviewed 27 Feb 2012
We've been coming here for years and absolutely love it! Both summer and winter there is so much to do. Nassfeld is a great family ski resort not overrun by large touring companies. It's nice to ski i… More
“Absolutely Gorgeous” Will definitely be returning, went away for valentines weekend, also got engaged at the Willow Lodge. Can not fault the lodge or Tracy they are both absolutely amazing. Will be returning in the Summer.
Loved our stay at Willow Lodge. Bright, clean, warm, comfortable. Warm welcome and delicious pork pie awaiting us. Mezzanine a bit difficult to access for us 'oldies' but our tall, younger, friend cou… More
Reviewed 7 Sep 2014
Lovely log cabins above a gorge next to Ironbridge ( 30 min walk downhill 8 min back uphill on free park and ride service - recommended ).
Pork pies in fridge was a nice welcome . The kids played wi… More
Thanks Doug for your kind words, hope you all had a great wedding celebration. The Ironbridge gorge Cooling towers have become an icon for Ironbridge. Power station closes 2015 and most locals are campaigning for Chimneys to remain, I do think they look beautiful and enjoy seeing the changing colours brought about by the sun. Hope you all had a safe journey home and hope to maybe see you all again. Tracy x
“Beautiful and peaceful!”
Reviewed 18 Aug 2014
Stayed in the Huntsman Lodge with my husband,16 year old daughter and 9 year old son, what a lovely place to stay.
We were very warmly welcomed by Tracy , the owner, (and Addy the dog!), who showed u… More
Thank you for your kind words, I'm so pleased you all enjoyed your stay with us and maybe look forward to seeing you all in the future
Tracy and Russell x
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on
We enjoyed a lovely weekend break at the Mill Farm Cottages. The accommodation was perfect for our family's needs. The electric blankets and fire in the grate ready to go were a lovely added touch for… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at Mill Farm. We loved having you and your family come to stay and especially glad to hear that the cottage suited you all. "Mr Hoppity" is in great form with all the attention given him by the children - its holiday time for him when the season starts up again each year. Thank you again for your business. Catherine & Austin
“Perfect for relaxation, peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the river.”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2012
Just what we needed. The cottage (brook cottage) was more beautiful than the pictures we had seen. Our daughter was over the moon about her bedroom where her bed had been thoughtfully made with hello … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us at Mill Farm, Foulkesmill; We are really glad that you found the cottage welcoming and comfortable to stay in and especially that 'Hello Kitty' helped your little girl settle in for a fun holiday.
Best wishes always
Austin & Catherine
“Perfect family accommodation.”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2012
We were traveling to Ireland to visit familythese New Ross. From my first communication with the proprietors I knew we would be well looked after at this accomodation. When we arrived with our four ch… More
Sincere thank you from both Austin any myself for taking the time to give such a generous review. We are really delighted to know that you and your children had a wonderful holiday and that the cottage and play areas added to the fun. We will let our other guests know of the places you enjoyed to visit and it goes without saying that we would be complimented and love to have you all back again for another stay at Mill Farm Cottage.
Self-catering 1 bedroom cottage in a quiet location on the prestigious Birthwaite Road. Just minutes walk from both Lake Windermere and Windermere town centre. Full use of garden and terrace with views towards the Lake. …see more
“"Alp-Heaven!"” Alphaven is that rare find that will leave you wondering why you would want to go anywhere else for vacation....It was as if we were living in a picture postcard, while having our coffee on the balcony, the valley far below, parasailors
“Great Location, great property” Enjoyed an autumnal break at this property. Really well equipped and lovely inside. This is out of the way but still near to everywhere. Can't fault the property or the break apart from not catching a fish in the lake.
Absolutely perfect. Fantastic surroundings and cottage. Exceptionally clean and very well appointed. We will definitely return.… More
“A Welsh gem”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2016
This is our second visit to Rosemary cottage (see my previous review) A wonderful mountain backdrop with beautiful farmland in front reaching out to views of the sea, what more could you possibly wan… More
Reviewed 9 Aug 2016
Beautiful setting.owners are friendly and would do anything to make your stay here comfortable and enjoyable. Cottage is gorgeous and very spacious. Cosy rooms, near a beach and close to all facilitie… More
“Fantastic property in good location” Would strongly recommend.
Well equipped and decorated, clean, tidy property with all that we needed for a nice stay. Good to sit outside on the decked area to enjoy a meal and Pimms. We made a lot of use of the b
I stayed at Hillview Cottage for a week this July with my partner, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was clean, cared for, and well equipped for my partner and I, but would also easily a… More
“Perfect location for the beach and fishing”
Reviewed 29 Aug 2012
This is our second year at Lakeview. We travelled with 2 teenagers and one 10 y.o. What a lovely and relaxing place this is. It feels like home from home. All the necessary things for your comfort are… More
“Perfect family location”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2012
We have stayed at Lakeview rise four times, once with friends, once on our own and twice with family. Each time it has exceeded all our expectations. The cottage is so well equipped and clean. The ch… More
“Mrs” My family and I had a great time in Cullen. The location was fantastic as right next to the harbour and beach. The house was immaculate and at a very high standard. We have even booked for next year already!
Comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom apartment in Bavarian style chalet with beautiful mountain views. Ideally located in Germany's most famous winter and summer resort offering recreational and cultural attractions for all ages. …see more
Lovely house for people who like to walk and love to be outside. The environment is all nature. You can spot a lot of animals like wild horses, who are most of all close to the lake. An old renovated farmhouse in the middle of the nature. You only hear the sound of the …see more
“Picturesque, peaceful haven” I would highly recommend the accommodation at Loch Melfort pier and harbour. The location is beautiful and the commodore suite has a balcony and windows with views over the loch. It is a perfect location for singles or cou
“Wonderful” We enjoyed our stay in Les Naturelles. Studio was nice, comfortable and clean. Balcony and view from it was amazing. It is quiet place so you can have a good rest. Hope to stay in Les Naturelles in winter.
This apartment is small but very comfortable and perfectly situated on the edge of Leukerbad. It was perfect for us. The view from the balcony is wonderful as you look across the fields towards the mo… More
“Brilliant Place to go..”
Reviewed 23 May 2012
Accommodation was perfect. Really nice location. very friendly staff.
if you want peace of mind and stay away from busy & hectic life this is worth going place.
Definitely recommend to go..… More
Elisabeth 4 is a superb FRONT ROW apartment within the luxurious Schönblick Mountain Resort & Spa.With stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and a luxurious interior to match. A perfect summer or winter retreat. ~ Free use of the Resort Pool & Spa. ~ Free …see more
“Perfect location and accommodation” Having stayed here previously, we were more than keen to return. The house is extremely well cared for and welcoming. All fixtures and fittings are modern and above the standard of many holiday property rentals, thi
Just back from a wonderful week at Vista do Atlantico, this was our second time in this fabulous town house and we have already booked for a third visit next year! Can highly recommend, you will not b… More
Reviewed 28 Apr 2013
We booked the place on the way it looked from the photos but the photos don't do it justice. It's very well equipped, large, comfortable but homely. There were many useful food items in the cupboards … More
“Great Villa, Everyone young and old enjoyed the property”
Reviewed 31 May 2012
With so much space in the villa everyone can find time to relax, you then add the play area and paddling pool for kids; and full sized pool for everyone and you quickly realise just what a great littl… More