Best Destinations in the UK for Remote Cottage Breaks

What can be better than tranquil countryside views and bright sunshine smiling down on your break away? A retreat to reconnect with nature could be the perfect idea for your next holiday, and with Country Cottages Online you can explore the country and find an idyllic destination for your cottage break.

If you’re looking for ideas of Best Destinations for Remote Holidays then read on for some of our best picks including:

  • The Scottish Islands including Isle of Skye, Orkney and Shetland
  • Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia in Wales
  • Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula

Explore the sublime natural haven of the Scottish Isles

There isn’t anything quite as beautiful as the magnificent scenery of Scotland, where you can trek across the highlands and discover outstanding landscapes. Reconnect with your inner self and find peace as you gaze out across the country from a high peak or spot some grazing highland cattle in the distance.

Discover a Different Kind of Light on a Remote Break on the Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye coastline, photo by Derek Fogg

The Isle of Skye is a particular attraction; look out for seals and whales, jumping across glimmering seascapes. It’s a place of unique magic (voted one of the best island destinations in the world in a recent National Geographic survey!) with unbeatable scenery and celestial skies all to be enjoyed from one of our cottages, whether you want to stay in a charming boathouse or a lovely cabin.

Wildlife Watch in Orkney or Shetland

Orkney Isles
Stunning Orkey Isles

The Orkney islands are another gorgeous destination to explore, where you can head back to your roots and discover the stone circles and exquisite examples of wildlife. Orkney also has a fascinating culture if you want to reconnect with your spiritual side; it’s got plenty of ancient history, from the pagan neolithic gems to historic catholic traditions.

Shetland Islands in Scotland
Amazing Shetland Isles

If you’re looking to rediscover nature then there’s no place better than the Scottish Isles – Shetland is another amazing destination, having an outstanding reputation for spotting whales (even orcas). Pick a cottage overlooking the natural scenes on this remote island and explore the sandy beaches and castles while you’re at it!

Immerse yourself in the Nature and Mountain Scenery in Remote Wales

Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia’s stunning mountain scenery

Wales is the dream for anyone looking to walk amongst nature and explore all the highest peaks on offer; whether you’re venturing around Snowdonia National Park or the Brecon Beacons, there’s idyllic scenery to find and savour. Pick a home from home around Brecon Beacons national park and take walks around the mountains and moorlands, or catch a sighting of unique attractions such as the standing stones in Lila Valley or stunning iron age hill forts.

Snowdonia or Pembrokeshire are two more memorable locations for a remote break; Snowdonia is Wales’s largest national park, from which you can experience both the stunning Welsh countryside and the glittering waters of the coast. Pembrokeshire is home to unique coves and sandy beaches to play in, as well as several islands where you can experience beautiful hotspots for wildlife; Skomer Island is particularly well suited for bird lovers! There are plenty of self-catering cottages in and near these glorious national parks, whether you are looking for accommodation for a large party looking for a break away or an intimate retreat just for two.

Explore a Road Less Travelled along Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula

Cornwalls Lizard Peninsula Coastline
Kynance Cove along the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

Cornwall is a truly stunning and special part of England, but is quite remote from much of England. Cornwall is of course one of the UK’s top holiday destinations, and not renowned for remote holidays. However, visit Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula and you can escape to a road less travelled, away from typical tourist resorts. With beautiful flora and fauna, the Lizard Peninsula is somewhat of a hidden gem with a lush untouched feel where you can discover tranquil villages with locals, unspoilt beaches and lush greenery. If you want to escape from it all, even in peak season, the Lizard Peninsula makes for a great remote holiday destination.

Whatever part of the UK you’re thinking of discovering on a remote break, from the Scottish Islands to Wales or may be Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, you can’t beat the secluded gems of the countryside. It’s the perfect space to decompress on a well-deserved break; so what are you waiting for, find your dream holiday destination!

Best Self-Catering Holidays for 2023

Book a break for 2023 and have something to look forward to this year. With the covid pandemic, cost of living challenges and global woes of 2022, now it’s more important than ever to look after yourself and ensure you have a break to look forward to this year. When it comes to UK breaks, Country Cottages Online features a truly inspiring choice of self-catering holidays for 2023.

Why Book a Self-Catering Holiday in the UK in 2023

Now that holidaying abroad is so much easier again, you may be wondering why holiday in the UK ? Well simply, there’s no place like home. Holidaying abroad can be a wonderful experience but taking a break in the UK can be comforting and truly enjoyable too. Some holidaymakers (particularly those with dogs) may just prefer to holiday in the UK so they can take the pooch away too easily, whereas some may prefer to jet off abroad and book a short break or a few days away in Britain.

Even if you only have 3 or 4 days to escape on a UK break, self-catering cottages can be a great choice as Britain has so many beautiful places to explore; from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to National Parks, from serene countryside to a stunning coastline, and from pretty villages to historic towns. Then, there is the choice of England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland; each with its own unique appeal and attractions. There are so many undiscovered areas and corners to discover, that you can be sure of a new adventure each time.

With budgets in mind too, for most people this year, self-catering can be a great way to keep to a budget on holiday where you can cook at your home from home rather than dining out too much which can get pricey quickly. With kitchen facilities, you can even make packed lunches to take out which isn’t always easy in hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation.

Best Choices for Cottage Holidays in 2023

Let us inspire you with some ideas for some of the best options for self-catering holiday rentals available for 2023 breaks.

Unique and Unusual Retreats

Unique Holiday Treehouse from Lavender Hill Holidays
Unique Holiday Treehouse from Lavender Hill Holidays

If your budget allows, consider booking a unique retreat. Always popular, unique retreats offer a chance to escape to somewhere truly different on holiday. Book somewhere like a holiday treehouse and reconnect with your inner child where you can enjoy being amongst nature and the great feelings that can give you. Also popular for their sense of atmosphere are options like chapel conversions and watermills where you can often enjoy idyllic settings by the river or a stream.

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Holiday Rentals with a View

Sea Eden with stunning country view
Sea Eden with stunning country view

Waking up to a lovely view on holiday can be just great for the soul. Whether you’re in need of relaxation or inspiration, holiday homes with good views can be a great choice. Being able to sit out and enjoy an idyllic view on holiday can be a joy and help you reconnect with nature, as well as your nearest and dearest. Choices include holiday lets with mountain views, forest views, lake views, sea views and country views. What an inspiring array of views and choices! Choose the view that best appeals to you and feel fabulous on holiday.

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Group Rentals

Dancing Hill Large Group Holiday Home
Dancing Hill Large Group Holiday Home

Now could be a great time to spend time reconnecting with friends and family who you might not have seen so much of over recent years. Booking a large holiday home can be a great choice for anniversary parties, reunions with old friends, birthday parties, family breaks and other special celebrations. Although large holiday rentals can look expensive with the headline price, if you club together with family and friends, sharing the cost of a large rental can work out much better value than you expect! Whether you want to rent a large country house, a mansion, a big lodge or a sizeable barn, CountryCottagesOnline.Com has an exciting choice of big holiday homes to choose from.

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Choose the Best Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation to Meet your Needs

Above we have outlined some great choices for 2023 holidays. However, finding the best 2023 holiday accommodation will very often depend what is best for you and your own particular needs. For families, options like rentals with play facilities to keep the kids entertained could well be the best possible choice. For couples, romantic retreats with a four poster can add that extra special touch, and for holidaymakers with pets, finding a dog-friendly rental will obviously be key.

Wherever you choose to rent for your 2023 break, and whether for a week’s stay or a short break, we hope you have your best self-catering holiday yet this year and that you let the good times roll!

Self-Catering Escapes for New Year Breaks

Planning a last minute escape this New Year? 2022 has been full of ups and downs, and if you want to end on a high note, then escaping for a New Year break could be a great choice. Raise a toast to 2023 with a glass of bubbly, from the comfort of your chosen holiday home and add a touch of magic to the new year.

Find the Best Holiday Rental for your New Year Break

When it comes to New Year breaks, there is a great choice of holiday accommodation rentals to choose from, from beautiful barns to cosy cabins, family cottages, big group holiday homes and romantic retreats. Ideally choose a holiday home decorated for Christmas, where you can enjoy good times amongst the tinsel and festive decorations.

If you want to spend quality time with friends or family huddled up at your chosen rental, then why not book a cottage with a warming woodburner or an open fire for that all important cosy atmosphere in the winter months?

Festive Cabins and Lodges

Celebrate New Year at a Holiday Lodge

Imagine seeing in the New Year from the comfort of a log cabin, cocooned in the wood-clad walls with that wonderful holiday feeling all around. When it comes to enjoying that special holiday feel, few things compare to lodges and cabins. Many lodges and cabins enjoy a scenic setting too, such as next to a lake or woodlands, which can help to make festive holidays all the more special. Some are on lodge parks where there may be shared leisure facilities such as a games room or even a pool to keep you occupied and happy during holidays.

Remember to pack the party poppers and plenty of Prosecco or champagne (if your budget allows) to ring in the New Year at your chosen holiday lodge.

Cabins and Lodges for New Year Breaks

Large Houses for New Year’s Celebrations

Large Houses for New Year Celebrations

New Year is the time for a big party, so whether you want to gather with friends or family, or both, renting a large house can be a great choice for partying it up at New Year. Country Cottages Online features a great choice of large holiday rentals, ideal for big groups of friends and family. From mansions to big barns and large lodges, the UK is home to a great choice of big holiday rentals. For that real party feel, look out for properties with features like a disco room, a games room or may be even an inviting warm bubbly outdoor hot tub where you can truly feel pampered and relaxed on your break away.

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Escape to a Rural Retreat for a Festive Break

Escape on a rural retreat break for New Years

If you’re dreaming of a peaceful escape for a New Year’s break, then renting a rural retreat could be the ideal choice. There are so many quaint and pretty holiday homes dotted throughout the UK countryside, from secluded retreats to remote cottages where you can truly escape from It all. Whether you want to hide away, far from others, stay in a picture-perfect thatched cottage, or wake up to views of fields and farmlands, there is a choice to suit you on Country Cottages Online. For somewhere truly inspiring, cottages with country views are a joy to wake up to in winter time where you may be lucky enough to see the landscape blanketed in snow, icicles shining in the sunshine and frost glistening in the sun. Choose a holiday home with both a country view and a warming woodburner or open fire, for the ultimate in atmosphere and bring in the New Year in an absolutely charming retreat.

Rural Retreats for New Year Breaks

Romantic Retreats

Escape with the one you love to celebrate New Year

Escape with your partner to a charming cottage where you can relax, unwind and enjoy celebrating the New Year with the one you love. Options include charming historical retreats with exposed beams in pretty counties like Suffolk where you can stay in a holiday home with an olde worlde feel, and log cabins with lake views, for inspiring views on holiday. Or may be you like the idea of renting a coastal cottage in winter where you can wake up to a sea view which can be a truly special and memorable experience, even in winter time. Make the start of 2023 extra special with a break and celebration with the one you love.

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The Best Cosy Cottages for Winter Breaks

When it comes to winter holidays, renting a cosy cottage can be a popular choice. When the weather is colder, it can make you want to cuddle up indoors and feel snug and cosy. Whether you like to snuggle up to your partner, next to your pet or your friends, feel cosy and warm indoors when you rent a cosy cottage this winter.

You may have certain favourite snuggly blankets that you want to take away on a break with you (and possibly for your pet too!). Certain property features at your home from home can help create that cosy holiday mood too!

Features that will help to bring an element of warmth and appeal to your winter cottage break include characteristics like; exposed wooden beams, open fires, woodburners and romantic features like hot tubs and four poster beds. Perhaps your dream winter holiday home would have all of these features altogether for the perfect escape!
Here at Country Cottages Online we love to help people find the best places to stay, so read on for ideas and inspiration for your perfect cosy winter break.

Properties with Exposed Wooden Beams

Often associated with pubs and barns, there’s something so very comforting about properties with exposed wooden beams. Perhaps it’s something primal that makes being around natural wood so very appealing. Whatever it is, rent a holiday cottage with exposed beams for charm, warmth and character on your next cottage break.

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Cottages with Warming Woodburners and Open Fires

When it comes to winter holidays, feeling warm and cosy is essential. Enjoy treats like hot mulled wine when on a winter break or perhaps a hot cup of hot chocolate if you have a sweet tooth. Another great pleasure is just to be by a real log fire. Whether you want to be warmed by a woodburner or by an open fire on holiday, relaxing by the fireside whilst the logs crackle and burn can be good for the soul. Discover why some of the simplest things are the most pleasurable on your next cottage break.

Cottages with Woodburners and Open Fires

Hot Tub Holidays

When it comes to feeling warm all over, then a relaxing soak in a hot tub has got to be one of the very best of experiences. Whether you want to rent a holiday home with an outdoor hot tub where you can watch the stars at night, or want to book a cottage with an indoor hot tub where you can enjoy the warmth from the indoors, Country Cottages Online features an excellent choice of properties for hot tub holidays.

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Four poster bedrooms for romance and atmosphere

Draw the curtains in a four poster bed, and you can feel super cosy enveloped in the drapes. If you want romance and atmosphere on a winter cottage break, and to feel snuggly and warm, a four posted bedroom is hard to beat.

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Whatever type of cosy break you have in mind for your getaway this winter, we hope you find the perfect rental for you.

UK holiday rentals with features where you may feel like you are holidaying abroad

For many holidaymakers, renting a British holiday home that feels like home is truly appealing and is part of the charm of taking a break in the UK; where you can stay in a welcoming home from home, with all of the charm and home comforts you are used to in your own abode. Country Cottages Online features a fantastic range of homely cottages.

Some people though, dream of renting a British holiday home with the feel of an overseas holiday rental, with features usually associated with breaks in sunnier climates. Features associated with foreign stays are often things like:


Rooftop terraces

Outdoor Pools

Holiday rentals that are in the UK but feel like they could be in sunnier climates can be particularly appealing for summer breaks. Avoid airport queues and the stress of flying and simply jump in your car for a break in a British holiday cottage where (if you get sunshine) you could well feel as if you have gone abroad after all.

Below are a selection of some of the holiday homes listed on Country Cottages Online where in sunny weather you could enjoy alfresco living and truly easily imagine that you were overseas and not holidaying at home in the UK. If you like the idea of holidaying in Britain but want the feel of being abroad, then booking a stay in one of the below properties may be the perfect choice for your 2022 or 2023 holiday.

From the garden with its exotic looking plants to the white-washed interior, Ancarva looks very much like a holiday villa often associated with holidaying abroad. The glass balcony, huge ceiling to floor windows, sleek interior and amazing estuary views too, all give this property plenty of holiday appeal. Set in Cornwall, yet with the feel that you could be a million miles away.

Feel like a star when you book a break at Dancing Hill. The fabulous roof terrace with its bubbly hot tub would not be out of place in the most glamorous of foreign holiday destinations, but is in fact in Somerset, in England’s West Country. The interior is more traditionally British with its beams and cosy interior, but head up to the roof terrace and you could truly feel as if you had escaped on a foreign holiday whilst holidaying at home in the UK, in Somerset.

One of the most sought after holiday homes on Country Cottages Online, and with good reason too, this 5 bedroom holiday rental has not only an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, but also an amazing first floor balcony with more sun loungers. In summer time, you could truly imagine lying back on a lounger at Foxhill Lodge by the pool with your shades on, in the sunshine, and imagining that you were somewhere way more exotic, whilst enjoying all of the convenience of a home from home stay in Devon.

With its light and airy interior, and stunning sea views, Harbour Sands is a superb Northumbrian holiday home but with its amazing coastal location, stunning balcony and stylish interior, this holiday home has a truly European feel.

Sea Eden with its bold colourful interior, exotic indoor plants and amazing garden with outdoor hot tub and exotic plants has the sort of cool vibes associated with places like Mexico, Ibiza and the Canary Isles, yet is right home here in the UK, close to Sennen in Cornwall.

Hot Tub Cottages with Lush Country Views

Are you planning your 2022 break and thinking of renting a country cottage with a hot tub in the UK? If so, what could be better than staying in a holiday home where you can lie back, relax and soak up views over fields and farmlands? Just imagine, enjoying relaxing soaks whilst jets and warm waters massages your cares away on holiday.

Whether you want to holiday in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland, take a look at Country Cottages Online’s Top 5 Cottages with Hot Tubs and Country Views for ideas and inspiration.

Top 5 Cottages with Hot Tubs with Country Views

Escape to Bubble Bath Bliss at Orchard Hideaway in the Scottish Borders

Orchard Hideaway Hot Tub with Country Views

Just take a look at the views out to fields and farmlands from the inviting wood fired hot tub at Orchard Hideaway. With country views out to the Cheviot Hills to die for, both inside and outside, this 2 bedroom light bright and airy stylish holiday lodge enjoys an idyllic setting on an organic farm in the Scottish Borders.

Enjoy a Spa Bath at Suran Y Coed in Powys

Suran Y Coed Hot Tub, Powys

Nestled on an unspoilt private valley in Powys, on a working farm, Suran Y Coed is a welcoming Scandinavian Finlodge, ideal for relaxing and unwinding on holiday. With a truly appealing hot tub, what could be better than a relaxing soak whilst also soaking up the stunning valley views and surroundings on holiday?

Bathe in Warm Waters and Soak up Stunning Views in Devon at Gitcombe Retreat

Gitcombe retreat hot tub with country views

Guests staying at this 4 bedroom award winning architect designed holiday home can enjoy a relaxing spa bath in bubbly warm waters whilst immersing themselves in stunning views out to the South Hams countryside.

Guests also benefit from access to excellent shared leisure facilities on site including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room for complete pampering and relaxation.

Enjoy Time in the Tub at Tubbs Delight in Devon

Tubbs Delight in Devon

The inviting outdoor hot tub at Tubbs Delight is a great spot where you can bathe in warm bubbly waters whilst immersing yourself in outstanding country views. This good value holiday home has plenty to recommend it. Drench yourself in the warm waters whilst soaking up superb views out to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Pet-friendly and with an excellent location just 5 minutes’ drive from the coast, this 3 bedroom dog-friendly holiday home could be ideal for a relaxing break in the South West of England.

Immerse yourself in Warm Waters and Country Views at Grouse Lodge in Denbighshire

Grouse Lodge with rural views

Set on a working farm where there is unspoilt countryside galore, Grouse Lodge is one of two holiday lodges at this beautiful location in Denbighshire, just a short drive from the coast.

Imagine drenching yourself in the warm waters of the hot tub whilst thejets massage you and your eyes immerse themselves in the lush views out to fields and farmlands. What could be more relaxing and invigorating on a cottage break?

The above are just some of the hot tub cottages featured on Country Cottages Online.

Best Cottages for Cosy Festive Breaks

Come winter time, who doesn’t like to snuggle up on holiday, and enjoy quality time with friends and family in a lovely cosy atmosphere? Christmas and New Year are great times of year to enjoy a cosy festive break away in Britain.

Collect memories not things on a winter festive break

If you are searching for a festive holiday cottage you will want to find a holiday home befitting the occasion. For many people, the best kind of cottage for a festive break is a cosy welcoming holiday home.

Certain holiday homes lend themselves to cosy festive holidays. Here are some of our best picks.

Cottages with Warming Woodburners or Open Fires for Festive Breaks

Relax by the fireside on a festive cottage break

One of the top choices when it comes to festive breaks has got to be holiday homes with warming woodburners or open fires. Both people and animals love to snuggle up by the warmth of an open fire and watch the logs crackle and burn, or sit by the warming glow of a warming woodburner. It’s a simple pleasure but an important one in winter time that can make you feel all snuggly and warm inside.

Cottages with Open Fires or a Warming Woodburner for Festive Breaks

Christmas Cottages with a Woodburner or Open Fire

Cottages with a Woodburner or Open Fire for New Year Breaks

Log Cabins with Warming Woodburners for that Special Holiday Feel

Escape to a cabin by a forest perhaps this winter?

There’s something romantic about staying in a log cabin in winter time. Maybe it’s because so many Christmassy films feature snow clad wooden lodges, but there’s something special about winter log cabin breaks that give them extra festive appeal and can give you that special holiday feeling.

Many lodges are nestled next to forests or lakes which can look particularly beautiful in winter time, particularly when trees have been giving a dusting of snow or lakes have frozen over.

Festive Log Cabin Break Ideas

Log Cabins for Christmas Breaks

Wooden Lodges for New Year Breaks

Charming Cottages with Exposed Wooden Beams for Festive Charm

Holiday homes with wooden beams exude charm and warmth. Whether barn conversions or character cottages, there’s something so welcoming and homely about houses with exposed wooden beams. Some of us just love them. Particularly in winter time, these types of holiday homes can be particularly welcoming, particularly when teamed with an open fire or warming woodburner.

Cottages with Wooden Beams for Charm and Warmth

Cottages with Country Views for Festive Holidays

Whatever the time of year, renting a holiday home with a countryside view is an appealing notion. Holiday homes with countryside views can be popular year-round as each season leads to different kinds of vistas. In winter time you might be able to gaze out to snow covered hills and fields or see the frost glistening over the surrounding landscape in the morning light. Holiday homes with country views can really help to uplift you and help you tofully appreciate the beauty of wintertime as you relax and unwind with friends or family on holiday.

Cottages with Country Views for Festive Breaks

Pretty, Quaint and Olde-Worlde Country Cottages for Christmassy Appeal

Picture perfect Bee Cottage in Rutland

Maybe it’s because of the picture-perfect holiday cottage featured in the winter blockbuster ‘The Holiday’ that makes the notion of taking a break in a quaint and olde-worlde cottage at Christmas or New Year so very appealing. Usually, the prettier the cottage the better, and ideally your chosen holiday home would be kitted out with sparkly Christmas decorations and feature a door with a festive wreath to really give you that fabulous festive holiday feel.

Pretty Country Cottages for Festive Breaks

Pretty country cottages for Festive Breaks

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Best Romantic Retreats for Summer Breaks

Reignite the romance on holiday

If you’re planning a romantic break this summer then you’ll want to find the best couple’s cottage for you and your partner. This year with the pandemic ongoing, more people are choosing a staycation at home in the UK this year, and demand is high for sleeps 2 properties so booking asap is strongly recommended.

To help you find a sleeps 2 cottage quickly and easily see:

Romantic Retreats for July Breaks

Romantic Cottages for August Holidays

Ideas and Inspiration on some of Best Romantic Retreats for Summer Holidays

Log Cabins, Shepherd’s Hut and Treehouses

Beaver Den, sleeps 2 in Cambridgeshire

When it comes to loved up breaks away in the summertime when temperatures tend to be higher, you may be open to staying in a log cabin or a holiday lodge with your partner. I can important to stay in suitably inspiring accommodation where you can make special memories with the one you love. Log cabins, shepherd huts and treehouses all have a certain romance to them and are ever popular for romantic breaks.

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Romantic Cottages with a Hot Tub

The Railway Carriage Romantic Retreat Hot Tub, Somerset

Renting a romantic holiday let with a hot tub can be particularly appealing for summer breaks. There’s something about renting a cottage with a warm bubbly bath where you can enjoy a soak in the warm waters with the one you love. Many couples prefer to rent a sleeps 2 property with a private hot tub so you can enjoy privacy and seclusion as a couple.

Romantic retreats with a hot tub

Romantic Rural Retreats

Plum Tree Rural Retreat in Scottish Borders

When it comes to what makes a cottage holiday truly special, waking up in the countryside can be a top choice. Whether you want to enjoy a morning coffee whilst appreciating the rural views or relax in the evening with a glass of wine, romantic retreats in the countryside can be truly inspiring for romantic breaks.

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Romantic Cottages with Good Views

Deepwell Barn Romantic Retreat with country views from the garden

There’s something serene and calming about gazing out to good views on holiday.  Whether you’re dreaming of a stay in a watermill, a break in a rural retreat with country views, a stay in a romantic coastal cottage with a sea view or perhaps like the idea of renting a romantic retreat with a lake view, holiday rentals with good views offer plenty of appeal, particularly for couples looking to reignite the romance on holiday.

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Whatever type of romantic retreat you choose to rent, we hope you find the perfect couple’s cottage for your summer holiday on Country Cottages Online. Do book early this year to avoid disappointment.

Top 15 Cottages with Country Views

Waking up to a country view on holiday can be one of the very best experiences and can truly make for a memorable holiday. Whether you want to wake up, have a morning coffee whilst gazing out on fields and farmlands or want to watch the sunset over the countryside whilst enjoying a glass of wine, starting or finishing your days with country views can feel great and Country Cottages Online features a superb collection of Cottages with rural views.

Cottages with countryside views can also be a delight for wildlife watching enthusiasts too as guests may be lucky enough to spot wild creatures like foxes, hares, rabbits or birds when holidaying at a rural retreat; a decided advantage of having a good vantage point over the surrounding landscape.

Enjoy feasting your eyes on our selection of our top 15 rural retreats with country views. Country Cottages Online features so many idyllic properties with fabulous rural views that unfortunately we can’t list all of them.

1. Apple Loft at Twistgates Farm, Devon

This first-floor apartment in the Blackdown Hills sleeps 2 and offers superb country views from its sleek glass fronted balcony. This is an ideal spot for sitting out with your partner and soaking up superb views out over the gardens to the countryside beyond. On days out, explore the surrounding scenic area of the Blackdown Hills from this cosy romantic. bolthole.

Apple Loft balcony with country views, in the Blackdown Hills

2. Axen Lodge in Dorset near the Jurassic coast

Set amongst a glorious patchwork of fields, Axen Lodge is a beautifully decorated country retreat in delightful Dorset. Oozing rural charm, this 4 bedroom holiday house is bound to impress inside and out. The outside decked area is the ideal spot to sit out and soak up stunning rural views. This country retreat enjoys an idyllic rural setting and also boasts an inviting warm bubbly hot tub. Escape from it all with a holiday here yet enjoy the added benefit of the Jurassic coast easily accessible just 7.5 miles away.

Axen Lodge in Dorset with views over surrounding fields

3. Balebarn Eco Lodge near Dartmoor

Featuring jaw droppingly beautiful country views from the outdoor decked area, this 4 bedroom eco lodge sits next to a nature reserve and unspoilt views are a feature of this lodge. What’s more this property is eco-friendly so you can feel extra virtuous whilst soaking up the fabulous views on a break away. For those who love to explore unspoilt areas, Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor are both within reach for days out too.

Balebarn decked area with fabulous nature views

4. Big Drift Barn and Fairchilds Barn, rural Rutland

Book Big Drift Barn and Fairchilds Barn together for get togethers with friends or family in unspoilt Rutland. With country views, and each barn with its own warm bubbly hot tub, together these barns sleep 16 and enjoy a fantastic rural setting

Fabulous country views await at Big Drift Barn and Fairchilds Barn in Rutland

5. Bilshay Farmhouse, Dorset

Set in the Dorset countryside, this 4 bedroom thatched cottage oozes country charm. With a warm bubbly outdoor hot tub, this could be the ideal place for a relaxing break in the West Country. Nearby is the town of Bridport and the unspoilt Jurassic coast. The rural views from the hot tub are to die for…

Bilshay Farmhouse hot tub with amazing country views

6. Caban Iwrch near the Berwyn Mountains

If it’s truly breathtaking country views you’re after, this is what awaits at Caban Irwch. Set next to two other cabins, this 3 bedroom cabin enjoys a truly scenic setting near the Berwyn Mountains. Truly cosy and welcoming, this is an amazing location where you can enjoy staying in a stunning rural setting on holiday. The views from the hot tub are just breathtaking.

Caban Iwrch’s glorious valley setting

7. Crepe Farm Cottage, Dorset

Enjoying an absolutely idyllic setting next to a hill in Dorset. Crepe Farm Cottage is a rural delight. Wake up to country views day after day at Crepe Farm Cottage near Symondsbury. Plus enjoy relaxing in the inviting warm bubbly hot tub for the ultimate in relaxation.

8. Eden Hideaway, Scottish Borders

The countryside views at Eden Hideaway are so stunning. With expansive glass doors in the open plan living area this is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in the country life with a stay on the farm. Wake up to views of fields and meadows day after day and relax and rejuvenate with the warm bubbly on site hot tub.

Eden Hideaway near the Cheviot Hills

9. Foxhill Lodge by the Culm Valley

Truly a wow factor cottage, this 5 bedroom holiday home is ideal for big family breaks and large group getaways as it sleeps 10. With a balcony where you can enjoy elevated views out over the Culm Valley, Foxhill Lodge is one of the very best and sought after properties featured on Country Cottages Online.

Foxhill Lodge with balcony with fabulous countryside views out to the Culm Valley

10. Grouse Lodge with hot tub, Denbighshire

With a wood-clad interior Grouse Lodge is a truly cosy holiday lodge located in Denbighshire, Wales. Outside the lodge features a generous decked area where you can sit out and enjoy the superb rural setting. This 2 bedroom lodge also features a warm bubbly outdoor hot tub with the most amazing country views.

Grouse Lodge with hot tub with amazing country views

11. Hilltop Barn, nestled in Lincolnshire

For a true country holiday, Hilltop Barn at Hilltop Farm holidays in Lincolnshire is hard to beat. The countryside views from this rural retreat are simply idyllic. The property also features an open bay area so you can sit out and soak up the location whatever the weather.

Hilltop Barn, Rural Retreat in Lincolnshire

12. Orchard House, Monmouthshire, Wales

Truly a wow factor holiday house, stylish and beautifully decorated, this large property has 10 bedrooms and is pet-friendly (welcoming 3 pet dogs) so your whole family can enjoy a break here. A number of the rooms feature the most stunning valley views and the covered outdoor terrace is the ideal spot for sitting out and soaking up the fantastic setting.

Dining area at Orchard House with stunning valley views

13. Plum Tree Cottage, Scottish Borders

Set on a farm in the Scottish Borders, this romantic retreat sleeps 2 and features beautiful views out over the surrounding farmlands on an organic farm close to the Cheviot Hills. You can discover some of the best of the Scottish Borders as well as enjoy day trips out to Northumberland National Park from here.

Plum Tree Cottage in the Scottish Borders

14. The Roundhouse, Devon

Quirky and charming, this 3 bedroom holiday lodge in Devon features light and airy high quality accommodation, and a setting within beautiful gardens, next to rolling countryside. The views from the patio are just superb and sitting out and enjoy a meal on a summer’s evening or a morning coffee and enjoying the vantage point would make for pleasant holiday memories. Nestled close to Exmoor National Park enjoy exploring this unspoilt landscape on a cottage break.

The Roundhouse nestled close to Exmoor

15. Tubbs Delight, Devon

The views from the hot tub in particular at Tubbs Delight in Devon are an absolute delight. You truly can see for miles and miles from here. Competitively priced, pet-friendly and family-friendly this 3 bedroom holiday home is often in demand so booking early is recommended to experience the delights of Tubbs Delight.
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Tubbs Delight Hot Tub with amazing country views

Best Holiday Homes for Tranquil Holidays in 2021

Relax on a tranquil cottage break

Looking for peace and quiet on a cottage break in 2021?

With 2020 behind us and the coronavirus pandemic stretching on and on with another lockdown in place currently, many of us want to book a tranquil cottage break to look forward to later on this year where you can recharge, unwind and de-stress. Some holidaymakers are booking up cottages for summer already, as the best properties tend to get booked up early and it can be important to have a break to look forward to, whereas other people are preferring to wait until we are out of lockdown before booking a summer holiday.

Tranquil Holiday Ideas 2021

Mill Cottage near Lavenham

Cottages with Views

Who doesn’t love a holiday home with a view? Renting a holiday cottage where you can gaze out to beautiful views can be good for the soul. Whether for you it’s important to look out to fields, farmlands, river, lake or sea, Country Cottages Online features a great selection of holiday homes with views for you to choose from:

Holiday Cottages with Good Views

Lower Hedge Farm, Somerset

Farm Cottages

De-stress and unwind with a farmstay holiday. Enjoy a taste of the good life, when you choose to holiday surrounded by fields and farmlands. Some holiday homes can be found on working farms where there are working animals like sheep and cows, whereas others are on arable farms where crops are grown. At other farm locations, there may be a smallholding with a small collection of animals like chickens, where you may even be able to enjoy a fresh supply of eggs during your stay. Farm holidays can be particularly popular with families, but also with couples who want to escape for a taste of the good life.

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Remote Ellary Cottages near Lochgilphead

Remote Getaways

If you truly want to escape from it all, renting a remote holiday cottage can make perfect sense. Hideaway and discover a far-off part of the UK, where you can enjoy exploring the local area without hoards of other people to contend with. Few locations are more tranquil than remote getaways where you can truly get away from it all, relax, unwind and escape.

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Waterlake Country Cottage near Stonehenge

Rural Retreats

Expected to be in high demand this summer are Britain’s rural retreats. Some rural retreats are nestled deep in the countryside, in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty or on edge of village locations. Whether you want to rent a country cottage, a barn conversion, a holiday lodge or a farm cottage, the appeal of the countryside and immersing yourself in nature and tranquillity is hard to beat.

Find your perfect rural retreat break

Wherever you are in terms of planning your summer break, holidaymakers can be reassured that last year, despite the start of pandemic being in March, cottage holidays from July to September were possible in many parts of the UK. Although we’re not out of the woods yet, holidaymakers can be reassured by news of the vaccine roll out and government predictions that the UK may be able to return to a more normal way of life hopefully by the summer. These are uncertain times we are living in, and some cottage owners and agencies are offering more flexible booking terms to reflect that. Check with owners and agencies about how flexible their terms are before booking.

If you’re someone planning to book a break in 2021, you may be looking for ideas and inspiration on some of the best places to stay. With all of the stress the pandemic has created, booking a break somewhere tranquil and relaxing could be more important than ever this year. Below are some of our picks of the best types of holiday rentals for tranquil holidays.

We hope we’ve inspired you with our ideas of ideal types of properties for tranquil getaways. If you really want to escape look out for secluded detached properties with their own gardens, for maximum privacy and peace.