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.
“Fabulous family holiday yet again!” This was our 3rd visit to Garrique with our three young children (now 8, 5 and 2). The cottage is perfectly located to explore the beautiful Trossachs and Loch Lomond area as well as being close to all the amenities
We stayed here for a long weekend and it was simply lovely. Despite the traditional dismal Scottish weather, we relaxed by the log burner and chilled out looking at the scenery. We managed a game o… More
Thank you very much for visiting us. It was the worst weekend for weather we have had for a long time, but you always looked as if you were having fun. Great to see the tennis court in use, and to know you explored the woods. Come back soon, Fiona
“Fabulous holiday destination with great hosts.”
Reviewed 20 May 2013
My teenage daughters and I stayed at Garrique Cottage in January 2013. The farmhouse is beautiful with every amenity you could wish for. The scenery is breathtaking and yet you are only 10 - 15 minute… More
“Great Cottage - Stunning Setting”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2013
The cottage was great. Accommodation was clean and just as described. Loved the kitchen/dining/living area. The cottage was lovely and warm and the wood burner great to cosy in front of at night. … More
“Lovely cottage” Stayed here over Christmas week and it is a absolutely beautiful cottage. The reason why it hasn't got 5 stars is because cooking xmas dinner for 6, we struggled with baking trays and had to buy more. Also the garden wasn't totally sec
“Amazing Place” We stayed at The Court for 3 nights over New Year and could not have asked for more. Tracey is extremely welcoming and makes you feel like you have known her forever.
On arrival we were left an abundance of goodies which included eg
Lovely cottage well equipped with everything you needed lovely welcome from the owners a very nice welcome pack consisting of a cream tea and milk, eggs, home made bread and lots of other goodies too … More
Thank you for your kind review. We really enjoyed having you here and we're looking forward to welcoming you back in the spring xx
“A much needed wind down holiday in a quiet semi rural location”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2016
Lovely place to stay and explore the beautiful parts of the coast, polperro, Talland Bay, looe, Lansallos, Lanivet cove is a also a lovely walks from the National trust car park. On arriving at the co… More
Thank you for taking the time to review, we really appreciate it and we are absolutely thrilled that we'll be seeing you all again next year xx
“We cannot praise this cottage enough”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2016
We arrived on the Saturday and was met by Tracy who was so friendly and welcoming. We were told that if there was anything that we needed that wasn't provided to let her know.
Our first impression wa… More
Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so pleased to read how much you enjoyed your holiday with us and we are really looking forward to welcoming you back very soon x
“Lovely new year stay” Absolutely gorgeous cottage, very cosy and comfortable. We were a mixed party of 6 adults ranging in age from late 20s to mid 80s - there to celebrate the new year. Found it really suitable for our disabled elderly person as it
“Woodside Cottage” The accommodation was faultless, spacious bedrooms, excellent kitchen and dining area with modern appliances, lounge area with up to date entertainment bathroom and en-suite facilities spotless.
Fabulous cottage steeped in histor
This was a lovely cosy cottage to stay in with the family and was really well equipped. The cottage was clean and was located in an ideal location for walks and trips. Everything we needed was availa… More
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you found Woodside to be well equipped, clean and in such an excellent location.
“Fantastic cottage, can't fault and is genuinely dog friendly”
Reviewed 27 Jun 2013
I cannot fault this cottage. The interior is beautiful and has every mod con including dishwasher and broadband, and log burner. It is rare to find people who will allow 3 dogs, and in such a top qu… More
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found Woodside so welcoming for dogs and their owners.
“We would return tomorrow if we could”
Reviewed 24 Apr 2013
My family and I spent the most fantastic time staying at this wonderful property. On arrival there was a lovely welcome tray waiting for us - much needed after the long car journey. Other family membe… More
Many thanks. So glad you enjoyed the welcome tray. We hope you can return to Woodside soon
“Mrs” Spent a fabulous week. Accomadation was spot on! Everything had been thought of, not a bad word to be said!
Beautiful location and one of the best beaches in the area!
Will definately be returning.
Excellent holiday accommodation. It easily accommodated 2 adults, 3 children and a dog.
Property was very clean and tidy on arrival. Very quiet and peaceful location. Very close to local beaches (wi… More
“Christmas at Beadnell - 21 to 28 December 2013”
Reviewed 3 Jan 2014
An excellent property and so spacious. Everything was clean and in working order. Cooking a Christmas lunch posed no problem, lots of equipment, large kitchen and dining area and a good sized fridge/… More
“Fabulous location for a relaxing holiday”
Reviewed 9 Jun 2013
We stayed at Longlands Retreat for a week at the end of May.
The bungalow is really well presented & equipped with everything you could need. It easily accomodated 4 adults, 2 kids & a dog, providing… More
“Need to be fit to carry luggage in the view is breathtaking!” Really enjoyed our time here. The kitchen is well equipped and there's plenty of room for two people to relax. Pool well maintained and clean. Lots of storage space and coat hangers! The ap
“Relaxing” The cottage was lovely and spacious and was equipped with everything we needed. The location is rural and does require a car for even the shortest of journeys. There are plenty of lovely beaches around and I would always recommend le touquet
This was our third visit to this lovely traditional cottage as before we were delighted with the accomadition we found it very clean and welcoming with plenty of space. Our family consisted of differe… More
“Rustic charm, cosy cottage”
Reviewed 9 Mar 2013
If you are after a quiet, rural retreat that is still within a short distance of civilisation, then this is the place for you! The cottage is well equipped and spacious - we were two families sharing … More
“A wonderful Christmas in a lovely cottage”
Reviewed 4 Jan 2012
We stayed at the cottage near Beussent over Christmas with our two grown-up children and granddad who had never holidayed outside the UK before! We were all looking forward to spending a family holid… More
“Everything we wanted from our holiday and more.” Piers and Sue could not have been better hosts - they had thought of everything you might need and even provided a wonderful welcome pack. My husband and I loved the peace and tranquility of the place.
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights with our 1 1/2 yr old in September. I'm slightly reluctant when writing this review because we liked this place so much and will definitely be back so I just hop… More
“Cotmore Farm will never disappoint, a fantastic place.”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2016
This was our second visit to Appletree Cottage and certainly will not be our last. My daughter and boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed their first stay, they enjoyed the well equipped cottage, location and … More
“Very high quality cottage in beautiful countryside”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2016
Spent a lovely week here in June 2016. The cottage is in excellent condition with high quality fittings and furniture, and is well equipped. It would have been even nicer if the weather had been bette… More
“Villa with everything you need” First of all the owners of the villa, Ian & Teresa was so very helpful to us and give us a lot of good info on the area (restaurants, bike rentals etc, The villa is in a small village called Baan Nong Yai with lots of l
“Great location” My family and I, had a great stay over the Christmas week. The cottage is really warm even with the snow down. Well equipped kitchen. And comfortable beds. You can walk into aviemore main strip in about 10 mins and you also have some s
We stayed for a weekend with friends and the location and facilities were excellent , the cottage was clean and fully equipped with all items required.
The owners were very approachable and accommoda… More
“Excellent. This house has everything, very comfortable and close to activities.”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2013
House is very comfortable, quiet location but easy access to activities. It is close to dalfaber resort and there is a shopping centre minutes walking distance. We have stayed here several times and… More
“wow I wanna go back The Tenas on Tour” 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 blown away with
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 spac… More
Thank you for taking the time to review our properties, and thanks for the lovely comments, we are very pleased you found them comfortable and suited your every needs. We look forward to your return. Kind regards, Susan
“Excellent getaway with friends”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2013
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
“So lucky to find this place!” Very, very good accommodation. Everything you could possibly need is to hand. The owners are welcoming and they keep the cottage immaculately clean. The wood burning stove was a big bonus - very easy to light and a joy to
I stayed at this property with my 2 daughters to have a late Christmas, it couldn't had been better. Well equipped and decorated superbly. We probably picked the coldest and windiest weekend this year… More
Thanks for your kind words. The Woodburner has been the best addition to the house, even more so when we are on the back end of an atlantic storm.
Great to hear you & your daughters had a great time and we hope you managed to play some of the games with them and make the best of your time.
We hope you can come back some other time.
Cassandra & Steve
“Excellent location for all hou golf players”
Reviewed 21 Sep 2016
The Stackyard Kingsbarns is the perfect holiday cottage especially if you want to use it as a base for a golfing holiday. Bright, clean ans tidy with all the mod cons needed. The owners make access to… More
Glad to hear that you and your friends had such a good time. Kingsbarns certainly is a great golfing base, as you would have seen the sign outside the house "550 metres" to the Kingsbarns golf course.
Hope you can come back some other time.
Steve & Cassandra
Reviewed 26 Jun 2016
Just returned from a stay in this fantastic cottage, what a find!! We were visiting St Andrews for my son's Graduation. Our party included myself, husband, mother-in-law and Labrador Bodie. Right fro… More
Thank you so much for the kind review. I'm sure your son's graduation helped elate your feeling during the stay. Well done to him!
We both hope you can return to enjoy Kingsbarns some other time.
Steve & Cassandra
“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
“Beautiful views” We had a brilliant time , there were loads to do althrough you gad to travel to get to them , kids enjoyed themselves weather was fantastic and the views from the cabin were beautiful
stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. s… More
“Great Apartment in Belcoo” Excellent apartment in the centre of Belcoo. Very clean and very well finished off. Could easily spend a week in this aparment and use it as a base for exploring the North West.
“This is a beautiful apartment in a lovely location. The jacuzzi bath is particularly lovely!!”
Reviewed 29 Apr 2014
I would recommend this apartment to anyone who is staying away from home. The apartment is modern and spotlessly clean. The bed is comfortable and there are plenty of blankets and pillows etc. The … More
“Comfortable, well-appointed apartment in good situation for exploring West Fermanagh and around.”
Reviewed 18 Aug 2012
We were very happy with this spacious and well-apponted apartment in Belcoo. It is in a very nice situation with views down to Lough MacNean and is a good base for exploring West Fermanagh. Enniskille… More
“Gorgeous apartment in Belcoo”
Reviewed 2 Aug 2012
We stayed in this apartment in Belcoo for a weekend in July. The apartment was beautiful and very clean. It was just what we wanted. Very quiet little village and all the attractions and sites with… More
“Wonderful home” The views are breathtaking at the house .. The hous3 itself is lovely and spacious and has everything you would need and only a short stroll to shops and pub and beach.. marie was most welcoming and friendly and her dogs are just gorge
“A fabulous self catering option in a little piece of heaven”
Reviewed 19 Jan 2013
Myself and my partener stayed there with our five children and we were joined for a weekend by the Grandparents. the house is really spacious, very well equipped and spotless. The property manager wa… More
Reviewed 2 Sep 2012
Beautiful & spacious house with spectacular views. Enjoyed the jacuzzi. Really needed to have 2 weeks as we travelled by car because of the dog. Possible improvements a larger television & softer matt… More
“Charming cottage” We had a lovely week in Kelpie Cottage. It is cosy and homely. The owners have provided lots of heaters so it is easy to get it really warm very quickly when you come in from a wet walk! The lounge is really comfortable, as is the be
Stayed here for a week in August. Owners were upfront about cottage being renovated so we new what to expect. We had a great time and enjoyed being in Tarbert. The kids used playpark and swimming pool… More
Thanks so much for your kind words Kate, delighted that you had a good time. Do come and stay again soon!
Great house and great location. Everything we needed for our stay (wifi especially!). Two minute walk from the beach, yet quiet location. Mark, the owner, was extremely helpful before we went (des… More
“A warm and cosy cottage perfectly situated on the beautiful North Coast”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2015
Mark has been amazingly helpful and friendly from the very beginning of our enquiry into renting the cottage through to the organising of keys. The organisation was extremely thorough and smooth so th… More
“HAPPY TIMES IN "MORTRETH" PORTHTOWAN”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2014
Having rented many times before, I would rate this one as one of the best. Dealings with the owner Mark has been so easy and he is quick to respond. The accommodation is as good as it looks in the ph… More
I knew we were going to have a great weekend the first time I heard from Jenny. She was very quick to respond, answered all my questions and provided plenty of information about the area to ensure we… More
“A wonderful, spacious home for a relaxing break”
Reviewed 2 Apr 2013
Barnfield House is a lovely place, with plenty of rooms to allow everyone the space they need. Add this to the outside space, views across the Kent countryside and it is difficult ot know what more on… More
“Barnfield House is generous, gracious, welcoming and hospitable”
Reviewed 1 Apr 2013
I felt embraced by the energy of the house as soon as I entered: there is an almost Asian sense of hospitality and welcome to the house even though it is set in a quintessentially English part of the … More
“Excellent family stay in fantastic apartment” Myself and my partner visited with our two boys aged 1 and 3. A fantastic time was had at the beautiful apartment, arrival and check in was all very simple and the owners made us feel welcome. Great apartm
I came here for a week's escape and to recharge my batteries. I loved it! The apartment was very clean and well equipped. Two sets of bi-fold doors opened onto the large balcony which overlooked the l… More
Thank you for your lovely review - so glad the holiday was just what you needed. We would love to welcome you back in future.
“Perfect place to stay.”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2016
Beautiful accommodation, spotlessly clean and everything provided that you could ever need. Location is wonderful for families, plenty to do, swimming pool was lovely, will definitely go again now we … More
Thank you so much for your kind words. Do hope we can welcome you back very soon.
With best wishes
“Wonderful cottage - beautiful dunes and beaches right on your doorstep” We stayed with two little children (2 and 6) and had a wonderful time! Although it was already too cold to take advantage of the big garden, we cuddled up in front of the open fir
“Very enjoyable and peaceful week at The Dunes Ballinesker”
Reviewed 22 Jun 2015
Previously stayed at The Dunes on a number of occasions, this most recent holiday surpassed our expectations. The fact that we had a week of glorious sunshine was the icing on the cake. Thank you Deid… More
So pleased you had a good week at The Dunes and the weather was favourable. Thank you for taking the time to review our cottage and for your kind comments. I will pass on your thanks to Mary, our caretaker, she will be so pleased
We look forward to seeing you again in the future and enjoy the rest of the summer
All the best
“Holiday at The Dunes, Ballinesker”
Reviewed 31 Aug 2015
We arrived at the cottage on Saturday ready for a week holiday and was greeted by Mary the caretaker who gave us a brief tour of the cottage and its facilities. There is also a book with information i… More
H i Daniel
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Dunes and all your lovely comments.
We are so pleased that you and the children had a good week despite the Irish weather.
We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
Le gach dea-mhéin
“Sun, sand, seashells and a very cozy cottage - pure recreation!”
Reviewed 10 Jun 2015
We very much enjoyed our stay at The Dunes. The hosts thought of everything a family might need or enjoy during their holidays. From postcards to dvds for children, from electric heaters to knitting b… More
Dear P & S
Thank for for taking the time to review The Dunes, we really appreciate your comments
We very much look forward to welcoming you back again in the future
All The Best
“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
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… More
“The owners have thought of everything!”
Reviewed 3 Jul 2016
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
“Wonderful Finikounda!” We were staying at the villa Olivia for about two weeks. It was pretty convenient studio nicely located with very warm hearted owners. Bruno found us out on the road when we helplessly tried to search for the villa in the dark f
“Lovely setting for a Greek holiday in a wheelchair.”
Reviewed 24 Apr 2013
I found this apartment on the Internet when looking for accommodation with wheelchair accessibility in Greece. The website was appealing and the apartment lived up to all expectations. The bonus was t… More
“Warm cosy homely cottage in beautiful location” Our stay was between Christmas and New Year chosen as a base to visit our daughter and family in Stannington following the birth of new grandson early in December. Cottage well equipped, very cosy with C
Myself and my husband stayed in Curlew cottage for 4 nights and had a wonderfully relaxing time. The cottage is very well equipped and maintained to a very high standard. I would highly recommend thi… More
“Defenitely a place to go back”
Reviewed 17 Feb 2013
Great hospitality, nice hide out in the country side, beautiful surroundings for long walks.
Very well organized cottage with all accommodation you need. Perfect place to take children.… More