Feel like you want to run away with your EU passport and pretend the Brexit shambles is a bad dream? I do, so here are 5 places I’ve chosen that are perfect for hiding out in until you’re ready to come out…
A treehouse in Italy
For anyone else who has a stay in a treehouse on their list of things to do, meet me at La Piantata. Here you’ll find two chic treehouses and a quaint hotel set on a farm in a secret corner of Tuscany, with views across rolling lavendar-covered hills and olive groves.
I bet you can just imagine cooling off with a nice dip in the pool before sipping a nice, crisp glass of Italian rose…
Snowdonia Manor: only accessible by mountain railway
Plas y Dduallt, literally means the “house on the black hillside”, and is steeped in history and folklore – I also imagine this is one of those places high-profile novel writers go to work up their next bestseller or Hollywood movie script.
Set high up in Snowdonia National Park, this Grade II listed building borders the Ffestiniog Mountain Railway and the Maentwrog Nature Reserve. It is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Wales, dating back to the 15th century, and access until the 1960s was either on foot or by train. Now, guests can use a steep Tarmac drive that winds its way for half a mile, climbing 500 ft through ancient woodlands, although old habits die slowly and train access is preferred. Check in to Snowdonia here.
A Cave House in Spain
Tortoises in the garden, fairy lights hanging from vines, the scent of jasmine hanging in the air… Welcome to Malatka’s fairy grotto, a flamboyant traditional Spanish cave house scooped out of a rocky Andalusian hill, with one of the most spectacular views across hazy Spanish hills. All for just £40 a night!
There are lots of little rooms to explore including a cute lounge and kitchen to hideaway from the heat in, while up a ladder you’ll discover a lovely flower filled terrace for al fresco sunset cocktail hour…
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
Travel destinations don’t get more remote and off-beat than Mongolia where you’ll find waiting for you, one of the world’s most remote hotels, the Three-Camel Lodge.
A two-hour flight to Ulaanbaatar from Beijing, followed by an hours propellor plane flight to Dalanzadgad, the provincial capital of the South Gobi, and a 90-minute drive along a dirt road will ensure you feel far away enough from the rest of the world.
Guests stay in one of 45 hand-made traditional nomadic tents, each equipped with its own wood-burning stove, felt carpets, indigenous furnishings, hand-painted wooden beds, and ceilings that open to the stars. As for what on earth there is to do in the middle of Mongolia? You can try your hand at camel trekking, horseback riding and picking up a few tips on the nomad lifestyle from … well, the local nomads.
Bird Island in Belize
I know what you might be thinking. Surely the whole idea of renting your own a private island usually requires being a millionaire (at least). But how does $350 night sound? Not the millionaire price tag, so why book a hotel room when you can have a your own island (which sleeps up to 6) to yourself?
Bird Island is family-run Airbnb, owned by the friendliest couple, Fred and Ruth. The price includes transportation to and from the island and Fred picks you up on his boat while Ruth waits back at the property putting the finishing touches in the bungalows and to welcome you upon arrival.
The decor’s unpretentious and cosy and keeping with the castaway vibe…
For nights in, there’s an excellent selection of movies and a fire pit, and while Bird Island is a self-catering scenario, there’s a generous and well-stocked kitchen/pantry.
Your only fellow guests are rays, starfish, and jacks swimming by the island daily. At your private dock, there are kayaks and a paddle boat at your disposal as well as “light-spinning fishing equipment”.
BONUS ESCAPE HATCH: Supai in Arizona, where donkeys deliver the mail…
I bet you didn’t know there’s an Indian village hiding at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, did you? No, neither did I, until today. It’s called Supai and it’s home to most beautiful waterfalls and places to hike. The only problem is, you can only reach it by horseback, helicopter or on foot – it’s also the last place in America where post is still delivered by donkey!