After my trip to Ireland I have been spending time in the country. My hometown is in a very remote area in the foot of the Balkan range. My family has a restored old Bulgarian house, which is just the perfect rustic retreat. All made of stone and wood, everything in it is authentic from the pottery to the carriage wheels. It can be rented out and you can find contact info here.
Retreating in the country has been a great decision. Waking up rested, having walks in the fresh air and enjoying simple country meals feels so great. I cannot describe how refreshing it is to be somewhere where all you can hear is the sound of the birds and the barking of the dog!