Sally Port Cottage, St Mawes, United Kingdom
This secluded cottage sits at the base of St Anthony's Lighthouse on the furthest point of Roseland Peninsula, one of the most remote areas in Southern England. Sailors have depended on this clapboard white lighthouse since 1835 to keep them off the rocky Cornish coast. If the fog rolls in, be prepared for some noise from the foghorn. Luckily the cottage supplies earplugs for just such an occasion. Because this is a working lighthouse, there are no visitors, so the location is completely private and you will be able to relax in solitude.
As the former cottage for the lighthouse keeper, there are two bedrooms, a kitchen, a sitting room with leather armchairs, and a spacious top-floor observation room with spectacular views of the sea. Two miles across the water is the town of Falmouth, which can be reached by a ferry that runs in season if you are looking to break your seclusion. On your side of the water, the lighthouse is in the midst of National Trust land with numerous trails, moorlands, and birds galore.
Getting there: Fly into London and then catch a connection to Truro. Once there, rent a car for the hour-long drive to the coast.
Rent now: Sally Port Cottage