No phone reception! Wonderfully wild places to de-tech




If the thought of the inevitable endless coverage of the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee this summer fills you with dread, escape the news and information overload on one of our tech- free breaks. Many of these little gems have no phone reception, let alone wi-fi or laptop charging facilities. Bliss!

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No phone reception! Wonderfully wild places to de-tech

At Ty Hwnt, tweeting is something the birds do and Sky is up above you, not on your TV.  Get back to a simpler way of life at this detached stone farmhouse set in four acres of peaceful national parkland. The next door farm (half a mile away) offers pony trekking, free range eggs and goats milk.
Sleeps 6, from £660 per week. Book through www.breconcottages.com.

If you're suffering from information overload,  Middle Piccadilly Spa Retreat could be the answer as not only is it free from TV, radio, phones, computers, papers and (aagh!) meat and alcohol, it's also the place to go for hard-core, effective spa treatments in a no-frills, rustic environment. From £170 per person for a two night stay. Book through chicretreats.com

For those who like the idea of getting away from it all but feel slightly panicky at the thought of being too far from their communication devices and creature comforts, the Lovestruck at Monachyle Mhor is the perfect compromise. Sleep in a beautifully converted horse truck surrounded by sheep and silence, safe in the knowledge that one of the best foodie hotels in Scotland is just a short walk across the field. From £300 for two nights. Book through canopyandstars.co.uk.

For a retreat in the true sense of the word, escape to Gaia House in the South Devon countryside for a period of silent meditation in the group tradition - an extreme but very effective antidote to the constant noise of modern life. Personal retreats are also available. For details of retreats and to book, visit www.gaiahouse.co.uk.

If you're longing to feel the wind in your hair, get out there and take part in your own mini-Olympics, sailing and walking in some the country's most remote and beautiful areas, The Knoydart Peninsula, Skye and the Small Isles. From £1195 per person, including six nights accommodation on the Yacht Eda Frandsen, all meals and the services of an experienced skipper and walking guide with Wilderness Scotland. Departures on 26 May, 28 July, 25 August 2012.

None of the Landmark Trust's 195 properties has TV, radio or WiFi and a number of them are out of mobile reception range too. One property where you're guaranteed not to hear the insistent beep of your phone is the Carpenter's Shop, set on the edge of a small hamlet in a Cornish valley close to the coast. Sleeps four. From £263 for a 3 night weekend. Book through landmarktrust.org.uk.

Back in the day, the shepherds spending the night in these huts would have had only the sounds of nature for company and a log fire for entertainment and you know what? They were probably no less happy for the lack of an iPhone. Shepherds huts sleep up to two from £100 per week with holidaylettings.co.uk.

Remember the days when you carried cash, walked rather than drove and made plans on a landline? Well, the Black Sail hostel may not have credit card facilities, en suite bathrooms, mobile reception, cars (the nearest road is two and a half miles away) or electricity, but it does have unparalleled access to the Lake District's great peaks and a sense of community you just won't find Skyping on your iPad in Starbucks... From just £21.40 per night (non-YHA members). Book through yha.org.uk.

Go cold turkey on Wii and 3G at this gorgeous, isolated cottage on National Trust land in Strumble Head. Forget broadband or phone reception - this cottage doesn't even have electricity! Reading, board games and piano playing by oil lamp and candlelight are the old school order of the day. Dogs welcome. Sleeps six. A week costs from £435 with coastalcottages.co.uk.

Drag yourself away from gazing at the telly and gaze at some stars instead. Travel far into the woods and rediscover the simple pleasures of walking, badger spotting, old-fashioned board games and long, candlelit baths in a roll- top bath. Of the six vintage chic canvas cottages offered at the Dandelion Hideaway, each sheltered on the edge of a Leicestershire woodland glade, Bluebells is the most romantic. From £389 for a three-night break. Visit thedandelionhideaway.co.uk

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