Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.
Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.
If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.001 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Beach house in Seaford on the Sussex coast. Fantastic coastal and inland walks, 2 golf courses on the doorstep and swimming and fishing at the end of the front garden. 12 miles from Brighton, 8 from Eastbourne, 2 miles from Newhaven, gateway to Europe.Salts recreation …see more
“Delighted to return to this lovely home”
Reviewed 13 Dec 2015
Returned with family to lovely sea front home, super cosy despite gale force winds.
A warm welcome from the owners together with the comfy seating in the living room, fresh new bed linens and a well… More
Reviewed 3 Aug 2015
We had such a lovely stay at this gorgeous house - it's so comfortable, and has been finished beautifully. The beach is right across the road (you can hear the waves!), and only a minute's walk away i… More
“5 star self-catering by the beach - sets the standard for holiday rentals”
Reviewed 8 Dec 2014
Driftwood was a lovely place to stay, child-friendly with an amazing sea-view.
The whole house has been immaculately finished, right down to the details, and the owners have also thought about a… More
Nearest beach 5 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car essential;
Idyllic rural retreat in the green hills of County Down. Close to famous Mourne Mountains, the shores of Carlingford Lough, Newry, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor. Within 90 minute drive from Dublin and Belfast airports. …see more
Nearest beach 6 km; Ski; Suitable for children age 5+;
This newly rennovated lodge in Nethy Bridge, is located just a 15 minute drive from Aviemore. The private garden has relaxing views of the river and the forests, and is the perfect place from which to start enjoying the beautiful Cairngorm National Park. …see more
“Superb relaxing location”
Reviewed 18 Jul 2014
We had a great time in lovely surrounds the cottage was clean, kid friendly and right by the river - dear and grouse in the garden incredible
Reviewed 5 Sep 2015
Beautiful house, beautiful location. Private quiet soothing just what we needed. The beds were superb. Safe for the dogs and so many walks on the doorstep. So close to the many attractions in the Cair… More
Nearest beach 40 km; Suitable for children age 5+; Car advised;
Old Oak Barn is perfect if you are looking to enjoy a luxurious stay with friends and/or family in peaceful and tranquil setting with uninterrupted views over the beautiful Suffolk countryside - you will not be disappointed. …see more
“Wow - Great place to get together with friends and family!”
Reviewed 13 Jan 2015
We were a group of friends with two little ones 6 & 2yrs getting together to celebrate my 40th birthday. I'm so glad we agreed on The Old Oak Barn, it was perfect. I was welcomed with bubbly, chops an… More
Hi - thanks a lot for the positive comments about the barn and your suggestion about the skylights - I have now fitted blackout blinds to all the skylights so 'light' sleepers will be able to enjoy a good nights sleep.
The nearest pub is 3.5 miles from the barn, either in Debenham or Thorndon - I have walked it before during the day and it takes a little over 1 hour. Alternatively, it is great to get out on bikes as there is very little traffic or there are some local taxi companies in the info file in the barn. Another trick I do myself, is drive to the pub in the evening, and collect the car(s) the next day using somebody else's. With 10 guests at the barn, there are usually 3 or 4 cars amongst the party. This also gives you the added advantage of going to other beautiful pubs in the area a little further away. The closest supermarket is also only 3.5 miles away in Debenham along with a butchers, bakers etc. This information is also in the info pack at the barn. Thank you for your stay and I hope you'll return to Old Oak Barn someday.
“Magnificent barn furnished to a very high standard.”
Reviewed 30 Oct 2014
We are a family of 9, ages from 5 to 70 and this is our second visit to this property. We all wholeheartedly recommend the barn, the owners were on hand and very helpful in sorting any minor problems … More
“Great place to get together and relax”
Reviewed 11 Jul 2014
The barn is a beautifully restored property in a very quiet area of Suffolk but still easily accessible form London. The owner has spared no expense in making it a great place to get together with fri… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 70 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Falstaff is a superb 5 star newly refurbished cottage in the beautiful Malvern Hills, Private Hot tub, wifi, tv/dvd in lounge and bedrooms. private grounds, beautiful gardens, private fishing lake, Tucked away but only a few minutes to pubs, restaurants etc.Falstaff is …see more
“Totally fantastic place. Would definitely recommend it.”
Reviewed 30 Nov 2014
We had a really wonderful weekend here. The cottage is lovely, really homely and cosy. Hot tub and wood burner were amazing. Beautiful walks in the area. Clive was great. I'd highly recommend staying… More
Reviewed 16 Mar 2014
We wanted to get away from our normal hectic schedule to somewhere with peace & quiet and plenty of chill factor. We were not disappointed. The location was ideal for us. As you approach up the long … More
Great flat, lovely views, 150m from the slopes. What made our stay was the quality and size and the flat plus the ease of use re the ski/boot room, using the garage before the flat was ready to store… More
“Very nice apartment in a good location”
Reviewed 7 Apr 2015
Great stay at this apartment and good communication and guidance from the owner Catherine. This apartment is new, and nicely furnished with good living space available for up to 6 persons. About 150m … More
Sleeping up to 14 + 4 (extra beds for children) + 2 cots, this spacious, comfortable villa with a spectacular, private pool, set in it';s own gardens on an exclusive, quiet urbanization is just a few minutes drive from the sea. Ideal for larger families or groups. …see more
Reviewed 13 Sep 2015
Buenas vacaciones, en un entorno fabuloso, y con unos propietarios muy amables y atentos.
Esperamos volver, y además lo hemos recomendado a varios amigos nuestros… More
Gracias por su revisión. Sería muy bienvenido a venir otra vez
“Delightful and Perfect”
Reviewed 9 Aug 2014
We were three sets of one family staying at Casa Case and having the individual "homes" provided flexibility and privacy, plus that all important own space!!!
The accommodation was spot on, clean, … More
3 bedroom detached air-conditioned villa with private pool, 1/2 acre of land and beautiful views of Mediterranean and mountains. 5 minutes from the traditional Cretan village of Kokkino Chorio. 10 minutes from blue flag sandy beaches & beach front tavernas of AlmyridaLi …see more
“Excellent villa, Excellent island, Excellent time!”
Reviewed 6 Oct 2015
Myself and friends had a fantastic stay in Villa Challis. As we did not have a car, it was great that there were 3 tavernas in walking distance all serving delicious food. We were regular visitors to… More
Thanks for your 5 star review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and that you liked the local tavernas. The beaches at Almyrida and Kokkino Chorio are very different so it was great you took the opportunity to visit both. There also some great beaches in Kalives. We look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future
“Lovely villa, very peaceful and well equipped!”
Reviewed 12 Aug 2013
Villa Challis is a lovely, peaceful and well equipped villa. The villa is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts but not too far away so that you don't feel like exploring some… More
I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Challis. Sorry it was a bit windy when you were there. You are right - occasionally you do get a breeze, though sometimes this can be a pleasant relief. We have just been there for 2 weeks ourselves and we could have done with the odd breeze! Thanks very much for your great review.
“A little bit of paradise!”
Reviewed 3 Jul 2013
We had a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. The villa was well equipped,it had everything you could think of. I even said to my husband if I was so inclined I could bake a cake, it simply had every u… More
We are really pleased that you had such a wonderful holiday at Villa Challis. We have actually baked a number of cakes there for our childrens' birthdays! However, we have never seen a snake - that must have been exciting! Thank you very much for your very positive comments.
Great for children of all ages ; Car essential; No pets allowed;
Easy access to the beautiful nature sights of Borgarfjord. Vivid bird life all around. Hiking without limits …see more
“Wonderful house with spectacular views”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2014
We loved our holiday in Iceland, and Brekka was a great place to stay. The house is fabulous - modern, clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped. The views are stunning. We loved the hot tub, of … More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 4 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Lovely 4 bed cottage. Peaceful, Dorset village location. Sleeps up to 8 adults. 3 toilets, 2 bathrooms. Child friendly. Beautiful surrounding countryside. Winter and summer destination. Outside dining. Off street parking. Good public transport links. …see more
“Shhhhhh! Dont tell anyone”
Reviewed 16 Oct 2013
This is a great place to stay in Dorset.
You have the quiet setting of Upwey but with the local activities just down the road.
The house was superb and enough for the 4 of us.
The host , could not … More
“excellent experience of staying”
Reviewed 30 Jul 2013
Property located very close to Weymouth beach, about 5min drive; also close to supermarket, very convenient.
Owner is very friendly, house is super clean and have home feeling. Great place to stay… More
Reviewed 28 Jun 2013
This was a great getaway from our busy life. We were totally unwound in this house with every convenience we could wish for. There was privacy at the rear to be able to dine in the evening or to go… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 3 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Ballyvaughan, Burren, Co. Clare, Wild Atlantic Way, Galway Bay, West of Ireland, Sea, Beach nearby
Family friendly, pet friendly, disabled accessible, romantic. Space, views, 4 bedrooms,deck, garden. Hot Tub, Sauna, Stove.Privacy, peace quiet. Walking routes, village. C …see more
“An ideal place to get away from it all!”
Reviewed 15 Apr 2014
We chose to stay in Ballyvaughan, having been before, and desperate for a bit of wilderness and fresh air. We could not have found a better place. The McGraths did everything to make us feel very welc… More
Reviewed 18 Jul 2015
We had a wonderful stay at this vacation rental. We traveled to Ireland to celebrate my mom's birthday and this accommodation was the perfect fit for us. It was very spacious and allowed us all to hav… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.1 km; Not suitable for children;
A truly unique property to St Ives, Black Moon is a stunningly designed 1 bedroom apartment that looks out over St Ives Bay. Perfect as a private getaway and decadent in the extreme, this is a truly sexy space very much designed with a couple in mind. …see more
“Just go !”
Reviewed 8 Jan 2014
Just go, you won't regret it..that's a promise.
This accommodation is perfect for a romantic escape. The beach was very pretty, the small town of St Ives is lovely and great restaurants are within e… More
“Out of this world”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2014
From outside the front door in a charming street near the Quay, you step through into another world. It took us 2 hours just looking at and admiring the pure luxury and decadence of all that was Blac… More
“Lovely way to start married life.....”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2014
Some friends of ours recommended Black Moon and when we walked in the door we were not disappointed. It is absolutely beautiful with an amazing view. Perfect location for the town and in December when… More
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.6 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Fully refurbished 4 star luxury 2 bed apartment with private gardens, ample parking and sea views to Craigleith Island. Minutes from North Berwick train station, the famous West Course, beaches, shops and restaurants. Perfect for family and golfing holidays. …see more
Reviewed 27 Apr 2015
I visited Guilders green for the weekend with my partner, mother and three year old daughter. We all enjoyed our stay in fantastic accommodation in a superb location. We will definitely be returning a… More
Thank you for your kind review. We will welcome you back any time and as a returning guest, you will enjoy 10% discount - contact us direct for the best prices. Kind regards, Gilder's Green.
“A beautiful holiday home situated in a stunning part of Scotland.”
Reviewed 17 Apr 2015
I can highly recommend Gilder's Green to anybody in search of a peaceful getaway. Such a clean, cosy, well decorated home. There are plenty of games, books etc within the cottage and the kitchen is we… More
Thank you for your very kind review. We hope to welcome you back to Gilders Green soon.
“Gilders Green is Excellent”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2014
If you go to North Berwick, we did as a family with to teenaged daughters, please consider to stay at the beatifull, clean and well equipped Gilders green.Gilders green is a quiet cottage near all fac… More
Thank you very much for your kind review - we are pleased you enjoyed the quiet location of the cottage, yet being very close to all of the amenities.
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.8 km; Great for children of all ages ;
3 Bedroomed modern self catering cottage in Walberswick, Suffolk. Flexible sleeping for up to 5. Enclosed garden. Walking distance to beach and local amenities. Well equipped kitchen, phone & WIF available, wood burning stove in lounge and central heating throughout.Was …see more
Reviewed 2 Jan 2013
The cottage is all that it says. We loved it. The situation is beautiful, ideal for a family holiday, or as we are a couple. The wood burning stove is very efficient, the wi fi and broadband worked we… More
The Manse is a beautiful house, warm, comfortable and very spacious. The facilities are excellent. We made good use of the barbeque area and the games room, playing pool every night. Great sauna and j… More
We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope you will spread the good word and come and stay again some time.
Regards John and Shona
Large Family Home With Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool, Gardens And Spectacular Country And Sea Views
Perfect Spot For Discovering The Delights Of North Wales With Plenty Of Extras To Keep Entertained
Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms). Large well equipped games room.Amenities/Facili …see more
Great for children of all ages ; Car advised; No pets allowed;
The beautiful two storey Coach House sleeps 8 people and is situated in the picturesque grounds of the Bragborough Hall estate and is perfect for families or a group of friends to enjoy a special break together, with lots to do on the farm and in the surrounds.
Luxury detached villa with stunning panoramic sea views and private pool, sleeps 6 on Monte Pego, near Denia. Well equipped, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air conditioning and large sun terrace with dining area and BBQ. …see more
Reviewed 21 Sep 2015
Wow what a gorgeous villa, we cannot recommend this place enough for holidays with family or friends. We stayed in Casa Kathleen for 10 days with another couple and 2 babies. The facilities are great,… More
“******All I can Say is First Class*****”
Reviewed 3 Jun 2015
Just arrived back home from a weeks stay in this lovely First Class Villa. I would 100% recommend this Villa to everyone. We were met at the Villa and the welcome and service was excellent. Thank you … More
“Absolutely fantastic place to stay, in a great location with loads to do and see.”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2015
We stayed at Casa Kathleen in the last week in June and first week of July this year. The villa lived up to our expectations and was well kept and appeared to have recently been redecorated. The villa… More
Nearest beach 1 km; Not suitable for children; Car essential;
Guests can arrive anytime after 3pm and must vacate the premises on the day of departure by 1030am …see more
“MERVELLOUS STAY WITH MERVELLOUS HOSTS”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2013
Gill and Ian are really nice people, so generous, so welcoming, giving precious advice to discover their mervellous piece of land. A kind of paradise for all who love Nature and like to go for long wa… More
Thank you - we just do our best to get it right for our guests.
“Fantastic Luxurious Villa with a great friendly host”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2013
Stayed at Villa Fucos. It was fantastic. The owner was very attentive and friendly (she even did the cleaning of the house every couple of days) Nothing was too much of a bother for her and she even b… More
I'm greatly appreciate your having taken the time to review my villa and I'm glad that you had fantastic vacations.
It is with pleasure to learn that you enjoyed your stay and you relaxed!! I'm happy to know that you liked the house and the pool and they met your expectations; I hope to welcome you back in the near future and thank you again for your review.
All the best,
Reviewed 9 Aug 2015
It was a very nice place, with a lot of facilities. The villa has a very nice view, a big and beautiful pool,
The owner was very friendly with us, helpful with all kind of informations and provides… More
thank you very much for spending some time to write such a nice review! I'm really glad that you find Villa Fuoco super and you enjoy the big swimming pool and the nice view as well. It was a real pleasure to have you as guests and I'll be happy to welcome you again in the future.
“Relaxing and Enjoyable”
Reviewed 9 Sep 2015
The villa is very nicely decorated, new, spacious and clean. We were a group of two families with young children and teenagers and we all liked the accommodation very much. It is very conveniently loc… More
thank you for taking some time to write a review about your stay. I'm very pleased to hear that you like the house and the location helped you explore the island and have relaxing and enjoyable vacation. It was really nice having you in Villa Fuoco and I will be glad to welcome you in the future.
All the best,
Beach / lakeside relaxation; Nearest beach 0.015 km; Great for children of all ages ;
Beachfront, three bedroom apartment with free wi-fi ,in smart location close to shops, restaurants and cafes. Spacious accommodation with large kitchen diner. Ideal for the larger family or group. …see more
“Superb Apartment, Great Location”
Reviewed 2 Dec 2014
Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised at how close the property was to the clean, sweeping beach of Sao Martinho and were immediately impressed with the apartment’s size and location. Three bedr… More
“A Delightful Apartment”
Reviewed 14 Dec 2012
An exceptionally well managed stay from my initial inquiry (a recommendation from an Australian friend) to collection at Lisbon airport and drop off at the door by lovely friendly Nelson. This had bee… More
“Great Modern apartment in a great location”
Reviewed 13 Dec 2012
My wife and I stayed in this apartment with another couple for five days, using it as a base to see some of t he local sights of the Silver Coast. We drove to Sao Martinho from Lisbon and were met by … More
Nearest beach 70 km; Great for children of all ages ; Car advised;
The house itself sits on the banks of the River Ettrick. We have a hot tub for your use and a playhouse for the children. The Garden is walled in where you can also enjoy yard games and the water garden which attracts all kind of wildlife. Guided hill walking and in hou …see more