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.
“An awesome villa in the Tuscan hills” A wonderfully restored church with plenty of character. Privacy with trees and hedges. Fab and accessible pool. Well equipped kitchen. An amazing welcome pack. We cycled from here to San Gimignano and to Monterigg
“Lovely, lovely, lovely - cannot praise too highly” What a lovely cottage and what a lovely place to stay.
We went ostensibly for the Severn Valley Railway Autumn Gala as the cottage is well placed to access Bridgnorth and the line generally, but had
Stayed here a year ago too and both times it has been brilliant. Good size place for two people to stay in, really comfy bed / sofas and everything neat, tidy and generally good quality.
The surrou… More
thanks rob, perhaps see you again, very welcome
“Comfortable, spacious & good quality”
Reviewed 27 May 2013
Stayed for 5 nights, found the cottage very clean and comfortable with a huge bedroom & bathroom. All the equipment & bedding was good quality & everywhere was tastefully furnished. Beautiful views fr… More
thank you for your comments, i am glad you enjoyed your stay, please remember us and come again
“Beautiful gites in a perfect setting with first class hosts!” Spotless, stylish, comfortable, airy, spacious and modern accommodation with all the facilities, gadgets, games and bikes you will need while on holiday.
A peaceful location surrounded b
“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
“The perfect home from home” My husband and I spent a fabulous week at Acorn Barn along with our dog. We were all made to feel incredibly welcome and nothing was too much trouble for the owners John and Yvonne. The cottage was beautifully presented an
“Beautiful Mountain Scenery” Our stay at La Soldanelle was our best family holiday ever. The location surrounded by mountains is still vividly imprinted in my mind. You could see the mountains from the kitchen and bedroom windows of the apartment and w
This is a beautiful apartment which is well equipped.
The building is stunning and luxurious, with a great gym and pool etc. Equipped to perfection.
The views are sensational and the location … More
“Our first fabulous White Christmas experience”
Reviewed 18 Mar 2013
My daughter (9 years) and I live in South Africa and have never touched snow. Our Christmas was spent enjoying the beauty of snow-covered Chateau 'doex. A typical day involved a quick walk down the hi… More
Hi. Thanks so much for your review. We love to get the feedback as we love Chateau d'oex so much and its great to hear that other people have had a good time too. It's also really kind of you to take the time to share the specific things you enjoyed to help other people with their stay. We provide lots of information but other people's experiences are so helpful as well. Often we have jam packed holidays in Switzerland involving loads of activities, but this Easter we chose to have a more chilled time and just really enjoyed the views, the scenery, the lovely shops for tea, coffee and hot chocolate in the village, local walks and the wonderful facilities at La Soldanelle as well. It's just a great place to have time special time together. Thanks again for taking the time to write.
“A great apartment in an amazingly beautiful location!”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2012
The apartment is very comfortable and well appointed. The owner could not have been more helpful before we arrived and Maya, on site, was also very helpful. Although the apartment does not have a balc… More
Hi. Many thanks for your review. We are delighted that you had a great stay. Thanks also for your feedback about the sign. We noticed on our last visit that the sign for "La Soldanelle" has been removed at the bottom of the hill. It has been replaced with a sign for "EMS La Pommerie"!! (I am not yet sure what or where that it is, but it is the sign to follow for La Soldanelle!). We have now updated all our directions so as to avoid any future confusion and provided a map of the village also in the information we send out. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience. We hope you will come back another time soon.
“Lovely Apartment Right by the Beach” The Apartment is located in just the right place for a great holiday by the beach. It is set back from the hustle and bustle but near enough to pop out with a young child to eat out in the evening. If you want to
The perfect base for a family adventure in the half term holidays. The apartment was better than I imagined, was very clean and a great deal of thought had been put into the finer detail. i.e. Scrabb… More
“Fantastic appartment” My Mum and i had a weekend away in this appartment in November and the location was fantastic for us, a short walk to the marina restaurants and retail park and a bus ride into the town centre.
The appartment itself was clea
“Excellent!!” Absolute perfect little getaway in a perfect setting. A quirky little upsidedown cottage, living room and kitchen on the first floor with spectacular views from the window. The cottage is beautiful and spotlessly clean, comfy beds and the
This little cottage just outside Hathersage is absolutely fantastic. We arrived in darkness and was greeted by James who was grew and showed us around. The cottage itself is brilliantanly layed out up… More
Thank you for taking the time to leave us your great review! We are so pleased that you loved the Peak District- please visit again soon.
“Prefect countryside and cottage ...”
Reviewed 16 Sep 2015
Pond view cottage was brilliant. It had everything we wanted including a most comfy bed, beautiful decor and views to die for. A most warm and genuine welcome from the owners who wanted to know we … More
Reviewed 21 Sep 2015
We had a wonderful stay at this lovely little cottage on a working trout farm. The location was ideal, within walking distance of Hathersage and close to many favourite walks in the Peak District. We … More
“Clean characterful comfortable cosy quiet!” A beautifully restored and presented cottage, with spacious grounds and in an idyllic quiet secluded setting. Very comfortable beds,nice finishing touches, including a tray of 'goodies' to get us started. Ev
“Perfect location and accommodation” Having stayed here previously, we were more than keen to return. The house is extremely well cared for and welcoming. All fixtures and fittings are modern and above the standard of many holiday property rentals, thi
Just back from a wonderful week at Vista do Atlantico, this was our second time in this fabulous town house and we have already booked for a third visit next year! Can highly recommend, you will not b… More
Reviewed 28 Apr 2013
We booked the place on the way it looked from the photos but the photos don't do it justice. It's very well equipped, large, comfortable but homely. There were many useful food items in the cupboards … More
“Great Villa, Everyone young and old enjoyed the property”
Reviewed 31 May 2012
With so much space in the villa everyone can find time to relax, you then add the play area and paddling pool for kids; and full sized pool for everyone and you quickly realise just what a great littl… More
“Great house!” We arrived at The Coach House for a mini hen do in the middle of one of the coldest march's on record! However, the Coach house was lovely and toasty with a lovely stove fire in the lounge and underfloor heating in the bedrooms that were
“Fantastic stay” The apartment and the complex in general were first class and made for a very relaxing holiday. We were met and shown round the apartment by Francisca who was very helpful and friendly. The apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated
Excellant Appartment in pristine condition and very well equipped for a perfect holiday. Pool and poolside food area are both spotless.. Would not hesitate to use this appartment again.… More
“Fabulous place to stay that just gets better and better”
Reviewed 2 Jul 2012
This was my second trip to the same apartment at Vila Marachique in Alvor. The apartment is just a clean and tidy as when I originally visited 3 years ago. It has all the facilities of home and is l… More
Reviewed 20 Jun 2012
The apartment is extremely spacious, immaculate and is equipped/furnished to a very high standard. Nothing has been overlooked - definitely a home from home. The complex is very secure and well main… More
“Amazing again!” Just back from a fab week in seaview, this was our 4th visit to this apartment and have already booked for next year! It's like home from home with everything you need for a relaxing week, it's in a very quiet area right next to the tr
Second visit and there will be a third. This apartment is gorgeous and so well equipped. The welcome pack is immense. The location is superb. I would not stay anywhere else. 5 stars is not enough.… More
Thank you we really appreciate you taking the time to give us a review & of course great to hear that you will be back again!
“Perfect holiday home in an excellent location”
Reviewed 20 Jun 2016
We could not have wished for a better apartment. Everything was as we would have it in our own home. Clean, comfortable, well furnished and appointed. A lovely welcome basket greeted us with a cream t… More
“Beautiful apartment in a splendid location”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2016
Arrived by train from London into Carbis Bay and was extremely happy about the very short walk to Seaview, 1 minute!! We loved the comfortable beds, the layout of the apartment and the beautifully dec… More
“Great House - Perfect Location for Exploring Cape Town” My family stayed at David and Lyn's place in Fish Hoek, South Africa for a week in July. The house was perfect. The view out onto False Bay was magnificent. The home was well equipped and spaciou
This is a beautiful home, that offers everything thing that you could want on holiday... It is very clean, very well appointed and spacious, excellent for large or small groups or as we were just the … More
Reviewed 10 May 2012
Second visit. Fell in love with the oustanding views each day, which reminded me of Mount's Bay in West Cornwall. Great arrangement of accommodation that afforded privacy as needed. lots to do within … More
“Spacious House with magnificent views”
Reviewed 2 May 2012
Magnificent views over the ocean to the majestic mountains in the distance is the sight that greets you from just about every aspect of this lovely home. The accommodation is very spacious and comfort… More
“Great accommodation excllent location for dog walking and walking” The Beach house is a very well appointed home from home with everything you could need for a fun relaxing holiday. It is in a good location with easy access to local attractions. There
We had a lovely time at the beach house. It has everything you need for a great holiday, very well equiped. Close to the beach and town centre.… More
I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope you return again.
“Amazing 5 stars!”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2012
We recently travelled to Deal for a family wedding and since there were 6 of us, 4 being young children, we thought it best to rent a house. The Bach was a stunning house with all mod cons, very comf… More
Reviewed 5 Nov 2011
We all had a fab. time here. The house is all you could ask for, comfortable, cosy and stylish. The location for us was great, we could walk into Deal along the prom. and visit all the shops, from M&… More
Beautiful English country cottage in the heart of the Cotswolds with stunning views over glorious countryside with pretty, private enclosed cottage garden.
Wooden beams and inglenook fireplaces, quiet and peaceful.
Wifi, fully equipped kitchen and parking. …see more
The Old Convent is a beautiful old building and our apartment was spacious, spotless and very well equipped. It's a short walk into Fort Augustus and its well located to visit the Loch Ness area, Sky… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it was a pleasure meeting you. We enjoyed our chats and stories. Felicity & Chris
“A pearl in a wonderfully beautiful, scenic part of the highlands of Scotland”
Reviewed 15 Jun 2014
It was worth the hours spent searching for the right accommodation to suit our needs on our first holiday in Scotland. The comments made by previous visitors to No 3 indicated we had made a good choic… More
Thank you very much for you lovely comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday here with us. Felicity, Chris & Harvey!
“Very Comfortable Convent”
Reviewed 7 May 2014
We stayed 4 nights at the Old Convent. Felicity & Chris have really made a fantastic place to stay. Perfectly clean, very spacious rooms, extremely comfortable, and every possible kitchen utensil you … More
Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we are so glad your enjoyed your stay with us. Felicity & Chris.
“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
“Comfortable house with a great view” We enjoyed our stay at this property very much. The house is very comfortable and there's a great view from the terrace. It's in a quiet area, but very convenient for the A1 so you can easily reach places of intere
From the initial contact I was impressed by how easy the booking process was and how helpful the owner was. Having not been to this area of Portugal before I found the directions from Lisbon airport v… More
Thank you very much for your review. I am so pleased that you found everything enjoyable. Casa De Vista De Montahna is, as you say, in a lovely location and lots to do in and around it. I look forward to hearing back from you for your next booking as arranged.
“What a great location, Fantastic stay!”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2013
I, my partner, and a couple of close friends stayed at the Casa de Vista de Montahna last year and we were all very happy with the holiday overall!. The location is overlooking these beautiful mountai… More
Thank you very much for a fantastic compliment for Casa de Vista De Montahna.I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and everything was there for your requirements. I look forward to welcoming you again when you are ready.
Reviewed 10 Sep 2016
This property is beautiful, excellent infinity pool and a fantastic view from the terrace. Local people very friendly and local food, wine fantastic. Lots of places of interest to visit but sadly we d… More
I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. There is now another restaurant opened 5 minutes away and I am sure you will love to sample its food on your return. I look forward to welcoming you back next year and once again it was a pleasure.
“Overlooking marina and five minute walk to the beach, lovely clean apartment” This was our first visit to Alcudia and I am so pleased we managed to book this apartment. Owned by a lovely couple Teresa and Jaime who were more than helpful and welcomin
“Great accomadation & location” Had a great time here. Owner very helpful & friendly. Central location is quiet, romantic, & ideal for all areas of Kent and many local walks can be had nearby. Local pub with excellent food and great staff just a 10 mi
The cottage if the perfect size for a small family or 2 couples. It has a lovely kitchen with all you need to cook with. It is in a fantastic location next to a restored windmill. Our daughter loved t… More
“I`ve booked again for 2012 as our third year running”
Reviewed 22 Oct 2011
The Barn is perfect for a couple,even with youngsters.
The location is fantastic with lovely wooded walks,plenty to visit within easy drives and a friendly local pub with good food.
The owner… More
“Quiet, peacful location”
Reviewed 16 Mar 2013
We spent a long weekend at the Holly Cottage barn and it served our purpose well as we were visiting family in Canterbury so using as a base rather than as a place to holiday. The location is peaceful… More
“Good location, beautiful cottage, shame there is no parking” Great location, beautiful cottage with lovely homely furnishings. The road outside is quite busy and noisy, that's the only down side.
“Fantastic cottage, great location and wonderful attention to detail.”
Reviewed 10 Jul 2016
This is was our second stay at the this quaint cottage. The attention to detail is something that stays with you. from lovely cupcakes on arrival, bottle of prosecco and milk what more could you want … More
Thank you so much for your kind review, glad you enjoyed your stay!
Reviewed 18 Dec 2014
Us four old school friends stayed at Bridge Cottage for the weekend and loved it. It's immaculate, has all the kit you could need - kitchen digital radio, groovy CDs to listen to, huge towelling robes… More
“Cosiness away from home”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2013
We stayed for nearly one week in Bridge Cottage and have spent a wonderful time there. We were welcomed with afternoon tea and cupcakes. Lara the owner has furnished everything with love. We found eve… 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
“Wonderful cottage and facilities” A wonderful cottage. Four of us had a bedroom each, there were two bathrooms / toilets and an additional shower room with toilet on the ground floor. This was very important to us as one of our friends only has one le
"La Mer" features a stroll to the Quinns Beaches and the largest rectangle salt water pool available in the northern coastal suburbs. A large villa-style, child friendly holiday home for families and friends up to 6 guests.<br />Enjoy the 180 degrees va …see more
Immerse yourself in nature and find the time to enjoy a few days without the bustle of city life
Located in the beautiful “Borgo Valle” one of the 12 rural hamlets belonging to the beautiful village of Filignano, downstream of the ancient Mainarde Mountains …see more
“A fantastic gate away for your family holidays” Kampos Villa was more than we asked for: far away from the main road, peace and silence all day and night. The place looks exactly like the photos show with very specious and clean interiors, big swimmin
“Idyllic cottage in beautiful setting” I stayed at Saddlery cottage for a week in July of this year with my daughter and her partner. The bedrooms were lovely and spacious, large homely kitchen which was great for family meals. There is a patio area
Clean, comfortable spacious cottage. Easy parking, garden , we have stayed at this cottage twice in 12 months. Very nice location with excellent facilities . Will stay again soon .… More
Hello Christina and thank you for reviewing Saddlery Cottage. Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to thanking you! So glad you had an enjoyable break with us and we are looking forward to welcoming you again at some point. Claire
Reviewed 24 Oct 2016
Great cottage with everything you need for a relaxing break. Great outdoor space for our dog and 2 children. Owners were very helpful and even sourced a dog cage for us prior to arrival. Would recomme… More
Hello Kay and many thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your stay in Saddlery Cottage. It would be great to see you back again. Thanks for taking time to write a review and for staying with us. Claire
Reviewed 6 Nov 2016
We have just spent three lovely nights at this cosy and spacious cottage. We have extended family in Melrose but there were too many family members visiting at the same time to all stay at their home … More
Hello Claire. Thank you for taking time to share your views of your stay at Saddlery Cottage. Delighted you enjoyed it and would like to return again in the future when you next visit family over here. Claire
“Lovely location and so helpful and friendly. Can't recommend enough” We had a fantastic break. The bungalow was clean and well equipped. Lovely quiet village and fantastic views from the garden - very friendly cows visited the back fence each evening.
We had a great week, staying at Jamie's place. Lots to do in the area, even in the rain and fog (yes, fog in August). Jamie was helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. The mini-Mac on th… More
Recently renovated farmhouse and barn. This farmhouse is situated in a traditional Savoyard hamlet just minutes from the three Valleys ski area and has been renovated with great care and attention to a very high standard.
Originally a large three storey farm building …see more
“Lovely house, great position, lovely walks to Morte Point, great surfing beaches nearby.” The house is ideally located up in the village of Mortehoe. Views across fields of sheep at the back. You can walk along the cliff tops and if you are lucky
“Fantastic well equipped house in a picture perfect location”
Reviewed 17 Jul 2012
We found Cromlech House a terrific place to stay, a very well equipped house in the beautiful village of Mortehoe. The house has great character, is large and spacious and met all our needs. It has a … More
“Great house in perfect location - perfect for 2 families”
Reviewed 12 Jun 2012
The house is situated in the heart of a lovely village surrounded by stunning beaches and scenery. Great place to unwind and relax and we didn't use the car all week (other than the daily shuttle run… More
“Excellent location and beautiful house”
Reviewed 9 May 2012
Our stay at Cromlech house was an absolute delight. The house slept 8 comfortably and had an excellent kitchen diner area as well as a large front room. The house was beautifully furnished and had all… More
“Excellent Holiday” We have just returned from our weeks holiday at Brackenlea with our wee Westie. The cottage exceeded our expectations its so tastefully appointed and decorated no "damp holiday cottage" feel. The area was great for our walking and
“Super house, super view” We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Antrim Abode in Cushendall. As we wanted somewhere on the coast to use as a base for seeing the area it was ideally situated, only a short drive from the ferry at Larne. The house definitely
Amazing town. Beautiful accommodation. Nice people.highly recommended.summer or winter the views are stunning.… More
“Home from Home”
Reviewed 3 Jul 2013
We are just back from a glorius 2 day break at Antrim Abode. Being regular hotel users the main attraction of this accomodation was both the quality of the accomodation and the central location along … More
Thank you so much for the comprehensive review of the accommodation and surroundings - this will be a great source of information and tips for future guests!
“Fantastic house in a great location. Perfect.”
Reviewed 26 May 2013
We arrived earlier than anticipated and phoned the Housekeeper, Bridget, who was more than happy to meet us at the house and show us around, making sure we knew where everything was and how everything… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review. So pleased you enjoyed the house and beautiful Cushendall. And we see you discovered some of the local gems!
“Eceptional five star barn.” It was our first stay at the barn and we stayed for 7 nights. The owners were fantastic hosts, with a great welcome and milk and juice ready on arrival. The barn has a great layout with enough space for me, my husband and d
This was our second visit to this barn, third to the site. It is set in a peaceful spot very close to the wonderful widemouth bay beach and the friendly town of Bude. The barns are always very clean o… More
“This is a beautiful apartment in a lovely location. The jacuzzi bath is particularly lovely!!” I would recommend this apartment to anyone who is staying away from home. The apartment is modern and spotlessly clean. The bed is comfortable and there
“Comfortable, well-appointed apartment in good situation for exploring West Fermanagh and around.”
Reviewed 18 Aug 2012
We were very happy with this spacious and well-apponted apartment in Belcoo. It is in a very nice situation with views down to Lough MacNean and is a good base for exploring West Fermanagh. Enniskille… More
“Gorgeous apartment in Belcoo”
Reviewed 2 Aug 2012
We stayed in this apartment in Belcoo for a weekend in July. The apartment was beautiful and very clean. It was just what we wanted. Very quiet little village and all the attractions and sites with… More
“Great Apartment in Belcoo”
Reviewed 29 Dec 2016
Excellent apartment in the centre of Belcoo. Very clean and very well finished off. Could easily spend a week in this aparment and use it as a base for exploring the North West.… More
“Lovely bolt hole” Hidden in a small village (Lindale) is a veritable retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Every need is catered for with a kitchen and cosy lounge easily warmed by a lovely wood burner. For those needing more modern comfor
Lovely cosy cottage - perfect for couples gettaway. Loved the wood fired stove and rustic feel of the place. Small village shop two minutes walk away. Two pubs in village, one a bit "earthy" and the o… More
So glad you liked the cottage and the village.
Just to say that food shops are open late in nearby Grange over Sands when the village shop is closed.
“fantastic clean cottage in a lovely, friendly village”
Reviewed 24 Sep 2012
great communication with owner.lovely clean cottage, everything you need is there. regular buses to grange and kendal and further afield, only £25.00 for a week mega gold bus ticket that you can go a… More
Reviewed 31 Mar 2012
A truly fantastic cottage, in a superb location. Everything my Girlfriend and I could ask for in a holiday cottage. Village of Lindale is tranquil place with 2 very good pubs to relax, eat and drink i… More