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Totally isolated peaceful holiday cottage?

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Infinitygirl Fri 19-Aug-16 20:06:38

We're looking for a secluded, rural cottage to rent next July or August in the UK - a really, really quiet place with no neighbours around for miles near the property. Does this exist in the UK?

This year we tried to get away from it all, including our noisy neighbours at home - only to end up with even noisier ones while on holiday. This wasn't great as we saved up all year to get away from it all. The first night there were fireworks right beside the window starting after midnight and going on till 3am and every night after that, screaming children, kicking footballs over the fence, which sometimes hit the windows of our cottage after we were all asleep - that kind of thing - just lots of people having fun but not much fun for us.

Next time, we want peace and quiet - and somewhere we can cycle straight out onto off road cycle tracks (preferably not too steep as I'm really unfit) and with nearby places to hire canoes or kayaks for long days of boating and wild places to walk without seeing anyone all day (I realise this may be too much to ask).

I'm looking at possibilities like the Wye Valley (never been) or Devon or maybe the Lake District but want to avoid overcrowded areas and want to find a cottage that lies within its own grounds. Every time I find something on the internet that looks possible, it then turns out to be right next door to the owner's house or in a cluster of three other cottages and we just want to be alone.

I'm not sure Scotland is the answer or Wales, though I expect there are more areas with isolated, peaceful, rural cottages - because although we love cycling, we couldn't manage proper mountain-bike-level hills. Cycling or walking distance to a quiet beach would also be great, if possible too and a wild-water swimming river or lake - and lots of non-human wildlife. I'd rather hear a barn owl in the night than anything human!

Has anyone got any recommendations?

Deux Fri 19-Aug-16 20:10:35

I haven't got a specific recommendation but have a look at National Trust Holiday cottages.

We've stayed in a few, not as remote as you'd like, and they've all been really peaceful. I know they have one that doesn't even have electricity.

UntilTheCowsComeHome Fri 19-Aug-16 20:12:38

Have you tried Shropshire? A big county without many people.

I'm sure you could find a lovely, secluded place somewhere.

Newes Fri 19-Aug-16 20:13:14

Like this?

PotteringAlong Fri 19-Aug-16 20:14:17


PotteringAlong Fri 19-Aug-16 20:16:15

how about this shepherds hut?

Northernlurker Fri 19-Aug-16 20:16:27

Have a look at the fishermans cottage on the Isle of ulva off mull. I know you said not Scotland but the hills there aren't too bad.

daisygirlmac Fri 19-Aug-16 20:17:18

Really beautiful, secluded picturesque valley with tonnes of places to walk but also close to Ullswater for sailing. It's gorgeous!

PotteringAlong Fri 19-Aug-16 20:17:24

or this one on a working farm?

TheHubblesWindscreenWipers Fri 19-Aug-16 20:17:25

Then you want to go to Lewis or Harris. Or really anywhere out there.

google scarista beach.

EllyMayClampett Fri 19-Aug-16 20:21:02

Try the outer Hebrides. Perfect.

JillyBoel Fri 19-Aug-16 20:24:07

Have a look at Sheepskin life, they may have several cottages that suit. They're pricey, but totally worth it imho.

FaFoutis Fri 19-Aug-16 20:24:08

This is the quietest place I've ever been:
Cheap, not luxury. Lots of owls and wildlife, no neighbours or noise and black at night. There's a flat off-road cycle path right next door (up the steps and on to the bridge).

EllyMayClampett Fri 19-Aug-16 20:24:09


RayofFuckingSunshine Fri 19-Aug-16 20:24:29

If you would consider Scotland, very very north, The Log Cabin at Golspie is well worth a trip.

Can't link because I'm a bit useless and on the app. Also, haven't been in a couple of years but it was fairly cheap. You do need a car to travel because it really is in the middle of nowhere, but you could step outbid the front door and onto your bikes with no issue.

FaFoutis Fri 19-Aug-16 20:28:16

There are lakes a short drive away with kayak hire. We went twice and were the only people on the lake in May/June.

AlfrescoBalconyWanker Fri 19-Aug-16 20:29:36

There are cottages on Lundy, Brownsea Island, Penzance lighthouses, St Catherine's lighthouse on Isle of Wight - how deserted do you want?

CMOTDibbler Fri 19-Aug-16 20:30:00

Forest Fields - I haven't stayed in the cottages, but the campsite is incredibly quiet (and well policed on it) and the sky is amazing at night! Lots of hooting and certainly after 10, thats all we could hear.

You can swim in their lake, borrow the kayaks, and walk over the hills. Love it there!

MumsFlouncingOnASummerHoliday Fri 19-Aug-16 20:34:11

Would you consider a holiday afloat? Something in the Norfolk broads. You could take bikes, lots of flat areas to ride, if you don't like the neighbours you could move on. You don't need to go that far from base to find a quiet spot and you can have no neighbours and kayak/ sail/ row and explore.

MsTea Fri 19-Aug-16 20:41:26

Priestcliffe Lees Farm in the Peak District. Down a three quarter mile dirt track (I hope your car's sturdy...) with no other house around. Can walk down the (admittedly very steep) hill to the Monsal Trail, or drive a couple of miles to park right next to it.

cestlavielife Mon 22-Aug-16 15:06:27

these are surrounded by fields and sheep

Infinitygirl Wed 24-Aug-16 09:52:56

Thanks to everyone. These are great ideas and I've been ploughing through all the links and talking to the family about each suggestion.

Please keep them coming.

Fatfoutis - does that cottage you suggested have a cycle trail running right by it - ie the Tarka Trail? On the one hand, that would be great for cycling. On the other hand, does that mean you get a steady stream of tourists passing by the cottage all day?

Also, is it damp inside, as it's thatch? Finally, why isn't there a sofa? The chairs look a bit uncomfy. However, the reason I'm asking is that this one does appeal to us quite a lot. So thanks for the link.

BlossomHillOne Wed 24-Aug-16 12:50:16

We will be staying here next week

Looking forward to some peace and quiet!

DH likes to find the most remote place he can.

Here is somewhere we have been in the past - very, very remote!

And here

BlossomHillOne Wed 24-Aug-16 12:54:11

This my my favourite and not quite so remote...

iseenodust Wed 24-Aug-16 12:58:19

We've stayed at the old Lighthouse cottages on the Mull of Galloway which is quite flat []]. No midges when we went in August which I think because sea all around?

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