You’re in prime position for epic beach sunsets at The Old Rectory, the only building on Rhossili Bay in Wales. All that’s between this boxy white house and the beach is a mini grassy cliff and a few sheep. Dating back to the 1800s, it served as a base for WWII radar workers and a filming location for ‘Torchwood’ before becoming a holiday cottage. It’s got a big kitchen for cooking up feasts, and proper hygge wood-burning stoves. Evenings can be spent in the garden out front, watching the tide come in under those pinky skies.
UPDATE, OCT 2020: Please check local lockdown guidance before you travel. Although some of these properties sleep more than six, the current guidelines mean you can only go away with six people.
Don’t get us wrong, we love London. But months of lockdown we’re ready for a break. We want some fresh air and to swap awkward social distancing attempts on narrow pavements and inner city paths for wide open spaces in the UK countryside. Luckily for us, the country is peppered with quiet pockets of green, and cute places to stay right in the middle of them.
Whether you’re dreaming of heading off on a solo adventure, reuniting with pals (six only, please) or finally spending time with family after time apart, one of these rural retreats – from Cornish treehouses and cabins designed for stargazing to floating huts and a military fort that gets cut off from the land at high tide – will fit the bill.
Time to forget all about our own overfamiliar four walls and book one of these super rural weekend breaks from London.
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