Are you itching to get away and unplug, hoping for a cozy, isolated cabin rather than a bustling beach? If so, sit back and relax as we take you through six beautiful secluded cabins that you can rent to escape from it all. From coastal cabins in Norway to Harvard student-designed tiny homes in Upstate New York, these remote micro-dwellings are the perfect way to recharge and reconnect with nature.
Harvard University student startup Getaway made quite a stir when they launched their tiny rentable mobile homes tucked away in the forests north of Boston and New York City. Available for just $99 a night, these tiny cabins are no bigger than 160 square feet, but still pack lots of amenities inside. Each cabin is powered by solar energy and comes with a composting toilet (15 flushes only!), cozy bed, large panoramic windows, and a fully stocked pantry that even has marshmallow sticks and board games.
If you prefer sea views to the forest, feast your eyes on the contemporary cantilevered cabins of the Manshausen Island Resort. Designed by Stinessen Arkitektur, these holiday cabins boast a minimalist aesthetic with floor-to-ceiling glazing to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. Perched on a rocky coast of a remote island in Norway, these low-impact cabins accommodate two to five people each and offer comfort with spectacular views.
Those looking for a secluded honeymoon cabin for two will love the Cabanas no Rio, a romantic pair of waterfront cabins formerly used as fisherman huts. Renovated by Lisbon architect Manuel Aires Mateus, the cabins are built entirely from reclaimed wood and feature a simple rustic appearance that keeps the focus on the beautiful marsh landscape. Set on a quiet spot of land on Portugal’s Sado River, the cabins offer all the comforts of home without the hustle bustle.
Kitty Mrache’s Mushroom Dome Cabin is more than just cute—the elevated home is also one of Airbnb’s most popular rentals. Nestled in the Redwoods of Aptos, California, the cozy cabin is a remote retreat in nature that’s still easily accessible by car to downtown Santa Cruz. Our favorite part of this tiny home is the partially glazed geodesic dome that tops the loft bedroom to frame views of the starry night sky.
For a truly unforgettable experience, try a night in the Starlight Room, a secluded mobile cabin set high atop the snowy Alps. The tiny cabin, which can only be reached by snowshoe or snowmobile, was created as part of the popular mountain lodge Rifugio Col Gallina and located just a few kilometers from Cortina in northern Italy. Giant glazed windows offer panoramic views from the bedroom and out to the breathtaking alpine landscape and sky.
Go off the grid in the bucolic English countryside with the Out of the Valley cabin, a solar-powered escape in England’s forested Teign Valley. Designed and built by Rupert McKelvie, the self-sustaining cabin offers comfortable eco-friendly digs with a minimalist interior powered by renewable energy. The cabin is clad in charred timber to help blend the building into the forest, while an outdoor deck with a canvas shade offers the perfect spot for catching glimpses of wildlife.