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.
“fantastic holiday cottage” We had a wonderful stay at High Ridge for my birthday celebrations, I was slightly concerned as I had read a negative review for the property on trip advisor after we`d booked. However this is a wonderful house - extremely c
This really lived up to - and exceeded expectations; it wasn't just the really nice fittings and decoration (etc) but the way the cottage is laid out - especially the kitchen/diner, makes for a really… More
Thank you so much for taking time to review High Ridge. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay & found the house to be perfect for your gathering. I do hope we can welcome you back in the summer when you can enjoy the decking and have a BBQ!
“Holiday cottage perfection!”
Reviewed 5 May 2013
I hired this cottage for my sisters hen weekend and it couldn't have been more perfect. It is such a beautiful house, all the girls were so impressed with the high quality fixtures and fittings. It fe… More
Thanks so much for your wonderful review. We're delighted to welcome well behaved Hen parties. Your photos on Facebook look like you had a lot of fun with 'Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry'!!! Chef Rachel is a real find isn't she - she is such a great chef and having her to cook a celebration dinner really adds to a special celebration. Hope to see you at High Ridge again soon!
“Beautiful, cosy, country cottage with all the features you could hope for.”
Reviewed 26 Mar 2013
From the moment we entered this stunning cottage we were delighted. From the freshly baked cake, to the log fire, open plan kitchen/dining area, immaculately presented rooms with cosy, comfy beds... i… More
Style, luxury and convenience in a beautiful location what more can be said about this apartment and its situation to Northern Ireland's world renowned North Antrim Coast. Activities abound, golfing, fishing, motorcycling, cycling, walking, swimming, canoeing, etc. …see more
Beach Cottage is a large 2 bedroom property with picture windows overlooking one of the loveliest beaches in the country.The cottage sits on the edge of the beach in an elevated position and the enduring memory of a visit there is the sound of the waves breaking on to t …see more
“Wonderful!” Beautiful cottage, highly recommended. Fiona was incredibly helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay. The children loved the outdoor space, farm animals and the very friendly dogs. Great location. We will be visiting agai
We had a long weekend in the Coach House in November, it was warm and welcoming and the log burner made it very cosy.
I was the perfect base to explore Avebury and Wiltshire.
Fiona's gift of homemad… More
Many thanks for your kind words and I am so pleased you enjoyed the muffins. I hope we may see you again soon.
Have a Happy Christmas
“Didn't want to go home!”
Reviewed 10 Apr 2016
The coach house has been beautifully renovated and tastefully furnished with very comfy beds and quality bed linen, the owners Fiona and Matthew are very friendly and relaxed and are on hand to help i… More
Many thanks for taking the trouble to write a review and hope we may see you all again.
“Lovely cottage and gorgeous scenery”
Reviewed 23 Nov 2015
We spent the weekend in this beautifully renovated cottage. The surroundings are stunning- great for long walks! The living / kitchen area is a great social space, the rooms are spacious and the be… More
So pleased you had such a lovely weekend and hope to see you again.
“What a fantastic place to have a holiday!” This was our first summer holiday in the Alps having only previously enjoyed skiing holidays in the mountains. And what a great holiday it turned out to be.
Saint Jean D'Aulps is a lively, pretty and typical
The Lodge offers the best of both worlds: an opportunity to rest and unwind and/or to engage with the vibrant events and life of the Causeway Coast and Glens. Situated between the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede, this is a place to feed the soul.<br />Guests fr …see more
“Wonderful and so Peaceful” Wonderful area, we loved West Cork, the cottage was clean and very comfortable. The double bed was incredibly cosy and the showers were powerful and the en-suite was a real treat. The kitchen area / living area was minimal
We had such a lovely time in west Cork. Julie, owner is lovely and view from cottage was simply stunning. Pretty isolated and you will need a car, but ideal place to explore. Skibereen, about six mil… More
Thank you Jen!
We are so glad you all enjoyed yourselves and got to go whale watching.
It was lovely to meet you all and delighted to have you stay.
“So good we came back in 2013 - Terrific Villa, Pool, Views & Airconditioning” A lovely traditional style Villa, extremely well appointed with the luxury of Airconditioned bedrooms - which meant a comfortable nights sleep for all. With two young childr
My husband and I, along with another couple, stayed here for 5 nights. The villa is very nice and the views are incredible. Steve was very prompt and thorough in answering our questions and providin… More
Thank you for your lovely review of I'l Granario. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the incredible views. Its always a pleasure to help my guests make plans for their stay and to answer questions that help you make the best of your stay. Thank you also for your recommendation - I would be delighted to welcome you back to I'l Granario at some time in the future.
“Home from home in beautiful countryside”
Reviewed 9 Oct 2012
Lovely property, well set up for all weather, great facilities. Steve gave us excellent directions to get there. He was very helpful with booking and throughout.
Location is great, it is lovely and p… More
Thank for your kind review. I am pleased that you enjoyed the house and the lovely location. Thank you also for your recommendation, I hope to be able to welcome you back to I'l Granario again in the future.
“Beautiful property in a stunning location”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2012
We stayed at Il Granario during the first two weeks of July, having also stayed there for two weeks in September 2011. The location is perfect, surrounded by beautiful rolling Tuscan countryside, with… More
Thank you for your review. It was great to welcome you back for a second stay. Thanks also for the information about the horseriding, it's good to be able to share your experiences with my future guests. You will always be most welcome back to I'l Granario, thank you for being such great guests and for sharing your experience with others.
“Very relaxing” Stayed in Oak cottage August bank holiday week and have to say it was very relaxing, Wendy & Nigel were there to meet us nad were very friendly and welcoming. Oak cottage is perfect to just chill and relax in.
It is also very convenie
We stayed at Oak cottage for a few days and it really is a lovely place, down a quiet lane, in beautiful countryside. Nigel and Wendy who run it were really friendly and helpful, thank you very much!… More
“Lovely, idilic, and friendly.”
Reviewed 14 Jan 2014
Great service, even had fresh eggs from the hens and ducks. The house was beautiful great facilities main bedroom overlooked the lakes.… More
Reviewed 7 May 2013
I had been planning a surprise weekend away for my husbands 30th birthday and came across this beautiful cottage! Myself and husband arrived on the Friday and was delighted with the small 2 bed cottag… More
Lovely house for people who like to walk and love to be outside. The environment is all nature. You can spot a lot of animals like wild horses, who are most of all close to the lake. An old renovated farmhouse in the middle of the nature. You only hear the sound of the …see more
Family friendly, ski in ski out property,Panoramic views from apartment.Great condition built in 2008Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness room and steam roomFREE Underground car parkFREE WI FIFREE shuttle bus in eveningsEasy drive from GenevaSecure ski locker<br />On o …see more
“Beautiful, quiet, so relaxing” We had an amazing stay ear lie in the give earlier this summer, there are no words to describe the view from the garden and it being in the centre of Brittany made it great for visiting the beautiful coastlines around. V
“Delivers what it says on the can...........plus a lot more besides!”
Reviewed 2 Jun 2014
Conveniently situated for all the attractions of Brittany – coast, lakes, medieval castles and abbeys, markets and a host of quality restaurants. Equally well served by local facilities including an… More
“Fantastic gite in lovely location with amazing hosts!!”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2015
We had a splendid holiday at Le Gite Au Manoir. You simply couldn't ask for better hosts - Bryn and Val were incredibly welcoming and helpful right from the point of booking to the day we sadly left.… More
Reviewed 1 Jul 2013
Arrived after a very long drive from Scotland to a warm welcome and to a lovely, clean, gorgeous gite in beautiful and quiet country setting. This gite is the best equipped place we have rented and co… More
“Beautiful house in a convenient location” A group of us spent a very enjoyable weekend here recently. We were four couples and the four large double rooms upstairs were ideal for our group size. However, the house could comfortably hold more than eigh
We stayed in this lovely house in December 2013 with group of friends which included young children. The house is huge and would accommodate a large group of people easily. We were very pleased with … More
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our cottage. So glad you enjoyed your New Year break! Helen
“Perfect getaway with friends”
Reviewed 23 Oct 2013
We had a perfect stay in this beautiful property. There were a group of six friends looking to get away from it all and have a weekend catching up. The house was perfect for us, it had all the mod c… More
Hi Leanne, sounds like you enjoyed your time in Armoy. So pleased you found the house to your liking and the locals too!! You are most welcome to return any time!
“A Taste of Luxury”
Reviewed 18 Oct 2013
This is a beautiful house that has been well designed, built and furnished and one that you very quickly feel comfortable in. Whilst the house is in the country you are in a central location for visi… More
Thank you very much for leaving our house a review. So glad you enjoyed your time in Armoy.
“Lovely, private traditional cottage” This lovely, thatched cottage is up in the hills and woods and very private. It is beautifully updated, comfortable, and has a lot of personal touches. We were welcomed with a bouquet of fresh flowers. The beddi
The Austrian Alps are a special place, full of beauty and fresh air. We come to the mountains to recharge our souls, and in Hinterthal you are in the best place to do it all. Relax, spend time with your family and friends, have fun and laugh what more can you ask for! …see more
“PERFECT Holiday Cottage” This is a PERFECT Holiday Cottage. Lovely Clean holiday home that is extremely well equiped. We arrived to find milk and a bottle of wine in the fridge and some frozen food in the freezer. There was a lovely bunch of fresh fl
“Amazing” Me & my family stayed here 4 a week at the beginning of September & I can't praise everything enough!!
Lodge was very clean,nice quiet location on the lake. There is a raf base close by where the fighter jets take off, they are noisy, but am
Puddle Duck Lodge was an absolute pleasure to stay in - spotlessly clean and excellently equipped. We were able to book for just 2 nights which was fantastic as we had been struggling to find anythin… More
“Amazing, Relaxing, Beautiful lodge and excellent location.”
Reviewed 1 Aug 2012
What a fantastic place it is so good we have booked to go back next year for not 1 but 2 weeks. Myself, my husband, 8 year old son, 6 year old daughter , my mum and dad ( in their 70's) stayed here f… More
Reviewed 16 Jun 2012
2 adults and 5 children, 2 of them babies, to say we were expecting it to be cramped was an understatement. How wrong we were! The lodge is large and well designed, comfortable and warm, and the views… More
“Cottages and B & B of high quality” Whilst this review refers to "The Swallows" we have also stayed in "The Robin" and enjoyed a bed and breakfast room in Barbara and Alan's House. We have been delighted with the quality and standards of accommodatio
Had a fantastic time staying at the Swallows. The hosts are very helpful and friendly and could not do enough to help. Being close to the reservoir reserve made for some nice family walks. The cottage… More
Reviewed 1 Nov 2016
Fantastic cottage - very well equipped and homely. Barbara was very welcoming and the welcome cake, milk and wine was much appreciated - we would highly recommend - very good location. Thank you.… More
Thank you Tracy. So glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will come again. Barbara
“Exceptional cottage in beautiful countryside.” We stayed in the cottage for a week and were greeted with a most welcome bottle of wine and box of chocolates. The cottage was spotless with outstanding fixtures and fittings. The cottage contained everyt
We had a fantastic time at Lark Meadow cottage. The facilities are brilliant with lots to keep everyone entertained. The swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room are great and only a very sh… More
“Peaceful, quiet, home from home!”
Reviewed 4 Aug 2014
We love Lark Meadow. It is a very peaceful place to stay on holiday with lots to see and do nearby. The cottage is equipped with everything you need to make it feel like home. It's immaculately kept a… More
“The only accommodation we have return to in years of holidaying”
Reviewed 31 Jul 2014
What's not to like about this quality and immaculate holiday home. This is the first time after 15 years of holidaying in the UK, with our family, that we have ever returned to exactly the same accomm… More
Glenfeadon Villa, is a beautifully present, cosy 100yr old end of terrace, 3bed stone built Cornish cottage which provides a real home-from-home, family property. It is only a very short level walk to the beach and village facilities, giving you the option of parking< …see more
“Superb on all counts” A lovely, well thought out chalet in a great location. Comfortable beds, clean and beautifully presented. Ideal for teenagers but layout may not suit very young children as lots of stairs which may prove slippery. Helpful manag
“Better then home from home.” Lovely area of cornwall.
Very spacious lodge, high quality furnishings, very comfortable indeed.
Lovely touch of the 'Cornish goods basket' with butter etc to greet me on arrival.
I would defiantly go back again.
We have just returned home from a week in Kerensa. It is a well loved lodge and every care is taken to make sure you feel like you are important to Pat the owner. Kerensa is beautifully fitted with al… More
So pleased you enjoyed yourselves and that you felt at home in Kerensa Lodge. I look forward to welcoming you back
“Everything we needed.. and more! Luxury lodging at it's best.”
Reviewed 28 May 2013
My partner and I stayed at Kerensa for a week, it is a perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle. When we arrived we were very pleased with the lodge; it is very well kept outside and very clean ins… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. I love this area of Cornwall and my lodge and it makes me feel so good when others share this love. With so much to do and see, I feel sure I will be seeing you again very soon and look forward to welcoming you back
“Family Treat” My Wife and I and our two children went on a visit down memory lane. We hadn't visited Abergele for some time. It was our home town many years ago and to show the children where we used to live was wonderful for us.
Catref as a base co
“the best holiday let I have stayed in, gorgeous!” I am really fussy so when we arrived at Salt Herring to a beautiful, warm, well furnished cottage we were really pleased. We arrived in the dark and with driving rain but the cottage was cosy and we s
“Cosy, well equipped, modern house with stunning views”
Reviewed 27 Dec 2012
On our arrival we found that the heating had been switched on, fresh flowers had been placed in vases and a box of shortbread and some sweets had been left for us. All small touches but it made us fee… More
“an excellent holiday cottage”
Reviewed 21 Nov 2012
Salt Herrings is a cosy 'home from home'. Extremely comfortable and well equipped. We enjoyed the plentiful supply of logs and the wonderful sea views. The owner was very friendly and helpful. Positio… More
“What an amazing find.”
Reviewed 24 Sep 2012
What an amazing find, a lovely location for a beautifully furnished and well equipped apartment. Every need was provided for, from the wood burning stove to the vases of freshly cut flowers.It was war… More
“Well equipped and great location” We have stayed here both in Spring and Summer and the house is cosy in the cold weather due to a lovely log fire and great in the summer too with a sun trap of a garden.
The kitchen is very well equipped - love the a
“A good place to stay” Palm Cottage has a welcoming atmosphere about it, and is a splendid place in which to spend a holiday. It is old and characterful, and blends well with its beautiful surroundings. When not in use as a holiday cottage, it is cle
When we walked in my Father in-law said "We have hit the jackpot!". It is a home away from home and you can tell that it is a well loved & cared for place. We were a group of 4 adults and 2 young chil… More
“Comfortable & Cosy Home from Home”
Reviewed 23 Jun 2012
We stayed here with our 13 year old son during Jubilee week, despite the unseasonable weather (especially the gale force winds at the end of the week) we had a lovely time. Couldn't fault the cottage… More
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental” An absolutely fabulous vacation rental. If you are looking to spend some time in the Mont Tremblant area look no further. This beautiful home is modern, spacious, and conveniently located just minutes from th
We stayed for 9 nights in July and we could happily have stayed for another week. We hiked and cycled and enjoyed the super hot weather. It was lovely to relax out on the terrace in the evenings. The … More
“Best option in Tremblant”
Reviewed 3 Jan 2017
The property is by far the best in the area. It is perfectly appointed and the photographs are completely accurate. 8 to 10 people fit perfectly. My family and I had a lovely Christmas and New Year's … More
“Magical Way To Start The New Year”
Reviewed 10 Jan 2013
We have done some vacation rentals in the past with mixed results so initially we were considering a hotel in the area -but given that we were a group of ten, ranging in age from 3 to 76, we decided t… More