In such a dizzying world of politics, business and news, it’s no wonder you might begin to lose your faith in humanity, or at least start to dislike the company of others.
As it happens, if you’re starting to feel this way, you’re not alone. Turns out, our internal data shows a 29% increase in properties being let to solo travellers, which corroborates research from travel trade association ABTA*. According to them, the trend for solo holidays has tripled in the last eight years, with one in six people choosing to travel by themselves.
The same study found that having the opportunity to do what they want is the most common reason why people travel alone, according to 76% of respondents, while 63% chose the ‘chance to take some time out’ as the main reason for solo travel.
If this sounds like a staycation for you, we’ve revealed the top 10 staycations for misanthropes (or those who dislikes humankind and avoids human society).
Strathdon Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
A 17th Century mansion based in the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. The castle is set within eighteen acres of grounds for guaranteed privacy and tranquillity.
Top features: 12 bedrooms,12 bathrooms, billiards room, whiskey library
The nearest Co-op food store is 9.5 miles away!
Napoleonic Fortress, Gosport District, Hampshire
Originally designed to protect Portsmouth harbour from a French invasion, work started on Napoleonic Fortress in the 1860s, taking 17 years to complete.
Top features: 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, hot tub
The nearest takeaway is only a mile away, but there is a big body of water stopping any unwanted visitors ruining your holiday.
Apple House, Tyringham and Filgrave, Tyringham
Apple House is a classic Edwardian house offering total seclusion, yet it is within easy reach of London by both rail and road.
Top features: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, hot tub, cinema screen and project, basketball court
For those who are a fan of the arts the Milton Keynes theatre is 5 miles away, so not too far to pay for the price of solitude.
Hex Cottage Cottage, Sibton Park, Sibton
Set within 4,500 acres of parkland in Suffolk, Hex Cottage is a perfect, fairytale getaway.
Top features: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, log fireplace and wood-fired range cooker, 1 well-behaved dog is welcome.
The nearest farmers’ market is 8.5 miles away so be sure to stock up if you want to make the most of your time away from humanity.
Rock View’s Shepherd’s Hut, Devon
A single-storey studio in woodland hidden away enough to keep you secret from the crowd, but is close enough to town if you really have to face people.
Top features: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, woodburning stove, pond and firepit.
The nearest shop and pub are 3.5 miles away.
Ayrshire Castle, North Ayrshire, West Kilbride
This 15th Century castle was originally constructed as a wedding gift for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland upon her marriage to Thomas Boyd the Earl of Arran.
Top features: 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, log fireplace, 2 candelabras.
The Bean and Leaf café is 6.5 miles away if you can handle people for long enough to order and eat a fry up.
Drovers Cottage, East Hampshire
This cottage retreat is surrounded by countryside with an abundance of wildlife so if you love animals more than people, Drovers Cottage is a good choice.
Top features: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and pet friendly
If the wildlife on the grounds isn’t enough, Staunton Country Park is 8 miles away.
Udiam Farm Cottage, Rother District, East Sussex
Udiam Farm Cottage is one of two delightful, detached cottages have been thoughtfully restored and lie within the owner’s grounds. The farm overlooks the River Rother and part of the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway (used around six times a year for special events).
Top features: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, tennis court, croquet lawn.
The nearest shop is 2.5 miles away.
Boat House, Invergarry, Scotland
Boat House is a wonderfully newly converted boat house, complete with balcony, located in Invergarry, Scotland.
Top features: 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, Sky TV
The amenities of Invergarry are over a mile away, but even then, you’ll only find a small cafe and pub.
Great Higham Barn Complex, Doddington, Kent
This charming barn is enormously spacious should you feel the need to get away from humanity with a group of other people who hate people.
Top features: 13 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, pet-friendly, Woodburner barbeque, snug/games room
The nearest shop and pub are 1.5 miles away.
There you have it. Our top 10 places to stay if you hate other people – there’s an option for everyone!
Matt Fox, CEO and co-founder of Snaptrip.com, said,
“Sometimes you just need to get away, and we totally understand that. In today’s busy society, you can find yourself running around with a to-do list as long as your arm, so it really is important to take some time out for yourself and switch off for a bit.
“Our aim at Snaptrip is to help people find the best holiday rental at the best price, and if that means driving out into the middle of nowhere, so be it!”