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!

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

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MarianneBrealt 4 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

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YuriZoli 4 years ago

No more problems with neighbors. ;)

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#3

Hofskirkja, Iceland

Hofskirkja, Iceland

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Ashtree 4 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

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EmmaTanglevine 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

This one should be up there near #1!

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#8

Hobbit House, Wales

Hobbit House, Wales

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LindaMilligan 4 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 4 years ago

oooow precioso <3

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#10

Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Grégoire Sieuw Report

LuHansson 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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

KrisztinaJuhász 4 years ago

laknám

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#17

In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada

In The Fields Of Gold, Alberta, Canada

Caroline Report

CeriseDio-enne 4 years ago

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

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#18

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

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ChristinaGarciaWilson 4 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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#19

Craig Highland Farm Holiday Cottage Near Plockton, Scotland

Craig Highland Farm Holiday Cottage Near Plockton, Scotland

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CyndieBeard 4 years ago

This is just beautiful!

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#20

Barrier Highway, South Australia

Barrier Highway, South Australia

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EleciaWindmeyer 4 years ago

Beautiful!

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#21

Silence - Ioan Balașanu

Silence - Ioan Balașanu

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#22

Rice Terraces Of Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Rice Terraces Of Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

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Xuh 4 years ago

Very special!

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#23

House In Nepal With View Of Himalayas

House In Nepal With View Of Himalayas

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ZahedulAlam 3 years ago

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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#24

Saint Cado, France

Saint Cado, France

Philippe Albanel Report

#25

The House At The End Of The Fjord, Norway

The House At The End Of The Fjord, Norway

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LouisePopowitz 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

#26

Magical Home, Poland

Magical Home, Poland

Marcin Kesek Report

MarieChristen 4 years ago

m pretty sure that's a shed.

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#27

Stoneham, Quebec, Canada

Stoneham, Quebec, Canada

Eric Dubois Report

dragonfly134 4 years ago

Yes,very intriguing.

#28

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Hock Zoltan Report

Marjorie Brassard 2 years ago

Sam, Dean and Crowley?? Lool

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#29

Šumiac - Červená Skala, Slovakia

Šumiac - Červená Skala, Slovakia

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#30

A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania

A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania

www.efoto.lt Report

Frédéric Eeckman 4 years ago

Looks like a smurf's house ^^

#31

Hidden Place, Swabian Alps, Germany

Hidden Place, Swabian Alps, Germany

Alex Jennewein Report

AdrianCortezano 4 years ago

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

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#32

Fog By The Lake, Norway

Fog By The Lake, Norway

Gry Thunes Report

Jenny Jones 4 years ago

Love.

#33

Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia

Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia

Stano Strateny Report

RensBeks 4 years ago

Someone has visited Iceland :)

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#34

Miniature House, Hungary

Miniature House, Hungary

Adam Dobrovits Report

Xuh 4 years ago

So beautiful!

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#35

Maniitsoq, West Greenland

Maniitsoq, West Greenland

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JennyJones 4 years ago

Man, that is gorgeous! Unfortunately, it's in Greenland. Brr.

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#36

Rock House, Tenno, Italy

Rock House, Tenno, Italy

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#37

Fagaras, Romania

Fagaras, Romania

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cokiepops 4 years ago

Think you missed the point that it was little houses.

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#38

Forgotten House, Austria

Forgotten House, Austria

MultimediaEnver Report

dragonfly134 4 years ago

Looks forgotten,would make a great movie set.

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#39

Philips, Alberta, Canada

Philips, Alberta, Canada

Brandon B. Report

Fatima Fernandez 4 years ago

precioso!!!! dios que hermoso

#40

Red House In Tors Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador

Red House In Tors Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador

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LoisRoss-Ridge 4 years ago

Oh, this is nice- # 2 ranking on my list.

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#41

Casita De Vorera, Menorca

Casita De Vorera, Menorca

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RondaJones 4 years ago

Is it for sale?

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#42

House On The Lake, Iceland

House On The Lake, Iceland

Wim Denijs Report

#43

Cozy White Cottage In The Turkish Aegean Coastal Region

Cozy White Cottage In The Turkish Aegean Coastal Region

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MattiasNittérus 4 years ago

This I would die to rent one week or two next season! :)

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#44

Cottage, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

Cottage, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

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LoisRoss-Ridge 4 years ago

Wow.

#45

Little House In Wester Ross, Scotland

Little House In Wester Ross, Scotland

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BjörnStensson 4 years ago

Westeros.

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#46

Traditional "gamme" - Finnmark, Norway

Traditional "gamme" - Finnmark, Norway

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#47

Applecross Road, Scotland

Applecross Road, Scotland

Paul Byrne Report

#48

House In Tea Plantation, Munnar

House In Tea Plantation, Munnar

Ulrich Lambert Report

JuanGordonFernandez 4 years ago

"tea"

#49

Little Red House, Iceland

Little Red House, Iceland

Sebastian-Alexander Stamatis Report

#50

Ireland

Ireland

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LOUISE HOLLAND 4 years ago

I'd really like to live in this house. Looks peaceful

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#51

Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

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#52

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

Ben Chase Report

#54

House In The Fields, France

House In The Fields, France

Denis Chaussende Report

#55

Black Rock Cottage In Glencoe

Black Rock Cottage In Glencoe

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#56

The Gingerbread House In Hungary

The Gingerbread House In Hungary

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#57

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

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

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MirkoFerremi 4 years ago

Puglia, not Pulia.

#58

Tiny House In The Woods, Lithuania

Tiny House In The Woods, Lithuania

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Gary Bulthouse 4 years ago

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

#59

Dolomiti - Croda Da Lago - Italy

Dolomiti - Croda Da Lago - Italy

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Moira Galliver 4 years ago

Beautiful photo

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#60

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

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

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salanco16 4 years ago

Stunning!

#61

Balea Lake Chalet Romania

Balea Lake Chalet Romania

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#62

Arnafiroi, Iceland

Arnafiroi, Iceland

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#63

House Isolated With Grass, Iceland

House Isolated With Grass, Iceland

Patricia Hofmeester Report

MegiStaykova 4 years ago

It WAS a house. Now it's a shed...

#64

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

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

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Lois Ross-Ridge 4 years ago

Parallel play for the married couple.

#65

Winter In Lapland

Winter In Lapland

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KatiLaine 4 years ago

This is a hay barn. :) Might be a bit cold.

#66

Reflection, Norway.

Reflection, Norway.

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#67

My House In The Hood, Alta Maremma, Toscany

My House In The Hood, Alta Maremma, Toscany

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Moira Galliver 4 years ago

Wow! The colour of the trees is amazing!

#68

Old Timber House - Gjøvik, Norway.

Old Timber House - Gjøvik, Norway.

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#69

Opløfjorden Norway

Opløfjorden Norway

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#70

Rangamati, Bangladesh

Rangamati, Bangladesh

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#71

Kaptai Lake, Rangamati, Bangladesh

Kaptai Lake, Rangamati, Bangladesh

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#72

Shepherds' Hut In The Winter, Montenegro

Shepherds' Hut In The Winter, Montenegro

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#73

Sunset Peak On Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Sunset Peak On Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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Colleen Sedgwick 4 years ago

Don't expect to find one like this in Hongkers :)

#74

Lithuania

Lithuania

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#75

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

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

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MaryHayes 4 years ago

this is where I would love to be!

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#76

That Little Church

That Little Church

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#77

Lonely House In Carinthia

Lonely House In Carinthia

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#78

And It Was Called Yellow

And It Was Called Yellow

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#79

Alakir Valley, Turkey

Alakir Valley, Turkey

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#80

Misty Mountains, Poland

Misty Mountains, Poland

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#81

Riva Di Tures, South Tyrol, Italian Alps

Riva Di Tures, South Tyrol, Italian Alps

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DanielaGuarneri 4 years ago

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

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#82

Nisyros Island, Greece

Nisyros Island, Greece

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#83

The Little Caste, Hochosterwitz, Carinzia Austria

The Little Caste, Hochosterwitz, Carinzia Austria

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#84

Salzberg, Austria.

Salzberg, Austria.

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SilvesterPhua 4 years ago

Is this the same house as #23 above?

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#85

Sturmai, Lithuania

Sturmai, Lithuania

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#86

Lonely Cabin, Western Norway