If you ask me what the new trend is now with homes especially homes at country sides, I would tell you it is a pergola covers. Apart from been next to charge free, it affords you the best of relaxation time with little or no expenses at all.
With regards to keeping you dry while you relax without intrusion, the best thing is to properly select the area where you want your patio to be. The way some homes are is such that it has this spot where the roof covering of the home has formed some sort of external cover, this is a very suitable place to build a patio. However, if you don’t have this, you could decide to look for an appropriate shelter among the long list of shelters ranging from trees to pergola down to umbrellas and the likes of that.
Keeping you dry while you relax is a product of the type of patio shelter you used. Patio shelters are great relaxation shelters and when you have a properly enclosed kind of patio shelter whether on the sides or the roofs or both, no amount of weather change can keep you off your patio.