Get the best of both worlds and combine your city break with a rural getaway! Fill your day with exciting events and attractions on offer in the buzzing city of Bristol before ending the day gazing out over green fields, sweeping hills and woodland.

The city is right on the doorstep of sensational North Somerset, Cotswolds and South Gloucestershire countryside and we’ve got an idyllic selection of excellent value self-catering places for you – check out this little lot:

Cottages at Tyntesfield, N. Somerset

Based within the grounds of the scenic 500-acre National Trust Tyntesfield Estate, the beautifully-restored Chaplain's House offers the chance to experience a Victorian style stay on a country estate. Built in the dramatic Gothic Revival style, this abode was originally constructed for the Gibbs family's chaplain - a prestigious role as shown by the quality of the building’s original features. Visitors can discover the picturesque formal gardens and wider estate just outside your door, plus a complimentary visit to the main house. 

For groups of up to 11 people, The Chaplain’s Lodge (reached via an interconnecting door) is also available for rent. Or, if it’s a romantic getaway you’re after, the delightful Summerhouse Cottage with its open fire in the sitting room, farmland views and access to the estate gardens in the evening, makes the perfect base.

Tyntesfield Cottages - rural retreat near BristolImage - Chaplain's House

Old Church Farm, South Gloucestershire

This historic and scenic guest house can trace its roots back a thousand years to when it was King Harold of Wessex's hunting lodge! Choose from five guest suites with views across the South Gloucestershire countryside, and enjoy food in their restaurant sourced from their walled vegetable garden. The guesthouse holds a AA 5 star Gold Award and was also awarded Best B&B and Guesthouse 2022 in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

Old Church Farm views from window
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Yeo Valley Properties, N.E. Somerset

Enjoy stunning views over Blagdon Lake and the surround countryside at these stylish barn conversions on the Veo Valley farm, within easy reach of many cycling and walking routes, as well as Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills.

Bedroom of house with view out of window looking towards lake
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Park Farm Country Cottages, N.E. Somerset

These fully equipped cottages are on a working arable farm within the hamlet of Norton Hawkfield and make a great base for visiting Bristol, Bath and Wells. The Barn has an open gallery, with exposed oak trusses, peg jointed purlins, making the building, airy yet with soft lighting and deep sofas a homely and relaxing place to spend your holiday. The Dairy formally the milking parlour is light and airy, with double sets of French doors opening out onto a large patio the garden feels part of the living room.

Image - The Dairy at Park Farm Country Cottages

Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park, N.E. Somerset

For a rural camping experience near the Mendip Hills, hire a bell tent from Brook Lodge or pitch your own on the site. The area of Cowslip Green (where the farm is located) - is considered by historians worldwide to be a heritage site of significance. Hannah More (1745-1883), an educator, writer and social reformer once lived in the area – she was also known for her writings on abolition and for encouraging women to join the anti-slavery movement. John Locke, a philosopher, statesman and writer of much of the American constitution, was born in this area also.

For nature lovers, the surrounding countryside is great for walking, bird watching and cycling and if you’d like a bit of city bustle, central Bristol is just a 20-minute drive away.

Image - Brook Lodge Farm Camping & Caravan Park

Greyfield Farm Cottages, N.E. Somerset

These spacious, yet cosy stone cottages are nestled in a peaceful, private three and a half acre setting, overlooking the Mendips in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Each cottage is complemented by its own garden/patio with adjacent secure parking. The free facilities offered at Greyfield Farm Cottages include the use of hot tub, sauna, fitness and barbecue centres with a boules court. 

Greyfield Farm Cottages
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Leigh Farm, N.E. Somerset

Leigh Farm is a family run working farm rearing mainly cattle, also a small amount of pigs and sheep. The farm is set quietly within 140 acres at the back of Pensford Village between Bath and Bristol. The natural stone built conversion formerly cow stalls now form one and two bedroomed terraced bungalow style self catering accommodation for couples or families.

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Sykes Cottages

Choose from hundreds of cottages near Bristol with features to suit all needs, from hot tubs in the countryside to pet-friendly properties too, as well as plenty with a garden or swimming pool.

Orchard House, N.E. Somerset

Situated close to Chew Valley lake, Orchard House has two self-catering apartments alongside bed and breakfast accommodation. Both are fully equipped with kitchens with electric stoves and all your home comforts: washing machine, dish washer and fridge/freezer, towels and bedding provided, Freeview Smart TVs/radio and DVD players. Guests can enjoy a well stocked garden, and there is ample on-site parking. 

Image - Orchard House

Stay In Somerset, Somerset

Stay In Somerset is the leading provider of holiday cottages throughout the beautiful county of Somerset. Whether you’re a large family looking to enjoy a week away during the school holidays, or a couple after a romantic trip, Stay In Somerset have a fantastic range of cottages to suit. They also have a great selection of dog-friendly cottages, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged friend behind!

Stay in Somerset
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Chaplain's House at Tyntesfield
Chaplain's House

Chaplain's House is a picturesque mid-Victorian lodge built in the 1890s. Set over three floors, the house containis three bedrooms (one double, two twins), one bathroom, plus separate shower cubicle and toilet.

Chaplain's Lodge at Tyntesfield
Chaplain's Lodge

Beautifully restored and once home to the family’s butler, Chaplain's Lodge has two spacious bedrooms, one single bedroom, kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and entrance porch.

Summerhouse Cottage at Tyntesfield
Summerhouse Cottage at Tyntesfield

This delightful mid-19th century estate cottage (Grade II listed) is the perfect base for a romantic getaway. It sleeps 2 and houses a sitting room (with an open fire), double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

The Coach House (Backwell)
The Coach House exterior

Attractive and spacious 19thC Listed self-catering cottage in the West Town conservation area of Backwell. Close to pubs and shops and within easy reach of Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Cheddar and the Mendips.

Greyfield Farm Cottages
Greyfield Farm

Spacious, yet cosy stone cottages situated in a peaceful valley. Ideal for those wanting to explore the South West!

Orchard House - Self Catering
Orchard House bedroom

Their two apartments have either 1 or 2 bedrooms. Chew Stoke is in the Chew Valley near Bristol (8 miles), Bath (12 miles) and Wells (10 miles). All facilities needed for an enjoyable stay are available locally.

Stay In Somerset
Stay In Somerset

Stay In Somerset is the leading provider of holiday cottages throughout the beautiful county of Somerset. With cottages across the county, Stay In Somerset has the perfect accommodation, whatever your needs.

Yeo Valley Properties
Bedroom looking over Yeo Valley

Unwind and de-stress in luxury accommodations nestled in the gorgeous Mendip Hills.

Park Farm Country Cottages
Park Farm Country Cottages bedroom

Two beautiful barn conversions on a working farm with south facing views across open countryside. Nearby Chew Magna, Bristol and Bath.

Leigh Farm
Leigh Farm

Secluded picturesque farm with cattle and sheep. Open-plan bungalow accommodation. Large lawns. Floodlit car parking.

Old Church Farm
Bed & Breakfast
Bedroom at Old Church Farm with double bed and wooden furniture

Award-winning historic guest house and conference centre in a beautiful setting with good access to the towns and countryside of the South West.