Best Rural UK Retreats

If you are looking at planning a relaxing break as a couple, a family or by yourself, perhaps you have thought about planning a rural retreat? In the UK, there are so many beautiful rural places to escape, which are a haven of peace and quiet and just help you get away from all the hustle and bustle.

Luckily for you, we have put together this guide to help you decide where to go on your next holiday.

These locations are some of the most beautiful and peaceful in the country, and very few people know about them.


1. Sennen Cove, Cornwall

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Located on the western tip of Cornwall, Sennen Cove is a beautiful little fishing village miles from any big towns.

Penzance is the nearest big town, which is around 10 miles away.

Indeed, the most westerly point in the UK is Land’s End, which is only around a mile away by coast path.

There are no supermarkets, just a small gift shop which sells some food and clothing.

There is an incredible lifeboat station which you can visit and also a couple of cafes selling some delicious food.

There is a stunning beach called Whitesands Bay, which is around a mile long and is a haven for families, surfers and dog walkers alike.

It is a sandy beach, making it the perfect place to sunbathe and watch the world go by.

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2. Staverton, Devon

Staverton is a gorgeous little village which feels totally rural, but is actually remarkably close to the big town of Totnes and the A38 road which links to the M5.

Dartmoor is only a 10-minute drive away.

Staverton is home to the South Devon Steam Railway, which is a heritage railway line connecting Beaulieu with Totnes.

You can catch a ride on the train and sit back to enjoy the Devonian countryside passing by your window.

It is also located on the banks of the River Dart, a beautiful river starting in Dartmoor and finishing in the prosperous fishing town of Dartmouth.

You can walk alongside the river or even take a kayak into it if you wish.

Make sure you visit the Sea Trout Inn, which serves delicious hearty food.

3. Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

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Hambleden and the surrounding villages are picture perfect, and have been the filming location for many films and TV programmes, such as The Vicar of Dibley and Goodnight Mister Tom.

When you visit it isn’t difficult to see why.

Hambleden is dotted with gorgeous brick and flint cottages, a church and a pretty pub, The Stag and Huntsman.

At this pub, you can purchase some delicious restaurant level food and a pint of excellent local beer.

The best way to see the surrounding area is to walk, so make sure you grab your hiking boots and head to the surrounding hills.

4. Troutbeck, Lake District, Cumbria

Troutbeck is a pretty remote village located in the stunning Lake District, in Cumbria in the north of the UK.

The famous author Beatrix Potter famously lived in the village, which is now the property of the National Trust.

The National Trust have done a fabulous job of maintaining the village’s picturesque charm, and it is the perfect place to escape all the hustle and bustle.

Be sure to visit Holehird Gardens, which is owned and maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society.

Also, make sure to take a stroll around the village and visit the beautiful 15th-century chapel.

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