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.
“stunning view, freedom and space.” We have already booked for next year, something we never do! With fields attached and woods right there, the kids and dogs were able to run free. Sitting on the terrace, sipping an early evening cocktail looking at t
“Great accommodation with fantastic views and a friendly welcome.”
Reviewed 30 Jul 2014
Not much more to be said really, but this place is all we could have wanted for the family, even though the weather wasn't particularly kind to us. Location is excellent being rural but not isolated … More
Hello again! Thanks so much for the review and we are delighted the family enjoyed a good break in Grove Barn. Hope to see you all soon. G and F.
“A stunning place to stay!”
Reviewed 30 Mar 2014
We were lucky enough to be able to stay at Grove Barn, for a few days. The interior of the barn is beautiful, modern and well equipped, so that you have everything you need. We took our 2 year old a… More
We're delighted you and your little ones enjoyed the barn so much. Thank you for the great review and we hope to see you again soon!
Reviewed 23 Mar 2014
We stayed at Grovebarn in late January for a long weekend. Giles & Fiona had recommended the barn as an alternative to their other lodges that were booked on the dates we required. The barn was out of… More
We are delighted that you enjoyed Grove Barn so much. You are one of the first guests to stay there and it is lovely to have such great feedback! We look forward to welcoming you both back.
“Great accomadation & location” Had a great time here. Owner very helpful & friendly. Central location is quiet, romantic, & ideal for all areas of Kent and many local walks can be had nearby. Local pub with excellent food and great staff just a 10 mi
The cottage if the perfect size for a small family or 2 couples. It has a lovely kitchen with all you need to cook with. It is in a fantastic location next to a restored windmill. Our daughter loved t… More
“I`ve booked again for 2012 as our third year running”
Reviewed 22 Oct 2011
The Barn is perfect for a couple,even with youngsters.
The location is fantastic with lovely wooded walks,plenty to visit within easy drives and a friendly local pub with good food.
The owner… More
“Quiet, peacful location”
Reviewed 16 Mar 2013
We spent a long weekend at the Holly Cottage barn and it served our purpose well as we were visiting family in Canterbury so using as a base rather than as a place to holiday. The location is peaceful… More
Newly refurbished 3 bedroom holiday cottage in the rural countryside setting of East Sussex with views over adjoining fields and woodland, The property is accessed from meres lane between Five Ashes and the historic village of Mayfield and is situated down a long driv …see more
Pretty barn situated in picturesque Peak District Village, in between Matlock & Bakewell, 15 minutes from Chatsworth. Village shop, PO and 2 pubs within a short stroll. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms sleeping 5 people (plus cot) - Walks from the door step. …see more
“The perfect home from home” My husband and I spent a fabulous week at Acorn Barn along with our dog. We were all made to feel incredibly welcome and nothing was too much trouble for the owners John and Yvonne. The cottage was beautifully presented an
“Very high quality cottage in beautiful countryside” 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 bett
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… More
“Fun time for all the family!”
Reviewed 10 Oct 2016
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
“Lovely and relaxing in perfect location with beautiful views.” Travelled with husband and son for a wedding in the area. Barn in lovely location and very well equipped . Owners seem to have thought of everything including a pair of binoculars to view
We stayed in Oak Barn. 5 adults and one toddler.
Unfortunately we had a week of very wet weather which exacerbated the damp problem within the house.
The beds were incredibly uncomfortable however … More
Thank you taking the time to leave a review, however, as we were totally unaware of any issues until you handed over a letter as you were leaving we had no chance to rectify any of the perceived problems.It was a shame that you did not contact us immediately especially as our front door is only a few yards away, you had all the contact details in the cottage in case we were not at home and we would have moved you all into Rose Barn straight away.We are sorry that the fridge freezer developed a fault and have ordered a replacement, mattresses are a matter of personal taste but they are renewed on a regular basis.We take on board about the lighting, all the cottages have outside lights that come on automatically but we have now provided each cottage with a torch as well.
“Clean and tidy cottage in the heart of a tiny peak district village” Owner very friendly and helpful, a clean and well equipped cottage in a quiet are with neighbouring houses but within walking distance from idyllic hills and valleys.
“Nice holiday” I, my wife and my 3 children spent three good nights at Chebsy bank barn, the cottage was very clean, comfortable, well decorated, fully equipped and the most important the WI-fi although the internet is not available in the bed room. W
Converted Barn - luxury accommodation situated in a lovely elevated village with an 11th Century Norman church. Our small village is nestled in the picturesque rolling countryside of the the Pergord Limousin Naturel Parc, less than 5 minutes from bakers, grocers, butche …see more
“Amazing, child friendly, farm location with great accommodation” We greatly enjoyed staying at Cotmore Farm with our 3 girls (7,10,12). They loved living on the farm for the week, helping out with the animals and collecting eggs! The owners are on sit
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Cotmore Farm. The barn itself was exceptional, and decorated with great attention to detail. We loved the artwork on the walls, the welcome basket of food and drink, … More
Reviewed 1 Nov 2011
Cotmore Farm is a great place to get away from it all. Top class accommodation, welcoming hosts and a lovely complimentary basket of goodies on arrival.
Everything you need to enjoy a home from home … More
“The perfect getaway”
Reviewed 25 Sep 2011
We had a lovely time at The Barn. The pictures do not do it justice. It is a great space with all could want and more. The kids loved the chickens and horses. The owners were very friendly, but do… More
“Do not worry, book it.” Had a great few days stay at the cottage, if you are looking for somewhere to stay in this part of Cornwall I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone, very clean, very tidy and equipped to a very high standard,
I've used this place as a base for a walking and cycling holiday on several occasions. You can do numerous walks straight from your doorstep and it's also handy for local buses, the open-top double de… More
“Lovely accommodation in stunning surroundings”
Reviewed 3 Oct 2012
This was my first trip to Cornwall and I have to say that it exceeded all expectations. The Upper Barn was a lovely place to spend the week - modern but characterful with all mod-cons and anything a h… More
“Superb rural retreat”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2012
We stayed for a week in the Upper Barn in August.
Have been to cornwall many times, staying in a variety of accommodation types. I have to say, this was one of the best!
Steve and Julia were relaxe… More
“A great week's break” We had a lovely relaxing and restful time at Owl's nest, it was perfect for what we needed at that time. The accommodation was beautifully clean and spacious and in lovely surroundings. Thank you very much for making us feel welc
The Owls Nest is a cosy well appointed apartment on a (quiet) working farm set in the middle of the Suffolk countryside. We took the bikes and cycled to one of the local pubs for a really good dinner,… More
“Excellent rural property”
Reviewed 9 May 2015
Great place for a couple to stay, quiet but within easy reach of the coast. Friendly owners and clean comfortable accomodation… More
“Home from home”
Reviewed 27 Mar 2014
Had a fabulous few days at Owls Nest. Everything we needed plus welcoming refreshments and biscuits in the accommodation on arrival. Bright and modern very comfortable and in a lovely location. We ex… More
“Lovely conversion set in perfect location for visiting area” We stayed here 2nd week in July with our 4year old son. It was a perfect setting for us for break away. Accommodation is truly 1st class with 2 ensuite twins and a master with ensuite with v
Detached granite barn situated in the rural hamlet of Bosorne on the edge of the stunning Cot valley. It is an ideal base for walkers and birdwatchers and families being 2 minutes from the coastal path. Within easy walking distance of St Just with its many amenities.< …see more
“A Real Gem” Just returned from a weeks holiday in Bears Barn it is one of nicest cottages you could wish to stay in. Everything in the cottage is as per advert. Peace and quiet in abundance and the village pub 200yds away. Bliss. Highly recommended
“A relaxing peaceful break in a beautifl property” Andrew Barn is a home from home property with everything you could ever need for a peaceful and relaxing break.
The Barn is comfortable, warm and equipped to excellent standards. John and Tina were so
We stayed at The Barn at Andrew House for October half term
What a lovely cottage, warm, cosy, very clean felt like home, fully equipped.
Our children loved it especially the chickens in the wonderf… More
“Wonderful House and John and Tina were so helpful in locating restaurants, pubs and hiking activities.”
Reviewed 8 Aug 2014
We loved our stay at the barn. The living room and dining area spacious and comfortable. There is a cozy fireplace to take off the chill if rain. The kitchen was well appointed with everything you cou… More
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at The Barn it was great to be able to welcome you here in the Lake District
“Superb property...excellent base to explore Lakeland”
Reviewed 27 Jul 2014
We had a short break at The Barn in July. It is situated in a secluded spot in the village of Stainton (pub and restaurant just down the road) not far from Penrith and about 15 minutes from Keswick. … More
We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at The Barn especially as it was your wedding anniversary. We were concerned to ensure that you had a relaxing and peaceful stay.
“Wonderful cottages, lovely setting, friendly owners” My family and I stayed here for a week in October 2012 and had a fantastic time. The cottages is as lovely as the pictures and the front room with its wooden beams and log fire was brilliant. We've
We have been coming to Helscott Farm for 7 years and have stayed in each of the 5 converted barns. As our family has grown over the years we need more space and Rose Barn is just perfect. Equipped wit… More
“Break Away From It All” Very warm welcome and great welcome pack. Rooms were very clean with a very quaint, old cottage feel with all the essential mod. cons. The location lives up to it's name - hidden gems cottages; it quite literally is hidden away
Despite poor weather we had a great few days here. Hidden Gem is first class with all amenities provided and most places of interest can be reached fairly easy by car.… More
“Wonderful peace and quiet”
Reviewed 27 May 2014
We stayed in Snowdrop for two child free nights. Was gorgeous accommodation and Eileen and Seamus were very friendly. The stove was lit for our arrival and we had been left milk, eggs and a lovely hom… More
“True to the name....a hidden gem!”
Reviewed 16 May 2014
Had such a lovely stay here. The cottage is so quaint and pretty with a beautiful surrounding landscape. Seamus and Eileen were so lovely and helpful with fresh baked gingerbread upon arrival. Lots to… 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
Recently renovated farmhouse and barn. This farmhouse is situated in a traditional Savoyard hamlet just minutes from the three Valleys ski area and has been renovated with great care and attention to a very high standard.
Originally a large three storey farm building …see more
“Wonderful” We had a fantastic week in the Barn. It is a beautiful, well equipped property in a lovely, unspoilt and quiet part of France that is very close to the UK - a real find.
Sarah, David and family made us so welcome and were full of helpful
“superb accomodation. brilliant hosts. great holiday.”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2012
The barn exceeded our expectations, very cosy with everything needed, in a beautiful location, lots to do, places to visit, countryside meets coast., best of both worlds.
David and Sarah and fami… More
“Lovely, quiet and comfortable rural location - and fabulous hosts!”
Reviewed 8 Jun 2011
Wonderful, welcoming hosts.
Property is well appointed, comfortable and spacious.
Very rural location - small hamlet; nearest shops/restaurants/fuel approx 15 mins by car. Market towns a little far… More
“fantastic christmas break”
Reviewed 17 Jan 2017
we had an excellent Christmas break at the barn. The barn is very cosy and comfortable it is well equipped with everything yo need. Sarah and David the owners are so friendly and helpful. we will defi… More
“peaceful getaway” Me and my wife stayed for her birthday weekend as we wanted a short break away to relax. This is exactly what we got. We stayed in cottage 1 the smaller of the 2 cottages. it was very cosy and private. The hot tub is an added bonus.
We stayed at the cottage for 3 nights after our wedding and absolutely loved it. It was small but cosy and had everything we needed. Our dog loved the big garden and it was close to lots of walks arou… More
“A wonderful retreat”
Reviewed 21 Aug 2012
We booked this cottage so we could get away from it all and have some rest and relaxation. It couldn't have been more perfect! The cottage is superbly equipped for a cottage rental (including a very w… More
“Lovely Cottage, Great Location and Nice Hosts”
Reviewed 8 Jun 2012
We stayed in Cottage 2 which was wonderful - lovely big luxurious bathroom, wonderful decor throughout and great sized garden with huge hot tub under shelter and patio area. Bed was very comfortable.… More
“Lots of light and space inside, surrounded by peace and countryside beyond.” Celebrated our Ruby Wedding week here with 7 adults, a teenager, a 2 year-old and 3 dogs. Loads of space to gather in - or disperse to. Full-length windows fold to give level
Such a lovely retreat. Even though it is quite remote it is not a problem if you have a car.
Everything is done to a high standard.… More
Thank you for positive review. We are please you had a good stay.
Reviewed 24 Oct 2012
Absolutely beautiful property which boasts stunning views. Plenty of parking and enough space inside for 10 people to be comfortable. This house was clean beyond clean and very well equipped! If charm… More
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay
Reviewed 1 Nov 2016
We have just spent another amazing weekend here and it was just as good as first time the barn is so well equipped for all your needs and scenery is amazing will certainly be going back in the … More
The historic accommodation, built on stilts, is composed mostly of wood with slate roof, it has wide steps which lead you up onto the patio and entrance. It was formerly used for grain storage and milling and retains much of its original charm and characteristics with e …see more
Old phils barn is also along the wild Atlantic way in the inishowen peninsula beside the Urris hills and sea and Donegal had been voted the best holiday destination for 2017 in the National Geographic magazine …see more
“Amazing place” Could not recommend this place more - Yan Cottage is lovely, the views are amazing, it's way out in the hills so it's nice and quiet, the showers are great, the beds are comfy... do I need to go on?! Having a few goodies waiting for us
The cottage was perfect.
I wanted to stay somewhere in luxury. The cottage was well furnished, comfortable and had wifi, Sky TV, DVD player, flat screen TV, Ipod docks in the living room and bedroo… More
“Perfect for peace and quite”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2014
The directions that you are given are spot on so don't waiver from them. We were going to take a low sports car but were advised not to and that was probably a wise decision. The owners were very help… More
“What a magical place”
Reviewed 17 Sep 2012
What a magical place! We had no idea such a lovely place could be found so close to Ulverston, even though we've been there so many times..
So we had a great break, seeing family, drove Kirkstone … More
“All the comforts of home in idyllic location!” Just returned from a week at the Barn and already missing the views! The sun is on the patio from breakfast until dinner with views over the neighbouring fields and far beyond. The kitchen was incredibly
What a beautiful cottage, Petrina & Steve are available if needed but none intrusive. Our party of six and two dogs had plenty of room. The cottage was fantastically clean and well equipped and I woul… More
“Beautiful cottage with beautiful views.” The upside down cottage was more than comfortable for my family, home from home. Only a 5 min drive from the beach plus a large area on site for the children to run around on and play games. The owners were als
“A lovely relaxing place to stay, comfortable and great views”
Reviewed 21 Aug 2012
We loved our stay in The Granary, it was exactly as described. The accommodation is all you need in a holiday cottage, clean, comfortable and an ideal spot to relax in great surroundings. Enough space… More
Reviewed 1 Jan 2017
This cottage was ideal for our needs, lovely location, it had everything we needed. Nice and cozy and warm, with comfortable furniture and fixtures. Yvonne and John have their work cut out trying to … More
“Eceptional five star barn.” It was our first stay at the barn and we stayed for 7 nights. The owners were fantastic hosts, with a great welcome and milk and juice ready on arrival. The barn has a great layout with enough space for me, my husband and d
This was our second visit to this barn, third to the site. It is set in a peaceful spot very close to the wonderful widemouth bay beach and the friendly town of Bude. The barns are always very clean o… More
“A superb barn with everything you could want” A super barn conversion, beautifully fitted out with everything you need for a holiday or short break. Good quality equipment and nicely furnished. The owners are very attentive and obliging. The outside
“Lovely Barn, Beautiful area” The barn was warm and homely with fabulous surrounding views of the countryside and river. The barn is very well equiped with everything you'd need for a self catering holiday and the owners are very helpful. The mostly op
We were made to feel really at home in and around the farm! Mic and Jacqui made sure we had everything we needed and more- put up a lovely badmington set for us which gave us endless fun in the sun.
“Beautiful and so relaxing. Can't wait to go back!”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2011
Really can't wait to go back.
The barn has been beautifully converted and is big enough for large groups.
My wife and I went with our six month old baby who loved stroking the horses that Mick and J… More
“Escape to the Country” My husband and I and another couple enjoyed three nights at this lovely barn .We had all had a busy few weeks prior to our visit and just wanted some where to relax and get away from it all.The barn was ideal and we especially e
“A great place to spend Christmas” We were looking to spend Christmas in a rented cottage,so members of our family but particularly our daughter, could join us more conveniently. We decided upon Grafton Mews in Chipping Campden as it had all the facil
The Cow Shed is a new barn conversion, set in softly rolling, sunny Devon countryside, with its own 2 acre field and a wonderful view. Mix modern luxuries with the fab outdoors: a field to yourselves, a serious BBQ, sun loungers, outdoor dining furniture, a fire pit, …see more
“Tranquility and beauty in an irish, rolling landscape” The Orchard Cottage is a beautifully restored house in the middle of the irish countryside, not far from the small town of Rosslea and well placesd for day trips in and around the surrounding coun
The cottage was lovely and the homebaked cake and freshly laid eggs were much appreciated. Well heated, beautiful hand built and painted kitchen and a spacious bathroom. Very nicely decorated. Idea… More
“Aptly named and tremendous setting”
Reviewed 14 Jul 2014
I booked this delightfully restored cottage with my Mum and sister. it was a wonderful stay. Hosts were friendly and above the call of duty helpful and supportive. It was an honour to have stayed in t… More
“Hidden Gem. Well worth finding.”
Reviewed 28 Jun 2014
We stayed at Hidden Gem Cottage for a full week to play golf and sight see Ireland.
The cottage was outstanding and Eileen & Seamus were seriously great hosts.
Very friendly and very funny. Even got… More
“Beautiful, spotlessly clean, friendly owners, perfect!” There were 5 in our party, 4 adults, 1 child and 3 very well behaved dogs.
The barn is superbly equipped, and, like I said in my title of the review it was spotlessly clean. The owners were
We had a great time at the Barn! As soon as we arrived , we felt rather special to have found a beautiful place. The Barn was just lovely and suited our needs in everyway possible. The setting was pea… More
I am glad you enjoyed your break. It was such a shame it was so wet over the jubilee weekend. I am sorry about the bikes I was unaware that they were unrideable, I know the mid size upwards are ok but will get the smaller bikes out and see if we can give them a makeover.
“Beautiful Barn And Great Location”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2012
Stayed at the barn for the weekend to celebrate husbands birthday. Wanted a peaceful relaxing weekend which was exactly what we had. Prepared for wet weather but it was warm and sunny ! The family we… More
Many thanks for your comments. I hope we can accommodate you in the summer when the pool is open. I am quite busy but still have some free weeks available. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards
“Luxurious barn conversion in beautiful countryside.”
Reviewed 9 Jun 2011
The barn provides both characterful and luxurious accommodation. The open plan kitchen/dining/living area is light and spacious as is the master bedroom. The second bedroom is a bit of a squeeze, bu… More
Sorry I have not responded to your review before. Thank you for your comment regarding the size of the 2nd bedroom I have changed it around and hope it feels more spacious. We have also done some upgrades since last year. Wi Fi. A TV in the main bedroom. Some new lighting and plants and coming next month we are putting in a hazel hurdle along the border to make the garden a little more private.
Located on the Carmarthenshire/ Pembrokeshire border, it provides the ideal base to explore the local towns or coastal attractions which Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and the Gower has to offer.<br />"A stunning barn conversion, in a such a peace …see more
The Ancient Dwelling is a 2015, beautiful, well equipped barn conversion set in idyllic countryside. We are close to a small town with a bakers, butchers, bars and a bistro. Also, about 500 metres from a lake where you can fish, swim or boat. You have a private garden, …see more