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Tech-free living: the best UK locations for a digital detox

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Published 21/04/2022 Tech-free living: the best UK locations for a digital detox


While technology has done some wonderful things for the world, its demands can often seem relentless.

You can't open up your laptop without facing a barrage of emails, and let's not start on all those noisy smartphone notifications (which, if you're anything like us, you have to check immediately... just in case you miss something important!)

Sometimes, you just need a break from it all.  

We've got just the places for a soothing digital detox in the UK, where you can literally switch off, breathe easy, and recharge amongst all the beauty of nature.  

(Since most of these amazing settings are off-grid, you'll also have a handy excuse for not responding to that ‘urgent' message!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Wilderkin | Midlothian, Scottish Borders

Lantern & Larks luxury campsite Sweffling Hall

Lantern & Larks luxury campsite Sweffling Hall

Luxury glamping accommodation at Sweffling Hall in Suffolk. Find peace and tranquillity at Lantern & Larks: Sweffling Hall.  This luxurious glamping experience in the beautiful Suffolk countryside is a world away from day-to-day life and waiting for you right now. Based in Saxmundham, Sweffling Hall is ideally located for all the highlights of Suffolk, from its…

Cosy Under Canvas

Cosy Under Canvas

Experience the natural luxurious best of all holiday worlds, with award-winning geodome glamping in the rustic eco-friendly paradise of the Welsh woodlands. Are you looking for a holiday full of outdoor adventure to keep the kids busy and the dog active?  Perhaps you'd prefer cosying up with your partner and forgetting the world, complete with fluffy rug, fresh-ground coffee and…

Loch Ken Eco Bothies and Glamping

Loch Ken Eco Bothies and Glamping

Off-grid lochside eco-retreat featuring beautiful bothies with private hot tubs, Mongolian yurts and more - plus a wide range of exciting on-site activities. For an off-grid holiday featuring maximum style and comfort, make your way to Loch Ken Eco Bothies. Set in the heart of Southwest Scotland, these beautifully crafted homes sit on the shores of Loch Ken, surrounded by…

Shank Wood Log Cabin

Shank Wood Log Cabin

Get back to nature and breathe clean air in ancient Cumbrian woodland, in a secluded eco-friendly cabin that sets your senses to ‘Do Not Disturb'. At Shank Wood Log Cabin the beautiful bounty of nature provides your accommodation, dining and entertainment...all in one breathtakingly natural setting where traffic sounds are replaced with leaves rusting on trees, joyous birdsong and…

Comrie Croft Nordic Kata Tents

Comrie Croft Nordic Kata Tents

Enjoy a wee slice of gloriously green relaxation and fresh adventure in an authentic Scottish heartland home-from-home. Located just over an hour away from the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, you'll find Comrie Croft, a natureful Crieff haven packed full of everything you need for an environmentally friendly, pure air-filled getaway that offers something for absolutely…

Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos

Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos

A beautifully wistful collection of off-grid, bow-top wagons nestled in the North Devon countryside. If you're aching to unplug your laptop and leave your phone at home for a change, an off-grid glamping break at Fisherton Farm's Vintage Vardos is just the excuse you've been looking for. Featured on the popular Channel 4 show George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, you'll know you're in for a…

In the Stix

In the Stix

Six unique and ultra-modern geodesic domes, each with their own private kitchens, bathrooms and blissful wood-fired hot tubs in rural Rutland. When the urge strikes to get away from it all, where better place to go than In The Stix? Promising the chance to reconnect with the great outdoors while staying in a totally unique geodesic dome, you're sure to find the natural refuge you crave in…

Writer's Retreat

Writer's Retreat

Indulge your creative side in a handcrafted wooden cabin for two, nestled in an enchanting wooded valley at the foot of Monmouthshire's Sugar Loaf Mountain. Writer's Retreat is the ideal Welsh hideaway for two people looking to detox from a digital life for a while and reconnect, indulging in nature and plenty of natural creativity along the way! So inspirational a place is the welcoming…

Red Kite Tree Tent

Red Kite Tree Tent

A rurally romantic Amazing Space for two, set in 80 breathtaking acres of private woodland teeming with wildlife and fresh adventure. If you're feeling tired of traditional holidays surrounded by four walls, why not try a stay in the UK's first tree tent - proudly featured on George Clarke's ‘Amazing Spaces' - for a break that's truly out of the ordinary? This skillfully designed,…

Dimpsey Glamping

Dimpsey Glamping

A multi award-winning, romantic shepherd's hut retreat in soothing Somerset, taking glamping to brand new levels of luxury in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Down a country lane and exquisitely set on a 30 acre, family-run farm within Somerset's breathtaking Blackdown Hills, you will find Dimpsey, an idyllic heritage-steeped retreat that's bathed in natural luxury. ‘Dimpsey' is a West…

Kaya Lodge

Kaya Lodge

Luxury camping in a canvas safari lodge in the rural heart of Suffolk - with a hint of the windswept African wilderness! Found on tranquil Lewis Farm, Suffolk, Kaya Lodge is the perfect place to make your escape from all the stresses of life back home. As soon as you arrive in the beautiful meadow, gaze across glorious countryside and take a reviving breath of fresh air, you'll feel…

Forest Garden

Forest Garden

Escape to an enchanting new way of life and learn woodland crafts, in a luxury glamping & eco retreat nestled in ancient Sussex woodland.A perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in nature, this is far more than a traditional camping holiday. You're sure to feel inspired by your stay at Forest Garden, six beautiful acres of woodland and gardens set close to the ancient Ashdown Forest (the…

The Linhay

The Linhay

A sublime and secluded off-grid Devon retreat that brings you blissfully back to nature, batteries fully recharged. Once a dilapidated farm building, The Linhay has been transformed by a dedicated local team of craftspeople into an idyllic off-grid holiday cottage, surrounded by birdsong, trees and the delicate rushing of the nearby river Caen.   You'll find the lovingly restored…

Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans

Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans

Elegant boutique glamping with plenty of comfort and extra treats, set in the picturesque heart of the Wye Valley. Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans is the kind of dream setting you see in magazines...all whispering trees and endless greenery, with spectacular views to the Black Mountains. Nestled in a gorgeous wildflower meadow within the Wye Valley (in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural…

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Bulworthy Eco Cabin

Learn to appreciate nature again and relax in a lovingly handcrafted off-grid cabin, secluded in its own Devon woodland glade. You'll find the award-winning Bulworthy Project, a sustainable woodland enterprise and recent Gold Award recepient by Green Tourism, set within 12.5 refreshing acres of Rackenford woodland - on the crest of a hill known as Bulworthy Knap, to be precise! Friendly…

Cabin on the Lake

Cabin on the Lake

An idyllic off-grid haven on a secluded farm in the Welsh hills, where nature, comfort, and a wood-fired hot tub await! Discover the Cabin on the Lake on Gwalia Farm, peacefully set in the soothing green hills of mid Wales. ‘Gwalia' is an ancient Welsh name for Wales, and you'll feel the years rolling away to simpler times past as you arrive at the traditional farm, secluded amongst unspoilt…

The Boat Shed

The Boat Shed

Pared-down designer luxury awaits, privately secluded in a scenic New Forest spot that's ideal for romantic seafaring souls. Rescued by Grand Designs-featured architect Henning Stummel (whose ‘Tin House' won the RIBA House of the Year), The Boat Shed packs a serious design punch. Perched on stilts and secluded in a private spot at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, the dreamlike location affords…

Campwell

Campwell

An off-grid, eco-friendly village inspired and powered by nature, with eclectic accommodation hidden in woodland near Bath. Campwell at Cherry Wood promises a holiday life that's filled with natural simplicity and fresh-air adventure. In other words, it's the perfect antidote to our hectic, digital-infused lives! An off-grid, low-impact village mostly created by green woodworker Tim Gatfield,…

Den by the Stream

Den by the Stream

A charmingly hand-built cabin that's dog-friendly, off-grid, and set in an idyllic Welsh meadow corner, achingly close to historic Cardigan. It's easy to feel that you've entered your own private paradise, as you make your way to the soothing meadow corner that's home to Den by the Stream. Impossibly calm and outrageously lovely, the off-grid cabin-for-two is beautifully positioned by a rippling…

Inverlonan

Inverlonan

Two off-grid, architect-designed bothies, rich in fine Scottish style and hidden amongst ancient oaks, in an idyllic setting that overlooks Loch Nell. Taking a well-deserved break at Inverlonan is to immerse yourselves in the very best of Scotland... from the finest craftsmanship, to breathtaking natural scenery. Accommodation comprises two remote, off-grid bothies (named Uisge and Beatha -…

Pennard Hill Tree Tent

Pennard Hill Tree Tent

A spherical haven for two, elevated amongst the trees on a family-run farm in Somerset, with outstanding views over the Mendip Hills. A mere stone's throw from the iconic town of Glastonbury, Pennard Hill Farm is a friendly, family-run working farm in the heart of the rolling Mendip Hills.   But Pennard Hill is no ordinary farm! Not only can you expect vast expanses of soothing, unspoilt…

The Secret Cabin

The Secret Cabin

A lovingly crafted, dog-friendly woodland retreat, deliciously secluded in a hidden corner of Scotland with a sandy beach just minutes away. Although Secret Cabin can be reached from Edinburgh in under an hour, its peaceful location feels as though it's worlds away from bustling city life. That location is Seacliff, a relatively undiscovered corner of East Lothian that boasts some of the finest,…

Holly Water Holidays

Holly Water Holidays

A glorious, off-grid glamping escape with a Gold Award for Green Tourism, for grown-up holidays on a farm in the rural heart of Devon. Feeling for all the world like a tranquil slice of rural paradise, Holly Water Holidays is home to a soothing selection of off-grid accommodation for grown-ups, in the heart of Devon. The proud holders of a Gold Award for Green Tourism, friendly farm owners Iain…

Kushti Camping

Kushti Camping

A refreshing ‘re-wilding' experience, in quirky, lovingly bespoke retreats nestled in a magical copse on a Devon farm that feels miles away from anywhere. Peacefully secluded in the heart of South Hams, Kushti Camping occupies an idyllic position on a working farm that's surrounded by green fields and rolling Devon hills.     With no internet connection, and no passing traffic,…

Sleep@Sea Keyhaven

Sleep@Sea Keyhaven

An off-grid stay with a refreshing difference in a vintage 1970s sailing yacht, furnished in retro style and moored in a secluded Hampshire lagoon.   If you're going to Sleep@Sea, choosing the right location and atmosphere is vital.      Ideally, you'd find a tranquil space on an unspoilt coastline, with a soothing backdrop of epic sunsets, star-sprinkled skies, historic…

Skoolie Stays

Skoolie Stays

An iconic American school bus, creatively transformed into an off-grid haven with loving attention to detail, nestled in the South Downs National Park close to the dramatic white cliffs of Beachy Head. Skoolie Stays is the spectacular result of an epic family gap year, spent travelling 14,000 miles through the good ol' US of A!   Living on board an off-grid Skoolie - an iconic American…

The Hoot

The Hoot

A dog-friendly, charmingly converted horse box nestled in a green paddock amongst Wiltshire's rolling hills that's ideal for off-grid relaxation. Perfect for couples and small families in serious need of rural relaxation, The Hoot is a quirky and outrageously charming horse box, cosily converted to sleep up to three adults, or two adults and two children as lucky guests... and their well-behaved…

Wilderkin

Wilderkin

Start a magical off-grid adventure in a romantic, dog-friendly hideaway nestled in a private tree-strewn glade, set within the wild and wonderful Scottish Borders countryside. You'd never guess that Wilderkin is only 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh. Nestled amongst the wildly beautiful Scottish Borders countryside, tucked away along a gorgeous grass path, is a welcoming,…

Lazybed & Batbox

Lazybed & Batbox

Two unique, eco-friendly retreats, blissfully secluded on a three-acre croft in the North West Highlands, with jaw-dropping mountain-and-sea-loch views, and white-sand beaches close by. Tucked away in the far north-western corner of the Scottish Highlands, Assynt is rich in natural wonder of just about every description. Characterised by soaring mountains, soft white-sand beaches, shimmering…

Rumwold

Rumwold

Detox from digital life in a luxuriously rustic shepherd's hut, soothingly nestled on a sheep meadow on the edge of Romney Marsh, for wide open, big sky views across the Kent countryside.One of just two cosy, rustic huts nestled in a tranquil sheep meadow on the edge of Romney Marsh, Rumwold is the ideal setting for a digital detox.Fully off-grid, there's no distracting Wi-Fi or TV to be found…

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