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

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

Scroll down below to see stunning photos, and don't forget to vote for your favorite house! If you've been to one or have just photographed one, we'd love to see it!

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Cottage In The Woods, Scotland

Cottage In The Woods, Scotland

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MarianneBrealt
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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    The Solitairy House Of Elliðaey Island, Iceland

    The Solitairy House Of Elliðaey Island, Iceland

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    Hofskirkja, Iceland

    Hofskirkja, Iceland

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    Ashtree
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    A Hut In Winter

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    Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

    Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    #7

    Apuseni Mountains, Romania

    Apuseni Mountains, Romania

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    Hobbit House, Wales

    Hobbit House, Wales

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    LindaMilligan
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    #10

    Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

    Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

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    Holmur Reykjanes, Iceland

    Holmur Reykjanes, Iceland

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    Red House In Snowy Norway

    Red House In Snowy Norway

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    PaulGeorge
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    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

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    #17

    In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada

    In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada

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    Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

    Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

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    ChristinaGarciaWilson
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    #19

    Craig Highland Farm Holiday Cottage Near Plockton, Scotland

    Craig Highland Farm Holiday Cottage Near Plockton, Scotland

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    Silence - Ioan Balașanu

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    #23

    House In Nepal With View Of Himalayas

    House In Nepal With View Of Himalayas

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    ZahedulAlam
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    8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This is wonderful "House In Nepal With View Of Himalayas". Pls mail me the address of this place at zahid636@gmail.com

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    Saint Cado, France

    Saint Cado, France

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    The House At The End Of The Fjord, Norway

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    Stoneham, Quebec, Canada

    Stoneham, Quebec, Canada

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    Šumiac - Červená Skala, Slovakia

    Šumiac - Červená Skala, Slovakia

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    A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania

    A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania

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    Hidden Place, Swabian Alps, Germany

    Hidden Place, Swabian Alps, Germany

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    AdrianCortezano
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    the setting is a bit creepy. I might try to renovate the house before moving in .

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    Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia

    Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia

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    Maniitsoq, West Greenland

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    #36

    Rock House, Tenno, Italy

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    Fagaras, Romania

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    Forgotten House, Austria

    Forgotten House, Austria

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    Philips, Alberta, Canada

    Philips, Alberta, Canada

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    Red House In Tors Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador

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    House On The Lake, Iceland

    House On The Lake, Iceland

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    Amy Downey
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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    All of these deserted no road great places- how do you get food? Or get in and out?

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    Cozy White Cottage In The Turkish Aegean Coastal Region

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    Cottage, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

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    Traditional "gamme" - Finnmark, Norway

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    Applecross Road, Scotland

    Applecross Road, Scotland

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    Amy Downey
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    1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    No thatch, no nesting... metal roof? Looks great. Freagh Cottage in Clare looks like it a lot but was updated. Check it out as it is rentable. Or for retreat. Freagh Cottage. Don't forget.

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    Little Red House, Iceland

    Little Red House, Iceland

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    #51

    Pokhara, Nepal

    Pokhara, Nepal

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    Korowai Tribe House In Tree, Papua New Guinea

    Korowai Tribe House In Tree, Papua New Guinea

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    #53

    Montana, Usa

    Montana, Usa

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    #54

    House In The Fields, France

    House In The Fields, France

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    #55

    Black Rock Cottage In Glencoe

    Black Rock Cottage In Glencoe

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    Suzanne Haigh
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    3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    olitary houses are so common in Scotland, I lived in one for 12 years. Beautiful but so boring.

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    The Gingerbread House In Hungary

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    Waiting, After All These Years... Pulia, Italy

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    Tiny House In The Woods, Lithuania

    Tiny House In The Woods, Lithuania

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    Gary Bulthouse
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    glass is too shiny or shouldn't exist its like clean as a lab sterile, also its dubious that someone would take the time to overhang room

    #60

    Shelter Overlooking Nuup Kangerlua (godthåb Fjord) Near Nuuk, Greenland

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    Balea Lake Chalet Romania

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    Arnafiroi, Iceland

    Arnafiroi, Iceland

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    House Isolated With Grass, Iceland

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    His And Her's - Near Stoer, Assynt, Scotland

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    Winter In Lapland

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    My House In The Hood, Alta Maremma, Toscany

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    Old Timber House - Gjøvik, Norway.

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    Opløfjorden Norway

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    Rangamati, Bangladesh

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    Kaptai Lake, Rangamati, Bangladesh

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    #72

    Shepherds' Hut In The Winter, Montenegro

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    #73

    Sunset Peak On Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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    Lithuania

    Lithuania

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    Cabin On The Beach, Opposite Of Popotan Island, Palawan, Philippines

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    That Little Church

    That Little Church

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    Lonely House In Carinthia

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    And It Was Called Yellow

    And It Was Called Yellow

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    Alakir Valley, Turkey

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    Misty Mountains, Poland

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    Riva Di Tures, South Tyrol, Italian Alps

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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Riva di Tures... been there so may times. Wonderful and peaceful place. Beautiful shot!!!

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    Nisyros Island, Greece

    Nisyros Island, Greece

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    #83

    The Little Caste, Hochosterwitz, Carinzia Austria

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    Sturmai, Lithuania

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    Lonely Cabin, Western Norway

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    Inschriach Bothy Artist Residency, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

    Inschriach Bothy Artist Residency, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

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    MichelleMills
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This is so ideal for retreat. A tiny, well-built, isolated place in a beautiful national park.

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    Rondane National Park, Norway

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    #89

    Pink Spooky Shelter =), Near Myrdalsjökull Glacier, Iceland

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    Little Cottage In Norway

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    Deep In The Forest, Poland

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    #92

    Prettau, South Tyrol, Italy

    Prettau, South Tyrol, Italy

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    #93

    Old House Outside A Village, Romania

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    #94

    Loch Shieldaig, Applecross, Wester Ross, Scotland

    Loch Shieldaig, Applecross, Wester Ross, Scotland

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    House On Dormant Volcano Tere Vaka, Easter Island

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    Lanzarote Vineyard

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    #97

    Pichola Lake, India

    Pichola Lake, India

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    #98

    Autumn In Sibiu Region - Romania

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    #99

    Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

    Gulmarg, Kashmir, India

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    #100

    The Kornati Archipelago, Croatia

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    #101

    Arizona, Usa

    Arizona, Usa

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    #102

    Old Ranch House Hawaii

    Old Ranch House Hawaii

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    #103

    A Bit Far Form The Crowd - Salzburg

    A Bit Far Form The Crowd - Salzburg

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    #104

    Borletti Refuge In Stelvio National Park, Trentino-alto Adige, Italy

    Borletti Refuge In Stelvio National Park, Trentino-alto Adige, Italy

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    #105

    Oslo Fiord, Norway.

    Oslo Fiord, Norway.

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    #106

    Find Me In South Africa.

    Find Me In South Africa.

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    #107

    A Small Charming Cottage Next To The Ocean

    A Small Charming Cottage Next To The Ocean

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    #108

    In The Forest, Poland

    In The Forest, Poland

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    Maine.

    Maine.

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    #110

    The Lonely House - Ærø, Denmark

    The Lonely House - Ærø, Denmark

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    Aamani Beach Gujarat

    Aamani Beach Gujarat

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