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.
Rural retreats in EnglandEnjoy well-deserved rest in rural England
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
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.
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.
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!
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.