The secret to relaxation? It’s soothingly simple. Handpicked hideaways, blink-to-believe-it sights, home comforts, blissful cooking and sumptuous sleeping spaces. Okay, so maybe it’s not that simple – but only if you’re not sure where to look. Luckily, we’re more than happy to sift out the most remote, refined and rural settings, offering romantic peace and quiet that money can’t buy. Shh, here are our most enticing secluded hotels in Europe:
1. Blairscove House: Ireland
Perched at the head of Dunmanus Bay, Blairscove House – a mix of quaint courtyards, centuries-old grandeur and contemporary bold chic – has just four bedrooms for couples wanting to get away from it all. Winner of Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards 2019, Top 25 Small Hotels Ireland, and Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Ireland, its accolades speak for themselves. Don’t worry about setting that alarm: breakfast is served to each suite, meaning you can have a sumptuous (and no-doubt rare) lie-in.
2. Kapsaliana Village: Greece
This ancient Cretan settlement has been witness to golden sunsets sinking right into the island’s largest olive grove for centuries. Now, the traditional stone buildings of Kapsaliana Village (an 18th-century olive press) have been lovingly restored. Expect wooden beamed ceilings, jade-tiled bathrooms, characteristic arches and private terraces with hillside views for days. Take a dip in the secluded pool, slurp up tarty-sweet homemade lemonade and sample authentic local cuisine. The latter includes everything from lamb with artichokes to dainty pastries that are almost too pretty to eat.
3. Lake Country House & Spa: Wales
Who says you have to leave your hotel during a getaway stay? At Lake Country House & Spa, it’s common for guests to never vacate the pristine 50-acre grounds until check-out. Couples will love the calming country hideaway, with its bright interiors and abundance of alluring spots for lounging (including an ultra-luxe, stress-melting spa). With one of the best wine lists in Wales and elegant fine dining, this lakeside stay is full of imaginative flair that has discerning guests craving check-in again and again and again.
4. Hotel Villa Astra: Croatia
Venetian-style stay Hotel Villa Astra has seven sea-facing guest rooms and is surrounded by palm trees and lushly landscapes gardens. Guests get their own secluded beach, surrounded by trees and the sound of sweet, sweet silence. With its local-flavoured restaurant, massage area and outdoor swimming pool, it’s hidden Croatia at its coolest.
5. Hotel Meisser: Switzerland
Hotel Meisser is a homey charmer with gawp-worthy views. High above the Engadine Valley, its crowd-free location can be found in Guarda, an old-world village in eastern Switzerland (but you’ll want to keep that a secret). Once upon a time, in 1645, it was built as a farmhouse. Rooms have their alpine past wonderfully intact, with traditional wood panels and floors and sky-blue-shuttered windows that allow the soul-lifting southern light to beam in.
6. Rederiet Hotell: Norway
Rederiet Hotell is the only hotel in the heart of Farsund, a picturesque pirate town with lots of brilliant festivals, birdwatching, surfing and an unusual American heritage. Originally offices for shipping businessmen, the building was converted to a sumptuous stay in the 1990s. Zip forward a couple of years and its neighbour – one of the oldest houses in Farsund – was also bought and brought into the hotel. Immerse yourself in maritime history, peering out over the harbour from the cosiness of your bright and spacious guest room (which will be be named after one of the town’s privateer ships).