Before you can settle into a new holiday home, choose new furnishings – and of course take out a good holiday home insurance policy – you first have to choose where that holiday home will be. There are a great many stunning locations in the UK where you might buy a property – to the degree that it can be quite a perplexing task. But for those looking for serene – or even wild – countryside, Wales is hard to beat.

Together with stunning mountains – including Mount Snowdon in Gwynedd – there are also many beautiful beaches to enjoy. But for many, the mountains are one of the biggest reasons for heading to Wales. As well as hiking, there are numerous other activities to enjoy around such a varied landscape; rock climbing and parasailing are just two. But even if you’re not looking for adrenaline sports or strenuous hikes, the simple beauty of the area is enough to engender a deep sense of wellbeing.

And then there’s the coast: while they may not be the hottest in the world, the beaches of Wales are surely among the prettiest. And yet again, a whole host of sports activities can be enjoyed on many of these sandy stretches.

While Wales is only one area you might consider when buying a holiday home, it does offer a very wide range of countryside pursuits, and is still within easy reach of some of the UK’s most important cities.