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!

#1

Cottage In The Woods, Scotland

Cottage In The Woods, Scotland

Angie Latham Report

MarianneBrealt
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

No more problems with neighbors. ;)

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#3

Hofskirkja, Iceland

Hofskirkja, Iceland

Menno Schaefer Report

Ashtree
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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

Very_bored_panda
Community Member
7 years ago

This is a church, not a cottage.

Martha Immoos
Community Member
6 years ago

very pretty.

Doris Lenarčič
Community Member
6 years ago

it looks like fairytale !!!

Eron Salazar
Community Member
6 years ago

Why can't Boredpanda disqualify the submission. It's a church.

ShirleySmeaton
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this is the Church Of The Good Shepherd.

AlisonCane
Community Member
7 years ago

It's a church, and not really remote. About 100metres behind the photographer is the township. Beautiful photo of a beautiful place.

EllenFlipse
Community Member
7 years ago

This is the church of the good shepherd. It used to be very idillic (12 years ago), but this has changed a bit through the years.

RaewynWade
Community Member
7 years ago

The Church of the Good Shepherd is my pick, it's absolutely spectacular.

TRPbjs1927
Community Member
7 years ago

F ya

Penny Brown
Community Member
7 years ago

wow

IreneB
Community Member
7 years ago

This is a church, not a house, and it's not as isolated as this photo makes it appear.

Maria Garfjell
Community Member
7 years ago

The Church of the Good Shepard - Beautiful!

JoellBates
Community Member
7 years ago

This is Church of the Good Shepherd near Aoraki/Mt. Cook. I was here last May, in winter, and it was beautiful then!

KaleemLeghari
Community Member
7 years ago

Too beautiful to believe.....!!

Alyssa Bise
Community Member
7 years ago

I would love to live here!

Jacquie Ortiz
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh goodness, I would love to live there!

JacquieLucas-Prattley
Community Member
7 years ago

That is the Church of the Good Shepherd - not a house!

Gary Bulthouse
Community Member
7 years ago

too much colour.. I'd puke constantly

Kate Ariotti
Community Member
7 years ago

I think someone went a bit crazy with Photoshop.

Chelsea Diana
Community Member
7 years ago

My favorite :)

CraigPorzondek
Community Member
7 years ago

sweet

LindaWhitman
Community Member
7 years ago

This one's my pick!

Linda Whitman
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh, just realized it is a church... hadn't read the comments. Oh well, I'd like to visit it, anyway.

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Angela Engert
Community Member
7 years ago

I was dreaming of a Live in a House like this at the French Atlanticcoast...The Homeless Angela :) Not even able to speak French...

AngelaEngert
Community Member
7 years ago

I was thinking of a Live at the Atlanticcoast in a House like this...but I don't speak French! :-( Angela Engert the "Homeless"

CristinaCasplin
Community Member
7 years ago

I've seen that house when I was there 2006 and it is a beautiful place, I mean really beautiful ❤️

Vaughn Bresheare
Community Member
7 years ago

Cool

Linus Hagander
Community Member
7 years ago

That's a church..

LinusHagander
Community Member
7 years ago

That's a church..

ClaraPoquet
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful I love colours

MaxCruz
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks like a Painting

Lois Ross-Ridge
Community Member
7 years ago

Or maybe this one...

Elecia Windmeyer
Community Member
7 years ago

Gorgeous!!!

DaniElley
Community Member
7 years ago

*Lake Tekapo

AmandaMcConnell
Community Member
7 years ago

That's another church actually. A spectacular one at that

Phoenix
Community Member
7 years ago

This is unbelievable, it doesn't look like its on earth

pinkroses
Community Member
7 years ago

Cute and colorful but color enhanced/photoshopped.

Anna Inspain
Community Member
7 years ago

This photo is featured on Chrome's Dream Afar as being taken in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

DonMacnaughtan
Community Member
7 years ago

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo. Not a house.

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#6

Hidden Forest House

Hidden Forest House

James Birkbeck Report

KasiaKedziora
Community Member
7 years ago

magic!!!

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#7

Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Apuseni Mountains, Romania

Adrian Petrisor Report

pinkroses
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

oooow precioso <3

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#10

Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Grégoire Sieuw Report

LuHansson
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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

Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim Report

ChristinaGarciaWilson
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

This is just beautiful!

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#20

Barrier Highway, South Australia

Barrier Highway, South Australia

Steven Powell Report

EleciaWindmeyer
Community Member
7 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

Rehahn Croquevielle Report

Xuh
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
6 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
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

#26

Magical Home, Poland

Magical Home, Poland

Marcin Kesek Report

MarieChristen
Community Member
7 years ago

m pretty sure that's a shed.

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#27

Stoneham, Quebec, Canada

Stoneham, Quebec, Canada

Eric Dubois Report

dragonfly134
Community Member
7 years ago

Yes,very intriguing.

#28

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Hock Zoltan Report

Marjorie Brassard
Community Member
5 years ago

Sam, Dean and Crowley?? Lool

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#29

Šumiac - Červená Skala, Slovakia

Šumiac - Červená Skala, Slovakia

www.afdc.org.cn Report

#30

A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania

A Tiny House In The Meadow, Lithuania

www.efoto.lt Report

Frédéric Eeckman
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks like a smurf's house ^^

#31

Hidden Place, Swabian Alps, Germany

Hidden Place, Swabian Alps, Germany

Alex Jennewein Report

AdrianCortezano
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

Love.

#33

Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia

Liptovska Teplicka, Slovakia

Stano Strateny Report

RensBeks
Community Member
7 years ago

Someone has visited Iceland :)

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#34

Miniature House, Hungary

Miniature House, Hungary

Adam Dobrovits Report

Xuh
Community Member
7 years ago

So beautiful!

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#35

Maniitsoq, West Greenland

Maniitsoq, West Greenland

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JennyJones
Community Member
7 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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Cdickson
Community Member
1 year ago

Dream house

#37

Fagaras, Romania

Fagaras, Romania

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cokiepops
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

precioso!!!! dios que hermoso

#40

Red House In Tors Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador

Red House In Tors Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador

www.NewfoundlandLabrador.com Report

LoisRoss-Ridge
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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

smallhousebliss.files.wordpress.com Report

MattiasNittérus
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow.

#45

Little House In Wester Ross, Scotland

Little House In Wester Ross, Scotland

Michael Leek Report

BjörnStensson
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
6 years ago

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

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#51

Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

club.doctissimo.fr Report

#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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Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
9 months ago

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

#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
Community Member
7 years ago

Puglia, not Pulia.

#58

Tiny House In The Woods, Lithuania

Tiny House In The Woods, Lithuania

gedvidosodyba.lt Report

Gary Bulthouse
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
6 years ago

Stunning!

#61

Balea Lake Chalet Romania

Balea Lake Chalet Romania

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#62

Arnafiroi, Iceland

Arnafiroi, Iceland

Sigurour Fjalar Jonsson Report

#63

House Isolated With Grass, Iceland

House Isolated With Grass, Iceland

Patricia Hofmeester Report

MegiStaykova
Community Member
7 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
Community Member
7 years ago

Parallel play for the married couple.

#65

Winter In Lapland

Winter In Lapland

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KatiLaine
Community Member
7 years ago

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

#66

Reflection, Norway.

Reflection, Norway.