Purton Green, Suffolk
Most houses are remote simply because they were built somewhere no one has thought to build anything. Purton Green, however, has achieved remoteness by having everything else around it disappear. The only remaining house of a “lost village”, beneath its thatched roof lurks its own grand hall dating from 1250. The village’s ancient thoroughfare is now a mere footpath across fields, with the nearest road 400 yards away (a wheelbarrow is provided to ferry your luggage), so if you don’t feel cut off from civilisation here, there’s probably no hope for you.
• From £466 a week (sleeps four), 01628 825925, landmarktrust.co.uk
Skiddaw, Scales Plantation, Cumbria
Going without a telly, Wi-Fi and mobile is all well and good, but going completely off-grid as well adds a certain joyful thrill of disconnectedness to your holiday. These three traditional shepherds’ huts in their own glades at the fringe of a wood mix freedom from utilities with lashings of compensatory comforts (and views), including top-notch cosy bedding and a separate well-appointed kitchen hut. Best of all though, is the luxury bathroom in a forest shelter where you can wallow in perfect peace.
• From £65 a night (sleeps four); 01275 395447, canopyandstars.co.uk
Blagdon Water House Boats, Holsworthy, Devon
There’s a reason you haven’t heard of Blagdon Water – it’s a private waterway no boat may sail down. Which makes it all the more peaceful for the three traditional canal barges moored there in the heart of Ruby Country (the land between Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor). A hundred yards apart and each with its own little summerhouse or boathouse (and solar-powered electricity), the three bob about in the midst of their own 35 acres of rural loveliness where kestrels, barn owls and buzzards thrive.
• From £385 a week (sleeps four-six); 01409 255730, blagdonwater.com