Monday, 22 July 2013

Booking a Country Escape: What Accommodation Works Best

By Keely Capel

Many of us look to escape the city when our holiday time comes, and what can be better than heading out to the countryside, taking in the fresh air and being at one with Nature?

Slightly different to a beach retreat and world's apart from a city break, picking the right holiday accommodation for your countryside escape can make or break your holiday experience.

So, if you are looking to escape the city and take a relaxing break in the countryside, then here are a few pointers on what accommodation will fit your theme:

Country Cottages

With distinct characteristics, low ceilings, trims and moulding, many have stone fireplaces, french doors, mullioned windows, hard word floors and front porches. With thatched roofs and picturesquce flower boxes, they nestle often in small villages or hamlets surrounded by greenery, shrubbery and ornate gardens where you ca relax and unwind with an early morning coffee or an early evening drink.

Located close to others you will normally find a small village shop, country pub or post office all within walking distance. Neighbours are friendly but respect your privacy being available only if you need them or wish to socialise with them.

Quaint and cute, country cottages will offer you a warm welcome, often steeped in history these sometime 100 year old country cottages allow you to go back in time when people had a slower pace, said good morning to one another and allowed life to reveal its twists and turns. However that doesn't mean you have to return to the dark ages. Nowadays many country cottages come equipped with all your mod con's as well as fully functional modern kitchens, indoor toilets, and luxurious bathrooms.

England is one of the most notable places for you to find or rent a country cottage, however you will also find quaint stone cottages in Europe, with the south of France having many stone cottages available for rent. 


Renting a farmhouse has grown in popularity in recent years. Not dissimilar to what you could expect from a cottage rental, Farmhouses are often old, built of stone and offer a cosy and welcoming environment with a cheerful stone fire place. However there has been many farmhouse renovations which will allow you to enter into a plush and modern environment whilst still remaining in the heart of the country.

Often the main house in a farm or farming community, farmhouses are large than cottages and will offer you more space. They are excellent for groups or large families looking for a countryside retreat and are found in a rural and agricultural setting.  Either stand alone or connected in a terrace with other farmhouses. There is often a pleasant courtyard in which you can enjoy the outdoors and dine alfresco.

Farmhouses are ideal for those looking to be slight more removed from everyday life, normally set with rolling hills or sprawling fields surrounding them for you to wonder and explore. They are set a little further out often on the edge of the local village or within a 5 to 10 minute drive of one.

Whilst England offers some amazing farmhouses if you wish to holiday at home, you will also find a wide variety across Europe in areas such as Germany, Italy, Norway and Spain. Farmhouses can be renting across the pond as well in Canada and the United States.

Barn Conversions 

Originally old barns used by farms for storing produce or animals, barns have become fashionable to be converted into residential use, as modern farm practises and meant their use has become redundant.

They retain the history and character of the original purpose yet combine this with comfortable, modern and often open place and spacious living quarters. They are self contained, equipped with modern kitchens and bathrooms and have often have insulation and fireplaces added along with additional windows which allow the light to come streaming in.

Due to their original use, many will be located close to the main farmhouse and will offer splendid views across the surrounding countryside. They are often located close to villages or towns and will be approximately 10-15 minutes drive away from amenities. Although if located on a working farm you may find there is a farm shop on your doorstep that can provide you with daily fresh produce for you to enjoy.

Many people adore the feel of a barn conversion due to the country setting or the exposed wooden beams and historical features or interesting ceilings.

The UK offers a wide selection of barn conversions and is one of the most prominent places in which to rent a barn conversion. However with a vast farming community in Canada and the United States you will also find an excellent of Barn Conversion rentals available here also.

So whether a cosy country cottage to sleep 2-4 people, a farmhouse rental to house the family or a barn conversion rental to experience something different, these are three most favoured types of holiday accommodation available for a countryside escape.

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