Over time, we have become increasingly attached to technology, so why not battle your digital addiction with a detox holiday? Quality Unearthed shares their top 5 properties across the UK ideal for a digital detox. Think no WiFi, TV, USB ports or docking stations. Just you, the bare essentials and the great outdoors.
1. Deerland Safari
Perched at the top of a sloping meadow on an organic farm deep in the Dorset countryside, Deerland Safari is totally off-grid. There is no internet/Wi-Fi or TV and cooking is done on a small gas hob. Lighting is provided via candles and torches, and there’s a charcoal brazier on the deck for chilly evenings. This two bedroom glamping safari tent offers a country cabin-chic open-plan living space with decked terrace, a well-equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities in a separate adjacent hut with an eco-loo and hot shower. Minimum two night stays from £263 for up to four sharing on self-catering basis.
2. Explorer’s Carriage
Inspired by the explorers of the Victorian age, this former railway carriage has been completely transformed into a glamping hideaway. The Explorers Carriage is now permanently settled in a paddock in the Dorset countryside, a few miles from Lyme Regis and inside, there are lanterns, a log burning stove, a comfy Chesterfield sofa and double bunk beds, with décor including vintage maps and a night sky mural. The site forms part of a private retreat where the owner can offer yoga, massage and meditation sessions as well as lessons in foraging, surfing and spoon carving.
Minimum two night stays from £170 for up to four sharing on self-catering basis.
3. Hope Gypsy Wagon
In a secluded meadow in the Dorset countryside, ‘Hope’ is an original 1920’s gypsy wagon that was once home to families travelling the country. It now has a permanent home in the grounds of a retreat centre and has been lovingly refurbished by local craftsmen and artisans. Inside, there’s a pull-out bed for two and an extra cabin bed that can sleep a child, while under the awning there’s a sideboard, camp fire, storm kettle and a comfy armchair. To maintain a sense of stepping back in time, the wagon has deliberately been kept off-grid so lighting is by candle or battery-powered light. Minimum two night stays from £170 for up to three sharing on self-catering basis.
4. Blackberry Perch
Blackberry Perch is a modern, architect-designed, two bedroom glamping cabin in the South Downs National Park, nestled in 30 acres of land. The cabin is light and spacious, with an open-plan living space, well-equipped kitchen, bathroom with a hot-shower and a separate room for kids with bunk beds. The cabin is on a site with four other glamping properties and shares a communal fire pit area, a small shop for essentials and surrounding woodland – the perfect location for a break from WiFi and TV. Minimum two night stays from £230 for up to four sharing on self-catering basis.
5. Angels Hut
Located right on the outskirts of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of Dorset, this shepherds hut sits at the top of a slopping field and offers total privacy. The raised deck provides an excellent spot to enjoy the sweeping countryside views in the day and awesome stargazing at night. Inside, Angels Hut features a double bed to the left, dining and seating area opposite and a cooking station and log-burner in the middle. Right behind the hut is a separate cabin with a smart composting loo, washbasin and hot gas powered shower.
Minimum two night stays from £215 for up to two sharing on self-catering basis.
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