Rural Retreats
Rural Retreats

Rural Retreats

With more than 400 luxury holiday cottages covering the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland, Rural Retreats has something to suit families of all shapes and sizes. Each property is carefully vetted and chosen specifically for Rural Retreat’s portfolio because something about it stands out from the crowd. You could find yourself staying in a piggery in Dorset or playing Lord of the Manor in Cumbria, adding a definite “cool” factor to your stay. 

Scroll down for our hand-picked family cottages. There are also four glamping sites in gorgeous locations in Lancashire, Rutland, Suffolk and Somerset.

These types of properties are not the exception to the rule. Rural Retreats pride themselves on selecting the cream of rental properties, and many of their buildings are of historic importance, located by the sea, within easy reach of the coast or nestled on the side of a mountain. Fire your kids’ imagination by choosing between a blacksmith’s cottage, a windmill in Monmouthshire, a castle in Yorkshire or any one of the 26 former lighthouse-keeper’s cottages in spectacular seaside settings. 

It’s not just location, location, location either. While these properties are all, typically, in stunning surroundings, call us shallow but the interiors count too. Thankfully, rural doesn’t have to mean a week roughing it Bear Grylls style. Forget about foraging for survival; rather this is the chance to get away from it all with the kids, chasing that country idyllic lifestyle and surrounding yourself, not only with stunning landscapes, be it mountains, lakesides or moors but also with all the trappings necessary for a thoroughly comfortable holiday. 

While your younger children will have to chance to experience some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes and enjoy the chance of running wild sometimes older kids can prove reticent about where the nearest mountain is and are more concerned about the nearest WiFi. Make life easier and choose a cottage with all the gadget gizmos you could possibly want to ease the pain. 

Each property is carefully vetted by Rural Retreats making sure they’re up to par, lots are dog friendly meaning you can bring the family mutt and if you’ve younger kids in tow you can relax, choosing a child-friendly property knowing that everything you need is in place. 

The only problem you may find is leaving at the end of the stay. 


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Cottages in the Peak District

A selection of family-friendly cottages, big and small, in the beautiful Peak District.

Child-friendly Holiday Cottages Near the Beach

A selection of child-friendly holiday cottages near the beach, around the UK.

Cottages in Devon

Coastal and country cottages ideal for family holidays and breaks.

Cottages in Cumbria

Self-catering properties from which to explore the many family-friendly activities and attractions of the beautiful Lake District.

Cottages with swimming pools

Self-catering holiday cottages in England with access to indoor or outdoor pools.

Cottages in Scotland

Rural Retreats offer a selection of family-friendly self-catering holiday accommodation across Scotland, including some pretty unique places.

Cottages in Northumberland

Enjoy an relaxing or active family holiday or break and base your family in a self-catering cottage in Northumberland.

Cottages with games rooms

Family-friendly cottages in England (plus some options further afield) with a games room – ideal for holidays with older kids.

Cottages in Sussex

Book a family-friendly cottage in Sussex, make yourself a base and visit all this region has to offer - beach, countryside and more.

Cottages on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight
From a lighthouse keeper's cottage to a beautiful villa, right by a beach, there is a great choice of properties in the Isle of Wight.

Dog-friendly Family Holiday Cottages

United Kingdom
Handpicked holiday cottages suitable with both kids and dogs around the UK and Ireland.

Cottages in Yorkshire

Family cottages in rural and coastal Yorkshire; for families with young children, active families and families who want to relax in a self-catering holiday home.

Holiday Cottages Suitable for Children and Babies

United Kingdom
Luxury holiday cottages around the UK and Ireland suitable for families with very young children.

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