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.
“One man and his two dogs” I had a weeks stay with my two Yorkies in Sept 2011 and i could not have been better treated by Mr and Mrs Campbell.
They made sure all my needs were met before I arrived and while i was staying in The Robins,
My two Yorkie
The Robins was the perfect place for us to stay for our 3 months winter break from our home in France. Cosy and clean and a super comfortable bed awaited us along with some delicious cake and a bottle… More
SEPTEMBER SALE *** Dramatic views, loch side location, large private garden and ample living space for up to 10 guests. A warm and comfortable home from which to explore the wonderful Torridon mountains, lush green valleys and crystal clear waters of the West Coast. …see more
“Excellent Holiday Let in good quiet location” Stayed for a week at Half Term in October.
Owners are really nice, helpful and friendly. there if you need them but they leave you alone if you want.
Accommodation is tidy, clean and well presented.
We spent 3 busy and very exciting weeks in the bungalow. It was very clean and quite spacious (3 children in the room was a maximum, but they could let steam off in the garden or in the big playroom i… More
“Very enjoyable stay.”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2012
We stayed in this property for 4 nights and found it to be very pleasant and comfortable. The accommdation was spacious and very clean. The kitchen was very well equipped and the bedrooms of ample siz… More
Reviewed 4 Sep 2011
Very spacious annex next to owners property, nice kitchen and comfortable beds. Huge garden next to a stream and footpaths. A great base for exploring the local area. Sky TV including movie channels w… More
“large attractive house in perfect situation” our family of 5[5 adults+2 small children] found birch house a fabulous place to stay. the house was spotless,large and thoughtfully set up. a welcome package was on the table,shelves stacked with child and
We absolutely loved The Birch House! It felt just like a home-away-from-home. The cottage has a large living room and kitchen on the ground floor with everything you could ever need to cook. There are… More
“Lovely comfortable house in an ideal location”
Reviewed 23 Jul 2012
We stayed at Birch House with a group of friends and their small children. The house was clean, spacious, well equipped and comfortable, its an ideal house for families or a group of friends staying t… More
Reviewed 6 Feb 2012
Our stay at Birch House coincided with my 60th birthday (end of January) and we couldn't have chosen a better location. We arrived on an icy cold evening and the house felt warm and welcoming. Spaciou… More
“Just what we wanted” travelling; myself, husband and four year old son. It was our first time abroard since having a child. I wanted a family friendly place with a home from home feel, suitable for toddlers but not a "family resort" full of kids. The
“Excellent and very comfortable accommodation with lovely view of the mountain”
Reviewed 16 Mar 2016
Great comfortable and quiet accommodation in very easy walking distance of Luz. Very spacious. Pool facilities and on site restaurant also very good. Would stay again.… More
Thank you for your excellent review
We look forward to your next visit
Reviewed 14 Jul 2012
Villa baia is a beautiful complex, and this apartment is excellent , spacious and ultra modern. i would highly recommend it to family and friends, you are very close to the beach and excellent restaur… More
“A very relaxing holiday, a lovely spacious apartment with with all amenities to hand”
Reviewed 2 Jul 2012
We (family of 4 including two daughters aged 11 and 8) had a most relaxing stay in Villa Baia. The apartment complex was lovely - the apartment was very spacious and very clean - the pool area was l… More
“Fantastic villa in wonderful location.” This was our second stay at Villa Con Vista - stayed here last year as well. Spacious and airy, beautifully decorated, extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean. Tranquil location in rural Italy. Ideal for a
“Amazing villa, wonderful views, temples and buffalos - a great holiday.”
Reviewed 18 Aug 2011
There were five of us with ages ranging from 6 - 60+ and the holiday at Villa con Vista suited all of us. The three children spent most of their time in the pool, the adults read in the shade of the … More
“Has the wow factor until you see otherwise.......”
Reviewed 10 Aug 2012
Stayed at Villa Con Vista and found the Villa beautifully presented although we had some problems here are a FEW -flood from the air conditioning in one bedroom (we had just arrived) it took two days … More
Obviously, we are always keen to hear feedback, and we are sorry to hear that Villa Con Vista did not meet our guest’s expectations on this particular occasion.
Prior to this, we had no serious problems with the air conditioning units, and they have operated faultlessly since. Being in a secluded and rural part of Italy, 48 Hours to have the air conditioning unit attended to and fixed we feel is actually very good. Clearly we would have preferred this not to happen in the first place, but as with any house with electrical appliances, despite regular maintenance, these things very occasionally happen.
The local commune (council) controls the water supply in the area, and sometimes regulates to private residences during exceptionally hot summers, at night when required.
We provide all of our guests with our home and personal mobile numbers. We are always happy to take guests' calls and would have been happy to explain how to switch over to the alternate water supply if this was required
“Fantastic sea views” What a lovely location, sea views from every window, short walk to the prom. Kitchen well stocked with crockery etc. very clean with towels and bed linen provided. Thank you to the owner, we will be back next year!
Well resourced apartment, beautiful views, ample parking, short walk to Portstewart Promenade. We found everything we could possibly need in the apartment for a lovely relaxing holiday. I loved the fa… More
“Excellent views of ocean and coast.”
Reviewed 31 Aug 2016
Great apt, clean and roomy. Great views from comfy sofa and big arm chairs. Has all emenities for self catering.… More
“Beach Cottage” Absolutely 5 star, so well equipped .beds very comfy. we had such a relaxing time. nice walking from the cottage. shops,pubs take aways all without needing the car. we would certainly book again.
“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.
“Beautiful house. Great location.” We loved the location and the house was beautiful! We stayed with my parents and another family, 12 of us altogether, so much space and very well equipped with everything you'd need.
Would deffinately recommend. Ho
“Beautiful, spotlessly clean, friendly owners, perfect!” 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
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
“Luxurious barn conversion in beautiful countryside.”
Reviewed 9 Jun 2011
The barn provides both characterful and luxurious accommodation. The open plan kitchen/dining/living area is light and spacious as is the master bedroom. The second bedroom is a bit of a squeeze, bu… More
Sorry I have not responded to your review before. Thank you for your comment regarding the size of the 2nd bedroom I have changed it around and hope it feels more spacious. We have also done some upgrades since last year. Wi Fi. A TV in the main bedroom. Some new lighting and plants and coming next month we are putting in a hazel hurdle along the border to make the garden a little more private.
“Tranquil haven in sleepy village” We enjoyed our 10 night stay at Le Petit Mas in the village of St Etienne du Gres.
The accommodation itself was lovely, peaceful and had everything you could wish for. Our host Genevive was charming. The garden an
Du 20 au 27 avril 2013 nous avons passé une très agréable semaine de vacances au " Petit Mas", gîte que nous avons connu par relations. Mes enfants ont pu profiter du jardin et des balançoires lo… More
“ideal situation” Well appointed apartment situated within a short distance of central Morlaix with ample parking space on adjacent road. Nice park opposite. There is a large garden at the rear sadly the weather during our visit was not good.
What a find - excellent location 5 minutes walk from town but quiet & peaceful. Large first floor one bedroom apartment, with comfortable terrace overlooking the garden; very well equipped with everyt… More
Private self-contained villa in bush setting, family friendly, a short stroll to the beach. A beautiful, peaceful place to experience the best of Tasmania's unique attributes.
ALL PROFITS ARE DONATED TO CHARITY
(tariffs less out-of-pocket expenses, see receipts in …see more
“Stunning house with gorgeous views 5 star” We had 1 week in june in the house and wish it were more. The house is well equipped (very well) and was spotless when we arrived. The scenery is stunning, and the house is well placed centrally on skye.
“Perfect home from home.” Only stayed a few days but wish it was longer. We are a family party of eight & the cottage was big enough to give us plenty of space & comfort. We all felt so relaxed during our stay, & everything we needed was provided. The
Seal cottage is a well equipped, cosy cottage, set in a peaceful location with beautiful views. A very relaxing break.… More
“Lovely location, great sized accommodation.”
Reviewed 7 Sep 2015
Booking process and communication all straight forward.
House ready on-time on the day, warm, friendly greeting by owners parents (including milk for tea and cakes)
Property gardens, lo… More
“soooo relaxing” hi just arrived home from a wonderful week tattershall lakes.what made our stay even better was the `golden eye` lodge that we stayed in .the position of it is perfect right on the waters edge and what a sun trap.the lodge is large,cl
i can not fault anything here even the main complex has stayed open for the whole month of november.… More
“Great and great and great did not want to leave”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2016
We was lost for words better than pics we saw wham booking .will be going back again really really happy with our stay .… More
“Wonderful relaxing holiday with great views!!”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2012
Had a fantastic week here at Golden eye lodge, took my elderly mother and my 2 children aged 12 & 15 and also our pet dog came too, his first holiday!!
We all loved the hot tub, so much so i am going… More
“A beautiful home away from home in a stunning location!” Cornerstone is a comfortable, extremely well-equipped 4-bed house, particularly suitable for families with children. The Wi-Fi was a really useful recent addition! The beds were particularly com
“Very comfortable and homely house in an attractive and peaceful location”
Reviewed 18 Apr 2013
We enjoyed a very restful and relaxing week in this lovely home-from-home. The house is very warm and comfortable and the facilities on the Estate ensured that there was something for everybody to do … More
Reviewed 30 Mar 2013
Great house. Very cold outside for our weekend away but lovely to have the wood burner for a cosy atmosphere inside. Lots of little extras that the owners provided to make it feel like a real home fro… More
“Fantastic house in a beautiful setting - would definiately stay again!”
Reviewed 16 Jan 2013
We had a wonderful time at the Cornerstone property near Cirencester. We stayed for 2 nights over NYE and had such a lovely welcome (champagne, chocolates, wood for the fire!). The owners were a pleas… More
“Relaxing break” Lovely cottage. Had a relaxing weekend. Was there for mother in laws 85th birthday and she said it was best birthday she has had . Great location, a short walk to coastal path that has stunning views across the Firth of Forth.. Shops n
Rented Lily's cottage with 2 friends for a birthday/post Xmas getaway.Knew it was the perfect spot to spend time together in a quiet, relaxing hideaway.Cooked wonderful food and did not even feel the… More
I am very glad you had such a good time and I want to thank you for your very kind words about the cottage. I have to agree with you about how wonderful Crail and the East Neuk of Fife is and I do hope that you make it back in the summer - it really is a fabulous place to be, especially if you get any sunshine!
“Perfect in every way. Gorgeous wee cottage.”
Reviewed 12 Jul 2012
My husband and I enjoyed a lovely week in June in this fab cottage in Crail. The decor was so tasteful and it had everything in it we needed. Perfect location too. We'll be back!… More
“The best holiday home I have ever experienced!” If anyone is planning a relaxing holiday in the beautiful seaside town of Castlerock, then this is absolutely the house for them. It is really spacious, spotlessly clean, stylishly decorated and the perf
“Very Friendly Welcome, Spotless Home, Best in Castlerock. 10-10”
Reviewed 8 Jan 2017
Really enjoyed our stay here. Lovely clean house with all the extras. Owners so friendly and helpful. Will be back, I would recommend this house to anyone.… More
“clean, comfortable, home from home.”
Reviewed 23 Jun 2014
Castleshaw had all the room and amenities we needed with 2 small children, perfectly located for everything we wanted to do and easy access to the beach. Would definitely stay again.… More
Reviewed 23 Jun 2014
The house was clean and tidy, well-equipped and very comfortable. Great bedroom and living room, perfect for a couple. It felt like home.
The village is lovely, very peaceful and welcoming, and the … More
“10/10 accommodation, stunning views and location” First time to the Lake District, AND WONT BE THE LAST!
I booked last minute as a surprise for my partner who has been snowed under for weeks at work and desperately needed a break! Booking was easy an
Excellent accomodation, excellent location, excellent facilities,
Brian, the owner was nothing short of fantastic. He dealt with queries, came to meet me on the day of arrival, leaving flowers & a bo… More
“Excellent first class treatment”
Reviewed 4 Dec 2012
Fantastic booking experience and accommodation. Could not fault our weekend away.
Very clean linen and warm cozy continuous heating. The owner knows how to please and has every aspect of letting cov… More
“What a pleasurable family holiday, lovely accommodation, lovely site. Highly recommend.”
Reviewed 25 Nov 2012
Accommodation lovely, everything thought of, lovely shower, high quality utensils, flat screen tv, full freeview, Xbox, fully heated. Right next to Ambleside / Coniston but lovely and quiet. Swimming … More
“Perfect spot with amazing views” I have already recommended this place to several friends, it is such a perfect place to stay. The views from the house are stunning and the large window area with plenty of seating and long, light evenings meant it was
beautiful and cosy cottage, at a fantastic and breathtaking location, close to the bridge. Fully equipped, very comfy, piano was a bonus. having 3 bathrooms was great too, so there was no rush in the … More
“A diamond of a place”
Reviewed 10 May 2014
The reaction from my kids within a few minutes of arriving after a long wet and windy drive to find Ashaig House looking out onto a beautiful scorched red evening sky and seascape best sums up my feed… More
Reviewed 27 Apr 2014
Ashaig House is a perfect place (base camp) for those visiting Isle of Skye. It's well located, with all facilities and a AMAZING landscape view. By the way, the house is really new. I recommend this … More
Sleeps up to 7 adults and 1 child + infants
The Corner House is a charming Grade II listed four-bedroom period property in the centre of Shipston on Stour, dating back to the early 19th Century. It has been renovated to a high standard and is beautifully decorated thro …see more
“Lovely house, lovely location.” House was very well presented and the welcome basket was such a lovely touch. The house was ideal for our holiday, it was very comfortable and had everything we could need. Would stay here again and would recommend to m
“Lovely house with stunning views” I stayed at Casa Alegria for 7 days in early September. It's a traditional house in a village, situated at the top of the village with an incredibly easy and straightforward drive up to the house (often in small whit
Had a fantastic time staying in Casarabonela! The house was perfect and gave us the opportunity to either stay in or quickly walk down into the village. Also, being in such close proximity to the mu… More
Thank-you very much for your honest and informative review !
“worth every penny - an excellent villa”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2016
Just spent two weeks with my wife and two daughters aged 9 and 15. The villa is very comfortable, well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and pillows, everything you need including bbq and beach thin… More
I'm glad you all had such a good time at the house. We love the village and try to get out there as often as we can. Thanks for such a good review. Did you manage to go horse riding in the end?
“Boys Weekend walking and Drinking”
Reviewed 24 May 2011
The accomodation is first class which is like a a home from home. The view from the property across the village with the mountains in the background are beautiful. The village itself contains many s… More
Thank-you for taking the time to give us your experience of our Casita.. Casarabonela is definitely a very friendly village and even with limited Spanish language skills anyone can enjoy the relaxed village life !
Unique and exclusive natural setting. Private resort style house with included amenities such as internet, satellite TV, Computer, Hammock, BBQ, Outdoor Setting, Sound System and much more.<br />Only metres from the whitest sand in the world. Enjoy your privacy w …see more
The Barton Annexe ,in East Lydford near Somerton ,Glastonbury and Street and close to Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet is a single storey self-contained property with own access and entrance. Situated in a quiet village location, minutes from the A303 and A37. It is an …see 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
“Wonderful apartment, fantastic location” This was our third year at the Porto Mos complex - and this was by far the best apartment we have stayed in. As with all of them the location is great - close to the beach and the great restaurants and bars the
Pros: Beautiful newly built first floor apartment. Kitchen well equipped and gas BBQ useful. Great position on hill above Porto de Mos beach, good view of field / sea from balcony. Only takes 10mins … More
“Gorgeous flat with sea view” The pictures on the Internet already looked fabulous but it was even better for real. We had a warm welcome by Gail. Allthough the weather could have been better, it did not spoil our weekend. We had an open fire if the co
This flat is gorgeous, the views are stunning, high ceiling gives this extra spacious feel. Flat had anything you need even bottle steriliser for babies etc etc Gail was very welcoming and nice and ex… More
Reviewed 18 Aug 2016
Loved this place! Very spacious, well stocked kitchen, great location. Brilliant that they had a stair gate too which we could use to stop our 16mth going down the stairs to the bathroom!!! Liked the … More
Thanks for your review. Really sorry to hear about the cleanliness issues - especially the wine glass. I'll make sure this gets addressed.
“3rd visit already”
Reviewed 20 Oct 2016
what can I say: we just finished our 3rd stay and enjoyed it as much as we did the 2 times before. A very nice place to stay with a fantastic view. Just great!… More
Great to have you back again! Thanks for the great review. C
Chalet Feiler is a 5 star luxurious boutique-styled chalet with a sauna and hot tub. Perched at 1700 metres, with uninterrupted views of the Rhone valley and southern Swiss Alps, it is but minutes from the lifts and slopes of the world-renowned Verbier 4 Valleys. …see more