WITH the relentless news about coronavirus over the past few weeks, you may just feel like getting away from it all.
Maybe you are worried about being close to others or just fancy a digital detox to reset mind and body.
Thankfully, the UK has plenty of secluded places to stay, which will provide you with plenty of peace and quiet – as well as hopefully keeping you in good health.
Travel Editor Lisa Minot picks the best secluded cottages, lodges and more.
WINE away your seclusion in the middle of nowhere at The Pump House, nestled in the heart of Winnie the Pooh country.
This converted former pump house sits in the grounds of a renowned wine critic’s home.
Pick your dates well and you could join one of their wine-tasting experiences.
Meander through acres of woodland and rolling hills, to your heart’s content.
A two-mile stroll will take you to The Hatch Inn, in Hartfield, which oozes olde worlde charm, excellent food, and fine ales and wines.
Sleeps two, from £295 for a three-night stay. See originalcottages.co.uk.
DOLLY’S Hideaway Cabin lives up to its name, tucked away among trees.
The luxury two-bed bolthole in Goulceby comes with boutique bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, al-fresco dining area and barbecue.
It has a great local pub and is perfect for cyclists and walkers – with direct access to the Viking Way. On your stroll, you can take the site owners’ alpacas along, too.
For a faster pace of life, Cadwell Park motor circuit is nearby. Or visit the market towns of Horncastle – an antique collector’s paradise – and Louth.
The seaside resort of Skegness, now opening up for the season, is a 40-minute drive and the city of Lincoln and its medieval cathedral just half an hour.
The cabin, sleeping four people, costs £90 a night. See dollyshideawaycabin.com.
A MILE from its nearest neighbour, you will have to travel through EIGHT gates to get to the lovely Cyfannedd Fach cottage.
While the gates may keep the sheep out, you are welcome to stay at the 250-year-old stone shepherd’s cottage near Arthog in Gwynedd.
It stands all on its own, 700ft above the sea in the western foothills of Cader Idris mountain.
Two bedrooms and a cosy downstairs sitting room, complete with books and games but NO telly, make for the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Indeed, you will be hard to contact – the only mobile signal is accessible if you walk up the hill.
Sleeps up to six, with two- night breaks from £215. See cyfannedd-fach.co.uk.
WITH sea views and a secluded setting in the rural west of Wales, Towyn Cottage sits in a tiny hamlet.
The traditional stone cottage sleeps up to six, in three bedrooms, and features rustic exposed beams.
It is perfect for outdoorsy types looking for a coastal break away from the crowds. The small beach at Abereiddy is just moments away and is famous for its dark sand full of tiny fossils.
To the north of the beach is The Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry that is now a popular spot with adventurers.
Visitors to the cottage can walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, right from their doorstep, or keep watch for seals and other wildlife.
Seven-night bookings cost from £708. See qualitycottages.co.uk or call 01348 837 871.
GET away from it all in ultra-modern comfort, and drink in the stunning Lake District views, at Chester’s Lodge.
Hidden away in nature, in private grounds of a third of an acre, it is just 300 metres from the southern shore of Coniston Water.
The contemporary lodge sleeps up to eight, in four bedrooms all with underfloor heating.
The open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner, with vaulted ceiling, features leather sofas, HD TV, a games console and more.
The high-spec kitchen leads directly on to a 300sqft south-facing decking area with outside sofa and loungers. Sleeps eight.
From £321 for three nights in April. See homeaway.co.uk.
THIS luxury long-house is perched right on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
Springfield Cottage, in the Devon village of Old Liverton, has been recently refurbished and features an open-plan living area with woodburning stove, three bed-rooms, and kitchen complete with Nespresso coffee machine and pods.
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