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Top 10: Secluded Homes

With so many people fed up with living in busy cities, it’s no wonder why more and more people are leaving the hustle and bustle behind in favour of a quieter and secluded place. However, just because you live somewhere remote, doesn’t mean your home shouldn’t be absolutely fabulous.

If you’re thinking about leaving the concrete jungle behind and living amongst nature, why not get inspired by these 10 homes that truly take seclusion to the next level…

Elliðaey, Iceland

Elliðaey, Iceland

This home takes “getting away from it all” to a whole new level! Not much is known about this home, built on the small island of Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, just off the south coast of Iceland. The island is approximately 0.45 square kilometres in size and features one small home with a few cattle to keep you company. You can access the island via boat from the mainland, making it a truly isolated space. This home is the epitome of solitude and boasts stunning 360° views. Image via amusing planet.com


Hub Island, United States

Hub Island, United States

Known as Just Room Enough Island, this isolated space has just enough room for one small house. Part of the 2000-isle strong Thousand Islands chain east of Ontario, this island just scrapes through criteria to confirm it is indeed an island (and not just a scrap of land that happens to be in, or near water). The Sizeland family bought it in the 1950s to use as a vacation home will soon become of interest to tourists all over the world due to its eccentricity. The family bought it to get away from their busy lives and find solitude. Due to its popularity, this has now become impossible. Image via whenonearth.net


Trento, Italy

Trento, Italy

The Hermitage of San Colombano can be seen as you drive over the Passo Pian delle Fugazze in Italy, in between Vicenza and Rovereto. Situated one hundred and twenty meters up a cliff face, this building has been quite literally been made a part of the cliff. Legend has it that a dragon used to have a cave, from which it would leave to wreak havoc over the people of the town below. Once it was slain, this building was created to make the once formidable place of sanctuary for solitude. To visit this stunning building, one must pass through Leno gorge and then climb 102 steps up to its doors. Image via Querin Rene


Katskhi, Georgia

Katskhi, Georgia

After spending years living unfavorably, Maxime Qavtaradze spent time in jail for his crimes. During his time in jail, he eventually realized he needed to make a drastic change. When he was no longer incarcerated, he decided to become a monk and move to this pillar in Georgia. The 40-meter tall pillar has a cottage and chapel on top, and Maxime only comes down the pillar twice a week to pray with his followers. A rickety ladder is what allows him to get up and down the pillar, which takes 20 minutes to scale. When he needs supplies, he has food winched up to him by some of the young priests who live in the monastery below. Maxime believes the isolation and silence at the top of the pillar help him to feel closer to God. Image via Amos Chapple / Rex Features


Arizona, United States

Arizona, United States

Situated in the desert of Tucson, Arizona, is the humble Desert Nomad House, which consists of three separate structures, made of steel and glass. The first structure is the bedroom and bathroom, the second an office for work, and the third for living and dining. The interiors are ultra modern with floor to ceiling windows, so as to not obstruct the gorgeous desert views. Completely surrounded by the natural landscape, you’ll surely feel the serenity at the desert getaway. Image via Fresh Home


Texas, United States

Texas, United States

It’s all well and good wanting to ‘get away from it all’ – but what if you want to take your friends? Four couples who are very close friends decided they wanted to get away from city life, but didn’t want to leave each other. So they purchased land near the Llano River outside of Austin, Texas, and decided to all live together. They initially thought about building one large home for all of them to occupy and realized that even the closest of friends still need their own space and privacy. So instead, they opted to build smaller rooms for each couple, and a larger “community” building for socializing and meals. With sustainable features incorporated throughout, these friends now live in solitude, together. Image via Alexander Stross


Colorado, United States

Colorado, United States

Built in the late 19th century, the Crystal Mill is one of the most photographed attractions in the state of Colorado. Also known as the Old Mill, it’s fully surrounded by a magnificent natural environment. Originally used as a power plant for the Sheep Mountain Tunnel, it ceased use in 1917 when the mine closed. The mill was then placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Although not technically a home, it certainly would be a picturesque place to stay in! You’d be sure to get a lot of peace and quiet here. Image via pandotrip.com


Bajina Bašta, Serbia

Bajina Bašta, Serbia

On the Drina River in Serbia is a small home situated on its own rock island. Currently used a holiday retreat, it certainly is the place to go and get some peace and quiet. Accessible by hiking through Tara National Park and then taking a boat, the home is completely surrounded by views of the Park and mountains to the west. It certainly would be a lovely place to stay and feel totally tucked away, secluded and remote. Image via pandotrip.com


Guimarães, Portugal

Guimarães, Portugal

This unusual building has been dubbed the “Flintstones” house and was built by attaching giant stones with concrete. Located in Guimarães, Portugal, it has become a popular tourist attraction since an image of this home became viral online. It has no electricity but does have a warm fireplace and a pool. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, this home truly encapsulates relaxation and solitude. Image via Feliciano Guimaraes


Breiðavík, Iceland

Breiðavík, Iceland

Ok, so it’s technically not a home. This beautiful building is actually the most westerly church in the whole of Europe. Found in Breidavik, Iceland, the church is situated on the beach and is often exposed to extremely harsh weather. As well as its stunning views, puffin-watching is another one of the main attractions here, and there are guesthouses at the church for visitors to stay in. The impressive outlook is sure to inspire all who come to this beautiful area. These amazing houses prove you don’t have to downgrade in style or luxury if you plan to travel or leave the city and migrate to the middle of nowhere. Architects are constantly finding new and impressive ways to create modern homes with a secluded twist, so no matter where you live you can always enjoy exceptional comfort. Image via pandotrip.com


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