The best rural retreats for autumn in the UK holiday cottages

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The best rural retreats for autumn in the UK

Sarah 01 August 2019

An enticing blend of tranquillity and rejuvenation with fun and frivolity, a luxury rural retreat in the UK is the answer to your high-stress levels and busy schedule – it’s time to adopt a slower pace of life with a little harmony. Apart from anything else, it’s a liberating feeling, breaking away from the crowd and heading into the countryside with your nearest and dearest.

Feel that? It’s freedom. Picture long walks through crisp autumn leaves, delicious pub lunches in charming country inns, cosy evenings in front of roaring log fires and warm bowls of soup after hours of countryside adventures. 

We have handpicked some of our finest rural retreats in the UK, spanning England, Scotland and Wales, including magnificent manor houses, fine barn conversions and impressive houses with enjoyable extras such as tennis courts and swimming pools.

Rural retreats in Norfolk  

norfolk coastal marshes

Home to the magnificent Sandringham Estate, the royal residence of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Norfolk is a gold mine of stately homes, resembling the likes of Downton Abbey. Striking buildings rise from within perfectly manicured gardens, guarded by ancient forest and beautiful parkland. Discover their illustrious history against a backdrop of colours, take brisk country walks, dine in cosy country pubs in front of roaring fires and devour delicious local dishes.


Where to stay? The Norfolk Barns

Reepham | Sleeps 17

Norfolk Barns

Like many rural retreats, Norfolk Barns is a converted farm building boasting a blend of charming traditional features and modern touches. It houses two separate holiday homes that come together to sleep 17 people, great for separate families who holiday together but appreciate their own space. With views across the farmland and to the woodlands beyond, relaxation and quality family time are assured. 

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Rural retreats in Scotland

autumn in Scotland

You can’t get much further from the humdrum of city life than deep in the heart of the Scottish countryside. A rural retreat in Scotland lends itself to a few rounds of golf on the nearest course, whisky tasting at a world-renowned distillery or outdoor pursuits under the expert eye of a professional. In autumn a carpet of auburn leaves and a landscape rich in wildlife makes Scotland a magical setting.




Where to stay? Highland Baronial Castle

Royal Deeside | Sleeps 24

Highland Baronial Castle

Play lord of the manor in this spectacular Scottish castle, hidden deep in the Cairngorms National Park. Decorated with the grandeur of a Baronial mansion, from its very own whisky library to a games room with billiards, it’s the epitome of a country retreat. Sip the finest malt whisky in front of a roaring fire, feast together around the grand wooden dining table and take afternoons ambles through 18 acres of manicured lawns, woodlands and the Victorian walled gardens.

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Rural retreats in Yorkshire

Yorkshire in autumn

Stay deep in the Yorkshire countryside to find the peace and quiet you have been chasing, but be sure to take an excursion into Harrogate for the Turkish Baths, the traditional café of Betty’s and York for the minster, one of the most striking in the country. Discover the autumn colours of Yorkshire on National Trust Estates such as Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal or Beningbrough Hall Gallery & Gardens.



Where to stay? Olliver House

Richmond | Sleeps 18

Olliver House

Originally the family home of the Earl and Countess of Ronaldshay, this elegant house combines period charm with contemporary comfort. Live like a royal and indulge in the extravagance of three dining areas, a grand drawing room and beautifully-kept walled gardens. Set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, this grand Victorian farmhouse is the perfect base to disconnect from your busy life and reconnect with your family.

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Rural Retreats in the Peak District

A riot of colour throughout the year, in autumn the Peak District becomes even more beautiful, dowsed in a warm orange glow. Feast your eyes on the striking countryside scenery, visit stately homes such as Chatsworth House with its opulent interior and stunning gardens, and soak up the beauty of charming towns and villages such as Bakewell, Tissington and Hartington.



Where to stay? The Sanctuary

Ashover | Sleeps 11

The Sanctuary

Aptly named The Sanctuary, this beautiful Victorian house resides beside a tranquil reservoir with stunning views. Inside, the impressive house features many reception rooms and a striking Orangery, so if you escaped to the countryside for peace and quiet, there is plenty of space for time to yourself. Start your day with a gentle stroll beside the water’s edge before indulging in a late breakfast or a generous brunch with all the delicious extras.

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Rural retreats in Wales

Castell Coch Wales

With some of the most spectacular scenery in all the UK, a rural retreat in Wales promises to be something special.  Rolling valleys are interrupted by imposing mountain ranges and secret lakes hide away in wildlife-rich Vales. A break in the Wales countryside is a retreat, in the true sense of the word. It’s a destination perfect for adrenaline junkies who seek daring outdoor adventures but who also crave the high life.



Where to stay? Strawberry Wood Barn

Abergavenny | Sleeps 11

strawberry wood barn

This luxurious barn with far-reaching views across the Black Mountains, offers sumptuous furnishings, stylish details and ultimately, a truly comfortable base in the heart of rural Wales. With a playroom and trampoline, children have been well considered to ensure a luxury family holiday without compromise. While the interior of the property delivers a decadent feel; outside, it is the views that are sure to be the showstopper at this rural retreat.

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Rural retreats in the Cotswolds

Cotswolds in autumn

Famed for its honey-coloured villages and glorious rolling countryside, the Cotswolds is a firm favourite for holidays in the countryside. The Cotswolds offers excellent shopping opportunities in the dazzling towns of Bath and Cheltenham and the quirky boutiques of quaint villages like Bourton-on-the-Water. Home to the Cheltenham Races, it’s worth checking the event schedule to see if you can fit in a fabulous race day during your visit.


Where to stay? Chipping Manor

Chipping Norton | Sleeps 10

Chipping Manor

Indoor swimming pool, spa treatments, gym and a cinema room, need we say more? You asked for a ‘retreat’ and we have delivered. This exceptional manor house has been styled with elegance and opulence to deliver a lavish holiday home that offers luxurious extras to help you fully unwind as you take time away from your busy lifestyle.

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Rural retreats in Northamptonshire


A rural county scattered with picture-perfect villages and walking trails, and with waterways that criss-cross their way through the splendid countryside.  Well-known for its stately homes and superb gardens, visitors will take great delight in discovering the captivating history connected to each one, including Princess Diana’s former home, Althorp. If you crave a cultural buzz during your stay, head to the attractive town of Northampton to see its five striking churches.  



Where to stay? Mears Ashby Manor

Mears Ashby | Sleeps 18

Mears Ashby Manor

The ultimate rural retreat. Once you have pulled up on the impressive driveway in front of the grand building, you won’t need to leave again during your stay. This magnificent property has everything and more to ensure this country retreat is the finest holiday you have ever indulged yourself in. As well as an interior that resembles a royal residence, there is a games barn, tennis court, trampoline, mini football pitch and a glasshouse perfect for formal entertaining.  If you are searching for a little serenity, cast yourself adrift on the peaceful boating lake and take some time to yourself.

Rural Retreats in Cornwall

Cornwall, Lerryn RIver

Out of season, the pace in Cornwall slows down and the crowds disperse. That doesn’t mean the county grinds to a halt though. In autumn foodies will be delighted with delicious feast nights held at venues such as Knightor Winery and it's easier to book into Michelin Starred restaurants, like Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac. This is also a great time to visit the finest towns in Cornwall such as St Ives, Fowey and Looe. Wherever you stay in the county, the coast is never far away.


Where to stay? Stennack Barn

Carbis Bay | Sleeps 10

Stennack Barn

Set on a working farm, a holiday at Stennack barn allows you to embrace life in the countryside.  With plenty of extra luxuries such as a hot tub, quirky BBQ hut and climbing frame with swings and a slide, children right through to the grandparents, will feel just at home here. As soon as you step inside the cool and calm interior will instantly relax you into these tranquil surroundings, and you will forget the stresses of everyday life in a flash.

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Inspired to down tools and take a relaxing rural retreat this autumn? You deserve it! We have a whole host of beautiful large houses across the UK in peaceful rural locations. If you are still looking for the perfect place to hide away, you can browse our full collection of country houses for more ideas.

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