Leave the herd for a Somerset shepherd’s hut

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Stay in a shepherd’s hut in Somerset for the ultimate rustic break (Dimpsey)

The only tweet to reach you at this luxury shepherd’s hut at the foot of the Blackdown Hills will be from the birds. Your hosts will fill a vintage picnic basket to order and you can spend the day exploring the surrounding area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, arriving back to the hut at dusk to step into the wood-fired hot tub to gaze at the stars. From £125 for a double room, B&B (including a welcome tea tray).…

Clock off at Herm Island 

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Detox packages take place on the tiny island of Herm (White House Hotel)

Forget email – you won’t even be able to check the time at the only hotel on Herm. There are no clocks, TVs or telephones at the White House Hotel and 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 and you’re encouraged to embrace mindfulness, practise yoga and gaze at the stars. From £295 per person, two nights half-board.…

A very detached house in the Highlands

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The Scottish Highlands provide the perfect escape from modern life (Sykes Cottages)

Tucked away in a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands is this idyllic three bedroom, two bathroom fisherman’s cottage just steps from the water’s edge and a six-mile trek to the nearest pub and shops. There is no chance of your phone ringing or your email pinging here: 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. Salmon- and trout-fishing trips can be organised and on dry land you can look out for stags and deer. From £384 for a week, self-catering; the cottage sleeps five.…

Browsing out in the Beacons 

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These futuristic-looking pods are great for getting back to basics (Argoed Barns)

It might look high tech but this geodesic dome, part of Argoed Barns glamping site in the Brecon Beacons National Park in south Wales, is totally off grid. You won’t even find a bath plug here. There is a brass bed with goose down topper, though, plus a wood-burning stove and the ultimate picture window with a five-metre-long panoramic view of the Black Mountains. Leave your phone and laptop at home, but don’t forget to pack the candles and matches. From £120 for a double, room only. argoedbarns.co.uk…