Couples wanting to get away from it all need look no further than these five holiday cottages, built by architects in secluded spots across the world.
Casa Tiny, Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Tiny is the handiwork of architect Araza Arino and director Claudio Sodi, who took inspiration from author Henry David Thoreau’s novel Walden for this off-grid holiday cottage. But the Mexican holiday rental is far from rustic: made from smooth concrete, it offers a modern, minimalist take on the traditional cabin-in-the-woods, with living spaces spilling into the outdoors and a mezzanine sleeping area that gazes onto the surrounding landscape. Located in Puerto Escondido, it’s also close to Tadao Ando’s concrete creative retreat Casa Wabi. Rent it via Airbnb.
Starts from £66 per night
Seascape beach retreat, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
What’s more romantic than your own private beach? Seascape is a glass and stone holiday home that sits on a remote peninsula in New Zealand’s south island overlooking the sea. Reachable by helicopter, the contemporary holiday cottage – for rent via Annandale – comprises just three rooms: a lobby, living room and bedroom, and a separate bathroom. All have floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the picturesque views.
Starts from $2,595 NZD per night, minimum stay 2 nights
Fiskavaig Studio, Isle of Skye, UK
This contemporary cabin designed by Rural Design Architects takes seclusion to the extreme. Fiskavaig Studio – shaped like a fragmented boulder – sits in a shallow drumlin beside Loch Bracadale on the Scottish island of Skye. Clad in corrugated Eternit and featuring a wooden interior, the 30 sq m cottage for couples might be small but, step outside, and it’ll feel like you’ve got the world to yourselves.
Starts from £520-£720 per week
Photographer’s house, Dalmatia, Croatia
This cosy cottage for couples in Dalmatia has artistic pedigree – it’s the former studio home of photographer Nikica Karavida. Almost completely destroyed by war in the 1990s, the Croatian holiday home was restored by artist and designer Boris Kajmak and it now doubles as a gallery for Karavida’s work, replete with stone walls, wooden floors and geometric tiling. Kajmak says: ‘It is a place which needed to host a level of intimacy, and that determined a lot of my ideas and decisions during renovation.’ Take a soak in the roll-top bath while enjoying the artworks that dot its walls.
Starts from €77 per night, minimum stay one week
Woodman’s treehouse, Dorset, UK
Treehouses aren’t just for children – they can be romantic getaways for grown-ups too. Woodman’s Treehouse in Dorset perches on stilts 30 ft in the air and sleeps just two. Designed as a series of textured timber boxes, it comes complete with a sauna and hot tub that overlooks the surrounding woodlands, while the skylight above the bed offers opportunity for midnight star-gazing.
Starts from £780, minimum stay 2 nights