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.
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.001 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Beach house in Seaford on the Sussex coast. Fantastic coastal and inland walks, 2 golf courses on the doorstep and swimming and fishing at the end of the front garden. 12 miles from Brighton, 8 from Eastbourne, 2 miles from Newhaven, gateway to Europe.Salts recreation …see more
“Delighted to return to this lovely home”
Reviewed 13 Dec 2015
Returned with family to lovely sea front home, super cosy despite gale force winds.
A warm welcome from the owners together with the comfy seating in the living room, fresh new bed linens and a well… More
Reviewed 3 Aug 2015
We had such a lovely stay at this gorgeous house - it's so comfortable, and has been finished beautifully. The beach is right across the road (you can hear the waves!), and only a minute's walk away i… More
“5 star self-catering by the beach - sets the standard for holiday rentals”
Reviewed 8 Dec 2014
Driftwood was a lovely place to stay, child-friendly with an amazing sea-view.
The whole house has been immaculately finished, right down to the details, and the owners have also thought about a… More
Nearest beach 6 km; Ski; Suitable for children age 5+;
This newly rennovated lodge in Nethy Bridge, is located just a 15 minute drive from Aviemore. The private garden has relaxing views of the river and the forests, and is the perfect place from which to start enjoying the beautiful Cairngorm National Park. …see more
“Superb relaxing location”
Reviewed 18 Jul 2014
We had a great time in lovely surrounds the cottage was clean, kid friendly and right by the river - dear and grouse in the garden incredible
Reviewed 5 Sep 2015
Beautiful house, beautiful location. Private quiet soothing just what we needed. The beds were superb. Safe for the dogs and so many walks on the doorstep. So close to the many attractions in the Cair… More
Nearest beach 40 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
Old Oak Barn is perfect if you are looking to enjoy a luxurious stay with friends and/or family in peaceful and tranquil setting with uninterrupted views over the beautiful Suffolk countryside - you will not be disappointed. …see more
“Wow - Great place to get together with friends and family!”
Reviewed 13 Jan 2015
We were a group of friends with two little ones 6 & 2yrs getting together to celebrate my 40th birthday. I'm so glad we agreed on The Old Oak Barn, it was perfect. I was welcomed with bubbly, chops an… More
Hi - thanks a lot for the positive comments about the barn and your suggestion about the skylights - I have now fitted blackout blinds to all the skylights so 'light' sleepers will be able to enjoy a good nights sleep.
The nearest pub is 3.5 miles from the barn, either in Debenham or Thorndon - I have walked it before during the day and it takes a little over 1 hour. Alternatively, it is great to get out on bikes as there is very little traffic or there are some local taxi companies in the info file in the barn. Another trick I do myself, is drive to the pub in the evening, and collect the car(s) the next day using somebody else's. With 10 guests at the barn, there are usually 3 or 4 cars amongst the party. This also gives you the added advantage of going to other beautiful pubs in the area a little further away. The closest supermarket is also only 3.5 miles away in Debenham along with a butchers, bakers etc. This information is also in the info pack at the barn. Thank you for your stay and I hope you'll return to Old Oak Barn someday.
“Magnificent barn furnished to a very high standard.”
Reviewed 30 Oct 2014
We are a family of 9, ages from 5 to 70 and this is our second visit to this property. We all wholeheartedly recommend the barn, the owners were on hand and very helpful in sorting any minor problems … More
“Great place to get together and relax”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2014
The barn is a beautifully restored property in a very quiet area of Suffolk but still easily accessible form London. The owner has spared no expense in making it a great place to get together with fri… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Falstaff is a superb 5 star newly refurbished cottage in the beautiful Malvern Hills, Private Hot tub, wifi, tv/dvd in lounge and bedrooms. private grounds, beautiful gardens, private fishing lake, Tucked away but only a few minutes to pubs, restaurants etc.Falstaff is …see more
“Totally fantastic place. Would definitely recommend it.”
Reviewed 30 Nov 2014
We had a really wonderful weekend here. The cottage is lovely, really homely and cosy. Hot tub and wood burner were amazing. Beautiful walks in the area. Clive was great. I'd highly recommend staying… More
Reviewed 16 Mar 2014
We wanted to get away from our normal hectic schedule to somewhere with peace & quiet and plenty of chill factor. We were not disappointed. The location was ideal for us. As you approach up the long … More
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Hot tub cottage lovely romantic retreat 5 star totally refurbished cottage in the beautiful Malvern Hills, Private Hot tub, wifi, tv/dvd in lounge, 3 double bedrooms. private grounds, beautiful gardens, private fishing lake, quiet, few minutes to pubs, restaurants. Hot …see more
Nearest beach 10 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
Light and airy inside
Large screen TV, DVD and Wi-Fi
Sleeps up to 5 people
Off road parking for 2 cars
Local shops and pub/restaurant close by. …see more
“Comfortable, clean, good location.”
Reviewed 10 Mar 2013
Ths is the second stay here as it is convenient for visiting our grandchildren.
The accommodation is spacious & easily sleeps 6 people, all necessary equipment for self catering is supplied, shops 5… More
Reviewed 8 Mar 2013
I lived for a couple a days in this house and I was very pleased because had everything(wi-fi,big flat tv in the lounge ,tv in the bedroom ,big frige and all what you need in the kitchen).I stayed the… More
“Fantastic Luxurious Villa with a great friendly host”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2013
Stayed at Villa Fucos. It was fantastic. The owner was very attentive and friendly (she even did the cleaning of the house every couple of days) Nothing was too much of a bother for her and she even b… More
I'm greatly appreciate your having taken the time to review my villa and I'm glad that you had fantastic vacations.
It is with pleasure to learn that you enjoyed your stay and you relaxed!! I'm happy to know that you liked the house and the pool and they met your expectations; I hope to welcome you back in the near future and thank you again for your review.
All the best,
Reviewed 9 Aug 2015
It was a very nice place, with a lot of facilities. The villa has a very nice view, a big and beautiful pool,
The owner was very friendly with us, helpful with all kind of informations and provides… More
thank you very much for spending some time to write such a nice review! I'm really glad that you find Villa Fuoco super and you enjoy the big swimming pool and the nice view as well. It was a real pleasure to have you as guests and I'll be happy to welcome you again in the future.
“Relaxing and Enjoyable”
Reviewed 9 Sep 2015
The villa is very nicely decorated, new, spacious and clean. We were a group of two families with young children and teenagers and we all liked the accommodation very much. It is very conveniently loc… More
thank you for taking some time to write a review about your stay. I'm very pleased to hear that you like the house and the location helped you explore the island and have relaxing and enjoyable vacation. It was really nice having you in Villa Fuoco and I will be glad to welcome you in the future.
All the best,
Ski; Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary;
Luxury 2 Bedroom apartment with 2 Bathrooms open plan kitchen lounge room - Sleeps up to 7 with views to Mont Blanc and Les Grands Montets. Close walk to the Grands Montets chair lifts for skiing in Winter (5-8 min) and walking in the Summer. …see more
Nearest beach 50 km; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Mallemort Provence House Lei Meissoun Loustaou Salon de Provence Camargue Aix En Provence Avignon France Luberon Alpilles Bouche du Rhone Cottage Swimming pool Gite 4 personnes Cottage 4 persons Horses La Roque d'Antheron VTT Mountain bikeAlso available : 2/3 persons co …see more
“Great location. Great Hosts. Great Accommodation”
Reviewed 20 May 2014
Our hosts made sure we had everything we needed. Advice on local venues and in particular good advice on wine :) The Gite was warm and comfortable and well equipped. Located just outside Malllemort,… More
Swimming pool; Ski; Great for children of all ages ;
Beautiful one bedroom chalet apartment in Serre Chevalier. Outdoor heated pool, sauna, hammam and relaxation area. Sleeps 2-4. 200m from the pistes with beautiful mountain views from the sunny terrace. Ideal for a romantic ski break Free wifi . Comfortable accommodati …see more
Reviewed 8 Mar 2013
Very cozy and warm apartment, sunny side. Quiet place, but close to lifts and to termal bath.
Fully equiped kitchen, heated floor.
Warm open pool and sauna, where you can relax after ski day… More
Reviewed 16 Aug 2011
Well appointed small flat, with use of heated pool and sauna. Endless beautiful walks in the mountains - we got high enough up to touch snow in August, despite the weather being lovely. Really prett… More
The villas are built on the north west side of the lake and have a panoramic view over the unique scenery and the sea. The calm atmosphere, the enchanting colours, the unique sunset and the wonderful starlit sky make you feel free and help you escape from everyday life. …see more
This was truly a magical place. The villa was immaculately presented with the most delicious views. It's perfect for a quiet break but there is plenty to do around the island if you can drive. Mich… More
“Beautiful, peaceful villa with pool and an excellent host!”
Reviewed 25 Jun 2015
My partner and I stayed in the villa Acqua which is a gorgeous, clean villa, which also has a lovely pool and outdoor space, perfect for watching the sunsets in the evening with a cold mythos. Nefeli … More
first of all, thank you very much for spending time to write a review regarding your vacations.
It was a true pleasure to meet you and your husband and welcome you in Villa Acqua. I'm very happy that the villa met your expectations in every aspect and I help you have excellent vacations.
I'll be more than glad to see you in the future.
All the best,
“Excellent Villa in a Great Location!”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2015
We stayed at Villa Acqua the first week of September 2015. Nefeli assisted us with planning, directions from Athens, and where to go on the Island. Best vacation we've ever had, hands down!!
The v… More
thank you so much for spending some time to write such a nice and detailed review. Me and the rest of the stuff thank you for everything and we are glad to hear that we contribute to your "best vacations ever".
It was more than pleasure to have you in Villa Acqua and I'll be happy to see you in the future! Until then, take care.
“excellent place to stay at lefkada”
Reviewed 2 Sep 2014
The house is really nice. Clean kitchen, comfortable beds, excellent pool outside the house. There is also secure parking area in the place. WiFi is perfect. Everything was excellent. Our host Nefeli … More
I'm greatly appreciate your having taken the time to review my villa and I'm glad that you find Villa Acqua as a great place to stay in Lefkada.
It is with pleasure to learn that you enjoyed your stay, you relaxed and everything was excellent. I'm happy to know that you liked the house and the pool and they met your expectations; I hope to welcome you back in the near future and thank you again for your review.
All the best,
Nearest beach 99 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
Gorgeous views from this spacious restored farmhouse on artisanal working farm. The views are gorgeous. It’s a very quiet and peaceful home in the countryside and staying there seems to take you back in the time. There is all the privacy you need.Ideal location to enj …see more
Reviewed 10 Oct 2013
If you are looking to experience the beautiful and laid back life of Tuscany, this is the place for you! My husband and I stayed at Villa Galardini for 2 weeks and it still wasn't enough. The views … More
“The place to stay to experience all of Central Tuscany!”
Reviewed 10 Oct 2013
If you're looking for a home base to see and experience Italy, especially Central Tuscany or just looking for a quiet getaway... this is it! The country setting is both gorgeous and serene. We are an … More
The villa was exactly what we dreamed it would be -- and more! The hosts gave us a very warm welcome, which included homemade cake, wine, and olive oil as well as fresh eggs from the chickens. We trul… More
Nearest beach 2 km; Swimming pool; Great for children of all ages ;
Luxury Perigord style house with turret- private pool- sleeps 11
5 Bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms - Patios - Close to Village - Canoeing
Cycling - Dordogne Walks and many fine Restaurants …see more
Reviewed 16 Oct 2012
Myself, my partner my sister and her husband stayed at La Fougasse in June last year and we had a fantastic time. The house is very well equipped and the owners seem to have thought of everything, yo… More
As Moirinhas is ideal for big families seeking relaxation or groups of friends. The villa has 5 bedrooms, air conditioned/heat, 2 huge terraces, BBQ, private heated pool, snooker and table-tennis; close to beaches, golf courses and great restaurants. …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 50 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Completely refurbished medieval half timbered house furnished to a high standard whilst still retaining many authentic features such as timbered beams and granite fireplaces. La Croix D'Or offers a unique townhouse holiday let experience with modern luxuries included. …see more
“What a Gem”
Reviewed 14 Jun 2013
We booked this last minute without doing too much research and were well pleased with our findings. The property has just had a thorough makeover and was finished to a very high standard. It was extre… More
“Wonderful House, beautiful town amazing holiday!”
Reviewed 7 Jun 2013
Our first trip to Brittany was so wonderful. We couldn't have picked a more excellent location and were very happy to find this gorgeous house right in the centre of Josselin.
It felt like a dream ho… More
“Almost perfect place to stay”
Reviewed 26 Aug 2014
The house has a good spec kitchen, utility room and bathrooms. Everything worked well and very clean. The kitchen with range style cooker and Freezer/Fridge with ice dispenser was excellent. There is … More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.5 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Charming Mediterranean house in the historic old town of Altea,, beautiful uninterrupted sea views. High speed Wifi.
Layout over 4 floors, 2 master bedrooms, one single room, two shower rooms, 3 toilets. Spacious living and dining area. Prime position.A privileged situ …see more
“Fantastic House in Old Town Altea with superb Sea views”
Reviewed 3 Dec 2015
Everything was organised professionaly, from the quick email responses from the owner, to collecting the keys when we arrived. The house was superb and there was not a single problem with it. Everyth… More
Thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay in the house so much. Our aim has always been to provide guests with the highest level of comfort so that they can enjoy their holiday to the full, and it is so rewarding to read that our efforts have been successful.
“Excellent house, very nice sea view and in the middle of charming Altea old town”
Reviewed 21 Jul 2015
Really excellent house, very nice sea view and in the middle of charming Altea old town. Besides near by the boulevard, several shops and also bigger food stores. You can also reach them by feet!! An… More
Thank you for your review and it was nice to read that you enjoyed your stay with us so much. You quickly found your way around town and thank you for mentioning that everything is within easy walking distance. We look forward to welcoming you all again next year.
“Great relaxing stay in Altea”
Reviewed 12 Jan 2016
In the lovely city of Altea in a beautiful and modern decorated authentic house we had a wonderful time during the last week of December 2015 first week January 2016. So much to do in the neighbourhoo… More
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was our pleasure to have you and your friends stay with us and thank you so much for taking such great care of our holiday home. It is especially nice to know that you enjoyed yourselves so much that you have booked to return later in 2016. We look forward to seeing you all again
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
Built in 1895, its Gaelic name is An Caladh, which translates as haven or harbour, a place of calm. That is how you will feel when you look out from the alpine style balcony with an unrivalled view over the town, Loch Linnhe, sea and Great Glen.Investment in the propert …see more
“Great location, great views and a lovely house”
Reviewed 20 Oct 2013
We stayed in the Old Harbour Master's in mid August, a busy time in Fort William, and yet although the house is very close to the town it was always nice and quiet once round the corner in the propert… More
“Great location, great accommodation, great view.”
Reviewed 16 Sep 2013
The booking and stay at Old Harbour Master's House was excellent. NIck was extremely helpful in assisting us get accommodation for 2 extra days in Fort William. Will certainly recommend Old Harbour … More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 7 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Large luxury house in the Burren, private location, stunning views, sunken bath & rain shower, sleeps 10+, great central location for activities & touring, mountains & beaches, under 1 hr to Shannon airport. Pool table, games, cards, DVDs, videos & books. Golf nearby.S …see more
“The Burren's best kept secret”
Reviewed 5 Jan 2015
Deelin Mór Lodge is simply one of the nicest places I've ever stayed in. The house is located about 1km off the Bell harbour-Carron road up a meandering road nestled nicely in amongst the beautiful B… More
I really love this review - not only does it describe the house, but also our intentions FOR the house and our guests far better than I could do myself. It IS a family home - my cousin and his family visit regularly and need to feel like they are walking back into their own house rather than an empty shell. We extend the welcome we give them on to our guests so that you too can enjoy a home from home - relax in the space, read the books, cook and eat delicious meals in the kitchen and wander the land on nice days with the freedom to relax, or experience the area, as you please.
I grew up having holidays in the homes of family friends, and that is the atmosphere we've tried to create at Deelin. Not only do I feel that this is a more pleasurable way to holiday - better than the impersonal nature of a hotel, and more welcoming than an empty holiday home that has been stripped bear of anything representing the 'home' side of it's name - it is what makes a stay in Deelin Mor special, so thank you for describing it so well!
From our side, it was wonderful to have you and your family and friends visit over Christmas. You looked after the house like old friends would, treated it and us with respect and were the perfect guests - do please come again.
“Most amazing house - perfect getaway”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2014
We had the most amazing stay at Deelin mor this summer.
The pictures that look great on the website can't describe the house. It is amazingly beautiful and yet so practical even with a baby. Everythi… More
Thank you so much for this lovely review. We would love to have you - and your friends - back and hope to see you again in the not too distant future.
Despite the sign (a legal requirement) the bull is really pretty docile and is settling in well to his new role of prospective father, though you are right to always be careful around farm animals. Hopefully he'll be very relaxed next time you come - or come in winter and he and his mates will be up the mountain and far away!
Thanks again for the review. We are delighted you enjoyed the house and the area so much and that it compared well with your more normal summer holiday spots. Do please come again.
“Amazing house in the heart of West Ireland”
Reviewed 11 Sep 2014
Helen and her husband, the house hosts where extremely attentive. The attention to details was incredible! From the flower arrangements from flowers from their garden, to a welcome package of local fo… More
Thank you so much for this lovely review. I'm so glad that the efforts we go to to make guests feel welcome and at home are appreciated - it makes it all worth while.
From our point of view we enjoyed hosting you and your family very much. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the house and found enough space to bring the family together for a proper break. I really hope you decide to repeat the experience in the not too distant future! Ruby is missing you greatly and will welcome you back with wagging tail and lots of excited hopping about.
With kindest regards
Helen & Enda (and Ruby!)
Great for children of all ages ; Car not necessary; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
A period house situated on the edge of Rodborough Common, Stroud. A perfect escape to the Cotswolds. Award winning pub across the road. Great restaurants within a few miles. Perfect romantic weekends & family breaks.. walking & exploring the beautiful area.Checking in …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.25 km; Great for children of all ages ;
5 bedroom, 4-bath luxury townhouse located in central St Andrews. 5 mins walk to the Old Course, beaches, historical sites and the charming shops, cinema, bars and restaurants of the town. Ideal base for families or groups of golfers. Large enclosed garden. Pets welcome …see more
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 5 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Near to historic St Davids City, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, secluded coves and Blue Flag sandy beaches …see more
“Delightful cottage, peaceful surroundings”
Reviewed 22 Aug 2013
We stayed for a week in this delightful cottage, part of a working farm with very helpful owners. The small hamlet is a quiet retreat but close to many pretty places to visit and lots of outdoor acti… More
We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for your kind words.
Rob and Honey
From the first enquiry the owners were very helpful.
Beautiful kept villa that was much bigger than we expected.
Very well equipped villa with luxury kitchen. Loads of room for all the family with … More
Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner;
Nestled in a traditional fell village the north of the National Park, The Old Chapel is a stunning and unusual holiday home perfectly placed to explore the Lake District. Sleeps 6, 2 bathrooms, lounge, wood burning stove, modern kitchen. Adapted for the disabled.
The O …see more
“Quiet Family Holiday in Excellent Accommodation”
Reviewed 28 Oct 2014
The Old Chapel has been recently refurbished to an excellent standard. Our family of 5 and dog had a great time. The kitchen and large living room with log burning stove were very comfortable and cozy… More
“Beautiful spacious accommodation, lovely area - fantastic holiday”
Reviewed 1 Dec 2013
The Old Chapel has been refurbished to a really high standard,and is a unique and beautiful place to stay. Arriving in the dark on a cold and wet night, it was so welcoming to have the woodburner bl… More
“One of the best cottages we have stayed in.”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2013
The Old Chapel is a lovely spacious and comfortable cottage which is very well equipped.. We loved our week and look forward to returning. The owners are very friendly and close to hand if needed. W… More
Thank you for your review. Look forward to seeing you back in Ireby.