Are you considering a countryside retreat over a beach break for your holiday this year but need a little more convincing? That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the benefits of taking a break in a rural area.

It is usually quieter

If you’re staying in a sunny city or at a beach resort, the likelihood is that you’ll be surrounded by families and groups of friends on holiday who may not give you the peace and quiet you were hoping for. Instead, choose to stay in a countryside cottage where it’s likely that the only noise you’ll be woken up to is the sound of birds chirping. A holiday is the perfect time for you to distress from your hectic lifestyle and be alone with your own thoughts so why should it be spoiled by unavoidable noise?

More privacy

Unless you’re lucky enough to be going to an isolated island, it’s likely that a week on the beach will have you encountering a whole host of people. In the country, you’ll get to experience the opposite. A sparsely populated countryside will give you the much needed time alone you were looking for, providing a soothing effect on both the mind and the body. If you’re spending your countryside break with family, young children will benefit from open spaces where they can explore nature and play games till their hearts content.

You’ll probably save some pennies

In rural areas, your money can usually stretch a lot further. Staying at a beachside resort could end up costing you more than you’d hoped as it’s likely that you’ll be eating out in the evening more. Instead, choose self-catered accommodation in the countryside, and you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be spending on your break. Mann’s Holidays has cottages to rent in North Wales where you benefit from the freedom of providing your own food, meaning you can use your rainy day funds on something more special.

Become closer to nature

Popular countryside retreats for families include places such as North Wales, Cornwall and the Lake District and each year, more and more people are choosing to stay in the UK for their holiday. However, no matter which country you’re in, many would argue that it’s impossible to see the true nature of that place unless you visit the rural areas. Here you’ll find small villages, woodlands, and lakes that may provide you with some much-needed inspiration if you are an artistic person such as a writer or an artist. What’s more, the countryside will be rich with fresh, clean air thanks to the absence of cars and factories – something you can’t always get with a beach resort.

A slower pace

It always feels like time runs more slowly in the country which takes away a lot of stress from you if you’re used to a rushed life in the city. Instead of trying to keep up with the pace of a beach holiday, do things in your own time and in your own private countryside retreat. After all, it is your break to enjoy how you see fit.