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.
This self catering holiday cottage is situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. It is ideal for exploring the myths of Robin Hood. The beautifully restored early Victorian cottage is situated in the conservation area on the edge of a quiet village and …see more
On arriving the cottage is open plan and very spacious. The rooms are big and there is plenty of attention to detail. It was perfect for what we wanted. The wifi is very slow and hardly any receptio… More
Thank you for posting this review. We apologise for the wi-fi. We are in a poor reception area, but we have upgraded our modem & have installed a booster to The Cottage. Best wishes.
“Great lil home”
Reviewed 17 Feb 2014
Great little cottage. Heated under flooring throughout. Full panoramic patio doors with a lovely garden for the doggie to run around in. Close to sherwood forest for forest walks. Everuthing about thi… More
Thank you very much for taking the time to post this review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Wendy & Richard
“Absolutely fabulous cottage for young families”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2012
We stayed between Christmas and New Year with our young children (1 and 5), the grandparents and a dog. The cottage was very warm and cosy. It's a very spacious place even for 6 people. The sofa be… More
Hi - thanks for this positive review. So pleased that you all enjoyed yourselves and had a good time.
The Owner's Cottage looks up Loch Linnhe to Ben Nevis and all the mountains from Glencoe to Cruachan. It was built in 1989 in the traditional Scots vernacular "but and ben" style. On the ground floor, hall, bathroom, spacious double bedroom, and large o …see more
I stayed at the Owners Cottage for new year 2012/2013 with 5 friends. The accomodation was really nice. Spacious and clean and the staff were friendly. The living room is large and has an open fire - … More
Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Ask about pets;
The former farmhouse is surrounded by its own courtyard, stone outbuildings and it even has its own well dating back to the Knights Templar. Outside is a charming lawned area with table, chairs and loungers – perfect for enjoying your petit-déjeuner or afternoon apé …see more
Our comfortable cosy Cotswold cottage on the ground floor has a fitted kitchen which includes a dishwasher, cooker, hob, microwave and fridge.A Washer dryer is situated in the under stairs cupboard.The kitchen leads to a dining room with a large pine table and six comfo …see more
Lovely cottage, close to centre of winchcombe, and shops, nice walks nearby. Very clean and Spacious rooms. Central for visiting Cotswold attractions.… More
“Pretty little cottage great location but overpriced”
Reviewed 5 Feb 2014
This is a very attractive looking cottage situated close to the centre of Winchcombe so it was great for us to be able to walk to the pubs. We found the cottage to be very clean and generally well equ… More
Thank you for your comments.
I don't believe we have mislead anybody regarding the size of our 'Cosy Cottage' .The photographs are representative of its size and authorised by the tourist board suitable for 6 people.
There are coat hooks in the under stairs cupboard and a tumble dryer within the washing machine for your usage.
We are sorry that the batteries had not been replaced in the remote and the lamp not working.
Perhaps in future as seasoned cottage renters it may be an idea to raise these issues as soon as you are aware. We are more than happy to change batteries and bulbs.
We can't do any thing if we don't know!!!!
We don't provide a non slip bath mat as we feel they are unhygienic.
We do not have a winter and summer price list as this is an all year round holiday destination.
Thank you for your comments
Nearest beach 9 km; Ask owner if suitable for children; Car essential;
Accommodation Sleeps 2 adults & 1 young childA cosy, modern holiday house with lots of character, beautifully situated in the grounds of a 16th century cottage in the middle of the Kent countryside on the North Downs. The house sleeps 2 adults and can sometimes ac …see more
“Idyllic yet convenient setting, warm welcome and cosy cottage”
Reviewed 21 Feb 2014
We stayed for four nights at Little Mistletoe and received a warm welcome upon arrival by Diane. The cottage is in a rural setting but was really easy to find being just 10 minutes from the M20 motorw… More
Ferien in RuheEinen Kilometer vom Unterseeufer entfernt, am nordwestlichen Stadtrand von Radolfzell mit freiem Blick aus dem 2. OG/DG – das bietet Ihnen diese 3-Zimmer-Wohnung mit 65 qm Wohnfläche.Sie wurde Anfang 2014 renoviert und vollständig neu eingerichtet. Ei …see more
Modern 'cottage style' two and three bedroomed mobile homes some with wooden terraces on fantastic emplacements surrounded by hedges and trees. We are situated on a superb, well run 5* campsite in the bustling and picturesque seaside resort of Jard sur Mer.We …see more
This was the 1st time we have used Thomas James Holidays and found them very good.Booking was easy online and the caravan was lovely.James was always on hand and very helpful.Lovely holiday in a lovel… More
“Fantastic value, helpful staff, very clean accommodation”
Reviewed 25 Sep 2014
I can't fault James and Trevor for their attention to detail and friendly service. We were a couple staying with our dog in September, a quiet time of year for the French season. The mobile home was v… More
“fantastic family holiday”
Reviewed 19 Sep 2014
Brilliant location - accommodation very clean and equipped with everything you need. Site is great various slides and swimming pool for the children and play areas. Nice walk down to the harbour for t… More
This detached log cabin is located on a quiet site in a rural location, half a mile from the centre of the picturesque village of Rhossili, (Britain's Best Beach 2013 as voted by TripAdvisor) on the Gower peninsula.
This two bedroom log cabin is beautifully furnished a …see more
Owner Ranise Franca running green tourism farm in Pietrabruna, a village located in Liguria at 350m above sea level in the province of Imperia, only 10 km from the sea. The house has a wonderfull view, from the very large terrace it is possible to see the sea and the hi …see more
New for 2016: Complimentary Wi-Fi, Fern Cottage (Holiday Home Reference 66658) is a smart, cosy and comfortable cottage furnished and decorated to FOUR STAR grading awarded by Tourism Ireland. Fern Cottage can sleep up to maximum of six guests however for larger groups …see more
We enjoyed a lovely weekend break at the Mill Farm Cottages. The accommodation was perfect for our family's needs. The electric blankets and fire in the grate ready to go were a lovely added touch for… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at Mill Farm. We loved having you and your family come to stay and especially glad to hear that the cottage suited you all. "Mr Hoppity" is in great form with all the attention given him by the children - its holiday time for him when the season starts up again each year. Thank you again for your business. Catherine & Austin
“Our perfect family holiday”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2013
We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well pre… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write up the review on your stay at Mill Farm. It means a lot to Austin and I that you and your family enjoyed your holiday and we hope that you brought home many happy memories. Herbert, is doing really well and getting bigger each day. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we would be delighted to have you all visit again in the future. Best wishes always. Catherine & Austin.
“Perfect for relaxation, peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the river.”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2012
Just what we needed. The cottage (brook cottage) was more beautiful than the pictures we had seen. Our daughter was over the moon about her bedroom where her bed had been thoughtfully made with hello … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us at Mill Farm, Foulkesmill; We are really glad that you found the cottage welcoming and comfortable to stay in and especially that 'Hello Kitty' helped your little girl settle in for a fun holiday.
Best wishes always
Austin & Catherine
Property extensively upgraded February / March 2015. New Kitchen, Woodburner, Furniture & oak floor.This is a beautiful little cottage in the picturesque village of Kingsbarns. The property is ideal for a family holiday or equally would make a great base for golfers wis …see more
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
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
“Perfect cottage and location”
Reviewed 28 Dec 2015
This cottage is beautifully furnished and decorated and and equipped to the highest standard. We wanted for nothing- there was even fresh milk provided and other store-cupboard essentials.
It is war… More
So good to hear you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We have had a lot of positive feedback about the stove - without doubt, much better to watch than the TV. Kingsbarns is a nice wee village and having the dog, gives you a great opportunity to explore.
I'm glad you got to visit the local Inn. It was closed for a while and the new owners are doing a great job since opening it up.
Hope to see you again.
Steve & Cassandra
Child friendly ; Car essential; Ask about pets;
This beautifully furnished newly-built annex is a must for anyone wanting a quiet and peaceful getaway! It is located along a private drive on farmland surrounded by the rolling hills of the traditional English countryside. There is abundant walking through woodland and …see more
The owners were welcoming and very helpful. The accommodation is about 10 min drive from Asda and 10 min drive from Alton Towers Resort. The accommodation is fully furnished and has everything you nee… More
Reviewed 28 May 2013
Just returned home from a delightful weekend at the Sweethills. We had a truly amazing weekend in the Peak District. The accommodation was better than we were expecting. Perfect for a couple who are … More
“Excellent accomodation, friendly and helpful owners”
Reviewed 27 Apr 2013
Compact accomodation but excellent facilities, everything and more than you would expect to get on a self catering holiday. Directions to find property first class. Owners very friendly, milk in frid… More
Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Available as a peaceful holiday home is Hemmingsfield Cottage; a three bedroom holiday cottage positioned 1.5 miles outside the sleepy town of Upton-upon-Severn on the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire border with quick access to the M5 and M50 motorways which are loca …see more
Child friendly ; Car not necessary; Ask about pets;
The grade II listed cottage dates from around the early 17th century and many of the original features remain intact today. It has a large and welcoming open fire in the living room and exposed beams throughout the ground floor. There is a fully fitted kitchen with dini …see more
Delightful character filled cottage. Great location in the Cottswolds. Perfect for exploring within in the town or as a base to explore nearby attractions. Very well equiped including ectras .… More
“Absolutely gorgeous cottage with the perfect balance between old and new”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2012
I usually never leave reviews but we just had such an amazing time in Morton-in-Marsh staying in this fabulous little cottage I had to tell everyone about it! So for us the cottage was perfectly situa… More
Spent a lovely last minute weekend at The Cottage. Convenient location as walking distance to train station. Ideally placed for family get together, as we are all spread around the country. It was wo… More
The property was originally built in 1800 and has been tastefully refurbished in its original style. Now fully modernised and equipped .Capel Ucha is ideally placed for walking holidays,100m away is access to the Snowdonia National Park with gentle circular walks or s …see more
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this very clean and well equipped cottage. The views are lovely and the garden is spacious and well kept. The welcome tea and biscuits were a treat on arrival. The loc… More
“Fabulous cottage in fantastic location”
Reviewed 10 Mar 2012
Despite us arriving later than planned the owner was there to greet us with a warm and pleasant manner. The property has been tastefully, practically and comfortably decorated with a welcome gift of … More
“Fantastic Cottage in Excellent Location”
Reviewed 20 Feb 2012
A fantastic Welsh cottage with lovely views and superb gardens. The cottage is spotlessly clean and is really cosy and warm, with everything you could wish for. The owners are really helpful and only … More
Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
High Gate is set in rural Lancashire, yet close to the motorway. Making this the ideal setting for those wishing to tour the wider areas of Lancashire, the Lakes, and East Yorkshire. Burnley has each year a Blues festival, and in July the Balloon festival and a walking …see more
We booked this property for a long weekend for myself, my husband and our 2 children who are 1 and 3. The property is impressive externally and on first glance was spacious inside with everything we n… More
Catrina and John welcome you to get away from it all and relax in comfort and style in our newly built self catering accommodations for two. Situated in an elevated position overlooking the Ascrib Islands you have uninterrupted views across Loch Snizort and the Minch to …see more
Perfect cottage in stunning location. Cottage is of a high standard with everything you could wish for. Owners are very friendly and helpful and the welcome hamper was the best we have ever had. Highl… More
“A lovely cottage in a beautiful part of Skye”
Reviewed 23 Sep 2012
We had a lovely holiday in Skye. The cottage was lovely, really cute with everything you would need. The welcome hamper was a lovely additional touch. We really enjoyed out time in the cottage and … More
“Great hosts and accommodation”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2012
Great location all mod cons for single traveller wishing a base. Scary stairs not for the infirm and the bedroom mezzanine is low on head room. Im 5ft6 and still managed to crack my head on the velux.… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 30 km; Suitable for children age 5+;
Pretty and spacious 3 story 500 year old medieval village house with lovely open view. Charming and authentic, Blueshutters Beaufort opens onto the square with a countryside view of the vineyards in the distance. Exposed beams and terracotta tiles, niches tucked in the …see more
Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
Mizpah Ecolodge is an open plan 46m2 newly refurbished lodge with a fully equipped kitchen, shower room, and living accommodation. The lodge is fully furnished with a double bed, a sofa bed, dining table with 4 chairs and plenty of storage space. It can easily accommod …see more
We booked this as a halfway point to meet family and we were suitably impressed. The owners clearly have a passion for their eco credentials, yet offer practical amenities with a friendly, personal a… More
Thanks so much for spending the time to post a review. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that the weather allowed you to BBQ in the sun. We will be looking forward to seeing you again over Xmas when you might be lucky to get views over snow covered fields? Kind regards Tim
“Only one night but felt so relaxed after staying here. A true breakaway !!y without kids in rural”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2015
Family commitments meant we could manage only the one night away but this Lodge offered us a real break. The lodge itself has been tastefully furnished and offers great space and fabulous views. The e… More
Many thanks for your review. If you don't have time to pack your bikes on your next stay, we have bikes for hire for £10 a day or £25 for the week. I hope you come again soon.
Situated on the second floor of our Victorian Manor House, our Stonyhurst apartment has one double room with a King Size bed and a second twin room. The apartment has a TV with Blu-Ray player, a bathroom with shower and a fully equipped kitchen. All bed linen and towels …see more
Very clean property and well equipped. Our apartment was very spacious and felt very homely. Close to local amenities with plenty of information on hand. Staff very friendly and helpful. Really enjoy… More
Many thanks for your great feedback, we're so glad you enjoyed our stay. Thanks for the comments about the mattress which will be passed on to the management.
The accommodation sleeps 4 plus a cot. (A highchair is also available). Two bedrooms, one double and one twin, well-equipped kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine. (Tumble dryer in building nearby). Lounge/dining room has a dini …see more
“Cannot think of a better place to stay and get away from it all !”
Reviewed 25 Feb 2013
We have just returned from a fantastic week at this property. The kids (9 & 7) absolutely loved the surrounding area and it was lovely to be able to let them run around in the grounds and go for long … More
Child friendly ; Car advised; Ask about pets;
In the middle of the Scheldemeersen, at the foot of the Koppenberg, the Patersberg and the Old Kwaremont.For short or for long holidaysFor peace and quiet or for lively activityFor families with children or for twoFor friends or individualsWe have converted the barn nex …see more
“Fijne plek vlakbij de Schelde, bossen en heuvels”
Reviewed 20 May 2013
We hadden te weinig tijd, maar dit is een mooie uitvalsbasis om de Vlaamse Ardennen te verkennen: fietsend, wandelend, met de motor. De studio ligt naast het woonhuis, is prettig, sfeervol en goed voo… More
WelcomeThe house LASSERRE is an Maison de Maître build in the year 1822 and is divided into two separate gîtes, but can also be rented as a whole.Gîte up to 4 persons:On the right hand side of the central entrance you find the gîte for 4 persons. The living room is …see more
Herons Cove Cottage is situated in a beautiful, peaceful location overlooking Roaring Water Bay, in scenic West Cork, Ireland. This 3 bedroom cottage is set on the waters edge with a path down to a private strand, and offers guests a stunning location to relax in the …see more
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!”
Reviewed 16 Mar 2013
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, fireplace, refrigerator and … More
This idyllic location offers complete tranquility in beautiful surroundings, yet is close to all amenities in Prayssas and the nearby picturesque towns of Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Agen.The detached properties are grouped around the Pool Terrace, which offers a beautiful …see more
Beautiful views, peace and quiet, lots to see and do. A summary of our week. If you want to just stay at the side of the pool soaking up the fantastic sunshine then you can. If you want to explore the… More