Do you want to unplug as well as unwind when you’re on holiday?

Gone are the days when holidays home owners boasted that they had WiFi in their accommodation. Now it’s expected, but it makes a digital detox harder to achieve.

Francisco Rosas of Cottage Holidays has been in touch to say that his prospective guests now have the opportunity to choose ‘no WiFi’ homes.

These six holiday cottages sound perfect for an unplugging break


Knipefold Barn near Hawkeshead, Cumbria

Enjoy the glories of the Lake District in this 5* property for five people. No wifi, no phone signal and you’ll also get some exercise if you fancy a pint – it’s one mile to the nearest pub.  Plus you can bring your dogs.

Swallows House near Ambleside

This is another Lake District home and, if you can tear yourself away from the terrace and its amazing outlook, the homely stone house is a great base for exploring some of Cumbria’s best attractions.
Low Coombs near Danby


Now this would be a perfect retreat for sci fi writers who take their inspiration from space travel. Low Coombs is on the outskirts of Ainthorpe and perfectly placed for Danby’s Moors Centre. This is one of the best places in the country to see stars, because of the low light pollution levels and clear horizons. The further away you get from street lights, the better the view – and under a really dark sky it’s possible to see up to ten times as many stars as in a city.  Dalby Observatories in Dalby Forest have been named as Dark Sky Discovery Sites (Milky Way class) – so named because the galaxy is often visible to the naked eye. And of course, you can always explore the North York Moors by day.

Winshaw House in Chapel-le-Dale

If you enjoying walking holidays with friends, Winshaw house sleeps six comfortably and is well located for the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and Cumbria, so take your pick of trails. The draw of the house itself is the window seats that feature in most of the rooms. they come with views of the famous Three Peaks, Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent.

Ty Capel Carmel near Dolgellau 

Ty Capel CarmelAre your family full of ideas and opinions with a burning desire to express them? They don’t need to go on Facebook (which is just as well as this former chapel house is strictly off grid), instead they can take turns using the original pulpit in the living room. The  setting is remote, the brook in the grounds babbles and the views of the mid Wales mountains have the power to take breath away.

Old Snowdon Ranger Station

steam-locomotive-snowdoniaImagine having your own personal train ride part way up Mount Snowdon. This holiday home was formerly a station on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway. Now it’s a request stop for the three steam trains that pass by each day in season. Digitally unplugged, it  combines amazing views from  the foot of Snowdon with heaps of history.

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