In a world where the lines between work and home are increasingly blurred, the need for separation grows even stronger. With the computer just a room away, Teams available on your mobile, it’s hard to resist the urge to check those incessant work emails, and hardly a respite to switch to your social media for a quick doom-scroll. So is the easiest resolution simply to go where you can’t use any of these devices?
We reckon it is, so here are the finest in our collection of ‘off the grid spaces’, where you can truly cut off digitally, bathe in the wilderness (and sometimes literally bathe in the wilderness), reassess your priorities, and combat the burnout that comes with the daily grind.
This is getting away from it all, then going a little bit further. Your cosy little mountain hideout is twenty minutes’ walk up an unnamed fell in the northwestern Lake District. Once you’re settled in, you won’t see another soul unless you head out on hikes or watch the valley floor with binoculars. While the walking is spectacular, you could also bring paddle boards and kayaks to use at Derwentwater, but you’re best off leaving them at the bottom of the hill! Hidden Hut is a brilliant feat of sustainable design and engineering. It’s mobile and entirely self-contained, with a hot shower and a composting loo en suite, as well as solar power and wood cladding that make it extremely energy efficient.
All around there’s nothing but woodland and your only neighbours are the wildlife, so settle in, fire up the tub and, frankly, strip off if you want, because there’s nobody around to mind, or even notice. The outdoor shower is gas-powered and hot, so you’ll send coils of steam up into the ancient trees as you scrub. A biomass boiler provides heat for the farm and solar panels provide power for both the farm and the tipi.
Surrounded by woodland, nestled into the hillside and enclosed by a stream, this brilliantly designed pod has a modular bed that pulls apart during the day to become a table and chairs, a wood-burner to keep things cosy no matter the season, and windows set up high so you can stargaze in comfort at night. Bathing in the twin outdoor tubs is a very special experience indeed. Draw water from the stream with a handpump, heat it up in the special ghillie kettle and settle into a blissful soak surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.
From the solar panels to the reclaimed beams and lambswool insulation, this is a place in perfect harmony with its environment. Outside you’ll find a fire pit for late night stargazing or al fresco cookery if you’re feeling wild. The bothy is off-grid, but lighting is powered by the solar panels and there’s charging for smaller devices. From November to February you might share the spot with grazing sheep, but other than that your nearest neighbours are over 500m away.
The Withywindle, hidden in a wild Devonshire meadow, 15-minutes walk away from the nearest building, is designed to blend into its rural surroundings and help you do the same. Spend your afternoons lazily constructing pizzas for the Ooni oven outside on the deck, or rustle up meals on the fire pit nearby, there are books to peruse and a massive outdoor bath to lie back and pretend to read them in. You can finish the day with a little quiet stargazing wrapped in blankets. Tina and her partner Adam fled the bustle of the city and have set about living their rural dream with admirable enthusiasm.
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