Top 5 Digital Detox Retreats in Essex – Visit Essex

Get off grid in this beautifully designed Shepherd’s Hut which sleeps 2. With no Wi-Fi, TV or mains power supply and limited phone signal, switch off and escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. Overlooking the farmers’ fields, the only living creatures you may see during your stay are hare, deer, ducks, and geese, should you wish! Alternatively, Castle Hedingham, a quaint medieval village, is just 15 mins walk away and home to a castle, pubs, a restaurant, and tearooms. Marvel at the stunning sunsets and come dusk, cosy up by the log burner or firepit. This is the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries in luxury (the hut boasts a shower room, toilet, and kitchenette). A peaceful night’s sleep awaits! £105pn. 1hr from London by direct train, 20 min drive from Braintree station.

This is a B&B like no other. Escape to Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home. With no TV, no clocks and no views from any windows, let yourself be transported to a timeless world. From chilling out in a Cambodian Treehouse Sanctuary to feeling very Zen in a Japanese Starhouse. With three rooms to choose from, enjoy a magical night’s sleep in The Room of Dreams, cosy up in The Cabin or brave The Haunted Bedroom, if you dare! And with no other guests, you will have this magical place all to yourself. Wake up to a delicious, cooked breakfast at a time of your choosing. Add on a 2-hour private tour with creator and author, John Tarrow, afternoon tea, al fresco dinner and more. From £125pn, 50 min direct train from London, 10 min drive from Stansted Airport train station.

For ultimate tranquillity, stay on a floating Raft in the middle of a private lake! Cosy up next to the log burner in this cabin, read your book from the hammock, explore in your own private rowing boat and soak in your wood-fired hot tub under dark starry skies. Watching the wildlife is like watching a soap opera in itself! Phone signal is patchy and there is purposely no Wi-Fi. Go off grid with privacy and peace, plus a little adventure thrown in! Yoga, Massage, PT, Pottery Painting, fishing lessons and SUP can all be arranged onsite. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. From £245pn. 40 min direct train from London, 15 min drive from Hatfield Peverel train station.

Take care of yourself and reconnect with nature in the Essex countryside. Choose from a Shepherds Hut, Grain Silo, Bell tents or traditionally hand-crafted Mongolian yurts, nestled within woodland, or bordering wild meadows. Cook over your own BBQ or mingle with other guests around the wood-fired pizza oven. With no Wi-Fi and no TV, fall asleep under the stars visible through your skylight and awaken at dawn. Tailor your stay with pre-bookable options including morning yoga sessions, forest bathing, and dance workouts to relaxing in a woodland hot tub, flower workshops and more. From £80pn. 1hr from London by direct train, 10 min drive from Marks Tey train station.

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