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.
“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.
“Excellent holiday home.” We spent a most relaxing and enjoyable week in this lovely holiday home which was tasefully decorated and had absolutely everything we needed including television and internet access. It has a lovely big garden at the rear a
“Spacious, comfortable, and exceptionally good location.”
Reviewed 15 Jul 2012
Smart, well equiped house on a quiet street within walking distance of all Ballater's ameneties. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to our friends.… More
“Tigh an darroch ballater”
Reviewed 24 Jan 2017
Cannot fault the bungalow or the owner, the bungalow was perfect,very spacious and we didn't want for anything during our stay,the owner quickly replied to emails and went out of her way to make sure … More
Thanks for the review and I am glad to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the house. I look forward to welcoming you again in future
“Perfect stop-off point” This apartment was perfect for our needs. Lovely to find two singles rather than the usual twin - son/daughter understandably reluctant to share now they are older. Apartment was beautifully clean and had everything we needed
Nice & warm & very friendly owner
Easy to find & nicely located
Will definitely use again… More
A pleasure to have you stay with us Steven and look forward to seeing you again. All the Best for Christmas and the New Year.
Ray and sue
“great stay at viewpoint”
Reviewed 7 Jan 2013
had 2 weeks stay at viewpoint ray was on hand to help out from when i booked early last year,much better than the hotel the year before, able to make food at view point 3 bedrooms and living room.Lots… More
“Great Location and Host”
Reviewed 10 May 2012
excellent communication, very friendly, very nice location and views, easy to find, newly furnished and decorated, to great standard the only thing was the skylight didnt have a blind on but was nice … More
Le Pressoir is a detached cottage with rustic charm. You will know that you are in the heart of the country when you wake up to the sound of birdsong and you look out over the orchard to the rolling fields beyond. Suitable for a couple or for a family this gite has a me …see more
“2nd visit loved everything about it and didnt want to go home” Stayed here in Sept last year in the Farrows which was fantastic so as soon as we got back booked our week in May staying in The Pressing Room which was even better because the patio had a
Very nice, comfortable, cosy, beautiful, clean and spacious accommodation on a small quiet farm within an easy short drive to the coastal village of West bay....(broadchurch film location).
There's e… More
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, sorry about phone signal etc, hopefully soon the area will receive better coverage.
Happy new year to you both
“Perfect rural hideaway in Dorset”
Reviewed 16 Aug 2012
We were delighted by the Pressing Room - a lovely studio, tastefully decorated and very spacious for a couple. The farm setting was very peaceful, aided by high-quality windows which means there is z… More
Reviewed 24 Nov 2011
We loved our stay at the Pressing room! it's beautifully decorated, only made better by the stunning views.
Set on a working farm, in the perfectly idyllic countryside, everything about the pressing… More
“Cosy cottage in a beautiful location” Lovely and comfortable little cottage overlooking the Forest of Dean.
We really liked the location, easy to get to but away from it all. Nice secluded place with unspoilt views and access to paths and walkin
This has been one of my most favourite places to stay so far. The website pictures are exactly as they state and so is the promised peace and quiet. Listening to the owls in the forest late at night… More
Yes we like listening to the owls and enjoy all the wildlife around here and it is great to be able to share it with others who appreciate it too
Reviewed 19 Nov 2012
Lovely cosy cottage, exactly what I was hoping it would be! beautiful views with stunning walks nearby. The cottage came with everything we needed, the logs and firelighters and the refreshments provi… More
Glad you loved the ammenities as much as the cottage. Thank you.
“Regret we coudn't have stayed for longer”
Reviewed 21 Oct 2012
One of the easiest cottages we have ever had to book and one of the nicest , delightful owners . The cottage is in a peaceful location with wonderful views and it was spotlessly clean. Regret we coul… More
Thank you for your very positive comments we are so pleased that you loved the cottage as much as we do.
Imagine waking up in your very own 16th century French Farmhouse, full of character and charm yet with a contemporary & luxurious twist. You lay under the soft sheets listening to the sound of birds singing and owls toowwoing. Enjoy a fresh cup of Nespresso coffee a …see more
“Wonderful vacation because of the beautiful location, cottage, and owners!” This cottage is located on the sea with beautiful views off a country road. It is a beautiful little cottage with all amenities needed including heating, washer and dryer, fir
“A comfortable, relaxing stay.” La Vista was perfect for our extended family of 5 adults and 3 young kids. Well equipped and comfortable, the roof terrace and hot tub were fantastic. The area was nice and quiet, albeit the start of the season, but this
This is the second time I have stayed in this villa and would Highly recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. Lovely restaurants and bars a short walk away but most importantly the beautiful su… More
Thank you for taking the time to review La Vista and sharing your experience with other travellers.
It is always great to hear from guests who have enjoyed their stay at the house, and of course, to welcome people back who have enjoyed it so much that they want to stay again.
Many people comment on the sunsets, which are quite breath-taking.
We hope to be able to welcome you back again soon, and thank you once again.
“Outstanding property in a beutiful relaxing location”
Reviewed 12 Sep 2016
An amazing property in close proximity to a quite sheltered beach and some of the finest resturants with excellant quisine. Me and my family have just returned from a week and found the holiday one of… More
“Incredible Holiday in an Amazing House”
Reviewed 2 Feb 2014
We booked the house on a recommendation from a friend who had stayed in 2012, and we were not disappointed.
We did a big shop in Palma, at the supermarket near to the airport, and from there the jo… More
Thank you for sharing your experience with us and other travellers.
I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Vista, and were impressed with the property and its location.
As you say there is lots to do and see in the local area, and I am glad to hear that you took advantage of this.
I hope that we will be able to welcome you to stay again in the future.
“Would definitely stay here again!” 4 Bayview is located in a really beautiful place where the view from the front changes alot depending on the weather. It is situated between Oban and Fort William and for us was ideally placed so we can visit lots of
The cottage was well equipped and had everything we need to enjoy our stay. Despite the cold temperatures outside the cottage was nice and warm and there was plenty of space for the four of us. Ther… More
“Lovely Cottage by the Loch”
Reviewed 17 Jan 2017
Really enjoyed our stay. The cottage is perfect, cosy and has everything you need for a great highlands stay.… More
“A very well situated place”
Reviewed 6 Dec 2011
We spend a week with a magnificent weather in this place. The house is big enough and comfortable too. It is wonderfully located to go as well to the mountains as Ben Navis than to the sea, Oban is a … More
Newly refurbished 3 bedroom holiday cottage in the rural countryside setting of East Sussex with views over adjoining fields and woodland, The property is accessed from meres lane between Five Ashes and the historic village of Mayfield and is situated down a long driv …see more
“Ideal location, excellent accommodation with a homely feel !” We would highly recommend this home to all our friends and family, there is everything you need and more, including homely touches !
It is immacutely clean and modernised to a very high s
We've just returned from a three day break in Whitby & we stayed at this charming, quirky cottage.
It is absolutely spotless & so central to Whitby & all your possible needs.
On arriving there was a… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to you returning soon.
Jayne and Terry
“wonderful home from home”
Reviewed 19 Oct 2012
quirky , modernized cottage ....very clean and well stocked with essentials(tea,coffee ,biscuits) ...and lovely touch of fresh flowers ....
well situated ,great views of bridge and harbor .
felt … More
“Ideal cottage in central location”
Reviewed 19 Aug 2012
Lovely cottage, recently modernised, right in the centre of whitby. Cottage on four floors, no good for anyone with mobilty problems. Clean, reasonable priced. I love Whitby and would book again at t… More
Velez de Benaudalla / Las Terrazas del Jardin Nazari
2 7 Min stay varies
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Beach / lakeside relaxation
Nearest beach 16 km
Fantastic holiday apartment in the Spanish Costa Tropical. Situated on a luxury gated development in the heart of Velez de Benaudalla, just 15 mins from the beach or just over 1 hour to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unspoilt location in a lively village. Car recommended. …see more
HUTG-012385 Special villa for holidays in L´Escala, in 300m from the beach with private pool and large garden.
Villa del Sol is located in the best area of L´Escala. This area is surrounded by Riells Beach and the magnificent promenade overlooking to the bay …see more
“Brilliant” What Can I Say Absolutely Lovely Little Cottage Perfect Location very Peaceful Really Homely Thank You Fiona The Little Xmas Tree And Crackers Was The Perfect Touch Hope Too Be Back Again All Going Well And I Finish My Treatment x
“Relaxing Holiday” We stayed at Bienvenue with our friends from Austria for a week and a half in September. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay. The Holiday home was supurb (as was the weather!).
When you book a holiday home you always worry if it is act
Beautiful property inside and out. The standard of decor, the attention to detail and the small touches made for a very pleasant weekend break away.
You can open up the glass doors in the upstairs be… More
“Another fab stay and it didn't disappoint!”
Reviewed 26 Nov 2016
We were thrilled to return to Bienvenue and it was exhilarating to see the waves crashing against the White Cliffs and the ever present ferries off to France and back again. Everything was lovely and … More
“Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful location”
Reviewed 7 Sep 2016
Absolutely perfection! We enjoyed our week in Bienvenue, amazing views that you just can't stop looking out at! Lots of treats inside including pure cotton linen, large soft towels, Molton Brown toile… More
“Middleham cottage” We booked this cottage last minute for Christmas. It was warm and cosy in absolutely awful weather. We would have liked to look around more at Middleham but will have to come back and try again when the weather is better. Would d
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
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich
4 8 Min stay varies
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Beach / lakeside relaxation
“Fabulous place to stay” Perfect location, great lodge, plenty to do would go back again in the summer and bring the children. Facilities excellent owner very friendly and helpful. Be it a quiet weekend or action packed activities the lodge catered for
“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
A very appealing apartment on the outskirts of Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, set within the peaceful urbanisation of Jardin del Mar. The apartment is fully equipped for a relaxing holiday and is within five minutes drive of some of this coast's most beautiful, white, s …see more
“Excellent house, highly recommended” This is an excellent house, very close to Aviemore village. The house is lovely, a real home-from-home, and has everything you will ever need. Including enough bikes for us all to enjoy. The standard was very high,
We stayed at the house for a weekend break and had a fantastic time. There's plenty of room in the house for a family or a group of friends with a lovely seating area in the back garden too. The locat… More
Thanks for your kind review and delighted you enjoyed our house. We hope to welcome you back.
Reviewed 4 Nov 2016
The house was fantastic. It had everything we needed and more. A beautiful peaceful location only minutes from the village and many lovely walks and lochs to go to only a short drive away. Would defin… More
Delighted you enjoyed you enjoyed your stay and have rebooked for another trip. We look forward to welcoming you back.
“Our perfect family holiday” We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on
We enjoyed a lovely weekend break at the Mill Farm Cottages. The accommodation was perfect for our family's needs. The electric blankets and fire in the grate ready to go were a lovely added touch for… More
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay at Mill Farm. We loved having you and your family come to stay and especially glad to hear that the cottage suited you all. "Mr Hoppity" is in great form with all the attention given him by the children - its holiday time for him when the season starts up again each year. Thank you again for your business. Catherine & Austin
“Perfect for relaxation, peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the river.”
Reviewed 14 Sep 2012
Just what we needed. The cottage (brook cottage) was more beautiful than the pictures we had seen. Our daughter was over the moon about her bedroom where her bed had been thoughtfully made with hello … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us at Mill Farm, Foulkesmill; We are really glad that you found the cottage welcoming and comfortable to stay in and especially that 'Hello Kitty' helped your little girl settle in for a fun holiday.
Best wishes always
Austin & Catherine
“Perfect family accommodation.”
Reviewed 28 Apr 2012
We were traveling to Ireland to visit familythese New Ross. From my first communication with the proprietors I knew we would be well looked after at this accomodation. When we arrived with our four ch… More
Sincere thank you from both Austin any myself for taking the time to give such a generous review. We are really delighted to know that you and your children had a wonderful holiday and that the cottage and play areas added to the fun. We will let our other guests know of the places you enjoyed to visit and it goes without saying that we would be complimented and love to have you all back again for another stay at Mill Farm Cottage.
Sweetheart cottage has been sensitively renovated to preserve original period features whilst providing the best of modern convenience; it is self catering with a little hotel luxury! Welcome hamper provided to help you relax on arrival.
Travel cot available. …see more
“Wonderful home away from home!” Waters Edge was a wonderful home away from home for my family of 4 for 10 days. It is very spacious and beautifully furnished. The kitchen is very well stocked for anyone wanting to cook their meals or even have friends
We had so much trouble with our previous bookings with other accommodation, the owners were absolutely amazing at waters edge. So understanding, accommodating and helpful.
Such a well located proper… More
“Extremely comfortable property in fantastic location”
Reviewed 28 Oct 2016
My husband and I stayed in Waters Edge with our 3 teenagers for 6 weeks whilst we had some building work done on our house. Amanda was very helpful & friendly throughout our stay. Although we live in … More
“Relaxing, cosy and worth re-visiting.” We had a lovely time. The house was clean and comfortable. The owner is very friendly and amenable. Instructions to the house were clear and we found it easily. There is no WIFI (which is quite nice!) but, when w
the best holiday cottage we have stayed in,everything exudes quality.beds are very comfortable.great to have tv in bedroom sam and gaenor so helpful and their bed and breakfast just down the road has … More
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so glad that you found the break here relaxing, you were certainly lucky with the glorious weather. I hope that we have the pleasure of seeing you again in the future - we are always adding to the DVD library!!
Gaenor & Sam.
Reviewed 14 Nov 2016
Escape Cottage was a great find. A lovely cottage for a family of four. The flowers and biscuits were a lovely welcome on arrival and Vinny was very helpful. Loved the decor, the cottage was warm and… More
“What a lovely cottage.”
Reviewed 30 Jan 2017
What a find!! Went with friends, really ejoyed. Great location and beautiful cottage, loved it Laura was really helpful right from booking the cottage to greeting us on arrival. Would totally recomme… More
“Lovely cottage and perfect quiet location - all we needed” The cottage is located metres away from the local pub which was great for us as it meant we could pop in and get to know some of the locals (all very friendly and welcoming, and eager to share
Great accommodation, clean and very comfortable. Really appreciated welcome pack and all local information. Central base for walks in hills, Forrest and Lochs. Will be certain to return to cottage. Th… More
Reviewed 14 Nov 2016
A fabulous little home away from home. This cottage was clean and came equipped with all that you need. Such a great feeling as soon as we walked in the door to find such a prize. Thoroughly enjoyed o… More
Reviewed 15 Jul 2016
I spent 4 nights in Abbey Green in early July 2016 for a family holiday (with my wife and toddler). As most past reviews state it is a lovely touch to have a large home-made cake waiting on you, whic… 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
“Excellent stay in a spectacular setting” Recently returned from a stay at Ings and already looking to book again. The property is clean, spacious, very comfortably furnished and equipped, with the benefit of a new kitchen which was more than adequate
Really well kitted out, lovely house. The upstairs living room was especially great for the big group. Everything needed and stunning location - 360 degree views!… More
Reviewed 2 Nov 2013
Great property, really well appointed with plenty of space, fabulous location and stunning views.
Everything was to hand and the property has a warm and friendly feel.
Just terrific. Highly re… More
Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again.
“Perfect holiday home”
Reviewed 17 Aug 2015
We stayed at Ings in 2014 and loved it so much that we booked again for the same time this year. Our experience was just as good (see Aug 2014 review). An ideal location, with a 10-minute walk across … More
Riversdale Lodge is set in the heart of Symonds Yat overlooking the River Wye. Riversdale Lodge was built circa.1910. It is a six bedroom house that has in it's time been a small hotel - hence it has 6 bedrooms and six bathrooms!Riversdale Lodge is on the banks …see more
Self catering for two in Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal with stunning view and close to beach, restaurants and bar. Ideal for surf, fishing or walking break or for simply relaxing.<br />The lodge is non-smoking and damage deposit will be forfeited if traces of smoking ar …see more
“Delightful,superbly equipped,extremely relaxing,super location.” Pebbles was better than described, brilliant facilities, really comfortable and welcoming.Felt
instantly relaxed and at home, helped by the thoughtfulness of the owners,with whom commun
Pebbles is a clean, well-equipped apartment. It is situated in a residential area and only a 10 minute slow walk to Saundersfoot harbour and shops. The damage deposit was refunded almost immediately. … More
We are so pleased that you loved Pebbles Luxury Apartment and would like to come back again. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review - thank you.
“very cosy indeed” A very homely little cottage. Warm and inviting. We spent a week in a cold January on a house hunting trip and were out most days so it was nice to come back to a warm house, open a bottle of wine, light the fire and relax. There is
A short break before the madness that is Christmas
We had a lovely relaxing break in our cosy french escape. The welcome pack is most helpful as is all the local information about events. Thank you f… More
Glad you had a good break it was great to see you again! On your recommendation we went to see the lights in Laval and the lazer light show and thoroughly enjoyed it! We know you will be busy at Christmas but try and have a relaxing time and hope to see you again one day. Regards Jan and Duncan
“The best cottage we have ever stayed in in France”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2014
We returned from Cosy Cottage 3 days ago and we cannot praise it enough. The owners Jan and Duncan are extremely friendly and helpful but don't bother you unless you need them. Everything was very cle… More
Fantastic! So happy you were happy with the cottage! We would love to welcome you to the cottage again in the future and hope it will be very soon. Kind Regards Jan and Duncan
“Everything you could need in a holiday cottage”
Reviewed 4 Oct 2014
Comfortable, cosy and very well equipped cottage in a super location - everything you could need in a holiday cottage. Extremely good value. Jan & Duncan were very welcoming but not intrusive .We part… More
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was so nice to meet you both and we are so glad you had such a nice time, it would be great to see you again. Don't work too hard!
Regards Jan and Duncan
“Great villa” Beautiful villa in a prime location. The photos do not do it justice.
Spacious and well stocked this villa is ideal for large families or 2 families/ larger parties. It has great outdoor space, plenty of seating, sunbeds and umbrellas an
Just back from Casa Monte in Carvoeiro where I was on holiday with my parents, fiancee, brother and his wife and kids. We had an awesome holiday, helped by the weather but also the location of Casa Mo… More
“Excellent - home form home, great location, hot tub fab” Went to Victoria cottage with my wife for a weeks break, first visit and we'll be back.
Lovely, clean high standard cottage, with everything you need in the kitchen.
Hot tub is fantastic a
“The best holiday cottage we have every stayed at”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2012
From the moment you walk through the front door you can tell you are in for a treat. The cottage has a warm, friendly inviting feeling to it which it lives up to throughout your stay. Everything pos… More
“A Perfect Country Getaway”
Reviewed 15 Sep 2015
We came here for a trip away after our A-Levels. We had a wonderful time, spent days out walking (ask tourist information for good local walks, we did 3: Malham Tarn, The Waterfalls Trail and one stra… More
Many thanks for your kind review Maggie, we do hope we'll be able to welcome you back in the future. Craig.
Reviewed 27 Aug 2013
The best thing about this cottage was the location. Never used the car while we were there. Everything was on the doorstep, excellent restaurants, pubs, cafes, shops, beautiful walks, cycling routes… 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.
“Will definately be back” Walking down to the beach and walking up the old road at the back of the cottage was absolutely splendid and scenery spectacular, as a person who usually gets by on 4-5hrs sleep I found when I was there, I surprisingly was sle