We are all hyperconnected, whether at work or in your personal life. Interacting with technology continually. I fit this description to a tee! We all need times where we can disconnect from technology for a few days!. Here I am going to discuss 15 Unique Places to Stay in Europe Where You Can Reconnect with Nature
Now it is a great time to start thinking about destinations that combine sustainable tourism and allow you valuable time to reconnect with nature. This is the time for a great digital detox.
If you’re a perpetual traveler and want to get off the beaten track to untouched wilderness, then you will love these 15 Places to Stay in Europe. With what’s going on in the world in 2020, there has never been a better time to stay in a remote place, in the middle of nowhere, far away from people, and still, have a safe holiday during the Coronavirus.
House on Stilts, Norway
This house is up in the forest and is a handcrafted River Eye Treehouse in southern Norway’s Tessungdalen valley. It sits up on stilts along the river bank with a great open deck, huge windows and provides big skyline views. It lets you get the best views of the stunning Norwegian landscape.
This house represents a true off the grid holiday, as it does not come water or electricity. There’s a well for drinking water, and bathing is in a tub with heated river water. It is a great place to just escape the city and great for any adventure traveler. You can spend your days hiking and kayaking, or wildlife-watching. From £170 a night, it sleeps nine from hostunusual.
Pyrenean Bubble, France
There are two transparent “bubbles” placed in the Argelès-Gazost in the Haute-Pyrénées, 650 meters above sea level. They are solar-powered and provide amazing views of the mountains and the starry night sky. This is one of the best places to stay in Europe.
The smaller bubbles are equipped with a living/sleeping space, an eco-shower, and a terrace, while the larger one has a separate sleeping area and a hot tub on the deck. Breakfast is included.
A 10-Minute drive is the Château Fort de Lourdes, a thousand-year-old fortress, which has never been conquered. It is a listed historical monument. Evening Star Bubble from €100 a night for two people from moontain-bubble.
Lakeside Cabins, Finland
They have eighteen log cabins by Immeljarvi Lake, next to the Levi ski resort in Finnish Lapland close to the Swedish border. The cabins have no Wifi, so you are doing off the grid travel. It is well-equipped, with fireplaces and you get your saunas. Each cabin sleeps between 7 and 10 people.
There is more to do than just skiing, they do wild food workshops in the summer and you can do paddleboarding under the midnight sun and riding Icelandic horses. In the Autumn and early winter, the best thing to do is see the Northern lights. From £14 per person, a night based on six sharing from en.immelmokit.com
Truckloads of Fun, Portugal
Conscious Earth is a 40-hectare eco-retreat in the hills of southern Portugal. These places come with no Wifi. You can go swimming in the river or stunning lakes. And it’s a great place to read.
The accommodation includes the Shambhala Gypsy Truck, which sleeps two in a colorful, all-wood interior where the bed is above the driver’s cab. They have other accommodations such as the Roundhouse, made of earth and stone, which sleeps eight.
They have another one that sleeps, 12 people. As there is no light or noise pollution, you get to relax in peace amongst nature and have a true digital detox from life from hostunusual.
Sauna in the Forest, Sweden
This place is located in a forest in central Sweden. They provided 12 charcoal huts that are covered in mud, grass, and mushrooms. The huts are surrounded by blueberries that guests can pick.
The huts come with no electricity or running water, each hut has a fireplace, but to use it you will need to get your wood.
The beds are very commutable and have inflatable mattresses and sheepskin rugs. They provide breakfast from April to November and you can use the sauna all year round.
You will really be getting to grips with nature when you stay in this place, as you get a compost toilet. It has no shower, so you have to wash in the nearby stream or lake. You can rent canoes. They also offer wildlife trecking to look for beaver, wolves, and moose from kolarbyn.
This French yurt in the Alps is so remote that in the winter months you have to don skis or snowshoes to reach it.
You get wonderful 360-degree views across the Bauges Mountains. The yurt comes complete with a wood-burning stove to keep you toasty warm.
There are lots of activities you can do here such as trek, mountain bike, climbing, and ski. There are also lakes nearby. It costs £66 for a one-room yurt from airbnb.
White House Hotel in Herm Island
Herm is an Island off the UK. The population of the island is 50 and in the summer reaches to 80. But the Island is visited by around 60,000 people a year and has one shop and a pub. So this place is the panicle of the meaning off the grid travel.
This is the only hotel on the Island and there are no clocks, TVs or telephones at the White House Hotel. You won’t find a car or bicycle on this tiny Channel Island either.
The hotel runs tech-free retreats where mobiles are dropped off at reception on arrival, so you are fully off the grid. This is a great way to escape the day to day rat race. It costs from £295 per person for two nights half-board from Herm.
Fisherman’s Cottage, Scotland
This beautiful cottage is hidden in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands. The cottage comes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is very close to the sea. It will be a six-mile trek to get to the nearest pub or shop.
As the cottage is so remote it means your phone will not get a signal, so you cannot be tempted by digital distractions. It’s part of Sykes Cottages’ JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) collection, which offers the chance to escape from the digital world and immerse yourself in nature.
The company offers fishing trips and if you just look around the cottage you might see stags and deer. It is self-catering. The cottage can sleep up to 5 people. The cottage cost from £384 for a week. sykescottages.co.uk
Roter Sand Lighthouse, Germany
Why not get even more remote and stay in a lighthouse in the sea? Well, you can do just this in Germany. Roter Sands Lighthouse is situated in the North Sea, around 30-miles off the coast of Bremerhaven. It offers an overnight stay for up to six people.
It has only one communal bedroom, kitchen, and living area and bathroom. As the lighthouse is in the sea, to get to it you need a boat and if the weather is rough then your trip might be canceled or extended by one or two days. This is a holiday you will never forget. Starting prices at €625 a night from bookalighthouse.
L’ile Flottante, Dordogne, France
This is another remote place in France. Forget staying by the lake, why not live on the lake for a few days. This is a floating mini-château for two that has been designed by treehouse artisan, Rémi Becherel.
The mini-castle has turrets and the best part is a hot tub. It comes with a king-size bed, walk-in shower, stocked minibar, Wi-Fi, and iPhone dock.
You can get breakfast delivered to your door and even dinner if you don’t want to leave the castle. , L’ile Flottante is set in a 26-acre estate. You can explore by foot or hire bikes on site. There is table tennis, a boules pitch, and a treetop terrace with seating area and panoramic views. Prices start from £174 per night.
For more information visit the Canopy and Stars website.
Nature House Website
This site researches for you, helping you to find the best houses in nature and it is called Nature.house, an online site curating unique accommodations nestled in natural surroundings for like-minded travelers.
They have planted more than 1 million trees in Africa and now for each booking, they will invest €1 in local nature projects. Their site lists accommodation situated in nature and away from the crowds. You can read more about their local nature programs. They have a vast variety of homes to choose from around Europe and I will just pick some of my favorite places to find more information at Nature.House
Nature House, Nijkerk, Netherlands
This house is a B&B located in the region of Guelders. With this house, you get spectacular views of the pond. As it is near the house, you can do some bird watching. The place is equipped with a wood stove, infrared sauna, private entrance, parking in front of the door, air con, microwave, Nespresso, and tea (but has no kitchen). Bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink.
The house comes with Wifi and TV and can accommodate two guests as it has one bedroom. There is lots for people to do such as go for a meal called Stoomgemaal Arkemheen and try out the bicycle boat on the Eem, Soestdijk, the historic better haven to a junction route.
The whole house is powered by solar panels and lots of sustainable furniture. The hot water supply uses a heat pump. It cost € 125,00 Per night.
Nature House, Cómpeta, Spain
The house is located in the province of the famous Malaga but it takes 1 hour to get there, so you are a good distance away from all the young party animals that go to Malaga. It is in an authentic Spanish farm.
The home comes with a large terrace so you can get the great views of the farm. The home comes with air conditioning, living room, and fully equipped kitchen.
The house can accommodate 4 people and comes with 2 bedrooms and in the garden, you can get Herbs and Fruit. The great thing about the house comes with a swimming pool. It cost € 97,14 Per night.
Nature House, Vojnić, Croatia
This cottage is located in the center of Croatia, just one hour from Plitvice Lakes National Park. I have been to Plitvice Lakes National Park and highly recommend you go. You can read about my one week in split Croatia.
The cottage is situated around orchards and forests. It is a great place to spend your vacation in if you’re looking for a quiet place in nature away from the cities. Close enough to the rivers Mrežnica and Korana with many swimming spots.
The cottage comes with a nice big living room, kitchen bathroom with shower, hammock outside, and other seating areas outside. The house comes with 3 bedrooms that can accommodate 6 people. The cottage has a garden full of herbs, vegetables, fruit, and jam for you to take. It cost € 115,00 Per night.
Nature House, Vradal, Norway
This house is located within walking distance of the village of Vrådal in the province of Telemark. The house is equipped with everything you need. It comes with a large living room that has a stunning view of the lake. There is a dining area and kitchen.
In addition to this, the house comes with four bedrooms so can sleep up to 8 people, two showers and three toilets. In the summer enjoy the wonderful veranda. Just in a short time, you can take a trip to the famous Geirangerfjord, Nordfjord, Glaciers (Jostedalsbreen).
The house is made of wood and other natural products. It cost € 135,00 Per night. If you need to go to Norway then I Highly recommend you visit Bergen also. Find all about in my t 4 days in Bergen Norway.
Nature House, Olafsfjordur, Iceland
This house is in Olafsfjordur located at the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður. You get spectacular views of the mountains from your house.
The house comes with 3 single beds and one double bed, all in one bedroom. It also comes with a garden even though you get access to the whole field. There is a small hot tub/ jacuzzi to keep you warm as Iceland can get very cold.
Just a few meters away from the house is a very small playground that is equipped with a football pitch, slide, and swing. Furthermore, the home has a kitchen, living room, and dining table. There is a BBQ outside to use when you get the rare hot days. It will cost € 114,29 Per night
DISCLAIMER: This post was done in collaboration with Nature.house but as always, all opinions are my own.