The Ultimate in R&R

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Sometimes life can become a little, shall we say, stressful? You might feel like you’re on an endless hamster wheel, chasing your tail and trying to keep several balls in the air. If that’s the case, you might also be looking for something to help you unwind, and what better way forward than a holiday?

If you want to let your hair down and seriously run wild to get away from your stress, then you will find countless holiday resorts around Europe during the summer months which will cater for your partying needs – check out Ayia Napa and Ibiza to name just two. If however you’re looking for something more laid-back and relaxing, then a quiet stay in a luxury cottage could be just the ticket.

The green and pleasant land of England is certainly made for relaxation, and with many scenic destinations to choose from, you will certainly be spoilt for choice. The stunning beaches and laid-back surfer vibe of Cornwall and Devon are ideal for those who enjoy wild and rugged landscapes, or perhaps you prefer a greener and countryside-laden vibe, in which case The Cotswolds or Hampshire & The New Forest are for you. The list goes on, and you will find countless luxurious cottages to suit your needs and budget.

There are many advantages to turning off your emails for a few days, restricting your access to social media, and only taking social calls from friends and family, avoiding any business talk during your stay. Generally speaking we all spend far too much time online, whether we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or checking work emails, and plentiful research has shown that limiting access and indulging ourselves with the great outdoors is the ideal way to unwind.

Outdoor activities go hand in hand with luxury cottage breaks too, so walking, mountain-biking, and fishing could be suggestions you might enjoy. Of course, you might also simply want to load up your Kindle before you head away and kick back and relax on the patio, or in front of the fire. The choice is yours!

A cottage break is never going to be raucous or loud, and instead you’re looking at a calmer and more serene kind of vibe, however if you do fancy the odd night out, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping on public transport or hiring a taxi to take you to the nearest large town for a spot of nightlife. Many cottages are located in the countryside, however there are always road links nearby, for ease of connection.

So, what do you need to pack for this total rest and relaxation break?

Simply the essentials only! Comfortable clothes, anything which makes your time away more comfortable overall, such as your favourite night-clothes or your slippers, and any activities you want to enjoy, such as your iPad or Kindle. Don’t forget your chargers, and your favourite snacks to enjoy whilst you’re away.

Put simply, a cottage break is almost like a break from reality, and that is something which everyone needs every now and again.

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