Rural Retreats in the UK - Rural Accommodation in the UK
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We're all familiar with the term 'rural retreats', but not quite so savvy when it comes to the UK. Friends can suggest no end of idyllic destinations: a cottage in the South of France; a villa in Italy's Lake Garda; a sleepy Spanish fishing village. Yet our daily routines bely the beautiful country we live in, and familiarity doesn't breed contempt with diverse landscapes on your doorstep.
Of course, we aren't suggesting you relive the nightmares of your grandparents' caravan. Rather, set out on a new adventure at one of our top five rural retreats instead. There's no need to spend astronomical amounts on a holiday, whether you want a romantic and secluded getaway or a beachside break with the kids.
Discover the majestic mountains of Scotland, or laze away on the stunning beaches of Cornwall. After all, taking a break in the UK is about creating new memories for the whole family. It may evoke bygone days when exotic holidays were reserved for the elite, but searching rock-pools is a timeless activity, and the British sunshine continues to struggle on.
Top Five Rural Retreats in the UK
Rural Retreats in England
The English countryside boasts a number of great destinations, each with its own charm and character. You can opt for a traditional thatched cottage or a brightly-coloured beach house, and discover the diversity of Britain's many regions. Rural retreats in England promise rest and relaxation, but there are no end of activities if you want to discover something new.
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Rural Retreats in Cornwall
Cornwall is one the UK's most popular destinations, offering the very best in English beach holidays. From its picture-perfect fishing villages to vast golden beaches, Cornwall's dramatic coastal scenery will provide the perfect place for a break. Rural retreats in Cornwall are perfect for the entire family, with plenty of surfing, ice cream and English sunshine for all.
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Rural Retreats in Wales
Rural retreats in Wales offer peaceful, idyllic settings, and an entirely different language and culture to enjoy. The country boasts extensive walking and cycling routes for the active, and a range of historic castles for the curious. From beautiful sandy beaches to vast national parks, Wales is a magnificent destination.
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Rural Retreats in Scotland
Rural retreats in Scotland ensure you'll find the privacy and seclusion you seek. Dramatic landscapes permeate the entire country, from rippling lochs under enormous mountains, to white beaches thrashed by crashing seas. Scottish culture and cuisine also offers something new, and you might even learn some Gaelic while you're there.
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Rural Retreats in Devon
Devon boasts rugged cliffs and dramatic ravines, and is excellent for walking, horse-riding and climbing. Simply strolling amidst its National Parks uncovers a staggering wealth of wildlife, nestled amidst rolling moorlands and quiet, picturesque villages. Rural retreats in Devon also herald an indulgent week of delicacies, so don't forget to enjoy a world-famous cream tea.
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There are numerous reasons why rural retreats in the UK make for memorable holidays.
Because travel prices are more reasonable, you're able to stay in the accommodation of your dreams. Renting directly from the owner means you'll also save more money, and be able to take advantage of the activities in the area.
You see, whilst the British countryside offers unrivalled peace and beauty, it also provides the perfect conditions for a range of activities. Holiday homes in Salcombe are some of the finest places from which to enjoy hiking, fishing and mountain-biking. You can try your hand at surfing on the vast beaches of Cornwall, or even try sailing on a glimmering Scottish loch.
We live in an extraordinary country, which brims with history and internationally-acclaimed culture.
Why go anywhere else?
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