The best staycation homes in the UK for the ultimate rural getaway

Spend the weekend in peace and quiet on your own hillside

rural staycation homes

by William Lobley and Marina Avraam |

While some enjoy the hustle of busy cities or the relentless beat of the Spanish sun, there are those of us who crave the quiet, wide-open spaces of the countryside. Whether it's an upcoming bank holiday weekend or that well-deserved week off, rural locations are incredible places to visit, offering a chance to get back in touch with nature, breathe deep and explore.

Thanks to the thousands of properties available to book on sites such as Plum Guide, Vrbo and more, visiting rural, secluded and isolated locations no longer requires you to backpack and camp your way across hills and dales. We’ve scoured the properties available on the market, and located some of the best rural locations you can find across the United Kingdom.

From romantic getaways, a memorable family holiday, or a base for walking and hiking exploration, the perfect place for you exists, and we want to help you find it. It’s time to rediscover some of the nation’s most beautiful regions.

Please note that the prices we have quoted are subject to change, and will also vary from season to season.

The best at a glance:

The Magic Treehouse, Ceredigion Wales

Sylvana, Powys Wales

Endless Ether, Gloucestershire

Luxury Shepherds Hut, Chew Valley

River Avon Pod, Devon

Little Wickets, Yorkshire

The Old Hayloft, Wales

The best in detail:

If you’re heading out into the great green yonder, make sure you’re adequately equipped. Hiking boots and waterproofs are a given for any country-bound individual, but the right daypack and lightweight walking poles will also make a huge difference.

Booking with holidays in a pandemic

In the light of 2020’s pandemic, rural locations have only increased in popularity, as people opt for open fields as opposed to densely populated urban centres. This means that you’re likely to run into some competition for the best staycation homes - make sure you book well in advance to secure your place.

Many hosts have implemented more stringent and thorough cleaning practices to combat the spread of the virus and to keep guests safe. In some cases, this has changed the checking in and out times, to provide more time for adequate cleaning. Additionally, some hosts will no longer provide towels and bedding – you may need to take your own. Always read the advertisements to make sure. If there is any doubt, reach out to your host.

Regarding local and national lockdowns and their effects on cancellations, please read the host’s cancellation policy. If in doubt, you can always contact them directly.

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William Lobley is a Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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