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Far From the Madding Crowd: Blissfully Remote, ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Getaways

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Published 13/03/2020 Far From the Madding Crowd: Blissfully Remote, ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Getaways


Ever felt like escaping all the demands of the world, and retreating into your own private paradise?

Whether it's just you and your loved one, or you're looking for an exclusive, ‘wow factor' destination for a special group getaway, there's something special about a remote retreat... it feels like a delicious secret only you know.

(If you're serious about ditching the crowds, how about going it alone, and re-discovering your creative spirit along the way?)

We've lined up some of our favourite remote retreats, far away from the tourist hordes. From idyllic cabins on deserted beaches, to rustic treetop cabins on the edge of the world, you'll be feeling relaxed and revived in no time at all.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: Torsa Island | Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Torsa House and Island

Torsa House and Island

Your own private island on Scotland's spectacular and ruggedly beautiful West Coast. Ever fancied staying on your own private island? Well we have good news - you can! Torsa House offers a rare opportunity to stay in the only property on Torsa Island, with nothing but the local wildlife for company. A motorboat is even provided so you can explore the neighbouring bays and islands, and reach…

The Nest Treehouse

The Nest Treehouse

A genuine treehouse, up a tree; unique, idyllic and perfectly luxurious treehouse hideaway in Devon's beautiful Blackdown Hills. The Nest offers the chance for a lucky pair of lovebirds to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an ancient broadleaved wood, fully suspended nine metres high in a mature English oak tree. After a short meander through the surrounding woodland, you'll find yourself at…

St Curig's Church

St Curig's Church

Experience heaven on Earth in this charmingly converted 19th century church, with sociable village life and a backdrop of the breathtaking Snowdonia mountains built in. If you're looking to get your loved ones together and spirit yourselves away from the breakneck speed of daily life in a haven that perfectly combines a love of ancient tradition with creative imagination, you'll find your…

The Sleepout at Sunny Lea

The Sleepout at Sunny Lea

A lovingly hand-crafted wooden cabin offering an invigorating blend of relaxation and adventure in the heart of the Welsh countryside. If you're looking for a relaxing break in a peaceful setting that's also vibrantly imbued with a fresh sense of outdoor adventure, look no further than The Sleepout at Sunny Lea! Perfectly secluded in seven lush acres of Welsh countryside, you'll…

The White Tower

The White Tower

Enjoy a taste of traditional Scotland in this historic 5-star tower retreat surrounded by truly stunning Highland views. Guests at The White Tower at Taymouth Castle call it the ‘ultimate Scottish retreat', and you'll find it hard to disagree!  Surrounded by glorious Highland views, decorated in traditional Scottish style, this gorgeous hideaway will leave you feeling like the…

Lake District Love Shack

Lake District Love Shack

Designed by acclaimed architects Sutherland Hussey, this stylish RIBA award-winning holiday let is perfectly positioned to offer seclusion and tranquility in the Lake District. As you look out over Lake Windermere from the Love Shack, it's hard to imagine that this was once where a rustic log cabin once sat.  Owners Karen & Adam found this incredible spot and had the vision to create…

Culbin Edge

Culbin Edge

A reviving slice of forest living and coastal adventure, based from a cosy eco-cabin at the Edge of paradise. At Culbin Edge, a welcoming eco-cabin sleeping up to four people, you'll discover a blend of outdoor living with contemporary style and luxury that's so perfect, you may never want to return to a hectic everyday life. Culbin Edge is ideally situated on the edge of Culbin…

Ketch

Ketch

Make memories on the wild shores of the Irish Sea at Ketch, tucked away in the shadow of Ireland's tallest onshore lighthouse. This truly delightful lighthouse keeper's cottage is the perfect escape for a family of four, who can live the life of a lighthouse keeper in some of Northern Ireland's most dramatic surroundings. Set on the coast of County Down, Ketch is found at St…

The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut

Star in a beachfront love story with a grown-ups-only romantic cabin for two, blissfully hidden away in a cosily secretive cove on the South Devon coast.Romantic seaside escapes simply don't come more stunningly secluded than this! Nestled away in a private cove on the beachfront itself and with the most breathtaking South Devon coastal views all around and out to sea, The Beach Hut is the…

Clavell Tower

Clavell Tower

Dramatically set atop the cliff at Kimmeridge Bay, circular Clavell Tower has an appearance like no other, overlooking one of the most picturesque of Dorset's coves. The famed Jurassic Coastline was the first area in England to be declared as a natural World Heritage Site, so it seems apt that this 19th Century Grade II listed folly carves a bold  and solitary figure here along the coastal…

The Isle of Carna

The Isle of Carna

Cast yourself away to your very own private Scottish island, teeming with native wildlife and boasting 600 blissful acres of fresh, tranquil luxury. The Isle of Carna is a very special island indeed.  Family owned and run, grandly historic, blissfully private and with absolutely no digital distractions, there is simply no better place to escape to when the stresses of a life spent…

El Ray

El Ray

Designer beachside style (not to mention an original 19th century railway carriage) stunningly set along the Dungeness shingle-scape. One of the largest expanses of shingle in Europe, a visit to wildlife-filled Dungeness carries all kinds of accreditations. Not only is this breathtaking Kent headland designated a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation, the glorious sea views…

The Black Castle

The Black Castle

Travel back through time with an ‘over-knight' stay for two in a majestically authentic 16th century Gaelic castle.   It may be a long way to Tipperary, but travelling back to the 16th century is a far shorter journey than you may think!   Secluded within the breathtaking natural landscape of the shimmering Lough Derg, amongst the invigorating backdrop of North Tipperary, you…

Blue Cabin by the Sea

Blue Cabin by the Sea

A cosily creative hideaway, gloriously secluded in Scotland's refreshingly unspoilt Cove Harbour. Artists and writers (aspiring included!) will find plenty of inspiration in the dreamlike setting of Blue Cabin by the Sea. Blissfully hidden away in Cove Harbour, just 36 miles from Edinburgh's bustling city centre, yet infused with that magical feeling of being far away from anyone at all,…

Uist Forest Retreat

Uist Forest Retreat

Reconnect with nature from the comfort of a rustic treetop cabin, set on the wild and exceptionally scenic ‘edge of Britain'. There are fewer British locations more visually mesmerising than North Uist, part of the unspoilt and sparsely-populated Outer Hebrides. The simple life reigns supreme on this windswept edge of Britain, and you'll find plenty of natural wonders to tempt you with a…

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Steal away from civilisation, to an historic haven with dramatic sea views out towards the Pentland Firth.Perched on top of a 115-foot cliff, on the red sandstone Scottish island of South Walls, Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage is remote enough to make you feel as though you've been magically spirited away from everyday life.Adjacent to the historic lighthouse tower itself, the cosy cottage sleeps…

Cadwollen's Treehouse

Cadwollen's Treehouse

A private, hand-crafted Welsh hideaway, packed with luxuries and remotely secluded on a farm.If you could conjure up the perfect spot for a romantic treehouse, then trust us, it'd be the instantly soothing, sheep-strewn Squirrel's Nest.You'll find Cadwollen's Treehouse (affectionately known as Caddie's by friendly owners John and Laura) beautifully secluded here, part of a lush 75-acre working…

57 Nord

57 Nord

A boutique hideaway in the wildland of the north, 57 Nord takes its name from its location on the 57th parallel nestled within the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands just south of the Isle of Skye. This boutique hideaway for two has staggering views of Loch Duich, Eilean Donan Castle and the Kintail Mountains and provides the perfect setting to slow down, recharge and reconnect. Expertly…

Glacial Shore

Glacial Shore

An historic former icehouse beautifully set into the rugged Scottish landscape, with breathtaking sea views from the roof.Sleeping up to six lucky guests (and two even luckier dogs), a stay at Glacial Shore feels extra-special from the moment you arrive.You'll imagine that you've spirited yourselves far away from the everyday cares of life as you approach the windswept volcanic cliffs of St Cyrus,…

Celestial Skies

Celestial Skies

An elegant Victorian railway carriage blissfully secluded in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with ‘dark sky' stargazing right from your bed.With a gorgeously glazed roof positioned right over your bed, you can keep an eye on the stars and the sunrise alike from your Celestial Skies carriage-for-two.Nestled in a secluded farm orchard within the Brecon Beacons National Park, the views really are…

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