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Romantic Country Getaways

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

So, everyone has their own idea on what is the best kind of Romantic Break. By that I obviously mean accommodation type, location, surroundings etc. not who you go with or what you get up to. If you surveyed a reasonable amount of people I’m not sure what would be number one for a getaway of this kind, but I’m pretty certain that a cosy holiday cottage in the countryside would be pretty high up in the rankings. There is a huge range of holiday Cottages to rent throughout the country, so lack of choice is not going to be a problem. When to visit would also be a factor; all the seasons are able to throw their hat in the ring as being the best time to go, each with their own unique reasons, but I’m going with Autumn. Firstly, it’s just around the corner as far as this date is concerned and I think it does actually just edge out the other three seasons to take first place. Bearing in mind our location is the countryside Mother Nature puts on a great show this time of the year. I won’t try to compete with the poets and wordsmiths by attempting to describe how beautiful the trees and plants are during “the fall” but you get my drift. Autumn can also be cold, but not too cold. You can enjoy the outdoors without worrying too much about Jack Frost nipping. At the same time it’s just cold enough to welcome closing the door at the end of the day and settling down cosily, maybe in front of a fire. We have chosen five beautiful areas of the country which are ideal for this type of short break holiday. Although popular regions, you need not worry about crowds as they large enough to absorb visitors and maintain a comfortable environment.

Visit The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms, situated in the Eastern Highlands is the largest National Park in the UK. The beautiful landscape is a mixture of mountains, lochs, rivers, forest and heather covered moorland. There are some truly remote areas, if you literally want to get away from it all. It goes without saying that the scenery is spectacular, so taking a stroll, vigorous walk or hike is a must. Enjoying your surroundings is highly likely to include spotting wildlife of which there is a great variety, in particular birds. The areas towns and villages include Aviemore, Ballater, Braemar, Grantown-on-Spey, Boat of Garten, Nethy Bridge to name a few. If you plan on doing a bit of shopping there are many independent stores usually stocking quality local goods. Aviemore and the larger towns obviously offer more of a choice. The Cairngorms boasts a variety restaurants from award winning fine dining establishments to casual light bite eateries. Whether you plan on eating out or are dining in, you should take the opportunity to enjoy the locally produced lamb, venison or beef. To wash it down you can choose from several local brews or of course world famous whiskies from the regions distilleries.

The Cairngorms

Short Breaks in The Lake District

Situated in Cumbria at the far North West of England. England's largest National Park and its easy to see why it has the status of an area of natural beauty. At the risk of stating the obvious it is a mountainous region punctuated with streams and of course numerous lakes, resulting in an amazing ly scenic region. To compliment this the Lake District is home to many picturesque towns and villages for you to explore. There is no shortage of things do; walking, water sports, cycling and a whole host of other outdoor related activities. If shopping is more your thing then look no further than towns such as Keswick, Penrith, Kendal and Barrow. The region is also a foodie paradise with numerous local food specialities such as Kendal Mint Cake, Herdwick Lamb, Rum Butter and Cumberland Sausage to name but just a few.

The Lake District

Cottages in Snowdonia

Snowdonia is an area in North West Wales and home to Wales highest mountain Mount Snowdon along with numerous other peaks, offering some spectacular views. The landscape is varied with woodlands, lakes, river gorges and waterfalls making for a spectacular setting. Again the region offers all the outdoor activities associated with a National Park. Attractions include the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway along with many historic sites. Snowdonia offers a huge range of independent shops and markets offering local goods and produce such as game, pickles and preserves , Welsh Black Beef and local Gold! An ideal weekend getaway destination.


Holidays in The Peak District

The Peak District National Park is in central England. Moors, Dales, Rivers, Caverns and of course Peaks make this a diverse and contrasting landscape. Being at the centre of the country large towns and cities are never too far away; but that's not say that the region is not as secluded or offers the same rural tranquillity of the other National Parks on this list. Farmers Markets and Farm Shops are abundant within the region. Again the area maintains a good level of local goods sold through independent outlets In amongst the breathtaking countryside there are many cosy Pubs, Restaurants, Tea Rooms, Cafes etc. to enjoy. The Peak District is also famed for its Events Calendar, so check before you visit and maybe you'll get the opportunity to enjoy a rural celebration.

The Peak District

Holiday Cottages in The New Forest

Situated in the far south of the country The New Forest boasts lush countryside, woodlands, moorlands, glades and meadows. There is no shortage of things to do or places to visit. Cycling is extremely popular, but have no fears about not being Olympic or Touring standard, casual cyclists are more than welcome with routes to suit. If that's not your thing there are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy or if you prefer a less active break there are plenty of Museums and other Attractions for you to visit. For wildlife lovers there are ponies, donkeys, deer and cattle roaming free.

The New Forest

These are just five regions from a land blessed with a wealth of scenic and welcoming countryside for you to enjoy a mini break. Fact is there is highly likely to be a suitable place to visit for your short break holiday, if not exactly on your doorstep, then certainly not too far away. Have a look at our Holiday Lets Page for some excellent deals or scour our Partner Page for Holiday Let Agencies specialising in holiday Cottages to rent. Alternatively visit our Homepage for specific Short Break Deals or Holidays of every kind