Because it’s all screens, screens, screens and more screens – are we right? In this hyper-quick society of ours, where work pressure looms and stress is loaded on us by the bucket full, sometimes a detox from the commotion is well needed (and deserved). That’s why we’ve rustled up some content after our own heart – five stunning properties that will assure you a tech-free detachment from wifi and neighbours. Who knows, maybe you could leave the phone at home altogether? Or maybe we’ll stick with baby steps, for now
So go ahead, scroll down for our round up of beautifully remote UK cottages, perfect for your digital detox…
Take one stunning clifftop location, no traffic for miles, a good 11 miles between you and the nearest tourist attraction, and you’ve got the Inviting Haverfordwest House, a gorgeously pet-friendly holiday rental in Wales. Perched on Wales’ literal edge, this property has a delicious lack of advertised wifi, and looks to be a more than perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. But that doesn’t mean it’s antiquated, far from it – this lighthouse is a contemporary affair, with stunning decor and comfy beds for a dreamy nights sleep. Did we mention the beach-on-the-doorstep-thing? Book here.
Has there ever been a more quaint image than one of a luxury stone built cottage, sitting undisturbed in the quiet hamlet of little-known Dowbiggin? Nope, didn’t think so! And it just gets better from there. A cosy wifi-free zone, the Attractive South Lakeland Cottage has a woodburning stove for chilled evenings, and secluded vibes all round. Yet it’s still close enough for you to enjoy all the walks and wonders of Cumbria, should you want to. Dive into your very own scenic hideaway and book here.
Secluded, spacious and separated by a lovely walled garden, the Lovely Applecross Cottage is one to remember. In a sunny, seaside position overlooking the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye, this private and unconnected bolthole is a tastefully converted school house that literally steps you in the Scottish seas. It’s surrounded by some of Scotland’s best deer-sighting country, and offers up one-of-a-kind sunsets. And it’s not too shabby on the inside either, where you’ll find classy interiors, cosy bedrooms and a coal burning fire. Book here.
Forest of Bowland, Lancashire
An open plan studio accommodation with super king-size bed, walk-in wardrobe and just two miles from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? We’re sold. With footpaths from the doorstep, and wonderful 360 degree views of the tranquil Lancashire landscapes, Gorgeous Slaidburn Cross is a wonderful getaway for those really needing to do so. As one holiday-maker put it, “This cottage is in a very beautiful place. I could lie in bed and enjoy the view.” So why not hop in yourself? Book here.
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
A cosy and welcoming studio apartment in the heart of English countryside, the Quaint Bishops Castle Loft is situated in one of Shropshire’s – once deemed “the quietest place under the sun” – cosiest villages. Near Bishops Castle, a lovely, medieval South Shropshire town, this hide-out makes for a wonderful retreat, not least because of Shropshire’s well held crown as England’s least crowded and most peaceful region. This wifi-free paradise is surrounded by lush greenery and the Shropshire hills beyond. Book here.