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.
Sunnyside Lodge was built for our personal use and having really enjoyed spending our family vacations, we thought that it was best we share the joy of family with others! Hence, it is available for you to enjoy your family vacation!Hidden away from noise and traffic an …see more
What a treat to have a whole 3 bedroom house to ourselves with tennis court play ground and stunning views over hills and tea plantations. Best spot to stay in Ella. Our family loved it. … More
“Fantastic place to rewind”
Reviewed 16 Jan 2014
Very clean and comfortable homestay with serene surroundings. The food was great and the view from the dining room is spectacular. The tennis court is fantastic with a serene background and children e… More
Reviewed 16 Feb 2015
Very nice place, we were also there a year ago. Quiet, good view, comfortable, and helpful housekeeper. Recommended!… More
This excellent Cambridgeshire self catering holiday cottage in a rural setting is perfect both as a weekend retreat but as a comfortable holiday home for visitors in Cambridge on business or for pleasure.InsideThe Lodge boasts 3 double bedrooms all comfortably appointed …see more
Large luxury holiday house set in middle of own grounds, fully modernised. Guests can play on the private all-weather tennis court, swim in the heated swimming pool (1 April to 30 October), play croquet, cricket, badminton or football all within the large private gard …see more
I took my extended family to Vicarage House in April 2013. It is a great place for a group of people, and brilliantly well stocked with games, dvds, outdoor equipment, wii/xbox, bikes - you name it. E… More
Reviewed 13 May 2013
Me and my siblings and their offspring rented this property to celebrate my Mum's 70th birthday, and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves The house is stunning, the surrounding area is beautiful and th… More
Reviewed 3 Sep 2016
Had a fantastic time with family aged from one to sixty eight. Pool, tennis courts, football pitch, bikes all used. Well equipped even supplied us with food bags, foil, coffee, tea, spices etc. Could … More
We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. The team will be thrilled you found the house to your satisfaction. Thank you for selecting Vicarage House. Best wishes Katie and Richard
Garrique Cottage offers spacious and well equipped accommodation within easy reach of many of Scotland's most historic and scenic attractions. It is quiet and peaceful, with fantastic views, but close to good local pubs, cafes, and village shops.
It has its own hard …see more
My teenage daughters and I stayed at Garrique Cottage in January 2013. The farmhouse is beautiful with every amenity you could wish for. The scenery is breathtaking and yet you are only 10 - 15 minute… More
“Great Cottage - Stunning Setting”
Reviewed 8 Apr 2013
The cottage was great. Accommodation was clean and just as described. Loved the kitchen/dining/living area. The cottage was lovely and warm and the wood burner great to cosy in front of at night. … More
Reviewed 13 Feb 2013
We have recently returned from a 5 day stay at La Garrique. On arrival the cottage was welcoming and warm with many basic necessities such as tea, coffee etc provided - unusual for self catering. Ther… More
Sleeps 14 (6 bedrooms /6 bathrooms) - Villa Mercuri is a delightful modern holiday home featuring a private tennis court and wonderful pool area. If you are looking for an attractive, spacious, well equiped and good value holiday home with plenty of outdoor space, a gre …see more
Little White Cottage is a luxurious newly refurbished property in the heart of the Cotswolds. It has an open plan kitchen/living room. Positioned at the end of the owner's private drive, with discretionary use of their private tennis court. It has its own private …see more
I booked the little white cottage for my friends hen do as she requested as relaxing break away! We had an absolutely amazing time and have already recommended the cottage to my friends and family. It… More
Chateau Jautrudon has all that is needed for a relaxing family holiday in the rural Limousin region of France. Set in a 40 hectare estate, the chateau offers a peaceful and secluded vacation with several kilometers of walkways through our forest, private fenced pool, te …see more
This stunning, award winning, newly built to the highest quality, stone and slate cottage set in THE most beautiful garden has 3 bedrooms (sleeps 8) and 3 bathrooms. Located in the secure and peaceful walled garden of Grade II listed Putsborough Manor is only 400 meter …see more
Have enjoyed our return trip to Putsborough and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Garden Cottage. Well done Claire and John for a great place.… More
Thanks for your lovely review! It was great to see you again and so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Garden Cottage, I look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
“An amazing place and location to stay”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2014
A beautifully presented property with great facilities and in a great location. The owners were very friendly and helpful and made us very welcome at the property. They were available if we needed the… More
Thank you for your great review, so glad you enjoyed the cottage so much and had a lovely stay. I look forward to seeing you again one day.
“Superb accommodation, second to none.”
Reviewed 10 Nov 2014
Marvellous location. Putsborough Sands and Woolacombe Beach within easy walking distance. The Cottage is furnished and decorated to exceptional standards. Good parking. Everything has been thought o… More
Many thanks for your fanastic review, I am so glad you enoyed your stay at the cottage and Putsborough. I do hope we see you again.
Visit England 4 star Gold rated self catering property. Winner of Best Self catering Destination Worcestershire 2014The comfortable accommodation is located on the first floor of the barn with 2 bedrooms, I king size with extra bed (and cot space) and the 2nd bedroom c …see more
There were 5 in our party, 4 adults, 1 child and 3 very well behaved dogs.
The barn is superbly equipped, and, like I said in my title of the review it was spotlessly clean. The owners were extre… More
Reviewed 9 Jun 2012
We had a great time at the Barn! As soon as we arrived , we felt rather special to have found a beautiful place. The Barn was just lovely and suited our needs in everyway possible. The setting was pea… More
I am glad you enjoyed your break. It was such a shame it was so wet over the jubilee weekend. I am sorry about the bikes I was unaware that they were unrideable, I know the mid size upwards are ok but will get the smaller bikes out and see if we can give them a makeover.
“Beautiful Barn And Great Location”
Reviewed 24 Mar 2012
Stayed at the barn for the weekend to celebrate husbands birthday. Wanted a peaceful relaxing weekend which was exactly what we had. Prepared for wet weather but it was warm and sunny ! The family we… More
Many thanks for your comments. I hope we can accommodate you in the summer when the pool is open. I am quite busy but still have some free weeks available. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards
Perfect for couples who appreciate the finer things in life. This Visit England accredited 5star barn will delight you for your stay or indeed is a great present for family/friends who appreciate the best too! Willows Barn is a totally private, self catering cottage, …see more
Baviera Golf is situated in Caleta de Velez, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain.
Caleta de Velez is 40 minutes drive from Malaga International airport.
The apartment is privately owned and is available for short break, holidays and longer winter lets. Although the apar …see more
Isis Cottage (named after the historical term for the upper reaches of the River Thames) is a Grade II* listed Cotswold stone holiday cottage situated within the grounds of Kemble Mill, an historic 16th century watermill less than 10 minutes from Cirencester (Roman Cori …see more
This is a very special up market cottage with a river at the bottom of the garden, on a footpath in a wonderful position. Very comfortable beds, fluffy towels and linen sheets, super smart bathroom. V… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for your lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again!
“A Cotswold gem”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2012
We have stayed at Isis Cottage twice and aim to return in the near future. The cottage is a gem set within the context of open countryside and under big skies. We enjoy our breaks in buildings of char… More
“A wonderful base from which to see the South East of England”
Reviewed 27 Nov 2011
My wife and I have stayed twice at the Isis cottage and found our stay was excellent. The cottage is charming with large grounds. It has a modern kitchen with everything you need for a self catering… More
Large, charming little castle, full of character, for 14 people : the castle and the outbuilding : 7 rooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, private swimming pool, tennis, lake.
situation : At the heart of the prestigious Loire valley, on the border of the Sologne and th …see more
Perfect for a 'get away from it all' break in the beautiful surroundings of Strangford and Lecale for families, couples and groups of friends. Mallard Cottage welcomes you to kick back and relax together in front of the roaring fire in a spacious, traditional Irish cot …see more
La Longère Fleurie is the ideal location for a relaxing rural getaway. Set in the idyllic Normandy countryside, the property offers plenty of facilities to keep the whole family entertained. In the beautiful surroundings of the 0.6 acre garden, you will find the priv …see more
A lovely place to stay -so peaceful and quiet. Very relaxing. The garden is beautiful with pool, tennis court and other games all close by. The house was just right for us with evrything you might nee… More
The Iris cottage is a very charming and quiet 45 m2 self catering cottage for 2 people. Its main feature is the monumental stone fireplace in the lounge bedroom, a great place for relaxing. The cottage is located in a wide 2 ha property with park, forest and a tennis co …see more
A great setting and excellent accommodation. Our hostess was most helpful and gracious. There was an initial problem with WiFi access but that has now been permanently resolved and works extremely wel… More
“A dream honeymoon - romantic Iris cottage lived up to its name!”
Reviewed 29 Jul 2013
We stayed here for our honeymoon and we couldn't have chosen a more romantic and beautiful gite to start our married life.
Its a truly rustic paradise and is actually even better than the photograp… More
“Very comfortable, well fitted out, peaceful mini gite well above the average.”
Reviewed 25 Apr 2013
Tucked away on a tiny road to nowhere in the depths of the countryside Iris Cottage is beautifully situated if you want peace and quiet, easy walking for as far as you want to go and pretty countrysid… More
Thank you for your very kind review... The ventilation shaft of the chimney will be checked and fixed for the next winter !!!! I promise... Best Regards, Y. Dauphin.
Situated in the unspoilt village of Brockhampton in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty yet close to Regency Cheltenham, Coomb Cottage is a luxury log cabin with wide-ranging views out across our magnificent limestone uplands.
Coomb Cottage ha …see more
What a lovely find, home from home! Enjoyed a glass of wine or two overlooking the great views from the veranda. The lodge inside perfect, comfy 5ft bed, reclining sofa in the lounge and equipped to… More
Reviewed 26 Jul 2016
Don't really want to write a review! Needs to be kept a hideaway secret!
Excellent in all areas, decor, quality, views, friendly pets, all great.
Only one slight gripe, although we were not walkers,… More
“Idyllic setting for a get away”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2014
Comfortable and well equipped cabin, perfect setting
Would have been nice as a suggestion to have had a hot tub outside possibly… More
Discover the beautiful French Pyrenees with a stay at Villa Tamerza, ideally situated for you to explore this fascinating region. Plan a relaxing holiday in this rural setting, a few minutes' drive from the luxurious spa at Bagnères-de-Bigorre, or indulge your ene …see more
Lower House Barn has been lovingly converted to a high standard to create spacious and comfortable holiday accommodation. It is well situated for visiting the Cathedral City of Hereford or Hay-on-Wye, the town of books and famous for its literary festival - both are a …see more
A super barn conversion, beautifully fitted out with everything you need for a holiday or short break. Good quality equipment and nicely furnished. The owners are very attentive and obliging. The out… More
Come and chill in our quiet guest house in Csokvaomany.It is a perfect place to hide away from cities.Recommended to families, friends and everyone who wants to see how life works in a hungarian village.There are playgrouds for kids in the property. There is a private t …see more
TINCLETON LODGE is a luxury self-catering accommodation awarded both with 5 Star and coveted with English Tourist Board GOLD award and the M3a Disability for 2016. Free Wi-FI. Offering spacious accommodation for up to 10 with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Secure garde …see more
“Fantastic facilities, lovely homely accomodation, great holiday.”
Reviewed 16 Jan 2013
My 3 brothers and partners and me and hubby all met up in September for a weeks holiday. This is difficult as I am wheelchair bound and need a hoist. We bought or own hoist and the disabled friendly r… More
So pleased you enjoyed your stay - It is such a pleasure to see families and friends get together for such memorable times, especially when the facilities in the Lodge make it all possible. It was always our aim to make the ground floor bedroom and en-suite a comfortable and luxurious space for everybody to enjoy whether able or less able-bodied.
We very much look forward to seeing you again next year.
“Perfect family holiday in a beautiful location”
Reviewed 8 Jan 2013
We stayed here in November with my children who are 22,23 and 26 along with grandparents too! We had such a wonderful stay, the house is plenty big enough to escape for peace when you want it but also… More
So pleased you had a wonderful stay all together. The Lodge has hosted so many family celebrations and its a joy to see so many people get together for such special memorable occasions. So many guests comment on the fact that its fabulous to be all together but yet to have the space to all do your own thing - whether its out of doors jogging around the meadows, walking the Nature trail admiring the wildlife, fishing on the River Frome, playing tennis, sunbathing on the terrace, making a barbeque, paddling in the stream, playing with Otter (the family dog) or relaxing in the Lodge taking a well earned soak in one of the luxurious bathrooms, watching a film on one of the many tv's or just snoozing by the woodburner - we try to ensure that there is something for everyone.
Relax and unwind in picturesque countryside in these converted cottages on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds in a secluded, undisturbed location. Stylishly furnished and equipped to a high standard, this luxury cottage will ensure you of a unplugged holiday! We have fl …see more
Drop your bags, throw open the doors and take in the setting. Sit out on the lush green lawn, pour a glass of leathery Bordeaux and throw yourselves down on a blanket in front of a crackling log fire. Stay there all weekend if you like. We can arrange daily deliveries o …see more
Glanafon Coach House is set behind a gated Grade 2 listed Manor, encompassing 24 acres of private garden and woodland with grass tennis court, games field and 400m of fishing on the Western Cleddau.
This character property lies only a mile from the County Town of Haver …see more
Four Ashes is situated on the outskirts of the village of Cosheston, an idyllic location in the Pembrokeshire National Park on the coastal path with stunning waterside views. This luxurious property is decorated to a high standard offering easy living in a contemporary …see more
There can be no more elegant or luxurious way to enjoy the splendour of North Devon than from the comfort of a Combrew Farm holiday cottage. These spacious, cottages have been skilfully converted from 19th Century stone built barns and are set in beautiful enclosed gard …see more
“Wonderful place - want to live there permanently!!!”
Reviewed 24 Sep 2012
This place is marvellous - all mod cons and more and all to a very high quality. The pool was like a very warm bath (all though I am told it felt cooler when coming out of the sauna (£2 per session))… More
“Fantastic accommodation and service - nothing too much trouble.”
Reviewed 27 Aug 2012
This being our third stay at Combrew Farm, booking three properties each time, I can only say we have booked again for next year! All the family love it, with grandchildren ranging from 7 to 22 years… More
“Best in the South West”
Reviewed 27 Aug 2012
Our two daughters, their husbands and our 5 grandchildren were with us on this holiday and despite mixed weather we enjoyed all that the Roundhouse, the swimming pool, games facilities and play area h… More
White Villa with huge garden and pool, with valley and sea view. Located between orange fields and situated on "La Redonda" hills This Villa offers a perfect place for relaxing in its spacious terrace, enjoying the nice views, preparing a BBQ in the garden or …see more
Close to Barcelona City, high in the mountains, in the heart of the Cava wine area of the Penedes, lies a beautiful private villa with incredible views, set in an amazing garden with pool, tennis court available for hire all year. A stay here will offer an organic retr …see more
The surrounding area is very beautiful - the views from the property looking out to the local mountains was lovely. We would definitely recommend this property.The villa was beautiful with lots of spa… More
“Tennis court, swimming pool and fantastic for kids!”
Reviewed 5 Jan 2015
Celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with our four kids, their other halves and four grandchildren - all easily soaked up into the upstairs villa and downstairs apartment. Tennis court, swimming po… More
Reviewed 20 Sep 2016
My large Family joined me for my 70th Birthday and booked this villa near Barcelona as it was big enough to accommodate us all. We were not disappointed as the gardens are big and my grandchildren had… More
Thank you for your kind words Mr Connor we are delighted you leave with happy memories! :)
Located in the village of Fountainhall, this lovely cottage is ideally situated to explore the scottish borders and surrounding area. Set in a peaceful location within the grounds of the owners home, Scottsview Cottage is only a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh and its ma …see more
The cottage has been completely refurbished to the highest standard and can now comfortably sleep 6 people or 7 people with the use of a sofa bed in the second lounge area. It is fully centrally heated and equipped to meet everybody's needs.
The décor has been kept …see more
We have just come back from our second two week visit to the cottage and are hoping to return again next year!
The cottage is beautifully equiped and has a gorgeous modern open plan kitchen/dining/si… More
We stayed 4 nights in late July early August 2012. The cottage was perfect for us, the kids loved the horses on the field at the back of the house and the space and freedom of being on a farm. The cot… More
Reviewed 28 Jun 2012
We have just come back from spending a fantastic weekend at Millpond cottage. The cottage exceeded expectations and was fully equipped with everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable.
The ho… More
ROSE COTTAGE has been lovingly renovated and stunningly refurbished to a very high English Tourist Board 5 star standard for 2016 offering luxury period accommodation for 2 - 6 people with all of the modern facilities to make your stay as luxurious, comfortable and mem …see more
“Feels like a better version of home as soon as you arrive”
Reviewed 9 Jan 2013
We have stayed for two weeks for the last few summers and have already booked next year. The cottage is lovely, with a beautiful enclosed garden. It has been thoughtfully equipped and has many origi… More
We are so delighted that you will be returning again next year. Rose Cottage has such a wonderful ambiance and it was always our aim to make it a home from home experience for our Guests to enjoy with added luxury to the wonderful original features. We have now finished the new tennis court which will be up and running for next year. Also we have extended the Nature Trail and a Guest spotted a Kingfisher last weekend down by the lake which made his holiday!
Robin's Barn is a pretty converted stone barn with a stunning view over the Wye Valley in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It is situated next door to the owners' secluded home, in a tiny hamlet and reached by a private driveway. The nearest village of …see more
This is an excellent, traditional, cozy, well equipped cottage in a lovely setting with magnificent views. Area is peaceful, quiet and beautiful. We spent a lovely week here with our dog Bella who a… More
Reviewed 26 Mar 2014
Lovely peaceful location, spectacular views local walks. We took our 2 small dogs and they loved every minute. The hosts live next door and greet you on arrival but after that they are just there if y… More
This quintessentially English cottage is brilliant as a tranquil, romantic retreat for two but can be easily converted to accommodate up to four people with a sofa bed in the spacious lounge. Cherry Blossom is a ground floor apartment, which adjoins the owner's large p …see more
In the country, but very close to Stratford upon Avon for grocery/restaurant needs. Beautiful view of the hills and countryside, beautiful grounds to explore, fun walk to the village by fields and th… More
Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to having you again. Kind regards. Margaret
“Excellent views and lovely walks surrounding the cute and cozy cottage, lovely area and fantastic owners!”
Reviewed 1 Jun 2015
Very warm and welcoming with great space for a cozy weekend or an action packed week. Many tourist attractions for all ages surrounding, really worth the visit and what better way than to top it off w… More
Dear Ellie, It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay at Cherry Blossom. You are more than welcome again, super to have you. Thank you so much for the lovely review.
“Brilliant value for money.”
Reviewed 5 Apr 2013
We enjoyed our stay at Cherry Blossom would like to go back. A definite must if you want to recharge your batteries. Scones were awaiting our arrival - lovely touch by host. Gorgeous sunsets.… More
Thank you very much for your review. I'm so pleased you've enjoyed your stay at Cherry Blossom. We will try and capture one of those stunning sunsets you write about, to put it on our website gallery. We look forward to welcoming you here again.
Kind regards. Margaret
Situated on the Orange Blossom Coast of Turkey, between the towns of Gümülder and Özdere, south of Izmir and north of Küsadasi, the property is a 3 bedroomed semidetached house on 3 levels with gardens and sun patio. It is opposite the Greek Island of Samos and …see more
It was a average place but when we booked it on holiday letting they said we were 5mins walk from Disney land Paris. we weren't expecting it to be in the middle of no where. they told us we were in th… More
Bonjour je ne comprends pas le message de la personne du mois de juillet le gîte n'a jamais était à 5 minutes de gîtes regardez bien l'annonce elle est authentique et sans mensonge
Small family estate incorporating an idyllic rural retreat one bedroom cottage within the walled Thomas Mawson garden, with bathroom, kitchen and open plan sitting room, and access to roof terrace. The estate tennis court has just been resurfaced, so please feel free to …see more