Ideal for escaping the crowds and heading to your own safe haven this summer staycation.

These past few months of limited movement and uncertainty have left us all desperate to pack our bags and head to faraway places. Travel restrictions are soon being eased and Brits all across the nation are scrambling to get their first feeling of freedom booked. This, paired with varying rules and regulations regarding travel outside of the UK, will most likely lead to British beaches being packed with sun worshippers and city hotspots teeming with visitors.

Personally, we’re longing for somewhere well appointed, off the beaten track and relaxing for our first break after lockdown is lifted. If you’re the same and seeking a holiday of seclusion, in luxury and serenity, then read on; we’ve teamed up with holiday accommodation experts Holidu to bring you these 5 of the best luxury rural holiday rentals in the UK.

TY CAMLAD – POWYS, WALES

This stunning 16th-century barn conversion is situated in the county of Powys in Wales. The building has a gigantic living room with a clean and minimalist design and a huge window front that offers a spectacular view of the surrounding nature of Camlad Valley. This is the perfect location if you wish to explore rural Wales or simply lock yourself away in a dream-like location for the weekend. The rental boasts underfloor heating, a woodburning stove, and a super-king size bed. The unbeatable location and intricate features make this property a little slice of rural heaven!

The letting can sleep two people and will cost from £44 per night. More information: holidu.co.uk

HIGH FELLSIDE HALL – SEDBERGH, CUMBRIA

After months of strict social distancing enforcements, it’s only natural that the main thing many of us can’t wait to do is spend time with our loved ones again. What better way to do this than grab 18 of your closest friends and family members and escape to the country? This deluxe farmhouse is nestled in the heart of Cumbria and is surrounded by rolling hills of the countryside. A stay here will provide you with everything you need for the perfect reunion trip, including a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and yoga area! There is even parking available for ten cars, so you needn’t worry about getting everyone there.

The luxury property costs from £534 per night. More information can can be found here: holidu.co.uk

LYTHH VALLED COUNTRY HOUSE – CROSTHWAITE

The Lake District National Park is famous for having some of the most stunning landscapes in Britain. Pair this remarkable location with a traditional country house that sleeps up to 25 people and you really are in for a group trip to remember. Here you will find a hot tub and sauna, access to the property’s private fields, and space for the whole family to comfortably unwind. In case you don’t fancy staying cooped up indoors, the Lake District offers many outdoor activities, with many impressive mountains and lakes to be explored.

You can rent this country house from £531 per night. More information: holidu.co.uk

HIGH VIEW BARN – MIDDLETON, CUMBRIA

Another amazing property for a large group, High View Barn will not disappoint. Whether it’s the glamorous open-plan living area and kitchen with central wood-burning stove or the mezzanine games room equipped with a pool table and private sauna room that draws you in, this rental really is a fantastic choice. This wonderful property lies on the outskirts of Middleton, Cumbria, and has an outdoor area that is perfect for those long summer days, with a lawn, patio with furniture, and even a hot tub.

You can rent this superb stone cottage from £384 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk

HOLY LOCH CHATEAU – ARGYLL & BUTE, SCOTLAND

Heading up to Bonnie Scotland now, this chateau could not be found in a more idyllic location. Built on three acres of private land and overlooking the Holy Loch, if it’s a secluded getaway you’re seeking, look no further! This incredible house has eight bedrooms and has everything you will need to keep the whole family occupied outdoors, with swings, a trampoline, barbecues, and garden games such as cricket and football goals. The grounds of this property may be the most impressive part, with a river, waterfall and folly, and even private access to a beach.

You can sleep here with up to 17 people from £620 per night, more information: holidu.co.uk