Anyone who lives in London gets that feeling every now and again – that need to get out of the city. A few weeks of skyscrapers and running for the tube will get most people craving some green space! But, who wants to spend a day just getting to your destination? Time off is precious, so finding a suitably rural and idyllic escape in a holiday cottage near London is a must. Here’s a handful of luxurious retreats within an easy drive or train journey from London, to have you breathing that country air in no time.

Thorpeness House, Suffolk

Thorpeness House

Thorpeness House – Suffolk – Oliver’s Travels

Sitting snug on the Suffolk Heritage Coast is the fabulous red bricked Thorpeness House. Offering the most picturesque backdrop to discover the regional delights like the Dunwich Heath and Beach or the Orford Ness National Treasure Reserve, it’s the ultimate seaside getaway home. The house itself is bejewelled with sparkling chandeliers, stunning French doors and has all the latest technology.

Outside you will feel spoilt with direct access to the shingle beach of Thorpeness via your private gate. Everything about Thorpeness is perfect for families but especially great for those looking to escape the city scene.

Sleeps: 12-16

Prices from: £25pppn | $31pppn

Peanswood Country Manor, Sussex

Peanswood Country Manor - Sussex - Oliver's Travels

Peanswood Country Manor – Sussex – Oliver’s Travels

This beautiful manor house is in the heart of East Sussex, on the outskirts of the medieval village of Robertsbridge. From London, you can hop on a direct train, straight to the village in an hour and 20 minutes. From the station, it’s just a 15-minute stroll through the village, up the sweeping private driveway to your 15-acre estate.

The sumptuous interior has been taken care of to the finest detail and in luxurious fashion. Eight bedrooms comfortably sleep up to 16 guests in total comfort. Guests can enjoy an enormous wet room shower, vast dining room with open fire, the piano and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Outside, there’s a gorgeous terrace for dining outdoors, a pool with poolside bar and a hot tub, huge play area and trampoline for the kids, stables and a gym.

Sleeps: 16

Price from: £58pppn | $72pppn

West Malling Manor, Kent

West Malling Manor, Kent, Oliver's Travels

West Malling Manor – Kent – Oliver’s Travels

If you’re looking some opulence, you’ve come to the right place. Quirky, charming and definitely lavish, West Malling Manor is English eccentricity at its finest! From a library and orangery to an Italian garden and heated pool, you and your group will be holidaying in style. And the surrounding Kent countryside has a lot to offer too; explore historical landmarks, enjoy relaxing walks, shop in the bustling boutiques or sit back with a pint in the old English pubs. 

But it doesn’t stop there. For added luxury (if that’s possible), hire the owner’s helicopter and take a 15-minute flight to the Isle of Wight for a delightful lunch!

Sleeps: 14-20

Price from: £63pppn | $77pppn

Manor Farmhouse, Kent

Manor Farmhouse - Kent - Oliver's Travels

Manor Farmhouse – Kent – Oliver’s Travels

If you’re looking for the ultimate in rural relaxation, Manor Farmhouse’s picture-postcard looks aren’t the only thing to tempt you into staying here. Beyond that rustic thatched roof and beamed architecture lies one seriously swish place to stay. The interior of this large holiday home is vibrant and inviting without losing its chic edge and there’s plenty of space to lounge around both indoors and out.

There’s even an outdoor heated swimming pool you can use in the summer months and booking the farmhouse gets you access to the nearby barn too. Put any thoughts of haylofts and rusty pitchforks from your mind, as this is a fantastic place to chill with a huge dining room, billiard room with pool table, library, sauna and even a cinema room for 18 people. 

Sleeps: 18

Price from: £38pppn | $47pppn

Ropewalk Cottage, Cotswolds

Ropewalk-Cottage-Cotswolds-Blockley-Olivers-Travels 3 hours drive from London

Ropewalk Cottage – Cotswolds – Oliver’s Travels

Our Ropewalk Cottage is perfectly placed to take in everything that’s beautiful about the Cotswolds. This quaint self-catering cottage near London is one of our personal favourites.

Set in the charming village of Blockley this is a comfortable property that’s perfect if you want to take the kids away or have a romantic weekend. Like walking? There are some absolutely spectacular places to go hiking and walking around Ropewalk Cottage. And you can even appreciate the beautiful countryside thanks to the views from the bedroom. In fact, superb walks start from the cottage’s front door!

Sleeps: 6

Price from: £19pppn | $24pppn

The next time you’re feeling that Big Smoke burn-out, these fantastic holiday homes are exactly the place you need to recharge your batteries, but don’t forget to check out our other options located just under three hours drive from London. Our concierge team will also be happy to help point you in the right direction for minimal travel time. Sometimes, the most relaxing breaks are those that are easy to get to. 


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  1. sharon dewinter

    Please can you let me know what you have available within a 2.5 hour drive from London for a large family of 20 people either from 24/12 to 27/12 or 31/12 to 2/1.

  2. Anjali

    Brilliant article. The information I have been searching precisely. It helped me a lot, thanks. Keep coming with more such informative article. Would love to follow you.


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