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 great find in a beautiful area!” We stayed at this holiday home in July this year. The online booking was first class with questions answered by return and the directions given were spot on.
The house has everything you need and more, very nicely
We stayed at Tom & Cathy's house for a week. The house is truly lovely with amazing views out to the sea. The house has everything you need and with just a short walk to a secluded beach what more ca… More
“The dream holiday home!”
Reviewed 30 Jul 2015
I stayed in this holiday home with my husband and 2-year-old son in early July. This was without a shadow of a doubt the most beautiful holiday home we have ever stayed in. The floor-to-ceiling corner… More
“It was a fabulous house. It had everything you needed and very high spec. We really enjoyed our stay.”
Reviewed 3 Jul 2016
They thought of everything, There were bikes available for the kids to ride Swingball in the garage. Golf clubs in the garage, a pool table and air hockey table. A huge beanbag for the kids to hang ou… More
“Authentic, spacious, clean apartment with a view” We stayed here in September and really enjoyed our time here. Praiano was the perfect location for us, much quieter and more authentic than the larger towns of Positano and Amalfi. The apartment was of
“lovely stay” Lovely cottage, great surroundings, wonderful stay!
We stayed at the Stackyard for 6 nights and we really appreciated the place; It is very clean, comfortable and cosy. It is big enough for 4 people. A real home away from home!
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
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast. …see more
“Outstanding, lovingly maintained cottage with spectacular views of Cullen Bay.” Beautifully decorated, furnished, well equipped and maintained cottage. The owners go that extra mile to ensure their guests have everything they could possibly need. Lot
Well appointed, great location with fabulous views, superb holiday house. Warm welcome from friendly owners. 300 yards from Co-op, cash machine, pub, chippie, chinese take-away and ice-cream shop.… More
Thanks for taking the time to provide a review of your stay at Hill Crest. We agree Hill Crest is a special home away from home in a great location and still convenient to all the local amenities. We hope to see you again for your next holiday in Cullen!
Selma & Rob
“The best appointed holiday cottage we've ever had”
Reviewed 18 Jul 2015
This was a really fantastic cottage. The place is wonderful: the sea is down below just outside the front door, or just outside the garden, and most of the rooms have views to it. The garden is deck… More
Thank so very much for reviewing your recent stay at Hill Crest. We do our best to provide a comfortable environment for holidaymakers and are so pleased that our visitors are enjoying the property and all it has to offer. I think having a well stocked kitchen just makes life a little easier when you are trying to prepare a meal in unfamiliar surroundings. Hope to see you again for your next Scottish getaway!
Selma & Rob
“New Year Break”
Reviewed 3 Jan 2015
The cottage was wonderful! So well equipped, tastefully decorated through-out, and ideally situated within walking distance from the harbour and beach. There is a lovely seating area in the garden wh… More
Thanks so much for the great review. We're glad you were able to accomplish your goal of having a few days to yourselves to just relax after the holiday chaos. Hope to see you again soon!
Selma & Rob
“Comfortable, charming and very relaxed.” This place is an old chateau in a little town. The appartments still has the spirit and soul eventhough it is all rebuild and new. The owners has thought of every little detail, that just makes it all work out
“Wonderful Gite with beautiful scenery and easy access by road”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2013
We really enjoyed our stay here and would love to have stayed for longer. We would definitely like to go back and visit again.
The Gite itself was really nice inside and fairly modern. It had every… More
“Great flat, excellent location” We had a great time at pinewood with our 2 sons, 2 and 6 months old and our dog. Flat is well equipped if a little dated but has everything you need. Rooms are big and there is plenty of space for the kids to set up the
“Great holiday apartment with lovely views and only 10 mins walk from the beach.”
Reviewed 17 Apr 2012
My wife and I stayed here for the first 2 weeks of April 2012, with our two young children (3 and 8 years old). We love this area and this was the ninth year we have come back.
Pinewood is lovely, … More
Thank you for your kind comments
“lovely big apartment, family attractions all close by”
Reviewed 1 Oct 2011
Stayed here during the summer with our 21 month old daughter. It was very safe inside for her to run around as everything on one floor. All the rooms were a good size, just a bit old fashioned. Our da… More
“A most memorable 60th Birthday stay!” Every part of this stay was wonderful. Helen took care of everything with such thoughtfulness. The welcome tea tray with home made cake, the quality of everything in the house for our use, the logs provided and fi
The house and garden were gorgeous and had everything you could possibly need. The house is huge, with beautiful rooms including the drawing room and main bedroom. It's extremely comfortable, fabulous… More
Thank-you for taking time to write a review and for the lovely comments. We would love to see you all again, but do bear in mind that the Lake District weather is not always so good.I am glad that you found so much for your family to do in the area and left feeling that there was still more to explore.
“A wonderful experience”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2014
We spent a long weekend at Eller How House and are already considering when we could possibly return. The house is stunning, beautifully furnished, with a big kitchen and nice dining area. There is a … More
Thank-you for writing a review, we do hope to see all (or some of you) again. Try a different time of year, Eller How is beautiful in the Autumn too!
John and Helen
“Fabulous!!! Don't hesitate to stay here”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2014
We stayed with my wife and 3 year old daughter, another couple and their 2 young children and dog over New Year, we had chosen Eller House because of the ratings on here and it did not disappoint.
Thank-you for taking the time to write a review of Eller How House. We are glad that you all enjoyed your stay and found plenty to do even though it was the middle of winter.
Private self-contained villa in bush setting, family friendly, a short stroll to the beach. A beautiful, peaceful place to experience the best of Tasmania's unique attributes.
ALL PROFITS ARE DONATED TO CHARITY
(tariffs less out-of-pocket expenses, see receipts in visi …see more
“Perfect spot with amazing views” I have already recommended this place to several friends, it is such a perfect place to stay. The views from the house are stunning and the large window area with plenty of seating and long, light evenings meant it was
beautiful and cosy cottage, at a fantastic and breathtaking location, close to the bridge. Fully equipped, very comfy, piano was a bonus. having 3 bathrooms was great too, so there was no rush in the … More
“A diamond of a place”
Reviewed 10 May 2014
The reaction from my kids within a few minutes of arriving after a long wet and windy drive to find Ashaig House looking out onto a beautiful scorched red evening sky and seascape best sums up my feed… More
Reviewed 27 Apr 2014
Ashaig House is a perfect place (base camp) for those visiting Isle of Skye. It's well located, with all facilities and a AMAZING landscape view. By the way, the house is really new. I recommend this … More
“Exceptionally well kept property :)” We had a plan set out in advance of showing up to the Cornwall area and it involved a lot of walking. We decided to on a house that would accommodate 4 adults and 4 kids with a little extra room and this house fit
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
“Fantastic for the Forest Of Dean” Lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome. The house is part of the farm, with sheep, horses and friendly dogs for children to enjoy.The accommodation is very comfortable with large bedrooms, a decent kitchen
We have just left The Acorns and have already booked our next visit! The cottage is well equipped with everything that you could possibly need during your visit. It is warm and cosy, home-like but w… More
Reviewed 3 Jul 2012
We visited The Acorns in June 2012. Weather wasn't great, but the same couldn't be said for the accommodation and the Hosts.When we arrived we automatically felt relaxed and started to unwind. We all … More
“A brilliant stay”
Reviewed 6 Aug 2016
Amazing and relaxing place to stay. Great welcome and accommodating owners throughout stay. Very child friendly. Cottage very clean and comfortable, suited our needs exactly. Wonderful views. Lots of… More
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
“well equipped” had a lovely short stay, thank you.
the lodge is extremely well equipped, very clean and comfortable.
the owners clearly have a good eye for detail and all the little extras that are provided make it feel like you've rented the lodg
Great lodge, everything we needed for the wkend and plenty of room for our large family. Certainly would book again for our visit to the lakes. Good communication too.… More
“Great place to stay.”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2016
I stayed here with my Mother and two Grand children for a couple of nights in July. Really great lodge, very clean and very well equipped. We had a lovely stay and would defiantly recommend it to frie… More
Reviewed 18 Jul 2016
Had a really great stay at this property. It has everything we needed and more. Surroundings are beautiful. I would highly recommend. The only negative for us is that there was no lake view as the bu… More
Thanks Julie. I do keep asking the Leisure Village management to cut them down a bit!
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Rowardennan
4 8 Min stay varies
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Beach / lakeside relaxation
Ask about pets
“Hoot of a holiday” Great lodge, really well equipped. Plenty of room for 8 guests. Lovely location and views. We had a great holiday. Location is fairly remote with a 40 minute drive to the supermarket, however we would recommend having a delivery ser
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle
“Edge of Paradise” We found this cottage on an earlier trip to the area, not knowing it would be available to rent, and took photos of it because we loved it so much! To our delight, this year we were able to rent it for a week.
We found the inter
“Excellent” We arrived at Poppies to find a spotless beautiful cottage A cream tea awaited us and after a 7 hour journey it was much appreciated. The cottage is in a lovely village and walking or short drives give you great places to see and enjoy. Wou
Fabulous cottage which really was a 'home from home' for me and my husband. We were looking for a break to allow us to relax, enjoy some fresh air and explore too. We were also wanting somewhere mem… More
“excellent accomodation for holiday break in north devon.”
Reviewed 11 Oct 2012
this property enhanced our holiday as with its up-todate decor, fully equipt kitchen , large shower, the place was very comfortable. sky tv was a plus on a rainy day.
pleasant patio area.… More
Reviewed 30 Sep 2012
what a little gem. well presented moden very clean. with everything you could want waiting for you. fresh milk in the fridge.fresh cream and scones when you arrive. fresh flowers on the table.a lot of… More
“A great location, house was like home from home, highly recommend.” Was surprised by how much I enjoyed our stay, a tranquil setting, everything you needed was in the house. Lots of visitors about but relaxing, the tides going out and being able to w
Wonderful village, everything you could hope for. Great walks, fantastic views, peace and quiet and a lovely, friendly pub within walking distance.
The house was very well stocked and a real characte… More
“Fabulous house and beautiful location. I highly recommend it!”
Reviewed 24 Aug 2012
We loved our stay in this house. It is a beautiful large family home with wonderful panoramic views of the estuary. It is situated at the end of a private single track road right on the estuary, next … More
“First Rate Family Home”
Reviewed 23 Jul 2012
Great house in a stunning location. This is a traditional family home with large rooms and high ceilings. Very well presented and equipped. The views from the bedrooms and living rooms are over the la… More
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir
“With a stunning view across the valley, private sheltered deck, cosy logburner & lovely furnishings, it's truely idylic!” A newly refurbished lodge which has been tastefully and sympathetically furnished. The log burner was easy to light and quickly
This was our fourth visit to Tan y Coed and it was as enjoyable and relaxing as ever. Tan y Coed is quite small but is beautifully furnished. The view from the balcony is so picturesque that we gene… 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
Set in the grounds of a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse, the Stocks Barn offers beautiful and well equipped self-catering accommodation on the edge of a quiet country village. We have been awarded the 4 stars in the first year, second and now third year of operation …see more
Lovely bungalow. Spacious, immaculate and well equipped, a perfect home away from home. Many thanks to Elaine for the welcome pack and the warm welcome (especially for our dog). We had a grear week an… More
Thank you for leaving a review, we really appreciate it. We look forward to welcoming you back.
“Only place to stay in Portaferry”
Reviewed 29 Oct 2016
Very large - plenty of room - very clean - quiet - lots of extras toilet roll etc. Good location.
When we met Elaine she was very helpful and told us things we wanted to know. It was
a very good pri… More
“Superb accommodation and hostess” After a long hot drive, arrived to a warm welcome and a cool glass of fizz. Beautiful and tranquil location. Fab downstairs room with own courtyard garden, room immaculate with everything one could want - all very tas
We booked to stay 4 weeks and ended up staying 9 weeks !
" liberte" truly was relaxing. we stayed in the appartment truffel. clean, stylish and very comfortable. most mornings we would have breakfas… More
“Excellent accommodation in stunning surroundings” 6 of us and the dog stayed in Lochside Lodge for 3 nights in April. The Lodge is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and the views from the huge lounge windows are absolutely fantastic - mountains
We have stayed at Lochside Lodge twice now and both times it has been great!
The first time we went for a quiet weekend away and loved it so much that we booked for a full week here when my fiancé… More
“Beautiful lodge, stunning views and a great location.”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2013
Highly recommended. Scrupulously clean, tastefully decorated in Scottish style this lodge was a great find. Great restaurants nearby and loads to do, you'll never get bored, whether your relaxing and… More
Reviewed 8 Nov 2013
It was our first time at Lochside Lodge. We took our Springer Spaniel with us for a holiday.
The lodge is amazing. It is huge and really beautiful. There is plenty of room inside and it is really wel… More
“Spacious, clean lodge on a peaceful part of the site”
Reviewed 5 Aug 2016
Excellent lodge which was very clean and spacious. Bedrooms were both good in size as were the bathrooms (lovely powerful shower!) Kitchen is lovely and very well equipped. We booked very late (the da… More
“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.
“A most enjoyable stay with delightful and friendly owners” A superbly appointed gite with ROGER and KATH delightful and friendly owners Something for eveyone young or old. Outdoor acilities were excellent and the gite is an exellent base for exploring
“2nd visit loved everything about it and didnt want to go home” Stayed here in Sept last year in the Farrows which was fantastic so as soon as we got back booked our week in May staying in The Pressing Room which was even better because the patio had a
We were delighted by the Pressing Room - a lovely studio, tastefully decorated and very spacious for a couple. The farm setting was very peaceful, aided by high-quality windows which means there is z… More
Reviewed 24 Nov 2011
We loved our stay at the Pressing room! it's beautifully decorated, only made better by the stunning views.
Set on a working farm, in the perfectly idyllic countryside, everything about the pressing… More
“The Pressing Room”
Reviewed 25 Sep 2016
We have been fortunate enough to have traveled and lived all over the world and the accommadation at Broad Road fatm is up there with the best. The attention to detail, the excellent quality of all f… More
Thank you for the lovely review, it was our pleasure to host you both.
Wow! The most fantastic place you want to spend your holiday and wish it would never end. Everything from the friendly welcome and food package to the amazing spaces in the house and beautiful wall ar… More
Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding your visit to Cullen and also the cottage itself. It's not a traditional cottage at all despite outside appearances. The layout is unique and the cottage is spacious and comfortable and it appears our guests agree. We look forward to your next visit!
Selma & Rob
“Outstanding cottage in one of the beatiful areas of Scotland”
Reviewed 16 Jul 2014
We are regular visitors to this area and have stayed in many, many cottages over the past years but without hesitation I have to say Camrose is by far the best!
From the welcome basket of food to t… More
Thank you so much for your review of Camrose which illustrates perfectly what a great spot Cullen is for a family holiday. We've done our best to make Camrose a comfortable and pleasant home away from home. We look forward to your next visit.
Selma & Rob
Reviewed 22 Jun 2014
We cannot thank the hosts of Camrose cottage enough for the amazing stay we had in Cullen. We decided to book this house over bed and breakfast/hotels in the area and it was the best decision we ever … More
Thank you so very much for the fabulous first review. We have worked hard to make Camrose a comfortable and pleasant home away from home. We look forward to your next visit!
Selma & Rob
Luxury designer Beach Villa situated in Witsand - THE GATEWAY TO THE GARDEN ROUTE - located on the beach with direct beach access.
The home has 5 double bedrooms of which 3 are en-suite and 2 bedrooms share a full bathroom. There is an additional guest WC.
The villa …see more
“soooo relaxing” hi just arrived home from a wonderful week tattershall lakes.what made our stay even better was the `golden eye` lodge that we stayed in .the position of it is perfect right on the waters edge and what a sun trap.the lodge is large,cl
i can not fault anything here even the main complex has stayed open for the whole month of november.… More
“Great and great and great did not want to leave”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2016
We was lost for words better than pics we saw wham booking .will be going back again really really happy with our stay .… More
“Wonderful relaxing holiday with great views!!”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2012
Had a fantastic week here at Golden eye lodge, took my elderly mother and my 2 children aged 12 & 15 and also our pet dog came too, his first holiday!!
We all loved the hot tub, so much so i am going… More
A cozy litle house that is located in the heart of Vík in Mýrdalur. The house (Lækjarmót) was build 1904.There are 2 bedrooms, a comfortable living room, bathroom, a kitchen and an outside area to enjoy your morning coffee.Includin WiFi internet. …see more
“You will not want to leave this unique and beautiful spot.” We were here with my elderly mother and also our dog, this house worked brilliantly for all our various needs. What a beautiful spot and friendly well functioning holiday house. its clear the
I have just returned from the most fabulous relaxing week staying at Simons house on the quay in Roundstone. The house is absolutely superb, clean, stylish comfortable with the best views in town of t… More
“Wonderful cottage for a quick break” We stayed at Rose Cottage for a week and we found it to be a wonderful place. The cottage itself has been decorated to a high standard and it was very warm, especially since the weather was quite cold. We really en
Fantastic stay at Cottemore Farm, the hosts Piers and Sue made us welcome throughout our stay, we had our 2 Rottwiellers with us and they were just as welcome (they are well behaved by the way). The f… More
Reviewed 28 May 2013
We stayed at Rose cottage for 5 nights in May. We were looking for somewhere we could relax and recuperate in a beautiful peaceful setting while having all the comforts of home and we found it in Rose… More
“Greta place for a cosy break for 2”
Reviewed 29 Apr 2013
We had a lovely stay at Rose cottage. The cottage itself was well kept and had everything we needed. The welcome basket was very useful on our first evening and it was lovely to be able to collect fre… More