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.
“Wonderful house in a beautiful area” We have just returned from a few days break at this beautiful house over New Year. It was the first time that the whole of my family have got together in one place at one time.
What a fantastic house and set in su
“A wonderful period property prepared for modern day living”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2015
Such a breath-taking house made such a fantastic stay!
From the moment you drive up to the front door until you climb into one of the huge comfortable beds at night, you are amazed by this wonderful … More
“This house is amazing”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2015
We stayed at Dumcrieff house for my daughters hen weekend. It was perfect in every way. I would highly recommend it and will definitely book it again. We all had a fantastic time and went into Moff… More
“Fantastic house with 5 star quality for a great weekend away with friends.”
Reviewed 10 Mar 2015
Fantastic house for a group weekend away. Beautifully decorated inside with 5 star quality and finishings. Will definitely go back.… More
“Awesome View of the Douro. Great House.” We have been at Palmira's Home for some days. The House is well located near the Douro River, in a quite area where you can see an awesome view over the Douro Valley. The Swimming pool is very nice and well loc
“A remarkable house, secure for kids, perfect for entertaining”
Reviewed 11 Jun 2012
Great Stay. Great Place. Large Iron Gates provide perfect security to 5-10 acres of private property 20 minutes from old Le Mans. Located in charming village with Tabac, Bakery, Bar. Quintessentially… More
Hi there! Thanks for your review! We love that the house is on the edge of such a lovely village too, and enjoy being able to wander to the bar, butchers, Sunday market, etc. We hope to welcome you back to Le Petit Bos again soon.
“Wonderful Easter spent in the beautiful 'Le Petit Bois', everything catered for a perfect holiday.”
Reviewed 27 Oct 2011
A beautiful house set in a delightful secure peacefull garden. We entered the property via electronic gates into the beautiful court yard. The house itself is an old stone 'Maison de Maitre' with beem… More
Many thanks for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at Le Petit Bois. It is indeed a beautiful property and a lovely comfortable home for your holiday. We hope to see you back again soon.
“Very Good” This is a great place to go if you're looking to have a nice quiet weekend away. Me and my partner were looking for somewhere to go to relax and get away and this was perfect for that. We stayed in the naseby suite and the first night did p
“fabulous place to stay, peaceful setting, beautiful room”
Reviewed 8 Oct 2014
Stayed here as a birthday treat with my mother in law. We enjoyed the peaceful location, watching squirrels and rabbits in the grounds. The room was beautiful and kitchen very well equipped. Bottle o… More
“Beautiful, relaxing, fun...everything you could possibly need!”
Reviewed 1 Jul 2014
We stayed in the Naseby Suite in May. We needed some rest and recuperation for a couple of days and spent a very restorative weekend recharging the batteries at Orton Hall. It’s an interesting plac… More
“Mrs” Beautiful Hall..lovely grounds..peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. The room had everything we needed for a birthday break for three nights stay in total calm and tranquillity.
We will definitely recommend to others and will be booking again soo
The Royalist Suite at Orton Hall was lovely. The place was relatively clean, the bedding lovely, white and cotton, and the bed was really comfortable. Stephanie was filled with helpful advice and was … More
Reviewed 6 Mar 2014
We had a wonderful stay at the Hall, fascinating building, and would imagine it is fabulous in summer! Very clean, very comfortable, thank you for the welcome pack!… More
Reviewed 11 Feb 2014
Stayed here for wedding anniversary - grand surroundings, very comfortable apartment and fabulous scenery. The apartment was amazing - perfect for a romantic weekend, or just a fancy w/e away. Great w… More
“What a wonderful garden!” We have just returned from a very enjoyable stay at La Roseraie. We travelled with friends who have small children. The house was perfect for them, a huge bedroom full of toys (they were boys) and they just loved the garden,
“A wonderful weekend we"ll never forget” We stayed for a long weekend at the beginning of February to celebrate a 50th Birthday. We were extremely excited about having the pleasure of sharing this historical family home & having the opportunity to expe
Great Tangley Manor is a wonderful property in a great location. The gardens are beautiful and the overall stay was a great experience for my family who travelled over from Germany for our wedding. I … More
Reviewed 17 May 2013
We stayed at Great Tangley manor for my husband’s 40th birthday with family - It was amazing - All I could have hoped for and more - The wow factor is really indescribable - Have to see it to believ… More
“Party of 7 (3 bedroom option) - We all love Love LOVED Great Tangley Manor!”
Reviewed 15 Nov 2012
The whole process, from booking, arriving, staying and leaving was easy (well as easy as leaving such a lovely house can be!). Nicho kept us well informed and provided all the information we could pos… More
“Fabulous family weekend!” We booked Easter House of Ross for the weekend for my birthday. We thought it looked great online - & it didn't disappoint! It is such a lovely big house & very spacious. There were 11 of us, & 2 dogs, & there was plenty of s
Great house for staying near the festival but also for relaxing after! We had a great time and were welcomed on arrival. The rooms were great and the house slept 12 comfortably. The only problem we ha… More
A new shower has been fitted, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay!
“Great base for a Hen weekend”
Reviewed 26 Aug 2016
We stayed at Easter House of Ross for a long weekend Hen do. The scenery and drive up was beautiful! The house looked much bigger in person, the lounge and kitchen/ diner were huge and easily accommod… More
“Dig dirt and dirty !!! house”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2016
The house has not seen polish for months !!! The place needs a good deep clean ! The garden has dog dirt on it ! So please don't think you can use the grass ! The house was left cleaner in departure !… More
“Great Scottish getaway” A home from home, lovely house with a pretty garden, near the beach, well kitted out for cooking big meals. Close to the Dumfries biking trails. If the weather misbehaves it's a pleasant place to chill out. The service on booki
What a place! On approach, the first time, it is like driving up to your own stately home!
Inside it is cosy and comfy. Lovely wood burning stove and all the comforts of your own home! We were th… More
“Fantastic break with friends on the south coast of Scotland”
Reviewed 2 Feb 2013
Great long weekend to get away from the city with a group of friends - we have stayed here 3 times now. The property is a good balance of character and convenience, a great old building, always immacu… More
“Great house in the middle of nowhere” Just returned from a two week holiday in Le Moulin the house is wonderful loads of space lovely bedrooms and bathrooms, great kitchen. We were a group of 9 ranging from 10years through teens to adults we all enjoy
My second visit to the chateau, was as good as the first. Went with friends/children the first time and then with family and children this time. Worked well both times...so much space to get away...fr… More
Thank you for a lovely review. It was a pleasure to have such great guests :) See you again soon we hope....
“A superb place to stay” From the tasty cakes to the thoughtful little extras, Brinsop Court was so welcoming and certainly well worth the money. Everything was perfect and well thought out. The gardens were perfect for summer sports and the seats at
A weekend for 32 of us that far surpassed expectations. From the very first contact to the final 'thank you' emails Brinsop staff have excelled at every turn. We had the whole venue, with dinner in … More
“A magical stay in a beautiful country house, with elegant rooms and 5* comfort”
Reviewed 4 Jun 2015
We'd had a long and tiring journey, but our spirits rose immediately we saw Brinsop Court. Tucked away in wonderfully lush Herefordshire countryside, the house, surrounded by shrubs, flowers, and a mo… More
“Wedding Weekend at Brinsop”
Reviewed 10 Apr 2015
We have nothing but high praise for Brinsop whether it is the location, facilities, quality or the service we received. We and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed our stay. How could we not;the house an… More
“A House of Charm and Character” A real opportunity to live as Lord and Lady of the Manor.
All of the family loved the experience, and the Grandchildren played hide and seek for the three days that we were there, including several treasure hunts.
Had a brilliant time, owner is really accommodating and the house is set in its own grounds, really private and you don't have to worry about noise when there's loads of you.… More
Thank you for your review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again.
“30th birthday bash”
Reviewed 26 May 2012
A great weekend in some beautiful english countryside, in an old english house!
Perfect for a big group celebrating. Make sure you take a stroll out to Wingfield Manor across the fields, straddling… More
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We are glad you had a lovely time at the Manor.
We would love to see you again in the future.
“Fantastic, warm and relaxing”
Reviewed 1 Dec 2011
I can recomend Oakerthorpe Manor to anyone who is thinking of doing a suprise party for the whole family, kids, teanagers and adults as i did, I live in the Middle East and booked it all on line, the … More
We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, we try so hard to give you the best possible experience here, and your kind words are very comforting, knowing that we have given you complete satisfaction during your stay, please do come back and visit us again soon.
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“Everything you could wish for, for a family holiday” We have just returned from our annual extended family holiday of eight adults and 5 children . The house was the best we have stayed in to date and the location is breathtaking - so peaceful and qu
What a wonderful, secluded location to spend a few days/week away. As a holiday home Llanlliana has it all. Where to start - Dan & Nikki are fabulous hosts, so welcoming & nothing is too much trouble … More
Reviewed 29 Sep 2011
We have just spent a long weekend at Llanllliana, with friends and family, celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary.
There are not enough superlatives to describe this beautiful house and its groun… More
“Hard to Beat”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2011
From turning into the drive you realize this is going to be a home from home with added relaxation. We spent a glorious week at Dan & Nikki's amazing restoration project. What they have achieved is ve… More
“Fun, beautiful but musty” Really loved this house and the kids had a great time there. The area is pretty and many places within close drive- charming seaside towns and good seafood. The house is musty and could use a few dehumidifiers running-I had a
“Magnificent location, great facilities and very very peaceful” If you are looking to be away from it all, this place will suit. the house is very well equipped, totally secluded in it's own beautiful grounds but within a 20 minute drive of Riberac. Tr
This is an ideal holiday destination for anyone who wants peace, quiet, privacy and relaxation. However it is only a short car ride away fom Riberac which is a typical bustling, market town. The house… More
“Truly Excellent Property in fantastic location.” We have this morning left this glorious house busy discussing what we will do next time we are there! Three generation of Knowles 8 adults and 2 babies, plus a couple of extra friends who dropped in fo
Fantastic holiday destination in a glorious location. The house and garden/pool are wonderful with beautiful views all round. Great location to explore Provence, the mountains and the coast with lake … More
“Perfection in One Place”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2015
I have rented this villa three times now and next year I am booked in again. Honestly I don't want people to know how great it is or I will be without a week in the future. The history of the villa an… More
“Excellent house in perfect village”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2015
This was our second stay at Maison Hirondelles in Seillans and it was all as fabulous as we'd remembered it. The house is gorgeous, perfectly positioned, simply furnished but generously equipped, spac… More
“Outstanding House, with high attention to detail!” The Grange Manor House is amazing we stayed here for my mums 'hen do'. Everybody (aged 23-50+) was amazed by the house. It is huge and luxurious with everything you could possibly need! We wish we cou
“The Grange is absolutely fantastic..........The perfect place to celebrate!”
Reviewed 24 May 2012
We hired The Grange for a long weekend to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It is a fantastic venue with a great atmostphere. Dawn, the Housekeeper welcomed us to The Grange and was very frien… More
“Beautiful, well equipted Luxry house”
Reviewed 14 Feb 2012
Nothing about this property is mean. Enormous bedrooms and superb bathrooms, the kitchen has everything from kenwood mixers to extra toasters but even just basic little things like toliet and soap all… More
“Really Enjoyed our weekend!”
Reviewed 3 Oct 2011
We had a group of 17, and hired the manor for a 30th Birthday. The whole house was great! Awesome lounge, kitchen and dining spaces. Really enjoyed drinks and dinners around the table. Bedrooms great … More
“Picture perfect weekend away” We had a wonderful stay at Yew Tree Farmhouse, made even better by a good spell of weather, although it's the kind of house which you would happily lock yourself away in and stay by the fire.
We were all lost for words
A very comfortable house to stay in. It is well furnished without being fussy, and there is plenty of room for a large group of friends and their dogs. Once the fires are lit, it feels very homely and… More
“Wonderful house, plenty of space, perfect location for long walks”
Reviewed 5 Dec 2012
We booked this weekend for a birthday celebration on the first weekend in December, and the house was perfect for our four families (14 in total plus a labrador). The 6 teenagers had the top floor, wi… More
“Perfect location, atmosphere & farmhouse!”
Reviewed 1 Nov 2012
I booked Yew Tree farmhouse for my sister's hen weekend and there were 16 of us altogether. We spent a lot of time at the house with the log fires going in each room, and there was always enough room … More
“A Jewel on the Ring of Kerry” We rented the entire property - the House, Cottage, Stables and Pier Cottage - for an Irish heritage (American) family reunion of more than 40 family members. The high quality of the accommodations, the incomparable beau
“A magnificent place to stay with your family and friends.” We had the time of our lives at Llandrinio Hall. It was a truly magnificent place with fantastic facilities and highly comfortable accommodation. The massive kitchen was conducive to many a fa
This was our second stay at Llandrinio Hall and we were not disappointed. The house keeper is very helpful and friendly and met us upon our arrival. We celebrated a special birthday with our family.… More
“Super stylish French retreat” My family and I stopped at this house in March. It was superb and very stylishly decorated. The bedrooms are very comfortable and and all individually styled. The kitchen is beautiful with everything you'd need and the lo
“Historic Simon's town at its best!” Witness, our host, is an absolute legend. He was friendly and always happy to clean up after us. Beautiful family home. A bit pricy but all in all a great holiday.