Lockdown 2.0 is here and we’re looking for ways to escape. When you’re stuck inside the same walls with the same people for weeks on end, the natural reaction is to search for the most remote place you can get to once it’s safe and legal. And seeing as it’ll probably be a while ’til we can get to Tahiti, remote places in the UK it is. Thankfully, there are plenty to choose from.
TWISPER has put together ten of the most beautifully wild remote places to stay in the UK for after lockdown (but before travel opens again). Add them to your Try Outs list on the app and get inspired for your next getaway.
Escape to the Cotswolds
OK, so this isn’t the most remote place in the UK. But we can guarantee once you’re sat in the hot tub on your private terrace at Dormy House, the fact that you’re just two and a half hours’ drive from London will be long forgotten.
Whether you book a suite or choose one of the cozy rooms in the main farmhouse, this is the perfect post-lockdown Cotswolds country escape. All rooms include access to the House Spa which, if we may say, could be likened to heaven on earth. That outdoor hot tub is the stuff of dreams. As is the food, so you can indulge in brunch, afternoon tea and dinner made with the best local, seasonal ingredients. Oh, and the best bit? The Potting Shed – Dormy’s casual daytime dining area – has wine on tap. Cheers to that 🥂
Take self-isolation to a new level
Get yourself and your pals your own private, fortified island off the south coast of England. You might be able to see the city from your porthole, but the people of Portsmouth won’t be bothering you during your stay at Spitbank Fort.
Formerly military sea defense forts, the Solent Forts have been converted into a luxury leisure venue offering unique – and definitely isolated – experiences. Lavish bedroom suites, a rooftop pool and sauna, champagne bar, function rooms and more… What better place to escape to after lockdown than a boutique hotel in the sea? Fingers crossed we can book our post-pandemic remote stay here soon!
Highway to Hell Bay
Head to southwest England and you find yourself in pure, unspoiled countryside. Wildflower-filled hedgerows, rolling hills and beaches that compete with any tropical island (just don’t forget to pack your wetsuit, the Atlantic can be unforgivingly chilly).
How do you make your getaway to one of the most remote places in the UK even wilder? Well, the country’s westernmost hotel is a good start. Book yourself a holiday at Hell Bay Hotel on the Isles of Scilly. Located in a secluded cove on Bryher, the smallest of the islands, the award-winning hotel offers beautiful rooms, spa treatments and a yoga studio. Only one question remains – are you going for the scenic ferry trip to the island or getting a private helicopter transfer? Spectacularly rugged coastal views await whichever option you choose.
Sleep under the stars
How many of you are so fed up of being inside that your post-lockdown getaway will be a camping trip? 🏕️ Provided the weather’s good (our fingers are crossed for you), the UK is home to countless perfect places to pitch your tent.
Take the Brecon Beacons in Wales, for example. There are hills for hiking, ancient forests to bike through, lakes calling out for kayaks and so much more. Glamping spots like Cosy under Canvas make a great base for a hassle-free break in nature.
Lose yourself in Lakeland
The enormous expanse of lakes, forests and mountains that we call the Lake District definitely deserves a spot on our list of remote places to stay in the UK. It may well be a popular British holiday destination, but there are still plenty of less-explored places to immerse yourself in quiet wilderness.
For nature lovers looking to get away from all other humans, may we recommend Rosie’s Barn? Located in the tiny hamlet of Butterwick, this entirely enchanting barn has room for just one couple at a time. We won’t judge if you ignore the surrounding countryside to stay in. The vintage standalone bath and delicious Cumbrian breakfast are just begging for it.
Or if you’re looking to bring the whole clan, The Dash has room for up to eight in a 500-year-old house near Bassenthwaite. There’s an Aga, stunning views and NO NEIGHBORS. Bliss…
Hide away in the Highlands
Scotland may well be the holy grail of remote escapes in the UK. Get us up north as soon as we’re allowed out. And if the accommodation requires a leisurely ferry trip that only departs a few times a day – even better. If that sounds right up your street (or sea loch), feast your eyes on these beauties.
Sandwiched between lochs on the west coast of Scotland is Knoydart Hide, a log cabin hideaway with every luxury amenity you could imagine. Whether you’re enjoying the waterfront views with a glass of bubbly in the hot tub or getting lost in the ancient woodland behind, this rural retreat is a perfect couple’s getaway.
But if that’s not remote enough, get yourself to the Scottish islands. On the promisingly named isle of Rum, you’ll find Ivy Cottage. There are two beautiful guest rooms in the main house but this article’s about remote places to stay. So book the Bramble Bothy – you’ll want to wake up early for sunrise views of the Scottish mainland from this quirky off-grid shepherd’s hut 😍
Roam the moors of northeast England
The depths of Northumberland are definitely one of the most remote places in the UK. Just north of the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty is a castle built to ward off invading Scots in the 1300s. We reckon Langley Castle Hotel would be an equally good defense against a certain virus too 🤔
While away a weekend on a Wilderness Reserve
Last but not least is a “remote” retreat for those who like to have the option to speak to other people (and to have wine refills). A collection of quaint converted farm buildings, a manor house and a walled garden make up the Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk.
Our favorite for a remote getaway has to be the Moat Cottage. It’s perched up on a hilltop – offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside – and accessed only by a private drive and a single wooden bridge. There’s a hot tub and row boats to keep you entertained. What more could you possibly need?
Find your next remote getaway with TWISPER
Hands up who’s already dreaming of escaping to the country as soon as lockdown 2.0 ends? We hope this list of remote places to stay in the UK has inspired your plans!
For more recommendations of unique places to stay – whether in the middle of nowhere or slap bang in the city center – download TWISPER. It’s a social app with only positive and personal recommendations for amazing restaurants, hotels and bars around the world. Maybe you’ll discover your next dream vacation 😉