Rural retreats in England

Enjoy well-deserved rest in rural England

 


Rural Retreat We all need a break from the humdrum and stresses of everyday life; somewhere to relax, and simply refresh ourselves for the months ahead. While many tourists opt for holidays abroad, seeking out sun, sand and sea, we have hundreds of beautiful rural destinations at home. Why pay for long-haul flights when you could find paradise on your doorstep? A holiday in rural England might be just what you need, allowing you to explore our loveliest landscapes, historical sites and attractions, all within just a short trip from home. Even English destinations can provide sandy shores and deep-blue seas - they just can’t guarantee great weather! 

But with a beautiful private home booked through HomeAway Holiday Rentals, you’re promised an unforgettable break. You see, we have thousands of cottages in England, spanning each and every region of the country, and something to suit all budgets, needs and desires. Whether you need a large farmhouse fit for a family, or a small cottage for couples on the coast, you’ll find your home from home when you book through HomeAway. So why wait? Enjoy privacy, space and value for money: browse through our properties today.


 

Best rural retreats in England


   

Cornwall Cornwall

Cornwall is best-known for one thing: its coastline. An area of outstanding natural beauty, where miles of sandy shores spill out to clear (and sometimes even warm!) seas, it’s the ideal destination for those looking for a rural beach break. There are dozens of activities on offer, including parasailing, water-skiing and - of course - surfing, as well as a plethora of exciting attractions. Art lovers should head to St Ives to enjoy Cornwall’s fantastic branch of the Tate, those interested in history should visit the ancient castle at Penzance, and no one should miss the magnificent Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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Devon Devon

An area of unique charm and breathtaking beauty, Devon’s a great choice for a rural retreat year round. Its coastlines (yes, there are two!) are a great place for long, refreshing walks, while its tumbling rivers and unspoilt forests are great spots for outdoor activities. Dartmoor is a particularly good area for hiking and cycling, with an extensive network of marked trails meandering past moorland, woodland, bogs and the granite tors. The Tarka Trail is over 180 miles long, while the Coast to Coast Trail is almost 120 miles: if one thing’s certain when holidaying in Devon, it’s that you’ll find no shortage of places to explore.

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Lake District Lake District

Home to some of England’s largest lakes and hills, the Lake District is one of Britain’s best-loved destinations. There are plenty of recognised walking and cycling trails, including the Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall Path, but despite being marked they retain a wild, untouched appearance. There are also nature centres to enjoy, including the Osprey Watch in Keswick, and enchanting historical sites in each of the area’s villages. Of course, it’s the lakes of the Lake District that attract most holidaymakers: with fishing, sailing and - if you’re brave enough - swimming available, it’s a fantastic holiday spot for the family.

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Cotswolds Cotswolds

Home to chocolate-box houses and cobbled, old streets, the Cotswolds is famed for showing England at its finest. There are dozens of activities available to those who seek them, but there’s plenty to keep less adventurous tourists entertained too: whether you fancy paragliding and rock climbing, or simply lazing in the garden of an English stately home, you’ll find all you need in the Cotswolds. Go sightseeing in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born, take a turn around the park of beautiful Blenheim Palace, or simply grab an ice cream and enjoy the English summer!

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Yorkshire Yorkshire

Encompassing rugged cliffs and coastal paths, vast moorlands and undulating hills, it would seem Yorkshire was made for walking holidays! A stunning part of England with something to suit every kind of tourist, it’s the perfect spot for a rural retreat. There are over 270 miles of waterways, with fishing, kayaking and rowing available, as well as over 100 miles of unspoilt, dramatic coastline. Yorkshire also covers a huge number of National Parks, so there’s there’s always somewhere new to explore: whether you stroll through the Peak District, Ingleton Waterfalls or Bempton Cliffs, you’ll fall in love with Yorkshire’s landscapes.

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A Peaceful Location, Overlooking The Water Within Walking Distance To Restaurants, Pubs And Cafés

April Cottage is a delightful, fully modernized 18th century cottage overlooking the entire Fal estuary and harbour, with far reaching views over to the Roseland Peninsular, flushing and countryside beyond.

Quiet Secluded Location Only 1/2 Mile From Town Centre, Close Coastal Paths And Beaches

The Lodge @ The Gables is the former gardener's cottage of one of Bridport's most historic houses. It has a private patio and garden with safe parking right outside. The 'Jurassic coast' bus route runs right past and it is a 5 minute walk into B...

Set In Peaceful Award Winning Gardens Only Tens Minutes Drive From The Beach And Fishing At Looe

Our cottages are ideally situated in South East Cornwall and ten minutes from the coastal path, perfect for discovering all parts of Cornwall. Each cottage is very well equipped with washer/dryer, fan oven, fridge freezer, open log fires, TV/ DVD ...

Pretty Traditional Cottage With Lovely Views

Ploughman's Cottage has been totally renovated and refurbished over the early part of 2013 and now provides spacious, comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. The cottage is situated in the small hamlet of Trewarmett, about one mile from the...

Character Cottage Just 50 Yards From The Beach in Combe Martin

Brand new on the market for this year, Ebrington House is a lovely character cottage just 50 yards from Combe Martin beach. Originally built around 1650, it is a former pub and one of the oldest houses in the village. It has just been completely r...
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