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.
“A lovely birthday getaway.” The retreat was a lovely get away which was relaxing and quiet. We were met by stuart and taken on a tour of the place, the swimming pool and table tennis kept us busy during the day and there were enough options to chose f
Went for a romantic break for a few days and it was brilliant in every way and exceeded my expectations even after reading the excellent reviews of previous visitors.
The Retreat is set in lovely gro… More
“well worth a visit”
Reviewed 14 Oct 2015
Beautiful location & apartment with the bonus of the heated indoor pool & sauna. We were greeted by Jill on arrival & given some local information of places to visit & said just ask if we required any… More
Reviewed 14 Jun 2016
Wow what can I say! I stayed here with my husband for 2 nights to get some relaxation. I'm a stay at home mum and my son is 15 months old, i can't begin to explain how stressed i was before arriving h… More
“5 star, with personal touches, plenty of space and facilities for all ages” The owners were very welcoming when they showed us around and very quick to refund the deposit. The house was clean and well presented. It had all the equipment necessary in
“Large house superbly equipped and beutifully maintained.”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2013
We were a party of 10 - 6 adults and 4 children. The house was warm and welcoming and plenty of room so that we could all have our own individual space if required. The swimming pool was the reason we… More
“Lovely Dorset house”
Reviewed 11 Oct 2016
Lovely, big and well equipped house, swimming pool and games room a huge hit with the kids and adults!! Surprised with a welcome pack, the biscuits went down well! Only issue was the lighting in the s… More
Brittany Coastal Villa, Beach 5 minutes walk, Private Pool, Spa, Games room, bikes, table tennis,garden, Free WIFI/internet, Satellite TV, Many local attractions such as Beaches,Steam Train, Boat trips,Sailing,Surfing,Fishing,Rock pooling,Restaurants,markets,local shops …see more
The Ferry House is a perfect haven for those looking to escape the hectic pace of everyday life. Refurbished to a high standard. A place where you can wake up in a king size bed and look straight onto St. Ives Bay and Godrevy lighthouse. Watch the ebb and flow of the ti …see more
Oyster Reach is a delightful fully refurbished 2 bedroomed cottage with stunning views over the Haven waterway. A perfect base to explore the coastal path and one of the many beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches. …see more
“Smart, comfortable apartment” A smart, comfortable apartment in a lovely location. We have been coming to this area for many years, staying both in The Cliff Apartments and cottages. Gogarth is modern and spacious with excellent kitchen and bathroom f
We just wanted a last minute weekend break away from it all but not in the wilderness.
Booking was straight forward & hassle free.
The apartment, with it's own parking, was warm & welcoming the minu… More
“Very clean and spacious property”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2016
On arriving at the gogarth suite I was a little disappointed to see tape on the laminate floor to one of the bedrooms. There was also a couple of minor things like the toilet seat not staying up and b… More
Imagine a seven bedroom property built from a windmill and with an incredible sea view. A house with 22 dazzling beaches nearby. 30 minutes from Lisbon airport and 10 minutes from a UNESCO world heritage site. …see more
Panoramic view over Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula
Private beach access
Complete privacy on five acres of land with 200m ocean frontage
Garden with fruit, vegetable and herbs
All Miele state-of-the-art kitchen
High quality furnishings
Indoor heated pool al …see more
“It was everything that we hoped it would be” The house and facilities were absolutely fabulous, giving us a wonderful, carefree, happy extended family break, including a special birthday celebration for one of our members - Dorn even left a birthday c
Une très bonne semaine en mayenne les deux maisons sont très belles et les équipements a la hauteur sans aucun probleme .il y a de la place les prestations sont de a la hateur de ce que l'on atten… More
We booked Four Ashes for a week with our grown up kids and their partners making six of us in all. The idea was to walk the Pembroke coast but that soon went west. With all the facilities the house ha… More
“Happiest week of my life” On arrival i was welcomed by the housekeeper who was very healpful and showed me and my friends around the complex and showed us all the rooms and what was on offer, we was at least 10 mins drive from shops but on the drive t
We travelled in a large group, 23 persons - 9 adults and 14 nephews and nieces - from the ages 84 to 8. My mother gave a family reunion at the occassion of her eightyfourth birthday on New Years eve. … More
Reviewed 1 Dec 2011
In february 2011 we spent a week in this well equipped holiday resort and were quite impressed with the beautiful mountains we were surrounded by.
We did lots of skiing and enjoyed the local thermal… 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 grade 2 listed stone manor house dated from the 1600s, sittuated in a beautiful area and grounds , 8 bedrooms , 2 living rooms , large kitchen , summer room , dining room & garden room and large open gardens. Hot Tubs and private indoor heated swimming pool. …see more
“Absolutely fantastic” We rented the apartment as we were a group of 7 friends travelling together.
The apartment was perfect for what we needed, big enough for 7 sharing although we didn't spend much time in the apartment.
The apartment was cl
“beautifully presented accommodation our family of 5 perfectly”
Reviewed 22 Feb 2015
great location - 10 minute walk to the gondola, really nice apartment - fully equipped with modern kitchen, really nicely presented lounge area and two bedrooms. bunk bed options was great to accommod… More
“SUMMER IN BANSKO”
Reviewed 1 Sep 2014
Very nice, well fit out apartment with plenty of space for clothes etc. Close to shops, mexanas (restaurants) and the 'old town' with it's beautifully decorated church. Only 10 minutes to the gondola … More
“Top class apartment”
Reviewed 29 Mar 2014
Great place to stay, apartment was flawless, Owners service was second to none. Location was a short walk to gondola and the centre of town… More
“perfect family holiday” the apartment was everything and more that a family could wish for, with en suite facilities for young family and a baby travel cot provided too! would recommend for all families with children of all ages. the indoor pools were
On arrival i was very surprised how large the apartment was, it had everything we needed and was very clean. Attention to detail was excellent. I traveled with my husband and two young granddaughters.… More
“New Year Break”
Reviewed 11 Jan 2017
Was very impressed with our apartment fabulous view from the living room and main bedroom overlooking the bay. Just one problem the shower in the second bathroom did not seem to heat up so had use the… More
“Really nice location. Helpful owners” Put up a review just for the one big cottage my extended family stayed in. But we were in 2 cottages in total. They were to each other & both very nice. Didn't use the pool or gym, but they looked nice. Top tip -
“Great stay in a super appartment!” We enjoyed our stay in Chalet le 4 very much. The appartment was very luxurious and finished with eye for detail. We traveled with three young kids and were amazed of all the available baby equipment (built in baby i
We stayed with our 3 young children in apt. No 4. Everything was just perfect: a very beautiful and high quality apartment, fully equipped with everything you need, a lot of space outdoor and with an … More
“Very Well Maintained” We were a group of 7 families and enjoyed the house very much. We enjoyed the well maintained pool area and garden, loved the cooking in the kitchen and enjoyed lunch and dinner on a marvellous veranda with sufficient shaded seat
We had a most wonderful week! The villa was just perfect for our large family - all 24 of us. The facility was large enough so that the children could entertain themselves with the sport facilities wh… More
“Wonderful place for an extended family holiday”
Reviewed 8 Sep 2015
We were surprised by how big the villa actually was - a lot bigger than we'd expected from the description and photos. Very clean and well maintained, and the housekeeper, Martha, was really helpful.… More
Indoor swimming pool, and games room. Large play area for badminton & football Accommodation for up to 10. Ideal for families and groups Not suitable for disabled due to stairs/ steps.
Peaceful area walk and cycle routes locally
Golf and Fishing near by,
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“Excelent holidays in Mallorca” Large apartament, confortable. With sea and montain views. Two floors and barbacue terrace. Port Pollenca is a beatiful place, beatiful beaches with clear water. Ideal families ! . My daughters have really enjoyed. Th
17th century villa.Recently renovated with luxurious furnishings.Intimate garden and spa overlooking lake Orta.Indoor pool with hydro jets.Turkish bath. Privacy.Stunning views.Conveniently located for easy access to Expo 2015 without needing to cross Milan.<br />B …see more
“Perfect family holiday home!” Plasymynydd is the perfect retreat for a large family holiday. With spacious rooms, amazing gardens and a good-sized heated swimming pool, everyone can have quality time together without feeling on top of each other.
Just come back from a lovely family summer holiday. Sharon was there when we arrived to show us around and left us a very nice welcome pack. The house is very spacious, well equipped and clean. We ab… More
Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at Plasymynydd and I look forward to welcoming you all back one day.
“Great place for a family holiday”
Reviewed 26 Aug 2016
We had a lovely extended family holiday Sharon was there to welcome us and was the perfect host. The house is in a rural setting and perfect for allowing the children to run around without disturbing… More
Dear Barbara, thank you very much for your lovely review. It was so nice to meet you all and it was a pleasure to have you stay. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and I look forward to welcoming you back to Plasymynydd one day.
“A great place to stay for couples and families in a great location” We had such a lovely time. Comfortable and high standard accommodation, close to many things to see and do. We cycled and walked from the cottage, so easy, safe and brilliant views a
“A great location with a warm and friendly welcome.”
Reviewed 21 Mar 2016
The cottage was lovely, clean and well equipped.
We stayed for a week whilst my elderly mother had her bathroom converted. The Barn Owl Cottage was perfect, with a bedroom and bathroom located on … More
“Fabulous week staying in Barn owl cottage!”
Reviewed 8 Sep 2016
Have just returned from a fabulous weeks holiday on Combrew farm, staying in Barn owl cottage. The accommodation was everything we had hoped for and more! From arrival everything was perfect and so we… More
“Beautiful accommodation in a lovely setting with plenty to do for both young and old.”
Reviewed 12 Aug 2015
We stayed at Combew Farm for a week in May, our party consisted of a near two year old, two 30 somethings and two grandparents. We all stayed together in the Barn Owl Cottage which was lovely. It was… More
GrottoHomes is a restored Venetian olive mill with a swimming pool built in a hellinistic grotto & one more in the courtyard. It's in a peaceful, traditional village, only 20 min drive from both north and south beaches of Rethymno. Can sleep up to 11 people (7 …see more
“Wonderful” 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 would strongly recommend the property fo
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
“A perect place for family to stay for a wedding at Clandon Park”
Reviewed 29 Jun 2012
Our daughter was married at Clandon Park in June and the whole family stayed at Great Tangley. A perfect peaceful house, more than home from home. Everyone loved the house and throughly enjoyed their … More
Muito boa a casa!
Gostamos muito, pois pude levar a família toda e ficarmos juntos em um ótimo ambiente!… More
Olá Luciana, muito obrigado pelos elogios e estamos sempre à disposição para o que precisar! Abraços.
Reviewed 19 Feb 2015
It was a great experience , the house is very comfortable , the furniture is new , the kitchen very well equipped . I highly recommend the house .
Everything works great and I have nothing to complai… More
Thank you very much!
Our house is always on hand when needed.
Rodrigo and Luciana
“Exceeding expectations” The apartment exceeded our expectations (by size, luxury and comfort). Swimming pool and gym were at the same floor. Excellent shared room to watch dvd's, kids to play and /or eat together with other guests. The hospitality of
“Beautiful accommodation and location, very professional and friendly staff”
Reviewed 11 Dec 2012
I’d like to recommend this fantastic accommodation. We spent one week in the chalet, and we had a wonderful time. We were treated with loads of snow, and we’ve enjoyed every minute.
The chalet … More
“Excellent family proof apartments nicely located in the French Alps”
Reviewed 24 Sep 2012
We have rented apartment 4 in Chalet le4 and enjoyed our stay very much. Within 5 minutes the carefully decorated apartment felt at home and the kids were playing outside in the garden. The indoor poo… More
Reviewed 21 Sep 2012
Wow, what a great place to be. Almost in the middle of the big Alps. Apartments were brand new and lots of space, even with our three kids (8, 6 and 3 years). Eva and Piethein (the owners) told us the… More
“Beechwood House is even better than it looks on line” We booked Beechwood House and one of the studios for a celebration of a family birthday. James was there to welcome us personally when we arrived. First impressions were excellent including champag
We had a fantastic weekend in this beautiful spacious and extremely comfortable house. Thank you for meeting our every need, loved the pool, the many lounging spaces and the beautiful garden.… More
I'm really pleased you all had such a good weekend and that everything at Beechwood House was as you hoped. James
“A warm and welcoming home from home,with a heated swimming pool.!”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2013
Snowy January did not seem the best time to arrange a family get-togther, but the minute we met James at Beechwood House, the warmth of his welcome dispelled any worries.
We were twelve adults and on… More
It was a pleasure meeting you all and I’m so pleased you had such an enjoyable and memorable stay at Beechwood House. I look forward to seeing you again next year! James
“Great Experience in a Beautiful House”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2013
We had a great time at Beechwood House and made many happy memories there. I can honestly say that it was the highlight of the year for us. My wife has lived away from family for a long time which has… More
I'm so pleased Beechwood House helped provide so many happy memories for your family reunion. James
you fill find here an out of time and space atmosphere and you will live as a french aristocrat on 18 TH century .you can listen at music in the large barocco living room or in elegant courtyardwith lemon trees and you will travel in the rooms from venice to Xi an... …see more
Heath View is a Four Star Gold family friendly, wheelchair accessible holiday bungalow set amidst acres of stunning natural conservation heathland on a peaceful private lane. This welcoming, family-run rental is close to all amenities and the perfect base to explore the …see more