From movie streaming and dating to food delivery and virtual worlds – we’ve got so much technology at our fingertips nowadays that sometimes we just crave the ability to switch it all off, to disconnect from the outside world and go off the radar for a bit. So, we scoured our collection of villas to try and find the ones that have no WiFi or very weak signal (it was hard, we won’t lie) – it’s time to unplug, switch off, and unwind because we’ve pulled together a list of 8 villas that are great for a digital detox!
Internet situation: No WiFi or TV
Set in a rural idyll in the stunning County Kerry, this traditional family-owned farmhouse is the perfect place to escape the modern world. With cosy and rustic interiors, you’ll feel right at home and although there’s been some modern upgrades, you’ll find a lot of original character within the house, from the 1890’s staircase and beams to the antique furniture.
Dingle Farmhouse is right at the heart of nature with a selection of gorgeous beaches nearby – the nearest only 1km away! It’s situated on the Dingle Way – a 179km trail around the Dingle peninsula – which means you get amazing mountain views right out of your windows! Whether you fancy going on a walk, cycling along one of the many routes surrounding the house, bird and whale watching in Dingle, or trying your hand at water-sports in Castlegregory – you’ll spend your days feeling truly invigorated by the fresh air and the beauty of the area.
When you’ve worn yourself out, you can retire to the charming local village to one of the cosy pubs for a drink while listening to some live Irish music or traditional storytelling. Believe it or not, that’s not all – you can even rustle up a campfire back at the farmhouse in the steel fire pit, where you can talk for hours under the stars… you’ll be treated to some serious starry skies due to the lack of light pollution, meaning you’ll be able to gaze up at the Milky Way.
Who even needs WiFi when there’s all of this to get up to?!
Price from £52pppn ($63pppn)
Internet situation: There’s no electricity, so you’re literally unplugged from the world!
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmas house – it’s just an adorable cottage in the Suffolk countryside that looks like it’s been plucked from a fairytale (hence the name). Set amongst woodland looking out over its own meadow, this romantic nook is a truly magical find with its cosy interiors, luxurious roll-top bathtub, and woodburner.
The cottage is part of a 5,000-acre estate, so although there are other properties you’ll have plenty of privacy – and the best part of being part of an estate is that you get access to extra facilities. With free use of the Pashley bikes and rowing boats, you can steal yourselves away for a lovely picnic, go paddleboarding on the lake, go for a wine-tasting session, or even a helicopter flight – all this and more can be arranged at the estate.
Or if you prefer to stay back at the cottage, there are board games, an outdoor terrace and a BBQ for lazy summer evenings enjoying each other’s company. And when you’re ready to retreat inside at night time, you can snuggle up by candelight… it doesn’t get more relaxing and romantic than that!
Price from £87pppn ($106pppn)
Internet situation: No WiFi
It might sound like we’re lying to you, but if you take the kids away to this farmhouse in Snowdonia you’ll actually see their faces and not just the top of their heads – because they won’t be glued to their phones… we know, we can hardly imagine it either!
This gorgeous farmhouse dates back to 1652, and it’s been lovingly renovated while retaining its character. The open fire, traditional farmhouse kitchen, Victorian-style roll-top bath and original beams attest to this. The location is idyllic too, overlooking valleys, mountains and farmland (the house is on a working farm) so it’s the perfect place to get out and about, breathe in that fresh countryside air and get the kids active – there’s plenty of hillwalking right on your doorstep or if you want to head for a drive, Berwyn Mountains is 20-minutes away while Snowdonia National Park is 30-minutes away.
Back at the farmhouse, there’s a BBQ and picnic table for some alfresco dining!
Price from £12pppn ($14pppn)
Internet situation: No WiFi
There’s nowhere better to get back to nature than in the dazzling Lake District, and this 17th-century farmhouse is mere moments away from Coniston Water, meaning this outdoor playground is right on your doorstep! With incredible countryside views from every angle, this remote holiday home is sure to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and – for use of a better word – totally zen.
Make sure to pack your walking boots because the walking trails are magnificent, along with the cycling trails, water-sports opportunities and endless outdoor adventures! If you end up craving some civilisation, you can take the kids to the Lakes Aquarium, the Haverthwaite Railway, or the World of Beatrix Potter, only a short drive away.
Back at the farmhouse you’ll find 25 acres of land, an enclosed garden with an orchard and patio – ideal for an alfresco meal in the summer or drinks while gazing out at the views. In the evening, you can all snuggle up in the living room by the woodburning stove and watch TV together.
Price from £10pppn ($12pppn)
Internet situation: Limited internet and phone signal
For starters, this is a very unique and interesting historic property to escape to – located in the Highlands and surrounded by rugged countryside, this castle dates all the way back to 1560 and it comes with lots of historic stories. Partially destroyed by the Duke of Argyll in 1640 and rebuilt into this magnificent bolthole, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you enter the Fortalice. With a great hall perfect for banquets and feasts, your group will have fun imagining what these castle walls have seen! There’s even a tiny chapel to host weddings.
Being surrounded by rolling hills, it’s another entry on the list that’s great for exploring the outdoors – make use of the bicycles and head off along a cycling trail, strap your boots on and go for some hillwalking, or teach the kids how to fish for salmon and trout at one of the nearby rivers.
What’s more, if you want to take full advantage of your digital detox, you can entertain yourselves with one of many bookable experiences at the property, from hosting a traditional Ceilidh in the great hall to a whisky tasting.
Price from £61pppn ($74pppn)
Internet situation: Very little mobile network coverage (although it is possible to use the wi-fi on some phones) – however, you’re here for a digital detox, soooo…
Set in a super picturesque spot in a secluded valley under the Black Mountains, this sweet cottage is great for a family escape or for a weekend away with friends. The interiors of the cottage beautifully accentuate its original beams, and it has a real homely feel with some stylish features like cast iron baths and the Savoy Hotel shower. Challenge each other to a friendly game of pool, snuggle up by the fire and watch TV, or soak up the countryside views in the luxurious outdoor hot tub! Absolute bliss.
The farmhouse is situated within Brecon Beacons National Park so there’s plenty of outdoor adventuring to be had! From mountain walking and cycling to rafting and caving – you’re completely spoilt for choice. What’s more, there’s even a beautiful waterfall and stream right beside the property so you don’t even have to wander far if you don’t want to.
Price from £22pppn ($26pppn)
Internet situation: No WiFi
Fancy jetting off to the sunny shores of Spain for your digital detox? We don’t blame you! There’s nothing better than taking some time out, lying in the sun by the pool. And if you’re completely switched off from the outside world, even better!
Boasting beautiful ocean views right from the balcony, you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at this villa before having a dip in the pool or getting stuck into a book. It’s perfectly set up for alfresco dining too, with a brick-built BBQ and shaded terrace for dining. And if you’re looking for some lazy beach days, the nearest sandy stretch (Son Bou) is only 2.6km away.
Sun, sea and a stress-free break… that’s something we can get onboard with!
Price from £16pppn ($20pppn)
Internet situation: Internet access is available only in the WiFi lounge adjacent to the pool and in the pool area. Strong access can’t be guaranteed.
On the banks of the River Lyon, this stunning 11th-century château is perfect for a large group looking for an authentic French retreat. Lovingly renovated while preserving so much of its original character, you’ll be left in awe by this historic property’s interiors– high ceilings, stone walls and antique furniture along with a stunning courtyard, fire pit, grand piano and library.
With 5 hectares of gardens and parkland, you’ll be able to make use of the bicycles to explore the rural surroundings or go for a walk along the trails that wind through vineyards, spotting wildlife along the way. It’s the perfect place to soak up all that rich, cultural heritage as the château is sandwiched between two wine-producing villages, a short 1.2km walk towards the nearest village which hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market, and the owners can organise a wine-tasting as they have great relationships with wineries in the area.
Price from £72pppn ($88pppn) based on an occupancy of 10 people
Has this list of lovely villas got you craving a digital detox? Either head to our website or get in touch with our concierge team if you’d like to find out more information about these villas, along with what onsite activities can be arranged.