Top 10 remote and secluded holiday cottages

It's said that a change is as good as a rest. Escaping to a restful location away from the usual hustle, bustle and challenges of life with time to think, time to relax and the peace to do both is all but essential. Hundreds of cottages in remote and secluded locations throughout the British Isles invite you to do just that.

All are highly individual, from the beauty of their location to the accommodation on offer. Whilst many cottages are specified as 'non-smoking', pets are often accepted. Some cottages cater for short breaks as well as longer holidays, especially between mid-autumn and spring. Many benefit from adjacent cottages which can be booked to accommodate larger groups. The following are some examples on offer at Sykes Cottages.

Cottage 7750
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are synonymous with remote and secluded locations. Cottage 7750 enjoys a peaceful location for two, allowing you to savour both coastal and hill scenery from the Kintyre Peninsula. Offering views across the bay with its quiet beaches and back towards the neighbouring hills it also provides privacy despite being amongst a small cluster of similar buildings. Its proximity (3 miles) to Campbeltown with a sea-faring and whiskey heritage ensures that walking and water sports enthusiasts are catered for as well as those wishing to take life at a slightly more leisurely pace.


If you are seeking the romance and tranquillity of the Hebrides, just a few miles from Salen on the Isle of Mull cottage 4435 awaits. Its hillside location capitalises on the surrounding spectacular views across the Sound of Mull. Accommodating up to four people, you can explore the numerous walking opportunities or take a less strenuous short drive to the other attractions within easy reach on the island.

Cottage 3999
Britain is home to several National Parks – the Yorkshire Dales being one of them, well known for its natural, often wild scenery which varies from north to south. Cottage 3999 is one of a group of properties within the South Yorkshire Dales, each two bedroomed and taking up to four people. Although within easy reach of Skipton and Harrogate and their associated attractions, it lies one mile outside of Haworth at the very heart of the spectacularly scenic Bronte Country. With many walking opportunities and quaint villages dotted across the landscape, it is easy to see why the area provided such literary inspiration to the Bronte sisters.

Westwards, yet still within the southern Yorkshire Dales, the Nidd Valley boasts many attractive villages, superb leisure facilities, local crafts, walking and bird watching opportunities. Cottage 1252, a detached chalet accommodating four, provides a comfortable, secluded base from which to explore the locality (The Nidderdale Way runs very close by).

Cottage 1315
Both the scenic ruggedness of the North York Moors and the beauty of the East Yorkshire shoreline can be enjoyed by those staying at Cottage 1315.

Surrounded by open countryside, it is built from traditional materials of local stone and timber and furnished to comfortable modern standards. The accommodation for four is also suitable for wheelchair users. A selection of shops, restaurants and pubs are all within easy reach, both inland and on the coast.

An alternative location accommodating up to four people is cottage 1712, situated In the Esk Valley between the North York Moors and the seaside, near Castleton.

Occupying a tranquil location and the surrounding, fabulous views from the hill on which it stands encourage relaxation. The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers not only spectacular scenery but also a good selection of local amenities, both costal and moorland, nearby.

Cottage 1712
Cottage 1712

Cottage 3977
 The combination of mountains and lakes have long made The Lake District a popular venue for those looking to enjoy activity breaks or simply relax by day as well as evening. Cottage 3977 near Wastwater, offers a romantic and comfortable base for up to four people.

As a traditional Lakeland cottage on the Irton Hall Estate (Boasting significant history), it nestles amongst parkland, surrounded by the natural splendour of West Cumbria. Walking and climbing opportunities abound and pubs, shops and other amenities, including a golf course, are easily accessible.

Cottage 3977
North Wales and the mountains of Snowdonia have an undisputed beauty. Cottage 4131, on a working farm at Llanfair, offers a peaceful and relaxing location for six people.

Surrounded by lovely countryside between the Cambrian Bay and Welsh Mountains, this 15th century cottage with its traditional beams and comfortable furnishings makes an ideal family holiday base with many leisure activities (walking, cycling, climbing) in close proximity. The World Heritage Site of Harlech is virtually on the doorstep.

Cottage 1727
Eastwards, the English/Welsh border offers gentler but equally picturesque scenery, not least along the Wye Valley. Cottage 1727 near Hay on Wye provides comfortable accommodation for couples or families of four within its stone walls.

Looking out from the wooded slopes on which it is located across the valley to the Black Mountains beyond, it serves as an excellent place in which to unwind before, after or during exploring sites such as Offa's Dyke on foot or the surrounding villages and larger towns with their historic attractions.

The South West peninsula offers attractive river valleys, rolling hills, extensive moorland and a lengthy coastline with many secluded and peaceful bays. Coastal cottage 4465, at the foot of a steep cliff path allows up to four people to enjoy the superb views across the sandy beach and bay beyond, including the Eddystone Lighthouse. This can be a surfer's paradise or a romantic hideaway.

Coastal Cottage 4465
 

We all need a break at some point. Remoteness and seclusion can be as readily achieved by landscape as by lengthy travel: the perfect location may be a very short drive away from home!

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