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10 of the Best Country Escapes in the UK

Escape, Relax, Unwind in Tranquil Rural Surroundings…

Britain is home to so much fabulous countryside, and so many wonderful rural retreats.

Here we have picked out 25 of the best rural retreats we feature, selected for their tranquil surroundings, their rural style and great country vibes.

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Rural Barn Haven near the Cambrian Mountains

Cae Madog Barn, Powys

With stunning valley views and a wonderful location at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, Cae Maedog Barn is a wonderful place to relax and unwind with friends and family in the tranquil green scenery of Powys. With both a private heated swimming pool and hot tub on site, you can fully rejuvenate and feel refreshed here.

Luxury Stylish Barn in Somerset near Glastonbury

Swallows Barn Retreat, Somerset

With access to relaxation spa with indoor pool, sauna and Nordic hot tub, combined with a tranquil rural location, Swallow’s Orchard offers the ultimate in rural relaxation.

Woodland Escape in Dorset National Lanscape, set next to a Brook and Fishing Lake

fishing lodge, Dorset

Wake up to woodlands views, enjoy the sound of the birds chirping in the trees, sit out and soak up the scene or do a spot of trout fishing on the onsite fishing lake, the choice is yours with a stay at the Fishing Lodge in the lush greenery of the Dorset National Landscape.

Large Holiday Farmhouse Nestled by Fields and Farmlands in Somerset

Lower hedge farm, somerset

For a big family holiday, this welcoming farmhouse could be ideal. Set amongst fields and farmlands, and pet-friendly, all of the family can escape to the country here. The private hot tub makes this tranquil rural setting all the more appealing!

Luxury and Stylish Large Rural Retreat in Herefordshire

Sharpnage House, Herefordshire

With 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, this wonderful rural retreat has plenty of space for families, a stunning luxurious interior along with expansive gardens and wonderful views. Relax and escape for a while with your nearest and dearest to the tranquillity of Herefordshire.

Beautiful Barn Conversion in Tranquil Herefordshire

Owl Barn Herefordshire

Gorgeous rural barn in a lush rural setting in Herefordshire, relax, unwind and take it easy at this welcoming tranquil retreat. With a private hot tub in the garden and superb walks nearby, relaxation and a wonderful de-stress await at this fabulous rural escape.

Rural Couples Escape in Devon Nestled in Woodlands by Lakes

Woodpeckers, Devon

For Rural Heaven, what could be better than escaping with the one you love to a tranquil setting with ancient woodlands and landscaped lakes where you can relax and unwind in a charming cabin? With an onsite hot tub and rowing boat for you to use, this is a perfect couples hideaway.

Eco Haven in the Scottish Highlands with Fabulous Loch Views

Boat House, Rural Highland Escape

Feel great when you book a stay at this remote retreat with loch views in the Scottish Highlands, complete with binoculars so you can look out for local wildlife from the comfort of your home from home!

Tranquil Love Nest with Wonderful Views near Honiton

Apple Loft Romantic Rural Retreat

With a balcony with superb country views, this cosy love nest near Honiton in Devon is a great place for a relaxed country break. Wake up to inspiring views on holiday, stay cosy with the woodburner and enjoy feeling the love and cuddling up at this couple’s retreat in the gorgeous Blackdown Hills.

Luxurious Waterside Retreat near the Norfolk Broads

North Meadow cottage, near the Norfolk Broads

With a stylish interior, relaxed vibe, accommodation all on one level and a superb waterside location, what’s not to love about North Meadow Cottage? This wonderful rural retreat even boasts a wild swimming platform, and use of canoes and a rowing boat! River fishing can also be enjoyed in season, so for a completely chilled out countryside break in Suffolk, just 20 minutes’ drive from the Norfolk Broads, North Meadow Cottage could be the perfect choice.

Whether you want to book a hideaway in the Scottish Highlands, a remote farm cottage in Snowdonia, a crofter’s cottage in Ireland or a rural gem in one of England’s National Parks, can help you find the best rural hideaway for you.