Remote places to stay in the UK

Rural, Nature, Destinations

Posted by Stephane Lawes on 8th February 2024

Two hikers walk hand in hand as the sun sets, enjoying the views of surrounding mountains and lakes

In a busy world of bustling towns and cities, pinging smartphones and never-ending news headlines, never have remote getaways been so sought after. The desire to swap screens for starlit skies, and escape everyday life to embrace solitude is growing, and we don’t blame you. Join us in this blog to discover our favourite remote places to stay in the UK, where amenities fade, and the simplicity of nature takes centre stage.

From the dramatic peaks and lochs of the Scottish Highlands to the ancient mountains of Snowdonia and the rugged coastlines of Devon and Cornwall, we are spoiled for remote places to stay in the UK. Including our most secluded and picturesque farm holidays, romantic lodge retreats, and glamping getaways, here are some of our favourite remote getaway destinations.

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Photos of the Scottish Highlands: a magical castle by a lake, a vast mountain range, an airy cottage on a sunny day

The Highlands, Scotland

It’s estimated that Scotland’s rolling countryside of vast lochs and dramatic mountains makes up 98% of the country’s land mass, which to us means one thing … unforgettable getaways surrounded by nature. So, if long, scenic walks and wild swims are your kind of thing, it’s time for you to plan a Highlands holiday.

When it comes to escaping the hustle and bustle, and instead connecting with nature, what better way to start than embracing the great outdoors? In the Highlands, conquer the UK’s highest mountain in Ben Nevis, taking in the breathtaking sights along the way. Less steep but just as rewarding, explore the deep valley and snow-capped mountains of Glencoe.

For less adrenaline and more tranquillity, discover the Highlands’ wealth of stunning lochs, brimming with history and natural splendour. Loch Ness needs no introduction thanks to its world-famous, mystery monster, but the lesser-known lakes may do – Loch Lomond and Loch Maree being just as stunning.

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The Lake District: a scenic lodge under the mountains, vast lakes and steep mountains lined with trees on a sunny day

Lake District, England

The unspoiled landscape and secluded valleys of the Lake District offer a peaceful retreat from everyday life, making the region one of the most popular remote places to stay in the UK. With endless opportunities for walking and surrounding yourselves with nature, a trip to this glorious national park is sure to help you unwind.

Using one of our remote properties as your base, discover the many natural attractions and activities on offer, starting with a memorable hike. Walkers are spoiled in the Lake District, with breathtaking routes that include Scafell Pike, Skiddaw, and the Old Man of Coniston.

The national park’s vast lakes also offer the chance for wild swims and waterside picnics, with memories waiting to be created at Lake Windermere, Derwentwater and Coniston Water. To get a taste of local life surrounded by natural beauty, visit the quaint town of Ambleside or the pretty village of Coniston. 

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The North York Moors: a chalet in the hills, rolling countryside, and the sun setting over the coast and countryside

North York Moors, England

A getaway to the wild surroundings of the North York Moors includes all things Mother Nature, rich history, and picturesque villages – the perfect combination for a secluded getaway. If you can’t decide between a quiet weekend by the sea or a serene countryside getaway, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the North York Moors offer both in abundance.

The national park’s rugged coastline presents the perfect chance to unwind and connect with nature. Walk along the dramatic clifftops that look out to the North Sea, discovering hidden coves and charming settlements along the way. Lesser-known, but beautiful spots to visit include pretty Runswick Bay and the charming coastal village of Staithes.

Inland, enjoy long walks through ancient woodlands and weathered moorland, waving goodbye to your mobile phone signal and replacing it with nature. Lose yourselves in the delights of Dalby Forest, discover the history and beauty of Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle, or simply unwind in one of our remote properties, enjoying the breathtaking views around.

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The Peak District; a winding country lane, a cottage’s chic kitchen in the countryside, landscape of lakes and rolling hills

Peak District, England

The Peak District's undulating hills, rich moorland and stunning vistas make this national park one of the most beautiful, remote places to stay in the UK. With a lack of urban distractions and endless opportunities for walking and relaxation, it’s so easy to detox and unwind from the hustle and bustle here.

To see the very best of the Peak District’s charm whilst avoiding the crowds, head to the picturesque valley of Dovedale, or take in the panoramic views at Mam Tor, known to locals as ‘The Shivering Mountain’. For a family outing to immerse yourselves in history and architecture, visit the famous Chatsworth House and Gardens, a captivating and cultural day out.

For a taste of local life, uncover the lesser-known villages across the Peak District, ambling through narrow streets and into their quiet pubs – perfect for rounding off a long walk. The village of Youlgreave beckons with its medieval architecture and stunning surroundings, Eyam’s picturesque streets are steeped in history, while Tideswell charms with its traditional buildings and village green.

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Snowdonia: vast lakes with mountains behind, a lodge’s scenic decking, the Welsh coast with an old lighthouse

Snowdonia, Wales

Known to the Welsh as 'Eryri', Snowdonia National Park is a haven for outdoor adventure, made easy by its jaw-dropping landscapes and pristine wilderness. Whether you’re seeking a secluded couples’ weekend or an off-grid family getaway, you’ll love immersing yourselves in the region’s natural beauty, proud Welsh culture and rich history.

What better way to disconnect from the world than reconnecting with nature, starting with a curious, undulating hike? Mount Snowdon needs no introduction, but perhaps the various routes to the summit do, with breathtaking views to be enjoyed along Pyg Track or Llanberis Path.

For something less strenuous but just as quiet and charming, visit some of the lesser-known beauty spots in Snowdonia, offering you a private glimpse into local life. Head to the peaceful, coastal village of Dyffryn Ardudwy to discover the wide beaches and ancient sites that await, or take in the Italian-style architecture in the village of Portmeirion, known as Wales' Mediterranean jewel.

For some quintessential Welsh towns and villages with slightly more footfall and a wider choice of hospitality, head to the quaint village of Beddgelert, the historic town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, or the riverside town of Dolgellau.

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The Brecon Beacons: a small hut in the hills, magical waterfalls, a walker standing on a ridge overlooking the landscape

Brecon Beacons, Wales

Whilst the Brecon Beacons offer just as much Welsh culture and beauty as its northern counterpart in Snowdonia, its landscape differs. Less rugged and challenging, the region boasts gentle, rolling hills and more accessible walking and cycling trails, making this national park one of the most family-friendly, remote places to stay in the UK.  

One of the region’s greatest traits is its International Dark Sky Reserve status, meaning visitors can enjoy exceptional stargazing opportunities away from the light pollution of busy towns and cities. Its cultural heritage is also fascinating, and a great way to immerse yourselves in something new. Feel far away from home during quiet strolls through ancient ruins, historic castles and traditional Welsh communities.

Connecting with nature is easy, with seemingly endless hiking trails waiting to be discovered. Waterfall Country boasts picturesque trails behind the falls of the Mellte and Nedd Fechan rivers. The Pen y Fan and Corn Du walk offers a charming, circular route through southern Britain’s highest peak, while the Brecon Beacons Traverse runs through the entire national park, inviting walkers to join the trail wherever they fancy.

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Devon: a lodge beside a lake, a church on a hill in Dartmoor, the rugged Devon coastline and sea

Devon, England

As one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations, you may not associate the county of Devon with remote getaways, but the region’s enchanting national parks, rich countryside and hidden coastal settlements stand ready to prove you wrong.  

To detach from the modern world and surround yourselves with nature, head to the vast national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Both known for their rugged wildernesses and far-reaching vistas, these secluded areas boast roaming wildlife, winding roads and trails, and dramatic valleys – the perfect settings for a tranquil holiday away from the crowds.

Devon’s coastlines encompass the county’s expansive countryside; rich with working farms that are ready to host your remote holiday. Imagine waking to the sounds of shuffling livestock and the sights of rolling hills, strolling through fields towards your little one’s first animal encounter, before returning to the historic, converted farm buildings that await.  

On the coast and away from the tourist resorts, quaint seaside towns and fishing villages await, almost untouched by the crowds. Head to the small, waterside villages of Hope Cove or Instow for an insight into life on the coast, or to the historic fishing village of Beer on the Jurassic Coast. Here, forget the mile-long queues for fish and chips, and enjoy some quiet time on the shoreline.

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Cornwall: Rocky coastline and blue waters, a scenic hot tub cottage, an abandoned mine on the Cornish coast

Cornwall, England

Known as ‘Kernow’ in the local dialect, the county of Cornwall is tucked away in the South West, home to mainland Britain’s most southerly point, meaning it’s easy to feel far away from the rest of the UK. Here, retreat to the rugged wilds of Bodmin Moor, home to mystical moorland, rich folklore and starlit skies. The hidden coves and trailing coastal paths of the Lizard and Penwith peninsulas also offer some of the most scenic and remote places to stay in the UK.

Feel like a character from the Poldark TV series as you lose yourself in Cornwall’s historic mining country, discovering abandoned mine shafts, former smuggling tunnels, and hidden beaches along the way.

Choosing a remote holiday doesn’t mean you need to avoid the beaches, thanks to the quiet stretches of sand that don’t reach the front of postcards. Head to Kynance Cove, Porth Joke and Porthcurno to embrace these peaceful, sandy surroundings.

For more coastal tranquillity immersed in nature, head to the winding South West Coast Path, where you can walk for hours without passing a sign of life beyond the coastal wildlife and crashing waves that surround you. 

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If all this talk of secluded peaks, hidden coves and deep forests has piqued your passion for adventure, then you’ll be pleased to hear that we offer a wide range of remote holiday properties that include lodges, glamping and farm holidays. To explore our collection and start planning your tranquil retreat, just hit the button below.

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