Living in a city does have its perks, but even city-dwellers dream of escaping to some small comfortable house or cottage surrounded by wilderness to let their weary souls re-charge. All of these beautiful houses surrounded by picturesque views will inspire you to get away from it all – for a weekend or for good!


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Most isolated homes like these had practical uses, and some still do – as hunting lodges or farm houses. These days, however, more and more such homes are instead rented out to people who want a peaceful place to rest or work.

Vote for your favorite house! If you've been to one or have just photographed one, we'd love to see it!

#1 Cottage In The Woods, Scotland

Cottage In The Woods, Scotland

Angie Latham Report

MarianneBrealt 2 years ago

Intimate and cozy, crackling fire, a cup of tea and some sandwiches. Warm blankets and a good book, kerosene lamps A dog sleeping at my feet

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#2 The Solitairy House Of Elliðaey Island, Iceland

The Solitairy House Of Elliðaey Island, Iceland

The Solitairy House Of Elliðaey Island, Iceland

Christopher Lynn Report

YuriZoli 2 years ago

No more problems with neighbors. ;)

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#3 Hofskirkja, Iceland

Hofskirkja, Iceland

Menno Schaefer Report

Ashtree 2 years ago

Beautiful, but this is a church! Not somewhere anyone would go and live :)

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#4 A Hut In Winter

A Hut In Winter

taurus13 Report

EmmaTanglevine 2 years ago

as long as the firewood holds out....and the hot cocoa!

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#5 Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

AtomicZen Report

Very_bored_panda 2 years ago

Guys, this is a church, not a cottage. It's called The Church of the Good Shephard, it's an amazing place, but you can't actually live there

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#6 Hidden Forest House

Hidden Forest House

James Birkbeck Report

#7 Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Adrian Petrisor Report

pinkroses 2 years ago

This one should be up there near #1!

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#8 Hobbit House, Wales

Hobbit House, Wales

simondale.net Report

LindaMilligan 2 years ago

This has got to be the one, tucked in, safe and sound. Lots of visual interest too. Trees, flowers, walls, green. Love it.

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#9 Icelandic Mountain Meadow Retreat

Icelandic Mountain Meadow Retreat

Michael Schmidt Report

FatimaFernandez 2 years ago

oooow precioso <3

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#10 Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Grégoire Sieuw Report

LuHansson 2 years ago

It's a beautiful location but it's also a lighthouse

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#11 Holmur Reykjanes, Iceland

Holmur Reykjanes, Iceland

Gunnar Gestur Report

DanaStuhlreyer 2 years ago

Aurora Borealis aka. Northern lights are so pretty!

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#12 Little Red House, Iceland

Little Red House, Iceland

Patrick Sharp Report

MartaLaska 2 years ago

'Shipping News'...love it

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#13 Red House In Snowy Norway

Red House In Snowy Norway

Tzvika Stein Report

PaulGeorge 2 years ago

I would move ther in this instand! all i need is electricity so i can listen to my favorite music and some tea

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#14 Arnarstapi, Iceland

Arnarstapi, Iceland

J.G. Damlow Report

EmeseDebreceny 2 years ago

this one

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#15 House In The Middle Of Drina River Near The Town Of Bajina Basta, Serbia

House In The Middle Of Drina River Near The Town Of Bajina Basta, Serbia

Irene Becker Report

StephenWallace 2 years ago

That doesn't look very safe

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#16 Tiny House In The Fields, Hungary

Tiny House In The Fields, Hungary

Péter Busa Report

#17 Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim Report

ChristinaGarciaWilson 2 years ago

this is the same house as #15 from a different angle and a different season. look at the mountain and the rocks near the shore...

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#18 In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada

In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada

Caroline Report

CeriseDio-enne 2 years ago

I grew up in Alberta, and last I checked, Alberta was in Canada, not the USA.

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#19 Craig Highland Farm Holiday Cottage Near Plockton, Scotland

Craig Highland Farm Holiday Cottage Near Plockton, Scotland

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CyndieBeard 2 years ago

This is just beautiful!

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#20 Barrier Highway, South Australia

Barrier Highway, South Australia

Steven Powell Report

EleciaWindmeyer 2 years ago

Beautiful!

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