Although I make a conscious effort to spend time away from my laptop and finding other ways to entertain myself (reading a book, for example), I still love the idea of hibernating myself away somewhere with no service and enjoying everything else that life has to offer.
Here are some places I'd love to disappear to in the new year, in a bid to see in 2017 with a digital detox and hopefully a more healthy approach to technology.
When I was younger, I used to pretend my bunk beds were a boat! I've yet to actually sleep on a boat, but this glamping house boat on dry land in Cornwall sounds super quirky. It's got a bijoux living area, and nearby there are plenty of sandy beaches and coastal villages to explore. Plus, did I mention there's a hot tub?! I love the idea of practically a whole home being squeezed into somewhere so tiny but the end result being ever so cosy...
If you've never wanted to stay in your very own treehouse then I'm almost certain you're lying. Treehouse stays have become massively popular lately for their eco-friendly-fairytale-like-stays, and, strangely enough, some aren't even that expensive. This treehouse in Machynlleth, Wales is what dreams are made of: situated right in the heart of the woods, filled with thick cosy blankets and books on hand to curl up with, a woodburning stove and no electricity. Perfect. There are six individual treehouses to choose from on this unique adventure, each offering the perfect opportunity to get back to basics.
This one is probably ideal for summer, too, as I think the real selling point of the Warwick Knight caravan in the Cotswolds is the private rooftop garden! However, there's also a private wood fired shower nearby and a log burner inside to keep you warm if you do decide on a winter stay. I can imagine the rooftop offering the perfect opportunity to snuggle up beneath the stars. Warwick Knight was also featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces - and I can see why!
The Chapel in Shropshire is another one to feature on Amazing Spaces and although I can't say the idea of sleeping in a chapel has ever appealed to me, this stay does sound really fun. Not only does it look like something out of a Nordic fairytale on the outside, but inside it actually looks a lot bigger whilst still managing to seem super cosy. Plus I love the idea that it's apparently a challenge to get there - a 500 yard forest ramble!
The Phoenix Tree, The Welsh Borders, is just another treehouse I had to throw in. Inside, you'll be forgiven for thinking you're actually somewhere like Arizona as opposed to England, with the bright and quirky deco. The ground floor features a kitchen area and living room space, whereas the bedroom is accessed by a staircase crawling around an old tree trunk. And, outside you'll find a Japanese hot tub!
So if you're planning to get away to relax in the new year (or even in the run up to Christmas!) why not forgo somewhere abroad and instead choose a cosy hideaway like one of the ones mentioned here?
Would you ever consider staying in any of these places? Let me know!
Please note, I've just realized a lot of these locations are ideal for couples. I need a boyfriend ASAP.
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