These past few months of limited movement and uncertainty have left us all desperate to pack our bags and head to faraway places. Travel restrictions are soon being eased and Brits all across the nation are scrambling to get their first freedom trip booked.
This, paired with varying rules and regulations regarding travel outside of the UK, will most likely lead to British beaches being packed with sun worshippers and city hotspots teeming with visitors.
The events of recent have shifted many of our views on the kind of holiday we desire, and a key focus is now on private locations where we can escape to and keep social contact to a minimum.
That’s why, Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals, has compiled a list of ten stunning holiday rentals in breathtaking rural locations, perfect for your much-needed private getaway!
5 of the best luxury rural rentals in the UK
1. Ty Camlad – Powys, Wales
Ty Camlad © SykesCottages via Holidu
This stunning 16th-century barn conversion is situated in the county of Powys in Wales. The building has a gigantic living room with a clean and minimalist design and a huge window front that offers a spectacular view of the surrounding nature of Camlad Valley.
This is the perfect location if you wish to explore Mid Wales or simply lock yourself away in a dream-like location for the weekend. The rental boasts underfloor heating, a woodburning stove, and a super-king size bed.
The unbeatable location and intricate features make this property a little slice of rural heaven! The letting can sleep two people and will cost from £44 per night. More information: holidu.co.uk/d/13118496
2. High Fellside Hall – Sedbergh, Cumbria
High Fellside Hall © SykesCottages via Holidu
After months of strict social distancing enforcements, it’s only natural that the main thing many of us can’t wait to do is spend time with our loved ones again. What better way to do this than grab 18 of your closest friends and family members and escape to the country?
This deluxe farmhouse is nestled in the heart of Cumbria and is surrounded by rolling hills of the countryside. A stay here will provide you with everything you need for the perfect reunion trip, including a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and yoga area!
There is even parking available for ten cars, so you needn’t worry about getting everyone there. The luxury property costs from £534 per night and can be found here: holidu.co.uk/d/13681213
3. Lyth Valley Country House – Crosthwaite, Cumbria
Lyth Valley Country House © SykesCottages via Holidu
The Lake District National Park is famous for being one of the most stunning landscapes in Britain. Pair this remarkable location with a traditional country house that sleeps up to 25 people and you really are in for a group trip to remember. Here you will find a hot tub and sauna, access to the property’s private fields, and space for the whole family to comfortably unwind.
In case you don’t fancy staying cooped up indoors, the Lake District offers many outdoor activities, with many impressive mountains and lakes to be explored. You can rent this country house from £531 per night.
4. High View Barn – Middleton, Cumbria
High View Barn © SykesCottages via Holidu
Another amazing property for a large group, High View Barn will not disappoint. Whether it’s the glamorous open-plan living area and kitchen with central wood-burning stove or the mezzanine games room equipped with a pool table and private sauna room that draws you in, this rental really is a fantastic choice.
This wonderful property lies on the outskirts of Middleton, Cumbria, and has an outdoor area that is perfect for those long summer days, with a lawn, patio with furniture, and even a hot tub. You can rent this superb stone cottage from £384 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/33697764
5. Holy Loch Chateau – Argyll & Bute, Scotland
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Heading up to Bonnie Scotland now, this chateau could not be found in a more idyllic location. Built on three acres of private land and overlooking the Holy Loch, if it’s a secluded getaway you’re seeking, look no further! This incredible house has eight bedrooms and has everything you will need to keep the whole family occupied outdoors, with swings, a trampoline, barbecues, and garden games such as cricket and football goals. The grounds of this property may be the most impressive part, with a river, waterfall and folly, and even private access to a beach. You can sleep here with up to 17 people from £620 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/29042603
5 of the best cosy rural rentals in the UK
1. The Big Barn – Badluarach, Scottish Highlands
The Big Barn © SykesCottages via Holidu
The charming exterior of this first cosy retreat is enough to make you want to book straight away. This quirky barn is seeping with character and can be found in the northern part of the wonderful Scottish Highlands. It has an open plan living area with a kitchen, dining and sitting area and views out over the coastline.
Pets are allowed too, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your furry friends at home. You can stay here as three people from £36 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/37468387
2. Stellar Safari Lodge – Powys, Wales
Stellar Safari Lodge © SykesCottages via Holidu
Back to Wales and with major chic safari vibes, we come to Stellar Safari Lodge. This is a tent- like lodge with a veranda decking that contains outdoor seating, a dining table, a fire pit, a hot tub and two sun loungers, perfect for kicking back and relaxing in the Welsh sunshine.
Resting in a picturesque location with a heart-warming interior, Safari Tent is a unique retreat in a characterful part of Wales. You can stay here as six people from £49 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/23385306
3. Ivy’s Way – Powys, Wales
Ivy’s Way © SykesCottages via Holidu
Who doesn’t want to stay in a tiny green hut which has a fully functioning jacuzzi on its front porch? This adorable letting in Wales will make you feel cosy and intimate all weekend long. The private jacuzzi overlooking the rolling Welsh countryside makes for the most romantic of trips away with your loved one. Two people can stay here from £42 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/32668657
4. Heron Lodge – North Kessock, Scottish Highlands
Heron Lodge © SykesCottages via Holidu
Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, this Canadian-style lodge has all of the features for a snug week away in complete bliss. The open plan living area is heated by the woodburning stove. Possibly the highlight of this rental is the front veranda which is complete with a picnic table, barbecue and luxury hot tub.
Pour yourself a glass of bubbly and soak away your worries whilst gazing out into the lush green forest which surrounds the rental. This lodge accommodates four people, costing from £123 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/17051279
5. Wensleydale Glamping Pods – Wensleydale, North Yorkshire
Wensleydale Glamping Pods © Expedia via Holidu
Finally, who doesn’t love the idea of a homely night away in a ‘glamping’ pod? This cosy hideaway is fitted with all of the essentials for a comfortable stay – full kitchenette, tv, barbecue grill and a picnic area.
The letting is a stone’s throw away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park and other sites such as Bolton Castle and Aysgarth Falls. This lodge accommodates four people, costing from £123 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk/d/34246330
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