Whatever the time of year, the Great British countryside is wonderful for relaxing cottage breaks. We love the National Parks in particular. England’s National Parks feature special places such as Dartmoor and Exmoor where you can enjoy getting back to nature but there are so many to choose from and each offers its own unique attractions. Some of our favourites in England include the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Scotland, Wales and Ireland also offer easily accessible national parks. Other wonderful areas of rural Britain include Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wherever you choose to visit, let us help you find a great place to stay and if you need more ideas or information see our guide to the best of the British countryside.
If you have in mind a country holiday for 2013 and are in need of some inspiration then we can help with our top 10 recommended destinations for rural retreat holidays. We have featured destinations in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Our guide takes you through some of the best places in the UK and Ireland for a tranquil, relaxed getaway. Don’t forget that not only can we help with providing you with information on some amazing places to visit but we also feature a fantastic collection of rural cottages and retreats, ideal for a stress free holiday. Find out more and read our Top 10 Destinations for Rural Retreats.
If you want the very best of the country you may want to rent a cottage with a stunning rural or country views. Up and down the UK, there are some amazing rural areas to visit where you can immerse yourself in greenery. To help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily click for cottages with country views.
When it comes to recommending wonderful rural areas, there are so many great options in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland that it is not easy to recommend one single area. Sometimes the best places are those off the beaten track that you discover independently on your travels.
Take a look at this large self-catering cottage in Berwickshire, Scotland. With stylish, comfortable accommodation this house is located along with a few other properties on a small farm near the coast in the Scottish Borders. What’s more, being both dog friendly and child friendly, this house could be a good choice for families or groups of friends. Hen parties and stag parties are welcome here. For more resources and inspiration on things to see and do in Scotland, take a look at our area guides.
Fancy a luxury break in the country? Features at this romantic farm-stay just for two include a woodburner and exposed wooden beams. Click for more information on The Grainary, a 5 star self-catering apartment. If you like the idea of rural life then this could be just the place for you. Located on the Yorkshire Coast, an easy drive away from Bridlington, this cottage could be great for exploring rural Yorkshire as well as the coastline. For more information and guides on things to see and do locally do take a look at the cottage website.
If you like the idea of a farmstay then this 1 bedroom country cottage may appeal to you. Located on a working farm in the beautiful Linconshire Wolds this cottage should suit those who love to fish. At Poachers Hideaway private fishing is possible. Add to this 4 star pet friendly accommodation, plenty of valley and woodland walks and what more could you need for a peaceful break away? This cottage is ideal for those looking to get away from it all and take it easy. Feel free to call or email the owners for more information.
This newly refurbished 8 bedroom self catering farmhouse is certainly a property with the wow factor. With modern interiors throughout and offering a great blend of coast and country, this farmhouse is well suited to large groups or big families. What’s more, there is even a heated indoor pool for those who love to swim. Click to find out more about short breaks and longer stays at Watercombe Farm.
Just added is Lower Hook Hill in Somerset. This special property is located in a valley in the Brendon Hills so likely to appeal to those seeking a real rural retreat. Suitable for hen parties, stag parties and large groups, this large house sleeps up to 12 in 5 bedrooms. Take a look at the photos to fully appreciate the quality of the accommodation on offer.
When it comes to rural self catering holidays which are the best areas in the UK to visit? Some people like to spend time in Britain’s National Parks where they can be assured of protected woods, moorlands, mountains and more. These places are known as Britain’s breathing spaces. Others opt for areas of outstanding natural beauty which are nationally recognised areas which many enjoy due to their pristine qualities. There are 46 of these and efforts are made to safeguard these for all to enjoy. Others still head for countryside which is less discovered and less well known. If you need some inspiration take a look at our free guide on Best Country Areas. Wherever you go, have a wonderful cottage holiday.
Ever wondered where the best places for rural cottage breaks are? We’ve compiled our own guide to the best country areas in the UK. Take a look and see where we recommend. If you know of somewhere we should add to the list, do get in touch with your feedback. We’d love to hear from you. See our Best of the British countryside for cottage breaks guide.