Rural and countryside holidays

Hidden in olive groves, close neighbours to sleepy villages and nestled between rolling hills and sweeping valleys, our rural retreats offer couples, families and groups of friends quality time in truly idyllic locations.

From beautifully renovated cottages to hilltop villas and carefully chosen Simpson Hotels in Italy and Greece, our choice of accommodation allows you to make your escape to the country complete – and many come with views you can lose yourself in and lovely gardens. However, we’ve chosen our rural retreats carefully to ensure that, while they may be peaceful and private, you're never too far away from those essential shops and restaurants.

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  • "It is in quiet a rural setting with a Greek feel in attractive gardens. The location is excellent for touring this part of the island. We would recommend this to others and will return ourselves."

    D & P Atkins, Villa Velanidia, Crete 2018

  • "We’ve experienced many beautiful views during our years of holidaying in Italy, but this was by far the best. Wherever you sat, inside or out, it was like looking at a perfect painting."

    Mr & Mrs Morrow, Italy 2018

  • "Casa Ceno is a truly exceptional place. A beautiful villa set in many acres of well-tended gardens. A very peaceful holiday was promised and happily delivered!"

    Mr Hogg, Casa Ceno, Puglia 2018

  • "Emily’s House was the perfect base for us. I was interested in the variety of flora and fauna and enjoyed reading ‘The Corfu Trail’."

    Penelope Dunkin, Emily's House, Corfu 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday. There was something for all the family. The villa was excellent and in a beautiful, quiet location, but with a small town nearby. We didn't want to come home!"

    Andy Charlton, Simpson Secret – Dordogne, The Dordogne & South West 2018