The Box BNB, North Yorkshire
This quiet retreat on the edge of the North York Moors began as a shipping container but is now a sleek, modern space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a raised deck area for al fresco dining. It’s the view that makes the box so special – the huge bedroom window rewards you with beautiful sunrises and a starry night sky.
From £140 per night, two-night minimum bookings, coolstays.com
Waterfall Hut, Cambrian Mountains
Set in a charming woodland on a privately owned Cambrian estate, the Waterfall Cabin has no Wi-Fi, no distractions, not even a zip code – yet this off-the-grid gem is anything but simple. Beautifully furnished with comfortable sofas and tartan linens, it has a wood-burning fireplace to keep you warm and a kitchen with shiny copper sinks. Spend your free time enjoying stillness, then explore valleys, follies and secret gardens. In the evening, the outdoor hot tub is an ideal place for stargazing. On a clear night and without a screen blackout, you’ll see the Milky Way at its best.
The second sleep, the waterfall Cabin costs £150 per night, kiphideaways.com
Silent Retreat, Scharfam, Devon
So you meditate regularly and still feel stressed, you need to escape, but complete solitude seems a step too far – if that’s true, a collective retreat into silence may be the answer. Near the River Dart, the Grade II listed Sharpham House is the glorious base of this five-night retreat – and while the stillness may seem tricky at first, you’ll at least have time to master the practice. Morning “sharing” workshops with other resort participants mingle with wakefulness sessions and peaceful walks through the estate’s wooded grounds – and with rooms ranging from cozy to large, along with delicious homemade vegetarian cuisine, you’ll come home again.
Sharpham House offers a range of residential courses including individual retreats. Silent Retreat costs £545 per person full board, sharphamtrust.org
Crofter House, Isle of Skye
Solitude is easy to find on the Isle of Skye and Crofter’s House is far enough from the other homes to ensure a peaceful stay. Just two minutes from the beaches of the Sound of Raasay, the cottage offers great views of the sea in one direction and then of Ben Tianavaig from behind – an easy climb that promises great panoramic views from its summit. Inside, the low-key Scandinavian vibe blends with wood-paneled walls, a wood-burning stove, and simple furnishings. On a nice day, open the windows, grab your binoculars, and look out for otters, seals, and eagles.
Crofter’s House, from £95 per night, three nights minimum, sleeps two, further away from afield.com
Cecily Oak Farm, Tyrone County
Perfect for a motorhome adventure, Sessile Oak Farm is a secluded location with stunning views across the Curraghbruck Hills, with 15 acres of mature woodland to explore along with bike trails and wild swimming. This ideal setup is one of a number of remote sites operated by Wild With Consent – a new company that is exploring legal off-grid sites across the UK (it’s currently illegal to camp anywhere other than a campground) to split the wilderness without damaging it. So rest assured, unity is guaranteed here.
Accommodation at Sessile Oak Farm starts from £45 per night. Cockroaches, dogs, etc. Fire pits allowed, wildwithconsent.com
Little House, Dorset
Enjoy magnificent views of lush green valleys and rolling hills in an off-the-grid Dorset retreat. Tiny House is a quiet, eco-friendly home base, near the wonderfully named village of Plush, and the house itself is located on a wildflower meadow. A more modern cabin on wheels than a traditional cottage, the Tiny House features a streamlined design, an elegant bathroom, and a well-equipped kitchen. When the weather is nice, a picnic table is the perfect place for an al fresco meal.
The tiny house for two starts from £270 per night, with a minimum of two nights booked. shufflelife.com
Blackbird Narrowboat, Devon
This luxury converted narrowboat boat is perfect for a few days of tranquility in North Devon. There’s also an elegant riverside bathroom with freestanding slipper and uninterrupted lake views. Spend some time hanging trout fishing line, training boat binoculars on floats and falcons, or hiking some of the great nearby woodland trails.
Blackbird offers two, three, four or seven nights for £400, tregullandandco.co.uk
Walney Island Lighthouse, Cumbria
Gazing out into the sea from the romantic setting of this one-bedroom lighthouse in Walney Island Nature Reserve, a shingle island off the southern tip of Cumbria. Depending on the time of year, you may spot nesting eiders, oysters, fishermen, and waders. South Walney is also Cumbria’s only gray seal colony, so your lighthouse home is perfect for uninterrupted viewing, especially at high tide when mammals are at their most frolic.
Walney Island Lighthouse Hide, from £400 to £810 a week depending on season, sleeps two, oneoffplaces.co.uk
Rockhouse Retreat, Worcestershire
Recharge your batteries in stunning surroundings in this quiet corner of the pristine Habberley Valley Nature Preserve, just two kilometers from the historic town of Bewdley on the River Severn. The caves, with their built in temperature controls, are very environmentally friendly, and the Rockhouse Retreat has been in use for over 800 years. Even a sandstone oasis appeared Fantastic designsWith underfloor heating, a well-equipped kitchen, hot running water, and comfortable beds, it is far from a primitive dwelling.
From £231 per night, therockhouseretreat.co.uk
Peace and quiet in the Egg, Hebrides
It may be small, but the Egg residents are a forward-thinking group. In 1997, they acquired their island in a community purchase and later built the world’s first wind, sun and wave electric grid. Mix in wild wilderness lands, two golden beaches, a thriving artist colony and countless vultures, and you’ll quickly find that Eigg is something truly special. With no WiFi or internet, this is a place to relax – and when there aren’t any entertainers in the house, you can relax in one of the three comfortable cabins with organic wool duvets, recycled furniture, books, maps and an outdoor shower.
Seven nights at Eigg’s Bothies from £550eggtime.com