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.
This stunning three bedroom villa which is on two levels is built and furnished to a very high specification.
It has a stunning sea view and is situated between Burgau and Salema in a quiet location, it provides the perfect retreat for relaxing entertaining or just pas …see more
Four star graded by Bord Fáilte, the property has everything you could wish for in a self-catering property. Two ensuite bedrooms, double sofa bed, sleeps 6 (maximum 4 adults) Kitchen with microwave and dishwasher, washer dryer, satellite TV, DVD player and DVD …see more
stayed for the second time in number twelve, the house is amazing so lovely couldn't find fault with it. arrived on a Friday evening and within five minutes had a BBQ going that was so easy to work. s… More
Reviewed 10 Jul 2016
We had a brilliant time , there were loads to do althrough you gad to travel to get to them , kids enjoyed themselves weather was fantastic and the views from the cabin were beautiful … More
Situated in the heart of Earby, a small town near Skipton regarded as the "Gateway to the Dales" This is ideal walking and cycling country, being on the "Pendle Way and a short walk to the "Pennine Way". Also close by are the "Leeds to Live …see more
We booked this cottage to visit the Yarndale show in nearby Skipton and found it to be just perfect for us. The cottage is very well presented with everything you could need and spotlessly clean. We w… More
“First Class accomodation”
Reviewed 4 Sep 2013
Top quality, fully equipped cottage with everything you need, and all virtually brand new. Bob and Fay are excellent hosts with many helpful tips and a good collection of tourist information. A quiet … More
Reviewed 21 Jul 2013
This is a great place to stay, the cottage is very clean and has everything you need for everyday living. The yard is a sun trap and flowers brighten it up. Great area for exploring, Bolton abbey a … More
Wool Cottage is located in the Cotswold market town of Fairford. It has just been beautifully restored to a high standard and is now a charming self catering retreat. The downstairs area is spacious and light and most importantly - comfortable and welcoming. Upstairs …see more
Wool Cottage is a charming renovation, providing well-appointed accommodation. Each bedroom has an en suite, which worked well for us - my mother was in her own room and I shared the other with my thr… More
“Charming cottage, beautiful interiors and a fabulous setting”
Reviewed 26 Jun 2014
We had the most delightful weekend at Wool Cottage. The cottage has been beautifully furnished and every possible need has been catered for. Catherine is a fabulous host and was happy to offer advic… More
“Delightful renovated character cottage extremely well equipped in idyllic location”
Reviewed 17 Jun 2014
Recently renovated 2 bedroomed (with en suites and sleeps 5 cottage in historic village. Outstanding with spacious accommodation. Present owners who live in adjoining house were so attentive to our … More
Achaleven Byre is a self catering apartment situated in the village of Connel, approx 5 miles from Oban. Fully equipped, recently converted byre. Modern, comfortable, ideal for couple and family with children who enjoy the countryside. Sleeps 2-4,Comprising of: …see more
Nestled in the farmland beneath the Slieve Bloom Mountains and located 3 miles from the market town of Mountrath and 5 miles from the heritage town of Abbeyleix and within 1 hour of Dublin city, this traditional thatch cottage which has been estimated to date back to ar …see more
Large comfortable 18th century Bearnais house with solar heated swimming pool in centre of a village with all amenities and located in the stunningly beautiful and unspoiled Vallee d'Aspe. Ideal for activity holidays with excellent walking to suit all abili …see more
Eight of us used Aisling as a base for our first visit to the Pyrenees to try out some of the well known Tour de France Cols. We made it over Col de Marie Blanque (10km down the road), Col d’Aubisq… More
“Excellent characterful French house in great location.”
Reviewed 15 Aug 2016
Great property in excellent location for visiting nearby locations in Pyrenees, especially as we found for us, the mountain walking area of Lescun. Lots of space inside house, only two of us so we pos… More
So pleased you enjoyed the house and found the area as enchanting as we do!
“Beautiful house, lovely surroundings, a great place to get away from it all.”
Reviewed 3 Dec 2012
This is our second stay at this lovely house, we will no doubt be back again next year as we love it so much. Bedous is such a pretty place it is hard not to fall in love with it, the thing I miss mo… More
Les Rives du Sanctuaire is located on the stunning Clublink Le Maitre golfcourse and just a two minute walk from the beach on Le Diable river. Within five minutes drive of 5 premium golf courses and just a short, free ski shuttle ride from the slopes at Tremblant, our h …see more
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
“Couldn't ask for a better vacation rental”
Reviewed 30 May 2013
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… More
Mountain view is a detached two bedroom villa and is situated 3 miles from the traditional French village of Arles-sur-Tech with panaramic views of the Pyrenees. Perpignan and the Mediterranean sea are just a 40 minute drive and 20 minutes to the Spanish border. …see more
We found the villa to be very welcoming. More than comfortable for 2 adults with 2 young children. Villa's location is ideal for exploring the local attractions as well as the local beaches which are … More
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review.
We are really pleased that you all enjoyed your stay at our villa and the surrounding area and that the children had a great time in the garden.
NEWLY LISTED 14TH JULY 2014
Welcome to Haven Cottage, an idyllic two bedroom holiday cottage located in the quaint village of Snainton, just a few miles from the popular seaside resort of Scarborough.
If you're looking for a holiday or short break in Scarborough …see more
This lovely little cottage is in a perfect location for visiting the seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough & Whitby. The cottage itself is very cosy, has everything you need for a short stay. Beds wer… More
Appletree Cottage, completed in May 2015, is our third and last farm building conversion at Cotmore Farm. It has the same stylish layout as the TripAdvisor award-winning Barn at Cotmore Farm, and the same level of finish: two large slate-floored bedrooms on the ground f …see more
Piers and Sue could not have been better hosts - they had thought of everything you might need and even provided a wonderful welcome pack. My husband and I loved the peace and tranquility of the place… More
“Fun time for all the family!”
Reviewed 10 Oct 2016
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights with our 1 1/2 yr old in September. I'm slightly reluctant when writing this review because we liked this place so much and will definitely be back so I just hop… More
“Cotmore Farm will never disappoint, a fantastic place.”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2016
This was our second visit to Appletree Cottage and certainly will not be our last. My daughter and boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed their first stay, they enjoyed the well equipped cottage, location and … More
Formerly part of the ancient château, this character stone property has been meticulously restored to the highest standard and now affords elegant, well equipped accommodation for up to 5 people.
The open plan kitchen/sitting room is triple aspect and opens onto …see more
The impressive Bansko Royal Towers complex overlooks the gondola and is a two minute walk over the Glazne River bridge. This brand new 3rd floor apartment has been tastefully furnished and has terrific mountain views, also overlooking the pool. The Old Town o …see more
A very great experience in a good clean complex, very close to lifts.
Management staff and owners very helpful on all questions.
Golf and horse riding not to far away and far cheaper than the UK.… More
Tranquility and peace in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. The perfect place to get away from it all... .....relax and sleep in style!
LATEST NEWS DECEMBER 2016: We are so proud to announce that the The Bee's Knees has been upgraded …see more
“Absolutely Beautiful accomodation with everything you need”
Reviewed 17 Jan 2016
Everything has been thought of from start to finish in this beautiful cottage, we arrived late and there was a torch hanging on the door and a scrumptious welcome pack waiting for us.
The cottage is … More
Thank you for your kind words Carole and it was a pleasure to have you to stay with us. I am sorry that we could not do anything about the weather - but we do try to make sure that once guests are inside the cottages they want for nothing! We look forward to seeing you again when hopefully the sun will shine and you can enjoy exploring the gardens - I have great plans for them in the Spring and Summer! Kindest regards Dalene & Alex
Reviewed 9 Nov 2016
The welcome was very good with a lovely welcome pack. We brought with us dried foods but it was not necessary as there was sufficient already there. Accommodation and facilities are excellent.… More
It was our pleasure to have you to stay with us and it makes us very happy when our guests enjoy their holiday with us. We always try to go that extra mile and it is so worthwhile because it works! We look forward to seeing you again at Olde Farm. Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex
“Didn't want to leave and cannot wait to return again!”
Reviewed 14 Feb 2017
Once again a most wonderful stay, last year we stayed in The Borrowers and we couldn't wait to come back and experience the other cottage, The Bee's Knees. We were not disappointed, once again we had… More
It makes us so happy when guests return for a second visit and we were delighted that you chose to spend your birthday with us. I have passed on your compliments regarding the eggs to the hens:) We are looking forward to seeing you again in the Summer and providing you with another welcome pack of seasonal goodies to enjoy! Kindest regards. Dalene & Alex
The Studio is located in a quiet yet easily accesible area. In winter, several ski resorts for different abilities are just a short ride away, including the Krippenstein and Dachstein West, while the beautiful lakes and World Heritage sites make the area a summer parad …see more
“Inexpensive and clean - adequate if you are travelling/touring most of the time.”
Reviewed 4 Oct 2012
The apartment provided us with a satisfactory base from which to explore the Salzkammergut region of Austria. It was no problem to get onto the main roads to the various lakes and towns surrounding th… More
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay in the Salzkammergut, and found our property a clean and inexpensive base. I'm sorry that you did not find the general store, bakery and butcher's which are on the main road near the bank and restaurant, a few hundred metres away.
We offer two properties. The Apartment is the larger of the two with a separate bedroom and large living room. The Studio, which you rented, does not have a fixed bed because by its very nature it is a one-room apartment with double and single sofabeds.
We will review the contents of the kitchen, although it is possible that the previous guests, who left just before you arrived and rented both properties, moved some of the items into the other apartment. I have asked the housekeeper to check more thoroughly in the future.
Many thanks for your stay and comments.
Jon Bouillot - owner.
A delightful and charming three bedroom detached period property set amid the historic Sherwood Forest. the cottage has a wealth of character with beamed ceilings, exposed wood, open fireplaces and a cottage garden making for a great place to have a holiday.The …see more
“Cosy welcoming house full of character & history”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2016
We loved the house and the facilities, the rooms were spacious and cosy, with big family kitchen. The bath was amazing and big enough for two, the history and books were really interesting. Well equip… More
Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for the untidiness of our cottage garden. I have held discussions with our gardening company and advised them that their current standard is not acceptable and I will now be completing spot checks. I have sent you a letter by separate cover to your home address and once again apologies.
Reviewed 8 Oct 2012
This is a gorgeous cottage that has been beautifully and luxuriously refurbished whilst retaing all its original character. The two lounges are spacious and comfortable, the best feature being a wood… More
“Excellent but beware if you do not like really steep stairs”
Reviewed 24 Oct 2012
Spotlessly clean, very comfortable, well equipped. Would have very happily given 5 stars except for the stairs which are really (!) steep. It did not matter too much to us although one of the childr… More
Welcome to Meadow View Apartment, 4 Star Northern Ireland Tourist Board approved self-catering accommodation. Set in an idyllic location in the picturesque village of Belcoo, Co.Fermanagh, with spectular views overlooking the Cottage Meadow and Lough Mac Nean set again …see more
“This is a beautiful apartment in a lovely location. The jacuzzi bath is particularly lovely!!”
Reviewed 29 Apr 2014
I would recommend this apartment to anyone who is staying away from home. The apartment is modern and spotlessly clean. The bed is comfortable and there are plenty of blankets and pillows etc. The … More
“Comfortable, well-appointed apartment in good situation for exploring West Fermanagh and around.”
Reviewed 18 Aug 2012
We were very happy with this spacious and well-apponted apartment in Belcoo. It is in a very nice situation with views down to Lough MacNean and is a good base for exploring West Fermanagh. Enniskille… More
“Gorgeous apartment in Belcoo”
Reviewed 2 Aug 2012
We stayed in this apartment in Belcoo for a weekend in July. The apartment was beautiful and very clean. It was just what we wanted. Very quiet little village and all the attractions and sites with… More
A luxurious ground floor apartment with 2 bathrooms on a prestigious small development carefully furnished to a very high specification with free wi-fi. Beautiful beaches/Saundersfoot village/St Brides Spa Hotel are a few minutes walk away. Pebbles has a private entran …see more
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.
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 communication has be… More
Straight onto the beach! A beach-side bungalow converted from an early 1900's southern railway carriage, complete with etched glass and the old slam doors. Often described as quirky it has been extended to provide cozy accommodation, with an easy living, open plan …see more
I stayed with 3 friends for a weekend of relaxation. Have been here before and will be back again for the views and beach walks and relaxation in a cozy accommodation. Perfect place to unwind!… More
“Real family memories”
Reviewed 16 Jun 2013
Everything you could dream of' great location, on the beach, wonderful house, all you could want and more from a holiday home and to top it all weather amazing, can't wait to go back. Thank you so mu… More
Reviewed 17 Mar 2013
We came here in March, having hoped at the time of booking it would be spring and we'd have a sunny weekend on the beach. In the event, it was still mid-winter with remnants of snow on the South Downs… More
Peacefully set on the banks of the River Lark, this dog friendly detached Scandinavian style lodge lies in a quiet marina teaming with fish and natural wildlife.River Lark Lodge boasts unrivalled views on the Marina with views of the Lake and fen as well as …see more
The Apartment is 43.56 square meters in size, double glazed and oil central heated throughout and contains one bedroom with a kingsize bed and kingsize quilt and one sitting room with a bed settee. It sleeps ideally 2 adults. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas cooke …see more
What a welcome. Great hosts. Ulrike went out of her way to ensure we had a wonderful time. Raghley Cottage is in a superb position with stunning views. Great pubs and eating places nearby. Fifteen mi… More
“Perfect relaxing break”
Reviewed 31 May 2013
The cottage, attached to the helpful owners' house, was clean and comfortable with stunning sea views from the kitchen/dining room and perfectly situated for touring round the area which so inspired W… More
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 3 Sep 2012
The apartment is beautifully situated and well equipped. Lovely walks and isolated beaches nearby. The owner provides a warm welcome and appropriate support when required. Raghly Cottage is an ideal b… More
Crow's nest Cottage is a traditional Grade 2 fisherman's cottage, situated harbour side, with magnificant views of the harbour. The Cottage has been recently renovated to a high standard, retaining many original features, and tastefully decorated and furnished …see more
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
“Ideal location, excellent accommodation with a homely feel !”
Reviewed 3 Feb 2013
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 standard.
“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
GOOD TOURING BASEThis is a well thoughtout barn conversion,set in the heart of Stelling Minnis. Located with in the owners grounds. Near a working restored windmill, with a 125 acres of common land which is in area of outstanding natural beauty.Good places to …see more
The cottage if the perfect size for a small family or 2 couples. It has a lovely kitchen with all you need to cook with. It is in a fantastic location next to a restored windmill. Our daughter loved t… More
“Great accomadation & location”
Reviewed 4 Jun 2012
Had a great time here. Owner very helpful & friendly. Central location is quiet, romantic, & ideal for all areas of Kent and many local walks can be had nearby. Local pub with excellent food and grea… More
“I`ve booked again for 2012 as our third year running”
Reviewed 22 Oct 2011
The Barn is perfect for a couple,even with youngsters.
The location is fantastic with lovely wooded walks,plenty to visit within easy drives and a friendly local pub with good food.
The owner… More
Visit, 'Maison de L'Etang ', in the heart of Tronçais Forest, accommodating four persons, comfortably, after a few easy steps , all on one level.
The panoramic and always fascinating views over the 40 acre fishing lake will relax and rivet t …see more
This is the ideal place if you want peace and quiet. Lovely walks around the lake and even better if you are a fisherman. Perfect for anyone that likes walking, running or biking (off road) but is not… More
Thankyou so much for the very kind review and we wish you all the very best of luck in the challenging weekend ahead of you ! Safe journey home.
Reviewed 23 Aug 2016
Very comfortable accommodation in stunning surroundings, resident herons and kingfisher on the lake.Hosts Angie and John very helpful with local knowledge. Secure parking on driveway. Good bar and res… More
Thanks for the good review and glad the kingfishers obliged as there must be a new family just below the house ....so pleased to meet 4 lovely people and thank you all so much in leaving the flat so clean and tidy!
“Wonderful Lakeside Experience”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2014
Situated in the centre of the Troncais forest upon a fishing lake which is ideal for watching wildlife and fishing this is a highly recommended short or long stay holiday option. We spent a very comf… More
Lovely review, thank you so much and a pleasure to accommodate such appreciative guests.will be delighted to welcome you to return ,perhaps in spring or autumn as the wildlife picture is forever changing with the seasons.
The Pressing room is all one level: Lounge with beams and stone floors throughout, double bed ,dining area, kitchen, and shower room with toilet and basin. Gas fired central heating, wood burning stove and laundry service. Outside there is a patio with furniture, parki …see more
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
“2nd visit loved everything about it and didnt want to go home”
Reviewed 11 May 2013
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 amazing views… More
“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
In search of privacy, stunning views, beautiful natural waterfront and outstanding accommodation? This impressive architect owned and designed cottage delivers. Watch heron fly into the wetlands or otter swim by. Relax ... you have found "Serenity".On Otte …see more
Historic House: Charme, Tranquility, Splendid View; Magical Place. Casa San Giovenale si trova nel quartiere medievale, a due passi dal centro, ed è accanto alla più antica chiesa (XI sec.) della città da cui prende il nome.
Il quartiere è so …see more
Villa Clara is a beautiful property tucked away in a rural secluded valley on the periphery of a small mountain village. If you want peace and quiet, this house is for you, the silence is deafening!! Spacious villa with private pool, garden, ample parking and free wifi …see more
A two bedroomed apartment in Sovereign Harbour North, offering superb marina views. A balcony leads out from the living room and master bedroom and the second bedroom has a terrace all of its own, The master suite includes king size four poster bed and ensuite.
Two be …see more
My Mum and i had a weekend away in this appartment in November and the location was fantastic for us, a short walk to the marina restaurants and retail park and a bus ride into the town centre.
Ideal for couples, friends and small families this pretty villa is comfortably furnished. There is a double and a twin bedroom and a large bathroom with separate shower and dual sinks. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, microwa …see more
“Need to be fit to carry luggage in the view is breathtaking!”
Reviewed 20 Jul 2016
Really enjoyed our time here. The kitchen is well equipped and there's plenty of room for two people to relax. Pool well maintained and clean. Lots of storage space and coat hangers! The apricots in t… More
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Crianlarich
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Stob Binnein is a bright and roomy modern cottage that looks out over private gardens across Loch Dochart to the castle ruin on the island and pleasant walks along the old dismantled railway line.
This elegant modern cottage has been built specifically for larger group …see more
Welcome to West St Leonards Apartment our wonderful and spacious Victorian property. The self catering accommodation is generously spaced out over 2 floors with its own private access. The apartment comprises of two king size bedrooms,large family bathroom,fully equip …see more
Very lovely place, exceed our expentations, very tidy and clean, great for families with children. We'll come back again… More
Reviewed 8 Mar 2015
We had a lovely stay. The flat is very comfy and tidy. The location is great and we enjoyed the sea view from the living room , The kitchen is well equipped and the landlord is very friendly and made … More
“Lovely big, clean apartment right near the sea front.”
Reviewed 23 Feb 2015
I visited St Leonards for a two day visit and found this apartment in West Hill Road excellent value.
The accommodation is spacious, spotlessly clean and very comfortable with the heating working wel… More
This delightful 'Maison de Village' is in the mountain village of Los Masos situated close to the thriving market town of Prades in the South-West of France. The village is nestled in the foothills of Mount Canigou, and benefits from incredible views across t …see more
The views from the sun terrace were fantastic, changing regularly depending on weather and the time of ay.
The top bedroom was a real bonus, it was great to wake up in the morning and look over at t… More
Originally a Welsh long house dating from the 17th Century, this two bedroom cottage became "The Servants' Quarters" to the farmhouse in the 19th Century. After sympathetically restoring and extending this old stone cottage, we're proud to offer it f …see more
The apartment benefits from a hall, large lounge with sofa bed that make either into a double bed or twin beds plus a seperate fold up bed making it ideal for 5 persons. There is also another easy sofa, 3 easy chairs, 2 coffee tables, TV cabinet, large rug, lamps and wa …see more
The apartment and the complex in general were first class and made for a very relaxing holiday. We were met and shown round the apartment by Francisca who was very helpful and friendly. The apartment … More
“Highly recommended appartment”
Reviewed 14 Jul 2012
Excellant Appartment in pristine condition and very well equipped for a perfect holiday. Pool and poolside food area are both spotless.. Would not hesitate to use this appartment again.… More
“Fabulous place to stay that just gets better and better”
Reviewed 2 Jul 2012
This was my second trip to the same apartment at Vila Marachique in Alvor. The apartment is just a clean and tidy as when I originally visited 3 years ago. It has all the facilities of home and is l… More
This newly renovated luxurious Brittany gite with private swimming pool is in a perfect location to explore the huge choice of white, sandy beaches, all within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy swimming, sand yachting, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kit …see more
We were a four generation holiday party 6 in total. The eldest 88 the youngest, 2 years. The accommodation is very good. Very comfortable beds. Good showers and plenty of hot water. My grandson wa… More
Au Riverain is a lovely, extremely comfortable house offering luxury accommodation for 6 guests. The house, gardens and private heated pool have panoramic views over the Lot river and valleys below and Au Riverain is only a short walk from the pretty village of Vieillev …see more